Credit: Kevin NixonThis year marked the first time that Def Leppard was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible for the honor since 2005. And to pour some sugar on that, the band has finished first in the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2019 inductee.
The British rockers accumulated more than 547,000 votes, over 100,000 more than the second-place vote-getter, Stevie Nicks, who had just under 428,000.
Rounding out the top five artists with the most votes were Todd Rundgren at #3, with more than 365,000; The Zombies at #4, with over 329,000; and The Cure, with more than 264,000 votes.
Nicks and Rundgren also received their first nominations for the Rock Hall this year, while The Zombies were nominated three times before and The Cure, once. If Stevie is chosen for the honor, she'll become the first woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, having been previous welcomed in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last six years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Def Leppard.
The Rock Hall's Class of 2019 inductees will be announced this Thursday, December 13, at 8 a.m. ET via RockHall.com and the museum's social media sites. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here's the full list of 2019 nominees and the number of votes they received in the poll:
Legacy RecordingsThe first installment of physical titles from the Prince catalog reissue campaign announced this past summer will arrive on February 8, 2019. Three Prince studio albums -- 2004's Musicology, 2006's 3121 and 2007's Planet Earth -- will be re-released on CD and also will make their vinyl debut.
The vinyl versions of the albums will be pressed on limited-edition purple vinyl. Special bundles and merchandise related to the reissues, including t-shirts, tour books, lithographs and posters are available at the Prince estate's online store.
Musicology peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. The album also garnered Prince two Grammys: a Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance award for the title track and a Best R&B Vocal Performance -- Male prize for "Call My Name." Among the well-known musicians featured on the album are Sheila E. and sax players Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer.
3121 became Prince's first album ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was his first record to top the chart since 1989's Batman. The album has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the States.
Planet Earth reached #3 on the Billboard 200, although it didn't sell enough copies to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Sheila E. and Prince's Revolution band members Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman contributed to the record.
Ahead of the reissues, the Prince estate is debuting videos from the late artist's vaults on his official YouTube channel and other streaming services, including clips for Musicology's "Cinnamon Girl", 3121's "Te Amo Corazon," and Planet Earth's "Chelsea Rogers." It's part of an ongoing campaign launched last month by the estate and Sony Music.
Here's a nice Christmas gift for Mariah Carey: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has just hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the highest it's ranked since it was first released in 1994.
If you're wondering how that could possibly be, keep this in mind: The song only hit the top 10 for the first time last year. If it sounds unbelievable, well, blame Billboard chart rules.
In 1994, when "All I Want for Christmas Is You" first came out, it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited it from charting on the Hot 100. When those rules changed in 1998, the song first charted in 2000, but only at #83.
Billboard now allows old songs to return to the Hot 100 if their stats -- like sales, streaming and airplay -- are significant. Every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has subsequently returned to the chart. In 2016, the song climbed to #11, and last year, it finally broke into the top 10, reaching #9, mostly due to streaming.
As Vulturenotes, the festive track has earned Mariah roughly $60 million over the years. That same article insists, hilariously, that, "The only thing that stands the test of time is Mariah Carey's Christmas album, Merry Christmas. I mean it. The ONLY thing."
The article goes on to state, among other things: "It is impossible to get tired of this album; listening to this album is never a disappointing choice. As an experiment, try listening to it for the rest of your life, and you’ll see what I mean."
Mariah retweetedVulture's comical take on the album and wrote, "This is the greatest article ever!! Thank you for getting me into the Christmas spirit and making me laugh out loud."
Credit: Danny ClinchLate last month, a joint concert featuring Neil Young and Bob Dylan was announced as the first show of the 2019 edition of London's British Summer Time Hyde Park series. Now Young has taken to his Neil Young Archives website to criticize certain aspects of the July 12 event.
Firstly, Neil apologized to fans who expected to be able to purchase tickets to the concert via his website, noting that the event was announced before he'd agreed to the final details.
"I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all the details of the show were agreeable to me," he explains in his message. "Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.
Young then notes, "We promised you that you would learn first at [Neil Young Archives] about all of my activities and have first access to pre-sale tickets. You didn't. I was angry."
Neil also says he has a big issue with the concert's main sponsor, Barclays Bank, whom the longtime environmental activist maintains is a major funder of the fossil-fuel industry.
"That doesn't work for me," Young says with regard to Barclays involvement in the concert. "I believe in Science. I worry about the Climate Crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren's future."
"There's no doubt about it -- [It's] been a massive f*** up!" Neil declares. "At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show." He notes he's discussing possibly "requiring a different sponsor" before moving forward with the concert.
The Hyde Park show currently is Young's only confirmed 2019 gig.
Courtesy of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy CampJourney fans who journey to Nashville next year will have the chance to jam with and get musical pointers from two of the band's members, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and drummer Steve Smith. Both artists will take part in the next Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp installment, scheduled to run from February 28 to March 3.
Campers will have the chance to jam onstage with both Cain and Smith, who will also share anecdotes and musical tips with attendees. To bring the four-day event to a close, Smith will join campers for a performance in front of a live audience at the Nashville club Mercy.
A number of other guest musicians also will be on hand to interact with the Fantasy Camp attendees, including Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and founding Tesla members Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat.
In addition, several well-known rock artists have signed on to serve as counselors at the Nashville Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, including Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan, Winger keyboardist Paul Taylor, Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and ex-Cinderella keyboardist Gary Corbett.
Musicians and singers of all skill levels are welcome at the camp. Activities include the writing and recording of an original song, jam sessions, tutorial classes and Q&A sessions.
Campers who purchase the Recording Package will have the opportunity to record a track at Cain's Addiction Recording Studio that will be co-produced by Jonathan and his engineer David Kalmusky.
If you're interested in attending the Rock Fantasy Camp in Nashville, you can reserve a spot by visiting RockCamp.com or calling 888-762-2263.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (Noam Galai/Getty Images)Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences. Their legal ones, at least.
Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he's "happy enough with it.
"I'm not out there trying to twist the knife at all," Buckingham said. "I'm trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom."
According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other complaints.
Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he'd asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album. When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek. But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band's longtime manager, IrvingAzoff.
"Either Lindsey goes or I go," Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn't care for Buckingham's behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.
Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with MikeCampbell of TomPetty's Heartbreakers and NeilFinn of SplitEnz and CrowdedHouse filling his spot.
"It hurt for a while," Buckingham said of his ouster from the band. "I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that."
Fleetwood Mac's next tour stop is tomorrow night in Inglewood, California.
Credit: Yann CharlesPeter Framptonwill receive the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34rd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, California.
The honor, named after late electric guitar and multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul, recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
"It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award," says Frampton in a statement. "I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul's name…Les changed the way we record forever."
"I can only hope that I've been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career," he adds.
Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, which presents the honor, says in a statement, "Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul's and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les's legacy alive."
Prior to launching a career as a Grammy-winning solo artist, Frampton played with the bands The Herd and Humble Pie. He's also been an in-demand session musician, and served as technical adviser to the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous, in which he also acted.
The TEC Awards will be held during the third day of the 2019 NAMM Show, a music-equipment trade show which runs from January 24 to January 27. The awards recognize "outstanding achievement in audio technology and production."
Among the 2019 nominees for awards in the various Creative Achievement categories are Gregg Allman, Van Morrison, Dead & Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Check out the full list of nominees at TECAwards.org.
Courtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid RockAlice Cooper's 2018 Christmas Pudding charity concert this Saturday was supposed to feature a headlining performance by the Hollywood Vampires, the shock rocker's supergroup with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, but unfortunately Perry won't be performing at the show.
In a post on his Sold Rock Foundation's official Facebook page, Cooper reports, "Joe Perry has been diagnosed with pulmonary issues and forbidden by his doctor to travel while he is recuperating. His doctor is treating him and expects Joe to make a full recovery. Joe expressed his disappointment in not being able to perform with the Hollywood Vampires at Christmas Pudding."
The concert, which takes place at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, will still feature Cooper and Depp, as well as the other previously announced performers. The lineup also includes Blue Oyster Cult's Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma" Roeser, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, country star Gretchen Wilson, comic Larry the Cable Guy and Beasto Blanco, a band featuring Alice's daughter Calico Copper and his longtime bass player Chuck Garric.
As previously reported, Perry was hospitalized for several days last month after he collapsed backstage following a guest appearance with Billy Joel at Joel's November 10 concert at Madison Square Garden. Joe was forced to cancel a planned late-fall solo tour because of his health issues. His next scheduled performance is Aerosmith's February 1 concert in Atlanta as part of the Super Bowl LIII Music Fest 2019.
Proceeds raised by Cooper's Christmas Pudding benefits Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, which offers free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for young people in the Phoenix area.
Courtesy of DawBellA rare U.K. TV performance featuring Elton John and his famous backing band playing his classic 1973 holiday single "Step into Christmas" was rediscovered recently and premiered Friday on the pop-rock legend's official YouTube channel. The footage hails from a December 22, 1973, appearance on the Gilbert O'Sullivan: Welcome to My Show variety program, which was broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV network.
The video shows Elton, wearing a glammed-up outfit adorned with white ostrich feathers, accompanied by guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and late bassist Dee Murray, as well as his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, who joins in on percussion.
Coinciding with the clip's premiere, Elton has released a digital holiday EP featuring his original version of "Step into Christmas," the audio track from the television performance of the tune, and the 1973 single's B-side, "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." The EP is available now via the usual digital and streaming outlets.
"Step into Christmas" reached #11 on the U.K. singles chart back in '73, although it didn't chart in the U.S. It's also has appeared on several Elton compilations over the years, including the deluxe edition of last year's Diamonds.
Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesCondolences go out to KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons, who announced that his mother, Flora Klein, has passed away at the age of 93.
In a post on his socialmedia sites, Simmons writes, "I lost my Mother. My mentor. My moral compass. And I am heartbroken…No illness. No pain. She simply quietly, went to sleep."
He adds, "My Mother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Today. And Forever…And I would urge all of you, to run over, put your arms around your mother, kiss her and tell her how much you love her. Do this every day!"
Simmons' fellow founding KISS member, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, penned a tribute to Gene's mother that's been posted on the band's official website.
"I knew her as long as I've known Gene. Beyond her fierce love and pride in her only child she was his inspiration to live up to being worthy of the sacrifices she made in a very difficult and at times horrific life," Stanley writes. "A holocaust survivor she fought for all she had and her fierce protection and pride in Gene made her someone to be feared, admired and loved. I will miss her laugh and smile. Let us all say a prayer for her, Gene and his family."
Flora was born in Hungary, and she and her brother Larry were the only members of her family to survive the Holocaust. After World War II she moved to Israel, where her son was born in 1949. When Gene was 8, Flora moved with her son to the U.S., while his father, Ference Witz, remained in Israel.
Streisand received a nod in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her latest release, The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
Byrne's most recent solo record, American Utopia, is up for the Best Alternative Music Album honor, while Sting's collaborative album with Jamaican-born artist Shaggy, 44/876, will vie for the Best Reggae Album award.
As for Cooper, he garnered his nomination as part of the cast of the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert TV special, the soundtrack for which is competing for the Best Musical Theater Album prize.
Scaggs snagged a Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination for his 2018 album, Out of the Blues.
Other veteran musicians in the running for Grammys include Joan Baez, who received a Best Folk Album nod; Alan Parsons, who will vie for the Best Immersive Audio Album award; and Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy and Maria Muldaur, who all are nominated in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.
In addition, documentaries about Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston and Quincy Jones are vying for the Best Music Film honor, and archival box sets by Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead are nominated, respectively, in the Best Album Notes and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category.
Grammy winners will be revealed on music's biggest night, airing Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
Credit: Terry WyattBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band has added five more 2019 dates to their final trek, which initially was called The Travelin' Man Tour but now has been renamed the Roll Me Away Tour.
The new shows are scheduled for January 3 in Saginaw, Michigan; March 2 in Las Vegas; March 12 in Bossier City, Louisiana; March 15 in Tampa, Florida; and March 17 in Sunrise, Florida. The January 3 concert now marks the start of the 2019 portion of the trek, which kicked off November 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tickets for the latest additions to Seger's outing go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets on Tuesday, December 11.
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's farewell tour currently is plotted out through a May 2 concert in The Woodlands, Texas. The trek continues with a show tonight in Cleveland.
Here are all of Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
12/6 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 12/8 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 12/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Arena 12/14 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena 12/20 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 12/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
2019 1/3 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event* 1/5 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 1/9 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center 1/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 1/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 1/17 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center 1/19 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 1/22 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 1/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 1/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 1/29 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena 1/31 -- Boise, ID, Ford Center 2/2 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 2/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena 2/9 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 2/12 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center 2/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 2/23 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 2/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 3/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden* 3/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum 3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center 3/9 -- Frisco, TX, Ford Center at The Star 3/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center* 3/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena* 3/17 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center* 5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty ImagesHere's the complete list of nominees in key categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Winners will be revealed on music's biggest night Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
Album of the Year Invasion of Privacy -- Cardi B By the Way I Forgive You -- Brandi Carlile Scorpion -- Drake beerbongs & bentleys -- Post Malone H.E.R. -- H.E.R. Dirty Computer -- Janelle Monae Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves Black Panther: The Album -- Kendrick Lamar
Record of the Year “I Like It” -- Cardi B “The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile “This Is America” -- Childish Gambino “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar “Rock Star” -- Post Malone “God’s Plan” -- Drake “The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris
Song of the Year “All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar, SZA “Boo’d Up” -- Ella Mai “God’s Plan” -- Drake “In My Blood” -- Shawn Mendes “The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile “The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “This Is America” -- Childish Gambino
Best New Artist Chloe x Halle Luke Combs Greta Van Fleet H.E.R. Dua Lipa Bebe Rexha Margo Price Jorja Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance “Colors” — Beck “Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello “God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga “Better Now” — Post Malone
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys “‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall “Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B “Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton “The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Love Is Here to Stay —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall MyWay — Willie Nelson Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter Standards (DELUXE) —Seal THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand
Best Pop Vocal Album Camila — Camila Cabello Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson Sweetener — Ariana Grande ShawnMendes — Shawn Mendes BeautifulTrauma — Pink Reputation — Taylor Swift
Best Dance Recording “Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford “Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara) “Losing It” — Fisher “Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson “Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self
Best Dance/Electronic Album Singularity — Jon Hopkins WomanWorldwide — Justice Treehouse — Sofi Tukker Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — SOPHIE LuneRouge — TOKiMONSTA
Best Rock Performance “Four Out of Five” —Arctic Monkeys “When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell “Made An America” — The Fever 333 “Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet “Uncomfortable” — Halestorm
Best Metal Performance “Condemned to the Gallows “— Between The Buried And Me “Honeycomb” — Deafheaven “Electric Messiah” — High On Fire “Betrayer” — Trivium “On My Teeth — Underoath
Best Rock Song “Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet) “Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots) “MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me the Horizon) “Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent) “Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)
Best Rock Album Rainier Fog — Alice In Chains M A N I A — Fall Out Boy Prequelle — Ghost From the Fires — Greta Van Fleet Pacific Daydream — Weezer
