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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Gotye & Kimbra Win GRAMMY For Record Of The Year For "Somebody That I Used To Know" In 2013
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch a "lost for words" Gotye and Kimbra accept the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year for “Somebody That I Used To Know” at the 55th GRAMMY Awards
But while winning a GRAMMY is certainly a special honor, Gotye was most excited to receive the award from the one and only Prince.
"A little bit lost for words to recieve the man standing behind us with the cane," Gotye says — while a bejeweled Kimbra grins behind him — upon receiving the golden gramophone from the Purple One. "Many years listening to this man's music growing up, and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you."
With Gotye hailing from Australia and Kimbra from New Zealand, the Record Of The Year win marked a historic moment: Kimbra became the first New Zealander to win the award, and Gotye is only the third Australian to take home the honor. “Somebody That I Used To Know” also won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance that night.
Check out the throwback video above and keep checking back for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
Kimbra And Nu Deco Ensemble
VIDEO PREMIERE: Kimbra And Nu Deco Ensemble Deliver High-Powered Performance Of "Top Of The World"
Watch the ensemble add their magic to the single off Kimbra's 2018 'Primal Heart' album
Kimbra and Nu Deco Ensemble take the stage together for an energetic performance of "Top of the World" that will captivate your eyes and ears.
The single off the New Zealand singer/songwriter's 2018 album Primal Heart gets added drama as the orchestra adds its magic with its brass, percussion, strings and more. Kimbra said the remake and collaboration with the Miami-based ensemble, which likes to inspire audiences with its enthralling genre-shifting performances, was exciting to do.
"I couldn't have been more excited and honored when I was asked to perform with the Nu Deco Ensemble. Sam Hyken's interpretaion of my music was thoughtful and cinematic and, conductor, Jacomo Bairos was able to illicit such an amazing energy from the performers," she told the Recording Academy. "The entire experience gave me a whole new perspective on the music that I will always carry with me."
The song was a perfect one to get an orchestral redo, arranger Sam Hyken told the Recording Academy.
Watch the full video above.
APRA Music Awards Nominations Announced
APRA Music Awards Nominations Announced
Nominations for the 2012 APRA Music Awards were announced with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra garnering nods for Most Played Australian Work and Song of the Year. Artists nominated in the International Work of the Year category are Adele ("Rolling In The Deep"), Jessie J ("Price Tag"), LMFAO ("Party Rock Anthem"), Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera ("Moves Like Jagger"), and Neon Trees ("Animal"). The awards, which recognize composers and songwriters who have achieved excellence in their craft, will take place May 28 in Sydney. (5/3)
Amanda Palmer Sets Kickstarter Record
Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer has raised more than $443,000 on fundraising site Kickstarter in the three days following the April 30 launch of a campaign to help fund her forthcoming new album. Palmer had received pledges from more than 6,500 people as of May 2. According to Kickstarter, Palmer's campaign, which runs through May 31, holds the site's record for value of pledges and number of pledges. (5/3)
Dan Auerbach, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West Lead 55th GRAMMY Nominations
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West lead diverse field with six GRAMMY nominations each; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel earn five nominations each
Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fifth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West top the nominations with six each; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel each garner five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.
"The GRAMMY Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we're off to an exciting start on the road to Music's Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, on February 10."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year:
"Lonely Boy" — The Black Keys
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" — Kelly Clarkson
"We Are Young" — Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
"Somebody That I Used To Know" — Gotye featuring Kimbra
"Thinkin Bout You" — Frank Ocean
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" — Taylor Swift
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Some Nights — Fun.
Babel — Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss — Jack White
Song Of The Year:
"The A Team" — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
"Adorn" — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
"Call Me Maybe" — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
"We Are Young" — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)
Best New Artist:
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are "Set Fire To The Rain (Live)" by Adele; "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson; "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen; "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry; and "Where Have You Been" by Rihanna.
The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are "Shake It Out" by Florence & The Machine; "We Are Young" by Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe; "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra; "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO; and "Payphone" by Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa.
For Best Dance/Electronica Album, the nominees are Wonderland by Steve Aoki; Don't Think by the Chemical Brothers; > Album Title Goes Here < by Deadmau5; Fire & Ice by Kaskade; and Bangarang by Skrillex.
The nominees for Best Rock Performance are "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes; "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys; "Charlie Brown" by Coldplay; "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons; and "We Take Care Of Our Own" by Bruce Springsteen.
For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple; Biophilia by Björk; Making Mirrors by Gotye; Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. by M83; and Bad As Me by Tom Waits.
The nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia; "No Church In The Wild" by Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream; "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" by John Legend featuring Ludacris; "Cherry Wine" by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse; and "Talk That Talk" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z.
