Rapper Ludacris will be honoured with the President's Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc. R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Los Angeles next month (Aug13). The Area Codes hitmaker will be feted in recognition of his achievements in songwriting and his global influence over the past 16 years of his career.
Announcing the news, BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton says, "We are proud to be honouring Ludacris with our President's Award. He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta, who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television.
"His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI President’s Award."
The 36-year-old MC has sold seven million records worldwide, picking up three Grammy Awards. He has also made a name for himself as an actor, starring in films such as Crash and the Fast & Furious franchise. And now he's a TV talent show judge after joining the all-star panel on U.S. show Rising Star.
Ludacris joins a roster of other acclaimed artists who have received the President's Award, including will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift and Pitbull.
Colombian pop star Carlos Vives gave his national soccer team a big boost as they faced off against Greece at the World Cup on Saturday (14Jun14) by flying in 200 of the players' relatives to cheer them on from the stands. The singer teamed up with bosses at Canadian-based oil company Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. to help cover the costs for the sportsmen's families, many of whom could not afford to travel to Brazil to attend the soccer championships.
He spent an estimated $1 million (£625,000) on the trip, with Pacific Rubiales Energy executives footing the bill for the families' expenses during their stay.
Vives, 52, was hoping the move would give the Colombian players extra motivation to win their opening game in the country's first World Cup since 1998.
He said, "It means unity, it means peace, it means a lot of people coming together."
His generous gesture paid off - Colombia beat Greece 3-0 and will now face the Ivory Coast on Thursday (19Jun14).
Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives has become the first "inclusion ambassador" of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The star took on his new role on Friday (04Apr14) and will help to promote rights and economic opportunity for Colombia's displaced indigenous communities. Vives will mentor indigenous music groups and appear in a series of events aimed at highlighting Colombian culture. He says, "The diversity of Colombia is part of our cultural richness that we need to recognise and value."
Colombian singer Carlos Vives refused to let torrential rain dampen his big night at the Latin Grammys on Thursday (21Nov13) after picking up three top prizes. The 14th annual ceremony got off to a stormy start as heavy rain arrived in Las Vegas, forcing producers to call off a glamorous photocall at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre when the special green carpet flooded.
The prize-giving finally got underway, with Vives becoming the night's big success story after picking up three out of the five awards he was nominated for, including Song of the Year for Volvi a Nacer, Tropical Fusion Album and Best Tropical Song.
Stars Marc Anthony and rapper Pitbull also went home with prizes for Recording of the Year and Best Urban Performance respectively.
Ricky Martin performed with his former Menudo co-star Draco Rosa, who won the Coveted Album Of The Year Grammy for his record Mas y Mas. The pair is set to head out on tour together next year (14).
Martin was also on hand to present Miguel Bose with the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year award in recognition of his career and philanthropy work.
Natalie Cole is celebrating after her first Spanish-language album scored her two top nominations for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards. The soul star, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, took a gamble by releasing Natalie Cole En Espanol this summer (13), despite not being able to speak a word of the language.
The album shot to the top of America's Top Latin Albums chart in July (13), and now it has been shortlisted for the coveted Album of the Year title at the prestigious awards ceremony, while Bachata Rosa, her duet with Juan Luis Guerra, will compete for Record of the Year.
She will face off in the Album of the Year category against the likes of Miguel Bose's Papitwo, Draco Rosa's Vida, Alejandro Sanz's La Musica No Se Toca and Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives, and she'll be up against Marc Anthony (Vivir Mi Vida), Rosa and Ricky Martin (Mas Y Mas), Sanz (Mi Marciana) and Vives (Volvi A Nacer), among others for Record of the Year honours.
Colombian singer Vives, who will also compete for Song of the Year for Volvi A Nacer, leads the nominations with five nods, alongside Argentinian duo Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, who are shortlisted in categories including Best Urban Performance and Best Alternative Music Album for Chances.
Other nominees include rapper Pitbull (Best Urban Performance), Giberto Santa Rosa (Best Salsa Album) and Los Bunkers (Best Rock Album).
As previously reported, Oscar D'Leon, Juan Formell, Roberto Menescal and Toto La Momposina are among the stars who will be honoured with lifetime achievement accolades at the awards, while Mario Kreutzberger, aka Don Francisco, and Pedro Ramirez Velazquez have been named the recipients of Latin Recording Academy Trustees Awards.
