MTV Movie & TV Awards | Announces Categories & Nominees

Tiffany Haddish to host 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV is excited to announce the categories and nominees for the 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards.” Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the show will celebrate the actors, stories and moments that drove pop-culture in the last year and will once again feature gender-neutral categories. Blockbuster juggernaut “Black Panther” leads the pack with seven nominations – this marks the first time the film is being recognized at an awards show since its groundbreaking release earlier this year.

With the “MTV Movie & TV Awards” being the very first tent-pole industry event during the Emmy campaign season, we couldn’t be more thrilled to also share that Emmy® Award-winning producer and director Joel Gallen will be returning as Executive Producer of the show!  Continue reading “MTV Movie & TV Awards | Announces Categories & Nominees”

A Seatfillers View of the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards

By: Judy Shields and Mary Scalzitti

 

What is a seatfiller, you might ask.  Well let me tell you. A seatfiller fills all empty seats for major award shows or any televised special, so when the cameras do shots of the audience, they don’t see any empty seats. There are times when people just don’t show up for the show or the production team are pulling talent backstage to perform or present an award, thus leaving their seats empty. So as a seatfiller, I fill these seats while the celebrity talent is back stage and when they return, I have to hop up and move to another seat. Sometimes I get lucky and never have to move, filling that seat all night, and sometimes I move several times.

Thomas Rhett, his wife Lauren and Nicole Kidman

It is considered a game of musical chairs, but a game I love to play because normally I have the best seats in the house. The picture here shows a glimpse of my face, which is always fun to spot later that night when I watch it on TV.

The great thing about being a seatfiller is the opportunity to get into great venues for free and see amazing shows with talented entertainers and musicians.  I have been a seatfiller for 30 years and have sat next to some famous people.

I met several women a few years back as seatfillers from the Rockford area in Illinois who come every year and we sure have fun catching up in the so called holding area for a couple of hours before we head into the arena. One of these woman, Mary, gets on TV every single year, the rest of us are like, what the heck, Mary is always on TV in full body shots and maybe if the rest of us are lucky we get to see our hair, a dark silhouette of our face.  So I asked Mary to tell her experience and see has two pictures of her caught on camera. (Mary is wearing the great necklace behind the blonde woman.

Mary Scalzitti, full facial shot caught on camera at the 53rd ACM Awards
Mary Scalzitti, great shot of her all smiles having a blast, half body shot caught on camera as the ACM award show.

Mary Scalzitti: I have been a seatfiller at the ACM Awards show since 2009. The excitement of sitting next to the entertainment and sometimes actually having a conversation with them is so rewarding. Just to thank them for entertaining us!  This year at the 53rd ACM Award Show I had the privilege of sitting with Jerrod Niemann and next to Clay Walker and with Lauren Alaina’s boyfriend. It’s always a rust to wonder who you’re going to sit by that night and how great the entertainment is going to be.  I love being a seatfiller and hope to do it for many years to come.

I was lucky enough to shake hands with Paul McCarthy and Ringo Star at a Grammy Salute Show a couple of years ago. So the ACM’s are always a great Award show to cover. I get to move around to different empty seats and on Sunday I sat behind Sam Elliott, which made my night.  I also sat next to the band Midland, what a great bunch of guys.  Cowboys.  After about half-way into the show, I found a seat at the end of the row about 8 rows back and didn’t have to move again. I really like that as well, because I can enjoy the show and not have to move around and go to the back of the floor to sit further away and wait to be called to fill a seat.  The seats at this particular show are really close together and it can be really difficult to get out of the seat when those around you don’t want to stand up, that happens more often than you think.

Sunday nights ACM Award show was amazing and filled with memorable performances. I truly enjoy Carrie Underwood’s performance of her new song “Cry Pretty.”  My all-time favorite country performer, Alan Jackson, performed one of his famous songs “Chattahoochee” and the crowd went wild, up on their feet and sang along. Jon Pardi accompanying him onstage.

Alan Jackson, left, and Jon Pardi perform “Chattahoochee” at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jason Aldean Names ACM® Entertainer of The Year for Third Consecutive Year

Miranda Lambert Wins Female Vocalist of the Year and Officially Becomes
the Most-Awarded Artist in ACM Awards® History

Chris Stapleton Wins His Second ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Award on his birthday and his wife Morgane gives birth to twin Sons, Reba announced during the live taping.

Reba’s many (7) Outfits ACM Awards (Photo One Country)

 

Winners were announced for the 53rdACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, which aired LIVE this past Sunday evening on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Hosted by multimedia superstar, Reba McEntire, the ACM Awards named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor. This is the third consecutive win for Aldean in this category and his 13th overall ACM Award win.

Miranda Lambert (Photo getty images)

Miranda Lambert won ACM Female Vocalist of the Year for the ninth consecutive year and is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in this category. Lambert also won ACM Song of the Year for “Tin Man” along with co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, receiving two awards, both as artist and songwriter. With these wins, she now has 32 ACM Awards, and is the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history, a record previously held by Brooks & Dunn.

Chris Stapleton and Wife Morgane welcome Twins on his birthday (getty images)

Chris Stapleton won ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, his second win in this category. Stapleton also won an additional two awards as both artist and producer in the ACM Album of the Year category for From A Room: Volume 1. He of course was not in attendance, since his wife Morgane gave birth to twin boys on Chris’ birthday to boot!

Brothers Osborne won ACM Vocal Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year. The duo also won ACM Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault,” along with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver and producer Tiffany Davies.

Brothers Osborne (Photo shutterstock)

ACM CEO Pete Fisher surprised the duo with these awards, presenting them during CMT’s Facebook Live coverage of the ACM Awards red carpet.

Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young were also previously announced winners for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively. The winners received a surprise phone call from host Reba McEntire last month notifying them of the news and were also surprised with the actual ACM Award in the days leading up to the show.

Jon Pardi presented Alaina with her ACM Award during rehearsals, Midland received their ACM Award at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives® and Luke Bryan presented Young with his trophy at the Cumulus/Westwood One Radio Remotes.

Old Dominion accepts the award for Vocal Group of the Year at the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS. Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)

Old Dominion won ACM Vocal Group of the Year Award, their first award in this category. They previously won ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year at the 51stACM Awards in 2016.

Rhett Akins was announced as the winner of this year’s ACM Songwriter of the Year Award (off-camera category) on Friday at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, which was presented to him by reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year award winner Lori McKenna.

 

Toby Keith and Blake Shelton-perform “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” 2018 ACM (Photo Billboard)

Country Music’s Party of the Year featured a superstar lineup of featured collaborations and powerful performances. The awards telecast honored three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with the “ACM Flashbacks” segments, with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No.1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You.”

Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire performance (Photo Billboard)

Additional collaborations included Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit “What Ifs,” Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit “Meant to Be” and ACM Vocal Event of the Year winner Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban’s new single “Coming Home.”  These performances were all a once in a lifetime to see live in a great seat close to the stage.

 

Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina Performing “What Ifs” ACM Awards 2018 (Photo Getty Images)

The ACM Awards also featured performances by ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Lauren Alaina, ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Janson, Lady Antebellum, ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, ACM New Duo or Group of the Year Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, ACM Vocal Event of the Year winner Carrie Underwood, ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young and Chris Young.

Following is the list of winners in the 14 categories voted on by the membership:

Jason Aldean wins Entertainer of the Year (Photo Getty Images )

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR* (Off Camera Award)
Brothers Osborne

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Old Dominion

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
Lauren Alaina

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
Brett Young

Midland performs “Drinkin Problem ACM (Photo Getty Images)

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR 
Midland

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
Record Label: MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] 
Tin Man – Miranda Lambert
Songwriter(s): Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall
Publishers: Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Lonesome Vinyl Music (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), SWMBMGBMI (BMI)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]* (Off Camera Award)
It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver
Producer: Tiffany Davies

Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood Vocal Event of the Year Award (Photo Just Jared)

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
Producers: busbee, Keith Urban
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR* (Off Camera Award)
Rhett Akins

For a complete list of past and present wins and nominations, please visit ACMcountry.com and search the ACM Awards Database located on the Homepage.

Getty Images is the official photographer for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and broadcasted LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for $20,000 Prize!

The five finalists of the “Lost in a Dream” karaoke-style competition will perform live from 3pm-4:30pm on April 15 at the St. Jean Baptiste Church Theater located at 184 East 76th Street in New York City, where a winner will be chosen! Admission is free and the show will be live-streamed on Facebook.com/HaPhuongArtist/.

“Lost in a Dream” is the theme song from the feature film “Finding Julia,” which stars actress, singer and philanthropist Ha Phuong, who sponsored the competition to help aspiring singers break into the music business.

The finalists include: Jen Fellman (New York), Daryl Glenn (New York), Lindsey Do (California), Michelle My Thanh Nguyen (New York), and Meena Ha (Washington State).

The singer with the best live performance will win a $20,000 prize! Additionally, the winner’s performance will be taped and sent to top talent managers. Plus, the finalist with the most unusual live performance will be awarded a $5,000 prize!

Their performances will be judged by Ha Phuong, famed voice coach and performer Alissa Grimaldi, veteran composer/producer Milosz Jeziorski, music engineer/producer Jay Messina — whose credits include Eddie Palmieri, Aerosmith, KISS, Miles Davis, John Lennon, Peter Frampton, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick — famed record producer Jack Douglas — who has worked with John Lennon, Aerosmith, Blue Öyster Cult, the New York Dolls and Cheap Trick — and two-time Grammy winner William Salter; Ha Phuong will sing one of Slater’s songs at the show.

The live audience and those watching the live stream on Facebook.com/HaPhuongArtist/ will also have a chance to influence the judges’ decision by voting for their favorites via text message.

Ha Phuong is a superstar singer and actress in her native Vietnam, where she has released several top-selling albums and popular videos. Now living in New York City, Ha Phuong is building her U.S. career. Ha Phuong’s original version of “Lost in a Dream” appears in her film “Finding Julia,” which she stars in with Richard Chamberlain and Andrew McCarthy.

All proceeds from the “Finding Julia” film, book and music go to the Ha Phuong Foundation, which helps young people enter music and entertainment. Ha Phuong also sponsors the Ha Phuong Young Female Filmmakers Initiative — through the nonprofit New York Women in Film and Television – to help aspiring female filmmakers. Learn more at the websites below.

YouTube.com/watch?v=bCt5KVc8awY

FindingJulia.net

HaPhuongWorld.com

Minogue and Hohan

Kylie Minogue exuded elegance in a Maria Lucia Hohan striped metallic gown at the ECHO Music Awards on April 12th in Berlin, Germany.
Maria Lucia Hohan has become the starlet’s go-to designer, gracing Hollywood A-listers at major award shows, premieres and red carpet events. Known for her ethereal, elaborately draped gowns and flirty cocktail dresses, Maria Lucia Hohan’s signature aesthetic lies in her delicate pastel hues and colors on variations of silk textures, sheer mousseline, sand washed satin, creamy velvet and crisp taffeta. Self-describing her collections as chic but girly, Maria’s pieces are created to enhance the feminine silhouette and make a woman feel radiant and fabulous. For more information, please visit www.mlh-shop.com
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Superstar Collaboration Announced For The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™

Toby Keith and Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi, and Reba
McEntire and Kelly Clarkson to Perform.

