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Will Lizzo Rule the Grammys Like She Owned 2019?

She has eight nominations Sunday night, a performance slot and the devotion of fiercely loyal fans. What’s behind this Lizzo momentum? Let’s discuss.

JON PARELES Lizzo enters this year’s Grammy Awards with the most nominations — eight, including all four top categories. Nominations don’t guarantee wins — ask India.Arie or Jay-Z — but Lizzo also has a prime-time slot as a performer, and she knows how to take over a screen.

Going big, of course, is Lizzo’s home turf and her brand. She’s a physical force, reveling in her body. Her musical skills are considerable: Singing, rapping, writing, playing flute and leading an ecstatic troupe onstage, she’s a full-spectrum entertainer. She’s ubiquitous as a celebrity, online presence and self-appointed idol, an exemplar of unshakable self-love and punch-line-slinging, take-no-guff arrogance who started her 2016 EP, “Coconut Oil,” with a song that instructed, “Worship me!” (Her social-media posts mingle her own milestones with fans testifying about how she helped them accept themselves.)

And she turns up the volume, speed and energy. “Cuz I Love You,” her long-in-the-making major-label debut album — Lizzo’s first indie album, “Lizzobangers,” came out in 2013 — literally starts with a scream and rarely lets up from there.

CARYN GANZ Wins or no wins, this is Lizzo’s year at the Grammys, which isn’t a shock because 2019 was Lizzo’s year everywhere: the charts (she earned her first No. 1 with “Truth Hurts”), the red carpet (did you catch her tiny Valentino bag?), so many presidential candidates’ playlists (we see you are feeling “Good as Hell,” Pete Buttigieg!). It helped that her hallmarks — the emotional cheerleading, the fierce attitude, the big-tent sound — aligned so perfectly with the national mood distilled to its rawest form on social media, where people (young women in particular) are anxious, angry, craving humor and distraction, and tired of seeing perfectly posed influencers flogging tummy-slimming teas and pretending to be flawless. And the B-side to all that, of course, is Lizzo has the voice and stage presence to back everything up.

JON CARAMANICA In a year when the Grammys were looking to display an embrace of difference, a modicum of open-earedness, a sense that the show is taking place in the present day and not being hologrammed in from a decade or two earlier, it would have been difficult to invent a musician better suited to the situation than Lizzo.

Lizzo is indisputably modern — a singer and a rapper, a meme-ready (or meme-biting) songwriter, a hilariously present personality in every sense. And yet she is completely legible to the sorts of people who vote for Grammys: She prefers time-tested pop structures, she revisits the sweaty soul and disco energy of the 1970s, and sometimes even finds herself channeling some 1920s bawdiness. Or there’s that one song that (lawyers stop reading here) rips off Bruno Mars ripping off everyone else, which is the type of thing Grammy voters love, because it reminds them of when they were relevant.

WESLEY MORRIS That, Jon C., I must say, is the only nagging element of “Juice.” It really is a Bruno Mars song. And Lizzo makes the approximation feel like a dare — anything Bruno can do, she can do with a flute. But there’s more going on with the sweetest sugar of that song. The chorus also knows the real delight of CeCe Peniston’s “Finally” is the stanked-up “Ya-ya-ee,” so it swipes that, too. “Juice” is a perfect pop song. All high. Even the deadpan bridge — “Somebody come get this man” — is cleverer than it needs to be. (You guys, why is that not up for record or song instead of, or alongside, “Truth Hurts”?) SEE MORE ON THIS STORY:https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/arts/music/lizzo-grammys.html

First Lady Gets Grammy Nod

michelle-obama-x-large-300x225Michelle Obama has been nominated for the 2013 Grammy awards. The first lady is up for Best Spoken Word Album. She is represented in the category for the audio version of her book, American Grown. As a politician she’s not alone — Bill Clinton was also nominated for the audio version of his book, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For a Strong Economy. With her one nomination she leads other artists, like Justin Beiber and Nicki Minaj, that were shut out of the prestigious music award show. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards airs on February 10th. Will you be watching?

R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!!

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R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!! MIGUEL’S WRITTEN AND PRODUCED “ADORN” EARNS SONG OF THE YEAR, R&B PERFORMANCE AND BEST R&B SONG NOMINATIONS; ALBUM RECEIVES BEST CONTEMPORARY ALBUM NOMINATION; WALE’S “LOTUS FLOWER BOMB” FEATURING MIGUEL RECEIVES BEST RAP SONG NOMINATION CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM TOPS 2012 BEST OF LISTS AND EARNS HIM A 2012 SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST HIT SINGLE “ADORN” HOLDS RECORD FOR LONGEST SONG AT #1 ON BILLBOARD R&B/HIP-HOP CHART FOR 2012 AT 11 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS

[New York, NY, December 7, 2012] – Singer/songwriter MIGUEL caps off 2012 with 5Grammy® Awards nominations for his critically acclaimed sophomore release Kaleidoscope Dream.  Announced last night (12/5), MIGUEL’s nominations include the coveted Song of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Adorn;”Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Song for Wale’s Lotus Flower Bomb feat. Miguel.  Miguel’s “How Many Drinks” also contributes to Salaam Remi’s Producer of the Year nomination for Remi’s production on the track.  The 55th annual GRAMMY® Awards are scheduled to air live on Sunday, February 10th 2013 on CBS (ET/PT) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

I’m incredibly honored just to be invited to ATTEND next year’s Grammy ceremony but being nominated, that’s a dream come true,” said MIGUEL.

Released October 2 on Bystorm/RCA Records, the genre-bending Kaleidoscope Dream debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and entered at #3 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums charts.  The album’s breakout hit single “Adorn,” written and produced by Miguel, currently holds 2012’s record for maintaining the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Chart for 11 consecutive weeks!  “Adorn” has also been #1 at Urban Mainstream Radio for 5 consecutive weeks.

As the “Best of 2012” lists trickle in, Kaleidoscope Dream has been touted on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and USA Today’s Top Albums of 2012, while the hit single “Adorn” scores honors on NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 and Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012, citing that MIGUEL “comes off like a master on this slow jam.”

Resonating with fans and critics alike, MIGUEL has captivated viewers with rousing television performances on Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Wendy Williams Show and Ellen. The Los Angeles native recently proved why he reigns supreme during his performance of “Adorn” at the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards, which he was bestowed with the Best R&B/Soul Male Artist award.

Currently gracing the cover of THE FADER, Miguel continues to bring his electrifying live performances of his hits “Do You…,” “The Thrill,” and more, to new heights while on the Trey Songz’s Chapter V World Tour along with ingénue Elle Varner. Remaining tour dates are listed below.

CHAPTER V WORLD TOUR FEATURING MIGUEL’S KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM DATES:

Dec. 7 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater

Dec. 8 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium

Dec. 9 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theater

Dec. 13 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall

Dec. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum

Dec. 15 – Hampton, VA – Coliseum

Dec. 16 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Dec. 27 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena

Dec. 28 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena

Dec. 29 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

Dec. 30 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre

Dec. 31 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena

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Signed to Mark Pitts’ ByStorm imprint in 2007, Grammy-nominated MIGUEL‘s progressive 2010 debut album All I Want Is You, spawned two #1 hit singles – “Quickie” and “Sure Thing,” as well as the album title track. While his debut album earned him unanimous praise, his current release, Kaleidoscope Dream takes him down a new path of musical exploration with ground breaking, cutting edge precision. The album features production from Salaam Remi [Amy Winehouse, Adele], Pop & Oak [Kanye West, Big Sean], and Jerry Wonda [The Fugees, Wyclef Jean] amongst others.