The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of indie partisans; in 2012, the awards attempted to both grapple with t ... More >>
The Grammy Awards will happen Feb. 10, and since just about anybody can get themselves nominated, the Recording Academy of America has opened up the live performance roster, too. Its new "The Gig of a Lifetime" contest offers a chance for one lucky artist to perform in front of an actual live audie ... More >>
Every once in a while, you come across a performance that reaches into your body, grabs your soul with two hands, and shakes you back into full awareness of the seriously insane power of music.
It sounds sappy and clichéd, and it is. But that's exactly what Adele did at the Grammy Awards yesterday ... More >>
By J. POET
The Grammy Awards usually generate an tidal wave of press releases aimed at congratulating the usual superstars for their achievements. This year, there was a refreshing bit of controversy when singer-songwriter Linda Chorney was nominated for Best Americana Album for her Emotional Jukeb ... More >>
Carlos Santana thinks the Grammys shouldn't take away its Latin Jazz award.When the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences -- the organization that gives out Grammy Awards -- eliminated 31 categories from the awards process last month, it seemed like a modest step toward streamlining ... More >>
A totem of absurdityYou might think it irrational, pointless, and shallow to
waste one's energy getting upset about music awards shows, but last February's
Grammy Awards filled us with such bubbling rage, we almost threw the cat
at the TV.
It wasn't Cee-Lo's chicken outfit that did it. It was ... More >>
Gaga at the GrammysSteve Stoute, an industry executive famous in hip-hop circles for managing Nas and beefing with Diddy, isn't happy with the way the Grammys turned out last week. In fact, he's so mad that he took out a full page ad in the New York Times to air his grievances with the award show ... More >>
In which we sit through three and a half hours of Grammys twaddle, so you don't have to:
8:01 p.m.: Show opens with an Aretha Franklin montage. Okay...
8:03 p.m.: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride perform "Natural Woman" together, then take i ... More >>
For those who follow the Grammys, we have a couple locals in the running. Nominations were announced today, and the following Bay Area acts are up for little gold statues:Green Day's "21 Guns" got a nod in two categories: "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals," ... More >>
Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq
November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing. Saadiq has ... More >>
Global Drum Project
Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart didn't invent world music. But he was among the first to take it out of the hands of ethnomusicologists and into the clutches of pop culture. Eighteen years ago, Hart and tabla titan Zakir Hussain won the first World Music Grammy for ... More >>
Yet another line between web project and live show will be blurred on Tuesday, December 9, as the Keys to the City online imeem series on hip-hop culture with a street perspective comes to the Independent (628 Divisadero Street). The concert will feature U-N-I (who was recently awarded MTV Video Mus ... More >>
Metallica, Neil Young, and Keyshia Cole were among the Bay Area acts on the Grammys' nominee list, which made the rounds in the music industry today. Metallica is up for "Best Metal Performance," "Best Rock Instrumental Performance," and "Best Rock Album," (all related to Death Magnetic). Young got ... More >>
It's official -- America loves Lil Wayne. He's come a long way from being the rapper who coined the atrocious term "bling bling," to getting himself parodied on the cover of Mad Magazine and making a superfluous appearance at the Country Music Awards. If all this Weezy fuss isn't enough for you, t ... More >>