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February 12, 2017


25 – ADELE       

Let me just say this: I love Adele. I didn’t love “25.” When she released “21,” I thought it was a masterpiece from start to finish from the first time I listened to it. With a string of #1 and top 10 hits to boot, and massive sales, it deserved all 7 GRAMMY Awards it earned in 2012. 

That being said, I thought “25” fell flat. It sold 3 million albums the first week…ALBUMS! I wonder if all 3 million people were disappointed as well – but who cares, it’s ADELE! So, GRAMMY voters love successful records – especially ones that basically save the music industry (see Taylor Swift’s Album of the Year winner last year “1989”). But I don’t believe Queen A has earned another Album of the Year award for this effort.

Who does? Justin Bieber. JKJKJK. Drake deserves a shot for the #2 biggest selling album and an amazing one at that, but he's protesting the GRAMMYs because he thinks they are out-dated and treat Rap and Hip Hop as afterthoughts (hard to argue if you look at the 58 years of GRAMMY history). And who is Sturgil Simpson? A super talented alternative country guy who became the token country album of the year nominee. Just sayin!  We should see big things from him in the future --

Sturgil Simpson on SNL (CLICK HERE)

I digress. So, who does?!!  Queen Bey, baby. I had basically written her off the past few years because it all seemed like way more hype than substance. And when “Lemonade” debuted as a “visual album” among a lot of speculation as to how autobiographical the album actually was, I almost wrote it off. Then I listened to it. OMG! No holds, Bey!

Dabbling in hip hop, R&B, pop, rock, country, soul and more, this album is an experience from top to bottom. Listening to it, I felt the same way I did when I first listened to Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” -- moved, grooved, uncomfortable, intoxicated.

Here’s the irony of that. In 1999, Hill won Album of the Year for “Miseducation.” That was the last time an African American female solo artist has ever won the top prize even though Beyoncé has been nominated for it three times over her career -- without ever winning.

So if the Academy has taken the temperature of our society and it’s ready to truly give kudos to masterpieces and not sales beasts, then Sunday Beyoncé will finally take her “Lemonade” and turn it into GRAMMY Gold.  

Will Win:         “Lemonade” Beyoncé (Don’t let me down, GRAMMY voters!)
Should Win:     “Lemonade” Beyoncé

Upset:              25 - Adele


HELLO (ADELE)              

Unlike Song of the Year, Record of the Year, which is a production award (it goes to producer, artist, and engineer), doesn’t have quite the same track record in that just because songs are nominated for both Song and Record doesn’t mean they stand a better chance in this category. Last year, “Uptown Funk” won Record of the Year and it wasn’t nominated for Song of the Year.  So, does that mean Rihanna’s “Work” and 21 Pilots’ “Stressed Out” stand a shot? Probably not. Hello! We’re talking yet another stiff competition between Queen A and Queen Bey!  (It should be noted, that just because this year is a battle of these two queens doesn't mean that they aren't still each other's biggest fan! They are friends and have been very vocal in the press and on social media as to the extent of their kinship.)

See above for rationale that Adele’s “Hello” could prevail here. However, Beyoncé’s tour de force “Formation” should be the one that wins in this category (I am, of course, going to let the courts decide the $20 million lawsuit that Bey's been slapped with recently alleging she sampled an unlicensed song in "Formation).  Anywho. Besides that little hiccup, the problem with "Formation"is that it’s the least successful single as far as sales of this entire pack. However, it’s a song that Record of the Year was made to celebrate. 

I hope Academy voters have enough edge to make this the winner in this category. My fear is that they’ll go for the safe bet – the sales and radio darling – Adele’s “Hello.”  (Wouldn’t it be interesting if voters were too "stressed out," too over-"work" and just couldn't choose between Queen A and Queen Bey so decided Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” was old enough to win?!)

