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Category Archives: Grammys
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Bette Midler Praises Ariana Grande for Calling Out Grammys
By Wendy Michaels
February 9, 2019
Ariana Grande will not be performing at this year’s Grammys — but not for the reason the show’s producer, Ken Ehrlich, told the media. The pop singer was quick to take to Twitter to shed some light on the reality of the situation and she’s getting plenty of fan support, as well as praise from the legendary Bette Midler.
Grande explains why Grammys producer was ‘lying’
According to Ehrlich, he said they had conversations with Grande about performing at the 2019 Grammys, as he explained to The Associated Press that she ultimately “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.” He added, “And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist.” ...
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The Curator Behind 20 Years’ Worth of $30,000 Grammys Gift Lounge Swag Bags
By Nick Williams
Mister D: Grammy’s Celebrity Swag:Not trying to provoke or anything, but celebs seem to have enough money, so I don’t understand why they get bags of what I’m sure are wonderful things, but why? I mean they already have so much stuff. Why not use the money to help out charities? But then I guess Mr. Fary, then, wouldn’t have a job, so we don’t want that either. Priorities! Priorities!
Lash Fary, the co-founder of Distinctive Assets, talks about two decades of gifting everything from custom pet portraits and psychic readings to family circus training and 24-karat gold lollipops on music’s biggest night.
Lash Fary basically invented awards show swag bags. The A-list L.A. gifting guru’s marketing firm Distinctive Assets launched in 1999 as a private showroom servicing costume designers of top television series and has since bloomed into a full-service entertainment marketing agency. Its tentacles span the industry’s wide swath of glitzy red carpets — the Tony Awards, the American Music Awards, the Kids’ Choice Awards, the BET Awards, The Country Music Awards and the Grammy Awards — including the 61st show on Feb. 10. ...
Friday, January 18, 2019
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Women shut out of Grammys comedy album category. There’s Been A Long History Of This. Women Aren’t Funny, Doncha Know?
Los Angeles Times
Women shut out of the Grammys comedy album category.
LEE DEC 07, 2018
Patton Oswalt (“Annihilation”), Dave Chappelle (“Equanimity & the Bird Revelation”), Jim Gaffigan (“Noble Ape”), Fred Armisen (“Standup for Drummers”) and Chris Rock (“Tamborine”) were all recognized.
Solely nominating men for this particular prize is nothing new for the Grammys. This year’s announcement marks the 60th year that a version of the comedy album award has existed. ...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Broadway News ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album By Caitlin Huston January 28, 2018“Dear Evan Hansen” added another award to its shelf Sunday. The musical won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, over its competitors “Hello, Dolly!” and “Come From Away.” “Dear Evan Hansen” also won three Tony Awards in 2017: Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of Musical. The Grammy Award also adds to the building acclaim for composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who now have an Oscar, for their work on “La La Land,” as well as a Tony and a Grammy for “Dear Evan Hansen.” In addition to Pasek and Paul, the Grammy was awarded to the original cast of “Dear Evan Hansen,” which featured Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Will Roland, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Rachel Bay Jones. The album producers were Alex Lacamoire and Stacey Mindich. Platt was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, singing “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Grammys 2018: Can superstar Bette Midler (‘Hello Dolly!’) beat the crossover success of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’?
Gold Derby Grammys 2018: Can superstar Bette Midler (‘Hello Dolly!’) beat the crossover success of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’? Jeffrey Kare November 30, 2017 9:00AM For the first time since 2014 there are only three Grammy nominees for Best Musical Theater Album as opposed to the five that have been included in the last three years. Each of the three nominated cast recordings that made the cut this year came from musical productions — “Come From Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “Hello Dolly!” — that were seen as highlights of the 2016-17 Broadway season. But the latter two, “Hansen” and “Dolly,” may have the best shot of winning given what this category’s statistics have shown us in recent years. No other musical from last season was able to capture the cultural zeitgeist quite like “Dear Evan Hansen.” It managed to win six Tony Awards including Best Musical back in June, and 10 times in the last 18 years the Tony champ for Best Musical has also won the Grammy. Not only that, but the original cast recording debuted at number-eight on the Billboard 200 albums chart back in February, and was thus able to cross over into the musical mainstream, which very few cast albums do. Its Tony-winning leading man, Ben Platt, is nominated as a principal soloist on the recording, and the recording academy might wish to honor the breakout star of last season. On top of that, the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also