There is always a special fondness for the collaborative performances at the Grammys -- since this year's awards were a gawk fest over Sam Smith -- were you really surprised? But while the performance may have been in the minor, Chinese piano master Lang Lang and Pharrell Williams delivered a major performance of the award-winning "Happy."
With the Grammys gala hitting network television this Sunday, a laundry list of new performers has been added to the bill. New additions include Beck, Sia, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and, once again, a Classicalite favorite: Lang Lang.
It seems like there is no stopping the dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling. The viral artist has been named in "Forbes's" music 2015 Top 30 Under 30. The 28-year-old Stirling has been on a roll ever since appearing on "America’s Got Talent" in 2010. "Forbes’s" 30 Under 30 showcases artists from a variety of different musical backgrounds, including country, rock, electronic, hip-hop and pop. Not only does the list focus on musical talent, but also the entrepreneurialism of each performer. Forbes cited Sterling’s 5.8 million YouTube subscribers and her album "Shatter Me," which reached No. 2 on the "Billboard" 200. This is a pretty big deal for the Gilbert, Arizona, native, with internationally known artists like Sam Smith, Florida Georgia Line, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran all being named on the list as well.
For the love of music, indeed, BBC. A most resounding rendition of Brain Wilson's own "God Only Knows" has premiered at BBC Music, which features a studded cast of Beach Boys fans including pop stars like One Direction and Pharrell to classical and opera sensations like Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti.
Sam Smith, an openly gay singer that has broke into the mainstream with a recent hit "Stay With Me," will be the first proud homosexual to sing the title track in the new James Bond movie.