Will Win:         “Hello”
Should Win:     “Formation”

Upset:              “7 Years”

February 10, 2017


HELLO (ADELE)               

There are three songs that are up for both Song of the Year (a songwriting award that goes only to the songwriter(s)) and Record of the Year (a production award that goes to the artist(s), producer(s) and engineer(s)): Hello (Adele), Formation (Beyoncé) and 7 Years (Lukas Graham). So, these are the ones to look at as true potential winners in this category. Last year, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran won “Song of the Year” and it was up for both awards. 

So, a betting person would bet on one of these three.  Adele’s “Hello” has SONG OF THE YEAR WINNER WRITTEN ALL OVER ITS BIG BAD BALLAD FACE! Not to mention, when “Hello” was released it broke every streaming, download, sales, YouTube record that had been on any book, anywhere. “Formation” is a close second and “Love Yourself” and “7 Years” are tied for third.  (Point of information, Bieber’s “Love Yourself” was co-written by Ed Sheeran…). 

Not to mention, Beyonce just got slapped with a $20 million lawsuit over a sample that she used on this single. Ouch!  Regardless, most likely “Hello” is going to be saying goodbye to the competition.

Should win:     Hello!
Will win:          Hello!

Upset:              Hello!


The Best New Artist category is traditionally one of the hardest to predict! Meghan Trainor won it last year and she practically was a shoe-in because the year before she had been nominated for both Song and Record of the Year with her worldwide smash “All About that Bass.” However, in years past, there have been some really big surprises – especially regarding the artists that DIDN’T get it – (Elton John lost to The Carpenters, Led Zepplin lost to Crosby, Stills & Nash; Nikki Minaj lost to Bon Iver; Justin Bieber and Drake lost to Esperanza Spaulding – anyone have a clue who she was before she won?!). But this year, it’s between just two: Chance the Rapper, who has 7 nominations, and the bros of EDM/pop group The Chain Smokers, who have three nominations.

Here’s the deal, The Chain Smokers had three HUGE top 10 singles last year – “Closer,” “Roses,” and the mega hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” However, the group has yet to release a full-length album!  So, does releasing amazing singles without a full body of work really stand the test of time? Who knows with GRAMMY voters.  However, that leads us to Chance the Rapper. He’s been around a while but he is nominated in this category because last year was when he first “reached prominence” (states the Academy’s rules for eligibility for Best New Artist).

Chance the Rapper RollingStone

Country darlings Maren Morris and Kellsea Ballerina will split the country vote, and urban artist Anderson .Paak is the total underdog here. Chain Smokers are the type of “edgy” act that voters love. But has the group really shown its fire or just its puff? With 7 nominations (FYI: Beyoncé, who has the most of anyone, has 9), it would be shocking if GRAMMY voting members didn’t take a chance on this rapper.

Will Win:         Chance the Rapper
Should Win:     Chance the Rapper

Upset:              Chain Smokers

February 8, 2017


All the info you need to watch this Sunday's GRAMMYs! Also, I will be on FOX4 in KC during the 9 a.m. hour talking about my predictions! Will it be the Adele or Beyonce show??!


When I watched the Super Bowl Half-Time show during which Lady Gaga sang everything LIVE and had no "guest appearances" to make her show more fabulous, I noticed that her incredible body looked a little, well, normal, on TV. Then I saw all the haters that talked about how fat and flabby and unflattering her body was. Are you f****ing kidding me?! Anyone who moves as much as she did during her performance is going to have MOVEMENT and if she didn't have MOVEMENT then she would have been too anorexic to show our daughters. So, I ask, nay challenge, any of the haters who pointed out how "out of shape Lady Gaga was during the Super Bowl" to now post pictures of themselves on all social media platforms without their shirts and in tiny shorts...dancing around their living room...and let's see exactly who should be judging whom! :) #ladygagarocks


Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted By James Corden — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 12, 2017
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017) — The Recording Academy® has announced plans to honor two-time GRAMMY® winner George Michael and seven-time GRAMMY winner Prince with two unforgettable tribute segments on the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. While specific details for the tribute performances, including who will participate in each, remain under wraps, previously announced performers include Adele, Kelsea Ballerini, William BellChance The RapperGary Clark Jr., Daft Punk, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Tori KellyAlicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John LegendLittle Big TownDemi LovatoLukas Graham, Bruno MarsMetallicaMaren MorrisAnderson .Paak, Katy PerrySturgill SimpsonA Tribe Called QuestCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban, and The Weeknd. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television NetworkSunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden will serve as host for the first time.
"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the GRAMMY stage."
"While the primary focus of the GRAMMY Awards is to celebrate and honor the year's best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music's broader story by honoring its legends lost—that's what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes," said Ken Ehrlich, Executive Producer of the GRAMMY Awards. "While it's nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist's cultural impact in a single performance, it's that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable GRAMMY moments."
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
For the latest news and content, follow the GRAMMY conversation on social:
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About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards—the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music—The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit

June 15, 2016



The Landmark Deal Keeps The GRAMMY Awards® On CBS For 54 Years,
A New Record For The Longest Continuous Partnership Between An Awards Show And Broadcaster In Television History

Agreement Includes Broadcast Of Annual GRAMMY® Specials

“The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®” To Be Broadcast Live on
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
  SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 15, 2016) The Recording Academy® and CBS  announced an extended agreement to keep Music's Biggest Night® on CBS Television Network through 2026. The landmark deal will keep the GRAMMY Awards® on CBS, its home since 1973, for 54 consecutive years, establishing a new record for the longest continuous partnership between an awards show and broadcaster in television history. In addition to the awards broadcast, the agreement includes The Recording Academy’s annual two-hour GRAMMY® specials, as well as additional programming opportunities. Details about these additional broadcasts will be announced in the coming months. The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 8:00 – 11:30 P.M. ET/PT.

"We've called CBS home for more than 40 years, and they have truly become an exceptional partner to The Academy, sharing in our commitment to showcase music's transformative power through our annual telecast," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "The continuity of this long-standing partnership not only marks an unprecedented milestone in the industry, but also enables The Academy to expand its philanthropic works — preserving our musical heritage, supporting music makers in need, and putting music in more schools to ensure that it remains a lasting part of our culture. We look forward to the next 10!" 

“The broadcast of the GRAMMYs and our long-standing relationship with extraordinary partners at The Recording Academy represent an important part of CBS’s past and future,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. “Everyone at CBS is proud to reach this milestone with Neil and his team, and we look forward to building on this legacy and creating more GRAMMY moments together well into the next decade and beyond.”

The GRAMMY Awards consistently rank as one of television's highest-rated and most-watched specials. "The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards" on Feb. 15, 2016 attracted 24.95 million television viewers. Broadcast for the first time on a Monday night, the award show marked CBS' best Monday in viewers since 1994 and in adults 18 – 49 (7.7) and 25 – 54 (9.1) since 2005.

About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, "like" The GRAMMYs® on Facebook and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

December 6, 2015


First let me say that Adele will not be nominated tomorrow..."Hello" and the massive "25" (which is now the first album/artist to sell more than 1 million copies in its first AND 2nd weeks on the charts...just 3.4 million and 1.2 million respectively) are not eligible this year -- but it's pretty much a sure bet that 2017 will be the Adelmmy Awards...

Album of the Year
Taylor Swift -- 1989 (Shake it Off was the only thing eligible last year and she got shut out as far as Record and Song of the Year noms went) BUT...add Blank Spaces, Style, Bad Blood, Wildest Dreams...oh, and the fact that it's been in the top 10 on iTunes consistently over the past year and this is a shoo-in!)

Kendrick Lamar -- To Pimp a Butterfly (since its release this has been one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eligibility period and one of the most successful albums of the year)

The Weekend -- Beauty Behind the Madness (from 50 Shades of Gray Soundtrack to "Can't Feel My Face" this year, it didn't matter if it were a Monday or a Thursday because every day was The Weekend!