The winners of the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be announced during a ceremony in Las Vegas on 21 November (13).
Colombian folk singer Carlos Vives topped the Latin Grammy nominations with six nods Wednesday, including album, record and song of the year.
Vives, who also won a Grammy this year for best traditional tropical Latin album, performs in the style of Vallenato, the traditional music of Colombia's northern plains, which is known for its simple lyrics about village life, The Associated Press reports.
"Me and my people are very happy," Vives told AP through a translator. "This shows that traditional music and rhythms that come from the heart can have appeal no matter the language."
The third annual Latin Grammys ceremony will take place Sept. 18 at the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, airing live on CBS.
Here is a list of nominations in some of the top categories:
Record of the Year
La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia Cruz; Sergio George, producer; Jon Fausty, engineer/mixer
Mentira, La Ley; Humberto Gatica and Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, Cristian Robles and Eric Schilling, engineers/mixers
Se Me Olvido, Gian Marco; Emilio Estefan Jr. and Archie Pena, producers; Javier Garza, engineer/mixer
Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte, Alejandro Sanz; Humberto Gatica and Kenny O'Brien, producers; Chris Brooke, Humberto Gatica and Eric Schilling, engineers/mixers
Dejame Entrar, Carlos Vives; Andres Castro, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys and Carlos Vives, producers; Javier Garza, engineer/mixer
Album of the Year
Sereno, Miguel Bose; Peter Walsh, producer; Alessandro Benedetti and Peter Walsh, engineers/mixers
La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia Cruz; Sergio George, Isidro Infante and Johnny Pacheco, producers; Mario deJesus and Jon Fausty, engineers/mixers
Jobiniando, Ivan Lins; Roberto Menescal, producer; Guilherme Reis, engineer/mixer
MTV Unplugged, Alejandro Sanz; Humberto Gatica and Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, engineer/mixer
Dejame Entrar, Carlos Vives; Andres Castro, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys and Carlos Vives, producers; Javier Garza and Sebastian Krys, engineers/mixers
Song of the Year
A Dios Le Pido, Juanes; Juanes, songwriter
Dejame Entrar, Carlos Vives; Andres Castro, Martin Madera and Carlos Vives, songwriters
La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia Cruz; Sergio George and Fernando Osorio, songwriters
Morenamia, Miguel Bose; Miguel Bose, Lanfranco Ferrario and Massimo Grilli, songwriters
Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte, Alejandro Sanz; Alejandro Sanz, songwriter
Best New Artist
Best Female Pop Vocal Album
Peces De Ciudad, Ana Belen
Secreta Intimidad, Cecilia Echenique
Vuela, Monica Molina
Viaje Infinito, Nicole
Muchas Flores, Rosario
Best Male Pop Vocal Album
Sereno, Miguel Bose
Sea, Jorge Drexler
Lerner Vivo, Alejandro Lerner
A Tiempo, Gian Marco
Mas De Mi Alma, Marco Antonio Solis
Producer Of The Year
Geronimo Labrada Jr., X Alfonso
Ana Lourdes Martinez Nodarse
A complete list of 44th Annual Grammy Award winners, announced Wednesday night:
Record of the Year: Walk On, U2
Rap Album: Stankonia, OutKast
Song of the Year: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys
Album of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Various Artists
Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: "Elevation," U2
New Artist: Alicia Keys
Country Collaboration with Vocals: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright (The Soggy Bottom Boys), from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
Female Pop Vocal Performance: "I'm Like a Bird," Nelly Furtado
R&B Album: Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys
Rock Song: "Drops of Jupiter," Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood (Train)
Pop Collaboration with Vocals: "Lady Marmalade," Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," U2
Rock Album: "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2
Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," James Taylor
Pop Instrumental Performance: "Reptile," Eric Clapton
Dance Recording: "All For You," Janet Jackson
Pop Instrumental Album: No Substitutions--Live in Osaka, Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather
Pop Vocal Album: Lovers Rock, Sade
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Songs I Heard, Harry Connick Jr.
