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Amy Winehouse, 'Back To Black': For The Record

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Amy Winehouse, 'Back To Black': For The Record

Relive the British songstress' soulful 2006 breakout album, which took home GRAMMY gold and ushered in a soul revival that still reverberates today

GRAMMYs/Mar 9, 2018 - 07:06 am

Amy Winehouse's tragic and untimely death in 2011 cut short the life and career of one of a generation's purest talents and most intriguing souls. Her sophomore album, 2006's Back To Black, not only captured Winehouse's staggering ability, but brought her music to a mainstream audience.

With hits both immediate and timeless, such as "Rehab," "Me & Mr. Jones," and the album's title track, Back To Black elevated the role soul music would play in the pop arena for the decade to come. It's difficult to imagine the early work of other British soul singers such as Adele, Lily Allen, or Duffy being as instantly well-received by the masses without walking down the road paved by Back To Black's mainstream success. But the album was more than a massive pop hit that happened to draw upon vintage influences of '60s R&B and soul, it was the new version of the real thing.

Two names who loom large in pop/R&B and hip-hop/R&B, respectively, producers Mark Ronson and Saalam Remi enlisted soul superstars the Dap Kings, from whom they borrowed late soul singer Sharon Jones. The resulting sound of Back To Black's cocktail kit drums, horn swells and stabs, wispy keys, cooing "oohs", and funky basslines supported Winehouse's brilliant exhibition of expression from fragile to powerful and back. The album soars on the wings of its crafty construction, but ultimately lands right on the mark because of its believability.

The term "instant classic" may be cliché but, in this case, the album was simply undeniable upon release. At the 50th GRAMMY Awards, Back To Black took home the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The first single "Rehab" also won Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Even though Winehouse could not make it to Los Angeles for the ceremony due to a difficulty in obtaining a U.S. work visa, she performed remotely via satellite from London. To cap it all off, Winehouse was also awarded the GRAMMY for Best New Artist.

One of the greatest artists of our time, Winehouse's short-lived yet long-lasting impact on music can be heard echoing all over Back To Back.

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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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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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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."


Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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