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  • NICKI MINAJ PERFORMS BLACKOUT MOVEMENT SINGLE AT GRAMMY AWARDS

    Nicki Minaj performs BlackOut-produced single “Roman Holiday” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, 2012. © Getty Images

    Minaj’s performance has raised brows worldwide and furor within the Catholic community, as she pulled from religious symbolisms to exploit the exorcism of her favorite alter ego Roman Zolanski, on whom the song is based. Her Hype Williams’ directed Grammy performance saw her using a pope as a prop, wearing a nun’s habit-like outfit, and culminated in spectacular fashion as she levitated above the stage, and over a stunned audience.

    “The Grammy’s chose ‘Roman Holiday,’” revealed Minaj, calling in to Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show on Monday to discuss the shocking spectacle. “They heard ‘Roman Holiday’ and I could not play them another record after that.” The single is from Minaj’s sophomore studio effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, due to hit stores on April 2, 2012.

    The production house BlackOut Movement is at the helm of more than 20 hit singles, including productions for Flo Rida, Jim Jones, Trina, Jah Rule, Jason Derulo and Aaron Carter, just to name a few, and is best known for the blockbuster “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims, back in 2007. It scored BlackOut Movement its first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and secured BlackOut’s place in pop music and in its formula for success.

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  • Video of Machel Performance A Tribute to Whitney at Machel Monday

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  • Inner Circle’s official video “Young Wild & Free remix featuring I-Octane

    The OFFICIAL Video for Inner Circle’s Reggae Remix of YOUNG WILD & FREE. Watch for the cameos of Flo Rida and Tony Matterhorn.

    Respect to Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars

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  • Maxi Priest Has touched down in T&T to Team up with Shurwayne Winchester

    Maxi Priest has touched down in T&T. The Jamaican reggae crooner who teamed up with Soca artiste, Shurwayne Winchester in 2009 for the hit single, Make It Yours is here for Shurwayne Winchester’s concert for the ladies at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain this coming Wednesday.

    The show, which was originally scheduled for January 28, was re-scheduled as a result of a few technical issues that had to be ironed out however with all systems set for show night, Shurwayne says nothing will stand in the way of what will be a memorable night for those who have supported him throughout the years. Tobago-born Winchester has been a part of the Soca fraternity for over 15 years and his concert performance at NAPA will showcase a lot of the music he has delivered throughout that period. “ I’ve invited a number of other people in the business to hit the stage with me so people who really appreciate good music can come experience a great show, filled with a wide variety of entertainment,” said Shurwayne. Among the cast for the night are Kerwin Du Bois, Raymond Ramnarine of Dil-E-Nadan, Veteran Calypso queen, Calypso Rose and the Shiv Shakti dancers.

    Shurwayne has promised to deliver a slate of singles both of today and yester-year. “ I know the ladies want to hear Wining Addiction, Wine On It and Work It,” he said with a laugh. Admitting that he aims to please, the artiste who has made it to the finals of the Power Soca Monarch competition this year said he will take a trip down memory lane and reflect on some of the music that has made him who he is- some of the music that many people haven’t heard him sing for quite some time. “The past three years has been all about establishing what’s current- what’s new, that being Shurwayne Winchester and Y.O.U., but it never took away from the fact that songs like Allequa, Come Beta and Don’t Stop, made me who I am today,” said Shurwayne. Acknowledging that a lot of people have been instrumental in his development as an artiste, Winchester said this event would be the perfect opportunity for him to say thanks to everyone who has stood by his side, especially the fans of his music.

    The event is carded to start at 8:30pm. Persons wishing to get in on the action can obtain tickets for $150 and $200 VIP. A number of regular outlets have been advertised, among them the NAPA box office, Crosby’s St. James, Cleve’s Frederick Street, Ate Logo, Grand Bazaar along with Cache’s West Mall and Trincity. Persons in need of additional information are asked to call the ticket hotlines at 622-0834 or 788-1010. Patrons will be happy to know that a number of incredible door prizes await them. Among the goodies in store are a weekend of rest and relaxation at the Carlton Savannah hotel and a few Dufry hampers among other treats.

    Shurwayne is promising a great night for the women of T&T and those visiting from abroad on Wednesday night. He calls on everyone to come prepared to dance and enjoy- all amid a sweet Carnival feeling he assures they will forever remember.

    The Hilton Poolside fete comes just one night after the Soca Monarch 2012 Groovy and Power competitions and fans of Iwer George, Kees Dieffenthaller, K.I, and Kerwin Du Bois will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in a more intimate setting with their Soca stars. Tickets are said to be going quite swiftly as guests who havearrived and are staying at the Hilton Trinidad have been taking advantage of the guest discounts offered to them.

    The event kicks off at 9pm on Saturday and tickets which are reasonably priced t $250, have been made available for purchase at a number of locations- among them, Sound Research in Gulf City, Elegance, Grand Bazaar, Richard’s West Mall, The Valpark Chinese Restaurant and of course the Trinidad Hilton.

    It’s an event that welcomes visitors to the island amid the carnival celebration. The poolside atmosphere, coupled with the seasonal attributes will undoubtedly lend to a truly scintillating occasion- one that no one should really miss. Whether patrons are attending from South Trinidad or as close as a room at the Hilton Hotel, this event promises to take everyone in attendance on something of a carnival merry-go-round of thrill and enjoyment, they will never forget.

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  • Newly Crowned Chutney Soca King To Impress At Hilton On Carnival Saturday

    Trinidad. February 2012——The reigning Chutney Soca Monarch will perform live at the Hilton poolside this coming Saturday- Carnival Saturday, in Trinidad and Tobago. K.I’s big win at the Chutney Soca Monarch competition last weekend makes attending the Hilton poolside soiree a must for those who truly bask in the all round enjoyment of Carnival. In 2011, the Hilton Hotel saw a tremendous show of support for this event, which catered to every possible yearning that carnival fetters may have had. From the most delicious cuisine, to the best in live entertainment, and not to mention an ambience that left many if not all in awe, the 2011 edition of the poolside Carnival event left a lasting impression on all who attended. This year, the fete is back and promises to be even more enjoyable that last year with acts like Kes The Band, Karma with Ravi B, Big Daddy and The Dynasty, Kerwin Du Bois and The Boss Neil Iwer George, slated to perform.

    The Hilton Poolside fete comes just one night after the Soca Monarch 2012 Groovy and Power competitions and fans of Iwer George, Kees Dieffenthaller, K.I, and Kerwin Du Bois will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in a more intimate setting with their Soca stars. Tickets are said to be going quite swiftly as guests who havearrived and are staying at the Hilton Trinidad have been taking advantage of the guest discounts offered to them.

    The event kicks off at 9pm on Saturday and tickets which are reasonably priced t $250, have been made available for purchase at a number of locations- among them, Sound Research in Gulf City, Elegance, Grand Bazaar, Richard’s West Mall, The Valpark Chinese Restaurant and of course the Trinidad Hilton.

    It’s an event that welcomes visitors to the island amid the carnival celebration. The poolside atmosphere, coupled with the seasonal attributes will undoubtedly lend to a truly scintillating occasion- one that no one should really miss. Whether patrons are attending from South Trinidad or as close as a room at the Hilton Hotel, this event promises to take everyone in attendance on something of a carnival merry-go-round of thrill and enjoyment, they will never forget.

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  • Mr. Vegas LIVE at “Better Mus Come” Screening @ Lincoln Center

    BETTER MUS’ COME
    Dir. Storm Saulter, 98 min., Jamaica
    Passion, politics and poverty collide as this stunning love story unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil. Set in 1970’s Jamaica, Better Mus’ Come is based on a violent moment in history when rival gangs were enlisted by warring political factions to disrupt the democratic process, and bloodshed was unleashed in the streets of Jamaica. Better Mus’ Come begins in ’77 and ends the in the first couple days of ’78 during the Green Bay Massacre. This explosive film follows Ricky, a gang leader and political pawn, as he struggles to navigate the hardships of life in Kingston, and to define a better way of life for his young son.

    Music • Mr. Vegas

    Click here to see Mr. Vegas perform on LargeUp.com
    Jamaican-born international music star Mr. Vegas is the distinctive voice behind many of the most recognizable reggae/dancehall hits of the last 15 years. Since his debut in 1997, the MOBO award-winning singer has built an extensive catalog that includes Billboard-charting hits “Heads High” and “Pull Up” and club staples “Tek Weh Yuhself,” “Hot Wuk” and “Gallis.” For his latest album Sweet Jamaica, Vegas pays tribute to his homeland’s golden anniversary by exploring the last 50 years of Jamaican music, from the roots of Ska in the early 1960’s through the birth of Reggae and into contemporary Dancehall. Vegas will perform from new roots-inspired album at the NY Premiere of BETTER MUS’ COME!
    7pm, Thursday, February 16, 2012
    LINCOLN CENTER’s Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St., NYC
    Advance Tix: $25 General, $22 Students & Seniors, $20 Members
    Day of: $30 General, $27 Students & Seniors, $25 Members

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  • Guptie and Dyce Remake “Shine Eye Gal”

    The hit single “shine eye gal” which was originally done by Black Uhuru in the late seventies, has once again been remixed.

