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The Grammys were held on Sunday night, February 10, 2019, and were hosted this time around by 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the live broadcast on CBS.
Below are some of the highlights and clips from the broadcast of The 61th Annual Grammy Awards, along with the full list of Grammy winners at the end.
Having Keys host this year was a major change in tone from the previous two years, which were led by comedian and late-night talk-show host James Corden. Instead of comedy throughout, Keys focused on highlighting the talent and careers of the presenters, nominees, winners, and performers.
Marvin Gaye, one of the biggest stars to come out of Motown Records, and who became one of the biggest R&B performers in American history, was shot killed by his father 30 years ago today, one day before his 45th birthday. At the time of his death, Gaye was in the midst of a serious comeback, as his career had stutter stepped for the past few years prior.
With electricity as a stage performer on par with the likes of James Brown and Michael Jackson, a consummate word and songsmith who penned and produced opposite spectrums of sound like the seminal urban awareness musical masterpiece “What’s Going On,” to being an absolute aural lothario and sexmeister with “Let’s Get it On,” the sheer power of the creative arcs of Marvin Gaye have stood the test of time and even broke new ground and shattered previous sonic conventions. Like a John Lennon in many ways, Gaye was never afraid to express himself wholeheartedly in his public guise, with his creative visions and his fearless confidence, which like Lennon, sometimes required all too unhealthy by-products to keep help manifesting that vision (drugs, etc.), but ultimately still became globally revered as a figurehead in his respective genres.
Innervisions, the landmark album by the mighty Stevie Wonder, is now available in MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $3.99. (The CD is currently $9.99 and comes with an MP3 version of the album as well.)
Released 40 years ago this year, and the 16th studio album by Wonder, who had already conquered the 1960s with his Motown R&B mix of pop and early strains of funk, which reached untold masses, amps up that sound here and throws in socially conscious issues and crisper production on Innervisions and it remains one of Motown’s and R&B’s finest records.
From the hot groove opening of “Too High,” which speaks of drug abuse metaphoric and literal, to the down-on-one’s-luck day to day drudges of “Living in the City,” to one of his biggest chart hits and all-time successes in “Higher Ground,” and the breakthrough creative highlights of “Golden Lady” and “Don’t You Worry “˜Bout A Thing,” Innervisions comes out of the starting gate like a Formula 1 race car blazing down the asphalt and never let’s up. Wonder also plays most of the instruments on the album as well, and not in a novelty sense whatsoever. He plays with a confidence and self-assurance that is absolutely mindblowing, much like the record itself. Come explore the inner vision Stevie Wonder intended here and then some, indeed.
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Rocker Lenny Kravitz has signed on to play Motown R&B singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic to be shot next year, reports Yahoo News. For Kravitz, who recently as of late began an acting career to go along with his successful rock and roll one with appearances in films like The Hunger Games, it marks his first leading role. Kravitz’s publicist reportedly confirmed the news on Tuesday.
The untitled film is to be directed by Julien Temple, who his best known for helming pictures (the Sex Pistols’ The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle) and music videos (Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Sade, The Kinks, David Bowie) during the early 1980s. Not much is known on the proposed film, except the fact that it’s mainly going to focus on Gaye’s life and era during the 1980s when he was battling inner demons and stinging addictions and trying to walk the tightrope with that and his career, which was in need of a comeback.