This Business School is offering tuition-free MBA program

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A business degree has long been the most direct route to corporate success, but good business skills also can provide people with the means to give back to their communities.

And now Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business wants to help people who desire to do good through its new Forward Focus MBA program.

The school will offer up to 120 full scholarships for master’s of business administration degrees next year, an effort to maintain its competitive edge among top business school applicants while increasing the appeal of an MBA to people who want to give back to their communities through nonprofit work or innovative startups struggling to launch.

By covering tuition and fees, the Forward Focus scholarship will put an MBA in reach for potential entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders who might otherwise have skipped the degree because of the cost.

“Being at ASU and seeing how we have been so successful with our excellence and access mission with undergraduates really inspired us to think differently about an MBA,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, which already provides more than $1 million in scholarships for undergraduate degrees.

“If someone has a great start-up idea, and they know they would be more successful in their venture if they had the skills and networking that an MBA would give them, they might be concerned about spending the money because it takes away from the capital needed for the start-up venture,” Hillman said.

Tuition and fees for the full-time MBA program are $54,000 for Arizona residents, $87,000 for non-residents and $90,000 for international students.

Likewise, MBA expertise such as supply-chain management could be a huge benefit for a leader of a non-profit relief agency who must coordinate transportation and logistics.

“We’re very hopeful that we’ll get more high-quality applicants as a result of this program, and the kinds of people who might think they can’t pursue a top MBA program,” Hillman said.

The W.P. Carey’s School of Business full-time MBA program is ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The MBA class that began this semester includes 86 students, 70 percent of whom are male. The average age of the group is 28, and about a quarter are international students.

The Forward Focus MBA scholarships will begin in fall 2016 and cover the full-time, on-campus program — not the online or part-time programs.

Forward Focus isn’t the only change the W.P. Carey School will be making to its MBA program. The school has spent a year revamping the MBA curriculum, increasing the credits from 48 to 60 with the addition of four courses that will provide more real-world training.

The new courses are Decision-Making With Data Analytics; Executive Connections, which provides mentoring from retired senior executives; Intellection Fusion Learning Lab, pairing MBA students with master’s students in other disciplines; and Future Forward Leadership, which builds real-time skills in improvisation and decision-making.

“We know the skills of the future have to do with flexibility, agility, being able to scenario-plan, think through the changes that might happen and consider how they might go about adjusting their organization or strategy for those changes,” Hillman said.

Feedback on the course improvements was provided by faculty, alumni, corporate recruiters and the school’s team of in-house business executives.

One of the executives who helped to refine the program was Bob O’Malley, now retired after working several decades in the technology industry, including 19 years with IBM in Asia and the United States. O’Malley is on the W.P. Carey’s “executive connections” team, where he mentors several MBA students.

He also is an ASU alum, having received an MBA in 1973.

“Back then the program was primarily function and content driven. The professor had the content or the textbook had the content,” O’Malley said. “There was a little bit of experiential learning through case studies and a little bit of teamwork, not a lot.”

The updated program makes the experience more strategically focused.

“For example, the class on global economics. Rather than strictly economics, it’s changed to ‘global business environments,’ which brings in different cultures associated with global business operations, which is more than just economics,” O’Malley said.

The funding for the Forward Focus MBA program comes primarily from the original endowment from William Polk Carey, the real-estate investor whose foundation donated $50 million to the business school in 2003.

“His investment in us can allow us to invest in these students,” Hillman said.

The recipients will be encouraged to pay it forward to future do-gooders.

“What we’re hoping to engender in the students is that this is like an ‘angel investor’ who has invested in them as opposed to an enterprise, and as they go out to be successful in whatever walks of life, they will make this opportunity available to those students who come behind them.”

Hillman said that ASU is committed to the Forward Focus MBA beyond next year.

“I think this really is the path forward,” she said.

By Mary Beth Faller,
ASU News

Dawn raids rise in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Dawn raids in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to increase in a bid by competition authorities to investigate potentially anti-competitive activities by companies, according to Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s leading law firms.

Speaking at a competition law seminar for Sub-Saharan Africa today hosted by Webber Wentzel, partner in the competition practice Shawn van der Meulen said, “We are seeing a big increase in the number of dawn raids carried out by competition authorities in Africa. In South Africa, we have already seen six this year across a number of sectors.”

The purposes of these dawn raids is to enable competition authorities to uncover evidence of anti-competitive practices, and in particular collusion (price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging), which is the most egregious form of anti-competitive activity.  “In such operations, the competition authorities can copy and save all electronic documents from a company’s servers to use in the investigation, which includes very sensitive company information,” he added.

Interestingly, the dawn raid risk is a growing concern for businesses in Africa with recent momentum gaining in many other sub-Saharan African jurisdictions, including Botswana, Malawi and Zambia.

Van der Meulen noted that “Cross-border dawn raids could potentially be conducted where multi-jurisdictional cartels are investigated, but this requires a coordinated approach from the competition authorities in different countries.” For example, the South African Competition Commission might carry out a dawn raid on a South African-based company, but the incriminating evidence could be held at its offices in Zambia and potentially be destroyed before being uncovered. “Collaboration is thus critical for the authorities in order for multi-jurisdictional dawn raids to be fruitful,” he added.

Also speaking at the seminar, Luyamba Mpamba, director of the mergers and monopolies division at the Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, gave an indication of the level of dawn raids in Zambia. Mpamba says, “Since the competition law pertaining to Zambia was revised in 2010, five dawn raids were carried out across various sectors including banking and fertilizers. We are also currently looking at five cartel investigations. We have found that dawn raids prove useful in investigating companies and we will be pushing for a leniency program to allow for better incentives so that members of cartels can come forward.”

In Zambia specifically, there are quite clear restrictions on which offices and documents can be seized, based on what is stipulated in the search warrant.   The Zambian authority also considers it important to try to limit the impact of a dawn raid on the operations of the business while the raid is being executed. There is however a need for further co-operation and co-ordination by the competition authorities in relation to uncovering multi-jurisdictional cartels.

