Sam Smith Clears Up At The Grammys While Boyhood Scoops Top Award At The Baftas!

It’s been a whirlwind of awards ceremonies recently with some of music’s finest turning up for the Grammys in America and some of the acting greats turning up at the Baftas in England. The talent, the performances, the style … it’s been another glittering year for these two prestigious ceremonies. Let’s take a look at the highlights starting with the Grammys.

The Grammys

Sam Smith’s Four Wins And Performance With Mary J Blige

I am so happy for Sam Smith on his four Grammy wins. Sometimes the big winners at some of these ceremonies can be very hyped up acts but this year a true singer came out on top. Winning Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Speaking after winning his final award for Record of the Year, Smith (22) said,

“I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”

He later said of the man who inspired the record,

“I’ll be seeing him soon. So I can let him touch the Grammy — once.”

Hozier’s Nomination And Annie Lennox Duet

So proud of our very own Hozier who was nominated for Song Of The Year for Take Me To Church on the night and performed Take Me To Church and I Put a Spell on You with Annie Lennox. Stunning.

AC/DC Open The Show

One of rock’s finest AC/DC opened the show to perfection with tons of energy.

John Legend, Common and Beyoncé Perform

Stunning and emotive performance by John Legend, Common and Beyoncé about the rights of people of colour.

And the style:

Most Stylish Men on The Night

Sam Smith

Hozier

Best Female Style

Charlie XCX

Katy Perry

Full List of Winners

Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

Presented By: LL Cool J

The Baftas

Boyhood Wins Best Picture

Boyhood collected the Best Picture award on the night and looks set for Oscar glory.

Stephen Fry’s Kiss-athon

The host Stephen Fry had a kiss-athon on the night sharing kisses with Michael Norton, Edward Norton and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Kasabian Open The Show

The wonderful Kasabian opened the show brilliantly.

Jack O’ Connell Wins Rising Star Award

Actor Jack O’ Connell follows in the footsteps of James McAvoy (who presented him with the award) and Ben Whishaw by winning this prestigious award.

Eddie Redmayne And Julianne Moore Win Leading Acting Awards

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore look set for Oscar glory adding the Bafta to their collections.

And the style:

Best Male Style

Stephen Fry And Elliott Spencer

Douglas Booth

Best Female Style

Julie Walters

Keira Knightley

Full List of Winners

Best film
Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

Best actress
Julianne Moore Still Alice

Best actor
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Best director
Richard Linklater Boyhood

EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Jack O’Connell

Best costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

Best adapted screenplay
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Best film not in the English language
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska

Best original screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride

Best cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Best supporting actor
JK Simmons Whiplash

Best special visual effects
Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

Best animated film
The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Best sound
Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Best editing
Whiplash Tom Cross

Best short animation
The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Best short film
Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Best makeup and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Best documentary
Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Best original music
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat

Outstanding British film
The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Bafta Fellowship (announced earlier)
Mike Leigh

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema (announced earlier)
BBC Films

Presented by: Stephen Fry

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The Grammys 2014!

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah were joined by numerous gay and straight couples who were getting married.

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah were joined by numerous gay and straight couples who were getting married.

Congratulations to all the couples who got married.

Congratulations to all the couples who got married.

Oh there's the lad who nearly set me off crying! I'm so happy for everyone!

Oh there’s the lad who nearly set me off crying! I’m so happy for everyone!

The 56th Grammy Awards took place recently and were presented by the very cool LL Cool J and the show was opened by Beyonce unleashing her Sasha Fierce side as she performed with Jay Z singing “Drunk in Love”. One of the highlights. It was amazing. Their such a sweet couple too.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four awards and performed with Mary Lambert Same Love which was the highlight of the show when numerous couples, both gay and straight, got married and Madonna came on to sing a bit of Open Your Heart too and Queen Latifah spoke. I seen one of the lads crying with happiness that got married. The whole thing was so sweet. Congratulations to all the couples who got married.

