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August 21, 1994 | By Martin Booe, FOR THE INQUIRER
It's early in the morning when Prisoner C89262 is ushered quietly into a sparsely furnished meeting room in the administrative wing of the California Men's Colony here. He wears a light blue nylon jumpsuit, prison-issue, and his whitening hair spikes up a little from a soon-to-be-renewed burr cut. Although a bit haggard, he is pleasant-looking, even handsome. His first visitor in . . . two years? Three? Five? He's not certain, but he does know that in his 11 years of incarceration here and elsewhere, he hasn't seen more than a half-dozen people from the outside.
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December 8, 2004 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
College didn't work out for Kanye West, but The College Dropout sure did. The nattily dressed Chicago rapper and producer earned a leading 10 Grammy nominations yesterday, topping R&B singers Alicia Keys and Usher, who teamed up on the hit single "My Boo" and each received eight nominations. Ray Charles, who died in June at 73, but whose posthumous album, Genius Loves Company, has become the biggest seller of his career, earned seven nominations. Maturing California punk-rockers Green Day captured six, while Norah Jones, Prince, Loretta Lynn and Al Schmitt - a recording engineer who worked with Charles and jazz singer Diana Krall - each got five.
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February 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA'S MUSIC community had a few reasons to cheer "home team" victories at last night's Grammys. CAPA- (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts) educated jazz bassist Christian McBride hit Grammy pay dirt with his first-ever attempt as a "large jazz ensemble" arranger/leader, as the Christian McBride Big Band scored with the Mack Avenue label release "The Good Feeling. " The even more legendary Philly jazz bassist Stanley Clarke shared two Grammy jazz honors with Chick Corea and Lenny White for their "Return to Forever" reunion project "Forever.
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February 13, 1992 | By Robert G. Seidenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pardon me, but the idea of nominating Katharine Hepburn for the Grammy in the spoken-word category for Me: Stories of My Life is enough to make a reviewer a touch suspicious of the criteria used. I suppose the tape (Random House Audio, three hours, abridged, $16) is sufficiently entertaining if you don't mind her wheezing delivery. But best of the year? Forget it. Celebrity status, however, apparently has its benefits when it comes time to select Grammy nominees. For example, Charles Kuralt and Ken Burns are celebrities, too. Kuralt, the CBS newsman with the ever-so-human touch, is a deserving nominee for his wonderful A Life on the Road (Simon & Schuster, three hours, abridged, $15.95)
NEWS
December 2, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Cheltenham-born jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker landed among the big Grammy nomination-night winners, with nominations for four golden gramophones, the same number as such illustrious pop stars as Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, and Bon Iver. Brecker's nominations Wednesday night stem from his work on The Jazz Ballad Song Book , recorded with the Danish Radio Big Band and Danish National Chamber Orchestra and released on Half Note Records this year. His nominations include improvised jazz solo, best large jazz ensemble, best instrumental composition, and instrumental arrangement.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Album of the year "21," Adele Record of the Year "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Rock Song "Walk," Foo Fighters Rap Album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West Complete list, A8.  
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September 20, 2001 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
Guitarist Sharon Isbin has made the big time, with a new Teldec CD of two commissioned pieces and a Grammy on her mantel. Nabbing the "best instrumental soloist performance without orchestra" award at last February's ceremony, she became the first woman guitarist ever to receive the award and the first on her instrument in 28 years. It's a real coup for the innovative Orchestra 2001 to land Isbin as a guest artist. Since its founding in 1988, when 2001 evoked space passage and enigmatic monoliths, the ensemble under James Freeman has flourished in the new-music climate while forging unique links on Russian tours.
NEWS
February 20, 1998 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
In 1996, R&B singer D'Angelo was nominated for three Grammys and three Soul Train Music Awards. He went home empty-handed from the Grammys, but won all three Soul Train Awards. That same year, Grammy darling Mariah Carey, nominated for six awards, picked up only one Soul Train nomination. Soul Train has traditionally picked up the slack where Grammy nominations fall off for black artists. It recognizes soul, jazz and gospel artists in 11 categories and gives two annual achievement awards - the Quincy Jones Award for career achievement and the Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award.
NEWS
March 10, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
What started as a way to provide entertainment for his children has led to a Grammy award for Mark Sottnick. Sottnick, 42, who grew up in Secane, won a Grammy award last week for The Elephant's Child, selected as the best children's recording of 1987. "I was teaching at a middle school in Rhode Island, and there was really nothing to play for them (his students) on the VCR, so I started to make videos and then became interested in film," Sottnick said in a telephone interview from his home in Westport, Conn.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1986 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
The Grammy Awards are an annual exhibition of the ills of the record industry. The nominations show that commercial impact is the primary consideration and technical gloss is the only other significant criterion in evaluating recordings. Because the American recording industry is aimed single-mindedly at the teenage buyer, the Grammy nominations stress pop recordings, rock, and country music. Music relegated to the "classical" category is actually many kinds of nonrock music, representing four or more centuries of intellectual enterprise.
