After a heated Grammy Sunday, we’re back into the swing of things with a brand new week ahead of us. I have news featuring coverage of the Grammys, Future Music Festival Asia, & Cut Copy’s Ben Browning with his solo project. Please read on after the jump.
Grammys 2012: Adele Wins Big While Stars Mourn Whitney Houston
Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Skrillex, Kanye West also win top awards
Adele swept the top categories at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home five top awards including Album of the Year for her blockbuster smash 21, Record and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.” The British singer also won for Pop Vocal Album and returned to the stage after months of medical issues for a rousing, vibrant rendition of “Rolling in the Deep.”Paul Epworth, producer of 21, also won for Producer of the Year.
While it was very much Adele’s night, Whitney Houston’s death yesterday cast a shadow over the entire ceremony, with host LL Cool J opening the show by offering a brief prayer for the late superstar. “There’s no way around this,” the rapper and actor said. “We’ve had a death in the family.” Later in the show, Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Houston by performing her own rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” the singer’s signature hit.
Houston wasn’t the only music legend being mourned at the ceremony. Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys paid homage to Etta James with a cover of her hit “A Sunday Kind of Love,” and Questlove honored Don Cornelius before Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Lil Wayne performed a tribute to electronic dance music. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton paid tribute to the still-living Glenn Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, but nevertheless hit the stage for a flawless rendition of his classic “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Bon Iver took home awards for Alternative Album and Best New Artist, beating out stiff competition from Nicki Minaj, Skrillex and the Band Perry. “It’s really hard to accept this award,” said Bon Iver songwriter Justin Vernon. “When I started to make songs, I did it for the inherent reward of making songs.” He did, in fact, accept the award.
Other big winners were Foo Fighters, who swept the rock categories and took home Rock Album for Wasting Light, and Kanye West, who won for Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, took two awards for the single “All of the Lights” and shared Rap Performance with Jay-Z for “Otis.” Neither West or Jay-Z were on hand to accept their honors. Skrillex may have been shut out for Best New Artist, but cleaned up in the electronic dance categories with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
The show included several memorable performances, including an over-the-top production of Nicki Minaj’s new track “Roman Holiday” that relied heavily on Catholic iconography, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s energetic run through their new hit “We Take Care of Our Own,” a collaboration between Coldplay and Rihanna on the song “Princess of China,” and the debut of a new song by Katy Perry in which she slams her ex-husband Russell Brand after what had seemed like amicable divorce agreement.
The Civil Wars made the most of a brief spot before Taylor Swift’s elaborate production number for “Mean” with a truncated version of their song “Barton Hollow,” and the Foo Fighters ripped through a no-frills rendition of their Grammy-winning hit “Walk” on an outdoor stage. Paul McCartney played the pop standard “My Valentine” midway through the show, and closed it with an energetic run through the closing medley of the Beatles’ Abbey Road.
The strangest performance of the night was no doubt the Beach Boys reunion, which began with Maroon 5 and Foster the People running through pitchy takes on “Surfer Girl” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” before assisting the newly reunited band on “Good Vibrations.” Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Foster the People’s Mark Foster seemed to be overjoyed by this opportunity, but Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson appeared to be totally befuddled by the situation, giving confused, vaguely horrified looks to the camera, and shuffling off stage as soon as the song ended.
(via Rolling Stone)
EDM at the Grammys
EDM’s road to the mainstream limelight hit a high on Sunday (February 12) when David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Deadmau5 and, most surprisingly, the Foo Fighters joined together at the 54th Grammy Awardsto pay tribute to electronic music.
Introduced by host LL Cool J, Chris Brown made his way through a sea of audience members, donning his best Run DMC gear. Leaving the dancing to the crowd, Breezy crooned to the tune of his David Guetta collaboration “I Can Only Imagine” as the DJ/producer jumped behind his turntables set. But the star power didn’t stop there: Lil Wayne appeared shortly after to spit his verse of the duet amid the flashing neon backdrop and jumping fans.
Once the song ended, smoke filled the air and the other side of the stage lit up to reveal the Foo Fighters. As they previously revealed to MTV News, the rock group left the dancing to the pros and stuck to what they’re good at: rocking out. Marking their second performance of the night, the band performed their single “Rope,” before transitioning into Deadmau5’s glow-in-the-dark light set.
At the time of the performance, the Foos had already nabbed four awards, including Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album, Best Hard/Rock Metal Performance and Best Long Form Music Video. MTV News recently caught up with frontman Dave Grohl, who confessed that there isn’t much of a gap between the Foos’ rock and the electronic genre.
“Well, Deadmau5 is maybe the only EDM artist I know because we did a bunch of festivals over the summer, and for whatever reason, he would be headlining over there while we were headlining over here,” Grohl said. “I guess people thought that our audiences would split, but our audiences are compatible in a way, because what he does … rocks.”
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Future Music Festival Asia Announce Lineup
The first edition of Future Music Fesival Asia has just been announced, taking place at the Sepang International Circuit, and acting as the official opening event for the upcoming F1 Grand Prix week on March 17.
The Chemical Brothers are headlining this monster event, with an extensive line up of international, regional and local acts. Bringing up the international contingent are Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Pendulum and Grandmaster Flash.
With DJs from Japan such as Shinichi Osawa, the Indian Nikhil and Pearl, and a local Malaysian crew of Kyoto Protocol, Goldfish + Blink, and Enterprise, there is a definite Asian flavour to spice up proceedings.
Cut Copy’s Ben Browning to release solo EP
While there’s no official word as yet on when we can expect a follow-up to last year’s mega-success Zonoscope, it seems local three-piece Cut Copy have nonetheless been keeping the studio warm.
The latest news from the group is that bassist Ben Browning is set to release a solo EP next month. Titled Lover Motion, the EP will be released on Cut Copy’s label Cutters come March 19. It’s been a long time coming, too – apparently Browning began work on the recording before Zonoscope was released nearly a year ago.
It’s also worth noting that there are a number of other dance names attached to the release. Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford provides synth on the EP, and Gus Franklin and Dan Whitford of Architecture in Helsinki have production credits. A remix of the EP’s first single I Can’t Stay from Future Music Festival attendee Juan Maclean is available for streaming on Soundcloud.
You can also check out the deliberately-wanky and actually quite amusing I Can’t Stayvideo below. With output like this, it’s probably safe to say that the boys aren’t too upset about losing out at the Grammy’s to Skrillex.