Another highlight was Pink and Nate Ruess. Pink came down doing acrobatics before dancing with a hot man. Lucky old Pink and then followed that up by singing with the beautiful Nate Reuss. Oh Pink, I’m jealous! Totally jealous! And totally in admiration on every score!

Ringo Starr sang solo and also with Paul McCartney. The Beatles were one of the acts that won a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lorde won song of the year for Royals and she also performed the song at the ceremony while Carole King and Sara Bareilles dueted together before presenting that award.

The very handsome Neil Patrick Harris introduced Daft Punk’s performance with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder which got everyone up on their feet. Beyonce was grooving.

Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Anna Kendrick and Jared Leto were also on presenting duties. Leto paid tribute to Lou Reed and presented Metallica for their performance of “One”.

Winners on the night included:

Album of the year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.

Record of the year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Song of the year: “Royals,” Lorde.

New artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Pop solo performance: “Royals,” Lorde.

Pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars

Pop/duo group performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.

Rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z with Justin Timberlake.

Rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

Traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble.

Rap performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Rap song: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.

Traditional R&B performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.

R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake.

R&B album: “Girl on Fire,” Alicia Keys.

Urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna.

Rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons.

It was fabulous. Amazing show. Well done to all involved! 🙂 Did you enjoy the Grammys this year? Did you think the right people won each category? Comment below with your thoughts on this year’s ceremony? 🙂

Beyonce and Jay Z Top Billboard’s Power 100 List!

Inspiring couple: Beyonce and Jay Z!

Inspiring couple: Beyonce and Jay Z!

Happy couple Beyonce and Jay Z have shared the top spot on Billboard’s Power 100 list this year!

Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge as well as Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw keep are next on the yearly list of the most inspiring people in the music industry. The pair were first and second last year but were toppled from the top two spots by the power couple this year.

Following billboard editors taking time to put together the list from market shares, revenue and other information, the pair who formed their own companies, Roc Nation and Parkwood Entertainment beat off stiff competition from Justin Bieber’s and The Wanted’s manager Scooter Braun; Ryan Seacrest, music producer Dr. Luke; Jimmy Iovine and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

Beyoncé and Jay Z Confirmed To Perform at the 56th Grammy Awards!

Beyonce and Jay Z are Grammys Bound!

Beyonce and Jay Z are Grammys Bound!

It has been confirmed that both Beyoncé and Jay Z will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards during the first hour of the show at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre on January the 26th!

Their performances were revealed during a commercial for the awards on CBS.

Other stars set to perform are Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Lorde, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Robin Thicke, Lang Lang Metallica, Pink, Nate Ruess, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Not one to miss this year! 🙂

Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z’s Drunk in Love A Hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart!

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Drunk in Love” is another hit for the sweet couple!

Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” featuring her husband Jay-Z has in its sixth week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart jumped 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list.

It was 2012 when the Queen B herself last was top of the chart with “Love on Top” for seven weeks. 

The following is a list of the female artists who have the most No. 1s in the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart since it began 22 years ago:
 
1. Alicia Keys, 8

2. Beyonce, 6

3. Brandy, 5

4. Aaliyah, 4

5. Erykah Badu, 4

6. Mariah Carey, 4

“Drunk in Love” also is now the fastest-rising chart leader in almost five years.

Well done Beyonce and Jay-Z! Well-deserved! 🙂

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers To Perform at Super Bowl Half-Time Show!

This going to be one hell of a half-time show!

This going to be one hell of a half-time show!

 

Bruno Mars is set to be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd, it was revealed on the 11th of January during Fox’s broadcast of the NFC Divisional Playoff  between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. I think this is great news because I love them both and both are great live so it should be a half-time show to remember! 🙂

The band are set to be the very first capital-R Rock band to perform a Super Bowl Halftime show in four years. The last was The Who who did a greatest hits medley at Florida’s Sun Life Stadium in the year 2010.

For information about the gig as well as many other Super Bowl-related gigs which are taking place in the tri-state area, click here.

Previous artists who have graced the Super Bowl stage include our own U2, the outstandingly eccentric and fabulous Madonna, the fab Prince, the amazing Paul McCartney and the Queen B herself Beyoncé.