VOTE: 2015 Murfie Listener’s Choice Awards

If you’re like us at the office… then maybe you enjoy the excitement of the GRAMMYs, but you think the nominees aren’t really THE best out of all the music out there. Obviously a lot of it has to do with what’s mainstream, what’s played on commercial radio, and things like that.

The Murfie staffers discussed this a bit, and we came up with our own list of nominees and categories. We have a broad range of musical taste here and totally pride ourselves on exploring what’s not popular, without denying the popular stuff that’s rightfully good.

Now, you, the people, can choose the winners in our 2015 Murfie Listener’s Choice Awards! Voting ends on Thursday, February 5th at noon—one vote per person, please! We’ll let you know who the winners are before the GRAMMYs air on Sunday February 8th!

Click the “Vote” button after each category to save your vote.

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This Week in Music History (February 19th-25th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

2/19- On this day in 1964, The Beatles’ popularity was cemented when half a ton of Beatles wigs were shipped to the United States, where they were worn by teenage fans of the Fab Four.

2/20- On this day in 2008, a copy of the The Rolling Stones’ 1976 LP Black and Blue sold for £4,000 at auction. Every Stones member, along with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison, had signed the album.

2/21- On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began their first recording sessions for their debut album at EMI Studios in London. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released in August 1967.

2/22- On this day in 1989, a Heavy Metal category was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Although Metallica performed at the awards show, the award went to Jethro Tull.

2/23- On this day in 2010, London’s Abbey Road Studios was named a listed building, protecting it from any construction that would radically alter it. The studio was deemed a piece of British heritage in large part because The Beatles used it for 90% of their recordings.

2/24- On this day in 1976, The EaglesGreatest Hits became the first album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. New certifications represented sales of over one million copies.

2/25- On this day in 2009, President Barack Obama honored his favorite musician, Stevie Wonder, by awarding him the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said Wonder’s music had been “the soundtrack to his youth”.

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This Week in Music History (February 5th-11th)

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2/5- On this day in 1971, Black Sabbath began recording their third album, Master of Reality, in London. The album’s dark sound would prove incredibly influential on future grunge acts, including Nirvana and Soundgarden.

2/6- On this day in 1943, Frank Sinatra made his debut as a vocalist when he joined the radio show “Your Hit Parade”. He was eventually fired after messing up the song “Don’t Fence Me In” on the air.

2/7- On this day in 1979, The Clash kicked off their first North American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside of San Francisco to promote their album London Calling.

2/8- On this day in 2006, Kelly Clarkson won two Grammy Awards–one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Since U Been Gone”) and one for Best Pop Vocal Album (Breakaway). She was the first “American Idol” contestant to win a Grammy.

2/9- On this day in 1964, The Beatles performed the first of three record-breaking appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. 73 million people watched the show, which was the Fab Four’s American TV debut and beginning of their massive success stateside.

2/10- On this day in 1993, Michael Jackson was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, his first interview in 15 years. In the interview, Jackson claimed that the reason for his drastic change in appearance was a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin.

2/11- On this day in 1965, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr married his longtime girlfriend at Caxton Hall Registrar’s Office in London. Two of his bandmates were in attendance.

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This Week in Music History (May 15th-21st)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

137377-large5/15- The 5th annual Grammy Awards happened on this day in 1963, celebrating the work of the musicians from 1962. The award for record of the year went to Tony BennettI Left My Heart in San Francisco6498-large

5/16- On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys released their influential album, Pet Sounds. The album has been ranked #2 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

27599-large5/17- This day in 1967 marked the beginning of the three-day long Monterey Pop Festival. Some notable appearances were Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Ravi Shankar.

2670-large5/18- The Backstreet Boys released their hit album Millennium on this day in 1999. America was arguably more in love with Nick, Brian, AJ, Howie, and Kevin than ever before.50990-large

5/19- Chaka Khan received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this day in 2011. A nice honor for the one they call the “Queen of Funk-Soul”.

41998-large-15/20- On this day in 1946, a star was born: Cherilyn Sarkisian. (We know her as Cher.)

MI00000161185/21- Marvin Gaye‘s album, Dream of a Lifetime, was released posthumously on this day in 1895. The album contained the hit song “Sanctified Lady”.

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This Week in Music History (May 1st-May 7th)

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MI00014412665/1- On this day in 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. The couple honeymooned in Palm Springs soon after. They were divorced less than five years later…talk about Heartbreak Hotel.

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5/2- A shopper at a Zales jewelry store was stopped by security guards on this date 1n 1988. The guards were concerned that the shopper was wearing a wig and false mustache. They confronted the disguised man due to the suspicious circumstances, and turns out, it was just Michael Jackson!

49768-large5/3- Bing Crosby was born on this day way back in 1903. His baritone voice is known by many, along with his rendition of the song “White Christmas“.

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5/4- The first ever Grammy Awards ceremony was held on this day in 1959. Some winners that night included Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

4999-large5/5- On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin packed Tampa Bay Stadium for a concert, with a jaw-dropping attendance count of 56,800 people.

