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December 06, 2013

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Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected one of the most diverse years with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the rap, pop, country and dance/electronica genres, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. Once again, nominations in select categories for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Jay Z tops the nominations with nine; Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams each garner seven nods; Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig are up for five awards.

“This year’s nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Once again, The Academy’s awards process and its voting membership have produced an impressive list of nominations across various genres promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique ‘GRAMMY Moments.’ We are off to a great start and look forward to GRAMMY Sunday as Music’s Biggest Night takes the stage.”

Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:

Album Of The Year:
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
“Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist:
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards’ other 29 Fields:

For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are “Brave” by Sara Bareilles; “Royals” by Lorde; “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars; “Roar” by Katy Perry; and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake.

The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams; “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink Featuring Nate Ruess; “Stay” by Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko; “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams; and “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake & Jay Z.

For Best Dance/Electronica Album, the nominees are Random Access Memories by Daft Punk; Settle by Disclosure; 18 Months by Calvin Harris; Atmosphere by Kaskade; and A Color Map Of The Sun by Pretty Lights.

The Best Rock Performance nominees are “Always Alright” by Alabama Shakes; “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” by David Bowie; “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons; “Kashmir (Live)” by Led Zeppelin; “My God Is The Sun” by Queens Of The Stone Age; and “I’m Shakin'” by Jack White.

For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You by Neko Case; Trouble Will Find Me by The National; Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails; Lonerism by Tame Impala; Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend.

The nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are “Power Trip” by J.Cole Featuring Miguel; “Part II (On The Run)” by Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé; “Holy Grail” by Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake; “Now Or Never” by Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige; and “Remember You” by Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd.

For Best Rap Album, the nominees are Nothing Was The Same by Drake; Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z; Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar; The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; and Yeezus by Kanye West.

The Best Country Album nominees are Night Train by Jason Aldean; Two Lanes Of Freedom by Tim McGraw; Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves; Based On A True Story by Blake Shelton; and Red by Taylor Swift.

The nominees for Best Americana Album are Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell; Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell; Buddy And Jim by Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale; One True Vine by Mavis Staples; and Songbook by Allen Toussaint.

This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ariel Rechtshaid, Jeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 11 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 8, 2014, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th GRAMMY telecast.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.

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September 19, 2013 — 9:51 am PDT

Carole King Photo: Elissa Kline

Carole King Photo: Elissa Kline

Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year on Jan. 24, 2014, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.

Multi-GRAMMY-winning artists the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, James Taylor, and Steven Tyler will perform in King’s honor. Music industry veterans Lou Adler, Martin Bandier and Rob Light along with Taylor are tribute chairs. Composer and arranger Robbie Kondor will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced in the coming months.

Proceeds from the 24th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two days prior to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

King is being honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her extraordinary creative

James Taylor Photo: Christopher Polk/WireImage.com

James Taylor Photo: Christopher Polk/WireImage.com

accomplishments as well as her significant charitable work, which has included a range of philanthropic activities over the years. In addition to her continuously evolving musical career, King is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of forest ecosystem protection as well as a range of political causes.

“We are honored to celebrate Carole King as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year,” said Portnow. “Her contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions. We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening.”

“Carole’s artistic output is remarkable in its depth. Her influence and charitable legacy are equally impressive, and her approach to art and life is enthusiastic and joyous,” said Silva. “It is going to be an exceptional MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, and we also want to express our gratitude to our tribute chairs and musical director whose participation will ensure the success of our annual benefit.”

King wrote her first No. 1 hit at age 17, penning “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles with then-husband Gerry Goffin. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period have become part of music legend, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby” and “Run To Him” (No. 1 and No. 2 hits, respectively, for Bobby Vee, 1961); “Crying In The Rain” (the Everly Brothers, No. 6, 1962); “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva, No. 1, 1962); “Up On The Roof” (the Drifters, No. 5, 1963); “Chains” (the Cookies, No. 17, 1962; the Beatles, 1963); “One Fine Day” (the Chiffons, No. 5, 1963); “Hey, Girl” (Freddie Scott, No. 10, 1963; also recorded by Vee and the Righteous Brothers); “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits, No. 13, 1964); “Just Once In My Life” (written with Phil Spector for the Righteous Brothers, No. 9, 1965); and “Don’t Bring Me Down” (the Animals, No. 12, 1966).

