5 Times When The Grammy Went Astray

If the Grammy award had a mind of its own, by now we’d surely suspect him of being a struggling alcoholic. Because there were instances in the past when he behaved just as inexplicable as a mean drunk and stumbled his way to the wrong address (at least in the opinion of large numbers of fans and music listeners in general).

Picture this: you’re an artist. You put work, time and your far-too-badgered neurons into an album. Said album comes out and is well received by multitudes (to say the least, if not even acclaimed by the majority). You start to kinda, sort of, hope that this might actually be a great one. Somethin’ for people to remember you by. The Grammy ceremony comes near. By now, many many people are writing good reviews about your work, buying it and talking about it on social media.

You allow yourself to hope that hey! maybe I might get nominated. Who knows? Then you DO get nominated, and the rumor mill hints that you’re the clear winner and no competitor has a chance. Theeeeen… the drunken Paddy of a Grammy strolls up, slurring his words and (barely) focusing in your general direction and up and decides to pass out into the arms of ANOTHER.

That’s it. Back to the drawing board. All that effort down the drain. Sad, huh? Well, that’s what happened these 5 times when the Grammy went astray (apparently), which we’ll discuss below. Now, of course, music is a subjective theme, so there’s no claiming that the Grammy should have gone to someone else beyond any reasonable doubt. It’s just about the … feel of the masses, if you will.  And the surprise that ensued.

1. Queen Of Pop, not invincible

One of the 5 times when the Grammy went astray, Arcade Fire vs. Katy Perry.

In 2011, Katy Perry had 5 number 1 hits. You might know the person whose record she tied with this performance: his name was Michael Jackson. So, in essence, Katy was seen as indomitable at the 2011 Grammy’s. Except, of course, until she was defeated by Arcade Fire with the album “The Suburbs”.

2. Jazz vs. Soul

5 times when the Grammy went astray - Herbie Hancock vs. Amy Winehouse

The iconic jazz-man Herbie Hancock won the 2008 Grammy with an album that failed to impress and is considered by many an offering far from the heights of some other legendary outputs of his. But that’s not the kicker. The thing is he won the Grammy with this (for his talent) mediocre album against the then media-buzz, massively popular (at a wide range of ages) Amy Winehouse with her barely second(!) album and simultaneously first international success , “Back to Black”.

3.  The 2011 Mystery

The list of 5 times when the Grammy went astray includes Esperanza Spalding's victory.

How do you explain Esperanza Spalding winning this one considering that: A. it wasn’t a case of the (innacurate and grossly generalizing terms) “mainstream” vs. “niche / elitist” usual conundrum, as was the case with Katy Perry and Arcade Fire. Because in 2011, the OTHER nominees, apart from Esperanza were: Drake and Justin Bieber on the mainstream side and Florence & The Machine and Mumford and Sons on the other side. And B. Esperanza Spalding won the best NEW ARTIST award, despite the fact that her first album was launched in 2006 and no fuss came out of it, nor buzz about her since she wasn’t very popular. The answer? You don’t…

4. Titan Clash 1985

Lionel Ritchie is the protagonist of one of the 5 times when the Grammy went astray

This one isn’t so much a mystery as just a really though choice. Still, the general opinion is that the winner is probably the least justified choice. Allow me to explain. Lionel Ritchie, with “Can’t Slow Down” got the award to the detriment of Prince’s “Purple Rain”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”, Prince’s “Purple Rain”, Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer”, Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual”. Did I mention Prince’s “Purple Rain” was also nominated?

5. My name is…

5 times when the Grammy went astray - Steely Dan and Eminem.

… Steely Dan. Look them up. They’re a 2 member american jazz rock band with influences from funk, R&B, and pop. They’re also notable for having had a pretty big hiatus. Say 12 years of a hiatus (1981 – 1993). So you’re probably thinking “Good for them!” that they won the 2000 Grammy, right? So would I, if there would have been even an ounce of sense in the decision. Along the lines of… you know… not competing with Eminem that year and his now legendary, generation(s) influencing album “The Marshall Mathers LP”! Good thing that Eminem kept his cool and upon being asked how he felt about it he gentlemanly replied: “Who the fuck is Steely Dan?!”.

