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Monday, February 13, 2017

59th Grammy Awards Winners Announced; Beyonce Wins Best "Urban Contemporary Album"

The Grammy Awards (or Grammys) are given out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States. The Grammy is an accolade that recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry. It is the music industry equivalent to the Academy Awards for film, the Emmy Awards for television, and the Tony Award for stage.

The nominees for The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The 59th Annual Grammy Awards recognize the best musical (and some spoken word and video) recordings, compositions, and artists for the eligibility year that began on October 1, 2015 and ended on September 30, 2016 in a total of 84 categories.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The ceremony was broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

59th / (2015-2016) Annual GRAMMY Award winners:

Record of the Year
“Hello” — Adele

Album of the Year
25 — Adele (read our review)

Song of the Year
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist
Chance the Rapper (read our review of “Coloring Book”)

Pop Solo Performance
“Hello” — Adele

Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Stressed Out” — twenty one pilots

Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” — Willie Nelson

Pop Vocal Album
“25” — Adele

Dance Recording
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya

Dance/Electronic Album
Skin — Flume

Contemporary Instrumental Album
“Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy

Rock Performance
“Blackstar” — David Bowie

Metal Performance
“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Rock Song
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Rock Album
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant

Alternative Music Album
Blackstar — David Bowie

R&B Performance
“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Traditional R&B Performance
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

R&B Song
“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) (read our interview)

Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade — Beyoncé

R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway

Rap Performance
“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Rap/Sung Performance
“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Rap Song
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

Rap Album
Coloring Book — Chance the Rapper

Country Solo Performance
“My Church” — Maren Morris

Country Duo/Group Performance
“Jolene” — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

Country Song
“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Country Album
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson (read our interview)

New Age Album
White Sun II — White Sun

Improvised Jazz Solo
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album
Take Me to the Alley — Gregory Porter

Jazz Instrumental Album
Country for Old Men — John Scofield

Large Jazz Ensemble Album
“Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” — Ted Nash Big Band

Latin Jazz Album
“Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac” — Chucho Valdés

Gospel Performance/Song
“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters

Gospel Album
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin (read our interview)

Contemporary Christian Music Album
Love Remains — Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Roots Gospel Album
Hymns — Joey + Rory

Latin Pop Album
Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
iLevitable — iLe

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández

Tropical Latin Album
Donde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

American Roots Performance
“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

American Roots Song
“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Americana Album
This Is Where I Live — William Bell

Bluegrass Album
“Coming Home” — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Traditional Blues Album
“Porcupine Meat” — Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album
The Last Days of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito

Folk Album
Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Regional Roots Music Album
E Walea — Kalani Pe’a

Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley

World Music Album
Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Children’s Album
Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Spoken Word Album
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox — Carol Burnett

Comedy Album
Talking for Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Miles Ahead (Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer

Song Written for Visual Media
“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: “Trolls”

Instrumental Composition
“Spoken at Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“You And I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Flintstones” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Recording Package
“Blackstar” — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

Album Notes
Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

Historical Album
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Collector’s Edition), Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Blackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Greg Kurstin

Remixed Recording
“Tearing Me Up” (RAC Remix) — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

Surround Sound Album
“Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement” — Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Engineered Album, Classical
Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles — Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical
David Frost

Orchestral Performance
“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9” — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording
“Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles” — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Choral Performance
“Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1” — Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
“Steve Reich” — Third Coast Percussion

Classical Instrumental Solo
“Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album -TIE
– Schumann & Berg — Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
– Shakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Classical Compendium
Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition
Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video
“Formation” — Beyoncé

Music Film
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years — Ron Howard, video director; Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Pascucci & Nigel Sinclair, video producers


Monday, August 25, 2014

David Bowie Biographical Comic Book Arrives This Week


In a summer filled with music, Bluewater Productions announced the release of new comic book biography of music icon David Bowie.

Fame: David Bowie will be released this week in print as well as digital. This summer, Bluewater has released biographical comic books featuring Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Freddie Mercury as part of their popular Tribute series.

Before Lady Gaga, before Adam Lambert, before The Killers, there was David Bowie.  Bowie is one of the most influential artists of his generation, reinventing his persona, changing his sound, and starting fashion trends, he is the chameleon of the music world.

Written by Mike Lynch with art by George Amaru, Fame: David Bowie features, six collectable covers by Michael Troy, Graham Hill, and George Amaru showcasing Bowie’s flamboyant fashion through the decades.

