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Oge Kimono set to host memorial concert for father



Oge Kimono set to host memorial concert for father

…launches debut album


Oge Kimono, the delectable and highly talented daughter of the late reggae legend, Ras kimono, is set to host a memorial concert in memory of her father.
Oge Kimono will also be launching her debut album titled ‘Good Ole Days’.


According to her media team, “the event is to commemorate the one year anniversary of Ras Kimono’s death and formally launch the taking over of the Massive dread band by Oge Kimono.


Ras Kimono was one of the greatest musicians of the reggae genre that Nigeria ever produced, we cannot just forget him like that, there must be some sort of honor done him every year to mark his transcending to the glory beyond. This concert and memorial lecture is to keep his memories alive in the hearts of music lovers both home and abroad. We will also be launching Oge Kimono’s first ever album titled ‘Good Ole Days’. The album is dedicated to Ras Kimono and tells the story of the good old days where everything was nice and smooth, good night life, god music, near sincere government who cared for the people and a communal society where we looked out for one another. This album is essentially telling the government to go back to good governance.


The world woke up to hear the demise of the great reggae icon, Ras Kimono on the 10th of June 2018, after celebrating his 60th birthday a month earlier. It was a rude shock to the reggae world and conscious music lovers. He used his music to fight apartheid, oppression and bad governance.


Billed to perform at the memorial event are star acts like Sound Sultan, Ego, Righteous Man, Joel, Buchi, Dezign, OritzWilliki, Oge kimono, Baba Leon and many more.

There will be a lecture in the morning with the theme “Revolutionary Music of Equality and Justice”. The paper will be presented by a renowned scholar, Professor Duro Oni of the University of Lagos. This will take place at the COSON House, where the late Ras Kimono was a director before his demise.


The memorial concert will take place at the Niteshift Coliseum, Ikeja.

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Burna Boy gets Grammy Award nomination



Burna Boy gets Grammy Award nomination

Burna Boy has finally proven that he is indeed the African giant with a Grammys nomination in the Best World Music Album category for his critically acclaimed album, The African Giant.

The major award itself will be held on January 26, 2020 and it will be hosted by Alicia Keys. Nominees were led by Lizzo with eight nominations. She is followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X with six nominations.

Burna Boy’s album, African Giant got nominated in the Best World Album category. He was nominated in the category alongside Altin Gün for Gece, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley for What Heat, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for Fanm D’Ayiti, and Angelique Kidjo for Celia.

Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards. Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include, Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo. The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.


1. Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

·                HEY, MA
Bon Iver
BJ Burton, Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; BJ Burton, Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer

·                7 RINGS
Ariana Grande
Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster &
Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes,
Billy Hickey & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers;
Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

·                HARD PLACE
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, producer; Joseph Hurtado, Jaycen Joshua, Derek Keota & Miki Tsutsumi, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

·                TALK
Disclosure & Denis Kosiak, producers; Ingmar Carlson, Jon Castelli, Josh Deguzman, John Kercy, Denis Kosiak, Guy Lawrence & Michael Romero, engineers/mixers; Dale Becker, mastering engineer

·                OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & YoungKio, producers; Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & Cinco, engineers/mixers; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

·                TRUTH HURTS
Ricky Reed & Tele, producers; Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

·                SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee
Louis Bell & Carter Lang, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers

2. Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

·                I,I
Bon Iver
Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; BJ Burton, Brad Cook & Justin Vernon, songwriters; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

·                NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL!
Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, producers; Jack Antonoff & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters; John Greenham, mastering engineer

·                THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande
Tommy Brown, Ilya, Max Martin & Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers; Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

·                I USED TO KNOW HER
David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Sam Ashworth, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris & H.E.R., songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

·                7
Lil Nas X
Montero Lamar Hill, songwriter; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

·                CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)
Ricky Reed, producer; Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

·                FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; John DeBold, Chris Kasych, Takemasa Kosaka, Ariel Rechtshaid & Hiroya Takayama, engineers/mixers; Ezra Koenig, songwriter; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer

3. Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

·                HARD PLACE
Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)

·                LOVER
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

·                NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

·                SOMEONE YOU LOVED
Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)

·                TRUTH HURTS
Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

4. Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

·                BLACK PUMAS

·                BILLIE EILISH

·                LIL NAS X

·                LIZZO

·                MAGGIE ROGERS

·                ROSALÍA

·                TANK AND THE BANGAS

·                YOLA


5. Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

·                SPIRIT

·                BAD GUY
Billie Eilish

·                7 RINGS
Ariana Grande

·                TRUTH HURTS

·                YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN
Taylor Swift

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

·                BOYFRIEND
Ariana Grande & Social House

·                SUCKER
Jonas Brothers

·                OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

·                SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee

·                SEÑORITA
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

7. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

·                SÌ
Andrea Bocelli

·                LOVE (DELUXE EDITION)
Michael Bublé

·                LOOK NOW
Elvis Costello & The Imposters

·                A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS
John Legend

·                WALLS
Barbra Streisand

8. Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.

·                THE LION KING: THE GIFT

Billie Eilish

·                THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

·                LOVER
Taylor Swift


9. Best Dance Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

·                LINKED
Simon Green, producer; Simon Green, mixer

·                GOT TO KEEP ON
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers, producers; Steve Dub Jones & Tom Rowlands, mixers

·                PIECE OF YOUR HEART
Meduza Featuring Goodboys
Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, producers; Simone Giani, Luca De Gregorio & Mattia Vitale, mixers

·                UNDERWATER
Jason Evigan & RÜFÜS DU SOL, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer

·                MIDNIGHT HOUR
Skrillex & Boys Noize Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Boys Noize & Skrillex, producers; Skrillex, mixer

10. Best Dance/Electronic Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

·                LP5

·                NO GEOGRAPHY
The Chemical Brothers

·                HI THIS IS FLUME (MIXTAPE)

·                SOLACE

·                WEATHER


11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

·                ANCESTRAL RECALL
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

·                STAR PEOPLE NATION
Theo Croker

Mark Guiliana

·                ELEVATE

·                METTAVOLUTION
Rodrigo y Gabriela


12. Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.

·                PRETTY WASTE
Bones UK

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.

·                HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard

·                WOMAN
Karen O & Danger Mouse

·                TOO BAD
Rival Sons

13. Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

Candlemass Featuring Tony Iommi

·                HUMANICIDE
Death Angel

·                BOW DOWN
I Prevail

·                UNLEASHED
Killswitch Engage

·                7EMPEST

14. Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                FEAR INOCULUM
Tool, songwriters (Tool)

·                GIVE YOURSELF A TRY
George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975)

·                HARMONY HALL
Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend)

·                HISTORY REPEATS
Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)

15. Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings.

