German composer Volker Bertelmann. also known as Hauschka, won the original score Oscar Sunday night for his music for the World War I epic 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. For this adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque classic, Bertelmann used his great-grandmother’s turn-of-the-century harmonium, a pump organ whose carefully mic’d interior noises - “the breathing, the air, the wooden cracklings” sounded to him like “a war machine.” The song 'Naatu Naatu' by M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose from the hit Telugu-language film 'RRR' has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar, beating heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

The 2023 Grammys celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip hop with a truly star-studded, multi-generational medley of performances, including the Roots, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Jazzy Jeff, Salt N Pepa, Rakim, Public Enemy, Ice-T, Queen Latifah, Method Man, Big Boi, Missy Elliott, The LOX, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Nelly, Scarface, Lil Baby, GloRilla, Too $hort, Lil Uzi Vert, and others.

Beyoncé became the most decorated musician in Grammy history - with her win for the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for 'Renaissance', she has now won 32 Grammys over the span of her career, CNBC reports. Viola Davis has become the 18th person to achieve the EGOT - winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award - by winning best audiobook for her autobiography 'Finding Me'. In other major awards, Harry Styles won Album of the year for 'Harry's House', Lizzo won Record of the year for 'About Damn Time', and Bonnie Raitt took home the Song of the year trophy for 'Just Like That'. Samara Joy was crowned Best new artist, Robert Glasper won Best R&B album for 'Black Radio III', Kendrick Lamar in both Best rap song and Best rap album categories with 'The Heart Part 5', and 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers', respectively. Ozzy Osbourne's 'Patient Number Nine', was named best rock album, while his song 'Degradation Rules' won best metal performance. British indie duo Wet Leg also received two awards - including best alternative album for 'Wet Leg' and best alternative song for their breakout single, 'Chaise Longue'. Meanwhile composer and violinist Stephanie Economou received the first ever Grammy for best video game soundtrack, recognising her work on 'Assassin's Creed: Dawn Of Ragnarok'. First Lady Jill Biden honored an “anthem” of the protests in Iran Sunday night, 'Baraye' by AcademicShervin Hajipour as she presented a new Grammy Award recognizing songs that address social change. See Grammys in pictures. Check out all the nominees and winners.

Oscar news! In the Best Original Song, the following are nominated. Rihanna was nominated for her 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' song “Lift Me Up,” Lady Gaga got a nomination for “Hold My Hand” in 'Top Gun: Maverick,' Sofia Carson is up for 'Applause' from 'Tell It Like a Woman', Son Lux’s song 'This Is a Life' featuring Mitski and David Byrne from 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' is also up for Oscar, as well as 'Naatu Naatu' from 'RRR' by Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava, and M.M. Keeravani. In the Best Picture category, music-themed 'Elvis', and 'Tár' are nominated. Rolling Stone reports.

Wet Leg

Harry Styles and Wet Leg lead the nominations for this year's Brit Awards, with four each, including nods for the coveted best album award, the BBC reports. A year after the Brit awards abandoned the gendered categories, the nominations for the replacement artist of the year prize are entirely male, comprising Central Cee, Stormzy, Fred Again, George Ezra, and Harry Styles, the media ephasize.

Cat Blanchett won a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture category for her portrayal of fictional composer and conductor Lydia Tár. Austin Butler won in the Actor category for his portrayal of pretty much a real person - Elvis Presley. Kala Bhairava, M. M. Keeravani, and Rahul Sipligunj were awarded in the Best Original Song category for 'Naatu Naatu' from the Bollywood movie 'RRR'. Justin Hurwitz won Best Original Score for 'Babylon'. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, made a virtual appearance during the Golden Globes telecast saying "There will be no third World War, it is not a trilogy”. Variety reports...

Little Simz and Knucks were crowned joint winners for the album of the year prize at the Mobo Awards, for their albums 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert' and 'Alpha Place', respectively. PinkPantheress won best female act, while Central Cee won the award for best male act, as well as video of the year for his song 'Doja', Music News reports. Nigerian afrobeats superstar Burna Boy took home trophies for best international act and best African music act. Mobos seek to honour achievements in music of black origin.

