Posts Tagged ‘Smash’

Yes, I’m Going to Miss “Smash”

May 26, 2013

smash-season-2I’m just going to say it~ I love Smash. Despite all its imperfections, inconsistencies, infuriating story lines and self-involved characters, the show had so many magic moments. Along with its wonderful original music and a celebration of Broadway, the show also brought Megan Hilty into my home each week and hello, America should be thankful for that. Hilty was the standout on a show full of great actors including the wonderful Christian Borle, Debra Messing (I missed her crazy outfits and scarves in season 2), Jack Davenport and the sometimes great/sometimes a mess Angelica Huston. Hilty’s musical performances were always brilliant and she brought great conviction and believability to a character that was written all over the map at times. I can’t wait to see what she does next, and if she’s back to the real Broadway, I’m booking a ticket. (I saw her in Wicked years ago and she’s incredible).
But back to Smash… Yes, many people loved to hate-watch it, but I just loved to watch it. Despite featuring perhaps the most hateful character ever (conniving assistant Ellis) and changing gears constantly, I found the show intoxicating on many levels. Maybe I’m just that much of a musical theatre freak. I loved the story lines about the competing Bombshell/Hitlist musical storyline, Ivy’s redemption, Derek’s constant disintegration of his own life, Tom’s strange ever-revolving love life and I especially loved when they dumped Julia’s family life in season 2…. The show had so much potential that was never fully realized, but like I said, there were some magical moments. And yes, those moments were primarily some great musical numbers… So, as we say goodbye to my favorite guilty pleasure show Smash as it airs its season finale tonight (May 26th at 9pm) on NBC, let’s count down the best musical numbers from Smash.

The Top Ten Musical Moments from Smash~

1. “Let Me Be Your Star”- Karen (Katharine McPhee) & Ivy (Megan Hilty): this Emmy nominated number from the near-perfect Smash pilot featuring our dueling Marilyn wannabes heading into their big audition was the highlight of the entire series.

2. “I Can’t Let Go”- Ronnie (Jennifer Hudson): while many of the guest performers on the show go to shine like Bernadette Peters and Will Chase, none of them got a number as tremendous as Oscar and Grammy winner Hudson who threw down the gauntlet on this song from her one woman show.

3. “Second Hand White Baby Grand”- Ivy (Megan Hilty): this gorgeous ballad from Bombshell encapsulated the relationship between Marilyn and her mother and it was a stunner.

4. “Broadway Here I Come”- Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan): singing the best song from rival musical Hitlist, Jordan showed what a powerhouse performer he is. I just wish all his personal back story hadn’t turned his character into such a whiner. But this number was brilliant.

5. “Don’t Forget Me”- Ivy (Megan Hilty): singing the final number from Bombshell, Ivy proved why she was the perfect choice for Marilyn as her version blows Karen’s out of the water. Sooooo good!

6. “The Love I Meant to Say”- Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan): on this heartbreaking ballad, Jimmy sings about the loss of a loved one. (No spoilers here!) It was a tender tearjerker that was part of one of the best episodes of the series that dealt with that character’s passing. Seriously, I was bawling on this one.

7. “Heart Shaped Wreckage”- Karen (Katharine McPhee) & Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan): with the best duet from Hitlist, these lovebirds showed great chemistry and the potential of what that Hitlist show could’ve been if it ever had a real story.

8. “Never Give All the Heart”- Karen (Katharine McPhee): on this beautiful ballad, Karen laments Marilyn’s relationships with men and her past. It was one of McPhee’s best moments on the show as well.

9. “Let’s Be Bad”- Ivy (Megan Hilty): belting out a sexy and fun number from Bombshell, Hilty was perfection again.

10. “A Thousand and One Nights”- Karen (Katharine McPhee) & Dev (Raza Jeffrey): okay a lot of you may think I’m nuts for including this one, but I kinda love it. It was a ridiculously fun and possibly offensive dream sequence Bollywood number. Despite the implausibility of it, the song was super fun and the choreography was sick! It also made me wish Dev had a completely different character because Raza Jeffrey has some serious skills. (And PS~ who knew what a fantastic dancer McPhee is!)

