56th Annual Grammy Nominations

 

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Such a pleasure to see all these amazing Giant Step clients, partners, and fam getting recognized on this year’s list of Grammy nominees. Hats off to all!

The 56th Grammys will air on January 26. Visit the Grammy website for a full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Best R&B Performance
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Album
Love In The Future – John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Settle – Disclosure
A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

Best Urban Contemporary Album
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Best Dance Recording
Atmopshere – Kaskade

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

New Release: Salaam Remi – ‘One: In The Chamber’

 

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Master producer Salaam Remi has crafted the sounds of some incredible artists of our time. Now coming out into his own, Salaam gives us One: In The Chamber featuring orchestral compositions as well as guest appearances from Akon, Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jordin Sparks, Estelle, Stephen Marley, Lemar and CJ Hilton.

Hear “Makin’ It Hard for Me” ft. Corinne Bailey Rae below to get a taste!

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Photo: SummerStage w/ Shuggie Otis, Jose James, & Hiatus Kaiyote

 

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Photos by Seher Sikandar

Yesterday Central Park was glowing with piles of beautiful people of all ages. It wouldn’t be a true Giant Step produced SummerStage without the most adorable of children scurrying around and an eclectic bunch of young folks sprawled out soaking up the sun and an AsiaDog or three.

Hiatus Kaiyote, Jose James, and Shuggie Otis all put on brilliant performances leaving an ever attentive crowd cheering for more over and over. And DJ OP! held it down all day to many, many happy ears. Amongst the crowd were Salaam Remi, DJ Spinna, Jesse Boykins III, and TK Wonder. Check the day in photos below!

Luke James Owns The Art of Live Performance

 

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Luke James has quickly gained popularity amongst the curatorial elite, including Beyoncé, who chose the New Orleans native to appear in her “Run the World” video and has also selected the rising star as the only opener for her current Mrs. Carter tour.

Having penned songs for a slew of A-list artists, Luke has also had the fortune of working with some great producers, including Salaam Remi and Danja.

Last month, we were able to catch Luke at the Spotlight Live music industry showcase and were blown away by the power of his performance. He had a notable, palpable impact on the crowd that left audience members yelping and cheering throughout. Watch “I.O.U.” above and after the jump catch the “Make Love To Me” video as well as a photo slideshow of all performances that night.

Photos by Seher Sikandar and videos by our friends over at By Any Means.

Look out for Luke’s debut album, Made To Love, out on July 16.

“Make Love To Me” performance video & performance photos after the jump

New Release: Nas – ‘Life Is Good’

 

Today marks the release of Nas’ 10th studio album, Life Is Good. Anticipation has been buzzing about the internet for some time now with leaks and advances floating around, and the verdict has quite unanimously been that this album carries greatness. We agree.

Produced largely by No. I.D. and Salaam Remi, the music is solid and the lyrics are characteristically genuine with Nas speaking on a range of poignant issues per usual. Watch the video for “Daughters” below and let’s all tip our hats to Nas for yet another instant classic.

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