First nation first
November 26, 2022

Baker Boy wins five Aria awards

Yolŋu rapper Baker Boy has dominated the 2022 Arias, taking home a total of five awards for his album 'Gela', including the top gong for album of the year, as well as best solo artist and best hip-hop release, ABC reports. Amyl and the Sniffers took home Best group, and Best rock release (for their 2021 album 'Comfort to Me'). Tones and I took home the fan-voted best song award for 'Cloudy Day'.

Sometimes she might be winner
October 20, 2022

Little Simz wins Mercury Prize for 'Sometimes I Might be Introvert'

28-year-old rapper Little Simz has won the 2022 Mercury prize for her fourth album 'Sometime I Might be Introvert' last night, NME reports. “The album that we have chosen deals with themes both personal and political; the music is as sophisticated as it is varied. This is a truly exceptional album,” said DJ Jamz Supernova. Little Simz congratulated her fellow nominees: “All of you guys are incredible, we all made incredible albums, we all change people’s lives with our music and that’s the most important thing, so this is for us really, you know what I’m saying?”. The award, given to the best British or Irish album of the year, comes with a cash prize of £25,000. Simz is a DIY artist, self-releasing each of her albums on her own label, Age 101.

Gonzales / Mori / Reid

An American artist or an academic can't get nominated for MacArthur Fellows award, and the pool of candidates is a tightly-held secret. It's also a sweet cash prize. This year's 25 Fellows will each receive $800,000, a "no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential". This year's class of so-called 'geniuses' includes three musicians:

Martha Gonzalez of Scripps College is a musician, scholar and artist/activist "strengthening cross-border ties and advancing participatory methods of artistic knowledge production in the service of social justice"

Ikue Mori of New York, N.Y., is an electronic music composer and performer "transforming the use of percussion in improvisation and expanding the boundaries of machine-based music.

Tomeka Reid of Chicago, Ill, is a jazz cellist and composer "forging a unique jazz sound that draws from a range of musical traditions and expanding the expressive possibilities of the cello in improvised music"

Jon Batiste won album of the year for 'We Are', Silk Sonic won record and song of the year for 'Leave the Door Open' and Olivia Rodrigo walked away with best new artist ath the Grammy awards. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared mid-show to speak of Ukrainian musicians: "The war — what's more opposite than music? We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound. In our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with their bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about war". Check out all the winners.

Bluesman comes to town
February 13, 2022

Tommy Castro leads nominations for 2022 Blues Music Awards

Blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer Tommy Castro is nominated for the B.B. King entertainer of the year award, album of the year, band of the year (with The Painkillers), contemporary blues album, and blues rock artist for this year's Blues Music Awards. Chris Cain and Anthony Paule have four nods each, Billboard reports.

Grounds for awards
February 09, 2022

Adele wins big at Brit awards

Adele won the top three prizes at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday - song of the year for her chart-topping single 'Easy on Me', album of the year for her comeback album '30', and artist of the year, a now genderless category in which rappers Little Simz and Dave, as well as singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender, were also nominated. Rock band Wolf Alice took best group, rapper Little Simz was named best new artist, Ed Sheeran was named songwriter of the year, while Dave was named best hip-hop/grime/rap act. Check out all the winners here.

In the two music-related Oscar categories, these are the nominees: original song - 'Be Alive' from 'King Richard' by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 'Dos Oruguitas' from 'Encanto' by Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Down to Joy' from 'Belfast' by Van Morrison, 'No Time To Die' from the latest Bond movie of the same name, by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, 'Somehow You Do' from 'Four Good Days' by Diane Warren; the original score category - 'Don't Look Up' by Nicholas Britell, 'Dune' by Hans Zimmer, 'Encanto' by Germaine Franco, 'Parallel Mothers' by Alberto Iglesias, and 'The Power of the Dog' by Jonny Greenwood. Check out all the nominees here.

'No Time to Die' from the James Bond movie of the same name, written by Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas, won the Golden Globe for best original song. Hans Zimmer’s 'Dune' won the Globe for best original score. Find the list of all the nominees and winners here.

Foreign press, familiar names
December 13, 2021

Jonny Greenwood and Billie Eilish nominated for the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations 2022 are here. See the two music categories nominees below.