And there you have it~ my ten favorite performances from Smash. It was actually hard to narrow it down and that’s a good problem to have. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to countdown any more musical moments from Smash as it disappears forever tonight. But enjoy the finale and thank you NBC for at least giving us two seasons of Smash. 

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NBC Starts from Scratch with it’s New 2013 Fall Schedule

May 13, 2013

sean_saves_the_worldNBC had a crazy year this past season with a strong start in the fall, a disastrous winter and a slight recovery in the spring. However, most of the success was due to The Voice and the network cancelled a ton of its new shows from last season except for Revolution and Chicago Fire. That meant buh bye to the fantastic The New Normal plus Matthew Perry’s Go On, Deception, 1600 Penn, Animal Practice, Do No Harm, and Guys With Kids. But the network also dumped my favorite guilty pleasure Smash along with sophomores Whitney, and Up All Night. It was also the final season for 30 Rock and The Office. So, essentially NBC only has two returning sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community (for a final 13 episode season), the least it’s had in years. So, they are starting from scratch and turning to some big names like Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes who will both return to the Thursday night comedy block alongside Welcome to the Family and Parenthood. Take a look at the full new schedule below and descriptions of the new shows. Plus for previews of the shows, and more information, head to NBC or TVLine.com.

NBC’s 2013 Fall Schedule:

MONDAY
8/7c The Voice
10 pm THE BLACKLIST (new crime drama starring James Spader as one of the world’s elite criminals helping out the FBI. It actually looks fantastic.)

TUESDAY
8 pm The Biggest Loser
9 pm The Voice
10 pm Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Revolution
9 pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10 pm IRONSIDE (a new remake of the 60’s police drama starring Blair Underwood)

THURSDAY
8 pm Parks and Recreation
8:30 pm WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (A blended family comedy with Mike O’Malley, Ricardo Antonio Chivera, Justina Machado and Mary McCormack whose teenage kids get pregnant and engaged.)
9 pm SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (A multi-camera comedy starring Emmy winner Sean Hayes as a gay man reconnecting with his 14-year-old daughter and dealing with his hectic work life.) * Judging from the first clips, this looks hilarious and it’s the new show I’m most looking forward to.
9:30 pm THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (A new single camera show starring Fox as a family man yearning to get back to the work world after taking time to be with his kids and deal with his Parkinson’s diagnosis.)
10 pm Parenthood

FRIDAY
8 pm Dateline NBC
9 pm Grimm
10 pm DRACULA (A period drama about the famous bloodsucker starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7 pm Football Night in America
8:15 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7 pm Dateline NBC
8 pm Nate Berkus’ AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS (Reality)
9 pm BELIEVE (A new drama about a young girl with mysterious powers and the people who are hunting her with Kyle MacLachlan.)
10 pm CRISIS (A new thriller about an international conspiracy starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney)

On tap for midseason: the return of Community plus new comedies About a Boy (based on the hit British indie film), The Family Guide, and Undateable. New dramas include Crossbones with John Malkovich, the Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD, and the hospital drama The Night Shift.

No word on the fate of Hannibal or The Celebrity Apprentice yet.

Cancelled: Go On, The New Normal, Smash, Whitney, Guys with Kids, Animal Practice, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, Do No Harm, Deception, Rock Center with Brian Williams
Final Season: 30 Rock, The Office

Madonna and “Smash” Shine at the GLAAD Awards

March 17, 2013

Last night, Grammy winning Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Icon and long time LGBT supporter Madonna honored Anderson Cooper with the “Vito Russo” Award at the New York GLAAD Media Awards. Her speech was funny, fierce and important as she took on the inequality, bullying, lack of tolerance and love in our world and how we need more people like the brave and admirable Cooper who work to change it. It was a wonderful speech as was Coopers when he accepted the award. Check out both inspirational, emotional and important speeches below. Then, head to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website here for all the news on the show which also honored Smash as the Outstanding Drama Series, the amazing Oscar nominated film How to Survive a Plague for Outstanding Documentary and The Amazing Race as the Outstanding Reality Series of the year…. GLAAD will have more ceremonies in LA and San Francisco over the next few weeks honoring film, music and journalists as well.