“ACM Flashbacks” Honoring Classic Country Hits From 1993 Plus Can’t-Miss Performances by Kane Brown with Lauren Alaina and Keith Urban with Julia Michaels; Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and Chris Young Added to Performer
Lineup for Country Music’s Party of The Year®

 

Encino, CA (April 11, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® revealed today an expanded lineup of superstar collaborations and must-see performances for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®.  The 53rd ACM Awards®, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

For the first time, the Academy of Country Music Awards will debut “ACM Flashbacks” to honor classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike.

With this new feature, the ACM Awards will celebrate hits from a specific year, or honor an individual artist and their accomplishments through unique collaborations and one-of-a-kind renditions of their iconic songs.

Toby Keith
Blake Shelton (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

This year, the awards telecast will honor three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No. 1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,”

 

 

Alan Jackson
Jon Pardi

Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You.”

 

 

 

Additional collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit “What Ifs,” Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban’s new single “Coming Home,” plus previously announced Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit “Meant to Be.”

Also, Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and Chris Young will join the lineup of previously announced solo performances by Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMcountry.com and www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Carrie Underwood to Perform World TV Premiere of Soon-to-be Released Single-ACM Awards this Sunday

Carrie Underwood to Perform the World Television Premiere of Here Soon-to-be-Released Single on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™” Broadcasting Live From the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 on CBS

Carrie Underwood ACM Awards 2017

Thirteen-time ACM Award® winner Carrie Underwood will perform the world television premiere of her soon-to-be-released single live on the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, joining a star-studded lineup of performers and presenters.

Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban. The 53rd ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliott, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visitwww.ACMcountry.com and www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

he 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Official CBS website:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic/?fref=ts
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ACMawards
Instagram:  @acmawards

2018 Radio Disney Music Awards coming to The Dolby Theatre Friday June 22nd

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards Moves to Hollywood With Music’s Biggest Event For Families Set to Take Place at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, June 22, 2018

— Voting Begins and Tickets Go on Sale on Friday, April 27 —

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, will take place on FRIDAY, JUNE 22, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, California. A special telecast of the sixth annual show, “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards,” will be presented on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 on Disney Channel, as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA. The telecast will also air internationally, including in Canada, Spain, India and select countries in Latin America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBkUTB5Pqrc&feature=youtu.be

Through its commitment to music talent across pop and country genres, Radio Disney has become known as a platform that presents unique opportunities for both rising young artists and big-name stars seeking to reach new audiences and gain new fans.  Through the annual RDMA show — programmed multiple times on linear and digital platforms — artists can further reach and build new audiences.

Fans around the world will be invited to vote beginning Friday, April 27 to determine which artists will win the Radio Disney “ARDY” statuette. Tickets to attend the performance-filled awards show go on sale on Friday, April 27 at Ticketmaster.com.

New and returning clients from the automotive, toy, food and entertainment categories are set to sponsor the 2018 RDMA. The uniquely positioned event, with a wide reach across multiple media channels, will be sponsored by Aquabeads®, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze video game on the Nintendo Switch, and The Walt Disney Studios.

Den of Thieves, the production company that has delivered some of the biggest moments in live event television, returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the 2018 RDMA, with Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager returning as the show’s executive producers. Den of Thieves’ credits include multiple awards shows and specials including “MTV Video Music Awards,” “iHeartRadio Music Awards,” “MTV Movie Awards,” ABC’s “The Gong Show” revival, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,”  “CMT Music Awards” and the multi-network broadcast of “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief.”

The 2017 RDMA featured memorable musical performances and appearances including a surprise tribute performance for Britney Spears, the recipient of the first-ever RDMA Icon Award, by her sister Jamie Lynn Spears, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson. Other standout moments included performances by Alessia Cara, who has since won the Grammy® Award for Best New Artist; Kelsea Ballerini, who went on to receive a CMA Award nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year; Julia Michaels, marking her first awards show performance of her chart-topping single “Issues” and since then was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Song of the Year and Best New Artist); and other fan-favorites including Sabrina Carpenter, Hailee Steinfeld and Grace VanderWaal; a “Moana” musical collaboration by Jordan Fisher, Alessia Cara, Auli’i Cravalho and Tally; and Nick Jonas receiving the RDMA Hero Award for his philanthropic work with Beyond Type 1.

In 2017, Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara were among the top RDMA winners.

Kelsea Ballerini RDMA winner (Photo Just Jared Jr)

 

 

Over 283 million votes from around the world were tallied last year, its highest numbers yet across six polling platforms: the Radio Disney app, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google One Box and Musical.ly. Social engagement was robust leading up to the show, amassing billions of impressions across prominent platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the Radio Disney app and RadioDisney.com.

More Performers & Presenters Announced for Academy of Country Music Awards

Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Jon Pardi Added as Performers for the “53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™” Broadcasting Live From the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 on CBS

 

 

 

 

Ashton Krusher & Sam Elliott
Kiefer Sutherland

David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliott, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Max Thieriot and Kiefer Sutherland Announced as Presenters for Country Music’s Party of the Year®

Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Jon Pardi have been added to the all-star lineup of performers for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. The ACM AWARDS will be broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

David Boreanaz
AJ Buckley

SEAL TEAM co-stars David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley and Max Thieriot, country artists Cam, Dustin Lynch and Kiefer Sutherland, “The Ranch” co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott and THE TALK host Eve have been added as presenters for the ceremony.