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19 Tales About Keith Richard’s Insane Lifestyle

As you can imagine, Keith’s life is pretty much like what we see in the movies. The rich and famous do like to party and take everything to the extremes. Ah, such a sweet life it must be and a bit outrageous as well.

He is 72 years old now, a bad ass grandpa, and he started playing in Rolling Stones more than 50 years ago. He did have one crazy life. Spoiler alert, I’m guessing you all know about the time he snorted his dad’s ashes, don’t you? Here is a list of 19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle.

1. Canada 1977

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes Canada

He got busted with an ounce of heroin. His fans stood by him side chanting “Free Keith, Free Keith”. Keith was found guilty and walked away. Talk about how fame can help you out.

2. No sleep 1992

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle include no sleep

Keith went on and on bragging that he does not need that much sleep. Since when do Gods need to sleep? Keith told us how he recorded “Before They Make Me Run” in a five-day studio binge. He also bragged how he stayed up nine days without sleep then doze off while standing up.

3. Drug bust 1967

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes drug bust

His Sussex den became the place for drugs and parties. While he, Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were on an acid trip they got busted by the police. What happened there turned into a one big rumor involving drugs, a Mars bar and an orgy.

4. What to snort? 2007

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes snorting ashes

When asked what was the strangest thing he ever snorted , Keith genuinely replied his father’s ashes. He said that “My dad wouldn’t have cared, he didn’t give a shit “. Cool mentality.

5. Keith’s Swiss Vacation 1972

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes Keith’s Swiss Vacation

Back then Keith was exiled from France on drug charges and from Britain for tax purposes. He went to Switzerland where of course he did lots of drugs and while being super high he learned how to ski.

6. Gun Charges 1973

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes gun charges

Keith Richards was partying at home when he got busted by the police. They found heroin, weed, Mandrax tablets, a handgun, a rifle and 110 rounds of ammunition. He was faced with 25 charges but got off.

7. Boy Scouts 1950

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes being a Boy Scout

He spent 2 years as a Boy Scout but he got busted for smuggling booze and got into a fight with another recruit which ended in his expulsion.

8. Almost dead 1965

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes almost dead

While playing in front of and audience of 5,000 fans, Keith got electrocuted and fell. He got shocked by the electrical surge from the mic.

9. Concerts full of Merck cocaine 1975

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle include hidden drugs

As a total junkie, Keith hid his cocaine behind the speakers, so he could do some lines between songs. Besides cocaine, he also had heroin hidden. Oh, so that is why he was so full of energy during concerts.

10. Driving and Sleeping 1976

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes driving and sleeping

He fell asleep while driving. To make matters worse, he had his seven year old son with him. He crashed the car but luckily nobody got hurt.

11. His sugar mama 1973

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes his sugar mama

While in Australia, Keith lived with a single mom and her baby because she had cocaine connections.

12. Playboy Mansion 1972

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes the Playboy Mansion

Keith nearly burnt down the mansion while doing drugs in the bathroom.

13. Acid-fueled road trip 1976

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes an acid-fueled roadtrip

At that time, Richards was experimenting with psychedelics. He remembers embarking on a two or three days trip with John Lennon. They do not remember what has actually happened during those days.

14. Tree jumping 2006

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes Jumping from a tree

While in Fiji ,Keith jumped off a tree, slipped and hit his head on the trunk. He ended up flying to New Zeeland to get operated by a neurosurgeon.

15. Got punched by Chuck Berry 2014

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes Chuck Berry

Keith got punched because he touched Chuck’s guitar.

16. The shepherd’s pie 1989

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes pie

Richard refused to go on stage because somebody ate his pie. Since then it became a rule that nobody touches his pie.

