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59th Grammy awards 2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced by the Recording Academy announced at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

In this edition of awards, British singer Adele won the most awards in 5 different categories. She also created history by becoming first artist to win the top three categories twice (for first time in 2012).

Winners are
  • Album of the year: 25 – Adele
  • Record of the year: Hello – Adele
  • Song of the year: Hello – Adele
  • Best rap album: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  • Best urban contemporary album: Beyonce – Lemonade
  • Best country solo performance: My Church – Maren MorrisBest rock song: Blackstar – David Bowie
  • Best pop duo/group performance: Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
  • Best new artist: Chance the Rapper
  • Best pop vocal album: Adele – 25
  • Best pop solo performance: Hello – Adele
  • Best R&B performance: Solange – Cranes In the Sky.
  • Best R&B song: Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean
  • Best rap performance: Chance The Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem.
  • Best rap/sung performance: Drake – Hotline Bling.
  • Best R&B album: Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
  • Best rap song: Drake – Hotline Bling
  • Best metal performance: Megadeth – Dystopia
  • Best rock performance: David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Best dance recording: The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down
  • Note: This year Indian-American tabla player Sandeep Das won Grammy Awards won Best World Music Album with Yo-Yo Ma.

About Grammy Awards

  • Grammy Awards are the recording industry’s most prestigious award presented annually by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States.
  • The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on 4 May 1959 and originally was called Gramophone Awards.
  • They are awarded to artists and technical professionals for their outstanding achievements in the English-language music industry at the annual presentation ceremony.
  • The four main categories of award are Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

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Noted music director Rajamani passes away

Popular music director and composer Rajamani passed away due to cardiac arrest in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 60.

He had predominantly worked in Malayalam film industry and had composed music for around 70 films.

About Rajamani

  • Rajamani was born into a family of Carnatic musicians and was the son of noted musician BA Chidambaranath.
  • His first tryst with music happened at age of 13 after he had accompanied his father on a devotional album “Gangayar Pirakkunnu”.
  • His first independent venture as composer and music director was in Tamil film Gramathu Kiligal (1983) and followed by Kalloori Kanavugal (1983).
  • Rajamani made his Malayalam film debut with Nullinovikkaathe in 1985. His famous score music for Malayalam films are The King, Ekalavyan, Commissioner, Aram Thampuran and Narasimham.
  • He had rendered background score for over 700 films and as a composer his last film was Malayalam romantic-drama Hide n’ Seek (2012).

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