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young. Also, Drew Brees, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn are presenters.

Multimedia superstar Reba McEntire will return to host the 53rd ACM Awards, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music and is produced for television by dick clark productions. This year’s show will mark Reba’s 15th time hosting the ceremony. She last co-hosted the ceremony with Blake Shelton in 2012.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visit http://www.ACMcountry.com.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at http://www.axs.com.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit http://www.ACMcountry.com and http://www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

New Presenters and Performers Added to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, April 15th on CBS

Multi-ACM Award®-Winning Artists Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban Added as Performers for the “53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™,” Broadcasting Live From the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 on CBS

Keith Urban (Photo ACM)
Kenny Chesney (Photo ACM)
Lady Antebellum (Photo ACM)
Blake Shelton (Photo Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Brees, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn Announced as Presenters for Country Music’s Party of the Year®

Drew Brees (Photo CBS Sports)
Nancy Odell (Photo Getty Images)
Rebecca Romijn (Photo IMDb)
Lindsey Vonn (Photo Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-ACM Award®-winning artists Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban have been added to the stellar lineup of performers for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. The ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT host Nancy O’Dell, actress Rebecca Romijn and Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn have been added as presenters for the ceremony.  Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha and Thomas Rhett.

Reba (Photo ACM)

Multimedia superstar Reba McEntire will return to host the 53rd ACM Awards, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music and is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions.

This year’s show will mark Reba’s 15th time hosting the ceremony. She last co-hosted the ceremony with Blake Shelton in 2012.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visit http://www.ACMcountry.com.

 

 

ACM Award® nominee and performer Dierks Bentley will provide fans with an incredible chance to be a part of the live broadcast performance of his hit, “Woman, Amen,” at the 53rnd Academy of Country Music Awards™.  As of today, fans are invited to submit image of their everyday Submit a Photo of an Everyday Female Heroes (e.g. mom, sister, wife, relative, friend, co-worker, doctor, teammate, coach) for consideration to be features on screens behind Bentley during the live telecast of his performance.

You could be a part of celebratory anthem by submitting a personal picture you have taken of the woman in your life who you want to honor. Images should be taken on a solid, neutral colored background and must be posted via Twitter or Instagram with the official Hashtag #WomanAmenACM now through April 4th – Find Out How at cbs.com/dierks

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at http://www.axs.com. Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas are now available at http://www.ACMcountry.com/press. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit http://www.ACMcountry.com and http://www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

She Rocks Awards 2018

Alyeska on the Red Carpet

By Liza Carbe

Anaheim, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/20/18 – The 6th annual She Rocks Awards had a focus and intensity this year that was undeniable. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have gone global, and have thus empowered women to stand up and demand to be acknowledged for their current and past accomplishments.  Additionally, these cultural movements are shining a light on injustices and making perpetrators accountable for their actions.  It was in this rich environment that the event took place.

Laura B. Whitmore, one of the evening’s hosts and founder of WIMN, opened the evening by speaking about the mission and the message of the organization. She said, “I feel like we are finally being heard. We must continue to build on the progress that we have made as we advocate, educate and inspire women in the music industry”. Continue reading “She Rocks Awards 2018”

Academy of Country Music® Announces 6th Annual ACM Party For A Cause® Events April 12-15, 2018

COME PARTY FOR A CAUSE AS WE TAKE OVER LAS VEGAS!

 

By: Judy Shields

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® EVENTS APRIL 12-15, 2018 SURROUNDING THE 53rd ACM AWARDS® IN LAS VEGAS

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® EVENTS APRIL 12-15, 2018 SURROUNDING THE 53rd ACM AWARDS® IN LAS VEGAS TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 AND ON-SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 ON PARTYFORACAUSE.COM

ENCINO, CA (January 23, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced exciting details about The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including a schedule of events and on-sale ticket information for the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® to be held Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2018. This year’s ACM Party for a Cause will consist of fan events across the Las Vegas Strip leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

 

 

 

 

Portions of all event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, which works to lift lives through the power of music. Tickets will be available Thursday, January 25 via pre-sale and to the general public on Friday, January 26 for marquee ACM Party for a Cause events, including:

ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, an upscale evening modeled after an old-fashioned guitar pull, featuring today’s best songwriters in the round alongside superstar country artists performing songs they composed and the stories of how those collaborations came together.

The first-ever ACM Topgolf Tee-Off, an update to the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic, where fans can watch their favorite country artists compete in a tournament of golf skills – and also take in LIVE performances by hot new acts (to be announced).

ACM Awards Official After Party, the biggest party of the night featuring all-star performances following the big show!

Click here to purchase your tickets:  https://www.partyforacause.com/pfac2018

Each of the announced festivities will feature performances by some of the biggest names and hottest new talent in country music to be announced in the coming weeks.

TICKET ON-SALE INFORMATION:

ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER AND ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Both can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Thursday, January 25, 2018 by visiting http://www.PartyForaCause.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed prior to the on-sale. GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, January 26, 2018 at http://www.PartyForaCause.com. Tickets start at $35.

