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(L-R) The Mrs' Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness
SXSW 2018: The Mrs Host Kindnesspalooza Music Fest Benefit
Seeking to spread a little more positivity amid today's turbulent society, the four-piece female band host their annual music bash during SXSW
Four-piece band the Mrs — comprising drummer Andra Liemandt, bassist Jenny Mason, keyboardist/singer Larissa Ness, and guitarist/vocalist Mandy Prater — are a force to be reckoned with, and their weapon of choice is kindness.
During SXSW 2018, the Mrs took the opportunity to harness all the focus on music in their native Austin, Texas. The result? Kindnesspalooza Music Fest at Rio on March 17 to raise awareness and funds for The Kindness Campaign, which was founded in 2015 by Liemandt.
Liemandt was inspired to launch the campaign after seeing the negative impact bullying had on her daughter's peers. As a result, TKC takes an anti-bullying stance and puts action behind the sentiment by providing schools with an innovative curriculum that "empowers students to recognize the transformative power of kindness."
This year's Kindnesspalooza featured two floors of wall-to-wall inspiration, with Irish coffee on tap, a host of merchandise available for purchase to support the cause, a large community coloring wall, a magical positive affirmation mirror, a see-saw, and a crowd that spanned all ages, from parents with young children to adults of all ages. And, of course, there was music.
Singer/songwriter Ian Moore, pop/rock band Joseph King And The Mad Crush, rock duo Love & Choas, singer/songwriter Sarah Sharp, rock band Corbella, singer/songwriter Johnny Goudie, pop artist Madison McWilliams, country singer/songwriter Jordan Cody, rock musician Paul Renna, vocalist Courtney Santana, and the Mrs themselves all took the stage throughout the day to add some music to the proceedings.
With strong messages leading the charge, The Kindness Campaign has won over plenty of new fans over the years, including Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. The Kindness Campaign partnered with Born This Way in 2017 — declared the year of kindness by Gaga's foundation — to present a special day of kindness on Dec. 14, 2017, at Austin Independent School District's Cunningham Elementary School.
With their positive message, embodied in the lyrics for their empowering signature song, "Enough" — "I'm enough, I'm enough, "I'm enough" — the Mrs have again proven that music and making the world a better place go hand in hand.
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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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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.