In relation to South Africa, representative from the cartels division of the South African Competition Commission, Mfundo Ngobese, pointed out that dawn raids are likely to increase as the Commission gains further expertise and grows in terms of its resources.

Since the commencement of the Competition Act in 1999, the South African Commission has conducted dawn raids at approximately 20 different business premises across a broad spectrum of sectors. Although the Commission’s early days focused on merger control, it has shown an increasing ability year on year to uncover other anti-competitive activities, particularly focused on collusion.

Ngobese said, “The rise of dawn raids is in line with the Commission’s growth over the last few years in terms of resources and people. The Commission’s expertise is also growing as we have conducted raids in a number of sectors including tyres, scrap metal, cables, airlines, furniture removals, panel beaters, fertilizers and cement.”

Dawn raids ‘flush out’ collusion particularly effectively when they are conducted at the same time at the premises of competing companies thought to be engaged in collusion. Competitor companies are forced to quickly consider the Competition Commission’s Corporate Leniency Policy (CLP), which outlines a process through which a self-confessing cartel member, who is first to approach the Commission, may receive immunity or indemnity for its participation in collusive activities upon fulfilling specific requirements and conditions. Under the CLP, the whistle-blowing cartelist may escape paying an administrative penalty (of up to 10% of turnover) where it confesses to having engaged in cartel conduct.

“Therein lies a whistle-blower’s carrot,” says van der Meulen. “It is not uncommon for a firm that has been the subject of a dawn raid to discover cartel conduct  in its operations, and so have to quickly apply to the Commission for leniency under the CLP, given that the leniency applicant may be scurrying against its competitors to be ‘the first cartelist through the door’ for immunity.”

Steps to be taken by firms during a dawn raid

Firms are best advised, and in fact obliged, to co-operate with the Commission during a dawn raid there are some basic steps to follow which may serve to ensure that the legal rights firms and individuals have in a dawn raid are protected. The following guideline provides some basic steps to follow in a dawn raid and sets out some key “do’s” and “don’ts”.

Arrival of the inspectors

Step 1: Ask the inspectors to provide their identification and to explain by which authority the search is being executed. In most instances the search is conducted with a warrant – ask to see the warrant and make copies of it. Note the names of each individual present. Each person must be an appointed inspector and produce a certificate of appointment.

Step 2: Examine the warrant and ensure that it:

  • is issued by a judge of the high court, a regional magistrate or magistrate with jurisdiction over the area in which the premises are located;
  • clearly identifies the premises which must be entered and searched – ensure that the warrant refers to your premises; and
  • has not been issued more than one month prior to the date on which it is executed.

Step 3: Ensure you understand the extent of the search powers (scope) and the degree of access granted to the inspectors.

Step 4: Ask the inspectors to wait at reception until you have had an opportunity to phone your in-house legal advisor/s and /or external attorney/s. Ideally, the search should only start once your legal representative is present, but the inspectors are not obligated to wait for legal representatives to arrive.

Step 5: Take the inspectors to a meeting room to use as their base and request that they wait there until your legal representative has arrived. Be calm at all times and do not resist any actions by the use of force. Make it clear that the company intends to comply with the lawful conduct of the search.

During the dawn raid

  • Shadow the inspectors, closely allocating at least one employee to each inspector. The shadows must take notes of all of the inspector’s activities, carefully noting all their requests and everything that they do. Shadows should be co-operative and explain where things are and how documents are filed (to the extent that they can). An information technology (IT) specialist from the company should be allocated to the IT inspector representative.
  • Shadows must ensure that they have a duplicate copy of all documents copied by the inspectors.
  • Shadows must not allow the inspectors to review privileged documents – “privileged information” refers to any document which has been prepared for purposes of contemplated litigation or any legal advice. Privileged information need not be marked “privileged”.
  • Do not answer any material questions in relation to the dawn raid or any documents reviewed by the inspectors until your legal representative has arrived.
  • Do not obstruct the officials in exercising their power and do not destroy, falsify or conceal documents.

US Marks 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech…Watch Video Of Speech

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The US is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr made his “I have a dream” speech.

President Barack Obama is to mark the occasion in Washington DC with an address from the same spot.

Members of the King family and veterans of the march will also be present.

Mr Obama, the first black US president, has described the 1963 protest as a “seminal event” in American history.

The march was considered a catalyst for civil rights reforms in the US.

President Obama arrived at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall to deliver his address just after an organised ringing of bells by churches and other groups at 15:00 local time (19:00 GMT), marking the exact time that Martin Luther King spoke on 28 August 1963.

Mr Obama was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, who also spoke.

Obama, Carter

Former President George W Bush, who is recovering from a heart procedure, sent a message of support.

In his statement Mr Bush said Mr Obama’s presidency reflected “the promise of America” and “will help us honour the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise”.

Chat show host Oprah Winfrey and actors Forest Whitaker and Jamie Foxx also attended the event.

On Saturday, thousands of people, including King’s eldest son, marched to the Lincoln Memorial to mark the milestone anniversary.

Half a century earlier, Martin Luther King led some 250,000 protesters down the same strip and delivered his famous speech from its steps.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character,” he said, in one of the most celebrated pieces of American oratory.

His address marked the peak of a series of protests against racial discrimination that had begun when seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger in 1955.

Her action sparked a bus boycott campaign across Montgomery, Alabama.

Marchers opened Wednesday’s damp commemoration by walking the streets of Washington DC behind a replica of the transit bus that Parks once rode.

King became a dominant force in the movement and so was called on to make the final speech at the march.

He advocated the use of non-violent tactics such as sit-ins and protest marches, and was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1964.

Four years later, his assassination led to rioting in more than 100 US cities.

Thousands of people have braved rain in Washington DC to commemorate a half century since Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech

Thousands of people have braved rain in Washington DC to commemorate a half century since Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech

Organisers of Wednesday’s commemoration are focusing beyond racial issues to address the environment, gay rights and the challenges faced by those with disabilities, among other matters.

