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Grammys 2016 – Winners List

2016 grammys.pngThe 2016 Grammys are off to a great start, and Planet Stereo’s here to let you know who wins what. Check out the list of winners announced below:

Album Of The Year

  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  • Taylor Swift – 1989
  • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Record Of The Year

  • D’Angelo & The Vanguard “Really Love”
  • Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Song Of The Year

  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Music Video

  • A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dir. Dexter Navy)
  • The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (Dir. Cooper Roberts & Ian Schwartz)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Dir. The Little Homies & Colin Tilley)
  • Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Dir. Joseph Kahn)
  • Pharrell Williams – “Freedom” (Dir. Paul Hunter)

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

 

Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift – 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap – The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Best Rock Album: Muse – Drones

Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Best R&B Album : D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton

Best Historical Album: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig – Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

Best Surround Sound Album: James Gutherie, Joel Plante – Roger Waters’ Amused To Death

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – Sylva

Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos – Grace

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cecile McLorin Salvent – For One To Love

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield – Past Present

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider Orchestra – The Thompson Fields

Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias – Made In Brazil

Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo – Sings 

Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart – Home
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Best Comedy Album: Louis CK – Live At Madison Square Garden

Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin – A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Los Tigres Del Norte – Realidades (Deluxe Edition)

Best Tropical Latin Album: Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & OrchestraSon De Panamá

Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Best Bluegrass Album: The SteelDrivers – The Muscle Shoals Recordings 

Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary – Go Go Juice

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, “Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall 

 

Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Dance Recording: Justin Bieber & Jack U – “Where Are U Now”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard – “Really Love”

Best Country Song: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

 

Best Metal Performance: Ghost – “Cirice”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway – “Little Ghetto Boy”

Best Rap Performance: Kenrick Lamar – “Alright”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat – “These Walls”

Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale, Kansas City Chorale – “Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eight Blackbird – “Filament”

Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

 

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Jeff Bhasker

 

Best Music Film: Amy

Best Song Written For Visual Media: Common & John Legend – “Glory”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Antonio Sanchez – Birdman

 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Various Artists – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

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Taylor Swift Releases “Out Of The Woods” Music Video

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift certainly likes to keep us all on the edge of our seats, and to help us prepare to ring in the New Year, she’s just released her brand new music video for “Out Of The Woods,” from her hit record, 1989.

You can watch the full video below:

 

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Jared Leto Issues a Public Apology To Taylor Swift; Files Lawsuit Against TMZ

jared letoCelebrity Harassment and Leaked Video Connoisseurs, TMZ, recently got their hands on footage of Jared Leto listening to–and dissing–songs from Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989. During the video, the Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman seems to praise parts of the album, but the video ends with, “F*ck her. I don’t give a f*ck about her.”

But today, the award winning actor took to Twitter to issue the following apology:

 

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The truth is I think <a href=”https://twitter.com/taylorswift13″>@taylorswift13</a&gt; is amazing + an incredible example of what's possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies.</p>&mdash; JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JaredLeto/status/674011816670846976″>December 7, 2015</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Did Leto really have to apologize for stating his opinion?

 

12/10/2015 UPDATE

Leto has released a statement via Twitter. He is taking legal action against TMZ for invading his privacy and illegally sharing the footage. You can read his full statement below:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>An invasion of privacy, stolen footage and why I chose to fight back. <a href=”https://t.co/3iNeoSXiFu”>https://t.co/3iNeoSXiFu</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/PhO1g0gPCS”>pic.twitter.com/PhO1g0gPCS</a></p>&mdash; JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JaredLeto/status/675027769076617216″>December 10, 2015</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Full List of 58th Grammy Award Nominations

august burns redThis morning, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations were revealed, with Kendrick Lamar leading the pack with eleven nominations, and, as expected, Taylor Swift included in three of the four biggest categories.

You can view all of the nominees (by category), listed below:

 

Record of the Year

  • “Really Love” – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Thinking Out Loud” –  Ed Sheeran
  • “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

 

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color  – Alabama Shakes
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton
  • 1989 –  Taylor Swift
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

 

Song of the Year

  • “Alright” (Kendrick Lamar) – written by Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, and Pharrell Williams.
  • “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift) – written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift.
  • “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town)  – written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose.
  • “See You Again,” Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth and Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)
  • “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran) – written by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge.