Best Alternative Music Album Tranquility Base Hotel Casino —Arctic Monkeys Colors — Beck Utopia — Björk AmericanUtopia — David Byrne Masseduction — St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance “Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton “Summer” — The Carters “Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway “Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar “First Began” — PJ Morton
Best Traditional R&B Performance “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette “Honest” — MAJOR. “How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba “Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai) “Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi) “Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) “Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.) “Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)
Best Urban Contemporary Album Everything Is Love — The Carters The Kids Are Alright— Chloe x Halle ChrisDave and the Drumhedz — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz War & Leisure — Miguel Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello
Best R&B Album Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton GoodThing — Leon Bridges Honestly — Lalah Hathaway H.E.R. — H.E.R. GumboUnplugged(Live) — PJ Morton
Best Rap Performance “Be Careful” — Cardi B “Nice for What” — Drake “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake “Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak “Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee
Best Rap/Sung Performance “Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink “Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK Featuring J. Cole “This Is America” — Childish Gambino “All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA “Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
Best Rap Song “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake) “Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) “Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee) “Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)
Best Rap Album Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B Swimming — Mac Miller VictoryLap — Nipsey Hussle Daytona — Pusha T Astroworld — Travis Scott
Best Country Solo Performance “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris “Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves “Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton “Parallel Line” — Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne “Tequila” — Dan Shay ”When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town “Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill “Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Best Country Song “Break Up in the End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell) “Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill) “I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton) “Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) “Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan Shay) “When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)
Best Country Album Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne GirlGoingNowhere — Ashley McBryde Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD
Best Americana Album By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone — Lee Ann Womack One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers
Best Bluegrass Album Portraits in Fiddles — Mike Barnett Sister Sadie II — Sister Sadie Rivers and Roads — Special Consensus The Travelin’McCourys — The Travelin’ McCourys North of Despair — Wood & Wire
Best Folk Album Whistle Down the Wind — Joan Baez Black Cowboys — Dom Flemons Rifles & Rosary Beads — Mary Gauthier Weed Garden — Iron & Wine All Ashore — Punch Brothers
Best Reggae Album As the World Turns — Black Uhuru Reggae Forever — Etana Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley A Matter of Time — Protoje 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang) — Courtney B. Vance Calypso — David Sedaris Creative Quest — Questlove Faith– A Journey for All — Jimmy Carter The Last Black Unicorn — Tiffany Haddish
Best Comedy Album Annihilation — Patton Oswalt Equanimity & the Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan StandupforDrummers — Fred Armisen Tamborine — Chris Rock
The Zombies' Hugh Grundy, Chris White, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent (Payley Photography)It's almost the time of the season for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to announce its latest class of inductees, and for the fourth time in six years, The Zombies are among the nominated artists.
Bassist Chris White, who joined The Zombies shortly after their formation, tells ABC Radio that "it couldn't be better" just being considered for induction. He notes that the main reason for the band's enduring appeal is its 1968 baroque-pop masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, the second and last album by the group's classic lineup, which broke up several months before the record's release.
"[I]t's recognition for an album that finished us 'cause no one wanted it, and now everybody seems to like it," White maintains. "And [now that the band members are all] in our seventies…it's a great thought that people really appreciate it and have nominated us for an honor."
If the Rock Hall's online fan poll is any indication, The Zombies have a good shot to finally be inducted in 2019, as the band currently is fourth in the voting, after Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren.
"I just think the fans are fantastic for voting for us," says White. "They've been so good, and they've…done it so well."
White hasn't been part of the official Zombies lineup since the band re-formed in 2000, but he and founding drummer Hugh Grundy rejoined the group in 2017 and this year for tour dates celebrating the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle.
White tells ABC Radio that touring with his old band mates has been "great fun," noting that they're all still "very close friends."
Voting in the Rock Hall fan poll closes this Sunday, December 9. The 2019 inductees are expected to be announced a few days later.
Varese SarabandeAnnie Lennox doesn't really write new songs much these days, but when she does, they make a big impact.
"Requiem for a Private War," Annie' first new original song in eight years, has received a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. The movie in question, A Private War, stars Rosamund Pike as the late war correspondent Marie Colvin.
