Feb 132017

2017 Grammy Awards Highlights

Adele made history by becoming the FIRST artist ever to win a Grammy for the best album of the year, best record of the year and best song of the year, TWICE. We love Adele and congratulate her on these record-breaking wins! (She’s won a total of FIVE Grammy’s this year: all for which she was nominated.)

Something of importance has to be said however as well. When it comes to the arts, there are no standards set in stone by which to conclusively measure art, talent or artistic contribution. Keep that in mind, while reading our incomplete list of 2017 Grammy Winners. As much as we adore Adele the artist, Adele the competitor and Adele the person, we might have given at least one of her Grammys to Beyoncé… But if one were to “lose” an award, “losing” it to Adele has to be an honor: Adele is a gracious winner, she paid homage to Beyoncé and “Lemonade” in her Grammy acceptance speech.

The biggest winners of the night were Adele, Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper.

Among the 2017 Grammy highlights and memorable moments were:

The dramatic nine minute performance by Beyoncé – introduced by her mother! – in which the expectant mom of twins blended “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” with powerful choreography and staging which are sure to cement her position as Queen B. The performance was original, compelling and entirely her own, but it was hard for us not to remember Michael Jackson, while watching Beyoncé’s masterpiece.

2017 Grammy Awards Performance By Beyonce

Only a week after her killer-performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga – this time with Metallica and Metallica’s James Hetfield – overcame technical glitches and delivered an astonishing performance of “Moth Into Flame” and the “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct”! Both are powerhouses! (As for the Grammys, Metallica’s Grammy-nominated “Hardwired” lost to David Bowie’s “Blackstar”. “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” didn’t make the Grammy submission deadline.)

Adele’s moving tribute to George Michael.

The posthumous recognition of David Bowie and his last album “Blackstar” which has received four Grammys.

Last but not least, throughout the Grammy Awards ceremony numerous allusions have been made to the current political climate in our country which troubles many.

An incomplete list of 2017 Grammy Winners follows, for the complete list of nominees and winners, visit The Grammy Awards’ Website

Record Of The Year:
WINNER: “Hello” — Adele

Album Of The Year:
WINNER: 25 — Adele

Song Of The Year:
WINNER: “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

Best New Artist:
WINNER: Chance The Rapper

Best Pop Solo Performance:
WINNER: “Hello” — Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Pop Vocal Album:
WINNER: 25 — Adele

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
WINNER: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson


Best Dance Recording:
WINNER: “Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
WINNER: Skin — Flume


Best Rock Performance:
WINNER: “Blackstar” — David Bowie

Best Metal Performance:
WINNER: “Dystopia” — Megadeth

Best Rock Song:

WINNER: “Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Album:
WINNER: Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant


Best Alternative Music Album:
WINNER: Blackstar — David Bowie


Best R&B Performance:
WINNER: “Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
WINNER: “Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song:
WINNER: “Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
WINNER: Lemonade — Beyoncé

Best R&B Album:
WINNER: Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway


Best Rap Performance:
WINNER: “No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
WINNER: “Hotline Bling” — Drake

Best Rap Song:
WINNER: “Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Best Rap Album:
WINNER: Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper


Best Country Solo Performance:
WINNER: “My Church” — Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
WINNER: “Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton

Best Country Song:
WINNER: “Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country Album:
WINNER: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson


Best New Age Album:
WINNER: White Sun II — White Sun


Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
WINNER: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
WINNER: Take Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
WINNER: Country for Old Men — John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
WINNER: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:
WINNER: Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac — Chucho Valdés


Best Gospel Performance/Song:
WINNER: “God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
WINNER: “Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains
Best Gospel Album:
WINNER: Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
WINNER: Love Remains — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

Best Roots Gospel Album:
WINNER: Hymns — Joey+Rory


Best Latin Pop Album:
WINNER: Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
WINNER: iLevitable — ile

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
WINNER: Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández

Best Tropical Latin Album:
WINNER: Donde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo


Best American Roots Performance:
WINNER: “House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

Best American Roots Song:
WINNER: “Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Best Americana Album:
WINNER: This Is Where I Live — William Bell

Best Bluegrass Album:
WINNER: Coming Home — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album:
WINNER: Porcupine Meat — Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
WINNER: The Last Days of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk Album:
WINNER: Undercurrent — Sarah Jaroszh

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
WINNER: E Walea — Kalani Pe’a


Best Reggae Album:
Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley


Best World Music Album:
WINNER: Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble


Best Children’s Album:
WINNER: Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
WINNER: In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In


Best Comedy Album:
WINNER: Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt


Best Musical Theater Album:
WINNER: The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
WINNER: Miles Ahead — (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
WINNER: “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls


Best Music Video:
WINNER: “Formation” — Beyoncé

Best Music Film:
WINNER: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — (The Beatles)



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Apr 092014

Beyoncé Women Should Own Their SexualityBeyoncé graces Out magazine’s Power issue: ‘Women should own their sexuality:

The singer talked about her platform for women’s empowerment, and equality overall, while sharing details about the talked-about ‘Beyonce’ album. Beyoncé is on a power trip. The Houston-born pop star has been on a campaign for women’s empowerment that apparently isn’t subsiding anytime soon. “I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation,” Beyoncé, 32, tells Out magazine in an interview for its May Power issue, her first magazine feature since debuting her self-titled album in December. “There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality.” In addition to promoting sexual liberty for women in her songs, like “Partition” and strength in “Flawless,” Beyonce has been representing the national “#BanBossy” initiative.

Beyonce’s (Mrs. Carter) World Tour: Her hottest moments
“I’m not bossy — I’m the boss,” she says, in the new campaign ad, fronted by “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts of America, designed to help girls develop self-esteem. “Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle,” she said.

Her interview with Out is not by chance either. Beyoncé told the magazine that she is aware of her status as an icon within the LGBT community.

“What I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she said.

“So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority … We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”

The “XO” singer also gave new details about the making of her top-selling fifth album, which she secretly released in December, including that she even recorded her latest single while sick.

“I was sick with a bad sinus infection,” she told the magazine. “I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos.”

Written by Chiderah Monde
for New York Daily News