GRAMMY AWARDS 2012,I VINCITORI: ADELE PRENDE TUTTO,KANYE WEST E SKRILLEX SI DIFENDONO BENE.

La 54esima edizione dei Grammy Awards si è tenuta lo scorso 12 febbraio sulla rete americana CBS  e ha inchiodato al teleschermo oltre 41 milioni di persone. Il numero dei telespettatori è il più alto in almeno 30 anni di storia della serata dei premi musicali più ambiti. Ottimo risultato!

Una serata che è stata anticipata da una grande tragedia per il mondo della musica,la morte di Whitney Houston.(Anticipo già che,a breve,proporrò un articolo”retrospettiva” sulla vita,principalmente musicale,della grande cantante). Nonostante i tempi strettissimi gli organizzatori della serata non si sono fatti mancare un giusto tributo,affidando alla meravigliosa voce di Jennifer Hudson il più grande successo di Whitney, quella“I Will Always Love You” che tutti quanti nel mondo conosciamo e,credo di parlare per tutti,amiamo o abbiamo amato ascoltare almeno un pò di volte.

  

Ma chi ha veramente monopolizzato la serata,sbancato tutto quello che c’era da sbancare e si è pura esibita con una grande standing ovation è stata la inglese Adele,la superstar”a sorpresa” che dall’uscita del suo secondo album “21” ha visto la sua carriera e la sua musica volare verso vette invidiabili e,si può ben dire,irraggiungibili da chiunque attualmente,per com’è messo il mercato discografico. Il disco “21” ha,infatti,risollevato il mercato discografico vendendo,nel solo 2011,un numero pari ad oltre 15 milioni di copie,che a fine gennaio 2012 sono lievitate ad oltre 17 milioni,ed il disco non smette di vendere e d’interessare il pubblico. Un successo così non si vedeva da moltissimo tempo e la giovane donna ha già stabilito tutta una serie di record.

Ed è proprio di record che voglio parlare perchè ieri sera,con ben 6 statuette vinte (pari a tutte le nomniations che ha ricevuto) Adele pareggia il primato che aveva ottenuto Beyoncè e “prende tutto”,come si suol dire.

Non se la passa male nemmeno il rapper Kanye West,che si porta a casa ben 4 statuette ed esulta anche Skrillex, l’artista dance/elettronico rivelazione dell’anno,che si porta a casa ben 3 statuette!

 

Le performances dell’evento,oltre a quella della già citata Adele con la sua Song Of The Year“Rolling In The Deep”,hanno anche visto Katy Perry esibirsi con due pezzi,la famosissima“E.T.” ed il nuovissimo singolo”Part Of Me”,che serve a lanciare la riedizione del suo fortunato”Teenage Dream” del 2010(5,5+ milioni di copie vendute). Bruno Mars ha interpretato”Runaway Baby”,Nicki Minaj“Roman Holiday”,Taylor Swift ha proposto la sua country hit(premiata con un Grammy) “Mean” (tratta dal suo album “Speak Now”),Chris Brown ha proposto i suoi”Turn Up The Music” e “Beautiful People” e i Civil Wars con”Barton Hollow”.

 

Grande serata di duetti,infatti ci sono stati Tony Bennett con Carrie Underwood (che però ha vinto un Grammy per il suo pezzo”Body And Soul”,interpretato con la grande scomparsa Amy Winehouse) nel brano”It Had To Be You”,Jason Aldean e Kelly Clarkson in “Don’t You Wanna Stay”,Bruce Springsteen e The E Street Band che presentano il nuovo singolo del cantautore americano”We Take Care Of Our Own” poi Alicia Keys e Bonnie Raitt offrono un personale tributo ad un’altra grande scomparsa per il mondo della musica,quella  di Etta James,cantando”A Sunday Kind Of Love”.I Coldplay e Rihanna,che si sono esibiti in un curioso medley di “We Found Love”,”Princess Of China” nuovo singolo che unisce proprio questi due artisti e “Paradise”,l’attuale successo della band inglese.

Serata non solo di duetti,ma anche di strane e particolari esibizioni in gruppo. Paul McCartney,Bruce Springsteen,Dave Grohl,Rusty Anderson,Brian Ray e Joe Walsh si sono esibiti tutti assieme nel medley”Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End”;mentre l’altro particolare assemble di David Guetta,Chris Brown,Lil Wayne, Foo Fighters e deadmau5 si sono esibiti nel medley di”I Can Only Imagine”/”Rope”/ “Raise Your Weapon”(brano che ha lanciato deamau5). In occasione dei 50 anni della loro formazione,I Beach Boys si sono esibiti assieme ai Maroon 5 e ai Foster The People nel medley”Surfer Girl”/”Wouldn’t It Be Nice”/”Good Vibrations”. Una nota più classic country,invece,con The Band Perry,Blake Shelton e Glen Campbell che propongono “Gentle On My Mind”/”Southern Nights”/”Rhinestone Cowboy”.

Ma adesso veniamo ai vincitori di tutte le categorie della manifestazione musicale,cominciando dalle più generali ed importanti,per arrivare a quelle di ogni genere e particolare.

