LOS ANGELES: Kacey Musgraves, one of country music’s most critically praised artists, took home the Grammy for Album of the Year Sunday, an upset win for a genre-bending musician who infused “Golden Hour” with elements of psychedelia.
The Nashville-based musician’s third studio album beat out a crowded field of heavyweights including rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake. She also bested fellow female artists including Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Brandi Carlile to snare the coveted prize, in a year that saw women recognized across the top categories, after largely being snubbed in 2018. “It was unbelievable to be even in a category with such gigantic albums, really brilliant works of art,” Musgraves told the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Musgraves won four Grammys in all; the others were for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
She took the country world by storm in 2013 with her banjo-heavy hit “Merry Go ‘Round” – winning a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2014 and scoring a nomination for the coveted Best New Artist prize. She won a second Grammy for Best Country Album that same year. She is considered an innovator in the historically conservative world of country music. Rolling Stone Magazine has dubbed her “one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values.” The 30-year-old has said several of the songs on “Golden Hour” came out of a summertime LSD trip, and the project infuses elements of disco and also uses a vocoder – a machine that manipulates vocal signals with synthesizer signals to create a machine-like effect favored by electronic and pop musicians.
Zoheb Hassan says ‘taking legal stand against PSL’ for using Disco Deewane without permission
LONDON: Pakistani pop icon and music composer Zoheb Hassan has lashed out at Pakistan Super League over using Nazia Hassan’s Disco Deewane at opening ceremony in Dubai without prior permission.
Hassan, who composed the original performed by his late sister, said neither the PSL management nor the singer sought any kind of permission before using the track.
“I was shocked to see that a reputable platform like PSL used our track Disco Deewane without our prior permission. Outright infringement of intellectual property should be condemned and I am going to take a legal stand on this one,” he wrote.
Disco Deewane was performed by Shuja Haider and Aima Baig during the opening ceremony of PSL 4.
Oscar organizers struggle to keep show relevant
LOS ANGELES: From going without a host to handing out key awards during commercial breaks, to a quickly nixed idea for a popular film category — Oscar organizers are struggling to keep Hollywood’s biggest night relevant while dealing with a string of messy controversies.
With less than two weeks to go before the February 24 gala, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been weathering the latest debacle over four awards to be presented off-air — a decision many in the industry have denounced as “stupid” and “disrespectful.”
The awards are Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Academy president John Bailey informed the membership of the plan earlier this week, saying it was in line with a promise to shorten the broadcast to three hours, an hour shorter than previous telecasts.
The decision, however, has been met with derision across the industry, with more than 40 top cinematographers and directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee, sending a letter of protest to the Academy.
“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” the open letter read.
Alfonso Cuaron, whose celebrated movie “Roma” has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including best cinematography, said the move amounted to marginalizing key players in the art of moviemaking.
“In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without a story, without actors and without music,” he tweeted “No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.”
Lee, whose film BlacKkKlansman has been nominated in six categories, including for best director, also weighed in during an interview on US television.
“As a director, without my cinematographer, editor, hair and makeup, there’s no movie,” he said, suggesting Oscar organizers “get rid of musical numbers” to stick to a three-hour running time.
The Academy tried to clarify its decision, underlining in a letter to members that while the four awards will not be seen live, the winning speeches will air later in the broadcast and will also be live-streamed.
Bakshi Brothers to perform at Open Mic Night on Feb 17
ISLAMABAD: Bakshi Brothers, an emerging group of young musicians hailing from traditional musical families will perform at Open Mic Night organized by Theatre Wallay and Funn Gali here on February 17.
They will perform in a live concert serving the music lovers as a treat of traditional taste of music blended with contemporary techniques.
While there will be some other emerging singers on the occasion to join them.
Bakshi brothers are an emerging band of cousin brothers, who decided to come together and produce a modern rendition of traditional folk merged with Qawwali.
Aafi, Bilal, Shehryar and Yawar joined and officially launched the band and got instant praise by the audience.
Sons of Azam Bakshi, the legendary classical singer, and tabla player Ajmal Khan, winner of the pride of performance award, the passion for creating free-range music is hereditary and run in their blood.
With more than 10 years of experience working as music teachers, teaching vocals as well as music notations to students at a local school, the band has played shows across Pakistan as well as SAARC conference in 2013.
The Bakshi Brother, mesmerize audience with rhythms collide with high pitched vocals during their performance.
Meanwhile, Theatre Wallay will hold fourth edition in its Comedy Nights series here from February 16 for the fun lovers to witness the most rare, eccentric, good quality humor in the twin cities.
Theatre Wallay is a non-commercial group of artists with a passion for theatre and literature.
Theatre Wallay has put up many performances of plays hailing from world literature.
The group is also involved in ‘Theatre for Social Change’ projects and works to promote the use of creative expression as a tool for empowerment and critical dialogue, said the organizers.
This group conduct regular workshops, readings, trainings and other activities in partnership with local and international organizations.
While theatre education programs and workshops with students of all ages are also part of their activities.