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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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The Grammy Awards celebrate music despite the pandemic

About a year after the first closing of American concert halls due to the “Covid 19” pandemic, the “Grammy Awards” tomorrow celebrate music and its stars, including Beyoncé, whose “Black Lives Matter” movement contributed to the great success of one of its recent songs.

The Grammy Awards ceremony was a victim of postponement due to the pandemic, just like other celebrations. The evening will be held this year in a format where the virtual character is the main element in it, and live performances and pre-recorded clips alternate.

Queen of Pop Beyoncé leads the race for the awards with nine nominations after her repeated losses in the main categories were often controversial. Beyoncé was ahead of rapper Rudi Rich, British-born Kosovar Dua Lipa, and American Taylor Swift, who each was nominated in six categories.

The singer, nicknamed “Queen B”, thus has the largest collection of nominations for the “Grammy” awards among female singers, as her total rose to 79, equivalent to Sir Paul McCartney’s number for men, while her husband Jay-Z and the legend Quincy Jones maintain the record for the female and male categories combined, which is 80 nominations.

Beyoncé’s album “Black Parade”, released in June at the height of demonstrations against discrimination against blacks in the United States, is considered the most likely to win the two main categories of awards, “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.”

Nevertheless, a number of experts are likely to win Dua Lipa, who risked releasing a very disco and dance album before the stone linked to “Covid 19”, thus achieving widespread success.

Taylor Swift won her nominations this year, following an opposite strategy. In the midst of the pandemic, she released a surprising “Folklore”, which was characterized by its simple and soft nature that implies a return to nature.

  • Rock and “Black Life Is Important” – Thanks to his successful song “The Box”, rapper Rudi Rich managed to make his way even to public awards, not just those for rap, as he was nominated for the “Song of the Year” award after he received the “Grammy Award” last year. On his collaboration with the late Nipsey Hassel.

Single entry

And the rock singer Brittany Howard was nominated in five categories for her album “Jamie”, thus achieving a single entry to the “Grammy” nominations after her fame was based on being a member of the “Alabama Shakes”.

Howard is among the front runners in the rock music categories that have been monopolized by women since the competition’s inception in 1959.

As for the young singer Billie Eilish, who last year achieved a remarkable achievement by winning in the four main categories, she may shine again during the sixty-third session, as this year she received four nominations, including the categories of «Album of the Year» and «Song of the Year», and she will compete with the Post. Malone, Justin Bieber, and rapper Da Baby.

Among the most prominent obstacles to her victory is the singer Megan The Stallion, who won four nominations, one of them in the “Best New Artist” category, where she has great chances of winning. For the new distribution of her song “Savage” with Beyonce, she deserved a nomination in the “Record of the Year” category.

MORRISON, COLORADO – SEPTEMBER 01: Phoebe Bridgers performs onstage during Day 1 of “Red Rocks Unpaused” 3-Day Music Festival presented by Visible at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 01, 2020 in Morrison, Colorado. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Visible)

Regarding the new names, rock singer Phoebe Bridgers has caught the attention of experts after her name emerged.

Among the well-known names, is Fiona Apple, whose album “Fitch The Bolt Cuters” was described by a number of critics as a “masterpiece”. This year, she will be in the first row of rock singers who have long been excluded by the American Academy of Music, the organizer of the “Grammy Awards.”

Adele … the best-selling album of the 21st century

British singing star Adele Adkins has won the title of the artist with one of the best-selling albums in the United Kingdom during the current century, beating her counterparts such as Pink, Madonna, Rihanna, and others, according to the classification of “The British Bonographic Industry” which represents the British music industry.

According to news websites, her album titled “21” has also been tagged as the number one album in the United Kingdom by a female artist since 2000, after releasing 6 million copies in the United Kingdom alone.

These new numbers came out to coincide with the return of the National Music Album Day scheduled for October 21 to “Celebrate Women in Music” as the theme for 2021.

“We are delighted that National Album Day is back in its fourth edition, highlighting this year the tremendous contribution women are making to the music world,” said Jeff Taylor, CEO of BPI, and Kim Bailey, CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association. Emphasizing that while developing the ways in which fans of tone and note enjoy music, the album remains central to the artists ‘expression of themselves and fans’ understanding of what it has to say to them. So National Album Day is an opportunity for artists and fans alike to celebrate this beloved art form and remind ourselves of the continuous power of albums to tell stories, influence, and inspire.

reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away

The death of the Jamaican singer and percussionist, Bunny wailer, a legend of reggae music, died on Tuesday at the age of 73 at Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston (Jamaica), and his departure marked the end of an era for this musical movement.

