Queen Bey and Andre 3000 teamed up to remake The Late Great Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” classic. This remake is a featured track for the movie The Great Gatsby. The soundtrack is due May 7 and judging from the talents they’ve enlisted Jay-Z, will.i.am, Fergie, Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, Gotye, Florence + The Machine, The xx, and Emeli Sandé……….this looks like a sure thang, money well spent.
The track is slowed down and with the seductive play that Beyonce spew on this joint with Mr. 3000 lyrical gift, Jay Z himself couldn’t have done it better. Check out a snippet, but brace yourself if you’re expecting it to sound similar to the original……it don’t and it’s a little dark with a red light glow.
Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music’s stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for “21″ and best record with “Rolling In the Deep.”
As joyous as the show was for Adele, it was equally as serious with tributes to late pop star Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Saturday. She was remembered by fellow artists in acceptance speeches and songs. Jennifer Hudson sang Houston’s signature hit, “I Will Always Love You,” and Grammy host LL Cool J offered a prayer for Houston’s family, friends and fans.
But it was Adele who stole the show. The 23-year-old, who has taken the music world by storm, underwent surgery on her vocal cords late last year and had been resting her voice on doctor’s orders until music’s biggest night. For the first time since then, the British singer took the stage to belt out “Rolling In the Deep” and finished to a standing ovation.
Adele claimed three of the music industry’s top awards – album, record and song of the year – and added best pop solo performance, pop vocal and short video to her stack of trophies.
Tearing up and having difficulty speaking as she took the stage to claim the night’s top award, album of the year, Adele talked about “21″ and its heartfelt songs dreamed up after a failed love affair.
“This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it, just a rubbish relationship, and it’s gone on to do things I can’t tell you how I feel about it, it’s been the most life-changing year.”
Indeed, her sophomore album has sold more than 6.3 million copies in the United States and broken many sales records, including spending 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Now it can add the Grammys to its many accolades.
Rockers Foo Fighters were the other big winners, picking up five Grammys including best rock performance for the hit “Walk.”
“This is a great honor because this record was a special record for our band. Rather than go to the best studio … we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine,” said frontman Dave Grohl. “It shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important.”
But as jubilant as the audience was for Adele and as much as Foo Fighters rocked the house, Grammy organizers were equally as serious about Houston, whose body was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room. The cause is still unknown.
Host LL Cool J took the stage and offered a prayer for Houston, her fans and her family. “Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed by her musical spirit,” he said.
MANY WINNERS, REMEMBERING WHITNEY
Grammy organizers give out awards in more than 75 categories and many early winners mentioned Houston. Singer Melanie Fiona, who won with Cee Lo Green for traditional R&B performance for “Fool For You,” said she was inspired by the singer.
“Whitney Houston, I would not be standing up here if not for you,” Fiona said. Backstage, she told reporters her mother had rocked her in the cradle to Houston’s songs when she was a baby.
Other major Grammy winners included country’s Taylor Swift, who picked up Grammys for solo performance and country song with “Mean,” which she performed to a standing ovation. She had been expected to take best country album, too, but Lady Antebellum swooped in and took that prize with “Own the Night.”
The other big surprise came when indie folk band Bon Iver took the Grammy for best new artist over rapper Nicki Minaj, who had been widely expected to win behind hit album “Pink Friday.”
DJ Skrillex won two Grammys for best dance recording and top dance/electronica album with “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
Jay-Z and Kanye West won best rap performance with their song “Otis” from the album “Watch the Throne,” but they failed to show up to claim their prize. Chris Brown won the Grammy for best R&B album “F.A.M.E.”
West entered the night with seven nominations, more than any other artist, but came away with the Grammy for “Otis” and another for best rap album with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
Rousing performances were given by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Chris Brown, Coldplay and Rihanna, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt sang a duet of “A Sunday Kind of Love” from Etta James, who also died in 2012.
Minaj gave fans an over-the-top performance toward the show’s final act, and Sir Paul McCartney ended in a guitar-heavy number with Springsteen, Grohl and others. Memorable moments came in a reunion of members of the Beach Boys and a lifetime award for Glen Campbell, who sang “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Finally, one of the show’s more poignant moments came early in the day when Mitch and Janis Winehouse, parents of the late singer Amy Winehouse who died of excessive drinking in 2011, accepted the award for best pop duo or group performance – Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett for “Body and Soul.”
