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Femi Kuti loses again at the Grammys

By News Express on 27/01/2014

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Nigeria’s Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti last night lost out once more in his quest for a Grammy. Expectations that the sax guru, who had been nominated twice in the past but failed to win would break the calabash this time failed to materialise as the award for World music album for which he was nominated went to Ladysmith Black Mambazo (“Live: Singing for Peace Around the World”) and Gypsy Kings (“Savor Flamenco”).

Femi was nominated for his album, “No Place for My Dream”.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center, in Los Angeles, USA, is regarded as perhaps the weirdest ever. From Taylor Swift head-banging at the piano, to a mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifah, and the flashing of too much flesh by Beyonce, it was indeed a night of the bizzare.

Beyonce and husband Jay Z opened the Awards with a raunchy performance of the singer’s new song “Drunk in Love”.

Queen Bey took a leaf out of Rihanna’s book, writhing around on a wooden chair in a leather thong and fishnet tights before getting on all fours and crawling around on stage.

Jay-Z then joined Beyonce on stage and fondled her as the two got up close and personal to sing the song to each other.

Grammys 2014: List of winners

Album of the year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.

Record of the year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Song of the year: “Royals,” Lorde.

New artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Pop solo performance: “Royals,” Lorde.

Pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars

Pop/duo group performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.

Rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z with Justin Timberlake.

Rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

Traditional pop vocal album: "To Be Loved," Michael Buble.

Rap performance: "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Rap song: "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.

Rap album: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

R&B performance: "Something," Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.

Traditional R&B performance: "Please Come Home," Gary Clark Jr.

R&B song: "Pusher Love Girl," James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake.

R&B album: "Girl on Fire," Alicia Keys.

Urban contemporary album: "Unapologetic," Rihanna.

Rock performance: "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons.

Rock album: "Celebration Day," Led Zeppelin.

Hard rock/metal performance: "God is Dead," Black Sabbath.

Alternative music album: "Modern Vampires of the City," Vampire Weekend.

Dance recording: "Clarity," Zedd featuring Foxes.

Dance/electronica album: "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk.

Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams.

Latin pop album: "Vida," Draco Rosa

Latin rock, urban or alternative album: "Treinta Dias," La Santa Cecilia.

Latin jazz album: "Song for Maura," Paquito D'Rivera and Trio Corrente.

Tropical Latin album: "Pacific Mambo Orchestra," Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Country solo performance: "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker.

Country duo/group performance: "From This Valley," The Civil Wars.

Country song: "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne.

Gospel song: "If He Did It Before ... Same God (Live)," Tye Tribbett

Gospel album: "Greater Than (Live)," Tye Tribbettlatin

Blues album: "Get Up!," Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite.

Folk album: "My Favorite Picture of You," Guy Clark.

Americana album: "Old Yellow Moon," Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Bluegrass album: "The Streets of Baltimore," Del McCoury Band.

Reggae album: "Ziggy Marley in Concert," Ziggy Marley.

World music album: "Live: Singing for Peace Around the World," Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and "Savor Flamenco," Gypsy Kings (tie).

Children's album: "Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well," Jennifer Gasoi.

Spoken word album: "America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't," Stephen Colbert.

Comedy album: "Calm Down Gurrl," Kathy Griffin.

New age album: "Love's River," Laura Sullivan.

Jazz vocal album: "Liquid Spirit," Gregory Porter.

Jazz instrumental album: "Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue," Terri Lyne Carrington.

Large jazz ensemble album: "Night in Calisia," Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic.

Pop instrumental album: "Steppin' Out," Herb Alpert.

Compilation soundtrack album: "Sound City: Real to Reel," Dave Grohl and various artists, Butch Vig.

Score soundtrack album: "Skyfall," Thomas Newman, composer.

Song written for visual media: "Skyfall," Adele and Paul Epworth.

Musical theater album: "Kinky Boots," Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Sammy James Jr., Stephen Oremus and William Wittman.

Producer of the year, classical: David Frost.

Instrumental composition: "Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orechestra," Clare Fischer.

Orchestral performance: "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4," Osmo Vanska, conductor.

Opera recording: "Ades: The Tempest," Thomas Ades, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Jay David Saks.

Choral performance: "Part: Adam's Lament," Tonu Kaljuste, conductor.

Short-form music video: "Suit & Tie," Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, David Fincher, Timory King.

Long-form music video: "Live Kisses," Paul McCartney, Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levin and Scott Rodger.

Historical album: "The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums" of Bill Withers, Leo Sacks, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, and "Charlie is My Darling," Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Rosenthal and Bob Ludwig.

•Photo shows Femi Kuti.

Source News Express

Posted 27/01/2014 6:00:41 PM

 

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