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Backstage At The 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show: Anthony Hamilton Talks Bringing Peace And Vibrating Change On Stage

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Backstage At The 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show: Anthony Hamilton Talks Bringing Peace And Vibrating Change On Stage

During the backstage chat with GRAMMY.com, he also talks about what he thinks the future of the music industry will be, what it feels like to be out of quarantine and backstage at the show and more

GRAMMYs/Mar 11, 2021 - 08:38 am

GRAMMY-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton hopes to deliver a performance that will vibrate change during the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on March 14. 

"The way I'm going to use my voice to spread awareness this Sunday is to just give people the sense of family through the soul of my voice, through the ancestors," he said backstage of the awards show. 

Hamilton told GRAMMY.com in June that he wanted to bring awareness to injustice and prejudice through his platforms. The singer plans to take that on-stage on Sunday "for those who believe in peace and healing."

During the backstage chat with GRAMMY.com, he also talks about what he thinks the future of the music industry will be, what it feels like to be out of quarantine and backstage at the show, as well as how he'll feel when he has the opportunity to perform live in front of his fans again. 

Check out the complete list of nominees at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, watch Carlile’s pre-show expressions above and don’t forget to tune into the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show this Sunday, March 14 on CBS. 

Backstage At The 63rd GRAMMYs: DaBaby Describes His Reaction To Being Nominated For Four GRAMMYs

 

Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album For 'Twice As Tall' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

Burna Boy accepts his 2021 GRAMMY

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Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album For 'Twice As Tall' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

The Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy takes home Best Global Music Album at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

GRAMMYs/Mar 15, 2021 - 12:28 am

Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album for Twice As Tall at the Premiere Ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. This marks his first career GRAMMY win. They are the first winner of the recently renamed category, formerly known as Best World Music Album. Watch his heart-warming acceptance speech below, given in English and Yoruba.

His album bested fellow nominees AntibalasBebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tinariwen

Later, Burna gave a fire performance to close out the Premiere Ceremony, featuring two Twice As Tall tracks—watch it here.

Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for all things GRAMMY Awards (including the Premiere Ceremony livestream), and make sure to watch the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, airing live on CBS and Paramount+ tonight, Sun., March 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Check out all the complete 2021 GRAMMY Awards show winners and nominees list here.

Watch Burna Boy Slay With Performance Of "Level Up," "Onyeka" & "Ye" At 2021 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

Backstage At The 63rd GRAMMYs: Brandi Carlile Praises The "Artistic Threads That Chain Us All Together" Ahead Of Music’s Biggest Night

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Backstage At The 63rd GRAMMYs: Brandi Carlile Praises The "Artistic Threads That Chain Us All Together" Ahead Of Music’s Biggest Night

Brandi Carlile, a singer-songwriter and Highwomen member, is up for Best Country Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show

GRAMMYs/Mar 11, 2021 - 04:04 am

What is Brandi Carlile thinking about as she prepares to find out if she’ll win Best Country Song (for "Crowded Table") or Best Song Written For Visual Media (for "Carried Me With You" from Pixar’s Onward)? 

Above all, she’s ruminating on the often unspoken rapport musicians share.

"It feels so good to be on set and see people around," a grinning Carlile says in the latest episode of Backstage At The 63rd GRAMMYs. "That’s one of the things I love about the music business the most, is that everybody has these artistic threads that chain us all together."

Carlile, who also performs in the country rockers The Highwomen, goes on to note that the GRAMMYs' celebratory nature is a peer-to-peer phenomenon. "Nothing feels better than getting recognized by other people that you admire," she continues, "and getting to show other people that you’re recognizing their work."

Check out the complete list of nominees at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, watch Carlile’s pre-show expressions above and don’t forget to tune into the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show this Sunday, March 14 to watch Brandi Carlile perform—and find out if she will win!

Backstage At The 63rd GRAMMYs: Dua Lipa Gives Her Final Thoughts Before Music’s Biggest Nigh

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Jill Scott performs in Camden, N.J.

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Jill Scott

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Welcome to The Set List. Here you'll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it'll be like you were there. And if you like what you read, we'll even let you know where you can catch the artist on tour. Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know your concert experience. Oh, and rock on.

By Ashley Coleman
Camden, N.J.

A full house of concertgoers from New Jersey to Philadelphia filtered into the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on a drizzly Aug. 6 evening to catch GRAMMY-winning songstress Jill Scott perform in support of her latest release, The Light Of The Sun, during her Jill Scott's Summer Block Party tour.

The show began with a performance by Malika Kmari, who won a contest against thousands of artists for the chance to perform as the opening act. Following Kmari was R&B quintet Mint Condition, and by the time I got to my seat GRAMMY-winning soul singer Anthony Hamilton hit the stage. Hamilton dug into his southern roots with a tambourine in tow as he took the audience to church with a performance of "Prayin' For You/Superman," a track from his 2008 release The Point Of It All.

