Grammys 2021-Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & Dua Lipa top nominations

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Beyoncé earned a pack-leading nine nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and Roddy Ricch followed close behind with six nods each. The Grammys will air January 31st, 2021, on CBS from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET, with Trevor Noah serving as host.

The nominees were announced today, November 24th, at a ceremony featuring Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap, Lauren Daigle, Mickey Guyton, Yemi Alade, Nicole Benedetti, Pepe Aguilar, Sharon Osbourne, and interim Recording Academy president Harvey Mason, Jr.

Beyoncé’s one-off single “Black Parade” helped her rack up a handful of nominations, including Record and Song of the Year, plus Best R&B Performance and Song. Her feature on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix earned her an additional Record of the Year look, plus nods for Best Rap Performance and Song. Bey capped things off with a Best Music Film nomination for Black Is King and Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl.”

The full nominations are-

Album of the Year
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
Everyday Life — Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III — Haim
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone
Folklore — Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“Colors” — Black Pumas
“Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Circles” — Post Malone
“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Song of the Year
“Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Circles” — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now” — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending” — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)

Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yummy” — Justin Bieber
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles
“Cardigan” — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, and Tainy
“Intentions” — Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
“Dynamite” — BTS
“Rain on Me” — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“Exile” — Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album
Changes — Justin Bieber
Chromatica — Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Fine Line — Harry Styles
Folklore — Taylor Swift

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kick I — Arca
Planet’s Mad — Baauer
Energy — Disclosure
Bubba — Kaytranada
Good Faith — Madeon

Best Dance Recording
“On My Mind” — Diplo and Sidepiece
“My High” — Disclosure feat. Amine and Slowthai
“The Difference” — Flume feat. Toro y Moi
“Both of Us” — Jayda G
“10%” — Kaytranada

Best Rock Album
A Hero’s Death — Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka — Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight — Grace Potter
Sound and Fury — Sturgill Simpson
The New Abnormal — The Strokes

Best Rock Song
“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers, Morgan Nagler, and Marshall Vore, songwriters (Phoebe Bridgers)
“Lost in Yesterday” — Kevin Parker, songwriter (Tame Impala)
“Not” — Adrianne Lenker, songwriter (Big Thief)
“Shameika” — Fiona Apple, songwriter (Fiona Apple)
“Stay High” — Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

Best Rock Performance
“Shameika” — Fiona Apple
“Not” — Big Thief
“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps” — Haim
“Stay High” — Brittany Howard
“Daylight” — Grace Potter

Best Metal Performance
“Bum-Rush” — Body Count
“Underneath” — Code Orange
“The In-Between” — In This Moment
“Bloodmoney” — Poppy
“Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)” (Live) — Power Trip

Best Rap Album
Black Habits — D Smoke
Alfredo — Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
A Written Testimony — Jay Electronica
King’s Disease — Nas
The Allegory — Royce Da 5’9″

Best Rap Performance
“Deep Reverence” — Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle
“Bop” — DaBaby
“What’s Poppin” — Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
“Dior” — Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance
“Rockstar” — DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Drake
“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak
“The Box” — Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room” — Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“The Bigger Picture” — Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew, and Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box” — Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later” — Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour, and Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake feat. Lil Durk)
“Rockstar” — Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV, and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch)
“Savage” — Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe, and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé)

Best Alternative Album
Fetch the Bolt Cutters — Fiona Apple
Hyperspace — Beck
Punisher — Phoebe Bridgers
Jaime — Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush — Tame Impala

Best Country Album
Lady Like — Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record — Brandy Clark
Wildcard — Miranda Lambert
Nightfall — Little Big Town
Never Will — Ashley McBryde

Best Country Solo Performance
“Stick That in Your Country Song” — Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was” — Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays” — Vince Gill
“Black Like Me” — Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“All Night” — Brothers Osborne
“10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
“Ocean” — Lady A
“Sugar Coat” — Little Big Town
“Some People Do” — Old Dominion

Best Country Song
“Bluebird” — Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones” — Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, and Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Crowded Table” — Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
“More Hearts Than Mine” — Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, and Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
“Some People Do” — Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey, and Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny
Por Primera Vez — Camilo
Mesa Para Dos — Kany García
Pausa — Ricky Martin
3:33 — Debi Nova

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Aura — Bajofondo
Monstruo — Cami
Sobrevolando — Cultura Profética
La Conquista del Espacio — Fito Paez
Miss Colombia — Lido Pimienta

Best R&B Performance
“Lightning and Thunder” — Jhené Aiko feat. John Legend
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“All I Need” — Jacob Collier feat. Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign
“Goat Head” — Brittany Howard
“See Me” — Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sit on Down” — The Baylor Project feat. Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor
“Wonder What She Thinks of Me” — Chloe x Halle
“Let Me Go” — Mykal Kilgore
“Anything for You” — Ledisi
“Distance” — Yebba