·                AMO
Bring Me The Horizon

·                SOCIAL CUES
Cage The Elephant

·                IN THE END
The Cranberries

·                TRAUMA
I Prevail

·                FERAL ROOTS
Rival Sons


16. Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

·                U.F.O.F.
Big Thief

·                ASSUME FORM
James Blake

·                I,I
Bon Iver

·                FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend

·                ANIMA
Thom Yorke


17. Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

·                LOVE AGAIN
Daniel Caesar & Brandy

·                COULD’VE BEEN
H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller

·                EXACTLY HOW I FEEL
Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane

·                ROLL SOME MO
Lucky Daye

·                COME HOME
Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

·                TIME TODAY
BJ The Chicago Kid

·                STEADY LOVE

·                JEROME

·                REAL GAMES
Lucky Daye

·                BUILT FOR LOVE
PJ Morton Featuring Jazmine Sullivan

19. Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                COULD’VE BEEN
Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller)

·                LOOK AT ME NOW
Emily King & Jeremy Most, songwriters (Emily King)

·                NO GUIDANCE
Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, songwriters (Chris Brown Featuring Drake)

·                ROLL SOME MO
David Brown, Dernst Emile II & Peter Lee Johnson, songwriters (Lucky Daye)

·                SAY SO
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

·                APOLLO XXI
Steve Lacy

·                CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)

·                OVERLOAD
Georgia Anne Muldrow

·                SATURN

·                BEING HUMAN IN PUBLIC
Jessie Reyez

21. Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

·                1123
BJ The Chicago Kid

·                PAINTED
Lucky Daye

·                ELLA MAI
Ella Mai

·                PAUL
PJ Morton

·                VENTURA
Anderson .Paak


22. Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

·                MIDDLE CHILD
J. Cole

·                SUGE

·                DOWN BAD
Dreamville Featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy

·                RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

·                CLOUT
Offset Featuring Cardi B

23. Best Rap/Sung Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

·                HIGHER
DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

·                DRIP TOO HARD
Lil Baby & Gunna

·                PANINI
Lil Nas X

·                BALLIN
Mustard Featuring Roddy Ricch

·                THE LONDON
Young Thug Featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott

24. Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BAD IDEA
Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae Featuring Chance The Rapper)

·                GOLD ROSES
Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross Featuring Drake)

·                A LOT
Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)

·                RACKS IN THE MIDDLE
Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)

·                SUGE
DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)

25. Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.


·                CHAMPIONSHIPS
Meek Mill

·                I AM > I WAS
21 Savage

·                IGOR
Tyler, The Creator

·                THE LOST BOY
YBN Cordae


26. Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

·                ALL YOUR’N
Tyler Childers

·                GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Ashley McBryde

·                RIDE ME BACK HOME
Willie Nelson

·                GOD’S COUNTRY
Blake Shelton

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Tanya Tucker

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

·                BRAND NEW MAN
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs

·                I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU)
Brothers Osborne

·                SPEECHLESS
Dan + Shay

·                THE DAUGHTERS
Little Big Town

·                COMMON
Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

28. Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

·                GIRL GOIN’ NOWHERE
Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)

·                IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH
Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

·                SOME OF IT
Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)

·                SPEECHLESS
Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

29. Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

·                DESPERATE MAN
Eric Church

·                STRONGER THAN THE TRUTH
Reba McEntire

·                INTERSTATE GOSPEL
Pistol Annies

·                CENTER POINT ROAD
Thomas Rhett

·                WHILE I’M LIVIN’
Tanya Tucker


30. Best New Age Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental new age recordings.

·                FAIRY DREAMS
David Arkenstone

·                HOMAGE TO KINDNESS
David Darling

·                WINGS
Peter Kater

·                VERVE
Sebastian Plano

·                DEVA
Deva Premal


31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

·                ELSEWHERE
Melissa Aldana, soloist

·                SOZINHO
Randy Brecker, soloist

Julian Lage, soloist

·                THE WINDUP
Branford Marsalis, soloist

·                SIGHTSEEING
Christian McBride, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.

·                THIRSTY GHOST
Sara Gazarek

·                LOVE & LIBERATION
Jazzmeia Horn

·                ALONE TOGETHER
Catherine Russell

·                12 LITTLE SPELLS
Esperanza Spalding

·                SCREENPLAY
The Tierney Sutton Band

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.

·                IN THE KEY OF THE UNIVERSE
Joey DeFrancesco

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Christian McBride

·                FINDING GABRIEL
Brad Mehldau

·                COME WHAT MAY
Joshua Redman Quartet

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.

·                TRIPLE HELIX
Anat Cohen Tentet

·                DANCER IN NOWHERE
Miho Hazama

·                HIDING OUT
Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Brian Lynch Big Band

·                ONE DAY WONDER
Terraza Big Band

35. Best Latin Jazz Album
For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

·                ANTIDOTE
Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

·                SORTE!: MUSIC BY JOHN FINBURY
Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis & Rubén Blades

·                CARIB
David Sánchez

Miguel Zenón


36. Best Gospel Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best traditional Christian, roots gospel or contemporary gospel single or track.

·                LOVE THEORY
Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

·                TALKIN’ ‘BOUT JESUS
Gloria Gaynor Featuring Yolanda Adams; Bryan
Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, songwriters

·                SEE THE LIGHT
Travis Greene Featuring Jekalyn Carr

·                SPEAK THE NAME
Koryn Hawthorne Featuring Natalie Grant

·                THIS IS A MOVE (LIVE)
Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, songwriters

37. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

·                ONLY JESUS
Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Matthew West, songwriters

·                GOD ONLY KNOWS
for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters

·                HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET
Danny Gokey; Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse & Colby Wedgeworth, songwriters

Tauren Wells

·                RESCUE STORY
Zach Williams; Ethan Hulse, Andrew Ripp, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

38. Best Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional or contemporary/R&B gospel music recordings.

·                LONG LIVE LOVE
Kirk Franklin

·                GOSHEN
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri -City Singers

·                TUNNEL VISION
Gene Moore

·                SETTLE HERE
William Murphy

CeCe Winans

39. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, contemporary Christian music, including pop, rap/hip hop, or rock recordings.

·                I KNOW A GHOST

·                BURN THE SHIPS

·                HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET
Danny Gokey

·                THE ELEMENTS

·                HOLY ROAR
Chris Tomlin

40. Best Roots Gospel Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

Steven Curtis Chapman

·                TESTIMONY
Gloria Gaynor

·                DEEPER OCEANS
Joseph Habedank

·                HIS NAME IS JESUS
Tim Menzies

·                GONNA SING, GONNA SHOUT
(Various Artists)
Jerry Salley, Producer


41. Best Latin Pop Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.

·                VIDA
Luis Fonsi

·                11:11

·                MONTANER
Ricardo Montaner

·                #ELDISCO
Alejandro Sanz

·                FANTASIA
Sebastian Yatra

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.