Few artists are able to make the impact on both the worlds of music and acting that David Bowie has. As a longtime fan of his work in both areas, it was an honor and privilege to work on this book,” said artist George Amaru.

Bluewater has focused on other music icons in the past such as Paul McCartney, Prince, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards and more. 

Coming soon are comic books featuring Alice Cooper, George Harrison, and the cast of Doctor Who.

The Fame comic line have been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show, The View, E! News, The Tonight Show, and CNN. The series has also been featured in many publications such as Vanity Fair, MTV, Time. and Rolling Stone.

The David Bowie comic book is available for pre-order on iTunes:

Print copies of Fame: David Bowie can be ordered at Comic Flea Market here:

You can also download these titles on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

To download a five-page preview plus covers please click here: http://WWW.BLUEWATERPROD.COM/comics/

About Bluewater Productions
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis. Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts, and more) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles Female Force and Political Power. Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.

For more information, visit

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: "Labyrinth" Gets Better with Age

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 118 (of 2005) by Leroy Douresseaux

Labyrinth (1986)
Running time:  101 minutes (1 hour, 41 minutes)
DIRECTOR:  Jim Henson
WRITERS:  Terry Jones; from a story by Dennis Lee and Jim Henson
PRODUCERS:  Eric Rattray
EDITOR:  John Grover
COMPOSER:  Trevor Jones
SONGS:  David Bowie
BAFTA Awards nominee

FANTASY/FAMILY with elements of adventure

Starring:  Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Toby Froud, Shari Weiser (Hoggle costume)/Brian Henson (Hoggle voice), Rob Mills (Ludo costume)/Ron Mueck (Ludo voice), David Goelz (voice), David Shaughnessey, Frank Oz (voice), Danny John-Jules, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm, and Kevin Clash

The subject of this movie review is Labyrinth, a 1986 British-American fantasy film directed by the late Jim Henson.  The film was written by Terry Jones from a story by Henson and Dennis Lee, although various writers contributed without receiving screen credit, including George Lucas (who was also an executive producer of the film), Elaine May, and Laura Philips.  In the film, a teen girl wishes her baby brother away and is then forced to travel through the Goblin King’s Labyrinth in order to save the infant.

Four years after the groundbreaking film, The Dark Crystal, appeared in theatres, Labyrinth was released early in the summer of 1986.  It was the last film directed by famed puppeteer and creator of “The Muppets,” the late Jim Henson’s (1936-1990).  Met with a cool reception at the box office, Labyrinth has gone on to find a large audience on home video, where children who were born long after the film first played in theatres can watch and enjoy it.

Tired of babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination who loves to envision herself in fantasy worlds, calls on the goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, to take her baby stepbrother, Toby (Toby Froud) away.  What she doesn’t know is that goblins do exist in another world, and they hear her plea.  They take Toby, and Sarah finds herself face to face with Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) in her home.  He tries to dissuade her from following him back to his world, but she realizes that she must rescue her brother.

Following Jareth, she discovers that the Labyrinth itself guards Goblin City, in the middle of which sits Jareth’s castle.  Sarah must navigate the twisted maze of deception, full of strange, kooky, and menacing characters if she is to save Toby before the end of 13 hours or he will become a permanent resident of Goblin City.  To save Toby and outwit Jareth, Sarah befriends some of the goblins to aid her on her quest.  Can Sarah and her friends save Toby in time?

Labyrinth doesn’t have The Dark Crystal’s production values, but the creature costumes, makeup, and effects are very good.  In fact, the Goblins (designed by Brian Froud, the father of Toby Froud) are some of the most vividly imaginative creatures to populate a fantasy film.  The performances are good, not great; David Bowie sings the songs he composed for the film, and the tunes have the feel of most music and songs composed for fantasy films of the 1980’s, which is to say they work well enough for the film, even if they’d sound funky on the radio.

The film seems to meander quite often; the filmmakers obviously have the kind of ideas that would fit an epic film, but not enough of them.  Thus, Labyrinth at times feels like a wandering film; the filmmakers are just biding time until the stage the final confrontation between Sarah and Jareth, but to get a full-length film, they had to stretch the middle.  In fact, Labyrinth, because of the quality of its filmmaking, would today be a TV movie.  Still, this is fun to watch just to see the Jim Henson Company’s fabulous puppetry in action – always a good enough reason to watch any Jim Henson production.

6 of 10

1987 BAFTA Awards:  1 nomination: “Best Special Visual Effects” (Roy Field, Brian Froud, George Gibbs, and Tony Dunsterville)

Updated:  Friday, March 21, 2014

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