Wheeler (real name Neville Livingston) had a stroke in 2018 and then suffered a second health crisis in July 2020, and was at the time the only surviving member of the historic trio.

Bunny Wheeler was born in 1947 in Nine Mile (North Jamaica), where he met Bob Marley as a child, and a friendship arose between them, and later, his father became the life partner of Bob Marley’s mother.

Wheeler and Marley moved to Trunch Town, an area in Kingston, where they were influenced by their meeting with Joe Higgs, considered by many to be a pioneer of reggae music, and he encouraged them to form the first trio with Peter Touche.

In a 2013 interview, Bunny wailer recounted that Higgs “took time at the expense of his career” to teach the three teens about musical techniques, as none of them had studied music before that.

The late artist Bob Marley’s account also published a special condolence based on one of Bob Marley’s songs, in which he said: “Live for yourself and you will live in vain, live for others, you will live again.”

Daft Punk split up, the most famous French singing duo around the world, after a successful career

The two members of Daft Punk, the most famous French singing duo around the world, announced their separation in the news that shocked the global art scene. The two artists with a distinctive style and look, where they never reveal their faces, published an eight-minute video clip in which they announced the end of the joint artistic journey that spanned nearly three decades, and earned them unrivaled international fame. The news of the separation was an event on social media and honorary gestures praising their rich artistic career poured in.

In news that caused shock in the musical community, the two members of Daft Punk, the most famous French singing duo in the world, announced their separation Monday through a video clip titled “The Conclusion” after a career full of successes that lasted nearly three decades.

The video, which is about eight minutes long and posted on social networks, shows the two members of the band wearing their famous robot helmets as they walk through barren desert land.

After they met silently and face to face for a few seconds, one of them switched on the other’s back a counterclockwise, which ended a minute later by detonating it automatically to become a mere cloud of smoke.

A media official who traditionally collaborated with the world-famous French singing duo in electro music confirmed the separation of the band, which was founded in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter (46 years) and Guy Manuel de Homem Christou (47 years).

French musician Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer in the electronic genre, told Agence France-Presse, commenting on the news of the separation, “We have always cultivated a sense of contradiction, while the whole world puts on a mask and they decided to remove it.”

Jarre praised Daftbank’s “unique” musical style and “the exquisite elegance they showed in saying goodbye to the crowd.”

The news of Daftbank’s separation sparked the Twitter network, as an average of 32 tweets were published per second, according to Visibrain.

And among the unexpected gestures of honor, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces re-posted a tweet for a music clip containing a mixture of Daft Punk works played by a military band during the official celebrations of the French National Day on July 14, 2017.

Salsa legend Johnny Pacheco dies in New York

The famous musician, Johnny Pacheco, classified as one of the godfathers of salsa music, died on Monday in New York at the age of 85, his family announced.

The musician had been admitted to the emergency hospital a few days ago due to pneumonia. “With great pain in the soul and a great emptiness in the heart, I announce to you that Maestro Johnny Pacheco passed away peacefully today. A thousand thanks for your prayers and for all the love you have always given,” said Koki Pacheco, wife of Johnny Pacheco, in a statement posted on his official Facebook account.

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2010 file photo, Dominican artist Johnny Pacheco poses for photographers on the red carpet as he goes in to record the Spanish language version of “We Are The World” (Somos el Mundo) with other top Latin music artists in Miami. The Salsa legend has died on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1935, the musician, composer, and producer founded Vania Records Productions and the historic “Vania All-Stars” group who have teamed up with the biggest names in salsa, including the likes of Celia Cruz, Hector Lavos, and Willie Colon.

Johnny Pacheco at Gibson autographing a guitar during The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Backstage Lounge by Distinctive Assets – Day 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)

Born on March 25, 1935, in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican city, Pacheco, whose real name is Juan Azarias Pacheco, arrived in New York with his family as a child.

After musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York, he began his career in the 1950s before entering the world of fame with the Pacheco yo Charanga Orchestra. In 1964 Pacheco founded the company “Vania Records” with attorney Gerald “Jerry” Masucci.

Timberlake publicly apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson

On Friday, American pop star Justin Timberlake issued a public apology to his former girlfriend, American pop singer Britney Spears and singer Janet Jackson, saying he had “failed them earlier.”

Timberlake, 40, wrote on his Instagram account, “I want to specifically apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, because I care about these two women and respect them, and I know that I let them down.”

He added, “I realize that I have fallen short in these and many other moments, and have benefited from a system that condones racism and misogyny.” While there was no immediate response from representatives of Jackson and Spears to requests from “Reuters” agency for comment.

Jazz legend Chick Corea says goodbye to life with a message to his fans

On Tuesday, death was absent from American pianist Chick Corea, the legend of jazz, at the age of 79, after an artistic career during which he took jazz towards a more liberal and open form that formed a mixture with other musical genres.

According to a statement published by the late artist’s team on his Facebook page, Thursday, Corea died of a rare type of cancer “that was only discovered a very short time ago.”

The statement stated that he wrote before his death a message saying: “I want to thank everyone who helped light the torch throughout the journey.”

“I hope that those who want to play, write and participate in a work of art will be able to do it. If it is not for themselves, it is for us. Not only because the world needs more artists, but because that is more fun,” he added.

Playing before knowledge
Chick Corea was a composer and pioneer in electrical and electronic keyboards, and along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett was one of the most influential pianists of the twentieth century. His “Spin” and “500 Miles High” or “La Fiesta” pieces became classics.

Corea, who came from the US state of Massachusetts, is the son of a trumpeter in the field of jazz, and he learned to play the piano before he mastered reading, then he learned to play drums at the age of eleven.

After high school, he joined Columbia University in New York in 1959, but decided to leave the academic path and devote himself to music after watching trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane in a jazz club.

Improvisational release
His first solo records date back to the end of the 1960s, with the most prominent being “Ise”, which was characterized by improvisation.

And in the fall of 1968, Corea replaced the famous pianist Herbie Hancock during a concert in Baltimore for the band founded by Miles Davis. “Play the simplicity of what you hear,” Davis told him that day. Corea later said, “It liberated me because I was used to playing improvisational music.”

The two established a more liberal type of jazz, without pre-rehearsals, that featured each musician performing the piece in his own way.

With Chick Corea, Miles Davis recorded some of his major records, most notably “Beaches Pro” (1970) which was a pivotal point in liberating jazz from its strict rules and opening it to other styles, particularly rock.

This experience marked the birth of what is known as “jazz fusion”, a style that mixes jazz with influences from other genres including rock, funk, and blues.

23 awards
In 1971, Jarrett established his own band “Return to Forever” to continue his musical adventure, and during his career he won no fewer than 23 Grammy Awards, the American Music Industry Awards, the last of which was in 2019.

The statement, published Thursday, stressed that “Cheek was, throughout his life and career, feeling happy, free and happy to invent something new.”

The musician added in his message: “My mission has always been to provide the joy of creativity wherever I can, and the richness of my life is that I have done so with all the artists I love so much.”

Rejected Trump medals … Dolly Parton is still at the forefront despite her 75th birthday

The American Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, is still very active despite her 75th birthday, if the singer, who twice rejected former President Donald Trump’s offer to award her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, finally appears in an advertisement presented on the occasion of the American soccer final, “Super Bowl”.

By converting the lyrics of her song “9 to 5” to “5 to 9”, the American singer attracted great momentum for an advertisement presented by the “Square Space” company, which specializes in websites, especially before the “Super Bowl” game, which will be held on Sunday, a very important event for brands.

Parton had used the services of “Square Space” to market her new fragrance, “Saint From Above” (Perfume from Above), which she launches during the break during the expected match, Sunday.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 05: Dolly Parton attends We Are Family Foundation honors Dolly Parton & Jean Paul Gaultier at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 05, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

9 to 5
The song “9 to 5” goes back to 1980, when Parton sang it for the film of the same title and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Music, and for 4 Grammy Awards, of which she won two. This song became an anthem to office workers in the United States.

In an interview with NBC television on Monday, Parton said the ad “was a great way to update that song with new words.”