·                X 100PRE
Bad Bunny

·                OASIS
J Balvin & Bad Bunny

·                INDESTRUCTIBLE
Flor De Toloache

·                ALMADURA

·                EL MAL QUERER

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.

·                CAMINANDO
Joss Favela

·                PERCEPCIÓN

·                POCO A POCO
La Energia Norteña

·                20 ANIVERSARIO
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

·                DE AYER PARA SIEMPRE
Mariachi Los Camperos

44. Best Tropical Latin Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.

·                OPUS
Marc Anthony

·                TIEMPO AL TIEMPO
Luis Enrique + C4 Trio

·                CANDELA
Vicente García

·                LITERAL
Juan Luis Guerra 4.40

Aymée Nuviola


45. Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

·                SAINT HONESTY
Sara Bareilles

·                FATHER MOUNTAIN
Calexico And Iron & Wine

·                I’M ON MY WAY
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

·                CALL MY NAME
I’m With Her

·                FARAWAY LOOK

46. Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BLACK MYSELF
Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)

·                CALL MY NAME
Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)

·                CROSSING TO JERUSALEM
Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)

·                FARAWAY LOOK
Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)

Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

47. Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

·                YEARS TO BURN
Calexico And Iron & Wine

·                WHO ARE YOU NOW
Madison Cunningham

·                OKLAHOMA
Keb’ Mo’

·                TALES OF AMERICA
J.S. Ondara

·                WALK THROUGH FIRE

48. Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

·                TALL FIDDLER
Michael Cleveland

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

·                TOIL, TEARS & TROUBLE
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

·                ROYAL TRAVELLER
Missy Raines

·                IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

49. Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

·                KINGFISH
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

·                TALL, DARK & HANDSOME
Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

·                SITTING ON TOP OF THE BLUES
Bobby Rush

·                BABY, PLEASE COME HOME
Jimmie Vaughan

·                SPECTACULAR CLASS
Jontavious Willis

50. Best Contemporary Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.

·                VENOM & FAITH
Larkin Poe

·                BRIGHTER DAYS
Robert Randolph & The Family Band

·                SOMEBODY SAVE ME
Sugaray Rayford

·                KEEP ON
Southern Avenue

51. Best Folk Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

·                MY FINEST WORK YET
Andrew Bird

·                REARRANGE MY HEART
Che Apalache

·                PATTY GRIFFIN
Patty Griffin

·                EVENING MACHINES
Gregory Alan Isakov

·                FRONT PORCH
Joy Williams

52. Best Regional Roots Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.

·                KALAWAI’ANUI
Amy Hānaiali’i

Northern Cree

·                GOOD TIME
Ranky Tanky

Rebirth Brass Band

·                HAWAIIAN LULLABY
(Various Artists)
Imua Garza & Kimié Miner, producers


53. Best Reggae Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.

·                RAPTURE

·                AS I AM
Julian Marley

Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics

·                MASS MANIPULATION
Steel Pulse

·                MORE WORK TO BE DONE
Third World


54. Best World Music Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

·                GECE
Altin Gün

·                WHAT HEAT
Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley

·                AFRICAN GIANT
Burna Boy

·                FANM D’AYITI
Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet

·                CELIA
Angelique Kidjo


55. Best Children’s Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new musical or spoken word recordings that are created and intended specifically for children.

Jon Samson

·                FLYING HIGH!
Caspar Babypants

·                I LOVE RAINY DAYS
Daniel Tashian

·                THE LOVE
Alphabet Rockers

·                WINTERLAND
The Okee Dokee Brothers


56. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

·                BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
(Various Artists)
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt, producers

·                BECOMING
Michelle Obama

Eric Alexandrakis

·                MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
John Waters

Sekou Andrews & The String Theory


57. Best Comedy Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

·                QUALITY TIME
Jim Gaffigan

·                RELATABLE
Ellen DeGeneres

·                RIGHT NOW
Aziz Ansari

·                SON OF PATRICIA
Trevor Noah

·                STICKS & STONES
Dave Chappelle


58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes, principal soloists; Scott M. Riesett, producer (Original Broadway Cast)

·                HADESTOWN
Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

·                MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit, principal soloists; Justin Levine, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

Imogen Heap, producer; Imogen Heap, composer (Imogen Heap)

·                OKLAHOMA!
Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)


59. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).

·                THE LION KING: THE SONGS
(Various Artists)

(Various Artists)

·                ROCKETMAN
Taron Egerton

(Various Artists)

·                A STAR IS BORN
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

60. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

·                AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Alan Silvestri, composer

·                CHERNOBYL
Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer

·                GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 8
Ramin Djawadi, composer

·                THE LION KING
Hans Zimmer, composer

·                MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Marc Shaiman, composer

61. Best Song Written For Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Randy Newman, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)
Track from: Toy Story 4

·                GIRL IN THE MOVIES
Dolly Parton & Linda Perry, songwriters (Dolly Parton)
Track from: Dumplin’

Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Aaron Raitiere, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
Track from: A Star Is Born

·                SPIRIT
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Track from: The Lion King

·                SUSPIRIUM
Thom Yorke, songwriter (Thom Yorke)
Track from: Suspiria


62. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

·                BEGIN AGAIN
Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)

·                CRUCIBLE FOR CRISIS
Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band)

·                LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

·                WALKIN’ FUNNY
Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)

63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                BLUE SKIES
Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers)

·                HEDWIG’S THEME
John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams)

·                LA NOVENA
Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra)

·                LOVE, A BEAUTIFUL FORCE
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)

·                MOON RIVER
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

·                ALL NIGHT LONG
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)

·                JOLENE
Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek)

·                MARRY ME A LITTLE
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimée)

·                OVER THE RAINBOW
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood)

·                12 LITTLE SPELLS (THORACIC SPINE)
Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)


65. Best Recording Package

·                ANÓNIMAS & RESILIENTES
Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors (Voces Del Bullerengue)

·                CHRIS CORNELL
Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors (Chris Cornell)

·                HOLD THAT TIGER
Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang, art directors (The Muddy Basin Ramblers)

·                I,I
Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson, art directors (Bon Iver)

·                INTELLEXUAL
Irwan Awalludin, art director (Intellexual)

66. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

·                ANIMA
Stanley Donwood & Tchocky, art directors (Thom Yorke)

·                GOLD IN BRASS AGE
Amanda Chiu, Mark Farrow & David Gray, art directors (David Gray)

·                1963: NEW DIRECTIONS
Josh Cheuse, art director (John Coltrane)

·                THE RADIO RECORDINGS 1939-1945
Marek Polewski, art director (Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker)

Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)


67. Best Album Notes

Judy Cantor-Navas, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)

·                PEDAL STEEL + FOUR CORNERS
Brendan Greaves, album notes writer (Terry Allen And The Panhandle Mystery Band)

Jeff Place, album notes writer (Pete Seeger)

·                STAX ’68: A MEMPHIS STORY
Steve Greenberg, album notes writer (Various Artists)


68. Best Historical Album

Andrew Batt & Kris Maher, compilation producers; Simon Gibson, mastering engineer (Bobbie Gentry)

Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)

Spencer Doran, Yosuke Kitazawa, Douglas Macgowan & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)

Brian Kehew, Steve Woolard & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer (Various Artists)


69. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

·                ALL THESE THINGS
Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Rodney Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)

·                ELLA MAI
Chris “Shaggy” Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Ella Mai)

·                RUN HOME SLOW
Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer (The Teskey Brothers)

·                SCENERY
Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Emily King)

Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)

70. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.)

