February 11, 2013 |
Mumford & Sons got a big prize and Taylor Swift got weird - and that was apparently enough for the hordes who turned up for Sunday's Grammy Awards. CBS' telecast of the 55th ceremony rounded up 28.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was the second-largest audience for the recording industry's annual awards show in the last 20 years. The largest audience in recent years was for last year's Grammys, which drew 39.9 million - the type of crowd usually seen only for the Oscars and a few other TV events.
September 17, 1989 |
Mavis Staples, famous as part of the gospel-cum-secular soul group the Staple Singers, had met and sung with Prince on a number of occasions. But she was wholly unprepared last year when her father, Pops Staples, called and told her that the Purple Batguy's manager was trying to track her down to offer her a solo contract with his Paisley Park Records.
January 15, 1994 |
Now may be a more appropriate time than ever for mainstream music fans to tune in to that annual celebration of gospel, "The Stellar Awards" (at 11 p.m. Sunday on KCAL-TV Channel 9). Not because black gospel has been making inroads commercially, but because R&B as a genre has so been tipping its hat to its roots lately--and, conversely, gospel growing so contemporized--that a lot of this stuff won't sound all that foreign to anyone who skips church to listen to hit radio.
April 22, 2007 |
What you should be talking about: New music from old friends. Even our pop critic Ann Powers couldn't explain why there are so many albums actually worth buying being released this week (though she suspects that it could be because "many releases are timed to big tours and the spring touring season might be kicking people into gear"). Whatever the reason, we're not complaining.
March 2, 1996 |
If either Mariah Carey or Joan Osborne was feeling that she didn't get due Grammy Award recognition, she would have done well to have stopped in at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday to see some musicians who really haven't gotten their due. But that's just what the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Awards show is designed to rectify--at least in small and belated measure.