The nominations for the Grammy Awards, the highest honours in the music industry, were announced on Wednesday. Following is a list of nominations in key categories. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Alicia Keys in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. Album of the Year “I, I” — Bon Iver “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” — Lana Del Rey “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish “Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande “I Used to Know Her” — H.E.R. “7” — Lil Nas X “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” — Lizzo “Father of the Bride” — Vampire Weekend Record of the Year: “Hey, Ma” — Bon Iver “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish “7 Rings” — Ariana Grande “Hard Place” — H.E.R. “Talk” — Khalid “Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Truth … [Read more...] about Grammy Awards 2020: Key Nominations
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Lizzo, the body-positive “Truth Hurts” and “Juice” singer, scored a leading eight nods, including in the top categories of album and record of the year and best new artist. “Thank you,” tweeted Lizzo. “This has been an incredible year for music and I’m just so thankful to even be a part of it.” Eilish, the 17 year-old Los Angeles “Bad Guy” alt-pop sensation, got six nods, along with black, gay country rapper Lil Nas X, 20, whose catchy “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus topped the Billboard singles charts for a record 19 weeks this year. The trio will compete in the album of the year race with indie band Bon Iver, pop-rocker Lana del Rey, pop singer Ariana Grande, rockers Vampire Weekend and R&B artist H.E.R. Grande, 26, got five nominations, including for her hit “7 Rings.” “Crying. moved and honoured,” tweeted Grande. “The acknowledgement is truly enough on its own for … [Read more...] about Gammy 2020 Nominations Favour Diversity, Women Over Stars Like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Madonna
Amaal Mallik is all of 29 and yet, the talented composer already has a rather commendable repertoire of film music to his name. Original and melodious, his work stands out amidst a host of young music directors in the Hindi film industry. He is one of the few composers who has managed to not just create good music and won fans over, but has also bagged multiple awards for his work. Being in your twenties and getting applauded not just by the junta but appreciated by critics at the same time, sure is commendable. And all this has not come easily for Amaal, despite his blue blooded lineage – grandson of Sardar Malik and son of Dabbu Malik. He has got where he is today because of his single-minded dedication to his music. While young men his age go partying, Amaal has been the one to be holed up in the studio, creating melodies. In a candid interview, he speaks to us about his work, his recent award and more… This is your third award the first was for Roy, then Badrinath Ki … [Read more...] about Amaal Mallik: I embrace my journey without bothering about the destination
Movies and television shows about rap music are inherently rebellious - the beats, the fury; they’re all directed towards an archetypal oppressor. They’re about social structures and family, about class conflict and a thorough disregard for authority. Depending on where they are set – like the zombie genre – the cultural context changes.The white policemen that might be the adversaries in a story about black Los Angeles youth could transform into a different shade in Gully Boy, the upcoming film starring Ranveer Singh. Set in the slums of Mumbai, it takes a largely American art form and roots it in the heart of India. Gully Boy is based on the life of the rapper Divine, and several other young rappers, who together formed the Gully Gang of artistes who were born in the chawls of Mumbai. The years he spent growing up on the streets of the City of Dreams and the important role his mother played in his childhood are recurring themes … [Read more...] about Can Ranveer Singh’s Gully Boy match up to these best rap movies of recent times?
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’s Raj Chopra arrived at a time when Bollywood was all about Khans. He not only disrupted the Khan domination (Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan), but also gave birth to an overnight star – Hrithik Roshan. So what was it about Raj that struck a chord with a generation of cinephiles? Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000) was touted as the launchpad of a star son. It, however, did much more for Bollywood. KNPH was probably the only film that made a newcomer a super sensation even before the film released. That’s because its trailers were smartly cut, highlighting everything good about the debutant. His persona, dancing prowess and action avatar were sleekly packaged as the film’s (and Hrithik’s) USP. Here came a character who was nothing we had seen the Khans play before. Despite being a filthy rich brat, he loved his parents and believed in love, something only Shah Rukh Khan did back then. He had those six packs and the action moves too, … [Read more...] about Character Spotlight: Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’s Raj Chopra