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Friday, December 30, 2011

Music is My Soul's Top 16 Best TV Shows of 2011

1. Friday Night Lights (NBC)

I started the watching the show in 2010 when critics said the show fell off; I couldn't tell. Maybe the show was stronger in its early years, but the realism of FNL makes you feel like you are watching a documentary, not a well written program on NBC.

2. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Like with FNL, I came during last season's "Seinfeld" year; I glad I tuned in. Who knows if this is the last season of Larry David's show, but the combo of a single Larry and the move to New York, gave the show a new energy that I would like to see continue.

3. The Walking Dead (AMC)

Otis!!!!!!! That came changing episode, along with the final scene of their truncated second season, makes the Walking Dead must see TV, (the show returns February 12, 2012).
4. How To Make it in America (HBO)

HBO canceled it and I'm not sure why. The "Entourage" type expectations of the show was too big for a show, which is good on its on "Crisp." Is there a Jeremy Piven on the show? No. But the ensemble cast is good enough to have you coming back for more. Speaking of more, "Hey HBO, develop a show around Gina Gershon!"

5. Game of Thrones (HBO)

Peter Dinklage rules adn they also killed off their lead character! Even Boardwalk Empire's Nucky Thompson wouldn't have done that! The Tudors might be gone from Showtime, but HBO has found a worthy successor for the throne.

5. Luther (BBC America)
I hate that this show is only a mini series, the only downside of this season was that there wasn't enough  playtime between Luther (Idris Elba) and Alice (Ruth Wilson).  This show is "Kojak" for a new century and Idris Elba should be given a chance to delve more into this character on longer running version on Showtime or AMC.

6. Beavis and Butthead (MTV)

Prior to this year, Mike Judge didn't create a Beavis and Butthead cartoon since the 1990's; I couldn't tell.  Since I am older and much mature, I figured these two warped characters would only make me WRONG! The show is still laugh out loud funny.  Although Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone receives more pub these days, Mike Judge is the Godfather of both of well as Bart Simpson. 

7. Justified (FX)

One of misnomers of the drug trade is that its only a city thing, Justified shows that crime is just as twisted and dangerous in the sticks than they are in the hood.

8.  True Blood (HBO)

An aamnesiac vampire name Eric and witch named Marnie shook things up this year. Although True Blood isn't the water cooler show it once was, it is still must see summer viewing.

9.  Breaking Bad (AMC)

Two word: "Giancarlo Esposito." Two more words: "Gus Fring." Two more words "Two-Face"

10. American Horror Story (FX)

Horror, a rubber suit and sex. This sounds like my future honeymoon, but in fact it was part of the AHS landscape this season.  I felt cheated by the ending because Harmon's storyline is over and Jessica Lange's character Constance (who should nominated for an Emmy). We'll see what happens with next year's new chapter of AHS, but thanks to creators Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk, I will never look at latex the same way ever again.

11. Community (NBC)

Although 30 Rock receives most of the comedy support from NBC, Community is just as funny and at times funnier than Tina Fey's Emmy winning sitcom. Besides, my college classmate Yvette Brown plays Shirley on the show, their pop culture TV mash-ups are hilarious and Alison Brie is Kryptonite to The Roots' Questlove, (for which I agree).  What's not to like NBC, so put it back on the schedule!

12. Louie (FX)

If Curb Your Enthusiasm is over, Louie is a capable replacement. The fact that he is able to get away with this stuff on FX is amazing!

13. Treme (HBO)

Dear Emmy voters, what is it going to take for you nominate Khandi Alexander?!?

14. Revenge (ABC)

1980's  Dynasty + 1990's Melrose Place +  iPads = Revenge

15. Dan Le Batard  is Highly Questionable (ESPN)

What started out as a highly edit sports show is now a tale of two programs. one with Dan's funny relationship with his dad "Papi" (who is also is co-host) and most importantly and Le Batard's stellar interview segments which puts most sports and news programs to shame.

16. Jersey Shore  (MTV)

I wish I could blame blame being bit by a vamp or a zombie made me watch this show, but once you sit through marathon with Snookie and The Situation, it's about the same.

Music is My Soul's Top 12 Best Movies of 2011

1. The Girl Withe The Dragon Tatoo

2. Beats Rhymes & Life (A Tribe Called Quest Documentary)

3. The Ides of March

4. The Artist

5. X-Men First Class

6. 50/50

7. Stupid Crazy Love

8. Friends with Benefits

9. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

10. Contagion

11. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

12. Puss in Boots

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What's Your New Year's Resolution for your Favorite TV Show or Artist?

