"Queer Eye" cast
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"Queer Eye" Cast Empowers Students In New Music Video
The Fab Five help three Kansas teens perfect their dance, rap and singing skills
The "Queer Eye” cast, aka Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Tan France, are taking a break from helping men achieve and sustain new looks. Their latest project? Helping three Kansas high school students shine in a new music video for a remixed song from the GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack The Greatest Showman.
The Fab Five empower Tim, Olivia and J'Shawn to express themselves artistically in the new video for the anthem "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" with actress/singer Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined compilation.
In the video, supported by VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, which advocates for music to be a right, not a privilege, for children, the cast helps the teens practice rapping, singing and dancing with encouraging support throughout the process. In the end, the teens, who go from novices to confident entertainers, perform in front of an audience.
The idea for the video came from Porowski's obsession with music videos. He had always wanted to do one and reached out to songwriter friends Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for help. Pasek, who wrote songs for The Greatest Showman along with Paul, told Porowski that songs from the film were being readapted.
"'This Is Me' was a perfect fit, and it worked out," Porowski said on the "Today Show," where the video debuted.
Pasek knew "This Is Me" would be a perfect fit for the cast's vision, saying, "The message of what the 'Queer Eye' guys have done with that show is so inspiring to us and it’s so in line with what 'This Is Me,' the song is really about—it's about empowerment and it's about seeing the potential in every single person.”
Paul, meanwhile, spoke about the importance of self-expression among young people and the need to support music education.
"It’s a song about empowerment,” he said. “It’s a song about owning your identity, not being ashamed of who you are, and it's also a song about expression. With these young people it's creative expression, and to that end, that's why it was important to us with this video. We're also trying to bring attention to save the music, which is a way for [young] people around this country to express themselves creatively.
As for J'Shawn, who worked on his dance skills, it was exciting to show the world how he can move.
"It was really fun. These guys are so funny and they made me feel comfortable. I’m so grateful I was able to do this," he said.
Rotimi On Performing At ESSENCE Fest, Growing Up African-American & More
The Nigerian-American singer and actor sat down with the Recording Academy to talk about what inspired his latest album, 'Walk With Me'
In 2015, Rotimi stepped into the New Orleans Superdome for the first time to experience the magic of ESSENCE Fest. Four years later, in 2019, the "Love Riddim" singer returned to the celebration as a performer, something he said was spoken into existence.
"Last year me and my manager had a conversation and I said, 'Listen, I'm going to be on the [ESSENCE] mainstage this year. 365 days later, we did it," Rotimi told the Recording Academy at the 25th annual ESSENCE Fest.
Rotimi, also an actor on Starz' "Power," has evolved since his last album, 2017's Jeep Music, Vol.1. The singer said he really hit home with its follow-up, the recently released Walk With Me, a project he worked hard for, putting in hours in the studio after filming on set.
"Walk With Me is the first time I actually felt like I was giving myself as an artist, and personally I feel like with everything else I have going on I wanted to show people that this is really what I do," he said. "I wanted people to understand who Rotimi is, who Rotimi was before, who I want to be and just understand my growth and the journey and my passion for what I do."
Part of why the album felt like such a representation of him is because it embodies beats of his African roots, something he said was very present growing up Nigerian-American.
"I grew up with a lot of Fela Kuti and I grew up with Bob Marley," he said of his musical roots. "But I also grew up with Carl Thomas and Genuine and Usher, so there was a genuine mixture of who I am and what I've grown up to listen to. The actual Walk With Me project was a mixture of influences of Akon and Craig David."
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.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
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.