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Album Review: Drake – Nothing Was The Same

I want to call Drake a highly emotional rapper for his distinct ability to sing while rapping at the same time.  I think he is the only rapper who can add melodic embellishments to his raps.  Born 24 October, 1986, Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, songwriter and occasional actor with several mixtapes before he became famous and three studio albums under his belt, one of which is Nothing Was The Same, his latest album and the subject of my Album Review today.  His first studio album, Thank Me Later (2009), is a certified platinum hit while his second album, Take Care (2011), is his most successful album to date, topping charts across the globe and spawning hits like Take Care, Headlines, Make Me Proud and The Motto, which originated the popular phrase/acronym YOLO (You Only Live Once).  Cool huh?  Anyway let’s get on with the review for his current album.

  1.  Tuscan Leather – Opening an album is very critical to every artist because it will most likely make or break the whole record.  In Nothing Was The Same, Drake opens up with an introduction, no-chorus, 6-minute interlude-like track that makes sure that his listeners are aware of his significance and the success he attained for the last years or so, being as popular as his mentor, Lil Wayne, but still remains grounded and humble.
  2. Furthest Thing – Still continuing with his examination of his success and fame, Drake does an amazing job of creating this somehow personal track, telling everyone that he is still doing what he loves to do while admitting that even with fame he is still the same human person who makes missteps when it comes to love. Nice track!
  3. Started From The Bottom – As of writing, this first single is already a certified smash hit!  This is a celebratory anthem that tells Drake’s rags-to-riches success, a song everyone can bop heads with while singing along with the main man himself.  This is by far one of his best works yet.
  4. Wu-Tang Forever – With a hypnotic piano and drum-loop in the background, this track gives an interesting sampling of Wu-Tang Clan’s “It’s Yourz,” hence the title of the song.  It’s a bit droopy for me, well mainly because of the background tinkling of the piano.
  5. Own It – With the theme of “It’s Yourz” carrying through Own It, this track starts slow then it gets better with the robotic rattles at the chorus.  This actually is a highly sexual and provocative track with lines like “Next time we f*ck | I don’t wanna f*ck | I wanna make love | Next time we talk | I don’t just wanna talk | I wanna trust.”
  6. Worst Behavior – Coming from two slow tracks, Drake bounces back as he justifies himself being on his worst behavior on this track.  I really, really like the playful, Atari-like atmosphere of the whole beat, all courtesy of DJ Dahi.
  7. From Time featuring Jhene Aiko – This track is smoking hot!  Accompanied simply by a piano and some snaps of fingers on the side and slow drum beats all around, the chemistry between Drake and R&B singer Jhene Aiko is spot on.  Drake raps that he hates money because it changes everything yet hates it when it changes relationships.
  8. Hold On, We’re Going Home – And we got a hot one tonight!  It’s yet another smash from Drake!  He really does great in what I call spit-singing in his previous records, but in this song he solely sings it and boy, his singing voice sounds so good and soothing on this fantastic, somehow throwback track.  Repeat worthy.  My favorite song of the whole album. [WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE]
  9. Connect – Drake raps about relationships and pu*sy power while saying the word swangin’.  After research I have come with the definition of swangin’: the art of switching lanes by swerving you car from side to side.  Now I get it, this track tells a slinky discussion of back and forth communication, or the lack thereof, in a rough relationship.
  10. The Language –I did not get this track, but all I heard was his platinum records and bottles of champagne while bouncing in the club.  With that, I guess this track is club-worthy.
  11. 305 To My City – With Drop Down, Drop Drop Down at the beginning, I kind of dropped my interest in this track.  305 To My City highlights Drake’s ways of getting strippers from point A to point B, probably from US borders to his hometown Ontario.
  12. Too Much featuring Sampha – The most emotional track of the whole album, Too Much tells the struggles fame has brought to Drake’s family.  Now tell me, who is Sampha and where did Drake get this guy?  He is hauntingly pleasant to the ears, not to mention a great singer!  The marriage of his vocals and Drake’s fantastic raps works big time, each complementing the other.
  13. Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2 featuring Jay Z– To cap off a great album, Drake teams up with rap giant Jay Z in a track about nothing being the same, hence the title of the album.  Drake proves to be a formidable rapper as he raps his way with true conviction alongside Jay Z.  He certainly ups his ante with his rapping style on this track.  The other half of the song features Paris Morton Music 2, the second part of Rick RossAston Martin Music.

