Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS


Here is a partial list of the winners from this year's Grammy Awards. For the complete list, please go to:
Grammy.com

Album of the Year:
Daft Punk - “Random Access Memories”

Record of the Year:
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - "Get Lucky"

Song of the Year:
Lorde - "Royals"

Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Lorde - “Royals”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - “Get Lucky”

Best Pop Instrumental Album:
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out”


Best Pop Vocal Album:
Bruno Mars - “Unorthodox Jukebox”

Best Dance Recording:
Zedd featuring Foxes - "Clarity"

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Daft Punk - “Random Access Memories”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Michael Bublé - "To Be Loved"

Best Rock Performance:
Imagine Dragons - “Radioactive”

Best Metal Performance:
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?”

Best Rock Song:
Paul McCartney - “Cut Me Some Slack”

Best Rock Album:
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day”

Best Alternative Music Album:
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City”

Best R&B Performance:
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something”

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
Gary Clark, Jr. — “Please Come Home”

Best R&B Song:
Justin Timberlake - "Pusher Love Girl"

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Rihanna — “Unapologetic”

Best R&B Album:
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire”

Best Rap Performance:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop”

Best Rap Collaboration:
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail”

Best Rap Song:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Thrift Shop"

Best Rap Album:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist”

Best Country Solo Performance:
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley”

Best Country Song:
Kacey Musgraves - “Merry Go ‘Round”

Best Country Album:
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park”

Best Latin Pop Album:
Draco Rosa — “Vida”

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias”

Producer of the Year (Non Classical):
Pharrell Williams

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
“Sound City: Real to Reel”

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
“Skyfall”

Best Song Written for Visual Media:
Adele - “Skyfall” From “Skyfall”

Best Music Video:
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z - “Suit & Tie”

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

MY FAVORITE MOMENTS IN MUSIC OF 2013

I know this is very late and 2013 is just a distant memory for most people but I have to point out my favorite tunes from last year. I had already displayed some of my favs throughout, so here is the rest of my best:

"Safe and Sound" - Capital Cities

"This Life" - Josef Salvat

"The Way" - Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller


"Love More" - Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj

"Hold On We're Going Home" - Drake



"Latch" - Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

"Happy" - Pharrell Williams

"Summertime Saddness (Cedric Gervais Remix)" - Lana Del Rey

"Unbelievers" - Vampire Weekend

"Walking On Air" - Katy Perry



Sunday, January 5, 2014

PHIL EVERLY (1939 - 2014)


Phil Everly, one half of the pioneering rock group, The Everly Brothers passed away on January 2nd. Along with his brother, Don, the duo helped shaped the early sound with their steel-string guitars and perfect harmonies.

The brothers first began professionally singing with their parents as The Everly Family as young children. By the time they were teenagers, Phil and Don branched off in to their own group and were signed to Columbia Records in 1956. But their only single was a major flop and the brothers were dropped from the label. Chet Atkins, a family friend and successful country musician/producer, encouraged the boys not to lose faith and introduced them to Wesley Rose, a music publisher. Rose promised that if they joined his company as songwriters, he would help get them a new recording contract.

The Everly Brothers joined a fledgling label, Cadence Records and their first single, "Bye Bye Love" was released in 1958. The song became a top five hit on the pop, country and soul charts and sold over a million copies. They followed that up with many other hit songs including, "Wake Up Little Susie", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Cathy"s Clown" and "When Will I Be Loved".

During their career, The Everly Brothers had twenty-six U.S. top forty singles, twenty-nine U.K. top-forty singles, were inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

"All I Have To Do Is Dream" - The Everly Brothers (1958)

Here is an early live performance of the brothers performing their first hit, "Bye Bye Love":

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