Record of the Year

Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

Paul Epworth, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Mark Rankin, engineers/mixers
Album of the Year

21 – Adele

Jim Abbiss, Adele Adkins, Paul EpworthRick RubinFraser T. SmithRyan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom ElmhirstGreg FidelmanDan ParrySteve PriceMark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Song of the Year

Rolling in the Deep

Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist

Bon Iver

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance

Someone Like You” – Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Body and Soul” – Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album

The Road from Memphis – Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album

21 – Adele

Dance/Electronica

Best Dance Recording

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” – Skrillex

Sonny Moore, producer & mixer
Best Dance/Electronica Album

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Duets II – Tony Bennett

Rock

Best Rock Performance

Walk” – Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

White Limo” – Foo Fighters

Best Rock Song

Walk” – Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album

Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

R&B

Best R&B Performance

Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Fool for You” – Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona

Best R&B Song

Fool for You

Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona)
Best R&B Album

F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown

Rap

Best Rap Performance

*”Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West (featuring Otis Redding)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

All of the Lights” – Kanye West featuring RihannaFergie & Kid Cudi

Best Rap Song

All of the Lights

Jeff Bhasker, Fergie, Really Doe, Kanye West & Malik Yusef, songwriters (Kanye West featuring RihannaFergie & Kid Cudi)
Best Rap Album

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Country

Best Country Solo Performance

Mean” – Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars

Best Country Song

Mean

Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
Best Country Album

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

New Age

Best New Age Album

What’s It All About – Pat Metheny

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“500 Miles High” – Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Mosaic Project – Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Forever – Corea, Clarke & White

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Good Feeling – Christian McBride Big Band

Gospel/Contemporary Christian

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

“Jesus” – Le’Andria Johnson

Best Gospel Song

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

“Blessings”

Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
Best Gospel Album

Hello Fear – Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

And If Our God Is for Us… – Chris Tomlin

Latin

Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album

Drama y Luz – Maná

Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

Bicentenario – Pepe Aguilar

  • Orale – Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
  • Amor A La Musica – Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle
  • Eres Un Farsante – Paquita la del Barrio
  • Huevos Rancheros – Joan Sebastian
Best Banda or Norteño Album

MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends – Los Tigres del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album

The Last Mambo – Cachao

  • Homenaje A Los Rumberos – Edwin Bonilla
  • Mongorama – José Rizo’s Mongorama

American Roots Music

Best Americana Album

Ramble at the Ryman – Levon Helm

Best Bluegrass Album

Paper Airplane – Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Blues Album

Revelator – Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album

Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Rebirth of New Orleans – Rebirth Brass Band

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life – Stephen Marley

World Music

Best World Music Album

Tassili – Tinariwen

Children’s

Best Children’s Album

All About Bullies… Big and Small – Various Artists

  • Are We There Yet? – The Papa Hugs Band
  • Fitness Rock & Roll – Miss Amy
  • GulfAlive – The Banana Plant
  • I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow – Various Artists

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) – Betty White

  • Bossypants – Tina Fey
  • Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond – Various Artists
  • Hamlet (William Shakespeare) – Dan Donohue & Various Artists – Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • The Mark of Zorro – Val Kilmer & Cast

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Hilarious – Louis C.K.

Musical Show

Best Musical Theater Album

The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert LopezStephen OremusTrey ParkerScott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 – Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

The King’s Speech

Alexandre Desplat, composer
Best Song Written for Visual Media

I See the Light” (from Tangled)

Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi)

Composing/Arranging

Best Instrumental Composition

Life in Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones)
Best Instrumental Arrangement

“Rhapsody in Blue”

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)

Package

Best Recording Package

Scenes from The Suburbs

Vincent Morisset, art director (Arcade Fire)
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors (Bruce Springsteen)

Notes

Best Album Notes

Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s

Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • The Bang Years 1966-1968
  • The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music
    • Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • Complete Mythology
  • The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950-75
    • Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Historical

Best Historical Album

Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)

Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
  • The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music
    • Christopher C. King & Ted Olson, compilation producers; Christopher C. King & Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • Complete Mythology
    • Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer (Syl Johnson)
  • Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s
    • Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters
    • Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Elvis Presley)

Production

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Paper Airplane

Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Paul Epworth

Best Remixed Recording

Cinema” (Skrillex Remix)

Skrillex, remixer (Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go)

Production, Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)

Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek and the Dominos)
  • An Evening with Dave Grusin
    • Frank Filipetti & Eric Schilling, surround mix engineers; Frank Filipetti, surround mastering engineer; Phil Ramone, surround producer (Various Artists)
  • Grace for Drowning
    • Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Paschal Byrne, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Steven Wilson)
  • Kind
    • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet)
  • Spohr: String Sextet in C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet in F Major, Op. 31
    • Andreas Spreer, surround mix engineer; Robin Schmidt & Andreas Spreer, surround mastering engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround producer (Camerata Freden)

