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2017 Latin GRAMMY Week In Las Vegas: What's Happening?
Las Vegas will be a flurry of Latin GRAMMY activity this week — get the scoop on the official list of events
Latin GRAMMY Week 2017 has officially begun in Las Vegas, and the schedule is packed with events hosted by the Latin Recording Academy designed to celebrate Latin artists from all over the world and honor their contributions to recorded music and philanthropic efforts.
Here is your definitive guide to this week's official Latin GRAMMY events.
The Leading Ladies Of Entertainment
A brand-new event added to Latin GRAMMY Week for the first time in 2017, The Leading Ladies Of Entertainment will be held at Mastro's Ocean Club in the Crystal Mall on Nov. 14. Honored for their indelible impressions and contributions they have made to the Latin entertainment industry, the inaugural class of honorees includes Marcella Araica, recording/mixing engineer, vice president N.A.R.S Records/Dream Asylum Studios; Leila Cobo, executive director of content & programming for Latin music & entertainment, Billboard; Erika Ender, singer/songwriter; Rebeca Leon, CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment; Gabriela Martinez, general manager, Warner Music Latina & senior vice president, Marketing Warner Music Latin America; and Jessica Rodriguez, executive vice president and CMO, Univision Communications Inc. All proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Presentation
Bestowed annually to recognize significant lasting achievements in Latin music, the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Special Awards will be presented at a private ceremony at the Four Season Hotel in Las Vegas on Nov. 15. This year's Trustee Awards recipients are GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Jon Fausty and GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger/conductor Lalo Schifrin. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río (comprising Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones), Guadalupe Pineda, and Cuco Valoy.
Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Gala
The sold-out celebration honoring 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz will also be held on Nov. 15. Taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center., Sanz will be honored for his artistry and substantial philanthropic contributions. The Spaniard will be feted with tribute performances by a host of GRAMMY- and Latin-GRAMMY winning artists including David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta", Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía, Jimmy Zambrano, and more. Proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
Latin GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony
Held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center on Nov. 16, the Latin GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony takes place hours prior to the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast. Hosted by Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Tommy Torres, the ceremony will kick off The Biggest Night In Latin Music with performances by current nominees Tiago Iorc, Las Migas, Debi Nova, and Sig Ragga. Approximately 85 percent of the awards for the 18th Latin GRAMMYs will be given out during the nontelevised premiere ceremony, with awards presented by current nominees Paula Arenas, Eduardo Cabra, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Miranda! You can live-stream the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET via LatinGRAMMY.com.
"Noche De Estrellas"
Directly preceding the Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Univision Network will present exclusive "Noche De Estrellas" ("Night of Stars") coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY red carpet. "Noche De Estrellas" will provide viewers with an intimate look at Latin music's most glamorous event with live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashion.
18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Telecast
The main event, The Biggest Night In Latin Music, will be held at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 16, with telecast coverage provided by Univision Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. Central. Hosted by Mexican actor/singer Jaime Camil and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Roselyn Sánchez, the 18th Latin GRAMMYs will feature, among others, special collaborative performances by Juanes with Logic and Alessia Cara, Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra, J Balvin with Bad Bunny, French Montana and Steve Aoki; Lila Downs and Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga; and Bronco with Ha*Ash.
Presenters include Anavitória, Camila Cabello, Sofia Carson, Flo Rida, Leslie Grace, Maribel Guardia, Juan Luis Guerra, Olga Tañón, and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as Best New Artist nominees Martina "La Peligrosa" and Rosalía. Additional behind-the-scenes show coverage, including interviews from the red carpet, will be provided by the Latin Recording Academy via Facebook Live beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
Universal language: Why humans need music
Learn why music is truly a common language that is key to human development and evolution
There's no doubt music finds a way into nearly every moment of our daily lives, whether it's marking milestones such as a first dance at a wedding, the soundtrack to our favorite movie or singing in the shower for fun. In fact, it's hard to imagine times when we are more than an ear-length away from hearing another song.
But why does music mean so much to us? A powerful form of communication that transcends all barriers — music is our common language, but why?
A composer and educator with a lifelong fascination for music, Adam Ockelford has traced our connection with music back to infants and caregivers. Infants are unable to follow words, but they are developmentally primed to trace patterns in sound, such as through the songs a caretaker sings to them. Therefore, understanding music is intuitive for humans, even at a very young age, and it encourages healthy development.
In addition, there may be another evolutionary purpose for music. Music provides a sense of sameness between humans — if you can copy the sounds someone else makes, you must be an ally. This synergy plays a role in human survival because it evokes empathy and understanding, a lesson we still learn from music in today's culture.
"Music is central to the notion of what it is to be human, and spans cultures, continents and centuries," writes Ockelford. "My music, your music, our music can bind us together as families, as tribes and as societies in a way that nothing else can."
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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Mixcloud Signs Warner Music For Subscriptions Remix
There is more to the Mixcloud difference than just electronic dance music, and now the listening service has signed its first major label deal
Among the 1 million curators who have helped build British-based listening service Mixcloud into a destination visited by 17 million listeners each month are GRAMMY winners Erykah Badu, David Byrne, and Tiësto. Limited to streaming-only since its founding in 2008, Mixcloud announced a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music Group this morning, opening the door to offering downloads and new kinds of subscriptions.
Perhaps the standout statistic that describes the Mixcloud difference is that the average length of its user-uploaded programs is 45 minutes. Within the service's general emphasis on DJing, EDM and remix culture, the tendency to drill down and explore narrower listening topics in depth distinguishes the service from competitors such as Spotify or SoundCloud.
Warner Music Group Executive VP for Business Development & Chief Digital Officer Ole Obermann said, "Mixcloud's success is driven by the curiosity and passion of its community, as they engage with new music and rediscover timeless older songs."
Being able to listen to downloads offline seems a natural follow-up to direct licensing deals, but the service hints there's more in store. Mixcloud still hopes to sign indies and the other majors, as its fans have speculated. And with its own proprietary Content ID in place and established relationships with royalty collecting societies, the company has the tech infrastructure to explore new monetization strategies, paying artists and curators in new ways. Launching a new business model for its upcoming approach to paid content and subscriptions is a remix many are anticipating. Not knowing what to expect is part of the excitement.