Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones, 1945-2012

The Monkees front man, Davy Jones, died today from a heart attack in Indiantown, Florida, where he lived.

Jones was born December 30, 1945 in Manchester, England. His long hair and British accent helped him achieve heartthrob status in the United States.

Jones rose to fame in the mid-1960s when he joined the pop group The Monkees, which was formed for a TV show with the same name. With such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," the group sold more than 50 million records.

Jones is survived by his wife and four daughters.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The BRIT Awards Winners

The winners of the 2012 BRIT Awards are:

British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist: Adele

British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran

British Group: Coldplay

British Single: One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful

MasterCard British Album of the Year: Adele- 21

International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna

International Group: Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Winners on Music's Biggest Night

Adele emerged top winner at Sunday's Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song, and album of the year.

The night's other big winners included The Foo Fighters, who won five awards. Kanye West, who was nominated for seven Grammy's, took home four trophies. Taylor Swift also won two Grammy's for her song "Mean."

Among the evening's performers were Chris Brown, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, and Katy Perry. Jennifer Hudson also performed "I Will Always Love You" as a tribute to Whitney Houston.

A list of the major category winners from the 2012 Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year
WINNER: Adele, 21
The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

Record of the Year
WINNER: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
WINNER: Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“Firework” — Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” — Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
WINNER: “Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
WINNER: 21, Adele
The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna

Best Dance Recording
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
“Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
WINNER: “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
“Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Zonoscope, Cut/Copy
4×4=12, Deadmau5
Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta
Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn
WINNER: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
WINNER: Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane
What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

Best Rock Performance
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay
“Down By The Water” — The Decemberists
WINNER: “Walk” — Foo Fighters
“The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
“Lotus Flower” — Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater
WINNER: “White Limo” — Foo Fighters
“Curl Of The Burl” — Mastodon
“Public Enemy No. 1? — Megadeth
“Blood In My Eyes” — Sum 41

Best Rock Song
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Down By The Water" - The Decemberists
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" - Coldplay
"Lotus Flower" - Radiohead
WINNER: "Walk" - Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck
WINNER: Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon
I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love — Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
WINNER: Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie
Torches — Foster The People
Circuital — My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs — Radiohead

Best R&B Performance
"Far Away" - Marsha Ambrosius
"Pieces Of Me" - Ledisi
"Not My Daddy" - Kelly Price & Stokley
WINNER: "Is This Love" - Corinne Bailey Rae
"You Are" - Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
WINNER: “Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” — R. Kelly
“Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song
"Far Away" - Marsha Ambrosius
"Not My Daddy" - Kelly Price & Stokley
"Pieces Of Me" - Ledisi
"You Are" - Charlie Wilson

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
WINNER: “All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
"Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
"I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco

Best Rap Album
Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
WINNER: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
“Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride
“Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton
WINNER: “Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
"You And Tequila" - Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
WINNER: "Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Thompson Square

Best Country Song
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy
“God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes
“Just Fishin’” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill
“Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian
“You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter

Monday, February 13, 2012

Remembering Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, the legendary pop singer who sold more than 140 million albums with hits like "Greatest Love of All" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," died on Saturday in Beverley Hills, California. She was 48 years old.

Houston got her start singing in the Baptist church choirs with her mother, Cissy Houston.

Her first album "Whitney Houston" released in 1985, and sold five million copies by 1986; shattering sales records set by Tina Turner and Donna Summer. Her debut album also included three No. 1 singles: "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," and "The Greatest Love of All."

In the 1990's, Houston turned to acting and starred in the films "The Bodyguard," "Waiting to Exhale," and "The Preacher's Wife." Her hit song "I Will Always Love You" helped the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" sell over 17 million copies.

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said Houston "was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades."

Houston's vibrant and spectacular voice, which earned her six Grammy's, was said to have inspired many of today's top selling artists, including Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Air This Sunday!

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, airing February 12th, will be awarding prizes to only 78 categories, compared to the 109 which were given last year.

In April 2011, The National Academy of Recording Arts responded to criticism that "too many categories were diluting the Grammy's impact" by making 31 category cuts and numerous consolidations to subcategories.

For example, the R&B category will only have 4 awards this year, compared to 8 last year. The classical and American roots field lost 4 categories, and pop, rock, and Latin each lost 3.

The Teajno, banda, norteno and regional Mexican albums, who each had their own winner last year, were combined and will award 1 winner for banda or norteno, and 1 winner for regional Mexican or Tejano.

In the pop, country and R&B fields, male and female performers who competed separately last year will be vying for the same award during this year's ceremony.

Some categories, like best Hawaiian album, best Native American album, and best rock or gospel album, will not be awarded at all this Sunday. Urban, contemporary, and alternative music also lost their categories.

How do you feel about the cuts made to the Grammy Awards?