Last night’s 2021 Grammy awards finally took place at the Staples Center in Las Angeles after being postponed due to COVID. In case you missed it, we have the full list of winners and the best…and the worst of the live performances.
I have to start by giving props to Trevor Noah. Hosting an awards show is hard enough as it is. He did it with NO audience. Just a few cameras in his face and the nominees sitting at socially distanced tables with masks on. It felt a bit awkward at the beginning, but he found his groove and he did an incredible job.
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Harry Styles kicked the show off with his hit, Watermelon Sugar. It was pretty cool to see the performers just performing for each other like a jam session. Here is Harry and his feather boa.
Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted
Billie took the stage with her bother, Finneas O’Connell to perform Everything I Wanted. I’m not gonna lie…I am a Billie Eilish stan. She’s incredible. Check out a short snippet here.
Haim – Steps
This is my first experience with Haim, and I gotta say…I’m a fan. There’s only a 38 second clip, so here it is!
Black Pumas – Colors
I love the Black Pumas. So soulful, so unique compared to everything that’s currently out there. They were up for 3 Grammys last night, including Record of the Year
DaBaby ft. Roddy Rich – Rockstar
It was a pretty dope performance. It’s a shame there’s only a 38 second clip to this one. I’ll give you an interview with ET Canada, which shows a bit more of the performance, and some 2 of my favorite Tweets from it.
Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez – Dakiti
This performance was pretty awesome. It felt like a music video. I have no idea what they said, but I enjoyed it.
Dua Lipa – Levitating ft. DaBaby/Don’t Stop Now
Dua Lipa is a crazy-good performer. Every movement is choreographed, from her steps to her fingers wrapping around the microphone. Precision at it’s finest. She’s a badass on that stage.
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – Leave The Door Open
This was probably my favorite performance of the night. That could be my bias showing, as I’m a huge fan of both of these guys. They really go back to the 70’s with this one. I love it.
Taylor Swift – Medley
Taylor Swift was doing Taylor Swift things on stage. Not my cup of whisky, but she is great at what she does and I respect the hell out of her. She looked great, sounded great, and the set was beautiful. Here is 6 minutes of Tay Tay.
Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak – Good Golly, Miss Molly (Little Richard Tribute)
These guys can do no wrong. A great tribute to the late Little Richard.
Lionel Richie – Lady (Kenny Rogers Tribute)
In a beautiful tribute to the late Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie sings a great rendition of Rogers’ hit, Lady.
Brandi Carlile – I Remember Everything (John Prine Tibute)
There is no video of this performance online yet, so I’ll give you Brandi’s interview about the performance.
Brittany Howard – You’ll Never Walk Alone (Feat. Chris Martin) Tribute to Gerry Mardsen
Brittany Howard is an absolute powerhouse. The Alabama Shakes singer teamed up with Chris Martin on the keys with this beautiful tribute to Gerry Marsden.
Mickey Guyton – Black Like Me
Sending a powerful message at a time we need it most, Guyton has a stunning voice and she really showed it last night.
Maren Morris and John Mayer – The Bones
Morris on vocals and Mayer on guitar…that’s a nice sound. I’m not a huge fan of the song, but Morris does have a beautiful voice and you can never go wrong with John Mayer on guitar.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Here’s where things get weird. Look, I respect both of these women and their art, and I congratulate them both on their achievements…but cancel culture has me a bit confused. You want to get rid of Dr Seuss books and Mr. Potato Head…but WAP (Wet Ass P*ssy) is cool to play on primetime television? I’m just confused where that line is for you cancelers out there. Personally, cancel culture is a bunch of bullshit and it’s getting out of hand.
Don’t get me wrong. They performed the shit out of this song. The choreography was on point and the set was dope. It also provided the GIF of the night, thanks to Post Malone. I laughed SO hard at his reaction.
Anyway, here’s WAP.
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding
I need to know what was in that red solo cup he was drinking out of during WAP. Post put on a great show. He didn’t miss a note and it was an emotional performance.
Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture
In the wake of the trial for the death of George Floyd and the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s tragic death, this performance was poignant.
Doja Cat – Say So
I’m a fan of Doja Cat and her performance last night was off the hook.
BTS – Dynamite
BTS always puts on a show. K-Pop artists are trained and groomed for years before they even hit a stage. Everything has to be spot-on. There is a dark side to that part of K-Pop, but that’s another story. These guys are dope and seeing K-Pop blow up in the US makes me really miss Korea.
Roddy Rich – Heartless / The Box
The final performance of the night provided great ending to a fun night of live music that I needed.
