Friday, February 20, 2015

2015 Grammy Awards: Sam Smith Wins Big!

Sam Smith had a huge night at the Grammy Awards, picking up four awards, three of them in major categories: best new artist and song of the year and record of the year for smash hit “Stay With Me.”

But it wasn’t quite a clean sweep. Beck surprised everyone with an album of the year win for “Morning Phase.” And Kanye West tried to upstage his own infamous award show momemt as he “jokingly” hopped on stage when Beck won out over BeyoncĂ©.

The rest of the show featured a surprising amount of very serious performances. Usher performed a tribute to Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry performed her new song dedicated to a survivor of domestic violence. 

Check out a full list of Grammy Award winners here!

Friday, February 6, 2015

In Honor of Black History Month: African American Spirituals by Harry T. Burleigh

Henry "Harry" Thacker Burleigh was an African American classical composer, arranger, and professional singer. He was the first black composer to be instrumental in the development of a home-grown American form of music termed “Negro Spirituals.” Legend holds, he originally heard the music sung by his blind grandfather as a young boy. 

As a music editor for Franco Colombo Music in New York City, Burleigh helped to make these Spirituals available to classically-trained artists both by introducing them to the music and by arranging the music in a more classical form.

Ultimately, Dr. Burleigh became a founding member of ASCAP and his music was instrumental in launching the careers of legendary talents like Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson. Check out the sheet music for Dr. Burleigh’s American Negro Spirituals here!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Grammy Nominees

Sam Smith, Beyonce and Pharrell lead the field with six Grammy nominations each. 

Beck's "Morning Phase," BeyoncĂ©'s self-titled album, Ed Sheeran's "X," Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" and Pharrell Williams' "Girl" are the nominees for album of the year. 

Smith, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Sia and Meghan Trainor are up for record of the year. Smith and Azalea have also been nominated for best new artist, along with Bastille, Brandy Clark and Haim.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards air live February 8th and will be hosted by LL Cool J for the fourth consecutive year. Performances are expected from Madonna, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC, Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Usher, Eric Church, Common, John Legend, and Pharrell Williams.

Check out the major category nominees below or a full list of the nominees here.

Album of the Year

Beck, Morning Phase
Beyonce, Beyonce
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Record of the Year

"Fancy," Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
"Chandelier," Sia
"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year
"Chandelier," Sia
"All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
"Take Me to Church," Hozier