Female Rock Vocal Performance: "Get Right With God," Lucinda Williams
Male Rock Vocal Performance: "Dig In," Lenny Kravitz
Hard Rock Vocal: "Crawling," Linkin Park
Metal Performance: "Schism," Tool
Rock Instrumental Performance: "Dirty Mind," Jeff Beck
Alternative Music Album: Parachutes, Coldplay
Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys
Male R&B Vocal Performance: "U Remind Me," Usher
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Survivor," Destiny's Child
R&B Song: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
Traditional R&B Album: "At Last," Gladys Knight
Rap Solo Performance: "Get Ur Freak On," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Ms. Jackson," OutKast
Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
Female Country Vocal Performance: "Shine," Dolly Parton
Male Country Vocal Performance: "O Death," Ralph Stanley, from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "The Lucky One," Alison Krauss + Union Station
Country Instrumental Performance: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Earl Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Douglas and Leon Russell
Country Song: "The Lucky One," Robert Lee Castleman (Alison Krauss + Union Station)
Country Album: Timeless--Hank Williams Tribute, Various Artists
Bluegrass Album: New Favorite, Alison Krauss + Union Station
Contemporary Jazz Album: M2, Marcus Miller
Jazz Vocal Album: The Calling, Dianne Reeves
Jazz Instrumental Solo: "Chan's Song," Michael Brecker
Jazz Instrumental Album: This Is What I Do, Sonny Rollins
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Homage To Count Basie, Bob Mintzer Big Band
Latin Jazz Album: Nocturne, Charlie Haden
Rock Gospel Album: Solo, DC Talk
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: CeCe Winans, CeCe Winans
Southern, Country or Bluegrass Album: Bill & Gloria Gaither Present A Billy Graham Music Homecoming, Bill and Gloria Gaither and The Homecoming Friends
Traditional Soul Gospel Album: Spirit of the Century, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: The Experience, Yolanda Adams
Gospel Choir or Chorus Album: Love Is Live!, LFT Church Choir, Hezekiah Walker, choir director
Latin Pop Album: La Musica De Baldemar Huerta, Freddy Fender
Latin Rock/Alternative Album: Embrace the Chaos, Ozomatli
Traditional Tropical Latin Album: Dejame Entrar, Carlos Vives
Salsa Album: Encore, Robert Blades
Merengue Album: Yo Por Ti, Olga Tanon
Mexican/Mexican-American Album: En Vivo ... El Hombre y Su Musica, Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte
Tejano Album: Nadie Como Tu, Solido
Traditional Blues Album: Do You Get the Blues?, Jimmie Vaughan
Contemporary Blues Album: Nothing Personal, Delbert McClinton
Traditional Folk Album: Down From the Mountain, Various Artists
Contemporary Folk Album: Love and Theft, Bob Dylan
Native American Music Album: Bless the People--Harmonized Peyote Songs, Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike
Reggae Album: Halfway Tree, Damian Marley
World Music Album: Full Circle/Carnegie Hall 2000, Ravi Shankar
Polka Album: Gone Polka, Jimmy Sturr
Musical Album for Children: Elmo and the Orchestra, Sesame Street Characters
Spoken Word Album for Children: Mama Don't Allow, Tom Chapin
Spoken Word Album: Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones
Spoken Comedy Album: Napalm and Silly Putty, George Carlin
Musical Show Album: The Producers, Original Broadway Cast with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, lyricist and composer Mel Brooks
Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Various Artists
Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, composer Tan Dun
Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Boss of Me," (They Might Be Giants from Malcolm in the Middle), songwriters They Might Be Giants
Instrumental Composition: "Cast Away (End Credits)," Alan Silvestri (Alan Silvestri)
Instrumental Arrangement: "Claude Debussy 'Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum' from Children's Corner," Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer (Bela Fleck with Joshua Bell and Gary Hoffmann)
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "Drops of Jupiter," Paul Buckmaster (Train)
Recording Package: "Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition)" (Radiohead)
Boxed Recording Package: "Brain in a Box--The Science Fiction Collection," (Various Artists)
Album Notes: (tie) Richard Pryor ... And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992), (Richard Pryor); Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection: 1960-2000 The Journey Of Chris Strachwitz, (Various Artists)
Historical Album: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944, (Billie Holiday)
Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Look of Love, (Diana Krall)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: T Bone Burnett
Remixed of the Year, Non-Classical: Deep Dish, "Thank You (Deep Dish Vocal Remix)" (Dido)
Engineered Album, Classical: Bernstein (Arr. Brohn & Corigliano): West Side Story Suite (Lonely Town; Make Our Garden Grow, Etc.) (Joshua Bell)
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Manfred Eicher
Classical Album: Berlioz: Les Troyens, James Mallinson, producer
Orchestral Performance: "Boulez Conducts Varese (Ameriques; Arcana; Deserts; Ionisation)," Pierre Boulez (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
Opera Recording: "Berlioz: Les Troyens," Sir Colin Davis; Michelle De Young, Ben Heppner, Petra Lang, Peter Mattei, Stephen Milling, Sara Mingardo, Kenneth Tarver; James Mallinson, producer (Various Artists; London Sym. Orch.)