Record of the Year
“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish — Winner
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“Colors” — Black Pumas
“Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Circles” — Post Malone
“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Album of the Year
“Folklore” — Taylor Swift — Winner
“Chilombo” — Jhené Aiko
“Black Pumas” (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
“Everyday Life” — Coldplay
“Djesse Vol. 3” — Jacob Collier
“Women in Music Pt. III” — Haim
“Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa
“Hollywood’s Bleeding” — Post Malone
Song of the Year
“I Can’t Breathe” — H.E.R. — Winner
“Black Parade” — Beyoncé
“The Box” — Roddy Ricch
“Cardigan” — Taylor Swift
“Circles” — Post Malone
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
“If the World Was Ending” — JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
“Copland: Symphony No. 3” — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
“Lutosławski: Symphonies No. 2 & 3” — Hannu Lintu, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording
“Gershwin: Porgy and Bess” — David Robertson, conductor; Angel Blue & Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus) — Winner
“Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen” — Gil Rose, conductor; Heather Buck & Stephen Powell; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)
“Floyd, C: Prince of Players” — William Boggs, conductor; Keith Phares & Kate Royal; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Florentine Opera Chorus)
“Handel: Agrippina” — Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor; Joyce DiDonato; Daniel Zalay, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)
“Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg” — Donald Runnicles, conductor; David Butt Philip & Elena Tsallagova; Peter Ghirardini & Erwin Stürzer, producers (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Best Choral Performance
“Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua” — JoAnn Falletta, conductor; James K. Bass & Adam Luebke, chorus masters (James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers) — Winner
“Carthage” — Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)
“Kastalski: Requiem” — Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Charles Bruffy, Steven Fox & Benedict Sheehan, chorus masters (Joseph Charles Beutel & Anna Dennis; Orchestra Of St. Luke’s; Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Kansas City Chorale & The Saint Tikhon Choir)
“Moravec: Sanctuary Road” — Kent Tritle, conductor (Joshua Blue, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Dashon Burton, Malcolm J. Merriweather & Laquita Mitchell; Oratorio Society Of New York Orchestra; Oratorio Society Of New York Chorus)
“Once Upon a Time” — Matthew Guard, conductor (Sarah Walker; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
“Contemporary Voices” — Pacifica Quartet — Winner
“Healing Modes” — Brooklyn Rider
“Hearne, T,: Place” — Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra
“Hynes: Fields” — Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
“The Schumann Quartets” — Dover Quartet
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
“Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra” — Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony) — Winner
“Adés: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” — Kirill Gerstein; Thomas Adès, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
“Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas” — Igor Levit
“Bohemian Tales” — Augustin Hadelich; Jakub Hrůša, conductor (Charles Owen; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
“Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival” — Daniil Trifonov; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
“Smyth: The Prison” — Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra) — Winner
“American Composers at Play – William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto” — Stephen Powell (Attacca Quartet, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, Charles Neidich & Jason Vieaux)
“Clairières – Songs by Lili & Nadia Boulanger” — Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist
“Farinelli” — Cecilia Bartoli; Giovanni Antonini, conductor (Il Giardino Armonico)
“A Lad’s Love” — Brian Giebler; Steven McGhee, accompanist (Katie Hyun, Michael Katz, Jessica Meyer, Reginald Mobley & Ben Russell)
Best Classical Compendium
“Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke” — Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer — Winner
“Adès Conducts Adès” — Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer
“Saariaho: Graal Théâtre; Circle Map, Neiges, Vers Toi Qui Es Si Loin” — Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor; Hans Kipfer, producer
“Serebrier: Symphonic Bach Variations; Laments and Hallelujahs; Flute Concerto” — José Serebrier, conductor; Jens Braun, producer
“Woolf, L.P.: Fire and Blood” — Matt Haimovitz; Julian Wachner, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer
“Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” — Thomas Adès, composer (Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
“Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua” — Richard Danielpour, composer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)
“Floyd, C.: Prince of Players” — Carlisle Floyd, composer (William Boggs, Kate Royal, Keith Phares, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
“Hearne, T.: Place” — Ted Hearne, composer (Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra)
Best Music Video
“Brown Skin Girl” — Beyoncé, Saint Jhn & Wizkid Featuring Blue Ivy Carter — Winner
“Life Is Good” — Future Featuring Drake
“Lockdown” — Anderson .Paak
“Adore You” — Harry Styles
“Goliath” — Woodkid
Best Music Film
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” — Linda Ronstadt — Winner
“Beastie Boys Story” — Beastie Boys
“Black Is King” — Beyoncé
“We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” — Freestyle Love Supreme
“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” — ZZ Top
Congratulations to Beyonce for breaking the record for most Grammy awards by a female artist. Congrats to The Weeknd, who is a Grammy winner in my eyes. Seriously though…what’s with the snub? Dude’s been in the top 10 all year. Number 1 for a good chunk of the year. Get it together over there.
You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!
Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?
I’ll tell you.
It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.
Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.
Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.
2. Rihanna – S.O.S.
This one may be obvious.
Here’s a hint:
If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.
Check it out!
3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama
This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.
Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.
4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”
That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.
You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.
5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love
I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.
Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.
6. Mariah Carey – Honey
Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.
The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.
Let’s see if you can spot them.
7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me
One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.
8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.
9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries
This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”
10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.
James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.
She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.
Here are all 5 songs for you.
Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize
There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.
Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!
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Finally! I’ve been waiting for Bruno Mars to put new music out there. Even better that it’s with Anderson .Paak. To sweeten the deal even more, Parliament Funkadelic bassist and funk superstar, Bootsy Collins, will be featured as a “Special Guest Host.”
