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Prestigious GRAMMY® Week Event Highlights GRAMMY Foundation’s Ongoing Work To Safeguard Music’s History

 

WHO:
The GRAMMY Foundation® will host “Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — featuring live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. Performers include GRAMMY® winners Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, and LeAnn Rimes; current GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran; Mike Einziger of Incubus, singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, as well as other artists to be announced shortly. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.

WHAT:
“Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers” — this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This GRAMMY Week celebration promotes the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit http://www.grammyfoundation.org or http://wl.flavorus.com/sabantheatre/PlayItForward, or contact 855.235.2867. “Play It Forward” is sponsored in part by CenterStaging, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Getty Images Music and Jackson Limousine.

WHERE:
Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
5:15 p.m. Media Check-in (Note: Please arrive promptly. Media using mult-box will
be able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.)
6:15–7:15 p.m. Red-Carpet Arrivals
7:30–9 p.m. Guest Speakers and Performances
9 p.m. Reception

 

WHY:
Protecting our cultural legacy for future generations is a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation mission. The Foundation recognizes and celebrates the innovation, perseverance and genius evidenced in the stories and music of the pioneers who have woven a rich and colorful cultural fabric. The GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project highlights its year-round activities in support of that mission, from preservation grants to its Living Histories archive. The Project also draws the attention of a wider audience to those efforts, and to the imperiled condition of many of the most historically significant recordings. This concert and screening serves to reintroduce works from these major contributors to the public and educates them about the GRAMMY Foundation’s role in preserving our rich cultural heritage.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

 

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DAN AUERBACH (THE BLACK KEYS), FUN., JAY-Z,
MUMFORD & SONS, FRANK OCEAN, AND
KANYE WEST LEAD GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS
WITH SIX EACH; 
THE BLACK KEYS, CHICK COREA
AND MIGUEL EACH EARN FIVE 

THE BLACK KEYS, FUN., MUMFORD & SONS, FRANK OCEAN,
AND JACK WHITE 
VIE FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT
55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® 

FEB. 10, 2013, LIVE ON CBS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 05, 2012) — Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com) were announced tonight by The Recording Academy®and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fifth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®,a one-hour CBS (www.cbs.com) entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awardswill be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 10, 2013, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:www.twitter.com/thegrammyswww.facebook.com/thegrammys. For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com.

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), FUN., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West top the nominations with six each; The Black Keys, Chick Corea, and Miguel each garner five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.

“The GRAMMY Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year’s nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we’re off to an exciting start on the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, on February 10.”

Following is a sampling of nominations in 81 categories from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields:

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Some Nights — FUN.
Babel — Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss — Jack White

Record Of The Year:
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
FUN.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi,
songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. Featuring
Janelle Monáe)

POP FIELD
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” — Adele
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen
“Wide Awake” — Katy Perry
“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO
“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

DANCE FIELD
Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Wonderland — Steve Aoki
Don’t Think — The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here < — Deadmau5
Fire & Ice — Kaskade
Bangarang — Skrillex

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Hold On” — Alabama Shakes
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Charlie Brown” — Coldplay
“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons
“We Take Care Of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
“I’m Alive” — Anthrax
“Love Bites (So Do I)” — Halestorm
“Blood Brothers” — Iron Maiden
“Ghost Walking” — Lamb Of God
“No Reflection” — Marilyn Manson
“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” — Megadeth

Best Rock Album:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto — Coldplay
The 2nd Law — Muse
Wrecking Ball — Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss — Jack White

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes 
Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple
Biophilia — Björk
Making Mirrors — Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming — M83
Bad As Me — Tom Waits

R&B FIELD
Best R&B Performance:
“Thank You” — Estelle
“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” — Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
“I Want You” — Luke James
“Adorn” — Miguel
“Climax” — Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Fortune — Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream — Miguel
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album:
Black Radio — Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love — Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back — R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise — Tamia
Open Invitation — Tyrese

RAP FIELD
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia
“No Church In The Wild” — Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris
“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna Feautring Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance:
“HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)” — Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
“N****s In Paris” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Daughters” — Nas
“Mercy” — Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“I Do” — Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap Album
Take Care — Drake
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 — Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good — Nas
Undun — The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t — Rick Ross
Based On A T.R.U. Story — 2 Chainz

