The 2013 Grammy nominees have been announced. Leading the pack is Mr. Frank Ocean and the Indie-rockers, Fun. Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z and Kanye, and Mumford & Sons all scored nicely too. The one category I’m a bit surprised about is the New Artist category. I really would’ve thought that Carly Rae Jepsen would’ve been in there, not so much. She is nominated for her global smash hit, Call Me Maybe in the the Song of the Year category and a few others.
Also have to give props to the fantastic, the legendary, Bra Hugh Masekela, who has been nominated for a Grammy too. He has been nominated in the Best World Music category for his album, Jabulani. Proudly South African moment! Boom.
The awards are set to take place on the 10th of February in Los Angeles. Again, if anyone wants to send me, I’m more than willing to go. #TrueStory. Check out the full list below:
Ten years ago American Idol crowned its first winner, Kelly Clarkson. She has since gone on to release five albums. She has toured the world, sold millions of records, won two Grammys (and countless other awards) and she’s enjoyed a lot of success along the way. Now the “Miss Independent” singer is preparing to release her first greatest hits album. It’s due for release on the 19th of November. Check out the track listing below:
Kelly Clarkson – Greatest Hits – Chapter One International STANDARD CD Tracklisting
Kelly Clarkson’s new music video is out. It’s the third single taken off her latest offering Stronger and it’s called Dark Side. This is one of my favourites off the album. Kelly is looking really good in the video too, seems to have slimmed down a bit not so?
It’s Grammy weekend!!! One of my favourite award ceremonies of the season. Music is a universal language, one that unites us. The 54th Annual Grammys hits our screens on Sunday evening/ Monday morning and the show will honour some of the biggest names in the business. Performances from Adele, The Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, Tony Bennett, Coldplay and Rihanna, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson and many many more are expected, while LL Cool J will be on hosting duty.
The festivities getting going on E! Entertainment, channel 124 on DStv from 01:00 with Live From The Red Carpet. The team will be broadcasting from the Staples Centre in Los Angelas. Catch Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic as they chat to the biggest names of the red carpet and the all time favourite Glam Cam 360 will be catching all the talent on camera, with some commentary from Kelly Osbourne and others.
Once the red carpet is done, switch over to Channel O, channel 320 on DStv for a live broadcast of the awards. I’ll be up, tweeting and blogging at the absurd hour but it’s all for the love of the game. If you’re in my part of the world join me:
Congratulations to the New York Giants, who are the new Super Bowl champions. Super Bowl Sunday took place in Indiapolis last night. It saw the Giants beating their rivals the Patriots 21 points to 17. As you know this is a music and entertainment site, so I thought let’s look at some of the musical highlights from this year’s Super Bowl. First off, one of my favourite artists Kelly Clarkson had the honours of singing the American National Anthem and man oh man did KC nail it. She’s scored rave reviews all over the place, and rightfully so. Check it out below:
Then the biggie of the night… The Queen of Pop, Madonna performed during the Bridgestone Halftime concert. She was joined by the likes of M.I.A, Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. Check out the set below:
Performing tracks like Vogue, Music and her new single Give Me All Your Luvin‘, she proved she still has was it takes to be the queen. I really liked the remix of Music, which featured the Party Rockers LMFAO…. Love it!
X-Factor winner Melanie Amaro’s Pepsi commercial debuted during the Super Bowl too. It features Elton John and Flavor Flav. Check it out:
Rapper and actor LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on the 12th of February. This makes him the first person to host the coveted award ceremony in seven years. The peops behind music’s biggest night announced the news yesterday.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” said LL COOL J. “I will always have fond memories of my first GRAMMY Awards and to now be hosting the GRAMMY show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true. Great performances and great music — it’s gonna be a great night!”
If you ask me who I’ve enjoyed interviewing and meeting in the industry, Kelly Clarkson has to be one of my them. I had the privilege of interviewing her ahead of her South African tour last year. When she touched down in Mzansi, I also got to meet her too. What a humble, friendly and wonderful person. Right, now that that is out of the way, we can talk about her talent and her incredible voice. The original American Idol winner is, in my opinion, one of the most talented vocalists in the business. Those high notes she is able to reach is astounding and she nails it every time. Her lyrics are fun, but also meaningful and she isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, especially with her brand new offering, Stronger, which was released recently.
If you’re a KC fan, you definitely need to get your “Dear Santa” letters ready because this album is a must. It’s hard to believe that this is her fifth album already, but this just proves how her star-power is still as relevant as it was with her debut, Thankful, back in 2003. For me, I think Kelly has never sounded better. Let’s take a closer look at the songs one by one:
Mr Know It All- She has enjoyed a lot of success with this the lead single off the album. It has hit the top ten in many countries and it is still on high rotation. The video has been viewed over 10 million time and you can understand why. It’s a great track to launch with. Clarkson has stated in several interviews that this song is a “vocally raw” song and that she wanted it to sound as close to her live performances. If you saw her perform this on X-Factor then you will know that it sounds just as good. Her American Music Awards performance was great too. The jazzy, swing feel she added to the track was superb.
American Idol queen Kelly Clarkson is gearing up release her brand new album Stronger. The album drops in just over a month and this will be her fifth album. The first single off that album is called Mr Know It All. The track made its debut (the highest for the week) on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at number 18. Nice! While the video has dropped yet, a behind the scenes one has surfaced online. Kelly’s looking good and you can see how involved she is in the whole production; from the treatment to starring (obviously) to the look and feel. I can’t wait to see the video.
The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson is gearing up to release her new album Stronger this October. This is Clarkson’s fifth studio album, can you believe it? Gosh! That’s star power. I love her. What a great performer, a great singer/songwriter and an even nicer person is the flesh. The album is due to be released on the 24th of October. Have a listen to the first single below. It’s called Mr Know It All: