MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Toronto Rapper Drake was a big winner at the Grammy Awards pre-telecast show thanks to ``Hotline Bling,'' which grabbed two Grammys for best rap song and best rap or sung performance.
It brings his Grammy tally to three, after taking home one for his 2011 album ``Take Care.''
Drake, however, wasn't in L-A last night to accept the honour -- he's currently in the midst of a European tour.
Drake's ``Views'' and Justin Bieber's ``Purpose'' were both nominated for album of the year, but the evening's top honour went to Adele for ``25.''
Canadian producer Bernie Herms, meantime, finally got a taste of Grammy glory.
After eight nominations, the London, Ontario-born songwriter pocketed his first win for ``Thy Will,'' a song he created with Hillary Scott and the Scott Family.
It won best contemporary Christian music performance or song during the pre-telecast ceremony.
And while the late Leonard Cohen missed qualifying for this year's Grammys by about three weeks with his final album ``You Want It Darker,'' he was still there in spirit.
Folk singer Judy Collins paid tribute to her long-time friend and collaborator by performing the Cohen classic ``Suzanne.''
GRAMMYS - ADELE'S NIGHT
Here's something you may not know about Adele's song ``Hello'': the original line was not ``Hello, it's me,'' but ``Hello, misery.'' It also had three different choruses.
``Hello'' was named record and song of the year at the Grammys, and her ``25'' album was named album of the year. She is the first act to sweep album, record and song of the year twice. She won in all five categories in which she was nominated. Adele says Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' was her album of the year, and she voted for it. She says she felt the same way the first time she heard ``Lemonade'' as when she was 10-years-old and she first heard Destiny's Child singing ``No No No.'' It's not like Beyonce was shut out. She won best urban contemporary album and best music video.
ADELE - GEORGE MICHAEL TRIBUTE
Adele says she had a shaky rehearsal for ``Fastlove'' for the George Michael tribute at the Grammys last night. She started the song, dropped an F-bomb and said she had to start over to do right by Michael. Adele said backstage she remembers seeing the ``Fastlove'' video for the first time as a kid and thinking how hot Michael was. She says she was devastated when he died and decided if there was a tribute to him, she was going to do it. She says Michael's family didn't want a tribute initially, but they changed their minds and wanted Adele for it.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS - DROP TROUSERS
At first it looked like Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots had his fly down, but no, he was really taking off his pants.
Twenty One Pilots accepted their award for best pop group performance in their underwear. Singer Tyler Joseph says when they were nobodies watching the Grammys one year, they noticed everyone was in their underwear. They decided if they ever won, they'd accept that way.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - WINS AT HIS GAMBLE
Chance The Rapper lobbied to get his ``Coloring Book'' album eligible for Grammy consideration and it paid off. It won best rap album, the first digital-only release to win. He also won best rap performance and best new artist.
RORY FEEK - BITTERSWEET GRAMMY WIN
Rory Feek of Joey and Rory promised his wife during last year's Grammys that if their ``Hymns'' album was nominated this year, he'd go to the Grammys. She died in March.
``Hymns'' won the roots gospel award. Feek says his wife joked that she'd know about the win before he would.
LONG-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEES
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth says it's OK that they were nominated 12 times before they finally got a Grammy win.
He says good things come in twelves, like the 12 apostles or a case of beer. William Bell got his first win with the Americana award. He says he sees his win as ``a new lease on life.'' Bobby Rush says his win for traditional blues album was for his 374th record. He doesn't see it as ``it's about time'' but ``it's always on time.''
MAREN MORRIS - GRAMMY CAMP TO GRAMMY WIN
Eleven years ago, Maren Morris was one of the first kids to go to Grammy Camp. Now she's got a Grammy of her own, for best country solo performance. Morris says every kid who went to that camp dreamed of being on that stage or to ``walk away with some hardware.'' She says it's crazy to actually have a Grammy of her own. Morris says she planned on celebrating by having her first drink in a month because she didn't have to worry about fitting in her Grammy dress anymore.
Vince Gill doesn't want to seem ungrateful, since he had 20 Grammys before last night, but he kind of didn't want to win the best American roots Grammy for writing ``Kid Sister'' for The Time Jumpers. At least, he didn't want to win it alone. Gill says he would have rather that they would celebrate a group win. Sturgill Simpson won the country album award for ``A Sailor's Guide To Earth.'' Maren Morris won the country solo performance Grammy. Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton won the best country duo/group performance Grammy for their version of ``Jolene.'' Willie Nelson won, but not for country. He won best traditional pop vocal album for his collection of Gershwin songs.
