Banjoist Doug Dillard Dies

Banjoist Doug Dillard Dies         
GRAMMY-nominated banjo player Doug Dillard died May 16 in Nashville following a long illness. He was 75. Considered one of the preeminent bluegrass banjo players in the '60s and '70s, Dillard performed with several music acts throughout his career, including the Byrds as well as part of a duo with his brother Rodney Dillard and as part of the Doug Dillard Band. The Dillards, one of the first bluegrass bands to incorporate amplified instruments into their music, gained nationwide fame after appearing on "The Andy Griffith Show" as the Darlin' Boys. In 1989 the Doug Dillard Band released Heartbreak Hotel, which garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Recording. (5/17)  

Chuck Brown Dies
Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter Governor and GRAMMY nominee Chuck Brown died May 16. A cause of death was not revealed. He was 75. Considered the Godfather of Go-Go, in 1979 Brown, along with his band the Soul Searchers, released Bustin' Loose, which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The title track was later sampled by Nelly on his GRAMMY-winning song "Hot In Herre." As a solo artist, Brown continued to release albums throughout the '90s and '00s, including the Top 40 hit We're About The Business (2007). Brown earned the lone GRAMMY nomination of his career in 2010 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Love" from his album We Got This. (5/17)

BMI Pop Awards Winners Announced
GRAMMY nominees Benny Blanco and Ester Dean and Latin GRAMMY nominee Pitbull were named BMI Pop Songwriters of the Year at the 60th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 15 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Additionally, Katy Perry's GRAMMY-nominated "Firework" was named Pop Song of the Year and GRAMMY winner Carole King was honored with the BMI Icon award in recognition of her influence on generations of music makers. (5/17)

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