Grammys 2012 – Adele cleans up with Album of the Year

Lifetime Achievement recipient Diana Ross presented the award for Album of the Year to Adele. Her album 21 has sold in excess of six million copies worldwide and deservedly so. The album is incredible and so if you don’t have it, go and get a copy. Right now… go on. Here’s what she had to say:

“Aah. Thank you so much. First of all, girl did good. Mom I love you. I’m sorry you’re not here. I also want to thank Rick Reuben for teaching me about quality control and really put me and taught me about what I really wanted to be. He made me realise stuff I didn’t ever think I would. This record is inspired by something by something really normal and everyone has been through it… just a rubbish relationship. And it’s gone on to do things that I can’t tell you I ever thought it would. It’s been the most life changing year. I want to thank my record companies Columbia and Excel Records Nick Hugger who signed me and all my band. My crew, my family, my manager Jonathan, my mum… and all you lot. Thank you so much.”

Motown star Nick Ashford has died

Nick Ashford of singer/ songwriter duo Ashford & Simpson has died. The news was confirmed to AP yesterday by his long time friend and publicist Liz Rosenberg. The star, who battled throat cancer, died in a New York City hospital. He was 70 years old.

 

Ashford & Simpson are known for their work with Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The duo are credited for writing tracks such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing among many others. Celebrities have taken to Twitter to send their condolences onto his wife (Valerie Simpson) and his two daughters:

Alicia Keys said, “I’m so sad that he’s gone…..So many of the greatest are going to a greater place….what a legacy of infectious music… man!”

Kimora Lee Simmons H said, “RIP the Legendary Nick Ashford. Always a sweet Angel w a kind word+electric smile! Prayers+Love 2 Valerie. #NeverForgotten #SolidAsARock #fb

Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King said “Just heard about nick ashford I am so sorry to get this news my heart goes out to val and their daughters.”

And Sean Kingston said, “RIP NICK ASHFORD… Amazing Songwriter & Musician! ;( Def Will Be Missed”

 

Rest In Peace Nicky!