Archives for February 2015

Oscars 2015: Top 10 Oscar Acceptance Speech Quotes

We roundup the best quotes of Hollywood’s most popular night, The Oscars!  The Oscars acceptance speeches were surrounded by a social justice theme.

2015 Oscars Full list of Nominees,  WINNERS & Red Carpet Gowns

Let’s always continue to support creative writers, actors, production teams and their dreams so we can celebrate the fruit of their creative endeavors.




Alejandro G. Iñárritu – WINNER BEST PICTURE – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

“I want to take one second to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans the ones who live in Mexico, I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve and the ones that live in this country, who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones that came before who built this incredible immigrant nation” – Alejandro G. Iñárritu


Oprah  – BEST Original Song – Glory – Selma

“We wrote this film for events that happened 50 years ago but we say that Selma is now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men incarcerated today than were in slavery in 1850.” – John Legend


Common – BEST Original Song – Glory – Selma

“The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the south-side of Chicago to those in France standing for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy.  This bridge was built on Hope welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings”  – Common


John Legend – BEST Original Song – Glory – Selma

“We wrote this film for events that happened 50 years ago but we say that Selma is now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men incarcerated today than were in slavery in 1850.” – John Legend


Graham Moore – WINNER BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – The Imitation Game

When I was 16 I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I didn’t belong. And now I am standing here and so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels she is weird or that she is different or doesn’t fit in anywhere. YES YOU DO! I promise you!

Stay weird, stay different and when it’s your turn and your standing on this stage please pass this message to the next person that is coming along– Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Don Hall – WINNER  Best Animated Feature

“Once upon a time there was a freckle-faced little boy who told his mom and his dad he was going to work at Walt Disney Animation.  And they did something amazing. They supported him.” — Don Hall

Julie Andrews – Touched By Lady Gaga’s “Sound Of Music” Performance

“Great music does more than enhance a film, it cements our memories in the film going experience” – Julie Andrews


To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody elses’ equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality for women in the united states of American” – Patricia Arquette


“We should talk about suicide — OUT LOUD!” – Dana Perry

( Dana dedicated her Oscar to her son, Evan Perry.  Her son committed suicide. Boy Interrupted is a 2009 documentary feature film about the suicide in 2005 of Evan Perry)


J.K. Simmons – WINNER BEST Supporting ACTOR – Whiplash

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive, call them. Don’t text, don’t email. Call them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.” – J.K. Simmons


Lego Movie

“Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream.”


Neil Patrick Harris  Briefcase Reveal

2015 Oscars: Guide To Watching Oscars – Nominees & WINNERS – FULL List

The 87th Academy Awards was the busiest day in Hollywood, with a Live Red Carpet, selfies and after parties.  The long awaited event was hosted by actor, dancer, artist Neil Patrick Harris. My favorite performances were Lady Gaga’s performance of “Sound Of Music” and Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory”.    Neil Patrick did an amazing job once again hosting the show.  He it it out of the ball park with the Oscar’s finale reveal of his Oscars Predictions.

Here are the nominees, winners and best red carpet moments. Let’s always celebrate writers and their great works! Looking forward to catching up on some of the movies I didn’t see.



Oscars Nominees & WINNERS – FULL List 

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt in the Earth

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 – WINNER
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Film Editing
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash – WINNER

Best Song
Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie
Glory from Selma – WINNER
Grateful from Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Lost Stars from Begin Again

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman – WINNER
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper – WINNER
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Whiplash – WINNER

Best Visual Effects
Captain America:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar – WINNER
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Short Film, Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call – WINNER

Best Short Film – Animated
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast – WINNER
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Red Carpet Moments


Movie Review: McFarland USA and FUN Facts #McFarlandUSA

 McFarland USA Movie Review

Grab your friends and family and run to see McFarland USA!  Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland USA movie follows the lives of athletes from McFarland, a predominately Latino community in California Central Valley as they build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner).  The McFarland athletes are farm workers before they arrive to school, students during the day and champions in training after school.  They overcome adversity, economic challenges and lack of athletic resources through their loyalty, hard work and dedicated coach, to become  top cross-country team athletes.


McFarland USA is  recommended for families, teachers, students, sports enthusiasts and all athletes.  The story is very inspiring and does an outstanding job of showing the real life experiences of economically challenged students pursuing high school athletics.  It doesn’t hold back any dialogue and does a great job of showing how athletes, who are also farm workers deal with adversity on and off the field.   It also dives into the Mexican-American heritage, rights of passage for latinos as well as give us an inside look at mexican culture and traditions.


McFarland is much more than your typical inspirational sports movie.  It is a story of the journey for the McFarland athletes and Coach Jim White.  A series of events put McFarland students and Coach White on the same path.   Coach White was able to inspire them to greatness by going the extra mile, providing sound advice and taking an interest in each runner’s life on and off the field.  Coach White was also able to make McFarland home for his family and give purpose & meaning to his life through his hands on efforts in his community.  The movie also does a great job of telling the story about the bond between coaches and athletes.

Having come from a latino background and raised in a small border town myself, I can relate to the storyline of the under dog and feelings athletes have without proper equipment or uniforms.  When you lack resources and have the right attitude, you can get inspired and things can definitely take a positive turn! Coach White and the McFarland students show  us that anything is possible!


The true story came to the attention of the film producers in 1999 after hearing the story in the media about a small town group of heroes. The film’s producers suggested the Director, Niki Caro read the story and the movie started coming to life.

