Every year the recording academy has the unenviable challenge of curating the biggest night in music. Imagine being responsible for that. I imagine coming to terms with the reality that no matter who is nominated and who wins there will always be critics who disagree with how it goes. Should Kendrick Lamar have won Rap Album of the Year instead of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? The fact is, even Macklemore himself thought Kendrick should have won that award according to the text he sent Kendrick after the show. Does that mean The Heist wasn’t also an incredible album deserving of high praise? Of course not.
Like I said, I don’t envy the job of choosing who wins those Grammy awards. The job I had this year was backstage giving you guys access to all the action behind the scenes and hosting this wrap up show. I also had my chat (below) with Pharrell Williams. Pharrell had more people talking about his hat than the fact that he won numerous awards which is another example of how critics will always find something adverse to say. How Pharrell chose to respond in this interview is what makes him a winner.
Isn’t it so amazing when friends find their lane? That’s what this song represents for me because the lead singer of this new band Magic Giant is my friend Austin Bis. He’s had his fair share of experimentation before coming up with this so it’s especially exciting to hear how Glass Heart is such a refreshing slice of alternative folk.
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Are you still confused about what the new healthcare law means for you? I get right to the point with Covered California‘s Executive Director Peter Lee.
On New Years Eve, I celebrated with a few friends who’ve stuck with their resolutions and turned them into results. Alexis and Victor (pictured above) have two of the most buzzed about projects in Hollywood coming out this year. Alexis is starring in ABC’s Mixology and Victor is starring in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. They spent last year in committed action, passionately dedicated to their dreams.
I spent last year figuring out what my dream is all over again. It occurred to me that unless I take the time to get clear about my vision, the road ahead would keep being foggy. My 2013 was a lab. I did leadership and meditation courses. I dove into powerful books and inspired conversation. Most importantly, I fell in love.
The year ahead is taking all that development and taking flight with it. Now I’m clear about my destination and what it’s going to take. It’s definitely not just about being hopeful, it’s about being committed. It’s about taking consistent and inspired action towards our dreams.
I see you 2014, and I’m ready.
Happy holidays to you. Here’s hoping you’re home for Christmas or that you make wherever you are feel like home. Either way, this song might be just what you need to get you in the mood. Download it free here.
Well Beyoncé released her new album without any promotion for it so although her fans knew she had been working on new music, it came as a complete surprise when it came out suddenly on Friday, Dec. 13. The album was also unique in the way that she made music videos for each song and made them a part of the download from Itunes, effectively making it a “visual album“. This video for the song Mine is one of the more remarkable videos. It features some stunning imagery and the kind of dancing you’re not likely to see on a typical night out at the club.
As someone who grew up listening to Tribe Called Quest and The Leaders of the New School, the release of this mixtape brings me the kind of joy usually reserved for weddings. Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes were the front men of those groups and each of them have kept pumping out quality music since those days so combining forces for this full length mixtape is so on point. When they dropped Thank You recently with Kanye and Lil Wayne, I knew a mixtape like this wasn’t far behind. Download it here.
I’ve spent plenty of time on stage talking about pop culture but I’ve never been as raw about my own life as I was here. Being a featured speaker at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas seemed like the perfect place to let it all hang out. I shared about how unpacking my baggage and listening to my heart more than my head led me to love. Then after I got off stage, a young guy from the crowd came up to me and told me it inspired him to reach out to a girl he had been holding back from. Needless to say, I plan on doing this more often.