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Though Kanye stopped himself during the Grammys (much to Jay-Z and everyone's amusement), he let his opinions be known right afterwards, live on TV with Kim Kardashian by his side. Watch the E! afterparty interview below...

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"Thanks...did you ever hear 'Midnight Vultures?"

Beck's had a pretty good Grammy night, his Morning Phase having first won Best Rock Album and then one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, beating out Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran. On top of that, the award was given to him by Prince! As Beck started his acceptance speech, Kanye West jokingly headed toward the stage. "No, come back," Beck said. "I need help up here." Kanye later said that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce.

Beck who?

Morning Phase also won for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Meanwhile, though he didn't win "Album", Sam Smith took home "Best Pop Vocal Album", and "Record of The Year", "Song of The Year", and "Best New Artist".

Tom Petty didn't win a Grammy, but he did co-write the 'Song of The Year' (sort of).

Tenacious D won the metal Grammy for a Dio cover.

St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album".

losers: half of Mastodon w/ Charlie Benate of Anthrax on red carpet (via Charlie)

Since the induction of the category in 1988 when Jethro Tull beat Metallica and AC/DC (and Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction), Metal and the Grammys have never had the best relationship. Flash forward to tonight when the 2015 winner for Best Metal Performance was... Tenacious D, who beat out Mastadon, Motorhead, Anthrax, and Slipknot for the award. Tenacious D dedicated the award to the album's inspiration, Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010:

Speaking of AC/DC, the Grammys kicked off with the Australian hard rock legends, performing a new song "Rock or Bust," then "Highway to Hell"... with a little help from the TelePromter:


Beck and Jack White won Rock Grammys tonight. Watch AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" Grammys performance below.

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St. VincentSt. Vincent

St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album" at the Grammys tonight (before the telecast)! Past winners of that award include U2, REM, Tom Waits, Beck, Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Gotye, and Vampire Weekend. This year she beat Alt-J, Cage The Elephant, Jack White and Arcade Fire who have lost in this category three times (but have won in other categories).

Beck, no longer "alternative", won "Best Rock Album", but lost "Best Rock Song" to Paramore (who also beat Jack White). Jack White however did win "Best Rock Performance", beating Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and... Beck.

UPDATE: Beck also won Album of the Year!

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tom Petty

Philly band The War on Drugs had the biggest year ever thanks to their amazing album Lost in the Dream which topped a bunch of year end lists and landed on countless others, including our own.

If you're a fan of Lost in the Dream, but not of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, maybe now's a good time to start digging back into the catalogs of those classic rockers. As the Guardian points out:

This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits, the percolations of Tom Petty and the more over-produced corners of Springsteen and made a startlingly clubbable record out of them.
That's right. Thanks to The War on Drugs, Tom Petty and Dire Straits are cool again.

Another reason Petty is cool right now? It recently came to light that the Traveling Wilburys member co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" by Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith! Okay, maybe he didn't do it on purpose, but he is now officially one of the song's co-writers.

Many people noticed that "Stay With Me" sounded a lot like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down", and recently people noticed that it now says "Tom Petty" in the online credits for the song. Sam Smith's people released this statement:

"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity.

"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

Tom Petty then added this gracious statement yesterday:
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

Meanwhile, the Sam Smith song that he co-wrote is nominated in three Grammy categories, not counting its appearance on the Sam Smith album which is nominated for "Album of the Year" (Sam is also nominated for "Best New Artist"). But, the Recording Academy's Bill Freimuth told CNN that because Petty didn't add anything new to the song, he's not one of its Grammy nominees. Tom is up for a Grammy of his own though. He was nominated for "Best Rock Album".

William Phillips aka Tourist

Fun Fact: Disclosure affiliate Tourist aka William Phillips ALSO co-wrote that song (thief! JUST KIDDING). He is up for the Grammy along with Sam. He also has three Tourist EPs out already, and his own debut album is due this summer. You can catch him at Coachella, and today he released a Little Loud remix of his song "Illuminate" (which features Years & Years who are one of the many artists whose NYC shows were just affected by Juno). Listen to that at FADER who also interviewed him:

"It's very strange. Because I never had the intention of being a songwriter. I know the Disclosure guys, I know their management--they publish my music--and one of the people they also manage is Sam [Smith]. So they said to me, do you want to go and write a song with this guy Sam? So I did. It was half an hour. We had a Pizza Express in between. That was it. It was not a big deal, it was just a raw distillation of an idea. I just played the piano."
Lucky break.