McFarland USA Filmmakers

Directed by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NIKI CARO
Story by . . . . . . . . . .. CHRISTOPHER CLEVELAND & BETTINA GILOIS

McFarland USA Cast

Jim White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . KEVIN COSTNER
Danny Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ
Thomas Valles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CARLOS PRATTS
Jose Cardenas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JOHNNY ORTIZ
David Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RAFAEL MARTINEZ

Johnny Sameniego. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HECTOR DURAN
Victor Puentes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SERGIO AVELAR
Damacio Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . MICHAEL AGUERO
Señora Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . DIANA MARIA RIVA
Señor Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OMAR LEYVA
Principal Camillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VALENTE RODRIGUEZ
Sammy Rosaldo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANNY MORA
Cheryl White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARIA BELLO
Julie White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . MORGAN SAYLOR




McFarland USA FUN Facts

  • “McFarland, USA” is inspired by a 1987 true story.  Over the years since then, the McFarland High School cross-country teams have won nine state championships and the small school is considered a powerhouse in the sport.
  • Coach Jim White taught in the town of McFarland for 40 years and coached for 25 of those years.  He retired in 2002, but is still involved with the cross-country program.  If you go to McFarland you will see him riding his bike with the kids.
  • Some of the original runners on the championship 1987 cross-country team are educators at McFarland school district.  They are also raising their families in McFarland and support the team financially as needed.
  • Three out of the seven young actors on the team in the movie are from the McFarland area—Sergio Avelar who plays Victor Puentes and Michael Aguero, cast as Damacio Diaz, are actual runners and Ramiro Rodriguez, as Danny Diaz, was a champion soccer player.
  • Ramiro Rodriguez had no intention of auditioning when he agreed to drive his cousin to the casting tryouts for “McFarland, USA.” He landed the role of Danny Diaz after being pestered repeatedly by executive producer Mario Iscovich to audition.
  • Classic lowriders are featured in “McFarland, USA” in several scenes. Lowriders are custom cars fitted with hydraulic jacks that allow the chassis to be lowered almost all the way to the road. Lowriding was very big in California’s Central Valley in the mid-’80s with Bakersfield being one of the lowriding epicenters of the area. Lowriding is often stereotypically depicted as gangster-related in film but the reality is that these car clubs are essentially about family and community and the cars are lovingly treasured.
  • Director Niki Caro took particular interest in the “hero-car” lowrider vehicle— and not just in the service of the movie. The car actually belongs to Caro and she likes to drive the 1970s Chevrolet Caprice, which was customized to the movie’s specifications. The beautiful classic features an iconic chain steering wheel and a mural on the hood that is in the likeness of the owner’s girlfriend in the film, Lupe. The painting is in the style of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is an ongoing visual theme in the movie.

Uno, Dos, Tres… McFarland!


McFarland USA Movie – EXCLUSIVE Interview With Kevin Costner and Real #McFarlandUSA Coach Jim White

I recently had the opportunity to meet and interview Kevin Costner, Coach Jim White, cast and real life heroes behind McFarland USA Movie.  McFarland USA opens in theaters on February 20th.  “McFarland, USA” movie is inspired by a 1987 true story, in which an  inexperienced group of  young Latino runners with exceptional athletic skills and determination rise to become champions under the leadership of their coach, Jim White.

Meeting the Actors Behind McFarland USA Movie


Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar and Johnny Ortiz ignite the McFarland athlete within all of us



Carlos Pratt plays the role of Thomas Valles. Inspiring Latino actor to watch

An EXCLUSIVE Interview with Kevin Costner

All of the actors connected to their characters to bring McFarland USA to life.  Kevin Costner plays Jim White, the McFarland High School Coach. Although he was born in Southern California, Kevin Costner also lived in Central California areas of Visalia, California near many farming areas.   It is through this experience that he was able to connect to his character and bring Coach Jim White to life.

Here is what he had to say about playing the role of Coach Jim White, how he felt about doing the role in McFarland and life wisdom that applies to all of us.

EXCLUSIVE Interview With Kevin Costner

“We all have to have our north star we kind of fix on and we go to. But life is so much about the things that bump into you.” – Kevin Costner

What appealed to you about the Jim White Character?

Kevin Costner: I had read the story some time ago over 10 years ago.  But I had read about it in Sports Illustrated.  I remember being very taken with it.  I had lived in the Central Valley in Visalia and actually played McFarland in high school baseball.  I was taken with the story, and then of course closed the page and moved on with my life.   Then this movie came up, this shining cloud Niki Caro and said, “Would you be in this movie?”  For that to match up was really a nice thing for me, and it was a beautiful thing, actually. 

To play Jim, who, you know, there’s these men and women all over America who are affecting our young people.  And relationships that coaches establish with young people is something that carries through their life if it’s done right.  There’s not a lot of Jim Whites, but there are Jim Whites, and he represents the best, really, of the best. 

It’s almost biblical; our children have a hard time listening to their parents, right?  There’s a moment in time where kids really don’t want to hear anything from their parents.  But a coach can take on that thing, and boy, if they are of the cloth that Jim White came from, a very graceful, very quiet man, who somehow let them know what was possible.

 What was just possible; not that they were gonna get there, but this is possible for you, a goal.  And Jim White, in just kind of putting the goal out in front of them, look what happened.  Champions.  Look – they did – the exceeded beyond their expectations, so it’s a great lesson to us, McFarland, that if we give our children, our young men, our young women goals, we let them see what’s possible, they can exceed beyond their own wildest expectations.  It’s just a very good lesson, this movie.  So I was proud to play the essence of Jim White.  I’m not Jim White.

You know, I think we’d all like to be Jim White in some way.  But it was a pleasure to be able to do that, kind of from that Sports Illustrated article make this giant circle to actually being in the movie.  I mean that feels like a movie, doesn’t it?


Question: How did it feel to play this role in McFarland

Kevin Costner:  I’ve grown up in Ventura, and also in Visalia.  I’ve driven down these roads and I saw people working in those fields.  I played and fought and had friends where their families were pickers in Saticoy, California, a little Mexican barrio school that I went to.  But I didn’t invest the way I did until Niki brought me this movie.  Bending down to work and seeing a field go forever, understanding that this is forever, this is every week, this is every day in all kinds of weather, I have an appreciation of who these people are, this is as American story as you can possibly have.

You think apple pie and baseball’s American?  No.  McFarland is way more American than any of those things.  Those are pastimes.  What’s American –  I’m gonna get real sentimental here. 

There is no American story than parents who are willing to do anything to better their children, to give their children a chance.  There’s nothing more American, and it’s been playing out over the last 300 years, here.  McFarland is not some weird little  town.  Poor McFarland?  No.  Number one, there’s a mythology around McFarland because their lives changed when they understood that they could be champions and repeat that idea.  The simplicity of  there’s nothing more noble than a father and a mother making an opportunity for their child, knowing that their life is gonna be hard.  And there’s something very noble about that, to me; something incredibly heroic.  


Question:  You did a lot of different cameras over a lot of different genres.  Do you have any character that you have not done yet that you want to do?