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

  • Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble)
  • Capricho Latino (Rachel Barton Pine)
  • 85th Birthday Celebration (Claude Frank)
  • Insects & Paper Airplanes – Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon (Daedalus Quartet & Benjamin Hochman)
  • Midnight Frolic – The Broadway Theater Music of Louis A. Hirsch (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
  • Notable Women – Trios by Today’s Female Composers (Lincoln Trio)
  • The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 – String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich & His Contemporaries (Pacifica Quartet)
  • Speak! (Anthony De Mare)
  • State of the Art – The American Brass Quintet at 50 (The American Brass Quintet)
  • Steve Reich: WTC 9/11; Mallet Quartet; Dance Patterns (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians & So Percussion)
  • Winging It – Piano Music of John Corigliano (Ursula Oppens)
  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Aldridge: Elmer Gantry (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
    • Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas (Peter Takács)
    • Osterfield: Rocky Streams (Paul Osterfield, Todd Waldecker & Various Artists)
  • Manfred Eicher
    • Bach: Concertos & Sinfonias for Oboe; Ich Hatte Viel Bekümmernis (Heinz Holliger, Eric Höbarth & Camerata Bern)
    • Hymns & Prayers (Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica)
    • Manto & Madrigals (Thomas Zehetmair & Ruth Killius)
    • Songs of Ascension (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6 & Montclair State University Singers)
    • Tchaikovsky/Kissine: Piano Trios (Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite & Khatia Buniatishvili)
    • A Worcester Ladymass (Trio Mediaeval)
  • David Frost
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass)
    • Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird)
    • Prayers & Alleluias (Kenneth Dake)
    • Sharon Isbin & Friends – Guitar Passions (Sharon Isbin & Various Artists)
  • Peter Rutenberg
    • Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Patrick Dupré Quigley, James K. Bass, Seraphic Fire & Professional Choral Institute)
    • The Vanishing Nordic Chorale (Philip Spray & Musik Ekklesia)

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance

“Brahms: Symphony No. 4”

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Best Opera Recording

“Adams: Doctor Atomic”

Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • “Britten: Billy Budd”
    • Mark Elder, conductor; John Mark Ainsley, Phillip Ens, Jacques Imbrailo, Darren Jeffery, Iain Paterson & Matthew Rose; James Whitbourn, producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)
  • “Rautavaara: Kaivos”
    • Hannu Lintu, conductor; Jaakko Kortekangas, Hannu Niemelä, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano & Mati Turi; Seppo Siirala, producer (Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Kaivos Chorus)
  • “Verdi: La Traviata”
    • Antonio Pappano, conductor; Joseph Calleja, Renée Fleming & Thomas Hampson; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)
  • “Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte”
    • Fabio Biondi, conductor; Romina Basso, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu & Rolando Villazón; Daniel Zalay, producer (Europa Galante; Coro Da Camera Santa Cecilia Di Borgo San Lorenzo)
Best Choral Performance

“Light & Gold”

Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King’s Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)
  • “Beyond All Mortal Dreams – American A Cappella”
    • Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir of Trinity College Cambridge)
  • “Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45”
    • Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; James K. Bass, chorus master (Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Max Tipton & Teresa Wakim; Professional Choral Institute & Seraphic Fire)
  • “Kind”
    • Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96)
  • “The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen”
    • Paul Hillier, conductor (Ars Nova Copenhagen)
Best Small Ensemble Performance

“Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide” – Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird

  • “Frank: Hilos” – Gabriela Lena Frank; ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
  • “The Kingdoms of Castille – Richard Savino, conductor; El Mundo
  • “A Seraphic Fire Christmas” – Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Seraphic Fire
  • “Sound the Bells!” – The Bay Brass
Best Classical Instrumental Solo

“Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra”

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)
  • “Chinese Recorder Concertos – East Meets West”
    • Lan Shui, conductor; Michala Petri (Copenhagen Philharmonic)
  • “Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”
    • Claudio Abbado, Yuja Wang (Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
  • “Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4”
    • Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano (London Symphony Orchestra)
  • “Winging It – Piano Music of John Corigliano”
    • Ursula Oppens
Best Classical Vocal Solo

“Diva Divo”

Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L’Opéra National De Lyon)
  • “Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemøy Synsk”
    • Marianne Beate Kielland (Nils Anders Mortensen)
  • “Handel: Cleopatra”
    • Natalie Dessay (Emmanuelle Haïm; Le Concert D’Astrée)
  • “Purcell: O Solitude”
  • “Three Baroque Tenors”
    • Ian Bostridge (Bernard Labadie; Mark Bennett, Andrew Clarke, Sophie Daneman, Alberto Grazzi, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Benjamin Hulett & Madeline Shaw; The English Concert)
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

“Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry” – Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

  • “Crumb, George: The Ghosts of Alhambra” – George Crumb
  • “Friedman, Jefferson: String Quartet No. 3” – Jefferson Friedman
  • “Mackey, Steven: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide” – Steven Mackey
  • “Ruders, Poul: Piano Concerto No. 2” – Poul Ruders

Music Video

Best Short Form Music Video

Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer
Best Long Form Music Video

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth – Foo Fighters

James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers