The past year has been a great one for music. New artists, songs, albums, the whole nine yards. The Grammy’s are a great way to celebrate the achievements of those artists in the past 365 days. Here’s a complete list of winners:
Song of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Record of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Cheek to Cheek”
Best Rock Performance: Jack White – “Lazaretto”
Best Metal Performance: Tenacious D – “The Last in Line”
Best Rock Song: Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” (Hayley Williams and Taylor York, songwriters)
Best Alternative Rock Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “I”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Eminem featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “I” (K. Duckworth and C. Smith, songwriters)
Best Rap Album: Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children”, Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Best R&B Song: Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love” (Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, GIRL
Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love, Marriage, & Divorce
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Bass & Mandolin
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat, composer
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” from Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, songwriters – performed by Idina Menzel
Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”
Best Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (songwriters), performed by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Best Bulegrass Album: The Earls of Leicaster, The Earls of Leicaster
Best America Roots Performance: Roseanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Best Americana Album: Roseanne Cash, The River & The Thread
Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy
Best Music Video: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Best Music Film:20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin
Best Instrumental Composition: John Williams – “The Book Thief”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals: Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”
Best Recording Package: Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors; Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors; The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)
Best Album Notes: Ashley Kahn, John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University
Best Historical Album: Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo – Eve
Best Children’s Album: Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)
Best Musical Theatre Album: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter – Step Back
Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva
Best Comedy Album: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara
Best Improved Jazz Solo: Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble
Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Smokie Norful – “No Greater Love”
Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help
Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Ferris, Shine For All The People
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Lecrae featuring For King & Country – “Messengers”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
Do you agree with these, or did you think someone else was more deserving? Let us know in the comments!
U2 gave their fans a great surprise today – they released their thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes for free.
Interscope Records made a press release stating that the new album, which was gifted to fans ahead of the October 14 release date, is the band’s “most personal work to date” and that it was inspired by the band’s earliest influences in music, which includes anything from 70s rock to 80s electronica.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono said that the band wanted to make a very personal album.
“Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there,” says the frontman.
Some of the songs included on the album are “Song for Someone”, “Volcano”, and “The Miracle”. This is the fordt album U2 has released in five years.
Listen to one of the new songs, entitled “California (There Is No End to Love)” here:
With summer approaching quickly, we thought we’d make a list of our Top Ten songs of the summer!
10. “Summer” by Calvin Harris
The aptly-titled track from the Scottish DJ brings a great beat to dance to and gives off a “summer party” vibe. Check out the video:
9. “Hideaway” by Kiesza
This song is another electronic song, but the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has a unique voice, not to mention the kick ass video.
8. “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX
This song is from the soundtrack of what is likely going to be the YA movie of the summer, The Fault in Our Stars! The song is super catchy, and will get stuck in your head!
7. “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore
This song by the Franklin, Tennessee based alternative band is a new sound from them. They incorporated a gospel choir in this song. To truly understand the song, you’ve got to watch the video!
6. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
This song has a more alternative/indie sound to it, but definitely gives off a distinctly summer feeling! You’ve likely heard it on the radio recently!
5. “UH-OH” by Jeremy Fisher featuring Serena Ryder
Jeremy Fisher recently released an album, titled “The Lemon Squeeze”, and this is the first single the Canadian had released. Serena Ryder brings an element to the song that put it on the list!
4. “Sing” by Ed Sheeran
Honestly, it’s Ed Sheeran. Anything he does is good.
3. “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer
Australian-based 5 Seconds of Summer definitely have a summer hit on their hands with one! This song is a perfect mix of punk and pop! If you haven’t given them a chance, you definitely should!
2. “Jealous” by Chromeo
If this song doesn’t hit #1 on the charts, we’ll be surprised! This song is amazingly catchy; with it’s great, dance-inspiring instrumentals and easy to remember lyrics, this song is sure to be a summer hit!
1.”Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd
This song made the top of our list because, frankly, it’s energetic as hell, and every girl can relate to the lyrics!
Did we miss anything? Do you agree with our choices?
Aca-amazing! Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt recently tweeted an on-set photo of him and co-star Skylar Astin in Treblemaker costumes! As Entertainment Weeklyand Deadline are reporting, this means that Astin is indeed involved in the sequel and his character Jesse will be returning!
Unfortunately, there are no major plot or character details for the awaited sequel, but we do know a lot about the current cast. Haliee Steinfeld is the newest member of the Barden Bellas and Katey Sagal will be playing her mom. Plus, the majority of the original cast will also be returning including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, and Alexis Knapp.
Are you excited that Jesse will be returning for the sequel? What do you think this means for the storyline?
Elizabeth Banks announced on her website this morning that actress Katey Sagal has officially joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2! In the announcement, Banks explains that Sagal will be playing Hailee Steinfeld’s mom.
There are no other character details available yet, but we do know Steinfeld’s character is the newest member of the Barden Bella’s. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, and Alexis Knapp will be returning to the franchise. Plus, actresses Shelley Regner, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and Kelley Jakle will also be reprising their roles!
What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Sagal’s character will be the typical “show mom”? Let us know what you think and Stay tuned for more news about this anticipated sequel as production continues!
The first stills from the modern adaptation of My Fair Lady, titled Selfie, have been released.
The series is very social-media based, and stars Gillan as Eliza Dooley who is “more concerned with getting “likes” than being liked,” according to upandcomers.net. “After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.” Cho plays Henry, who decides to take on the challenge of re-marketing Eliza.
The cast also includes Allyn Rachel, Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and David Harewood. Will you watch Selfie when it premieres on ABC?