Kevin Costner: I’ve been able to do a lot of things in the movies.  I’ve been able to run with the buffalo, I’ve been able to pitch a perfect game in Yankee Stadium, in the bathtub with Susan Sarandon.  

I’ve had a lot of chance to do a lot of things.  I enjoy sports, but I enjoy sports so much to the point that I wouldn’t do the movie unless I thought it had a chance to be good.  That’s how much I like them.  I’m not dying to do a sports thing and have it just look average.  There’s nothing that I covet out there.  I wait for something to come a long that really is a clear sound that I can respond to, and that I can just really move to it.  I’m not looking for the next sports movie at all, by any stretch.  I did two sports movies back to back – Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, and no one thought that was a smart idea.

 But those movies separated themselves so much.  If I plan my life so much in advance, I’ll miss this. I would have missed McFarland by getting in my mind what I’m going to do in my life.  I mean we all have to have our north star we kind of fix on and we go to.  But life is so much about the things that bump into you. I was – it was really happy, and – you know, how this really happened. And Niki and I know the story more than anybody, but it’s one I  treasure.


An Exclusive Interview with the REAL McFarland USA Coach Jim White

I also had the honor and privilege to meet the real life McFarland High School Coach Jim White. Meeting the real life hero behind the McFarland movie was a once in a lifetime event.  Coach White reminds me a lot of the coaches I had in high school who are dedicated to their teams not only on the field, but off the field.  They instill drive, determination and perseverance in young athletes that carry them on not only through high school, but help mold them into future leaders.


“My whole philosophy on everything is about attitude. I had to have a good attitude, and I had to transfer that to the kids, a good attitude. In order to achieve anything it has to be your attitude.” – Coach Jim White

Question: What does it take from your heart to do all this? For these kids to have a better life?

Jim White: I think my whole philosophy on everything is about attitude.  I had to have a good attitude, and I had to transfer that to the kids, a good attitude.  In order to achieve anything it has to be your attitude.  That is the only thing that you can control.  I can’t control other feelings about me.  I can’t control what happened yesterday or what’s going to maybe happen tomorrow.  But the most important thing for me to transfer to these kids is the attitude of hard work can transfer into the classroom, and into your jobs, and into their real lives.  So when you have problems in life, and we had problems with building the team and outfitting the team, putting shoes on the team.  But it’s how we let the problems affect you in life that’s the main thing, that’ll get you down.  So yeah, these kids were my kids. Thank you.


Question: I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about how the cross country program at the high school has changed the town overall, or what impact it’s made on the fabric of the community.

Jim White:  As an example right now, our town is really changing.  They’re really picked up this thing with cross country so much so that we now have a new city logo.  It’s not the heartbeat of agriculture or whatever they showed on the first one.  I don’t even know where that first sign came from in that movie.  It now has a runner, running through the field – a silhouette of a runner running through the field.  They gave this to the high school for a scholarship: whoever comes up with the best city logo.

A girl developed this.  Underneath it – underneath the silhouette of a runner running through the fields, you have “Tradition, unity, and excellence.”  So that has really changed our whole city.  Our school came up with a new logo.  We have now a water tank that’s 20 by 80 feet in the town that’s completely dedicated to our state championships.  And the silhouettes of runners, a big sunset, the big cougar coming out of the State of California, and their names are on the water tower; everybody’s names that were state champions there. 

Question: Do you think this film will inspire kids that were in your situation when you guys were younger?

Jim White: I do.  I definitely do.  I think it’s such an inspiration to see that kids can come out of the fields, and kids can have some success with the right attitude and with the work ethics that you can pick up from cross country.  I definitely do feel that it will inspire a lot of kids to go on and do better, I’m sure.


An Exclusive Interview with McFarland Director Niki Caro

We also interviewed McFarland USA Director Niki Caro.  She write, produced and directed several films.  She was drawn to this film because it tells a story about real life people in a real life community.


Question: What was it about the story that attracted you and fits with your film making sensibilities?

Niki Caro:  I was inspired by Jim White, the original team, the scale of their achievement, and the legacy that they left and that goes on.  I was really inspired by the people, by how hard they work, the commitment to their families, their faith and their community.  It was great for me to be able to light that up.   I really get a big kick out of  actually working with real communities and this is a real story.

You drive to McFarland and you’ll see a bunch of people you see on screen.  It’ll look like it does on screen.  It’s deeply satisfying to me to go in and tell a story that is not only meaningful, but is true and real, and tell it with the real people.  If that weren’t enough, to go in with the likes of these people (pointing to cast), has been a deeply, deeply satisfying experience for me and I hope it will be for the audience, too.


It’s not often you meet people that make you feel like you can anything and overcome any obstacle, but that is exactly how I felt after meeting the cast and real life heroes of McFarland.  McFarland USA Movie will be in theaters on February 20th.  SAVE the date and make sure to take your family and go see it.

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Presidents Day 2015: Top Presidential Stories, Quotes & FAQ

Today we celebrate the life of our first President George Washington and all American Presidents.  The Federal Holiday originated in the 1880s to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday.   In 1968 the observation was moved to Mondays.  Some reformers tried to rename the Holiday to “President’s Day” to observe President Lincoln’s Birthday as well, but were unsuccessful.   Over the years the date has been observed as “President’s Day” primarily by retailers and eventually adopted by businesses and the federal government.   However, President’s Day is not the official name of the holiday.

We observe Presidents Day on the third Monday in February with a three day weekend vacation, shopping or just relaxing around the house.

Here are a couple of President’s Day frequently asked questions and answers, top presidential quotes and top news across the web to celebrate this special day.



Public services  are CLOSED on Presidents Day

  • Postal Services:  All Post Offices will be CLOSED; There will also be no mail delivered on Monday, except for Express Mail.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles: All DMV Offices are CLOSED.
  • Libraries: All Libraries are CLOSED.
  • Federal, State & Local Offices: Riverside County, San Bernardino County Public Schools will be CLOSED. Check your local districts.
  • Trash & Recyling: All trash pickup will be delayed by one day.
  • Retail  & Grocery Stores:  Most are OPEN.


