Grammys 2014 – blow by blow

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the GrammysAnd let’s go… The best way to get music’s biggest night going in my opinion is to welcome Mrs Carter aka Beyonce Knowles to the stage. The star, who recently dropped her number one album, BEYONCE, took to the stage

Anna Kendrick and Pharrell Williams are up to present New Artist. The award goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Wow, we’re here on this stage right now. First and foremost I want to thank our fans, the people who got us on this stage. Without them there would be no us.”

– Lorde takes to the stage to sing her smash hit, Royals. It’s a bit of a boring song to sing at the Grammys in my opinion.

– Hunter Hayes said he was nervous to perform his new track, Invisible tonight, but he did a great job at it. Sidebar, he looks like Jesse McCartney’s younger brother.

– Juanez and Anna Faris up to present Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance. The award goes to Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams “Dude. On behalf of the robots, just like to say first of all. Man, thank you, thank you, thank. This category has a lot of great nominees. We’re honored. Of course they want to thank their families.”

– Katy Perry and Juicy J are up to perform their song Dark Horse. If I were Katy’s red carpet hairstylist, I’d be bleak. The amount of effort that went into putting that look together must’ve taken forever, only to let it all down for this performance. This performance is a little flat 😦

– The first collaboration of the night belongs to Chicago and Robin Thicke. A medley of classic tracks with the soulful Robin Thicke. Nice one… Obviously Blurred Lines featured in this medley too.

– A little bit of country music now. It’s time for Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.

– Recently married, John Legend is on stage now performing All of Me. This man has one of the best voices in the business. They cut to his wife during the performance. How cute… Clever director.

– Uncle Charlie and Kevin Hart present the award for Best Rock Song to Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear for the song, Cut Me Some Slack.

“I have to say, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Paul and Ringo and for Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones. This songs were two hours in my studio. We knocked this song out in a couple of hours.”
Sir Paul said, “Come along and we’ll do a song. We should just make something up and this is it.”
– Taylor Swifts whips here back and forth on the Grammys stage.
– Bruno Mars introduces P!nk and Nate Ruess. Pink is showing off her acrobatic skills again in the song Try, before the two perform Just Give Me A Reason.
– Miguel and Ariana Grande present the Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy to Lorde for her song, Royals:
“Well hello. This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight. So thank you very much”. To all the other nominees she said, “I’ve been inspired by all of you at some point in my life, so thank you.”
– Black Sabbath introduce The Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who is singing his track Photographs. It’s nice to see a montage of the star and his fellow band mates throughout the years… It has been fifty years since The Beatles’ invasion into America. One Direction will be looking at this going, this could be us! Great performance.
– Jamie Foxx presents the  Rap/ Sung collaboration to Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake for their song, Holy Grail.
“Thank you very much. Thank all the producers for writing the song. I want to thank God, I mean a little bit for this award, but mostly and for that universe conspiring for putting that beautiful lady in my life. And I want to tell Blue that look Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you”
– Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons are up now. All dressed in white and the slow motion effect works really well. Taylor Swift is loving this performance. Another giff, tick!
– Next up is Kacey Musgraves.
– Oh hello Julia Roberts. She’s here to introduce The Beatles special tribute. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr take to the stage to perform too.
– Gloria Estafan and Marc Anthony present Best Pop Vocal Album to Bruno Mars for Unorthodox Jukebox. He dedicated the award to his late mom… Bless. it’s a great album… Do the right thing.
– Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on stage now.
– Martina McBride and Zac Brown present the Best Country Album to Kacey Musgraves for her album Same Trailer Different Park.  “Oh my goodness. I can’t even, but I got to make a record that I poured myself into.”
– Neill Patrick Harris introduces Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder. As Neil said, we are about to “La freak out”. La awesome indeed…
– Sara Bareilles is sharing the stage with The Grammys’ Person of the Year, Carole King. They’re singing Brave. Very nice performance. They’re now presenting Song of the Year.
– Song of the Year goes to Joel Little for his work on Lorde’s Royals.
– Oscar nominee and singer in his own writer, Jared Leto pays tribute to Lou Reed before introducing Metallica and Lang Lang, as they perform One.
– Smokey Robinson and Steven Tyler are up on. Tyler gets the crowd to briefly sing along to one of Smokey’s tracks before presenting Record of the Year to Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams for Get Lucky.
“I suppose the robots would like to thank. You know honestly I bet France is really proud of these guys right now. And one more time for the incredible Nile Rodgers. And God guys. And the people”.
– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are on stage performing Same Love. Queen Latifah then announced 33 couples as wife and wife, husband and wife, husband and husband, as madonna joined them on stage. You Turn The Key, #SameLove… Several stars are in tears.

