GRAMMY NEWS — After months of speculation, nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on Feb. 12, 2017, were announced yesterday.
Beyoncé, who is rumored to be performing at the Los Angeles ceremony, lived up to expectations, with nominations in nine categories including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Drake and Rihanna are each up for eight awards, and Adele five, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
Chance the Rapper, whose album, Coloring Book, was the first streaming-only album to make the Billboard 200, has seven nominations in five categories. The Grammys have changed its rules to now consider stream-only releases for the 59th awards. Insiders didn’t want the change, but the organization, and chieftan Neil Portnow in particular, knew they finally had too.
Singer Meghan Trainor, who took home the Best New Artist award at the star-studded ceremony held earlier this year, revealed the nominees for Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year live on CBS This Morning, shortly before the nominations across all 84 categories were published online. Trainor said that she keeps her Grammy next to her bed and giggles when she looks at it. The 2017 show will be hosted by The Late Late Show presenter James Corden, after five years of Grammys hosting duties by American rapper and actor L. L. Cool J. The British presenter will certainly not be fazed by meeting the music industry’s biggest names; he has harmonized with Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber in the Emmy-winning Carpool Karaoke.
At the 2016 ceremony, Kendrick Lamar picked up several trophies including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, while Taylor Swift took home her second Album of the Year award for 1989 alongside prizes for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for ‘Bad Blood.’
There’s no Leonard Cohen, no Paul Simon, no Jeff Beck and David Bowie just barely snagged a nom for Best Alternative Album; although I must say Adele is the most genuine new performer in years; I love her. And, her awards? Most deserving. The Grammys of today bear little resemblance to the show of 10 years ago. As the music business consolidates in a scary way, so have these awards show. With all the Jimmies hosting these awards show (Fallon doing The Globes; Kimmel The Oscars and Corden doing The Grammys) it’s beginning to look like another Dick Clark-show. Sad for sure.
Here are the big noms:
Record of the Year
‘Hello’ – Adele
‘Formation’ – Beyoncé
‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham
‘Work’ – Rhianna featuring Drake
‘Stressed Out’ – Twenty One Pilots
Song of the Year
‘Formation’ – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
‘Hello’ – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza’ – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
‘7 Years’ – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
‘Love Yourself’ – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper
Album of the Year
25 – Adele
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Views – Drake
Purpose – Justin Bieber
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
ROSES RISES — Guns N’ Roses have officially announced that they will be extending their Not in This Lifetime tour well into 2017, with 35 new stadium dates in Europe and North America.
The newly announced European leg of the Not in This Lifetime tour (they seem to have dropped the “…” from the name) kicks off May 27 in Dublin, Ireland and concludes Saturday, July 15 in Tel Aviv, Israel. After that, the group returns to North America for 16 shows beginning July 27 in St. Louis and ending Sept. 8 in San Antonio.
This confirms the news suggested by a recent spate of television commercials and billboard advertisements that began turning up in cities across the globe late last month. Tickets go on sale starting Friday (Dec. 9) for the shows in Europe and the following day for the North American dates.
Founding bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash made headlines by returning to Guns N’ Roses for this tour in the spring after leaving the group more than two decades ago. Following seven shows in April (and singer Axl Rose‘s tour-saving stint as AC/DC‘s temporary frontman), the band returned to North America for an extremely popular and well-received 25-date summer arena tour.
Guns N’ Roses just completed their 2016 touring schedule with a 15-date tour of America. All told, the 2016 Not In This Lifetime … tour grossed over 116 million dollars. They will kick off 2017 with 16 January and February concerts in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
SHORT TAKES — NBC’s Hairspray Live! Presentation tonight should be most interesting. A quirky story if there ever was one, it’s got a great cast and to me the one big question is whether middle America is ready for Harvey Fierstein! Masterworks Broadway have already released the cast album. My recap comes Friday … PR-pasha David Salidor at Dear Evan Hansen …This Saturday and next, Long Island’s Nonstop To Cairo will be appearing at The Lighthouse in Glen Cove. 10 PM each night … I just watched last week’s Saturday Night Live with Emma Stone. God, she was splendid and that cameo from Jennifer Anniston quite funny. Great show … Tomorrow night at the legendary Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam hosts an benefit for CityMeals On Wheels; there’s also a auction with a signed drum-head from Micky Dolenz and personalized drumsticks from Carmine Appice. CEN’s Vinny Rich and Adam Pollock will be on hand. Details Friday.