Top Presidential Quotes

  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – President Barack Obama
  • If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – President William J. Clinton
  • The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable – and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true. – President George W. Bush
  • This is America … a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. – President H. Bush
  • Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community – President Jimmy Carter

Top President’s Day Stories Around The Web


60-Second Presidents: A Chronological Playlist

Things To Do On Valentines Day Weekend

Are you getting ready to plan your Valentines Day?  One of the things we love about Southern California is the restaurants.  We couldn’t suggest a better location for your special day with your loved one.   Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year which gives you several options from planning a romantic evening to a weekend getaway!


Here are our picks for the Best Valentines Day Restaurants in Southern California

Top Picks

Sea Legs Wine Bar is the hippest place in OC.  Great ambiance and menu.  Try the Valentine’s dinner for two or visit for a couple’s brunch on Saturday or Sunday.  We absolutely love this place!

Ponte Winery is accepting walk-ins from 11am-8pm. Come early. There will be a wait.

Valle d Brume is a small, family owned French dining spot and bakery.  They have a couple of openings for dinner tonight.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House has a steak dinner for $48.95

PF Changs has a Hot & Spicy three-couse dinner for two for $45

Tresinos –  Truly the best Italian Dining experience in Inland Empire.  The restaurant is family owned.  The food is fresh and all ingredients are homemade.  The owners also make their own pasta. ($5-$20)

E.A.T Marketplace – An organically inspired menu will be prepared between 6-10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Budget Friendly Suggestions

California Pizza Kitchen has a Buy a Dinner for 2 for $32

Coco’s restaurant has a Steak and Lobster for $15.99

Crepes de Paris – Nestled within the Victoria Gardens Mall is  a quaint and esquisite restaurant.  Crepes de Paris serves delicious french crepes.   They also have sandwiches and salads for a perfect dinner, lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day.  We adore the French music they play and the decor.  It’s so romantic! (Cost $8 – $15)



2015 Grammy Awards Full Nominees List

The 57th Grammy awards will air tonight on CBS.  This years Grammy’s will be one of the most anticipated music awards with Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith (we are not related), Sia and Meghan Trainor up for Record of the Year.  Grammy host LL Cool J will MC the festivities.

As a music lover I am looking forward to the performances and entertainment.  I’ll also make sure to watch the red carpet for designer looks from the 2015 nominees and guests.  If Sia wins Record of the Year, I hope she will accept her award in person.


How To Watch The Red Carpet Festivities LIVESTREAM

E! Online has livestream footage of the 2015 Grammy’s red carpet 2015 Grammy nominees and guests designer looks.  Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will host the red carpet festivities and ask the stars what they are  wearing.  They also have a Glam Cam which features a 360 degree view of the artists looks.  It’s fabulous!

Tune in on Sunday, February 8, 4-6pm ET/PT and Live From the Red Carpet: The 2015 Grammys, 6-8pm ET/PT.


How To Watch The Grammy Awards

Come celebrate the Grammy Award nominees  and winners with us tonight by following along via Twitter and refreshing this post for the live blog and full list of winners.     Print this article prior to the Grammy awards to predict the winners and watch the show tonight to see if your favorite artists and entertainers win.  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a full list of winners.

2015 Grammy Awards Full Nominees List

Record Of The Year
Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX — “Fancy”
Sia — “Chandelier”
Sam Smith — “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift — “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor — “All About That Bass”

Album Of The Year
Beck  — “Morning Phase”
Beyoncé — “Beyoncé”
Ed Sheeran — “X”
Sam Smith — “In The Lonely Hour”
Pharrell Williams — “Girl”

Song Of The Year
Meghan Trainor — “All About That Bass”
Hozier — “Take Me To Church”
Taylor Swift — “Shake It Off”
Sia — “Chandelier”
Sam Smith — “Stay With Me” [Darkchild Version]

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend — “All of Me” (live)
Sia — “Chandelier”
Sam Smith — “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift — “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”

Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX — “Fancy”
Coldplay — “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera — “Say Something”
Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J — “Dark Horse”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga — “Cheek To Cheek”
Annie Lennox — “Nostalgia”
Barry Manilow — “Night Songs”
Johnny Mathis — “Sending You A Little Christmas”
Barbara Streisand w/ Various Artists — “Partners”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay — “Ghost Stories”
Miley Cyrus — “Bangerz”
Ariana Grande — “My Everything”
Katy Perry — “Prism”
Ed Sheeran — “X”
Sam Smith — “In The Lonely Hour”

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx –“Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne — “Rather Be”
Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige –“F for You”
Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones — “I Got U”
Zhu — “Faded”

Best Dance/ Electronic Album
Aphex Twin — “Syro”
Deadmaus — “While (1<2)”
Little Dragon — “Nabuma Rubberband”
Röyksopp & Robyn — “Do It Again”
Mat Zo — “Damage Control”

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Mindi Abair — “Wild Heart”
Gerald Albright — “Slam Dunk”
Nathan East — “Nathan East”
Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp — “Jazz Funk Soul”
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer — “Bass & Mandolin”

Best Rock Performance
Ryan Adams — “Gimme Something Good”
Arctic Monkeys — “Do I Wanna Know?”
Beck — “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys — “Fever”
Jack White — “Lazaretto”

Best Metal Performance

Anthrax — “Neon Knights”
Mastodon — “High Road”
Mötorhead — “Heartbreaker”
Slipnot — “The Negative One”
Tenacious D — “The Last In Line”

Best Rock Song
Hayley Williams & Taylor York (songwriters) — “Ain’t It Fun” (Paramore)
Beck Hansen (songwriter) — “Blue Moon” (Beck)
Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (Songwriters) — “Fever” (The Black Keys)
Ryan Adams (songwriter) — “Gimme Something Good” (Ryan Adams)
Jack White II (songwriter) — “Lazaretto” (Jack White)

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams — “Ryan Adams”
Beck — “Morning Phase”
Black Keys — “Turn Blue”
Tom Petty — “Hypnotic Eye”
U2 — “Songs of Innocence”

Best Alternative Music Album
Alt-J — “This Is All Yours”
Arcade Fire — “Reflektor”
Cage the Elephant — “Melophobia”
St. Vincent — “St. Vincent”
Jack White — “Lazaretto”

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z — “Drunk in Love”
Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross — “New Flame”
Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly –“It’s Your World”
Ledisi  — “Like This”
Usher — “Good Kisser”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton — “As”
Angie Fisher — “I.R.S.”
Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner –“Jesus Children”
Kem — “Nobody”
Antonique Smith — “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”

