At SXSW 2018, Deva Mahal caught our attention with her soulful voice and lyrics. Her debut album, Run Deep, was released days later on March 23. Whether solo or singing with her father Taj Mahal, the personality behind Deva Mahal's music rings clear as always her own. But all of that was before she earned the top spot on the One Take leaderboard with 16 answers completed, during which we learned about the last song the soulful singer/songwriter listened to, whether she prefers dogs or cats, her favorite part about Hawaii, and so much more.
The Mrs — comprising drummer Andra Liemandt, bassist Jenny Mason, keyboardist/singer Larissa Ness, and guitarist/vocalist Mandy Prater — aren't your average rock band. Sure, they have killer tracks such as "Blink Of An Eye" or "Somewhere To Go" to their name, but they also have a bigger mission: to spread kindness.
Ahead of their Kindnesspalooza benefit at SXSW 2018, we caught up with Liemandt, Ness and Prater who were game to take part in an installment of One Take, the Recording Academy's fun rapid-fire question game. From this we learned all about the Mrs preference for major cities, their favorite part about their hometown, Austin, Texas, the last book they've read, their favorite animal, and so much more.
Celebrate Mother's Day this year with the perfect soundtrack to tell you mom how special she is — with Trina's latest track "Mama" featuring Kelly Price. The Recording Academy was on set of the song's video shoot to get the behind-the-scenes scoop with the Miami-based artist and host/songwriter Charlie Travers. Trina revealed "Mama" was inspired by her own mother, and the tough time she was going through while recording her latest upcoming album, The One. And as for celebrating your own "Mama," Trina offered a few words of advice.
"Respect, admire, love your mom," says Trina. "You only get one mom in the entire world. You can never, ever get another one. … No matter what happens, one only comes your way, that's a blessing."
Miami-based artist Kevin Pouya has been living with anxiety since he was a teenager. The Recording Academy caught up with Pouya, who sat down with host/songwriter Charlie Travers in his hometown, and the rapper opened up about how anxiety has impacted his life and career and how he has learned to manage in his day-to-day life.
"It's still something that I deal with to this day, but I've learned to cope with it a little bit better," Pouya says. "Sometimes I have really bad weeks, really bad months and sometimes I have really good months."
One of the most successful rock bands of the last 30 years, Pearl Jam have released 10 studio LPs and numerous live records. But they made their biggest splash their first time out: Released in August 1991, Ten is widely considered as one of the more influential albums to come out of the Seattle grunge scene.
Guitarist Beto Martinez and percussionist Jose Galeano of the GRAMMY-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma sat down with the Recording Academy to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds.
In this episode, Martinez and Jose Galeano reveal their favorite thing about their hometown, favorite concert, favorite guilty pleasure song, and which musician is hands-down the funniest.
A leader of jazz experimentation, saxophonist John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme in December 1964 and it was released the following month. It became, for many, his most-beloved piece of work — recognized as a masterpiece. Filled with spiritual exaltation, he balanced free expression with enough traditional jazz to keep its four heartfelt tracks accessible. At the 8th GRAMMY Awards, the album brought him his first career nominations for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance — Small Group Or Soloist With A Small Group and Best Original Jazz Composition.
As she finishes up her first full-length LP, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Pronoun — aka Alyse Vellturo — is on tour in North America now through June. In the meantime, get to know as much as you can about Vellturo during her try at One Take, including the best place to score pizza in New York City, her favorite live concert of all time, why Tamagotchis rock, her first favorite band, guilty song pleasure, whether she prefers Melissa Etheridge of k.d. lang, and more.
Madonna's seventh studio album, 1998's Ray Of Light, tapped into a multitude of genres — techno, ambient, trip-hop, and Middle Eastern music — and marked a new sound for the evocative singer/songwriter. Produced by William Orbit, Madonna's musical gamble brought electronic music to the mainstream and secured a total of three GRAMMY wins at the 41st GRAMMY Awards, including Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Music Video for the title track.
Coming straight out of Brisbane, Australia, Grace Shaw — aka Mallrat — has emerged as a talented young singer and rapper to watch. Shaw recently sat down with the Recording Academy to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds.
How does Megadeth's Dave Mustaine come up with such bad-a** metal riffs? During an installment of Art of the Craft hosted by the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, the GRAMMY winner detailed his unique approach to the guitar, including demonstrating his "spider chord" guitar technique and how classic songs such as "Wake Up Dead" from 1986's Peace Sells…But Who's Buying? album took shape.
Moderated by music personality Matt Pinfield, Mustaine also shared his thoughts on winning his first career GRAMMY for Dystopia, his work with Metallica and why Kiko Loureiro is the best lead guitarist he's played with to date.
The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special evening highlighting the music that powered the civil rights movement. A partnership with the Recording Academy Atlanta, Florida, Memphis, and Nashville Chapters, the event featured stories and performances by GRAMMY-winning and -nominated artists, including William Bell, Travis Greene, PJ Morton, Bobby Rush, and Betty Wright, all backed by an all-star band of legendary studio musicians from the golden age of Stax Records.
"Tonight is about celebrating the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through the music that made this historic movement, " said co-host Pat Mitchell Worley.
Erika Ender performing a soul-stirring rendition of "Despacito." Little Big Town harmonizing on hits such as "Better Man" and leading a special closing jam with lawmakers on "Boondocks." Watch these highlights and more from the 2018 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 18 in Washington, D.C. The event honored Little Big Town in recognition of their advocacy efforts on behalf of their fellow music creators as well as Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) for their longtime support of the creative community. Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Lisa Loeb, Mastodon were among the many music creators in attendance to champion the progress of the Music Modernization Act.