Final Thoughts:  I like the way Drake did with this album, fusing old school music with new school feel.  However, Take Care was definitely the better album for me though that was a hard act to follow.  Listening to this album makes me wanna listen to Take Care again.  Having said that, I think Nothing Was The Same is still a remarkable album that solidifies Drake’s relevance in the hip-hop world.

Grab this album if you like: Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Wu Tang Clan

Songs to be played on your Playlist: Hold On We’re Going Home, Started From The Bottom, From Time, Too Much, Furthest Thing

4.0 out of 5

Drake feat. Majid Jordan – Hold On, We’re Going Home [Official Music Video]

Drake is dope, love the song, Album Review for Nothing Was The Same soon.

Music video by Drake performing Hold On, We’re Going Home ft. Majid Jordan. © 2013 Cash Money

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People’s Choice Awards 2013 Winners’ List

It’s a feast at the Capitol as “The Hunger Games” emerged as the top victor at the recently concluded People’s Choice Awards.

The Hunger Games was named Favorite Movie and Favorite Movie Franchise, while lead actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth collectively won Favorite On-Screen Chemistry.  Lawrence also won Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Face of Heroism.

Katy Perry was also a big winner, garnering three awards.  But the biggest surprise of all was when X Factor USA won Favorite Reality Competition Show beating out relatively better shows like American Idol and The Voice.  Demi Lovato also received the Favorite Celebrity Judge award.  Probably Demi’s fans went berserk and voted for her and her show multiple times.  Here are the rest of the winners:

 

Favorite Movie:

  • “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • “The Avengers”
  • “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • “The Hunger Games” – WINNER
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”

 

Favorite Movie Actor:

  • Channing Tatum
  • Johnny Depp
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Robert Downey, Jr. – WINNER
  • Will Smith

 

Favorite Movie Actress:

  • Anne Hathaway
  • Emma Stone
  • Jennifer Lawrence – WINNER
  • Mila Kunis
  • Scarlett Johansson

 

Favorite Movie Icon:

  • Emma Thompson
  • Maggie Smith
  • Meryl Streep – WINNER
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Susan Sarandon

 

Favorite Action Movie:

  • “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • “The Avengers”
  • “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • “The Hunger Games” – WINNER
  • “Men in Black 3”

 

Favorite Action Movie Star:

  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Hemsworth – WINNER
  • Christian Bale
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Will Smith

 

Favorite Face of Heroism:

  • Anne Hathaway, “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games” – WINNER
  • Kristen Stewart, “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • Scarlett Johansson, “The Avengers”

 

Favorite Comedic Movie:

  • “21 Jump Street”
  • “Dark Shadows”
  • “Pitch Perfect”
  • “Ted” – WINNER [Yes!]
  • “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

 

Favorite Comedic Actor:

  • Adam Sandler – WINNER
  • Ben Stiller
  • Channing Tatum
  • Will Ferrell
  • Zach Galifianakis

 

Favorite Comedic Actress:

  • Cameron Diaz
  • Emily Blunt
  • Jennifer Aniston – WINNER
  • Mila Kunis
  • Reese Witherspoon

 

Favorite Dramatic Movie:

  • “Argo”
  • “The Lucky One”
  • “Magic Mike”
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” – WINNER [HELL YEAH!]
  • “The Vow”

 

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor:

  • Bradley Cooper
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Liam Neeson
  • Zac Efron – WINNER

 

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress:

  • Charlize Theron
  • Emma Watson – WINNER
  • Keira Knightley
  • Meryl Streep
  • Rachel McAdams

 

Favorite Movie Franchise:

  • “The Avengers”
  • “The Dark Knight”
  • “The Hunger Games” – WINNER
  • “Madagascar”
  • “Spider-Man”

 

Favorite Movie Superhero:

  • Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
  • Chris Evans as Captain America
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Christian Bale as Batman
  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man – WINNER

 

Favorite On-Screen Chemistry:

  • Emma Stone / Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man”
  • Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth, “The Hunger Games” – WINNERS
  • Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth, “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum, “The Vow”
  • Scarlett Johansson / Jeremy Renner, “The Avengers”

 

Favorite Movie Fan Following:

  • Potterheads, “Harry Potter”
  • Ringers, “The Lord of the Rings”
  • Rum Runners, “Pirates of the Caribbean”
  • Tributes, “The Hunger Games”
  • Twihards, “Twilight” – WINNER

 

Favorite Network TV Comedy:

  • “The Big Bang Theory” – WINNER [Stiff competition! Either way I’m happy!]
  • “Glee”
  • “How I Met Your Mother”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “New Girl”

 

Favorite Network TV Drama:

  • “Gossip Girl”
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” – WINNER
  • “Grimm”
  • “Once Upon A Time”
  • “Revenge”

 

Favorite Cable TV Comedy:

  • “Awkward” – WINNER [Oh yeah! You’re welcome!]
  • “Hot In Cleveland”
  • “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”
  • “Melissa & Joey”
  • “Psych”

 

Favorite Cable TV Drama:

  • “Burn Notice”
  • “Leverage” – WINNER [No! I wanted The Walking Dead to win!]
  • “Pretty Little Liars”
  • “The Walking Dead”
  • “White Collar”

 

Favorite Premium Cable TV Show:

  • “Dexter”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “Spartacus”
  • “True Blood” – WINNER [I would be happier if Homeland or GoT won, but I’m still happy for True Blood]

 

Favorite TV Crime Drama

  • “Bones”
  • “Castle” – WINNER
  • “Criminal Minds”
  • “CSI”
  • “NCIS”

 

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show:

  • “Doctor Who”
  • “Once Upon A Time”
  • “Supernatural” – WINNER [THE WALKING DEAD SHOULD HAVE WON!]
  • “The Vampire Diaries”
  • “The Walking Dead”

 

Favorite Comedic TV Actor:

  • Chris Colfer – WINNER [Glee’s still relevant!]
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Jim Parsons
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Ty Burrell

 

Favorite Comedic TV Actress:

  • Jane Lynch
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Lea Michele – WINNER [I’m a proud GLEEK!]
  • Sofia Vergara
  • Zooey Deschanel

 

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor:

  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Jared Padalecki
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Nathan Fillion – WINNER
  • Paul Wesley

 

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress:

  • Ellen Pompeo – WINNER
  • Emily Deschanel
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Nina Dobrev
  • Stana Katic

 

Favorite Daytime TV Host:

  • George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, “Good Morning America”
  • Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, “Live with Kelly & Michael”
  • Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – WINNER [No Brainer!]
  • Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, “The Today Show”
  • Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, “The View”

 

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host:

  • Chelsea Handler
  • Conan O’Brien
  • David Letterman
  • Jimmy Fallon – WINNER
  • Jimmy Kimmel

 

Favorite New Talk Show Host:

  • Jeff Probst
  • Katie Couric
  • Michael Strahan
  • Ricki Lake
  • Steve Harvey – WINNER

 

Favorite Competition TV Show:

  • “American Idol”
  • “America’s Got Talent”
  • “Dancing with the Stars”
  • “The Voice”
  • “The X Factor” – WINNER [WTF?]

 

Favorite Celebrity Judge:

  • Adam Levine
  • Britney Spears
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Demi Lovato – WINNER [STFU!]
  • Jennifer Lopez

 

Favorite TV Fan Following:

  • Gleeks, “Glee”
  • Little Liars, “Pretty Little Liars”
  • Oncers, “Once Upon A Time”
  • SPNFamily, “Supernatural” – WINNER
  • TVDFamily, “The Vampire Diaries”

 

Favorite New TV Comedy:

  • “Ben & Kate”
  • “Go On”
  • “Guys With Kids”
  • “The Mindy Project”
  • “The Neighbors”
  • “The New Normal” – WINNER
  • “Partners”

 

Favorite New TV Drama:

  • “666 Park Avenue”
  • “Arrow”
  • Beauty & The Beast” – WINNER
  • “Chicago Fire”
  • “Elementary”
  • “Emily Owens, M.D.”
  • “Last Resort”
  • “The Mob Doctor”
  • “Nashville”
  • “Revolution”
  • “Vegas”

 

Favorite Male Artist:

  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Brown
  • Jason Mraz – WINNER
  • Justin Bieber
  • Usher

 

Favorite Female Artist:

  • Adele
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Katy Perry – WINNER
  • P!nk
  • Taylor Swift

 

Favorite Pop Artist:

  • Adele
  • Demi Lovato
  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry – WINNER
  • P!nk

 

Favorite Hip Hop Artist:

  • Drake
  • Flo Rida
  • Jay-Z
  • Nicki Minaj – WINNER
  • Pitbull

 

Favorite R&B Artist:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Beyoncé
  • Bruno Mars
  • Rihanna – WINNER
  • Usher

 

Favorite Band:

  • Green Day
  • Linkin Park
  • Maroon 5 – WINNER
  • No Doubt
  • Train

 

Favorite Country Artist:

  • Blake Shelton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jason Aldean
  • Taylor Swift – WINNER
  • Tim McGraw

 

Favorite Breakout Artist:

  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Fun.
  • Gotye
  • One Direction
  • The Wanted – WINNER [Whut? I thought 1D had it in the bag]

 

Favorite Song:

  • “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
  • “One More Night,” Maroon 5
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
  • “We Are Young,” Fun. ft. Janelle Monae
  • “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction – WINNER

 

Favorite Album:

  • Believe, Justin Bieber
  • Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
  • Overexposed, Maroon 5
  • Some Nights, Fun.
  • Up All Night, One Direction – WINNER

 

Favorite Music Video:

  • Boyfriend, Justin Bieber
  • Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Gangnam Style, Psy
  • Part of Me, Katy Perry – WINNER
  • Payphone, Maroon 5

 

Favorite Music Fan Following:

  • Beliebers, Justin Bieber
  • Directioners, One Direction
  • KatyCats, Katy Perry – WINNER [This one’s cool.  They bested out the Beliebers and the Directioners!]
  • Lovatics, Demi Lovato
  • Selenators, Selena Gomez
People’s Voice Award – Christina Aguilera
Favorite Humanitarian – Sandra Bullock

 

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees [List]

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It’s almost a Sausage Fest at the Grammys!  Kanye West, fun., Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Jay-Z all lead the 2013 Grammy Nomination with six each, while Miguel and The Black Keys follow with 5 nominations each.

Of all the top nominees, Frank Ocean is the clear R&B standout of the year (Read my Album Review for channel Orange HERE).  Ocean is nominated for Best New Artist, Record of the Year (“Thinkin Bout You”), Album of the Year (“channel Orange”), Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap Sung Collaboration (with Kanye West and Jay-Z on “No Church in the Wild”) and Best Short Form Music Video (for “No Church in the Wild”).

Don’t fret ladies, the female artists also scored a bunch of nominations as well.  Leading the girl-power pack are Kelly Clarkson with four nods, Taylor Swift with three, and hot newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen who received two nominations.

I was particularly excited for the Best New Artist category because there were A LOT of up and coming artists this year.  To my disappointment, the likes of Mumford and Sons, Gotye, OneDirection, Ed Sheeran, and even Carly Rae Jepsen were all snubbed.  In place of them are Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean.  I know all of them except Alabama Shakes.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 10 2013 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  Here are the some of the nominees:

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”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

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

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
» Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Maroon 5 – Overexposed
» Pink – The Truth About Love

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
» Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Best Dance Recording
» Avicii – “Levels”
» Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
» Skrillex feat. Sirah – “Bangarang”
» Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child”
» Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki – Wonderland
» The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think
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» Kaskade Fire & Ice
» Skrillex Bangarang

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Anthrax – “I’m Alive”
» Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
» Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers”
» Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
» Marilyn Manson – “No Reflection”
» Megadeth – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

Best Rock Song
» Jack White – “Freedom at 21”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Muse – “Madness”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

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

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle – “Thank You”
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James – “I Want You”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Usher – “Climax”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Anita Baker – “Lately”
» Beyonce – “Love on Top”
» Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side of a Love Song”
» Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
» SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown, Fortune
» Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
» Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Best R&B Album
» Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
» Anthony Hamilton, Back To Love
» R. Kelly, Write Me Back
» Tamia, Beautiful Surprise
» Tyrese, Open Invitation

Best Rap Performance
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR (Hell Ya F—ing Right)”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris”
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 – “I Do”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia – “Wild Ones”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – “No Church in the Wild”
» John Legend feat. Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse – “Cherry Wine”
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

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

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
» Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

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

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 Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Blues Album
» Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3
» Dr. John, Locked Down
» Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn
» Heritage Blues Orchestra, And I Still Rise
» Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home

What do you guys think of all the nominees?  Sound off below.  For the Full List of all the nominations, please go to the GRAMMY Official Website.