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Home” — Dierks Bentley
“Springsteen” — Eric Church
“Cost Of Livin'” — Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” — Hunter Hayes
“Over” — Blake Shelton
“Blown Away” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album:
Uncaged — Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran — Jamey Johnson
Four The Record — Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers — The Time Jumpers

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
The Carpenter — The Avett Brothers
From The Ground Up — John Fullbright
The Lumineers — The Lumineers
Babel — Mumford & Sons
Slipstream — Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:
33 1/3 — Shemekia Copeland
Locked Down — Dr. John
Let It Burn — Ruthie Foster
And Still I Rise — Heritage Blues Orchestra
Bring It On Home — Joan Osborne

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album:
American Grown (Michelle Obama) — Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)
Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy — Bill Clinton
Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power — Rachel Maddow
Seriously…I’m Kidding — Ellen DeGeneres
Society’s Child: My Autobiography — Janis Ian

COMEDY FIELD
Best Comedy Album
Blow Your Pants Off — Jimmy Fallon
Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) — Margaret Cho
In God We Rust — Lewis Black
Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class — Kathy Griffin
Mr. Universe — Jim Gaffigan
Rize Of The Fenix — Tenacious D

This year’s Producer Of The YearNon-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs, and Salaam Remi.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY telecast.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

“The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY winnerTaylor Swift, featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley in a special tribute to Johnny Cash; country artist Luke Bryan; pop/rock group FUN. with singer/songwriter JanelleMonáe; country artist Hunter Hayes; three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5; three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo; and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who. Presenters included nine-time GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow, country group Little Big Town, Americana group The Lumineers, and country artist Chris Young.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

 

Grammy Award

Grammy Award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®” ON DEC. 5

CBS Entertainment Special — Airing at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce  Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from  Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Musical group FUN. and three-time GRAMMY® winner Ne-Yo have been added to the lineup for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan and three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5. LL COOL J and Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert special. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit http://www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/thegrammys, http://www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience an exclusive one-hour concert by Maroon 5. Tickets for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” are on sale now and are available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000.

This concert special marks the fifth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s airing of the nominations special helped lead to increased ratings for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television at that time, drawing 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.

LL COOL J has hosted “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” since its inception, and also hosted the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast for the first time earlier this year. Swift co-hosted the first GRAMMY nominations special with LL COOL J in December 2008.

The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit http://www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

 

COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®
ON DEC. 5


LUKE BRYAN TO PERFORM
ON THE ONE-HOUR TELECAST 

CBS Entertainment Special — Airing at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT —
Will Announce 
Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live
for the First Time Ever from 
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

 

Official 52nd Grammy Awards Poster Art

Official 52nd Grammy Awards Poster Art (Photo credit: william couch)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2012) —Six-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift will co-host “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®,” along with two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J. Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan has been added to the lineup for the one-hour special, joining previously announced three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever atBridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys,www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by one of the evening’s performers. (Artist to be announced shortly.) Tickets for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” are on sale now and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000.

This concert special marks the fifth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s airing of the nominations special helped lead to increased ratings for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television at that time, drawing 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.

LL COOL J has hosted “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” since its inception, and also hosted the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast for the first time earlier this year. Swift co-hosted the first GRAMMY nominations special with LL COOL J in December 2008.

The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

“The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

 

 

 

Serena Williams has done it again, claiming her second Hickok Belt Award this year for her performance in September. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) who honored Williams for winning the women’s singles title at the 2012 U.S. Open. The hard-fought victory over Victoria Azarenka marked the fourth U.S. Open title for Williams and 15th Grand Slam title overall. Williams is currently ranked third in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association.

Other finalists for the month of July in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them included: Miguel Cabrera (baseball), Brandt Snedeker (golf), Matt Ryan (football), Adrian Beltre (baseball), C.J. Spiller (football), Denny Hamlin (auto racing), Rory McElroy (golf), Jiyai Shin (golf) and Andy Roddick (tennis).

