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What a month for award show screw-ups, right? Not a month prior to the massive mess that closed out this year's Academy Awards, a technical problem managed to botch what should've been (and to an extent, still was) an explosive performance by Metallica with Lady Gaga. While a fan tried fixing the audio using another live recording of "Moth Into Flame" to replace James Hetfield's missing vocals (since scrubbed from most of the internet), today we have the real deal, thanks to newly-released dress rehearsal footage. Yes, it's always awkward to hear the canned "crowd noise" that bookends these things - especially devoid of audience - but I think this performance is entertaining, and it sounds great when heard as it should've been during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards last month. Check this out...

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As I sit in my office working tonight, I can hear the GRAMMY telecast faintly emitting from the TV in the family room. I have no idea what's happening, but I do know that the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences got two things right tonight - GHOST took home their first GRAMMY, winning "Best Metal Performance" with "Cirice"; and Tim Kubart snagged his first statue as well, winning "Best Children's Album" with HOME. Sure, it's two completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but they're the ones I ride most! On one hand, you have a host of Sprout's SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW, and on the other... the act that's brought The Dark Lord back to the pop charts in a way we haven't seen in years. It's a win-win.

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Last night, just as The 57th Grammys were getting rolling on CBS, I was stepping off a plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, just in from the Disney/ABC #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles. Had I jockeyed my schedule around, I could've stayed in L.A. a bit longer to attend the ceremony at the Staples Center (a couple offers had been extended), but there was just no way for it to work out. My personal relationship with the annual award show is a rocky one - loving it as a celebration of music on one hand, while looking at it as an extravagant relic of years' past on another - bestowing the coveted Gramophone trophy upon artists and releases that often are far from the "best," and sometimes miss-the-mark to create curiosities of legendary proportions (hat tip to JETHRO TULL, here). For the public (and even many artists), the "how" of these nominations and awards is often muddied by a lack of understanding as to the process of culling the nominees... which I will explain as simply as possible.

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From out of nowhere comes this little tune that you absolutely need to hear, especially if you're into (or not into) the work of TRENT REZNOR or his main creation, NINE INCH NAILS. "This is a Trent Reznor Song" comes from Freddy Scott, whose work I was not familiar with until this landed in my Facebook feed about 20 minutes ago. Yes, this is a parody, but it's also pretty damn endearing. Listen to the song in the soundcloud player below... and crank it up!

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The 56th GRAMMY Awards airs tonight at 8pm/7c on CBS, and if predictions are your thing, you might be interested to know what Spotify thinks of tonight's field. While I'm of the mindset that the GRAMMYS are still vastly out-of-touch and largely unimportant (they good straighten out, but choose not to), it's still fun to take a stab at what the GRAMMY voters have picked. Utilizing stream data from their user base, the Spotify team has issued their picks in some key categories, this coming after correctly predicting the Record of the Year and Album of the Year wins in 2013. Check out their 2014 picks and notes below...

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The nominees for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced yesterday, and as such it's come time to talk a little bit about their "Children's" category (which would be more aptly titled "Family" at this point). I have mixed feeling about the GRAMMYs overall, me being in the camp of people that finds the overall award system to be archaic, out-of-touch, and largely irrelevant. The nominees are often a crapshoot, and the winners... well, sometimes you have circumstances like the infamous upset of 1988 where JETHRO TULL's CREST OF A KNAVE beat out METALLICA's ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL in the Hard Rock/Metal category, or how certain "older" artists seem to win a GRAMMY based simply on the fact that they released an album that year (check out the archives). While I've only been involved in the family music scene for a few years now (and for the past two, a judge for the Fids & Kamily Music Awards), I can say that the nominees for the Children's category can be equally curious, yet I'm certainly happy for everyone that finds themselves nominated. Here's my thoughts on the 2014 Children's GRAMMY Nominees... and who should win.

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