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Monday, Feb 14, 2011
Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!

CBS devoted three and a half hours to the Grammys, not counting the many commercial breaks. (In all fairness, most of the ads featured musicians or were from Target’s backstage at an award show-themed campaign.) However, only ten awards were presented on air in order to make room for more performances and meaningless celebrity presenters. 


The Big Winners:


Best Pop Performance By a Duo Or Group: Train “Hey Soul Sister”
Best Female Country Vocal: Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
Rock Album: Muse The Resistance
Best Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Best Country Album: Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Song of the Year: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spaulding
Best Rap Album: Eminem Recovery
Record of the Year: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Album of the Year: Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Ramones, and George Beverly Shea


The Big Winners That Weren’t Shown on TV:


Best Alternative Music Album: The Black Keys Brothers
Best Dance Recording: Rihanna “Only Girl (In the World)”
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney “Helter Skelter (Live)”
Best Country Song: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Best Contemporary R&B Album: Usher Raymond Vs. Raymond
Best Female Pop Vocal: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Male Pop Vocal: Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”


The Best Performances:


Some of the night’s performances were great and memorable, especially those which paid tribute to other artists.


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Monday, Feb 14, 2011
Is less more?

Lady Gaga’s “incubation” bit was extraordinary, and her courage to be herself—creative and singular—must be respected; and she won three awards. At the same time, in terms of sheer substance, tonight her rendition of her new single “Born This Way” was, while intriguing, not relatively grand. In fact, it was problematic—several of the lyrics just were not sung by her live, and this was quite evident, as the song would go on while she turned her head from her microphone. It’s difficult to maintain both “off the wall” theatre and efficacious song renditions. It’s also difficult to beat her own performance last year—which included much more theatre—a bird nest, zombies, Gaga tossed into a burner, Elton John—alongside potent, substantive renditions. Instead, in my view, Kansas Citian Janelle Monáe stole the show, ironically, by using little to no overt drama: her “Cold War” bit exuded vocal strength, keen dance moves, and she did not require a quasi-uterus prop to achieve any credibility or success.


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Thursday, Feb 10, 2011
Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in June 2010.

TV sports hit a record high, as the 2010 FIFA World Cup became one of the most-watched events in television history, with billions watching worldwide.


 

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Thursday, Feb 10, 2011

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Nathan Moore released his ninth studio album Dear Puppeteer 1 February on Royal Potato Family, and now he’s ready to hit the road. Starting 9 February in San Luis Obispo, CA Moore will support ALO during the west coast stretch of their fifth annual Tour D’Amour, where fans choose the set-list. (Tour dates after the jump.)


Following his jaunt with ALO, Moore plans to open his agenda for his own fan-picked shows entitled Hippy Fiasco Rides Again.  The Hippy Fiasco idea is for West Coast and South West fans to request “interesting” spots for Moore to perform; Moore can end up virtually anywhere from a fan’s basement to backyard, park, mall, who knows? The spontaneous performances are eventually announced via Moore’s site, social media and fan word-of-mouth. You can request shows at Moore’s website natanmoore.org, or by calling the Hippy Fiasco hotline (805.443.2423).


  “In The Basement” by Nathan Moore by Royal Potato Family


  “Hollow” | Nathan Moore by Royal Potato Family


  “Dear Puppeteer” by Nathan Moore by Royal Potato Family


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Monday, Feb 7, 2011
The Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest night of the year for football fans, it’s also TV advertising’s main event.

Possibly more entertaining than anything the NFL can come up with, this year’s crop of commercials featured everything from a helpful beaver to Justin Bieber. Despite their variety, most of the spots fit into one out of a few categories. Here’s the best of the groups.


Movie Trailers


Most of these movies are months away from hitting theatres, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from seeking future moviegoers. Animated parrot flick Rio and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 stood out amongst early looks at movies including Kung Fu Panda 2, Captain America,Rango, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Thor, Mars Needs Moms, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Fast Five, Battle: Los Angeles, and Limitless.


 


 

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