‘One Shining Moment’ of the Day: 1989

Final Four:

(3) Michigan, (3) Seton Hall, (1) Illinois, (2) Duke

 

National Championship:

Michigan over Seton Hall, 80-79 at the Kingdome in Seattle, WA

 

Most Outstanding Player:

Glen Rice, Michigan

 

Leading Scorer:

Glen Rice – 184 points/30.6 ppg.

 

Fun Fact:

Two #16 seeded teams (Princeton and East Tennessee State) came within one point of upsetting #1 seeds (Georgetown and Oklahoma). All four #11 seeds advanced to the second round (Minnesota, Texas, South Alabama and Evansville).

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The 2016 GRAMMYs: Complete List of Winners

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards ended with big wins by Taylor Swift (Album of the Year) and the tag team of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson (Record of the Year). Here are all 83 categories and their winners. Stay tuned for a look at the performances tomorrow!

Best Pop Vocal Album

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’

Best Instrumental Composition

Arturo O’Farril – ‘The Afro Latin Jazz Suite’

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kristin Taylor and Kevin Olusola – ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

Maria Schneider – “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)”

Best Recording Package

Sarah Dodds, Schauna Dodds and Dick Reeves – ‘Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys’

Best Album Notes

Joni Mitchell – ‘Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced’

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Jack White, Susan Archie and Dean Blackwood -‘The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)’

Best Historical Album

Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust, Jeff Rosen, Peter J Moore and Mark Wilder – ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11’

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Shawn Everett and Bob Ludwig – ‘Color and Sound’

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Dave Aude – ‘Uptown Funk’ (Dave Aude Remix)

Best Surround Sound Album

James Guthrie and Joel Plante – ‘Amused To Death’

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Real Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – ‘Sylva’

Best New Age Album

Paul Avgerinos – ‘Grace’

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Christian McBride – ‘Cherokee’

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cecile Salvant – ‘For One To Love’

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

John Scofield – ‘Past Present’

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Maria Schneider Orchestra – ‘The Thompson Fields’

Congrats Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias – ‘Made In Brazil’

Best Reggae Album

Morgan Heritage – ‘Strictly Roots’

Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo – ‘Sings’

Best Children’s Album

Tim Kubart – ‘Home’

Best Spoken Word Album

Jimmy Carter – ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’

Best Comedy Album

Louis C.K. – Live At Madison Square Garden

Best Latin Pop Album

Ricky Martin – ‘A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)’

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

Natalia Lafourcade – ‘Hasta La Raíz’

and

Pitbull – ‘Dale’ (Tie)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Los Tigres Del Norte – ‘Realidades – Deluxe Edition’

Best Tropical Latin Album

Ruben Blades w/ Roberto Delgado – ‘Son De Panamá’ 

Best American Roots Performance

Mavis Staples – ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ 

Best American Roots Song

Jason Isbel – ’24 Frames’

Best Americana Album

Jason Isbel – ‘Something More Than Free’

Best Bluegrass Album

Steel Drivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’

Best Blues Album

Buddy Guy – ‘Born To Play Guitar’

Best Folk Album

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn – ‘Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn’

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Jon Cleary – ‘Go Go Juice’

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

Best Opera Recording

Seiji Ozawa, Isabelle Leonard and Dominic Fyfe – ‘Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade’

Best Choral Performance

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale – ‘Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil’

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Eighth Blackbird – ‘Filament’

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Augustin Hadelich and Ludovic Morlot – ‘Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes’

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stephen Paulus – ‘Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances’

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Glen Campbell  – ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Antonio Sanchez – ‘Birdman’

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Common, Rhymefest and John Legend – ‘Glory’

Best Music Video

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’

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Best Gospel Performance/Song

Kirk Franklin – ‘Wanna Be Happy?’

