Jagger Steals 53rd Grammys

On Sunday night (Febraury 13, 2011) the best of the best in the music biz gathered in Los Angeles for the 53rd Grammy Awards. The night started with a diva-studded tribute to the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, who was recovering from an illness back at home in Detroit. As the evening continued the show was filled with great performances. In fact, viewers often had to remind themselves that they were watching an awards show, and not a ‘Grammy-palooza’. Three cheers for this year’s producers of the show for giving us more ‘substance’ than ‘style’. However if you wanted style, there was Lady Gaga and CeeLo. We’ll get to them in a bit.

Acts such as Lady Antebellum, Muse, and Bruno Mars all performed their hits to near perfect form, while Usher and Justin Bieber got the crowd to their feet with an inspiring duet. Their performance began with a video clip of Bieber performing for Usher a few years ago, then moving into Bieber’s acoustic version of “Baby, Baby” .

Without a doubt the night was a celebration of Lady Antebellum winning for their smash hit “Need You Now” and the Grammy organizers turning the show into more performances and less ‘blah, blah talk’. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry turned in what would have been the performances of the evening on any other Grammy night, but it was first-time performer, Mick Jagger, (that’s right, I said, “FIRST-time performer”) that took the designer dresses and tuxes by storm. His tribute to the late “King of Rock ‘n Roll”, Solomon Burke, was a masterpiece! His rendition of Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” got the entire audience on their feet, and then at the end, with a 10-second pause, he and the band continued for another minute or two to the crowd’s delight!

Though the 53rd Grammy’s may go down as one of the most memorable in quite some time, the evening did have a few surprises and slip ups. In the surprise of the night, Justin Bieber did not win the New Artist of the Year award, That went to Esperanza Spalding. However, to all you ‘Bieber Fever-ites”, don’t worry too much about Justin. The opening weekend of his concert/movie, “Never Say Never”, raked in over $30 million! Lady Gaga and CeeLo had the most flamboyant performances of the night, with Gaga hatching from an egg, and CeeLo “G-rating” up his “R-rated” hit “Forget You” in an outfit that could only be described as a new millenium version of Sir Elton John. In the ‘Ooops” category the nominees were Bob Dylan and the low-mic volume during his performance (however after they turned it up, maybe there was a reason for it being down), Christina Aguilera’s near plunge off the stage after the show’s opening performance (she has Jennifer Hudson, and her smokin’ hot Weight Watchers body, to thank for catching her), and Glee stand-out, Lea Michele, who flubbed up her lines during her presentation with Super Bowl stand-out, Clay Matthews.

And though Katy Perry was outstanding in her six-minute performance of a Valentine’s Day themed “Teenage Dream”, there is no doubt that the buzz around Monday’s watercoolers will be Mick Jagger and the stellar performance he pulled off at this year’s 53rd Grammy’s.


DJ Hero 2 Improves and Impresses

Activision just released its latest edition of player participation games in its new DJ Hero 2 video game. Building on 2009’s award-winning success, DJ Hero 2 expands the gaming experience with new features and gameplay modes. Players now can let their creativity explode as they can mix the grooves with two turntables and a new vocalist mode.

One of the key features of the new DJ Hero 2 includes over 80 new and exclusive mixes from such artists as Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and the world’s hottest DJ- Deadmau5. The Freestyle Control feature allows players to inject their own special touch of musical creativity.

In the single-player mode of Activision’s DJ Hero 2, players can now play in the ‘Empire Mode’. This is a pretty cool feature that allows the DJ to compete and progress from their local nightclub to the world stage, including stops in London, Vegas, Berlin, and Shanghai. This goes along with the traditional ‘Battle Modes’ that can played in competitive settings.

The new Vocalist feature takes DJ Hero 2 to a new level. Just plug in a microphone and let loose! (And if you don’t sound that good the DJ will be obliged to flood the music over your voice.) To add even more party fun, move to ‘Party Play’ and let DJ Hero 2 continue to run through the playlist and allow for party-goers to hop in and play at anytime. With this feature now anyone can be the life of the party.

Besides the basics of the original DJ Hero like crossfading, scratching, and tap icons, DJ Hero 2 also introduces some real neat new features such as freestyle crossfading, held notes, and the visible star meter.

Like all popular video games today, DJ Hero 2 has an online multiplayer mode menu. The six choices include Star Battle, DJ Battle, and Accumulator. Some of the exclusive mixes found in this new release  find Naughty By Nature’s “OPP” mixed with Jackson Five’s “ABC”, or Kanye West’s “Heartless” mixed with Lady Gaga’s “Lovegame”. Some new single remixes include Sam Cooke’s classic “Chain Gang”, House of Pain’s “Jump Around”, and club favorite “Jam On It” from Newcleus.

DJ Hero 2 will transform living rooms and dorms into nighclubs and unforgettable parties. Friends will be firing up the turntables and plugging in their mics to experience their favorite music together in an all-new way. DJ Hero 2 has it all for endless gameplay and party-power!

Rated at “T” (for suggestive themes and lyrics), DJ Hero 2’s pricing starts at $99. For more information, game hints, and the latest updates for DJ Hero 2 join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/djhero.