August 19, 2013 |
Taylor Swift has brought her Red tour to Los Angeles, and beyond the fact that she's returning to the city where she's spent considerable quality time onstage, in the studio and just hanging out, Swift's stint at Staples Center this week has earned her a special distinction. When she closes out her fourth sold-out show at the arena Saturday, she'll claim the record for the solo artist with the most sellouts at Staples, with 11. Following her opening show tonight, Aug. 19, she'll surpass Madonna and Justin Timberlake, who each have logged seven sellouts at the arena, and she'll top Britney Spears' previous record of eight sellouts with Tuesday's concert.
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March 31, 2013 |
Phil Ramone, the veteran record producer whose work with such top-tier talent as Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon made him one of the most revered figures in the music business, died Saturday. He was 82. He died of complications from pneumonia stemming from surgery he had last month to prevent an aortic aneurysm, his son, Matt Ramone, told the Associated Press. "Our industry has lost an immense talent and a true visionary," Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, said in a statement Saturday.
March 12, 2013 |
Los Angeles indie rock band Barnaby Saints, Boston rock group Gentleman Hall and Baltimore R&B singer Phillip Magnus Hartley are the first three winners of the Recording Academy's new program connecting aspiring musicians with Grammy-winning recording artists, Center Stage . The program has been created to help fill the gap left by diminished or vanished artists-and-repertoire operations at many record companies, the divisions historically charged...
February 9, 2013 |
Last week, a group of Latino and Mexican artists up for three Grammy Awards gathered in a narrow Boyle Heights storefront - mostly in the flesh, some via Skype, a few present in spirit. They'd assembled to honor a strain of regional folk music nicknamed "the Mexican blues" that generations of L.A. musicians have stamped onto their DNA but that until this year the Grammys had largely ignored. The music, son jarocho (pronounced ha-RO-cho), is a hothouse hybrid of baroque Spanish instruments, ferocious Afro-Caribbean beats, Native American poetics and wise-cracking wordplay that Iberian conquistadors and black slaves imported to the tropical Mexican state of Veracruz.
December 3, 2012 |
When the Recording Academy consolidated last year's Grammy nominations by eliminating 31 categories in R&B, American roots music, classical, Latin, jazz, country, pop and rock fields, the changes felt out of key for some musicians. There were grumblings, protests, petitions and a group of Latin jazz artists even filed a class action lawsuit to contest the restructuring, which brought the total number of categories down to 78 from 109. This year, the Recording Academy has added three new categories to previously scaled back fields with the addition of awards for classical compendium, Latin jazz album and urban contemporary album.
September 13, 2012 |
Poncho Sánchez, the master conguero, band leader and salsa singer from Southern California, will be among those honored with lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy during the week leading up to the Latin Grammy Awards show in November. Sánchez, a beloved and ubiquitous figure on the L.A. jazz and Latin music scene for decades, will be joined at the Nov. 14 ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas by Luz Casal, the Spanish singer-songwriter; Argentine singer-songwriter Leo Dan; Rita Moreno, the legendary Puerto Rican-born singer, dancer and actor; Milton Nascimento, one of the founding fathers of contemporary Brazilian popular music; Daniela Romo, the Mexico-born singer-actress; and Brazilian composer-singer-guitarist Toquinho.