Awards Season officially kicks off this Sunday, as the Golden Globes go live to the world from Los Angeles. You can see all the nominees here, but for the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the performers for the Grammys and the Academy Awards. On February 9, the Grammys will pay tribute to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary since their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of this momentous occasion, organisers announced yesterday that the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite on stage to perform on Grammy night.
Alicia Keys and John Legend will also take to the stage for a special performance and you know that will be incredible. John is going to be a busy man this Awards Season. He will also be performing at the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, shortly after the awards ceremony. On selecting Legend to perform Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball said, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.” That will take place on the 2nd of March.
Other Grammy performers include John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming up together and Maroon 5 will be there too. More on music’s biggest night and the Academy Awards to follow in the next couple of weeks.
The Grammys online:
One of the world’s most celebrated, most loved bands is hitting South African shores in a few hours (if they’re not already in Mzansi). The band will be rocking out in Cape Town tomorrow night and this will be followed by a gig at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. The #coldplay fever is hitting South Africa and HARD!!! I can’t wait for this gig, it’s going to be something special I feel.
Hold thumbs that my interview with Chris Martin and the rest of the guys is granted. It’ll be a personal interview highlight for me, right up there with Morgan Freeman and Annie Lennox vibe. I’ll keep you posted. One of my new favourite tracks from Coldplay is the track Paradise, which was released a day after my birthday. It’s off their forthcoming album Mylo Xyloto, which drops on the 24th of this month. You can watch them performing that track on the Letterman show in the video above. Their whole set is actually up online, so be sure to check it out. It’s great. Coldplay, bring it baby!!
As promised, here are my interviews with the stars from The Hangover Part II. Besides interviewing the likes of Morgan Freeman, Annie Lennox and Keri Hilson, this is yet another career highlight for me! Loved the opportunity, the experience thanks to Nu Metro and Warner Bros. and I hope I’ll get the opportunity to do many more of these. Hold thumbs, like it and spread the word 😉
It’s been a busy year on The Von Vodcast and host Jason Von Berg has traveled far and wide to get up close with some of the biggest names in entertainment. See what Annie Lennox thinks about The Von Vodcast, check out the one on one with Invictus star, Morgan Freeman; What does actor Jamie Bartlett eat for lunch and see an exclusive performance by multiple SAMA winner Lira in this and more in The Best Of The Von Vodcast for 2009.
GRAMMY award-winning singer, Annie Lennox is on her way back to South Africa for a once-off, unplugged performance in aid of charity. The star, famous for fronting the eighties group The Eurythmics, will be performing at the Teatro theatre in Montecasino on July 8 to raise funds and awareness for her SING Foundation.
The SING campaign was set up by the Little Bird singer in 2007, reportedly after the singer was touched by former President Nelson Mandela description of the HIV/Aids pandemic as a genocide. Spokesperson for the event, Penny Stein said: “She [Lennox] is a very bright, intelligent, very together iconic rock star and so much more. But she is also probably the most committed and strongest HIV/Aids campaigner in the world.”
While this isn’t the star’s first visit to the country, this will mark her first solo and unplugged performance in South Africa for the 54-year-old. “Audiences will get to see the star at her best; up close and personal, where she will be accompanied by nothing other then her piano and her stories encountered along her journey to stardom and to highlight the HIV/Aids pandemic,” Stein said.
Lennox has visited Hong Kong and a few European countries recently, but is said to be returning to the country and is excited to come to the “heart of the cause” in Africa.
Proceeds raised through the event will be used to prevent the spread of the disease, as well as helping those affected and infected by it. Tickets are available at Computicket.