Grammys: February 2007 Archives

First Grammys, now Emmys plundering 'Idol'

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Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of Fox’s megahit ‘‘American Idol,’’ have been tapped to work their magic on the Emmy telecast. The duo have been named executive producers of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. ...

Were the Grammy voters sending a message?

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Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks mentioned the possibility when they won the biggie on Sunday night, but the bloggers at CNN's "Showbiz" think it wasn't the message we're assuming.

Grammy sweep doesn't help Chicks on country radio

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country radio still isn’t ready to make nice with the Dixie Chicks.

With a haul of Grammys on Sunday, the Texas trio topped their comeback from their 2003 Bush-bashing comment that turned them from superstars to pariahs — but Music Row isn’t welcoming them back into the country-music fold. ‘‘Most country stations aren’t playing the Chicks, and they aren’t going to start now,’’ said Jim Jacobs, owner of WTDR-FM, a country radio station in Talladega, Ala.

Sometimes, award voters tie one on

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LOS ANGELES — Grammy voters just couldn’t decide. Twice. Which led to two ties at Sunday’s awards ceremony. Jimmy Carter’s spoken-word album, ‘‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis,’’ tied with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee’s ‘‘With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.’’ In the Latin pop album category, Arjona’s ‘‘Adentro,’’ tied with Julieta Venegas’ ‘‘Limon Y Sal.’’

'My Grammy Moment' winner on cloud 9

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LOS ANGELES — Texas teenager Robyn Troup got a taste of fame — and a super 19th birthday present — as the winner of ‘‘My Grammy Moment,’’ a talent contest that culminated live during the Grammy Awards last night. ...

Grammy ratings back on track

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LOS ANGELES — Without ‘‘American Idol’’ to worry about, the Grammy Awards bounced back strongly in the ratings this year. An estimated 20.1 million people watched the Dixie Chicks take home every trophy they were eligible for last night. That’s up 18 percent over last season, according to Nielsen Media Research. ...

Backstage at the Grammys

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LOS ANGELES — Notes from backstage at last night’s 49th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ...

Grammys: He said, she said

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Overheard last night during the 49th annual Grammy Awards ...

Post-Grammys party report

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In a packed ballroom filled with bling-wearing divas, one unlikely singer shined brightest of all at Sony BMG’s Grammy after-party — tall, gangly John Mayer. The bushy-haired singer, who snagged trophies for best male pop vocal performance and pop vocal album for ‘‘Continuum,’’ was the toast of Sunday’s swanky bash at the Beverly Hills Hotel — just one of several glamorous Grammy parties around town. ...

Grammys: This is the live telecast post

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The action as it happens, from the Sun-Times features staff, updating throughout the show ...

Tony who? Stevie who? Oldies still have sway

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In one of the most competitive Grammy categories, two slightly hunched, long-since hip music veterans bested the likes of Mary J. Blige, U2, Nelly Furtado and Timbaland. Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, who have a combined 136 years of legendary crooning between them, took home the award for best pop collaboration with vocals, the first award handed out at the Grammys tonight.

'Crazy' for Gnarls Barkley at Grammys

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Gnarls Barkley’s unlikely but unstoppable crossover continued at the Grammys tonight, where the duo won two awards. The collaboration between Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse won best alternative music album for their ‘‘St. Elsewhere’’ and best urban/alternative performance for the sensational single ‘‘Crazy.’’ Their mature, show-stopping performance of their hit song was also one of the high points of the award show. ...

It's a James James James Brown tribute

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NEW YORK — James Brown, given scant attention from the Grammys when alive, was paid slight tribute tonight. While the Eagles were honored with a three-song medley, the late Godfather of Soul was remembered with a performance by Christina Aguilera that managed to hit all the wrong notes, even while staying pitch-perfect. ...

Rich irony in Dixie Chicks' Grammy haul

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It was more than a love of their music that was behind the Dixie Chicks’ victory lap at the Grammy Awards tonight. The Texans won the three biggest awards — song, record and album of the year — for a disc in which they fought back against a country-music establishment that turned its back on them following 2003 remarks critical of President Bush. They won everything they were nominated for. ...

In the Grammy Awards collaboration between Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend and John Mayer, you could almost see a struggling music industry beg: ‘‘please don’t give up on us.’’ The showcase was clearly designed to get Baby Boomers who can’t remember the last time they set foot in a music store interested in someone new. ...