One Direction Wins Big At The VMAs! [Winners’ List]

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British Boy Band and X Factor UK Alum One Direction won 3 Moon Men at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating out the likes of Rihanna, Justin BIeber, and breakout star Carly Rae Jepsen.  The lads won Best Pop Video and Best New Artist, plus the Most Share-worthy Video award – which was voted on by fans.

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Rihanna, who led the VMAs with a total of 5 nominations, went home with a lone, yet the most coveted one — Video Of The Year for her hit single “We Found Love.”

Other winners include rapper Nicki Minaj who won best female video for “Starships,” as well as Chris Brown who won two awards – best male video and best choreography for “Turn Up the Music.”  Drake also won one — Best Hip-Hop Video for “HYFR.”  It’s definitely a Hip-Hop-filled night at the VMAs.

Here are the rest of the winners.  Check ’em out:

Video Of The Year: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – We Found Love

Best New Artist: One Direction

Best Male Video: Chris Brown – Turn Up The Music

Best Pop Video: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj – Starships

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake featuring Lil Wayne – H.Y.F.R.

Best Rock Video: Coldplay – Paradise

Most Share-Worthy Video: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Best EDM Video: Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Best Video With A Message: Demi Lovato – Skyscraper

Best Visual Effects: Skrillex – First of the Year

Best Editing: Beyonce – Countdown

Best Direction: M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Best Cinematography: M.I.A. – Bad Girls

Best Choreography: Chris Brown – Turn Up the Music

Best Art Direction: Katy Perry – Wide Awake

Music’s Sexiest Man & Woman: Poll Results by Billboard.com

Billoard.com has released the official results to their poll question of who is the Sexiest Man and Woman in the Music Industry.  Let us see if your favorites are sexy enough to make it in the list.

Along with crafting perfect hooks, displaying incredible vocal skill and letting the world in on your personality, a pop star’s sex appeal can help elevate them above their peers. You voted for your favorite seductive stars, and the results are in!

With more than 600,000 votes cast, Adam Lambert was named Music’s Sexiest Man, earning 26% of the vote! Standing alongside the former “American Idol” and recent Billboard 200 chart-topper was the princess of pop, Britney Spears, who netted an overwhelming 45% to be named Music’s Sexiest Woman.

Next up on the list of sexiest men was Adam Levine (12%), Justin Bieber (10%), and Enrique Iglesias(9.75%). Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz made the top 10 without even being on the original ballot, and a write-in entry, Jo Calderone, would have placed in the top 10 were in not for the fact that Jo is actually Lady Gaga’s alter ego and therefore doesn’t qualify for sexiest man. See who else made the list of Music’s Sexiest Men in our gallery.

The ladies in line behind Britney were Lady Gaga, with 12% of the vote, and Beyonce, with 8%. See which female pop stars made the top 10, and how close the results were, in our Music’s Sexiest Women gallery

(SOURCE: BILLBOARD.COM)

So here are the top 10 Sexiest Male Singers:

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10. Drake (2% of the vote)
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9. Usher (3% of the vote)
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8. Chris Brown (5% of the votes)
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7. Bon Jovi (5.8% of the vote)
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6. Bruno Mars (5.9% of the vote)
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5. Tokio Hotel frontman Bill Kaulitz (8% of the vote, all write-ins!)
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4. Enrique Iglesias (9.75% of the vote)
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3. Justin Bieber (10% of the vote)
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2. Adam Levine (12% of the vote)
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1. Adam Lambert (26% of the vote)

AND for the Sexiest Female, the Top 10 are:

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10. Taylor Swift (1.84% of the vote)
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9. Nicki Minaj (1.85% of the vote)
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8. Jennifer Lopez (3% of the vote)
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7. Madonna (3.75% of the vote)
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6. Demi Lovato (3.89% of the vote)
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5. Katy Perry (5% of the vote)
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4. Rihanna (6% of the vote)
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3. Beyonce (8% of the vote)
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2. Lady Gaga (12% of the vote)
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1. Britney Spears (45% of the vote)

So it seems like Britney Spears still has it after so many years.  And Idol runner-up Adam Lambert hailed by the voters as the Sexiest Male.  What you guys think?  Sound off below.