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REVISITED: My thoughts on the 2015 GRAMMY performances

9 Feb

Each year the day after the GRAMMY Awards I try to post my thoughts on each performance here on the blog. To be honest compared to past years I thought there were a bunch of underwhelming performances this year and instead of poking holes in the lackluster, I want to mention the moments of awesomeness.

  • My favorite performance was Jeff Lynn of ELO and Ed Sheeran, that was as awesome as it got last night.
  • John Mayer is mounting his comeback to the mainstream audience. Last week he was guest hosting the Late Late Show and last night joining Ed Sheeran (along with Questlove and Herbie Hancock) was brilliant. I’d love to see what those two could do together on an album.
  • “FourFiveSeconds” is clearly Rihanna’s song and Kayne was just Kanye and Sir Paul, man I love him but it didn’t even appear that he was really part of that performance. Regardless, loved hearing that song live. Lots of GRAMMY wins collectively on that stage.
  • Perhaps it’s just that I have been a huge fan of Beck for years but I really enjoyed his performance of “Heart Is A Drum” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
  • A tip of the cap to the GRAMMY’s for recognizing the rise in country music. Eric Church delivered a great performance, Miranda Lambert equally the same and Brandy Clark with Dwight Yoakam was great.
  • Having one of the biggest Latin superstar musicians, Juanes, perform was a great achievement to draw in a different audience and showcase a different genre to millions
  • Simple and just perfect Beyonce and Katy Perry. Both traditionally have elaborate set designs and moving parts but last night it was just enough and worked extremely well.
  • Thank you Annie Lennox
  • I said it after seeing them on NYE, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga it works and I for one am happy to see Gaga in this role, I believe she was meant to play this part and I hope they are able to continue performing together for a long time to come.
  • Sam Smith and Mary J Blige, bravo
  • Wasn’t crazy about Pharrell’s performance but I understand the artistry and what a HUGE coup having Lang Lang and Hans Zimmer perform alongside.  Rad and so Pharrell to pull off something like that.

Now Playing: Mary J. Blige/Disclosure – “Follow”

19 Nov

I don’t know about anyone else but it’s like these two were destined to work together. When Disclosure dropped “F For You” with Mary J. Blige I was in awe and now that they are producing her new album, The London Sessions, I am in music paradise. “Right Now” came out last month and now let your ears give a listen to “Follow.” The album drops next week, November 24.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas 2012 Lineup

9 Jul

iHeartRadio Music Festival is returning to Las Vegas and the lineup has been revealed.  Taking place September 21-22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Calvin Harris and Shakira with more to be announced in the weeks prior to the event.

Clear Channel definitely has a wide range of artists set to perform and it should be interesting to see who else they announce as we get closer to the September dates. And remember, you have to tune in to win so listen to your favorite station and we may just see you out here in Las Vegas.  iHeartRadio Music Festival.
I will say that having No Doubt on this lineup is by far tops for me.  Their new album is due out just a few days later and it’s strategic, I get that but more than anything I’m just excited that an incredible band with a career that has spanned more than four decades is going to be performing together again and be front and center in the music scene.