Annually, the Holy Grail of music awards shows - The Grammys - has always honored the stately moment of tribute to musical icons and figures that passed away that year. 2016 has already seen a number of serious losses for the music world, with the passing of The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey and the legendary David Bowie.
Bowie was an iconic individual not only for his music, but also his one-of-a-kind character and defiance of everything status quo. In today's modern pop world, few (if any) could match Bowie's unique boldness, but if anyone could, it would be Lady Gaga.Add a comment Add a comment
I had just come home this morning from visiting with my mom, who is suffering from a very serious illness. I'd only been asleep for an hour or so when somebody called and started saying, "What happened? What happened?" It took a while before the cobwebs cleared and I realized they were talking about David. To hear this, as soon as I woke up, was completely shocking.
When people ask me about the most important people in my musical world, one, of course, was my musical partner, Bernard Edwards, with whom I formed Chic. The other was David Bowie.Add a comment Add a comment
Tom Ford taking a different approach to fashion this season. The acclaimed fashion designer decided to mix cinema and high fashion, presenting a video runway of his Spring 2016 collection.
Prior to his release earlier today, the designer told WWD, "Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new. I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online."Add a comment Add a comment
New York, NY – October 6, 2015 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 9, 2016, in New York City.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Eligible voting members will have until December 11, 2015 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performing category, two from a performing category and one from a deceased category.
For information with which to join or renew as a voting member before November 2 in order to participate in this election, please go to songhall.org/join.
And the nominees are: (*Note that the five songs listed after each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs)Add a comment Add a comment
After a period of (relative) career dormancy, Lady Gaga is having a bit of a renaissance this year. She received rave reviews for her Oscar-night performance in February, and spent most of the summer touring with Tony Bennett, on the heels of their album release; she was just named Billboard’s Woman of the Year, a year after Taylor Swift received the same honor; and she’ll be starring in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Show this fall. Another sign that Gaga is truly back on the pop-cultural radar: Tom Ford selected her to star in (and provide the music for) his spring/summer 2016 presentation.Add a comment Add a comment
Technology was at the forefront of fashion week this season. There are models taking selfies on the runway, designers live-streaming and now brands taking their collections entirely digital.
Instead of a traditional runway show, Tom Ford made a video — starring none other than Lady Gaga — to showcase his spring 2016 line during Paris Fashion Week.
The video features Gaga, along with models dressed in Ford's collection, dancing to the pop star's cover of "I Want Your Love" by Nile Rodgers.Add a comment Add a comment
Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers have collaborated on an updated take on Chic's 1978 hit "I Want Your Love," which was then retrofitted to serve as the soundtrack for designer Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2016 collection. In the Nick Knight-directed video to accompany the Chic cover, models dance down the runway like it was a Soul Train dance line, with Gaga herself showing up to showcase some of Ford's skimpier designs.Add a comment Add a comment
Born September 19, 1952 in New York City, Nile Rodgers is one of the most prolific composers and producers in music history. He founded the trendsetting disco group Chic in 1977 with Bernard Edward, and together they wrote, produced and recorded the dance music anthems "Le Freak" and Good Times." This acclaimed guitarist has collaborated with a who's who of rock and R&B, including Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Peter Gabriel, David Lee Roth, Jeff Beck, the B-52's, Luther Vandross, INXS, Johnny Mathis, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, and many more.
In 2014, Rodgers won the three first three Grammy Awards of his career as a featured artist on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories CD. He received Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky." His performance with Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles was one of the greatest in the history of the Grammys.
On February 3, 2015, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) honored Rodgers "for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music."Add a comment Add a comment