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Francesca Battistelli – ‘Holy Spirit’

Best Gospel Album

Israel New Breed – ‘Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]’

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Toby Mac – ‘This Is Not A Test’

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Fairfield Four – ‘Still Rockin’ My Soul’

Best Country Solo Performance

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’

Best Country Song

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’

Best Dance Recording

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’

Best R&B Performance

The Weeknd -‘Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)’

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lalah Hathaway – ‘Little Ghetto Boy’

Best R&B Song

D’Angelo – ‘Really Love’ 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’

Best R&B Album

D’Angelo – ‘Black Messiah’

Best Metal Performance

Ghost – ‘Cirice’

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’

Best Rock Album

Muse – ‘Drones’ 

Best Alternative Music Album

The Alabama Shakes – ‘Sound & Color’

Best Rap Performance

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’ 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat – ‘These Walls’

Best Rap Song

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’

Best Pop Solo Performance

Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

Best Pop Duo/Group

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap – ‘The Silver Lining: Songs of Jerome Kern’

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker

Best Rap Album

Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

Best Country Album

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’

Song Of The Year

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

Best Musical Theater Album

Hamilton

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Album Of The Year

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’

Record Of The Year

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

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My Way Too Early 2016 Grammy Award Picks

This morning, we were all graced with the 2016 Grammy nominations. In proper MichaelPiff.com fashion, just like with other award shows, I’m making my WAY TOO EARLY picks with the awards not being presented until 2 months from now (Feb. 15th, 2016).

Kendrick Lamar leads all with 11 nominations while Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each have 7. Despite a heavy push in PR in November, Justin Bieber was held out (except for being featured on Jack Ü’s best dance recording nominee, Where Are Ü Now) as were many of his Top 40 pop peers like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Carly Rae Jepson.

I am surprised Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens and Mumford & Sons didn’t get much love, but a little relieved that Fall Out Boy was shutout for becoming what may be the saddest evolution of a band I used to greatly enjoy.

Keep in mind, these picks (like music in general) are totally subjective and my Favorites of 2015 (Music, Movies, TV, Sports, etc) lists will be hitting next week in case you need better context. As always, your thoughts and personal picks are welcome on Twitter and Facebook

Record of the Year

  • “Really Love” – D’Angelo (from Black Messiah)

  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (from Uptown Special)

  • “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (from X)

  • “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift (from 1989)

  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd (from Beauty Behind the Madness)

My Pick: “Really Love”

 

Album of the Year

  • Sound & Color – The Alabama Shakes

  • To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

  • Traveler – Chris Stapleton

  • 1989 – Taylor Swift

  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

My Pick: To Pimp A Butterfly

 

Song of the Year

  • “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

  • “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift (from 1989)

  • “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town (from Pain Killer)

  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (from Furious 7 Soundtrack)

  • “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (X)

My Pick: “Thinking Out Loud”

 

Best New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett

  • James Bay

  • Sam Hunt

  • Tori Kelly

  • Meghan Trainor

My Pick: James Bay

 

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson (from Piece by Piece)

  • “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding (from 50 Shades of Grey Soundtrack)

  • “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (from X)

  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd (Beauty Behind The Madness)

My Pick: “Can’t Feel My Face”

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ship To Wreck” – Florence + The Machine (from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful)

  • “Sugar” – Maroon 5 (from V)

  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (Uptown Special)

  • “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar (from 1989)

  • “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (from Furious 7 Soundtrack)

My Pick: “Uptown Funk”

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson

  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine

  • Uptown Special – Mark Ronson

  • 1989 – Taylor Swift

  • Before The World – James Taylor

My Pick: 1989

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Best Rock Performance

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes (from Sound & Color)

  • “What Kind of Man” – Florence + The Machine (from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful)

  • “Something From Nothing” – Foo Fighters (from Sonic Highways)

  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King (from Love Stuff)

  • “Moaning Lisa Smile” – Wolf Alice (from My Love Is Cool)

My Pick: “Something From Nothing”

 

Best Metal Performance

  • “Identity” – August Burns Red (from Found in Far Away Places)

  • “Cirice” – Ghost (from Meliora) 

  • “512” – Lamb of God (from VII: Sturm Und Drang)

  • “Thank You” – Sevendust (from Kill The Flaw)

  • “Custer” – Slipknot (from .5: The Gray Chapter)

 

My Pick: “Cirice”

 

Best Rock Song

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes (from Color & Sound)

  • “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King (Love and Stuff)

  • “Hold Back The River” – James Bay (Chaos and the Calm)

