David Bowie was the only 2X winner at last night's Brit Awards, the biggest show on the UK music calendar. As usual, the evening was filled with surprises. Here are all the nominees and 2017 Brit Award Winners:
On the 10th of February, Tom Petty of Heartbreaker fame was honored as MusiCares® Person of the Year, owing to both his accomplishments as an artist and for his long history of significant charity work and efforts defending artists' rights. Here we look at a transcript of his speech following the award.
Early sales figures show that, while mainstream superstars benefit from a televised Grammy performance, the greatest sales gains Come from less well known artists. The same goes for the streaming, with both Beyonce and Adele missing from Pandora's Top 10 post-Grammy week over week lifts.
Early digital sales numbers from Nielsen show the usual bump from Grammy performances. But increases varied. A stellar performance almost always provides a boost, but does Adele's "Hello" and Beyonce's "Lemonade" rising 308% and 267% respectively vs. Maren Morris's 910% increase for "My Church" reflect a more resonate performance or just discovery by a wider audience?
The Juno Awards announced their 2017 nominees today, and Drake, the Weeknd and Shawn Mendes lead the pack with 5 each. Alessia Cara and Leonard Cohen each earned 4 nominations. A Tribe Called Red, Andy Shauf, Gord Downie, Grimes, Ruth B, Kaytranada, Tegan and Sara, the Strumbellas and Tory Lanez each received 3.
The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
Or is it the new Advertising Week? Or is there just a cabal of brand managers who live on jets and touch down at these events once every few weeks, making them all essentially the same? Cortney Harding was less than impressed, but from this sea of homogeneity did come announcements on hi-res music and VR.
Adele dominated the third annual BBC Music Awards again this year winning two awards, the same number as in 2015. She won both Album of the Year and Song of the Year; and speaking from Los Angeles said after winning the prize, “I’m so sorry I’m not there. It’s been a long year on the road and this makes me feel a little less homesick.”
The Nobel Prize committee has announced that winner Bob Dylan has penned a speech that will be read during this year's ceremony. Who will read the speech is unclear. At the Nobel awards ceremony earlier in the day, Patti Smith will perform Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."