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posted Friday, December 13 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 50
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Grammy nods bestowed upon Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Timberlake, Lamar

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Seattle duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earned seven Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year (The Heist), Song of the Year ('Same Love' with Mary Lambert) and Best New Artist. The breakout rappers were on-hand at LA's Staples Center for the 'Grammy Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night,' telecast on December 6, in which some of the categories were revealed. The hip hop pair also received nods for Best Rap Performance ('Thrift Shop' featuring Wanz), Best Rap Song ('Thrift Shop'), Best Rap Album (The Heist) and Best Music Video ('Can't Hold Us' featuring Ray Dalton). Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' seven mentions tied Justin Timberlake, who was shut out of the major categories yet dominated the pop field, and rising performer Kendrick Lamar, who performed at Bumbershoot this summer. Emerging with the most Grammy nominations was rap titan Jay Z, who was surprisingly omitted from the major categories, but racked up nine nods as a recording artist, producer, songwriter and collaborator.

Elsewhere, Northwest native Neko Case is up for Best Alternative Music Album (The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You), LGBT composer/musician Gary Burton is in the running for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (Guided Tour, billed as The New Gary Burton Quartet) and Gay author David Sedaris vies for Best Spoken Word Album (Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls). The 56th Grammy Awards will be broadcast on January 26 from Los Angeles.

UPCOMING CONCERTS
Speaking of Grammys, previous winners and current nominees, Kings of Leon, have announced a Seattle date on their upcoming '2014 Mechanical Bull Tour.' The Tennessee rockers will perform March 28 at Key Arena, promoting their newest offering, Mechanical Bull. Tickets for Kings of Leon with supporting act Local Natives are on sale now through Ticketmaster or at www.LiveNation.com.

Another upcoming concert to announce is singer-songwriter Christina Perri at The Neptune Theatre on May 24, as well as blues icon B.B. King at the Moore Theatre on March 3. And, Seattle folk-rock ensemble The Head and The Heart have added a second show on February 22 at the Paramount Theatre; the February 21 performance is sold out.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
Three legendary artists received induction into the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors last week: Billy Joel, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock. They, along with opera singer Martina Arroyo and Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine, were feted at a White House dinner and reception with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama followed by a gala at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center Honors are the nation's highest artistic award and given to those who have influenced American culture with their work. The taped telecast of the gala airs December 29 on PBS.

SEAWORLD
Last week, I acknowledged Barenaked Ladies for canceling their performance at SeaWorld after watching the CNN documentary Blackfish. Two more acts have done the same, Willie Nelson and Heart. The latter released a statement via Twitter, saying 'Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film 'Black Fish'.'

BEST OF MUSIC NEXT WEEK
Finally, Seattle Gay News is unveiling its picks for the 'Best of Music 2013' in next week's issue, including our choices for Best Albums and Singles, Hottest Artists and Worst Music. Don't forget to grab a copy of our December 20 edition to see what we selected for our top ten lists.

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