Tag Archives: Grammy Awards

BRUNO’S GOLDEN TRIBUTE IS A SOLID 24 KARATS OF FUNK

BRUNO’S GOLDEN TRIBUTE IS A SOLID 24 KARATS OF FUNK

Bruno Mars is without question a Funk-A-Teer!  He recently wrecked stages at the Grammy and iHeart awards, kicking off an International tour later this month, this weekend he does two nights in Vegas.  I’ve been feeling Mars’ music since his collaboration w/ B.o.B. on “They’ve Got Nothing on You.”  Now he’s a worldwide sensation.

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MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

I don’t believe the The Recording Academy will deny selecting Halsey or Lukas Graham for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards.

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TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

Although Adele is primarily noted for her voice, it’s all about the lyrics and music, that make a song. As popular as she is today, my love for her has grown, since she initially took the world stage.  Dreezy has taken the world of music by storm and has been hailed as the “Princess of Chicago Rap.”  Her album “No Hard Feelings” dropped this past summer, and she’s also featured on Aluna George’s track “Mean What I Mean,” from his latest, “I Remember.”

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DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

They actually haven’t. A band that’s been around since 1995, they’ve performed at the ceremony, presented there, even announced Tom DeLonge returning to the band there.

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GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

I find I have to search for new music every year.  Apart from those that are promoted heavily, generally consumers are left in the dark, unless they go surfing online or hear about something by word of mouth.  Last year one of my favorites, that seems like it will never stop getting exposure, is the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

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BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

There are four Grammy nominees that chose black & white for their album covers that I have written about in this blog previously.  This is just a hats off and Congratulations to Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo and The Weeknd, on being recognized for their brand of FUNK.

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THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

I like to drop my FUNKIEST MUSIC list of the year prior to the Grammy nominations.  As the announcements are this morning, I’m always curious, to see how the academy will measure up – Yeah I said it!  The eighth year for a FUNKALICIOUS Top Album list it’s varied from 10 to 25.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

According to CBS’s website: 25-time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder will be honored in a star-studded musical primetime special “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.” It airs on CBS next Monday, February 16th at 9pm/8pm central.

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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Queen Latifah is the Empress of the Blues

Queen Latifah is the Empress of the Blues

A lover of music, history and culture, film biographies or the biopic, have long been a favorite of mine.  While there are a plethora of stories to be told about people of latter day, I’ve always been fascinated about the journey of people that made their mark on the world before I was born, or made an impression on me early on.

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FUNKIN’ MORTALITY AND LEGACY/ Maya Angelou & Ruby Dee

FUNKIN’ MORTALITY AND LEGACY/ Maya Angelou & Ruby Dee

The loss of National Treasures evokes thoughts of one’s own mortality and legacy.  THEY DID THEIR WORK; THEY’VE LEFT THEIR MARKS ON THE PLANET; TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS!  How much time do we/ I have left?  What will we/ I leave behind?  My/ our child (ren) and/ or future children?  This blog, a Facebook post?  I believe those of us still here… STILL HAVE STUFF TO DO.

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FUNKIN’ SNOOP DOGG

FUNKIN’ SNOOP DOGG

I love Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka Snoopzilla!?!? Ah yeah, you thought Sean Combs was the only one that could dub himself multiple names, think again. Snoop Dogg has been doing his thang now for 20 years. Known around the world for his music as a rapper and a force in hip-hop, Snoop has released an album in tribute to FUNK.

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FUNKY NAUGHTY KATY PERRY

FUNKY NAUGHTY KATY PERRY

Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” will surely take the number-one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart next week.  The song was held off from taking the top of the chart by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which holds the position for an 11th week.  The hit tune, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, leads “Radio Songs” for a seventh week according to Nielsen BDS reports.  Thike’s track barely held off Perry’s “Roar,” which went from 85 to Number-2, following its first full week of single sales.

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GEORGE DUKE WAS A MUTHERFUNKER

GEORGE DUKE WAS A MUTHERFUNKER

More or less “labeled” a Jazz artist, George Duke was a multi-faceted musician and composer.  He died on Monday at the age of 67 in his native state of California.  According to the New York Times…

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HOT P!NK FUNK!

HOT P!NK FUNK!

P!nk’s new single “True Love” parallels the theme of  her new movie “Thanks for Sharing.”  A story about recovering sex addicts, P!nk plays “Dede”, one of several participants in a twelve-step program for sex addiction.  In the process,”Dede” may actually find ‘true love’ for the first time.  The video for “True Love” has been getting a lot of attention, as it’s reflective of the entertainer’s actual life.

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THE MIS-GUIDED MIND & FUNKED UP CIRCUMSTANCES OF LAURYN HILL

THE MIS-GUIDED MIND & FUNKED UP CIRCUMSTANCES OF LAURYN HILL

Here are the facts: Lauryn Hill was sued for not paying collaborators on her Grammy Award winning album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and now she’s in jail for tax evasion.  I’m not even versed with the details in either case, I don’t really need to be, those that sued her got paid and now she’s been locked up for not paying the government.  Hill posted an open letter on June 28th, the day before she was incarcerated for her three month sentence.  While she unquestionably speaks the truth in it, I don’t know how much of it has to do with HER not paying her taxes.  It’s below from her Tumbler page:

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USHER’S FUNKY FIREWORKS ON THE HUDSON!!!

USHER’S FUNKY FIREWORKS ON THE HUDSON!!!

The news is out, this year’s 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the sky over the Hudson River.  An event that usually takes place on the East side of NYC these days, it takes place on the West side like every five years.

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DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

While on Facebook, I see an ad in the border for India.Arie’s new single “Cocoa Butter.”  I listen, love it, buy it on itunes, now I’m like what’s up with the album, or should I say CD… google, searching, what’s this?  Accusations of India.Arie lightening her skin?  This is ridiculous, absurd…

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IN FUNKY MEMORIUM: Donna, Chuck, Belita, Robin and Hal Jackson

IN FUNKY MEMORIUM: Donna, Chuck, Belita, Robin and Hal Jackson

Donna Summer, Chuck Brown, Belita Woods, Robin Gibb and legendary DJ Hal Jackson have all passed away recently.  It seems like so many of our outstanding contributors in music are leaving us at a faster rate lately.  Just as soon as we’re able to take a breath from the death of an entertainer that’s beloved, we’re struck again with the sad news of another.

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