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Grammy Recap: Beck Foils Sam Smith Awards Sweep

It was a night that bore an interesting resemblance to the Adele Grammy sweep three years ago. A relatively unknown Brit singer/songwriter breaks up with a dude, writes songs to process the pain, makes a record that sells a bajillion copies, and goes on to win top honors at the Grammy Awards. Biggest differences: the singer/songwriter in this case also happens to be a dude; and unlike Adele, this was […]

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Grammy 2015 Preview: Will-Wins, Should-Wins, Dark Horses

As the 57th Grammy Awards prepare to get underway this weekend, the time has come for us pundits, critics and analysts to weigh in with predictions on the winners. (Because, of course, none of us can wait a mere 2-3 days to find out who find out who actually wins before talking about it. Besides, the Super Bowl is over, people are tired of talking about Katy Perry and her, […]

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Grammy Nods a Bit Disappointing This Year

Choosing proven artists, or playing to the public?

In case you weren’t paying attention, the Grammy nominations were an all-day affair yesterday. It started with the announcing of four major categories on CBS This Morning by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams, followed by a trickle of announcements via Twitter throughout the morning and early afternoon—culminating in a Christmas-themed prime-time special, A Very Grammy Christmas, during which the Album of the Year nominees were revealed. In my humble opinion, […]

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Beyoncé Leads the Pack at 2015 Grammys

Other R&B and hip-hop artists well represented

The 2015 Grammy Awards are upon us, and guess who has been nominated more than any other artist? That’s right, Ms. “7/11” herself – Beyoncé.  She’s probably spinning, spinning, spinning with her hands up right now.  (“I know you care!”).  Or she’s just taking it in stride.  After all, Beyoncé has now become the most nominated female in the history of the awards (52 noms / 17 wins) – even […]

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Grammy Producer Says “Sorry” to Trent Reznor (Well, Sort Of)

At the close of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast, the much-hyped finale that brought together Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, David Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham got the short end of the proverbial stick when the show’s producers decided to end the already-overtime telecast a minute and a half before the end of the song. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor soon responded with an angry blurb on Twitter: […]

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Daft Punk Take Top Grammy Honors

Grammy 2014 highlights and low-lights

As further evidence of EDM’s growing influence on popular music, a couple of robots (also known as Daft Punk) took the top honors at last night’s Grammy Awards show, winning “Album of the Year” for their record Random Access Memories. In fact, the helmeted French duo took home no less than four Grammys, each time having one or more of their collaborators speak on their behalf. (It certainly must be […]

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Grammy 2014 Predictions and Picks

As the 2014 Grammy Awards telecast approaches, as is the custom, many fans, critics and journalists are speculating as to who will win which awards. I am no exception. While there are far too many categories to go through them all, here are a few of my predictions for some of the higher profile categories. See if you agree with my picks.   Album Of The Year: The Blessed Unrest […]

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Grammy Awards 2014 Preview

It’s upon us again—the biggest night of the music industry. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live on Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with awards for current hitmakers and performances from some of the biggest names in music, both past and present. The year in music has been an interesting one, to say the least, marked by stellar comebacks (Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk) set […]

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Grammy Awards Raise Their Game With Dance Music Nominations

For perhaps the first time since it began honouring the genre back in 1998, the Grammys have produced a list of dance music nominations that even a specialist awards show could be proud of. Indeed, following the debacle of the last two years, in which bro-step one-trick-pony Skrillex walked away with all four grammophones, the voting panel finally appear to have gotten their act together, recognising a whole host of […]

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Grammy Awards 2014 –List of Nominees

As has become the custom, The Recording Academy broadcast an hour-long prime-time special Friday night to announce the Grammy Award nominations for the upcoming year. As has also become the custom, LL Cool J did the MC honors. And as has furthermore become the custom, the live nominations show featured performances from some of music’s hottest established an up-and-coming acts, including Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, […]


The Grammy Awards Still Don’t Get Dance Music

The worlds of pop, rock, R&B, rap, jazz, Latin and roots are all represented in at least four categories at the bloated ceremony that is the Grammys. And yet, despite becoming the dominant chart force of the decade, dance music acts are only specifically acknowledged under two awards, just one more than those competing for Best Regional Mexican Music Album or Best Album Notes. Even more indicative of the voters’ […]


Highlights (and Not-So-High-Lights) from the 2013 Grammy Awards

Well, Music’s Biggest Night has come and gone; those who won are riding high, those who lost are saying “Wait till next year,” and those who sat by and made predictions are comparing notes against the results. Whether you watched the awards show with intense interest (as I did) or just for entertainment purposes, you probably found plenty to be happy about. As I had suggested earlier, the Grammys were […]


Making the Most of Grammy Weekend 2013

Grammy 2013 Preview

The Grammy Awards live telecast is not until tomorrow night, but the festivities are already well underway. All week long, in fact, The Recording Academy has been hosting various events, celebrating not only the artists themselves, but also the educational and philanthropic wings of the organization. Just last night, Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year with a huge gala, with the likes of Mumford & […]


What To Expect from the 2013 Grammy Awards

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It’s finally here: music’s biggest night. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central, with LL Cool J once again hosting the festivities. Despite the semi-humorous, mostly ludicrous, well-publicized memo from CBS to attendees about what not to show on screen, the evening is shaping up to be a great one. While last year was all about Adele—and rightly so—this […]


Grammy Award Nominations 2013 Recap

As has become the custom, this year’s Grammy Award nominations were announced last night via a live prime-time telecast, broadcast on CBS and hosted this year by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. This year’s nomination show took place in Nashville, and understandably the live performances were dominated (but not monopolized) by the town’s country vibe. The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley set the tone for the evening by kicking […]