 

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

POP

Pop Solo Performance

  • “Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
  • “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ship to Wreck” – Florence + the Machine
  • “Sugar” – Maroon 5
  • “Uptown Funk’ – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern – Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap
  • Shadows in the Night – Bob Dylan
  • Stages – Josh Groban
  • No One Ever Tells You – Seth MacFarlane
  • My Dream Duets – Barry Manilow (and Various Artists)

Pop Vocal Album

  • Piece By Piece – Kelly Clarkson
  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
  • Uptown Special – Mark Ronson
  • 1989 – Taylor Swift
  • Before This World – James Taylor

 

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Dance Recording

  • “We’re All We Need” – Above & Beyond, ft. Zoe Johnston
  • “Go” – The Chemical Brothers
  • “Never Catch Me” – Flying Lotus, ft. Kendrick Lamar
  • “Runaway (U & I)” – Galantis
  • “Where Are U Now” – Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Dance/Electronic Album

  • Our Love – Caribou
  • Born In The Echoes – The Chemical Brothers
  • Caracal – Disclosure
  • In Colour – Jamie XX
  • Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U – Skrillex and Diplo

 

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FIELD

Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Guitar In The Space Age! – Bill Frisell
  • Love Language – Wouter Kellerman
  • Afrodeezia – Marcus Miller
  • Sylva  – Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest
  • The Gospel According To Jazz, Chapter IV – Kirk Whalum

 

ROCK

Rock Performance

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” –  Alabama Shakes
  • “What Kind Of Man” –  Florence + the Machine
  • “Something From Nothing” – Foo Fighters
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King
  • “Moaning Lisa Smile” – Wolf Alice

Metal Performance

  • “Identity” – August Burns Red
  • “Cirice” – Ghost
  • “512” – Lamb Of God
  • “Thank You” – Sevendust
  • “Custer” – Slipknot

Rock Song

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” (Alabama Shakes) – written by Alabama Shakes.
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” (Elle King) – written by Dave Bassett and Elle King.
  • “Hold Back the River” (James Bay) – written by Iain Archer and James Bay.
  • “Lydia” (Highly Suspect) – written by Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens.
  • “What Kind of Man” (Florence + The Machine) – written by John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch.

Rock Album

  • Chaos and The Calm – James Bay
  • Kintsugi – Death Cab For Cutie
  • Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
  • Drones – Muse
  • .5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

 

 

ALTERNATIVE

Alternative Music Album

  • Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  • Vulnicura – Björk
  • The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
  • Currents – Tame Impala
  • Star Wars – Wilco

 

 

R&B

R&B Performance

  • “If I Don’t Have You,”  Tamar Braxton
  • “Rise Up,”  Andra Day
  • “Breathing Underwater,”  Hiatus Kaiyote
  • “Planes,”  Jeremih featuring J. Cole
  • “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” the Weeknd

Traditional R&B Performance

  • “He Is,”  Faith Evans
  • “Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway
  • “Let It Burn,”  Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Shame,”  Tyrese
  • “My Favorite Part of You,”  Charlie Wilson

R&B Song

  • “Coffee,”  Brook Davis and Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)
  • “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),”  Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (the Weeknd)
  • “Let It Burn,”  Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan and Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
  • “Really Love,”  D’Angelo and Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard)
  • “Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson and DJ Rogers Jr., songwriters (Tyrese)

Urban Contemporary Album

  • “Ego Death,” the Internet
  • “You Should Be Here,”  Kehlani
  • “Blood,”  Lianne La Havas
  • “Wildheart,”  Miguel
  • “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd

R&B Album

  • Coming Home –  Leon Bridges
  • Black Messiah –  D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • Cheers to the Fall –  Andra Day
  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
  • Forever Charlie -Charlie Wilson

 

RAP

Rap Performance

  • “Apparently,” J. Cole
  • “Back to Back,” Drake
  • “Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap
  • “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
  • “All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • “One Man Can Change the World,” Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
  • “Glory,” Common and John Legend
  • “Classic Man,” Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
  • “These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat
  • “Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Rap Song

  • “All Day,” Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and  Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney)
  • “Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Energy,” Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas (Drake)
  • “Glory,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens (Common and John Legend)
  • “Trap Queen,” Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell (Fetty Wap)

Rap Album

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
  • Compton – Dr. Dre
  • If You’re Reading This Its Too Late – Drake
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

 

COUNTRY

Country Solo Performance

  • “Burning House” – Cam
  • “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Little Toy Guns” – Carrie Underwood
  • “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Keith Urban
  • “Chances Are” – Lee Ann Womack

Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “Stay a Little Longer”- Brothers Osborne
  • “If I Needed You”- Joey+Rory
  • “The Driver” – Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
  • “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
  • “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Country Song

  • “Chances Are” (LEE ANN WOMACK) -Hayes Carll
  • “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (TIM McGRAW) -Barry Dean, Luke Lairdm and Jonathan Singleton
  • “Girl Crush” (LITTLE BIG TOWN) – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose
  • “Hold My Hand” (BRANDY CLARK) – Brandy Clark and Mark Stephen Jones
  • Traveller – (CHRIS STAPLETON) Chris Stapleton

Country Album

  • Montevallo – Sam Hunt
  • Pain Killer – Little Big Town
  • The Blade – Ashley Monroe
  • Pageant Material – Kacey Musgraves
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton

NEW AGE (album)

  • “Grace,” Paul Avgerinos
  • “Bhakti Without Borders,” Madi Das
  • “Voyager,” Catherine Duc
  • “Love,” Peter Kater
  • “Asia Beauty,” Ron Korb

JAZZ

Improvised Jazz Solo

  • “Giant Steps,” Joey Alexander
  • “Cherokee,” Christian McBride
  • “Arbiters if Evolution,” Donny McCaslin
  • “Friend or Foe,” Joshua Redman
  • “Past Present,” John Scofield

Jazz Vocal Album

  • “Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein,” Karrin Allyson
  • “Find a Heart,” Denise Donatelli
  • “Flirting With Disaster,” Lorraine Feather
  • “Jamison,” Jamison Ross
  • “For One to Love,” Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Instrumental Album

  • “My Favorite Things,” Joey Alexander
  • “Breathless,” Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
  • “Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios,” Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Trio
  • “Beautiful Life,” Jimmy Greene
  • “Past Present,” John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • “Lines Of Color,” Gil Evans Project
  • “Köln,” Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band
  • “Cuba: The Conversation Continues,” Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • “The Thompson Fields,” Maria Schneider Orchestra
  • “Home Suite Home,” Patrick Williams

Latin Jazz Album

  • “Made in Brazil,” Eliane Elias
  • “Impromptu,” the Rodriguez Brothers
  • “Suite Caminos,” Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • “Intercambio,” Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
  • “Identities Are Changeable,” Miguel Zenón

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Gospel Performance/Song

  • “Worth [Live],” Anthony Brown and Group Therapy
  • “Wanna Be Happy?,” Kirk Franklin
  • “Intentional,” Travis Greene
  • “How Awesome Is Our God [Live],” Israel and Newbreed featuring Yolanda Adams; Neville Diedericks, Israel Houghton and Meleasa Houghton, songwriters
  • “Worth Fighting For [Live],” Brian Courtney Wilson; Aaron Lindsey and Brian Courtney Wilson, songwriters

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli
  • “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains),” Crowder; Ed Cash, David Crowder and Seth Philpott, songwriters
  • “Because He Lives (Amen),” Matt Maher
  • “Soul on Fire,” Third Day featuring All Sons & Daughters; Tai Anderson, Brenton Brown, David Carr, Mark Lee, Matt Maher and Mac Powell, songwriters
  • “Feel It,” Tobymac featuring Mr. Talkbox; Cary Barlowe, David Arthur Garcia and Toby McKeehan, songwriters

Gospel Album

  • “Destined to Win [Live],” Karen Clark Sheard
  • “Living It,” Dorinda Clark-Cole
  • “One Place Live,” Tasha Cobbs
  • “Covered: Alive in Asia [Live] (Deluxe),” Israel & Newbreed
  • “Life Music: Stage Two,” Jonathan McReynolds

Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • “Whatever the Road,” Jason Crabb
  • “How Can It Be,” Lauren Daigle
  • “Saints and Sinners,” Matt Maher
  • “This Is Not a Test,” Tobymac
  • “Love Ran Red,” Chris Tomlin

Roots Gospel Album

  • “Still Rockin’ My Soul,” the Fairfield Four
  • “Pray Now,” Karen Peck and New River
  • “Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know),” Point of Grace

LATIN

Latin Pop Album

  • “Terral,” Pablo Alborán
  • “Healer,” Alex Cuba
  • “A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition),” Ricky Martin
  • “Sirope,” Alejandro Sanz
  • “Algo Sucede,” Julieta Venegas

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

  • “Amanecer,” Bomba Estereo
  • “Mondongo,” La Cuneta Son Machín
  • “Hasta la Raíz,” Natalia Lafourcade
  • “Caja De Música,” Monsieur Periné
  • “Dale,” Pitbull