Best R&B Song
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (songwriters) — “Drunk in Love” (Beyoncé ft. Jay Z)
Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel (songwriters) — “Good Kisser” (Usher)
Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds & Keith Thomas (songwriters) — “New Flame” (Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross)
Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” Smith (songwriters) — “Options (Wolfjames Version)” (Luke James ft. Rick Ross)
Jhené Aiko Chilombo (songwriter) — “The Worst” (Jhené Aiko)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhené Aiko — “Sail Out”
Beyoncé — “Beyoncé”
Chris Brown — “X”
Mali Music — “Mali Is”
Pharrell Williams — “G I R L”

Best R&B Album
Bernhoft — “Islander”
Aloe Blacc — “Lift Your Spirit”
Toni Braxton & Babyface — “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
Robert Glasper Experiment — “Black Radio 2”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings — “Give The People What They Want”

Best Rap Performance
Childish Gambino — “305”
Drake — “0 to 100/ The Catch Up”
Eminem — “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar — “I”
Lecrae — “All I Need Is You”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Common Featuring Jhené Aiko — “Black Majik”
Eminem ft. Rihanna — “The Monster”
I Love Makonnen ft. Drake — “Tuesday”
Schoolboy Q ft. BJ the Chicago Kid– “Studio”
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson — “Bound 2”

Best Rap Song
Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett (songwriters) — “Anaconda” (Nikki Minaj)
Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young (songwriters) — “Bound 2” (Kanye West & Charlie Wilson)
K.Duckworth & C. Smith (songwriters) — “I” (Kendrick Lamar)
N. Fisher & C.Thomaz (songwriters) — “We Dem Boyz” (Wiz Khalifa)
A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jeffries, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib (songwriters) — “O To 100/ The Catch Up” (Drake)

Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea — “The New Classic”
Childish Gambino — “Because the Internet”
Common — “Nobody’s Smiling”
Eminem — “The Marshall Mathers LP2”
Oxymoron — “Schoolboy Q”
Wiz Khalifa — “Blacc Hollywood”

Best Country Solo Performance
Eric Church — “Give Me Back my Hometown”
Hunter Hayes — “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert — “Automatic”
Carrie Underwood — “Something In the Water”
Keith Urban — “Cop Car”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry — “Gentle On My Mind”
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood — “Somethin’ Bad”
Little Big Town — “Day Drinking”
Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill — “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Keith Urban ft. Eric Church — “Raise ‘Em Up”

Best Country Song
Miranda Lambert “– Automatic”
Kenny Chesney — “American Kids”
Eric Church — “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell — “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Tim McGraw — “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley — “Riser”
Eric Church — “The Outsiders”
Brandy Clark — “12 Stories”
Miranda Lambert — “Platinum”
Lee Ann Womack — “The Way I’m Livin'”

Best New Age Album
Paul Avgerinos — “Bhakti”
Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai — “Ritual”
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman — “Winds of Samsara”
Kitaro — “Symphony Live In Istanbul”
Silvia Nakkach & David Darling — “In Love And Longing”

​Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Kenny Barron — “The Eye Of The Hurricane”
Chick Corea — “Fingerprints”
Fred Hersch — “You & The Night & The Music”
Joe Lovano — “Recorda Me”
Brad Mehldau — “Sleeping Giant”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
(Billy Childs &) Various Artists — “Map To The Treasures: Reimagining Laura Nyro”
René Marie– “I Wanna Be Evil”
Gretchen Parlato — “Live in NYC”
Dianne Reeves — “Beautiful Life”
Tierney Sutton — “Paris Sessions”

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band — “Landmarks”
Chick Corea Trio — “Trilogy”
Fred Hersch Trio — “Floating”
Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco ft. Billy Hart — “Enjoy the View”
Jason Moran — “All Rise: A Joyfrul Elegy For Fats Waller”

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra — “The L.A. Treasures Project”
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band — “Life in the Bubble”
Rufus Reid — “Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project”
Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra — “Live: I Hear The Sound”
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra — “Overtime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer”

Best Latin Jazz Band
Conrad Herwig ft. Joe Lovano — “The Latin Side of Joe Henderson”
The Pedrito Martinez Group — “The Pedrito Martinez Group”
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra — “The Offense of the Drum”
Emilio Solla Y Inestable De Brooklyn — “Second Half”
Yosvany Terry — “New Throned King”

Best Gospel Performance
Erica Campbell ft. Lecrae — “Help”
Karen Clark Sheard — “Sunday A.M. [Live]”
Mail Music — “I Believe”
Smokie Norful — “No Greater Love”
The Walls Group — “Love On The Radio”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Francesca Battistelli; Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia & Ben Glover (songwriters) — “Write Your Story” (Francesca Battistelli)
Crowder (songwriter) — “Come As You Are” (Crowder)
Lecrae Featuring For King & Country; Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone (songwriters) — “Messengers” (Lecrae ft. For King & Country)
MercyMe; Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer (songwriters) — “Shake” (MercyMe)
Needtobreathe; Bear Rinehart & Bo Rinehart (songwriters) — “Multiplied” (Needtobreathe)

Best Gospel Album
Erica Campbell –“Help”
Ricky Dillard & New G — “Amazing”
William McDowell –“Witholding Nothing: Live”
Smokie Norful — “Forever Yours”
Anita Wilson — “Vintage Worship”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Francesca Battistelli — “If We’re Honest”
For King & Country — “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong”
Natalie Grant — “Hurricane”
MercyMe — “Welcome To The New”
Royal Tailor — “Royal Tailor”

Best Roots Gospel Album
T. Graham Brown — “Forever Changed”
Mike Farris — “Shine For All The People”
Gaither Vocal Band” — Hymns”
The Martins — “A Cappella”
Tim Menzies — “His Way of Loving Me”

Best Latin Pop Album
Ruben Blades –“Tangos”
Camila Raiz, Lila Downs, Niña Pastori Soledad Pastorutti — “Elypse”
Juanes –“Loco de Amor”
Marco Antonio Solis– “Gracias Por Estar Aqui”

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Calle 13 — “Multiviral”
Chocquibtown — “Behind the Machine”
Jorge Drexler — “Bailar En La Cueva”
Molotov — “Argua Maldita”
Ana Tijoux — “Vengo”