In a statement, Annie says, "I’m thrilled and delighted that “Requiem For A Private War” has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award! The song was written and recorded in honor of renowned war correspondent Marie Colvin who I had the privilege to encounter a year before she was tragically killed while courageously reporting on the mass bombing of the civilian population in the city of Holms in Syria."
Annie continues, "In 2018, six years after Marie died, the war continues on its deadly course. Millions of innocent people have lost their lives as a result of this conflict, causing millions of refugees to flee their homeland. The film A Private War, reveals the full blown traumatizing barbarity of warfare and is a testimony to Marie and the Syrian people."
Annie says she "wholeheartedly congratulates" Pike for earning a Golden Globe nod for portraying Colvin, before concluding, "It’s been an honor to have played a small part in this project."
The Eurythmics front woman already has a Golden Globe on her trophy shelf: She won in the same category in 2003 for "Into the West," her song from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Brady Harvey/Courtesy of MoPopJohn Fogerty was one fortunate son on Wednesday at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture -- a.k.a. MoPop -- where he was presented with the institution's 12th annual Founders Award recognizing artists who have made outstanding contributions to popular music. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman received the honor during the museum's annual fundraising gala, which raised $950,000 for the attraction.
Fogerty's sons Shane and Tyler were on hand to help salute their dad.
"I am humbled and honored that MoPoP chose me as the recipient of the 2018 Founders Award," the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said after receiving the honor. "I had no idea my sons, Shane and Tyler, would be delivering this heartfelt speech. I will never forget how special it was. I am so grateful and proud."
After the award presentation, a private tribute show honoring John was held that featured Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and several other musicians playing various memorable CCR songs. Fogerty closed out the show by hitting the stage with his sons to perform his Creedence classics "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," as well as the traditional tune "Oh Susannah," a song he says inspired his interest in playing music.
John said of the tribute performances, "I witnessed some of the best arrangements and vocals of my songs that I have ever heard. For those who were there I know they felt the same."
The fundraiser also featured a tribute to MoPop's founder, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died of lymphoma at age 65 in October. The money raised by the event will support the museum's youth education programs, exhibitions and more.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has shared a statement mourning the death of Pete Shelley, frontman of the pioneering British pop-punk band Buzzcocks.
"Rest In Peace Pete Shelley," Armstrong writes in an Instagram post. "You were truly an inspiration to me, [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tre [Cool]."
Shelley and Buzzcocks were a big influence on Green Day's sound, as well as punk and alternative rock in general. For Armstrong specifically, the 1979 Buzzcocks compilation Singles Going Steady was "a huge record for me."
"Buzzcocks pretty much invented a style that would influence multiple generations of lonesome hearts and weirdos," Armstrong writes. "Never shy about writing beautiful melodies into loud fast punk. You are the harmony in my head."
Shirlaine Forrest/WireImagePete Shelley, the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the pioneering British pop-punk band The Buzzcocks, has died at age 63 after suffering an apparent heart attack, the BBC reports. The group's management told the BBC that Shelley passed away today in Estonia, where he'd been living.
A post on The Buzzcocks' Twitter feed confirms Shelley's death. It reads: "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks."
The band formed in 1976 in Manchester, England, and scored a string of top 40 hits on the U.K. charts in 1977 and 1978, including "What Do I Get?," "Love You More," "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)," "Promises" and "Everybody's Happy Nowadays."
After The Buzzcocks broke up in 1981, Shelley launched a solo career and that same year had a #14 hit on the U.S. dance chart with the synth-pop gem "Homosapien."
Fine Young Cannibals covered "Ever Fallen in Love" in the late '80s and their version of the tune appeared on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Something Wild and their own chart-topping 1989 album, The Raw and the Cooked.
The Buzzcocks reunited in 1989 and have continued to tour and record. The band had a December 14 show scheduled in Arnhem, Netherlands, as well as a series of European concerts in the summer of 2019.
Among the many artists influenced by The Buzzcocks were Green Day, Nirvana, R.E.M. and The White Stripes.