June 22, 2017

U2 TO PERFORM AT CELEBRATION HONORING ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBER AND RECOVERING ADDICT ADAM CLAYTON FOR MUSICARES


U2 TO PERFORM AT THE 13TH ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND® BENEFIT CONCERT HONORING ADAM CLAYTON IN NEW YORK 

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Confirmed To Join Adam Clayton As He Receives 
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

Chronixx, Michael Franti, Jack Garratt, The Lumineers, GRAMMY® Winner Macy Gray To Perform; Cat Deeley To Host

 
WHO: HonoreeThe MusiCares Foundation®, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator, will honor Adam Clayton, bassist and founding member of U2—recipients of more awards than any rock band in GRAMMY® history—at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert at the PlayStation Theater in New York on June 26.Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process. The event, sponsored in part by RBC Capital Markets, will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment.

Performers: Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen will join their comrade and co-founder Adam Clayton for a rare, intimate U2 performance to close the evening.U2 joins a list of specially chosen performers, including ChronixxMichael Franti,Jack Garratt, and The Lumineers, and GRAMMY winner Macy GrayCat Deeleywill be the host and GRAMMY winner Hal Willner will be the evening's musical director.

Attendees: MusiCares® Chair Alexandra Patsavas, and President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares Neil Portnow will be in attendance.

WHAT: The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living  resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network® is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

TICKETS: VIP Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $15,000Individual VIP Floor Seats for $1,500 per person; and Upper VIP Balcony Cabaret Seating for $500. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 orwynniew@grammy.com. Balcony Seating is available through AXS.com for $75 per person.

WHERE: PlayStation Theater
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

WHEN: Monday, June 26, 2017
5:30 p.m.                     Media Check-In
6:15 p.m.                     Red Carpet Arrivals
7 p.m.                          Buffet Dinner
8 p.m.                          Award Presentation & Concert

MEDIA R.S.V.P. MANDATORY: christina.cassidy@grammy.com andolivia.osborne@grammy.com by 11 a.m. PT on June 22.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED for this event. If you have been confirmed for media credentials they will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event.  ALL MEDIA MUST BRING PHOTO I.D. All crews must be self-contained, ENG crews. NOTE: To plug into mult-box, media must bring XLR cable with a deck.

Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

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June 19, 2017

MARIAH CAREY CELEBRATS GAY PRIDE WITH LIMITED-EDITION RAINBOW-INSPIRED PRODUCTS



Ultimate Diva Ms. Mariah, who currently is on a national tour with headliner Lionel Richie, launched MariahPride.com and a slew of rainbow-inspired items in celebration of June as Gay Pride month! Images from her David LaChapelle 1999 "Rainbow" album cover shoot are included -- phone cases, t-shirts, tanks, sweat pants and more. Mariah says a portion of the proceeds will be benefiting GLAAD. "GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change."

Mariah currently is on tour as the opening act (yes, the "opening" act) for Lionel Richie (yes, LIONEL RICHIE).

Mariah was honored with the 2016 "Ally Award" by GLAAD so check it out here Mariah & Lee Daniels GLAAD Award Mariah Honored with Ally Award (click here)

June 15, 2017

THE MOST IMPORTANT TWO WORDS IN LIFE INCLUDE "I'M SORRY" AND "MELTED CHEESE"

As I reflect on what's really important in life, it's my belief that it all comes down to just TWO WORDS:

Thank You, I'm Sorry, Help Me, You're Sexy, Love You, I'm Here, It's Ok, You're Amazing, Who Cares, Why's That, Red Wine, Find Courage, I Understand, Doesn't Matter, You Matter, Teach Me, Hear Me, That's Hilarious, I'm Lonely, I'm Hungry, I'm Angry, I'm Tired, No Way, Yes Please, Just Breathe, Just Cry, My Friend, My Family, You're Forgiven, Have Faith, Show Up, Be There, Forgive Me, I'm Confused, I'll Explain, Too Much, Not Enough, Question Everything, I Believe, Let's Explore, That's Amazing, So Cool, That Hurts, Let's Go, Try It, I Care, We Can, I Will, I Won't, Say Prayers, Pay Attention, New Adventures, Old Traditions, and Melted Cheese.
-- Ron Roecker

June 8, 2017

SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND MICHELLE PFEIFFER INTERVIEW EACH OTHER? WHAT?! YES. IT WORKS!


Oprah is an amazing interviewer because she talks with celebrities as a celebrity. And Variety magazine knows the power of that. I have seen numerous of these "pairs" both in person and online. However, this duo was so interesting to me. I think they are two non-conforming Hollywood icons. Intelligent. Beautiful. Curious.

What do you think?

Sarah Jessica Parker & Michelle Pfeiffer Interview Each Other (click here)

May 22, 2017

If There Were One Piece of Advice I'd Give to Young People Today...


