Grammy winners include many gay faves

The Grammy Awards broadcast doesn’t feature all that many handing-out of trophies (which is frustrating for those of us who care about, oh you know, the winners). I mean, they have time for two performances each by Bruno Mars and Adele (three for Adele, if you count her post-F-bomb do-over) and lame bits by overrated host James Corden, but can’t even do a scroll of winners? It’s why I hate the show in general… though having Laverne Cox as a presenter and Kayne leaving empty-handed almost made it worth it.

But in between musical performances — including a baby-bumped Beyonce that will surely be the most talked-about appearance of the night — they did reveal a number of recipients, many adored by (or part of) the LGBT community. (Since there are nearly 100 categories, I’ll limit myself to the biggest ones and those of the most interest.)

Early on, the late David Bowie proved a favorite with four wins for his final album, Blackstar, which dropped last year just days before his death. The androgynous legend won for best rock performance and rock song for the eponymous single, best alternative music album and best engineering. (The album also took best recording package.)

Adele took the three top prizes of the night, including album of the year (and pop vocal album for 25, as well as song of the year (awarded to the composers) and record of the year (to the performer and producer) for “Hello,” plus best pop solo performance. Best pop duo/group performance went to Twenty-One Pilots for “Stressed Out.”

Best music video was no surprise: Beyonce’s “Formation.” (Lemonade also took urban contemporary album, though in her acceptance speech, Adele all but gave it to her for album of the year.) But her sister Solange proved a winner, too, when “Cranes in the Sky” took best R&B performance.

Best new artist went to Chance the Rapper, who spent an inordinate amount of time thanking god for his win. He also won best rap performance for “No Problem” and rap album for his debut disc. Drake won best rap/sung collaboration for “Hotline Bling,” which also took best rap song.

Best country performance (duo or group) went to the pairing of Arlington natives Pentatonix (with gay members) with queer icon Dolly Parton for “Jolene.”

The best spoken word album went to Carol Burnett for In Such Good Company. Best comedy album went to Patton Oswalt for Talking for Clapping. (He bested, among others, Tig Notaro and Margaret Cho.) Best world music album went to cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for Sing Me Home. Cast recording of a musical went to The Color Purple.

Best soundtrack for visual media (movie or TV) went to John Williams’ score to The Force Awakens. Best song written for visual media went to Justin Timberlake and company for “Cant Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls. It’s also nominated for an Oscar, but it bears noting, La La Land was not eligible this year.

Best traditional pop vocal album went to Texan Willie Nelson for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sing Gershwin. Best rock album went to Tell Me I’m Pretty from Cage The Elephant. Best dance recording went to The Chainsmokers for “Don’t Let Me Down.” Best dance/electronic album went to Flume’s Skin.

Best engineered album classical went to the recording of gay composer John Corigliano’s opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, which also took best opera recording.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Manilow rushed to hospital, forced to cancel 2 concerts, no word yet on Dallas show

CourtesyofOrlandoSentinel

Following a performance in Memphis, Tenn., Barry Manilow was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital late Thursday night, Feb. 11, “due to complications from emergency oral surgery” he had on Monday, according to a post on the singer/songwriter’s Facebook page. Apparently, based on an update on Entertainment Tonight’s website, Manilow, 72, underwent a second surgery since returning to the hospital, and as of 9:43 a.m. PST, was out of surgery and doing well.

Quoting Manilow’s representative, ET reports that doctors don’t expect any further complications, but that Manilow “has been instructed not to talk, sing, or rap” for the next 48 hours.

Because of the medical emergency, Manilow was forced to postpone two other concerts in Tennessee, and may not be able to attend the Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15. He is nominated for his 15th Grammy for his album, My Dream Duets, released in October 2014.

There’s been no word yet on whether the singer will have to cancel or postpone his Dallas concert, set for Tuesday night, Feb. 18, at the AAC.

Published reports have not indicated what caused Manilow to have to undergo the initial surgery.

—  Tammye Nash

If you’ve never seen a Glambert up close, prepare yourself, because you’re about to

One of the more popular categories in the O Music Awards (that’s what they say anyway)  is the Fan Army FTW award. Erstwhile fan “clubs” are now “armies,” and the enthusiastic devotees of Taylor Swift, One Direction and 30 Seconds to Mars (really?) are among the nominees. Of course, you know the Glamberts are in for the win. Adam Lambert fans come together in this video pitch to campaign for votes. From young to old, straight to gay and everything in between, the gay singer’s appeal is far more reaching than I would have ever imagined.

