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List of 2014 Grammy Award winners

The 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced on Sunday night, 26th Jan 2014. Here is the list of the winners from the whole event that has honoured many performers under 82 categories.

Album of the Year: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Record of the Year: Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Song of the Year: Lorde, “Royals” (Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters)
Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
Best Pop Vocal Album: Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde, “Royals”
Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky”
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Rock Album: Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day
Best Metal Performance: Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Alternative Music Album: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Best Country Song: Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round” (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne)
Best Country Solo Performance: Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars, “From This Valley”
Best Music Film: Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Best Music Video: Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z, “Suit and Tie”
Best Blues Album: Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!
Best R&B Album: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Rihanna, Unapologetic
Best R&B Song: Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Gary Clark, Jr., “Please Come Home”
Best R&B Performance: Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway, “Something”
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Herb Alpert, Steppin’ Out
Best Dance Recording: Zedd Featuring Foxes, “Clarity”
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Best Rap Performance: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Best Rap Song: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Best Rap Album: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the Heist
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, to Be Loved
Best New Age Album: Laura Sullivan, Love’s River
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Wayne Shorter, “Orbits”
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Gregory Porter, Liquid Spirit
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Terri Lyne Carrington, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic, Night in Calisia
Best Latin Jazz Album: Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente, Song for Maura
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: Tasha Cobbs, Break Every Chain
Best Gospel Song: Tye Tribbett, “If He Did It Before . . . Same God”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: Mandisa, “Overcomer”
Best Gospel Album: Tye Tribbett, Greater Than
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Mandisa, Overcomer
Best Latin Pop Album: Draco Rosa, Vida
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: La Santa Cecilia, Treinta Días
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea, A Mi Manera
Best Tropical Latin Album: Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Best American Roots Song: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, “Love Has Come for You”
Best Americana Album: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Old Yellow Moon
Best Bluegrass Album: Del McCoury Band, The Streets of Baltimore
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley in Concert
Best World Music Album: Gipsy Kings, Savor Flamenco (tie) Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Live: Singing for Peace Around the World (tie)
Best Folk Album: Guy Clark, My Favorite Picture of You
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Dockside Sessions
Best Children’s Album: Jennifer Gasoi, Throw A Penny In the Wishing Well
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): Stephen Colbert, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t
Best Comedy Album: Kathy Griffin, Calm Down Gurrl
Best Musical theater Album: Kinky Boots
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Sound City: Real to Reel
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Skyfall, Thomas Newman, composer
Best Song Written for Visual Media: Adele, “Skyfall”
Best Instrumental Composition:The Clare Fischer Orchestra, “Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra”
Best Instrumental Arrangement: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, “on Green Dolphin Street”
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding, “Swing Low”
Best Recording Package: Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Paul McCartney and Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Best Album Notes: John Coltrane, Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered and Expanded)
Best Historical Album: The Rolling Stones, Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, Bill Withers, the Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Best Surround Sound Album:Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance: Minnesota Orchestra, Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 (Osmo Vänskä, conductor)
Best Opera Recording: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Adès: the Tempest
Best Choral Performance: Tui Hirv and Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir and Vox Clamantis, Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Brad Wells and Roomful of Teeth, Roomful Of Teeth
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Albany Symphony, Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra
Best Classical Vocal Solo: Maria Schneider; Jay anderson, Frank Kimbrough and Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks (Dawn Upshaw)
Best Classical Compendium: Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks, Maria Schneider, composer

Remembering John Lennon, founder of The Beatles

The famous John Ono Lennon, the founder of the worldwide known music band The Beatles, was born on this very day in the year of 1940. Over three decades after his death, John Lennon remains one of the most important and perhaps the most misunderstood artist in rock music history. Remembering John Lennon offers a unique and intimate look at the man beyond the legend. The Beatles tasted great success in Lennon’s presence until 1970. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Later he came up with critically acclaimed albums as his solo work. Here’s a look at some of his most famous songs of all time.

Give Peace a Chance: This song was Lennon’s debut solo single even though he was still a part of Beatles then. The song is based on an anti-war theme and interestingly was recorded in John-Yoko’s honeymoon room.

Imagine: Imagine is the most timeless song by John Lennon ever. It has been covered by a lot of artists but nothing can match with the original.

Instant Karma: Instant Karma is again one of the best he has written. The song was ready in just 10 days.

Revolution: One thing that makes this song special is John Lennon playing the guitar himself.

In My Life: This song was a Beatles production. The song originated with Lennon, and while Paul McCartney contributed to the final version.

Jealous Guy: This one is written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs.

Mother: Mother is actually a cry to both his parents, who abandoned him in his childhood. The song was first released on his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Mind Games: Mind Games was out when John Lennon began distancing himself from the political and social issues he had embraced in the previous 18 months. It was also around this time that he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were going through marital problems.

(Just Like) Starting Over: This was the first single released from Double Fantasy, and the first new recording Lennon had released since 1975. It was chosen by Lennon not because he felt it was the best track on the album, but because it was the most appropriate following his five-year absence from the recording industry.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over): This one has become a Christmas classic over the years. It was a part of Lennon and Ono’s peace campaign.

JohnLennon_soloBorn and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy.

John was murdered three weeks after the release of Double Fantasy. The news that John Lennon was dead came as an immense shock, infinitely sad, not only because of his death but for the death of an era, and for the Beatles songs that played all through that time, delivering a message worth listening for in each of their songs. The silly, innocent songs, like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and the songs so deep they were poems, like “Eleanor Rigby,” and no wonder we try to listen between the words of the songs for the messages the Beatles had allegedly hidden there. Now Lennon has been shot dead and the Beatles are no more. Ringo, Paul and George brought new albums on to the shelves, and all the radio stations were playing them over and over. And John is still alive in the hearts of all music lovers around the globe.