Full list of 2014 Grammy nominees


Album Of The Year:
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year:
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
“Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring
Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist:
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Brave” — Sara Bareilles
“Royals” — Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

Best Rock Performance:
“Always Alright” — Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” — David Bowie
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” (Live) — Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” — Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” — Jack White

Best Rock Album:
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Alternative Music Album:
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance:
“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Love And War — Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You — Fantasia
One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi
Unapologetic — Rihanna
New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds

Best R&B Album:
R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT

Best Rap Performance:
“Started From The Bottom” — Drake
“Berzerk” — Eminem
“Tom Ford” —  Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Album:
Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore  & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus — Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance:
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best Country Album:
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Guided Tour — The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum — Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away — Kenny Garrett
Out Here — Christian McBride Trio

Best Gospel Album:
Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

Best Tropical Latin Album:
3.0 — Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists
Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives

Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine — Mavis Staples
Songbook — Allen Toussaint

Best Comedy Album:
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin
I’m Here To Help — Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional — Ron White
Live — Tig Notaro
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About — Bob Saget

This year’s Producer Of The YearNon-Classical nominations go to Rob CavalloDr. LukeAriel RechtshaidJeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards nominees

The MTV Video Music Awards are possibly one of the most fun award ceremonies in the award season calendar. They always have fun hosts, great performances and all the big wigs turn up to be apart of the evening. So without further ado, I present to you the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards nominees:
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees are:
Video Of The Year
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars  – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “F**kin Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip”
Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran – “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”
Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stay”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
fun. – “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”
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Twenty One Pilots – “Holding On To You”
Zedd Feat. Foxes – “Clarity”
Austin Mahone – “What About Love”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea – “Work”
Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z -“Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Best Video With A Social Message
Kelly Clarkson  – “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
Snoop Lion – “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel – “Candles In The Sun”
Beyoncé – “I Was Here”
Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy    Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons  Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
30 Seconds To Mars      Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Up In The Air”
Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”
Best Art Direction
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem”
Alt-J – “Tesselate”
Best Choreography
Chris Brown – “Fine China”
Ciara – “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up” feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”
Lana Del Rey – “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt”
Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. JAY-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
fun. – “Carry On”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Best Editing
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Best Visual Effects
Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”
Skrillex feat. The Door – “Breakin’ A Sweat”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Duck Sauce – “It’s You”
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
The awards are set to take place at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, USA on Sunday 25 August.

Watch ‘That Moment’ aka Bob Marley Tribute at the Grammys

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The legendary Sting and Ziggy Marley, the ever cool Bruno Mars and Damian Marley and the beautiful Rihanna perform Locked out of Heaven, Walking on the Moon and Could you be Loved during the 2013 Grammy Awards. There’s a musical moment right there and you can see it below:

Bruno Mars to release “Unorthodox Jukebox” December 10

It’s about damn time. Bruno Mars is back and ready to rock and roll with the release of his new album. The Grammy winner released his brand new single, Locked Out of Heaven” yesterday via his Youtube account ( It’s taken off his forthcoming album, “Unorthodox Jukebox”, which is due for release on the 10th of December. The first big bit of promotion he’ll be doing is on SNL. He’ll be hosting and performing on the hit show on the 20th of October (to be aired in SA on the 27th). He’s also on the cover of Billboard Magazine, which you will see on the right. Log on to for more.