While the O Awards may not hold the merit of the Grammys, they have been consistent in giving nods to musicians’  forays into the digital realm, but with irreverent fun. Awards include Best Artist with a Cameraphone and Hottest Music NILF. And anyone can vote! Just don’t be surprised if some Glamberts try to convert you while they ask for your vote.

Watch the Glamberts hype up their favorite singer and the impact he’s had on their lives after the jump. It’s actually kinda sweet.

—  Rich Lopez

Gary Lynn Floyd’s “Troubadour, TX” airs Sunday

Last November, we reported how local singer Gary Lynn Floyd was one of two dozen Texas-based musicians tapped to appear on a new reality series, Troubadour, TX, which follows them on their quest to make music. At the time, Floyd didn’t know if his segment would be one of the last of the fall season, or early in the spring season.

Turns out the latter.

Floyd’s segment of the series, which airs locally in Channel 21, will finally debut this Sunday at 10 p.m. As Floyd says, go ahead and watch the Grammys … just be sure to switch over to KTXA at 10 to see him.

Not a problem.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Los Lobos tonight at the Winspear

Latin legends grace Dallas

After 34 years, the iconic three-time Grammy winners, Los Lobos continues to top the charts with inventive and inspiring hit music.

Los Lobos was formed in 1974 by David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Prez and Cesar Rosas, four friends from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Though they started out as a rock-and-roll band, they soon chose a more traditional Mexican acoustic style. In time, the band adopted music from Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B and blues, as well as the traditional Mexican songs from their roots. The band has won Grammys for its 1988 Spanish-language album, and for its contribution to the film Desperado. They have collaborated with artists such as Dave Alvin, Ruben Blades, Elvis Costello, Little Willie G, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson, Bobby Womack and Tom Waits.

Wildly popular, talented and fun, the Los Lobos invites you to the ultimate Deiz y Seis celebration.

(from TITAS.org)

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 8 p.m. $12–$125. TITAS.org.

—  Rich Lopez

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Gary Floyd’s big weekend

Good things are in Gary Floyd’s immediate future

Gary Floyd and Julie Bonk

RICH LOPEZ  |  Staff Writer
lopez@dallasvoice.com

Local actor and musician Gary Floyd knows how to keep his dance card filled. At least he does for this particular weekend. While he’s in rehearsals for Uptown Players’ Next to Normal, he also has two big shows this weekend. Oh, and Monday could be big for him too.

“Oh I’m still excited,” he says. “I don’t think I ever lost my excitement about it.”

He’s talking about Monday’s OutMusic Awards, which he received three nominations for. Floyd was nominated for album of the year for Behold the Gospel of Zen, spiritual song for “Behold,” and the Biello-Martin Love Song of the Year for “Love of My Life.” Not too shabby. He’s glad to just get noticed.

“It seems so cliché to say but it really was awesome to be nominated,” he says. “After all these years, it’s nice to get this sort of recognition I just wish that I could have gone to go back up. I hate not to be there to support them.”

The OutMusic awards celebrate LGBT music releases in several categories akin to the Grammys. They were originally scheduled for last fall but due to an unforeseen situation, they were postponed. A major sponsor pulled out and the show literally couldn’t go on.  Floyd made the trip to New York before finding out the show was canceled. Yes, it was that sudden.

“Nobody could have foreseen that situation coming up,” he says. “I knew it would get put back together. “

The awards will be handed out Monday. While he won’t be in New York, he won’t even be able to keep tabs on if he won or not.

“I’m in rehearsals that night!”

Before then, he has a show tonight at the Center for Spiritual Living where he performs with fellow musician Julie Bonk.  Far be it for him to just offer an easy show on such a weekend.

“Well, that night we are recording a live CD and DVD,” he says. “We booked the show to be part of the Center’s concert series and decided to do a live recording.  We’ve wanted to for a long time so we’re gonna put it together, put it out there and sell it.”

On Saturday, Floyd and Bonk team with Cornell Kinderknecht for Joy-Fest. The concert is an Open Door Production at the Heart and Soul Coffeehouse in Fort Worth featuring a night of jazz and pop music with Floyd on vocals, Kinderknecht on flute and Bonk on piano.

“They had talked to Julie about an evening of music and we had been working together so it just came together,” he says. “This is my first time playing for Open Door.”

While he’ll be clearly distracted from award anxiety, he does have hopes — as probably anyone would.

“How awesome would it be to get one in the mail?” he ponders. “I’m not sure what I’ll do. Maybe have a glass of champagne.”

