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A Night Of Highs And Lows At The 2015 Grammy Awards

Monday, February 09, 2015

A mostly-tepid night of too many performances and too few surprises, the 57th annual Grammy Awards did have some highlights. John Schaefer recaps the best and worst of the telecast.
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And the Classical Grammy Winners Are...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Albums featuring two of America’s best-known living composers – both named Adams – won top Grammy Awards in the classical categories.
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Grammys 2015: List of Classical Nominees

Friday, December 05, 2014

In-house orchestra labels had a particularly strong showing in the nominations for the 57th Grammy Awards, which were announced on Friday afternoon.
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The 10 Best Grammy Moments in Vines

Monday, January 27, 2014

From Yoko Ono's dance clinic to Pharrell's social-media savvy headwear, here are the best Grammy moments distilled just for you.

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Classical Grammy Awards to Minnesota Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Adès

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.

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The Grammys And Dance Music: A Long, Awkward Pas De Deux

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone, joins us to explain why it's a big deal that Daft Punk -- an electronic music group -- was nominated for two Grammys in the "Big Four" categories this year. Plus, he walks us through the Grammys' long and rather awkward history with dance music -- from the ill-fated 1980 "Best Disco Recording" category, to the nomination of a song from the Space Jam soundtrack for "Best Dance Recording" in 1998, to Skrillex's non-televised acceptances of three awards last year.

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Play Grammys Bingo With Soundcheck!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!

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Dance Music And The Grammys; London Grammar Plays Live; Radio V. Spotify

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In this episode: Daft Punk is no stranger to the Grammys. Since 1998, the French electronic duo has been nominated 13 times, and, five years ago, they won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. But this year, Daft Punk has managed to break into what’s known as the “Big Four” categories -- and has become the first group ever to be nominated for both Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year. Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone explains why this is matters for dance music. 

Then, the moody and lovely British pop group London Grammar performs songs from its new album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads -- that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

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A Look At This Year's Grammy Nominees

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Last week, the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced. Leading the pack with nine nominations is rapper Jay Z, who this year released his album Magna Carta Holy Grail. But without landing any nominations within the general categories (Record, Album, or Song of the Year), he's not likely to be the biggest story at this year's awards.

We talk with music critic Chris Richards of The Washington Post about what is likely to go down on Grammy night -- and who will and won't be celebrating. 

 

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Grammy Nominees; Bands To Watch In 2014; Joseph Keckler

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In this episode: We talk about who got some love -- and who got snubbed -- in this year's Grammy nominee pool. Chris Richards of the Washington Post joins us with his take. 

Plus, we run down a list of bands and artists to keep an eye out for in 2014, like Diane Birch and Chance the Rapper, with Time's Melissa Locker

And, operatic performance artist Joseph Keckler keeps us very entertained with a live set in the studio. 

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The Man Behind The Headband: Who Is Frank Ocean?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Writer Jeff Himmelman, who recently interviewed the elusive singer for the New York Times Magazine, talks about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection, and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband.

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Johnny Cash, Forever; Wynter Gordon; Frank Ocean's Grammys Debut

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In this episode: The US Postal Service recently announced the end of Saturday mail delivery – but their commemorative stamp program carries on. We talk with the designer of a recently announced Johnny Cash Forever stamp about the US Postal Service's new “Music Icons” stamp series, and why he thinks collectible stamps are here to stay.

Plus: Wynter Gordon got her start writing hits for stars like Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige and Danity Kane – she joins us to perform some of her own songs.

And: Writer Jeff Himmelman recently interviewed the Frank Ocean for the New York Times Magazine. He joins us to talk about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection -- and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband.

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Classical Grammy Awards to Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony beats the Minnesota Orchestra, which had been considered a sentimental favorite because of its bitter and protracted labor dispute.

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The Grammy Awards: Contemporary Or Classicist?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Despite featuring performances by Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and the multi-nominated Frank Ocean, the Grammys are still old-school, says New York Times critic John Caramanica. "The Grammys get to look cool, but are really just reinforcing values that they've had for decades."

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Grammy Preview; Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric'

Friday, February 08, 2013

In This Episode: New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica previews the 2013 Grammy Awards before this Sunday's broadcast.

And, British folk singer and guitarist Richard Thompson plays selections from his brand new album, Electric

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2013 Grammy Nominations: Surprises, Snubs, And 'Walsergate'

Friday, December 14, 2012

Last week the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Soundcheck regular Joe Levy weighs in on the surprises, snubs, and a strange footnote known as "Walsergate."

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Grammy Nominations, Strata Records, PigPen Theatre

Friday, December 14, 2012

A forward look at the 2013 Grammy nominations with Joe Levy. And the PigPen Theatre Company perform songs from its album Bremen.

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Chris Brown and a Troubling Twitter Trend

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Three years ago, Chris Brown made headlines when he brutally beat his then-girlfriend Rhianna, putting her in the hospital and forcing both to cancel their scheduled Grammy performances. Brown was invited back for this year's awards show, and performed twice to great acclaim. Since Sunday's event, many of Brown's female fans — aka members of "Team Breezy" — have expressed their support by tweeting that they would let him beat them up.

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Tragedy, Then Triumph at the Grammys

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to recap last night’s Grammy Awards. And, we discuss how the telecast and artists handled the death of singer Whitney Houston.

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The Winners of the Grammy Awards

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Adele swept the Grammy Awards Sunday night, winning 6 awards. She's matched Beyoncé for the most Grammys won in a night by a female act. Other big winners included Foo Fighters and Kanye West.

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