Madonna’s Speech honoring Anderson Cooper at the GLAAD Awards

Anderson Cooper Accepting the Vito Russo Award

GLAAD Award Winners:

– Outstanding Drama Series: Smash (NBC)
– Outstanding Documentary: How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
– Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)
– Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Game Changer” by Andy Mannix (City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.])
– Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
– Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The Boston Globe
– Outstanding Magazine Article: “School of Hate” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (Rolling Stone)
– Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
– Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
– Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre
– Outstanding Talk Show Interview: “Entrevista con Orlando Cruz” Titulares Telemundo (Telemundo)
– Outstanding Magazine Article: “Amor genuino” by Cristina Saralegui (People en Español)
– Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los medios hispanos” by Lilia Luciano (voces.huffingtonpost.com)
– Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay” by Ramón Frisneda (ElDiarioNY.com)

On a side note, GLAAD also gave its inaugural “Ally Award” to filmmaker Brett Ratner for launching the “Coming Out for Equality” PSA campaign. While that is great, it is way too soon to honor this homophobic and ignorant jerk just one year after he was fired from producing the Oscars for his behavior and speech about gay people. I’m happy he is trying to mend fences, but really? He needs to prove it other than saving his own face with this PSA campaign because I don’t believe for a second that he is completely reformed. It’s really a shame that they gave him this award. Maybe and hopefully he will truly deserved it in a few years, but for now I’m disappointed…. Ok, rant done…. Now, let’s concentrate on those great and meaningful speeches from Madge and Coop!

“Smash” Can’t Let Go of Jennifer Hudson

February 27, 2013

J Hud smashThe second season of Smash has been firing on all cylinders with great new characters and story lines. I’m really loving it and I wish the ratings were higher. However, I will enjoy it as long as it’s on the air and one of the biggest reasons is the fantastic guest arc by Oscar/Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson. Playing a Broadway star looking to grow as an artist and leave her mother’s (the great original Dreamgirls star Sheryl Lee Ralph) controlling shadow, Hudson is wonderful. She’s sweet and sincere with a nice undercurrent of frustration and fear. Her pipes are in glorious Dreamgirls form and last night’s episode featured her character Veronica Moore doing a “one night only” show. I’ve got the amazing final number for you below, “Can’t Let Go”, which I immediately bought at iTunes when the show ended last night. After watching a number like this, I don’t know how Smash can let go of Hudson. Her guest stint is set to end soon, but hey, maybe she’ll grab an Emmy nomination for the role. Better yet, she could win and be 3/4 of the way to an EGOT! … We will see. In the meantime, enjoy Hudson’s thrilling performance of “Can’t Let Go” below and watch the fantastic and underrated Smash Tuesday nights on NBC. Oh and PS~ Emmy winner Sean Hayes joins the show next week~ even more of a reason to watch Smash!

Smash~ Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson) “Can’t Let Go”

I’m Loving the New and Improved “SMASH”

February 7, 2013

Tuesday night, the delightful musical dramedy Smash returned for its second season on NBC and I have to say I’m thrilled at the improvements. Gone were the annoying tertiary characters (Buh bye Dev and the horribly annoying Ellis. And we won’t miss you when you disappear Frank) and they were replaced by some great newcomers including Broadway standout Jeremy Jordan ( a Tony nominee last year for Newsies) and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson who was simply fantastic and should expect a Guest Actress Emmy nomination in September. The storytelling was also streamlined and it looks like the show will live up to its great promise from its brilliant pilot. So, here’s to a much improved Smash and enjoy some of my favorite musical moments from the show below…. For more on Smash, head here.