Best Original Score, Motion Picture:

Alexandre Desplat, 'The French Dispatch'

Germaine Franco, 'Encanto'

Jonny Greenwood, 'The Power of the Dog'

Alberto Iglesias, 'Parallel Mothers'

Hans Zimmer, 'Dune'

Best Original Song, Motion Picture:

'Be Alive', from 'King Richard'

'Dos Oruguitas', from 'Encanto'

'Down to Joy', from 'Belfast'

'Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)', from 'Respect'

'No Time to Die', from 'No Time to Die'

Little awards
December 05, 2021

Dave, Little Simz and Ghetts win MOBO awards

Dave took home best album awards for his second record, 'We're All Alone In This Together' at this year's Mobo Awards, NME reports. Rapper Little Simz won best female, in recognition of her triumphant third album, 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert'. Ghetts took home best male Mobo. Central Cee was named best newcomer, while Nigeria's Wizkid was named best international act.

Some Grammy firsts and records this year. Mickey Guyton is now the first Black artist ever nominated for Best Country Album, for her record 'Remember Her Name', Tennessean reports. Jay-Z has become the most nominated artist in Grammy history, after getting three 2022 nods, which brought him up to 83 total, The Variety reports. Paul McCartney is second with 81, and Quincy Jones drops to #3 with his 80 nominations. See all the Grammy nominees.

Late night show with Jon Batiste
November 23, 2021

Jon Batiste leads Grammy nominations with 11 nods

Multi-genre performer and Oscar winner Jon Batiste scored the most Grammy nominations with 11 nods, including album of the year nod for 'We Are' along with record of the year with 'Freedom'. His nominations span several genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. each came away with eight nominations, whereas Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo both had seven nods. The Weeknd nabbed three nominations although the pop star claimed he would not allow his label to submit his music. Check out the nominees in all the categories here.

Check out the nominees in the top four categories:

Record of the Year

ABBA - 'I Still Have Faith in You'
Jon Batiste - 'Freedom'
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - 'I Get a Kick Out of You
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Cesar & Giveon - 'Peaches'
Brandi Carlile - 'Right on Time'
Doja Cat Featuring SZA - 'Kiss Me More'
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Drivers License'
Silk Sonic - 'Leave the Door Open'

Album of the Year

Jon Batiste - 'We Are'
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - 'Love for Sale'
Justin Bieber - 'Justice' (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
Doja Cat - 'Planet Her' (Deluxe)
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
H.E.R. - 'Back of My Mind'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Sour'
Taylor Swift - 'Evermore'
Kanye West - 'Donda'

Song of the Year

Ed Sheeran - 'Bad Habits'
Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile - 'A Beautiful Noise'
Olivia Rodrigo - 'Drivers License'
H.E.R. - 'Fight for You'
Billie Eilish - 'Happier Than Ever'
Doja Cat Featuring SZA - 'Kiss Me More'
Silk Sonic - 'Leave the Door Open'
Lil Nas X - 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)'
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Cesar & Giveon - 'Peaches'
Brandi Carlile - 'Right on Time'

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab
Jimmie Allen
Baby Keem
Glass Animals
Japanese Breakfast
The Kid Laroi
Arlo Parks
Olivia Rodrigo

Camilo / Blade / Guerra

Camilo took home three awards for three separate songs at last night's Latin Grammys, as well as an award for Best Pop Vocal Album, reports. Juan Luis Guerra also took home four awards, including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Rubén Blades came away with some of the most important awards of the night, including Album of the Year for 'Salswing!' and Person of the Year. Song of the Year went to 'Patria y Vida' by Cuban conglomerate Yotuel, Gente De Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo & El Funky; an unusual choice, given the Latin Recording Academy's hesitance to promote explicitly political content. CNN brings photos from the ceremony.

18-year old Kid Laroi has scooped the top prize in the Australian 2021 National Indigenous Music awards, Sidney Morning Herald reports. Kid Laroi, who is now based in Los Angeles, took home the artist of the year award, beating nominees Sycco, Birdz, Miiesha, Baker Boy and Jessica Mauboy. JK-47 claims award for debut album, Budjerah crowned best new talent and Miiesha wins song of the year for 'Damaged'.