    Jamaican rapper, Dyce, along side roots reggae singer, Guptie have put their unique twist on what is a classic reggae hit. The two have injected a little hip-hop while maintaining the authentic sounds that made the song popular centuries ago.

    Several Jamaican artists have already enjoyed success from the single, each doing the song in their own way with the hook always consistent. Dyce explains that it was Guptie who decided to do the track and he was asked to do the rap verses as the producer was looking for a different sound. The two got together in June of last year and laid down the vocals at Strika Lee Studio which is located in Duhaney Park, Kingston, Jamaica.

    Though the men have individual careers (Dyce focusing mainly on hip-hop, and Guptie on reggae) the two have a very good working relationship and plans to collaborating on additional tracks in the future.

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  • WHO IS RECRUIT?

    WHO IS RECRUIT?

    New York, NY (February 14, 2012): His name is Garvin Orlando Spence and he goes by the stage name “Recruit.” A young and upcoming artist who hails from Sherlock Crescent in Kingston Jamaica, he is following in the footsteps of his two older brothers – Delus and Konshens – who are displaying their talent in the music industry as well.

    While in the ninth grade Recruit began showcasing his talents through his penmanship. “Many things influence my lyrics. My best lyrics come out when I write about lovemaking.” During his last year of high school, he started taking music more seriously. “The first song I recorded was in 2005. To date I think the song that will resonate well with fans is “Galang Gal” on the Trailer Reload Riddim.” Since then, he has emerged on the entertainment scene and has been steadily making his mark through his performances. He has opened for top billing artistes such as Serani, Spragga Benz, I-Octane and has performed as a solo act on “Rock with Squeeze” at SOB’s in Manhattan and “Africa Meets Jamaica” at De Island Breeze in New Jersey.

    As a multi-talented artist, Recruit’s style is classified as a diverse mix of dancehall with a little reggae and pop. “I listen to everything, even the music that sounds like gibberish. I love R&B, Hip Hop, Rock and Soca. Other than my brothers, my favorite artist of all time is Denis Brown.” On a regular day Recruit can be found in the studio working on new material. He has worked with French producers Daddy and Hyper from D &H Productions, Konvict Yard Music, Shango Productions, Subkonshus Music and LMR Productions. “I do music because it’s my way of expressing my thoughts on different aspects of life. I can safely say that music is my second love because I have been surrounded by music all day, every day for as long as I can remember.”

    With his feet firmly planted and with hopes of carving a niche out for himself, Recruit is certain that he has something a little different to offer. Something that will set him apart from his older siblings.

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  • Chutney Soca Mornach Results Leads to Questions

    According to figures, said to be supplied by the producers of the Chutney Soca Mornach, and published on the Daily Express on Monday out of the more than 119 000 text votes the top ten places received 84,504 votes. That means the remaining 8 artistes got 34,496 votes. If these votes are divided by the 8 persons then they each got more than all the winners from 3rd place to 10th. Where are the real figure George Singh. The artistes want to see them.

    Results
    10 – Haresh Singh 681
    9 – Sally Sagram – 721
    8 – Sassy Ramoutar – 821
    7 – Fiona Singh – 1124
    6 – Terry Gajraj – 1240
    5 – Artie Butkoon – 2538
    4 – Nigel Salickram – 3879
    3 – Rick Ramoutar – 3982
    2 – Rikki Jai – 32,781
    1 – Ki Persad – 36,737 – 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch King

    Top ten adds up to 84,504 votes, if you less that from 119,000 you get 34,496. Now lets think if we divide the balance by the remaining 8 contestants, just saying…each one (Hunter, Reshma Ramlal, Ian Ragga, Adesh Samaroo, Soc Elvis, Omar Hardath, Heralal Rampertap, Kenneth Seepersad) would have received 4,312 votes each. Anyone of the last 8 should of been placed within the top ten. Smh, I am not one to fight and dig up dirt, I understand if anything the winner, but nothing adds up here and this is really disgusting and discouraging!!!!
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  • Trinidad and Tobago National Calypso Finalists

    Trinidad and Tobago National Calypso Finalists
    Reigning Monarch Ms Karene Achce
    Dimache gras show Sunday Feb 19th 2012

    1. BRIAN LONDON
    2. DEVON SEALE
    3. DEXTER PARSONS {THE STINGER}
    4. DR. HOLLIS LIVERPOOL {CHALKDUST}
    5. DUANE O’CONNOR
    6. HEATHER MAC INTOSH
    7. KURT ALLEN
    9. LESLEY ANN ELLIS
    9. MICHAEL OSOUNA {SUGAR ALOES}
    10. SANDRA DES VIGNES MILLINGTON {SINGING SANDRA}
    11. WESTON RAWLINS {CRO CRO}

    FIRST RESERVE: SELVON NOEL {MISTA SHAK}
    SECOND RESERVE: KAREN ECCLES-THOMAS

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  • Grammy Winners including Best Reggae Album: Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life Stephen Marley

    Stephen Marley
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    Reviewby David Jeffries

    As his brothers venture into unexplored territory such as children’s music (Ziggy) and hip-hop (Damian), Stephen Marley acts as anchor for the clan on Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. While Part 2 is planned as a more electric and future-minded affair, this first Revelation is a roots reggae-oriented effort, or at least “roots” in the Wailers (post-Tosh and post-Bunny) sense of the word. Think Father Bob’s Uprising and you’re close to the feel here, which goes from cool and woozy ( “No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)” being a great re-creation … » Read more

    Tracks
    Title Composer Time
    1 Made in Africa Grant, Marley, Wale 5:37
    2 False Friends Illestr Eight, Marley, Smith 3:24
    3 Break Us Apart Bailey, Marley 3:45
    4 Can’t Keep I Down Marley, Smith 3:19
    5 No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room) Fiona, Marley, Smith 3:41
    6 Freedom Time Marley 3:21
    7 Jah Army Marley, Marley, Myrie, Rose 4:44
    8 Old Slaves Marley 6:26
    9 Pale Moonlight (How Many Times) Marley 3:25
    10 She Knows Now Marley, Smith 5:21
    11 Selassie Is the Chapel Marley 4:54
    12 Tight Ship Marley, Marley, Smith 4:15
    13 Working Days Grant, Marley, Smith 5:07
    14 Now I Know Booker, Marley 4:11

    Grammy Awards 2012: Winners and nominees list

    Record of the Year
    WINNER “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele
    “Holocene” – Bon Iver
    “Grenade” – Bruno Mars
    “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
    “Firework” – Katy Perry

    Album of the Year
    WINNER “21” – Adele
    “Wasting Light” – Foo Fighters
    “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
    “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – Bruno Mars
    “Loud” – Rihanna

    Song of the Year
    “All Of The Lights” – Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
    “The Cave” – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
    “Grenade” – Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
    “Holocene” – Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
    WINNER “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

    Best New Artist
    The Band Perry
    WINNER Bon Iver
    J. Cole
    Nicki Minaj
    Skrillex

    POP FIELD

    Best Pop Solo Performance
    WINNER “Someone Like You” – Adele
    “Yoü And I” – Lady Gaga
    “Grenade” – Bruno Bars
    “Firework” – Katy Perry
    “… Perfect” – Pink

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
    WINNER “Body And Soul” – Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
    “Dearest” – The Black Keys
    “Paradise” – Coldplay
    “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
    “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

    Best Pop Instrumental Album
    “Wish Upon A Star” – Jenny Oaks Baker
    “E Kahe Malie” – Daniel Ho
    WINNER “The Road From Memphis” – Booker T. Jones
    “Hello Tomorrow” – Dave Koz
    “Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!” – Brian Setzer

    Best Pop Vocal Album
    WINNER “21” – Adele
    “The Lady Killer” – Cee Lo Green
    “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
    “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – Bruno Mars
    “Loud” – Rihanna

    DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD

    Best Dance Recording
    “Raise Your Weapon” – Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
    “Barbra Streisand” – Duck Sauce
    “Sunshine” – David Guetta & Avicii
    “Call Your Girlfriend” – Robyn
    WINNER “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” – Skrillex
    “Save The World” – Swedish House Mafia

    Best Dance/Electronica Album
    “Zonoscope” – Cut/Copy
    “4×4=12” – Deadmau5
    “Nothing But The Beat” – David Guetta
    “Body Talk, Pt. 3” – Robyn
    WINNER “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” – Skrillex