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Pepe Aguilar –“Lastime Que Sean Ajenas”
Vicente Fernández — “Mano A Mano – Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernández”
Ixya Herrera — “Voz Y Guitarra”
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea — “Aniversario”
Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle — “AlegrÍa Del Mariachi”

Best Tropical Latin Album
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico — “50 Aniversario”
Aymee Nuviola — “First Class To Havana”
Palo! — “Live”
Totó La Momposina — “El Asunto”
Carlos Vives — “Más + Corazóno Profundo”

Best American Roots Performance
Greg Allman & Tah Mahal — “Statesboro Blues”
Rosanne Cash — “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Billy Childs ft. Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas — “And When I Die”
Keb’ Mo’ ft. the California Feet Warmers — “The Old Me Better”
Nickel Creek — “Destination”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash — “A Feather’s Not A Bird”
Jesse Winchester — “Just So  Much”
The Del McCoury Band — “The New York Trains”
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers ft. Edie Brickell — “Pretty Little One”
John Hiatt — “Terms Of My Surrender”

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash — “The River & The Thread”
John Hiatt — “Terms of My Surrender”
Keb’ Mo’ — “Bluesamericana”
Nickel Creek — “A Dotted Line”
Sturgill Simpson — “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music”

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester — “The Earls Of Leicester”
Noam Pikelny — “Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe”
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen — “Cold Spell”
Bryan Sutton — “Into My Own”
Rhonda Vincent — “Only Me”

Best Blues Album
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – “Common Ground – Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy”
Ruthie Foster – “Promise of a Brand New Day”
Charlie Musselwhite – “Juke Joint Chapel”
Bobby Rush With Blinddog Smokin’ – “Decisions”
Johnny Winter – “Step Back”

Best Folk Album
Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes — “Three Bells”
Alice Gerrard — “Follow The Music”
Eliza Gilkyson — “The Nocturne Diaries”
Jesse Winchester — “A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble”

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Bonsoir, Catin — “Light The Stars”
Kamaka Kukona — “Hanu ‘A’ala”
Magnolia Sisters — “Love’s Lies”
Jo-El Sonnier — “The Legacy”
Joe Tohonnie Jr. — Ceremony”

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley — “Fly Rasta”
Sean Paul — “Full Frequency”
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry — “Back On The Controls”
Shaggy — “Out of Many, One Music”
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate — “The Reggae Power”
Soja — “Amid The Noise And Haste”

Best World Music Album
Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté — “Toumani & Sidiki”
Angelique Kidjo — “Eve”
Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho — “Our World In Song”
Sergio Mendes — “Magic”
Anoushka Shankar — “Traces Of You”

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani — “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)
Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could — “Just Say Hi!”
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo — “The Perfect Quirk”
The Okee Dokee Brothers — “Through The Woods”

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
James Franco — “Actors Anonymous”
Jimmy Carter — “A CalL To Action”
John Waters — “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America”
Joan Rivers — “Diary Of A Mad Diva”
Elizabeth Warren — “A Fighting Chance”
Gloria Gaynor — “We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song”

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic — “Mandatory Fun”
Jim Gaffigan — “Obsessed”
Louis C.K. — “Oh My God”
Patton Oswalt — “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time”
Sarah Silverman — “We Are Miracles”

Best Musical Theater Album
James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs & Courtney Reed, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers (Alan Menken, composer; Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin & Tim Rice, lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast) –“Aladin”
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast) — “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Jefferson Mays & Bryce Pinkham, principal soloists; Kurt Deutsch & Joel Moss, producers; Robert L. Freedman, lyricist; Steven Lutvak, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) — “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder”
Lena Hall & Neil Patrick Harris, principal soloists; Justin Craig, Tim O’Heir & Stephen Trask, producers (Stephen Trask, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast) — “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”
Cheyenne Jackson & Alexandra Silber, principal soloists; Michael Tilson Thomas & Jack Vad, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (Cheyenne Jackson & Alexandra Silber With The San Francisco Symphony) — “West Side Story”

Best Compilation Sountrack For Visual Media
Susan Jacobs & David O. Russell, compilation producers — “American Hustle”
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers — “Frozen”
Peter Afterman & Harry Weinger, compilation producers — “Get On Up: The James Brown Story
James Gunn, compilation producer — “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1”
Robbie Robertson, compilation producer — “The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Score Sountrack For Visual Media
Christophe Beck, composer — “Frozen”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers — “Gone Girl”
Alexandre Desplat, composer — “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Steven Price, composer — “Gravity”
Thomas Newman, composer — “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Shawn Patterson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, songwriters (Tegan And Sara Featuring The Lonely Island) — “Everything Is Awesome!!!”
Ed Sheeran, songwriter — “I See Fire”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters — “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters — “Let It Go”
Spike Jonze & Karen O, songwriters (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix) — “The Moon Song”

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams, composer — “The Book Thief”
Stanley Clarke, composer — “Last Train To Sanity”
Gordon Goodwin, composer — “Life In The Bubble”
Rufus Reid, composer — “Recognition
Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, composers — “Tarnation”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella
Pete McGuinness, arranger — “Beautiful Dreamer”
Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers — “Daft Punk”
Gordon Goodwin, arranger — “Get Smart”
Alfredo Rodriguez, arranger — “Guantanamera”
Chris Walden, arranger — “Moon River”

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals
Jeremy Fox, arranger — “All My Tomorrows”
Vince Mendoza, arranger — “Goodnight America”
Billy Childs, arranger — “New York Tendaberry”
Gordon Goodwin & Judith Hill, arrangers — “Party Rockers”
Pete McGuinness, arranger — “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”

Best Recording Package
David Chen & Andrew Wong, art directors — “Formosa Medicine Show”
Vaughan Oliver, art director — “Indie Cindy”
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors — “Lightning Bolt”
Jesse Kanda, art director — “LP1”
Sarah Larnach, art director — “Whispers”

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Leland Meiners & Ken Shipley, art directors — “Cities Of Darkscorch”
Gary Burden & Jenice Heo, art directors (Neil Young) — “A Letter Home (Viinyl Box Set)”
Susane Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors — “The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917 – 27)”
Andy Carne & Imogen Heap, art directors — “Sparks (Delux Album Box Set)”
Jessica Dessner, Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Steve Vance, art directors (Grateful Dead) — “Spring 1990 (The Other One)”