Serena Williams’s selection as the Hickok Belt Award winner for September, not only recognizes her as “the best of the best” in professional sports for the month, it also marks yet another milestone in the return of the award given to the top professional athlete across all sports. As a monthly recipient in both July and September, Williams is the only two-time monthly winner among an elite list of finalists for the overall annual award, including Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Lindsey Vonn, Bubba Watson, Josh Hamilton, LeBron James and Usain Bolt. Winners as selected by the NSSA will be announced each month throughout 2012. The overall winner will then be announced in early 2013, as the Hickok Belt Award, the crown jewel of sports, will be presented for the first time in over 36 years.

The Hickok Belt Award was originally presented annually from 1950 – 1976. Past recipients include a list of the 20th century’s elite athletes including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Jim Brown and others who defined their sports. To learn more about the rich history of the Hickok Belt Award and keep up with all the news surrounding the award in 2012, please visit www.HickokBelt.com.

 

 

With all of the recent nonsense which occurred at the BET Music Awards in Atlanta, this cartoon is probably one of the most relevant items discussing the future of rap music award shows!  I wonder if awards shows will go the way of digital music and be only viewable online LOL!  Can you imagine the Grammy Awards as a digitally produced show?!  When will celebrations return to being celebrations rather than venues to act out negatively?!

IndieHipHop.net features Rap Ratz cartoons by Funkworm

Given the recent violence at the BET Awards, this Rap Ratz cartoon is very appropriate!

Rap Ratz is the Hip Hop version of Doonesbury created by Funkworm of IndieHipHop.net

 

Grammy Award

Grammy Award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Telecast Recognized For Outstanding Special Class Program, 
Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Lighting Design,
Outstanding Sound Mixing, and 
Outstanding Technical Direction 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2012) — The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has received six Emmy® Award nominations, the most ever in one year for a GRAMMY®telecast, in recognition of outstanding production and directing excellence. Nominations were announced today by the Television Academy at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. Including today’s nominations, the GRAMMY Awards have been nominated 31 times for production excellence, and a total of 33 times overall. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The six GRAMMY Awardtelecast nominations are for:

  • Outstanding Special Class Programs
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming
  • Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

“As one of our most successful telecasts in GRAMMY history, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was truly a grand celebration of Music’s Biggest Night® filled with many special GRAMMY moments that recognized a number of extraordinary and talented artists,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®. “This was a remarkable year that presented unique challenges, which were met with swift action and creativity by our dynamic and first-rate production teams at AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions, who every year help raise the bar for our telecast. We congratulate them and our superb director, Louis J. Horvitz, on being recognized by the Television Academy for production and direction excellence, and we continue to be grateful for our partnerships with our friends at CBS and STAPLES Center.”

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich was executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz was the director. David Wild and Ken Ehrlich were the writers.


The individuals nominated in each category are eligible for the awards. A detailed list of nominees follows:

Outstanding Special Class Programs
CBS

AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC and John Cossette Productions, Inc.

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming
Brian Stonestreet, 
Production Designer; Alana Billingsley, Art Director; Matt Steinbrenner, Art Director
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special 
Louis J. Horvitz, 
Director
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
Robert A. Dickinson, 
Lighting Designer; Jon Kusner, Lighting Director; Travis Hagenbuch,Lighting Director; Andy O’Reilly, Lighting Director
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special 
Thomas Holmes, 
Broadcast Production Mixer; John Harris, Broadcast Music Mixer; Eric Schilling, Broadcast Music Mixer; Paul Sandweiss, Package Mixer; Eric Johnston, Playback Mixer; Mikael Stewart, House Production Mixer; Ron Reaves, House Music Mixer; Tom Pesa,Stage Mixer; Michael Parker, Stage Mixer; Pablo Munguia, Playback Mixer; Bob Lamasney,Audience Supplemental Mixer
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
John B. Field, 
Technical Director; Eric Becker, Technical Director; Kenneth Shapiro, Technical Director; Ted Ashton, Camera; Danny Bonilla, Camera; Manny Bonilla, Camera; Dave Eastwood, Camera; Randy Gomez, Camera; Dean Hall, Camera; Larry Heider, Camera; Marc Hunter, Camera; Dave Levisohn, Camera; Steve Martyniuk, Camera; Rob Palmer, Camera; David Plakos, Camera; Hector Ramirez, Camera; Brian Reason, Camera; John Repczynski,Camera; Kris Wilson, Camera; Easter Xua, Camera; Keith Winikoff, Video Control; Guy Jones, Video Control

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit 
http://www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

The Recording Academy‘s Los Angeles Chapter hosts events and seminars on a regular basis, open to the public and Recording Academy members.  More information on The Recording Academy Local Chapters may be found at http://grammy365.com or http://grammy.com.