Regional Mexican Music Album

  • “Mi Vicio Mas Grande,” Banda el Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga
  • “Ya Dime Adiós,” la Maquinaria Norteña
  • “Zapateando,” los Cojolites
  • “Realidades, Deluxe Edition,” Los Tigres Del Norte
  • “Tradición, Arte y Pasión,” Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

Tropical Latin Album

  • “Tributo a Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto,” José Alberto “El Canario” and Septeto Santiaguero
  • “Son De Panamá,” Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado and Orchestra
  • “Presente Continuo,” Guaco
  • “Todo Tiene Su Hora,” Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
  • “Que Suenen Los Tambores,” Victor Manuelle

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC

American Roots Performance

  • “And Am I Born to Die,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
  • “Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy
  • “City of Our Lady,” the Milk Carton Kids
  • “Julep,” Punch Brothers
  • “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

American Roots Song

  • “All Night Long,” Raul Malo (the Mavericks)
  • “The Cost of Living,” Don Henley and Stan Lynch (Don Henley and Merle Haggard)
  • “Julep,” Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile and Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers)
  • “The Traveling Kind,” Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris (Emmylou Harris and  Rodney Crowell)
  • “24 Frames,” Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell)

Americana Album

  • “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” Brandi Carlile
  • “The Traveling Kind,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  • “Something More Than Free,” Jason Isbell
  • “Mono,” the Mavericks
  • “The Phosphorescent Blues,” Punch Brothers

Bluegrass Album

  • “Pocket Full of Keys,” Dale Ann Bradley
  • “Before the Sun Goes Down,” Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
  • “In Session,” Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
  • “Man of Constant Sorrow,” Ralph Stanley and Friends
  • “The Muscle Shoals Recordings,” the Steeldrivers

Blues Album

  • “Descendants of Hill Country,” Cedric Burnside Project
  • “Outskirts of Love,” Shemekia Copeland
  • “Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy
  • “Worthy,” Bettye LaVette
  • “Muddy Waters 100,” John Primer & Various Artists

Folk Album

  • “Wood, Wire & Words,” Norman Blake
  • “Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
  • “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” Rhiannon Giddens
  • “Servant of Love,” Patty Griffin
  • “Didn’t He Ramble,” Glen Hansard

Regional Roots Music Album

  • “Go Go Juice,” Jon Cleary
  • “La La La La,” Natalie Ai Kamauu
  • “Kawaiokalena,” Keali’i Reichel
  • “Get Ready,” the Revelers
  • “Generations,” Windwalker and the MCW

REGGAE (album)

  • “Branches of the Same Tree,” Rocky Dawuni
  • “The Cure,” Jah Cure
  • “Acousticalevy,” Barrington Levy
  • “Zion Awake,” Luciano
  • “Strictly Roots,” Morgan Heritage

 

WORLD MUSIC (Album)

  • “Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo,” Gilberto Gil
  • “Sings,” Angelique Kidjo
  • “Music From Inala,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Ella Spira and the Inala Ensemble
  • “Home,” Anoushka Shankar
  • “I Have No Everything Here,” Zomba Prison Project

CHILDREN’S (Album)

  • ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! – José-Luis Orozco
  • Dark Pie Concerns – Gustafer Yellowgold
  • Home – Tim Kubart
  • How Great Can This Day Be – Lori Henriques
  • Trees – Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly

SPOKEN WORD (Album)

  • Blood on Snow (Jo Nesbo) – Patti Smith
  • Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks – Dick Cavett
  • A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter
  • Patience and Sarah (Isabel Miller) – Janis Ian and Jean Smart
  • Yes Please – Amy Poehler (and Various Artists)

 

COMEDY (Album)

  • Back To The Drawing Board – Lisa Lampanelli
  • Brooklyn – Wyatt Cenac
  • Happy. And a Lot. – Jay Mohr
  • Just Being Honest – Craig Ferguson
  • Live at Madison Square Garden – Louis C.K.

 

MUSICAL THEATER (Album)

  • An American In Paris
  • Fun Home
  • Hamilton
  • The King and I
  • Something Rotten!