 17. Rental House on fire 1978

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes Rental House on fire

His house was on fire and Keith had to jump out the window to save his life. He was dressed only in a short t-shirt. He is one lucky guy.

18. Baby shower 1970

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes a Baby Shower

Not even a baby shower could stop Keith from snorting cocaine. After dinner he stated that he wanted dessert, took out his cocaine and started snorting.

19. Keith the family man 1991

19 tales about Keith Richard’s insane Lifestyle includes being a family man

Well, all his stories involved drugs as you can see. Back in 1991 what shocked the public was that he settled down and moved in with his wife and two kids.

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Reasons For Disliking Kanye West

The American rapper and songwriter’ resume includes over twenty one million sold albums, more than one hundred million digital downloads and twenty one Grammy awards. Rivaling Beyonce in fame, Kanye West’s style is a mixture of R&B, trip hop, house and classical music. So what are the reasons for disliking Kanye West?

With that many awards, sales and recognition, it’s no wonder his live shows gather thousands and deliver top notch entertainment. Or is it? It might come as a surprise, but Kanye West is not universally liked. In March 2015 more than thirtheen hundred thousands people signed a petition aimed at preventing Kanye from performing at the UK Glastonbury Festival.

The petition’s description dismissed West as an insult for music fans, claiming Glastonbury attendants pay good money for entertainment and shouldn’t be forced to listen to the American rappers’ pseudo music.

Reasons For Disliking Kanye West

The second petition to stop Kanye West from performing came from the Ottawa Bluefest. This petition’s founder considers West is not a true rock stars and feels the people’s money should have been spent on real artists.

The latest petition against West gathered fifty thousand votes that shouted with one voice that the artist shouldn’t be allowed to sing at the Toronto Pan American Games since he is not from Toronto. Despite of the people’s dissatisfaction, West not only still performed at Pan Am, but he killed it.

In fact, none of the above mentioned petitions made the events’ organizers pick up the phone and ask Kanye to step down. What is more, all the performances went very well for the American rapper. He kept the crowds entertained by putting on an awesome show.

Reasons For Disliking Kanye West

But the raised eyebrows Kanye West keeps receiving aren’t only for his shows, his clothing choices or his rapping skills. He started gathering “thumbs down” back in 2009 when Taylor Swift was receiving her Video Music Award for Best Female Video, surpassing Beyonce. West jumped on the stage near America’s sweetheart, snatched the mic from her hand and said she didn’t deserve the award and that Beyonce should have won.

West’s relation and then his marriage to Kim Kardashian didn’t help his case either. His connection with the famous TV personality prompted even more dislikes and raised eyebrows from the American public. This seems to feel uncomfortable, adopting a racist attitude towards the rapper while he’s posing as Jesus and Muhammad Ali for the “Rolling Stone” magazine.

Reasons For Disliking Kanye West

Everything points at perpetuating the white power in the rock industry, with the Glastonbury Festival petitioners claiming they wanted to keep the event’s musical identity intact (although it has a wide palette of rappers performing on its stage) and Pan Am protesters invoking nationalism (though accepting Pitbull on their stage).

Noel Gallagher, probably Kanye West’s harshest critic, doesn’t shy away from calling him a “boy” and goes as far as advising him to pick up a dictionary and learn how to properly speak, at the same time dismissing Beyonce who is not a real artist, but more of a dancer who makes money off her looks.

Reasons For Disliking Kanye West

West’s life as a performer is filled with controversies, most of them brought on by his arrogant attitude and big ego. He is known to speak up his mind freely. For example, during a benefit concert he blurted out that George Bush doesn’t care for black people.

On another occasion he said that his only regret in life is that he’ll never have the possibility to see himself perform live on the stage. Despite all these, he remains one of the most awarded singers of all times with over one hundred million digital downloads and many happy fans.

