March 3, 1988 |
Bad and the Boss had their moments at the 30th annual Grammy Awards last night, but "soul" and idealism stole the show. Irish rockers U2 and soul singer Aretha Franklin, as well as classical musicians Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Horowitz, each captured two Grammys during the star-studded extravaganza at New York's Radio City Music Hall. A Grammy also went to Paul Simon for his single "Graceland. " Last year, the LP of the same name won as album of the year. Bruce Springsteen won for best rock vocal performance for Tunnel of Love, and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" won her the award for best female pop vocalist.
February 25, 1987 |
Steve Winwood, Barbra Streisand and the all-star ballad "That's What Friends Are For" were among the big winners at last night's 29th annual Grammy Awards show. The Grammys are bestowed annually by the 6,000 members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Last night's ceremony was broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony began in a lovely fashion, with multiple-nominee Paul Simon performing one of the prettiest songs from his album Graceland, "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.
December 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - In 2009 after she received four Grammy nominations, young British soul singer Adele said she didn't deserve to win one. She was simply looking ahead to what would hopefully be a long career. "A Grammy is like an Oscar," Adele said in between drags of a cigarette - one of six she smoked during an hour-long interview at West Hollywood's London Hotel. "You win an Oscar when you give the performance of your life. I hope this isn't the performance of my life. " Fast-forward two years and the concern is no longer whether the 23-year-old artist has already given the performance of her career, but rather whether she'll be able to perform again.
December 7, 2014 |
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.
February 9, 2012 |
Given that Kanye West is up twice for best rap album (alone and with his bud, Jay Z), he probably won't be throwing one of his famous temper tantrums this Sunday night on national TV (CBS, 8 to 11:30 p.m.) But don't be surprised if somebody else jumps out of the audience at the 54th annual Grammy Awards to loudly protest "we've been robbed. " For certain, protest activities are planned for outside L.A.'s Staples Center on Sunday. There'll also be an anti-Grammy concert (Latin Jazz)
May 20, 2011
Odell Brown Jr., a musician who cowrote one of Marvin Gaye's biggest hits only to soon find himself a victim of depression and destitute, has died. Mr. Brown, 70, died May 3 in his Richfield, Minn., home after moving to the Twin Cities area in the mid-1990s and stabilizing his professional and personal life. He began playing piano in his hometown, Louisville, Ky., tapping out classical songs at age 4. He broke through musically while living in Chicago, when his jazz group Odell Brown & the Organizers received Billboard's "Best New Group" award in 1966.
March 2, 1988 |
Saturday afternoon, when rehearsals began in earnest for tonight's Grammy Awards, the choice seats at Radio City Music Hall were filled with big names. There weren't any people there, mind you - just names in block letters on white placards and photographs of the stars to come. U2 has been given four seats right behind Robin Williams; Suzanne Vega is on an aisle sandwiched between Roseanne Cash and Terence Trent D'Arby. Bob Seger will be able to turn around and rap with Prince; Liza Minnelli can whisper into the ear of Quincy Jones.
January 19, 2012 |
HE'S BETTER KNOWN now as a star of "NCIS: Los Angeles" than as a rapper, but LL Cool J 's affiliation with music and CBS pays off big time Feb. 12. He's going to host the Grammy Awards. "I'm thrilled to be a part of music's biggest night," the two-time Grammy winner said. "I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true. " Really? With all the things you can dream about as a music, TV and film celebrity, you dream about hosting an awards show?
February 29, 1996 |
Poor Ellen DeGeneres. Someone must've slipped a jagged little pill into her drink just before last night's Grammy Awards. How else to explain how a woman who's spent years telling jokes for a living couldn't think of any when faced with an audience of 1 billion people? DeGeneres, who no doubt realized early on that she'd forgotten to prepare material, apparently thought wearing a running suit would facilitate a quick getaway and that a red ribbon, like a string of good pearls, will dress up any outfit.
February 24, 2000 |
For tenor Stuart Neill, taking the role of the priest in Stravinsky's Persephone was a considerable risk. It wasn't the repertoire he was known for, and his French "wasn't so great. " Even some of his closest friends advised him against it. But yesterday, the singer with an East Falls home, an international career, and a Southern accent felt vindicated after learning that his recording of the melodrama with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas won three Grammy Awards, including the one for best classical album.