 

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • Empire: Season 1
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Selma

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
  • The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
  • The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Whiplash – Justin Hurwitz

Song Written for Visual Media

  • “Earned It” (The Weekend) (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville, and Abel Tesfaye.
  • “Glory” (Common and John Legend) (Selma) – Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith, and John Stephens.
  • “Love Me Like You Do” (Ellie Goulding) (Fifty Shades of Grey) – Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Nilsson, Ali Payami, and Ilya Salmanzadeh.
  • “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth) (Furious 7) – Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth, and Cameron Thomaz.
  • “Til It Happens to You” (Lady Gaga) (The Hunting Ground) – Lady Gaga and Diane Warren.

COMPOSING/ARRANGING

Instrumental Composition

  • “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” Arturo O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)
  • “Civil War,” Bob Mintzer (Bob Mintzer Big Band)
  • “Confetti Man,” David Balakrishnan (Turtle Island Quartet)
  • “Neil,” Rich DeRosa (University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band)
  • “Vesper,” Marshall Gilkes (Marshall Gilkes and WDR Big Band)

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • “Bruno Mars,” Paul Allen, Troy Hayes, Evin Martin and J Moss (Vocally Challenged)
  • “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix)
  • “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Armand Hutton (Committed)
  • “Ghost of a Chance,” Bob James (Bob James and Nathan East)
  • “You and the Night and the Music,” John Fedchock (John Fedchock New York Big Band)
  • Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
  • “Be My Muse,” Shelly Berg (Lorraine Feather)
  • “52nd & Broadway,” Patrick Williams (Patrick Williams featuring Patti Austin)
  • “Garota De Ipanema,” Otmaro Ruiz (Catina DeLuna featuring Otmaro Ruiz)
  • “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime),” Maria Schneider (David Bowie)
  • “When I Come Home,” Jimmy Greene (Jimmy Greene with Javier Colon)

PACKAGE

Recording Package

  • “Alagoas,” Alex Trochut (Alagoas)
  • “Bush,” Anita Marisa Boriboon (Snoop Dogg)
  • “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe Edition),” Brian Roettinger, art director (Florence + the Machine)
  • “My Happiness,” Nathanio Strimpopulos (Elvis Presley)
  • “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys,” Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds and Dick Reeves (Asleep at the Wheel)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

  • “Beneath The Skin (Deluxe Box Set),” Leif Podhajsky (Of Monsters and Men)
  • “I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl),” Sasha Barr & Josh Tillman (Father John Misty)
  • “The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32),” Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White (Various Artists)
  • “Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition),” Stephen Kennedy and James Tilley, art directors (the Rolling Stones)
  • “30 Trips Around the Sun,” Doran Tyson and Steve Vance (Grateful Dead)
  • “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Deluxe Box Set),” Jeri Heiden and Glen Nakasako (the Decemberists)

NOTES (Album)

  • “Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings From the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946,” James P. Leary (Various Artists)
  • “Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection,” Jeff Place (Lead Belly)
  • “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced,” Joni Mitchell, (Joni Mitchell)
  • “Portrait of an American Singer,” Ted Olson (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  • “Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings, 1916-1925,” Ryan Barna (Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra)

HISTORICAL (Album)

  • The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – Bob Dylan and the Band
  • The Complete Concert by the Sea – Erroll Garner
  • Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985 – Various Artists
  • Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947–1959 –Various Artists
  • Songs My Mother Taught Me – Fannie Lou Hamer

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL

Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Before This World (JAMES TAYLOR) – Dave O’Donnell, engineer; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
  • Currency of Man (MELODY GARDOT) – Maxime Le Guil, engineer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer
  • Recreational Love (THE BIRD AND THE BEE) – Greg Kurstin and Alex Pasco, engineers; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer.
  • Sound & Color (ALABAMA SHAKES) – Shawn Everett, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer.
  • Wallflower (DIANA KRALL) – Steve Price, Jochem van der Saag & Jorge Vivo, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

  • Jeff Bhasker
  • Dave Cobb
  • Diplo
  • Larry Klein
  • Blake Mills

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

  • “Berlin by Overnight (CFCF Remix),” CFCF (Daniel Hope)
  • “Hold On (Fatum Remix),” Bill Hamel and Chad Newbold (JES, Shant and Clint Maximus)
  • “Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix),” Ryan Raddon (Galantis)
  • “Say My Name (RAC Remix),” André Allen Anjos (Odesza featuring Zyra)
  • “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix),” Dave Audé (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)

SURROUND SOUND (Album)