·                JACK ANTONOFF

• Arizona Baby (Kevin Abstract) (A)
• Lover (Taylor Swift) (A)
• Norman F***ing Rockwell! (Lana Del Rey) (A)
• Red Hearse (Red Hearse) (A)​

·                DAN AUERBACH

• The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name (Leo Bud Welch) (A)
• “Let’s Rock” (The Black Keys) (A)
• Mockingbird (The Gibson Brothers) (A)
• Myth Of A Man (Night Beats) (A)
• Southern Gentleman (Dee White) (A)
• Walk Through Fire (Yola) (A)

·                JOHN HILL

• Heat Of The Summer (Young The Giant) (T)
• Hundred (Khalid) (T)
• No Drug Like Me (Carly Rae Jepsen) (T)
• Outta My Head (Khalid With John Mayer) (T)
• Social Cues (Cage The Elephant) (A)
• Superposition (Young The Giant) (T)
• Too Much (Carly Rae Jepsen) (T)
• Vertigo (Khalid) (T)
• Zero (From “Ralph Breaks The Internet”) (Imagine Dragons) (T)

·                FINNEAS

• When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Billie Eilish) (A)

·                RICKY REED

• Almost Free (Fidlar) (A)
• Burning (Maggie Rogers) (T)
• Confidence (X Ambassadors Featuring K.Flay) (T)
• Juice (Lizzo) (T)
• Kingdom Of One (Maren Morris) (T)
• Power Is Power (SZA Featuring The Weekend & Travis Scott) (T)
• Tempo (Lizzo Featuring Missy Elliott) (T)
• Truth Hurts (Lizzo) (T)
• The Wrong Man (Ross Golan) (A)

71. Best Remixed Recording
A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.

Tracy Young, remixer (Madonna)

Wuki, remixer (Miley Cyrus)

·                THE ONE (HIGH CONTRAST REMIX)
Lincoln Barrett, remixer (Jorja Smith)

·                SWIM (FORD. REMIX)
Luc Bradford, remixer (Mild Minds)

·                WORK IT (SOULWAX REMIX)
David Gerard C Dewaele & Stephen Antoine C Dewaele, remixers (Marie Davidson)


72. Best Immersive Audio Album
For vocal or instrumental albums in any genre. Must be commercially released on DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, Blu-Ray, or burned download-only/streaming-only copies and must provide a new surround mix of four or more channels. Award to the surround mix engineer, surround producer (if any) and surround mastering engineer (if any).

·                CHAIN TRIPPING
Luke Argilla, immersive audio engineer; Jurgen Scharpf, immersive audio mastering engineer; Jona Bechtolt, Claire L. Evans & Rob Kieswetter, immersive audio producers (Yacht)

Jim Anderson, immersive audio engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Ulrike Schwarz, immersive audio producer (Ken-David Masur & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra)

·                LUX
Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)

·                THE ORCHESTRAL ORGAN
Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio engineer; Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio mastering engineer; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, immersive audio producers (Jan Kraybill)

·                THE SAVIOR
Bob Clearmountain, immersive audio engineer; Bob Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Michael Marquart & Dave Way, immersive audio producers (A Bad Think)


73. Best Engineered Album, Classical
An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (International Contemporary Ensemble)

·                BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 9
Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers; Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Hermitage Piano Trio)

·                RILEY: SUN RINGS
Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)

·                WOLFE: FIRE IN MY MOUTH
Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

74. Producer Of The Year, Classical
A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)

·                BLANTON ALSPAUGH

• Artifacts – The Music Of Michael McGlynn (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
• Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Fantaisie Sur La Tempête De Shakespeare (Andrew Davis & Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
• Copland: Billy The Kid; Grohg (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
• Duruflé: Complete Choral Works (Robert Simpson & Houston Chamber Choir)
• Glass: Symphony No. 5 (Julian Wachner, The Choir Of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices & Novus NY)
• Sander: The Divine Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom (Peter Jermihov & PaTRAM Institute Singers)
• Smith, K.: Canticle (Craig Hella Johnson & Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble)
• Visions Take Flight (Mei-Ann Chen & ROCO)

·                JAMES GINSBURG

• Project W – Works By Diverse Women Composers (Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta)
• Silenced Voices (Black Oak Ensemble)
• 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos (Jory Vinikour, Scott Speck & Chicago Philharmonic)
• Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas (Alex Klein & Phillip Bush)
• Winged Creatures & Other Works For Flute, Clarinet, And Orchestra (Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, Allen Tinkham & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra)

·                MARINA A. LEDIN, VICTOR LEDIN

• Bates: Children Of Adam; Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem (Steven Smith, Erin R. Freeman, Richmond Symphony & Chorus)
• The Orchestral Organ (Jan Kraybill)
• The Poetry Of Places (Nadia Shpachenko)
• Rachmaninoff – Hermitage Piano Trio (Hermitage Piano Trio)

·                MORTEN LINDBERG

• Himmelborgen (Elisabeth Holte, Kåre Nordstoga & Uranienborg Vokalensemble)
• Kleiberg: Do You Believe In Heather? (Various Artists)
• Ljos (Fauna Vokalkvintett)
• LUX (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
• Trachea (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl & Schola Cantorum)
• Veneliti (Håkon Daniel Nystedt & Oslo Kammerkor)

·                DIRK SOBOTKA

• Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)


75. Best Orchestral Performance
Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.

·                BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 9
Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

·                COPLAND: BILLY THE KID; GROHG
Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

·                NORMAN: SUSTAIN
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

·                TRANSATLANTIC
Louis Langrée, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

·                WEINBERG: SYMPHONIES NOS. 2 & 21
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor (City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica)

76. Best Opera Recording
Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.

George Benjamin, conductor; Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House)

·                BERG: WOZZECK
Marc Albrecht, conductor; Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek; François Roussillon, producer (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Chorus Of Dutch National Opera)

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)

·                PICKER: FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus)

·                WAGNER: LOHENGRIN
Christian Thielemann, conductor; Piotr Beczała, Anja Harteros, Tomasz Konieczny, Waltraud Meier & Georg Zeppenfeld; Eckhard Glauche, producer (Festspielorchester Bayreuth; Festspielchor Bayreuth)

77. Best Choral Performance
Award to the Conductor, and to the Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.

·                BOYLE: VOYAGES
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)

·                THE HOPE OF LOVING
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

Peter Jermihov, conductor (Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley; PaTRAM Institute Singers)

·                SMITH, K.: THE ARC IN THE SKY
Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

78. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.

