GRAMMYs 2009 Update: Carrie Underwood Shines

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One of the artists who truly impressed me on Sunday was Carrie Underwood. She won multiple GRAMMYs, including one for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She was the only major singer to skip the start of the Red Carpet to attend the pre-televised show. She graciously received her award and made a touching acceptance speech.

She also came up to the Media Room after her GRAMMY performance to speak with the press. Humble and thankful, she appeared in yet another dress (she wore three total that night) and explained that winning never gets old and that she still gets very nervous to perform on live television.

I think her performance of "Last Name" was on fire and she looked stunning, don't you think? (Photo via John Shearer/WireImage)

February 10, 2009 in GRAMMY Awards 2008 | Permalink | Comments (5)

Cyndi Lauper Gearing Up For The GRAMMYs, Releasing New Remix Album

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Isn't she just looking divine?

That's Cyndi Lauper in a brand-new video for a mash up of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Set Your Heart" that is taken off her upcoming remix album. Also, make sure to keep you eye on Cyndi on February 8 when we'll find out if she's will receive a GRAMMY for "Best Dance Recording."  Catch the full track listing of her new remix album after the jump.

01 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun x Set Your Heart – Remix by Rich Morel
02 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun x Set Your Heart - Mashup Remix by Rich Morel
03 - Set Your Heart – FreedomBunch Remix 
04 - Time After Time - FreedomBunch Mix by Jap DJ Mix
05 - Same Ol’ Story - Extended Mix by rich Morel
06 - Same Ol’ Story - Pink Noise Mix by Rich Morel
07 - True Colours - Ukawanimation Mix  
08 - Into The Nightlife - FreedomBunch Mix
09 - Into The Nightlife - Soul Seekerz Club Mix Dub
10 - High And Mighty – Tom Novy Remix
11 - Echo - Remix
12 - True Colors - Ukawanimation! Ocarina Mega-Mix

January 28, 2009 in Cyndi Lauper, GRAMMY Awards 2008 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Radiohead to Perform at 51st GRAMMY Awards Show

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The fine GRAMMY folks made a major announcement today that will excite many music fans. News broke this morning that Radiohead has been added to the already impressive list of artists that will perform at the 51st GRAMMYs on February 8. Performers are Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl), Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Catch the show on CBS, Facebook or GRAMMY.com

January 26, 2009 in GRAMMY Awards 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Peek Inside Ne-Yo's Atlanta Studio

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Just a few more shots from Ne-Yo's studio compound in Atlanta where I spent some time this weekend for Jadyn Maria's listening session.

The modern, loft-like space (with racing red floors) is decked out with lots of award statues and platinum records that Ne-Yo has picked up over the year. Forgive me for gushing, but it felt pretty special to be around all that success flashing on the walls. In fact, I was sitting next to one of singer's shiny GRAMMY Awards that he won in 2007.  It may very well be another big GRAMMY night for Ne-Yo on February 8. The singer is up for 6 awards, including "Album Of The Year." More photos of the jump.

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A peek at the place where some of Ne-Yo's hits are crafted.

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Some of his platinum records on the wall.

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A BET Award.

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Celebrating hip hop music.

January 26, 2009 in Arjan, GRAMMY Awards 2008, Ne-Yo | Permalink | Comments (3)

Free Download: Kenna "Out of Control (State of Emotion)" (RAC Remix)

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The guys from Remix Artist Collective are on a roll. Check out a totally guilt-free MP3 download of Kenna's "Out Of Control" that they put together last year. They supercharged Kenna's version with a hot new jerky bassline and a bunch of bump 'n grind sound effects that make it a great club anthem.

RAC likes to call it "ghettotech." I just like to call it plain ole' good. Download the track after the jump.

Kenna is one of the most talented and most under-rated artist around. I had dinner with him before his gig in Atlanta in April of 2008 and I was captured by his passion and vision on music. But with Kenna it is never just about the music. It is about a movement to help the greater good. It's about a state of mind.

The singer received a well-deserved GRAMMY nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative category that also includes Janelle Monae and Chrisette Michele. That's some stiff competition. Very curious to see how that will play out on February 8.

January 25, 2009 in GRAMMY Awards 2008, Kenna, MP3 | Permalink | Comments (0)