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56th GRAMMYs: More predictions for other selected categories

article-2284055-184333C6000005DC-853_634x921So far predictions for the general field and all of the radio-friendly fields (Pop, Rock, Rap, Country, etc…) had been covered. However the GRAMMY Awards features a total of 83 categories that ranges from less-mainstream music genres to production. I wish I could predict all of them but I’m not such an expert. Not even the Academy members vote for every single category.

For that reason I’ve selected four more categories (Best Americana Album, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Remixed Recording and Best Recording Package) to share and discuss with you in order to wrap up my predictions for the year. There’s exactly one week to go until the nominees are revealed. Let’s take a look at them: Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: More predictions for other selected categories”

Posted in GRAMMY Awards, Music Video

56th GRAMMYs: The most likely contenders for Best Music Video

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The GRAMMY Award for Best Music Video (formerly known as Best Short Form Music Video) honours videos for their concept and creativeness. Recipients include the performers; directors; and producers of the video. In recent years, this field has been dominated by non-mainstream acts. Despite the big names usually win. This year’s race, however, might be dominated by indie rock bands with surreal themes. Here are the five most likely contenders:  Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: The most likely contenders for Best Music Video”

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Monday Music Mix (Week 2)

There’s yet another week for the “Monday Music Mix” from fellow blogger Steve.

For those who don’t know. Every week he’ll post three new questions with the answer being a song title. Here’s a reminder of the rules

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

And these are the results:

Continue reading “Monday Music Mix (Week 2)”

Posted in American Music Awards, Other Music Awards

2013 American Music Awards case closed: It was Taylor’s year not JT’s

taylor-swift-amas-2013-650-430After much debate and against all odds (but Twitter) Taylor Swift took home Artist of the Year award. Before the show, I bet on Justin Timberlake taking the prize. But after I saw Florida Georgia Line winning Single of the Year. I found out that country music lovers really have a big say on this award’s show. And that combined to the “Swifties” army made Taylor win this award for the third time. She received a total of four awards, more than any other artist. In fact, she only lost one award: Pop/Rock Album to One Direction -who also won Pop/Rock Duo/Group.

Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, got three. So after all, it wasn’t his night at all. It was Taylor’s.  Continue reading “2013 American Music Awards case closed: It was Taylor’s year not JT’s”

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Odds for the American Music Awards 2013: Is this JT’s year?

Justin Timberlake with Annie Lennox at the AMAs 2008
Justin Timberlake with Annie Lennox at the AMAs 2008

In a year of rappers and country singers supporting gay rights. And Miley Cyrus twerking and smoking joints everywhere (Happy Birthday Miley by the way). Nobody had paid the proper attention to Justin Timberlake’s incredible comeback to the music scene.

Justin Timberlake was -in the early 2000s- the equivalent of what (another Justin) Bieber is today for kids. However he is far much more talented and professional, less controversial, and is able to reach a wider audience that doesn’t stick to underage teens or pop music fans. And despite odds say otherwise but for all the right reasons (above) this can be Justin’s year at the American Music Awards, to take place tomorrow (November 24th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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Posted in Latin Grammys (En Español), Other Music Awards

IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte III)

JUANLUISGUERRA-ASONDEGUERRATOURA tan solo horas de que inicie la 14va entrega de los Latin GRAMMY Awards en el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas. Les estoy haciendo esta ultima entrega de predicciones. En este caso, estaré abordando las categorías de  Tropical, Cantautor, Regional Mexicana, Brasileña, Vídeo Musical. 

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Este campo esta bastante predecible. No hay mauor competencia. Para el Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo  sin duda alguna es para el 15-veces ganador Juan Luis Guerra (en la imagen) por su disco en vivo Asondeguerra Tour. Ya hace tres años, en el 2010, la versión de estudio de este material había sido galardonada con el Álbum del Año. Otro contrincante duro seria la agrupación venezolana Guaco ya que su disco Escultura se encuentra en las filas para el premio mas prestigioso.  Continue reading “IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte III)”

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IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte II)

The Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
The Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas

En esta segunda entrega de predicciones para la 14va edición de los Latin GRAMMYs -a celebrarse este Jueves 21 de noviembre en el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas-, estaremos abordando los posibles escenarios en las categorías de PopRock, Alternativa, Urbana.

A diferencia de los GRAMMYs anglosajones. Estas categorias tan solo cuentan con dos o tres premios. Uno que va para artistas por álbumes completos y otro para los escritores de canciones, por lo que no se encuentra demasiada diversidad. En fin, vamos ahora con las predicciones:

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IN SPANISH: Especial de los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte I)

El cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives
El cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives

La 14va entrega de los Latin GRAMMYs están a la vuelta de la esquina. Y por supuesto, que no podía dejarlos pasar desaparecido. Claro, he decidido escribir este especial en español, pues no he encontrado demasiado interés por estos premios en los medios anglosajones.

Por quinto año consecutivo el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas, Nevada albergara la ceremonia final este próximo Jueves, 21 de noviembre por Univision. En la misma participaran los reconocidos artistas Juanes, Laura Pauisini y Alejandro Sanz en un tributo a el español Miguel Bosé quien fue nombrado como Persona del Año por la Academia Latina de Grabación.
Por su parte el cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives; el duo argentino Ilya Kuryaki and the Valderramas; y el ingeniero de sonido Javier Garza lideran las nominaciones con cinco cada uno.

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Monday Music Mix

A couple of weeks ago I found out about this game from a fellow blogger Steve.

Every week he’ll post three new questions with the answer being a song title. These are the rules:

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

…And here is how everything turned out to be: Continue reading “Monday Music Mix”

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56th GRAMMYs: Predictions for Song of the Year

macklemore-marylambert-ryanlewis-vmas-2013The Song of the Year award has always been very tricky to predict. One of the biggest misconceptions is that it rewards a song based on the lyrics. But the melody is also plays a major role. We always see diversity here, even more than at Record of the Year. And for the last three years we’ve seen some rather unknown singer-songwriters making the cut. I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t get any of this right. I usually do 2/5.

Sure bets are: LGBT-themed “Same Love” co-written by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert and samples Curtis Mayfield’s song “People Are Ready”; Justin Timberlake’s love song “Mirrors”; and the cynical Southern U.S. track “Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves. Click here to see the rest of the predictions