Rhiannon Giddens The New Queen Of Bluegrass

Rhiannon Giddens just became the recipient of the seventh-annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Giddens has been described by music greats as one of the “most profound musicians active today.” She’s no stranger to success though, her band, called the “Carolina Chocolate Drops” has already won a Grammy Award. She sings, plays banjo and fiddle. Her group is a literal investigation into the role African-American performers and songwriters have played in the foundation of folk-music, and yet they are contemporary and fresh.

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“Rhiannon has made a rare contribution to American music,” said Steve Martin. “She—along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops—has resurrected and revitalized an important part of banjo history.”

Giddens began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–produced Another Day And Time Concert in New York. Now She has a critically acclaimed solo debut album titled “Tomorrow Is My Turn”. She masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens is currently working on her follow up album and will have a recurring role in the fifth season of the hit TV show Nashville.

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The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass provides the winner with an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created specifically for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl. Created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music, the prize highlights the extraordinary musicianship of these artists and bluegrass music worldwide. The winner is determined by a board consisting of J.D Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck, and Steve Martin.

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The award is given to a person or group who has given the board a fresh appreciation of this music, either through artistry, composition, innovation or preservation, and is deserving of a wider audience. Recipients must be a professional or semi-professional and should currently be active in their careers.
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Guns N’ Roses Still Kicking Ass

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Guns N’ Roses have proved to be the hottest thing in music right now at least with their earning potential. Guns N’ Roses 9-week North American tour featuring Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash brought in a whopping $117million dollars this summer.

 

The Not In This Lifetime tour featured the reunited team including front man Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

 

The trio’s first shows together since 1993 came in April when they played the Troubador in Los Angeles. They followed that with two sold out shows in Las Vegas and had ticket sales that totalled $6.2m based on 28,849 sales.

In New York though, Guns N’ Roses had the top box office tallies, with sales hitting the $11.6m mark at MetLife Stadium from the 1000,177 fans who attended two shows.

 

Guns N’ Roses will take the tour to South America in October and November, before flying to Japan and Australia in early 2017.

 

Top 10 grossing North American summer tours

  • Guns N’ Roses – $116,835,698
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – $33,632,390
  • Barbra Streisand – $26,638,090
  • Celine Dion – $24,689,892
  • Kenny Chesney – $17,926,699
  • Billy Joel – $8,871,419
  • Metallica – $5,158,790
  • Juan Gabriel – $3,482,694
  • Keith Urban – $2,770,077

Dave Matthews Band – $1,467,185

 

 

Guns N Roses Not In This Lifetime tour 2016/2017

South America

Oct 27: Lima Estadio Monumental, Peru

Oct 29: Santiago Estadio Nacional, Chile

Nov 01: Rosario Estadio Rosario, Argentina

Nov 04: Buenos Aires River Plate Stadium, Argentina

Nov 08: Porto Alegre Estadio Beira-Rio, Brazil

Nov 11: Sao Paulo Allianz Parque, Brazil

Nov 12: Sao Paulo Allianz Parque, Brazil

Nov 15: Rio de Janeiro TBC, Brazil

Nov 17: Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Brazil

Nov 20: Brasilia Estadio Nacional, Brazil

Nov 23: Medellin Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Colombia

Nov 26: San Jose Estadio Nacional, Costa Rica

Japan

Jan 21: Osaka Kyocera Dome,

Jan 28: Tokyo Saitama Super Arena

Jan 29: Tokyo Saitama Super Arena

Australia

Feb 07: Brisbane QSAC Stadium

Feb 10: Sydney ANZ Stadium

Feb 14: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Feb 18: Adelaide Oval

Feb 21: Perth Domain Stadium

 

Rihanna and Drake Are Definitely Together

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Are they or aren’t they? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. No, we’re not talking about Ross and Rachel from Friends (which by the way has made a huge come back online). The latest duo getting all of our relationship radars in a tizz is none other than up-and-down daters, Rihanna and Drake.

Ok, so unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Drake bought a billboard in Los Angeles congratulating Rihanna on winning the MTV Artist of the year award.

He followed that up with a very lovey-dovey introduction at the MTV awards as he presented her the award. The introduction included him saying that he’s been in love with Rihanna for 11 years, since he was 22 years old, and collective jaws dropped across the twitter-verse. This was the #1 trending topic from the MTV awards show, and this show had very trend worthy moments including: Britney Spears comeback, Beyonce’s 14 minute virtuoso performance, and a rant by Kanye West.

Even before this though. They sent tongs wagging with their latest music video earlier in the summer for Rihanna’s single “Work”, it seems that their relationship is very much on! For basically the entire video, Rihanna playfully (and very suggestively) sways and bops to the song’s Caribbean beat while Drake is all too happy to have her grinding on him. These two know how to make it “Work”.

 

But this public display of attraction has been a long time in the making. Their courtship began back in May 2009, when the twosome first got together at a New York bowling alley. The encounter even inspired the rapper to pen a song about it called “Fireworks”, found on his album “Thank Me Later”. When asked about their hook-up later that year, Rihanna played down the rumors in a radio interview while Drake admitted to XXL that the rumors were “semi-true”. So coy, these two…

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Cut to October 2010 and the duo collaborate on the track “What’s My Name”, the music video for which shows them in romantic scenes, all coupled up. A case of art meets reality? In Drake’s opinion, most certainly. He wrote a verse for “Made Men” by Rick Ross, where he raps: “One of my baddest women ever, I call her Rihanna. But that’s cause her name is Rihanna.”

 

The next instalment in their maybe-coupling came in November 2011 on their smash hit single “Take Care”. The music video upped the ante from their last effort, including even more physical contact.

 

But it was not all smooth sailing between the two. Enter Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. Rumors began swirling that Rihanna was back together with her ex which culminated in an alleged bust-up between Drake and the R&B crooner in a New York nightclub. On the incident, Drake commented: “At one point, the woman he loves fell into my lap.” But despite it all, Drake held no hard feelings towards his former flame, as he told Ellen DeGeneres: “Great girl, we had our moment. Always support and have love for her.”

 

Which leads us to 2016, when the two were spotted secretly meeting in Los Angeles. It was later revealed that the pair would be collaborating once again on the lead single for her latest album “ANTI”. And the video did not disappoint. The two are clearly still very comfortable with each other, proven as they engaged in even more PDA in a steamy live performance at the 2016 Brit Awards.

 

So what do you think? Are they on or are they off? Maybe we’ll never fully know… until their next music video, that is.
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Rihanna and Drake Are Definitely Together!

 

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