In an interview on Tuesday with a radio show, President Obama said he imagines that King “would be amazed in many ways” about the social progress made since that speech.

He cited the prominent role of many African-Americans in the political and business spheres, as well as equal rights before the law.

Mr Obama, whose own oratory is often praised, said his address on Wednesday would not match that by the civil rights leader.

“It won’t be as good as the speech 50 years ago,” he said. “I just want to get that out there early.”

“When you are talking about Dr King’s speech at the March on Washington,” he added, “you’re talking about one of the maybe five greatest speeches in American history.”

Source: BBC

“You Invested So Much In Me And Believed Even When No One Did” Tiwa Savage’s Note To Fiance

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When news of Tiwa Savage’s relationship with manager and business partner Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun hit the blogosphere, the diva denied initially, but the love blossomed and she couldn’t hide it any further.

On February 5, 2013, Balogun proposed to her in the full glare of the public and camera shutters, just as she celebrated her 33rd birthday.

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Twitter was the platform she chose last night to pour out her heart and let everyone know how much she appreciates her fiance who was there for her even when he wasn’t they would become an item, and did all he could to help her career dreams come true.

Tiwa sure wants everyone to read this, but she says it probably wouldn’t make the news. But it’s here, Tiwa.

She wrote these sweet words about Tee Billz, and I wondered as I read through how all swollen Mr Balogun’s head would be now… but really, he deserves it.

The lines will make you wanna fall in love with someone awesome, I bet.

Tiwa got me reading and I waited a long while to know if she was going to tweet more.

“Going through some files, some thoughts heavy on my heart..this probably wont make news because people just wanna hear bad news and not the truth,” she wrote.

“Blessed to have a beautiful man @TeeBillz323 in my life.Nobody was there when youu saved and paid for my 1st ever video kelekele,” Tiwa tweeted and added a picture from the set of Kelekele video, with Tee Billz there-, firmly by her side-I guess he had always done that.

“You invested so much in me and believed even when no one did. My backbone when everyone said we were wasting our time,” she continued.

Tiwa was typing so fast, and she knew–emotions running deep I’d say. So she wrote, “Please excuse my typos, really wanna express myself or maybe I’ll just put it in a song”. Yeah, put it in a song!

“When the pressure gets too much, first thing you do is pray with me….. @TeeBillz323 you are my escape”

“You put in time, money, energy into a dream that had no guaranty, and here we are today by His grace.”

“You don’t get the credit you deserve @TeeBillz323 but even though men don’t know God knows”.

She’s in love with a man that has done a lot for her, a man she adores in every sense, and her man should be proud he’s got her. What do you say?

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55th Grammy Awards: Usher, Adele, Fun. Winners…See List Here

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Nominees and winners in key races at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday night (winners’ names in italics):

The much awaited 55th Grammy Awards came with all the expected glitters and wonderful performances on the night. There were more performances at this year’s Grammy than the previous years, and the organizers say it’s in a bid to ensure more people watch the awards.

Some came, saw, and conquered, while there were others who came, saw, but couldn’t conquer. For some, being a nominee is a s good as winning a Grammy, and so they will be leaving the Staples centre, venue of the Grammys happy, even without winning an award.

Here is the list of nominees and winners of some of the major awards. To see the full list of nominees, <a href=””>click here</a>

Album of the year

El Camino,The Black Keys

Some Nights, fun.

WINNER: Babel, Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss, Jack White


Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson

We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe

WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

Thinkin Bout You, Frank Ocean

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift

Song (goes to writer)

The A Team (performed by Ed Sheeran)

Adorn (Miguel)

Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)

WINNER: We Are Young (fun.)

Best new artist

Alabama Shakes

WINNER: fun.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Pop vocal album

WINNER: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

Ceremonials, Florence + The Machine

Some Nights, fun.

Overexposed, Maroon 5

The Truth About Love, Pink

Dance/electronica album

Wonderland, Steve Aoki

Don’t Think, The Chemical Brothers

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Fire & Ice, Kaskade

WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex

Rock album

WINNER: El Camino, The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay

The 2nd Law, Muse

Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss, Jack White

Alternative album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser …, Fiona Apple

Biophilia, Björk

WINNER: Making Mirrors, Gotye

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83

Bad As Me, Tom Waits

R&B album

WINNER: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

Back to Love, Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back, R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise, Tamia

Open Invitation, Tyrese

Rap album

WINNER: Take Care, Drake

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco

Life Is Good, Nas

Undun, The Roots

God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross

Based On A T.r.u. Story, 2 Chainz

Country album

WINNER: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes

Living for A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson

Four the Record, Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Americana album

The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers

From the Ground Up, John Fullbright

The Lumineers, The Lumineers

Babel, Mumford & Sons

WINNER: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Pop solo performance

WINNER: Set Fire to the Rain (Live), Adele

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson

Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

Wide Awake, Katy Perry

Where Have You Been, Rihanna

Pop duo/group performance

Shake It Out, Florence & The Machine

We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe

WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO

Payphone, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Dance recording

Let’s Go, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo

WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah

Don’t You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin

I Can’t Live Without You, Al Walser

Traditional pop vocal album

Christmas, Michael Bublé

A Holiday Carole, Carole King

WINNER: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

Rock performance

Hold On, Alabama Shakes

WINNER: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

Charlie Brown, Coldplay

I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons

We Take Care of Our Own, Bruce Springsteen

Hard rock/metal performance

I’m Alive, Anthrax

WINNER: Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm

Blood Brothers, Iron Maiden

Ghost Walking, Lamb of God

No Reflection, Marilyn Manson

Whose Life (Is It Anyways?), Megadeth

Rock song (goes to writer)

Freedom at 21 (performed by Jack White)

I Will Wait (performed by Mumford & Sons)

WINNER: Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)

Madness (performed by Muse)

We Take Care of Our Own (performed by Bruce Springsteen)

R&B song (goes to writer)

WINNER: Adorn (performed by Miguel)

Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)

Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)

Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)

Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

Traditional R&B performance

Lately, Anita Baker

WINNER: Love on Top, Beyoncé

Wrong Side of a Love Song, Melanie Fiona

Real Good Hands, Gregory Porter

If Only You Knew, SWV

R&B performance

Thank You, Estelle

Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.), Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Ledisi

I Want You, Luke James

Adorn, Miguel

WINNER: Climax, Usher

Urban contemporary album

Fortune, Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel

WINNER: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance

HYFR, Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne

WINNER: N—– In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West

Daughters, Nas

Mercy, Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz

I Do, Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and André 3000

Rap/sung collaboration

Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia

WINNER: No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Tonight (Best You Ever Had), John Legend featuring Ludacris

Cherry Wine, Nas featuring Amy Winehouse

Talk That Talk, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Rap song (goes to writer)

Daughters (performed by Nas)

Lotus Flower Bomb (performed by Wale featuring Miguel)

Mercy (performed by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)

The Motto (performed by Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne)

WINNER: N—– In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Young, Wild & Free (performed by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

Country solo performance

Home, Dierks Bentley

Springsteen, Eric Church

Cost of Livin’, Ronnie Dunn

Wanted, Hunter Hayes

Over, Blake Shelton

WINNER: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood

Country duo/group performance

Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band

WINNER: 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 featuring Alison Krauss

Country song (goes to writer)

WINNER: Blown Away (performed Carrie Underwood)

Cost Of Livin’ (performed by Ronnie Dunn)

Even If It Breaks Your Heart (performed by Eli Young Band)

So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore (performed by Alan Jackson)

Springsteen (performed by Eric Church)


Producer (non-classical)

WINNER: Dan Auerbach

Jeff Bhasker


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Salaam Remi

55th Grammy Awards: Full List of Nominees



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


Album Of The Year

El Camino – The Black Keys

Some Nights – Fun.

Babel – Mumford &amp; Sons

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss – Jack White


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 &amp; Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin &amp; Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost &amp; Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)


Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean


Best Pop Solo Performance

Set Fire To The Rain [live] – Adele

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

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 Instrumental Album

24/7 – Gerald Albright & Norman Brown

Impressions – Chris Botti

Four Hands & A Heart Volume One – Larry Carlton

Live At The Blue Note Tokyo – Dave Koz

Rumbadoodle – Arun Shenoy

Best Pop Vocal Album

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Ceremonials – Florence & the Machine

Some Nights – Fun.

Overexposed – Maroon 5

The Truth About Love – Pink


Best Dance Recording

Levels – Avicii

Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo

Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin

I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Wonderland – Steve Aoki

Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers

Fire & Ice – Kaskade

Bangarang – Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Christmas – Michael Bublé

A Holiday Carole – Carole King

Kisses On The Bottom – Paul Mccartney

Best Rock Performance

Hold On – Alabama Shakes

Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

Charlie Brown – Coldplay

I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

I’m Alive – Anthrax

Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm

Blood Brothers – Iron Maiden

Ghost Walking – Lamb Of God

No Reflection – Marilyn Manson

Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – Megadeth

Best Rock Song

Freedom At 21 – Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)

I Will Wait – Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford, songwriters (mumford & Sons)

Lonely Boy – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (the Black Keys)

Madness – Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)


Best Rock Album

El Camino – The Black Keys

Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

The 2nd Law – Muse

Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

Blunderbuss – Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple

Biophilia – Björk

Making Mirrors – Gotye

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83

Bad As Me – Tom Waits

Best R&B Performance

Thank You – Estelle

Gonna Be Alright (f.t.b.) – Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Ledisi

I Want You – Luke James

Adorn – Miguel

Climax – Usher


Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lately – Anita Baker

Love On Top – Beyoncé

Wrong Side Of A Love Song – Melanie Fiona

Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter

If Only You Knew – Swv


Best R&B Song

Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Beautiful Surprise – Tamia Hill, Claude Kelly & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Tamia)

Heart Attack – Benjamin Levin, Rico Love & Tremaine Neverson, songwriters (Trey Songz)

Pray For Me – Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton & Patrick “jque” Smith, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)

Refill – Darhyl “dj” Camper, Elle Varner & Andrew “pop” Wansel, songwriters (Elle Varner)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Fortune – Chris Brown

Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album

Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment

Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton

Write Me Back – R. Kelly

Beautiful Surprise – Tamia

Open Invitation – Tyrese

Best Rap Performance

Hyfr (Hell Ya … Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne

… In Paris – Jay-z & Kanye West

Daughters – Nas

Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

I Do – Young Jeezy featuring Jay-z & André 3000

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Wild Ones – Flo Rida Featuring Sia

No Church In The Wild – Jay-z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-dream

Tonight (Best You Ever Had) – John Legend Featuring Ludacris

Cherry Wine – Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

Talk That Talk – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song

Daughters – Nasir Jones & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Patrick Adams, Gary Decarlo, Dale Frashuer & Paul Leka, songwriters) (Nas) Track From: Life Is Good

Lotus Flower Bomb – Olubowale Akintimehin, S. Joseph Dew, Jerrin Howard, Walker Johnson & Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriters (Wale Featuring Miguel)

Mercy – Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)

The Motto – Dwayne Carter, Aubrey Graham & Tyler Williams, songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne)

… In Paris – Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, Songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Young, Wild & Free – Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (t. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)



Best Rap Album

Take Care – Drake

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 – Lupe Fiasco

Life Is Good – Nas

Undun – The Roots

God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross

Based On A T.r.u. Story – 2 Chainz

Best Country Solo Performance

Home – Dierks Bentley

Springsteen – Eric Church

Cost Of Livin’ – Ronnie Dunn

Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Over – Blake Shelton

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood


Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – 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 Featuring Alison Krauss


Best Country Song

Blown Away – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Cost Of Livin’ – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)

So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)

Springsteen – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)


Best Country Album

Uncaged – Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson

Four The Record – Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers


Best New Age Album

Echoes Of Love – Omar Akram

Live Ananda – Krishna Das

Bindu – Michael Brant Demaria

Deep Alpha – Steven Halpern

Light Body – Peter Kater

Troubadours On The Rhine – Loreena McKennitt


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Cross Roads – Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Hot House – Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists

Alice In Wonderland – Chick Corea, soloist

J. Mac – Kenny Garrett, soloist

Ode – Brad Mehldau, soloist


Best Jazz Vocal Album

Soul Shadows – Denise Donatelli

1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project – Kurt Elling

Live – Al Jarreau (and The Metropole Orkest)

The Book Of Chet – Luciana Souza

Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Further Explorations – Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian

Hot House – Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Seeds From The Underground – Kenny Garrett

Blue Moon – Ahmad Jamal

Unity Band – Pat Metheny Unity Band


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans – Gil Evans Project

For The Moment – Bob Mintzer Big Band

Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) – Arturo Sandoval


Best Latin Jazz Album

Flamenco Sketches – Chano Domínguez

¡ritmo! – The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Multiverse – Bobby Sanabria Big Band

Duos Iii – Luciana Souza

New Cuban Express – Manuel Valera New Cuban Express


Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners – Casting Crowns

Take Me To The King – Tamela Mann

Go Get It – Mary Mary

10,000 Reasons (bless The Lord) – Matt Redman

My Testimony – Marvin Sapp


Best Gospel Song

Go Get It – Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, Songwriters (Mary Mary)

Hold On – Cheryl Fortune, James Fortune & Terence Vaughn, songwriters (James Fortune & Fiya, Monica & Fred Hammond)

I Feel Good – Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers, songwriters (Fred Hammond)

My Testimony – Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters (Marvin Sapp)

Released – Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence)


Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners – Mark Hall & Matthew West, songwriters (Casting Crowns)

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) – Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman)

When Mercy Found Me – Jeff Pardo & Rhett Walker, songwriters (Rhett Walker Band)

White Flag – Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Matt Redman & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Passion & Chris Tomlin)

Your Presence Is Heaven – Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed)


Best Gospel Album

Identity – James Fortune & Fiya

Jesus At The Center Live – Israel & New Breed

Gravity – Lecrae

I Win – Marvin Sapp

Worship Soul – Anita Wilson


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Come To The Well – Casting Crowns

Where I Find You – Kari Jobe

Gold – Britt Nicole

Eye On It – Tobymac

Into The Light – Matthew West


Best Latin Pop Album

Independiente – Ricardo Arjona

Ilusión – Fonseca

Kany Garcia – Kany Garcia

¿con Quién Se Queda El Perro? – Jesse Y Joy

Mtv Unplugged Deluxe Edition – Juanes


Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

Campo – Campo

Déjenme Llorar – Carla Morrison

Imaginaries – Quetzal

Electro-jarocho – Sistema Bomb

La Bala – Ana Tijoux


Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano)

Pecados Y Milagros – Lila Downs

Sembrando Flores – Los Cojolites

365 Días – Los Tucanes De Tijuana

Oye – Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

El Primer Ministro – Gerardo Ortiz


Best Tropical Latin Album

Cubano Soy – Raúl Lara Y Sus Soneros

Desde Nueva York A Puerto Rico – Eddie Montalvo

Retro – Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

Formula Vol. 1 – Romeo Santos


Best Americana Album

The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers

From The Ground Up – John Fullbright

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Babel – Mumford & Sons

Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt


Best Bluegrass Album

The Gospel Side Of – Dailey & Vincent

Life Finds A Way – The Grascals

Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail – Noam Pikelny

Scratch Gravel Road – Special Consensus

Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers


Best Blues Album

33 1/3 – Shemekia Copeland

Locked Down – Dr. John

Let It Burn – Ruthie Foster

And Still I Rise – Heritage Blues Orchestra

Bring It On Home – Joan Osborne


Best Folk Album

Leaving Eden – Carolina Chocolate Drops

Election Special – Ry Cooder

Hambone’s Meditations – Luther Dickinson

The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark – (Various Artists) Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano, producers


Best Regional Roots Music Album

Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) – Keola Beamer

Shi Kéyah Songs For The People – Radmilla Cody

Pilialoha – Weldon Kekauoha

Nothin’ But The Best – Corey Ledet With Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie And André Thierry

The Band Courtbouillon – Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy


Best Reggae Album

Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff

Miracle – The Original Wailers

Tomahawk Technique – Sean Paul

New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition – Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters

Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill – Toots And The Maytals


Best World Music Album

Folila – Amadou & Mariam

On A Gentle Island Breeze – Daniel Ho

Jabulani – Hugh Masekela

Traveller – Anoushka Shankar

The Living Room Sessions Part 1 – Ravi Shankar


Best Children’s Album

Can You Canoe? – The Okee Dokee Brothers

High Dive And Other Things That Could Have Happened … – Bill Harley

Jumpinjazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale – Featuring Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws And Dee Dee Bridgewater – James Murray & Various Artists

Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie – Elizabeth Mitchell

Radio Jungle – The Pop Ups


Spoken Word Field

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

American Grown (Michelle Obama) – (Various Artists) Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers

Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy – Bill Clinton

Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military – Rachel Maddow

Seriously… I’m Kidding – Ellen Degeneres

Society’s Child: My Autobiography – Janis Ian


Best Comedy Album

Blow Your Pants Off – Jimmy Fallon

Cho Dependent (live In Concert) – Margaret Cho

In God We Rust – Lewis Black

Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class – Kathy Griffin

Mr. Universe – Jim Gaffigan

Rize Of The Fenix – Tenacious D


Musical Theater Album

Follies – Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Bernadette Peters & Ron Raines, Principal Soloists; Philip Chaffin & Tommy Krasker, producers (Stephen Sondheim, Composer/lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines & Others)