Fun Fact 2: Years and Years who appear on that Tourist track were recently awarded "Sound of 2015" by the BBC. In 2014 the award went to Sam Smith. May "Tourist" have the same luck as all the award-winning projects he is currently associated with!

Meanwhile, Dire Straits, who were up for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1980, are not a band anymore, but their guitarist Mark Knopfler is very busy being a solo artist. He's got a new album called Tracker due March 17 on Verve Records, and he'll be touring in support. This week he added a 2nd Beacon Theater show which just went on sale today. Tickets for the both NYC shows (10/20 and 10/21) are at Ticketmaster. All of his dates are listed, along with a stream of his new single "Beryl", below...

Continue reading "Tom Petty wrote Sam Smith song w/ Disclosure's friend Tourist, but not the War on Drugs LP w/ Mark Knopfler (or Kozelek) "

The National (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The National

Daft Punk, Lorde, Disclosure, Alabama Shakes, Jack White, David Bowie, Neil Young, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Neko Case, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, comedian Tig Notaro and more made the cut this year. The full list of 2014 Grammy Nominations below...

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Yes, I'm laughing as I type this, but this is real, and too funny not to post...

Justin Bieber

As you may have heard, the Black Keys won like four Grammys the other night and Justin Bieber wasn't even nominated. After the ceremony, a TMZ reporter annoyingly cornered Black Key Patrick Carney and asked him questions about Justin Bieber of all topics. Put on the spot, Patrick didn't do the best job of answering the questions, and kind of dissed the Biebs, and in kind of a hypocritical way, even if he didn't mean it to come out that way... as you can hear and see below..

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Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

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When the Grammys were announced last night it occured to me to point out that many big EDM names got nominations, but not to question who the heck the 5th nominee in this category was:

Best Dance Recording
Levels - Avicii
Let's Go - Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo
Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can't Live Without You - Al Walser
Ends up I wasn't the only one who hadn't heard of him, and luckily for our entertainment, some people took the time to figure out exactly who he is. Let's start with Al's own bio:
Al Walser is an alround international entertainment mogul , CEO of US Record Label Cut The Bull entertainment and owner of publishing house " Amiville "
Those credentials are apparently why Al is a Grammy voter, but that's only the beginning of the story. Gawker writes:
Until up until this morning, very few people had ever heard the name Al Walser, at least before SPIN's Philip Sherburne hunted for some answers...

...So, obviously, you can see why all of a sudden people are dumbfounded as to why the dance music version of Rebecca Black got nominated for anything besides "Worst ever contestant on 'America's Got Talent'". What's still unclear is how exactly this happened, though artist manager and blogger Daniel Weisman has a compelling hypothesis.

The Grammys have their own social networking site called Grammy365, because what would the world be without another useless way to connect to random people. Grammy365 is open to members of the Recording Academy -- according to Weisman, there is about 13,000 total members, though roughly 10,000 are allowed to vote on the Grammys. Walser is a member of the Academy, and he's also unsurprisingly a good, or at least a relentless, networker. Weisman took screenshots of Walser's Grammy365 page, which shows 104 pages of "contacts," a number that comes out to over 4,000 contacts (or friends) in total.

Weisman goes on to theorize that Al got the nomination because the other academy voters, who don't actually listen to any of the nominees, recognized his name from being "friends" with him.

Al Walser is likely not going to win a Grammy, but he has officially landed the title of "Best MEME of 12/6/2012" and will probably shake things up behind the scenes of the Grammy Awards (who I imagine are pretty embarrassed right now). Al will probably also sell more books:

Al WalserAl Walser

No, seriously, Al wrote a book about how to make it big in the music industry. At least nobody can accuse him of false advertising in that situation.

Listen to an amazing interview with Al, taped today, at CBC. And watch the even more amazing video for the song nominated, below...

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Frank OceanFrank Ocean

The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).

Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."

EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.

Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).

Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).

Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).

The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.


Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...

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Beach Boys @ The Grammys
Beach Boys

Though the Bonnaroo lineup won't be announced until later today (via Spotify), Knoxville.com has supposedly leaked some of it via a photo gallery which includes Beach Boys, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Phish, Foster the People, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Black Star, Skrillex, Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Flogging Molly, Feist and Aziz Ansari. We can't know for sure if this is all correct, but I did hear that the Beach Boys were playing, and many of those bands have been rumored for a while, and the Beach Boys have promised more dates, so... well, we'll see soon! UPDATE: Yep, they are!

If it is all true, I really hope that this time Foster the People stay off the Beach Boys' stage unlike at the Grammys, as you can watch below...

Continue reading "Beach Boys played the Grammys, playing Bonnaroo? (we'll know for sure soon)"

Levon Helm

Now a three-time Grammy winner, Levon Helm, former drummer of the Band, took the award for best Americana album last night, with his record Ramble at the Ryman.

Unfortunately, Helm was unable to attend the awards show due to an undisclosed "medical procedure" which also forced the postponement of his February 10th show at the Wellmont Theater in NJ. He's also sitting out of the next Midnight Ramble. His site reads: "Levon will be undergoing a medical procedure that will necessitate his absence from the February 25th Ramble. We wish him the best and we know he will have a speedy recovery. We'll continue with the normal Ramble schedule with special guests joining the band." We also wish him the best and a speedy recovery!" The last Ramble happened on 2/4 (they've been on a break since).

Things are looking good though because tickets are already on sale for a makeup NJ show taking place April 6 at The Wellmont Theatre. All tickets purchased for the canceled performance will also be honored at the show in April. Levon's next scheduled show is March 2nd in MA. All dates are listed below.

Opening for Helm at Wellmont, is Deer Tick, who will also be headlining their own NJ show at The Stone Pony on April 20 (tickets).

All Levon Helm, and all Deer Tick tour dates are listed below.

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Willie Nelson @ ACL Live in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson has a number of dates scheduled for the next few months including two in the NYC area happening on May 16 and 17 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Both shows are billed as "Willie Nelson & Family", and as you can see from one of his recent Austin shows, they truly will be family affairs. Tickets ($95.00, $75.00 & $45.00) go on sale Friday (2/17) at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (2/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, if you were watching the Grammys last night, you probably know that a Chipotle commercial aired with Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's "The Scientis.t" You can purchase his cover of the track on iTunes and watch the video for the commercial (which has actually been out since August) below.

All dates and video below...

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Forget about Arcade Fire and Bonny Bear, who the heck is this old dude playing the Grammys???

Who is Paul McCartney

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Bon Iver

Congrats Justin! (for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album)


As seen over 1,000,000 times on YouTube, and now in Target commercial that aired during the Grammys (!), Denise from Staten Island's great PS 22 Chorus can belt out some Adele. Check out the ad, and the original cover video that helped make her famous, below...

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Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)

Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).

Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.

Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).

A Numero Group Syl Johnson release was up for two Grammys but lost in both categories.

And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.

* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial

Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston

today in NYC
* Omar Lords @ Zebulon
* Laura Veirs @ Joe's Pub
* Ed Vallance @ The Ace Hotel
* Fred Armisen, Azita @ Union Pool
* Bjork @ New York Hall of Science
* Cherish The Ladies @ City Winery
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* Theologian, Alberich @ The STone
* School of Rock @ Highline Ballroom
* Screaming Females @ Generation Records
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Il Abanico, Dear Lions, The Split @ Spike Hill
* Guns N' Roses, The Chelsea Smiles @ Terminal 5
* The Queens of FELA on Broadway celebrate the Grammy's @ Knitting Factory
* Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
* Soft Spot, Parmaga, Buffalo Stance @ Death By Audio
* Beast Make Bomb, Shake the Baron, Sea Monsters, Flagland @ Glasslands
* James Blake (DJ set), The Chain, Airhead @ Le Poisson Rouge
* English Dogs, The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, Havok @ Europa
* Psychobuildings, Amil Byleckie Band, Trip Dicks @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Daniel Neumann, Maria Chavez, Alfredo Marin, Zeljko McMullen, Doron Sadja, Tristan Shepherd, Mario Diaz de Leon, Ben Vida, Sabisha Friedberg @ Roulette
* Communion featuring David Wax Museum, Aoife O'Donovan, Jones Street Station, Julia Easterlin @ Public Assembly

Check out some photos from Arcade Fire's 2004 show at Mercury Lounge on the BrooklynVegan Facebook.