If there were one piece of advice that I had to give to young people today, it would be this:
"You know, old people used to tell me... 'spend as much time with family and friends as possible.' But that's total and complete bull****.

"Here's what you need to know right now: spend as much time with real family (however you define that) and true friends (the ones who say what you need to hear and who stand by you even when you or they don't think they should). 

"And after you totally disregard this -- because, of course, you have ALL the answers and what the hell do old people know, anyway -- once you're old enough to realize it, believe it and appreciate it, then pass it on to younger people."  Ron W Roecker

May 18, 2017

RIP to a Founding Father of Seattle Grunge Chris Cornell



The 52-year-old frontman of such influential bands as SoundGarden and AudioSlave, Chris Cornell died after a show in Detroit early this morning. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has ruled the icon's death as "hanging by suicide." Such a tragic loss of an incredibly gifted and influential musician.

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Chris Cornell 
May 18, 2017
 
Chris Cornell was one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chris’ dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon. From the international success he achieved as the founder and lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to fronting the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Audioslave, Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris’ family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

May 10, 2017

60th GRAMMY AWARDS HEADING TO NYC FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2003


THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY

Spike Lee Pays Tribute To New York Music Scene, Welcomes Music’s Biggest Night® To NYC With "NY Stories" Short Film 
 
NEW YORK (May 9, 2017) — In celebration of the GRAMMY Awards®' 60th anniversary, The Recording Academy®, in close collaboration with the Mayor's Office of New York City, Madison Square Garden and CBS Corporation, are pleased to announce that Music's Biggest Night® will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.
 
"While we're best known for Music's Biggest Night, we serve the music community year-round, and a large part of that community is alive and thriving in New York City and on the East Coast," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "As a native New Yorker and lifelong supporter of the city's vibrant arts scene, I couldn't be more excited to return in 2018 and celebrate 60 years of honoring the best of the best in recorded sound in the world-class venue that is Madison Square Garden."
 
Madison Square Garden played host to the GRAMMY Awards last in 2003, when the Recording Academy celebrated its 45th anniversary. The GRAMMY Awards have been in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center for the past 14 years.
 
"Madison Square Garden is extremely honored to host the 60th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards when they return to The Garden for the third time in their history," said James L. Dolan, executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company. "MSG has been the site of many of the most legendary and enduring moments in music history — and we think the 2018 GRAMMYs® will be a perfect addition to that great legacy. We are thankful to Mayor de Blasio and all of those who worked so hard to make this return possible."
 
To announce the show's return to New York, The Recording Academy worked with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day and director Spike Lee on a star-studded film, titled "NY Stories," featuring New York artists sharing New York musical stories. The film takes viewers on a musical tour of the city, from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to Jay Z's Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, to all the neighborhoods and musical landmarks in between.
 
"I'm honored to be a part of this homage to the city I love, that is welcoming the 60th anniversary of the GRAMMYs into its big warm arms," said director Spike Lee.  
 
To view the complete film, please visit https://youtu.be/6cGh_8wuL1U.
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office have worked tirelessly to have the show return to New York City. The GRAMMY Awards are estimated to bring $200 million in economic benefit to the city.   
 
"It is incredibly exciting that Music's Biggest Night will return to the world's greatest city," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Playing host to the music industry's marquee awards show is a unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city. We welcome the GRAMMY Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with a music industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts."
 
The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards New York Host Committee includes the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment; Accenture; adidas; NYC & Company; NY is Music; Local One, IATSE; the Partnership for New York City; Related Companies; the Rudin family and Town Residential.
 
"It is very exciting that Music's Biggest Night will be hosted by the country's most iconic city from historic Madison Square Garden, and broadcast on America’s most watched network," said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. "We greatly appreciate all the efforts of Mayor de Blasio, Jim Dolan and Neil Portnow to make this moment happen, and help us create an event that promises to be one of the biggest television broadcasts of this or any other year."
 
The telecast will be broadcast live on both coasts at a new time, 7:30–11 p.m. ET /4:30–8 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network. The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards marks the 46th consecutive year that CBS has broadcast the show, and the network has a commitment in place to host it through 2026. 
 

May 8, 2017

MTV MOVIE & TELEVISION AWARDS MIGHT MAKE TODAY'S GENERATION Z SING "I WANT MY MTZ!"


For the past 25 years, MTV has produced the MTV Movie Awards. For the first time in its history, last night's event featured television as well. (Thus, the MTV Movie & TELEVISION Awards). But that change seems itsy-bitsy when you look at all the changes the ratings-sucking network actually made in an attempt to embrace and merge with the post-Millennials generation (Generation Z): They want their MTZ!

