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Alessia Cara: From "Here" To Best New Artist | "Required Listening"

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Alessia Cara: From "Here" To Best New Artist | "Required Listening"

The Canadian singer/songwriter opens up about her songwriting inspiration, how she tackled her shyness and the great advice she received from Coldplay's Chris Martin

GRAMMYs/May 11, 2018 - 06:57 pm

Alessia Cara's incredible musical journey has taken her from singing YouTube covers from the comforts of her closet to winning Best New Artist at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. On this week's episode of the GRAMMY Museum's "Required Listening" podcast, the Canadian singer/songwriter revealed how her dreams for a career in music were clouded early on by performance anxiety.

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"Growing up, it was a lot harder for me to share my ideas and be creative, even just singing in front of my own parents. I was very, very shy," said Cara. "I protected that side of me a lot and I'm not really sure why. I think maybe it was just the fear of not being good enough or failing. When something's that precious to you it's always really scary to give it away and to just lay it out there."

The pragmatic Cara turned to technology — namely, YouTube — to get her music out. On her channel, the then-teenager posted covers of songs by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Amy Winehouse, ultimately garnering millions of collective views.

"The closest thing to singing for an audience was doing it in a way that I didn't have to actually be in front of them," said Cara. "I thought, 'YouTube!' [I'll] use my resources as a millennial. I have this great thing called the Internet.'"

During her conversation with GRAMMY Museum Executive Director/host Scott Goldman, the GRAMMY winner also shared her experience in working with producer/songwriter Sebastian Kole on her debut album, 2015's Know-It-All, the recording of her hit "Here," why Winehouse is a constant source of inspiration, and the useful piece of advice she received from Coldplay's Chris Martin.

Released as the debut single off Know-It-All, "Here" suddenly was everywhere in charting in the top 40 in Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., it reached all the way to No. 5. But did Cara and her collaborators know she had something special on her hands?

"We were all just kind of like, 'This is pretty cool,'" Cara said. "I think all of us were feeling the same thing but none of us wanted to be the one to say that, 'We have the song.' … But we all had that mutual feeling of, 'We have something here. This is the one.'"

One of Cara's major influences is the late Winehouse, whose sheer ability as a pure singer still provides a fountain of inspiration today.

"I've seen [Amy] so many times," said Cara. "One of the reasons why I look up to her so much, and why I look up to the people I look up to in the music world, [is] because they're able to [sing] without anything else. They can just sit there and just sing for you and still move you with no music and no anything. That's something really special to be able to do that. So that's what I've always strived for."

Cara's personal songs and own powerful voice have taken her to the some of the biggest stages in the world and winning one of the most coveted GRAMMYs on Music's Biggest Night. During her stint opening for Coldplay, Cara received an important piece of advice that she still takes to heart.

"Chris Martin basically [told me], 'The crowd always gives you what you give them. So, if you give them all your energy and all your love and you try to connect with them as much as possible, then usually they'll give that back to you. It's like a conversation.'"

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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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

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

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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