Hopefully Bjork is feeling better.

Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.

In case you were wondering, no Slash (pictured above) is not in the current lineup of Guns N Roses that plays Terminal 5 tonight.

The Grammys, now overshadowed/advertised by the tragedy that is Whitney Houston's death, air tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. A last minute Whitney tribute was put together for the TV show and will include Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan.

In related and also sad (no disrespect to Whitney!) news, Foster the People and Maroon 5/Adam Levine are performing with the reunited Beach Boys at the Grammys. Adele will also be peforming on the show, but Justin Vernon will not be (because he refused to agree to whatever horrible collaboration they wanted him to do).

As previously mentioned...

Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Speaking of a A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip was tweeting a lot about Whitney last night, including "Very blessed 2 have worked with n known whitney.. Man!!!"

The Kills played a 10th Anniversary show at Terminal 5 last night. More about that later, but you can check out the video from their performance on Letterman two nights earlier, below...

What else?

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Note: not a recent photo of The Allman Brothers
Allman Brothers

Speaking of the Allmans at the Beacon, the tradition continues... The Allman Brothers will return to Beacon Theater for their annual residency in March, this time hitting the venue on March 9-10th, 13-14th, 16-17th, 20-21st, and 24-25th for shows. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday 1/6 at 10AM.

In related news:

The Recording Academy today announced its 2012 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, and Gil Scott-Heron; this year's Trustees Award honorees are Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder; and Celemony and Roger Nichols are this year's Technical GRAMMY Award honorees.
The Grammys air on February 12th.

Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)

Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...


Maybe you heard about or saw record exec Steve Stoute's letter in the NY Times on Sunday. In it, he slams the Grammys for giving awards to bands nobody ever heard of and brought up the "coincidence" of Arcade Fire performing right before and after they won Album of the Year.

Arcade Fire's manager has responded, in the form of a letter to industry analyst Bob Lefsetz, and this is what he said:


Arcade Fire had the final slot on the Grammys as the ratings are low at the end of the broadcast. It really is that simple. We were one of the least known acts on the bill for a network audience. Don't you think I wanted a better slot for the band?
The reason we got a second song was also simple. No big plot. We had no guarantee of air time, but it was simply to play out the end credits of the show, if we're even had that much. The show never runs like clockwork to an exact time so the end is always loose. As it happened, the broadcast was covered by sponsors messages and the end credits.
For the Grammys international broadcast our main performance, along with that of Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers was completely cut from the show. Our end title performance was bastardised because they cut out ads/sponsor messages completely. It was a bit of a farce. You'd think we'd be given a little more after the fact.

Arcade Fire deserved the win this year. They made the best album. If the award was names "Album Sales Of The Year" award, there would be no discussion. Stoutes letter was nice piece of self publicity. Did he see Kanye's tweets when we won and the praise he gave us?? He needs to tune in. Eminem made a big selling album but it was far from being his best work. Katy Perry made a big pop record that simply didn't have weight or credibility. Gaga's repackage, great album but it was a repackage of the main release. I think everyone felt it was going to be Lady Antebellum's moment having won 5 out of 6 awards to that point. We all felt that way too.

I'm proud of this band and what they have achieved. We didn't lobby any organisation for this nor did the band play the game. We paid our own overhead to do the event, thus the lack of on stage gimmicks. No label picked up the tab.

Arcade Fire are now one of the biggest live acts in the world. It's not all about record sales. It's about making great records and it's about building a loyal fan base. Ther band make great albums, they're not a radio driven singles band. On top of that, they own their own masters and copyrights and are in complete control of their own destiny. Things couldn't be better.

Excuse any typos as I'm on my blackberry

Best regards
Scott Rodger

Steve Stoute's NY Times letter is below...

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