The new year is fast approaching, if you were control of entertainment, what would your New Year's Resolution be for an artist, actor, actress, TV show, etc.

For me, I  Ryan Murphy said there will be a new cast for season two of American Horror Story, but since fans invested so much into the Harmon family, why not  pull a *Bobby Ewing and pretend the last two episodes didn't happen.

The season two would be rebooted the show right before Connie Britton's character Vivien Harmon  into labor, Dylan McDermott's character Ben would still be alive (although the Harmon's daughter would still be dead) , you could  incorporate Morris Chesnut back in the fold and Jessica Lange can still be conniving, all would be forgiven Ryan.

(Also to HBO , un-cancel "How To Make it America and Hung  and turn the shows into web series on HBO. That way you still keep the fans of those show and you will lessen the cost.)

Finally to all rappers like Gucci Mane, no more face tattoos.

Just like I wore Dwayne Wayne glasses as a kid to act like I was cool, some young adults are actually following your lead and tatting their faces.

For millionaire like Lil Wayne who wants to screw up his face by tatting it all up that'sOK, but if you got a Elmo tat on your chin of or Drake across your forehead, something tells me you won't be elected President of The United States anytime soon.
What's Your Entertainment New Year's Resolution?

(*Bobby Ewing was a character on Dallas played by Patrick Duffy.

Duffy wanted to leave the show and they killed him off by being hit by a car. He decided to come back a year later, so as a cliff hanger the following seson they had him in the shower...Dallas told the viewers that the whole season was  a dream and he was really alive.

Crazy right? But the fans, including me,  bought it (but I had excuse I was in Jr. High School!!)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

From Wiz to Foo! Music is My Soul's Top 42 Songs of 2011

1. Adele-Rolling in The Deep

Adele - Rolling in the Deep HD by alexandru2006

MTV recently debating if Nikki Minaj or Adele was the top artist of 2011.

The argument was that Minaj should be on top because she was a 360 artist who fits today's music industry where marketing is just as or even more important than the music.

Nikki Minaj is a wonderful talent who helped bring back female MC's in a big way and she will be around for long time, mainly because she is really talented MC who is a very smart business woman.

However, when Adele released her album "21" it wasn't about marketing or making tracks that would give her broad appeal, "21" was about her life, openly singing about a relationship gone bad, (once upon this was staple of music, which has slowly drifted away like the Sony Walkman).

But how can one hear the emotion that comes out of Adele mouth and not feel something?

How can one not get into the hand clamps during the climax of "Rolling in the Deep" and not clap along?

Is Adele the greatest singer of all time? No.

But she is a true artist who pulls you in with her  music, not her dance steps....and music lovers around the world and the music industry as the whole is better off with her authenticity than without it.

--Kevin Lockett

2. Kayne West &  Jay-Z-Otis

Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis" by vjarmanisuits

3. Bruno Mars-Grenade

Bruno Mars Grenade by rakeshpapu

4. Pitbull-Give Me Everything

Pitbull - Give Me Everything HD by alexandru2006

5. Lupe Fiasco feat. Trey Songz -In My Head

Lupe Fiasco feat. Trey Songz "In My Head" from joseph labisi on Vimeo.

6. Lady Gaga-Born This Way

7. Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel

Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel (Ft. Sabi) by yeumusic

8. LMFAO featuring GoonRock and Lauren Bennett-Party Rock Anthem

LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett... by vjarmanisuits

9. Lil Wayne-6 Foot 7 Foot

6 Foot 7 Foot from Hadaya Turner on Vimeo.

10. 'So in Love,' Jill Scott Feat. Anthony Hamilton

Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton - So In Love... by foxysoul

11. Katy Perry- Firework

Katy Perry "Firework" from Starworks Artists on Vimeo.

12. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris-"We Found Love"

Rihanna - We found Love from actualidad7 on Vimeo.

13. Mumford & Sons-The Cave

Mumford & Sons 'The Cave' from Ben Magahy on Vimeo.

14. Pink-Perfect

Pink "Fuckin Perfect" from Matt Thunell on Vimeo.

15. Foo Fighters - Rope

Foo Fighters - Rope from NuContext Creative on Vimeo.

16. Skrillex - First Of The Year (Call 911)

Skrillex - First Of The Year by Warner-Music

17. Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne- Look At Me Now

Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne "Look At Me Now" from joseph labisi on Vimeo.