A little about Generation Z. Far more accepting and open about gender identity and sexual orientation than all of the fuddy duddies before it, this new generation has coined terms such as "Queer" (again), Non-Binary (meaning someone who doesn't use specific gender pronouns such as "he" or "she" but rather singular "they"), and "fluid sexuality" (which means one's sexual orientation can change over a course of a lifetime, years, months, days or in the blink of an eye). They want to make the world a better place, they are early starters who don't believe college is a necessity, and they can multi-task like we've never seen before!

As of last night, MTV is welcoming this generation and its beliefs with open, non-gender-specific arms. Take a look at last night's telecast:  all gender-specific categories were "merged" into one category for both female and male actors; the first presenter of the night was "Billions" star Asia Kate Dillon, who is the first non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on TV; "Best Kiss" went to Jharrel Jerome & Ashton Sanders (the male co-stars of Oscar-winner "Moonlight"), who beat out Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson & Dan Stevens, Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard, and Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick; Rupaul's "Drag Race" beat out "America's Got Talent," "Master Chef," "The Bachelor" AND ratings beast "The Voice" for Best Reality Competition.

And as far as that "early starters" thing goes: the night's winners included "Stranger Things'" Millie Bobby Brown (age 13), who won Best Actor in a Show (beating out Emilia Clarke (30), Gina Rodriguez (32), Donald Glover (33), Mandy Moore (33) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (51); "Logan's" Dafne Keen (age 12), and Lonnie Chavis, who plays young Randall on "This is Us" (age 9).


"Beauty & The Beast" (which faced targeted protests after it was announced that one of the characters in the live action remake was gay, went on to gross more than $1 billion to date) won movie of the year and Netflix's "Stranger Things" took home the first show of the year award.


Lastly, the vast majority of winners were women and/or people of color or casts featuring women and/or people of color. Take that GRAMMY Awards & Oscars! Kudos MTV for trying to become relevant once again!

But MTV: you and Adam Devine need to learn a thing or two from the Tony Awards and Neil Patrick Harris about how to pull off an opening number. Last night was much more Beast with little Beauty. Check it out below:

MTV Movie & TV Awards Opening Number (click here)

Complete Winners List (click here)

May 3, 2017

MY TRIBUTES TO THE LEGENDARY PRINCE: A YEAR AFTER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH

My original 20.5" x 20.5" matted, signed, numbered and framed with glass piece called "ICON: Prince"  (Also available in the ICON series: Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson)



April 29, 2017

WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE CERTAIN BRANDS? A FACEBOOK SURVEY FOR BRANDS!!

So I posted a very random Facebook post on brands and what is important to people when it comes to their favorite brands. I never thought I'd get the response that I did. For those brands wanting REAL feedback and not developed in a focus group or manipulated survey -- here you go!!!


Ok -- I need your thoughts...a little informal survey. Think of brands that you really love -- detergent, stores, technology, automobiles, web sites. What are the three things that make you love them? You don't have to specify the brand unless you want to. I just want to know WHY you love them (examples include but not limited to: because you always have loved them, because they are affordable, dependable, you know a lot about them, you trust them, they give back to the community, you follow them on social media, etc.). Give me your quick thoughts and I will owe you big time!! xo Ron
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Nancy Maudlin good quality, better than competition in taste, effectiveness etc., worth the money spent
James Bak Authenticity, progression, value (i.e. You get what you paid for)
Ron Roecker awesome --- what do you mean by progression/
James Bak Constantly improving, innovating, creating, advancing whatever it is that they do best. Audi is a brand that aspires to be progressive.
Kyle Keene Quality, top notch customer service, and they make my a$$ look gooood. (That last one is about the brand of jeans I love!)
Ron Roecker duh! xoxoxoxoxo
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Becca Stapleton Simplicity - T Mobile isn't living up to this right now even though I had big hopes 

