It could be a banner night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are up for Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.
Jay Z, who leads all artists with nine nominations, is also up for the best rap album award, as are Drake and Kanye West.
Also vying for Album Of The Year are Sara Bareilles and Daft Punk, while James Blake, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran are nominated for Best New Artist.
Coyote Theory: "Taking Over The World" single. (iTunes | Amazon)
Florida Georgia Line: "This Is How We Roll" and "People Back Home" from the “Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Domino Saints: "Exclusivo" and "Let’s Go All Night" not available for sale.
Blake Shelton: "Small Town Big Time" from the "Based On A True Story" album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Fitz and The Tantrums: "Tell Me What Ya Here For" and "Out of My League" from the “More Than Just A Dream” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Max Frost: "Glow Long" from the “Low High Low - EP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Classified: "Only Say It Cause It’s True" from the “Inner Ninja” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Paramore: "Now" from the “Paramore” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
The Royal Concept: "On Our Way" from the “The Royal Concept" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)
Martin Solveig: "Hey Now" from the “Hey Now” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Saints of Valory: "Long Time Coming" from the “Possibilities” EP.
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Icona Pop: "On A Roll" from the “This Is… Icona Pop” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Switchfoot: "Who We Are" from the “Fading West” album (iTunes | Amazon)
Grouplove: "Ways To Go" from the “Spreading Rumors” album. (iTunes | Amazon
The Unlikely Candidates: "Just Breathe" from the “Follow My Feet" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)
Junior Prom: "International" and >strong>"Big Timer" not available for sale.
Maroon 5: "Sunday Morning" from the “Songs About Jane” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Grouplove: "Ways To Go" from the “Spreading Rumors” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Pitbull: "Feel This Moment" from the “Global Warming: Meltdown” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Run DMC: "Christmas in Hollis" from the “Greatest Hits” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Fantasia: "What Christmas Means To Me" from the “The Best Man Holiday Soundtrack” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Wordsmith: "Never Be The Same" from the “King Noah” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Charles Bradley: "Everyday is Christmas" single. (iTunes | Amazon)
Luscious Jackson: "Show Us What You Got" from the “Magic Hour” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Gedeon Luke: "Hey That’s What I Say" not available for sale.
The "dazzling electro-psych" band, as described by Rolling Stone in a review of the their 2008 debut album "Oracular Spectacular," has since opened for Paul McCartney at Fenway Park, released two more critically-acclaimed albums and been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Back in the Nutmeg State for a tour stop, we caught up with lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden to ask how he got Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on stage at a show back in November.
Andrew, thanks for the time. So let’s get right to it. MGMT and Andrew Luck on stage together. Set the scene.
We usually have some kind of contest in each city and the winner gets to play the cowbell. Or we might bring out a friend. Our tour manager had played at the same venue with another band and Luck had come to that show. They were still in contact so we asked Andrew if he wanted to play and he did! Him and Anthony Castanzo came and played. Andrew seemed like a pretty hip dude. I had a great time and it was amazing just to stand next to him. The cowbell is like 75 pounds and it comes with a giant drumstick. Seeing this mega-man doing it was pretty funny to watch.
You’re not a huge sports fan though, right? Did you realize who these guys were?
James Richardson, our guitarist, was even more into it than me. He’s obsessed with everything NFL and fantasy football. He’s a Redskins fan, but he was still really into it.
Definitely. It’s always exciting. We’ve gone to places like South Korea where people are singing every word. It’s amazing to see. It’s fun to know when a celebrity or athlete likes our music.
What was it like playing Fenway Park when you opened for Paul McCartney?
We’re not really a stadium band. It was amazing to see Paul McCartney with all his pyrotechnics and stuff. I think a stadium like that is more suited to legendary acts like him. Being on the field at Fenway was very cool though.
Coming back to Connecticut must be a bit of a trip down memory lane. As was your recent show in Pittsburgh where you grew up. What has the last week been like?
Pittsburgh really was a trip down memory lane. We hadn’t played there since I think 2005. I haven’t really been around there much since I grew up. I went out with my tour manager just driving around to see the school I went to and the house I grew up in. And the place we are playing here in Connecticut, I think I went to a show or two there when I was in college.
Coming up you have the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s still a fairly new venue, not a ton of artists have played there. Are you particularly excited about that show?
We’re really stoked about the Brooklyn show. It will be our first show in New York in over three years. It’s nice for that to be the closing show of this big US tour. We’re playing with Dinosaur Jr. and Kuroma. It’s going to be pretty sweet. I hope all my friends can come.
Are you going to get some time off after that show?
We don’t get much time off until mid-January. We are going to Australia and Japan over New Year’s. I hope I can get some surfing in. I have some friends in Sydney and I hope we can get in the water.
What is it about surfing that you fell in love with?
I already loved the ocean and being in nature. I was into skateboarding and snowboarding when I was a kid, so this is the perfect thing for me. It’s therapeutic to just sit out there, even by yourself in 30 degree water.