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March 25, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
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March 2, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was magical. Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux (pronounced vee-OH ), 41, just won a Grammy for best classical instrumental solo album for Play . At Curtis, where he teaches, he's sitting on stage at Field Concert Hall (the one you see in the TV concerts), tuning up his Gernot Wagner guitar while a photographer gets ready. (You know someone's serious about music when he tunes up for a photo.) Then he breaks into a heartbreaking arrangement of "What a Wonderful World," and suddenly you remember why they call music beautiful: New emotions emerge in the old Louis Armstrong hit, something you already loved, but now you have new reasons for loving it. Vieaux has been at Curtis since 2011, when he and fellow guitar star David Starobin were recruited to start a guitar department.
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February 10, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
SAM SMITH has a simple rule: "Be yourself. " And maybe that's what it takes to make a massive breakthrough in today's media overloaded environment. Last night, Smith's painfully honest and gorgeously sung ballads about unrequited love earned the gawky 22-year-old two armfuls of awards at the 57th annual Grammys - starting with the prestigious (though often kiss of death) New Artist of the Year. "Oh my gosh, I have to say something without crying," he shared, perfectly in character.
NEWS
February 10, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Beck Hansen's album Morning Phase , a becalmed collection from the changeling California songwriter, was surprise winner for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. The show was otherwise dominated by 22-year-old British crooner Sam Smith, who won best new artist as well as song and record of the year, and pop vocal performance. "This is the best night of my life," said Smith, in picking up his crowning record of the year trophy for "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
This year's twist in the Grammy nominations was to roll out the announcements little by little, all day Friday. The first of the major noms, announced by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams on CBS This Morning , was record of the year. The last ones, for album of the year, were revealed on A Very Grammy Christmas Special Friday night on CBS. Nominated for album of the year are Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour , Beyonce's self-titled release, and Williams' G I R L , along with Beck's Morning Phase and Ed Sheeran's X . And the nominees for record of the year are: Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, "Fancy"; Sia, "Chandelier"; Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"; Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass;" and Smith, "Stay With Me. " The song of the year slate was nearly identical, with the tracks by Sia, Trainor, Swift, and Smith, plus the intriguing "Take Me to Church," by Hozier.
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January 29, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Tye Tribbett celebrated his birthday at the Grammy Awards. And by the time the pre-telecast portion of the ceremony was over on Sunday, the South Jersey gospel singer had taken home two trophies: He won best gospel song for "If He Did It Before . . . Same God" and best gospel album for his energized 2013 live release, Greater Than . "What an amazingly happy birthday it was!" says Tribbett, now 38, sounding ecstatic as he talked on the phone while driving on a sunny Southern California afternoon.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
French dance-music duo Daft Punk won album and record of the year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, while Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and New Zealand teenage sensation Lorde also took home multiple awards at the ceremony broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Daft Punk won five awards for their album Random Access Memories and its addictive hit single "Get Lucky. " Macklemore & Lewis, who captured the zeitgeist in 2013 with the hits "Same Love" and "Thrift Shop" - which celebrated gay rights and shopping on a tight budget, respectively - swept the rap categories with their album The Heist , and also won the best new artist award.
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January 28, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
HOW GAY (and lucky) was the 56th annual Grammy Awards celebration? Very happy indeed, as the celebrants for "Same (sex) Love" (and "Thrift Shop" music making) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the majority of (seven) awards for which they were nominated. And French pop duo Daft Punk made the Grammy voting gang go daffy. Rapper Macklemore (a/k/a Ben Haggerty) and producer Lewis also pointedly stole the performance thunder from show openers Beyonce and Jay Z ("Drunk In Love"), a witchy/spell casting Katy Perry ("Dark Horse")
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
There's going to be an elephant in the room when they give out the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. His name, of course, is Kanye West. Not that it's necessarily likely that when album of the year honors are awarded, West will storm the stage and say, "I'm-a let you finish but . . . " to the winner, whether it's Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Sara Bareilles, or, heaven forbid, Taylor Swift. The issue, though, is that if he does indeed act out during the telecast, which begins at 8 p.m. on CBS3, and say that no album deserves the trophy more than Yeezus , everybody will know he's right.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
TELEVISED entertainment award shows, like the MTV VMAs, American Music Awards and Golden Globes, have captured surprisingly big - even "best in a decade" - ratings this season, scoring especially well with advertiser-coveted 18- to-49-year-olds. Will Sunday's Grammy telecast (8 p.m., on CBS) likewise win viewing love - and tweets - and help restore pop music's mass-media prestige in the process? Could happen, if the event delivers the same performance tingle and thrill of victory as the best TV talent contests - the new live entertainment standard by which even award galas are being judged.
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