Please note, tickets for ACM Party for a Cause: WME’s Bash at The Beach events will go on sale at a later date, for more information please visit http://www.PartyForaCause.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018

7:30 PM – 95.5 The Bull’s 10th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull  –  Presented by 95.5 The Bull and benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Location: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort

10:00 PM – ACM After Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country – Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

12:00 PM – ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party – Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

6:00 PM – ACM Party for a Cause – Location: Sandbar Pool, Red Rock Casino Resort

7:00 PM – ACM Party for a Cause: WME’s Bash at The Beach – Location: The Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

8:00 PM – ACM Stories, Songs & Stars – A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives – Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

10:00 PM – ACM After Party for a Cause: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country – Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018

10:00 AM – ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off – Location: Topgolf, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

12:00 PM – ACM Pool Party for a Cause – Location: Flamingo GO Pool, Flamingo Las Vegas

12:00 PM – ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party – Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

7:00 PM – ACM Party for a Cause: WME’s Bash at The Beach – Location: The Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

8:00 PM – ACM Awards Official After Party – Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

For additional details and ongoing updates including the lineup of country superstars set to perform at each event, visit Partyforacause.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for more immediate updates.

The Golden Globe Nominations – Causing a Stir in Hollywood, Again

The annual Golden Globe nominations always seem to ruffle some feathers in Tinseltown. The Hollywood Foreign Press just announced it’s nominations slate and already Hollywood is in an uproar over the list…scroll to the end to find out why!

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me By Your Name

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain
Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins
The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep
The Post
Michelle Williams
All The Money In The World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks
The Post
Gary Oldman
Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench
Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren
The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie
I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Emma Stone
Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell
Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort
Baby Driver
James Franco
The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman
The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Hong Chau
Downsizing
Allison Janney
I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer
The Shape of Water
Mary J. Blige
Mudbound

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Armie Hammer
Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer
All The Money In The World
Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro
The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk
Ridley Scott
All The Money In The World
Steven Spielberg
The Post

 Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
The Post
Martin McDonagh
Three Billboards Outside
Aaron Sorkin
Molly’s Game

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
Chile
First They Killed My Father
Cambodia
In The Fade
Germany, France
Loveless
Russia
The Square
Sweden, Germany, France

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre Desplat
The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread
John Williams
The Post
Hans Zimmer
Dunkirk

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
‘Home’
Ferdinand
‘Mighty River’
Mudbound
‘Remember Me’
Coco
‘The Star’
The Star
‘This Is Me’
The Greatest Showman

Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master Of None
Smilf
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Fargo (TV show)
Feud: Bette And Joan
The Sinner
Top The Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman
Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange
Feud: Bette And Joan
Susan Sarandon
Feud: Bette And Joan
Reese Witherspoon
Big Little Lies
Jessica Biel
The Sinner

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro
Wizard of Lies
Jude Law
The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan
Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor
Fargo (TV show)
Geoffrey Rush
Genius

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe
Outlander
Claire Foy
The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Deuce
Katherine Langford
13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss
The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman
Ozark
Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us
Freddie Highmore
The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk
Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber
Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon
Better Things
Alison Brie
Glow
Rachel Brosnahan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae
Insecure
Frankie Shaw
Smilf

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari
Master Of None
Kevin Bacon
I Love Dick
William H. Macy
Shameless
Eric McCormack
Will & Grace
Anthony Anderson
Black-ish

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern
Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd
The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz
This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer
The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley
Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour
Stranger Things
Alfred Molina
Feud: Bette And Joan
Christian Slater
Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgård
Big Little Lies
David Thewlis
Fargo (TV show)

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

JAY-Z LEADS GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH EIGHT, KENDRICK LAMAR FOLLOWS WITH SEVEN AND BRUNO MARS WITH SIX CHILDISH GAMBINO, JAY-Z, KENDRICK LAMAR, LORDE AND BRUNO MARS VIE FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR

ALESSIA CARA, KHALID, LIL UZI VERT, JULIA MICHAELS AND SZA UP FOR BEST NEW ARTIST AT “THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® JAN. 28, 2018, LIVE ON CBS

Nominations for THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® were announced this morning by The Recording Academy®. This year’s class of GRAMMY nominees was selected from more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories. The nominations showcase some of the most gifted music makers of the past awards year (Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2017). As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY is voted on by the Recording Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 7-21. THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 (8:00–11:30 PM, live ET/5:00–8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This year, already a 21-time GRAMMY winner, Jay-Z leads the nominations with eight, followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven, Bruno Mars with six and Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA, who each earn five.

“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”

Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 fields and 84 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit www.CBS.com.

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino

4:44 — JAY-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama — Lorde

24K Magic — Bruno Mars

 

Record Of The Year:

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

 

Song Of The Year:

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson

“Praying” — Kesha

“Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga

“What About Us” — P!nk

“Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD

Best Dance/Electric Album:

Migration — Bonobo

3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk

Mura Masa — Mura Masa

A Moment Apart — Odesza

What Now — Sylvan Esso

 

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance:

“You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

“The Promise” — Chris Cornell

“Run” — Foo Fighters

“No Good” — Kaleo

“Go To War” — Nothing More

R&B FIELD

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Free 6lack — 6lack

Awaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino

American Teen — Khalid

Ctrl — SZA

Starboy — The Weeknd

 

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Album:

4:44 — JAY-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Culture — Migos

Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody

Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

 

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Album:

Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney

Heart Break — Lady Antebellum

The Breaker — Little Big Town

Life Changes — Thomas Rhett

From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton

JAZZ FIELD

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

The Journey — The Baylor Project

A Social Call — Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass And Blind — Raul Midón

Porter Plays Porter — Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

Dreams And Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD

Best Gospel Album:

Crossover — Travis Greene

Bigger Than Me — Le’Andria

Close — Marvin Sapp

Sunday Song — Anita Wilson

Let Them Fall In Love — Cece Winans

 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

Rise — Danny Gokey

Echoes (Deluxe Edition) —  Matt Maher

Lifer — MercyMe

Hills And Valleys — Tauren Wells

Chain Breaker — Zach Williams

LATIN FIELD

Best Latin Album

Lo Único Constante —  Alex Cuba

Mis Planes Son Amarte — Juanes

Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Cuidad De México, 2017 — La Santa Cecilia

Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos) — Natalia Lafourcade

El Dorado — Shakira

 

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD 

Best Americana Album:

Southern Blood — Gregg Allman

Shine On Rainy Day — Brent Cobb

Beast Epic — Iron & Wine

The Nashville Sound — Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Brand New Day — The Mavericks

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

Calvin Harris

No I.D.