Best Album Notes
David Sager, album notes writer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra) — “Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides”
Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists) — “I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969 – 70”
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane) — “Offering: Live At Temple University”
Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists) — “The Other Side Of Bakersfield: 1950s & 60s Boppers And Rockers From ‘Nashville West’, Vol. 1”
Jon Kirby, album notes writer (Various Artists) — “Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound”
Scott Blackwood, album notes writer (Various Artists) — “The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917 – 27)”

Best Historical Album
Jeffrey Green, Ranier E. Lotz & Howard Rye, compilation producers; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists) – “Black Europe: The Sounds And Images Of Black People In Europe Pre-1927”
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams) – “The Garden Spot Programs, 1950”
Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra) — “Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides”
Steven Lance Ledbetter & David Murray, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) — “Longing For The Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia”
Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists) – “There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Deluxe Edition)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Richard King & Dave Sinko, engineers; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer) – “Bass & Mandolin”
Ross Hogarth & Casey Wasner, engineers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Keb’ Mo’) – “Bluesamericana”
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck) – “Morning Phase”
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer (Lee Ann Womack) – “The Way I’m Livin'”
Tchad Blake, Thomas Dybdahl, Oyvind Jakobsen, Jo Ranheim, Itai Shapira & David Way, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl) — What’s Left Is Forever

Producer Of The year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth – “Pendulum” (FKA Twigs), “Queenie Eye (Paul McCartney), “Road” (Paul McCartney), “Save Us” (Paul McCartney)
John Hill — “All You Never Say” (Birdy), “Burning Gold” (Christina Perri), “Can’ Remember To Forget You” (Shakira Featuring Rihanna), “Goldmine” (Kimbra), “Guts Over Fear” (Eminem Featuring Sia), “Strange Desire” (Bleachers), “Voices” (Phantogram), Water Fountain (Tune-Yards)
Jay Joyce — “About Last Night” (Sleeper Agent), “It Goes Like This” (Thomas Rhett), Melophobia (Cage The Elephant), “Montibello Memories (Matrimony), “Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song” (Amos Lee), “The Outsiders” (Eric Church)
Greg Kurstin — “Beating Heart” (Ellie Goulding), “Chandelier” (Sia), “Double Rainbow” (Katy Perry), “Gunshot” (Lykke Li), “Money Power Glory” (Lana Del Ray), “1000 Forms Of Fear” (Sia), “Sheezus” (Lily Allen), “Wrapped In Red” (Kelly Clarkson)
Max Martin — “Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj), “Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd), “Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J), “Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift), “Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend) – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”
MING, remixer (Crossfingers Featuring Danny Losito) – “Falling Out (Ming Remix)”
Audien, remixer (Bastille) – ” Pompeii (Audien Remix)”
Eddie Amador, remixer (Five Knives) – “The Rising (Eddie Amador Remix)”
Ryan Raddon, remixer (Galantis) – “Smile (Kaskade Edit)”
Robin Schulz, remixer (Mr. Probz) – “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra) – “Beppe: Remote Galaxy”
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé) – “Beyonce”
David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber) – “Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes”
Damon Iddins & Andy Jackson, surround mix engineers; Damon Iddins & Andy Jackson, surround mastering engineers (Pink Floyd) – “The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)”
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, surround mix engineer; Hans-Jörg Maucksch, surround mastering engineer; Günter Pauler, surround producer (Song Zuying, Yu Long & China Philharmonic Orchestra) – “Epics Of Love”
Michael Bishop & Robert Friedrich, surround mix engineers; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Benjamin Zander & Philharmonia Orchestra) – “Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection'”

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Richard King, engineer; Wolfgang Schiefermair, mastering engineer (David Robertson & St. Louis Symphony) – “Adams, John: City Noir”
Dmitriy Lipay & Nathaniel Reichman, engineers; Nathaniel Reichman, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – “Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean”
Dmitriy Lipay, engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – “Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time”
David Frost & Christopher Willis, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – “Riccardo Muti Conducts Mason Bates & Anna Clyne”
Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) – “Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending”

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Morten Lindberg — Beppe: Remote Galaxy (Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra), Dyrud: Out Of Darkness (Vivianne Sydnes & Nidaros Cathedral Choir), Ja, Vi Elsker (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, Ingar Bergby, Staff Band Of The Norwegian Armed Forces & Schola Cantorum), Symphonies Of Wind Instruments (Ingar Bergby & Royal Norwegian Navy Band)
Dmitriy Lipay — Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony), Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony), Fauré: Masques Et Bergamasques; Pelléas Et Mélisande; Dolly (Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Chorale & Seattle Symphony), Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces For String Orchestra (Gerard Schwarz & Seattle Symphony), Ives: Symphony No. 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony), Ravel: Orchestral Works; Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Elaine Martone — Hallowed Ground (Louis Langrée, Maya Angelou, Nathan Wyatt & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ (Benjamin Zander, Stefan Bevier, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra), Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Judith Sherman — Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo),Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet), Composing America (Lark Quartet), Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna), The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza), Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet), Snapshot (American Brass Quintet), Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble), Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)
David Starobin — All The Things You Are (Leon Fleisher), Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 16 (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman & Orchestra 2001), Game Of Attrition – Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2 (Jac Van Steen & BBC National Orchestra Of Wales), Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert (Gilbert Kalish), Mozart: Piano Concertos, No. 12, K. 414 & No. 23, K. 488 (Marianna Shirinyan, Scott Yoo & Odense Symphony Orchestra), Music Of Peter Lieberson, Vol. 3 (Scott Yoo, Roberto Diaz, Steven Beck & Odense Symphony Orchestra), Rochberg, Chihara & Rorem (Jerome Lowenthal), Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op. 18 & Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 (Joyce Yang, Alexander Lazarev & Odense Symphony Orchestra)

Best Orchestral Performance
David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony) — “Adams, John: City Noir”
Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) — Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time
Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) – “Dvořák: Symphony No. 8; Janáček: Symphonic Suite From Jenůfa”
Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker) – “Schumann: Symphonien 1-4”
Robert Spano, conductor (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) – “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola”

