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Justin Timberlake Manager Johnny Wright on Secret Plans Around ‘20/20 Experience,’ Touring, Myspace,  More

Justin Timberlake has a rare ability to seem to be everywhere without actually being in that many places. In a way, the marketing around his new album, The 20/20 Experience – out on RCA today – has taken a note from the way he managed to keep his solo musical career in the spotlight by not releasing any music of his own for six years: It might seem like he’s ubiquitous, but he’s not. He’s just chosen what he’s doing to promote the album very strategically for maximum impact: Some strategic online marketing; a couple of high-profile branding and radio campaigns; appearances on the Grammy and Brit Awards, “Saturday Night Live” and a week on “Jimmy Fallon”; a few buzz-building concerts; announcing a summer stadium tour with Jay-Z — sure, it’s all big, and it all came within two months. But compared with a lot of other album-release campaigns, it’s much more quality over quantity — and very, very few artists could be so selective and still go so big.

As RCA Records president/COO Tom Corson told Billboard.biz, “While it feels like he is everywhere, he has been going with less-is-more. The looks he has been getting have either been large events or strategic. He hasn’t been doing every TV or print opportunity.”

But perhaps most impressively of all, Timberlake, his management and label kept the entire project — and the marketing campaign around it, exhaustively detailed in this timeline — secret from the public for months. A couple of gossip sites reported that an album was underway, but the reports were denied and word didn’t get out. The fact that David Bowie – who had been largely off the radar for nearly a decade –announced that he’d completed a secret new album a couple of weeks before Timberlake announced his only adds to the skill of the stealth campaign around The 20/20 Experience.

Here, in a phone conversation last week from the set of the Fallon show, Timberlake’s longtime manager Johnny Wright talks at length about how the album came together, how they and RCA planned an international marketing campaign so quietly, the partnerships around the album, Justin’s role with Myspace, touring plans and much more.

Billboard.Biz: When did the planning for The 20/20 Experience really begin?
Johnny Wright: I guess the conversation really started off three years ago, when I thought maybe Justin would be interested in going back into music. We had a general discussion about how, [because] a lot of the physical record sellers were gone, by the time we’ve got music again we need to think about different ways to deliver it. So we started a general conversation about maybe putting an app together, and maybe doing a situation where we [released a song] every month. There were multiple things we actually talked about, but there wasn’t any movement for him to go back into music [at the time].

[Last year], probably around the late part of May/first week in June, he asked me to dinner and he said, “Guess where I’ve been the past couple of nights?” I said I don’t know, where? He said, “I’ve been in the studio with Timbaland.” I said what are you guys working on? And he said, “I’m working on my stuff.” I was kind of shocked because, you know, I wasn’t prepared for that!

Immediately that started the conversation of, “Okay, how are we gonna put it out?” I like to do this thing where we do a countdown clock and then deliver music from it — so what are we gonna deliver? At one point we even talked about having the countdown clock go into streaming the whole album, but then obviously we had to have conversations with the label and partners who wanted to be involved with the release of his music. So we ended up compromising and putting a single out and shortening the window to the album [release], because [usually artists] put the single out then wait three or four months for the album. But we said we really want to do this in a shorter period of time, so let’s put the single out and [release the album] seven or eight weeks after that — make it a short window, and because we have such a short window, we have to make a big impact.


Justin Timberlake and manager Johnny Wright (second from right)


We were lucky that there were some [big] platforms coming up in that window of eight weeks: One of them was the Grammys, so let’s go have a conversation to see if we can perform a song there. Another one was the Brit Awards in the UK, then “Wetten, dass..?” a huge television show in Germany, and then Justin’s relationship with “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” As the plan between us started to come together, it was like, instead of doing the single on every one of these performances, why don’t we perform a different song? We figured at some point the album would in some way get out, but we kind of wanted to deliver it to them first in visual way. So when we performed on the Grammys, that was the first live television performance of “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z, and then we segued into a new record from the album called “Pusher Love Girl.” For the Brit Awards [and Wetten, dass…?”] we performed “Mirrors,” another song off the album. And then when we came back to do “SNL,” we decided to do “Suit & Tie” and because visually no one in America had seen “Mirrors,” so we did that. And knowing that we had five nights on “Fallon,” it was like, let’s deliver a bunch of new records. The theory was that by the time we got to the release of the album, at least half of it would have been performed on major TV platforms.

