"Nobody pray for me... even a day for me..." This year of music rivaled the prior year in a beastly manner that brought to light political and social viewpoints as well as progressions in individual genre stylings. The tumultuous nature of 2016 and 2017 encouraged artists to speak up through their craft. Fans saw many standing for a cause or merely adding to their catalog of music in new and interesting ways. From Kendrick Lamar's first line of "HUMBLE." to Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid's thoughtful "1-800-273-8255," artists everywhere made statements.
This was not an easy feat after last year's Grammys featured the likes of Beyoncé's Lemonade and her sister Solange's A Seat at the Table. The 59th Grammys also revived powerhouse vocalist Adele with 25. However, 2017's artistry did not disappoint amongst its fierce and recent competitors. Bruno Mars brought the entire country to its feet for 24K Magic, an album that sounded more like a groovy, '80s R&B record than a contemporary album. Kendrick Lamar hovered between pop and hip-hop for DAMN., an album that shows off his raw talent as much as his storytelling abilities. JAY-Z resurfaced for a reflective 4:44, shedding the toughest of his skins to reveal remorse, maturity, and the importance of family in a post-Lemonade era.
Then there were new bouts of talent on the rise. Khalid released American Teen that handles the usual topics of love, heartbreak, and growing pains but in a unique vocal tone that cast him in the up-and-coming spotlight. However, the most satisfying New Artist nominee goes to SZA: the first female R&B artist under Top Dawg Entertainment. For hip-hop fans, this label sticks out due to its connections with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and more major hip-hop sharks throughout the decades. SZA's debut album CTRL is a raw, unapologetic look into the life of a twentysomething. This includes a tumultuous love life and complicated relationship with self-love and self-worth.
The 60th Grammys will take place on Sunday, January 28th. Here are the 60th Grammys Nomination highlights:
Record Of The Year:
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Album Of The Year:
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Song Of The Year:
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist:
Lil Uzi Vert
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Written by Jenna
The King of Bachata, Romeo Santos announced a North American tour in support of his latest album Golden to go on sale Friday, November 24, 2017.
Since Aventura hit pause, the front man has been busy churning out chart toppers and selling out stadiums. In 2014, Santos grabbed another number one slot – the first Latin Solo artist to sell out Yankee Stadium for two consecutive nights. Santos’ admiration of Bachata fuels his personal style, despite the fact that it wasn't trendy when he was growing up in the Bronx. “The King” has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry but remains true to his first love – Bachata, bringing other artists into his world to produce an organic sound.
The New York native will kick off his “Golden” tour with a home town show February 15, 2018 at Madison Square Garden and will conclude April 6, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
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Written by Kate
Maria Altieri was one of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament #GalaxysStars Experience winners this past weekend. Altieri got to enjoy the entire tournament courtesy of Ticket Galaxy. However, the most exciting part of the Experience occurred at the half-court line.
During the Springfield Bracket Championship Game on Sunday night, Altieri took a half-court shot to try to win free Ticket Galaxy tickets for a year.
“I’m going to try and 'granny-shot' it,” Altieri said, chuckling and brainstorming methods that’d increase her chance of landing it near the basket.
The championship game’s line-up was South Alabama vs. Saint Peter’s, following Texas Tech vs. Northwestern with a spirited Northwestern fan section.
Northwestern scored a buzzer beater shot before halftime, bringing a thunder of applause throughout Mohegan Sun Arena.
“I was there for that and wanted to say, ‘Excuse me, sir, I’m going to have to borrow you at around 8:45,'” Altieri said, laughing.
Altieri unfortunately missed the shot, but the weekend’s tournament was something she said she enjoyed.
Altieri brought her father to the Tip-off Tournament as her guest. “We just all watch sports together,” she said of her family. “My cousin actually used to work for UCONN for the basketball team. We grew up watching basketball.”
When Altieri found out she had won the Experience, she was surprised to say the least. “I was like, ‘Is this real? Let me just try – why not?’”
Altieri is one of a handful of #GalaxysStars Experience winners who will attempt a half-court shot for a BHOF college basketball event this season.
The Women’s Holiday Showcase and Men’s Holiday Showcase are two major BHOF events that will happen in mid-December. The #GalaxysStars Experiences are currently open for both of those tournaments.
Get a chance to see one of the events for free and take a half-court shot to win free tickets for a year! Apply here: https://www.ticketgalaxy.com/page/experiences
Written by Jenna
A Conversation with Christopher Britt: Ticket Galaxy 200's Honorary Starter and Veteran Experience Winner
“I want to thank you,” said Christopher Britt, an Air Force Sergeant and Desert Storm Veteran. “This weekend is something I’ll remember for a lifetime. I can’t thank Ticket Galaxy enough for that.”
Britt arrived to Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon on a different agenda than the thousands of other NASCAR fans that flooded the stands for Fall Race Weekend including the Ticket Galaxy 200.
Ticket Galaxy 200: The Veteran Experiences
Ticket Galaxy is the proud sponsor of the Ticket Galaxy 200 and Official Partner of Phoenix International Raceway. This year’s Ticket Galaxy 200 fell on Veteran’s Day.
In celebration of the holiday and as a thank you for the veterans who have served, Ticket Galaxy chose two veterans to take part in the weekend’s Experiences with the help of VetTix. Britt was one of the veterans who won.
“I was at a Rick Springfield concert with my wife when I got the email that I was chosen,” Britt said, “I started yelling ‘I got it! I got it!’” Britt has been a NASCAR fan for years after “a bunch of buddies got me into it.”
“There’s nothing quite like making a left turn,” Britt said, followed by one of his warm, bellowing laughs.
During race day, Britt enjoyed the exclusive Driver’s Meeting, Pre-Race Ceremony, Victory Lane, and green flag wave as the Honorary Starter. This was in addition to his own race weekend tickets for him and three family members and a Pace Car Ride on Sunday. Michael Kimbrell, the second winner and E-5 Army Sergeant veteran, participated in similar Experience activities including the Grand Marshal Car Ride before the race began.
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Written by Jenna
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