Christopher Rountree & Wild Up

·                FREEDOM & FAITH

·                PERPETULUM
Third Coast Percussion

Hermitage Piano Trio

·                SHAW: ORANGE
Attacca Quartet

79. Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor when applicable.

·                THE BERLIN RECITAL
Yuja Wang

·                HIGDON: HARP CONCERTO
Yolanda Kondonassis; Ward Stare, conductor (The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)

Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)

·                THE ORCHESTRAL ORGAN
Jan Kraybill

Tessa Lark; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

80. Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Award to: Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups) Producer(s), Recording Engineers/Mixers with 51% or more playing time of new material.

Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister & Nicholas Tolle)

·                HIMMELSMUSIK
Philippe Jaroussky & Céline Scheen; Christina Pluhar, conductor; L’Arpeggiata, ensemble (Jesús Rodil & Dingle Yandell)

Matthias Goerne; Leif Ove Andsnes, accompanist

·                SONGPLAY
Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)

·                A TE, O CARA
Stephen Costello; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra)

81. Best Classical Compendium
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.

·                AMERICAN ORIGINALS 1918
John Morris Russell, conductor; Elaine Martone, producer

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Paul Appleby & Natalia Katyukova; Silas Brown & Harold Meltzer, producers

·                THE POETRY OF PLACES
Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers

Hannu Lintu, conductor; Laura Heikinheimo, producer

82. Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.

Derek Bermel, composer (Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra)

·                HIGDON: HARP CONCERTO
Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)

Wynton Marsalis, composer (Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Măcelaru & Philadelphia Orchestra)

·                NORMAN: SUSTAIN
Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)

·                SHAW: ORANGE
Caroline Shaw, composer (Attacca Quartet)

·                WOLFE: FIRE IN MY MOUTH
Julia Wolfe, composer (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)


83. Best Music Video
Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

·                WE’VE GOT TO TRY
The Chemical Brothers
Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer

·                THIS LAND
Gary Clark Jr.
Savanah Leaf, video director; Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde & Alicia Martinez, video producers

·                CELLOPHANE
FKA twigs
Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers

·                GLAD HE’S GONE
Tove Lo
Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Nathan Schottenfels, video producer

84. Best Music Film
For concert/performance films or music documentaries. Award to the artist, video director, and video producer.

·                HOMECOMING
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors; Dora Melissa Vargas, video producer

·                REMEMBER MY NAME
David Crosby
A.J. Eaton, video director; Cameron Crowe, Michele Farinola & Greg Mariotti, video producers

·                BIRTH OF THE COOL
(Miles Davis)
Stanley Nelson, video director; Nicole London, video producer

·                SHANGRI-LA
(Various Artists)
Morgan Neville, video director; Emma Baiada, video producer

·                ANIMA
Thom Yorke
Paul Thomas Anderson, video director; Paul Thomas Anderson, Erica Frauman & Sara Murphy, video producers

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Kanye West, Dr. Dre announce ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ album



Kanye West, Dr. Dre announce ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ album

“Jesus” is being resurrected — just three weeks after its first incarnation.

Kanye West, 42, and legendary producer Dr. Dre, 54, took to Twitter Monday to post nearly identical messages announcing a second installment of West’s “Jesus Is King” album. The first installment of the long-delayed gospel album dropped in late October to mixed reviews.

“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” both posted alongside a photo of the two of them in a studio, reports the New York Post.

West’s post has so far racked up over 291,000 likes, while Dre’s has gotten 44,000.

The pair have not previously collaborated, although Yeezus has long been a fan of the six-time Grammy Award-winning “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” rap icon.

“He’s the definition of a true talent,” West once wrote in a Rolling Stone essay.

The early announcement from the procrastinating superstar comes on the heels of West’s news of his first-ever opera, named for the longest-reigning monarch of Babylon, and him telling celebrity pastor Joel Osteenthat he no longer cares for fame and money but is “in service to God.”

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Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences



Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences

Book:     It Happened That Night & Other Stories



Author:     Lekan Malik



Publisher:   Technoprint Publications, Lagos



Pages:      102



Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga





t Happened That Night & Other Stories” is Lekan Malik’s debut prose work into the highly competitive field of literary creativity and global book market.



The twelve tales in the book include: “It Happened That Night”, “It Was The Knife That Did It”, “Face To Face With Death”, “A Stranger’s Head”, “The Robbing Masquerade”, “Hand Of Frustration”, “When It Wasn’t Easy…”, “I Wish I Could Help Him”, “Grave Of Voices”, “The Awaiting Priest”, etc.



Multidimensional human experiences ranging from personal health challenges, murder, religious and abstract imagination about death, robbery, poverty, ethnic discrimination, mystical voices, etc. are the rice and stew of the stories.


Through the introduction page, the author informs that the cover story; ‘It Happened That Night,’ “is a personal and unforgettable experience of the writer with some creativity…” This implies that the first story in the book is a ‘unitruefiction’ (a combination of fiction and nonfiction).


It borders on the psychological hallucinations the author went through while sick at a particular time. He describes certain experiences he had like many folks do when they are seriously ill- some hear imaginary voices or ringing tones.



A contemporary and quite disturbing issue that has become commonplace in Nigeria these days is the killing of wives by their husbands and vice versa, coupled with ethnic discrimination in marital relationships that has destroyed many marriages over the years. These are the musings of “It Was The Knife That Did It,” where an alcoholic husband known as Obinna kills his wife, Sade, as a result of inter-tribal discrimination by both his family members of Igbo origin and his wife’s Yoruba family members who collectively contributes to the rancor that snowballs into hate between the couple, and the wife eventual death.



“Face To Face With Death,” happens to be the most hilarious and entertaining story in the entire collection based on the reviewer’s assessment. Apart from being an interesting satirical reminder of certain common religious activities noticeable among Christians and Islamic so-called representatives of God on earth, it shows how some people try to run away from death after boasting that they are ready to die. Despite claiming to be searching for death, which makes him to visit a pastor and an Islamic cleric to ask them where he could see death face to face, Alabi, a young man later sees death in human forms that came to rob him of his possessions, but he refuses to die.


Another noteworthy story is “When It Wasn’t Easy…” It highlights how some relatives deceive their nieces from the village in the guise to further their education in the city, only to introduce them into prostitution for personal benefits.