The Square Space ad features entrepreneurs pursuing their hobbies alongside their office work. And Barton said that the advertisement also contributes “to show what these people are doing.”

She refused the Trump Medal
Beyond this ad campaign, Dolly Parton, who won another nomination for the prestigious Grammy Awards last November, revealed that she twice rejected the Presidential Medal of Freedom offered to her by former US President Donald Trump, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

“I could not accept this medal from Trump because my husband was sick and then they came again to ask me about it, but I could not travel due to the (Covid-19) pandemic,” Barton said in her speech to the same station.

During his term in office, Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 24 people, including the late singer Elvis Presley.

Barton indicated that President Joe Biden’s administration also wanted to award it this high honor, but said it was also uncertain that it would accept his receipt.

Distance from politics
“I now feel that if I receive the medal (from Biden), I will be practicing politics,” added Barton, who is currently the star of a very popular podcast, explaining that for this reason, she is “not sure” that she will accept this medal.

As for the Congressional Gold Medal, Dolly Parton was firm in her answer, if she said, “I do not work for (getting) this kind of award.”

The American media recently dubbed Dolly Parton “America’s savior,” due to her donation last April of a million dollars to universities in Tennessee conducting research to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus.

“This year I want my birthday to be an invitation to kindness,” said the owner of the famous song “Julien” on January 19, the day she celebrated her 75th birthday.

Amr Diab leads the trend with pictures with the presenter, Anji Kiwan

Amr Diab led the trend, after the spread of his pictures with the broadcaster Engy Kiwan, which raised questions from his fans about the reasons for these pictures, and sources confirmed that the pictures are due to the scenes of a new advertisement for him in Dubai.

Some of Amr Diab’s fans expected that the pictures will be among the scenes of his filming one of his new clips, especially since he released his album “Ya Ana Ya La” during the last period, and it met with great success.

Amr Diab is spending his current vacation in Dubai, and from time to time his followers and fans share a shot of him accompanied by his friends in the Emirati city, and he had published a new photo through his personal account on the Instagram site, through which he appeared driving his car in the streets of the United Arab Emirates.

Amr Diab had shared his fans and fans through his personal account on the social networking site Instagram, a video clip revealing the scenes of his last concert that he performed in the United Arab Emirates, within the activities of the shopping festival, where the video documented the extent of the audience’s interaction with him during the ceremony, along with the appearance of his daughter Kenzi and his son Abdullah with him On stage, his account commented on the video saying: “Summary of the Dubai 2021 concert … the summary of Amr Diab’s concert at Dubai International Stadium.”

Marilyn Manson is accused of rape … and the victims reveal what happened

The American singer, Marilyn Manson, was charged on Monday with rape and sexual assault of several women, including American actress Evin Rachel Wood, who said she faced “horrific abuse for years.”

The American singer, Marilyn Manson, was charged on Monday with rape and sexual assault of several women, including American actress Evin Rachel Wood, who said she faced “horrific abuse for years.”

And published at least five women, almost simultaneously on their accounts on “Instagram”, accusations of the singer, whose original name is Brian Hugh Warner.

Even Rachel Wood, 33, confirms that the singer “psychologically manipulated her” when she was under the age of twenty, saying that she was then subjected to “horrific violations for years.”

The actress, who was especially known for her role in the series “Westworld”, was officially sharing the life of Marilyn Manson for years, before their engagement in 2010, which lasted only a few months.

In 2018, the actress testified before the Judicial Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives, in which she spoke of her long-suffering as a victim of psychological and physical abuse.

In a message posted on Monday, the actress revealed that her assailant, whose identity had not been revealed before, was Brian Hugh Warner.

She was confirmed to Congress that she was raped several times, according to the agency “Agence France Presse.”

In the same context, four other women, who say they had a relationship with the singer, accused the two, Marilyn Manson, of manipulating them, sexual harassment, mistreatment, and threatening them.

One of the women, who started her relationship with the singer in 2015, also spoke of being raped several times.

Marilyn Manson, 52, built his image on his mysterious personality, bizarre appearance, and two-color eyesight.

The women who testified on Monday, many of whom admired the artist, spoke of Marilyn Manson’s twisted methods of seducing and entrapping them, saying that he was threatening them with death or forcing them to take drugs.

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