Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards are the Oscars of the music industry. The music industry launched its own awards thirty years after the Academy Awards were established. The Grammys, the Gramophone Awards – as originally named, were created in 1957 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The Grammys were conservative. At that time, rock and roll was not included in the nominations, since it was considered a fad. Although the committee consistent of representatives from pop, jazz, classical, R & B, country etc, most innovators never won any awards for years to come.

The first Grammy Awards were presented for the year 1958, on May 4, 1959. Although Elvis Presley's records were half the music sold that year, The King was not even nominated.

It was said that Frank Sinatra, the chairman of the board, had a hand in this, since he did not appreciate Rock'n Roll, and in the second year, when Bobby Darin was granted the Record of The Year Award for 1959 for " Mack the Knife, "Sinatra despised the new music even more. During the later years, however, Sinatra recorded the same song.

The end of the sixties still stayed conservative, although with Woodstock and with the push for following along with the times, the middle-of-the-road choices started to take hold. In 1969, the group 5th Dimension proved to be a godsend with their soft jazzy rock music, winning two awards for the same song, "Aquarius – Let the Sunshine in."

The traditionalist view lost its hold during the seventies when the Grammys relaxed the strict judging criteria and included the rock music artists like the Eagles and Stevie Wonder.

A slap in the face came to Grammys with their biggest scandal when the Best New Artist Award was given to Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli were a twosome who had three singles at the number one spot. It was later discovered that the two never sang any of their songs, but lip-synched. Their German producer said afterwards, "We made a pact with the devil."

The Grammys were broadcast on television for the first time by ABC until CBS bought the rights of telecast in 1973. The Grammys were held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium for several years and then moved to the Staples Center because of the increase in the size of the audience and the categories. For years, New York and Los Angeles have competed for hosting the Grammys.

The Grammys now boast 108 categories with more than 20 genres of music and chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Texas, and Washington, DC

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with Dixie Chicks becoming the big winners. In 2008, Grammy Awards will celebrate its fiftieth year, a milestone in the music awards business and will be held on a date to be yet announced at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California.

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Is the Operation Repo TV Show Real Or Fake?

If you’ve watched the show „Operation Repo“ on the truTV cable channel, you’ve probably wondered if it’s real or fake.  After all, a repo man could get sued (or even arrested) for laying a hand on a debtor or pepper spraying them without just cause. 

While there’s little definitive information on the Internet about whether or not Operation Repo is real, here are three facts that may indicate the show is fake:

Fact #1 – Repo Men Cannot Breach the Peace

Putting people in headlocks, shoving people and otherwise engaging in confrontational behavior is against the law.  Most repo agents never resort to such extreme measures to repossess vehicles.  If they do, they can be held civilly and criminally liable for their actions.

Keep in mind TV – and especially „reality TV“ – is supposed to entertain people.  It’s exaggerated.

Most repossessions go-down with little trouble. People already know they’re behind on payments, so they’re not surprised when the repo man comes for their car. Professional repo men remain calm in in-control at all times.  They’re aware of the laws and they shouldn’t break them.

Fact #2 – There’s an Operation Repo Movie Under Production

According to IMDb, there’s a move being released by the same name. It features actors and actresses reenacting real events. If the move isn’t real, the TV show probably isn’t real, either. Matt, the star of the show, even has his own web site with information about his acting career.

Fact #3 – Operation Repo Has a Disclaimer at the Beginning

There is now a disclaimer at the beginning of the show that says it is „based on real events.“ How accurately the show depicts real events is subjective.  Reality sells, whether or not the reenactment is accurate or a complete exaggeration of the truth.

That said, Operation Repo is still an entertaining TV show. Take it with a grain of salt!

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The 5 Best Trip Hop Songs Ever (In My Arrogant Opinion)

The best trip hop songs change from day to day and person to person, but there are a few standouts that seem to be withstanding the test of time. Any list of great trip hop has to have big names like Massive Attack, Portishead, and Boards of Canada, but what about Radiohead?

Wait, Radiohead? Well, okay, they aren’t really known for their trip hop music, but Zero 7 certainly pushed the 1997 track „Climbing Up the Walls“ into the hit category by remixing it (and put themselves on the world’s radar in the process).

So what are the best songs in the trip hop category then? It’s always debatable, but here are five to consider.

  • „Unfinished Sympathy“ (Massive Attack) – It’s a bit of a toss-up between this one and „Teardrop.“ Really, anything put out by Massive Attack can give any other track of theirs a run for its money, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Still, this remains one of their most popular tracks to this day.
  • „Sour Times“ (Portishead) – Just three years later, Portishead came out with this track, which is a bit mindblowing and absolutely satisfying to listen to. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear Gibbons repeating the sad words, „Nobody loves me, it’s true“? It’s enough to make anyone cry.
  • „The State Of The Union“ (Thievery Corporation) – Another one of my favorites, Thievery Corporation has rarely failed to please fans. This particular track brought a spirit of protest to the album (along with one more song). Downtempo protest music is both welcome and heartwarming in an age where punk rock and folk have something like a monopoly on the genre.
  • „Rue The Whirl“ (Boards of Canada) – This title is a fun play on words – or rather, on sounds, and electronic music is all about sounds when you think about it. Fun fact: it was used by Mercedes Benz for a commercial in 2007. No wonder. It’s great music to listen to in the car on a long road trip… or between errands.
  • „Climbing Up The Walls (Zero 7 Remix)“ (Radiohead) – Here’s the oddball in the bunch, but I do think this track deserves some credit. Zero 7 is a pretty awesome band anyway, but mixing Radiohead bumped them up even higher, in my opinion. By the way, they also remixed Lenny Kravitz and Lambchop before they ever released an EP or album with original music under their own group name.