Police open Grammys with tour promo

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Showing a punkish verve that echoed back to 1978, The Police opened the Grammy Awards tonight with a reunion that advertised an upcoming tour.

‘‘Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Police and we’re back!’’ Sting shouted at the beginning.

Wearing a punk-short haircut and displaying biceps that most 55-year-olds would kill for, Sting sang the rock trio’s first hit, ‘‘Roxanne.’’ He even managed to make the high notes during the reggae-tinged story about a prostitute.

Drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers joined him onstage, the gray-haired Copeland grinning throughout the song.

The Police are scheduled to announce a reunion tour on Monday.

They performed to an audience filled with musicians who were crawling around in diapers during their heyday. Comic Jamie Foxx noted the changing times.

‘‘There was a little confusion,’’ he said. ‘‘When they said the Police were opening up the Grammys, Snoop left.’’


Already — list of most Grammy winners

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The telecast begins in 30 minutes, but as you might have guessed the vast majority of awards are given out in the pre-show. So here's the partial list of winners at Sunday’s 49th annual Grammy Awards:

Gearing up for tonight's Grammys

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LOS ANGELES — Mary J. Blige, the self-described Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, has a chance to become the Queen of the Grammys tonight with a leading eight nominations for her best-selling, critically acclaimed album, ‘‘The Breakthrough.’’ ...

Henley feted by fellow musicians, fans

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LOS ANGELES — John Mayer and the Dixie Chicks helped guide Don Henley on a trip through his musical memories that left the singer-songwriter feeling ‘‘very strange.’’ They joined Henley’s Eagles bandmate Timothy B. Schmit, Sam Moore, Keb Mo, Trisha Yearwood, Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin and Seal in launching Grammy weekend by honoring the 59-year-old Henley as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night.

Grammy vs. 'Idol': Can't beat ’em, join ’em

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BURBANK, Calif. — Flanked by a television crew, three young women huddle around a keyboard on an airy sound stage trying to out-sing each other. ‘‘American Idol’’? No, but close. It’s ‘‘My Grammy Moment,’’ the Recording Academy’s mini-edition of reality TV; a talent search for unsigned artists that maybe could offer a little ratings help for the Nielsen-troubled Grammys show (7 p.m. Sunday on CBS). ...

More Grammy appearances announced

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The Recording Academy announced today that current multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. will perform on the 49th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday night, and six-time Grammy winners Earth, Wind & Fire will join previously announced performers Mary J. Blige and Ludacris in an electrifying special segment. ...

'Why not have them perform TOGETHER?!'

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Ever wonder how the Grammys get such interesting and odd combinations of musicians to perform together at the show? This USA Today story shows the finagling behind those magic moments.

Who are these 'Grammy Moment' contenders?

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It's down to three finalists in the "My Grammy Moment" contest, in which one performer voted by fans online will perform with Justin Timberlake at this Sunday's Grammys. Here are some profiles of the finalists from their hometown newspapers — Brenda Radney in Staten Island, Robyn Troup in Houston Africa Miranda in Montgomery, Ala.

DeRo preps for (and predicts!) Grammys

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More performers, presenters added to Grammys

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Shakira and Wyclef Jean will team up for a performance during Sunday’s Grammy Awards, while Chris Brown, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson will perform during a tribute segment to male R&B artists. In addition, Rascal Flatts will join previously announced performer Carrie Underwood for a tribute to country-influenced rock. ...

Grammy charity auction online

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The Grammy Online Charity Auction — an exclusive array of celebrity-signed music and entertainment memorabilia as well as VIP experiences — is under way now through Feb. 22 at a special eBay page, presented in partnership with Kompolt. All proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit programs and services of the MusiCares and Grammy foundations.

This year's auction features 100 lots ...

Grammy Moment finalists named

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — During today’s Super Bowl pre-game show, The Recording Academy announced the three finalists in the "My Grammy Moment" program. Music fans now can vote for three unsigned artists to compete for a special performance slot on the 49th annual Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake (who also is performing in a solo segment). Fans can log on to Yahoo! Music to view the video submissions, bios and photos of all three hopefuls, and vote to determine their favorite. The final three will fly to Los Angeles to rehearse individually with Timberlake during Grammy Week, as well as attend various Recording Academy events.

The finalists (in alphabetical order)

Africa Miranda (age 30), Montgomery, Ala.
Brenda Radney (age 22), Staten Island, N.Y.
Robyn Troup (age 18), Houston, Tex.