  • Amdahl: Astrognosia & Aesop – Morten Lindberg (Ingar Heine Bergby and Norwegian Radio Orchestra)
  • Amused to Death – James Guthrie and Joel Plante (Roger Waters)
  • Magnificat – Morten Lindberg (Øyvind Gimse, Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor and  Trondheimsolistene)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 – Erdo Groot, Philip Traugott (Paavo Järvi and Russian National Orchestra)
  • Spes – Morten Lindberg (Tove Ramlo-Ystad and Cantus)

PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL

Engineered Album, Classical

  • Ask Your Mama – engineered by Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Justin Merrill; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
  • Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’ – engineered by Dmitriy Lipay; Alexander Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot, Augustin Hadelich and Seattle Symphony)
  • Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria – engineered by Robert Friedrich; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Martin Pearlman, Jennifer Rivera, Fernando Guimarães and Boston Baroque)
  • Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil – engineered by Beyong Joon Hwang and John Newton; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale)
  • Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’ – engineered by Keith O. Johnson and Sean Royce Martin; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Michael Stern and Kansas City Symphony)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • Manfred Eicher
  • Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
  • Dan Merceruio
  • Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance

  • “Bruckner: Symphony No. 4,” Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’,” Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)
  • “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10,” Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Spirit of the American Range,” Carlos Kalmar, conductor (the Oregon Symphony)
  • “Zhou Long & Chen Yi: Symphony ‘Humen 1839’,” Darrell Ang, conductor (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

  • “Janá¿ek: Jen¿fa,” Donald Runnicles, conductor; Will Hartmann, Michaela Kaune & Jennifer Larmore; Magdalena Herbst, producer (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin)
  • “Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria,” Martin Pearlman, conductor; Fernando Guimarães and  Jennifer Rivera; Thomas C. Moore, producer (Boston Baroque)
  • “Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail,” Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Diana Damrau, Paul Schweinester & Rolando Villazón; Sid McLauchlan, producer (Chamber Orchestra of Europe)
  • “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade,” Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus and SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus)
  • “Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe,” Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Karina Gauvin and Philippe Jaroussky; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra)

Choral Performance

  • “Beethoven: Missa Solemnis,” Bernard Haitink, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Anton Barachovsky, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanno Müller-Brachmann and Mark Padmore; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • “Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610,” Harry Christophers, conductor (Jeremy Budd, Grace Davidson, Ben Davies, Mark Dobell, Eamonn Dougan and Charlotte Mobbs; the Sixteen)
  • “Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings,” Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (James K. Bass, Laura Mercado-Wright, Eric Neuville and Lauren Snouffer; Faith DeBow and Stephen Redfield; Conspirare)
  • “Paulus: Far in Tte Heavens,” Eric Holtan, conductor (Sara Fraker, Matthew Goinz, Thea Lobo, Owen McIntosh, Kathryn Mueller & Christine Vivona; True Concord Orchestra; True Concord Voices)
  • “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil,” Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor and Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • “Brahms: The Piano Trios,” Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt
  • “Filament,” Eighth Blackbird
  • “Flaherty: Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics,” Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee
  • “Render,” Brad Wells and Roomful of Teeth
  • “Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2,” Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin

Classical Instrumental Solo

  • “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes,” Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)
  • “Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos,” Joseph Moog; Nicholas Milton, conductor (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern)
  • “Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7,” Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • “Rachmaninov Variations,” Daniil Trifonov (the Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • “Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!,” Ursula Oppens (Jerome Lowenthal)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata, (Mark Padmore) – accompanied by Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall (Joyce DiDonato) –  accompanied by Antonio Pappano.
  • Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album (Jonas Kaufmann) – conducted by Antonio Pappano (Krist¿ne Opolais, Antonio Pirozzi and Massimo Simeoli; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)
  • Rouse: Seeing; Kabir Padavali (Talise Trevigne) – conducted by David Alan Miller (Orion Weiss; Albany Symphony)
  • St. Petersburg (Cecilia Bartoli) – conducted by Diego Fasolis (I Barocchisti)

Classical Compendium

  • “As Dreams Fall Apart – The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music (1925-1955),” New Budapest Orpheum Society; Jim Ginsburg, producer
  • “Ask Your Mama,” George Manahan, conductor; Judith Sherman, producer
  • “Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato, 1740,” Paul McCreesh, conductor; Nicholas Parker, producer
  • “Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto,” Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
  • “Woman at the New Piano,” Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin, producers

Contemporary Classical Composition

  • “Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest,” Gerald Barry, composer (Thomas Adès, Barbara Hannigan, Katalin Károlyi, Hilary Summers, Peter Tantsits and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group)
  • “Norman: Play,” Andrew Norman, composer (Gil Rose and Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
  • “Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances,” Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices and Orchestra)
  • “Tower: Stroke,” Joan Tower, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero, Cho-Liang Lin and Nashville Symphony)
  • “Wolfe: Anthracite Fields,” Julia Wolfe, composer (Julian Wachner, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Bang on a Can All-Stars)