    TRADITIONAL POP FIELD
    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
    WINNER “Duets II” – Tony Bennett & Various Artists
    “The Gift” – Susan Boyle
    “In Concert On Broadway” – Harry Connick Jr.
    “Music Is Better Than Words” – Seth MacFarlane
    “What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman” – Barbra Streisand

    ROCK FIELD

    Best Rock Performance
    “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” – Coldplay
    “Down By The Water” – The Decemberists
    WINNER “Walk” – Foo Fighters
    “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
    “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead

    Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
    “On The Backs Of Angels” – Dream Theater
    WINNER “White Limo” – Foo Fighters
    “Curl Of The Burl” – Mastodon
    “Public Enemy No. 1” – Megadeth
    “Blood In My Eyes” – Sum 41

    Best Rock Song
    “The Cave” – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
    “Down By The Water” – Colin Meloy, songwriter (The Decemberists)
    “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
    “Lotus Flower” – Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters (Radiohead)
    WINNER “Walk” – Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

    Best Rock Album
    “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” – Jeff Beck
    WINNER “Wasting Light” – Foo Fighters
    “Come Around Sundown” – Kings of Leon
    “I’m With You” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    “The Whole Love” – Wilco

    ALTERNATIVE FIELD

    Best Alternative Music Album
    WINNER “Bon Iver” – Bon Iver
    “Codes And Keys” – Death Cab For Cutie
    “Torches” – Foster The People
    “Circuital” – My Morning Jacket
    “The King of Limbs” – Radiohead

    R&B FIELD

    Best R&B Performance
    “Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
    “Pieces Of Me” – Ledisi
    “Not My Daddy” – Kelly Price & Stokley
    WINNER “Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae
    “You Are” – Charlie Wilson

    Best Traditional R&B Performance
    “Sometimes I Cry” – Eric Benét
    WINNER “Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
    “Radio Message” – R. Kelly
    “Good Man” – Raphael Saadiq
    “Surrender” – Betty Wright & The Roots

    Best R&B Song
    “Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith, songwriters (Marsha Ambrosius)
    WINNER “Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)
    “Not My Daddy” – Kelly Price, songwriter (Kelly Price & Stokley)
    “Pieces Of Me” – Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly & Ledisi Young, songwriters (Ledisi)
    “You Are” – Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)

    Best R&B Album
    WINNER “F.A.M.E.” – Chris Brown
    “Second Chance” – El DeBarge
    “Love Letter” – R. Kelly
    “Pieces Of Me” – Ledisi
    “Kelly” – Kelly Price

    RAP FIELD

    Best Rap Performance
    “Look At Me Now” – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
    WINNER “Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
    “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
    “Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj & Drake
    “Black And Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
    “Party” – Beyoncé & André 3000
    “I’m On One” – DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
    “I Need A Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
    “What’s My Name?” – Rihanna & Drake
    “Motivation” – Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
    WINNER “All Of The Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

    Best Rap Song
    WINNER “All Of The Lights” – Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
    “Black And Yellow” – Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa)
    “I Need A Doctor” – Andre Young, Marshall Mathers III, Alexander Grant & Skylar Grey, songwriters (Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey)
    “Look At Me Now” – Jean Baptiste, Chris Brown, Ryan Buendia, Trevor Smith, Dwayne Carter, Jr. & Wesley Pentz, songwriters (Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
    “Otis” – Shawn Carter & Kanye West, songwriters (James Brown, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Roy Hammond, J. Roach, Kirk Robinson & Harry Woods, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
    “The Show Goes On” – Dustin William Brower, Jonathon Keith Brown, Daniel Johnson, Kane & Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, songwriters (Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci & Eric Judy, songwriters) (Lupe Fiasco)

    Best Rap Album

    “Watch The Throne” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
    “Tha Carter IV” – Lil Wayne
    “Lasers” – Lupe Fiasco
    “Pink Friday” – Nicki Minaj
    WINNER “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” – Kanye West

    COUNTRY FIELD

    Best Country Solo Performance
    “Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean
    “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” – Martina McBride
    “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton
    WINNER “Mean” – Taylor Swift
    “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
    “You And Tequila” – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
    WINNER “Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars
    “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” – Thompson Square

    Best Country Song
    “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” – Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)
    “God Gave Me You” – Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
    “Just Fishin’” – Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
    WINNER “Mean” – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
    “Threaten Me With Heaven” – Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
    “You And Tequila” – Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

    Best Country Album
    “My Kinda Party” – Jason Aldean
    “Chief” – Eric Church
    WINNER “Own The Night” – Lady Antebellum
    “Red River Blue” – Blake Shelton
    “Here For A Good Time” – George Strait
    “Speak Now” – Taylor Swift

    NEW AGE FIELD

    Best New Age Album
    “Northern Seas” – Al Conti
    “Gaia” – Michael Brant DeMaria
    “Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame” – Peter Kater
    WINNER “What’s It All About” – Pat Metheny
    “Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 6” – Zamora

    JAZZ FIELD

    Best Improvised Jazz Solo
    “All Or Nothing At All” – Randy Brecker, soloist
    “You Are My Sunshine” – Ron Carter, soloist
    WINNER “500 Miles High” – Chick Corea, soloist
    “Work” – Fred Hersch, soloist
    “Sonnymoon For Two” – Sonny Rollins, soloist

    Best Jazz Vocal Album
    “‘Round Midnight” – Karrin Allyson
    WINNER “The Mosaic Project” – Terry Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
    “The Gate” – Kurt Elling
    “American Road” – Tierney Sutton (Band)
    “The Music of Randy Newman” – Roseanna Vitro

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album
    “Bond: The Paris Sessions” – Gerald Clayton
    WINNER “Forever” – Corea, Clarke & White
    “Alone At The Vanguard” – Fred Hersch
    “Bird Songs” – Joe Lovano/Us Five
    “Road Shows Vol. 2” – Sonny Rollins
    “Timeline” – Yellowjackets

    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
    “The Jazz Ballad Song Book” – Randy Brecker With DR Big Band
    WINNER “The Good Feeling” – Christian McBride Big Band
    “40 Acres And A Burro” – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
    “Legacy” – Gerald Wilson Orchestra
    “Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook” – Miguel Zenón

    GOSPEL FIELD

    Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
    “Do Everything” – Steven Curtis Chapman
    “Alive (Mary Magdalene)” – Natalie Grant
    “Your Love” – Brandon Heath
    WINNER “Jesus” – Le’Andria Johnson
    “I Lift My Hands” – Chris Tomlin

    Best Gospel Song
    WINNER “Hello Fear” – Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
    “Sitting With Me” – Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
    “Spiritual” – Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
    “Trust Me” – Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
    “Window” – Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

    WINNER “Blessings” – Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
    “Hold Me” – Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
    “I Lift My Hands” – Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
    “Strong Enough” – Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
    “Your Love” – Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)

    Best Gospel Album
    “The Love Album” – Kim Burrell
    “The Journey” – Andraé Crouch
    WINNER “Hello Fear” – Kirk Franklin
    “Something Big” – Mary Mary
    “Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
    “Ghosts Upon The Earth” – Gungor
    “Leaving Eden” – Brandon Heath
    “The Great Awakening” – Leeland
    “What If We Were Real” – Mandisa
    “Black & White” – Royal Tailor
    WINNER “And If Our God Is For Us…” – Chris Tomlin

    LATIN FIELD

    Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album
    “Entren Los Que Quieran” – Calle 13
    “Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar” – Gustavo Galindo
    “Nuestra” – La Vida Bohème
    “Not So Commercial” – Los Amigos Invisibles
    WINNER “Drama Y Luz” – Maná

    Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

    WINNER “Bicentenario” – Pepe Aguilar
    “Orale” – Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
    “Amor A La Musica” – Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle
    “Eres Un Farsante” – Paquita La Del Barrio
    “Huevos Rancheros” – Joan Sebastian

    Best Banda or Norteño Album
    “Estare Mejor” – El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario
    “Intocable 2011” – Intocable
    WINNER “Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends” – Los Tigres Del Norte
    “El Árbol” – Los Tucanes De Tijuana
    “No Vengo A Ver Si Puedo… Si Por Que Puedo Vengo” – Michael Salgado

    Best Tropical Latin Album
    “Homenaje A Los Rumberos” – Edwin Bonilla
    WINNER “The Last Mambo” – Cachao
    “Mongorama” – José Rizo’s Mongorama

    AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD

    Best Americana Album
    “Emotional Jukebox” – Linda Chorney
    “Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down” – Ry Cooder
    “Hard Bargain” – Emmylou Harris
    WINNER “Ramble At The Ryman” – Levon Helm
    “Blessed” – Lucinda Williams

    Best Bluegrass Album
    WINNER “Paper Airplane” – Alison Krauss & Union Station
    “Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale” – Jim Lauderdale
    “Rare Bird Alert” – Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
    “Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe” – The Del McCoury Band
    “A Mother’s Prayer” – Ralph Stanley
    “Sleep With One Eye Open” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves

    Best Blues Album
    “Low Country Blues” – Gregg Allman
    “Roadside Attractions” – Marcia Ball
    “Man In Motion” – Warren Haynes
    “The Reflection” – Keb Mo
    WINNER “Revelator” – Tedeschi Trucks Band

    Best Folk Album
    WINNER “Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars
    “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” – Steve Earle
    “Helplessness Blues” – Fleet Foxes
    “Ukulele Songs” – Eddie Vedder
    “The Harrow & The Harvest” – Gillian Welch

    Best Regional Roots Music Album
    “Can’t Sit Down” – C.J. Chenier
    “Wao Akua” – The Forest Of The Gods
    WINNER “Rebirth Of New Orleans” – Rebirth Brass Band
    “Grand Isle” – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
    “Not Just Another Polka” – Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

    REGGAE FIELD

    Best Reggae Album
    “Harlem-Kingston Express Live!” – Monty Alexander
    “Reggae Knights” – Israel Vibration
    WINNER “Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life” – Stephen Marley
    “Wild And Free” – Ziggy Marley
    “Summer In Kingston” – Shaggy

    WORLD MUSIC FIELD

    Best World Music Album
    “AfroCubism” – AfroCubism
    “Africa For Africa” – Femi Kuti
    “Songs From A Zulu Farm” – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    WINNER “Tassili” – Tinariwen

    CHILDREN’S FIELD

    Best Children’s Album
    WINNER “All About Bullies… Big And Small” – (Various Artists) James Cravero, Gloria Domina, Kevin Mackie, Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson, producers
    “Are We There Yet?” – The Papa Hugs Band
    “Fitness Rock & Roll” – Miss Amy
    “GulfAlive” – The Banana Plant
    “I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs Of Fox Hollow” – (Various Artists) Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, producers

    SPOKEN WORD FIELD

    Best Spoken Word Album
    “Bossypants” – Tina Fey
    “Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond” – (Various Artists) – Nathan Burbank, Bryan Cumming, Dennis Scott & David Toledo, producers
    “Hamlet (William Shakespeare)” – Dan Donohue & Various Artists – Orgeon Shakespeare Festival
    WINNER “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)” – Betty White
    “The Mark Of Zorro” – Val Kilmer & Cast

    COMEDY FIELD

    Best Comedy Album
    “Alpocalypse” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
    “Finest Hour” – Patton Oswalt
    WINNER “Hilarious” – Louis C.K.
    “Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant” – Kathy Griffin
    “Turtleneck & Chain” – The Lonely Island

    MUSICAL THEATER FIELD

    Best Musical Theater Album
    “Anything Goes” – Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, principal soloists; Rob Fisher, James Lowe & Joel Moss, producers (Cole Porter, composer/lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)
    WINNER “The Book Of Mormon” – Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)
    “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” – John Larroquette & Daniel Radcliffe, principal soloists; Robert Sher, producer (Frank Loesser, composer/lyricist) (The 2011 Broadway Cast Recording)

    MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD

    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
    WINNER “Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1” – (Various Artists)
    “Burlesque” – Christina Aguilera
    “Glee: The Music, Volume 4” – (Glee Cast)
    “Tangled” – (Various Artists)
    “True Blood: Volume 3” – (Various Artists)

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
    “Black Swan” – Clint Mansell, composer
    “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Alexandre Desplat, composer
    WINNER “The King’s Speech” – Alexandre Desplat, composer
    “The Shrine” – Ryan Shore, composer
    “Tron Legacy” – Daft Punk, composers

    Best Song Written For Visual Media
    “Born To Be Somebody” (From “Never Say Never”) – Diane Warren, songwriter (Justin Bieber)
    “Christmastime Is Killing Us” (From “Family Guy”) – Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane & Danny Smith, songwriters (Danny Smith, Ron Jones & Seth MacFarlane)
    WINNER “I See The Light” (From “Tangled”) – Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi)
    “So Long” (From “Winnie The Pooh”) – Zooey Deschanel, songwriter (Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward)
    “Where The River Goes” (From “Footloose”) – Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson & Anne Preven, songwriters (Zac Brown)
    “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” (From “Burlesque”) – Diane Warren, songwriter (Cher)

    COMPOSING/ARRANGING FIELD

    Best Instrumental Composition
    “Falling Men” – John Hollenbeck, composer (John Hollenbeck, Daniel Yvinec & Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ))
    “Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)” – Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
    “I Talk To The Trees” – Randy Brecker, composer (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
    WINNER “Life In Eleven” – Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)
    “Timeline” – Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets)

    Best Instrumental Arrangement
    “All Or Nothing At All” – Peter Jensen, arranger (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
    “In The Beginning” – Clare Fischer, arranger (The Clare Fischer Big Band)
    “Nasty Dance” – Bob Brookmeyer, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
    WINNER “Rhapsody In Blue” – Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
    “Song Without Words” – Carlos Franzetti, arranger (Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti)

    Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
    “Ao Mar” – Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza)
    “Moon Over Bourbon Street” – Rob Mathes, arranger (Sting & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra)
    “On Broadway” – Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Christian Jacob & Tierney Sutton, arrangers (The Tierney Sutton Band)
    WINNER “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” – Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)
    “The Windmills Of Your Mind” – William A. Ross, arranger (Barbra Streisand)

    PACKAGE FIELD

    Best Recording Package
    “Chickenfoot III” – Todd Gallopo, art director (Chickenfoot)
    “Good Luck & True Love” – Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
    “Rivers And Homes” – Jonathan Dagan, art director (J.Viewz)
    WINNER “Scenes From The Suburbs” – Vincent Morisset, art director (Arcade Fire)
    “Watch The Throne” – Virgil Abloh, art director (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

    Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
    “The King Of Limbs” – Donald Twain & Zachariah Wildwood, art directors (Radiohead)
    WINNER “The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story” – Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors (Bruce Springsteen)
    “25th Anniversary Music Box” – Matt Taylor & Ellen Wakayama, art directors (Danny Elfman & Tim Burton)
    “25 Years” – James Spindler, art director (Sting)
    “Wingless Angels – Deluxe Edition” – David Gorman, art director (Wingless Angels)

    ALBUM NOTES

    Best Album Notes
    “The Bang Years 1966-1968” – Neil Diamond, album notes writer (Neil Diamond)
    “The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music” – Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
    “Complete Mythology” – Ken Shipley, album notes writer (Syl Johnson)
    WINNER “Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s” – Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists)
    “The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B And Soulful Sounds From Berkeley, California 1950-75” – Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)

    HISTORICAL FIELD

    Best Historical Album
    WINNER “Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)” – Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
    “The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music” – Christopher C. King & Ted Olson, compilation producers; Christopher C. King & Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
    “Complete Mythology” – Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer (Syl Johnson)
    “Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s” – Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
    “Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters” – Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Elvis Presley)

    PRODUCTION, NON CLASSICAL FIELD

    Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
    “Follow Me Down” – Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Sangwook “Sunny” Nam & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Sarah Jarosz)
    “The Harrow & The Harvest” – Matt Andrews, engineer; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer (Gillian Welch)
    “Music Is Better Than Words” – Rich Breen & Frank Filipetti, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Seth MacFarlane)
    “The Next Right Thing” – Kevin Killen, Brendan Muldowney & John Shyloski, engineers; John Shyloski, mastering engineer (Seth Glier)
    WINNER “Paper Airplane” – Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
    Danger Mouse – “Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Present Rome” (Gilda Buttá, Luciano Ciccaglioni, Gegé Munari, Dario Rosciglione, Antonello Vannucchi et al) (A); “Meyrin Fields EP” (Broken Bells) (S)
    WINNER Paul Epworth – “Call It What You Want” (Foster The People) (T); “I Would Do Anything For You” (Foster The People) (T); “I’ll Be Waiting” (Adele) (T); “Life On The Nickel” (Foster The People) (T); “No One’s Gonna Love You” (Cee-Lo Green) (S); “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele) (T)
    The Smeezingtons – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (Bruno Mars) (A); “If I Was You (OMG)” (Far East Movement Featuring Snoop Dogg) (T); “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil Featuring Bruno Mars) (T); “Mirror” (Lil Wayne Featuring Bruno Mars) (T); “Rocketeer” (Far East Movement Featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic) (T)
    Ryan Tedder – “Brighter Than The Sun” (Colbie Caillat) (T); “Favorite Song” (Colbie Caillat Featuring Common) (T); “I Remember Me” (Jennifer Hudson) (T); “I Was Here” (Beyoncé) (T); “Not Over You” (Gavin DeGraw) (S); “#1Nite” (One Night) (Cobra Starship) (S); “Rumour Has It” (Adele) (T); “Sweeter” (Gavin DeGraw) (T); “Who’s That Boy” (Demi Lovato Featuring Dev) (T)
    Butch Vig – “Wasting Light” (Foo Fighters) (A)

    Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
    WINNER “Cinema” (Skrillex Remix) – Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)
    “Collide” (Afrojack Remix) – Afrojack, remixer (Leona Lewis)
    “End Of Line” (Photek Remix) – Photek, remixer (Daft Punk)
    “Only Girl (In The World)” (Rosabel Club Mix) – Abel Aguilera & Ralphi Rosario, remixers (Rihanna)
    “Rope” (Deadmau5 Mix) – Deadmau5, remixer (Foo Fighters)

    SURROUND SOUND FIELD

    Best Surround Sound Album
    “An Evening With Dave Grusin” – Frank Filipetti & Eric Schilling, surround mix engineers; Frank Filipetti, surround mastering engineer; Phil Ramone, surround producer (Various Artists)
    “Grace For Drowning” – Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Paschal Byrne, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Steven Wilson)
    “Kind” – Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet)
    WINNER “Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)” – Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek & The Dominos)
    “Spohr: String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31” – Andreas Spreer, surround mix engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround mastering engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround producer (Camerata Freden)

    PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD

    Best Engineered Album, Classical
    WINNER “Aldridge: Elmer Gantry” – Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
    “Glazunov: Complete Concertos” – Richard King, engineer (José Serebrier, Alexey Serov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Alexander Romanovsky, Rachel Barton Pine, Marc Chisson & Russian National Orchestra)
    “Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide” – Tom Lazarus & Bill Maylone, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird)
    “Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4” – Arne Akselberg, engineer (Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano & London Symphony Orchestra)
    “Weinberg: Symphony No. 3 & Suite No. 4 From ‘The Golden Key’” – Torbjörn Samuelsson, engineer (Thord Svedlund & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra)

    Producer Of The Year, Classical
    Blanton Alspaugh – “Aldridge: Elmer Gantry” (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra); “Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas” (Peter Takács); “Osterfield: Rocky Streams” (Paul Osterfield, Todd Waldecker & Various Artists)
    Manfred Eicher – “Bach: Concertos & Sinfonias For Oboe; Ich Hatte Viel Bekümmernis” (Heinz Holliger, Eric Höbarth & Camerata Bern); “Hymns & Prayers” (Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica); “Manto & Madrigals” (Thomas Zehetmair & Ruth Killius); “Songs Of Ascension” (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6 & Montclair State University Singers); “Tchaikovsky/Kissine: Piano Trios” (Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite & Khatia Buniatishvili); “A Worcester Ladymass” (Trio Mediaeval)
    David Frost – “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live” (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass); “Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide” (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird); “Prayers & Alleluias” (Kenneth Dake); “Sharon Isbin & Friends” – Guitar Passions (Sharon Isbin & Various Artists)
    Peter Rutenberg – “Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45” (Patrick Dupré Quigley, James K. Bass, Seraphic Fire & Professional Choral Institute); “The Vanishing Nordic Chorale” (Philip Spray & Musik Ekklesia)
    WINNER Judith Sherman – “Adams: Son Of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet” (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble); “Capricho Latino” (Rachel Barton Pine); “85th Birthday Celebration” (Claude Frank); “Insects & Paper Airplanes – Chamber Music Of Lawrence Dillon” (Daedalus Quartet & Benjamin Hochman); “Midnight Frolic – The Broadway Theater Music Of Louis A. Hirsch” (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra); “Notable Women – Trios By Today’s Female Composers” (Lincoln Trio); “The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 – String Quartets By Dmitri Shostakovich & His Contemporaries” (Pacifica Quartet); “Speak!” (Anthony De Mare); “State Of The Art” – The American Brass Quintet At 50 (The American Brass Quintet); “Steve Reich: WTC 9/11; Mallet Quartet; Dance Patterns (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians & So Percussion); “Winging It – Piano Music Of John Corigliano” (Ursula Oppens)

    CLASSICAL FIELD

    Best Orchestral Performance
    “Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2” – Andrew Davis, conductor (BBC Philharmonic)
    WINNER “Brahms: Symphony No. 4” – Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
    “Haydn: Symphonies 104, 88 & 101” – Nicholas McGegan, conductor (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra)
    “Henze: Symphonies Nos. 3-5” – Marek Janowski, conductor (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin)
    “Martinu: The 6 Symphonies” – Jirí Belohlávek, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

    Best Opera Recording
    WINNER “Adams: Doctor Atomic” – Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
    “Britten: Billy Budd” – Mark Elder, conductor; John Mark Ainsley, Phillip Ens, Jacques Imbrailo, Darren Jeffery, Iain Paterson & Matthew Rose; James Whitbourn, producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)
    “Rautavaara: Kaivos” – Hannu Lintu, conductor; Jaakko Kortekangas, Hannu Niemelä, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano & Mati Turi; Seppo Siirala, producer (Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Kaivos Chorus)
    “Verdi: La Traviata” – Antonio Pappano, conductor; Joseph Calleja, Renée Fleming & Thomas Hampson; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)
    “Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte” – Fabio Biondi, conductor; Romina Basso, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu & Rolando Villazón; Daniel Zalay, producer (Europa Galante; Coro Da Camera Santa Cecilia Di Borgo San Lorenzo)

    Best Choral Performance
    “Beyond All Mortal Dreams – American A Cappella” – Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge)
    “Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45” – Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; James K. Bass, chorus master (Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Max Tipton & Teresa Wakim; Professional Choral Institute & Seraphic Fire)
    “Kind” – Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96)
    WINNER “Light & Gold” – Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King’s Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)
    “The Natural World Of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen” – Paul Hillier, conductor (Ars Nova Copenhagen)

    Best Small Ensemble Performance
    “Frank: Hilos” – Gabriela Lena Frank; ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
    “The Kingdoms Of Castille” – Richard Savino, conductor; El Mundo
    WINNER “Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide” – Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
    “A Seraphic Fire Christmas” – Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Seraphic Fire
    “Sound The Bells!” – The Bay Brass

    Best Classical Instrumental Solo
    “Chinese Recorder Concertos – East Meets West” – Lan Shui, conductor; Michala Petri (Copenhagen Philharmonic)
    “Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini” – Yuja Wang (Claudio Abbado; Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
    “Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4” – Leif Ove Andsnes (Antonio Pappano; London Symphony Orchestra)
    WINNER “Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra” – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony); Track from: “Schwantner: Chasing Light…”
    “Winging It – Piano Music Of John Corigliano” – Ursula Oppens

    Best Classical Vocal Solo
    WINNER “Diva Divo” – Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L’Opéra National De Lyon)
    “Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemøy Synsk” – Marianne Beate Kielland (Nils Anders Mortensen)
    “Handel: Cleopatra” – Natalie Dessay (Emmanuelle Haïm; Le Concert D’Astrée)
    “Purcell: O Solitude” – Andreas Scholl (Stefano Montanari; Christophe Dumaux; Accademia Bizantina)
    “Three Baroque Tenors” – Ian Bostridge (Bernard Labadie; Mark Bennett, Andrew Clarke, Sophie Daneman, Alberto Grazzi, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Benjamin Hulett & Madeline Shaw; The English Concert)

    Best Contemporary Classical Composition
    WINNER “Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry” – Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein
    “Crumb, George: The Ghosts Of Alhambra” – George Crumb; Track from: “Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 15”
    “Friedman, Jefferson: String Quartet No. 3” – Jefferson Friedman; Track from: “Jefferson Friedman: Quartets”
    “Mackey, Steven: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide” – Steven Mackey
    “Ruders, Poul: Piano Concerto No. 2” – Poul Ruders; Track from: “Music Of Poul Ruders, Vol. 6”

    MUSIC VIDEO FIELD

    Best Short Form Music Video
    WINNER “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele; Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer
    “Yes I Know” – Memory Tapes; Eric Epstein, video director; Eric Epstein, video producer
    “All Is Not Lost” – OK Go; Itamar Kubovy, Damian Kulash Jr & Trish Sie, video directors; Shirley Moyers, video producer
    “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead; Garth Jennings, video director; Garth Jennings, video producer
    “First Of The Year (Equinox)” – Skrillex; Tony Truand, video director; Noah Klein, video producer
    “Perform This Way” – “Weird Al” Yankovic; “Weird Al” Yankovic, video director; Cisco Newman, video producer

    Best Long Form Music Video
    “I Am…World Tour” – Beyoncé; Ed Burke, Frank Gatson Jr. & Beyoncé Knowles, video directors; Beyoncé Knowles & Camille Yorrick, video producers