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5 Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

The most popular category in the Video Music Award (VMA), Video of the Year, has had its nominees announced and we can tell the task is not going to be easy. The VMAs never fail to deliver hours of incredible entertainment, so we don’t doubt they have some cool tricks up their sleeve, but we can’t deny we’re holding our breathe for many contestants. Whatever your favorite genre is, fear not, you’re most likely represented in the VMAs, since the number of competitors is huge this year. But let’s take a look at the juiciest part, the 5 music video nominees for the VMAs.

1. Beyonce’s “7/11″

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

You might be wondering what is Queen B still doing at the VMAs. The rest of us all do. Looking at her past performances, we’d say she’s got quite an impressive resume. Not only did she receive MTV’s highest honor possible last year, but she announced her pregnancy on their stage and rubbed her belly to the delight of millions. Still, she seems unstoppable and she’s here to take home all the awards with her 7/11 music video. And no, we can’t deny its coolness and good vibes.

2. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

We’re still unsure about what Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is doing up here. I’m pretty sure when the song starts playing on the radio no one immediately remembers the beautiful video with the dancers and their smooth perfectly synchronized move. And this is what a nominee for the VMA’s best music video should do. Deliver some visual content that is virtually inseparable from the lines, the rhythm and the overall atmosphere of the song. Unfortunately, we fell Sheeran’s video fails to do that, and the wanna be rock song is in over its head in this competition.

3. Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

This video has been described as breathtaking and drop dead gorgeous. And we won’t argue with that. Coming to audiences from all over the globe from the hip hop world, “Alright” is about police violence, racism and reaching out for a sympathetic helping hand. All these make it the perfect candidate for this year’s VMAs best music video. Unlike the other nominees, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” takes on a more serious attitude. While the other artists are having fun dancing, this one is an artistic comment on a bigger picture that more than often eludes us.

4. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

Confession time! We all love this one. We’ve all danced to its hypnotizing vibe. And some of us have even karaoked on it. And why not? It’s colorful, fills you right up with good energy whether you listen to it on a Monday morning on your way to work or on Friday evening, heading to a bachelors’ party. The video is undeniably very good. You have fun only watching the people in it, and we can only imagine how much fun it was to film it on the set with Bruno Mars. Still, we’re a bit uncertain about Mark Ronson’s chances against names like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

5. Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

The last nominee is probably the safest bet to place your money on. Taylor Swift has become very famous in the last year and the other candidates seem easy to surpass by her collaboration in “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar. Of course, this comes at the cost of her integrity. We can’t help feeling she’s gone from the cute outsider to what she hated: the manipulator.

We’ve listed the nominees but we’re still a log way to go until August 30th when the VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus.

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10 Best Music Festivals of 2015

Music festivals can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. There are tons of bands you can see and numerous other things you can do at these festivals.

So without any further ado, here is our list of 10 best music festivals of 2015.

1. CounterPoint Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Kingston Downs, GA

When: May 22-24

Lineup Highlights 2014: Janelle Monae, Krewella, Major Lazer, J. Cole, Foster the People, Pretty Lights and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Chet Faker, Dillon Francis, iLoveMakonnen, Umphrey’s McGee, Zedd, The Roots, Widespread Panic and a lot more

Even though CouterPoint Festival was only born in 2012, it quickly became one of the best electronic festivals in the United States.

2. Electric Daisy Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV

When: May 23-24 in New York and June 19-21 in Las Vegas

Lineup Highlights 2014: A-Trak, Boy’s Noize, Afrojack, Major Lazer, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii

Lineup Highlights 2015 New York: Yellow Claw, Seven Lions, Martin Garrix, Jack Beats, Art Department, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Knife Party, 12th Planet and a lot more

Lineup Highlights 2015 Las Vegas: 12th Planet, AC Slater, Adventure Club, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Dada Life, Z-Trip and a lot more

The New York festival is just kind of a warm-up for the bigger party in Las Vegas. Electric Daisy is definitely an amazing festival and if you love electronic music, you need to go.