Just a few other tidbits on the album- it was executive produced by The Smeezingtons. Other production credits include Jeff Bhasker (fun., Kanye West, Jay-Z), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne, Black Lips) and Diplo (M.I.A, Usher). More info will be released in the weeks leading up to the album. For more info though go to

Have a listen to the first single below:

2012 Billboard Music Awards – full nominations list

The 2012 Billboard Award nominees list is out and leading the pack are the ever-great Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and then Lil Wayne. The awards take place tonight (20 May) in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. I’ll be up in the early hours of Monday morning watching the awards live from my couch. The show can be seen on Channel O, DStv channel 320 from 2AM. Do join me… For now, find below the full list of nominees:

Top Artist:
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster The People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

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2012 Brit Awards – winners list

The Brit Awards took place in London town last night and once again the lovely Adele took home top honours (Best Female Solo Artist and Best Album). Rihanna scooped an award, as did Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Sadly there wont be a broadcast in South Africa of the awards, which is such a pity. Alas, here is a list of winners below:

Best Male Solo Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Best Female Solo Artist:


Best Breakthrough Artist:

Ed Sheeran

British Group:


British Single:

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Mastercard Album of the Year:

Adele- 21

International Male Solo Artist:

Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist:


International Group:

Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act:

Lana Del Ray

Oustanding Contribution to Music:


British Producer:

Ethan Johns

Grammys 2012 get going

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are here. The show got going with a rocking performance from Bruce Springsteen. He kicked it off with a song called Take Care of Our Own as far as I can tell.

Host LL Cool J came on. “Thank you Bruce. Speaking to our times. We ask ourselves how to we speak to ourselves, this day. The only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer.” A montage of Whitney moments is up on the screens. A performance of her singing I will always love you on the Grammy stage from a few years back. No doubt this brought tears to the eyes of many.

Bruno Mars, wearing a sick gold tux, put on a great performance of his track Runaway Baby. A nice way to lift the mood a bit.Let’s celebrate music.

LL Cool J to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Rapper and actor LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on the 12th of February.

Rapper and actor LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on the 12th of February.  This makes him the first person to host the coveted award ceremony in seven years. The peops behind music’s biggest night announced the news yesterday.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” said LL COOL J. “I will always have fond memories of my first GRAMMY Awards and to now be hosting the GRAMMY show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true. Great performances and great music — it’s gonna be a great night!”

More presenters and performers will be announced soon, but in the mean time LL joins the likes of Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Foo Figthers, who will all be taking to the stage this coming Feb. Man I’m excited!!

2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album out of Jan. 24

The countdown to music’s biggest night is on, with just a month to go (to the date) until the awards take place in LA. Besides the Oscars, this is my big highlight on the entertainment calendar and I can’t wait to see how many trophies the incredible Adele takes home.

It has just been announced that the Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj will all be performing coming Grammy night.

Now for the past eighteen years the good people at the Grammys have put together an album with some of the major nominees. Check out the tracklist for this year’s album, due to be released on the 24th of January:

1.       ADELE
          “Rolling In The Deep
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

2.         BRUNO MARS
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

3.         KATY PERRY
Record Of The Year

            “Moves Like Jagger”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

5.         NICKI MINAJ
            “Super Bass”
Best New Artist

            “What’s My Name?”
Album Of The Year

7.         J. COLE
            “Work Out”
Best New Artist

8.         LADY GAGA
            “Yoü And I 
“Album Of The Year”

            “Pumped Up Kicks”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

10.       SKRILLEX
            “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
Best New Artist

11.       COLDPLAY
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

12.       FOO FIGHTERS
Album Of The Year

13.       THE BAND PERRY
            “If I Die Young
Best New Artist

14.       MUMFORD & SONS
            “The Cave”
Record Of The Year

15.        BON IVER
Record Of The Year
Best New Artist

            “Just A Kiss”
Best Country Album

17.       TAYLOR SWIFT
Best Country Album

18.        BLAKE SHELTON
            “Honey Bee”
Best Country Album

19.        ERIC CHURCH
            “Drink In My Hand”
Best Country Album

20.       THE BLACK KEYS
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

            “Don’t You Wanna Stay
Best Country Album

            “Body And Soul”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance