Electronic Music’s Godfather Isn’t Done Innovating
Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK | Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:47pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i.am and singer Kelly Clarkson announced the names of the nominees in five of the top categories on Thursday on the ABC television network news show “Good Morning America.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also received nominations for the coveted best new artist award, the single of the year for “Thrift Shop,” favorite pop/rock band, and best rap/hip-hop artist and album for “The Heist.” “This year’s lineup of talent is truly very impressive,” Larry Klein, the producer of the AMAs, told a news conference before the final categories were announced. Last year’s big winner, 19-year-old teen heart-throb Justin Bieber who took home three awards including artist of the year, failed to receive any nominations. Florida Georgia Line, pop singer Ariana Grande, alternative rock band Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips, the winner of the 11th season of the TV singing competition “American Idol,” will also compete for new artist of the year. “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz will vie for the best single against Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell & T.I. and “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line with Nelly. Thicke, 36, also earned a nomination for favorite soul/R&B male artist alongside singer Miguel and Timberlake, while Ciara, Alicia Keys and Rihanna will battle it out for the top female soul/R&B trophy. Rihanna will also compete against Swift and singer Pink for the top female pop or rock artist prize, while Mars is pitted against Thicke and Timberlake for favorite male artist in the same category. Mars and Imagine Dragons each received three nominations. Former Disney star Miley Cyrus, 20, who caused a sensation with her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August and just released her new album “Bangerz,” and Imagine Dragons will perform during the awards show. Winners of the AMAs will be selected by fans through online voting, which starts on Thursday, and for the first time this year via Twitter. The awards will be presented on November 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on ABC and streamed online. (Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Vicki Allen)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
To be sure, Grandpa Jones was a character, and if characters donat die then heas about to turn 100. Himself a Country Music Hall of Famer, Jones was devoted to a clattering brand of performing that preceded the term acountry music.a A aGrandpaa since the age of 22 – weall get to that story in a moment – his heyday was spent traveling pothole-laden, two-lane highways for 12 and 13 hours at a stretch, to get to little schoolhouse dates that sometimes didnat cover the travel expenses. His was a country world where hits were measured not by SoundScan numbers and aBillboarda chart positions, but by the volume of mail that would flow into the radio stations where he set up camp and did live sets, or to the cards and letters that would come in his name, in care of the Grand Ole Opry. Sometimes those cards and letters didnat supersede othersa: When Opry member Stoney Lee Cooper had a heart attack around the same time Jones had a gallstone operation, Cooper got hundreds of letters compared to Jonesa dozens. Grandpa rationalized this by saying aloud, aI guess gallstones donat draw as good as heart attacks.a Born on Oct. 20, 1913, in Henderson County, Ky., Jones spent teen years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing on local radio station WJW as a youngster after earning a green Gibson guitar and a radio slot from a talent competition victory. He was known as aMarshall Jones, the aYoung Singer of Old Songs,aa and this was back in the 1920s: New songs from back then are now old songs. The aGrandpaa moniker came along in 1935, when he was playing a Boston radio station for another old-time song collector and performer, Bradley Kincaid. After a long night out working, Kincaid and his charges had to rise early to go on air at Bostonas WBZ. As Jones would often tell in later years, Kincaid said to a groggy Jones, aGet up to the microphone, you look just like an old grandpa.a Jones spoke in a brashly craggy voice even as a young man, and radio listeners assumed he was geriatric. He decided to play up the aGrandpaa thing, performing with a false mustache and pencilling lines into his face, and performing more often on the banjo than the guitar. aAt first, the fake mustache was too big, and didnat look like a mustache should,a said Ramona Jones, Grandpaas wife of 52 years and a renowned fiddler by the time she met Grandpa in the 1930s. Jones is 89 now, and remarried to Methodist pastor Gene Gober.
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Or, in his words, “It was like a bombshell.” Silver Apples was the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record label and was created on the first synthesizer small enough to sit on a table. Subotnick’s Greenwich Village workspace became a drop-in spot for musicians from The Mothers of Invention to The Grateful Dead to The Velvet Underground . One night, unfamiliar visitors arrived. “Some [club owners] came in and said, ‘We just bought the name Electric Circus. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we were told if anyone knows, you would know.’ So I gave them a demonstration of an electric circus. They made me the director,” Subotnick says. As that Manhattan nightclub’s artistic director, Subotnick gave birth to electronic dance music. He says opening night at the Electric Circus was a big event. “[Japanese conductor] Seiji Ozawa came down; members of the Kennedy family were there,” Subotnick says. “I played about a half-hour’s worth of material starting with a heartbeat. … It wasn’t a beat that you would usually use in rock ‘n’ roll, but it was a strong pulse, and that’s all they needed. And they ended up dancing to it.” Morton Subotnick And Joan La Barbara On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’ Credit: WQXR Subotnick’s interest in new sounds goes back a long way. As a child prodigy in 1950s Los Angeles, playing clarinet with symphony orchestras, he sensed that something new was brewing.