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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

The beleaguered record industry couldn’t have been happier about the return to the spotlight in 2010 of rapper Eminem, the biggest-selling artist of the new millennium, and heaped upon him a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations for his “Recovery” album, including nods in all three top categories of album, record and song of the year.

Behind him, Bruno Mars got 7 and Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each received six nominations.

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony will air Sunday, Feb. 13 (8/7c) on CBS.

Among the nominees:

Album of the Year:
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Eminem, Recovery
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

Record of the Year:
B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothing on You”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Cee Lo Green, “F— You”
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Song of the Year:
Ray LaMontagne, “Beg Steal or Borrow”
Cee Lo Green, “F— You”
Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Florence & the Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spauldin

Best R&B Album
Raheem DeVaugn, “The Love & War Masterpeace”
Fanatasia, “Back To Me”
Jaheim,Another Round
John Legend & The Roots,”Wake Up!”
Monica, “Still Standing”

Best Female Country Performance:
Jewel, “Satisfied”
Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me”
LeAnn Rimes, “Swingin”
Carrie Underwood, “Temporary Home”
Gretchen Wilson, “I’d Love to Be Your Last”

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

The album “Rumours” was one of the very first vinyl albums that I bought when I was a kid. For some reason I’ve been humming all of the songs off this album all week.

For me each song told their own emotions and anguish and pain of what they had been feeling. Knowing their story, you can hear it in each song. Wonderfully performed and in my opinion, one of their best albums.

If you have never heard this album, I encourage you to listen to it. It is a remarkable collection, and you will not be disappointed.

This is my favorite song on the album
“The Chain”

Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

My favorite Christmas CD this year is…..drumroll

The Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

The Ultimate Christmas Collection is a reissue of The Jackson 5 Christmas album released in 1970 on Motown, with ten bonus tracks. This is a pleasing combination of holiday classics, with not so classic, but still enjoyable, original tunes. I love the bonus cuts exclusive to this compilation, such as the spoken seasons greetings from Michael, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie, originally issued on a 1973 promotional single; “Little Christmas Tree,” from A Motown Christmas, also from 1973; and remixed and a cappella versions of “Up on the House Top,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Someday at Christmas,” “Give Love on Christmas Day,” and “J5 Christmas Medley.”

I got this album last year and I listen to it over and over. This is a wonderful holiday album for any fan of The Jackson 5.

Let Love Rule

I don’t know what it is about this song, but everytime I hear it I just want to replay it over and over. This song displays everything I like about him, his usual brand of passionate vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and searing creative guitar solo

Love transcends all space and time
And love can make a little child smile
Can’t you see this won’t go wrong
But we got to be strong
We can’t do it alone

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

All I can say is sit back, listen and enjoy the masterpiece that is Lenny.





I was watching Tavis Smiley the other night and Babyface was promoting his new album "Playlist". Though there’s not enough of his new songs, Babyface has soulfully rendered some great classics.

I listen to "Shower the People" daily. His rendition of "Fire and Ice" is equally wonderful. When he attempts Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, he begins to sound a little too forced, but overall, this is a great CD as covers of old favorites.

This is the playlist

Shower the People

Fire & Rain

Not Going Nowhere

Time In a Bottle

Wonderful Tonight

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


Soldier Song

Please Come To Boston






The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates – ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED



Although I was a teen in the 80s, there aren’t really much musical greats from that era… new wave, synth sound, Madonna… well, ho-hum… not as rich as the sound of the 70s. There is one group, however, that can bring some redemption to the 80s… Hall and Oates (Kenny Loggins was a creature of the 70s).


They churned out not just hits but great rich and deep sounds. Its a good thing us 80s people have a duo like the Hall and Oates… at least the 80’s wasnt really that much of a loss, musically. The pre-eminent white soul duo of the 1970s and ’80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates ruled pop radio for years with their hook-ridden hits. The pair eventually moved beyond their initial inspirations–primarily Motown groups like the Temptations and Philly soul artists like Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes–and incorporated pop, rock and disco into a sound that managed to be both commercial and soulful The two whipped out some of the greatest songs in the history of pop music, and last week I bought this album at a second hand CD store. I had been looking for it for quite some time and I play it constantly in my car.


 How does it measure up?


Read on and see.


PROS: This is, unquestionably, the BEST single-disc Hall and Oates compilation out there. If you’re looking for their big hits and then some, you’ll get them all here. Private Eyes, Kiss On My List, Rich Girl, Maneater, Out Of Touch, Sara Smile, and just about every other hit the band has done can be found on this compilation.


CONS: A best of Hall and Oates without She’s Gone!? IT WAS ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST HITS! Obviously, its absence is probably related to the ownership of the rights of the song, but that doesn’t mean its omission is forgivable. Likewise, this was released circa 2001, so you won’t find the new hit, Do It For Love, on here. With the distance of time, you can gain a better appreciation for things


Darryl Hall and John Oates are talented singers/songwriters/musicians.


They deserve the acclaim they’ve received.


This album needs to be in any collection!!!

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