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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Times Pop Music Staff
The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony was one of the most watched in decades, but there's always room for improvement. Here are 10 suggestions for music's biggest night. Lose the clowns: The opening moments of the awards telecast Sunday were a circus, literally. An acrobat in a bunny suit. A clown on a flaming tricycle. A mime (shudder). Somewhere lost in the Cirque-meets-petting-farm nightmare was a performance by Taylor Swift. The sheer desperation to create that Grammy Moment made it a moment all right, but not the kind the Recording Academy likely wants to be remembered for. Have faith in your nominees : Yes, lots of people are excited about a new Justin Timberlake album, but here's a fun fact relating to his appearance on the telecast Sunday night: He wasn't nominated.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The comedy category at the Grammys is a funny thing… In a flash-and-pop show that's all about music, the comedy category has always been something of a square peg. But in the 1960s and 1970s, a heyday for comedy albums, the category was particularly reflective of the zeitgeist. In that unwired, pre-cable era, comedy recordings on vinyl were a core way for comics to reach mainstream audiences. "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" not only won a Grammy in 1961, it beat every musical release for album of the year.
NEWS
February 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Here is a partial list of winners of the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards: RECORD OF THE YEAR: "Another Day in Paradise," Phil Collins. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Quincy Jones. SONG OF THE YEAR: "From a Distance," Julie Gold. NEW ARTIST: Mariah Carey. POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE, FEMALE: "Vision of Love," Mariah Carey. POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE, MALE: "Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison. POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: "Twin Peaks Theme," Angelo Badalamenti. ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE, FEMALE: "Black Velvet," Alannah Myles.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Some bands wait years to reach the Grammy stage. The rock band Within Reason won on the strength of a monthlong social media campaign. The Alabama group was selected from among 1,500 contenders from around the country who vied for the chance to perform in front of a live audience and be featured as part of CBS' online coverage of the Grammy Awards. The Gig of a Lifetime concert is one of the highlights of three days of original digital programming that will give viewers Internet access to events they might not otherwise see. VOTE: Grammy awards play-at-home ballot The events also include streaming coverage of Friday's Social Media Rock Stars Summit, where Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Om'Mas Keith and four-time Grammy winner Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins headline a discussion of how digital and social media have changed the music industry.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
On an evening overshadowed by the shocking death of a singer who was once one of pop music's most radiant young stars, the pop stratosphere's latest bright light, 23-year-old British R&B-soul singer Adele, was showered Sunday night with six Grammy Awards for cathartic music she channeled out of her own pain and despair. Adele delivered the biggest album of 2011 with “21,” her sophomore outing that explored various facets of a painful romantic breakup, and scored the year's biggest single, “Rolling in the Deep.” She won in all six categories in which she was nominated, including the marquee triple crown of album, record and song for widely acclaimed songs that reach to the depths of heartache to find solace and hope.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1997 | Associated Press
The Grammy Awards will take place in New York City in 1998 for the second consecutive year--a victory for the Big Apple over Los Angeles in the annual rivalry to host the show, officials said Monday. The awards--to be broadcast live by CBS--will take place Feb. 25 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, according to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "We have such great friends in this town," Michael Greene, the academy's president, said at City Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
A new stage in the evolution of a contemporary musical form has been reached with the decision by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to accord a separate category--effective in the voting for next year's Grammy awards--for "New Age Music." The decision originated with recommendations by members and officers at several NARAS chapters around the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ripped through a brawny version of his new protest song, "We Take Care of Our Own," Friday at the Staples Center during a Grammy Awards rehearsal. Springsteen and his band - now, sadly, moving forward without the late Clarence Clemons - played with a 14-piece string section and plenty of guitar thunder while another Grammy performer, crooner Tony Bennett, watched from the floor. In gray jeans, a dark V-neck shirt and a necklace laden with silver charms, the rock icon kicked off the number with the words "Let's make some noise," executed it with plenty of guitar windmills then jumped atop an amp for the song's finale.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Can the biggest Grammy news in jazz come from outside of its own category? While the 55th Grammy Awards stuck to something of a familiar script with some of its honorees, jazz pianist Robert Glasper made the biggest headlines by taking home a surprise win in the R&B category, besting albums by R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Tamia and Tyrese. Backed by his band the Experiment, Glasper freely drew from multiple genres outside of jazz on the Grammy-winning "Black Radio," which featured guest turns from Erykah Badu, King and Lupe Fiasco.
NEWS
February 11, 1993 | ELENA KELLNER
Mark your calendars for Feb. 24. With more than 80 music categories covering everything from classical to rap, this year's Grammy awards ceremony, to be televised locally by KCBS, Channel 2, promises plenty of excitement.
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