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Watch: #Grammys Nominees for Song Of The Year!

Who will win Song of the Year in this year’s Grammys?  You can watch all of its nominees and decide which song deserves to win!

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#GRAMMYs Let’s Meet (and Listen to) the Best New Artist Nominees!

One of my favourite GRAMMY categories has always been Best New Artist.
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#Grammys Watch the Videos for Song of the Year

In less than 24 hours, we will witness another milestone in music history as we celebrate  the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, but before the winner is announced tomorrow night (15 February), let’s all watch the official music videos for this year’s Song of the Year nominees! Continue reading #Grammys Watch the Videos for Song of the Year

#SB50 Watch: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars Rock the Halftime Show!

Led by rockstar band Coldplay, with the help of Queen Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars, they all rocked the 50 years of Super Bowl by honoring the previous halftime show performances. Continue reading #SB50 Watch: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars Rock the Halftime Show!

Grammys 2014: Daft Punk Gets ‘Lucky’ [Winners List]

Daft Punk, Nile Rogers and Pharrell Williams perform  onstage during the Grammy Awards Sunday night.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles and it was a night full of magical musical collaborations and memorable moments.

 

Hosted again by LL Cool J, the night started off with Music’s power couple Beyonce and hubby Jay Z with their hot duet of “Drunk in Love.”  Legendary band Chicago boogied with Robin Thicke with renditions of 1970 classic “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” before launching into Thicke’s hit, “Blurred Lines.”

 

Kendrick Lemar teamed up with Imagine Dragons with a showstopping performance of “Radioactive,” while P!nk, once again did a death-defying performance as she sang her song “Try” before teaming up with Fun.’s Nate Ruess for their hit song “Just Give Me A Reason.”  Nile Rogers, Pharrell Williams, and THE Stevie Wonder also took the stage together with Daft Punk (their only second live performance ever) for an amazing performance of “Get Lucky.”

 

One of the major moments of the night was when the two surviving Beatles members — Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr — reunited again on stage with a performance of “Queenie Eye.”  It would have been more memorable had they performed one or two classic Beatles songs into the mix.

 

Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah performed ‘Same Love’ after 33 couples wed on live TV at the Grammy Awards Sunday night.

But the greatest highlight of the night was the powerful performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with Mary Lambert, with their Marriage Equality Act song, “Same Love.”  As they performed, 33 couples – some straight and some gay– exchanged wedding vows with Queen Latifah chiming them in.  Madonna then joined in and sang “Open Your Heart” to the newlyweds.

 

Grammys also made a tribute (sort of) to performances on piano.  Hunter Hayes, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Sara Bareilles and Taylor Swift all hid behind their big grand pianos.  The best one on the piano?  Swift with her head-banging rendition of “All Too Well.”

 

As for the winners, Daft Punk grabbed the top prize as their song “Get Lucky” was awarded Record of the Year and their album Random Access Memories was awarded Album of the Year.

 

Personally, I think it would have been a sweeter night had Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the top prize after their memorable Grammy moment, and also because I think (and I have listened to all the albums nominated) they deserved the Grammy Awards more.  I can’t complain, because they won the coveted Best New Artist award and they also swept all the rap categories during the earlier Grammy Awards ceremony, which was not televised.  Their massive hit “Thrift Shop” took Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, and their debut, “The Heist,” nabbed the trophy for Rap Album (Check out my Album Review for The Heist here).

 

Other notable winners were Lorde, who won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her massive hit “Royals,” Bruno Mars (Best Pop Album for Unorthodox Jukebox), and newcomer Kacey Musgraves, who surprisingly went home a double winner, besting out other more established Country singers, as she won Best Country Song for “Merry Go Round” and Best Country Album for the disc that houses that song (Same Trailer Different Park).