Experiences bordering on life after death and some traditional values, beliefs and practices among the Igbo and other Africans are the meat and potatoes of “Grave of Voices.” Here, the author awakens the reader’s memory to similar gothic occurrences such as the types in Perpetual Obidiegwu’s novel titled “Priceless Jewel,” and William Shakespeare’s drama titled “Hamlet.”


Disobedience of some traditional/cultural practices by some Africans who claim to be Jewish than the Jews, and Arabic than the Arabs, seems to be the author’s satirical concentration in “Grave of Voices,” where Kolade, a Yoruba man- the central character of the story, refuses to obey the traditional culture of his Igbo in-laws who wants him to release the dead body of his wife, Amarachi to them for burial in their home town.



He buries his late wife in his compound. This leads to her nocturnal protests to the hearing of Yakubu the gateman. He informs Kolade about the strange voices he hears from late Mrs. Kolade Amarachi’s grave at night. But the stubborn widower says Yakubu maybe either drunk or dreaming. Kolade later hears the voice at night saying “Take me home” as Yakubu had earlier told him he has been hearing at night.



The story reminds the reviewer about a similar life experience related by a friend who lives in Ikorodu area of Lagos, where one night he saw the spirit of a young lady rising from the sitting-room of an apartment he rented some year ago. The spirit went to the locked entrance door, hissed, opened it and went out at exactly midnight. This made the reviewer’s friend to approach the landlord of the house to inquire whether someone was buried in the sitting-room of the apartment. The landlord confirmed that he buried his matured late daughter there two years before the occupant parked in. Hence, the claim that when people are buried it is the end of their life is a figment of ignorance. Spirits rise from graves to live at night between 12 – 4am before Aurora’s footsteps.



The only story in the anthology that has a sprinkle of descriptive stream is “A Stranger’s Head”. Unexpected springing of surprises and twists in the plots of the entire stories are the author’s commendable hallmark of narrative style.


However, deficiencies noticed in the book include typos, syntactic errors, and mechanical noise in some pages. Some Yoruba words used in some of the stories ought to have also been translated in English for non-Yoruba readers.



Lekan Malik studied English and Literature at Lagos State University. He is also a budding poet whose works have been published in some anthologies.

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Sola Shobowale, Okey Bakassi, Chi Gul, Yinka Davies light up Mouka’s Green Gala Night



Sola Shobowale, Okey Bakassi, Chi Gul, Yinka Davies light up Mouka’s Green Gala Night


t was a brilliant showcase of creativity, glitz and artistic exploration at the Green Gala Night organised by the nation’s leading mattress and other bedding products manufacturer, Mouka, to round off its 60th anniversary penultimate weekend in Lagos as it was brightened with command appearance of leading Nollywood stars and On Air Personalities.



Leading the pack was Nollywood star actress and filmmaker, Sola Sobowale, who two weeks ago, received the prestigious recognition in the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role as ‘Alhaja Eniola Salami’ in Kemi Adetiba’s blockbuster, ‘King of Boys’.


Other celebrities in attendance include Adebayo Davies, an actor (Baba Landlord in Flat mates); Chioma Omeruah (Chi gul), an actress and comedian; Lotachukwu Ugwu, an actress (popularly known as Kiki in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary); Yinka Davies, a celebrated singer and actress; Arese Ugwu, author and social media financial expert (popularly known as Smart money Arese); Sisi Yemmie Blogger, Vlogger and all-round creative to complete the galaxy of stars at the night.



The night was anchored by ace comedian and actor, Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, popularly known as Okey Bakassi.



While responding to journalists’ questions, Sobowale described quality sleep as a necessary ingredient to a healthy and productive life of a busy professional like her, while thumbing up for the Mouka brand.



In his welcome remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Raymond Murphy, explained that the last 60 years has been a long and successful journey for Mouka, adding that the company has built an enduring brand in the last six decades.



“This is a big milestone for us. At 60, we are the market share leader in the foam and beddings sector” he said, while praising the stakeholders and shareholders of the company for giving quality and wholesome support to the company over the years.



He maintained that the last 60 years have been eventful for the company in terms of job creation, value creation for shareholders and business partners and high level of governance compliance.



“Our mantra within the company is good to great. Good for us is never good enough. We continue to strive for greatness.” Murphy told journalists at the venue.


Others highlights of the night included the cutting of the anniversary cake and the winning of exciting prizes by guests who marveled at the exhilarating ambience and the touch of class that surrounded the celebration.



The foundation for Mouka was laid 60 years ago in the historic city of Kano when the scion of the Faiz Moukarim family started the Moukarim Metalwood factory to manufacture furniture and iron beds.



Since then, Mouka has gone into manufacturing of foam and spring mattresses, as well as other bedding products at its three production facilities across Nigeria.



The company has also developed an extensive distribution network with more than 1,000 branded sales outlets nationwide.

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Guild of Fine Artists opens gallery in Lagos



Guild of Fine Artists opens gallery in Lagos


he Guild of Professional Fine Artists’ (GFA) Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA) has reiterated its commitment to repositioning the guild with the opening of its own art gallery in Lagos.



The formal opening of the GFA Gallery, located in the heart of Lekki, Lagos, took place last Sunday. The event had in attendance Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed, notable art patrons and other dignitaries.   



Speaking on the formal opening, the Director of the GFA, Ugonna Ibe-Ejiogu said: “It was an honour and a pleasure to welcome the Minister. He was patient as he toured the gallery space, viewing each work and speaking with all the artists present. He also devoted a considerable amount of time to engage with one of our Trustees, Chief Ede Dafinone, art patron and respected artist, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo and GFA president Mr. Sam Ebohon, and address questions and concerns about governmental support of the arts in Nigeria”.



According to her, it’s a new dawn for the Guild, a dawn that sees the successful opening of the guild’s first gallery open its doors to a new generation of artists.



“With over 10 years under its belt, the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria is reasserting its relevance    as it becomes a more active part of the art ecosystem and seeks to curate a new experience that matches the excitement that African art is generating”, Ibe-Ejiogu further stated.



While the GFA Gallery will be a permanent home for the works of the members, the space will serve the art community at large by hosting third party exhibitions, talks, workshops, art classes and so much more. The President, Sam Ebohon, expressed his excitement for the future of the GFA and also acknowledged members who live across Nigeria, saying, “Guild activities will not be limited to Lagos, you can expect to feel the GFA’s presence all over Nigeria. 



“When we go round, our presence will be felt. The programmes will not only keep the artists in the business but will also help them grow.”



He added that it was the first time a group of artists took such a bold step to setup a gallery for the guild.



“The public needs to understand that we have a new GFA now. We are taking the practice of art to a new level,” Ebohon said.



Other guests in attendance included art collectors, artists and art lovers.



Board of Trustees: Mr. Yinka Fisher (Chairman), Ms. Ifeoma Idigbe, Chief Ede Dafinone


The event was sponsored by the Aristokrat Group.