What should people expect when they go to a MGMT show?
It’s gotten to a good point where it’s a combination of songs from all three of the albums we have put out. We play with a six-piece band. It all works well together, especially the visuals behind us. We’ve been having some of the best shows we’ve ever played in the last couple months. I’m anxious to show everyone in New York how far we’ve come since 2010.
One person, nine rows away from the field throughout the game, won't have a problem remembering his contributions: Vincent Mason, AKA DJ Maseo of De La Soul, AKA Tre's dad.
We caught up with Vincent at home in Miami to talk about watching his son play in what many are calling the greatest college football game of all time and juggling his busy schedule to see the season play out.
What was going through your mind sitting in the stands watching Tre in that game?
To see him perform on that level was just amazing. He's been obsessed with football since he was 8 or 9 years old. I've seen him do some amazing things throughout his junior high and high school years. But to see him on this Division I level, playing with the best of the best around the nation, is amazing. He is out there making history if you want to look at it like that. It's surreal to know he is my kid. I'm just really really happy for him. I've been living my dream since I was 19 and I know all the hard work that went into it and I've watched him put in the same work.
What did he say when you caught up to him after the game?
After the game he was just so happy. So, so happy. "We did it! We did it! We did it!" was all he kept saying. Then it was "I'm in pain though!"
Will you be at the SEC championship game in Atlanta? Is it hard trying to juggle your busy schedule with his?
Yes, I'm going. I've been making some switches in my schedule. Art Basel is going on right now in Miami so I'm doing a lot of shows for that. It's the hardest thing trying to juggle my life with his. Sports and entertainment happen on the same timeframe, but this is what I have to do to support my family. I've been out of the country a lot during this season and trying to catch the games on TV or see highlights on YouTube. I'm trying to keep January 6 open as well - like, really, really trying - in case they get to the championship game.
But it's worth it, right?
Oh yes. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to be a part of this as a dad.
Man, I've been hearing from everyone since the season started. It's funny, it's not something that comes up in normal conversation. How do you say, "My son is No. 21!" That's so braggadocious it's beyond hip-hop! So for them to be finding out because of how well he is doing is really exciting. We're all sharing the moment together.
Did you ever have dreams of being an athlete or was it always music for you?
As a boy coming up you always fancy yourself an athlete. I played a little basketball. As far as football, it wasn't a major interest. But I did get talked into it my senior year of high school. I didn't know much about the sport, I just played around the neighborhood. My passion has always been the music. I was DJing at 6 years old!
Do you think athletes have it better than musicians?
An athlete has the better life of course. They get treated so well. It's crazy! Back in the day our treatment always flucuated based on the sales of our albums!
Are you surprised at all by how passionate football fans are in Alabama?
It's the same way in Florida. They take it as a religion here as well. People come from counties all over to watch high school games like its a NFL game. They don't even know the kids. They just come to watch high school football. It's packed like a college or NFL game. It's amazing to see. I'm from up North and they take basketball the same way. So I get it.
Let's go back to 1989 for a second. You guys delivered your seminal debut album "3 Feet High and Rising," and a few months later follow-up albums appeared from Beastie Boys, EPMD and Jungle Brothers. It was a pretty epic year for hip-hop. What do you remember about that time?
It was a major turning point in everyone's lives. It was a turning point for hip-hop. It finally was a force to be reckoned with. Still unregarded as an art form, but a force with the amount of business it was doing. It was an instrumental point in my life when I was considering going to the military. But then we put out the single "Jenifa (Taught Me)/Potholes In My Lawn" and then the label wanted a video for "Potholes" and then that turned into an option for an album. Everything was happening so fast so I skipped the rest of my high school senior year to cut the record and went back and graduated in 1989 instead of '88.
Awhile back we talked to Tech N9ne. He skipped his high school graduation to perform!
I failed my true last year of high school with all the stuff I was doing! It was crazy going from studio to studio and then trying to go to class. When the record began to take off Russell Simmons had to come to my school and meet with the teachers to work out a plan for me to do my work from the road!
So it's safe to say Tre is more book smart than you?
No doubt. He has both his parents on his back. I didn't have that!
What do you think the future holds for Tre?
It looks like the NFL could be in his future, but you never know what God has in store. He could get hurt. You never know. We just try to take it one game at a time. He feels at home with Auburn, the same as he did in high school. His performances come from that comfort and the friends and coaches he has around him. Tre is a people person, just like his mom and dad. If you don't like Tre, something is wrong with you. I'm happy to know my kid is a cool kid. Once he is under that pressure of making that decision, it will be a hard one. Parting is always bittersweet.
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Steve Levy was in a Bob Dylan music video.
We tracked down the veteran "SportsCenter" anchor, who appears on channel 133 in the insanely interactive sing-along, about how the video came to be and what he thought of his own performance.
How in the world did you wind up in a Bob Dylan video?!
