The Music Industry’s Who’s Who gathered at Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight for the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards. Ohio-formed Band The Black Keys came away the Evening’s top Winners with a total four Grammys tonight including Best Rock Album, El Camino and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance with Lonely Boy. Dan Auerbach who comprises one half of the Duo, won Best Producer, Non-Classical also; prior the Band had won three Grammys.
Winning coveted Song of the Year were New York-based Newcomers fun. featuring Janelle Monáe with their Hit Single, We Are Young. Oddsmakers at Ladbrokes nailed it, making the Tune the odds-on choice to win in the Category. The Trio also won Best New Artist.
Australian Sensation Gotye also won big tonight for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with his massive Hit Somebody That I Used to Know (ft. Kimbra), while also taking home Best Alternative Music Album for stateside debut, Making Mirrors. Typically, the Winner of Song of the Year wins Record of the Year, so this was a breaking of the mold.
British Folk Sensations Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year with their Disc Babel and also, Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express. The Disc is also nominated for Album of the Year at the forthcoming BRIT Awards in their native UK.
Although she didn’t win Song of the Year with her hit What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger), a recently-engaged Kelly Clarkson wins her third Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2012 Disc, Stronger. Equally a Powerhouse Vocalist, Adele won her ninth Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance with Set Fire to the Rain from former Album of the Year, 21.
Jay-Z and Kanye West as their Duo Watch the Throne won three Grammys for their Collaboration, N***s in Paris for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance and also No Church in the Wild (ft. Frank Ocean and The Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Ocean also won for Best Urban Contemporary Album with his Channel Orange, while Mrs. Carter herself Beyoncé, won Best Traditional R&B Performance with Love on Top. Toronto’s Drake was awarded Best Rap Album for Take Care, his sophomore effort.
American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood added two more Grammys to her collection, winning Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for Blown Away.
Check-out some of the fashion from the Grammys tonight below! Clearly Rihanna was the Belle of the Ball in Azzedine Alaia.
Right in time for Valentine’s Day! P!nk has just released the gorgeous new Video for her latest Track, Just Give Me a Reason ft. Nate Ruess of fun. Although the Ballad veers a little more towards the fun. side (it was co-written with Ruess) than that signature Pop/RockP!nk is known for, it definitely is one of the stronger Tracks on her U.S. Billboard Hot 200 Chart-topping The Truth About Love.
Just Give Me a Reason is taking a bit longer to catch-on in the U.S., but Canada sees its potential, already at number 61 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Will we be seeing the two Nominees perform this together at this Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards?
Nominees for the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards were announced at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun. each tie for the lead with six nods apiece in what looks to be a wide-open year.
Pop Lovers fear not as some of the year’s biggest hits were recognized at tonight’s Nominations Concert, hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, including: Gotye‘s Somebody That I Used to Know being up for Record of the Year and our v. own Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Call Me Maybe being up for Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance. In addition, Toronto was well-represented with Drake being up for three Awards including Best Rap Album for Take Care and Best Rap Song for The Motto and Best Rap Performance for HYFR. Meanwhile, Melanie Fiona is up for Best Traditional R&B Performance for Wrong Side of a Love Song.
Swift is nominated for Record of the Year with her smash Hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and also Safe & Sound (w/The Civil Wars) in the Best Country/Duo Performance category. While fellow Nashville Native Kelly Clarkson also received major recognition, garnering nods for Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) in the important Song of the Year, Record of the Year categories, while her Disc Stronger earned nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Best New Artist Nominees fun. are up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,Song of the Year and Record of the Year with We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monáe), while they also are in-contention for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year with Some Nights.
What would a P!nk Album be without the f*cking Expletives? Fans including myself have long awaited the three-time GRAMMY Winner’s return to Music after focusing on being a Mother for a bit, but how almost four years have gone by since 2008’s Funhouse, I have no clue. Make no mistake though, P!nk hasn’t gone onto team-up with Anne Geddes on a Calendar Collection or anything – she’s angsty and pissed still at the injustices of Love and the World.
Are We All WeAre kicks-off with a bang, giving her an opportunity to touch upon the adversities she’s faced over the past four years including others doubting her relationship with Husband Carey Hart and how she could only rely on herself through it all. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) certainly needs no introduction, garnering tons of Airplay with that famous Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen) Production. The Disc’s Billy Mann-produced Title Track delves into a bit of ’60s-esque flare, tons of fun and packed with lyrical wit: “The truth about love is that it’s nasty and salty/It’s the regret in the morning/It’s the smelling of armpits.”.
No P!nk Disc is complete without a moment or two of Introspection beyond all the edge, but Beam Me Up truly showcases the beauty to the braun; that beautiful Instrument of a Voice which has packed Areas worldwide. Is This Thing On? is honest, asking the universal question anyone who’s ever been in love has thought: “How do I keep you into me without faking it?”.
P!nk also gets a little help from Friends on some unlikely Collaborations with FUN‘s Nate Ruess on Just Give Me a Reason, sure to fare well with Music Directors at AC Radio, while Lily Allen is a perfect match on True Love, both singing their Love Letter to their favourite A**holes. Although 13 years ago he might’ve scoffed at the idea, Eminem lends his talents briefly to Here Comes the Weekend, a guitar-driven Banger which is all Single-worthy.
Clocking-in at over 70 minutes, P!nk‘s The Truth About Love rewards Fans fully so well that perhaps we really won’t need to hear more new Music from her for another four years? A real GRAMMY Contender. Sony Music Canada releases the Album – now in stores.