So this week on Homegrown we are going 'global' on a trip around the world as we look at Kiwi artists who are taking their music to the far ends of the earth. Artists like Kimbra, The Ember Days, Ginny Blackmore and Go Stop Go...
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Eden and George are back with the latest culture and entertainment news! This week they chat Grammys - what was cool, what was not so cool.
Congrats to Gotye & Kimbra for winning the Grammy a couple of days ago! I loved how down to earth they both were, totally deserved it too, great tune. Of course super proud of our hamiltonian superstar too - watching her reaction, she was so stoked, it was like watching one of our couzies take the award home, and who knows, given the size of this country that may be true of some of the Life FM listeners!!
We were lucky enough to play a few of Kimbra's first few tunes and I interviewed her like 5 or 6 years ago before she moved to Melbourne, back when she was doing Jeff Buckley covers at the pub down the road... I managed to dig up the old interview!
The 55th Grammy Award Nominations were announced yesterday. Mumford & Sons landed six nominations, including Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year.
Alabama Shakes' tune "Hold On" is in (with Mumford) for Best Rock Song... somehow... and T-Swifty is in a couple of times for songs featuring on The Hunger Games soundtrack.
Lecrae's in for Best Gospel Album, Rhett Walker Band's "When Mercy Found Me" is in for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and both Tobymac and Britt Nicole are in for Best CCM Album.
Perhaps my favourite news of the night though, is that Justin Bieber, One Direction, & Nicki Minaj all missed out on Grammy nominations. Like none. At all.
Even Michelle Obama got a nomination (Spoken Word) and Bieber didn't!! Oh man... Christmas has come early.
Kimbra cleaned up at the VNZMAs last night claiming 5 tuis, including Album of the Year, and an International Achievement Award.
Parachute Band took out Christian/Gospel Album of the Year, and announced that they'd be taking a bit of a break next year.
As if you needed another reason to pick up the latest album from Kimbra, here is the new music video for the song "Come Into My Head". It's not quite on youtube yet but it's premiering over at stuff.co.nz
Kimbra has been running a remix contest at her facebook page and the winners have been announced!!
Grab your rave shoes and hit the link to check out the remixes.
Kimbra's U.S version of her debut album becomes our deluxe edition, and the extra disk is worth definately worth upgrading for! With the new single Warrior & a bunch of next level tunes (Posse & Come Into My Head are both epic) this solidifies Kimbra as a major player in the music scene. We're so proud!!!
Kimbra's coming back to NZ for a massive show at Vector Arena in July, she's part of a concert organised by AUSA (Auckland Uni Students Association). Ruby Frost is also playing, alongside The Black Seeds, Mt Eden (dubstep) and a couple of Aussie DJ's. We're keen!
Check below or click through to get a taste of Kimbra live...
Life FM Remixed for April the 12th, some of the highlights from eastercamp at Mystery Creek right here!
Kimbra/Atrak/Mark Ronson - Warrior
Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
Congorock - Monolith
Thomas Gold - Sing2Me
Zedd - Stars Come Out (Datsik Mix)