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57th Annual Grammy Awards: Winners



The music's biggest night is happening right now at Staples Center (Los Angeles). Check out the list of winners in different categories. 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – Say Something

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album 
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best New Artist

Sam Smith (Capitol Records)

Best Metal Performance 
Tenacious D – The Last In Line

Best Rock Song 
Paramore – Ain't It Fun

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Rap Performance 
Kendrick Lamar – I

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 
Eminem ft. Rihanna – The Monster

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – 

Best Rap Album 
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Traditional R&B Performance 
“Jesus Children” 
Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song 
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – Drunk In Love

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album 
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album 
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album 
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media 
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media 
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media 
Let It Go (from Frozen) 
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Solo Performance 
Carrie Underwood – Something In The Water

Best Country Duo/Group Performance 
The Band Perry – Gentle On My Mind

Best Country Song 
Glen Campbell – I'm Not Gonna Miss You

Best Bluegrass Album 
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance 
Rosanne Cash – A Feather's Not A Bird

Best American Roots Song 
Rosanne Cash – A Feather's Not A Bird

Best Americana Album 
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album 
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video 
Pharrell Williams – Happy

Best Music Film 
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers 
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical 
Max Martin 
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) 
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd) 
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J) 
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea) 
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) 
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition 
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella 
Pentatonix – Daft Punk

Best Surround Sound Album 
Beyoncé – Beyoncé 

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best Blues Album 
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album 
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva



Ariana Grande – 34+35 (Remix) feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion



Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat have teamed up for a new remix of Grande’s Positions track 34+35.

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?



Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just elected members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Among the six newly elected governors are director Ava DuVernay. EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg has been re-elected for a second three-year term.

For those not familiar with the work of the Board of Governors, here is a breakdown of how it works and what it does.

Per Oscars official website, The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

The Academy has a total of 18 branches, including the actors branch and directors branch, where Goldberg and DuVernay will serve. Each branch is represented by three governors who are elected for three-year terms.

Since the #OscarSoWhite campaign in 2015, the Academy has been making efforts to increase diversity across the board. After the most recent election, out of 54 governors, the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12.

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