Along with Merry Clayton, Venetta Fields and Shirley Matthews, King was one of the most in-demand backup and session singers of her time. “I don’t remember all the people who I sung for,” she said in a 1971 interview in
Since the finale is now one night, it’s unclear if there will be a double elimination at the end of the semifinal, which would give us a final four instead of an unprecedented final five. Originally, the second double elimination would’ve occurred on Night 1 of the finale to produce a final three for Night 2.
See ‘Dancing with the Stars’ shocker: The finale will now just be one night
Here is the Week 8 lineup:
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
On Monday, the couples will perform a jive, cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa or quickstep. There will be no elimination.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten: jive – “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess: jive – “T-r-o-u-b-l-e” by Travis Tritt
Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev: foxtrot – “Rise Up” by Andra Day
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold: cha-cha – “Sweet Sensation” by Flo Rida
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe: foxtrot – “Do You Believe in Magic” by Aly & Aj
Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson: quickstep – “Fish Out of Water” by Leo Soul
John Schneider and Emma Slater: foxtrot – “Good Ol’ Boys from
This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.
Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.
Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.
Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past,
Is Pharrell the most altruistic celebrity in the history of reality-singing competitions? Why is Blake Shelton utterly charming — even when he’s shanking his opponents with a shiv fashioned from clumped-together Starbucks straws? And did I suddenly develop a knee-jerk love of underdogs or were all of Tuesday night’s steals on The Voice superior to the opponents who vanquished ‘em?
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To be honest, it
Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?
Check out the Full list of winners, below.
Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me
Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z
Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”
Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy
Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread
Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird
Record of the Year
Sam Smith – "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony
Robert Redford, John Legend and Nina Simone were all part of opening night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but the festival’s kickoff may end up better remembered for a deliciously raunchy and ridiculously gymnastic sex scene.
The scene came near the end of “The Bronze,” a comedy directed by Bryan Buckley, a filmmaker best known for his Super Bowl commercials. The story of a bitter gymnast trying to hang onto glory years after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, it features an acrobatic hotel-room
Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.
The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:
Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which
Living in a world obsessed with celebrity when a star is singing on the stage it’s often them that get all the attention, neither they nor their managers would have it any other way really. In 20 Feet From Stardom though we take a look at the singers who often stand in the shadows, either happy to just have their chance to sing and do what they love, or maybe sharing a dream that one day they will be that person in the spotlight and fame will be theirs.
In many ways it’s sad that music is becoming too often about the show and less about the voices. The backing singers have a very important job and they often hold the song
20 Feet from Stardom showcases some incredible talent. Women who had been hidden away were brought to the forefront by director Morgan Neville who ensured they would have their day. Unlike many singers featured, whose experience was in a time whereby supporting vocalists were integral to pop stars, Judith Hill emerged later. Considerably younger and only emerging after 2007, she has worked with Elton John, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams. She was due to support Michael Jackson on the This is It tour, and featured in the film singing “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” alongside the King of Pop.
Though she may have met many singers for the first time through this film, the world we see in 20 Feet from Stardom is nothing new to Judith Hill. Merry Clayton was already
With the release of 20 Feet from Stardom on DVD and Blu-ray this Monday, this is your opportunity to catch a documentary that gained exceptionally positive reviews but it also managed to snag the Best Documentary at the Oscars (beating off strong competition from The Act of Killing). Directed by Morgan Neville, this inspirational film was screened at the London Film Festival – and I’ve personally sung it’s praises ever since. Rather than merely repeat my joy for the film, I deemed it necessary to break down why, as a music lover, a fan of film and appreciator of art, this particular film is a must-watch. Here are 20 reasons you need to see 20 Feet from Stardom…
For the love of music…
These are singers who are unknown, but are the glue that holds a song together. Whether it is the doop-dee-doop
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