  • “Lydia” – Highly Suspect (Mister Asylum)

  • “What Kind of Man” – Florence + The Machine (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful)

My Pick: “Hold Back The River”

 

Best Rock Album

  • Chaos and the Calm – James Bay

  • Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie

  • Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect

  • Drones – Muse

  • .5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

My Pick: Drones

 

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes

  • Vulnicura – Björk

  • The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket

  • Currents – Tame Impala

  • Star Wars – Wilco

My Pick: The Waterfall

(Toughest of all categories)

 

Best R&B Song

  • “Coffee” – Miguel (from Wildheart)

  • “Earned It” – The Weeknd (from Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack)

  • “Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan (from Reality Show)

  • “Really Love” – D’Angelo (from Black Messiah)

  • “Shame” – Tyrese (from Black Rose)

My Pick: “Really Love”

 

Best R&B Album

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges

  • Black Messiah – D’Angelo and the Vanguard

  • Cheers To The Fall – Andra Day

  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan

  • Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

My Pick: Black Messiah

(Leon Bridges is also fantastic)

 

Best Rap Performance

  • “Apparently” – J. Cole (from 2014 Forest Hill Drive)

  • “Back To Back” – Drake 

  • “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap (from Fetty Wap)

  • “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar (from To Pimp A Butterfly)

  • “Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj feat Drake & Lil Wayne (from The Pinkprint)

  • “All Day” – Kanye West (from Swish)

My Pick: “Alright”

 

Best Rap Song

  • “All Day” – Kanye (from Swish)

  • “Energy” – Drake (from If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late)

  • “Glory” – Common & John Legend (from Selma Soundtrack)

  • “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap (from Fetty Wap)

My Pick: “Glory”

 

 

To see all the categories and nominees, click here. I can’t in good conscience judge Country or EDM since I don’t listen to either often. Send your picks and thoughts to me on Facebook and Twitter

Michael’s Mixtape: The Halloween One

Bringing back the Mixtape specifically for your Halloween weekend. Also, how awesome is it that Halloween is on a Saturday this year?

This list is a culmination of scary, sexy, and all the things you want playing in your ears while rocking terrorizing the neighborhood.

1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

Album: Thriller, 1982 

2. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

Album: Somebody’s Watching Me, 1984

3. “Bad Things” – Jace Everett

Album: TRUE BLOOD, 2009

4. “Howlin’ For You” – The Black Keys

Album: Brothers, 2010

5. “Vampire Heart” – HIM

Album: Dark Light, 2005

6. “Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Album: Agents of Fortune, 1976

7. “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads

Album: Talking Heads 77, 1977

8. “Calling All Skeletons” – Alkaline Trio

Album: Agony & Irony, 2008

9. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” – Nerf Herder

TV Theme Song, 1997

10. “Pet Sematary” – The Ramones

Album: Brain Drain, 1989

11. “Poison” – Alice Cooper

Album: Trash, 1989

12. “Sympathy For the Devil” – Rolling Stones

Album: Beggars Banquet, 1968

13. “Werewolves in London” – Warren Zevon

Album: Excitable Boy, 1978

14. “Nightmare on My Street” – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Album: He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, 1988

15. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder

Album: Talking Book, 1972

16. “I Put A Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Album: At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 1956

17. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.

Album: Ghostbusters Orignal Soundtrack, 1984

18. “Original Halloween Theme” – John Carpenter

Album: Original Soundtrack, 1978

19. “Enter Sandman” – Metallica

Album: The Black Album, 1991

20. “The Wicker Man” – Iron Maiden

Album: Brave New World, 2000

21. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie

Album: Hellbilly Deluxe, 1998

22. “Halloween” – Misfits

Single: Halloween, 1981

23. “This Is Halloween” – Danny Elfman

Album: Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993

24. “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” – Chris Isaak

Album: Forever Blue, 1995

25. “Halloweenhead” – Ryan Adams

Album: Easy Tiger, 2007

26. “Halloween on the Barbary Coast” – The Flaming Lips

Album: Hit to Death in the Future Head, 1992

27. “Henry Lee” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Album: Murder Ballads, 1996

28. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Album: Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

Here’s the whole Playlist on Spotify!

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