The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess – David Alan Grier, Norm Lewis & Audra Mcdonald, Principal Soloists; Tommy Krasker, producer (George Gershwin, Composer; Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward & Dubose Heyward, Lyricists) (New Broadway Cast With Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Others)

Newsies – Jeremy Jordan & Kara Lindsay, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, Producers (Alan Menken, Composer; Jack Feldman, Lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay & Others)

Nice Work If You Can Get It – Matthew Broderick & Kelli O’Hara, principal soloists; David Chase, Bill Elliott & Robert Sher, producers (George Gershwin, Composer; Ira Gershwin, Lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara & Others)

Once: A New Musical – Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, Principal Soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, Composers/lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti & Others)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Descendants – (Various Artists)

Marley- (Bob Marley & The Wailers)

Midnight In Paris- (Various Artists)

He Muppets- (Various Artists)

Rock Of Ages- (Various Artists)


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn – John Williams, Composer

The Artist – Ludovic Bource, Composer

The Dark Knight Rises – Hans Zimmer, Composer

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Composers

Hugo – Howard Shore, Composer

Journey – Austin Wintory, Composer


Best Song Written For Visual Media

Abraham’s Daughter (from The Hunger Games) – T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, Songwriters (Arcade Fire)

Learn Me Right (from Brave) – Mumford & Sons, Songwriters (Birdy & Mumford & Sons)

Let Me Be Your Star (from Smash) – Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Songwriters (Katharine Mcphee & Megan Hilty)

Man Or Muppet (from The Muppets) Bret Mckenzie, Songwriter (Jason Segel & Walter)

Safe & Sound (from The Hunger Games) – T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, Songwriters (Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)


Best Instrumental Composition

December Dream – Chuck Loeb, Composer (fourplay)

Mozart Goes Dancing – Chick Corea, Composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Music Of Ansel Adams: America – Chris Brubeck & Dave Brubeck, Composers (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)

Overture, Waltz And Rondo – Bill Cunliffe, Composer (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)

Without A Paddle – Bill Holman, Composer (Tall & Small)


Best Instrumental Arrangement

Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington – Michael Philip Mossman, Arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)

How About You – Gil Evans, Arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Irrequieto – Bob Mintzer, Arranger (Bob Mintzer Big Band)

A Night In Tunisia (Actually An Entire Weekend!) – Wally Minko, Arranger (Arturo Sandoval)

Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado) – Gordon Goodwin, Arranger (Arturo Sandoval)


Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

City Of Roses – Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, Arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Look To The Rainbow – Gil Evans, Arranger (Gil Evans Project And Luciana Souza)

Out There – Shelly Berg, Arranger (Lorraine Feather)

Spain (I Can Recall) – Vince Mendoza, Arranger (Al Jarreau And The Metropole Orkest)

Wild Is The Wind – Nan Schwartz, Arranger (Whitney Claire Kaufman And Andrew Playfoot)


Best Recording Package

Biophilia – Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, Art Directors (Björk)

Boys & Girls – Brett Kilroe, Art Director (Alabama Shakes)

Charmer – Gail Marowitz, Art Director (aimee Mann)

Love This Giant – Noah Wall, Art Director (David Byrne & St. Vincent)

Swing Lo Magellan – David Longstreth, Art Director (Dirty Projectors)


Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (soundtrack From The Motion Picture) – Rob Sheridan, Art Director (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Go Fly A Kite – Liz Kweller, Art Director (Ben Kweller)

Ram – Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) – Simon Earith & James Musgrave, Art Directors (Paul And Linda McCartney)

Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition – Stephen Kennedy, Art Director (The Rolling Stones)

Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection – Fritz Klaetke, Art Director (Woody Guthrie)


Best Album Notes

Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition – Stephen Wade, Album Notes Writer (Stephen Wade)

First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition – Hans Olof Gottfridsson, Album Notes Writer (The Beatles With Tony Sheridan)

The Pearl Sessions – Holly George-warren, Album Notes Writer (Janis Joplin)

Piazzolla In Brooklyn – Fernando Gonzalez, Album Notes Writer (Pablo Aslan Quintet)



Best Historical Album

He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes – Josh Rosenthal, Compilation Producer; Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King, Mastering Engineers (Arizona Dranes)

Old-time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads, And Instrumentals Recorded In The Great Smoky Mountains By “song Catcher” Joseph S. Hall – Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson, Compilation Producers; John Fleenor & Steve Kemp, Mastering Engineers (Various Artists)

Opika Pende: Africa At 78 Rpm – Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, Compilation Producers; Michael Graves, Mastering Engineer (Various Artists)

Ram – Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) – Paul McCartney, Compilation Producer; Simon Gibson, Guy Massey & Steve Rooke, Mastering Engineers (Paul And Linda McCartney)

The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) – Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, Compilation Producers; Mark Linett, Mastering Engineer (The Beach Boys)

Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection – Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, Compilation Producers; Pete Reiniger, Mastering Engineer (Woody Guthrie)



Best Engineered Album, Non-classical

The Absence – Moogie Canazio & Al Schmitt, Engineers; Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer (Melody Gardot)

Ashes & Fire – Glyn Johns, Engineer; Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer (Ryan Adams)

The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Richard King, Engineer; Richard King, Mastering Engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)

Love Is A Four Letter Word – Joe Chiccarelli, Steve Churchyard, Lars Fox, Graham Hope, Tony Maserati & Morgan Stratton, Engineers; Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer (Jason Mraz)

Slingshot – Helik Hadar, Engineer; Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer (Rebecca Pidgeon)



Producer Of The Year, Non-classical

Dan Auerbach

Jeff Bhasker


Markus Dravs

Salaam Remi


Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical

In My Mind (Axwell Remix) – Axel Hedfors, Remixer (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Featuring Georgi Kay)

Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix) – Photek, Remixer (Moby)

Midnight City (eric Prydz Private Remix) Eric Prydz, Remixer (m83) – – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) – Skrillex, Remixer (nero)

The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) – Thomas Olsen, Remixer (deadmau5 Featuring Chris James)



Best Surround Sound Album

Chamberland – David Miles Huber, Surround Mix Engineer; David Miles Huber, Surround Mastering Engineer; David Miles Huber, Surround Producer (David Miles Huber)

Modern Cool – Jim Anderson, Surround Mix Engineer; Darcy Proper, Surround Mastering Engineer; Michael Friedman, Surround Producer (Patricia Barber)

Quiet Winter Night – Morten Lindberg, Surround Mix Engineer; Morten Lindberg, Surround Mastering Engineer; Morten Lindberg, Surround Producer (Hoff Ensemble)

Rupa-khandha – Daniel Shores, Surround Mix Engineer; Daniel Shores, Surround Mastering Engineer; Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin, Surround Producers (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)

Storm Corrosion – Steven Wilson, Surround Mix Engineer; Steven Wilson, Surround Mastering Engineer; Steven Wilson, Surround Producer (Storm Corrosion)


Best Engineered Album, Classical

Americana – Daniel Shores, Engineer; Daniel Shores, Mastering Engineer (Modern Mandolin Quartet)

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131 – Bruce Egre, Engineer (Brentano String Quartet)

Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen – Tom Caulfield & John Newton, Engineers; Mark Donahue, Mastering Engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)

Music For A Time Of War – Jesse Lewis & John Newton, Engineers; Jesse Brayman, Mastering Engineer (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)

Souvenir – Morten Lindberg, Engineer; Morten Lindberg, Mastering Engineer (trondheimsolistene)



Producer Of The Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh

Tim Handley

Marina Ledin, Victor Ledin

James Mallinson

Dan Merceruio



Best Orchestral Performance

Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine – Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – Iván Fischer, Conductor (Budapest Festival Orchestra)

Music For A Time Of War – Carlos Kalmar, Conductor (Oregon Symphony)

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances – Valery Gergiev, Conductor (London Symphony Orchestra)



Best Opera Recording

Berg: Lulu – Michael Boder, Conductor; Paul Groves, Ashley Holland, Julia Juon & Patricia Petibon; Johannes Müller, Producer (Symphony Orchestra Of The Gran Teatre Del Liceu)

Handel: Agrippina – René Jacobs, Conductor; Marcos Fink, Sunhae Im, Bejun Mehta, Alexandrina Pendatchanska & Jennifer Rivera (Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin)

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress – Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor; Topi Lehtipuu, Miah Persson & Matthew Rose; Johannes Müller, Producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)

Vivaldi: Teuzzone – Jordi Savall, Conductor; Delphine Galou, Paolo Lopez, Roberta Mameli, Raffaella Milanesi & Furio Zanasi (Le Concert Des Nations)

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen – James Levine & Fabio Luisi, Conductors; Hans-peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, Producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)


Best Choral Performance

Handel: Israel In Egypt – Julian Wachner, Conductor (Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Trinity Choir Wall Street)

Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen – Charles Bruffy, Conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)

Ligeti: Requiem; Apparitions; San Francisco Polyphony – Peter Eötvös, Conductor (Barbara Hannigan & Susan Parry; Wdr Sinfonieorchester Köln; Swr Vokalensemble Stuttgart & Wdr Rundfunkchor Köln)

The Nightingale – Stephen Layton, Conductor (Michala Petri; Danish National Vocal Ensemble)

Striggio: Mass For 40 & 60 Voices – Hervé Niquet, Conductor (Le Concert Spirituel)



Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Americana – Modern Mandolin Quartet

Meanwhile – Eighth Blackbird

Mind Meld – Zofo Duet

Profanes Et Sacrées – Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Rupa-khandha – Los Angeles Percussion Quartet


Classical Instrumental Solo

Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier – András Schiff

The Complete Harpsichord Works Of Rameau – Jory Vinikour

Gál & Elgar: Cello Concertos – Claudio Cruz, Conductor; Antonio Meneses (Northern Sinfonia)

Holst: The Planets – Hansjörg Albrecht

Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola – Kim Kashkashian


Classical Vocal Solo

Debussy: Clair De Lune – Natalie Dessay (Henri Chalet; Philippe Cassard, Karine Deshayes & Catherine Michel; Le Jeune Coeur De Paris)

Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce Didonato – Joyce Didonato (Michael Stern; Kansas City Symphony)

Paris Days, Berlin Nights – Ute Lemper (Stefan Malzew & Vogler Quartet)

Poémes – Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)

Sogno Barocco – Anne Sofie Von Otter (Leonardo García Alarcón; Sandrine Piau & Susanna Sundberg; Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea)


Classical Compendium

Partch: Bitter Music – Partch, Ensemble; John Schneider, Producer

Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis – Antoni Wit, Conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, Producers

Une Fête Baroque – Emmanuelle Haïm, Conductor; Daniel Zalay, Producer


Contemporary Classical Composition

Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays Stephen Hartke, Composer (eighth blackbird)

León, Tania: Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion – Tania León, Composer (Tania León, Son Sonora Voices, Dancebrazil Percussion & Son Sonora Ensemble)

Praulins, Ugis: The Nightingale – Ugis Praulins, Composer (Stephen Layton, Michala Petri & Danish National Vocal Ensemble)

Rautavaara, Einojuhani: Cello Concerto No. 2 ‘towards The Horizon’ – Einojuhani Rautavaara, Composer (Truls ørk, John Storgárds & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)

Stucky, Steven: August 4, 1964 – Steven Stucky, Composer; Gene Scheer, Librettist (Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)



Short Form

Houdini – Foster The People | Daniels, Video Directors; Gaetano Crupi, Video Producer

No Church In The Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-dream | Romain Gervais, Video Director; Mourad Belkeddan, Video Producer

Bad Girls – M.I.A | Romain Gavras, Video Director; Romain Gavras, Video Producer

We Found Love – Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris | Melina Matsoukas, Video Director; Juliette Larthe & Ben Sullivan, Video Producers

Run Boy Run – Woodkid | Yoann Lemoine, Video Director; Roman Pichon, Video Producer


Long Form Music Video

Big Easy Express – Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show | Emmett Malloy, Video Director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, Video Producers

Bring Me Home – Live 2011 – Sade | Sophie Muller, Video Director; Roger Davies, Grant Jue & Sophie Muller, Video Producers

Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding | Pilar Sanz, Video Director; Esperanza Spalding, Video Producer

Get Along – Tegan & Sara | Salazar, Video Director; Nick Blasko, Piers Henwood, Sara Quin & Tegan Quin, Video Producers

From The Sky Down – U2 | Davis Guggenheim, Video Director; Belisa Balaban, Brian Celler, Davis Guggenheim & Ted Skillman, Video Producers

2012 Channel O MVA: D’banj Wins Big…Check Full List Of Winners Here

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The 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards was the 9th edition of the Annual Awards and it was held at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa on 17 November 2012. The awards were first held in 2003 under the name Reel Music Video Awards. Since 2005 the awards have been held annually.

This year’s awards hosted by Nigerian rapper, Ice Prince and Bonang Matheba was a promise fulfilled as the awards was filled with glitz and glamour with generously beautified atmosphere and a massive attendance of big names in African Music.

On the night, Tiwa Savage’s date to the event was her mum. Unfortunately, Tiwa could only take consolation in Flavour’s award-winning song she was featured in.

Tiwa Savage&Mum at 2012 Channel O MVA

The awards laid credence to D’banj’s music qualities as he won the award for the most gifted video of the year, as well as the most gifted Male Video of the year.

Davido also announced to Africa once again that he’s here to stay as he won the award for the Most Gifted Newcomer.

Brymo and his Chocolate City pal who co-hosted the events aren’t leaving SA empy-handed too as they both won awards.

Check the full list of nominnes and winners here…

Most Gifted South video of the Year

Cashtime Fam – Shut It down (Stundee)                               Winner

HHP – Bosso

Shota Feat. Shana – Taking You Home

Zeus – Dancing Shoes

Paul G Feat. Maezee – The Feeling
Shugasmaxx Feat. Moneoa – Take It Easy

Most Gifted Hip-hop video of the Year

Khuli Chana Feat. Notshi – Tswa Daar

L-Tido – Smash

Ice Prince – Superstar                          Winner

M.Anifest – Makaa Maka

K’NAAN Feat. Nas – Nothing To Los3

Most Gifted West African video of the Year

D-Black Feat. Mo’Cheddah – Falling         Winner

Wizkid – Pakurumo

Sarkodie Feat. Obrafour – Saa Okodie No

Naeto C – I gentle

Wande Coal – Private trips

Most Gifted R&B music video of the Year

Lloyd Cele – Hero

Lizha James Feat. Perola – Leva Boy

Flavour Feat. Tiwa Savage – Oyi                 Winner

2Face Idibia – Be there

Habida Feat. Cannibal – My Reason

Most Gifted East African video of the Year

Keko Feat. Madtraxx – Make You Dance

Camp Mulla – Party Don’t Stop

AY feat Sauti Soul – I Don’t Want To Be Alone                     Winner

K’Naan Feat. Nas – Nothing To lose

Navio – One & Only

Most Gifted Dance video of the Year

DJ Zinhle Feat. Busiswa – My Name Is

DJ Cleo – Facebook                         Winner

OS3 Feat. Tchoboly – Mokongo

Davido – Dami Duro

Bucie – Get Over It

Cpwaa – Hnmm

Most Gifted Newcomer video of the Year

Toya Delazy – Pump It On

Davido – Dami Duro                        Winner

E.L. – Turn The Lights Down

Camp Mulla – Party Don’t Stop

Donald – I Deserve

Most Gifted Afro Pop video of the Year

Jozi – Ugologo

DJ Sbu Feat. Zahara – Lengoma

Gal Level feat Toniks – Money

Brymo – Ara                                       Winner

Maurice Kirya – I Don’t Want To Fight

Most Gifted Reggae video of the Year

HHP Feat. Lutan Fyah, Omar Retnu – Baheitane Remix

Buffalo Souljah Feat. Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa                  Winner

Ice Prince – Juju

Orezi – Booty Bounce

Wyre – Dancehall party

Most Gifted Kwaito video of the Year

Kabelo Feat. Professor – Amapantsula’Ajabulile

Spikiri Feat. Brown Dash, Teargas, Skhoko, Bricks & Madluphuthu – Ngeke Balunge

Big Nuz – Serious

Ees Feat. Mandoza – Ayoba                        Winner

The Dogg Feat. Bricks – Tromentos

Most Gifted Video of the Year

DJ Zinhle Feat. Busiswa – My Name Is

Khuli Chana Feat. Notshi – Tswa daar

Toya Delazy – Pump It On

Lizha James Feat. Perola – Leva Boy

Big Nelo – Sente o beat

D’banj – Oliver Twist                      Winner

Brymo – Ara

Sarkodie Feat. Obrafour – Saa Okodie No

Camp Mulla – Fresh all day

AY Feat. Romeo & Lamyia – Speak With Your Body

Most Gifted Female Video of the Year

Zahara – Loliwe                 Winner

Lizha James Feat. Perola – Leva Boy

Tiwa Savage – Love Me, Love Me, Love Me

Mo’Cheddah Feat. Phenom – See Me

Keko Feat. Madtraxx – Make You Dance

Most Gifted Male Video of the Year

Khuli Chana Feat. Notshi – Tswa Daar

PRO – Makasana

Big Nelo – Sent

D’banj – Oliver Twist                      Winner

AY Feat. Romeo & Lamyia – Speak With Your Body

Most Gifted Group/Duo

Mi Casa – Heavenly Sent

Liquideep – Still

Camp Mulla – Fresh All Day

Buffalo Souljah Feat. Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa

P-square Feat. Akon & May D – Chop My Money                      Winner

Tiwa Savage&Mum at 2012 Channel O MVA

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