Grammy® Awards 2014 :: Who’s Nominated :: Who’s Performing

by Shannonn Kelly
02:27PM, EST, January 25, 2014

France's Daft Punk will perform with will perform with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder at 2014 Grammy® Awards
France’s Daft Punk will perform with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder at 2014 Grammy® Awards

The mainstream category nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy® Awards were announced back on December 06, 2013 during “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!”, hosted by rapper, actor LL Cool J with some satellite and pre-taped performances by Robin Thicke, Lorde, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to name a few.

Well, out of that, Jay Z got the most nominations at 9. With 7 nominations apiece is: Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The Grammy Award ceremony will air tomorrow, Sunday  January 26, 2014 on CBS at 8PM (EST).

As always, I look forward to the musical performances. This year, you can expect some interesting moments. For instance: Continue reading “Grammy® Awards 2014 :: Who’s Nominated :: Who’s Performing”

GOTCHA! Robin Thicke – That Line Ain’t So Blurred Afterall…

by Shannonn Kelly
07:32AM, EST, January 17, 2014

Robin Thicke found out he "Got Give It Up" to Marvin Gaye
Robin Thicke found out he “Got Give It Up” to Marvin Gaye

From a case that started back in the summer of 2013, with an interesting twist you’ll see lower in my blog; the surviving children of one of the hottest (take that any way you want) R&B crooners, Marvin Gaye have won their case over copyright infringement.

The Infringement: Robin Thicke‘s Grammy nominated song, “Blurred Lines” sounds an awful lot like their father’s song, “Got To Give It Up”. Click on the video below and judge for yourself.

Their case was against pop singer Robin Thicke, the 36 year-old Canadian-American son of Alan Thicke who played the Dad on “Growing Pains” (1985-1992).

The judge ruled in the favor of Marvin Gaye’s children, Frankie, named after his uncle Frances Gay and Nona Gaye on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. The undisclosed amount of the settlement between the Gayes’ children and Sony have an agreement where these claims can never be brought up again. The settlement would’ve had to have been pretty big, as “Blurred Lines” sold 6.6 digital copies and spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Originally the Gaye family lawsuit against Thicke and Sony was put into action to prevent Thicke from using any samples from their father’s songs, as they also claimed Thicke poached part of Marvin Gaye’s #1 R&B hit “After The Dance” from his album “I Want You” (1976).

Here’s the Twist:

Originally Thicke, and co-creators T.I. (aka Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.), and Pharrell Williams were the ones to bring a lawsuit against the children of Marvin Gaye!

Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell all asked a federal judge in August to rule that “Blurred Lines”, which was nominated for Record of the Year at last year’s Grammys, was not a copy of Marvin Gaye’s hit.

Article by Lewis Corner, “‘Blurred Lines’ Plagiarism Claim”
Published: Friday, Aug 16 2013, 6:53am EDT

Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic amidst claims of plagiarism.

The singer’s global summer anthem has been likened to Gaye’s classic track ‘Got to Give It Up’, but Thicke has taken action to ensure the late star’s family can’t claim plagiarism.

The suit states that Gaye’s family is alleging ‘Blurred Lines’ “sounds” the same as ‘Got to Give It Up’, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work”.

What’s more, it acknowledges a claimed similarity between Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’ and Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, but states “there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements”.

According to the lawsuit, of which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a copy, the defendants state: “Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists.

“Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”

Gaye’s family and Bridgeport are thought to be threatening litigation if the plaintiffs do not pay up a settlement.

Beyoncé HBO Documentary “Life Is But a Dream” or… a Beautiful Nightmare

by Shannonn Kelly
06:52AM, EST, February 16, 2013

Beyoncé HBO documentary, "Life Is But a Dream"  premieres On HBO
Beyoncé HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream” premieres On HBO

How do you feel about Beyoncé…?

I used to really like her when she was with Destiny’s Child and then on her first solo album Dangerously in Love (2003).

But, around 2006 with release of her second solo album, B’Day and top 10 hits “Déjà Vu“, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar” and up to her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), with “If I Were a Boy” “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams“, quite frankly, I honestly got pretty tired of her and her insipid lyrics.

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Grammy News :: 55th Annual Grammys – Biggest Award Night For Music!

by Shannonn Kelly
6:55AM, EST, Saturday February 09,2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Award® Ceremony on CBS
The 55th Annual Grammy Award® Ceremony on CBS

Whether its Pop, Rock or Hip-Hop, music plays a big place in people’s lives. It’s what gets us up in the morning and often what gets us through the day.

The Annual Grammy Awards® is music’s biggest night and the 55th installment is sure to provide a ton of entertainment with performances by Alicia Keys And Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Miranda Lambert, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White to name a few.

While last year’s Grammy’s were marred after Whitney Houston died getting ready for the big Clive Davis after-party, no one can deny the Grammy’s are a very big deal for the industry, where a golden trophy can turn all those years of playing in dark and desolate clubs into a game changer literally over night.

I see a LOT of live music. After film, I would say music is my next big interest which spans across all genres – – Yes – – even Country.

I’d have to say my favorite concert from this past year was seeing Goyte. I saw him in the summer and 6 months later, I’m still reminiscing about that concert.

Who’s your favorite musical artist of this time or any other? Will you be watching the Grammys?

The Live Grammy Ceremony will be telecast Live Sunday, February 10 at 8PM, EST on your local CBS station.
Below is the COMPLETE List of the 81 categories of Grammy Nominees for 2013.

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