nominated with composer Justin Hurwitz for their Oscar-winning song from “La La Land,” “City of Stars,” in the category of Best Visual Media Song, so Grammy voters have multiple reasons to want to reward them as well. And if Pasek and Paul win at least one Grammy this year, they’ll only be an Emmy away from EGOT. But seven times in the last 18 years this award went to a cast recording that featured a major contribution from a previous Grammy-contending musical favorite as their secret weapon. In addition to last year’s winner “The Color Purple” with Jennifer Hudson, those winners have included “Aida” (which had original music composed by Elton John), “Jersey Boys” (which featured the songs of The Four Seasons), “Spring Awakening” (with a score by Duncan Sheik) “American Idiot” (with songs by Green Day), “Kinky Boots” (which had an original score by Cyndi Lauper), and “Beautiful” (which utilized the songs of Carole King). Could that factor help “Hello Dolly!” given that its principal soloist is three-time Grammy winner Bette Midler? The original Broadway cast recording with Carol Channing was nominated back in 1965, but lost to “Funny Girl.” A revival was nominated decades later in 1996 but lost to “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” So that meddling matchmaker also has a big Grammy IOU. It could also stand out as the only revival of a classic musical among originals “Come From Away” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Monday, February 13, 2017
Wichita Falls Times March 3, 1974 LOS ANGELES (AP) -â– “Killing Me Softly’ With His Song,” a ballad about the emotional impact of music, .was named record of the year Saturday night at the 16th annual Grammy Awards, giving singer Roberta Flack her second such honor in two years. “T d like to thank the world,” said Miss Flack, spreading her arms wide. She also accepted a golden statuette for best female pop performance, also a repeat award for her. Miss Flack thanked â€™ erm s expiring her record company â€œfor having the good sense to sign me.â€ The most awards of the evening â€” four â€” went to blind singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, who received a standing ovation as he was led to the stage by his mother. Moments later, Wonder made another trip to the stage to receive the award for best pop vocal performance for that song, â€œYou Are the Suhshine of My Ufe.â€ He accepted it in memory of the late singer Jim Croce, who , was killed In a plane crash last year. Wonder also was honored In the categories of best rhythm and blues song, “Superstition,â€ album of the year, â€œInnervisions,â€ and best rhythmÂ and blues vocal. The members chose as the best new artist of the vear awards flamboyant singer Bette Midler. She rushed to the stage, her carrot red hair inÂ frizz, and exclaimed, â€œIsnâ€™t this a hoot!â€ Miss Midler, who bills herself as â€œThe Last of the â€™Truly Tacky Ladies,â€ w a s nominated in other musical categories, but won no otherÂ Grammys. The award for best rhythm and blues vocal group went to Gladys Knight and the Pipps for their recording â€œMidnight Train to Georgia.â€ They also won the Grammy for best pop vocal group for the song â€œNeither One of Us Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye.â€ Charlie Rich was named best country vocal performer for his song â€œBehind Closed Doors,â€
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mister D: One magazine said the tributeÂ looked likeÂ Bette Midler was forced to do it last second and only had Elvis costumes to work with. Indie Shuffle Lady Gaga Pay Tribute To David Bowie At The Grammy’s To Mixed Response Author:Â Lauren ZieglerÂ Published:Â Feb 16, 2016 Most of us were waiting for Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at last nightâ€™s Grammy Awards. The pop artist, who had donned a red carpet dress which paid homage to Bowie’s leading character in the filmÂ The Man Who Fell To Earth,Â was joined by Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers for the tribute of nine Bowie songs, including “Rebel Rebel,” “Suffragette City,” “Let’s Dance,” “Fame” and “Heroes.” The performance earned a standing ovation from the Grammy audience and has since received praise from a number of celebrities, including Bette Midler, declaring that it was a wonderful tribute to the musician who inspired so many. While many praised Gaga for her performance, others were immediately critical,Â accusing Gaga and Intel of exploiting Bowieâ€™s tribute for commercial means. The fact that after the show, Gaga appeared in a promotional clip discussing how Intelâ€™s tech helped her to give that amazing show on stage, only cementedÂ the accusations. TheÂ late musician’s son and BAFTA Award winning director,Â Duncan Jones hasÂ now commented on the performance via Twitter – and it’s not pretty. “‘overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused’ Damn it, what IS that word?” It’s on secret that Lady Gaga clearly has a lot of love for David Bowie (hell, she got a tattoo of his face on her torso a few days ago,) but the show wasn’t exactlyÂ incredible, and a lot of it did feel more like one big extended Intel ad than anything else.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Monday, December 7, 2015
â€¢ The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap [RPM Records/Columbia Records] â€¢ Shadows In The Night Bob Dylan [Columbia] â€¢ Stages Josh Groban [Reprise] â€¢ No One Ever Tells You Seth MacFarlane [Republic] â€¢ My Dream Duets Barry Manilow (& Various Artists) [Verve Music Group]