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Latin Grammy Nominees Announced

Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 and Brazilian tropicalia legend Caetano Veloso (above) lead the Latin Grammy nominations, which were announced today. Our very own Chris Richards has covered both of those acts extensively for us in the past. He reviewed Calle 13's album-of-the-year nominated "Los de Atras Vienen...

By David Malitz | September 17, 2009; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kanye, GaGa and a Bit of D.C. -- VMAs Revisited

I won't lie -- watching the MTV Video Music Awards is a painful, depressing, embarrassing experience. You know, sort of like watching a Redskins game. But at least the show leaves you with plenty to talk about. So here are five things that still resonate the morning after. To...

By David Malitz | September 14, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Live Tweeting the VMAs

There will be plenty of local flavor at tonight's MTV VMAs with Wale and UCB serving as the show's house band. We'll finally get that All-American Rejects/UCB collaboration we've been waiting for. Once things get started, check here or follow twitter.com/postrock for updates. #twitter_div h2 { background-color: transparent; color:...

By David Malitz | September 13, 2009; 07:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Stevie Wonder. (Yes, Him Again)

POTUS in Wonderland: President Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the East Room. (Reuters) "Stevie Wonderful!" exclaimed Tony Bennett. An overjoyed Stevie Wonder beamed, the Motown music legend having just jumped onstage to provide an ad-libbed coda to Bennett's rendition of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 12:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

What It Feels Like To Win Country's Songwriting Triple Crown

You keep telling me, baby, there will come a time/When all the songwriting trophies will forever be mine. (Susan Biddle/TWP file) Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is one of contemporary country's most prominent power belters, with a distinctive, dynamic voice that's big, brassy, super-emotive and twangier than a Tennessee trucker. But as...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 18, 2009; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: The Wammies

Multiple award winner Jon Carroll had plenty to sing about at the 23rd annual Wammies. Of all the awards ever devised to honor the purveyors of musical excellence, the Wammies are without question the most local, not to mention the most recent. Last night at the State Theatre in Falls...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 16, 2009; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

CMAs: Taylor Swift's Big Night Out

Shock and awwwwww: A self-portrait of Tuesday's big BMI Awards winner. (Taylor Swift for TWP) NASHVILLE -- Taylor Swift had a minor crisis midway through her meal at last night's BMI Awards: Her Shirley Temple was served in a lowball glass that might have given people the impression that the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Talk Talk: Toby Keith Unplugged

Toby Keith Covel knows from hits: The country star's new album, "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy," yields his 14th No. 1 single of the new millennium in "She Never Cried in Front of Me." To non-country fans, of course, the 47-year-old artist is best known for a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 31, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

VMAs, 140 Characters at a Time

Two things I don't know much about: Twitter and the current crop of VMA superstars. Two things there probably aren't much to know about: Twitter and the current crop of VMA superstars. So let's combine them and kill a few hours on a Sunday night. I can't believe John Norris...

By David Malitz | September 7, 2008; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Twittering the VMAs

This is going to be an experiment. I'm going to attempt to Twitter the VMAs on Sunday night. I've never Twittered before but this seems like a good time to start, since I doubt there will be anything worth a comment of more than 140 characters. We'll see. I'm just...

By David Malitz | September 5, 2008; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Best New Who?

One of the most entertaining Grammy categories is always Best New Artist. That's because, in addition to the usual dash of Grammy irrelevancy, we also get some extra cluelessness and straight-up factual inaccuracy. Let's face it: "new" and "Grammys" don't really go hand in hand. The Old Guard is always...

By David Malitz | December 7, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grammys: And The Nominees Are...

Amy Winehouse, Amy Winehouse - and, also, Amy Winehouse. (Did we mention Amy Winehouse? [And what about Kanye West?]) How many writers will lead their Grammy nominations stories today with something like this? "The Recording Academy said yes, yes, yes to Amy Winehouse." (Second graph: "But they said no to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 6, 2007; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (18)

Grammys: Does The Recording Academy (Heart) Fergie?

I mentioned in this week's Freedom Rock chat that it's always worth noting who's been invited to the annual Recording Academy news conference to announce the Grammy nominees. Since, you know, those who show up to announce the nominations are often rewarded with nominations themselves. Reuters considers this trend in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 6, 2007; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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