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Drake makes a rare appearance at the Grammys, while Childish Gambino makes history

Drake surprised the music world when he emerged on stage to accept the best rap song award

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Grammys: First award for band The National

NEW YORK: The National on Sunday won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album for “Sleep Well Beast,” an intricately recorded album built from the band’s walls of dark sound. It was the first Grammy for the indie rock band, in a field that included fellow critical favorites including LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire. “Sleep…

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Grammys: Bruno Mars lifts award of Record of Year

NEW YORK: Bruno Mars on Sunday won the Grammy for Record of the Year for his party anthem “24K Magic,” the first time the funk revivalist has won the US industry’s award for top song on his own. “24K Magic” is the title track of the Hawaiian-born singer’s third album, which revives his mix of…

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Grammys: Bruno Mars receives Album of Year award

NEW YORK: Retro R&B star Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner Sunday at the Grammy Awards, with a clean sweep of the top awards including Album, Record and Song of the Year, and six overall. “24K Magic” — the Hawaii-born artist’s third studio album, which generated hits including the title track — won for…

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Grammys: Kesha causes tears with emotional ‘Praying’

NEW YORK: Pop singer Kesha delivered a powerful statement on behalf of women’s equality at the Grammys on Sunday as she led a fierce performance of “Praying,” her own account of abuse, with A-list back-up from a chorus of stars. Her face intense and her voice building in ferocity, Kesha brought the crowd at Madison…

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Grammys: ‘That’s What I Like’ awarded as Song of the Year

NEW YORK: “That’s What I Like,” the steamy ode by Bruno Mars to making love in high style, on Sunday won the Grammy for Song of the Year. Mars shared his fourth award of the night, which recognizes songwriting, with co-writers Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy and Philip Lawrence and his production team The Stereotypes. The…

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Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ scores biggest debut of the year on Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES: Rapper Kendrick Lamar scored the biggest debut album of the year on Monday as his latest album “Damn.” sold more than 600,000 copies, eclipsing Drake’s “More Life.” “Damn.”, the third album from Grammy-winning Lamar to top the Billboard 200 chart, sold a total of 603,000 album units that comprised 340 million streams, according…

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Grammys launches festival in Brooklyn

NEW YORK: The Grammys, the biggest night of the music industry, is throwing an inaugural festival in Brooklyn to showcase a diversity of genres. Dubbed Grammy Park, the event runs from Thursday through Sunday across New York’s largest borough with both free and ticketed concerts. Highlights include a ticketed concert Thursday by R&B singer Ne-Yo,…

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Taylor Swift wins top Grammy but Lamar steals show

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift made history Monday as the first woman to win the top Grammy twice, but rapper Kendrick Lamar took home five awards and delivered an electrifying, politically charged performance that rocked the gala. The top prizes on the music industry’s biggest night mainly went to mainstream chart-toppers, with Swift taking the Album…

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Grammys open with Lamar, Swift in spotlight

LOS ANGELES: Top stars in music arrived Monday for the Grammys, with politically charged rapper Kendrick Lamar and pop superstar Taylor Swift in line for top awards. The annual extravaganza of the music industry Monday evening in Los Angeles will feature an action-packed three hours, with Lady Gaga planning an ambitious “multisensory” tribute to the…

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Obama, Katy Perry in Grammy push on domestic violence

LOS ANGELES: US President Barack Obama and superstar Katy Perry teamed up Sunday to turn the Grammys — for a few minutes — into a campaign against domestic violence. Toward the final hour of the music industry's biggest night, Obama appeared unexpectedly on an overhead screen at a Los Angeles arena to urge fans to…

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Sam, Beyonce, Pharrell top Grammy nominations

NEW YORK: Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams on Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards, with the music industry's annual picks weighted toward R&B-influenced artists. Smith — the British blue-eyed soul singer who emerged in force this year with “Stay With Me,” a ballad about a one-night stand — was…

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Jay Z leads with 9 Grammy nominations, but newcomers vie for top honours

LOS ANGELES: Rapper Jay Z led all artists with nine Grammy nominations on Friday, but newcomers Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis edged out industry heavyweights for nods in the top categories of the annual music awards.Jay Z picked up nominations in nine categories across pop and rap, including best pop duo performance…

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Colombian singer Carlos Vives scores five Latin Grammy nominations

LOS ANGELES: Colombian singer Carlos Vives and Argentine fusion group Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas led the Latin Grammy Award nominations with five nods a piece, the Latin Recording Academy said on Wednesday.Veteran singer Vives, 52, snared nominations in key categories of album of the year for “Corazón Profundo,” while his song “Volví A Nacer”…

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Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy

LOS ANGELES: Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey, citing tax liabilities she has attributed to financial mismanagement, her publicist said on Monday.Warwick, 72, known for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and other popular songs, filed the petition on March 21 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in…

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Ravi Shankar wins posthumous Grammy for best world music album

MUMBAI: Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar posthumously won the Grammy for best world music album on Sunday, beating his daughter Anoushka and three other nominees on the music industry's biggest night.Shankar, who died in December at 92, won his fourth Grammy with the album “The Living Room Sessions Part 1”. Sitar player Anoushka had been…

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No Grammy love for Justin Bieber, One Direction

LOS ANGELES: Irate fans of Justin Bieber and boy band One Direction took to social media on Thursday to voice their outrage after being snubbed by the Grammys for a chance to win the biggest honors in the music industry.Indie-pop band fun and rapper Frank Ocean led the 2013 nominations, tying with The Black Keys,…

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Male artists lead 2013 Grammy nominations

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Male artists led the nominations announced on Wednesday for the 2013 Grammys, as fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys landed six nods each for music's biggest awards night.After British singer Adele dominated this year's awards with her juggernaut album “21,” male artists took…

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Grammy Awards show set amidst sobs, cheers

LOS ANGELES: Adele's distinctive voice was born again and Whitney Houston was mourned on Sunday in a Grammy Awards show packed with triumphant comebacks and fond farewells.Katy Perry, sporting blue hair and metallic body armor, stormed back defiantly in her first big public performance after husband Russell Brand filed for divorce in December, and country…

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The star studded Grammy Awards 2010 (Roundup)

LOS ANGELES – Amidst several sensational moments and glittering glamour, pop diva Beyonce stole the 52nd star studded Grammy Awards show being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Being nominated in 10 categories, Beyonce Knowles took home six golden gramophones at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards and was crowned as…

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