As a civil case ensues over Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and its relation to Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," Pharrell Williams summed up the similarity in one phrase: "Feel; not infringement."
Acclaimed violinist Lindsey Stirling has been added to the lineup of the 17th annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy.” Other performers include Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Robin Thicke, Aloe Blacc, John Mellencamp and Rozzi Crane. “Lean on Me” will be a part of Grammy Week, which highlights the Grammy Foundation’s ongoing work to safeguard music’s history. The Grammy Foundation hopes that by preserving our musical past, future generations will be able to benefit and grow in their own appreciation of history-making musical giants. Grammy Week will include a number of different events, culminating with the premiere of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. “Lean on Me” will bring together an extraordinary range of artists for a unique evening featuring live musical performances and archival footage from the Grammy Foundation’s preservation grant archives. The night will explore the history of and evolution of songwriting. By presenting an array of versatile artist, “Lean on Me” will celebrate the invaluable contributions of historic musicians and their impact on the American cultural landscape.
For the first time, 50% of the awards were given to artists on majors, and the other half to those signed either to an indie label, boutique label or a label of their own. For artists like Macklemore and his producer-cum-engineer-cum-friend Ryan Lewis and Vampire Weekend, the Grammys yielded a nominal "ton" in winnings.
A more touching spectacle took place during the in memoriam segment--initiated by the first few bars of Lang Lang's Tchaik--despite misspelling Corey Monteith's name and excluding other revered names.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival just released its 2014 lineup--you *know* you want it!