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So What Happened to the 2021 Grammy Awards-The 63rd Grammies???

OK so I voted in 15 Categories for the 2021 Grammy Awards in early January: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, Best New Artist, etc. in the Pop, Country and Christian categories. I have to say that this year's songs, albums and artists were much more pleasant to listen to overall than last years' were...So as far as one artist that was difficult for me to listen to last year, can you say Cardi B? ;)

                                         Nominee Post Malone offers some impressive new music

So Congrats to this year's Nominees which included the likes of Post Malone, Taylor Swift (again!), Maren Morris, Fiona Apple, Billie Eilish (again!), Dua Lipa, Eric Church, Lady A (again!), Lady Gaga (again!), Coldplay (again!), Justin Bieber (again!), Black Pumas, Harry Styles, James Taylor, etc. etc.

I personally think there will be a few BIG shakeups this year. I can say that I was slightly more unimpressed with some of the more established bands and artists (can you say James Taylor, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, and Fiona Apple?) this year than I've been before. I also think most of the prior "winners" offered a lot less musical "bang for the buck" overall than some of the up and coming new artists on the scene (Post Malone, Harry Styles). But I predict that some of the Grammy die hards will do well again - as in Taylor Swift. I mean how does this all-grown-up former teen idol know what the trends are exactly before anyone else, and always ends up putting out catchy heartfelt stuff that's exactly what we're all   feeling, wanting and needing to hear-right now?!

I have to mention I was also a bit surprised that they decided to bump the Grammy's back to Sunday March 14, 2021 instead of hosting them in Jan or early Feb. as usual. What?? Ok so I think it mostly had to do with COVID, but there've also been some SCANDALS at home at Grammy Headquarters too. Mostly involving women feeling as if they were discriminated against because they are women.  By men. Big Surprise! So there was a big shakeup over there, and new top brass, etc. and firings, lawsuits etc. have ensued.  Get it, sued?  Well I'm thinking this is also part of the reason for the big delay, I mean who wants to attend an awards show where you could win a big award such as Artist of the Year, but you have to attend VIRTUALLY?  So now you know EXACTLY how the rest of us feel, having to attend your bigshot awards shows- via television or internet!

Oh well, I wish everyone the best and (still) appreciate all the musical contributions and efforts we artists are making. I feel like many Grammy Nominees got more in touch with their softer, more reflective, kinder, gentler, and more sentimental sides this year. Probably due to even more marked division in the US then ever,  and the rapidly dissolving state of world peace, plus theres been this huge Covid mess...

Till next time, 

As Always-Your Musician friend,

DeDe :)

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So..What Happened at the Grammy Awards? Best and Worst

Well, as a GRAMMY Voting Member (a Member of the Recording Academy, AKA THE GRAMMY's)...I thought I'd share a few of my observations about this year's GRAMMY awards. So, (for us music lovers who actually care about the direction our music and our industry's headed), here's what happened at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in LA on Jan 26, 2020:

My Houston Area Grammy Member/Preview Party Invite...

Some OVERSHADOWING BAD News:

The big news was of course that very very sadly, this was the same day that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter were killed, along with several others, in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas Canyon area outside of LA.  So naturally, this put a huge damper on the typical Grammy celebrations.

Other News and Winners:

Young (female!) artist, Billie Eilish, won album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new Artist of the Year. Here's what the Washington Post had to say about her amazing Grammy Sweep:


"Billie Eilish, the 18-year-old pop phenom who had the best-selling album of 2019, swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, winning all four of the major awards: album of the year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”; record and song of the year for “Bad Guy”; and best new artist."  Billie and her brother Finneas O'Connell, wrote, produced and recorded all the songs- mostly about uplifting stuff such as "depression, suicidal thoughts, being a bad guy, global warming", and so forth...

Yes folks, the other talk of the Grammy's this year was Eilish's big fetish for wearing green all over...and take a look at those NAILS!...Yikes.

To me, the biggest news about Eilish was that she has very green hair-(of course!), and is obviously quite humble and unpolished. I also thought it was sweet & cute that she said in one of her (many) acceptance speeches, that she thought that the award "should have gone to Ariana Grande".

In other breaking news, Eilish is of the few female breakout stars who doesn't look (or sound!), like either Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande! ;) (OK so this news was mine...)

Best Pop Solo performance was won by Lizzo, who I think gave a sort of cool performance during the show, not just for her unique voice, and her interesting white furry outfit, but mainly because she plays the flute (like me!). I also loved the performance by H.E.R. because she started out at the piano on her hit "Sometimes", (woo-hoo just like me too!). And then she also played the guitar near the end of her song (what?), AND she sang her song pretty well too. Woah.

Other observations: 

Other OVERSHADOWING BAD news: SCANDAL!!

This show was thrown a lot of last minute curves not only due to the horrific Kobe Bryant news, but also because of the hasty exit, (yes, less than 2 weeks before the show!), of ex-Recording Academy head Deborah Dugan — the 1st ever female to run the organization — followed by her explosive lawsuit that alleges gender discrimination and sexual harassment.  By whom? To whom? Why whom? Or is this just another Hollywood #MeToo move?

Seems that a young relatively unknown female star, Eilish, pretty much took it all, so I don't really understand this lawsuit?? Is it aimed at the disproportionate number of male nominated vs. female artists, producers, etc. who were nominated, or was this alleged mysterious affront specifically aimed directly towards Ms. Dugan? And who dunnit? Please do tell us, Deborah Dearest, we want the dirt Sister!

Final Observations:

As I was voting this year, I noticed a lot more rap, hip hop and beat-loop based songs. (Surprise!), and coincidentally? less and less real musical talent, a lot of showy flashy stuff, a lot of trying to be trendy (AKA quiet, short electronically held chorded intros on almost every single pop song!), but a lot less real singing, less good writing and less instrument playing...a lot more electronic programming. 

Also a lot of very strange collabs: As in: "Can you say Billy Ray Cyrus & Lil Nas X, etc., performing with just about every other rapper/hip hopper around"?  Lots of pseudo-talented and weird performances during the show too, by some big names you'd never expect like the Jonas Brothers and even Ariana herself.

And where the hec was the real Neil Peart tribute????? I mean he's an absolute LEGEND on so many levels.

I think Eilish won because she and her talented brother didn't give a crap about being trendy, sounding (or looking!) like Ariana Grande, or following current trends, but rather because they're making their own trends based on doing what they want to do, love to do, and are good at. They also sound like themselves. OK! So, summing it up, they were themselves: complete with weird green outfit, some real humility, introspective lyrics, and green matching nails and hair...How strangely refreshing...?

Maybe we could all learn a lesson or two from these two talented young 'uns about being ourselves and doing what we love to do...

So what are your thoughts on all this? Clever observations?

Till next time,
DeDe :)

*Images courtesy of Getty Images and The Grammys


 

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    Rock Those Jingle Bells
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    One Child by DeDe
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    New Auld Lang Syne by DeDe
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    Joyful Christmas by DeDe Wedekind
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    Deck the Halls by DeDe
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    Jolly Old St. Nicholas
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    Dream of You
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    Leaning on Heaven
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    My Unsung Hero
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    Sell Me Out
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    Prime of Life
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    New! America United
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    America United with Intro by DeDe Wedekind
  • 14.
    Stronger
  • 15.
    Love Lives On
  • 16.
    Recipe of Love
  • 17.
    Blame It On the Summertime
  • 18.
    The Fairy Tale Song
  • 19.
    The Plans I Have for You
  • 20.
    Just Desserts
  • 21.
    Today I'll Marry My Friend
  • 22.
    We'll Never Part