    WINNER “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth” – Foo Fighters; James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

    “Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon” – Kings Of Leon; Stephen C. Mitchell, video director; Casey McGrath, video producer

    “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” – A Tribe Called Quest; Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers

    “Nine Types Of Light” – TV On The Radio; Tunde Adebimpe, video director; Michelle An & Braj, video producers

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  • KI Takes 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch Title

    Results for the 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch:
    1st Place – KI

    2nd Place – Rikki Jai

    3rd Place – Rick Ramoutar

    10 – Haresh Singh 681
    9 – Sally Sagram – 721
    8 – Sassy Ramoutar – 821
    7 – Fiona Singh – 1124
    6 – Terry Gajraj – 1240
    5 – Artie Butkoon –
    4 – Nigel Salickram – 3879
    3 – Rick Ramoutar – 3982
    2 – Rikki Jai – 32,781
    1 – Ki Persad – 36,737 – 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch King

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  • Whitney Houston A Perfect Example of an Artist

    Whitney Houston an incredible vocal range passaway at the 48-year-old Feb 11 2012 R.I.P. Whitney Houston was a perfect example of an artist that is a real artist that do not need auto tone, backup singers and dancers to make her sound good and look good. We need more artist like that today. Whitney Houston’s music will live on forever. Whitney will be missed. We are sending our sympathy to family, friends, fans and loved ones of Whitney Houston. – Tropicalfete.com

    We at the Miss Caribbean United States Pageant would like to send our

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  • Jam Central Socaholics Mix: Vives Cyah Dun! best Soca & Riddim for 2012

    1. I AM SOCA – PATRICE ROBERTS FT. KERWIN DUBOIS
    2. RUNAWAY – KERWIN DUBOIS FT. BUNJI GARLIN
    3. ROLL IT – HYPA SOUNDS
    4. JUSSO – BLAXX
    5. KINKY WINE – BENJAI
    6. WINING ADDICTION – SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER

    RED BULL RIDDIM
    7. BAM BAM – BUNJI GARLIN
    8. PRESSURE WAIST – TIAN WINTERS
    9. GIH ME – PATRICE ROBERTS FT. SWAPPI 4D
    10. GO DOWN – ORLANDO OCTAVE FT. KERRY JOHN
    11. FREE UP – M1 (MR. MENACE)
    12. ATTITUDE – DESTRA

    RICH BOY RIDDIM
    13. WORK – LIL RICK
    14. WHAT TIME IS IT? (6:30) – SKINNY FABULOUS
    15. HARDER WUK – SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER
    16. ACTION – TC

    SOCA SKA RIDDIM
    17. BANG BANG – TC
    18. TROUBLE – SHAL MARSHALL

    COCA COLA RIDDIM
    19. TAKE YUH TIME – BENJAI
    20. ROCK YUH BODY – UMI MARCANO

    BREAK-IN-TRANCE RIDDIM
    21. DRINK IT UP – UMI MARCANO
    22. BREAKING AWAY – DESTRA GARCIA

    23. NOTHING LESS – K. RICH
    24. BADDIS’ – DESTRA GARCIA FT. KERWIN DUBOIS
    25. ON THE AVENUE – MACHEL MONTANO

    ANTILLES RIDDIM
    26. VIBES CYAH DUN – MACHEL MONTANO
    27. SHIVER – NADIA BATSON
    28. IN YOUR EYES – ERPHAAN ALVES
    29. BACHANALIST – KERWIN DUBOIS

    SAX MAN RIDDIM
    30. TAGGING ALONG – KES & TIMEKA MARSHALL
    31. CHARDE – SWAPPI 4D

    32. BUBBLE ON A DJ – SWAPPI 4D
    33. PRECISION WINE – KES THE BAND
    34. LOOKIN’ GOOD – ZAN

    MASERATI RIDDIM
    35. IN CHARGE – MACHEL MONTANO
    36. RUDE GYAL – KIMBA SORZANO
    37. CALL MEH – OLATUNJI YEARWOOD
    38. WE TIME – JW & BLAZE

    39. MURDER YOUR BAM BAM (M.Y.B.) – KUTTIT
    40. REPRESENT – MACHEL MONTANO

    40 FT. RIDDIM
    41. DESTROY EVERYTHING – MX PRIME
    42. SO & SO – BUNJI GARLIN
    43. LEH WE WUK (BEHIND DE TRUCK) – JAHMOUN & UMI MARCANO

    44. TYPE AH WINE – SHAL MARSHALL
    45. MR. FETE – MACHEL MONTANO

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  • Steel Pulse Announces 2012 Winter Tour

    Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy – Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.

    “We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some point”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially in the black communities right now”.

    The band have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and especially Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York. 2012 commemorates the 20th anniversary of this action.

    Steel Pulse is the only UK reggae group to win a Grammy. In 1986, Babylon The Bandit Album won the Best Reggae Album category. Their international success earned them further Grammy Nominations for their albums, Victims, Rastafari Centennial, Rage & Fury, Living Legacy and African Holocaust.
    Invited guest appearances include Arsenio Hall, ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, The Montel Williams Show and ‘Late Night’ with Conan O’Brien. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Jay Leno, Branford Marsalis, C Thomas Howell and Robert Townsend have all had cameo appearances in Steel Pulse videos. The band have been joined live on stage by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder to the Stranglers and have performed live with Bob Marley & the Wailers, Sting, Inxs, Santana, Robert Palmer, Peter Tosh, Herbie Hancock and Bob Dylan, amongst others. A collaboration with Spike Lee on the Do The Right Thing movie soundtrack in 1989 resulted in David’s composition ‘Can’t Stand It’ featuring in the movie.
    In 1993, at the request of the Clinton Administration, they became the first reggae band ever to perform during the inaugural festivities at The White House
    Steel Pulse, started out performing on the British punk scene with groups like Generation X as part of the Rock Against Racism movement was founded in the Handsworth section of Birmingham by Hinds, and core members Selwyn Brown and, Steve Nisbett. Their original Bass player, Ronald McQueen, named the group after a popular racehorse.
    2012 has seen the release of Rocksteady a film co-starring David Hinds and featuring the band’s live members. The Hind’s track Rocksteady was composed especially for the movie.
    January 2012 saw the group perform in Haiti for the first time. The track Hold on 4 Haiti was written as result of the earthquake and they have been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for the relief effort with Partners in Health. Previously the band made a massive contribution to Hurricane Katrina.
    Steel Pulse are currently working on a new album which will be released later in the year and also a documentary of their long career which features live footage and interviews.
    Steel Pulse is David Hinds (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Selwyn Brown (Vocals, Keyboards).
    Tour Dates

    2/21 – The National- Richmond, VA

    2/22 – 9:30 Club- Washington, DC
    2/23 – Union Transfer- Philadelphia, PA

    2/24 – The Stone Pony- Ashbury Park, NJ

    2/25 – Terminal 5- New York, NY **

    2/26 – House of Blues- Boston, MA **

    ** With Galactic

    Past Albums
    1978 – Handsworth Revolution (Island)
    1979 – Tribute To The Martyrs (Island)
    1980 – Caught You/ Reggae Fever (Island)
    1982 – True Democracy (Elektra)
    1984 – Earth Crisis (Elektra)
    1985 – Babylon The Bandit (Elektra)
    1985 – Island Greats (Mango)
    1988 – State of Emergency (MCA)
    1991 – Victims (MCA)
    1992 – Rastafari Centennial (MCA)
    1993 – Smash Hits (Elektra)
    1994 – Vex (MCA)
    1996 – Rastanthology (Wise Man Doctrine)
    1997 – Rage & Fury (Mesa Atlantic)
    1999 – Living Legacy (Tuff Gong)
    2004 – African Holocaust (Sanctuary/ Nocturne)

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  • Beenie Man and Dwayne Bravo Blazing West Indies Cricketing All-Rounder HIT

    From T20 Champion To Top 20 Superstar – Blazing West Indies Cricketing All-Rounder Dwayne Bravo – Releases Second Hit Collaboration With Grammy-Award Winning International Superstar Beenie Man!

    As if winning the Caribbean T20 tournament as part of the championship Trinidad and Tobago “Red Force” cricket team and being member of a star-studded Sydney Sixers squad that went onto win this year’s glittering Australian Big Bash title, much to the delight of his millions of fans and followers worldwide wasn’t enough, the energetic, high-profile West Indian international cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, hasn’t simply been sitting back relaxing during a rare few days off in his hectic schedule.

    Instead, accompanied by his agent and close friend, Grammy-award winning international superstar Beenie Man, the charismatic Bravo has been back in the studio, busy recording a hit new single which was released late Monday evening via Trinidad’s leading stations, Slam 100.5FM and Synergy TV, causing a media and fan frenzy over the catchy new track.