Smash “Broadway Here I Come” (Jeremy Jordan)

Smash “Caught in the Storm” (Katharine McPhee)

Smash “They Just Keep Moving the Line” (Megan Hilty)

And while I couldn’t find any video for it, please enjoy Jennifer Hudson simply killing it on “Mama Makes Three”

Another New “Smash” Season 2 Preview!

January 7, 2013

February 5th marks the highly anticipated second season premiere of the Golden Globe nominated musical dramedy Smash, and I can’t wait. The new season has jettisoned four unlikable characters (good riddens Ellis!) and added a ton of new faces (Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Emmy winner Sean Hayes, Newsies Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, Law & Order and Rent vet Jesse L. Martin to name a few). It also has some new show runners and is attempting to correct the uneven yet immensely watchable and fun first season. I, for one, can’t wait. Now, a second preview of the second season has hit the web following NBC’s Smash panel at the TCA this morning. Check it out below and watch Smash Feb. 5th on NBC!

Smash season 2 preview

My Take on the Best TV of 2012

December 14, 2012

The year is coming to an end fast and that means it’s time for “Best of” lists! I love them and admit it, a lot of you do too… So, in the next Happy_Endings_Season_3_Posterfew weeks, I will be posting about my favorite music, movies, performances and tv shows from the past year. Now, remember these are just my favorites and I do think most of them are darn great shows. So, with that said, today I start off with my “BEST of TV for 2012”. Enjoy!

MY BEST OF TV for 2012

Top Comedies:
1. Happy Endings
2. Modern Family
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Hot in Cleveland
5. Episodes
6. New Girl
7. Raising Hope
8. TIE: The New Normal  & Suburgatory
9. Veep
10. Nurse Jackie
~Honorable Mention:  30 Rock, Web Therapy

Two Favorite Shows that Really Are in a Class By Themselves~ Yes, I love me a Musical Dramedy:
Glee
Smash

Top Dramas:
1. Homeland
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Good Wifebreaking_bad_season_4_alt_by_truetier-d3o0z5e
4. Game of Thrones
5. Downton Abbey
6. Dexter
7. Scandal
8. Greys Anatomy
9. Fringe
10. Revenge
~ Honorable Mention: True Blood, Damages, Major Crimes

Best Miniseries: Political Animals (It so should’ve been renewed and become a series! Great work from Greg Berlanti, Sigourney Weaver and co.)

Best TV Movie: Game Change

Top 8 Reality Competition Shows:
1. So You Think You Can Dance
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race
3. The Glee Project
4. American Idol
5. Project Runway
6. The Amazing Race
7. Top Chef
8. The Voice (the fall season til Amanda Brown got the boot)

Most fun show you should be watching: Arrow

Comedy You Should Give Another Shot: Guys with Kids
(Seriously, the show gets funnier each week with a great ensemble and hello, I’m doing a guest spot on it in January!!!)

Most infuriating show I couldn’t stop watching: The Newsroom

Show that was Gone Far Too Soon: Partners

Dream Team to Host a Talk Show: Cat Deeley and RuPaul

Hottest Male Actor: Matt Bomer (White Collar)bomer-white-collar
Runner Up: Stephen Amell (Arrow)

Hottest Female Actress: Yvonne Strahovksi (Dexter)
Runner Up: Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Best Guest Stars: The Good Wife
Best Twists: Scandal
Best Creative Rebound: Dexter

Biggest Tearjerker: Greys Anatomy
Runner Up: Glee

Funniest Female: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
Funniest Male: Max Greenfield (New Girl)

Best Daytime Drama: Days of Our Lives
* and watch for me on the show in a small part in February!

