See the Full List of BAFTA Winners Below
Last night the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards were handed out in London to celebrate and honor the year’s best films (as a prelude to the Academy Awards that will be handed out here in LA next month) and among the big winners of the night were actors Cate Blanchett (Leading Actress, for her work in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Leading Actor, for his work in 12 Years A Slave), Jennifer Lawrence (Supporting Actress, for her work in American Hustle) and Barkhad Abdi (Supporting Actor, for his work in Captain Phillips) as well as Gravity (Outstanding British Film), American Hustle (Original Screenplay) and 12 Years A Slave (Best Film). What I love about the BAFTAs this year is how distributed the award were handed out … there was enough trophy love to go around. Click below to learn more about who walked home with BAFTAs last night and see the full list of 2014 winners. More »
NPH passes the torch back to Hugh
The Tony Awards have announced today that Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman will host the 68th annual Tony Awards this June. As you may be well aware, actor Neil Patrick Harris has enjoyed a string of very successful hosting jobs for the Tonys in years past but because he will be starring in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch this year, NPH is too busy to host the awards show. Therefore, the Tonys went with the next best person for the job. Click below to read the press release announcement regarding Hugh‘s upcoming gig as Tony Awards host. More »
You ain't ready for this (No, seriously)
Mariah Carey was among the performers at the taping of The BET Honors in Washington DC last night and as you can see below … Mimi was NOT playing around. Mariah busted out the sexiest low cut dress she could find so that she could minimally contain her overflowing assets for her live performance that people probably didn’t even listen to because she looked so good. Oh, who am I kidding … MC always brings the fire when she sings so she likely knocked everyone out both visually and aurally. Mariah Carey knows how to do sexy when she really wants to … and last night, SHE REALLY WANTED TO. Take a deep breath and then click below to see Mimi as she performed live at The BET Honors last night. More »
So. Damn. Good.
Remember when Trent Reznor blasted Grammy producers for cutting off the Nine Inch Nails finale performance with Lindsey Buckingham, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl during the Grammy Awards last weekend? Well, right now we get to watch unedited, unaired rehearsal footage of the finale performance as it SHOULD HAVE aired during the telecast. During full dress rehearsals for the show, NIN et al. did a run thru of their performance (complete with LL Cool J intro) and you can watch that performance in full above. This is a great video, I hope you enjoy it. This is pretty much what we were supposed to see during the Grammy Awards last weekend. I guess better late than never.
She doesn't *just* wake up this way
Last Sunday night, Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z opened the 56th Grammy Awards telecast show with a fabulous performance of their song Drunk In Love, taken from Bey‘s new album Beyoncé. Today we get to see a batch of really great photos shared by Beyoncé on her official website that were taken during rehearsals for her Grammy Awards performance. The photos were taken by photographer Robin Harper and are, I think, a really really cool look at the behind the scenes process that resulted in a stunning performance. Bey is fabulous and fierce but as these photos show, she doesn’t just wake up looking perfect. She puts in a lot of hard work to make looking perfect look easy.
Throwback Thursday Says Kendrick Lamar Is In Good Company
We have had some really great discussions on the blog, following Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and some of the controversy that followed. Between everyone’s comments about Kendrick Lamar getting snubbed in the rap category, and India.Arie‘s open letter about the lack of black artistic representation at the awards in general, I’ve had a great time seeing what folks have to say. And in honor of Throwback Thursday, I wanted to relive and re-lurve some great songs by amazing, talented rappers who never received a Grammy (though many have been nominated). Click inside for more!
"If the hip hop community voted on hip hop ... we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF"
In light of some of the conversations we’ve been having here on the blog about the Grammy Awards and some of this year’s winners, I thought it would be worthwhile to post in full an open letter written by Grammy Award-winning musician India.Arie on her official website. As you can read below, India takes great umbrage with the way the Recording Academy says it celebrates all genres of music and the way that the actual award winners are chosen. I don’t want to color India‘s commentary on the Grammys by offering my personal opinion here (except to say that I agree with many of her points) so I’ll just post her open letter in full and YOU decide to form your own opinions on what she has to say. More »
What a 'Wonderful' Idea!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Academy Awards show this year, which will feature Ellen DeGeneres as host, will pay special tribute to the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. The Wizard of Oz holds such a special place in my heart and I know it’s a very special film to countless others … this sounds like a great idea of Oscar night. Click below to learn more about this planned tribute and get ready to celebrate 75 years of Oz :) More »
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE"
On Sunday night, during the 56th Grammy Awards, the newly deputized Queen Latifah officiated over 33 marriages after the couples were serenaded by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert who performed their “marriage equality anthem” Same Love. After Latifah married the couples, they were serenaded again by Madonna and Mary Lambert who performed an acoustic version of Maddy‘s song Open Your Heart. All of this, we saw happen LIVE on national television. Today we get to see behind the scenes footage that will air on The Queen Latifah Show today that was filmed both before and after the mass Grammy Award wedding ceremony took place. As you can see in the video embedded above, Latifah joyously shares her experience from Grammy night with her audience and focuses solely on the happy couples that she married on national TV. Check out the video to see what went on backstage on Grammy night to enjoy a bit more this happy occasion for this group of newlyweds.
Early last week we learned that Nine Inch Nails would be joined by Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac for a live performance at the 56th Grammy Awards and last night that performance went off … with one big hitch. This NIN supergroup performance was slated to be the finale for the 3+ hour long awards show and as a result, was cut-off prematurely due to, what I’m assuming were, broadcast advertising commitments. Most of the performance was aired in full but, from what I understand, the show was running over by 15 minutes and the end of the performance was cut-off by advertising and then time commitments. Click the embed above to watch the performance as it aired on TV last night then click below to read Trent Reznor‘s reaction to being cut-off by the Grammy Awards Powers That Be. More »