3. Governors Ball

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New York, NY

When: June 2-5

Lineup Highlights 2014: Disclosure, Interpol, Phoeniz, J. Cole, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, The Strokes, Jack White and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Chromeo, Ryan Adams, Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Deadmau5, The Black Keys, Drake and many more

Governors Ball is one of those “must go to” festivals as its lineup is incredible and the atmosphere is simply wonderful.

4. Bonnaroo

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Manchester, TN

When: June 11-14

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Arctic Monkeys, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kaskade, The Flaming Lips, Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Elton John, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Lauryn Hill and Kanye West

Lineup Highlights 2015: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons, Billy Joel

Bonnaroo is a great camping experience and the organizers of the festival always deliver a great lineup.

5. Firefly Music Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Dover, DE

When: June 18-21

Lineup Highlights 2014: Weezer, The Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, OutKast, Foo Fighters and many more

Lineup Highlights 2015: Paul McCartney, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Benjamin Booker, Jack Novak and many more

Firefly launched in 2012 but it already claims a spot in every list of the best music festivals. Its location is in Delaware, in the beautiful woodlands and has already delivered two strong lineups before 2015.

6. Newport Folk Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Newport, RI

When: July 24-26

Lineup Highlights 2014: Houndmouth, Lake Street Dive, Valerie June, Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and Jack White

Lineup Highlights 2015: The Decemberists, Tallest Man on Earth, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Heartless Bastards, Tommy Stinson, Haunt the House and many more

The Newport Fold Festival can be viewed as a music tradition right now. In those three days you will have the chance to see a lot of great musicians that redefine the folk music genre in tons of ways. It’s a truly unique experience and one that should not be missed.

7. Lollapalooza

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Chicago, IL

When: July 31 – August 2

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Arctic Monkeys, Childish Gambino, Nas, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Skrilles, Kings of Leon, Eminem and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Alt-J, The Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Carnage, The War on Drugs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Gogol Bordello, Walk the Moon, Glass Animals and many more

Lollapalooza has a reputation of being one of the best music festivals in the country and it’s definitely one of the best organized ones. The organizers always offer a great lineup and the experience is simply overwhelming.

8. Austin City Limits Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Austin, TX

When: October 2-4 and 9-11

Lineup Highlights 2014: Major Lazer, Zedd, The Replacements, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Beck, Skrillex, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Eminem

Lineup Highlights 2015: Foo Fighters, The Strokes, The Weekend, Deadmau5, Billy Idol, Alt-J, Florence and the Machine, Modest Mouse, Moon Taxi and many more

Even though the Austin City Limits isn’t as well-known as Lollapalooza, SXSW, Bonnaroo or Coachella, it’s still an amazing music festival. The lineup is always great and there’s always a great atmosphere to be found there.

9. Voodoo Music Experience

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New Orleans, LA

When: October 30 – November 1

Lineup Highlights 2014: Big Freedia, AWOLNATION, Slayer, The Arctic Monkeys, Pretty Lights, Zedd, Skrillex, 30 Seconds to Mars, OutKast and Foo Fighters

Lineup Highlights 2015: The lineup will be determined later.

Even though pretty much everyone loves summer festivals, the Voodoo Music Experience festival in November is great as well. This is an awesome music festival filled with great artists and tons of other things to do.

10. Fun Fun Fun Fest

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Austin, TX

When: November 6-8

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Blood Brothers, 2 Chainz, Alt-J, Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse, Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, Nas, Judas Priest and many more

Lineup Highlights 2015: The lineup will be announced on May 28.

Austin is a place that just keeps on giving. The Fun Fun Fun Fest is very proud of the fact that it offers progressive and independent music. And even though it’s not as big as the Austin City Limits Festival or the SXSW, it still provides an excellent lineup every time. You should definitely give this music festival a try in 2015.

So there you have it. This was our list of 10 best music festivals of 2015. Enjoy and have fun.

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