 

Take a look at some of the top winners below:

 

Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — WINNER
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

 

Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” — Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
“Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Royals” — Lorde — WINNER
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

 

Best Pop Solo Performance
Sara Bareilles — “Brave”
Lorde — “Royals” — WINNER
Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry — “Roar”
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky” — WINNER
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess — “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko — “Stay”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — “Suit & Tie”

 

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out” — WINNER
Boney James — “The Beat”
Earl Klugh — “Handpicked”
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot — “Summer Horns”
Jeff Lorber Fusion — “Hacienda”

 

Best Pop Vocal Album
Lana Del Rey — “Paradise”
Lorde — “Pure Heroine”
Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox” — WINNER
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake — “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience”

 

Best Dance Recording
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“The is What it Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” — Zedd featuring Foxes — WINNER

 

Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER
“Settle” — Disclosure
“18 Months” — Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” — Pretty Lights

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Viva Duets” — Tony Bennett and various artists
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé — WINNER
“The Standards” — Gloria Estefan
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” — Cee Lo Green
“Now” — Dionne Warwick

 

Best Rock Performance 

Alabama Shakes — “Always Alright”
David Bowie — “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — WINNER
Led Zeppelin — “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age — “My God is the Sun”
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’ ”

 

Best Metal Performance
Anthrax — “T.N.T.”
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?” — WINNER
Dream Theater — “The Enemy Inside”
Killswitch Engage — “In Due Time”
Volbeat featuring King Diamond — “Room 24”

 

Best Rock Song
“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — WINNER
“Doom and Gloom” — The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath
“Panic Station” — Muse

 

Best Rock Album
Black Sabbath — “13”
David Bowie — “The Next Day”
Kings of Leon — “Mechanical Bull”
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day” — WINNER
Queens of the Stone Age — “… Like Clockwork”
Neil Young with Crazy Horse — “Psychedelic Pill”

Best Alternative Music Album
Neko Case — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”
The National — “Trouble Will Find Me”
Nine Inch Nails — “Hesitation Marks”
Tame Impala — “Lonerism”
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” — WINNER

 

Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton — “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip — “Nakamarra”
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar — “How Many Drinks?”
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something” — WINNER

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home” — WINNER
Fantasia — “Get It Right”
Maysa — “Quiet Fire”
Gregory Porter — “Hey Laura”
Ryan Shaw — “Yesterday”

 

Best R&B Song
“Best of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War” — Tamar Braxton
“Only One” — PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake — WINNER
“Without Me” — Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War”
Fantasia — “Side Effects of You”
Salaam Remi — “One: In the Chamber”
Rihanna — “Unapologetic” — WINNER
Mack Wilds — “New York: A Love Story”

 

Best R&B Album
Faith Evans — “R&B Divas”
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire” — WINNER
John Legend — “Love in the Future”
Chrisette Michele — “Better”
TGT — “Three Kings”

 

Best Rap Performance
Drake — “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem — “Berserk”
Jay Z — “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop” — WINNER

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
J. Cole  featuring Miguel — “Power Trip”
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé — “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail” — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige — “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd — “Remember You”

 

Best Rap Song
“F***in’ Problems” — A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“New Slaves” — Kanye West
“Started From the Bottom” — Drake
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER

 

Best Rap Album
Drake — “Nothing Was the Same”
Jay Z — “Magna Carta … Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar — “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist” — WINNER
Kanye West — “Yeezus”

 

Best Country Solo Performance
Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck”
Hunter Hayes — “I Want Crazy”
Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Mine Would Be You”

 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley” — WINNER
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill — “Don’t Rush”
Little Big Town — “Your Side of the Bed”
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care”
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton — “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

 

Best Country Song
“Begin Again” — Taylor Swift
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves — WINNER
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

 

Best Country Album
Jason Aldean — “Night Train”
Tim McGraw — “Two Lanes of Freedom”
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park” — WINNER
Blake Shelton — “Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift — “Red”

 

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical 

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams — WINNER

 

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Django Unchained”
“The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
“Les Miserables” (deluxe edition
“Muscle Shoals”
“Sound City: Real to Reel” — WINNER

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Argo”
“The Great Gatsby”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall” — WINNER
“Zero Dark Thirty”

 