18. Avicii - Levels

19. Lady Gaga-You and I

20.Jill Scott - Hear My Call

Jill Scott - Hear My Call by foxysoul

21. Coldplay-Paradise

Coldplay - Paradise by EMI_Music

22. Meek Mill - I'm A Boss ft. Rick Ross

Meek Mill - I'm A Boss ft. Rick Ross [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Don Decaprivano on Vimeo.

23. Civil Wars Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow from Cihan Ă–zvez on Vimeo.

24. Wolfgang Gartner feat. - Forever

Wolfgang Gartner feat. - Forever... by devilish-romeo

25. Drake ~ Headlines

Drake ~ Headlines (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

26. Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash - Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay

Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash - Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay [Official Video] from DecembersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

27. Britney Spears- Hold it Against Me

28. Machine Gun Kelly Ft Waka Flocka - Wild Boy

29. Foster The People Pumped Up Kicks

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks from Foster The People on Vimeo.

30. T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen-5 O'Clock

T-Pain - 5 O'Clock ft. Wiz Khalifa, Lily Allen... by vjarmanisuits

31. LLoyd Dedication To My Ex (Feat. Andre 3000)

Lloyd - Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) by UniversalMusicUK

32. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West -E.T

[PARENTAL ADVISORY] Katy Perry - E.T. (feat... by EMI_Music

33. Gym Class Heroes: Stereo Hearts ft. Adam Levine

Gym Class Heroes - Stereo Hearts by Warner-Music

34. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin'

Raphael Saadiq 'Stone Rollin' from Arianna Tomasettig on Vimeo.

35. Dum Dum Girls-Bedroom Eyes

Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom Eyes by BlastroNetworks

36. DJ Khaled - Welcome To My Hood

DJ Khaled - Welcome To My Hood by FranckyG

37. Ni**as in Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye (Watch The Throne)

Ni**as in Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye (Watch The Throne) Music Video Rendition from Amanda Barona on Vimeo.

38. Frank Ocean – Novacane

39. Tyler The Creator She ft. Frank Ocean

Tyler The Creator She ft. Frank Ocean by le-pere-de-colombe

40. David Guetta Feat Usher - Without You

David Guetta Feat Usher - Without You (Official... by vjarmanisuits

41. Fitz & The Tantrums - MoneyGrabber

Fitz & The Tantrums - MoneyGrabber @ Paradiso Amsterdam, 05-07-2011 from gduckie on Vimeo.

42. Adele - Someone Like You

Funny or Die: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes A Tipsy Version 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New! KRS-One – Aztechnical

What in the Rasta Monster! HBO Cancels 'How to Make It In America'

(Via Hollywood Reporter)

"....How to Make It In America -- often dubbed Entourage for the East Village set -- also struggled to find the buzz and viewership Entourage was able to garner over its eight-season run. The Bryan Greenberg comedy closed out its second season with a paultry 560,000 viewers."

  Read: HBO Renews 'Enlightened,' Cancels 'Hung,' 'Bored to Death,' 'How to Make It In America'

What was your favorite episode of  "'How to Make It In America?

New! Nicki Minaj- Stupid H@e

Monday, December 19, 2011

New! Mike Posner – Wonderwall

New! Dark Knight Rises Trailer (Tom Hardy as Bane)

First look: Tom Hardy's terrifying villain Bane brings brutal violence to Gotham in trailer for Dark Knight Rises
By Daily Mail Reporter


"RZA Commends Kanye West’s Focus and Work Ethic"

[RBMA] RZA: de trabajar con Kanye West from Extended Play on Vimeo.

Jersey Shore (Season 5) | Trailer Premiere 1/5/2012

Pauly D's spinoff to premiere after Jersey Shore Season 5 in Spring 2012

Pauly D's spinoff show started production in early November and wrapped this weekend. The same Jersey Shore producers - 495 Productions - are behind the new series. Cameras followed Pauly D and his entourage from Rhode Island to Las Vegas, New York, California and Puerto Rico. Pauly's spinoff show is about his life on the road and his DJing career.

