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Grammy Awards 2016 – TEN Things We Learned

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Even great singers like Adele can have a bad night; David Bowie is maybe not best memorialised by turning his songs into a megamix; and Taylor Swift and Kanye West will never, ever get back together.

Taylor Swift is not the type to take an insult lying down

Accepting her award for album of the year – the first woman to win the award twice, as she pointed out – Swift seemed to allude to her skirmish with Kanye West earlier in the week. In his new song Famous, he raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Concluding the night’s very long ceremony, Swift said: “I want to say to all the young women out there – there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”

It’s a good idea to play songs that rise above 90bpm occasionally

When an awards show is the best part of four hours long, like the Grammys telecast (and it’s even longer if you’re at the event itself), the audience might need pepping up occasionally. This is not best achieved by a torpid selection of ballads. On and on they came: the Weeknd, Little Big Town, Andra Day and Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood, all attempting a bedroom atmosphere but evoking a snooze rather than a night of passion.

David Bowie’s legacy may not be best served by a hectic megamix

Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie, with musical direction by Nile Rodgers, who worked with him on Let’s Dance, was anticipated with both pleasure and dread from Bowie fans. With costume changes and a beginning that saw Bowie’s makeup projected on her close-up face as Gaga sang Space Oddity, it didn’t lack spectacle, but the problem was the music; with at least a dozen of his greatest songs whizzing past in three minutes, it was like listening to a compilation album on fast forward. Gaga was also trying way too hard – unlike Bowie himself, it was the opposite of cool.

Even Adele can have an off night

Having sold even more records than there are Grammy categories, Adele had the respect of the entire room and everyone expected her to slay. Unfortunately she had to cope with a succession of technical difficulties; first her mic went off for a second or two and then it sounded as though someone was playing an out of tune guitar; in fact, she subsequently tweeted, a microphone had fallen onto the piano strings and made everything sound out of tune. The result was rather awful and made her sound like she was performing at the bottom of a well – but no one will hold it against her.

Meghan Trainor is the emotional type

No matter what you make of Trainor’s brand of empowering bubblegum pop, you’d have to be made of steel for not falling for her extremely emotional speech in accepting her first Grammy for best new artist. The All About That Bass singer/songwriter convulsed into floods of tears as soon as her name was announced; it’s a miracle she even made it to the stage. Once up there, her crying didn’t subside – if anything, it only intensified as she thanked legendary record executive LA Reid for “looking at me as an artist instead of just a songwriter” and her parents, causing her peers in the audience to break down in unison. Backstage, over an hour after her win, she said: “I still can’t breathe – I’ve been crying ever since I got off that stage. I’ve always wanted to be a face of music, so to be the best new artist means more than anything in the world.”

Kendrick Lamar is a force to be reckoned with

The pride of Compton, whose How Much a Dollar Cost was Obama’s favourite song of last year, put on a glorious and thought-provoking performance that totally saved the night and drew a line between the oppression of African Americans in the prison-industrial complex and the struggles of Indigenous peoples. It also included a reference to the death of Trayvon Martin. Political, artful and alive, it seemed even more vital in such a stiffly mainstream context.

Lionel Richie has deeply ambiguous facial expressions

Given that the other two subjects of Grammys tributes are sadly no longer with us, Lionel Richie must have been feeling for his pulse during the section in which a bunch of younger performers launched into a medley (yes, another one) of his hits. Luke Bryan’s Penny Lover was pure cheese, but Richie seemed to be more appreciative – or was it horrified – by Demi Lovato’s melismatic take on Hello. It was no surprise that Richie eventually seized the microphone for a spot of Dancing on the Ceiling.

 

Rihanna’s return to pop music continues to be troubled

After the messy release of and ambiguous response to Anti, Rihanna was hit by more bad luck when she had to cancel her performance at the last minute. She had even made it to the venue, but was warned by doctors that she risked injuring her vocal cords if she sang. So she went home.

Johnny Depp still wants to be a rock star

Having played with the Pogues and Oasis back in the 90s, Depp took to the stage with his band the Hollywood Vampires, whose other members are Alice Cooperand Joe Perry from Aerosmith. Abetted by Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses and introduced to Dave Grohl, they tour through an invigorating tribute to Lemmy, performing As Bad as I Am and Ace of Spades. As Depp’s sidewhiskers almost formed a breakaway side project, some noted that it was the actor’s most convincing performance for years.

Chris Stapleton is a rising star

Four months ago few had heard of him, but after a star-making performance with Justin Timberlake at the CMA awards in November, Chris Stapleton is now a hot property. The Nashville songwriter with a 10-year track record is now one of the most talked-about musicians in America, and his performance with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr was effortlessly confident and cool.

 

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Gov’t Sell Golden Tulip, Now Renamed Lancaster Hotel

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The Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will be rebranded after the Ghanaian government sold its stake in the facility to some Lebanese investors.

The four-star hotels are owned by a joint venture between the governments of Ghana and Libya (GLAHCO), with Ghana owning 60% and Libya owning 40%.

According to media reports, Ghana has completely sold its franchise to a company called Lancaster.

This means that the renowned hotels in Ghana’s capital and the Ashanti Regional capital will be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel as of July 1st, 2022.

A letter from the General Manager with the heads of departments in copy read: “Achour Holding Limited operating as Lancaster Hotels will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July, 2022, with same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff,” the statement added.

Another letter from the Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, Lucy Ahedor said “we wish to inform you that from 1st of July, 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel under this new name will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities,” she added.


Some hotel employees confirmed the sale and name change to Joy News, while sources say the move was spearheaded by government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a hotel franchise and management company with locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

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Feli Nuna Hints On Collaboration With Sarkodie

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Feli Nuna, singer signed to Off Da Ground, has made a new revelation.

Speaking with Doreen Avio on Hitz FM’s Day Break Hitz she was questioned on when she will be having a collaboration with rapper Sarkodie.

A collaboration with the BET winner is in the works, according to the ‘Towel’ hitmaker, as she prepares for her EP. She went on to say that her EP, which is amazing and has some great features, should be out in six months.

Feli Nuna released her ‘Towel‘ song on May 11, 2022, which was produced by Shawerz Ebiem and filmed and directed by R.Dee.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of oneself. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.
Watch below.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Connect with Flei Nuna on these handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter, Instagram & TikTok: @Feli Nuna

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Ciara Signs With Republic/Uptown Records

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Ciara is leveling up with a new record deal.

The R&B superstar has signed to Republic Records and Uptown Records in partnership with her independent label, Beauty Marks Entertainment, it was announced today.

“I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” said Ciara. “Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists.”

Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein added, “I’ve been a fan of Ciara forever. Working with her has been a dream, and she’s making some of the most powerful, undeniable, and innovative music of her entire career now. This is an incredible creative chapter for her, and we’re all excited to be part of it.”

Her first single in two years, “Jump” featuring Coast Contra, will be released to streaming services on July 8. A video has also been shot directed by Dave Meyers (“Lose Control”). She recently teased the dance track in a viral dance clip.

Ciara is now readying her first album in three years for release on Republic/Uptown. “I’m actually finished with my album, which I’m excited about,” she told The Associated Press last month.

Her previous album, 2019’s Beauty Marks, was released independently via her Beauty Marks label, and featured appearances from Kelly Rowland and Macklemore.

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