Grammy 2021 Nominations: Beyoncé, Dua Lipa & Taylor Swift Lead; The Weeknd, BTS Snubbed
Beyoncé dominated this year’s list of Grammy nominees, leading a diverse but arguably scattered group of artists whose names were listed in Tuesday’s nomination ceremony for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The “Black Parade” singer earned nine total nods in eight categories, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch follow behind, each with six of their own.The nominations were announced at noon on Nov. 24th and featured appearances from interim Recording Academy president Harvey Mason, Jr. as well as Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap, Lauren Daigle, Mickey Guyton, Yemi Alade, Nicole Benedetti, Pepe Agu...
How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
Sleevenote is a premium audio player for fans of album artwork
British recording artist and graphic designer Tom Vek has launched a unique and unexpected device for music aficionados: a premium audio player with a wide square display that allows album artwork to be celebrated. This prototype is a crossover between an MP3 player and a digital photo frame.While smartphones were gradually responsible for killing off the MP3 player market at the beginning of the 2010s, discerning audiophiles are constantly looking for higher-definition audio players.The Sleevenote project stands out because it allows users to enjoy high-quality-resolution music (24 bits/96 kH...
Grammys 2020: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations; Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich have 6 each
Will Beyoncé become the belated queen of the Grammy Awards with her field-leading nine new nominations? Or will Queen Bey, as the vocal superstar is fondly called by many of her fans, leave largely empty-handed — as in 2017, when her then-field-leading nine nominations resulted in just two wins in minor categories?Those are just a few of the intriguing questions raised by Tuesday’s announcement of the 2020 Grammy nominations. After Beyoncé, the three top contenders — with six nominations each — are Taylor Swift, English dance-pop singer Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Rich. Alabama Shakes’ singer Br...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble
Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, ...
Detroit Free Press
Charli D'Amelio becomes first influencer with over 100 million followers on TikTok
Charli D'Amelio surpassed the 100-million-follower mark on TikTok on Sunday, November 22. The 16 year-old American is the first celebrity to hit such a milestone, overtaking established stars like Will Smith, Selena Gomez and even Kylie Jenner.Charli D'Amelio is entering TikTok history with over 100.7 million followers to date. Last September, the influencer had already entered the Guinness Book of records becoming the "first person to reach 50 million followers on TikTok." She reached that milestone on April 21, 2020. And within just eight months, the young American doubled her number of fans...
Movie review: 'Zappa' manages to capture spirit of legendary artist
Alex Winter’s “Zappa,” a documentary biopic of the experimental rock pioneer, composer, and activist Frank Zappa is a sprawling at times shaggy work, testing the outer limits of mood and tone, tangents and details. In fact, it’s a bit like a Frank Zappa song. The film reflects the work of the man himself thanks, in large part, to the wealth of archival material from the enormous Zappa vault, to which Winter and producer Glen Zipper were granted access by the Zappa family. The film is produced by Zappa’s son and current steward of the Zappa Family Trust, Ahmet Zappa (who also has a producer cre...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Time travel to the rock 'n' roll election of 1976
The eyes of the nation are fixed on Georgia, with two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs. In a timely twist, the man who helped reshape the South’s political landscape is the subject of a new feel-good documentary just right for lockdown family viewing.“Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” is a relevant history lesson during our current, painful presidential transition. Carter, 96, remains a powerful spokesman for the value of political decency. His Carter Center, which promotes human rights globally and typically monitors elections abroad, this past week observed the hand recount of the 2020 pres...
The Seattle Times
Promoting 'Fun,' Garth Brooks talks politics, pandemic and George Floyd
He’s been performing without live audiences, appearing on all kinds of TV programs and promoting his new album, “Fun,” which dropped Friday. But Garth Brooks isn’t having any fun himself.It was apparent in his voice over the telephone.“I understand these football games can go on without the crowd, and you hear the simulated audience and you forget. It just doesn’t work that way for concerts, man,” he said Wednesday. “Nothing replaces getting to play for people in the same room. That’s the fun about entertaining.”The country megastar insists that he misses concerts more than his millions of fan...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
A revelatory new recording of Gershwin's landmark Concerto in F
In 1949, pianist Oscar Levant released an LP of the most famous extended work for piano and orchestra ever penned by an American composer: George Gershwin’s Concerto in F (1925).The piece looms large in our popular culture thanks partly to Levant’s hyper-virtuoso performance of excerpts in the beloved Gene Kelly film musical “An American in Paris” (1951).Ever since Levant’s renditions on screen and record, his approach has stood as definitive – the interpretation against which all others are measured.Now there’s another that can stand alongside it.Pianist Kevin Cole, currently the country’s le...