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Jimmy Fallon SNL: Beethoven Sketch

Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan “I Wish It Was Christmas Today


Original (2000)

Tim Tebow Meets Jesus on Saturday Night Live

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Harry Connick Jr. Talks About Losing His Mom on Piers Morgan

Howard Stern Official America's Got Talent Announcement on Sirius XM Radio Show

Howard Stern to Piers Morgan: I Won't Convert Viewers Into 'Zombie Sex Fiends' (Video)

VoyR Presents: Kanye West – Church (Video)

Willow Smith featuring Nicki Minaj - Fireball (Video)

New Video: Wiz Khalifa “California”

R.I.P Christopher Hitchens - The Best of the Hitchens

Anderson Cooper Remembers Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens on 60 Minutes

Christopher Hitchens Interviewed By Charlie Rose

(Via TIME)Christopher Hitchens, the brilliant, pugilistic essayist and journalist, died Thursday of cancer at age 62. This is not a personal remembrance of Hitchens; I didn’t know him. It’s too bad, because from all accounts knowing “Hitch” was a bracing experience, involving arguments and legendary drinking bouts that Hitchens, inevitably, would win. (There will be plenty of personal accounts of Hitchens from his writer friends; you might start with this Christopher Buckley’s appreciation in the New Yorker online, which addresses both the arguing and the drinking.)

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Game Of Thrones: Season 2 "Cold Winds" Tease

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Miami Heat Debut New Darker, Alternate Jerseys

" The Miami Heat have unveiled new, alternate, road jerseys for use in about a dozen games per season. As you can see from the picture above, the jerseys are decked out entirely in the color black, with a wee bit of white trim. To these eyes, the jerseys are pretty cool. You can never dress in black and look uncool, but the alternate uniforms do seem to fly in the face of LeBron James' month-long hope for he and his Heat cohorts to stave off looking like the NBA's villains as they attempted to win their first ring together."  (Yahoo Sports)

Dark Knight Rises (Poster) Summer 2012

New! 50 Cent - I Just Wanna feat. Tony Yayo (Official Music Video)


MEN IN BLACK 3 - Official Trailer - In Theaters 5/25/12

New! Pitbull – International Love (feat. Chris Brown)

New Video: Ludacris Feat. Gucci Mane “Shake N’ Fries”

The Roots ‘Undun’ (Short Film)

The Roots - UNDUN from The Ghettonerd Company, LLC on Vimeo.

Miss Info: "Listen To Common’s Entire ‘The Dreamer/The Believer’ Album Early!"

Craig Ferguson - Homeland's Morena Baccarin (Interview)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Questlove Talks Love for Alison Brie; Told Jay-Z To Go to Harvard in Rolling Stone

(Via Rolling Stone)

".....After a DJ set on a recent night in LA, he heads up to Hollywood to meet his friend Sasha Grey, the porn-star-turned-Entourage regular......They're standing on the sidewalk being snapped by paparazzi and deciding where to get food when Thompson gets a text from Community star Donald Glover: Did I just drive past you? He says he's on his way to a party and that everyone should come. But Thompson doesn't know if he's up for it; the party is at actress Alison Brie's house, and Thompson has a major crush on her. "That girl is my Kryptonite," he says. "She's gonna have me talking like Back to the Future: 'I'm your density.'" She's been on Fallon before, but he was too nervous to talk to her."

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Also Read: "Questlove is My Hero"

Watch:  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Alison Brie Season: 2

Listen: Podcast: Ben Greenman: Co-Author of Questlove's "Mo Meta Blues"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bad Boy: Cleveland's Machine Gun Kelly & Diddy Visits 106 & Park

New! Busta Rhymes feat. Chris Brown - Why Stop Now

X Factor Elimination: Rachel Crow Cries/Nicole Scherzinger Booed (video)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Coldplay performs "Charlie Brown" on Jimmy Fallon

MTV News: "Pharrell Williams To Oversee Music Selection At The Oscars"

(Via MTV)

"Last year Pharrell had the chance to work with Hans Zimmer when he created the score for Universal's animated 3-D film, 'Despicable Me,' and now Williams will team up with the famed German composer once again, when he serves as a musical consultant for the upcoming 84th Academy Awards telecast.

....Zimmer has composed music for more than 100 movies, including "Gladiator," "Pearl Harbor," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, Christopher Nolan's "Batman" movies, "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Rango" and "The Lion King," for which he won an Oscar. Williams has written songs for a number of movies, including "Knocked Up," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Despicable Me."

....The two music men join a telecast that has already garnered its share of attention due to the departure of original newbie producer Brett Ratner 
 last month after the "Tower Heist" director was criticized for using a gay slur at a movie screening and speaking in frank terms about his sexual proclivities on Howard Stern's satellite radio show. Ratner was quickly followed by his hand-picked show host, comedian comedian Eddie Murphy, who was swiftly replaced by Oscar veteran Billy Crystal."

