PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
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Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
The Grammys gala in Los Angeles on Sunday was a night for girl power, and music's top stars delivered with a series of powerful performances -- some of them edgy, some simply glorious. Here is a look at the musical highlights of the night: - Provocative - Pop provocateur Janelle Monae and queen of sass Cardi B stunned with show-stopping numbers celebrating female sexuality. Monae, whose futurist blend of pop and psychedelic funk scored her a nomination for Album of the Year, brought a girl gang to the stage to perform the Prince-influenced "Make Me Feel." Some of her dancers sported the iconic pink vagina pants from her video "Pynk," which nabbed a nomination for Best Music Video. "Let the vagina have a monologue," the genre-bending performer said -- a lyric from her song "Django Jane." But it could have been the motto of the night. Queen Cardi delivered a sexually charged rendition of her hit "Money," sporting leopard thigh-highs, peacock-style feathers and a flapper-esque wig as she … [Read more...] about Ladies’ night at the Grammys: the performances
The music world will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the Grammys, with a wider selection of nominees -- led by hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women -- up for the top prizes. The televised bash in Los Angeles, which kicks off at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday) at the Staples Center, is not without controversy, as the Recording Academy grapples with how to embrace diversity in its ranks. For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack -- but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins. Rapper Kendrick Lamar -- who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album "DAMN." but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year -- earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven. Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile are among the frontrunners. In the Best New Artist category, six … [Read more...] about Music’s top stars set for Grammys gala
ARIANA Grande's feud with the Grammys' production team has been making headlines all around the world, leaving fans heartbroken that she won't perform. But, what else do we know about the upcoming ceremony? Here's the lowdown on the host, performers, Ariana's feud, and the nominees. When and where are the Grammys 2019? This year's ceremony will take place on February 10. 2019 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. This will be the 61st Annual Grammy Awards and see countless musicians go home with an accolade. The full nomination list has been revealed and fans can't wait to see who the winners will be. Kendrick Lamar, who swept last year's ceremony, is once again the front-runner with eight nominations thanks to his Black Panther work. Who is hosting the Grammys? This year's star-studded ceremony will be hosted by iconic singer and The Voice US judge Alicia Keys. Alicia posted a video on YouTube that includes the moment she found out she was the host and when she told her husband and kids the … [Read more...] about When will Grammys 2019 happen, who will host it, who are the performers and why did Ariana Grande feud about her performance?