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Coldplay — “Atlas” — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jessie J — “Silver Lining” — “Silver Linings Playbook”
Adele — “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” — WINNER
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw — “We Both Know” — “Safe Haven”
Lana Del Rey — “Young and Beautiful” — “The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition)
Regina Spektor — “You’ve Got Time” — “Orange is the New Black”

 

Best Music Video
Captial Cities — “Safe and Sound”
Jay Z — “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z — “Suit & Tie” — WINNER
Jack White — “I’m Shakin'”

 

Best Musical Film
Coldplay — “Live 2012”
Green Day — “¡Cuatro!”
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite — “I’m in I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!”
Paul McCartney — “Live Kisses” — WINNER
Mumford & Sons — “The Road to Red Rocks”

 

See the full list of winners at Grammy.com

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Shock a Bus Full of Passengers for #Grammys [Video]

Oh I want to go to NYC and ride a public transportation just to experience this!  With Grammys just around the corner, nominated act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis surprise a passenger-full of bus headed to Bronx with a surprise performance of their hit single Can’t Hold Us.  The power duo also paid everyone’s fare.  How cool was that?

Yes, it’s a stunt that is a part of an ad campaign by Grammys entitled Music Unleashes Us.  Other feature artists with video clips include Eminem, P!nk with Nate Ruess and Katy Perry.

In previous years, our campaigns have focused either on the fans or the artists,” says Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “This year’s campaign highlights the common bond between fans and artists — our visceral connection with music.

Watch what happens when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis surprise a bus full of New Yorkers:

Check the complete list of Nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards here.

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Grammys 2014: Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate, Best New Artist missing a Queen Bee. [List Of Nominees]

The male species dominate the Grammys.  Rap superstar Jay Z leads the pack for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards earning nine nominations including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta Holy Grail, which I think was a bit of letdown for a Jay Z album [read my Album Review HERE], and two nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category.  He is followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, all with seven nominations.

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, one of my favorite breakout artists this year, scores big nominations including Song of the Year, Album of the Year [check out my Album Review for The Heist HERE] and Best New Artist, which they will be pitting up against U.K. dubstep crooner James Blake, self-proclaimed Rap King Lamar, country breakout star Kacey Musgraves, and THE Ed Sheeran.  Speaking of Best New Artist, one major act this year has been snubbed big time in this category as Lorde fails to be nominated and is now included on the list of high-profile Grammy snubs.

 

Other noticeable snubs are Kanye West for his acclaimed album Yeezus (let’s wait for any Twitter rants from this guy soon), which scored only two nominations, Bruno Mars’s Unorthodox Jukebox for Album of the Year, and little powerhouse Ariana Grande and breakout band Imagine Dragons for the Best New Artist category.

 

The 56th Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air on CBS.  Check out the nominees below and go to GRAMMY.com for the complete list.

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Just Give Me A Reason” – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters
(Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars,
songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry
Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
“Same Love” – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

BEST NEW ARTIST
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” – Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

“Paradise” – Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” – Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” – Justin Timberlake

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity” – Zedd Featuring Foxes

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Settle” – Disclosure
“18 Months” – Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“A Color Map Of The Sun” – Pretty Lights

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
“Viva Duets” – Tony Bennett & Various Artists
“To Be Loved” – Michael Bublé
“The Standards” – Gloria Estefan
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” – Cee Lo Green
“Now” – Dionne Warwick

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” – Jack White

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
“T.N.T.” – Anthrax
“God Is Dead?” – Black Sabbath
“The Enemy Inside” – Dream Theater
“In Due Time” – Killswitch Engage
“Room 24” – Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

BEST ROCK SONG
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” – Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Cut Me Some Slack” – Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic &
Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic,
Pat Smear)
“Doom And Gloom” – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The
Rolling Stones)
“God Is Dead?” – Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne,
songwriters (Black Sabbath)
“Panic Station” – Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
“13” – Black Sabbath
“The Next Day” – David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull” – Kings Of Leon
“Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin
“…Like Clockwork” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill” – Neil Young With Crazy Horse