The Dixie Chicks  Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

The Dixie Chicks Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

In 1967 Goffin and King’s “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” was immortalized by Aretha Franklin. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles.

King’s 1971 solo album Tapestry is arguably her pinnacle career achievement. While King was in the studio recording Tapestry, Taylor recorded King’s “You’ve Got A Friend,” taking the song to No. 1. In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry spawned four GRAMMY Awards — Record, Song and Album Of The Year as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female honors for King. With more than 25 million units sold worldwide, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and eight gold albums. Tapestry was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998.

In 1987 King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, a year later, Goffin and King were awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990 the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2002, King was honored with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Two years later, Goffin and King received the Trustees Award from The Recording Academy. In 2004 King was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award and in 2013 was the recipient of a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

With a career spanning more than five decades, the GRAMMY winner has rarely been more active than during the last five years. King’s late-career whirlwind began in November 2007, when she and longtime friend and musical partner Taylor returned to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Those historic performances were documented in the RIAA gold-certified Live At The Troubadour. This event was the inspiration for the pair’s 60-concert Troubadour Reunion world tour in 2010, which included three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and another trio of sellouts at Madison Square Garden. The Troubadour shows also inspired the Morgan Neville-directed feature-length documentary Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter, which made its TV premiere in March 2011 on PBS’ “American Masters,” shortly after being released on DVD.

King’s 2012 memoir, A Natural Woman. In A Natural Woman, which she wrote completely on her own, shares her incredible story from her beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y., to her groundbreaking achievements as a songwriter, as well as her first major performances with Taylor and her many years of environmental and political activism. Upon publication, King’s memoir instantly cracked the Top 10 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list. In May 2013 King became the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress, and was also honored by remarks from President Barack Obama at an all-star White House gala. A highly anticipated new Broadway musical based on King’s life, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” will begin preview performances on Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with the official opening night set for Jan. 12, 2014.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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MusiCares announced that MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund — Phase Two will provide additional support to Nashville flood victims in need, including funding for items such as relocation costs and other expenses associated with returning to their original residence or a new residence.

The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund in immediate response to the devastating and profoundly life-altering effects of the floods that unexpectedly hit Nashville and its surrounding areas in May 2010. Several months after the initial floods, many music people in the Nashville community still need significant help related to the loss they experienced.

“MusiCares is grateful to be a lifeline of resources for members of the Nashville music community still feeling the effects of the floods,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “We are steadfast in our support and truly thankful to all of our supporters, who are equally committed to providing resources to music people in need.”

“Once again, MusiCares has benefitted from the generosity that is at the core of the music community,” said Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair. “This charitable philosophy allows us to quickly put resources in the hands of those who need our help, and continue to address their needs.”

Several music industry friends and partners have joined MusiCares’ Nashville Flood Relief efforts.

In partnership with the Gibson Foundation through its Music Rising initiative, MusiCares has helped hundreds of musicians replace lost or damaged instruments and gear. Music Rising, founded in 2005 by U2’s the Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, has served thousands of musicians, students, church members, and recipients in regaining their livelihood, music education and other important community-wide programs.

In partnership with ACM Lifting Lives, the Temporary Home Fund has provided critical funds to music people who have been displaced by the flood for housing needs.

Beginning on Oct. 12, charitable initiative NASH20 auctioned items donated by artists such as Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, among others to fans, collectors and contributors across the country and around the world.

These and countless other acts of generosity are helping those in need in Nashville.

MusiCares has raised approximately $1 million and provided assistance and support to more than 250 music people in need. Funds were distributed within 48–72 hours of the floods, covering the most immediate and basic needs, including food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, clean-up efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies. Through the Gibson Foundation, Music Rising has contributed $250,000 toward this cause.

To apply for Phase Two funding assistance, contact MusiCares’ South Regional office at 615.327.0050, or toll-free at 877.626.2748. Resources for flood victims are listed online at www.musicares.com/NashvilleFloodRelief.

7 December 2010


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