 

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Music Video

  • “LSD” (ASAP ROCKY) – directed by Dexter Navy, produced by Shin Nishigaki.
  • “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (THE DEAD WEATHER) – directed by Cooper Roberts and Ian Schwartz; produced by Candice Dragonas and Nathan Scherrer.
  • “Alright” (KENDRICK LAMAR) – directed by The Little Homies & Colin Tilley; produced by Brandon Bonfiglio, Dave Free, Andrew Lerios and Luga Podesta.
  • “Bad Blood” (TAYLOR SWIFT ft. Kendrick Lamar) – directed by Joseph Kahn; produced by Ron Morhoff.
  • “Freedom” (PHARRELL WILLIAMS) – directed by Paul Hunter; produced by Candice Dragonas and Nathan Scherrer.

Music Film

  • Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (JAMES BROWN) – directed by Alex Gibney, produced by Peter Afterman, Blair Foster, Mick Jagger, and Victoria Pearman.
  • Sonic Highways (FOO FIGHTERS) – directed by Dave Grohl, produced by John Cutcliffe, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, and Kristen Welsh.
  • “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (NINA SIMONE) – directed by Liz Garbus, produced by Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Jayson Jackson, and Justin Wilkes.
  • The Wall (ROGER WATERS) – directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, produced by Clare Spencer and Roger Waters.
  • Amy (AMY WINEHOUSE) – directed by Asif Kapadia, produced by James Gay-Rees.
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Adele Tops Billboards w/ “Hello” and Shatters Records (Again)

adeleWhile it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise, Adele’s new single, “Hello,” her first song in three years, debuted on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, with a record 1.1 million downloads in a week.

The last artist to even come close to that feat? Flo Rida with “Right Round,” which had over 600,000 downloads.

With her fourth No. 1, Adele is ending the Weekend’s six-week dominance, and also becoming the first woman to top the chart in six months, when Taylor Swift was dominating in June.

The video for the single did just as well, with upwards of a million views an hour. She’s accomplished 61.6 million US streams in one week. It’s easy to imagine 25 will shatter any and all records…and Adele must be feeling like a genius for taking 3 years off!

Congratulations to Adele, the true Queen of Pop.

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Taylor Swift’s Stripped Down Performance of “Out Of The Woods” at The GRAMMY Museum

taylor swiftTaylor Swift closed out her GRAMMY Museum exhibit, The Taylor Swift Experience, by performing in the Clive Davis Theater–MTV Unplugged style.

The private mini-concert was held at the end of September, but the museum just released this exclusive video of Swift’s stripped down performance of “Out Of The Woods,” from her hit record, 1989. Check it out below:

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Adele Shatters Taylor Swift’s Previous VEVO Record

adeleOn Friday, Adele dropped her magical new ballad and accompanying video, “Hello,” and just 24 hours after the video dropped, the songstress snatched up the title for most views on a music video in VEVO history with 27.7 million views in a one-day period. This shattered the record held by Taylor Swift for her video “Bad Blood,” which scooped up the record back in May.

“Hello” has also reached the number one spot on iTunes in over 80 different countries, as well on iTunes Top Songs, Top Albums, and Top Music Videos.

Adele has also been announced as the musical guest for the November 21st episode of Saturday Night Live alongside host Matthew McConaughey.

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STREAM: Leanne Weiss – “Throwback”

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Country-pop singer/songwriter Leanne Weiss just released her brand new single, “Throwback,” from her forthcoming EP, Momentum, slated for release this fall.

“Throwback” is a great, bitter, “I’m done with you,” anthem; think classic Taylor Swift break-up tunes, but with a soulful, Sara McLaughlin-edge. You’ll start singing along to this ridiculously catchy track before you even realize it.

You can stream “Throwback” below.

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15 Songs From September ’15 You Have To Hear

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September…Otherwise known as “The Month Before Halloween,” or “The Beginning of Pumpkin Spice Latte Season.” Whatever you call it, September churned out some amazing new music. From the new 007 theme song to Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 in its entirety, this month has been an interesting one in the world of music. Check it out!

