The sixtieth annual Grammy Awards took place in one of the biggest political upheavals in the history of the entertainment industry. With the past month seeing an increase in women expressing themselves vocally about past abuses, something that has dominated recent awards shows, a lot of eyes were on the Grammys to see how this would be represented in the music industry. The general feeling seems to be that the Grammys have maybe missed out on the moment, aside from an interlude where Hilary Clinton read out excerpts from Michael Wolff’s Trump expose Fire and Fury and Janelle Monae’s firey introduction to Kesha’s performance, there wasn’t a great deal outside the norm of your average award ceremony.
Bruno Mars walked away with the event in his back pocket, with 6 Grammy’s, taking the Best Album award from the favourite, Kendrick Lamar (who took 5 Grammy’s himself). The awards were noticeably short on awards for female performers, especially in the current climate, with Alessia Cara winning best newcomer and not much more to go around but this was always likely given the focus on male performers in the nominations. Come on, Grammys! It’s 2018.
In the soundtracks section La La Land came away with Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, missing out on Best Song Written For Visual Media to Moana. A much-deserved Best Musical Theatre Album went to Dear Evan Hansen, topping off an incredible year for the musical.
Here’s Bruno Mars’ acceptance speech
Album Of The Year Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Record Of The Year Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Song Of The Year Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’
Best New Artist Alessia Cara
Best pop album Ed Sheeran – ÷
Best rap album Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Best Pop Solo Performance Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape Of You’
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Portugal. The Man – ‘Feel It Still’
Best Dance Recording LCD Soundsystem – ‘Tonite’
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Kraftwerk – 3-D The Catalogue
Best Rock Performance Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Best Metal Performance Mastodon – ‘Sultan’s Curse’
Best Rock Song Foo Fighters – ‘Run’
Best Rock Album The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Best alternative album The National – Sleep Well Beast
Best R&B Performance Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’
Best Urban Contemporary Album The Weeknd – Starboy
Best Rap Performance Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’
Best Rap/Sung Performance Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna – ‘Loyalty’
Best Rap Song Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’
Best Country Album Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
Best Musical Theatre Album Dear Evan Hansen
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media La La Land
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Best Song Written For Visual Media ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – from Moana
Best Producer Greg Kurstin
Best Music Video Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’
Best Music Film Various Artists – The Defiant Ones
BRUNO MARS: 24K MAGIC – PVG
Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, ‘Diamonds’ is the ultimate greatest hits collection from Elton John. Kicking off with the still-stunning ‘Your Song’, it brings together all his landmark hits including ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Candle In The Wind’, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ and many more.
For the first time on an Elton hits collection it also features his duet with George Michael on the classic ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’.
ED SHEERAN: ÷ (DIVIDE) GUITAR TAB BOOK
Matching folio for Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking third studio album Divide presented in Guitar tablature.
Achieving an astonishing 672,000 sales in its first week, the album also managed to place 9 songs in the UK Top 10 simultaneously – a unique event. Having reached triple platinum status within a month of release, Ed Sheeran’s ‘everyman’ song-writing style continues to take the world by storm.
This songbook includes the hit-singles “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You” arranged for Piano, Guitar and Vocals.
The winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score and Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. With advanced ticket sales in excess of $20 million and its soundtrack debut at #8 on the Top 200 Album Billboard chart, it is on track to be one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time.
The show officially opened on Broadway on December 4, 2016, after a successful Off-Broadway run. The musical features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who were both personally involved in editing and approving the Hal Leonard Vocal Selections.
Pasek and Paul won an Oscar for Best Original Song for being the lyricists behind “City of Stars” from La La Land. They have also received numerous awards for their previous stage productions A Christmas Story, The Musical; Dogfight; James and the Giant Peach; and Edges.
The folio is arranged for Voice with Piano accompaniment and includes 13 songs from the soundtrack, including Anybody Have a Map?, Disappear, For Forever, Good for You, If I Could Tell Her, Only Us, Requiem, Sincerely, Me, So Big/So Small, To Break in a Glove, Waving Through a Window, Words Fail and You Will Be Found.
MOANA: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK (PVG)
In Disney’s CG-animated film Moana the eponymous teenage heroine is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island and embark on a daring journey to save her people – with a little help from the demigod Maui.
The film features original songs, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina.
This folio for Piano, Voice and Guitar features seven songs from the soundtrack including How Far I’ll Go, I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors), Know Who You Are, Shiny, We Know the Way, Where You Are and You’re Welcome. This souvenir folio also includes beautiful full-colour scenes from the film.
Watch the official music video for How Far I’ll Go:
The romantic musical comedy-drama film La La Land was the winner of six Oscars, seven Golden Globes and six BAFTAs.The romantic comedy-drama follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who meet in a chance encounter and encourage one another to follow their dreams.
This collection for Piano, Voice and Guitar features 10 original songs from the movie, written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Songs include: Another Day of Sun, Someone in the Crowd, Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, A Lovely Night, City of Stars, Planetarium, Start a Fire, Engagement Party, Audition (The Fools Who Dream) and Epilogue.
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