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Call Him Creator-Man

Like Walt Disney and George Lucas, Stan Lee has co-created some of the most iconic characters in pop culture: Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. Movie’s based on his super-characters have generated more than $2.3 billion in U.S. ticket sales. Toys, books and games have generated billions more.

Lee is one of the most important figures in American popular culture. He began working for Marvel (then Timely) Comics in 1939, with his first published work appearing in May 1941. The following year, at age 20, he was editor and chief writer, creating stories for a variety of romance, horror, humor, science-fiction and suspense comics.

By 1960, competitor DC comics had launched a team of superheroes called the Justice League of America. Marvel publisher Martin Goodman demanded a response, and in 1961, Lee and Jack Kirby produced Fantastic Four No. 1. Fan response was phenomenal, with critics today calling the work a masterful step forward in comic-book evolution.

Lee would continue creating and co-creating characters for Marvel over the next two decades. Along the way, he published some of the market’s most valuable collectibles, with key issues of Marvel Comics often demanding more than a quarter million dollars.

With the Walt Disney Company in the process of purchasing Marvel Entertainment — further cementing his status in American culture — Lee is busier than ever. He most recently launched POW! Entertainment to create, produce and license new characters. He hosted two seasons of the Syfy channel show „Who Wants to be a Superhero?“ And he’s executive producer of several motion pictures based on Marvel characters (Black Panther, Nick Fury, Thor) that are yet to be released.

Surprisingly, Lee does not consider himself a collector. „Collecting is great,“ he says with a laugh, „if you have the time for it!“

Q: Of the 15 top-grossing movies in the United States, George Lucas‘ characters have grossed about $1.2 billion in ticket sales and your characters have grossed $1.1 billion.

A: Damn! He’s always beating me! I don’t like being in second place!

Q: Do you consider yourself one of the most successful creators in Hollywood?

A: Of course not! Lucas does movies. I only wrote a lot of comic book stories which other people have made into great movies. I had nothing to do with the movies and yet I seem to get so much credit for them. I feel like a phony!

Q: But Lucas created Luke Skywalker, you created Peter Parker. He created Darth Vader, you created Dr. Doom. Lucas wrote the stories, you wrote the stories.

A: Yeah, but he also produced and directed those movies. I didn’t have anything to do with the movies. That’s the only thing. I think I was very instrumental in making these characters famous and successful as comic book characters. In the comic book field, I did very well and I am happy to accept all the credit that might be heaped upon me. But the movies that have made all this money you’re talking about, while they were based on things that I wrote, they were written and directed and acted by other people. I had nothing to do with that. So I would be an idiot to compare myself to a George Lucas. I think I’m cuter! [laughs]

Q: So there you are, working at Marvel Comics for more than 40 years, with comic books all over the place. But you never really collected them?

A: I never had time to be a collector. I was always too busy writing. You know, I’m probably one of the world’s greatest hack writers because I got paid for what I wrote. The more I wrote, the more money I made. So I was writing all the time so I could pay my bills. Collecting is great if you have the time for it! Also, when I was writing, I never for a minute thought that years later these comics would turn out to be collectibles.

Q: Your wife Joanie is a collector.

A: Her tastes are very catholic. She was the first person I know who years ago latched on to African art when nobody knew what it was. She was buying these bits of sculpture from Nairobi and God knows where else. She collects paintings, sculpture, antique jewelry, watches. Anything that she finds attractive, she collects.

Q: Even though you had a full plate at Marvel, but wanted to do more. In the late 1950s, you started a newspaper comic, Mrs. Lyons‘ Cubs with artist Joe Maneely. Then in 1960, you and artist Dan DeCarlo created the Willie Lumpkin comic strip, and that was followed by The Virtue of Vera Valiant, which you did with Frank Springer. In 1977, of course, you launched the Spider-Man newspaper strip. Why the desire to produce a syndicated strip?

A: I was always trying to do something that would break out and be a huge success.

Q: But Stan, wasn’t creating Spider-Man keeping you busy enough?

A: I didn’t know Spider-Man was that successful in the beginning. It took a few years before I realized we were on to something. I wanted to do something big, but we had bad luck.

Q: But you wanted to be syndicated because …

A: In those days, newspaper syndication was the big leagues and comic books were the minor leagues, the bush leagues. Maybe if you were good, you would graduate to newspaper syndication. The funny thing is today it’s almost reversed.

Q: A few years ago, you started releasing, through Heritage Auction Galleries, your file copies from your days at Marvel. Those included Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Fantastic Four #1.

A: Those books that went to auction were just books that somehow I had accumulated. I didn’t save them as part of any savings plan or collection. There might have been a story that I liked that I didn’t feel like throwing the book away that quickly. I was always giving the books away! These were just some books that I hadn’t gotten around to giving away!

Q: What about original artwork?

A: You know, we never had room. We worked in one little office. … So we’d give the artwork away, the original artwork, to kids who’d come up to deliver a sandwich, or to a cleaning woman who didn’t want it. We didn’t know. We’d throw them away. Who knew?

Q: Finally, I have to ask. Did you ever mail off $1 plus 25 cents for postage and handling to get your very own X-Ray Specs?

A: As a matter of fact, Johnson Smith was the company that sold a lot of that stuff. The thing I sent away for most – I sent off for it a few times because I lost one – they have a little gadget that I felt was the most valuable thing in the world, because if you had this, you could do anything! It had a little magnifying glass and a little compass and a little knife blade and God knows what else. How I loved it!

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