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Beyonce Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella & More Things 'Homecoming' Taught Us
With her new Netflix doc, Queen Bey invites us to relive the moment she made history as the first African-American female headliner at Coachella 2018
By now, Beyoncé's historic performance at Coachella 2018 is engraved in our cultural music festival memory. If we weren't there either weekend in person, we watched the live-stream or heard about it through our friends or social media. We saw images of the icon paying tribute to black royalty (Nefertiti) and give a shout-out to black fraternities and sororities through her costumes. We heard about the Destiny's Child reunion.
But now, the Queen Bey is giving the world the opportunity to witness the moment in which she made history as the first African-American female headliner at the two-weekend festival—and for those that were there, giving us the chance to re-live it and get goosebumps all over again. The performances that took place the weekends of April 13 and 22, 2018 were meaningful both professionally and personally for the GRAMMY-winning artist. The headlining set was the icon's first performance since giving birth to her twins. (She was supposed to play Coachella in 2017, but doctor's told her to "keep a less rigorous schedule" during what was left of her pregnancy.)
So Coachella 2018 became the stage for her long-awaited come comeback and she made sure to bring her whole culture with her and go above her work ethic for the welcoming. The Netflix documentary titled Homecoming, released Wed. April 17, takes everyone behind the scenes of exactly what it took to execute such a huge performance (roughly over 200 people were on stage during the set.)
The documentary seamlessly switches between weekend one and weekend two performances (we can't forget that she did it twice) and was released with a suprise album of the live show with the same name. Here are some things Beyoncé taught us during her epic Coachella performance.
She Made A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At The Festival
"When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella," Beyoncé narrates during the roughly two-hour documentary.
And she did. From Nefertiti, Black Panther and Historic Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) sorority and fraternity inspired costumes to her performance of "Lift Every Voice And Sing, (known as the black national anthem) to dance moves inspired by black and African culture, the singer put out a show that highlighted many parts of what it means to be black in the U.S.
Homecoming shows us how much she is personally inspired by her history. She reveals her dream of attending an HBCU and that she would go to the battle of the bands, where bands from HBCUs battle it out, when she was younger.
Throughout the documentary, quotes and voices belonging to historic black figures, including W.E.B Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and more. Her homecoming performance embodied her history and what she saw growing up and every part represented a piece of her experience.
It Highlighted The 22 Years Of Her Career
Beyoncé's homecoming desert performance also became a celebration of her 22-year career. Her performance with Destiny Child's took her fans back to her roots with songs like "Lose My Breath", while performances of "Diva," "Crazy In Love," "Drunk In Love" and "Formation" took them through all the stages of her career, giving them new life with the help of her marching band. Paired with choreography that was as emotionally captivating as historically meaningful—the stepping alone was so powerful—the 23-time GRAMMY winner's documentary cemented the reason the 2018 festival was dubbed Beychella.
She Is Inspired By The Next Generation Of Music Makers And Artists
While we are constantly in awe of her, Beyoncé is in awe of the talent that helped bring her comeback to life: the band, steppers, marching bands, dancers.
"I wanted a black orchestra, I wanted the steppers, I needed the vocalists, and the amount of swag was just limitless," she says in the doc. "Like the things these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play and the drumrolls and the haircuts and their bodies and the...it's just not right. It's just so much damn swag."
She Is A Perfectionist/Disciplined With A Vision
The documentary revealed the months of rehearsing and planning to put the festival together. There was a four-month period of rehearsals with the band, before four-month dance rehearsals began. There were several meetings with Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, who helped bring her vision to life, before he flew to Los Angeles to meet her. For the performance, Beyoncé oversaw everything and personally picked every dancer, the height of the pyramid on stage, "every tiny detail had an intention." "I respect things that take work. I respect things that are built from the ground up," she said.
She wanted everyone to feel the moment and it had to be perfect.
It's Not Easy Being Beyoncé, But She Slays Regardless
The documentary also took us into how she is juggling motherhood, reveals how complicated her pregnancy was and the sacrifices she had to make in order for the Coachella performance to happen.
At the end of it all, her goal was to make people feel seen: "I wanted every person who has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage. Killing 'em. Killing 'em."
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.
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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
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.
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.
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.