Best R&B Song
“Better Than I Imagine” — Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
“Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Collide” — Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar, and Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 and EARTHGANG)
“Do It” — Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch, and Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe x Halle)
“Slow Down” — Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson, and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley and H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour — Chloe x Halle
Free Nationals — Free Nationals
Fuck Yo Feelings — Fobert Grasper
It Is What It Is — Thundercat

Best R&B Album
Happy 2 Be Here — Ant Clemons
Take Time — Giveon
To Feel Love/D — Luke James
Bigger Love — John Legend
All Rise — Gregory Porter

Best American Roots Performance
“Colors” — Black Pumas
“Deep in Love” — Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet” — Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone” — Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything” — John Prine

Best American Roots Song
“Cabin” — Laura Rogers and Lydia Rogers, songwriters (The Secret Sisters)
“Ceiling to the Floor” — Sierra Hull and Kai Welch, songwriters (Sierra Hull)
“Hometown” — Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
“I Remember Everything” — Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
“Man Without a Soul” — Tom Overby and Lucinda Williams, songwriters (Lucinda Williams)

Best Music Video
“Brown Skin Girl” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jenn Nkiru, video directors; Lauren Baker, Astrid Edwards, Nathan Scherrer, and Erinn Williams, video producers
“Life Is Good” — Future feat. Drake; Julien Christian Lutz, video director; Harv Glazer, video producer
“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak; Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
“Adore You” — Harry Styles; Dave Meyers, video director; Nathan Scherrer, video producer
“Goliath” — Woodkid; Yoann Lemoine, video director

Best Music Film
Beastie Boys Story — Beastie Boys; Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum, and Spike Jonze, video producers
Black Is King — Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme; Andrew Fried, video director; Andrew Fried, Jill Furman, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarina Roma, Jenny Steingart, and Jon Steingart, video producers
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice — Linda Ronstadt; Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola and James Keach, video producers
That Little Old Band From Texas: ZZ Top — Sam Dunn, video director; Scot McFadyen, video producer

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Taylor Swift masters sold to unknown investment fund

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Scooter Braun has reportedly sold Taylor Swift’s Big Machine masters in a deal believed to be worth more than $300 million.

According to Variety, the music manager and entrepreneur has sold the master rights to Swift’s first six albums. The buyer is said to be an as yet unknown investment fund who closed the deal sometime in the last two weeks.

Swift has since responded to the news, sharing a post on Twitter with the caption: “Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up.”

Swift said her masters were sold to a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings, and that she’d been contacted by them and was informed that her music was sold to them without her knowledge.

“The letter told me that they wanted to reach out before the sale to let me know, but that Scooter Braun had required that they make no contact with me or my team, or the deal would be off,” she wrote.

The letter claimed that Braun will continue to profit from her catalogue “for many years,” so while she was hopeful about partnering with Shamrock, Swift said that “Scooter’s participation is a non-starter for me.”

A sad turn of events for the Pop star who has been battling against Braun for years. Yet this situation teaches an important lesson to artists and reaffirms the need for smart contracts and even smarter musicians.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Introducing – Shannon K

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Youth sensation Shannon K returns with best single yet –  ‘Just Another Boy’

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With a string of singles already under her belt, Shannon K is becoming something of a prolific artist when it comes to new releases. With three songs already unleashed in the past year, her fourth demonstrates a young pop artist who has really started to find her style.

Her best song yet, ‘Just Another Boy’ is a straight-forward, immediately accessible pop hit in the contemporary ‘girl power’ mould of Taylor Swift. Boasting genuine pop impact in the distorted vocals and the stilted but relentless rhythms, the track truly comes alive on the speedily delivered chorus.

But, just when you think you’ve got the track figured out, it takes a left turn in the shape of an airy, languid middle eight, which kicks back in once more with that superb chorus. The gradual build from there to the multi-layered ending is brilliantly produced and it’s a track to be proud of with its honest, confident and powerful lyrics:

Hear the track for yourself: https://soundcloud.com/galaxy-of-stars/just-another-boy

Following on from anti-drugs single ‘Just Say No’ and festive track ‘Christmas Song’, this track marks a watershed move from Shannon K, moving on from the themed ideals of the previous releases and into serious pop territory.

No doubt it makes her father, Kumar Sanu, very proud – and he knows what it takes to make it in the music industry. A glittering career as a vocalist in Bollywood has seen him win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).

With that kind of support behind her, and quality singles like ‘Just Another Boy’ now in the works, it won’t be long before Shannon K is up for her own awards.

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https://www.facebook.com/ShannonKSinger