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Chennai included in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music

Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu was recently included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music.

It was among 64 cities from 44 countries that were designated as UNESCO Creative Cities. With inclusion of these cities, total count of UNESCO Creative Cities Network has now gone up to 180 cities in 72 countries.

Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Varanasi (added as City of Music) and Jaipur (City of Crafts and Folk Art) were added last year.

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network was launched in 2004. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.  It includes cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music). It strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognised creativity as strategic factor of sustainable development in regards with the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.

Month: Categories: Art & Culture Current Affairs 2018

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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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