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Houston Mayor Awards Travis Scott With A Key To The City

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Houston Mayor Awards Travis Scott With A Key To The City

The "SICKO MODE" rapper and 61st GRAMMYs performer was in his hometown on Wednesday for the second leg of his Astroworld tour

GRAMMYs/Feb 15, 2019 - 01:44 am

Shortly after his performance at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Travis Scott is back on the road for the second leg of his Astroworld tour. On Wednesday he arrived back in his hometown of Houston, Texas, where he performed at the Toyota Center. 

During his show, Houston Mayer Sylvester Turner presented the "SICKO MODE" rapper with a key to the city of Houston, saying, "We owe so much to this guy for keeping Houston on the map."

And that wasn't the only piece of good news to come out of the night: Turner announced that, "because of [Scott], we're gonna bring another amusement theme park back to the city."

That should please area residents, especially those missing the now-defunct Houston amusement park Six Flags Astroworld (commonly referred to as just "Astroworld"), which closed in 2005. Scott's tour, Astroworld: Wish You Were Here, is an homage to the park.

Billboard points out that Scott originally rapped about his childhood park on Astroworld opening track "Stargazing," which said, "'99, took AstroWorld, it had to relocate / Told the dogs I'd bring it back, it was a seal of faith."

Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West

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Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West

The GRAMMY-nominated rapper returns with a new single boasting two high-profile features

GRAMMYs/May 4, 2018 - 06:20 pm

Houston-born rapper Travis Scott capped off a busy week by releasing a new single on May 4, "Watch," featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. The song's intro references Scott's forthcoming album, Astroworld, which will be his third studio album.

Earlier this week, Scott appeared on Playboi Carti's "Love Hurts," delivering a guest verse for the rapper's return from a relatively quiet year since releasing his debut mixtape last April.

Lil Uzi is coming off two GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for his 2017 hit "Bad And Bougee."

West has a large menu of upcoming releases slated for late May and June, including his eighth studio album plus pulling production duty on new albums by Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and a collab with fellow GRAMMY-winner Kid Cudi.

Scott's summer will include several big festival appearances, starting with his May 13 performance at Miami's Rolling Loud Festival. The GRAMMY-nominated rapper will also appear at Governors Ball in New York City, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Hard Festival in Pomona, Calif., and Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. As of yet, no release date for Astroworld has been announced.

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Behind The Scenes: On Set With Rising R&B Star Ella Mai

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Behind The Scenes: On Set With Rising R&B Star Ella Mai

Mai's hit single "Boo'd Up" is getting a GRAMMY music video makeover just in time for the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10

GRAMMYs/Feb 8, 2019 - 02:01 am

The 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10 is just days away, and to get fans even more excited, the Recording Academy is taking them behind the scenes with first-time GRAMMY nominee Ella Mai for a music video collaboration featuring her hit single "Boo'd Up."

The song is getting a music video makeover, but it won't be your typical set of visuals. This will be an experience you'll have to engage with to see more of. Consisting of four parts, the video will ask viewers to interact with it by in order to unlock the next segment. As it goes on, each video segment progresses into a more elaborate scene filled with guests and surprises.

"Ultimately, what you see when we launch will be completely different from the video that you see when we conclude," Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene said in the Behind The Scenes video. 

Video director James Frost said the idea is to take you on a visual journey:

"One [video setup] we start at the beginning, which is a really stripped-down version of the video. Gradually, in each additional setup we build the video up even more, so the idea of being when people click at certain points the video will evolve and become bigger."

"Each year on the GRAMMYs, we try to do something with an artist that's very relevant to that year and so we're always looking for someone that's topical to kind of star in our promotions for that year's theme," Creative Director Jason Karley said on why they worked with Mai. 

Greene adds: "Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up' is a song that's permeated culture and so everybody knows this song, but now we want to give people a little bit of a different way to experience it, unlike anything they've ever seen before."

Watch how the Recording Academy and Ella Mai put together this elaborate project in the above video, and tune into the 61st GRAMMY Awards to see Ella Mai and more of your favorite artists. 

