Ruben Blades: Power doesn't corrupt, power unmasks
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Sometimes one may wonder what would have happened if Ruben Blades had been president of Panama. Would he have been good? Hated? Was it better that he didn't? “I think it would have been good for the country,” Blades said Thursday in a video call interview just hours before of the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. It turned into a huge night for Blades, who was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and won album of the year for “SALSWING!” and best salsa album for “SALSA PLUS!”, both with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta.“People say that power corrupts. I don't think so. I believe that power unmasks,” he added.
With new rules in place this year and a promise to regain trust among its members, the Recording Academy released its nominations on Tuesday for its 64th Grammy Awards. Here are some facts about this year's nominees: © Provided by Associated Press This combination of photos shows a portrait of rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, left, jazz pianist Chick Corea, who died earlier this year and rapper DMX, who died earlier this year. Pop Smoke earned a posthumous Grammy nomination as a contributor on Kanye West's “Donda,” which is nominated for album of the year. Corea has four nominations this year in the jazz, Latin jazz and classical categories and DMX earned a Grammy nomination for best rap song for “Bath Salts," featuring Jay-Z and Nas, which was released after his death. (Republic Records via AP, left, and AP Photos)
A RETIREE REVOLUTION:
See Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay & More Country Artists Taking Over the 2021 People's Choice Awards
From Carrie Underwood to Luke Bryan, 2021 was a great year to be a country music fan! See all the singers up for a 2021 People's Choice Awards before you vote.Not only was 2021 a great year to be a country music fan, but country artists continued to tinker and toy with the ever-evolving country genre, garnering new sounds and a more diverse audience ranging from pop to R&B. Country's hottest tattooed duo Dan + Shay pulled our heartstrings with their catchy Justin Bieber collaboration, "10,000 Hours," while Kacey Musgraves fell in and out of love, creating an iconic visual video with accompanying album star-crossed.
Certainly pop music tends to cater to young teens, but this year's record of the year category nominees range from ages 95 to 18, with names that multi-generational families will all recognize. Tony Bennett, the oldest of the bunch and packing 18 Grammy wins under his belt, is nominated with Lady Gaga for their version of “I Get a Kick Out of You.” But Swedish pop icons ABBA aren't resting on their laurels either. The four Scandinavian septuagenarians are up for their first ever Grammy nomination for their comeback song “I Still Have Faith In You.” Perhaps grandparents and grandchildren will have something to bond over at this year's Grammy Awards. © Provided by Associated Press In this combination photo, Tony Bennett, left, arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles and Lady Gaga arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bennett, with 18 Grammy wins under his belt, is nominated with Lady Gaga for record of the year for their version of “I Get a Kick Out of You.” (AP Photo)
Serena Williams rookie card sells for record price
Tennis living legend Serena Williams has made history once again, but this time not because of anything she directly achieved on the court. © Peter Van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports According to Dan Hajducky of ESPN, a rookie card from 2003 autographed by Williams sold for $44,280 at Goldin Auctions on Sunday. That set a new record for the price of any women's sports card, breaking the previous mark of $34,440 attached to the sale of a 1992 S.I. for Kids Mia Hamm rookie card. The Hamm card sold in June. Final Sale Price: $44,280An all-time record for any women’s sports card. pic.twitter.
Country star Morgan Wallen's commercial highs came at the same time of his own personal lows. Wallen was caught on camera using a racial slur earlier this year, but, despite that, his album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” was one of the biggest selling albums of the year, spending 10 weeks on top of Billboard 200 albums chart. Wallen was disqualified or limited from several music award shows this year and the Recording Academy gave him no nominations this year.
The general record of the year and song of the year categories also left out some major singles that dominated both social media and the charts. Kali Uchis found an audience for her mixed language hit “Telepatía” on TikTok, while Cardi B extended her reign with her No. 1 hit “Up,” which is nominated only for best rap performance. But a more surprising snub is BTS' “Butter," a megahit of the summer from the Korean band, but their only Grammy nod this year came in the best pop dup/group performance category.
Lady Gaga gushes over Tony Bennett while celebrating SIX Grammy nods
Lady Gaga championed collaborator Tony Bennett as the reason the duo received six Grammy nominations for their album Love For Sale while gushing over her 'music companion and friend'The 35-year-old super star revealed she was 'stunned' by the recognition, and gushed over her 95-year-old 'music companion' — who she said had the 'idea' for the record in the first place.