For Best Country Album, the nominees are Uncaged by Zac Brown Band; Hunter Hayes by Hunter Hayes; Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson; Four The Record by Miranda Lambert; and The Time Jumpers by the Time Jumpers.
The nominees for Best Americana Album are The Carpenter by the Avett Brothers; From The Ground Up by John Fullbright; The Lumineers by the Lumineers; Babel by Mumford & Sons; and Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt.
This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs, and Salaam Remi.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2013, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th GRAMMY telecast.
The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on GRAMMY Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
The Week In Music: Warm Up With The Maxim Hot 100
Maxim's annual list of hottest females includes Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Rihanna and … Stephen Colbert?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the hottest of them all? With the weather heating up in time for summer, Maxim released its Maxim Hot 100 list, ranking the fairest females across the entertainment spectrum. While model/actress Bar Refaeli topped the list, Katy Perry was the most scintillating music artist at No. 4, though the firework dropped one place from her No. 3 position in 2011. Other women of music making the grade were Selena Gomez (No. 24), Taylor Swift (No. 26), Rihanna (No. 32), Jennifer Lopez (No. 37), Julianne Hough (No. 47), Shakira (No. 60), and Miley Cyrus (No. 68). For this year's list, Maxim employed a new voting model in inviting readers to submit their personal picks of the world's most beautiful women. This likely explains the list's hottest surprise, GRAMMY winner and card-carrying male Stephen Colbert, who placed at No. 69. "With a massive write-in vote campaign, the Colbert nation proved they're not only loyal but also incredibly horny," said the magazine. Loyalty aside, and with due respect to Colbert, his inclusion here may be further evidence that democracy is not perfect.
The legendary Mick Jagger presided over a memorable season finale of "Saturday Night Live" on May 19. In addition to teaming with Arcade Fire, Jeff Beck and Foo Fighters for musical performances, Jagger got into the SNL spirit by participating in multiple skits. For one skit, Jagger impersonated fellow iconic rock frontman Steven Tyler. Donning a flowing wig, colorful jacket and scarf to match, Jagger did his best to capture Tyler's aura, though he failed to match the Aerosmith frontman's patented howl. Tyler seemed unimpressed by the performance. "I thought he got the hair right," Tyler told the Huffington Post, "but the rest of me wrong. He forgot that I'm his bastard son. He could have at least made some comments about that." Which did you like better, Jagger's performances or his skits? You can watch the entire episode here.
In related news, Tyler celebrated the finale of his latest season as a judge on "American Idol" on May 23 in a big way — debuting "Legendary Child," the band's first single from their forthcoming new album. It's possible "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest was more excited for Aerosmith's debut than the band themselves, as he welcomed them to the stage, saying, "I've been waiting two years to say this. Ladies and gentlemen, Aerosmith!" Speaking of children, after a record-breaking 132 million votes, 21-year-old Phillip Phillips from Leesburg, Ga., was crowned the season 11 winner of "American Idol," besting 16-year-old San Diego, Calif., native Jessica Sanchez. Dedicated music and "Idol" fans came out in droves to either contest or raise a toast to the results, while some even cracked a few jokes. "I don't watch the show, but really," tweeted one viewer, "The new American Idol is named Phillip Phillips. I'm not okay with that, I'm sorry." Actor Jim Carrey even joined in on the fun, tweeting, "Phllip Phillips win wins American Idol American Idols." Viewers were clearly Twitter-happy as the "Idol" finale broke a social media record, generating more than 1 million comments, according to a Los Angeles Times report. In contrast, viewers' eyes may have been too focused on Twitter as the finale delivered a preliminary 6.1/18 rating among adults 18–49, down 32 percent from last year.
With 20 GRAMMYs to his name, Vince Gill has plenty of music credibility. And while the country veteran still believes he has plenty of creativity left in the tank, he is worried about the music industry's future. "Income streams are dwindling. Record sales aren't what they used to be," Gill recently told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The devaluation of music and what it's now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That's what a [single] cost in 1960." Gill seemed less humored by the app market. "On my phone, I can get an app for 99 cents that makes fart noises — the same price as the thing I create and speak to the world with. Some would say the fart app is more important. It's an awkward time. Creative brains are being sorely mistreated." Making things more awkward, fans can support the creative brains behind Fart Sounds by downloading one of the album's 32 tracks for 99 cents.
What's a sure way to find out if your song is a hit? Have a celebrity lip-synch it. Lip-synching seems to be all the rage these days, from politicians to pop stars. OK, so political figures haven't really hopped on the lip-synching bandwagon yet, but "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" certainly crafted a clever spoof of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama jamming to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Katy Perry videotaped her own lip-synching version of "Call Me Maybe" while poolside with friends at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. Could an "American Lip-Synching Idol" show be on the horizon?
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Phillip Phillips' performance of "Home" on "American Idol" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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