“Long live Whitney Houston. Long live Amy Winehouse and long live Etta James,” Mitch Winehouse said, referring to the “At Last” singer who died earlier this year. “There’s a beautiful girl band up there.
Celine Dion isn’t waiting for the coroner to give an official cause of death for Whitney Houston because she apparently knows what killed her … drugs. Speaking to “Good Morning America” today via phone, Dion wasted no time pinning Houston’s untimely passing on drug abuse. She told Robin Roberts, “Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me … It’s just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood.”
Dion immediately linked Houston’s death with other famous people who died from drugs. She went on to say, “When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason. Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?”
A cause of death has not yet been determined, but sources close to Houston’s family tell TMZ the coroner has told them she died from Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.
MEDIAJUICEJOINT – My aren’t we a little presumptuous. Is she wrong for saying what most people think? I don’t believe I ever heard Whitney flap her gums about Celine Dion’s husband’s ” 2000″ allegedly sexual assault in which resulted in a 2 million dollar settlement…. oh I forgot he only paid out of pocket so his beloved Celine wouldn’t experience anymore grief. You may have been spared from drugs only by the grace of God, don’t think you are any better best believe…...YOU’RE NOT
Congratulations are in order for Beyonce’s, It has been so many rumors but look at the pictures they speak for themselves. Beyonce at VMA Awards showing off her baby bump. She was glowing and looked lovely in her orange free flowing asymmetrical dress. BEY is beautiful and I am happy for her, that’s right Bey make all that money.
Nick Ashford was a songwriter and singer. He performed with his lovely wife of 36 years. He was one of the driving factors for Motown’s Success. He wrote Marvin Gaye’s “Aint No Mountain Higher Enough” among other Hits for Diana Ross, Ray Charles and Tammi Terrell. He left Berry Gordon’s nest to spread his wings with wife Valerie, they are better known as the dynamic duo Ashford & Simpson and we all remember “Solid As A Rock”. He had a beautiful voice which was nurtured in church as a young man. Ashford had Throat Cancer. He passed away at seventy years old. The Legendary songwriters were still creating music working with the late Amy Winehouse on “Tears Dry On Their Own”. He leaves to mourn his lovely wife who never left his side and two beautiful daughters. He was part of Music’s Revolution and he will truly be missed.
Mr. West was in the building Saturday night performing at the Big Chill Music Festival.The crowd waited 30 minutes before he stepped on stage and then he had the nerve to start telling his sob story about how he’s been misunderstood, and how people are looking at him like he is Hitler. Sound as if someone needs to sit on a comfy couch.
This is coming from a person who has snatched a mike from a young innocent girl (Taylor Swift) as she was receiving a music award telling her and millions of viewers that she isn’t deserving of such an award it should go to Beyonce, Look who is judging, among other numerous crazy comments he has flurried off.
I guess people are looking at you like you’re insane because that’s how you act at times. It’s one thing to want and crave attention, but somebody goes a little overboard don’t you think? After he got his panties out of a bunch, he did one good thing. He payed tribute to Amy Winehouse.
He also cried out asking for the Media to lighten up on the artists that are still here……….Did I hear a plea for some sympathy, when all he has to do is keep his opinions to himself, every thought doesn’t have to be voiced and keep making good music.
Grammy Award Winner Amy Winehouse one of the best voices heard in a long time very soulful and thought-provoking. It was as if she allowed you to take a glimpse of her joy, pain, and her struggle. IMO Back to black album was a true masterpiece. She was a hell of a performer, and very captivating.
Amy Winehouse was found in her London home dead on arrival. She has been fighting drug and alcohol problems for many years, in May she checked into rehab. It’s been rumored that Winehouse’s death was caused by a concoction of alcohol and ecstasy, however no post-mortem examination has been performed for conformation.
We here at Mjj are saddened about her passing, she will truly be missed. Our prayers go out to her family, friends, and Fans. We have lost yet another great one way to soon. Flick your lighters for Amy Winehouse, may your soul rest in peace.