Grammy Awards 2018

GRAMMY AWARDS 2018

Here is a summarized list of the 2018 Grammy Award winners and nominees with links to their albums in the library catalog. You can view the full list of winners and nominees here.

Album Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Jay-Z – 4:44
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Lorde – Melodrama

Record Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Luis Fonsi – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – The Story of OJ
Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Song Of The Year
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Julia Michaels – Issues
Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara (winner)
Lil Uzi Vert
Khalid
Julia Michaels
SZA

Best Pop Album
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (winner)
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Kesha – Rainbow
Lady Gaga – Joanne

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar – Damn (winner)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos – Culture
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (winner)
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
Kesha – Praying
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Pink – What About Us

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (winner)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay

Best Dance Recording
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite (winner)
Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa – Bambro Koyo Ganda
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Gorillaz feat. D.R.A.M. – Andromeda
Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair – Line Of Sight

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kraftwerk – 3-D The Catalogue (winner)
Bonobo – Migration
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso – What Now

Best Rock Performance
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (winner)
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaleo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

Best Metal Performance
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse (winner)
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Song
Foo Fighters – Run (winner)
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood In The Cut
Nothing More – Go To War
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Album
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (winner)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Best Alternative Album
The National – Sleep Well Beast (winner)
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Gorillaz – Humanz
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Best R&B Performance
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis – Get You
Kehlani – Distraction
Ledisi – High
SZA – The Weekend

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd – Starboy (winner)
6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – Loyalty (winner)
6LACK – PRBLMS
Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy – Crew
Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé – Family Feud
SZA feat. Travis Scott – Love Galore

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi – Chase Me
Rapsody – Sassy
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (winner)
Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
Little Big Town – The Breaker
Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

Best Musical Theatre Album
Dear Evan Hansen (winner)
Come From Away
Hello, Dolly!

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (winner)
Baby Driver
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Hidden Figures: The Album
Moana: The Songs

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz) (winner)
Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (Ramin Djawadi)
Hidden Figures (Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
How Far I’ll Go – from Moana (winner)
City Of Stars – from La La Land
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – from Fifty Shades Darker
Never Give Up – from Lion
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall

Best Music Video
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Beck – Up All Night
Jain – Makeba
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

January Staff Picks

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Dragana’s Picks
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TV Series: Wind At My Back

If you liked the Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, you will love this Canadian TV series about the life in the small mining town during the time of depression in 1930s.

Great Courses Audio: Books That Have Made History: Booksbooks that have made history That Can Change Your Life

This 3-part series of lectures by the University of Oklahoma professor Rufus Fears presents the personal choices of some of the most essential writings in history, ranging in time from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 20th century, and in locale from Mesopotamia and China to Europe and America.

Jamie’s Picks

you've got mailMovie: You’ve Got Mail

My all-time favorite romantic comedy (maybe my all-time favorite movie). In true Nora Ephron form, the characters are quirky and the dialogue is perfect. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are a duo for the ages.Damien_Rice_O_album_cover

CD: Damien Rice – O 

Contains the popular song “The Blower’s Daughter,” and while that song is pretty good, I end up playing “Delicate” over and over again. Singer/songwriter coffeehouse vibes.

Jessie’s Picks

father brownTV Series: Father Brown

“Celebrated author GK Chesterton’s beloved character, Father Brown, is brilliantly brought to life in this charming ten-part BBC series starring Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Doctor Who). With the warmth of The Vicar of Dibley, the intellect of Miss Marple, the humour of Father Ted and the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown is a fresh new take on a classic genre. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Father Brown is a kindly cleric with a particular talent for solving crimes. Many years spent hearing confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the workings of the criminal mind, and in each episode the enigmatic priest discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul, the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.”

Videogame: Little Big Planet 3 220px-LittleBigPlanet_3_boxart

“Sackboy, the knitted knight has been equipped with an all-new climbing ability and brand-new power-ups including the amazing Pumpinator. In LittleBigPlanet 3, explore a world filled with creativity as you explore all corners of the Imagisphere, meet the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and face the nefarious Newton. Discover a variety of surprises that the LittleBigPlanet Community have created and shared for you to enjoy, with new levels and games to play every day. Then if you’re feeling inspired, flex your creative muscles with the powerful and intuitive customization tools, to bring your own imagination to life in LittleBigPlanet 3.”

Kim’s Picks

the alpsAudiobook: The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond by Stephen O’Shea

O’Shea drives the famous European mountain range in a Renault Megane Sport that elicits oohs and aahs until the admirers find out it’s a rental.  Regardless, O’Shea powers on, meeting up with a friend and “The Last Hippie,” all the while regaling us with the history of the Alps, its multi-lingual inhabitants, and its current state of play often compromised by environmental and technological degradation.  O’Shea’s saga is an often poetic paean to this unique parcel of the world.
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CD: Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough 

The dancing violinist who was dismissed by two America’s Got Talent judges but went on to win a Billboard Music Award and came in second on Dancing with the Stars provides 14 of her own eclectic compositions.  They encompass various genres, including pop, rock, New Age, Celtic, and perhaps Mideastern.  Arabian Nights, anyone?  On 8 of the 14 tracks singers such as Christina Perri and ZZ Ward back Stirling up.  “Something Wild,” in which she collaborated with vocalist Andrew McMahon, was composed for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016).

Zoey’s Picks

Big-Sick-Poster Movie: The Big Sick 

I’m not typically a fan of rom coms but the plot of The Big Sick intrigued me enough to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed. It was driven more by comedy than by romance. Kumail Nanjiani’s writing is full of wit and sincerity. It’s a good movie to curl up and watch during a snow day.
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Audiobook: We Are Okay  by Nina LaCour 

We Are Okay is entirely character driven, but that does not mean it is lacking in plot. LaCour easily plays on the notion of isolation and loneliness while cleverly retelling Marin’s, the main character, nightmarish last year. One of the best LGBT books published in 2017.

 

 

Quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

Jamie’s Staff Picks for December

Die HardDie_hard

Summary: “A team of terrorists has seized a building in L.A. and taken hostages. A New York cop, in town to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, is the only hope for the people held by the savage criminals.”

A must-watch movie for the holidays in my house! It’s not Christmas until the Nakatomi building has been taken over and you hear, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho.” This movie is filled with pop culture references, endlessly quotable lines, and explosions. It may be a welcome break for you from the regular heartwarming holiday fare.

 

Dark Was the Nightdark was the night

This is a compilation of new songs and covers by the best in indie rock, put together to raise money to fight AIDS. This album features amazing collaborations by artists like Feist and Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service) or David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and The Dirty Projectors.

 

Jamie’s Staff Picks for August

Veepveep

Summary: ” Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and a rising star in her party with her eye on the White House, then she became Vice President. VEEP follows the whirlwind day-to day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the President’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the Chief Executive.”

A wonderfully irreverent, cringingly funny show about a power-hungry, self-absorbed politician and her bumbling staff. I was almost going to call Selina and her staff “inept,” but that doesn’t really describe it. In some ways they are surprisingly skilled, but I think they are all generally so busy trying to look good and one-up others, and get so caught up in the heart-racing insanity of running the country, that they make many, many, missteps. By the same token, though, they often find themselves bumbling their way to a win. Watching VEEP is sort of like tossing a coin to predict how these horrible people are going to come out of whatever predicament they are in. However, I think what really keeps me watching, other than the amazing performances and right-on comedic timing of this ensemble cast, is the colorful and creative insults that they throw at one another. This Office of the Vice President would be a terrible place to work if you were in it, but it’s oh-so-entertaining to watch.

If you like VEEP and are looking for something similar, we also have Armando Iannucci’s British political TV show, The Thick of It, and similarly-structured movie (which is great), In the Loop.

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Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell has been quite open about his struggles with alcoholism, and this album seems to address those struggles, but not in an obviously autobiographical way. Each song tells the story of a different character, addressing different aspects of life that I think Isbell can relate to as he fights his daily battle to stay sober. If you enjoy the more alternative rock side of country music, then I highly recommend checking this album out.

Jamie’s Staff Picks for June and July

Apologies for the lateness of this post–with summer arriving, the library has been very busy! Better late than never…

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“Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.”

I often refer to this movie as the male version of Steel Magnolias. It’s an emotional and touching drama dealing with family and death, but for the most part it’s funny and real. The first time that I watched this movie, I had never seen Shailene Woodley in anything before and I was extremely impressed by her performance. George Clooney, as always, is great.

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Michael Kiwanuka

I checked out this album because I wanted to hear more after Michael Kiwanuka’s song “Cold Little Heart” was used as the opening credit song for Big Little Lies (which also has Shailene Woodley!). After listening, “Cold Little Heart” is definitely still a standout track amongst the highly-orchestrated retro-soul songs, but “Black Man in a White World” is a close second for its timeliness and loneliness even with its punchy hand claps. It might take a few listens to sink into this one, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

La La Land1

“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.”

I saw this movie in theaters and I LOVED it. I’ve heard some people criticize it for being another movie where Hollywood is patting itself on the back, but I’m a sucker for the LA landscape (especially that view from the Griffith Observatory featured in the iconic scene on the poster), and I apparently can’t turn down a good “actor/musician tries to make it” story. I loved the songs and had them stuck in my head for days afterward. I also wept uncontrollably at the ending (but that also could be because I was nine months pregnant at the time…). It was heartbreaking and beautiful. I can’t wait to watch this movie again.

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Feist

I think a lot of people expect all Feist albums to have the cutesiness of “1234.” Not that I don’t love “1234,” but this album definitely has a more dramatic, lonely vibe and I really enjoyed it. I also found it to be great for summer night listening. The tracks fade in and out with sounds of crickets and passing car radios which really set the scene. My favorite tracks are “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You” and “A Man is Not His Song.”

