The Russian Police Choir performs Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics because while they’re on duty they’re probably doing other stuff like arresting gay people.
“Be wary of great leaders. Hope that there are many, many small leaders.”
The late PETE SEEGER, during an interview with the Associated Press following an Occupy Wall Street march in 2011; the music great and activist died Monday at the age of 94.
(via CBS News)
This is the excellentest thing.
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“You know, back when I was drinking and using I used to imagine things that weren’t there, that were frightening. Then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
Music producer PAUL WILLIAMS, accepting the Album of the Year Grammy on behalf of Daft Punk.
The Grammys gave their first Music Educator Award to a teacher from New York State!
THAT THING ON THE FLOOR IS SO FUNNY.
John Legend’s all like “WHY IS THAT DUDE BACK THERE WEARING HIS SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT?”
BLEEP BLOOP BLORP I CAN’T SEE A DAMNED THING.
BLORP BLIP BLEEP ME EITHER BLORP.
The idea for the weddings originated last fall when (longtime Grammys producer Ken) Ehrlich sat down with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis over a fried-chicken lunch to brainstorm ideas for a possible performance. Knowing that their concerts have occasionally featured onstage marriage proposals, Mr. Ehrlich suggested taking it a step further with a full wedding.
The band was into it, so a casting agency was hired to find the couples, who at first were told only that the ceremony would take place on live television. The couples each signed confidentiality agreements — promising not to tell even their families. The involvement of the Grammys was revealed only in the last couple of weeks.
Leaks about big Grammy performances are common; at the industry parties around Los Angeles this weekend, for example, it seemed universal knowledge that Beyoncé and Jay Z were expected to open the show on Sunday night. Yet word of the wedding segment has been kept unusually quiet.
Among those tying the knot on Sunday night is Mr. Lewis’s sister Laura, who was already engaged to her boyfriend, Alex.
“A night that is already tremendous for me, for the music,” Mr. Lewis said, “but to have my sister get married and my family there watching it — that makes it a whole other level of amazing.” The group is nominated for a total of seven Grammys, including song of the year for “Same Love.”
At a wedding rehearsal on Saturday afternoon here at the Staples Center, the couples marched up and down the aisles several times as producers tested lighting and music cues. As the song’s warm piano chords filled the arena and the couples held hands in place, hardened entertainment executives and crew members teared up.”
– The New York Times, "Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples"
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