Blogging Awards

As I grow into this thing called blogging, I continuously find myself being welcomed into the “blog-fold” by new and exciting people who are reaching out with encouragement and inspiration to continue on the my new path!  It is humbling to “meet” so many people in the blogging community who take the time out to lend a helping hand, provide suggestions and in the broadest sense of global family, blanket newbies like myself with an overwhelming sense of security as we share ourselves.  With that said, I would like to thank Dolly of AllAboutLemon.com for nominating me for the “Liebster Award”!

The Liebster Award is bring attention to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers (that’s me), and expose them to a greater audience!  The award comes with some responsibility as well, the nominee should recommend and additional 5 bloggers who also fit the “under 200” category!  I am pleased to participate in this great networking activity!

Liebster Award for the "under 200" community of bloggers.

My nominees for the Liebster Blog Award are:

  1. GetMyBuzzUp Music Site a very good music site covering the Urban Music Scene!;
  2. Malcolm Springer a 4-time Grammy winning multi-platinum selling producer, audio pioneer and songwriter.  Malcolm just opened a new recording company, AngelCrush Entertainment in Memphis, TN, whose mission it  to give budding artists and producers and opportunity to learn from and create with some of the top names in the industry;
  3. RealityTV Troy because he is an alum of my school, Full Sail University AND the producer of Love and Basketball but with his busy schedule, Troy still give back to the student community with guest lectures and interviews;
  4. Pluginin.org a site dedicated to making quality introductions for entertainment industry students and new graduates, connecting them with solid information about entering the job market;
  5. Last but definitely not least is Wendy Day who is one of the most influential people in the Urban entertainment industry and if rappers and Hip Hop artists would just READ, Wendy would ensure that the rest of us weren’t inundated with the overwhelming noise coming from that corner of the music industry today!

Well enough of my ramblings but once again Thank You for considering me for this award to Dolly and I just happen to be a big fan of AllAboutLemon

Respectful regards to the entire blogging community! #salute

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Grammy Award

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THE BEACH BOYS TO REUNITE ON THE GRAMMY® STAGE AND JOIN WITH GRAMMY NOMINEES FOSTER THE PEOPLE AND MAROON 5 FOR A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

 THE CIVIL WARS, DIANA KRALLMACEO PARKER, AND JOE WALSH ADDED TO THE LINEUP FOR THE 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

Common, Taraji P. Henson, Reba McEntireand Diana Ross Set to Present at the Music Industry’s Premier Event

Music’s Biggest Night® — Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT

 The Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, who have not performed together live in more than two decades — will reunite on the GRAMMY® stage and join with current GRAMMY nominees Foster The People and Maroon 5 for a special performance; and current nominees The Civil Wars, two-time GRAMMY winner Diana Krall, funk artist Maceo Parker, and six-time GRAMMY winner Joe Walsh have been added to the stellar lineup for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com). Two-time GRAMMY winner Common, actor Taraji P. Henson, two-time GRAMMY winner Reba McEntire, and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Diana Ross will appear as presenters. Music’s Biggest Night® — hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J — takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

The Civil Wars and Foster The People each have two nominations. The Civil Wars are up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Barton Hollow” and Best Folk Album for Barton Hollow. Foster The People have nods in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Alternative Music Album for Torches.

Three-time GRAMMY winners Maroon 5 are nominated in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Moves Like Jagger” (with Christina Aguilera).

Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include Adele (in her first live performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery last fall); Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood; Chris Brown; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; deadmau5; Foo Fighters; David Guetta; Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt; Lil Wayne; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band; and Taylor Swift. Aldean, The Band Perry, The Civil Wars, deadmau5, Foster The People, Guetta, Minaj, Parker and Shelton will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time. Previously announced presenters are Marc Anthony, Dierks Bentley, Jack Black, Drake, Fergie, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Seacrest, Ringo Starr, and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. LL COOL J has hosted “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible partof our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.