Grammys: January 2007 Archives

Police reuniting at Grammys!

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After weeks of speculation, the Police confirmed today that the band will reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group has not performed live since its 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy appearance is widely expected to kick off a year’s worth of reunion shows throughout the world. ...

Trio performance at Grammys

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John Legend, John Mayer and Corinne Bailey Rae will team for a performance of an as-yet-unannounced song during the Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 11 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS. Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood will also play. Blige leads the field of nominees with eight. The Chili Peppers earned six, while James Blunt, Dixie Chicks, Danger Mouse and Prince are among eight artists with five each.

Grammy Career Day coming to Chicago

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Grammy Foundation today announced the schedule for its 2007 Grammy Career Day events, a national program that brings top music industry professionals together with high school students to present an insider's perspective on working in the music and recording industries. This extraordinary program, now in its 21st year, kicked off last week in San Francisco, and it continues throughout the school year — coming May 16 to Chicago's Columbia College. Grammy Career Day is presented by Gibson Foundation and is completely free of charge.

Catch up with Grammy noms on CD

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Tomorrow is the nationwide release date for this year's Grammy compilation CD. It's a total marketing-driven money-grab, sure, but these discs are helpful for those who want to stay in touch with what's hot and in the spotlight. Film buffs try to see all the nominated films before Oscar night, so music fans can spin these discs to hear the hot tracks in categories they might not ordinarily buy from. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "The 2007 Grammy Nominees CD" will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation. ...

More Grammy performers announced

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Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood have joined the performance lineup for the 49th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 11 live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. They join previously announced performers Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also new to the show are presenters the Black Eyed Peas, Ciara and Nelly Furtado; Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, P!nk and Rihanna were previously announced for that role. Blige leads the field of nominees with eight. Timberlake’s performance will feature the winner of a contest sponsored by Yahoo! Music.

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Grammy picks contest finalists

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After narrowing down thousands of entries, The Recording Academy announced the Top 5 finalists in the "My Grammy Moment" program today. It now places in the hands of music fans the historic opportunity for unsigned artists to vie for a special performance slot on the 49th annual Grammy Awards with multi-Grammy nominee Justin Timberlake. The public can log on to Yahoo! Music, to view the video submissions, bios and photos of all five hopefuls, and vote for their favorite. ...

Grammy performers announced

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Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley will all perform at the 49th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live Feb. 11 on CBS from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Pink, Rihanna and actors Terrence Howard and Samuel L. Jackson will serve as presenters. ...

Grammy spins more records into hall of fame

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Recording Academy announced the newest additions to its Grammy Hall of Fame today, adding 44 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 728 titles. ...

Voting begins for 'My Grammy Moment' contest

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The Recording Academy today announced the 12 finalists in the "My Grammy Moment" campaign, in which unsigned artists vie for a special performance slot on the 49th annual Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake. Now the public can vote ...

Oscar, Grammy party planning? Some ideas

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By ALISON LAPP

Who said Saturday night was the best time to party? Three of the nation’s highest-profile events, the Super Bowl, the Grammy awards and the Oscars, are all scheduled to take place on Sunday nights in February, and each one provides a great excuse to throw a fabulous themed party. You can watch all three at home with friends, serve great food and drinks, and play games to guess the winners. Invite your guests to come dressed in a ball gown worthy of the red carpet, and put together some easy decorations or centerpieces, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a fun evening. Here are some tips for the Grammys and Oscars ...

Grammy noms stick to Latin Grammys picks

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By AYALA BEN-YEHUDA

Scan the list of Latin nominees for this year’s Grammy Awards, and you’ll find it hews closely to those vying for Latin Grammys last fall — with some exceptions. Though differing eligibility periods explain most of the discrepancies, this year’s Grammy slate does yield some notable candidates. ...

Christian acts humbled by nominations

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By DEBORAH EVANS PRICE

One of the things I love most about Grammy Award nominations are those intriguing surprises that make industry folks scratch their heads and ask, ‘‘What?’’ In the Christian music community, there were a few pleasant surprises, like Kenny Bishop’s nomination for best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album for his self-titled Daywind release. Bishop exited the music industry a few years ago to work with Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher. This marked his return to Southern gospel music, and it topped my list of the best albums in 2006 on billboard.com. ...

Grammys profile: Keane

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By MARK SUTHERLAND

History may not judge screenwriter Colin Welland’s ‘‘The British are coming!’’ rallying call at the 1981 Academy Awards too kindly, but don’t be surprised if someone reprises it at the 2007 Grammy Awards. The U.K. biz is enjoying its biggest nominations haul in years. From hitmaker James Blunt to alternative darlings Arctic Monkeys, from Paul McCartney to the cutting-edge electronica of Goldfrapp, every aspect of British pop is represented. At least one band, however, is happy just to be there. Keane has survived the drama of singer Tom Chaplin’s stint in rehab — which caused an American tour to be scrapped in September — to earn a best pop performance nod for ‘‘Is It Any Wonder?’’ from sophomore album ‘‘Under the Iron Sea’’ (Interscope).

Grammys profile: Corrine Bailey Rae

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By JONATHAN COHEN and GAIL MITCHELL

On Grammy night, U.K. newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae hopes to waltz through the door her soulful pop colleague Norah Jones kicked open in 2003, when she won for best new artist, album of the year and three other awards. Rae, whose self-titled debut was released by EMI internationally in February and via Capitol in June stateside, is nominated this year for best new artist, as well as for record and song of the year for the irresistible ‘‘Put Your Records On.’’ Although the track stalled at No. 64 on The Billboard Hot 100, it reached the top 15 at triple-A, adult top 40 and adult contemporary radio. ...

The man to beat the Grammys: Rick Rubin

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By TODD MARTENS

There is one common thread through three of the five Grammy album of the year nominations — producer Rick Rubin. The Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Justin Timberlake all enlisted the help of the veteran producer with their 2006 projects. ...