And then we have relationship with iTunes where we agreed to allow them to stream the album a week before it was released, because again we weren’t afraid of letting people hear the music. We want people to be engaged; this whole album is an experience. And then from a radio perspective we had Clear Channel Radio, CBS, and all of our radio friends that embraced us — Clear Channel is doing what we call a “road block” [within] 24 hours, playing the new single every hour. And now on Monday night, we’re gonna take over 175 radio stations and have a live performance from El Rey in L.A., where Justin is gonna perform a half hour and Ryan Seacrest is gonna do an interview with him.

We have Target and Budweiser, who became a big partner with us, and we created two big TV commercials promoting the album. That gave us a great visibility and they’re the underwriters of the event that we are going to do in L.A. So in a short period of time we were able to have a great relationship with radio, we were able to stream the album, we were able to have a great relationship with iTunes, we were able to have able to have a relationship with a lot of great TV partners being a part of Justin’s career. Everybody basically came to the table and presented an opportunity for us to get a lot done in a short period of time. And it’s been a fun experience. We were very lucky that we had all these opportunities and these partners that wanted to give us these platforms. Read more the interview here: Justin Timberlakes Promotional Run-Up to The 20/20 Experience: A Timeline | Billboard.

 

 

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Jack White appeared to drop an F-bomb on the Grammys on Sunday night, but CBS claims he didn’t.

White sang what sounded like the F-word during his performance of “Love Interruption” with Ruby Amanfu during the show, which aired live from the Staples Center on the East Coast. While the lyrics to their song don’t include the words “f— me,” it appeared that White and/orAmanfu added them in during their live performance.

Many Grammy viewers immediately took to social media to note the apparent utterance of the swear word.

Click to watch the video: Jack White – Love Interruption & Freedom At 21 – Grammys 2013 – Video Dailymotion.

But Martin Franksexecutive vp planning, policy and government affairs at CBS, insists that the F-word was not sung during White and Amanfu’s performance and that the network’s editors have listened to the performance multiple times on state-of-the-art equipment to verify that. He says the word that was sung was “fight.”

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Justin Timberlake is wasting no time making his comeback. Just a few hours after he brought sexy back to the Grammy stage, he released the newest single “Mirrors” from the upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience.” Timberlake’s team promised a surprise for fans post-Grammys in a tweet. They fulfilled their promise debuting “Mirrors” on YouTube. The track — produced by rapper Timbaland — is slightly over eight minutes and embraces Timberlake’s old-school, slow jam vibe heard in the previously released singles from the album.
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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are being handed out this afternoon, and many of them before this evening’s telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alyssa Toomey and Rosemary Brennan from eonline.com updating all the winners here as they’re announced:

Best Jazz Vocal AlbumRadio Music Society, Esperanza Spaulding

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Hot House,” Gary Buron & Chick Corea

Best New Age AlbumEchoes of Love, Oakram

Best Comedy AlbumBlow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon

Best Spoken Word AlbumSociety’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian

Best Children’s AlbumCan You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers

Best Reggae Album: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke

Best Classical Compendium: “Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis,” Antoni Wit

Best Classical Vocal Performance: “Poemes,” Renee Fleming  

Best Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance: “Adams Harmonielehre and Short Ride In A Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas

Best Opera Recording: “Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen,”James Levine and Fabio Luisi

Best Engineered Album, ClassicalLife & Breath, Tom Caufield and John Newton

Best Tropical Latin AlbumRetro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

Best Regional Mexican or Tejano AlbumPecados Y Milagros, Lila Downs

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative AlbumImaginaries, Quetzal

Best Latin Pop Album, Rock or Urban Album: MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Eye on It, TobyMac

Best Gospel AlbumGravity, Lecrae

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman (Writers: Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman) & “Your Presence is Heaven,” Israel and New Breed (Writers: Israel Houghton and Micah Massey)

Best Gospel Song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary (Writer: Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell)

Best Gospel Contemporary Christian Musical Performance: “10,000 Reason (Bless the Lord)” Matt Redman

Best Surround Sound AlbumModern Cool, Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)

Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical: “Promises” (Skrillex & Nero Remix) Skrillex, remixer (Nero)

Best Engineered Album, Non Classical“The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Richard King, engineer, Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)

Best Historical AlbumThe Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)

Best Album NotesSingular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition PackageWoody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)

Best Recording Package: “Biophilia” Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist: “City of Roses” Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Best Instrumental Arrangement: “How About You” Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Best Instrumental Composition“Mozart Goes Dancing” Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Best Long Form Music Video“Big Easy Express” Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show

Best Short Form Music Video: “We Found Love” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

source: eonline.com

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Imagine you’re at a car dealership and you ask the salesman to show you the best new models. You’re checking them out, giddy to see this year’s cream of the crop, and — surprise! — you realize he’s trying to sell you on a pre-owned car from 2008.

“What gives? That’s not new,” you say. “Buddy,” he says, putting a reassuring hand on your back, “you might know that, but lots of other people haven’t even heard of that model before. That’s new enough for us.” As reported by Dan Reilly for spinner.com

That, in essence, is the Grammys‘ stance on the Best New Artist award, an honor designed to catapult the winner to new heights of stardom.

There’s been some scrutiny over previous years’ selections — Evanescence over 50 CentMilli Vanilli over real singers, Starland Vocal Band over anything that makes sounds — but our biggest issue is how talented nominees like Bon IverEsperanza SpaldingShelby Lynne and Lauryn Hill can be called “new” when they’re precisely the opposite, a betrayal of the award’s reason for existing.

To clarify, here’s how the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences describes the category: “A new artist is defined as any performing artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer.”

This is where things get murky. Bon Iver, the indie-rock band nominated this year, independently put out their debut, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago,’ in 2007. Though it wasn’t a runaway commercial success, it received great reviews from outlets like Pitchfork and the New York Times, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, had several of its songs placed in television shows and ended up on a slew of critic lists of best albums of the year and, later, the decade. That acclaim led to frontman Justin Vernon collaborating with Kanye West on ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ which in turn played some immeasurable part in Bon Iver’s self-titled second album debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts.

Previous year’s nominees and winners have been worse than that not-quite-sensation.Esperanza Spalding, the 2011 victor who surprisingly beat out Florence and the MachineMumford and SonsDrake and Justin Bieber, was five years removed from her debut album — and was personally selected by President Obama to perform at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. But hey, nobody pays attention to that little event, especially not the Bieber fans who threatened to kill her.

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But here we are again, with Bon Iver taking the spot of a deserving new artist who could really benefit from all the buzz a nomination brings. Until then, all we can do is hope they finally get it right (and that the ceremony doesn’t top the four-hour mark).

Event Details: 55th Annual Grammy Awards, February 10, 8pm EST, CBS (check your local listings)

We are happy for all of this year’s Grammy nominees but especially Frank Ocean, and Jack White with his debut album, Blunderbuss. All of whom have been featured on this site.  The Grammy Awards may be politically charged at times, but it is still the preeminent award show for music and attracts a global audience and hosts some of the most memorable performances in music history.  As such, we are very excited to present this year’s nominees and our predictions. (our picks are BOLD)

Record Of The Year

  • Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
  • We Are Young – Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

doodledandy:  We Are Young is going to be an anthem for the youth in the future. A song that will last long. Though it’s a lil bit forgettable, isn’t it? Glee also helps the song to get good airplay.

Album Of The Year

  • El Camino -The Black Keys
  • Some Nights – Fun.
  • Babel – Mumford & Sons
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
  • Blunderbuss – Jack White

doodledandy:  I love Jack White’s Blunderbuss. But Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange stole the whole plot. Frank got the momentum.

Song Of The Year

  • The A Team – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
  • Call Me Maybe – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly
  • Clarkson)
  • We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun.Featuring Janelle Monáe)
doodledandy:  We Are Young is going to be an anthem for the youth in the future. A song that will last long. Though it’s a lil bit forgettable, isn’t it? Glee also helps the song to get good airplay.

Best New Artist

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Fun.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • The Lumineers
  • Frank Ocean
doodledandy: This is one of the toughest category. Frank actually has a shot at this one. But Channel Orange is his second album.  Some Nights also Fun’s second album.  Alabama Shakes brings back the root of the blues to where it belongs. Our vote for Alabama Shakes.

