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Arcade Fire tops JUNO Awards Nominations with six

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The nominations for the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards have just been revealed. Arcade Fire scored six nominations including Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Reflektor. This is even one more nod than the five they got from their masterpiece and GRAMMY-Award winning, The Suburbs. The Montreal ensemble is also up for Group of the Year, a category they previously won in 2008 and 2011, they are also up for Songwriter of the Year and, for the very first time, to the JUNO Fan Choice Award. The song “Reflektor” received a nod for Single of the Year. Continue reading “Arcade Fire tops JUNO Awards Nominations with six”

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Odds for the 2014 Juno Awards

juno-award-statueThe JUNO Awards, Canada’s music awards, are just around the corner. Nomination for the 43rd annual ceremony will be presented tomorrow, February 4th. This year’s eligibility period ranges from September 1, 2012 to November 13, 2013.

For those who don’t know: The JUNOs, colloquially known as the ‘Canadian Grammys’, are organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS); and are presented exclusively to Canadian musicians. There is one category, the “International Album of the Year”, presented to foreign acts for the best-selling album in the Canadian market. In most categories, both winners and nominees are determined by CARAS members. However, there are some categories, like Album and Single of the Year, were they are determined by a combination of sales and votes. Continue reading “Odds for the 2014 Juno Awards”

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86th Oscars nominees are in! Pharrell, U2, and Karen O. got it; Lana del Rey snubbed

Pharrell-Williams-Street-Formal-Style-2013-2014-1The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards had just been announced in Hollywood. Just for the record Alfonso Cuaron’s outer-space odyssey Gravity and the FBI-related crime/dramedy film by David O. Russel, American Hustle, received the most nominations with ten. However, at the Oscars, not only actors and filmmakers get nominated. Musicians as well in the categories for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

The band members of U2; Pharrell Williams; and Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, grabbed nods for Original Song. Meanwhile, veterans John Williams; Thomas Newman; and Alexandre Desplant are in for Original Score. Major upsets come from GRAMMY-nominated Lana del Rey and Golden Globe Award-winner Alex Ebert who were completely snubbed in both categories.  Continue reading “86th Oscars nominees are in! Pharrell, U2, and Karen O. got it; Lana del Rey snubbed”

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86th Oscars: The 75 hopefuls for Best Original Song

ACMI_14The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released tonight the list of eligible songs for the Best Original Song category for next year’s Oscars. The 86th edition of the awards will take place on Sunday, March 2nd at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16th at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

A total of seventy-five songs will compete for the five available spots in the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The award goes to the songwriter. And in order to be eligible, a song must contain both lyrics and music, be specifically written for the film, and being played during the movie or at the beginning of the final credits. Furthermore, only two songs per film may get nominated.

The following is a list of the eligible songs, in alphabetical order:  Continue reading “86th Oscars: The 75 hopefuls for Best Original Song”

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The music nominees at the 71st Golden Globes

???????????????????The nominations for the 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier this morning. The Golden Globes are presented by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They honour the best in American cinema and television during the year. They also award the best music in film within two of its categories: The Best Original Score – Motion Picture and Best Original Song – Motion Picture. In the end, music has always been an integral part of films.

The Golden Globes have long been considered as a prelude to the Oscars -or the Academy Awards, in fact America’s most prestigious award-. Therefore it is important to take a look at this year’s nominees in the music field. And what are their odds for their Oscar counterparts.

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2013 American Music Awards case closed: It was Taylor’s year not JT’s

taylor-swift-amas-2013-650-430After much debate and against all odds (but Twitter) Taylor Swift took home Artist of the Year award. Before the show, I bet on Justin Timberlake taking the prize. But after I saw Florida Georgia Line winning Single of the Year. I found out that country music lovers really have a big say on this award’s show. And that combined to the “Swifties” army made Taylor win this award for the third time. She received a total of four awards, more than any other artist. In fact, she only lost one award: Pop/Rock Album to One Direction -who also won Pop/Rock Duo/Group.

Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, got three. So after all, it wasn’t his night at all. It was Taylor’s.  Continue reading “2013 American Music Awards case closed: It was Taylor’s year not JT’s”

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Odds for the American Music Awards 2013: Is this JT’s year?

Justin Timberlake with Annie Lennox at the AMAs 2008
Justin Timberlake with Annie Lennox at the AMAs 2008

In a year of rappers and country singers supporting gay rights. And Miley Cyrus twerking and smoking joints everywhere (Happy Birthday Miley by the way). Nobody had paid the proper attention to Justin Timberlake’s incredible comeback to the music scene.

Justin Timberlake was -in the early 2000s- the equivalent of what (another Justin) Bieber is today for kids. However he is far much more talented and professional, less controversial, and is able to reach a wider audience that doesn’t stick to underage teens or pop music fans. And despite odds say otherwise but for all the right reasons (above) this can be Justin’s year at the American Music Awards, to take place tomorrow (November 24th) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte III)

JUANLUISGUERRA-ASONDEGUERRATOURA tan solo horas de que inicie la 14va entrega de los Latin GRAMMY Awards en el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas. Les estoy haciendo esta ultima entrega de predicciones. En este caso, estaré abordando las categorías de  Tropical, Cantautor, Regional Mexicana, Brasileña, Vídeo Musical. 

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Este campo esta bastante predecible. No hay mauor competencia. Para el Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo  sin duda alguna es para el 15-veces ganador Juan Luis Guerra (en la imagen) por su disco en vivo Asondeguerra Tour. Ya hace tres años, en el 2010, la versión de estudio de este material había sido galardonada con el Álbum del Año. Otro contrincante duro seria la agrupación venezolana Guaco ya que su disco Escultura se encuentra en las filas para el premio mas prestigioso.  Continue reading “IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte III)”

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IN SPANISH: Especial de Predicciones a los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte II)

The Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
The Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas

En esta segunda entrega de predicciones para la 14va edición de los Latin GRAMMYs -a celebrarse este Jueves 21 de noviembre en el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas-, estaremos abordando los posibles escenarios en las categorías de PopRock, Alternativa, Urbana.

A diferencia de los GRAMMYs anglosajones. Estas categorias tan solo cuentan con dos o tres premios. Uno que va para artistas por álbumes completos y otro para los escritores de canciones, por lo que no se encuentra demasiada diversidad. En fin, vamos ahora con las predicciones:

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IN SPANISH: Especial de los Latin GRAMMYs (Parte I)

El cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives
El cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives

La 14va entrega de los Latin GRAMMYs están a la vuelta de la esquina. Y por supuesto, que no podía dejarlos pasar desaparecido. Claro, he decidido escribir este especial en español, pues no he encontrado demasiado interés por estos premios en los medios anglosajones.

Por quinto año consecutivo el Mandalay Bay Events Center de Las Vegas, Nevada albergara la ceremonia final este próximo Jueves, 21 de noviembre por Univision. En la misma participaran los reconocidos artistas Juanes, Laura Pauisini y Alejandro Sanz en un tributo a el español Miguel Bosé quien fue nombrado como Persona del Año por la Academia Latina de Grabación.
Por su parte el cantautor colombiano Carlos Vives; el duo argentino Ilya Kuryaki and the Valderramas; y el ingeniero de sonido Javier Garza lideran las nominaciones con cinco cada uno.

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