Grammy Awards Snubs Artists

Thursday, December 3, 2009

No surprise that Beyonce and Taylor Swift bagged the most nominations in the upcoming 52nd Grammy Awards with 10 and 8 nominations respectively. But the real buzz is with the artists who were snubbed by the Grammy Awards.

Starting off with Kanye West. Though still nominated in other categories, Kanye West's recent album “808s & Heartbreak” was not nominated for Album of the Year in which his first three albums were all nominated for. His smash hit “Heartless” which was covered by The Fray and Kris Allen, thus boosting its profile, was also passed over for Record of the Year. Looks like Kanye West’s impolite and hugely criticized gesture towards Taylor Swift during the Video Music Awards is somewhat taking a toll on the guy's eligibility for awards. Maybe manners do count even for a music award. Well, manners should always count for whatever it is in question.

Also snubbed by the Grammy Awards is comeback diva Whitney Houston who failed to get a nomination for Best R&B Album, “I Look To You”. Well, the once unchallenged woman-with-the-best-voice is nowhere near her prime now. Smoking, drinking and drugs greatly affected her voice making it more raspy and not as whole as it was before. She also seems to be always out of breath when singing nowadays. Her recovery from substance abuse is inspiring but her not being nominated is quite understandable. For all the young artists, learn from Whitney Houston.

Others who also failed to get nominated are Bruce Springsteen with his album Working on a Dream for Best Rock Album and Diana Krall with her album Quiet Nights for best Jazz Vocal Album.

The eccentric Lady Gaga got nominated for Album of the Year for "The Fame" and Song of the Year for "Poker Face" but is not nominated for Best New Artist as she was ruled ineligible for the said award due to her nomination during the previous Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording with "Just Dance" which she won.

Last year's American Idol Winner, David Cook, was also surprisingly passed for Best New Artist.

Here are the nominations in the top four categories, and some other categories:

Record of the Year:
Beyonce's Halo
Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling
Kings of Leon's Use Somebody
Lady Gaga's Poker Face
Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me

Album of the Year:
Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce
Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D.
Lady Gaga's The Fame
Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
Taylor Swift's Fearless

Song of the Year:
Poker Face (Lady Gaga and RedOne)
Pretty Wings (Maxwell Musze and Hod David),
Single Ladies (Beyonce Knowles, Thaddis Harrell, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart)
Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
You Belong With Me (Taylor Swift and Liz Rose)

Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D.
Colbie Caillat's Breakthrough
Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted
The Fray's The Fray
Pink's Funhouse

Best Electronic/Dance Album:
The Crystal Method's Divided By Night
David Guetta's One Love
Lady Gaga's The Fame
LMFAO's Party Rock
Pet Shop Boys' Yes

Best Rock Album:
AC/DC's Black Ice
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood's Live From Madison Square Garden
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown
Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
U2's No Line On The Horizon

Best Alternative Music Album:
David Byrne & Brian Eno's Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Death Cab For Cutie's The Open Door
Depeche Mode's Sounds Of The Universe
Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Yeah Yeah Yeah's It's Blitz!

Best R&B Album:
Anthony Hamilton's The Point Of It All
India.Arie's Testimony: Vol. 2
Love & Politics
Ledisi's Turn Me Loose
Maxwell's BLACKsummers' Night
Charlie Wilson's Uncle Charlie

Best Contemporary R&B Album:
Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce
Jamie Foxx's Intuition
Pleasure P's The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper
Trey Songz's Ready
T-Pain's Thr33 Ringz

Best Rap Album:
Common's Universal Mind Control
Eminem's Relapse
Flo Rida's R.O.O.T.S.
Mos Def's The Ecstatic
Q-Tip's The Renaissance

Best Country Album:
Zac Brown Band's The Foundation
George Strait's Twang
Taylor Swift's Fearless
Keith Urban's Defying Gravity
Lee Ann Womack's Call Me Crazy


Former Miss Argentina Dies After Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

38 year old Solange Magnano who is a former Miss Argentina sadly died over the weekend after experiencing complications from plastic surgery. Solange Magnano who thought that the operation was “no big deal” just wanted a slightly firmer behind.

This just shows that no matter how simple and uncomplicated some types of plastic surgery might seem or is marketed by doctors, it’s still surgery and is very dangerous.

Solange Magnano, who is also a runway model, is described by her peers as a woman who had everything and is now dead because of plastic surgery leaving behind her husband and eight year old twins in mourning.

The former Miss Argentina got plastic surgery in Buenos Aires Thursday and was rushed to the hospital on Friday for pulmonary embolism. She died on Sunday. It is speculated that the doctor who performed the procedure on the former Miss Argentina may not have been a real professional.

Today, there is a growing number of plastic surgery procedures performed in Argentina mainly due to the influx of foreigners seeking inexpensive cosmetic enhancements.

So before you go under the knife, think first if it’s really worth it. Personally, I don’t judge people if they had plastic surgery or not and I think a lot of people share the same view. It’s a personal decision. If you think it would make you feel better then it’s okay.

But is it worth taking the risk? If you think that it is, then take the necessary precautions. Check whether your doctor is certified and has ample experience. Don’t try to be cheap as your life is on the balance. After the procedure, be mindful of what you’re feeling and any unusual side effects. Ask friends to stay with you for a while so they could observe you too and help you go back to the hospital if needed.


Large Hadron Collider Helps Understand More About the Universe

Exciting news for scientists and science lovers around the world. We are now a step closer in understanding the behaviour of the universe as the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), broke the world record for proton acceleration, ergo enabling researchers to smash particles into each other with enough force to shatter them into the smallest building blocks of matter.

Such setup which is 27 kilometres in size, physicists hope, will help man understand phenomena such as dark matter and antimatter which, if you saw the movie Angels and Demons, was what Robert Langdon was trying to save Vatican City from. But more importantly, such milestone will help us understand the creation of the universe billions of years ago. Experiments scheduled next year plan to recreate conditions like those 1 trillionth to 2 trillionths of a second after the Big Bang.

However, it may still take several years before, in theory, the Large Hadron Collider, a $10 billion project funded by 20 European member nations, can detect the elusive, still undetected, Higgs boson – the particle or field, get this, that is believed to give mass to other particles. Such discovery would prove one of the greatest in Physics.

Watch the video below to awe at the grand scale set-up of the Large Hadron Collider explained by “rock star physicist” Brian Cox.


Maguindanao Massacre Updated

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

For the previous article, click here.

Death toll from the Maguindanao Massacre has now reached 57 as 11 more bodies were rocovered yesteday. Victims of the said massacre included 13 journalists thus making the incident the "the largest single massacre of journalists ever" according to the Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders.

As of the moment, the Philippine National Police cannot declare Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., a political ally of President Arroyo, as the prime suspect due to, they say, "lack" of concrete evidence against the politician.

What do the candidates running in the next election have to say about this? More importantly, what do they plan to do?

For the previous article, click here.


Naeem Khan Dresses 1st Lady Michelle Obama

During the Obama's Administration 1st state dinner with guests Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife, all eyes were on the regal 1st lady, Michelle Obama, as she dons a subtle gold flowing floor length gown by little known designer Naeem Khan.

Many gave compliments to the 1st Lady's shift in style as she usually go with more subdued, less polished, contemporary looks unlike this sophisticated and royal creation by Naeem Khan, who happens to be Indian as well. Such a subtle and yet interesting courteous gesture to pick an Indian designer during an event with Indian guests. It gives the message that the visit was indeed anticipated and given weight.

In addition, it's nice of the 1st Lady to stick with rising designers giving them chance to be internationally noticed and their works showcased. Before Naeem Khan, Jason Wu was the 1st Lady's designer whose Google search surged after his works were worn by the 1st Lady and got rave reviews.

Though designed by less known artists, these gowns don't come cheap. Good thing the 1st Lady don't pay for her gowns. She does, on the other hand, donate them to charity after. In a country where fashion can make or break a career and at the same time scrutinizes public figures for their lifestyles, Michelle Obama plays it really well.

What can you say about Michelle Obama?


Maguindanao Massacre

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Very sad news from the Philippines.

As the 2010 election is drawing close, as expected, news are filled with stories of election violence, brutality and cheating. No surprise there. However, no reported incident has been as chilling, cold and beastly as what happened last Monday in Maguindanao when 43 persons were confirmed massacred when they were blocked on their way to the local Commision on Elections by heavily armed men.

Included in the group was a politician about to file her and her brother’s certificates of candidacy and several journalists, who were only doing their jobs, covering the event. No one was spared, even women who were 13 all in all.

And who is being suspected of leading this horrific massacre? It’s the Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. who was is to be accompanied by a police senior inspector and 100 police personnel during the crime. As to why the mayor committed such a horrendous crime, one of the certificates of candidacy to be filed by the victims were of Toto Mangudadatu who was luckily not with the group and is reportedly eyeing a seat on the 2010 election, the same seat the mayor is eyeing. Mangudadatu asked his wife to file his certificate for him.

And as if it couldn’t even get any worse, the wife was found to be raped first before being killed. Also, six members of the group, the ones who were carrying the certificates of candidacy, were beheaded by chainsaw.

Mayor Ampatuan and police officials in Maguindanao cannot be reached for comments.

Such crime should not be served without the full strength of justice. Despite President Macapagal Arroyo’s proclamation of Maguindanao in a state of emergency, political analysts say that the President won’t serve full and due action as the Ampatuan Clan generously supported her in her campaign. And honestly, it’s not that hard to believe such will happen given the President’s, and her family's as well, doubtful record.

These people have no shame. They have no respect for life and should be given the same treatment as what they have given their victims. However, that would mean to do so would be to become monsters such as them. So I guess that's not the answer. How has politics in the Philippines become this dirty to the point of inhuman? Nonoy, do you have the answer to solve such? Does anybody have any answers?

I'm still undecided who should I vote for this coming election but if any candidate steps-up and does action on this, as is what is expected of these candidates if ever they get elected, I'll considering voting him/her. This is the time candidates should show the country what they can do. To all candidates, start doing something!

What say you?


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Monday, November 23, 2009

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