It started with an email from our Senior VP Laurie Orlando. She didn’t seem to know too much about it. She said they weren't paying any money, but it could be a fun thing if I wanted to do it. I'm pretty open to everything and it was only going to be 10 minutes so I agreed to do it. Next thing I know I'm in a studio and they want me to mouth the words to "Like A Rolling Stone!" The director was telling me he was going to play the song in my earpiece and he wanted me to just mouth the words and I said "I don't know all the words! I don't know the whole song!" It's hard to make out all of the words. He takes these pauses and hangs on to certain letters and words.
Has it totally sunk in that you, Steve Levy, really were in a Bob Dylan video!?
All I know is one other anchor was asked before me, but they weren't paying so he turned it down. What can I say, I'm easy.
How long was it between filming and when the video came out?
Honestly, I couldn't see the big picture or what it was going to be so I didn't make much of it. Usually with stuff like this it is a four-second clip that pops up six months after you shoot it. But this was done like a week ago! The amazing thing was we shot this right across from a live "SportsCenter!" But I wasn't making any noise at all and the music was in my ear so it was totally silent the whole time.
So you probably didn't know who else was going to be in the video before it came out?
Not at all. At first I thought I was going to be the whole thing which was very concerning! I knew they were going to mix in some highlights or something like that but I didn't know the extent of it. I thought it was going to be three-and-a-half minutes of me which would have been terrible for everyone involved.
How would you rate your performance?
I would give myself a C-. I was off on so many of the words. But Bob has such a unique style. I shouldn't be too hard to myself, this was a bucket list kind of thing. People keep saying "you were in a Bob Dylan video!"
Not that you're music credentials will ever be called into question now, but what was the first and last concert you attended?
First concert was The Cars at Madison Square Garden. Last was Shania Twain in Las Vegas.
How did the nerves involved with this compare to some of your movie cameos?
I wasn't as nervous with this. In the movies my biggest fear is screwing up the star of the movie. I was afraid I would have to make the star do another take because I messed up. I don't want Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson yelling at me! That's pressure when someone like that is tired and just wants the day to be over. This was just me alone on a set trying to make my mouth match Bob's brilliant lyrics.
Where does this fit among all the cool things you've been able to do in your job?
I've been truly amazed at the hype and reaction this has received. I never could have anticipated it. But this is what I truly love about ESPN and "SportsCenter." It's a job -- if you can even call it a job -- that I love to do. It allows me to take care of my family in a way I never imagined possible. I get to do things the regular Joe doesn't get to do like cameos in the movies or visiting our troops in Kuwait when we took "SportsCenter" on the road ... and appearing in a Bob Dylan music video!
Eminem: "The Monster feat. Rihanna" and "Legacy" from the “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Lady Gaga: "Fashion" from the “ARTPOP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Tilian: "Now Or Never" and "Up In The Air" from the “Material Me” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
LVDP Sound System: "Stay Strong" and "Esperanza"from the “Fiesta y Lucha” album (Bandcamp).
El Dusty: "Puro Pori" not available for sale.
Linkin Park x Steve Aoki: "A Light That Never Comes" from the “RECHARGED” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Aloe Blacc: "Can You Do This" from the “Wake Me Up -- EP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Black Joe Lewis: "Come To My Party" from the “Electric Slave” album.
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Cherri Bomb: "Shake The Ground" from the “This Is The End of Control” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Fall Out Boy: "The Phoenix" from the “Save Rock and Roll” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Gavin Degraw: "Leading Man" from the “Make A Move” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Icona Pop: "In The Stars" from the “This Is ... Icona Pop” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Morgan Taylor Reid:" "City In Motion" from the “A Minor Heartbeat” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Motion City Soundtrack: "Inside Out" single. (iTunes | Amazon)
Redlight King: "Born To Rise" from the “Irons in the Fire” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Shaman’s Harvest: "Here It Comes" single. (iTunes)
The Winery Dogs: "Elevate" from the “The Winery Dogs” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Zedd: "Push Play" from the “Clarity (Deluxe Edition)” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Papa Roach: "You Gotta Want It" from the “The Connection” album.
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Anberlin: "City Electric" from the “Devotion” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Filter: "It’s Got To Be Right Now" from the “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Serena Ryder: "Stompa" from the “Harmony” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Pearl Jam: "Lightning Bolt" from the “Lightning Bolt” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Max and Simon: "Come Alive Tonight" not available for sale.
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Rudimental: "Not Giving In" from the “Home” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Imagine Dragons: "Bleeding Out" from the "Night Visions" album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Awolnation: "Sail" from the “Megalithic Symphony” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Duffy: "Mercy" from the “Rockferry” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
The Saturday Knights: "Count It Off" from the “Mingle” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Common: "Reminding Me of Sef" from the “One Day It’ll Make Sense” album
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Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters: "I Will Always Be Your Friend" from the “Everything’s Up For Grabs” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Conway: "Big Talk" from the “Big Talk” album. (iTunes | Amazon)
Political Animals: "Man the Mic" single. (iTunes | Amazon)
LiveSosa: "Kings Cup" not available for sale.