Greg Kurstin

Blake Mills

The Stereotypes

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

“City Of Stars” — Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone), Track from La La Land

“How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), Track from Moana: The Songs

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Fifty Shades Darker) — Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (ZAYN & Taylor Swift), Track from Fifty Shades Darker

“Never Give Up” — Sia Furler & Gregg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia), Track from Lion

“Stand Up For Something” — Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day Featuring Common), Track from Marshall

THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, Chantal Sausedo is the Talent Producer and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

This just in! @S_C_ @KendrickLamar & @BrunoMars lead GRAMMY NOMS! #GRAMMYs air LIVE on #CBS 1/28/18!  http://bit.ly/2zyVoYt

 

About The Recording Academy:

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

 

The ‘AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®’ Announces 2017 Nominees

World’s Largest Fan-Voted Awards Show to Celebrate 45 Years of Giving Fans the Very Best InMusic – Sunday November 19, on ABC

Bruno Mars Earns 8 Nominations, While The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd Tie with Five Nominations Each

2017 Artist of the Year Nominees Include Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran

The “2017 American Music Awards” will mark the 45th anniversary of the legendary music awards show that has brought fans the biggest musical superstars and most compelling live performances over the last four decades. As the kickoff to this year’s highly anticipated show, international music sensation Ciara today announced six categories from the “2017 American Music Awards” nominees live on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” followed by a full reveal of all nominees via Facebook Live on the American Music Awards and Billboard pages.

The “2017 American Music Awards” will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on SUNDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, is where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene.

From pop and rock, to country, hip-hop and beyond, this year’s show will celebrate 45 years of the best moments in music with appearances by today’s brightest stars and live performances from the biggest names in music.

Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each. Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each. Additionally, Keith Urban earned three nominations.

The Artist of the Year nominees are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Voting for Artist of the Year opened today and will close on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8:59:59 p.m. PST. Voting for all other editorial categories closes on Monday, Nov. 13 at 8:59:59 a.m. PST.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting opened today in all categories except New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, which will both open on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways below. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform.

Via web at billboard.com/am as and theamas.com/vote Posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the tweet

2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TOP NOMINATED ARTISTS CHART FACTS:

Celebrated musician BrunoMars’ third full-length studio album, “24K Magic,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, granting the performer his third top 10 effort. The album spun off a trio of top 40-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100, so far: “24K Magic,” “That’s What I Like” and “Versace On the Floor.” In 2017, “That’s What I Like” became Mars’ seventh No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following his previous leaders “Uptown Funk!” (Mark Ronson featuring Mars), “When I Was Your Man,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Grenade,” “Just the Way You Are” and “Nothin’ On You” (B.o.B featuring Mars).

Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in December of 2016, TheWeeknd’s “Starboy” album marked his second straight No. 1, following 2015’s “Beauty Behind the Madness.” “Starboy” yielded a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with its title track, as well as a No. 4 smash with “I Feel It Coming.” Both tracks feature Daft Punk. All 18 songs from “Starboy” charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

R&B singer Drake’s “More Life” was his seventh straight album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “More Life” became the first album to earn over 375 million on-demand U.S. audio streams of its tracks in a single week, according to Nielsen Music. The album set the record in the week ending March 24. Drake wrapped a record 431 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, which dates back to his first appearance in 2009. The streak is the longest among all artists in Hot 100 history. Drake placed a record 24 titles on the Hot 100 at once, on the chart dated April 8, 2017.

Drake linked 51 straight weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, the longest streak by a male act. His run began on Oct. 3, 2015, with “Hotline Bling” and ended on Sept. 24, 2016, when “One Dance” fell from the tier. Drake has placed a record 157 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in his career.

Rapper and song-writer KendrickLamar earned his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit as a lead act with “Humble.” in 2017. He scored his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with “DAMN.,” which had the best first-sales week of his career (353,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music). Lamar was the first artist of 2017 to post two concurrent titles in the Hot 100’s top five with “Humble.” and “DNA.” on May 6.

EdSheeran scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 in 2017 with “Shape of You,” which debuted at No. 1 and reigned for 12 weeks. “Shape of You” broke the record for the most time spent in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10: 33 weeks. Sheeran became the first artist to debut two titles in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously, with “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran earned his second Billboard 200 No. 1 album with “÷ (Divide).” Upon its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, “÷ (Divide)” generated 13 simultaneous entries on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Music duo of Drew Taggart and Andrew Pall, The Chainsmokers, charted three songs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 in the past year, including the chart-topping “Closer,” featuring Halsey. “Closer” became the 17th song in the Hot 100’s history to spend at least 12 weeks at No. 1. “Closer” spent 27 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, breaking the 26-week record previously held by Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” The Chainsmokers earned three No. 1 hits on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart over the past year: “Closer,” “Paris” and “Something Just Like This,” with Coldplay. Their debut full-length set “Memories…Do Not Open” opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It was the first No. 1 for a dance/electronic album in three-and-a-half years.

