The 59th Annual Grammy Awards: Everyone has a CHANCE!

Last Sunday, February 12th, The 59th Annual Grammy Awards began in Los Angeles, California. And, for the first time ever, instead of being glued to a television watching it, I was glued to my seat (first at Microsoft Theatre for the Premiere Ceremony and then again at Staples Center) watching it up close and personal.

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

We made our way to the Premiere Ceremony early in the day. Watching the premiere, showed just how much we miss, as fans, of the initial ceremony, who awarded the big winners of the night, Chance the Rapper and Adele, before anyone knew what would take place during the Telecast.

Presenters at the Premiere Ceremony included Mya (who was also a nominee during the ceremony) and five-time Grammy winner, Jimmy Jam. Margaret Cho hosted the Premiere Ceremony, providing comic relief in between heartfelt speeches from the winners of the day. Performances included Ziggy Marley, who also took home a Grammy during the Premiere Ceremony.

Moving into the Telecast, excitement was in the air. The energy at Staples Center was electric as people hurriedly made their way into their seats. Neil Portnow welcomed everyone before they went live and urged everyone to make their way into their seats just as the lights dropped and the show began to catch Adele in the center of the audience welcoming everyone with the apropos, “Hello.” 

Aside from Adele sweeping, the big winner of the night was most definitely Chance the Rapper, proclaiming “Independence is freedom,” and it felt like my heart might beat right out of my chest, as an independent artist myself attending my first ever Grammy Awards. Notable performances included Bruno Mars, who took the stage twice, once as himself and next to honor the late great Prince, along with performances by Beyonce, Maren Morris with Alicia Keys, and John Legend and Cynthia Erivo. The tribute to The Bee Gees was jam-packed full of star power and high energy. The performances ranged from almost every genre of music and kept the energy going in between the awards.

Kfhox at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

KFhox at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Overall, the night was a beautiful culmination of artists spanning several genres who all gave it their all on one of music’s most important nights of the year. The after-party included some of the night’s winners, including Gregory Porter, who took home Best Jazz Vocal Album that night, and whom I had the honor of sharing a table with at the Grammy Celebration Party. It was an honor to be among the elite of musicians and artists, basking in the hard work of a year gone by and an all new year of music to come.

Gregory Porter with KFhox and his wife, Victoria at the Grammy Celebration

Gregory Porter with KFhox and his wife, Victoria at the Grammy Celebration

 

 

 

For a list of all the winners of The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, visit Billboard. This is what’s hot in hip hop and beyond!

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Behind the Scenes at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

In less than a month, I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to Los Angeles, California to attend my first ever Grammy Awards ceremogrammy2016ny. This year marked my first experience as a voting member of The Recording Academy, as well as my first time making it onto the first round ballot for this year’s Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Solo Performance” and “Song of the Year” for my song, “Daydream.” The song is all about having a dream in your heart and letting nothing stand in your way. And as I received my first ballot to vote on The Grammys, it felt so humbling to have my song, all about dreams coming true, directly underneath one of my musical heroes, Alicia Keys. Final round ballots were due last Friday and now, we wait to see what the stars hold for music’s elite.

As one of the chief bloggers for WHIHH, I’m ecstatic to show you some exclusive behind the scenes from my Grammy experience! February 12th is right around the corner so stay tuned for WHAT’S HOT from The Grammy Awards!

 

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The Ghetto Nerd breaks the mold with content on new EP

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“From the ghetto but never fit in…moved to the suburbs and never fit in…creator, visionary, author, artist, entrepreneur, veteran, father, husband, nerd.”

– The Ghetto Nerd

Describing the foundation for his new release, Parenthood, Detroit native The Ghetto Nerd has released a project packed with 9 new tracks produced by the likes of Brandon Fletcher, Quentin Dennard, Smerf Beats, and more.  A self proclaimed nerd, The Ghetto Nerd touches on a variety of topics from family to parenting, life and more.  Looking to expand his demographic, this latest release surely will be a gateway. Stand out tracks include “Baby Using the Bathroom,” and “Chucky Cheezes.” Nothing like what you hear in the media and on radio today, The Ghetto Nerd may be able to lay claim to starting a trend. Check out Track-list and stream link below:

TRACK LIST:

Track 1- Baby Using the Bathroom

Track 2- Chucky Cheezes

Track 3- Oh Yeah

Track 4- I Don’t Know

Track 5- Slammin’ Doors

Track 6- How to Be a Man

Track 7- I’m Going Crazy

Track 8- I Know

Track 9- Most Beautiful Sound

Stream Here

The album is now available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud and on TheGhettoNerd.com

 

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