HILLARY SCOTT - CRIES AT THE GRAMMYS
Hillary Scott was bawling when she and her family won not one but two contemporary Christian Grammys last night. Scott says one of the wins was for ``Thy Will,'' a song about her miscarriage, so that was one reason she was crying. She says she was also crying because it meant the first time her co-writers, Bernie Herms and Emily Weisband, had won a Grammy. Scott says she made the album to help her cope with loss, including the death of her grandfather, yet she wanted to make music that gave people hope.
DAVID BOWIE'S ``BLACKSTAR'' ALBUM - FOUR GRAMMYS
One of the players in David Bowie's backing band for his ``Blackstar'' album says Bowie was happy that critics understood his vision. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin says it meant a lot for Bowie to see the critical acclaim the album was getting before he died. ``Blackstar'' won five Grammys last night.
DAYA - FINALLY WINS SOMETHING
Daya sure was excited to win a Grammy last night. She had never won anything before. Daya won a dance Grammy for collaborating with The Chainsmokers on ``Don't Let Me Down.'' Daya says it's not a bad place to begin. Flume won the best dance album for ``Skin.''
RICK DERRINGER - LOADED GUN ON AIRPLANE
Rick Derringer did not mean any harm when he brought a gun onto a commercial airline last month. His manager says Derringer thought he could take the gun onto a flight because he has a permit to carry one and he takes it with him on flights 30 to 50 times a year. Derringer was detained in Atlanta's airport at the end of a trip to Mexico on January 9 when a loaded gun was found on his carry-on bag. Air passengers may take unloaded guns in locked hard-sided containers in checked baggage only, and they must declare them to the airline at check-in. The head of Atlanta's airport says the person who missed the weapon during screening has been fired.
Derringer faces a criminal charge.
JONI MITCHELL - PRE-GRAMMY EVENT
Legendary Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance over the weekend at a pre-Grammy gala.
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe escorted Mitchell in a wheelchair to the Clive Davis Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm in March 2015. Performers included Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, DNCE and Bell Biv DeVoe.
GEORGE MICHAEL - LEAKED EMERGENCY CALL
George Michael's family is ``extremely upset'' that a recording of the emergency call of his death was leaked to the press. Family lawyers say they are calling for an investigation. The Sun newspaper in Britain published a transcript and audio Saturday of the call made by Fadi Fawaz, Michael's partner, on December 25th.
Fawaz says on the call, ``I've been trying to wake him up for the last hour....He's gone.'' An initial autopsy on Michael was inconclusive, and the results of toxicology tests have not been released.
PRINCE MUSIC - STREAMING
Prince's catalogue is now available on all streaming services, not just Tidal. Warner Brothers Music made the announcement to tie in with the Prince tribute at the Grammys last night. Prince was notoriously protective about his music being online. He had chosen Tidal to stream his music before he died, but then those rights got tied up in legal battles because Prince did not leave a will.
PRINCE ITEMS - AUCTION
The beaded jacket Prince wore in the film ``Under the Cherry Moon'' is up for auction. R-R Auction says the jacket still has makeup on the collar because it's too delicate to launder.
Other items for sale include the document Prince signed to play The Kid in the film ``Purple Rain,'' handwritten lyrics for ``The Screams of Passion'' and a handwritten awards show speech. The auction will be held Thursday.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - BUS ACCIDENT
Thirteen people were hurt when a truck rammed into the tour bus of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan outside Krakow, according to Polish authorities. The band members were not seriously hurt, and a pregnant woman travelling with them was not hurt. A police spokeswoman says the most injured person was the truck driver. The Dillinger Escape Plan called off their show last night in Krakow. Their next stop is tomorrow in Leipzig, Germany.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS - DAUGHTER IS HOME
The daughter of actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears is back at her home after a vehicle accident last week.
Maddie Spears-Aldridge was submerged in a pond inside an A-T-V a week ago yesterday _ and paramedics in Louisiana had to pull her out of the water. The eight-year-old girl was released from the hospital Friday. Maddie's aunt, Britney Spears, posted a message on her Facebook page announcing the girl's release. She calls it ``a miracle'' that her niece was able to go home.
(The Canadian Press)