    But Bravo, nicknamed the “Caribbean Powerhouse,” hasn’t stopped there. The exciting new Dwayne Bravo Surprise-A-Super-Fan initiative is also becoming an enormous hit with his supporters around the world after Bravo and his team decided to show his deep appreciation for his global fan base by surprising unsuspecting “Dwayne Bravo Super Fans,” nominated for a Bravo Surprise Visit by their friends and family. The sporting celebrity stated that he wants to use the “Surprise-A-Super-Fan” initiative to “inspire” people to reach for the same goals he has worked towards all his life, and to give something back to his fans for their years of unwavering support.

    His management team have also put into place a carefully constructed social media campaign ahead of his much-anticipated official website launch, with the Brand Bravo campaign set to include exciting competition giveaways from sponsors, signed memorabilia from Bravo himself and ongoing updates on the sporting megastar’s cricketing successes and his forthcoming commercial projects, including an exclusive new clothing line set to launch in 2012.

    Despite a hectic schedule and a multitude of ventures being developed under the shining star of Brand Bravo, the gifted 28 year-old cricketing all-rounder remains humble, down-to-earth and certain about one thing: cricket remains his greatest priority and biggest love; his determination to get back into the West Indies uniform being his most crucial focus.

    The hit new single by Dwayne Bravo and Beenie Man, “Bad Man Soca,” is out now! Listen to the tune for your chance to win exclusive, autographed memorabilia via Dwayne Bravo’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.

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  • Inner Circle Presents a “DUBets” Album in Celebration of Jamaica 50

    MIAMI, FL – “We love the country of Jamaica, that is our home and keeping alive the spirit of reggae music is what we do” – Roger Lewis of Inner Circle. With that thought, Inner Circle is calling for a celebration of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence.

    Inner Circle is helping usher in Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence with a new collaboration album entitled The DUBets. The first single off of The DUBets, “Oh, Jamaica” is a heart felt ode to the Caribbean nation and features one of the islands best kept secrets, AJ Brown. The DUBets is a collaboration album that features some of reggae’s most influential artists including Jacob Miller, Ali Campbell of UB40, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Kymani Marley, Prince Midus, and veteran reggae crooner Glen Washington.

    Since 2009’s State of da World album, Inner Circle has been working at a whirlwind pace touring across the world as well as recording a compilation album entitled, The Reggae Wave, with South Florida’s brightest reggae talent. Uniting the world through music, The Reggae Wave project includes Jahfe, The Resolvers, Spred The Dub, Stampede Movement, Mixed Culture, Skafyah and Fourth Dimension. The Reggae Wave will be opening for Inner Circle and Third World at the Reggae Jam Concert on February 24th at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, FL.

    To take a look behind the scenes of the making of “Oh, Jamaica” with Inner Circle featuring AJ Brown click on the link: http://youtu.be/8_Ps7kIH7SM

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  • GROOVY SOCA ARTIST, PHOENIX (daughter if the Mighty Sparrow)

    PHOENIX, daughter of The Mighty Sparrow – Calypso King of the World, exclusive new singles, So Twisted and Tipsy.


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    She is performing on several shows this carnival season (in celebration of Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th year of Independence). Currently she has 2 great Groovy Soca tunes – So Twisted and Tipsy; and the hot Jouvert single Hypnotize on the Jab Whistle rhythm from Metronome Records- Grenada.

    PHOENIX

    Phoenix Francisco realized her love for the performing arts at the tender age of six. Being the third daughter of Dr. Slinger Francisco a.k.a the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso King of the World, Phoenix grew up in a household surrounded by rhythm and talented musicians. As a result, her life revolved around the stage and learning from the many legends her father worked with. Through these experiences she developed and cultivated her love for all genres of music and for her Trinidadian heritage, including her father’s many musical contributions.

    For eleven years Phoenix performed as a vocalist in the annual National Music Festival (Trinidad and Tobago). She also studied under great artists such as classical pianist, the late Treasure LaChapelle (concert pianist), Ava Agarde (folk musician) and renowned opera singer & Harlem based choir teacher, Lorna Mae Myers.

    Migrating to New York City at nineteen years old, Phoenix pursued a degree in Film Production with a concentration in screenwriting at Brooklyn College (New York). During her first semester, she quickly made an impression on her teachers when she landed roles in two major plays, an opportunity traditionally offered to acting majors. As a junior she was asked to design costumes for a play in Brooklyn College by the Theater Department; the result was a complete success adding the title costume designer to her many talents. After graduating cum laude, she revisited her first love, singing, and accepted an offer to do background vocals for a reggae group called, The Fingees.

    To date, Phoenix continues to write her own material while pursuing her singing career. Writing credits also include Wine in De Place (co-written for Alison Hinds and Uncle Sam – released August 2008, produced by De Red Boyz – Barbados, on RBZ record label).

    Recently, Phoenix debuted at Club Maracas (Queens, NY) with her original single track entitled So Twisted (Produced by Phillip Nichols – Philjloton Recordings & Re-mixed by Stephen Suckarie – New Kingston Music ); currently she is preparing to release the highly anticipated Groovy Soca tune Tipsy (Produced by Stephen Suckarie – New Kingston Music) and the jouvert inspired Hypnotize (Produced by Metronome Records – Grenada). Currently she is booked for several appearances for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2012 to include a charitable event at Cyril Ross Nursery-February 15 (Tunapuna, Trinidad) and Moonlighting Boatride –February 23 (aboard the Coral Vision- P.O.S

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  • New Ebo Taylor Album Inspired By Classic Highlife

    “I wanted to go back to a highlife feeling with this album,” explains Ebo Taylor. “The songs are very personal and it is an important part of my music to keep alive many traditional Fante songs, war chants and children’s rhymes.”

    Appia Kwa Bridge, released this April, is a strident return from the Ghanaian highlife guitar legend. Featuring six new compositions, his sound is more dense and tightly locked than ever with the goup of musicians with whom he records, Berlin-based musicians Afrobeat Academy. Ebo and the Afrobeat Academy have formed a rock solid unit, having toured worldwide following their Love And Death album in 2010, including a string of dates for WOMAD. Jochen Stroh works his analogue magic once more from his base at Berlin’s Lovelite Studios.

    The album covers a variety of themes dear to Taylor. The title track references a small bridge in Ebo’s hometown of Saltpond on the Cape Coast. “It is a tiny bridge but a place known in the town where people meet, where lovers get together.” The fiery, rousing “Ayesama,” first demo-ed during the Love And Death sessions, is a Fante war cry, a taunt: “what’s your mother’s name?” “Nsu Na Kwan,” based on a Fante proverb, asks “Which is older – the river or the old road,” the sub-text encouraging respect for your elders. The brilliant “Abonsam” carries the message that Abonsam (The Devil) is responsible for evil in the world and that we should follow the Christian message.

    Elsewhere, the album features a new version of highlife anthem “Yaa Amponsah,” first recorded during the ‘20s by Jacob Sam’s Sam’s Trio before becoming a popular standard in Ghana, and a cover of an original track from Taylor’s time with Apagya Show Band during the ’70s, “Serwa Brakatu,” re-titled here as “Kruman Dey.” The closer, the acoustic “Barrima,” is a poignant tribute to Taylor’s first wife and one true love who sadly passed away during Summer 2011. “Ebo wrote the song following her passing and recorded this in one take during our last day in the studio,” reflects bandleader Ben Abarbanel-Wolff. “He was very emotional.”

    The album features a number of special guests within the credits including incomparable drummer Tony Allen, original Africa 70 guitarist Oghene Kologbo and conga maestro Addo Nettey a.k.a. Pax Nicholas. Representing the younger players, keyboard genius Kwame Yeboah, son of Ghanaian legend S.K. Yeboah, makes full use of Lovelite’s famed collection of Farfisa and Wurlitzer organs.

    Ebo Taylor’s Appia Kwa Bridge is released on Strut as a 1CD, 2LP and digitally on April 16th 2012. He will be touring worldwide from May 2012.

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  • DELUS SCORES WITH SINGLE “WHAT TOMORROW MAY BRING!”

    NEW YORK, NY: For far too long one could not say the name Delus without following up with “Konshen’s older brother?” However, this rising star is working feverishly to move out of his younger sibling’s shadow by carving a niche for himself and some would say he has succeeded.

    With his summer 2010 anthem “Look Another Gal,” Delus made fans and industry executives take a second look at his body of work. Media became enamored by not only his talent, but his humility and it seems that every day he was either doing a television, radio or print interview. His continuous drive and hard work landed him an EME Award nomination for Most Improved Artist and a MIA Awards nomination for Most Determined Artist in 2011. When the single was not being played daily on the radio, it was being played at popular weekly parties, in taxis and by street vendors. The success of the single fueled his determination to follow-up with other credible singles. And that he did.