Best Opera Recording
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble) – “Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers”
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor; Dan Kempson, Jennifer Lane, Tamara Mumford, Sidney Outlaw, Lori Phillips & Brenda Rae; Tim Handley, producer (University Of Michigan Percussion Ensemble & University Of Michigan Symphony Orchestra; University Of Michigan Chamber Choir, University Of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University Of Michigan University Choir & UMS Choral Union) – “Milhaud: L’Orestie D’Eschyle”
William Christie, conductor; Sarah Connolly, Stéphane Degout, Christiane Karg, Ed Lyon & Katherine Watson; Sébastien Chonion, producer (Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment; The Glyndebourne Chorus) – “Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie”
Sylvain Cambreling, conductor; Andreas Conrad & Franz Grundheber; Reinhard Oechsler, producer (SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden Und Freiburg; EuropaChorAkademie) – “Schönberg: Moses Und Aron”
Christian Thielemann, conductor;René Jacobs, conductor (Werner Güra & Johannes Weisser; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin; Rias Kammerchor & Staats-Und Domchor Berlin) – “Bach: Matthäus-Passion”
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor (Erlend Aagaard Nilsen & Geir Morten Øien; Sarah Head & Lars Sitter; Nidaros Cathedral Choir) – “Dyrud: Out Of Darkness”
Andrew Davis, conductor; Stephen Jackson, chorus master (Susan Gritton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus) – “Holst: First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter”
John Butt, conductor (Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs & Joanne Lunn; Dunedin Consort) – “Mozart: Requiem”
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare) — The Sacred Spirit Of RussiaEvelyn Herlitzius, Waltraud Meier, René Pape & Anne Schwanewilms; Arend Prohmann, producer (Staatskapelle Dresden; Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden) – “Strauss: Elektra”

Best Choral Performance
René Jacobs, conductor (Werner Güra & Johannes Weisser; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin; Rias Kammerchor & Staats-Und Domchor Berlin) – “Bach: Matthäus-Passion”
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor (Erlend Aagaard Nilsen & Geir Morten Øien; Sarah Head & Lars Sitter; Nidaros Cathedral Choir) – “Dyrud: Out Of Darkness”
Andrew Davis, conductor; Stephen Jackson, chorus master (Susan Gritton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus) – “Holst: First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter”
John Butt, conductor (Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs & Joanne Lunn; Dunedin Consort) – “Mozart: Requiem
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare) – “The Sacred Spirit Of Russia”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble
David Krakauer & A Far Cry — “Dreams & Prayers”
Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe — “In 27 Pieces – “The Hilary Hahn Encores”
Steven Isserlis & Olli Mustonen – “Martinů: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3”
Partch — Partch: Castor & Pollux
New York Polyphony – “Sing Thee Nowell”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Leon Fleisher – “All The Things You Are”
Daniil Trifonov – “The Carnegie Recital”
Xavier Phillips; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony) – “Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain”
Jason Vieaux – “Play”
Jory Vinikour – “Toccatas”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit) – “Douce France”
Philippe Jaroussky; Andrea Marcon, conductor (Cecilia Bartoli; Venice Baroque Orchestra) – “Porpora: Arias”
Florian Boesch; Malcolm Martineau, accompanist – “Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin”
Joyce DiDonato; Riccardo Minasi, conductor (Chœur De L’Opéra National De Lyon; Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon) – “Stella Di Napoli”
Lawrence Brownlee; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra) – “Virtuoso Rossini Arias”

Best Classical Compendium
Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor; Colin Matthews, producer — “Britten To America”
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, Daniil Grishin, Gidon Kremer, & Daniil Trifonov & Kremerata Baltica; Manfred Eicher, producer – “Mieczysław Weinberg”
Mike Marshall & Turtle Island Quartet; Mike Marshall, producer – “Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet”
Partch; John Schneider, producer – “Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances”
Paul Daniel, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer – “The Solent – Fifty Years Of Music By Ralph Vaughan Williams”

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony) – “Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean”
Anna Clyne, composer (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble) – “Clyne, Anna: Prince Of Clouds”
George Crumb, composer (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman & Orchestra 2001) – “Crumb, George: Voices From The Heartland”
Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller & UMASS Wind Ensemble) – “Paulus, Stephen: Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band”
Roberto Sierra, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony) – “Sierra, Roberto: Sinfonía No. 4”

Best Music Video
Arcade Fire — “We Exist”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down For What”
Sia — “Chandelier
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”
Woodkid Featuring Max Richter — “The Golden Age”

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z — “Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour”
Coldplay — “Ghost Stories”
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill — “20 Feet From Stardom”
Metallica — “Metallica Through The Never”
Pink — “The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne”

NAMM 2015 Top 5 – Best Moments

This year’s NAMM Show grew to the largest and most inclusive event in NAMM’s 114-year history with a more exhibitors, more products and outstanding performances.  Our favorites events were  She Rocks, George Clinton and the drum circle.  Check out our Youtube channel for top performances, including the popular George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic video featuring Brandon Niederauer “Taz”.

Best Products

Our favorite products were theiRig Mic Studio, HRM-7 Studio Headphones and the ME Electronics ear monitors.    The HRM-7 Headphones are intended for home and private studio listening and provide excellent audio reproduction.   The iRig Mic Studio products let you record high quality audio from your mobile phone. We were able to test the product and highly recommend it.


Best NAMM 2015 Quote

“We remember our short comings more than our succeses, I think I will remember more moments like this today! – Ed Cherney

While accepting his TEC Hall of Fame induction Ed Cherney shared the story of his first huge gig as an Engineer in Orange County and how he lost his first job after not doing a good job.  Ed Cherney was inducted into the NAMM Hall of Fame today! Ed Cherney is a GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer whose credits include working with such music legends as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna, Buddy Guy, Etta James, John Mayer, Lyle Lovett, Sting, Elton John and the Rolling Stones, among many others. His movie soundtracks include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Coming to America, The Bourne Legacy, Disney’s Planes, Green Hornet, The Hobbit, Collateral and The Butler.


Best Performances

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic LIVE at NAMM 2015 – featuring Brandon Niederauer “TAZ”


Israel Houghton LIVE at NAMM 2015 Worship Night



George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic LIVE at NAMM 2015 – Pole Power


Stanley Randolph and No Wonder “Stevie Wonder Band” LIVE at NAMM 2015 – Superstition




George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic LIVE at NAMM 2015 – Give Up the Funk



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