Pop superstar JustinBieber joined Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee on the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Despacito.” It tied the record for the longest run at No. 1 — 16 weeks. With “Despacito,” Bieber jumped to his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. Bieber banked his first No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts as featured on DJ Khaled’s all-star “I’m the One.” Bieber became the first artist ever to tally new No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 in back-to-back weeks, with “I’m the One” and “Despacito” (on charts May 20 and 27). Bieber has spent more than three years cumulatively at No. 1 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, easily the most among all acts since the list’s inception at the start of the decade.

DaddyYankee claimed his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber), which tied the record for most weeks spent at No. 1: 16 weeks. “Despacito” spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – tying the record for the longest run at No. 1 in the chart’s history. He has tallied more than 50 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including top 40-charting singles in the past year like “Hula Hoop” and “La Rompe Corazones,” with Ozuna.

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter LuisFonsi’s “Despacito,” with Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Bieber, spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – tying the record for the longest run at No. 1 in the chart’s history. “Despacito” marked Fonsi’s third hit on the Hot 100, but he’s been charting hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart since 1998, where he’s notched 30 hits. Overall, on Hot Latin Songs, Fonsi has collected 11 top 10 hits, seven of which reached No. 1 (including “Despacito”).

Premier country musician KeithUrban’s “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood, marked the former’s 38th straight top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Urban’s hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” topped Hot Country Songs for 12 weeks from Nov. 19, 2016 – Feb. 4, 2017. His latest album, 2016’s “Ripcord,” became his fifth Top Country Albums No. 1 and sixth top 10 on the Billboard 200. “The Fighter” reached No. 40 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, his first hit on the chart since 2009’s “Kiss a Girl.” Further, the crossover track climbed to No. 15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

Pop superstar Rihanna notched her 60th hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Wild Thoughts” (DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller). “Wild Thoughts” became the diva’s 31st top 10 hit on the Hot 100 and seventh No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She added three new No. 1s on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart in the past year: “Too Good” (Drake featuring Rihanna), “Loyalty.” (Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna) and “Wild Thoughts.”

Sponsors for the “2017 American Music Awards” include Comcast’s Xfinity and T-Mobile. Media partners include Cumulus Media/ Westwood One and Music Choice.

The “2017 American Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.

Below please find the full list of nominations for the 2017 American Music Awards:

2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES – nomination GIFs are hyperlinked to the category names

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Bruno Mars
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • James Arthur
  • Niall Horan
  • Julia Michaels
  • Post Malone
  • Rae Sremmurd

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY

  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne “I’m the One”
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar “Don’t Wanna Know”
  • The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

  • Garth Brooks
  • Coldplay
  • U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee “Despacito”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Alessia Cara
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Drake “More Life”
  • The Weeknd “Starboy”

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Keith Urban

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

  • Jason Aldean “They Don’t Know”
  • Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Keith Urban “Ripcord”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

  • Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • Migos “Culture”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne “I’m the One”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Beyoncé
  • Kehlani
  • Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!”
  • The Weeknd “Starboy”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Khalid “Location”
  • The Weeknd “Starboy”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park
  • twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Bruno Mars
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

  • Daddy Yankee
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Shakira

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • Lauren Daigle
  • MercyMe
  • Chris Tomlin

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Snake
  • Cal Harris

For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.

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Cheat tweet: @BrunoMars leads the 2017 @AMAs with 8 nominations! Full list of nominees here: amas.news/nominees17 #AMAs

Tickets are now on sale at www.axs.com

About the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards, the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the music genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, and the categories of Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, Tour of The Year and Video of the Year. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists.  The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 200 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.comwww.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Miss America,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit http://www.dickclark.com.

Swift’s fashions

Taylor Swift was dripping in jewels in her latest video “Look What You Made Me Do”Taylor Swift wore: 
 
Borgioni diamond hoop earrings set in ebony wood
Borgioni diamond snake ring
Borgioni diamond snake bracelets
Borgioni diamond set in rose gold ear cuff
Lydia Courteille double finger ruby ring
Lydia Courteille diamond snake cuff
Mattia Cielo diamond in carbon fiber ring
Noudar black diamond double finger rings
Gilan diamond snake ring
Le Vian diamond with ruby snake ring
Le Vian morganite and diamond rings
 
Borgioni diamond hoop earrings set in ebony wood
Borgioni diamond hoop earrings set in ebony wood
Borgioni diamond snake ring
Borgioni diamond snake bracelets
Lydia Courteille double finger ruby ring
Gilan diamond snake ring
Le Vian diamond snake ring 


Borgioni diamond snake ring set in rose gold
Borgioni diamond snake bracelets set in yellow gold 

 
 
 
Lydia Courteille double finger ruby ring
 
Gilan diamond snake ring
 
Le Vian diamond with ruby snake ring 
 

 
Borgioni diamond set in rose gold ear cuff 
Lydia Courteille diamond snake cuff


Borgioni diamond and rose gold ear cuff
 

 
Lydia Courteille diamond snake cuff 
 
 
Mattia Cielo diamond in carbon fiber ring

 
Mattia Cielo diamond in carbon fiber ring 
 
Noudar black diamond double finger rings 

 
Noudar black diamond double finger rings 

 
 
Le Vian morganite and diamond rings

Le Vian morganite and diamond rings

ALAN JACKSON AND CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP FOR THE “11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™” SEPT. 15 ON CBS

 

Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Hillary Scott and Jimmy Webb to Present  Music Event to Recognize “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards” Special Honorees and Off-Camera Category Winners Will Tape August 23 at the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville 

Alan Jackson and Chris Stapleton have been added to perform, and Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Hillary Scott and Jimmy Webb will present at the 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, to be broadcast Friday, Sept. 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show, dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the “52nd Academy of Country Music Awards,” will tape on Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Previously announced performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott and George Strait.

