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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees



1. Record Of The Year

Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Track from: El Camino

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited]

We Are Young
Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen]

Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Cambria
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
[Universal Republic]

Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean, producer; Jeff Ellis, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Track from: Channel Orange
[Def Jam]

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Taylor Swift
Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, engineer/mixer; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[Big Machine Records]

2. Album Of The Year

El Camino
The Black Keys
The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer

Some Nights
Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[Fueled By Ramen]

Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
André 3000, John Mayer & Earl Sweatshirt, featured artists; Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean & Pharrell, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
[Def Jam]

Jack White
Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Third Man/Columbia Records]

3. Song Of The Year

The A Team
Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Track from: +
[Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing]
Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
[RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic]

Call Me Maybe
Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
[604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing]
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
[RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music]

We Are Young
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)
Track from: Some Nights
[Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs]

4. Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

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Star-Studded GRAMMY Nominations Concert to Hit Nashville Wednesday

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J Host The Show Airing LIVE on CBS at 9pm CST

GRAMMY Nominations Concert

Tomorrow night is a big one in the entertainment world. The GRAMMY Nominations Concert is taking place… right here in Nashville! That’s right, CBS is airing the show LIVE from 9-10 CST for the first time ever directly from Bridgestone Arena. And FOCUS is gonna be there!

Hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J (just odd enough a pairing to be spectacular), the night will include performances by Hunter HayesLuke Bryan, Maroon 5, Ne-YoThe Whofun.Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry (performing together as a tribute to Johnny Cash), plus more! Oh, and they’re also announcing the nominees for Music’s Biggest Night, complete with special guest appearances.

And for those lucky enough to be AT the event (I’ll wait as you get over turning green from envy)… Maroon 5 will be performing an exclusive performance after the live broadcast. Stay tuned for more!

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Show Review: Josh Abbott Band @ Exit/In

Josh Abbot Band

FOCUS was recently invited to attend the Josh Abbott Band show at Exit/In.  This is another band that is new to us at the site and we appreciated the invitation to see them perform.

Josh Abbott Band hails from the great state of Texas bringing with them that unmistakable Texas sound blended with contemporary country music.  Great musicianship mixed with equally great stage presence, provided a night of great music that seemed to be enjoyed by all! It was a packed crowd in there.  From the moment they took the stage, the crowd was completely captivated by them–singing along and dancing to the music.

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Show Review: Benjamin Dunn & The Animal Orchestra

Also, receive a free download of new song My Name is Eustace

Recently, FOCUS was invited to attend a show at Rocketown in Nashville by Christian rock band, Benjamin Dunn & The Animal Orchestra.  We weren’t completely sure what to expect because this was the first time seeing this band live and a completely, new venue to us.  Not new to Nashville, just US.

After 2 opening artists, Benjamin Dunn & The Animal Orchestra took the stage.  From the moment they first took the stage until the very end, they captured the audience’s attention.  People were crowded to the very front of the stage, completely enthralled, and dancing to every song.  The songs were mostly uptempo and danceable with a Christian message.

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Matt Celebrates Movember

Growing Fine Mustaches to Promote Men’s Health

No need to hide your children or fear that I have stooped to the level of adult films to support my “acting” career… I have this thing that passes for a mustache for a reason: it’s Movember! No, it’s not just an excuse for men to grow creepy facial hair; it truly does have a purpose.

According to the Movember website:

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

Movember 2012If you know anyone who has been affected by prostate or testicular cancer, please donate. If you know anyone who has been affected by any type of cancer, please donate. If you are or know a MAN, please donate! Donate to promote men’s health across America! (Or at least donate Rogaine, so next year the ‘stache can be of Burt Reynolds quality). You can view my personal Movember page at

More on Movember
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

For more information on the programs we are funding please visit the following:
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Awareness & Education
Global Action Plan

Movember Promo

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Musicians Corner Holds Release Party and Concert for New Live Album

“Live at Musicians Corner, Vol. 1” Features 16 Artists all Recorded Live at the Popular Centennial Park Event

Live at Musicians Corner, Vol. 1Musicians Corner may be over, but the fun continues! Last Sunday the non-profit organization held an album release show for its first live album at 3rd & Lindsley. Several artists who appear on the album performed for the special benefit concert, which was broadcast live on Lightning 100.

The album, featuring 16 artists, was recorded live during various performances at Musicians Corner, and helps raise funds to present free music in Centennial Park.

Eleven Nashville artists appear on the album, including Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, Amy Stroup, Damien Horne, Steve Moakler, The Vespers, Humming House, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Madi Diaz, and Colorfeels. The album also features Louisville cellist Ben Sollee, Nathan Angelo, Micah Dalton, and American Idol Top 5 Finalist Matt Giraud.

Download a copy of Live at Musicians Corner, Vol. 1 here.

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Blake Shelton Cleans Up, Willie Nelson Honored at 46th Annual CMA Awards

The 46th Annual CMA Awards took over Nashville last night, producing all the excitement one would expect from “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Where to start… Stellar performances, great collaborations, surprise winners and country music superstars galore defined a night few are soon to forget.

Blake Shelton CMA Awards 2012

Photo credit: Sara Kauss, ABC

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2012 CMA Awards Promo

We take a sneak peek at the 46th Annual CMA Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Footage includes interviews with the artists prior to the night’s event and exclusive rehearsal footage!

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CMA Awards Backstage – Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge

The day before the 46th Annual CMA Music Awards, we had the wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at the brand new Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge! We enjoyed the splendors of Martin chic and an exclusive look at backstage. We also had the opportunity to interview Steve Storm from  C. F. Martin & Co. and speak with him about how this new tradition came about.

The lounge will be a comfortable, chic haven for all participating artists to relax, mingle with their peers, and best of all, play the beautiful Martin guitars available in the lounge during rehearsals, the red carpet and the night of the awards show. Read more about the Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge here!

And don’t forget to tune into the 46th Annual CMA Awards live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN Thursday November 1 at 8/7c on ABC!


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The Grape Stomp: Stompin’ It Out In Franklin

Grape stomping team “I Kissed A Grape And I Liked It”

The Grape Stomp has to be one of my favorite events to be part of this year.  Seriously, who doesn’t like to attend an outdoor wine festival on a beautiful autumn day enjoying some great music for a good cause?

This fun event started with a fun grape stomping competition by teams that each dressed in costumes.  My personal favorite was the grape stomping team of “I Kissed A Grape And I Liked It” — featuring, you guessed it, almost Russell Brand with 4 almost Katy Perry’s! The grape stomping winning team was the “Zin-ful Pleasures” who are a group of Recovery Room nurses from Williamson Medical Center.

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