Category Archives: Grammys

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bette Midler Praises Ariana Grande for Calling Out Grammys Producer About Why She’s Not Performing

Cheat Sheet
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.” ...  Read More

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Grammy Swag Curator: Who was his favorite musical artist over his 20 years?

Hollywood Reporter
The Curator Behind 20 Years’ Worth of $30,000 Grammys Gift Lounge Swag Bags
By Nick Williams
2/1/2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Founder of Distinctive Assets, Lash Fary (L) and Hip-hop artist LL Cool J attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Founder of Distinctive Assets, Lash Fary (L) and Hip-hop artist LL Cool J attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

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. ...  Read More

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Video: Bette Midler (From a Distance) Grammy 1991 Live

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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.
By ASHLEY
LEE
DEC 07, 2018

Comedy Album: Mud Will Be Flung Tonight- Bette Midler

The nominations for the 2019 Grammys Awards were announced on Friday morning, and this year’s contenders for best comedy album are — surprise! — all men.

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. ...  Read More

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Monday, January 29, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Not ‘Hello Dolly’

Broadway News ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album By Caitlin Huston January 28, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen

“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.
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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.”
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Monday, February 13, 2017

BetteBack March 3, 1974: Miss M Wins Her First Grammy

Wichita Falls Times March 3, 1974 11372245_1132258220124117_1994094085_n 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 ’ erm s expiring her record company “for having the good sense to sign me.” The most awards of the evening — four — 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, “You Are the Suhshine of My Ufe.” 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,” album of the year, “Innervisions,” and best rhythm 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 in frizz, and exclaimed, “Isn’t this a hoot!” Miss Midler, who bills herself as “The Last of the ’Truly Tacky Ladies,” w a s nominated in other musical categories, but won no other Grammys. The award for best rhythm and blues vocal group went to Gladys Knight and the Pipps for their recording “Midnight Train to Georgia.” They also won the Grammy for best pop vocal group for the song “Neither One of Us Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye.” Charlie Rich was named best country vocal performer for his song “Behind Closed Doors,”
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lady Gaga Pay Tribute To David Bowie At The Grammy’s To Mixed Response

Mister D: One magazine said the tribute looked like 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: Lauren Ziegler  Published: Feb 16, 2016 LADY-GAGA-MAIN_2692607a Most of us were waiting for Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at last night’s Grammy Awards. The pop artist, who had donned a red carpet dress which paid homage to Bowie’s leading character in the film The Man Who Fell To Earth, 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, accusing Gaga and Intel of exploiting Bowie’s tribute for commercial means. The fact that after the show, Gaga appeared in a promotional clip discussing how Intel’s tech helped her to give that amazing show on stage, only cemented the accusations. The late musician’s son and BAFTA Award winning director, Duncan Jones has 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 exactly incredible, and a lot of it did feel more like one big extended Intel ad than anything else.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016 Grammys Performances Ranked From Worst to Best

Billboard 2016 Grammys Performances Ranked From Worst to Best 2/15/2016 by Joe Lynch 3141046100000578-3448835-image-a-78_1455595560656 From tributes to musical icons who are no longer with us to performances from artists destined to go down in history as iconic in their own right, the 2016 Grammys boasted some of the best live Grammy performances in years. While a few songs were marred by sound issues (and unfortunately, doctor’s orders prevented Rihanna from performing at all), even more of them ranked among the best Grammy performances in recent history. Here are the performances at the 2016 Grammys ranked worst to best. 19. The Hollywood Vampires – “As Bad As I Am” & “Ace of Spades” Guns N’ Roses alums Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan joined rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp) to perform a tribute to late Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister with “Ace of Spades.” Well, not until they’d played a new song called “As Bad As I Am” first. It was an okay rock original, but to be honest, for an event this big, their performance of a new song went on far too long. It would have been more rewarding to hear them tackle 1-2 more Motorhead songs or even deliver a Cooper classic. The Grammys tribute to the peerless Lemmy should have been a lot harder, louder, and longer. 18. Adele – “All I Ask” There’s no denying Adele is one of the finest vocalists of this era. But thanks to technical issues, Adele’s performance of “All I Ask” wasn’t her finest. There was an odd clanking sound at the start with the piano, and her voice didn’t seem entirely comfortable throughout the performance. CBS confirmed there was a 5-8 second sound issue that was out of their control. Later, Adele explained what made the weird instrumental sound: “The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was,” she tweeted.

17. Tori Kelly & James Bay - “Hollow” & “Let It Go” ...  Read More

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Bette Loses A Grammy Nod To These Artists:

  download (4) • The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap [RPM Records/Columbia Records] • Shadows In The Night Bob Dylan [Columbia] • Stages Josh Groban [Reprise] • No One Ever Tells You Seth MacFarlane [Republic] • My Dream Duets Barry Manilow (& Various Artists) [Verve Music Group]
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