The last we heard of Bruno Mars was in 2019, when he was featured on Ed Sheeran‘s track, Blow, with Chris Stapleton. He also released Please Me with Cardi B in February of 2019. His last album was 24k Magic in 2016.
Grammy-winning rapper/singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak will be joining Bruno on this album. Paak has had a nice career for himself, so far. We last heard from him in 2020 when he hit the Madden 21 soundtrack with Cut Em In alongside Rick Ross.
Funk legend, Bootsy Collins joins the duo as the “Special Guest Host.” I absolutely can’t wait to hear what he contributes to the album.
Bruno made the official announcement on his Instagram yesterday:
Be ready for New Music Friday next week, as the team drops their first single from the album. It’s sure to be a banger.
There is no release date for An Evening With Silk Sonic at the moment, but at least we get a nice taste of the album next week!
Be sure to subscribe and let me know your thoughts on this collaboration in the comments below!
It’s that time of the week again! All clocked out for the weekend and ready to discover some brand new music!
We have some early 2000’s nostalgia hitting us this week, so let’s start with that.
Foo Fighters – Making A Fire
This single comes off the band’s 10th studio album, Medicine At Midnight.
The Foo Fighters started in Seattle in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, after the tragic “suicide” of Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain.
Hear what Grohl had to say about Cobain’s death and how he formed the Foo Fighters in this 2018 interview with ABC’s Anthony Mason:
Grohl was only 25 when he started the group. 26 years and 12 Grammys later, The Foo Fighters are still making great music. I guess Grohl was cut out for it, after all. The man is an absolute legend.
Here’s the new track, Making A Fire.
Hayley Williams – My Limb
This brings us to our second nostalgic sound of the week. Paramore lead singer, Hayley Williams dropped a surprise solo album today, Flowers for Vases/descansos.
This is her second solo album, which was written and performed in its entirety from her Nashville home during the pandemic.
The 32-year-old rocker intentionally leaked My Limb on January 28th, by driving to a Nashville fan’s home and leaving her a package containing a candle, a burnt copy of the track on a CD (like we used to do back in the early 2000’s,) and instructions to leak the single early.
Here it is. Officially released today, My Limb.
Cardi B – Up
Honestly, I’m just here for the comments section on this one.
Billboard’s 2020 Woman of the Year has released the second single off of her upcoming album, and just like her last single, W.A.P. Cardi holds nothing back with Up.
Cardi B songs always slap, and this one is no different. The beat hits hard and her flow is always on point, though she has caught a little flack for the hook. Mir Fontane and Mir Pesos claim Cardi stole their 2020 song, Stuck. While the hooks to both songs do sound similar, Chris Mench of Genius shows us that “If it’s up then it’s stuck” has appeared in dozens of rap songs. For Chris’ explanation and breakdown of the accusations, click the Genius link above.
This is NOT your kid’s Pixar version of Up.
But just for funsies, watch the opening scene from Pixar’s Up, then watch Cardi B’s Up…you’ll find yourself on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Also note: the music video is NSFW.
Can we also talk about the blatant disregard for COVID while the ladies slap their tongues together? Am I the only one thinking about that?
Dan + Shay – Glad You Exist
On a much more family friendly note, Dan + Shay are back with their air-tight harmonies and seemingly endless positivity.
“To us, ‘Glad You Exist’ is more than just a song, It’s a message of gratitude and hope. A message to everyone in our lives: our fans, our friends, our families, to remind them all how grateful we are to be on the planet at the same time.”
Here is the country pop duo’s newest single, Glad You Exist.
Sia and David Guetta – Floating Through Space
This is the 10th collaboration between the two, and they clearly have a great chemistry between them. Out of the 10, they are most famous for Titanium, which was their first collaboration together, and Flames, which peaked at number 7 on the charts.
French DJ and Producer David Guetta has a nice collection of awards, including an American Music Award in 2012 for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist, two Grammy Awards for Best Remixed Recording, and DJ Mag’s World’s Number 1 DJ Award…twice.
Australian pop singer, Sia, really blew up as a solo artist in 2014 with her top 10 hit, Chandelier. She has released several hits since then, including Cheap Thrills and Elastic Hearts.
The duo strikes gold once again with Floating Through Space. Sia’s voice is perfect for this track, and the lyrics are up-lifting. If you’re having a tough day…listen to this one.
FINNEAS – American Cliché
23-year-old Finneas Baird O’Connell is a singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. He’s most famously known for his collaborations as a producer and co-writer with his younger sister, Billie Eilish.
In a recent interview with Carolyn Droke of UPROXX, FINNEAS says the siblings are close to putting the finishing touches on Billie’s upcoming album.
But this isn’t about Billie. This is FINNEAS’ moment. According to Droke’s interview, fans “cyberbullied” him into finishing this track…and he said he is happy they did.
Personally, I’m glad they did too. I’ve always had respect for his artistry, and his voice is good enough for him to be as big as his sister is.
Finneas deserves some time in the spotlight. This track could be it.
Here is American Cliché.
There we have it. This week’s New Music Friday was fun! Let’s do it again next week!
Which of these six tracks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!