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Report from the GRAMMYs: Celebrating Music & Television at Cue The Music

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Tonight, I was a guest of The Recording Academy at the 12th annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The theme of this year's event was Cue The Music, which was all about celebrating music and televison.

The night featured several performances that were introduced by classic television music moments - from legendary variety shows to classic TV theme songs, and from popular singing contests to music made famous by TV shows.

The performances were truly top-notch. A flirty Colbie Callait and a very soulful Jason Mraz sang Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" and Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe." Train's Pat Monohan reminded the audience of music insiders about the game-chancing role of MTV played in the early '80s, and performed a rocked up version of "Video Killed The Radio Star."

Soul vocalist Melanie Fiona covered Kermit the Frog's "The Rainbow Connection" that was absolutely exquisite. GRAMMY-winning soul legend Solomon Burke performed "Woke Up This Morning" that had Sopranos fans in the audience excited. The Fray (a band made famous by the inclusion of their songs in TV shows) concluded the event with a performance of "How To Save A Live" and "You Found Me." What a fantastic live band they are.

GRAMMY Week is off to a good start! My Superfraiche Pop Night LA is tomorrow, then Clive Davis' annual shindig on Saturday and then, of course, the big GRAMMY show on Sunday. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for all the real-time updates.

January 29, 2010 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (1)

Report from The GRAMMYs: Cue The Music and GRAMMY StyleStudio

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GRAMMY Week here I come!

That's a little photo I shot just after I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday which shows The GRAMMY's We Are All Fans ad campaign that is on billboards around the city. This ad features the Black Eyed Peas and I have also seen versions of the ad with Lady GaGa and Dave Matthews.

Let me just quickly update you about all the excitement that is going on here (besides Superfraiche LA, which is tomorrow night).

There are a couple of GRAMMY related events I'm attending today. First, I will be going to the GRAMMY StyleStudio at the famed Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood this afternoon. The GRAMMY StyleStudio is a sponsored event where nominated GRAMMY artists and celebrities come to pick up some cool swag.

Brands like John Varvatos, Ben Sherman and Moods of Norway are giving away fashion accessories in the hopes celebs will wear them on Sunday for the big show. This afternoon, the studios have been reserved for David Guetta, Usher and Ke$ha to attend. Should be fun.

This evening, I'm attending a fundraiser at the Wilshire Theatre for The Recording Academy's Music Preservation Project that aims to preserve historic music-related materials, such as recordings, films and photographs. Tonight's annual event is titled Cue The Music and will feature performances by Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat and The Fray. Looking forward to that.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for all the real-time updates.

January 28, 2010 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free MP3 Download: Marina & The Diamonds "Hollywood" (Gonzales Orchestra Version)

Just got to Los Angeles for GRAMMYs and Superfraiche tommorow. Running around. Don't have much time to blog right now, but I want you to have to exquisite remake of Marina & The Diamons' "Hollywood" that Marina recorded with Gonzales for an Estonian music TV program. So good. More soon.

Marina & The Diamonds "Hollywood" (Gonzales Orchestra Version)

January 28, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free MP3 Download: Lady GaGa "Telephone" (Dr. Rosen Rosen Remix)

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The doctor has written another potent prescription.

Listen to Dr. Rosen Rosen's brand-new remix of Lady GaGa's new single, "Telephone." Yes. You heard that right. Another Lady GaGa single. And with the cameo of Beyonce, this track will surely once again race to the top of the charts. This remix showcases Rosen Rosen's crafty soundboard skills by adding a few new bells & whistles that intensify the dancefloor drama of the original version of the song. Very good. Dr. Rosen Rosen knows how to dose it just right.

Lady GaGa "Telephone" (Dr. Rosen Rosen Remix)

January 27, 2010 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Listen to V V Brown "Shark In The Water" (Todd Edwards Remix)

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V V Brown is starting to generate some massive buzz in the U.S. after her debut album "Travelling Like The Light" went to number one overseas. She has been playing a few intimate showcases for industry insiders and people are very impressed. "She's like Beyonce meets Amy Winehouse," somebody wrote me who saw her this week.

Listen to an excellent remix of her U.S. lead single "Shark In The Water" that Todd Edwards produced. He cut up the original, re-wrote the arrangement, added a kicky beat but kept V V's soulful delivery intact. Such a great tune.

Make sure to catch V V Brown perform at my Superfraiche Pop Night on Friday at Spaceland in L.A. in celebration of GRAMMY Week. Get your tickets today.

January 27, 2010 in Superfraiche | Permalink | Comments (0)