Foo Fighters -- Sonic Highway (critically acclaimed and they've been nominated twice for Album of the Year previously without a win; Grammy voters love this group and they want a nom that's alt rock so their voting appears/ feels inclusive ;)

Alabama Shakes -- Sound + Color (face it, Swifty is all Pop so they need a country-sounding act in this category even tho they are alt rock:) well, feel inclusive ;))

Meghan Trainor's "Title" has spawned massive hits from "All About that Bass" (which was nominated for Record and Song of the Year but shut out last year), "Lips are Movin'" "Dear Future Husband" "I'm Gonna Love You (duet with John Legend) and she's loved by fans and the industry (FYI: "Title" was released in this year's eligibility period only "Bass" was eligible last year). Swifty has cornered the girl pop category but there are a lot of men represented above so the Academy may go for her too.

James Taylor's latest release saw his highest chart debut on Billboard in a very long and successful recording career.  Grammy voters like the iconic/nostalgic acts but over the past few years it seems there has to be some sales quantity/radio play/continued buzz for an album of the year nod...there wasn't much fire after the initial rain with this one.

"Blank Spaces" -- Taylor Swift ('nuff said)

"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (14 weeks at #1.  Bruno Mars. Nuff said.)

"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran (sure the album from which "Thinking" comes already was nominated for Album of the Year last year (didn't win) but the single was released this year and he's become an industry darling -- expect this to receive several nods)

"See You Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (w/ Charlie Puth): became an anthem for lost loved ones and an ode to "Furious" actor Paul Walker who died tragically (in a high speed car accident of all things after leaving a charity event) while filming the latest installment of the franchise.  Charlie Puth also is the current "it" kid (and rumored to be dating Ms. Trainor)  

"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend (just because that would be cool to have as a nomination in this field and people will want to shower The Weekend with lots of nods to show how cool they are)

"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar (one of the best songs of 2015 and another opp for voters to show him their love)

"Honey, I'm Good" -- Andy Grammer (not a lot of music "experts" are talking about this one but with pop and country cross-over this might stand a chance -- and 52 million people LOVED the video)

"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar earlier this year but wasn't eligible for GRAMMY nomination because it wasn't released until December 2014)

"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town (they need a country act in here)

"Ghost Town" -- Madonna.  Long shot.  But a surprise move that could show the Academy actually knows what it's doing! 

(BTW:  Record of the Year is for the overall production of a song meaning the Grammy goes to the artist, producer and engineer(s); Song of the Year is for the songwriting and only goes to the songwriter(s) -- if the artist who performed a Song of the Year winner didn't write or co-write the song then that artist doesn't win the GRAMMY, too)

"Blank Spaces" - Taylor Swift ('nuff said)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar
"See you Again" -- Wiz Kalifa (feat Charlie Puth)
"Thinking Out Loud" --  Ed Sheeran
"Glory" -- John Legend and Common (won the Oscar, not eligible last year for a GRAMMY nom because it was released in December 2014)

"Here" -- Alissia Cara
"I Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weekend
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town
"Uptown Funk" -- Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars (there are 11 co-writers on this song which might turn voters off for this category)

If the Academy is feeling especially nostalgic then Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye's "FourFiveSeconds" might show up in the Song and Record categories as well...

Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt
Leon Bridges
Fetty Wap

Tori Kelly
Alissia Cara

I would have put Pentatonix, the most successful a capella group with hundreds of millions of YouTube fans and views and now 2 #1 albums under their belts (last year's biggest holiday album and their first full length album on a major lable this year) as a sure  bet in this category but they won a GRAMMY last year for best arrangement so they are ineligible...RATS!)

Those are my predictions.  Best of luck to everyone!!

September 19, 2015


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Kudos to Frito Gay!!!

September 16, 2015

Exec Producer Salli Frattini and her Sunset Lane Entertainment continue to help shape Pop Culture


--Company Announces WME Entertainment Representation for 
SLE's Production & Development --

SEPT. 17, 2015 (NEW YORK) -- Today, Sunset Lane Entertainment (SLE) unveils showcase of live television Broadcast Entertainment, Events and Digital Content production expertise and announces WME Entertainment representation of SLE's production & development specialties. SLE live productions include reality hits such as VH1’s social media powerhouse “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” with Eastern TV; network and online specials, including the inaugural CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame for IFC and, Amazon Prime’s Comic-Con live streaming broadcast of sneak peek and Q&A for “The Man in the High Castle” on, and sports content production for Al Roker Entertainment's upcoming "Triumph Games" for NBC Sports. Continuing its long-standing relationship with YouTube/Google (YouTube Live, YouTube Play, YouTube Music Awards), SLE produced the first YouTube Creator Summit this summer. SLE is headed by Founder/Executive Producer Salli Frattini, and Executive Producers Carol Eng and Felycia Sugarman.

