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Apple Music: Watch Classic GRAMMY Rap Performances
From Kendrick Lamar and MC Hammer to Run-D.M.C. to A Tribe Called Quest, relive the rhymes of GRAMMY rap performances courtesy of Apple Music
From an underground movement founded on the streets of New York City and the urban sprawl of South Central Los Angeles, to taking the reins in 2017 as the most popular music genre in the U.S., the storied histories of rap and hip-hop have grown to become an indelible part of the cultural zeitgeist over the past four decades.
Paying heed to the unstoppable power and passion of the growing scene that had built its foundation throughout the 1980s, Music's Biggest Night first began to formally recognize excellence in hip-hop and rap performance at the 31st GRAMMY Awards. Presenter Kool Moe Dee aptly heralded the dawning of a new era in his "GRAMMY Rap", proudly declaring, "We personify power and a drug-free mind, and we express ourselves through rhythm and rhyme. So I think it’s time that the whole world knows rap is here to stay."
In the years since, the GRAMMY stage has seen many, many unforgettable performances by the world's hottest rappers. Now, thanks to the Recording Academy and Apple Music's exclusive commemorative video collection in celebration of the 60th GRAMMY Awards, you can revisit all the memorable moments.
A full year before the institution of the Best Rap Performance category, at the 30th GRAMMY Awards rap pioneers Run-D.M.C. made their case for the scene when they took over the GRAMMY stage for a rabble-rousing performance of "Tougher Than Leather." With eccentric excesses of '90s streetwear fashion on full display, the inimitable MC Hammer broke out his flashiest pants for the 33rd GRAMMY Awards, where he performed his immortal "U Can't Touch This."
Alternative hip-hop collective Arrested Development made a splash at the 35th GRAMMY Awards, with the unique combination of street realness and forceful optimism encompassed by the performance of their hit "People Everyday." New York-based neo-beatnik rap trio Digable Planets' unique re-envisioning of jazz fundamentals as the building blocks of their hyper-cool rap ethos brought the house down at the 36th GRAMMYs with their performance of "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)."
Female hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa brought the R&B vibes in full force at the 37th telecast with their sensual performance of "Whatta Man." Returning to the GRAMMY stage 10 years after taking home the first-ever GRAMMY Award for Best Rap Performance, Will Smith blew the crowd up at the 41st GRAMMY Awards with his Best Rap Solo Performance-winning "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." Smith would also return to the GRAMMY Stage just two years later, at the 43rd telecast, this time linking back up with DJ Jazzy Jeff for a Fresh Prince revival and medley of Smith's solo hits "Freakin' It" and "Wild Wild West."
In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the 51st GRAMMY Awards, were marked by a particularly poignant performance of "Tie My Hands" by Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke, interpolated amongst a medley including "Big Chief" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" alongside fellow New Orleans-natives Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard. With a powerful political statement to make, Kendrick Lamar took center stage at the 58th GRAMMYs wrapped in chains and standing before a projection reminiscent of prison bars for an unforgettable performance of "The Blacker The Berry."
In a performance that both served to help publicly memorialized their fallen co-founder Phife Dawg and make a public statement of resistance against the prevailing political trends of the previous year, the surviving members of A Tribe Called Quest teamed alongside Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes, and Consequence for a barrier-bashing medley of "Award Tour 2017," "Movin Backwards," and "We The People…" at the 59th GRAMMY Awards.
All of these iconic performances and more are available only on Apple Music. Watch now at Applemusic.com/GRAMMYs.
The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.
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
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.
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
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
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.
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
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.
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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Mariah Carey Tells Fans Fire Music Is Coming With New Album 'Caution'
The sultry R&B/pop superstar has announced she will release her 15th studio album next month – what will she bring us this time around?
Never one to do things quietly, the GRAMMY-winning R&B/pop diva with the angelic voice Mariah Carey came boldly onto the scene in 1990 with her GRAMMY-nominated debut self-titled album. At the 33rd GRAMMY Awards she took home her first two wins: Best New Artist and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Vision Of Love," which she performed on the GRAMMY stage. The song was the album's first single and Carey's first No. 1 song. Since taking center stage at the beginning of the '90s the star hasn't looked back, releasing 13 studio albums and plenty of hits over the years. Four years after the release of her last album, she has announced that her next one is a month away. What will she serve up on her 15th LP?
The star recently shared on Twitter that her latest album is called Caution and will be released on Nov. 16, 2018. We first got a hint of a new album on Sept. 13 when she announced an album was in the works and released the lead single, "GTFO." The album's second single, "With You," followed on Oct. 4.
On "GTFO" she confidently asks a soon-to-be-ex lover "How 'bout you get the f*** out?" in breathy vocals over a slow, melodic beat by GRAMMY-winning producer Nineteen85. "With You" feels like a classic Carey R&B love song with her angelic vocals backed by snapping and a melodic slow jam groove produced by hip-hop beat maker DJ Mustard, who lets her voice shine on an uncharacteristically mellow track for him. These songs hint that her latest release will give us songs that not only showcase her incredible vocal range and versatility, but also give us both nostalgia-inducing tracks as well as radio-ready hits.
"GTFO" gives us a taste of some of the new flavor that she is bringing to her new album, singing the song's coy lyrics completely in more-understated breathy vocals without belting any big high notes, not even during the chorus. It's a catchy, playful breakup song, as she confidently sings "get the f*** out/how 'bout you take your tings and be on your merry way?/Fly off with the wind, bye bye baby/How 'bout you scusami, Mimi'll call you a valet."
The song was co-written and co-produced by Jeff Jefferies aka Nineteen85, who is half of OVO R&B duo dvsn and is responsible for producing some of Drake's biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning mega-hit "Hotline Bling." On the Drake's song "Emotionless" from his latest album, Scorpion, he samples Carey's lyrics from remixed classic hit "Emotions." Hopefully Jefferies has some catchy hits up his sleeve for Carey, and maybe even brings in some OVO artist surprises.
Carey has released some great collabs over the years, a majority with R&B and hip-hop artists, including Boyz II Men on heartfelt slow jam "One Sweet Day" from 1995's Daydream and Jay-Z on the upbeat classic belter "Heartbreaker" from 1999's Rainbow. We can only hope that the new album will offer some new, soon-to-be-classic hits with some of our other favorite artists.
Her most recent album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, released in 2014, had more collab tracks than usual for her, which could perhaps point towards some hot features on Caution. The deluxe edition of the 2014 album had six songs with other artists, including rappers Nas, Fabolous, Wale and R. Kelly as well as R&B singers Miguel and Mary J. Blige. The album's lead single, "Beautiful," has Miguel and Carey singing a soulful, feel-good duet, while "Dedicated" features a bounce-y, electronic-infused hip-hop beat with a verse from Nas. Seeing that she worked with big-time hip-hop producers on the new album's lead singles, we can only hope that they not only offered their production genus to more of the tracks, but perhaps brought some of their friends into the studio as well.
Fans only have to wait a month for the full dose of new music from Carey, but until then we will send our prayers to the music gods that the album will feature all of our dream collabs, perhaps some old and new friends, and offer up some new favorite songs, with some to slow dance to and others to belt out in the shower.