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Grammy Awards Had More Than a Few Highs and Lows; Here They Are

So, was Sunday’s 59th Grammy she-bang good, great or just an also-ran? David Bowie went five-for-five, so in my book, that’s a solid win. Here are some other highs and lows of the music industry’s annual self-congratulatory gathering. Adele won best album, record and song and showed herself to be a classy performer in every way. Her re-start on the George Michael tribute was astonishingly good … class all the way...

Grammys Nod to Streaming Music in Last-Ditch Stand for Relevance

The Grammys, music’s biggest night, lumbers into its 59th year besieged by failing ratings and dwindling demographics. Does anyone even care anymore–outside of industry insiders and 12-year-old girls? The entire telecast could be re-titled “An Annual Tribute to Beyonce.” Every year, it seems, the same four or five homogenized pop stars vie for the evening’s biggest accolades....

New, Unimproved! Why Grammys Underwhelmed as Usual This Year

With only a handful of actual awards handed out on television, The Grammys did their utmost best to convince us there’s nothing wrong with the music business. Again, it’s kind of like the orchestra on the Titanic–if the Titanic took 20 years to sink. As much as I loved The Eagles and the late Glenn Frey, they looked sorely out of place on last night’s telecast. Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy Schmit, Joe Walsh and Jackson Brown looked like your grandfather’s band jamming in the middle of your bar mitzvah....

David Bowie Seemed Immortal in the Eyes of His Fans — An Appreciation

David Bowie passed two days ago and I am still quite shattered. Truth is, I never even considered a world without David Bowie. His music was timeless across the decades and his influence just as far reaching. His nanny even noticed something supernatural about him when he was born. That made his death, after an 18-month battle with cancer, so shocking and poignant. He told very few people about it and continued making art until the very end....

David Bowie, the ‘Blackstar’ of Rock, Dies After 18-Month Cancer Battle

David Bowie, a British singer who charted his own course in music with an eccentric style that epitomized the glam rock movement of the 1970s, has died after a secret, 18-month battle with cancer, his family confirmed today. He was 69. His music evoked the alienation of his generation and the feeling of helplessness in the face of runaway technology, the space race and the Cold War, which threatened nuclear annihilation in an instant....

Lou Reed, Epitome of New York City Hipster Cool, Dies at 71 (video)

Lou Reed, who epitomized New York hipster cool as front man for Velvet Underground in the 1960s and later a prolific solo career, died today (Oct. 27), possibly due to complications from a liver transplant in April. He was 71. No details as to the cause of death have been released, although complications from the surgery landed him in the hospital in June....