To watch Mai's video, go to grammysevolving.com.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance | 2019 GRAMMYs

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Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance | 2019 GRAMMYs

The 'A Star Is Born' leads take home Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow" at the 61st GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Feb 11, 2019 - 06:44 am

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow" at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.

She also gave a dazzling performance of "Shallow" on the GRAMMY stage during the show.

Gaga accepted the GRAMMY for the pair and gave a powerful speech. The win marked her second of the night and the first-ever win for actor Cooper. "Shallow," which the duo sung together in A Star Is Born and is featured as a single from the film's soundtrack, also won Best Song Written For Visual Media. Gaga's "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" snagged Best Pop Solo Performance.

During her emotional acceptance speech the star spoke to the importance of the mental health awareness.

"I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that adresses mental health issues, they're so important. And a lot of artists deal with that, and we gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody," Gaga said.

Other Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nominees were Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato ("Fall In Line"), Backstreet Boys ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), Tony Bennett and Diana Krall ("'S Wonderful"), Maroon 5 and Cardi B ("Girls Like You"), Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton ("Say Something") and  ZeddMaren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").

Gaga has earned nine GRAMMY wins and received 24 nominations to date times.

She won her first two GRAMMYs at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance Recording for "Poker Face" and Best Dance/Electronic Album for The Fame, her debut album. She also made her first GRAMMY stage performance that year, singing a medley that included her "Poker Face" and "Speechless" along with GRAMMY-winning icon Elton John's "Your Song," who joined her onstage for an unforgettable duet.

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Everyone's A VIP At Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile

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Everyone's A VIP At Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile

Pass through the velvet rope at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for an exclusive look at the star-studded 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons

GRAMMYs/Feb 11, 2019 - 12:27 am

On Feb. 9, on the eve of Music's Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, artists from across genres and decades gathered at the glitzy Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. for the 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons.

Less than 24 hours before the big red carpet walk today, the likes of current GRAMMY nominees Ella Mai, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Shaggy, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovich, and GRAMMY winners Melissa Etheridge and Quincy Jones, brought their vibrant energy and killer looks at the annual celebration hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Onlookers tried to spy the glam looks on the red carpet as they peered into the hotel's glass—we'll let you past the velvet rope and walk it with us as at this exclusive music industry event.

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This year's who's-who of music gala celebrated iconic industry veteran Clarence Avant, known as the Godfather Of Black Music, as the honoree of the evening. Like event host and fellow legend Davis, he helped launch the careers of many great artists, working with the likes of GRAMMY-winning greats Bill Withers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time.

The video celebrating Avant had countless heroes such as Former President Barack Obama, Jones, Diddy and JAY-Z sharing how much they love Avant, the powerful impact he's made on their lives and music, and how he always knows the right thing to say. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow introduced him with a fitting complement, and a huge one given the company they were in: "You're the ultimate music person." The Time properly brought the funk on stage to celebrate Avant with a performance of their '80s hits "The Bird" and "Jungle Love," dancing as if no time had passed.

Current GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott set the mood opening the evening's performances with "Goosebumps" and "Sicko Mode," while sisters and fellow nominees Chloe x Halle brought home a rousing cover of the late GRAMMY-winning Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin's "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves." Brandi Carlile, another current GRAMMY nominee, returned to the stage to join the duo, along with past nominee Valerie Simpson and Broadway star Keala Settle, ending the evening on quite the high note.

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Other musical guests for the evening included current nominees Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and H.E.R., along with past nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Ledisi, plus GRAMMY winner Rob Thomas. Sullivan and Thomas offered a powerful duet, belting out Aretha and George Michael's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."

As the evening rolled on, Davis made sure to highlight all the countless legends in the room, as the crowd continuously burst into applause and often up on their feet to celebrate the likes of music greats Barbara Streisand, George Clinton and Dionne Warwick, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Apple's Tim Cook and even former-L.A. Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Don't forget to tune in to the 2019 GRAMMYs live from Staples Center today. Start with the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 ET, then follow us to the red carpet at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. ET—both will be live streamed right here on right here on GRAMMY.com.

Then the moment you've all been waiting for, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, hosted by 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, will air live at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on CBS.

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