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The
More I Love You” – Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me” – The National
“Hesitation Marks” – Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism” – Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires Of The City” – Vampire Weekend

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” – Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” – Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Please Come Home” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Get It Right” – Fantasia
“Quiet Fire” – Maysa
“Hey Laura” – Gregory Porter
“Yesterday” – Ryan Shaw

BEST R&B SONG
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels &
Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
“Only One” – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
“Pusher Love Girl” – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley &
Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
“Without Me” – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert,
Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly
Rowland & Missy Elliot)

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton
“Side Effects Of You” – Fantasia
“One: In The Chamber” – Salaam Remi
“Unapologetic” – Rihanna
“New York: A Love Story” – Mack Wilds

BEST R&B ALBUM
“R&B Divas” – Faith Evans
“Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys
“Love In The Future” – John Legend
“Better” – Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings” – TGT

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake
“Berzerk” – Eminem
“Tom Ford” – Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“Power Trip” – J. Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” – Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

BEST RAP SONG
“F***in’ Problems” – Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar,
Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2
Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” – Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley,
Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave
Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin
Timberlake)
“New Slaves” – Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis
Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye
West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser,
songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” – W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib,
songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” – Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore &
Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

BEST RAP ALBUM
“Nothing Was The Same” – Drake
“Magna Carta…Holy Grail” – Jay Z
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus” – Kanye West

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“From This Valley” – The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed” – Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends” – Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

BEST COUNTRY SONG
“Begin Again” – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“I Drive Your Truck” – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy
Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey
Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round” – Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne,
songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You” – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric
Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
“Night Train” – Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes Of Freedom” – Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves
“Based On A True Story” – Blake Shelton
“Red” – Taylor Swift

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Rob Cavallo

Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams

MTV #VMAs2013: Timberlake, Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Owned the Night [Winners’ List]

'N Sync, MTV Video Music Awards

Justin Timberlake was the man of the night as he took 3 Moonmen, including Video of the Year for “Mirrors” in this year’s MTV Video Music Awards which held for the first time ever at the Parclays Center in Brooklyn.  Aside from that, Timberlake also took the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  Another big winner was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (I am a fan!  Wait for my album review, coming soon!) who went home also with three, including Best Video with a Message for their highly relevant song “Same Love.”  Bruno Mars, on the other hand, went home with two, including Best Male Video for his smash hit “Locked Out In Heaven.”

 

As for the the biggest highlight?  One word: *NSYNC!!!  Yep you heard that one right, they performed together again during Justin Timberlake’s super-dope performance.  There were rumors coming to the event that they were indeed having a reunion on the VMA stage but that rumor remained shady, until they actually came out on stage with JT!

 

Lady Gaga kicked off the night strong with her new single “Applause.”  Another highlight performance of the night was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” with a surprise performance of no other than Ms. Jennifer Hudson.

 

VMAs would never be complete without some rather awkward moments, from Miley Cyrus‘ disturbing twerks and grinding with Robin Thicke, to Taylor Swift‘s F-bomb, to One Direction‘s booing moment when they received the Song of the Summer award for their song “Best Song Ever,” beating out the likes of Miley, Daft Punk, and Robin Thicke!  I mean, c’mon, Blurred Lines is THE song of the summer for God sake!

 

Anyway here are the list of winners and sound off below if you guys agree with the results!

 

WINNERS’ LIST

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Mirrors”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Austin Mahone

SONG OF THE SUMMER
One Direction, “Best Song Ever”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“I Knew You Were Trouble”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
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Mumford & Sons Keyboardist: ‘I Thought Philip Phillips Was Us!’ (Rolling Stones) [Link]

 

Mumford & Sons, issue 1179

When Mumford and Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett first heard American Idol winner Philip Phillips‘ blatant soundalike hit “Home,” he was momentarily confused. Said Lovett, “I was like, ‘What’s that? Did we do that?'”

 

Read more HERE: Mumford & Sons Keyboardist: ‘I Thought Philip Phillips Was Us!’