Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 2013 Grammy Award Nominees


Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and The Black Keys, each copped an impressive six nods apiece at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville on Wednesday.

Drake, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Jack White and best new artist nominee Hunter Hayes were among 16 nominees with three nods.

Taylor Swift's 1.21 million-selling “Red” was released too late for album eligibility, she was still able to bag nominations for her hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and her tune on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, "Safe and Sound."

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" picked up two nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and country star Carrie Underwood also picked up two nods.

The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.


A full list of nominees is available on Grammy.com. Here are the nominees in the notable categories:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, “El Camino”
fun., “Some Nights”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Song Of The Year [awarded to songwriter]
“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 Monae)

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

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”
fun., “Some Nights”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

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 Monae
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It,” LMFAO
“Payphone,” Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Christmas,” Michael Bublé
“A Holiday Carole,” Carole King
“Kisses On The Bottom,” Paul McCartney

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 Song
“Freedom At 21,” Jack White
“I Will Wait,” Mumford & Sons
“Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
“Madness,” Muse
“We Take Care Of Our Own,” Bruce Springsteen

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

Best Alternative Music Album
“The Idler Wheel …,” Fiona Apple
“Biophilia,” Björk
“Making Mirrors,” Gotye
“Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” M83
“Bad As Me,” Tom Waits

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 Traditional R&B Performance
“Lately,” Anita Baker
“Love On Top,” Beyoncé
“Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” Melanie Fiona
“Real Good Hands,” Gregory Porter
“If Only You Knew,” SWV

Best R&B Song
“Adorn,” Miguel
“Beautiful Surprise,” Tamia
“Heart Attack,” Trey Songz
“Pray For Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Refill,” Elle Varner

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

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/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 featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song
“Daughters,” Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb,” Wale Featuring Miguel
“Mercy,” Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“The Motto,” Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne
“N****s In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Young, Wild & Free,” Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars

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

Best Country Solo Performance
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“Pontoon,” Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound,” Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
“On The Outskirts Of Town,” The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here For The Music,” Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss

Best Country Song
“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
“Cost Of Livin’,” Ronnie Dunn
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” Alan Jackson
“Springsteen,” Eric Church

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




Monday, December 10, 2012

Singer Jenni Rivera Feared Dead in Mexican Plane Crash


Mexico's music world mourned Jenni Rivera, the U.S.-born singer presumed killed in a plane crash whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles had made her a Mexican-American superstar.

 Rivera, a mother of five and grandmother of two, was traveling on the Learjet 25 jet with six other passengers  that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico.

Rivera sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas Prestadas: Banda."

She made history in September 2011 when she sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the first female regional Mexican artist to do so. Her reality show on mun2, I Love Jenni, is one of the network's highest rated shows.