—  Rich Lopez

OutMusic Awards countdown: Best rock song

If you caught it last week, I started a mini-series of sorts on the upcoming OutMusic Awards with the plan of introducing you to a handful of the nominees. The awards are two Mondays from today. Plus, it’s also a buildup before we talk to one local who snagged three nominations. These are definitely the gay Grammys but without the big type of superstars. Maybe that will change someday.

Last week, we looked at those up for Outstanding pop song, but this time, I’m feeling a little more rock ‘n’ roll. Take a look and listen at the five nominees for Outstanding rock song. Who do you think should win? Listen to all five of the nominees below:

—  Rich Lopez

OutMusic Awards countdown: Pop song nominees

Last December we were pretty excited about the OutMusic awards because Dallas’ own Gary Floyd was up for three of them. But the day came and without a whole lot of fanfare, the awards were postponed. Ouch. That initial sting is gone and now the awards are set for May 23, three weeks from today, and take place at Live Nation’s Irving Plaza in New York.

With 20 awards to be handed out, along with the usual special awards and honors, I’m going to post some of the nominees, as well as  introduce some LGBT artists that may not be on your radar, every Monday up until the awards happen. We’ll talk more about Floyd as the time comes, but in the meantime, enjoy these nominees after the jump in the Pop Song category.

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 02.18.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

David Geffen turns 68 on Monday. The music impresario and co-founder of Dreamworks tends to keep a lower profile. But the power gay showed up for his own fete. Record exec Clive Davis honored Geffen and his work in the entertainment industry right before this year’s Grammys. Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty and Neil Young were among the big stars to attend.

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THIS WEEK

Socially we are facing a huge uprising over the next few years in the clash between structures of authority (Pluto in Capricorn) and individual freedom and integrity (Jupiter and Uranus in Aries). The sun in Pisces is bringing intuitive awareness to how we find healing through the crises ahead.

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AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Review your accounts carefully. Mistakes are very expensive, but locating them now solves problems or turn up hidden assets. Professional help can be worth the investment.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Your birthday gifts are very enriching and generous, though not necessarily in the monetary sense. You have to let your friends challenge you if you’ll ever find out how valuable they really are.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Your eye for opportunities is sharp, although your ego pushes you too far too quickly. Meditate on your success can serve the good of others. Then opportunities will be even greater.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Don’t be afraid to speak up. You will find you are wrong and need to reevaluate things. Clearing things up now is advantageous than if you dummy up to look smart only to stumble later.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Friends building  your reputation will make you out to be nastier than you are, but that edgy cachet serves you well. Stretch to fit it andide this wave of confidence socially and professionally.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Career opportunities put strain on your relationship. Listen to your partner, assume responsibility for adapting and be open to new ideas. Imagination and compassion can save the day.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Be empathetic and persuasive about sexual equality, even in the workplace. Sympathizing is more effective than argument. Being effective makes you feel sexy, and when you feel it you get it.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Your eagerness to try new fun and games with your partner could get real kinky, but are you two on the same track? Listen carefully and be accommodating. You’ll be happily surprised.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Resolve household problems. Remember you and your partner (or roommate) are not opponents but need to solve the situation cooperatively. Giving in a little can get you a lot.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Your eagerness for results causes friction and accidents. Relax. Look at the situation as a creative challenge. Be open to new ideas as you think other people should be to yours.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Reevaluate any investments you have. Property is best in the long run, but moving too quickly on that isrisky. Exploring your family background and cultural roots turn up hidden strengths.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Talking with relatives makes lots of people crazy. Somewhere in there, you see both the secret and the source of your deepest integrity, whether those come from your family or despite it.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 18, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

If you’re looking for the gay connection to Grammy winner Arcade Fire, here it is

Pallett, right, with Arcade Fire in New York.

When Arcade Fire won Record of the Year at the Grammys, my Facebook and Twitter filled with “Who is Arcade Fire?” posts (whose didn’t?). Despite the band’s album The Suburbs being on practically everyone’s best-of list at the end of the year, people clearly weren’t aware who the indie band was and weren’t afraid to let the world know. That’s fine. No snobbery about it here, but if it helps some readers to relate to the band (or open their minds beyond Top 40 radio), well, here ya go:

Owen Pallett is no stranger to gay audiences. Or shouldn’t be. But while he’s creating his own lush songs, he’s also had input on all of AF’s releases and has toured as a member. Pallett contributed string arrangements to each album and has played violin on the first two as well as on tour. The last we saw of Pallett here was as an opener for the band back in October. AF member Régine Chassagne and Pallett also composed the score for The Box with Cameron Diaz.

Feel any better? No? OK, well there’s always Katy Perry.

—  Rich Lopez