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Hyundai Center Stage Winners Announced
Indie-bands Barnaby Saints, Gentleman Hall and singer Phillip Magnus Hartley were announced as winners of the Hyundai Center Stage program, powered by the GRAMMY Amplifier. The winners will receive a recording session with a GRAMMY producer, a music video production with a noted producer/director or an opening slot on a major artist tour, in addition to mentoring from a GRAMMY winner. GRAMMY winner and Ambassador Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, who helped select the first round of winners, announced the three winners via video on March 12 during music week.
Bob Dylan Among American Academy Of Arts And Letters Inductees
GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Dylan will be inducted as an honorary member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dylan is the first rock artist to join the academy.
Vevo Launching Television Service
Music video site Vevo will launch a new television service, Vevo TV, according to Billboard.biz. The tv service will include a variety of programmed shows in addition to on-demand content. Vevo TV will be available on Vevo.com, Android and Windows mobile devices, Xbox Live and Roku, and at launch will include music interview and performance shows.
Nick Cave Says He Formed A Band To "Get Girls And Booze"
Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave confirmed an old adage during A Conversation With Nick Cave at South by Southwest: some girls love rock stars. Cave admitted he first joined a band to "get girls and booze," and that the rock and roll tradition "actually works!" The singer said before he started singing, women actually thought he was a bad seed. "In school I was an anti-magnet for women. They saw me and they were repulsed," Cave said. Cave's luck changed as soon as he joined his first band, the Boys Next Door. Now, he's your everyday "Loverman."
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