The Youtube Music Awards – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Then we have the Grammys. Having been a voting member (Im not any longer), I can tell you that some of the more popular categories have literally hundreds and hundreds of nominees. When youre voting your eyes start to glaze over just reading them all, let alone trying to listen to even a smattering. As a result, who do you think you end up selecting? The most popular and visible, not the most deserving. Even some of the smallest categories have 50 to a hundred, which means you have the same problem and the same result. Perhaps the ultimate sham is the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Under what criteria does an act get nominated, then elected? Longevity you can measure, but influence? It all seems pretty vague and cloaked in secrecy. Personally I dont believe there should be a music hall of fame, but if you were really going to do it right, design it like Major League Baseball where its based on some tangible numbers.

UCLA Department of Music announces events for fall 2013

The song that helped cross them over to the rock charts was “Whispers in the Dark,” from the 2006 album “Comatose.” They’ve since had several songs on Billboard’s rock chart. When the Coopers sat down to write “Rise,” they reflected on the success of “Awake” but didn’t find many answers. “No one really knows why our last album went platinum,” Korey Cooper said. “… So there’s even added pressure of how do you follow up something nobody can really put a handle on why it was successful.” It could be of the energy they’ve put into relentlessly touring, concentrating on both mainstream and Christian crowds. They are in South America starting Thursday and will join Nickelback in Europe Oct. 26. “Rise” made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. And this comes after the group’s last album in 2009, “Awake,” reached No. 2.

Skillet Is Starting to Win Mainstream Music Fans

The performance features Joseph Kaiser (tenor), Philip Addis (baritone), Steve Becknell (horn), UCLA Camarades and the Choir of St. James. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To reserve, please email GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org . Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building Free Come enjoy an evening of scenes from opera and musical theater. Tuesday, Dec. 3Sunday, Dec. 8 Listening to the Other: Mideast Musical Dialogues Thisgroundbreaking series of concerts, panels and encounters explores the role of music in bridging transnational divides in the Middle East. Visit http://bit.ly/1hnGHGS for the latest information. (The events are co-sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA Robert U. Nelson Fund, the Islamic Center of Southern California, the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Muslims for Progressive Values, UCLA Hillel, reGeneration Education and Limmud LA.) Among the events: Chamber Music Across the Divide Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building Free Enjoy a concert of music by Arab and Jewish composers which “crosses the aisle” between East and West. All of the composers will be in attendance. The performance features Mohammed Fairouz’s “Chorale Fantasy” for string quartet (2010); Betty Olivero’s “Bashrav” for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano, celesta, percussion and string quartet (2004) and “Makamat”: Five Middle Eastern folk songs for female voice, flute, clarinet, harp, percussion and string quartet (1988); Tsippi Fleischer’s “Appeal to the Stars” for female voices, recorders, zurnas and percussion, and “Moderna” for female voice, cello and oud (2010); David Lefkowitz’s world premiere work for oud and ensemble (2013); and Mohammed Fairouz’s “For Victims” for baritone and string quartet (2011).