Grammys: December 2006 Archives

New Year's Eve awards-show recap on TV Guide!

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This is what we live for here at The Gold Rush. On New Year's Eve, the TV Guide channel will be airing a 15-hour marathon of all the awards shows from 2006. It's Joan and Melissa Rivers' "Red Carpet Rewind Marathon," starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. What better way to get revved up for the upcoming season than to relive the shock and awe of "Crash"?!

Grammy viewing parties at Hard Rock Cafe

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Choose one of the following. I want to watch the Grammys:

(a) at home, alone, voicing my barbed wit and critical comments to my cat.
(b) while enjoying free food with a bunch of other music freaks and hollaback girls.

If you (wisely) chose (b) ...

Grammy announces this year's lifetime honors

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys were announced today by The Recording Academy. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive the lifetime honors.

The Recording Academy isn't just looking back on 2006, it's looking ahead to see who's the next music star. The organization, which puts on the Grammys, announced "My GRammy Moment" today — an opportunity for unsigned artists to vie for a performance with Justin Timberlake at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in February. Fans will choose the lucky performer online at Yahoo! Music.

Grammys picture gallery up

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Check out our photo gallery of the Grammy nominations announcements!

Look! It's Lupe! DeRo looks at Grammy noms

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The long-reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was crowned anew Thursday when nominations for the 49th annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles and Mary J. Blige led the pack with eight nods for her 2005 album "The Breakthrough." But the big news locally was Lupe Fiasco, who followed in Kanye West's footsteps and made Chicago hip-hop history by claiming three nominations for his debut album "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor." So says Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis in his Grammys analysis today.

Who from Chicago is up for Grammys?

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Nominations for the 49th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which some artists did it all, collaborations were numerous and diverse, and breakout music makers ran the genre gamut. Chicago R&B, rap and gospel performers were recognized amidst top musicians in their category this morning. Local musicians received accolades for their work with 15 nominations, including, Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Performance, Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Polka Album and Best Chamber Music Performance. ...

Grammy nominations list

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Here's the list of Grammy nominees (below the story), along with a video link to the announcements this morning. (Or check the list at the Grammys site!)

Oh, Mary! Blige leads Grammy nominations

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LOS ANGELES — At this time last year, Mary J. Blige was at a career crossroads. She was about to release a new album of material after her previous effort met with disappointing sales. There were whispers that after 12 years in the business, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was losing her throne to younger artists. But on Thursday, the Recording Academy reconfirmed Blige’s place in music royalty, showering her with eight Grammy nominations, including record and song of the year for her hit ‘‘Be Without You,’’ off her album ‘‘The Breakthrough.’’

Chicago's own music awards show

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Did you know Chicago had its own "Grammys"? The 26th annual Chicago Music Awards announced its annual slate of nominees today (hit the link, then click on "nominees" for the full list) at the Velvet Lounge. The top award, Pop Entertainer of the Year, includes such luminaries as probable Oscar contender Jennifer Hudson, plus Joan Hammel, Kanye West, Ladi Lyke and R. Kelly. The awards ceremony is Jan. 28 at Park West.

Much-a Blige at Billboard Music Awards

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Earning a whopping nine awards, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige dominated the field at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, held tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . The 35-year-old singer nabbed a number of R&B/hip-hop honors, including album ("The Breakthrough") and song ("Be Without You") of the year, as well as Hot 100 airplay song of the year. ...