Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Hanlon & Evaluna Montaner
Reimagined At Home: Watch Arthur Hanlon & Evaluna Montaner Deliver A Haunting Rendition Of Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable"
Latin stars Arthur Hanlon and Evaluna Montaner teamed up for a delightful version of "Unforgettable" — Natalie Cole's classic duet with her father, Nat King Cole — using just a piano and a silvery voice to bring the GRAMMY-winning hit to life
When a beautiful piano arrangement is met with a delicate vocal, the combination makes for an unforgettable performance. Arthur Hanlon and Evaluna Montaner proved that — literally — with their latest duet.
For their episode of Reimagined At Home, the Detroit-born pianist and Venezulan singer took on Natalie Cole's GRAMMY-winning hit "Unforgettable" at Miami's famed Criteria Recording Studios. Montaner's sweet tone matches Hanlon's lighthearted piano, creating a delightful rendition of a classic tune.
The pair previously teamed up for another haunting cover in 2020, reimagining Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" for Hanlon's Piano Y Mujer album. The project was also an HBOMax special, which saw Hanlon collaborate with Latin singers Kany Garcia, Natalia Jimenez, Goyo, and Nella.
"Unforgettable" dominated the 34th GRAMMY Awards in 1992, winning Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Traditional Pop Performance, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s). Cole — who released the single as a duet with her father, Nat King Cole — performed the track that night alongside video footage of Nat.
Watch Hanlon and Montaner's performance of "Unforgettable" above, and check out more episodes of Reimagined At Home.
ReImagined At Home: Watch Ant Clemons Croon The Cosmic Blues In Performance Of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"
Singer/songwriter Ant Clemons puts his own spin on Bill Withers' immortal "Ain't No Sunshine" in an exclusive performance for ReImagined At Home.
Why has Bill Withers' immortal hit, "Ain't No Sunshine," endured for decades? And, furthermore, why does it seem set to reverberate throughout the ages?
Could it be because it's blues-based? Because it's relatable to anyone with a pulse? Because virtually anyone with an ounce of zeal can believably yowl the song at karaoke?
Maybe it's for all of those reasons and one more: "Ain't No Sunshine" is flexible.
In the latest episode of ReImagined At Home, check out how singer/songwriter Ant Clemons pulls at the song's edges like taffy. With a dose of vocoder and slapback, Clemons recasts the lonesome-lover blues as the lament of a shipwrecked android.
Giving this oft-covered soul classic a whirl, Clemons reminds music lovers exactly why Withers' signature song has staying power far beyond his passing in 2020. It will probably be a standard in 4040, too.
Check out Ant Clemons' cosmic, soulful performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of ReImagined At Home.
Photo: Courtesy of Kidd Kenn
ReImagined At Home: Kidd Kenn's "Old Town Road" Cover Tips Its Cowboy Hat To Lil Nas X's Country Trap Classic
Kidd Kenn gives Lil Nas X's breakout hit "Old Town Road" a glam update by adding some of his own signature flair.
Before Lil Nas X ruffled feathers by (literally) dancing with the devil in 2021, he first caused controversy with "Old Town Road." Labeled "country trap," the song sparked a fierce debate on the definition of the country genre. Yet, its instantly memorable hook — and cinematic music video — helped launch Lil Nas X into pop superstardom.
In this episode of ReImagined at Home, the song gets a fresh look from Kidd Kenn, an enigmatic, 18-year-old rapper from Chicago who shares Lil Nas X's penchant for eye-catching, forward-thinking imagery. Kenn delivers his version of "Old Town Road" while lounging in a wicker chair, seated in a light-filled room with walls decorated with book pages and a lush backdrop of vines and flowers.
The performance lends a glamorous, feminine touch to the song, like when Kenn sings into a vanity mirror. But sonically, his interpretation is fairly faithful to the original "Old Town Road," layering smooth-as-honey vocals against rap lyrics and a sizzling trap beat.
Both Lil Nas X and Kidd Kenn broke into the scene as teens. Though the former artist is only 23 today, he's an inspiration to many in his genre, Kenn included: Nas X came out as gay early on — a fairly rare occurrence in the rap genre — and Kenn has been out since fans first got to know him.
"People in my community [are] building stuff in this game and it shows from what everybody is doing that [success] is going to happen. We're making room. We're here," Kenn commented to Red Bull, acknowledging Lil Nas X as well as Tyler, the Creator for helping destigmatize queer stories in hip hop.
Press play on the video above to watch Kenn's interpretation of this modern-day classic, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of ReImagined at Home.
ReImagined At Home: Monsieur Periné Perform Enchanting Cover Of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"
In the latest episode of the ReImagined At Home cover series, Colombian band Monsieur Periné perform a gorgeous rendition of Coldplay's 2008 GRAMMY-winning song, "Viva La Vida"
In the latest episode of the ReImagined At Home cover series, Colombian band Monsieur Periné perform a gorgeous, moving interpretation of Coldplay's 2008 GRAMMY-winning song, "Viva La Vida," complete with a string section and a wooden flute.
The beautifully filmed performance ends on a powerful note, with the band holding signs that read, in Spanish, "We're not born for war," "Art over bullets," "I'm a flag of liberty," and other bold statements.
Watch Monsieur Periné's moving performance of "Viva La Vida" in full below.
"Viva La Vida," a track off Coldplay's 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, won the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009; the album itself won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Album that same year.
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Reimagined At Home: Roses & Revolutions Deliver A Haunting, Hushed Version Of Sia's "Chandelier"
Roses & Revolution's Alyssa Coco channels the emotional power of Sia's "Chandelier" with a performance that uses only keyboards and her luminous voice.
As one-half of the indie duo Roses & Revolutions, Alyssa Coco and her bandmate Matt Merritt weave intricate, imaginative folk-pop. But in this solo cover performance, Coco dials into a modern-day classic, performing her rendition of Sia's hit ballad "Chandelier."
In this episode of ReImagined at Home, Coco offers a delicate rendition of the song that springboarded Sia into mainstream musical superstardom in 2014. While less theatrical than the belt-worthy original, Coco's rendition of "Chandelier" captures the drama of the dynamic song. Her voice perfectly charts its plunging vocal acrobatics and pained intimacy, alongside an accompaniment from her Nord Electro 5 semi-weighted waterfall keyboard.
Coco delivers her performance amid a backdrop of twinkling string lights, adding to the enigma and fantasy of the song — the components of "Chandelier" that most closely intersect with her own work as a songwriter.
Roses & Revolutions are big fans of cover songs, and they can do justice to a variety of different musical formats. On their Instagram, Coco and Merritt have recently posted their own renditions of Harry Styles' "Little Freak" and Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough." The pair have also built a loyal following with their original music, and will release their latest EP, Keep A Little Light On, on Sept. 23.
Press play above to watch Coco's mesmerizing cover performance of "Chandelier," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Reimagined at Home.