"Because we have the GRAMMYs on the Hill, I was able to get the votes of numerous Congress members and the [Music Modernization Act] did pass out of the House," said Chu. "So it does make a difference."
Little Big Town's second album, The Road To Here, followed the band's solid, yet commercially lackluster, 2002 self-titled album with a bang. Their sophomore effort produced hits like "Boondocks" and "Bring It On Home," and earned the group their first two GRAMMY nominations, firmly announcing their arrival — to stay — in the top tier of modern pop country bands.
GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark sat down with the Recording Academy to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds.
"Rocket Man," "Candle In The Wind," "Daniel," "Your Song." These songs represent just a taste of the classics that were given a new twist on "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute." The two-hour TV special featured some of music's biggest names paying tribute to John and Bernie Taupin's catalog, including Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and SZA.
Elton John is bathing in nostalgia and he's loving it. There is the "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute" TV special as well as a pair of new tribute albums: Restoration and Revamp. Find out how the GRAMMY-winning icon is feeling with on the eve of his GRAMMY special, airing April 10 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
There's no shortage of pressure in singing a song everyone knows in front of the musical legends who wrote it. This was Kesha's challenge when she took the stage for "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute" to sing one of Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin's biggest hits, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
"That was insane, having Elton John just watch me perform one of his most famous songs ever. That was thrilling. I'm shaking that was so exciting," said Kesha, adding, "It was an honor."
Tune in to "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute" on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on CBS.
Though younger artists such as Shawn Mendes may not have even been born at the height of Elton John's hit-filled career, he is ready to channel the GRAMMY winner for a performance of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with SZA at the upcoming "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute" TV special. Catch a glimpse of the performance that made Mendes "so nervous" and tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for the full two-hour concert special on CBS.
From her perspective as a country artist, GRAMMY winner Maren Morris sees Elton John with gratitude for his personal support. Preview her performance of "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" on the April 10 TV concert special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute," a song that illustrates — as she explains — how the legend and friend impacted her own songwriting and career in music.
"I really love him dearly," said Morris.
With a catalogue of more than 30 solo studio releases, as well as several award-winning film and stage soundtracks and a handful of live performance recordings to his name, we wanted to know: Does Elton John have any favorites among his vast discography?
Ahead of the forthcoming "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute" special, find out which classic albums the GRAMMY-winning music icon holds closest to his heart, and why he calls the 1970s "the most creative period in the history of popular music."
By 1987, Linda Ronstadt had conquered the '70s as the sweetheart of country rock and spent nearly two decades releasing solid albums covering a wide swath of musical styles. Ronstadt's career reached new heights as she dove into the soundtrack of her childhood, revisiting the traditional Mexican mariachi music on Canciones De Mi Padre.
Winner of Best New Artist at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Alessia Cara felt it was amazing to be chosen to sing "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" for Elton John on the April 10 TV concert special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute." Learn how the legendary singer influenced Cara's early life and why it was so important for her to participate in the TV special.
"It was so important for me to be here," Cara said. "To show that [John] even knows who I am, that he wants me to sing his song and thinks I can do it the slightest bit of justice is amazing."
Vocalist Dorothy Martin of the Los Angeles hard rock band Dorothy sat down with the Recording Academy to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds.
GRAMMY-winning actor/singer Christopher Jackson and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson were thrilled to be in attendance at "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute," the concert special honoring the legacy of GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Elton John.
"His music – his genius – is unparalleled," explained Jackson and to be able to have grown up with his music has directed every ounce of my musical being. It's a thrill to be here, it really is."
Each year, the dance music artists, professionals, and enthusiasts from the whole world over make the pilgrimage to Miami Music Week. This year, we stopped by some of the week's hottest parties and most exclusive events to rub elbows with the world's finest DJs, including up-and-comers like Lost Frequencies, worldwide sensations such as Above & Beyond and genre pioneers like David Guetta.
"We've been coming to for Miami Music Week for so many years," says Above & Beyond's Paavo Siljamäki. "The first shows were really, really small through the years — every year it's been a little bit bigger and crazier and madder."
For Neil Patrick Harris, his connection with GRAMMY winner Elton John runs deep, family deep that is. Harris reveals during the taping of the TV concert special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute, which airs April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, that he looks forward to watching their kids grow up together. And of course, Harris couldn't ignore the "crazy impressive" nature of John's musical influence.
"When you go see his show it's hit after hit, after hit," said Harris. "He is crazy impressive to this day."
Ed Sheeran's cover of "Candle In The Wind" keeps the flame of Elton John's music burning strong. Learn why he felt comfortable performing for his friend at the taping of the April 10 TV concert special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute." "It just felt like playing a song to a mate," Sheeran said. "I know that sounds weird but it was a cool thing."
"You Oughta Know" could be heard blasting from radios everywhere when Alanis Morissette released the track in 1995 from her alt-rock masterpiece, Jagged Little Pill. The album went on to become a smash commercial success and it earned the Canadian singer/songwriter her first four career GRAMMY wins, including the coveted honor for Album Of The Year, at the 38th GRAMMY Awards.
Little Big Town couldn't be more excited to help pay tribute to Elton John on next month's TV concert special "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute."
Hear what the band has to say about the experience of singing "Rocket Man" on the televised concert special.
What venues do Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger dream to play some day? Which Cameron Crowe flick and peaceful, easy documentary are their favorite movies about music? Which icon metal acts serve as the primary inspiration for Halestorm's form of bada** riffery? Learn the answers to these and more during Hale and Hottinger's turn on One Take, GRAMMY.com's fun rapid-fire question-and-answer series.