2013 Show I’m Most Looking Forward To: The Following

“Lincoln” Leads the Golden Globe Nominees

December 13, 2012

lincolnThe Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken and they love them some Lincoln. Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama outpaced the competition this morning pulling in a field best 7 Golden Globe nominations including Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Score and Screenplay. Coming in a surprisingly strong second was Django Unchained with 5 nods including two in Supporting Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz) that really shakes up that race. Also grabbing 5 nods was Argo while Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook all pulled down 4 nominations. The biggest surprise in the acting categories was the inclusion of Nicole Kidman in the Supporting race for the hot mess of a movie The Paperboy. After getting a nom from SAG yesterday, could Kidman be a true Oscar nominee spoiler over snubbed ladies like Samantha Barks, Maggie Smith, Ann Dowd, and Kelly Reilly? We’ll see… Also of note, the small February comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen shocked with 3 bids in the Musical/Comedy Category…. Big snubs included Keira Knightley (I think her Oscar hopes are done now), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ted, Barbra Streisand, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Redmayne, Robert DeNiro, and Emmanuelle Riva. So, who did make it? Take a look at the movie nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for Film~
BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Li
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis
Richard Gere
John Hawkes
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Helen Mirren
Naomi Watts
Richard Weisz

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Emily Blunt
Judi Dench
Jennifer Lawrence
Maggie Smith
Meryl Streep

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Jack Black
Bradley Cooper
Hugh Jackman
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt
Nicole Kidman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTORDjango-Unchained-wallpapers-1920x1200-4

Alan Arkin
Leonardo DiCaprio
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Anna Karenina
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Lincoln

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It-Ralph”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“For You”- Keith Urban (Act of Valor)
“Not Running Anymore”- Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys)
“Safe and Sound” (The Hunger Games)~ yes, Taylor Swift is now a Golden Globe nominee, Blargh!
“Skyfall”- Adele (Skyfall)
“Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

On the TV side, Game Change dominated with 5 nominations while Homeland picked up 4 despite a snub for Morena Baccarin. Modern Family and Downton Abbey each picked up 3 nods. Surprises included nominations for Smash, Hayden Panitierre (Nashville), Danny Huston (Magic City~ what is that again?) and snubs for The New Normal, Mad Men in the Drama Series category, Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings in the Comedy category…. One fun category will be Lead Actress Comedy/Musical where Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will go head to head. For more on the Globes airing in January on NBC, head here and check out the TV nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for TV~

Best Television Series Drama

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey: Season 2
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The Newsroom

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey: Season 2 -julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Television Series Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.k., Louie
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & Mccoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game ChangeGame-Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & Mccoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey: Season 2
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

And here are some interesting notes~ Maggie Smith and Nicole Kidman are both up for 2 awards and Meryl Streep picks up her 17th nomination for Hope Springs far extending her lead for the most nominations by an actor in Globes history.

Today’s Grammy Nominations Sure are a lot of fun.

December 6, 2012

fun_320fun. dominated tonight’s Grammy nominations landing in 6 categories including the big four: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. They are the first group to contend in all four categories in Grammy history. Also grabbing 6 nods were Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West and Jay Z. Multiple noms went to The Black Keyes, Hunter Hayes, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift while my favorite, Kelly Clarkson, also picked up 3 nominations including Record of the Year for “Stronger” becoming the first American Idol vet to land in this category…. Take a look at all the big nominees below and check back for a more in-depth analysis tomorrow. Head to the Grammy website here for all of the nominees and find out which category pits the current First Lady Michelle Obama against Former President Bill Clinton.

