Posts Tagged ‘Grammys’

I think the best way to put it is that I have been having “fun” with Skrillex this past year and his introduction to Dubstep for the mass audience. If you don’t know who Skrillex is, it is Sonny Moore from the band, From First To Last, and he just had a huge year in 2011 and is currently enjoying an even bigger one now after winning three Grammys.

I have been enjoying all of his stuff lately, but have recently just started checking out his videos. I hope you enjoy his stuff as much as I do. Have fun!

Bon Iver turns down offer to play Grammys.

Bon Iver was offered a chance to play the 2012 Grammy Awards, where their self-titled 2nd LP is nominated for Best Alternative Album, but bandleader Justin Vernon turned the offer down, Billboard reports. The Grammy Foundation asked him to duet with an undisclosed artist, but Vernon denied on the basis that he wouldn’t be allowed to perform any original material – though he referred to his would-be collaborators as “awesome people. People that I would love to play a song with…But you know what? Fuckin’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock n’ roll should be the fucking people with guitars around their backs. And their friends. And their managers.”

You have to hand it to Vernon, who is openly appreciative of the widespread recognition of his talent while preserving his artistic motives instead of sacrificing them to the great publicity machine in the sky:

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Love Femi Kuti and his father’s work.

Femi Kuti plays "Africa for Africa" for La Blogotheque.

We’ve been keeping our watchful eye on the Grammys, because for every snub (Kanye’sMBDTF??) and bunk nomination (Bruno Mars??), there are stories of well-deserved recognition that straight up warm our hearts. For his underdog Album of the Year nomination, Bon Iver becomes this year’s Arcade Fire, right down to the hilarious reaction blog that pays homage to the original.

On a more serious, less Internet-A.D.D.-related note: we’re also stoked on Femi Kuti’sAfrica for Africa, nominated for best world music album at the 2012 Grammys. Femi carries the torch for his father, Fela Kuti, an innovator and a figurehead for Afrobeat music as well as a dedicated political activist. We were recently directed toward this excellent performance of “Africa for Africa,” filmed by La Blogotheque on a rooftop in Paris. It’s an excellent introduction to Femi’s passionate approach to politics in…

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I’m going to have to go with Milli Vanilli.

Worst Grammy Performances Ever

The Grammys wouldn’t be the Grammys without the pressure to perform, and sometimes artists just can’t make the cut. Since we’ve already shown you the best Grammys performances ever, we couldn’t leave the juicy, or in the case of Pink, wet, performances that made everyone else look AMAZING. Without further adieu, the worst performances available to those that dare on Youtube.

Outkast: “Hey Ya”

“Hey Ya” was 2004’s summer ubiquitous hit. You couldn’t escape it, and why would you want to? This was such a terrible let down. The strange, albeit slightly racist costumes, and poor singing made this a forgettable (hopefully) performance that stands as an example of what NOT to do.

Pink: “Glitter In The Air”

After this performance, which truly lived up the spectacle of the Grammys, critics joked that the song title should have been changed to “Water On Your Face.” Take a look…

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R.E.M. in concert in Padova. From left to right; bassist Mike Mills, vocalist Michael Stipe, drummer Bill Rieflin, and guitarist Peter Buck

Yes, as of September 21, 2011, R.E.M. has called it quits by announcing on their website that they were “calling it a day as a band.” Bummed? Even though they were a Grammy award winning band, and many liked them, I can honestly say that I never really got into them at all. So, no, I’m not bummed. Sure, I did like a couple of their songs, but they were their more popular songs that got played on the radio all the time. I am figuring that I will still hear these same songs on the radio though.

What are your thoughts or feelings about the breakup?

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