Posted in GRAMMY Awards

56th GRAMMYs reactions: Daft Punk, the big winners; Nostalgia was all over; and some fun facts

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Last night’s show wrapped up another year for the GRAMMY Awards. The protagonists of the night were french robots, Daft Punk; managing to take home all of the five awards they were nominated for. Pharrell Williams followed up with four wins, bringing his tally up to 7.

Overall, the show was entertaining as it always is. However, the producers seem to be running out of ideas. Three key signs of these were: LL Cool J adapting his 2013 welcoming message to this year; Lorde performing the exact same number from the nominations concert; and P!nk repeating her acrobatic skills. On the other hand, nostalgia was present all throughout the event. Now, let’s take a look at each of the 20 performances, embedding the videos to those that worth another-watching.  Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs reactions: Daft Punk, the big winners; Nostalgia was all over; and some fun facts”

Posted in GRAMMY Awards, R&B Field

56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the R&B Field

Tamar+Braxton+TamarUnlike last year, when Frank Ocean and Miguel were all over the scene. The R&B field is rather weak this time. The strongest contender here is, breakthrough artist, Tamar Braxton who is up for three of the five awards including Best R&B Performance and Song for her smash-hit, “Love And War”. Former winners, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton, garnered three and two nods respectively. NARAS’ darlings, Alicia Keys and John Legend were relegated to Best R&B Album, only. The latter, though, will be performing during the telecast with Australian country artist, Keith Urban.  Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the R&B Field”

Posted in Alternative Field, GRAMMY Awards, Rock Field

56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Rock and Alternative fields

Press_Photo_ledzep2The rock field has always been unpredictable when it comes to nominees. However, things also seem to be quite tricky to predict the winners. As this year, all the rock categories are filled with veterans. Hence, it is uncertain which one the academy loves best. Will it be Led Zeppelin for their 2007 reunion concert? The comeback albums by David Bowie? and Black Sabbath? Rolling Stones’ latest song? Or Paul McCartney’s own Nirvana moment? Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Rock and Alternative fields”

Posted in Dance/Electronica Field, GRAMMY Awards

56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Dance/Electronica Field

daft-punk-630The Dance/Electronica field is just celebrating its eleventh year of existence. Thus meaning it is one of the youngest fields at the Grammy Awards. Before that, it was simply considered something that pop artists would do. Now, it is a fast-growing and established musical genre.

This year’s race is contested, mostly, by European musicians. In fact, the only North American representatives are; American electronica producer Pretty Lights, and Canadian pop singer Trevor Guthire (featured artist for the Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren). Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Dance/Electronica Field”

Posted in GRAMMY Awards, Pop Field

56th GRAMMYs: Odds in the Pop Field

jt_press_photo_2013The pop field is as competitive as ever. This year’s top contenders include: 6-time GRAMMY winner, with seven nods this time, Justin Timberlake –represented in three out of the four field categories–; New Zealand’s wunderkind Lorde; Bruno Mars who is also up for the general field; among others. Now, let’s take a closer look at each category.

Best Pop Solo Performance: One thing is certain here. We will definitely a brand new winner (since Adele was not even submitted). We might also have the first male winner; in a category that has definitely been dominated by females. Justin Timberlake, who was completely snubbed in the general field, is up for his eternal-love ballad “Mirrors”. Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds in the Pop Field”

Posted in Other Music Awards

86th Oscars nominees are in! Pharrell, U2, and Karen O. got it; Lana del Rey snubbed

Pharrell-Williams-Street-Formal-Style-2013-2014-1The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards had just been announced in Hollywood. Just for the record Alfonso Cuaron’s outer-space odyssey Gravity and the FBI-related crime/dramedy film by David O. Russel, American Hustle, received the most nominations with ten. However, at the Oscars, not only actors and filmmakers get nominated. Musicians as well in the categories for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

The band members of U2; Pharrell Williams; and Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, grabbed nods for Original Song. Meanwhile, veterans John Williams; Thomas Newman; and Alexandre Desplant are in for Original Score. Major upsets come from GRAMMY-nominated Lana del Rey and Golden Globe Award-winner Alex Ebert who were completely snubbed in both categories.  Continue reading “86th Oscars nominees are in! Pharrell, U2, and Karen O. got it; Lana del Rey snubbed”

Posted in Monday Music Mix, Random Stuff

Monday Music Mix #8

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Welcome again to the weekly “Monday Music Mix” challenge 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

Here are this week’s results: Continue reading “Monday Music Mix #8”

Posted in Best New Artist, GRAMMY Awards

56th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist

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The race for Best New Artist roughly follows the same pattern that’s been in place for the last couple of years. There are two hip-hop acts –that greatly differ from each other with Lamar representing the West Coast gangsta rap and duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis basically just rap within pop song. The country side is represented by Kacey Musgraves, also the only female contender. James Blake is the alternative/filler nod and Ed Sheeran represents the radio-friendly pop artist, both singers which happen to be British.

Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist”

Posted in GRAMMY Awards, Song of the Year

56th GRAMMYs: Odds for Song of the Year

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The Grammy Award for Song of the Year is usually the least ‘mainstream’ of the big four categories. However this year’s line-up turned out to be filled with radio-friendly songs. Most of the nominees are actually first-timers in this category and they all fall in the same genre: Pop (“Same Love” included). No wonder why there is no award for Best Pop Song.

Just like at Album of the Year, there is no clear favourite to win this songwriter’s award. Contenders here are listed in order of likelihood of winning:

Continue reading “56th GRAMMYs: Odds for Song of the Year”