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - Brandi Carlile appears at the 63rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 9, 2021. The six-time Grammy winner is nominated for song of the year and record of the year for her single “Right On Time,” which also got a nomination in the best pop solo performance. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
SILK SONIC SURPRISE
New duo Silk Sonic made their TV debut on the last Grammy Awards show and now they return as nominees, although they only released a small number of songs in the eligibility period. Of course, when the duo is 11-time Grammy winner Bruno Mars and four-time Grammy winner Anderson .Paak, special attention must be paid. The duo earned four nominations including record of the year, song of the year, best R&B song and best R&B performance.
Comedian Louis C.K. is nominated for best comedy album for “Sincerely Louis CK," a comeback after acknowledging sexual misconduct allegations made against him by several women in 2017. The album came from a film that C.K. released on his website last year.
Filmmaker Scott Cooper on ‘Antlers’ and His Upcoming Christian Bale Projects
Scott Cooper may be new to the horror genre, but Antlers still has his signature all over it. From forgotten towns to the mistreatment of indigenous peoples, Antlers revisits many of the elements and themes that have defined Cooper’s films since 2009’s Crazy Heart. The pandemic-delayed creature feature centers around a young boy (Jeremy T. […]“Guillermo del Toro approached me and said, ‘Your last three films have been horror films and nobody knows it. Would you consider a horror film?'” Cooper tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I wouldn’t have made the film without Guillermo [as producer] because he is our foremost creature creator.
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - Morgan Wallen arrives at the 53rd annual CMA Awards on Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Despite that his album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” was one of the biggest selling albums of the year, spending 10 weeks on top of Billboard 200 albums chart, Wallen received no Grammy nominations. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Dave Chappelle is also nominated this year for best spoken word album for “8:46," a special he released last year after the killing of George Floyd. The nomination comes as the comedian deals with backlash from his most recent Netflix special and his anti-transgender remarks. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Louis C.K. appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2016. The comedian-actor is nominated for best comedy album for “Sincerely Louis CK," a comeback after acknowledging sexual misconduct allegations made against him by several women in 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
While the Recording Academy's new rules this year meant ditching the anonymous selection committees, some artists still found themselves in categories they didn't want to be in. Six-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile is nominated for song of the year and record of the year for her single “Right On Time,” which also got a nomination in the best pop solo performance. But Carlile posted on social media last month that she was disappointed by the academy's decision to move the song into the pop category, instead of American roots where it was initially submitted.
Get to Know Jon Batiste, the 2022 Grammys' Most-Nominated Artist
His music stems from a wide range of influences, from his legendary New Orleans family to Sonic the Hedgehog video games The 35-year-old Oscar and Golden Globe winner, bandleader, and multi-genre musician has a great chance of adding another impressive title to his lengthy list of accomplishments: Grammy winner. Batiste is the most Grammy-nominated artist for the 2022 ceremony. The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday that Batiste leads the pack with a whopping 11 nominations, surpassing well-known chart-toppers such as Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, and Billie Eilish.
Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, earned another posthumous Grammy nomination, this time as a contributor on Kanye West's “Donda,” which is nominated for album of the year. DMX earned a Grammy nomination for best rap song for “Bath Salts," featuring Jay-Z and Nas, which was released after his death earlier this year. And jazz pianist Chick Corea has four nominations this year in the jazz, Latin jazz and classical categories. Corea died earlier this year due to cancer. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Anderson .Paak, left, and Bruno Mars, of the duo Silk Sonic, appear at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021. The duo earned four Grammy nominations including record of the year, song of the year, best R&B song and best R&B performance.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Revolution's Carles Gil Wins 2021 MLS MVP Award .
The New England playmaker led MLS with 18 assists and was the creative spark for the team with the best regular season points total in league history. View the original article to see embedded media.The New England Revolution won't lift MLS Cup, but their star playmaker ends 2021 by taking home the league's top individual honor.Carles Gil was named league MVP on Tuesday following a four-goal, 18-assist campaign that led the Revolution to the best regular season in league history and the Supporters' Shield. Gil won the vote in a landslide, taking in 52% of the vote conducted by media, players and club officials.