Sunday, November 24, 2019

2019 American Music Awards Winners

Taylor Swuft

Favorite album – rap/hip-hop
Meek Mill, “Championships”

WINNER: Post Malone, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Travis Scott, “Astroworld”

New artist of the year
Luke Combs

Billie Eilish

WINNER: Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X


Ella Mai

                                              Michael Ealy and  Cobie Smulders

Collaboration of the year
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”

Marshmello & Bastille, “Happier”

WINNER: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, “Señorita”

Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Favorite album – country
Kane Brown, "Experiment"

Dan + Shay, "Dan + Shay"

WINNER: Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty"

Favorite female artist – country
Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

WINNER: Carrie Underwood

Favorite album – pop/rock
Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Ariana Grande, "Thank U, Next"

WINNER: Taylor Swift, "Lover"

Favorite song – pop/rock
WINNER: Halsey, “Without Me”

Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”

Panic! At The Disco, “High Hopes”

Post Malone & Swae L

Camila Cabello

Favorite song – rap/hip-hop
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”

Post Malone, “Wow.”

Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode”

Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Favorite artist – alternative rock
WINNER: Billie Eilish

Imagine Dragons

Panic! at the Disco

Tour of the year

Ariana Grande

Elton John


Ed Sheeran

Selena Gomez

Favorite duo or group – pop/rock

Jonas Brothers

Panic! At The Disco

Favorite duo or group – country
WINNER: Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Artist of the year


Ariana Grande


Post Malone

WINNER: Taylor Swift

Favorite social artist

Billie Eilish


Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes


Favorite music video
Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”

Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”

Halsey, “Without Me”

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”

WINNER: Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”

Favorite female artist – pop/rock
Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

WINNER: Taylor Swift

Shania Twain

Favorite male artist – pop/rock

WINNER: Khalid

Post Malone

Favorite male artist – country
WINNER: Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Favorite song – country
Luke Combs, “Beautiful Crazy”

WINNER: Dan + Shay, “Speechless”

Blake Shelton, “God’s Country”

Favorite artist – rap/hip-hop
WINNER:  Cardi B


Post Malone

Favorite song – rap/hip-hop
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”

Post Malone, “Wow.”

Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode”

Favorite male artist – soul/R&B
Chris Brown


WINNER: Bruno Mars

Favorite female artist – soul/R&B
WINNER:  Beyoncé


Ella Mai

Favorite album – soul/R&B
Chris Brown, Indigo

WINNER: Khalid, Free Spirit

Ella Mai, Ella Mai

Favorite song – soul/R&B
WINNER: Khalid, “Talk”

Lizzo, “Juice”

Ella Mai, “Trip”

Favorite artist – adult contemporary
Maroon 5


WINNER: Taylor Swift

Favorite artist – Latin
Bad Bunny

WINNER: J Balvin


Favorite artist – contemporary inspirational
WINNER: Lauren Daigle

For King & Country


Favorite artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

WINNER:  Marshmello

The Chainsmokers

Favorite soundtrack
"A Star Is Born" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

WINNER: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Turns 25



      On November 22, 1994, Pearl Jam released their 3rd studio album Vitalogy on vinyl. A couple of weeks later on December 6 it would debut on cassette and cd. The vinyl debut would land on number 55 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 34,000 copies. At the time the highest a vinyl release since CDs became the main music source. The latter release would go on to sell 877,000 copies debuting at #1. The album has been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. 

The band would perform a few of the songs in concert prior the release. Better Man, Immortality, Whipping, and Spin the Black Circle were heard at their shows before Vitalogy was completed. They performed 'Not for You' on Saturday Night Live while still promoting their sophomore album 'Vs'. Like Vs., Vitalogy did not have a music video for any of its singles. Spin the Black Circle was the first single released with Tremor Christ as the b-side. And it was the highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 18. Better Man was not released as an official single but has become one of their and rock's biggest hit on the radio. 

Vitalogy was nominated for Album of the Year and Rock Album at the 38th annual Grammys. Losing out to Alanis Morisette on both occasions. They did win Best Hard Rock Performance for Spin the Black Circle. At the time their only Grammy until 2015 when Lightning Bolt won for Best Recording Package.

Listen to Vitalogy