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Point of View: Experts address key issues in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector



Point of View: Experts address key issues in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector

The third edition of Point of View, a monthly series talks organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation, will focus on museums, tourism and urban development.



Organised in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos, the event which is titled ‘Museums, Tourism and Urban Development’, will hold on Friday November 22, 2019, at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.



Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, Point of View aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment.



Conceived as a collaborative platform, this edition of Point of View titled ‘Museums, Tourism and Urban Development’ will address key issues, trends and challenges in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector. Leading architects will share their insights on the most innovative construction and design trends, using completed, on-going and upcoming projects as examples. In addition, museum specialists will shed light on improving museum experiences, preservation and conservation activities, as well as the challenges they face while government authorities will highlight investment opportunities and speak on museum development and destination marketing.



Speakers are: Jumoke Adenowo, Principal, A.D. Consulting will present on Elements of an African Museum; Seun Oduwole, Principal Architect SI.SA, who will talk about the J.K. Randle Centre for Yoruba History & Culture, Pool & Arcade: A Case for Tourism and Destination Marketing; and Jess Castellote, Director, Yemisi Shyllon Museum at the Pan Atlantic University, who will speak on Yemisi Shyllon Museum: A Study in Innovation and Social Impact.



The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, in a statement announcing the event, stated that “the theme of the panel session is ‘The Cultural Tourism Sector: Funding, Visitor Experiences & Technology’. Panellists for the evening are: Aderenle Sonariwo, Consultant to the Ogun State Government on Arts, Culture and Tourism, and founder, Rele Gallery, Lagos; Tosin Oshinowo, Director, cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) and Omotayo Adeboye, Curator, National Museum, Lagos. Jumoke Adenowo will moderate the session.



“This event is supported by Business Day, Hundids Magazine, Connect Nigeria, Wild Flower PR, Society of Nigerian Artists, The Sole Adventurer, Onobello and Omenka.”



The Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of celebrated Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). Enwonwu was the first Nigerian artist to gain international acclaim and first professor of art in Nigeria. He was the first Nigerian artist to be conferred Member of the distinguished order of the British Empire and first African artist to be commissioned to sculpt Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The first federal art adviser, Ben Enwonwu ranks among the greatest artists in the world.



The Foundation aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing Western techniques and indigenous traditions. Enwonwu is widely acclaimed as Africa’s pioneer modernist artist, his success increasing the visibility and appreciation of modern art in Africa.



In 2004, the Foundation started its distinguished lecture series, which has become a major gathering for the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society. It offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics and policy makers to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes while contributing to nation building and economic empowerment.

Through scholarships and grants, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation supports research, exhibitions and publications that foster innovative and scholarly artistic expression.


Previous beneficiaries of the scheme include students of Yaba College of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.


In furtherance of its objectives, the Foundation opened an art centre in the artist’s home to promote research into his practice. The centre’s year-round educational programme explores Enwonwu’s art practice, the cultural and social context of his work and links to contemporary themes. The centre also houses leading gallery, Omenka, which represents a select number of African and international artists while examining in an experimental and research-minded way, contemporary art developments and discourses in Nigeria.



“Currently, the Foundation is embarking on several projects, which include publishing a catalogue raisonne of Enwonwu’s works, as well as autobiography, lectures and writings on contemporary African art.”



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SoulTrain: Wizkid wins award for ‘Brown Skin Girl’



SoulTrain: Wizkid wins award for ‘Brown Skin Girl’

Afropop superstar, Ayodeji Balogun, aka Wizkid, has won SoulTrain’s Ashford and Simpson Songwriters’ award.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he won the award at the 2019 ceremony held on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer earned the award for his collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter and SaiNt Jhn on the sensational song of Beyonce’s ‘Lion Heart: The Gift’ album.

Wizkid shares the award with other credited songwriters including, Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant and Shawn Carter.

Others are Stacy BartheAnathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun and Richard Isong.

NAN reports that this was the third time Wizkid had made the nominees’ list for the prestigious award.

He was nominated for Best Dance Performance in 2017 for his song ‘Come Closer’ and in 2016 for the Rhythm and Bars category for his song ‘One Dance’.

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Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ collapses



Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ collapses

“Ford v Ferrari” left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney’s historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.

Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers, reports

However, those ticket sales weren’t enough to offset disappointing starts from fellow high-profile newcomers, “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Good Liar,” pushing the domestic box office down over 6% from last year, according to Comscore.

Sony’s action comedy “Charlie’s Angels” sputtered out of the gate with an uninspiring $8.6 million, landing in third place behind Lionsgate’s war drama “Midway” ($8.75 million) and just ahead of Paramount’s family film “Playing With Fire” ($8.5 million). Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ thriller “The Good Liar” barely cracked the top 10, collecting just $5.6 million from 2,439 theaters.

“Ford v Ferrari” enticed a mostly older male crowd: Men accounted for 62% of ticket buyers, while nearly 80% were over the age of 25. Audiences awarded the film with a rare A+ CinemaScore, a sign that the racing drama should have a long life in theaters. Produced by Chernin Entertainment, the movie carries a $100 million price tag and will need a boost from international moviegoers to turn a profit. “Ford v Ferrari” launched with $21 million at the foreign box office this weekend, lifting its global tally to $52.4 million.

“Ford v Ferrari” tells the true story of the automotive team at Ford, led by designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver Ken Miles (Bale), as they build a race car attempting to beat the legendary Ferrari in the prestigious Le Mans race.

“Charlie’s Angels” arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million) and will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget.

Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed “Charlie’s Angels” — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series.

The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.

“The Good Liar” bowed in eighth place, failing to be much of a draw among its core audience.

Over 60% of moviegoers were above 50 years old, a demographic that doesn’t routinely turn up in force on opening weekend.

But mediocre reviews, along with a B CinemaScore, doesn’t bode well for its future in multiplexes.

Directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen as a con artist who targets a wealthy widow (Hellen Mirren), “The Good Liar” is the latest literary adaptation from Warner Bros. that hasn’t been able to fill seats in theaters.

In recent weeks, “The Goldfinch,” “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Doctor Sleep” were all major misfires. “Doctor Sleep” suffered a massive 57% decline in its second weekend, pulling in $6.1 million for a domestic total of $25 million.

It’s not all bad news on the Warner Bros. lot. This weekend, “Joker” officially became the first R-rated movie in history to gross over $1 billion at the global box office. All the more impressive, it’s only the third movie ever to reach that milestone without a release in China, one of the world’s biggest moviegoing markets.

At the specialty box office, A24’s “Waves” kicked off with $144,562 from four venues in New York and Los Angeles, equating to a strong $36,140 per location. Trey Edward Shults wrote and directed the acclaimed drama about a South Florida family coming together in the face of tragedy. The studio will continue to slowly roll out the film nationwide into the holiday season.