    Delus released a slew of singles, such as “Get Away,” “Life,” “Silent River,” and “Gal My Ting Deh.” However it is his current single “What Tomorrow May Bring” that has again struck a chord with the masses. With this offering, Delus removes the veil and exposed exactly what’s on his mind. And it’s a lot! The lyrical honesty and positive message has everyone cheering and singing along. While Delus might not be sure about “What Tomorrow May Bring,” here is what’s certain: (1) tomorrow he will work just as hard – or even harder – than yesterday, (2) his track record proves that he will also continue to make quality music that everyone can identify with, and (3) his servility and love of the craft will continue to win audiences worldwide.

    “What Tomorrow May Bring” produced by Dameon Gayle of Warrior Music is available on iTunes and other digital outlets. For more information, contact Triple 7 Entertainment at 201-981-6960 (US), 876-475-5841 (JA) or email bookdelus@triple7entllc.com.

    WHAT TOMORROW MAY BRING

    CHORUS: What tomorrow may bring, nobody doh know, nobody doh know; Mi jus a gwaan do mi ting, do mi ting, mi jus a gwaan do mi ting, mi a do mi ting; What tomorrow may bring, nobody doh know, nobody doh know; So mi a gwaan do mi ting, do mi ting, mi jus a gwaan do mi ting

    VERSE 1: Mi sure bout today, tomorrow mi nuh stress ova; Just a work wid wah mi have an jus a step ova; Mi nah go try fi put mi cap whey mi han cyah reach, cyah reach; Right now mi nuh the most popular, so mi work today fi mek tomorrow get betta; Some a diss true dem have it an a gwaan like it last forever and ever; Mi a gwaan live good today, tomorrow mi nuh which number a play; Pon mi knees to the father mi pray everyday; Dats why mi nuh fret an mi nuh worry; Mi have life an fi dat mi nah go sorry; So if the morning comes and mi nuh si di sun the father can say well done

    CHORUS

    VERSE 2: One life mi have an mi a go live it how mi want; Mi nah go mek nobody come an tell mi say mi cant; Puppeteers with dem strings wah tie mi up because mi fresh to the game dem wah spoil me up; I cut my hair like dis, rock my clothes like dis, you can chose what you want but I like this; Oh I know I am not perfect but I still try; And I’ll be whatever I wanna be; Cause I’m free nobody can control me; No one on earth can predict my destiny; Dats why mi nuh worry mi have life an fi dat mi nah go sorry; So if the morning comes and mi nuh si di sun the father can say well done

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE: Take it step by step up the ladder; Mi nah go badmind mi bredda; A stay focused on my dreams; Because my slice a di cake deh out deh, u know cyah tell mi it nuh deh out deh; Mi a go fah any weh out deh and give thanks seh mi have today; What tomorrow may bring, nobody doh know; So mi a gwaan do mi ting, do mi ting, mi jus a gwaan do mi ting, mi a do mi ting; Warrior music, uplifting music, Delus representing

    CHORUS

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  • Simplykells Premiere of “Stop Wasting Time”

    SIMPLYKELLS IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE LONG ANTICIPATED VIDEO PREMIERE (DIRECTORIAL DEBUT) OF “STOP WASTING TIME” FEATURING MR. GLAMARUS & ZIGGIE BLESS. CHECK OUT OTHER VIDEOS BY SIMPLYKELLS ON WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/SIMPLYKELLS OR VISIT WWW.SIMPLYKELLS.COM. AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!! JOIN US IN STAMPING OUT THE EPIDEMIC OF IDLENESS AMONG OUR YOUTH!

    Mr. Glamarus and Ziggie Bless has produced one of the most meaningful songs that the industry has come across. “Stop Wasting Time” is a campaign started by the artists to combat the epidemic of youth idleness. With positive lyrics and a pulsating beat, “Stop Wasting Time” is an infectious song that is sure to last for generations to come!

    simplykells is a self-taught video editor and graphic designer offering affordable services to independent arts, individuals, small businesses and promoters. Services include (but are not limited to): graphic design (design/publishing cd/dvd labels, business cards, flyers and more; video (pre/post production), dvd authoring, basic website design, cd/dvd duplication services and mini dvd/vhs conversion to dvd. simplykells is also a certified Field Community Producer with BCAT Media Center (Brooklyn, NY Free Speech TV network).

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  • CJ Fans Smile and DRIFT

    Colin Jackman
    I know it’s really late coming with my song DRIFT at this time in the TnT 2k12 carnival but just to let my soca brothers and sisters know i am back in the soca ring to stay The International Soca Awards is now a big boy 10 years old so I can now focus on my music once more all the CJ fans smile….
    But you never know!!!

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  • DWNTWN Miami Concert Series this Friday, 2-10-12!

    Come out on Friday, February 10th to Bayfront Park as the DWNTWN Miami Concert Series teams up with Sweat Records to bring you some amazing local talents on the indie pop scene!
    Tristan Clopet kicks off the festivities with songs from his latest LP that are a tour-de-force of clever songwriting, lush harmonies and dancing rhythms.

    Next up Jacob Jeffries, hailed as a super singer-songwriter-keyboardist, and his band showcase their piano driven rock and roll that is bursting with hook-filled melodies and dramatic, instantlylikable vocals.

    Last, but certainly not least, Rachel Goodrich brings her eclectic blend of vaudeville-inspired indie pop and swing-jazz to the downtown stage.

    As always, this show is a sunset happy hour and food and drinks are available. Also, remember to BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket (& chairs)!

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  • Grammy Nominee Monty Alexander Brings 50 Year Career Celebration To New York With 14-Day Musical Festival

    Carib PR Wire, New York, NY: Grammy Award nominee and jazz great, the scintillating Monty Alexander, is set to take one of New York’s premier jazz venues by storm later this month as he marks the 50th year of his musical career with a multiple genre celebration.

    The Jamaican-born Commander of Distinction will marry his Caribbean musical roots with his American jazz influence and expertise as he plays the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club for two weeks – from February 20th to March 4th.

    The musician will take fans back on a 50-year musical journey – from his homeland of Jamaica where he first learnt to play the piano as a child and later fell in love with the island’s music of reggae and ska as well as the music of neighboring Trinidad and Tobago, to his American experience after moving to the U.S. as an immigrant in 1961 at the age of 17.

    That journey for Alexander, who says he plays music for the joy of playing, will include reflections from the famed New York City nightclub, Jilly’s, that Frank Sinatra called his favorite bistro. Jilly’s was ‘the place’ where many showbiz greats performed and was frequented by jazz greats like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson. The two-week celebration will also showcase an insight into the man who assisted Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991, on the album, ‘Unforgettable.’ That album won seven Grammy awards. Fans will also be able to see the side of Alexander that featured during his performances with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and his recording of the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Bird,’ a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

    ‘The Monty Alexander Festival at the Blue Note,’ which is being dubbed, “The Full Monty,” will feature the top jazz musician along with several specially invited guest artists.
    The first week of the Monty Alexander “One Love Train Ride,” will see performances from Jamaican guitar sensation Ernest Ranglin; Trinidad’s Othello Molineaux, as well as American jazz greats, including Freddie Cole, Nat King Cole’s youngest brother who just turned eighty and whose live performance is a rare treasure; Tony Award-winning Jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater; jazz vocalist, bass and drum duo John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton; jazz guitar genius Pat Martino; Jennifer Hatrswick, guitarist Russell Malone; bassist Christian McBride and organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith.

    During week two, Alexander will take the audience as the conductor of the ‘Harlem Kingston Express Train’ to the Caribbean, as he celebrates his heritage and appreciation of both Jamaica, the land of his birth and the steel pan music of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
    Fans will be able to experience a festival of genres that will travel from the early years of mento, ska, rock steady to reggae and pan music. The special invited guest performers are a Who’s Who of Caribbean artists and include vocalists – Grammy-winning singer, Shaggy; Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Taurus Riley, Dean Fraser and Diana King as well as Trinidad and Tobago singer, Designer.

    Alexander has been dubbed “a masterly pianist who delights audiences everywhere” by the London Evening Standard since the release of his two collections – ‘Uplift,’ a trio album on JLP Records, and ‘Harlem-Kingston Express’ on Motema Music – last year. Between ‘Uplift’ and ‘Harlem-Kingston Express,’ Monty Alexander has officially dominated the US Radio Charts with three number 1 spots, all in the summer of 2011. ‘Harlem-Kingston Express’ has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category at the Feb. 12th event.

    Hear more from Monty here or more for information visit www.montyalexander.com.

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