The evening's host, rapper/beatboxer Doug E. Fresh, kept the crowd entertained between sets with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Fresh took everyone back to the real block party days, playing favorites such as E.U.'s "Da' Butt" and Cool C's "Glamorous Life." There was no resisting playing Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie," over which Fresh freestyled while executing his signature dance that propelled the song to such extreme popularity.

The crowd was ready to receive Scott at around 9:30 p.m. as she walked onstage shining, both literally and figuratively, decked out in a sequin tunic top, tights and neon-green high-top sneakers. Backing Scott onstage was a band of heavy hitters featuring Randy Bowland (guitar), Aaron Draper (percussion), Chris Farr (saxophone), George "Spanky" McCurdy (drums), Dwayne Moore (bass), and Eric Wortham (keys). Scott was radiant as she welcomed the crowd with a performance of "Shame," a track from The Light Of The Sun.

Scott invited Fresh out to beatbox while she led the crowd in a rap-along to "Ladi Dadi," Fresh's hip-hop tune originally voiced by Slick Rick, before Fresh laid down the intro to "All Cried Out (Redux)."

Next, Hamilton came back onstage to join Scott for a performance of their duet "So In Love," the first single from The Light Of The Sun, and the chemistry between the two was refreshing. The power of Scott's next performance — "Le Boom Vent Suite," a tale of being underappreciated and finally deciding to move on — made me feel every word. Her deep "booms" pounded into the microphone, expressing the hurt over constantly waiting for that significant other to give her the attention she'd been waiting for.

Scott's show was the culmination of a woman who has grown over the last few years. All of the songs performed showed the good, bad and ugly sides of love and relationships. Her show was personal and very reflective of the Philadelphia culture from which Scott has been molded. The arrangement of her encore performance of "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)" was breathtaking and operatic, showcasing the great range of her voice.

Scott ended the show with "Blessed," an upbeat tune expressing her gratefulness for her family, including her son, Jett Hamilton Roberts.

Set List
"Shame"
"I Love You"
"Gimme"
"Quick"
"Ladi Dadi" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)
"All Cried Out (Redux)" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)
"Hate On Me"
"I'm Not Afraid"
"The Way"
"So In Love" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)
"Le Boom Vent Suite"
"Womanifesto"
"Rolling Hills"
"Slowly Surely"
"It's Love"
"A Long Walk"
"Come See Me"
"Cross My Mind"
"Imagination/Crown Royal Suite"
"Golden"

Encore
"He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"
"Blessed"

To catch Jill Scott in a city near you, click here for tour dates.

(Ashley Coleman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. Starting out as a GRAMMY U member in 2006, Coleman is currently the Chapter Assistant for The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter.)

"Under One Roof" NC Artists Benefit: Anthony Hamilton, 9th Wonder, Ben Folds, Jim Lauderdale & More

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"Under One Roof" NC Artists Benefit: Anthony Hamilton, 9th Wonder, Ben Folds, Jim Lauderdale & More

Proceeds from the North Carolina Arts Foundation’s live streamed benefit concert will assist artist relief funds across the state

GRAMMYs/Apr 17, 2020 - 03:06 am

The just-announced "Under One Roof" live benefit concert is set to feature some of North Carolina;s most well-known artists, including GRAMMY winners and nominees Anthony Hamilton, 9th Wonder, Jim Lauderdale, Fantasia, Tift Merritt, Petey Pablo and more in support of COVID-19 relief for local musicians and artist communities. The event was organized by Charlotte-based publication CLTure for Come Hear North Carolina’s initiative of the NC Arts Council and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The live streamed concert will take place across three nights, Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, on Twitch at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time each night. More information on tuning in is available here.

The concert looks to unify North Carolina’s music community and rally support in aiding its most vulnerable during this unprecedented time. Regarding his participation and the emphasis on community support, Hamilton said that it’s important to "inspire, instill and give back to home" amidst the global coronavirus crisis. "Home is where you first learn the value of trust," he stated. "It’s important to be there for our own. Our artists deserve to be heard and appreciated. Carolina has some awesome talent."

Come Hear North Carolina was launched in 2019 after State Governor Roy Cooper declared the year as the North Carolina Year of Music. The initiative works to preserve and celebrate the rich musical history of NC while also supporting the state’s art’s communities. The campaign lives on into 2020 through various mobilizing efforts including music curriculum development for NC public schools, multimedia music stories, and musician stages and sponsorships at festivals and venues throughout the state.

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved, visit ComeHearNC.com. Further, you can help support artists and music employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic by donating to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund here.