Reliability - T Mobile isn't living up to this right now even though I had big hopes 
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Angela Christie Schroeder Longevity, superior quality, quality more important than sales, integrity, organic, amazing bosses and employees, environmentally aware, very giving and always helping others
Lori Lindsey-Clarkston It's what my mom used
Rob Accatino Truth. Consistency and quality
Anna Saunders Origins~ 
1. They find back into earth projects
2. They do not test on animals
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James Crabb I've thought about this a lot. Brands that align with certain values I identify with such as 'boutique', 'grassroots', technical excellence with low-tech simplicity, environmental consciousness, etc will win me over. Alos, brands often have gimmicks ...See More
Sam Michelson Best-in-class, passionate about their brand, consistent
Maureen Woods Trustworthy, great customer service & variety of products
Emily Scherberth Barnes 1) they give me an experience I can't get anywhere else, 2) they make me feel good, 3) consistency.
Mindy Stubenhofer Sherfy Convenience. Working full-time and being a mom, that's key.
Lindsay Kelterer Lefler I love Tide. It's not the most inexpensive brand, but it gets the clothes clean. I average 2 loads a day (more during sports) and it works.
Stacy Doughty La Cotera Exclusivity. Durability. Community
Ellyn Harris Trust them and they smell good. xx
David Stuewe Made in America 
Reliable 
Brings me satisfaction
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Kalee Kreider Apple. Products are beautiful and they feel so good to the touch.
Kristin Combs Easy to use, cost effective and Earth friendly
Ashley Lamb Ernst Smell, price, customer service, dependability, appearance and availability/convenience. And I miss the crap out of you!
Phil Jun Easy to use, excellent quality and trust the brand/company.
Nichole Hutton Colbert Smell good. Price. Variety
Amber Robillard McCord Apple. From my first computer in college to my current, the customer service (over the phone even) has always been excellent. On one of the many occasions my computer was stolen while living in ATL, when recovered by the police a year later I took it...See More
Cori Dodson Customer service, quality-you get what you pay for (plus), social conscious, and if it supposed to smell good, it does!
Barbara Gibbons Mohney Works well, environmentally friendly
Michael Williams Best quality, worth its price, attractive package design.
Stacee Clark Higgins I'm a sucker for a good fragrance!!
Michael Ferrera Hey! Comfort (use it a lot and trust), enjoy it, easy.
Ron Wescott Crown Royal. Reduces my stress.
Eatin a steak. Reduces my stress.
Marlboro. Reduces my stress. 
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Becca Stapleton Then someone sneaks in a Jim Beam on ya without a warning.....
Matt Basta It's all about customer service, value and social responsibility.
Sherrie Curry Jiffy creamy peanut butter. Because it's so yummy. Has always been my favorite. No other reason other than it tastes the best to me.
Jim Hurlbert Z-Gallerie! It's heaven walking in the store. I take 1) design inspiration from a simple pillow or table etc, and base an entire room on it. I feel 2) they're the leading edge of 3) affordable home design goods.
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Jill Stephens I love Jo Malone white jasmine and mint colognes and candles and I've been wearing since she annouced with a sample in Vogue.... it's clean lovely and unique. I love my car because it is safe and luxurious and fast I love Prada flats because they are dependable classic and last forever.... almost
Rachel S. Priest 1. Quality, eco friendly, responsible 
2. State of the art, trend setting or on the edge of research 
3. Affordable yet stylish and youthful
Craig Kabler Quality, customer service, eco friendly, 
Made in USA🇺🇸
Dawn Miles Cooper Customer Service, Quality Product, User Friendly and sometimes Just Because.
Kayla Dunn Nickel Reminds me of being a kid!
Gustavo Brunetti No Wonder Trump became president...
John S. Shore Meecedes-Benz because I feel safe in them.
Missy Callari Quality, suatainable reliability, superior customer service/support.
Chris Cheuvront Brand platform, maverick type brands, aesthetics (example--Cadillac connotes Palin-esque segment: BMW, Acura, Infiniti = quality, tasteful luxury, IMHO), quality, customer service, boutique vs. mainstream, value, not overpriced
Mindy Erickson Customer service is #1, and Nordstrom has nailed it. I hate to shop but love to update my wardrobe and Nordstrom provides a great website, the best physical retail space, and discount options for the single mom budget with Nordstrom Rack. My second fave is Target, bc Target is awesome.
Kate Critchett Ron, Lexus -product and cust service and when I want to open my windows my hands fall perfectly in place to the buttons...Gap kids -love their stuff and baby outfits are so soft and cute...LULU-their clothes wear like teflon, materials are great, might...See More
Nikki Clarke My husband can't use other brands
Kellie Carter Boles Sustainability in operation and packaging designed for sustainability
Daria Wagganer I'm loyal to brands that I know are good to their employees, are involved in giving back to their communities or charity, then probably quality/dependability. I want things to last!
Roy Rogers Oldenkamp Style, dependability, classicness.
Fleur Sarfaty Innovative, fresh, mind-expanding.
Sara Carter Quality, make me feel special, customer is always right!
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Petzl: climbing/outdoor gear that works dependably, sometimes innovative but never gimmicky; crystal clear user instructions and safety videos; phenomenal return policy.
Phyllis Brunner Progressive. They always have excellent customer service, I always know exactly what coverage we have and how much will be pulled from our account, and the website is easy to use. (also, they are affordable for a large family with a couple of tickets/accidents in the recent history.
Teri Gray Dependable
Debra Pivko This may because I'm a copywriter, but I love brands that have a personality, a voice that I can relate to - when they talk or type, it's someone I'd wanna hang out with  hope that helps! Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help!
Maggie Dahl I love pinterest, because it inspires my creativity, feeds my soul and makes me laugh. However, I also love Crown Royal, Marlboros and cows.