For more information about the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

ACM Honors™ will be produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music. 

#AlanJackson #ChrisStapleton 2 perform & @MarenMorris @BradPaisley 2 present on #ACMHonors 9/15 9pm ET/PT #CBShttp://bit.ly/2i8HuI9 

RATING:  To Be Announced

NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

TO BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY WITH ESTEEMED ASCAP FOUNDERS AWARD AT 30th ANNUAL ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS ON JUNE 22nd IN LOS ANGELES

TO BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY WITH ESTEEMED ASCAP FOUNDERS AWARD AT 30th ANNUAL ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS ON JUNE 22nd IN LOS ANGELES

NEW YORK, June 1, 2017 — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers(ASCAP) will host its 30th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotelin Los Angeles. The exclusive event will honor hip-hop legend,Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, with the esteemed ASCAP Founders Award upon the 20th anniversary of his death. His mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, his wife, singer/songwriter Faith Evans, his children, and his former managers and estate consultant Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts will accept the award. ASCAP will also honor its songwriter and publisher community with awards for the most performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

The ASCAP Founders Award is ASCAP’s most prestigious honor and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include: Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS, Ricky Skaggs, Elliot Goldenthal, Carly Simon, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Neil Young and many more.

“Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that captured so many.”

The Notorious B.I.G. is widely known as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. The Brooklyn-bred rapper released his critically acclaimed debut album Ready to Die in 1994, which is certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At a time when West Coast hip-hop was immensely popular, the success of the album led Biggie to be credited with reviving the East Coast hip-hop scene. He immediately saw pop chart success with his first single “Juicy/Unbelievable,” followed by songs such as “Big Poppa,” which soared to #1 on the rap charts; and “One More Chance,” which sold over one million copies. Biggie was also featured on gold and platinum selling singles, “Player’s Anthem” and “Get Money,” released by his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A, which included Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease.

In 1997, after Biggie’s death, his second album, titled Life After Death, was released. It hit #1 on the Billboard charts and was certified with diamond status in 2000, the highest RIAA certification given to a solo hip-hop album. The album spawned #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts including the lead single, “Hypnotize,” as well as follow-up “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” featuring Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Mase.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy continues to survive and inspire countless other artists who have sampled his music. On May 19th, two days before what would have been his 45th birthday, Faith Evans released a tribute album titled, The King And I, featuring duets between her and her husband.

During the ASCAP ceremony, awards will also be presented for ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriters/performers, and will be attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry.

REVOLT TV is the presenting sponsor for the 2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Members of the press may apply for media credentials to cover the 2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards by contacting Strategic Heights Media at info@strategicheights.com.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 600,000 members representing more than 10.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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#BBMAs – Billboard Music Awards 2017 Blow Up Social MediaWith Bieber, Drake, BTS, Minaj, Cyrus, and Dion

The Billboard Music Awards exploded on social media overnight with nearly 19.5 million posts appearing in the past 24 hours, according to international social media analytics firm Talkwalker.

The Billboard Music Awards exploded on social media overnight with nearly 19.5 million posts appearing in the past 24 hours, according to international social media analytics firm Talkwalker.

The hashtag #BBMAs was at the top of the list with more than 18.7 million mentions.  The peak time for chatter was from 6 – 8 p.m. eastern, just prior to the show’s start time, with more than 5.5 million social posts in that two-hour timeframe.

With so many celebrities in one space at one time, who was trending most on social media?

Topping the charts was Justin Bieber with nearly 118,000 posts, while Nicki Minaj was second with 79,000 posts.  Miley Cyrus came in third with 56,000 posts and Park Ji-Min fourth with 32,432.  Vanessa Hudgens rounded out the top five with 34,500 posts.

While Celine Dion wowed the crowd, she finished out of the top five, but posts about Dion were trending by this morning, increasing 3,300 percent over the past 24 hours.    This post about Dion by online news platform was the top performer over the past 24 hours, with 8,400 reactions, 1,300 shares and 2.3 million comments.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=237865036265136&story_fbid=1556706351047658

Global Superstar Nicki Minaj Is Set to Open the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

AFTER BREAKING THE RECORD FOR FEMALE ARTIST WITH THE MOST BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS, GLOBAL SUPERSTAR NICKI MINAJ IS SET TO OPEN THE ‘2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS’

 May 18, 2017 

AFTER BREAKING THE RECORD FOR FEMALE ARTIST WITH  THE MOST BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS, GLOBAL SUPERSTAR NICKI MINAJ IS SET TO OPEN THE ‘2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS’  Continue reading “Global Superstar Nicki Minaj Is Set to Open the 2017 Billboard Music Awards”

“THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE FROM NYC JAN. 28!

The Mayor’s Office of New York City and Madison Square Garden, announced THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS will be broadcast live on both coasts from New York City’s Madison Square Garden

“THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY ON JAN. 28, 2018 ON CBS

Music’s Biggest Night® Returns to Madison Square Garden

Spike Lee Pays Tribute to the New York Music Scene with the Short Film, “NY Stories”

In celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards’ 60th anniversary, CBS Corporation, in collaboration with The Recording Academy®, the Mayor’s Office of New York City and Madison Square Garden, announced THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS will be broadcast live on both coasts from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30-11:00 PM, live ET/4:30-8:00 PM, live PT, on the CBS Television Network.  Continue reading ““THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE FROM NYC JAN. 28!”