2019 Grammy Awards: Alicia Keys is hosting the show

January 15, 2019

by Carla Hay

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)

Alicia Keys is set to host the 61st Grammy Awards, which will take place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019.  CBS will have the U.S. telecast of the show. It will be the first time that Keys, who has won 15 Grammys, will host the show. She is also an actress and is a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” She hosted the Soul Train Music Awards in 2004. James Corden hosted the Grammy Awards in 2017 and 2018.

In a statement, Keys said: “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy. I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and, magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going up on February 10!”

Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow added, “A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show. Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY Awards.”

Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich commented: “Alicia is one of those rare artists who meld true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of GRAMMY viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February.”

Keys won her first five Grammys for her 2001 debut album, “Songs in A Minor.” She has sold 30 million records worldwide, according to Sony Music.

2018 Soul Beach Music Festival: Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Marlon Wayans announced as headliners

March 16, 2018

The following is a press release from the Soul Beach Music Festival

The 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba is sure to have you seeing stars, Memorial Day weekend, May 23-28, 2018 with main stage concert headliners Alicia KeysMaxwell and Marlon Wayans.

 Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism will set the stage on fire with her effortless grace and musical virtuosity to headline Saturday, May 26. In 2016, Keys released her critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, “Here.” Featuring a composition of 16 songs, the album raises awareness around pivotal human rights issues at the forefront of controversy and debate. Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. She also co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and serves as Global Ambassador for the organization.
Maxwell, three-time Grammy® Award-winning, singer, songwriter, producer and actor will bring the heat with his sumptuously anointed vocals and cosmic conveyance to headline Sunday, May 27. Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades. The Grammy winner’s latest album “blackSUMMERS’night,” the second installment of his musical trilogy encompassing his 20+ year career, garnered praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN, Complex, and more, and earned him his third-Grammy (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean“), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist) and a 2018 NAACP Award nomination in the Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album category for “Gods.”
Comedy night headliner Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director phenomena known for the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. and film credits Scary MovieScary Movie 2White ChicksLittlemanDance Flick and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra to name a fewWith no shortage of ingenuity, Wayans throws down in a new stand-up special filmed in Washington D.C. for Netflix. He continues to light up the screen, starring on a new hit NBC sitcom “Marlon,” which debuted last summer as the #1 scripted series on the Big 4 networks and has been renewed for a second season. Ripping the audience with his audacious stage presence and comedic genius, Wayans’ will deliver uproarious flames of pure brilliance on Friday, May 25.

“Now in its 18th year, The Soul Beach Music Festival has become one of Aruba’s most sought-after events, bringing together world-renowned musical artists and comedians over a span of five days,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA). “The One happy island welcomes visitors and locals alike to indulge in Aruba’s natural beauty, including Eagle Beach, the No. 4 beach in the world, and cutting-edge arts scene.”

A true cosmopolitan oasis with a mix of modern luxury and cultural charm, Aruba is a world-class destination where happiness is more than a buzz word, it’s a driving force. Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba, previously named #4 by USA Today readers’ choice “10 Best Caribbean Celebrations” and #1 “Caribbean Summer Festival” by Jetsetter Magazine, boasts a truly unique and unforgettable three-in-one experience featuring live music performances, comedy shows and beach parties. Aruba knows how to bring the WOW factor from cutting-edge entertainment, to award-winning cuisine, to upscale retail, to over-the-top-scenic views from a variety of impressive settings. For the discerning traveler, Aruba is the perfect option putting both serenity and adventure at their doorsteps. Soul Beach is more than a music festival, it boasts the trifecta of a visually stunning atmosphere, a multifaceted event and the energy that comes with camaraderie of people across the globe who glow up together under a common theme; to make the heart sing and illuminate a joyful echo of oneness. It’s no wonder festival goers return year after year to indulge the electric collaboration of Soul Beach Music Festivals’ mega gathering and the incomparable experience of Aruba’s paradise.

“We are thrilled to be back in Aruba with an impressive lineup featuring Alicia Keys, Maxwell, and Marlon Wayans,” said Mark Adkins, Executive Producer of Soul Beach Festival Productions. “Soul Beach continues to provide an amazing time to hang out with friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. The island of Aruba elevates this event from a Music Festival to a Music Paradise.”

The 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival, #SBMF18, will roll out more highly anticipated announcements of main stage performing artists in the weeks to come. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest updates sign up for CLUB SOUL BEACH, by visiting www.soulbeach.com.

Join the Soul Beach Music Festival community: follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SoulBeachMusic and become a fan of the 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival on www.Facebook.com/soulbeach.

The 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival is sponsored by Aruba Tourism Authority; additional sponsors include Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Divi Resorts, Tamrijn Aruba All Inclusive, Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino and The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba.

As one of the most revisited destinations in the CaribbeanAruba — One happy island — is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease and where a diverse history parallels a bright future. Nestled in the southern Caribbean outside the hurricane belt, the island is just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami, a four-hour flight from New York City and boasts year-round cooling trade winds with an average 82-degree temperature. Aruba offers beach-lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation-seekers and everyone in between a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 200 restaurants with 25+ located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences such as cooling off in Conchi, Aruba’s natural pool— accessible only by foot or off-road vehicle. With all-inclusive options, boutique properties in charming Eagle Beach, high-rise branded resorts in Palm Beach and cosmopolitan city hotels in Oranjestad, the island of contradictions provides the perfect getaway for both first-time guests and loyal visitors. www.aruba.com

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Joan Baez, Nile Rodgers inducted; Chuck Berry, Prince given tributes

April 8, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Eddie Vedder and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

by Carla Hay

The 32nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony—which took place April 7, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York—featured several on-stage reunions for inductees such as Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), which have all had numerous lineup changes over the years. Highlights of the show will be televised in a special that premieres on HBO on April 29, 2017, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. An exhibit for the 2017 inductees went on display March 31 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. More than 900 voters picked inductees, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artists are eligible for inclusion 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Here’s a rundown of the ceremony:


Jeff Lynne of ELO at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Band members inducted: Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Roy Wood, Richard Tandy. (Tandy and Bevan did not attend the ceremony for reasons that have not been publicly disclosed.)

Inducted by: Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison. ELO leader Jeff Lynne worked with George Harrison several times as a producer and as a fellow member of the Traveling Wilburys.

Songs performed: “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Evil Woman,” “Mr.  Blue Sky”

One of ELO’s earliest hits was the band’s 1972 cover version of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” so it was fitting that the band played the song as a tribute to Berry who died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90.  Lynne accepted the induction award on stage with ELO co-founder Roy Wood, who quit the band in 1972, a year after the band’s first album was released. Wood and Lynne have not appeared on stage together in decades. Wood, however, did not perform at the ceremony.

Lynne has been recording and touring as the leader of Jeff Lynne’s ELO since 2014. Tandy is a member of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, while Bevan formed the spinoff band ELO Part II in the 1980s, after ELO’s most successful lineup disbanded. ELO has been revived off and on over the years; there was a short-lived revival in 2001 and the group was revived again in 2014, with Lynne and Tandy as the only original members.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez (center) with Mary Chapin Carpenter (left) and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls (right) at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Inducted by: Jackson Browne

Songs performed: “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Deportee” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” For the latter two songs, Baez was joined on stage by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls guitarist Amy Ray.

Steve Howe of Yes at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Members inducted: Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White

Inducted by: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, a band heavily influenced by Yes’ brand of progressive rock.

Songs performed: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout.” Yes was joined on stage for the performance by former lead singer Anderson and Rush’s Lee.