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


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
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

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! 🙂

Union J Close Their First Tour In Dublin’s 02!

Those Union J men put on a show in Dublin!

Those Union J men put on a show in Dublin!

Last night I went to the Union J gig in Dublin’s 02. It was the last of their gigs on their first ever tour and my was it a good night! 

The show opened with an electrifying version of Where Are You Now followed by an edgy version of Beethoven.

The four strappingly handsome men entertained also with a solo each on the night. The first of which was George dressed in all black attire and singing a mash-up of Katy Perry’s Roar and Wild Ones by Flo Rida ft. Sia. And of course he was brilliant! Before he performed, we seen video clips of him as a kid. Aw! This was an interesting concept of showing where they came from and where they are now and was carried through to all the solos. The solos were spaced out throughout the show.

The second of which was Jaymi’s solo where he belted out his idol Beyonce’s Listen to perfection whilst clad in all black as well which included a sparkley jacket. In Jaymi’s VT beforehand we seen him as a kid playing the artful dodger with another kid who was Oliver. Aw! We also seen him when he was a lot older auditioning for The X Factor with a previous band (Interesting because I didn’t see it before), performing at Maspalomas Pride in 2010 and 2012 and singing Listen with a female singer. (3 vids which I have watched so often on good old YouTube!)

The third solo was JJ also dressed all in black who delighted the crowd present with his version of Counting Stars by OneRepublic. He was amazing and he was so happy after that he did a jump and a little kick and Jaymi then imitated him doing so light-heartedly and joked that he was like Michael Flatley. In JJ’s VT there was a number of aw moments between himself as a baby and a wee one and his baby son Princeton who looks the spitting image of what JJ looked like as a baby. We also got to see JJ win two races while he was a jockey. I knew he had been but I didn’t know whether he won or not. He was really good from what I saw in the clips.

The final solo was Josh who sang Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé which the group performed in the semi-final of The X Factor. He sang it brilliant dressed in a white jacket and otherwise black attire. In Josh’s VT we seen him as a kid playing football. Aw! And a bit older dancing.

Another highlight of the show was the medley of Taylor Swift songs which included moments from The X Factor and Louis Walsh popping up from judges’ houses to tell them they were in and they mimicked their own reaction which was very funny and George pretended to fall to the ground. Jaymi prefaced their medley of Swift songs by speaking about how big a turning point singing her song Love Story on the show had been and that Swift herself had told them that she liked their version of her hit song.

In a personal few moments Jaymi spoke about coming out and how much support he received and how he had got to help others by coming out. He then spoke about Olly and how that because of all the fans they would definitely be getting married by the end of the year. JJ then spoke about becoming a father. Both received cheers from the crowd. Josh then spoke about how he “wasn’t becoming a father, coming out yet or getting married”.

Amaze Me was another highlight and it was really sweet to see the seven fans been seranaded by the lads. I tried! Well I half screamed, half was far too shy to scream to be honest!

The Irish flag and teddy bears were been flung up on the stage. Jaymi wrapped one Irish flag around his waist while JJ tied another Irish flag to his microphone. Jaymi also received a rainbow flag which he wore on his trousers.

Save The Last Dance was another highlight with the boys going a bit crazy when the even faster music came in for the chorus. Fab!

Graphics were good all night. Particular highlights on this front were the TVs in Head In The Clouds where the lads stood behind these TV screens which hid their heads and on the screens their heads were in clouds and the choir for Last Goodbye.

The boys also sang their singles Carry You, Beautiful Life and Loving You Is Easy which was actually the encore and had everyone a bit in a frenzy in the front row after the lads jumped down right in font of them unexpectedly.

They sang every song off their album as Jaymi said they would at the beginning and it was quite an emotional evening for Josh and George as the tour came to a close. Both shed a tear. But also full of fun and joy with Jaymi and JJ dancing with each other and everyone congratulating each other on their own individual solos.

They usually take a selfie but as tonight was the last night they had a pic taken with the band instead with us all in the background and Jaymi doing his Beyonce pose. 🙂

So yeah, I got to see some of Jaymi’s tattoos in reality, went weak with his husky Luton voice (I love Luton men!) and he wore leather trousers and every outfit looked hot on him. He was as handsome in reality as he is on TV, if not more so. I apologise Olly Marmon, I think I might be a bit in love with your boyfriend! 🙂 I was sad not to get a glimpse of the gorgeous Olly at the show. I really wanted to. 😦

Support acts included Ollie Marland and Room 94.

It was a great night!

New Forbes’ 30 under 30 list!

Lucky old Bruno Mars!

Lucky old Bruno Mars!

It is the time of year to be uber jealous as the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list has been released and some of the people who made the list are not surprising such as Bruno Mars, One Direction (See it totally pays to go on The X Factor!) and Miley Cyrus in the music list. Forbes released their annual list of people under 30 in various categories including music.

Beautiful Mars, 28, was singled out by the magazine as its featured artist and said that he had earned his place for many reasons including his 18 Grammy nominations and his pending Super Bowl half-time performance.

Other stars who made the coveted list  include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lorde,  Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris.

And yet more famous young people who made the list include Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and J. Cole.

George Shelley Says He Would Love Sia Furler To Work With Union J On Their Next Album!

George would love to work with Sia!

George would love to work with Sia!


Sia Furler has worked with the likes of Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry and Rita Ora!

Sia Furler has worked with the likes of Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry and Rita Ora!


George with the other Union J boys!

George with the other Union J boys!





Union J’s George Shelley said he would love Sia Furler who has worked with artists including Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Rita Ora to work with the group on their second album.

Shelley, 20, while taking time to answer questions from fans in reply to one fan’s question of who his favourite music artist was said of the Australian 38-year-old singer,

‘Sia! I really want her to write us a song! 😀 x’