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Artist's or Band's Name
DeDe Wedekind
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DeDe Wedekind
City & State
Houston, Texas
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US
Music Genre(s):
Folk, Country, Pop, Southern Rock, Blues, Inspirational Jazz & American Roots Music: Singer-Songwriter
Bio:
DeDe was named the 2016 BEST NEW FEMALE ARTIST by the Indie Music Channel on April 24, 2016 in Los Angeles! She also was honored with Best Americana: Song, Recording and Best Americana Artist- 2016! DeDe's new album Dream of You won 2016 ALBUM of the YEAR at the 4th Annual IMEA AWARDS in Oct. 2016!, It was also NOMINATED for 13 AWARDS at the 2016 IMC AWARDS, including 2016 ALBUM of the YEAR!

DeDe: Adult Contemporary, Folk, Pop, Country-Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Standards, Rock, Blues, American Roots Music, Oldies, Jazz, World/neo Classical & Inspirational.

Sounds like: Adele, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Ray, Karen Carpenter, Eva Cassidy, Colbie Caillat, Jewel, Idina Menzel, Natalie Grant, Shania Twain

Twitter & iTunes: “’World of Christmas” from DeDe Wedekind, is ranked in the Top 40, 2013 New Christmas Album Releases on @iTunes.com!” -Dec. 2013

DeDe works with Grammy Winning Producers & Songwriters who’ve worked with Pink, Jewel & Hillary Duff, N'Sync, etc. Including Jeff Bova & Andrew Fromm!

Award-Winning Albums:
Dream of You: due Feb 2016 Written/Produced by D. Wedekind & K. DeClue
World Of Christmas: November 2013 by Grammy-Winning Producer of the Year-Jeff Bova (Celine 1996). All songs written & arranged by DeDe
Love & Fairy Tales: July 2013 Produced by Grammy-Nominee & HIT Nashville Songwriter, D. Koch. All songs co-written by DeDe
America United-Single: Sept 2012 written by DeDe produced by G Earl
Clear Skies Ahead: November 2011, with 14 original arrangements of familiar Jazzy-POP Broadway Standards, all written/arranged by DeDe

"DeDe's versatility as a vocalist and songwriter shines brightly on "World of Christmas". She brings her beautiful lyrical sensibility combined with her fun, playful side to create a holiday album that not only touches your heart, but your soul." –Jeff Bova, Grammy-Winning Producer of the Year, Producer: World of Christmas

"[DeDe] is an absolutely superb vocalist....she's a talent to be watched!" -Jason Miles, Grammy Winner (2001), Broadjam.com, Pro Music Reviewer
"Crossover Crooner is On Her Way to the TOP" -Ann Fisher, Houston Chronicle

DeDe in the News:
DeDe Wedekind is an award-winning singer & songwriter from Texas. She just won the IMEA 2015 Song of the Year Award for her new song, “Stronger” from her upcoming album, Dream of You. DeDe also was nominated for Song of the Year for another new song, “Prime of Life”, which she performed at the IMEA Awards in October 2015 as a Featured Performer.

DeDe had 9 NOMINATIONS in 8 Categories at the 2014 IMEA AWARDS (the most of any IMEA Artist). DeDe won three 2014 IMEA Awards: TWO Awards for ALBUM of the YEAR: Love & Fairy Tales & World of Christmas, & SONG of the YEAR for “Canon on the Lord’s Prayer”. "The Fairy Tale Song" (from Love & Fairy Tales), was a Finalist in the International Songwriting Contest in March 2014. "The Plans I Have for You", from the same album, was a FINALIST in the UK Songwriting Competition in Aug. 2013. DeDe was named BEST VOCALIST in March 2014, by Singer Universe.com for "Blame It On the Summertime", also from Love & Fairy Tales. She was 1ST RUNNER-Up BEST SONG on Songwriter Universe.com, also in March 2014, for the same song. DeDe just won two categories of the 2014 Dallas Songwriting Contest, and was a Finalist in the Dec. 2014 UK Songwriting Contest for “Blame It On The Summertime”.