Sugarman produced high-caliber storytelling and animation production values with short film “Zusha!,” commissioned by Georgetown University (GUI2DE). SLE Development’s slate includes upcoming pilot special “Millionaire Chess,” a sports competition series and reality show “Cirque Du Gras,” as well as other projects to be announced.

“We’re seeing a growing industry trend of more programmers understanding how powerful a live broadcast component can be for ratings, social media buzz and consumer engagement, and marketing partnerships,” said Frattini. “Whether it’s live broadcast of awards shows, network specials, digital entertainment content or even reality TV now, the challenge is two-fold: develop a creative and entertaining concept AND execute a flawless live broadcast experience for everyone – and that’s SLE’s specialty. WME recognized that and will be focusing on cultivating more strategic partnerships, creative platforms and development deals that play into all of SLE’s capabilities.”

VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding”
For three years, fans of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop New York” followed the highs and lows of Yandy and Mendeecee’s relationship. And the payoff was not only worth the wait, but it was LIVE! Carol Eng exec produced “Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” with Eastern TV which included Fans choosing the dress Yandy would wear on her big day, and social media was on fire as the live special was #1 Most Social Show on ALL TV (network and cable, Excluding NBA game) and #LHHLWedding #1 trending on Twitter.

“CollegeHumor Comedy Music Hall of Fame” on IFC
With and cable network IFC, the CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame was an hour-long special and series of shorts that honored comedy music. Frattini exec produced the dual partnership and this first-time special.

“Amazon Prime’s Comic-Con Sneak Peek”
Produced Live Q&A and live stream on for Amazon Prime’s drama series “The Man in the High Castle.” SLE directed the hosted intro with series writer/producer Frank Spotnitz & Entertainment Weekly journalist Darren Franich, as well as a Q&A with key cast members.

“YouTube Creator Summit”
SLE has a long-standing relationship with YouTube/Google and produced this year’s inaugural Creator Summit where the top 100 YouTube Creators were invited to New York and event coincided with YouTube’s Brandcast this past June.

ZUSHA! (Speak out/Protest)
SLE’s Felycia Sugarman produced high-caliber storytelling and animation production values for a cause, in partnership with Jesse Raiford: A short film produced to spread the word about a highly effective road safety program in Kenya that saves lives. Commissioned by The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, and funded via a USAID grant, the film will be part of the outreach in East Africa and ultimately, around the globe.

“The Triumph Games”
Working with Al Roker Entertainment, SLE’s Carol Eng & Felycia Sugarman produced a series of digital shorts promoting “The Triumph Games,” a new sports event for US veteran athletes who overcome serious injuries to continue their athletic careers and prove they truly are made of 'the right stuff.’

“Millionaire Chess”
A premiere open chess tournament in Las Vegas this October from which SLE is creating short-form pilot programming.

About Sunset Lane Entertainment
Executive Producer Salli Frattini, former SVP/Executive in Charge of Production for Music Specials and Events at MTV, launched Sunset Lane Entertainment (SLE) in 2008 with the production of the first-ever YouTube Live Awards. Frattini took an unmatched track record of producing iconic and groundbreaking live entertainment broadcast events and organically parlayed that into becoming the bridge between traditional broadcast production and digital platforms. SLE is a leader in youth culture-oriented programs and cutting-edge technology. The company continues to grow its development slate, with Frattini and veteran broadcast network executives Carol Eng and Felycia Sugarman. The portfolio includes exceptional scripted and unscripted series, as well as sports and entertainment events and properties. Headquartered in New York, NY, visit for more information.

Ron Roecker