Here Are The Nominees For Best Rock Album | 2020 GRAMMYs
Massive moments in rock from Bring Me The Horizon, Cage The Elephant, The Cranberries, I Prevail and Rivals Sons made the cut this year
Simply put, rock rocks. But with that cold hard fact in mind, this year's crop of rock nominees each rock in their own special way, representing a wide swath of styles, influences and followings. With the 62nd GRAMMY nominations now turned up loud for all to hear, let's take a deeper look at the fierce five LPs up for Best Rock Album.
amo - Bring Me The Horizon
Few bands in this (or any) category have covered as much stylistic ground as Bring Me The Horizon. And with their sixth album, amo, BMTH boldly infused their aggressive, emotional sound with electro-pop, hip-hop and EDM elements, with stunning results. The album's lead single "MANTRA" received a nomination last year, the first of the band's career, for Best Rock Song.
Social Cues - Cage The Elephant
On their fifth studio effort, Cage the Elephant dug deep, using music to cope with some serious life challenges, breaking new ground musically in the process. Social Cues seeks a repeat win in the category, as their previous album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, earned the band Best Rock Album three years ago, the first GRAMMY of their career
In The End - The Cranberries
The bittersweet arrival of In The End marks the Cranberries' final album following the death of influential lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, who is featured posthumously on the album. The eighth album of the band's long career earns them their first career GRAMMY nomination.
Trauma - I Prevail
Persevering through a serious vocal chord injury to vocalist Brian Burkeiser, Detroit's I Prevail triumph on Trauma, their sophomore LP. On the brink of falling apart, the band rallied instead, emerging to make the album they wanted to hear without outside input. They've been rewarded for their efforts with their first career GRAMMY nominations, Best Rock Album as well as Best Metal Performance for Trauma's "Bow Down."
Feral Roots - Rival Sons
This has been a breakout year for Rival Sons, co-headlining a tour with Stone Temple Pilots, paying tribute to Black Sabbath on "GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends" and dropping a game-changing Dave Cobb-produced LP, Feral Roots. Their sixth studio album shows off the band's raw, dangerous side and has now earned the group its first two career GRAMMY nominations, Best Rock Album plus Best Rock Performance for "Too Bad."
DJ Khaled, Samantha Smith and John Legend
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DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle And John Legend Win Best Rap/Sung Performance For "Higher" | 2020 GRAMMYs
DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend take home Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards
DJ Khaled, featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, has won Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Higher" at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. The single was featured on DJ Khaled's 2019 album Father of Asahd and featured Hussle's vocals and Legend on the piano. DJ Khaled predicted the track would win a GRAMMY.
"I even told him, 'We're going to win a GRAMMY.' Because that's how I feel about my album," DJ Khaled told Billboard. "I really feel like not only is this my biggest, this is very special."
After the release of the song and music video -- which was filmed before Hussle's death in March -- DJ Khaled announced all proceeds from "Higher" will go to Hussle's children.
DJ Khaled and co. beat out fellow category nominees Lil Baby & Gunna ("Drip Too Hard"), Lil Nas X ("Panini"), Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch ("Ballin") and Young Thug featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott ("The London"). Hussle earned a second posthumous award at the 62nd GRAMMYs for Best Rap Performance for "Racks In The Middle."
Along with Legend and DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG paid tribute to Hussle during the telecast, which concluded with "Higher."
Check out the complete 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominees and winners list here.
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Beck Announces Summer Tour With Cage The Elephant And Spoon
Fresh from his two GRAMMY wins last night, Beck announces summer North American tour with Cage The Elephant and Spoon
On Feb. 11 Beck announced July and August North American dates for The Night Running Tour with Cage The Elephant and Spoon, beginning on July 11 at Ridgefield, Wash. and continuing through Aug. 30 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The tour announcement comes the day after Beck's 2017 Colors won Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2017.
Starcrawler rounds out the bill on the first engagements until July 26 in Austin, Texas when Wild Belle substitutes for them. Then on Aug. 11 in Toronto, Ontario, Sunflower Bean subs in for most of the remaining engagements until the tour wraps up.
In April, GRAMMY winners Cage The Elephant will release their newest album Social Cues including a featured spot by Beck on the track "Night Running."
Tickets for the upcoming tour are now available on Beck's website.
Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Aerosmith, Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton To Perform At The 2020 GRAMMYs
Some of music's biggest stars will take the stage at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, taking place Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and broadcasting live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Get ready to #UnexpectEverything as the first wave of performers for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards has been announced. Artists taking the stage on Music's Biggest Night are first-time nominee breakout stars Billie Eilish and Lizzo, who will each make their GRAMMY stage debuts; powerhouse artists Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who will take the GRAMMY stage together for the first time ever; and four-time GRAMMY winners and 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year Aerosmith, who will perform a medley of some of their legendary hits. It all goes down on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcasted live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Rock icons Aerosmith make their triumphant return to the GRAMMY stage this month as performers, nearly 30 years after making their GRAMMY stage debut at the 33rd GRAMMY Awards in 1991. In addition to their career-spanning performance, the legendary band is also being honored as this year's MusiCares Person Of The Year, which will recognize their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades as well as their undeniable impact on American music history. Through the years, Aerosmith have shown support for a number of charities around the world, including frontman Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund.
The 2020 GRAMMYs will also feature highly anticipated debut performances from two of the biggest breakout artists of the past two years: Billie Eilish and Lizzo.
First-time GRAMMY nominee and performer Billie Eilish is in the running for some of the night's biggest awards, including: Best New Artist; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2019 album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for album single "Bad Guy."
Lizzo, who received the most nominations at the 2020 GRAMMYs with a total of eight nods, is making her debut as both a GRAMMY nominee and performer this month. She's up for several major awards, including Best New Artist. Her 2019 album, Cuz I Love You [Deluxe], is also up for Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album, while album track "Truth Hurts" is nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Album tracks "Exactly How I Feel" and "Jerome" are also nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance, respectively.
Taking the GRAMMY stage together for the first time ever, three-time GRAMMY winner Gwen Stefani will perform alongside Blake Shelton, a current GRAMMY nominee who's up for Best Country Solo Performance for his 2019 track, "God’s Country."
Tune in to the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, which are once again hosted by Alicia Keys, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and broadcasting live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to catch all these amazing performances and to see who will take home the night's biggest awards.
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The Struts, Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones' 2017 Tour
The legendary classic rockers have tapped some unexpected young talent as supporting acts for their upcoming European tour.
The Rolling Stones need no introduction.
Nearing the close of the 55th year of their astounding career, they've shown no signs of slowing, having recently headlined the opening night of AEG/Goldenvoice's hugely talked-about rock nostalgiafest Desert Trip, and now readying to embark on a brand new European tour. The reigning kings of classic rock have made it clear they do not intend to set aside their crowns any time in the near future.
What they do seem to be exploring lately, however, is a comfort with leveraging their perpetual fame to exercise themselves as rock and roll king-makers, as well as dynastic rulers.
Case in point: the 'Stones have tapped some exciting young bands to be their supporting acts for their upcoming No Filter Tour, which will see them playing 13 shows across 12 European cities from Sept. 9 through Oct. 25.
The tour will kick off in Germany and Austria with opening sets by Icelandic indie-rock rising stars Kaleo, whose breakout 2016 track "Way Down We Go" saw them conquer the Billboard Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts in the U.S., and nabbed a Gold certification from the RIAA. Kaleo will be followed by GRAMMY-nominated American blues singer John Lee Hooker, Jr., for their final night with the Rolling Stones in Spielberg, Austria.
Another especially exciting support act the Stones have picked up are "retro-fetishist" English neo-glam rockers the Struts, whose debut lead single "Could Have Been Me" shot to No. 1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50 chart, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and led the band to sell out a total of 20 dates on their first-ever trip to the U.S. Strut's lead singer Luke Spiller has been called, " the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger."
Additional supporting acts announced for the other legs of the tour include Los Zigarros, de Staat, Rival Sons, and the Hellacopters, with GRAMMY winning rockers Cage The Elephant joining the party for the tour's final three-night victory lap in Paris.
For their own part, the Rolling Stones have made it clear they plan to keep their own sets fresh and unpredictable, with assurances that they plan to include, "a couple of unexpected tracks each night and randomly selected surprises," sprinkled in amongst their catalogue of hit songs and fan favorites.
A limited number of tickets for the Rolling Stones 'No Filter' European Tour 2017 are currently still available from the band's website.