 

All summaries from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

Jamie’s Staff Picks for May

Summer Heights HighSummer_Heights_High_DVD

“In this mockumentary series set in a real Australian high school, comedian Chris Lilley brings to life three hilarious characters: Jonah, a 13-year-old delinquent breakdancer from Tonga; Mr. G, an ego-driven drama teacher with delusional showbiz dreams; and Ja’mie, a spoiled private school girl on a student exchange.”

Probably the most well-known of Chris Lilley’s several forays into mockumentary, this series really established one of his signature characters, Ja’mie. Lilley effectively skewers several fixtures of school life that I think any student can relate to, Australian or no: the overly self-important teacher; the snobby and superficial bully; the disruptive class clown. If you enjoy shows like The Office or Seinfeld where the characters aren’t exactly the most lovable people, but their awkward antics are hilarious, you will enjoy this show (though you will probably develop a soft spot for Jonah, Lilley’s troubled 13-year-old boy from Tonga).

 

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Lykke Li

This album is great for both dance hits as well as more soulful, introspective tracks. Li’s voice oscillates from light and fanciful to low and mournful. I like that most of the tracks are simply-arranged– there’s definitely something to be said for going for the understated sound rather than something overly-produced. My favorite tracks are “Little Bit,” “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” and “Breaking It Up.”

 

All summaries from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

Jamie’s Staff Picks for April

Hell or High Waterhell_or_high_water

“A divorced West Texas dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate money making scheme in order to save their family’s farm from foreclosure.”

This modern-day western features excellent performances by Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, and adapts the genre to themes that are common discussion points in this day and age: the generational conveyance of poverty, the shady dealings of financial institutions, the dying off of small towns that used to be brimming with farming and industry. Every single character in this movie is fully-conceived, whether it’s the bank-robbing brothers, the Texas Rangers tracking them, or the waitresses, bank tellers, or bank customers who only appear for one memorable scene. You won’t regret taking an hour and a half to sit down and watch this movie! One of the best to come out in 2016.

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She & Him

This album was Zooey Deschanel’s debut as a singer/songwriter in partnership with M. Ward, and it’s completely lovely. It’s full of romantic pop songs with a vintage feel, and her voice has a wonderful soulful crackleyness. As the weather warms up, this album would be great listening for gardening outside or having a backyard picnic.

All summaries from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

Happy Birthday John Oates!

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This album cover is a photo of the abandoned Rosedale Diner near Pottstown, PA.

Today is John Oates’ 69th birthday, one half of the legendary duo Hall & Oates, who hail from the Philadelphia area (Daryl Hall is from Pottstown, and they met at Temple University). Let’s celebrate! Here are some of their albums that you can find in the library:

Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

Voices (1980)

Private Eyes (1981)

H2O (1982)

Greatest hits: Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 (1983)

Change of Season (1990)

Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates (2004)

The Essential Daryl Hall and John Oates (2005)

 

Remembering George Michael

Pop-singer, George Michael, sadly passed away at the age of 53 on Christmas Day. If you’re looking to reflect back on George Michael’s talent, here are some titles you can check out from the library.

Faith (1987) faith

Symphonica (2014)

Twenty Five (2006)

George Michael’s music was also featured on:

Now That’s What I Call the ’80s, Volume 2 (2009) george michael

Hearts of Gold: The Pop Collection (1991) 

Entertainment Weekly 1987 (2000)

Duets: An American Classic (2006)

Duets: Elton John (1993) 25

Jewels in the Crown: All Star Duets with the Queen (2007)

Unforgettable: The Standards Collection (2006)

 

 

 

Jamie’s Staff Picks for December

It’s a Wonderful Life its-a-wonderful-life

Summary: “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed. A Christmas classic.”

This movie probably does not need any promotion, but it is nonetheless one of my favorite Christmas movies and is on my “Required Christmas Movie” watching list every year. I can’t let the holiday go by without seeing the gym floor open up to reveal the pool underneath at the dance, or watching George lasso the moon, and crying at the end when the town comes together to help him. The holidays can be sad just as much as they can be happy, so if you are in need of something life-affirming, this should be on your watch list this month too.

P.S. You can rent this DVD individually using the link at the top of this post OR you can rent it as part of our Holiday Favorites Binge Box! For more information on Binge Boxes, see this post.

Once: music from the motion picture once
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

An excellent soundtrack from this sort-of-musical. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend checking it out. This is definitely not your typical musical, and the soundtrack is more of a folksy rock/pop album than a broadway show-stopper. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are a great pair both on screen and musically; if you enjoy singer-songwriter types, then this will be right up your alley. Their song “Falling Slowly” won an Academy Award, and this soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.

Images and summaries from catalog.ccls.org.