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John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper Shine In "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Sunday night's "live in concert" television presentation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic showcases the versatility of the GRAMMY-winning Legend in the title role
Many music fans spent their Easter Sunday evening in front of the television — and on Twitter — to catch NBC's airing of "Jesus Christ Superstar: Live In Concert." With jaw-dropping performances by GRAMMY winner John Legend in the title role and appearances from GRAMMY nominees Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper, the show was heavy on heartfelt music.
Legend took center stage, showing off his powerful voice and artistic versatility throughout the two-and-a-half hour show. Making the transition from his traditional concerts to the lead role in a classic show was a challenge Legend rose up to (no pun intended), even if it forced the singer slightly out of his comfort zone.
"It's a different kind of performance in one way because I’m usually performing my own music and I wrote the songs, I know the lyrics very well," Legend admitted to E Online. "But I think this, learning the show, learning the character and the music adds a layer of complexity adds a challenge to it I don’t usually have when I’m performing my own music."
Bareilles is not new to the Broadway. The piano-pop powerhouse made her foray onto the stage in 2016 with the show Waitress, contributing music and lyrics of her own. Her performance in "… Superstar" of "I Don't Know How To Love Him" had her fans in awe, while winning over the many of the viewers new to Bareilles' abilities.
For his only song of the night, shock-rock icon Cooper made it count. In the role of King Herod, Cooper entered to a roar of applause before launching into a musical challenge to Legend’s character, eventually darkening into his signature sinister growl. While Cooper's may not be the first name that comes to mind on Broadway, his superior showmanship fit right into the show’s spectacle.
With dashes of glitter, edgy costume design, and many other great musical moments, including "Superstar" from Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert" is being hailed by many as the finest live television musical yet.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.