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Set Fire To The Rain [Live] – Adele
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Wide Awake – Katy Perry
  • Where Have You Been – Rihanna
doodledandy:  Adele or Katy? Katy or Adele? Katy it is. Adele has enough awards last year. But she still will have another one at Oscars.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Shake It Out – Florence & The Machine
  • We Are Young – Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
  • Payphone – Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
doodledandy:  It’s a subjective category for me. I want Flo to win this one. Nuff said.

Best Dance Recording

  • Levels – Avicii
  • Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
  • Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah
  • Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
  • I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser
doodledandy:  It’s Skrillex because my friend told me he’s good. And i don’t listen to other nominees.

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • Wonderland – Steve Aoki
  • Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
  • > Album Title Goes Here < – Deadmau5
  • Fire & Ice – Kaskade
  • Bangarang – Skrillex
Our vote for Deadmau5. I think Trent Reznor would agree with me.

Best R&B Performance

  • Thank You – Estelle
  • Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) – Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
  • I Want You – Luke James
  • Adorn – Miguel
  • Climax – Usher
Best Traditional R&B Performance
  • Lately – Anita Baker
  • Love On Top – Beyoncé
  • Wrong Side Of A Love Song – Melanie Fiona
  • Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter
  • If Only You Knew – SWV
doodledandy:  No further explanation needed.

Best R&B Song

  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
  • Beautiful Surprise – Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)
  • Heart Attack – Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)
  • Pray For Me – Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jQue” Smith,
  • songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
  • Refill – Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “Pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)
doodledandy:  Miguel should take this even though the competition is stiff.

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Fortune – Chris Brown
  • Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
doodledandy:  If it brings me to my knees listening “Bad Religion”, well.. we couldn’t agree more.

Best R&B Album

  • Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
  • Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton
  • Write Me Back – R. Kelly
  • Beautiful Surprise – Tamia
  • Open Invitation – Tyrese
Best Rap Performance
  • HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne
  • N****s In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • Daughters – Nas
  • Mercy – Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
  • I Do – Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000
doodledandy:  Jay-Z & Kanye West is very dangerous. Give it to them, niggas!

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • Wild Ones – Flo Rida Featuring Sia
  • No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
  • Tonight (Best You Ever Had) – John Legend Featuring Ludacris
  • Cherry Wine – Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
  • Talk That Talk – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
doodledandy:  Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean. How can you resist them NARAS?

Best Rap Song

  • Daughters – Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas)
  • Lotus Flower Bomb – Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)
  • Mercy – Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
  • The Motto – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne)
  • N****s In Paris – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  • Young, Wild & Free – Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars)
doodledandy:  Lyrics alone, we are going with Nas.

Best Rap Album

  • Take Care – Drake
  • Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 – Lupe Fiasco
  • Life Is Good – Nas
  • Undun – The Roots
  • God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
  • Based On A T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz

doodledandy:  It was clearly 2Chainz’s year. The mid-30′s rapper who rebranded himself and got down with a dope crew really made a splash this year. I guess.

Best Blues Album

  • 33 1/3 – Shemekia Copeland
  • Locked Down – Dr. John
  • Let It Burn – Ruthie Foster
  • And Still I Rise – Heritage Blues Orchestra
  • Bring It On Home – Joan Osborne

Best Short Form Music Video

  • Houdini – Foster The People
  • No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
  • Bad Girls – M.I.A
  • We Found Love – Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
  • Run Boy Run – Woodkid

Best Long Form Music Video

  • Big Easy Express – Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers
  • Bring Me Home – Live 2011 – Sade
  • Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding
  • Get Along – Tegan & Sara
  • From The Sky Down – U2

doodledandy: You’d agree with my vote if you have seen the video

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

  • I’m Alive – Anthrax
  • Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm
  • Blood Brothers – Iron Maiden
  • Ghost Walking – Lamb Of God
  • No Reflection – Marilyn Manson
  • Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – Megadeth
doodledandy: I don’t know but Megadeth always has a place in my heart. Dave Ellefson is back. It’s a good album since Countdown To Extinction.

Best Rock Song

  • Freedom At 21 – Jack White
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  • Lonely Boy – Black Keys
  • Madness – Muse
  • We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

doodledandy: My blues hero is now Jack White since John Mayer has too much dramas in his life.