1. “Gone”JR JR

Looking for a tune to make you smile? This is it. It’s got this adorable sound, but a very triumphant spirit. This is the kind of song that makes you want go on a drive and sing loudly. It’s what you should be dancing around your room to this, singing into a hairbrush, using chopsticks as drumsticks, or playing air guitar to, no matter who you are. Plus, the video is epic.

2. “Smile”Jasmine Jordan

Jasmine Jordan has a beautiful voice, and with passionate storytelling, “Smile” is a breath of fresh air. I love the jazzy instrumentals. The track reminds me of Corrinne Bailey Rae, if I’m honest.

3. “Die Trying” – Jule Vera

Just wow. “Die Trying” is a hauntingly beautiful song, and the video’s post-apocolyptic theme just adds to how memorable it is. Jule Vera is poised for massive success.

4. “Through Your Eyes” – Michael Jayson

Michael Jayson’s piano-driven single, “Through Your Eyes,” is full of rich instrumentals with cinematic quality, and some stellar bass. It also features wonderful lyrics and an upbeat tone, resulting in an infectious optimism that provides a whisper of encouragement.

5. “Into The Rest” – Avion Roe ft. Kellin Quinn

The first official release from the band since they announced that they’d signed with Epitaph Records, and it’s glorious. Bonus points for Kellin Quinn joining in. Seriously, if you haven’t already been in love with Avion Roe for a while, you will be now.

6. “One Love”Marianas Trench

This track is so amazing and incredibly catchy. I have to say that I was completely floored by Marianas Trench when I heard “One Love.” It’s emotional, vibrant, and rich in instrumentals…as well as flawless vocals. I just keep playing this on repeat, and I recommend you do the same!

7. “Epic Love”Todrick Hall

This infectious new electro-pop single is infectious, and the music video is incredible. Referencing some of the great love scenes/movies from great films, Todrick Hall just proves time and time again why he won the Internet…and theater…and television…and, oh, hell, the world.

8. “Alive” – Sia

Sia’s incredible vocals make me happy. She has this quiet power about her that is just awe-inspiring, especially on an underdog anthem like “Alive.” Considering National Suicide Awareness Week and International Suicide Prevention Day all fall in September, I feel like the release of this track had A+ timing.

9. “KI/SS” – REMMI x CAPPA

CAPPA and REMMI, along with producer Foldy, collaborated on a mash-up of the pair’s two tracks, “Killin It” and “Star Spangled.” The mash-up is incredible and a total ear-worm! The two songs flow so nicely together, it’s almost difficult to imagine why they’d ever be apart!

10. “Powers” – Lostboycrow

So I stumbled across this gem on Soundcloud, and there is no going back. Not only is it instrumentally stunning, but it builds and just has this gorgeous sound that beautifully showcases some well executed vocals. Honestly, this song should be all over the radio.

11. “Here (Vincent Remix)” – Alessia Cara x Vincent

Talk about catchy as hell. I love a good remix as much as the next person, and this is a damn good remix, and I already liked Alessia Cara’s tongue-in-cheek track. Of all the sing-along tunes of September 2015, this is a major one, especially on a day when you’re feeling particularly badass.

12. “Can’t Control The Weather” – Fairground Saints

The multi-talented group that is Fairground Saints have already proved how epically talented they are (time and time again), but this single will remind you. You know, just in case you momentarily forgot.

13. “On My Mind” – Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding’s new sound is strangely entrancing. There’s something about “On My Mind” that just pulls you in and has you kind of bobbing and singing along. Plus, the video is gold. Who wouldn’t want to ride a horse into a building like a badass?

14. “Writing’s On The Wall” Sam Smith

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033gs7c/player

The new 007 Spectre theme song we’ve all been waiting for by the magnificent human being that is Sam Smith. Seriously, if his vocals don’t make you melt, you are made of stone. Anyway, the new theme song is beautifully cinematic, if not utterly haunting, so you need to check it out.

15. “Victorious”Panic! At The Disco

The single is a sports-worthy anthem. If you’re looking for a clever #winning song, Brendon Urie has done it once again and answered your prayers. In typical Panic! At The Disco fashion, “Victorious” is theatrical, catchy, and just awesome.

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Todrick Hall Does It Again w/ Tribute To Taylor Swift

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Youtube sensation and MTV’s latest star Todrick Hall has done it again! Back in April, he made an epic tribute to Beyonce, and now, he has one for Taylor Swift!

On “4 Taylor by Todrick Hall,” the quartet of Todricks are back to sing a collection of Swift’s songs. Can you spot them all? Check out the video below!

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