DeDe, (AKA Deborah Wedekind), has 4 albums including her latest: Dream of You (Feb. 2016), which is Nominated for BEST ALBUM by the 2016 IMC AWARDS to be held in LA on April 24, 2016! Album #3, World of Christmas (Nov. 2013), features her original songs, as well as new arrangements of familiar Christmas classics, all by DeDe. This award-winning album was produced by GRAMMY-WINNING Producer of the Year, Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Falling Into You, ‘96). This 10-song CD, has been called by Bova: “An album that will not only touch your heart...but also your soul".

Grammy- Winner Jason Miles says: "(DeDe) is...a superb vocalist, and a talent to be watched". Phoenix, (Music Reviewer for the LA Examiner), says, "World of Christmas will turn your 'Silent Night', into a 'Joyful Christmas'!"

About DeDe’s 1st album Clear Skies Ahead (11/2011) Breathecast.com’s Timothy Yap says:
"Wedekind has a way of bringing out something fresh out of each of these covers...some of the most intricate pieces from the American Songbook. When it comes to song interpretation, Wedekind is without peer." -Timothy Yap, Breathcast.com Music Reviewer

Visit http://www.DeDe-Music.com for more information about DeDe. Visit Reverbnation & Become a Fan & Signup for her monthly news! Please listen to and request DeDe's songs on Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, LastFm, Jango, Reverbnation & other great airwave radio & internet radio stations!
Get all 4 of DeDe's Albums including Dream of You & World of Christmas: available MP3 & hardcopy on CD Baby & Amazon.com. MP3's available worldwide on iTunes.com, and all major music outlets including www.reverberation.com/Deborahwedekind.
DeDe on Pandora Radio: http://www.pandora.com/dede-holiday & http://www.pandora.com/dede/Clear-Skies-Ahead.
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/1dwedekind.

Awards
SONG of the YEAR WINNER: STRONGER AC Song of the YEAR 2015 IMEA & IMEA Folk Finalist: Prime of Life
Nominated for 9 Awards in 8 Categories 2014 IMEA AWARDS:August '14
Winner:Two IMEA ALBUMS of the YEAR-Love & Fairy Tales & World of Christmas Oct 2014
Reverbnation Featured Artist: Dec. 2013 & April 2014
The Fairy Tale Song & Blame It on the Summertime:
FINALIST- International Songwriting Contest March 2014
FINALIST- UK Songwriting Contest Dec. 2014
BEST VOCALIST winner SingerUniverse.com March 2014
Semi-Finalist Song of the Year.com Aug 2013
Broadjam Song of the Month: Aug. 2013
The Plans I Have for You & Change the World: 2nd Place overall WINNER Dallas Songwriting Contest Dec. 2014 & FINALIST 2013 UK Songwriting Contest

Official Website: www.DeDe-Music.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DeDeWedekind
Twitter: @DeDeWMusic
Reverbnation: http://www.Reverbnation/DeDe
DeDe’s Music Blog: http://dedewedekind.blogspot.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/1dwedekind
Broadjam: http://www.broadjam.com/DeDe

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At 9:57pm on April 28, 2016, kiki Love said…

it was a BLAST meeting you!!!!! and so much fun dancing and laughing we rock girl together!! you look fabulous you made me laugh, we shared them moments ay..shhh dont tell our secret lol....ya know at the bar thingie....

lol omg!!!!! that was too much fun!!!! yes im your personal phycic girl no lie!!, heck im every-bodies personal physic or psychotic as my hubby would say, aha! 

At 6:29pm on April 7, 2016, Sam Hankins said…
Thank you so much for your kind words. Congrats to you as well. See you at the awards.
At 1:43am on March 18, 2016, kiki Love said…
Thank you too. looking forward to meeting you soon blessings peace and love Catherine Sarah Manna
At 5:12pm on March 2, 2016, Christopher Ewing said…

Great songs, DeDe!

 
 
 

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