For the first time Sunday, two Armenian music awards shows will be condensed to one, bigger show; the Armenian Music Awards and the M Club Video Music Awards. Think American Music Awards for Armenian performers. And the venue’s much bigger – the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled tonight, with hopefuls in the top categories announced during a concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Favorites include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, U2, Green Day, Black Eyed Peas and Eminem. The Grammy Awards will be presented Jan. 31 at Staples Center.
Bob Keane, who founded the West Coast independent record label Del-Fi Records in the 1950s and is best known for discovering rock legend Ritchie Valens, has died. He was 87.
The Grammy Hall of Fame has added 25 new recordings to its collection. The new inductees represent rock, reggae, R&B, and even a bit of humor.
Court documents show the cost to bury pop star Michael Jackson in September approached $1 million. The funeral nearly didn’t happen as scheduled.
Usually when you hear NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro on KPCC, he’s reporting on the Justice Department or domestic surveillance. But he also sings. He’ll do that Saturday, September 19th at the Hollywood Bowl when he appears with the band Pink Martini of Portland, Oregon. Ari told KPCC's Alex Cohen how he got involved with the band and his thoughts on his big Southern California debut.
USC’s Thornton School of Music launched its 125th birthday party this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the institution has adapted and thrived in a changing music world.
This weekend, Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, will take to the stage at the Three Clubs in Hollywood. Har Mar’s sound is one part Stevie Wonder, one part Prince, maybe a little Ginuwine, too. His look...? Well, he looks like a short white guy from Minnesota - because that is exactly who Sean Tillmann is. The name Har Mar actually comes from a mall back home. Har Mar has grown a loyal fan base on account of his recorded music, comic video tributes to holidays, and his live shows. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spoke with Har Mar at his home in Hollywood.
A classical ensemble that makes its first bow Sunday night doesn’t include the usual mix of musicians. KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes has more on a group that, for awhile anyway, will exchange disputation for harmonization.
At Tuesday's memorial event, Rev. Al Sharpton told the audience not to believe the tabloid version of Michael Jackson’s life.
People who guided Michael Jackson’s career recalled him as a performer gifted beyond his years.
LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant told the audience at Michael Jackson’s memorial that the entertainer behind “Thriller” didn’t just set records for the most albums sold.
About 250 mourners watched the coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial at First AME Church in South Los Angeles.
High-profile friends of Michael Jackson reminded the audience at his memorial that the late entertainer blazed trails for black people. Former LA Laker Magic Johnson evoked an earlier, racially segregated America that the King of Pop helped to change.
Many speakers at today’s memorial event for Michael Jackson praised the talented human being behind the bizarre headlines about strange behavior and physical alterations. Reverend Al Sharpton emphasized the late superstar’s role in transforming entertainment and culture.
Tens of thousands of fans are near Staples Center for Michael Jackson’s public memorial, scheduled to start at 10 today. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze is at the downtown arena. He talked to Suzie Jones on the King of Pop’s life.