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lady Gaga "Marry The Night" (Video)

Seak Peek: Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover

The January/February 2012 issue will drop soon.

NPR: Remembering Larry Levan, 'The Jimi Hendrix Of Dance Music'


"The audio link above is a radio story for All Things Considered about the late Larry Levan, the producer and DJ whose residency at New York's Paradise Garage between 1977 and 1987 remains the most storied in clubland. For the story, I spoke with music writer Will Hermes, whose recently published Love Goes To Buildings On Fire deals with part of that period in New York City's history, and a pair of DJs who were profoundly influenced by Levan."  Read more

The Three Stooges (Trailer)

Trailer Addict

"Left on a nun's doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot...while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show."

Valerie Bertinelli Talks Akron & Cuyahoga Falls with Craig Ferguson

Willow Smith Plays Bumper Cars with Jimmy Fallon

The Roots Performance On Jimmy Fallon with Bilal

"Tip The Scale"

LeBron James Tells Rachel Nichols is Regret Over "The Decision"

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shaquille O’Neal’s Takes a Ride on Girlfriend Hoopz and Falls on Jimmy Kimmel

Girls Who Rock! Dum Dum Girls Perform Bedroom Eyes on Jimmy Fallon

Cee-Lo Stops By Last Call with Carson Daly

Pan Am's Margot Robbie on Jimmy Fallon

Alicia Keys & Bono on World AIDS Day (GMA Video)

Kanye West Takes Blames For ‘Album of the Year’ Grammy Snub

Yelawolf On Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)

Yelawolf performs Let’s Roll (up top) and The Hardest Love Song (down bottom).

New Mix: Ed Lover’s ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Throwback at Noon mix

New! Nicki Minaj - Roman In Moscow

Galdys Knight & Bebe Winans:Performance @Soul Train Awards 2011

Heavy D Tribute: @Soul Train Awards 2011

2012 Grammy Nominations List

Record of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele; "Holocene," Bon Iver; "Grenade," Bruno Mars; "The Cave," Mumford & Sons; "Firework," Katy Perry.

Album of the Year: "21," Adele; "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters; "Born This Way," Lady Gaga; "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," Bruno Mars; "Loud," Rihanna.

Song of the Year: "All of the Lights," Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie); "The Cave," Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons); "Grenade," Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars); "Holocene," Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver); "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele).

New Artist: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex.

Pop Vocal Album: "21," Adele; "The Lady Killer," Cee Lo Green; "Born This Way," Lady Gaga; "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," Bruno Mars; "Loud," Rihanna.

Rock Album: "Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul," Jeff Beck; "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters; "Come Around Sundown," Kings of Leon; "I'm With You," Red Hot Chili Peppers; "The Whole Love," Wilco.

R&B Album: "F.A.M.E.," Chris Brown; "Second Chance," El DeBarge; "Love Letter," R. Kelly; "Pieces of Me," Ledisi; "Kelly," Kelly Price.

Rap Album: "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West; "Tha Carter IV," Lil Wayne; "Lasers," Lupe Fiasco; "Pink Friday," Nicki Minaj; "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," Kanye West.

Grammy Awards 2012

Who will win album of the year?
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Country Album: "My Kinda Party," Jason Aldean; "Chief," Eric Church; "Own the Night," Lady Antebellum; "Red River Blue," Blake Shelton; "Here for a Good Time," George Strait; "Speak Now," Taylor Swift.

Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: "Entren Los Que Quieran," Calle 13; "Entre La Ciudad y El Mar," Gustavo Galindo; "Nuestra," La Vida BohGeme; "Not So Commercial," Los Amigos Invisibles; "Drama y Luz," ManDa.

Jazz Vocal Album: "`Round Midnight," Karrin Allyson; "The Mosaic Project," Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists; "The Gate," Kurt Elling; "American Road," Tierney Sutton (Band); "The Music of Randy Newman," Roseanna Vitro.

Contemporary Classical Composition: "Elmer Gantry," RobertAldridge and Herschel Garfein; "The Ghosts of Alhambra," George Crumb; "String Quartet No. 3," Jefferson Friedman; "Lonely Motel-Music from Slide," Steven Mackey; "Piano Concerto No. 2," Poul Ruders.

Go here for a complete list of nominees.

Lady Gaga & Sugarland - You And I (2011 Grammy Nominations Concert)