Best Rock Album

  • El Camino – The Black Keys
  • Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
  • The 2nd Law – Muse
  • Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
  • Blunderbuss – Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album

  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple
  • Biophilia –

    Björk
  • Making Mirrors –

    Gotye
  • Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming –

    M83
  • Bad As Me –

    Tom Waits

Best World Music Album

  • Folila – Amadou & Mariam
  • On A Gentle Island Breeze – Daniel Ho
  • Jabulani – Hugh Masekela
  • Traveller – Anoushka Shankar
  • The Living Room Sessions Part 1 – Ravi Shankar
doodledandy: RIP Master of World Music. This one is for you, Mr Ravi Shankar. I know George Harrison is smiling right now in heaven.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • The Descendants – Various Artists
  • Marley – 
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Midnight In Paris –
    Various Artists
  • The Muppets
    Various Artists
  • Rock Of Ages –

    Various Artists

doodledandy: To celebrate his birthday: It’s Marley!
  • The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn – John Williams
  • The Artist –

    Ludovic Bource, composer
  • The Dark Knight Rises –

    Hans Zimmer
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo –

    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Hugo –

    Howard Shore, composer
  • Journey –

    Austin Wintory, composer
Best Song Written For Visual Media
  • Abraham’s Daughter (From The Hunger Games) – Arcade Fire
  • Learn Me Right (From Brave) – Mumford & Sons
  • Let Me Be Your Star (From Smash) – Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
  • Man Or Muppet (From The Muppets) – Bret McKenzie
  • Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games) –  Taylor Swift

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Kelly Clarkson will also take the stage; presenters include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Prince.

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Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting will take the stage together at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for a special performance, CBS announced Monday.

Kelly Clarkson will also perform on music’s biggest night.

Sixteen-time Grammy winnerBeyonce, who performed at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show Sunday evening (and reunited with her Destiny’s Child counterparts), has been added to the presenters list, which also includes Hunter Hayes, Jennifer LopezNCIS‘ Pauley Perrette andPrince.

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Jack White will be among the performers at next month’s Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for three awards, including Best Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album.

Other confirmed performers include The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, fun., Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, consequenceofsound.net reported.

Photo by Jeremy D. Larson

 

Also taking the stage at the 55th annual event: Rihanna, The Black Keys and FUN.

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Taylor SwiftRihanna and Mumford & Sons are among the first performers announced for this year’s Grammy Awards.

The Black Keys and Fun. will also take the stage at the 55th annual ceremony, which will be televised Feb. 10 on CBS from the Staples Center in LA.

PHOTOS: 55th Annual Grammy Nominees

All are nominated for Grammys: Swift and Rihanna both scored three nods, with the former up for awards including Record of the Year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and the latter in the competition for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Where Have You Been,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay-Z for “Talk That Talk” and Best Short Form Music Video for “We Found Love.”

As for Mumford and FUN., each of the popular bands snagged six nods apiece. The British folk-rockers are nominated for awards including Album Of The Year and Best Americana Album for Babel, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “I Will Wait” and Best New Artist. Meanwhile, the pro-party “We Are Young” outfit is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the ubiquitous anthem featuring Janelle Monae.

The Black Keys received five nods including Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album forEl Camino.

 

— article taken from hollywoodreporter.com

GRIZZLY BEAR PERFORM ‘YET AGAIN’ ON ‘LETTERMAN’

Grizzly Bear‘s Ed Droste seemed genuinely bummed by his band’s recent Grammy nomination snub — and rightfully so, considering all the praise their ‘Sheilds’ album has garnered — but he’s not letting it keep him down. Droste and the Bear boys hit the stage of ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ last night (Dec. 12) to bust out ‘Shields’ single ‘Yet Again,’ and the tight performance may have given the Grammy noms committee pause. (Watch it below.)

 

 

The Bear are no strangers to ‘Letterman,’ having appeared on the show at least two other times to perform ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Ready, Able,’ both from 2009′s ‘Veckatimest.’ They have one more 2012 gig on their itinerary — a hometown New York show Friday night with Sleigh Bells — and a slew of overseas dates lined up in 2013, starting off Jan. 31 in Mexico City. Check out their full schedule here.

(article made by Joe Robinson from diffuser.fm)

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