2012 Grammy Nominees:

Album Of The Year:
“El Camino” — The Black Keys
“Some Nights” — FUN.
“Babel” — Mumford & Sons
“Channel Orange” — Frank Ocean
“Blunderbuss” — Jack White

Record Of The Year:
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
FUN.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi,
songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. Featuring
Janelle Monáe)

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” — Adele
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson      kelly-clarkson-stronger-what-doesnt-kill-you-video-premiere
“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen
“Wide Awake” — Katy Perry
“Where Have You Been” — Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Shake It Out” — Florence & The Machine
“We Are Young” — FUN. Featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye Featuring Kimbra
“Sexy And I Know It” — LMFAO
“Payphone” — Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Album:
Stronger- Kelly Clarkson
Some Nights- fun.
Ceremonials- Florence + the Machine
Overexposed- Maroon 5
The Truth About Love- P!nk

Dance Recording:
“Levels”- Avicil
“Lets Go”- Calvin Harris w/ NeYo
“Bangarang”- Skrillex
“Don’t You Worry Child”- Swedish House Mafia w/ John Martin
“I Cant Live Without You”- Al Wasler

Dance/Electronica Album:
Wonderland- Steve Aoki
Don’t Think- The Chemical Brothers
Album Title Goes Here- Deadmau5
Fire & Ice- Kaskade
Bangarang- Skrillex

Traditional Pop Album:
Christmas- Michael Buble
A Holiday Carole- Carole King
Kisses on the Bottom- Paul McCartney

Best Rock Album:
The Black Keys, El Camino
Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
Muse, The 2nd Law
Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album:
Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…
Bjork, Biophilia
Gotye, Making Mirrors
M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Tom Waits, Bad as Me

Best Rap Album:
Drake, Take Care
Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Nas, Life Is Good
The Roots, Undun
Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Country Album:
Zac Brown Band, Uncaged
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
Jamey Johnson, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Miranda Lambert, For the Record
The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Country Solo Performance:
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”  hh
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Country Performance Duo/Group/Collaboration:
“Even If Your Heart Breaks”- Eli Young Band
“Pontoon”- Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound”- Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
“On the Outskirts of Town”-The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here for the Music”-Don Williams w/ Allison Krauss

Comedy Album:
Blow Your Pants Off- Jimmy Fallon
Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)- Margaret Cho
In God We Rust- Lewis Black
Kathy Griffin: Seamen 1st Class- Kathy Griffin
Mr. Universe- Jim Gaffigan
Rize of the Fenix- Tenacious D

Best Musical Theater Cast Album:
Follies
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
Newsies
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Once

Compilation Soundtrack:
The Descendants
Marley
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets
Rock of Ages

Best Score Soundtrack:
The Adventures of Tin Tin
The Artist
The Dark Knight Rises
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Journey

Best Song Written for Visual Media (award to the songwriters):
“Abraham’s Daughter”- written & performed by Arcade Fire (The Hunger Games)
“Learn Me Right”- written & performed by Mumford & Sons (Brave)
“Let Me Be Your Star”- performed by Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty, written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Witman (Smash)
“Man or Muppet”- performed by Jason Segel & Walter, written by Brett McKenzie (The Muppets)
“Safe & Sound”- written & performed by The Civil Wars and Taylor Swift (The Hunger Games)

It’s an Extended Look at Season 2 of “Smash”

November 21, 2012

Last season, Smash was the show I anticipated most and while I loved a lot about the show, it also drove me nuts. Following a brilliant pilot, Smash became incredibly uneven. There were great highs (loving Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle and a surprisingly good Katharine McPhee) and some deep lows (Ellis was the arguably the most hateful character in TV history), but the show was always entertaining. The final few episodes of the season improved greatly and now we have our first look at this intoxicating show that chronicles the rise of a new Broadway musical and the people behind it. Take a look at the preview below and I think you’ll be as excited as I am that we are getting much improved Smash in its second season. Gone are four annoying and needless characters (Ellis, Raj and Messing’s boyfriend and husband), while there are some great new additions. Joining the cast full-time is Broadway hottie and Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) while Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Emmy winner Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), and Broadway vets Jesse L. Martin (Rent) and Daniel Sunjata (Take Me Out) will all do recurring arcs on the show. Things look juicier than ever and it also seems like the storytelling will be more streamlined and focused. I can’t wait! … Season 2 of Smash premieres in February, but you can get a taste right now below.

Smash Season 2 extended preview