The full list of NIMA winners:

Artist Of The Year: The Kid LAROI

Album Of The Year: JK-47 – ‘Made For This’

Song Of The Year: Miiesha – ‘Damaged’

Best New Talent of the Year: Budjerah

Best Film Clip Of The Year: Baker Boy (Feat. Yirrmal) – ‘Ride’

Indigenous Language Award Of The Year: Guwanbal Gurruwiwi and Netanela Mizrahi – ‘The Djari Project’

Community Clip Of The Year: Kakadu Collective & Victor Rostron – ‘Mayali’

Archie Roach Foundation Award: J-Milla

"Paul McCartney is not an easy man to impress, but a little over four hours into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — which saw surprise appearances from Dave Chappelle, Eminem, and Jennifer Lopez, along with incredible performances by Taylor Swift, LL Cool J, Carole King, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera and the Go-Go’s — he genuinely seemed a little awestruck when he stepped onto the stage to induct the Foo Fighters" - Rolling Stone starts its piece about last night's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Read it in full - here.

Amy Shark / Genesis Owusu

Singer/songwriter Amy Shark and hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu both attracted six nominations across as many categories for the 2021 Aria awards. Shark is up for album of the year for 'Cry Forever', whereas her single 'Love Songs Ain’t For Us' (featuring Keith Urban) is nominated in the publicly voted categories of song of the year and best video. She is also nominated for best artist, best pop release and best Australian live act for her Cry Forever Tour 2021. Owusu is nominated for best artist and best album of the year for his debut 'Smiling With No Teeth'. He is also in the running for the best independent release, best hip-hop release and best Australian live act for his Smiling With No Teeth album tour.

Weapon of mass seduction
September 28, 2021

Rapper Cadence Weapon wins the 2021 Polaris Music Prize

'Parallel World' by Cadence Weapon was selected by an 11-member jury of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize as the Canadian album of the year, based solely on artistic merit, The FADER reports. Across its 10 songs and 26 minutes, 'Parallel World' makes distinct references to Black experiences and history in Canada and draws inspiration from a wide range of music, literature and art by Black creators to reflect our "dystopian present".

Dave / Lianne La Havas / Harry Styles

Dave and Fraser T Smith were awarded best contemporary song for 'Children of the Internet' at this year’s Ivor Novello awards, which celebrate Britain’s best songwriters and composers. The song is performed by Future Utopia, and explores the impact of social media and hyper-connectivity, particularly on younger generations. Brit Award winner Celeste was named songwriter of the year alongside her writing partner Jamie Hardman. Lianne La Havas picked up best album for her self-titled second record, written with Matthew Hales. Sky News reported from the event.

Lil Nas X and his jaw dropping video for 'Montero: Call Me By Your Name' won Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Awards. Olivia Rodrigo won the award for Best New Artist, as well as Song of the Year for 'Drivers Licence'. Billie Eilish won the Video For Good award for her single 'Your Power'. Pitchfork picks out the best and worst bits of the awards. Check out all the winners at MTV.

Planet Brit
September 11, 2021

Arlo Parks wins 2021 Mercury Prize

Arlo Parks is the winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for the best British album of the year. Her 'Collapsed in Sunbeams' won the award over shortlisted albums by Ghetts, Black Country, New Road, Wolf Alice, Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders, Mogwai, and more. Alexis Petridis says Arlo Parks’ "warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize".

Justin Bieber leads the field for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards with seven nominations. Megan Thee Stallion follows with six. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and more are also among this year’s nominees. Check out all the nominees at MTV.

With 22 nods in 13 categories, Bad Bunny leads the list of finalists for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Bad Bunny, with three albums under his belt, is nominated in the artist of the year, songwriter of the year, Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, top Latin rhythm album and top Latin album of the year categories. Maluma follows with 11 nominations, J Balvin with 9, and Karol G, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with 8 each. Check out all the nominees on Billboard.

The Mercury Prize 2021 shortlist:

Arlo Parks – 'Collapsed in Sunbeams'
Berwyn – 'Demotape/Vega'
Black Country, New Road – 'For the First Time'
Celeste – 'Not Your Muse'
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra – 'Promises'
Ghetts – 'Conflict of Interest'
Hannah Peel – 'Fir Wave'
Laura Mvula – 'Pink Noise'
Mogwai – 'As the Love Continues'
Nubya Garcia – 'Source'
Sault – 'Untitled (Rise)'
Wolf Alice – 'Blue Weekend'

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