November 11, 2015 |
Marian Anderson's contralto voice not only forged its way through the segregation and prejudice of the early and mid-20th century, it also served as the sound track to a legacy of artistry and philanthropy. That will play loud and clear Tuesday night at the Kimmel Center at the 17th annual Marian Anderson Award Gala. The award is given to an artist who not only excels in his or her field, but who also shows humanitarian leadership. In 1943, the Philadelphia-born operatic star began a scholarship for promising singers.
March 25, 2015 |
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.
February 12, 2015 |
Kat Mittman Kobak planned to design jewelry for this year's Grammy Awards attendees by personalizing her signature silver, sparkling, beaded choker. But then, three days before the pieces were to be shipped off, Kobak's publicist got the names of exactly who would be getting Kat Designs baubles: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, and John Mayer. The dainty necklaces with edgy panther and arrowhead charms weren't quite right anymore - especially now that Mayer was in the mix. Kobak would have to start from scratch.
February 12, 2015 |
Mrs. Dornan: No thanks Amelia Warner supports the career of her actor husband, Jamie Dornan , all the way. But she's no masochist. She'd rather not watch his latest pic, erotic zeitgeistmaker Fifty Shades of Grey . Dornan, best known for playing a disturbingly human rapist in the British thriller The Fall , has a few scenes his wife would rather miss. One has him tie up, whip, and spank Dakota Johnson . "She doesn't want to watch this," Dornan, 32, tells USA Today.
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 3, 2014 |
This evening about 6:30 in East Rutherford, N.J., a soprano from the Metropolitan Opera will join the NFL. Televised to more than 100 million listeners, she will sail "The Star-Spangled Banner" aloft with operatic vibrato, and by Monday morning all of America will be so stirred by her voice that apps will collapse under the strain of the sudden demand for Verdi and Wagner. Scratch that. Authorities have charged a pair of New Jersey Metallica fans with organizing a massive classical-music ticket-scalping scheme after hearing pianist Lang Lang rocking out with the heavy metal band on last Sunday's Grammy broadcast.
January 29, 2014 |
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.
January 28, 2014 |
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")
January 24, 2014 |
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.
January 9, 2014 |
J ERRY SEINFELD and Larry David are reportedly teaming up on a new project, but try to curb your enthusiasm. They won't say what it is. The Los Angeles Times reports that Seinfeld mentioned the project in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Q&A to plug his Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. " Asked about the most mundane thing David and Seinfeld ever obsessed over, Jerry replied: "We never obsess over anything that isn't mundane. Most recent was intentional mumbling.