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5/6- American country star Tammy Wynette passed away on this day in 1998. The 1970s country music charts were frequently topped with her tunes.

19560-large5/7- Bill Kreutzmann was born on this day in 1946. Kreutzmann was drummer in a very beloved American rock band, the Grateful Dead.

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Who’s Your Grammy Winner?

My deep-seated love for polls is second only to my love for deep V-necks. (For some laughs: extreme V-necksfailed V-neck intervention.) And right now, the conditions are perfect for a lil poll action. Tomorrow night, 8/7 central, on CBS, is the GRAMMY Awards, and I’d really like to know which album you’re betting your bottom dollar on to win Album Of The Year.

The Nominees:
21 – Adele
Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Loud – Rihanna

2011 Grammy breakdown

53rd Annual Grammy Awards: nominees & videos…and winners

In anticipation of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards tomorrow tonight, i.e. Sunday, February 13 (7:00c on CBS), I thought I’d present a snappy breakdown of the 2010 Nominees, along with videos to the music where appropriate.  I’ll skip the wordy gymnastics (that I generally so love to engage in), and just move along to the list** and respective links.
**Just as a note, I’m only including the awards that are typically broadcast or most popular – otherwise, you’d be swimming through 109 categories.  If you’re dead set on viewing the complete list of nominees, do so here.

Following last night’s ceremony, winners have now been italicized!

Record Of The Year
Nothin’ On You, B.o.B Feat. Bruno Mars
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem Feat. Rihanna
F*** You, Cee Lo Green
Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Album Of The Year
The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
-Recovery, Eminem
-Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
-The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
-Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Song Of The Year
Beg Steal Or Borrow, Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs
F*** You, Cee Lo Green
The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem Feat. Rihanna
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist
-Justin Bieber
-Drake
-Florence & The Machine
-Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
King Of Anything, Sara Bareilles
Halo (Live), Beyonce
Chasing Pirates, Norah Jones
Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Buble
This Is It, Michael Jackson
Whataya Want From Me, Adam Lambert
Just The Way You Are, Bruno Mars
Half Of My Heart, John Mayer

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version), Glee Cast
Misery, Maroon 5
The Only Exception, Paramore
Babyfather, Sade
Hey, Soul Sister (Live), Train

Best Pop Vocal Album
-My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
-I Dreamed A Dream, Susan Boyle
The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
-Battle Studies, John Mayer
-Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Best Dance Recording
Rocket, Goldfrapp
In For The Kill, La Roux
Dance In The Dark, Lady Gaga
Only Girl (In The World), Rihanna
Dancing On My Own, Robyn

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Run Back To Your Side, Eric Clapton
Crossroads, John Mayer
Helter Skelter, Paul McCartney
Silver Rider, Robert Plant
Angry World, Neil Young

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Ready To Start, Arcade Fire
I Put A Spell On You, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
Tighten Up, The Black Keys
Radioactive, Kings Of Leon
Resistance, Muse

Best Rock Song
Angry World, Neil Young
Little Lion Man, Mumford & Sons
Radioactive, Kings Of Leon
Resistance, Muse
Tighten Up, The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
-Emotion & Commotion, Jeff Beck
The Resistance, Muse
-Backspacer, Pearl Jam
-Mojo, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
-Le Noise, Neil Young

Best Alternative Music Album
-The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
-Infinite Arms, Band Of Horses
Brothers, The Black Keys
-Broken Bells, Broken Bells
-Contra, Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Song
Bittersweet, Fantasia
Finding My Way Back, Jaheim
Second Chance, El DeBarge
Shine, John Legend & The Roots
Why Would You Stay, Kem

Best R&B Album
-The Love & War Masterpeace, Raheem DeVaughn
-Back To Me, Fantasia
-Another Round, Jaheim
Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
-Still Standing, Monica

Best Contemporary R&B Album
-Graffiti, Chris Brown
-Untitled, R. Kelly
-Transition, Ryan Leslie
-The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monae
Raymond V Raymond, Usher

Best Rap Solo Performance
Over, Drake
Not Afraid, Eminem
How Low, Ludacris
I’m Back, T.I.
Power, Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Nothin’ On You, B.o.B & Bruno Mars
Deuces, Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem & Rihanna
Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Wake Up Everybody, John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song
Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem & Rihanna
Not Afraid, Eminem
Nothin’ On You, B.o.B & Bruno Mars
On To The Next One, Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album
-The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, B.o.B
-Thank Me Later, Drake
Recovery, Eminem
-The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z
-How I Got Over, The Roots

Best Country Song
The Breath You Take, George Strait
Free, Zac Brown Band
The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
I’d Love To Be Your Last, Gretchen Wilson
If I Die Young, The Band Perry
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Best Country Album
-Up On The Ridge, Dierks Bentley
-You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band
-The Guitar Song, Jamey Johnson
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
-Revolution, Miranda Lambert