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Go 'On Location' In Miami With Amara La Negra, Trina & More

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Go 'On Location' In Miami With Amara La Negra, Trina & More

Follow us to Miami where host Charlie Travers visits a DJ-run ice cream shop, prop house music venue, the best indie record store, and more in the first episode of the Recording Academy's new series 'On Location'

GRAMMYs/Jun 13, 2018 - 03:25 am

What makes Miami one of the hottest and most diverse music scenes? The answers can be found right here in the Recording Academy's premiere episode of the new digital video series, On Location: Miami.

In the first episode of the On Location series, host Charlie Travers sets out to explore the diverse music scene and culture in Miami and finds some unexpected people and places along the way.

Travers begins her quest at the set of singer/songwriter Amara La Negra's music video for "Insecure" to get some suggestions on where to find the action in Miami. La Negra is the breakout star of this season's "Love & Hip-Hop" TV show and she dropped "Insecure" in April.

"We have Colombians, Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans — we have a little bit of everything," says La Negra. "It's so awesome that we all come from different places but we can come together and form what Miami is."

There's no better place to start touring Miami's rich culturally immersed locales than Little Havana. Travers heads to the historic Cuban neighborhood to find authentic cuisine and coffee, and even try her hand at salsa dancing with the locals.

On the northern tip of Miami beach, Travers links up with Trina, one of the first Miami rappers to go national, to do some shopping at Guiseppe Zanotti, an upscale shoe lover's paradise. Trina and Travers peruse the shelves while Trina explains the finer points of how Miami's music scene developed and why it is her permanent home.

No tour of a music town would be complete without a visit to a local record store, so Travers heads to Little Haiti to meet up with Recording Academy Florida Chapter Governor Lauren "Lolo" Reskin, owner and co-founder of Sweat Records. Reskin not only gives Travers advice on how to dive into the Miami music scene, but also tells the tale of how she opened Sweat Records in 2005 after working at a Virgin Megastore. We learn she rebuilt her indie record shop after a hurricane hit the original store eight months after opening. In their new location, Sweat Records remains a Miami institution.

"As spread out as Miami is as a city, there's so many people down here who love good music and I really just wanted Miami to have a classic indie record shop," says Reskin.

With so much city left to explore, Travers hits Ace Prop House, which houses the Listening Den, a vibey live music space where cell phones are not allowed. Isabella Acker, curator of culture and founder of Prism Creative Group, gives us the lowdown on how this unique space transformed into one of the best rooms in town to hear live music.

Anyone who knows Miami knows Wynwood is not just one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the city, it's toward the top of the list nationwide. To get the locals' perspective, Travers grabs poke bowls at 1-800-LUCKY with Walshy Fire, DJ, emcee, producer, and member of Major Lazer. Over dinner, Walshy discusses his take on the Miami music scene.  

Looking to cap off an incredible dinner with an equally memorable dessert stop, Travers heads to Wynwood's Mr. Kream for a truly unique ice cream experience, complete with an in-house DJ booth. Co-owned by two DJs, including DJ Jimbo Slice, Travers learns how Mr. Kream names its ice cream flavors using hip-hop themes, and how it has become a hot spot for up-and-coming turntablists to polish their skills.

Lastly, it's time for cocktails and live music as the tour of Miami comes to a close. The party heads to South Beach bar Kill Your Idol for custom cocktails and rowdy rock atmosphere. Travers hangs with manager/curator Chris Graham and bartender/event promoter Karloz Torres to hear what makes Kill Your Idol a valuable part of the local music and social community and the backstory behind some of their unusual décor. As the drinks are poured, the band plays into the hot Miami night.

And if you think Miami is happening, just wait. On Location is music and travel series exploring emerging musical scenes and cultural movements around the country told through the lens of artists, fans and advocates. From off-kilter performance venues, to back alley record shops that have managed to survive the changing tide, no location is off limits.

Stay tuned for exclusive extras from On Location: Miami as well as additional upcoming episodes as we explore these emerging communities in other well-known locales including Los Angeles, New Orleans and Chicago. See you there!

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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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