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Impart Artists Fair: Showcasing African art on global scale



Impart Artists Fair: Showcasing African art on global scale

Securing gallery representation could seem an arduous task for artists. While it is possible to do it alone, it is hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery. LASMARA has come to bridge the gap and much more with Impart Artists Fair.

The maiden edition which took place at Alpha One, Eko Atlantic, Lagos, spans the entire art circle with an elaborate ceremony.

The décor, sight and sounds during the opening at Eko Atlantic make everyone feel deeply with art, and the pool of artists from around Africa comprising Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Sudan, and Ghana among many other African countries proved that art traverses globally.

“We want to really put African art on a global scale; we have to use the tools we have as Africans. Also, to be part of the global picture, the tool we have now is technology,” the founder of LASMARA, Hana Omilani, said.

She added: “What we plan is to go to different cities in Africa. We will be going to another city shortly, but we need to secure some of the logistics.

“The plan is to go to more cities in Africa, if we do it once a year it is not enough, some artists came even though the application has closed months ago, many came physically with their works. It is important we do it in Africa, Nigeria first, we can go somewhere else after telling our story first from here.

Tagged ‘Art meets Tech’, the show indeed boasts of the latest technology. Many who could not be at the fair physically enjoyed live streaming from the fair ground. The fair has many interesting activities: workshop sessions, among others.

“We want people to see and experience art the way they have never done before; in a more relaxed atmosphere,” the enthusiastic Omilani who is from Eretria, East Africa, and married to a Yoruba, said.

She reiterated that with Impart Artists Fair, they want to play a positive and catalytic role in advancing the dynamism of the arts and culture scene in Africa through a series of engaging and technology-enabled programmes and events across Africa and beyond.

“We want to help artists who do not have an online presence to get on board, bring them out of the wood, assist them, make sure that the contract is in their best interest and that is what the fair is all about.

“And create a platform for democratising art across Africa by making art available to everyone and providing emerging artists with much needed exposure to local and international markets. If a gallery wants to sign an artist, that is fine.

“All they need do is to talk to us. We have more than hundreds. It is not just the galleries; it is also for institutions and museums.”

For the participating artists it was a dream come through. The works in the fair show painstaking efforts put in the realisation of the project, both in terms of selection. Haneefah Adam, a Nigerian self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who specialised in food art, proved her expertise with mind-blowing works. The artist explores issues related to identity, culture, and representation in the society. Her works include: Ewa Agoyin (medium, fried plantain, beans, red pepper, ugwu stalk, leaf), Abula.

Works by a Nigerian artist, painter, writer and photographer, Uche Edochie, were also on display at the fair.

His themes, characterised by the dominant human forms, emphasised the importance of personal conviction, capability and responsibility in reimagining and redesigning reality in an increasingly uncertain world. His pieces, ‘Adana/Pride of Blackness’, Acrylic on canvas; ‘Chaos and Calm’, Acrylic on canvas; and ‘Money, Power and Paranoia’, adore the wall of the fair venue.

From Sudan comes Omar Kamal. The artist who grew up in El-Gezira State in Sudan is fascinated by the local markets that took place every Friday, only having access to a pencil, he started sketching and his art journey began. Today, Kamal paints with acrylics, and he still finds the scenes of the market fascinating. His works in the fair dwell on culture and surroundings.

Also from Sudan is Hussein Mirghani. The artist came prepared. He believes representation art is the foundation of other art forms, and paints every day scenes in and around Sudan. He finds that watercolor paints best represent these scenes because it closely resembles how the human eye and mind sees the world.

Fitsum Berhe, born and raised in Addis Ababa and later Asmara, is an Eritrean artist living and working in Nairobi Kenya. He explores the authentic African portrait in this post-colonial, digitalised, interconnected and globalised era in Africa. His works include ‘Questioning Identity 1’, ‘Questioning Identity 3’, among others.

Imomoh Asemokha’s works are predominantly in the painting and print media where he uses colours to communicate several metaphorical allusions. His broad spectrum oeuvre spans across a number of thematic range which seems to be borne from a certain creative restiveness.

His is a path rooted purely and guarded by intuition, a path where he seems to constantly reinvent the self.

Other artists whose works were on display include: Joseph Obanubi, Ibe Ananaba, Ato Arinze, Barak Eleziolu, Kobina Nyarko, Mark Noina, Chukz Okonkwo, Rafat Omar, Abdelmgeid Afifi, Romeo Temwa, Victor Asowata, and Azuka Nnabuogor.

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Busola Dakolo vows to appeal as court dismisses rape suit



Busola Dakolo vows to appeal as court dismisses rape suit

Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, has said she will appeal the ruling of Justice Oathman Musa of a High Court of the FCT at Bwari, Abuja which dismissed her rape suit against the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Ruling on Thursday, Justice Musa had said the matter amounted to injustice and an abuse of judicial process as the case was empty and purely sentimental, adding that the suit was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice. The court also awarded costs of N1 million against Busola while noting that the fine should have been 10 times higher because the court’s time was wasted.

However, in a statement by her lawyers, Mrs Dakolo, wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, said she would appeal to a higher court.

“The court ruled that the matter is statute-barred because the events that crystallised to the cause of action took place 16 years ago and that the claimant Mrs. Busola Dakolo has only six years within which to seek redress in court in line with the statute of limitation,” the statement said.

“We are mindful of the decision as delivered by the court, presided over by the Hon. Justice A.O Musa. We are equally observant of the fact that the Court omitted to address the cause of action, the subject matter of the suit in determining whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the said matter.

“While we acknowledge the time of the court, we know in accordance with the Nigerian judicial system that the Court’s decision is not final as it is glaringly contestable.

“For all intent and purposes, having seen several sponsored misleading news reports in the media, we are duty-bound to state that the court has not and did not exonerate Biodun Fatoyinbo. As it stands, the substance of the matter has not received any judicial attention.

“Biodun Fatoyinbo through his lawyers have only argued that the court should not allow the matter to proceed to trial because it is an event that occurred long ago and hence out of time.

“We shall therefore in this circumstance approach a superior court to intervene for a better appreciation, and take a more expansive view of the suit considering that the subject matter is one that is novel in our clime,” the statement reads.

The ruling came after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and an affidavit at the court and demanded N50 million as damages, saying that Busola’s statements were false and concocted to embarrass, scandalise, and ridicule him.

He argued that from the inception, she sought the attention of the media and press, and brought the civil action even while police investigation was ongoing.

Busola had in an interview in June accused Fatoyinbo of raping her while she was a teenager in Ilorin, Kwara State. Following outrage on social media and protests over the allegation, Fatoyinbo took a break from the pulpit but returned later.

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