The Grammy Awards: HOT IS HOT

With the Super Bowl of music quickly approaching, I feel it’s the right time for an overall assessment of the year’s winners and losers. As always it was another incredible year in music and 2014 promises to be no different. True to form, Jay Z has the most Grammy noms with NINE!!! What did you expect “… next you get the money and then you get the power.” It’s a really simple formula when you think about it. JT, (Va. Beach, VA’s own) Pharrell and Ryan Lewis & Macklemore each had SEVEN noms, while Drake and engineering master Bob Ludwig each had FIVE nominations to round out the top 3. What always amazes and gives me and those around me hope, is that many of the top records, albums, and scores of the year were NOT WRITTEN solely by those that performed them. For instance “Roar” by Katy Perry was written by FIVE songwriters. “Holy Grail” has SIX songwriters listed as well as those listed in writing the sample (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic). “Started From The Bottom” has a host of 3 songwriters although Drake is the only one to perform the record. Basically, what I am saying is that writers keep writing good music and if you work hard and get lucky… it will fall into the right ears. Young artists realize that you cannot possibly do it all yourself. There are others out there just like you that are talented, driven and hungry for success. You must utilize all your resources when creating music. “What you don’t hear, others may and What you may hear, others don’t”. HOT IS HOT. That’s the only result you are trying to achieve. If your heroes don’t rely on just themselves to write and create great music why the hell are you?

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
“Silver Lining” from “Silver Linings Playbook” — Diane Warren, songwriter (Jessie J)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven” — Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, songwriters (Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw)
“Young And Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby” –Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“You’ve Got Time” from Orange Is The New Black — Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

Argo — Alexandre Desplat, composer
The Great Gatsby — Craig Armstrong, composer
Life Of Pi — Mychael Danna, composer
Lincoln — John Williams, composer
Skyfall — Thomas Newman, composer
Zero Dark Thirty — Alexandre Desplat, composer

Song Of The Year:

“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)”Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Best Rap Song:

“F***in’ Problems” — Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail” — Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves” — Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom” — W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
“Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

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