OK, maybe “mysterious” is the wrong word at this point, but the production team known as Shampoo Press & Curl earned three Grammy nominations on Tuesday morning for its work on Bruno Mars’ massive hit album“24K Magic.” Other than with Mars, the production team has no other credits.
But it’s not too hard to deduce its members, even if the origin story hasn’t officially been written. The songwriters included in Mars’ nominations for album of the year are identified as Christopher “Brody” Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, and those credits permeate the album. Each time the team is cited as Shampoo Press & Curl, three of those four members are also listed as songwriters.
Though the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher was best known as an actress, and specifically for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, Fisher was also an acclaimed author who penned eight books. She was previously nominated in this same category for her 2009 book, “Wishful Drinking.”
Although she had written about her life extensively before, “The Princess Diarist” was notable for its deep dive into Fisher’s time making “Star Wars,” from tales from the make-up chair to the revelation of a brief affair the then-19-year-old actress had with costar Harrison Ford.
Winter is coming to the 2018 Grammy Awards: “Game of Thrones” nabbed its first Grammy nomination Tuesday morning.
“Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi was nominated in the category for score soundtrack for visual media for his work on Season 7 of the hit HBO fantasy series. Djawadi was previously nominated for a Grammy for composing the score of “Iron Man.”
While this is “Thrones’” first Grammy nod, the score from the series has been previously nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for the Season 4 episode “The Mountain and the Viper.” The music from the series has also been recognized by the International Film Music Critics Assn.; the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and the World Soundtrack Awards.
Khalid Robinson had already told his mom he planned on pursuing music instead of going to college when he got the unlikeliest of co-signs: Reality star Kylie Jenner.
The El Paso teen, like many aspiring musicians, was uploading the music he was making to his Soundcloud account.
His first song was trashed by a classmate, something his entire high school found out about. “Instead of giving up, it kind of gave me the inspiration to keep going,” Robinson said in an interview with The Times earlier this year.
However, the next record he uploaded, an earnest ballad called “Saved,” elicited a far better response from the kids at school.
And then came “Location,” a soulful, guitar-kissed ode to technology’s role in coupledom he uploaded before graduating high school.
Rave-scene observers have wondered what the future holds for the post-EDM era. The major festivals have taken some hits for booking much the same lineups at the top of their bills for years — one reason being that the scene hasn’t made many new superstars of the Skrillex/Deadmau5/Zedd caliber in a while.
This year’s Grammys may offer some hints at the next generation of arena-sized acts to come out of the genre. Two artists — the L.A.-based genre-hopper Bonobo and the live juggernaut Odesza — are up for both dance recording and dance/electronic album.
Each have had huge years — Odesza headlined Staples Center and Bonobo did the Greek — and appear to be consensus picks for Grammy stardom at a time when few mainstream dance acts can compete amidst the current wave of hip-hop on streaming services. Even more interesting: They both did it on divisions of the same indie label, the electronic music stalwart Ninja Tune.
This time last year, new artist nominee Sza was ready to call it quits on her recording career.
A fierce self-critic, the singer-songwriter born Solána Rowe found herself trapped in a sea of doubt, fear and anxiety as she recorded what became her breakout debut, “Ctrl.”
“I’m a Scorpio with a Pisces moon. I am very critical of myself. I’m actually way less critical of others than I am of myself,” she told the Times earlier this fall. “I’m in my own head a lot. It’s hard and really discouraging.”
Yes, it’s an honor just to be nominated and blah blah blah. But for some artists hoping for massive triumph, the news wasn’t great. Below are a few who may be reassessing their award season campaigns.
Going into Grammy season, prognosticators had easy odds on two artists in particular competing for album, song and record of the year: English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran for work from his album “Divide” and Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar for “Damn.”
Bad news for so-called Sheerios who follow the British heartthrob. The only major award in Sheeran’s immediate future is for biggest Grammy snub. Not only did “Divide” fail to earn a major Grammy nod — although it did earn one for pop album — but his shoo-in song, “Shape of You,” didn’t get a major song nomination.
She’s had three No. 1 singles, two No. 1 albums and has been through more personal and legal trouble than any singer should ever have to in order to get an album out.
Now Kesha finally has her first Grammy nominations.
The artist scored a nomination in pop solo performance for “Praying,” her redemptive ballad after years of court fights against her former producer, Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault, as well as pop vocal album for “Rainbow.”
Those schooled in rap history understand that rivalries have played a crucial role in the genre’s narrative, with the competition between coasts at the heart.
Whether it was Southern California rappers N.W.A and Snoop Dogg working to wrest attention from Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim, or Tupac Shakur representing California against Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls in the ’90s, or even The Game going after Jay-Z a decade later, regional pride has played a key role in the music’s evolution.
This year’s Grammy duality arrives via Compton’s Kendrick Lamar, whose album “Damn” helped earn him seven nominations including album of the year, and Brooklyn’s Jay-Z, who eclipsed him with eight. The two artists will be competing head to head in all but one category, song of the year, for which Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” earned a nod.
“If a girl have beef with me, she gon’ have beef with me foreva,” Cardi B hissed with a biting venom that would make even Medusa cower.
It was a line that instantly turned the woman born Belcalis Almanzar into a breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series “Love & Hip Hop: New York” when she came aboard for the show’s sixth season last year.
The self-described “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” stole just about every single scene she appeared in during her two-season run on the series. Her catch-phrases — expect to see “Washpoppin” in the dictionary at some point — and a deep-seated aversion to having a filter made her reality TV catnip.
But where so many others have used reality fame to boost products and the inevitable spinoff, Cardi turned it into rap gold — something her co-stars have so often failed to do.
And now she’s making Grammy history.
“Bodak Yellow” has secured two nominations, for rap song and rap performance — the latter of which has never seen a woman nominated on her own.