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)

GRAMMYs: David Guetta Talks About his Four GRAMMY Nominations

Watch some brand-new footage that I shot back in December of French DJ/producer David Guetta when he talked to the media after hearing he was nominated for four GRAMMYs, including including Record of the Year "( I Gotta Feeling" - with the The Black Eyed Peas), Best Dance Recording and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical ("When Love Takes Over" with Kelly Rowland) and Best Electronic/Dance Album ("One Love"). He's so incredibly happy and excited - so much fun to watch.

Make sure to catch the 52nd GRAMMY this upcoming Sunday on CBS. I will be attending rehearsals and the show, and roaming backstage to bring you all the stuff that you won't see on TV. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates starting on Thursday.

January 26, 2010 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (0)

Are You Ready for The GRAMMYs?

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Are you ready for The GRAMMYs next week? Karelia sent me this photo of the CBS' "We're All Fans" GRAMMY ad featuring Lady GaGa that she took at a NYC subway station this morning. Very cool. Can't wait to see to see Lady GaGa's performance on the show. Not to mention her Red Carpet appearance, which I'm sure will be a riot. Are you ready?

January 19, 2010 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (0)

Watch CBS' 52nd GRAMMY Commercial featuring Lady GaGa

The new "We're All Fans" campaign to promote the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS on January 31 deserves one of those fancy French advertising awards. Really. This ad campaign is incredibly creative and imaginative. 

Watch a brand-new CBS commercial in the "We're All Fans" series to see what I'm talking about. The commercial features a YouTube collage of fan videos that make up Lady Gaga's GRAMMY-nominated "Pokerface." This is so incredibly fun to watch.

Head over to www.wereallfans.com to see this collage update in real-time. Upload your own Lady GaGa video and you may be featured too. Is that cool or what?

Make sure to tune in ArjanWrites.com, Facebook and Twitter to follow all of my insider reporting from Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week in less than 3 weeks from now. I'll be covering loads of fun GRAMMY events, the big show rehearsals at Staples and of course the big telecast on January 31, where I'll be backstage tweeting all the goodness. Of course, I will be throwing this little shindig as well for all my L.A. peeps. Hope to see you there!

January 12, 2010 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (3)

Arjan GRAMMY Video: Maxwell Talks About Receiving 6 Nominations

After becoming one of the most celebrated young new soul crooners more than decade ago, Maxwell had it with the music industry back in 2002. He felt that the business aspects of making music stifled his creativity. He had enough of it and decided to take some time off to recharge. His extended vacation turned into an 8 year absence from the scene.

BLACKsummers'night," that was oh-so worth the wait. Filled with accomplished soul gems, Maxwell showed audiences that he is still at the top of his game. His peers agreed. After being out of the spotlight for all those years, Maxwell received a whopping six GRAMMY nominations.

The soul man received nods for Song of the Year ("Pretty Wings"), Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Love You"), Best Pop Instrumental Performance ("Phoenix Rise"), Best R&B Album ("BLACKsummers'night"),  Best R&B Song ("Pretty Wings") and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Pretty Wings").

Maxwell talked for a few minutes to reporters right after the GRAMMY nomination ceremony two weeks ago. I wasn't able to get any questions in, but I did capture some of what he had to say on video. He talks about how grateful he is for the GRAMMY recognition. He talks candidly what it was like to be away for so long. He's such a humble and inspiring artist - a true soul man.

Watch Maxwell talk about his GRAMMY nominations here.

December 16, 2009 in 52nd GRAMMY Awards | Permalink | Comments (0)