*update from original post

Last night the EPIC 6 hour long Sandy Relief concert took place in front of a crowd of over 13,000 people at MSG along with 2 Billion viewers that got to watch the concert on 37 tv stations throughout the US and more than 200 others worldwide. It was also streamed on more than 30 internet sites.

While most of us could have done without this outfit…

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I applaud ALL the artist and host that took time out to help NJ/NY in this time of dispar. The performances were incredible and the love and support was more than anyone could have imagined.

The lineup included: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, The Who, Billy Joel, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear and there was endless host such as Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Kristen Stewart and Stephen Colbert just to name a few.

“The ocean I used to dream about is now their worst nightmare.” -Billy Crystal

“Tonight, this is a prayer for all my struggling brothers and sisters in New York and New Jersey.” -Bruce Springsteen before performing My City of Ruins

“When are you going to learn you can throw anything at us – terrorists, hurricanes. You can take away our giant sodas. It doesn’t matter. We’re coming back stronger every time.” -Jon Stewart

“Hallelujah, Sandy screw ya, We’ll get through ya, Cause we’re Neeeew Yorkers.” -Adam Sandler

The ticket sales alone  have already raised $35 million!

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This year the Grammy Nominations were announced with a one hour LIVE concert  hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. It featured a wide variety of musical guest that included  Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Fun., Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, the Who, Ne-Yo and Maroon 5.

Here is a list of the Nominations for the “Big-Four”:

Album Of The Year

  • El Camino – The Black Keys
  • Some Nights – Fun.
  • Babel – Mumford & Sons
  • Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
  • Blunderbuss – Jack White

Record Of The Year

  • Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
  • We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
  • Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
  • Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year

  • The A Team – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
  • Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
  • Call Me Maybe – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay,
    songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg
    Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
  • We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess,
    songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Fun.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • The Lumineers
  • Frank Ocean

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By the end of the show there was a spotlight on the artist that tied for most nominations at 5 each: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Fun. and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

As a huge fan of Dance/House music I was glad to see it incorporated into the categories once again. While some of these artists are not particularly my favorite personal preference in the House scene, it’s still nice to see the genre recognized.

Best Dance Recording

  • Levels – Avicii
  • Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo
  • Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah
  • Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
  • I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • Wonderland – Steve Aoki
  • Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
  • &rt;Album Title Goes Here< – Deadmau5
  • Fire & Ice – Kaskade
  • Bangarang – Skrillex

Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical

  • In My Mind (Axwell Remix) – Axel Hedfors, Remixer (Ivan Gough
    Feenixpawl Featuring Georgi Kay)
  • Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix) – Photek, Remixer (Moby)
  • Midnight City (eric Prydz Private Remix) Eric Prydz, Remixer (m83) – –
    Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) – Skrillex, Remixer (nero)
  • The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) – Thomas Olsen, Remixer (deadmau5 Featuring Chris James)

You can see a full list of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees here.

Who do you think will be the big winners this year?

Do you think any artist were overlooked?

While the Grammys is noted as the biggest night in music – I like to think of it as the Superbowl of Fashion and am most excited to see what everyone is wearing.

The 2013 Grammy Awards will air live on February 10th at 8pm EST on CBS.