Choral Performance Award: "Bach: St. Matthew Passion," Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Arnold Schoenberg Chamber Orch. and Wiener Sangerknaben; Concentus Musicus Wien)
Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance: "Strauss Wind Concertos (Horn Concerto; Oboe Concerto, etc.)," Dale Clevenger, horn; Larry Combs, clarinet; Alex Klein, oboe; David McGill, bassoon; Daniel Barenboim, piano/conductor (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): "Britten Cello Suites (1-3)," Truls Mork, cello
Chamber Music Performance: "Haydn: The Complete String Quartets," The Angeles String Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): "After Mozart (Raskatov, Silvestrov, Schnittke, Etc.)," Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin
Classical Vocal Performance: "Dreams & Fables--Gluck Italian Arias (Tremo Fra' Dubbi Miei; Di Questa Cetra in Seno, etc.)," Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo soprano
Classical Contemporary Composition: "Rouse: Concert De Gaudi for Guitar and Orch.," Christopher Rouse, composer
Classical Crossover Album: Perpetual Motion (Scarlatti, Bach, Debussy, Chopin, etc.) Bela Fleck, banjo (Joshua Bell, violin; Evelyn Glennie, marimba; Gary Hoffman, cello; Edgar Meyer, bass and piano; Chris Thile, mandolin; John Williams, guitar)
Short Form Music Video: "Weapon of Choice," Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Long Form Music Video: "Recording the Producers--A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks," Mel Brooks (with Various Artists including Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick)
New Age Album: A Day Without Rain, Enya
Madonna's "Music" is movin' on up. The Queen of Music’s latest single made a giant leap, 12 slots to be exact, to the No. 2 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. The hip-hop flavored ditty shot up right behind Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter," which has been at the No. 1 spot for the past three weeks.
"Music" also made a jump on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart from No. 10 to the No. 1 spot, knocking off "Let's Get Married" by Jagged Edge. Others artists continued to creep up the charts this week, including Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" (from No. 23 to No. 18) and Next's "Wifey" (from No. 8 to No. 7).
’N SYNC’S ’N-VITE: The chart-topping, superpopular boy band ’N Sync have been selected to perform at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards show, which will be televised Sept. 13 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hosted by Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia and Jimmy Smits, the show will feature performances by some of today's hottest Latin acts. Carlos Vives and Emilio Estefan Jr.lead the pack of nominees with six nods each, followed by Mark Anthony and Shakira with five nominations apiece.
A LESSON IN ‘GRAMMAR’: The kids are just crazy about grammar. No, not the subject, but "Country Grammar," the major label debut by St. Louis rapper Nelly. The CD remains in the No. 1 spot on the pop album charts for the third consecutive week. "Grammar" moved another 213,000 units for the week.
The first-ever Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast tonight, building pride in Latin music, yet fueling its fair share of controversy. And singer Gloria Estefan and husband/producer Emilio Estefan are at the center of it all.
Latin music’s super couple formed the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences', or LARAS, and have been pushing for a Latin Grammys for a long time. Now that they’ve got it and they’re flaunting it, according to some naysayers who say they’re stealing the show.
Here are the facts:
Besides the high-profile presence of the Estefans’ record label at the event, Emilio is being honored as LARAS’ first Person of the Year … hmmm.
His wife is one the featured performers … hmmm.
Oh, and the couple’s proteges Carlos Vives, Shakira and Ruben Blades are all nominated for awards … hmmm, again.
"The controversy exists. But what Latin performers need is less controversy and more hard work," Argentine pianist Raul Di Blasio, nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, told Reuters.
Carlos Santana, who dominated the Grammys this year, also leads the list of nominees with his hit "Corazon Espinado." Ricky Martin is also at the head of the pack with his Spanish version of "Livin’ La Vida Loca." Multiple nominations also went to Marc Anthony, Vives and Blades.
The two-hour show will be broadcast live today at 9 p.m. EDT on CBS.