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Grammy leftovers: Notes & quotes from backstage & pretelecast

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: February 9, 2015 - 4:00 AM

Sam Smith meets the press at the end of his big Grammy night

Sam Smith meets the press at the end of his big Grammy night

Grammy leftovers from the print media room backstage and pre-telecast:

When asked what kind of music he likes, Super Bowl-winning Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman hemmed and hawed. “EDM, alternative, classic rock,” he said. Then asked what Patriots coach Bill Belicheck likes, he responded without hesitation: “Bon Jovi.”

Grammy CEO Neil Portnow said he had no idea that Bob Dylan was going to give a long speech on Friday night at MusiCares. He said the Grammys would explore the possibilities of releasing the concert and the speech on DVD but all record labels and artists have to OK it.

Weird Al Yankovic said he would not seek out Prince to ask if he could do a parody of Prince songs. He tried to do that in the 1980s a few times and Prince said “no.” Al said he’d like to hang out with Prince, though. “Maybe we could go bowling or play Parcheesi. I’m up for that.”

Asked if they were upset that “Let It Go” didn’t receive a nomination in song of the year or record of the year category, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a two-time winner on Sunday for co-writing that song with her husband Robert Lopez, said” “It would seem really douche-y.” Not one to always hold her tongue, she said the working title at first for the now celebrated song was “Elsa’s Bad Ass Song.”

Theo Friesen, 10, son of longtime A&M Records chairman,Gil Friesen, accepted the Grammy for best music film for “20 Feet From Stardom.” Friesen, who died in 2012, produced the film. Theo read his speech, saying his dad had three goals for the project: “1. Have fun. 2. Don’t lose money. And: 3. Win an Oscar. He did all those. This Grammy is special because it comes from the music world, which was close to his heart.”

Rosanne Cash won her first Grammys “since Reagan was president.” That was in 1985. Lisa Fischer also had a long wait between Grammys. Her first was in 1991 for her debut hit “How Can I Ease the Pain,” and she won again Sunday for “20 Feet From Stardom.”

Johnny Winter and Joan Rivers both won their first Grammys on Sunday -- posthumously.

With two trophies on Sunday, Beyonce now has 20, ranking second among women. Alison Krauss has collected 27.

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves explained what winning her fifth Grammy means. “Everyone says four-time Grammy winner – now five – when they introduce you [in concert]. But you still gotta come with it.”

John Waters, the film director with a funny bone, said during the pre-telecast that “I will be lip-syncing the name of every person after I open the envelope.” Maybe he should have. He called Pharrell Williams “Farrell.”

Creative City public-art finalists announced

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: January 15, 2015 - 11:19 AM

For the past two summers, a  different giant artwork has appeared on the plaza adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown. Get ready for a third to make its debut at Northern Spark June 13, as the Creative City Challenge finalists have been chosen. Each will get a stipend of $2,500 to present a final proposal in February to a panel representing the city, the convention center and northernlights.mn, the arts organization behind all-night-long arts extravaganza Northern Spark. The winner gets $75,000 to create their temporary dream, which will remain available to visitors through the season.

"Shadow Swings" (computer-generated model pictured above) a concept by a team from the architecture firm Perkins+Will, combines a series of wind-chime-outfitted swings under a canopy. Each has a different musical tone, encouraging visitors to make up a song together.

"We All Share the Same Skies" (above) by the design firm PLAAD offers outdoors-related sensory experiences -- wind through pines, images of constellations and clouds, simulated downpours -- in three separate enclosed structures, bringing a bit of the north woods to an urban setting. 

For "Mini_Polis," (above) artists Niko Kubota and Jon Reynolds will erect plywood miniatures of buildings in Minneapolis' downtown and environs, rigged interactively to share the memories of and hopes for these places expressed by their makers, groups of volunteers in community workshops.

Target Field Station wins AIA urban design award

Posted by: Mary Abbe Updated: January 9, 2015 - 6:23 PM
Target Field Station. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping

The  light rail station at Target Field in Minneapolis is one of four winners of an  American Institute of Architects' 2015 honor award for regional and urban design. The AIA announced 23 awards in all, including for architecture and interior architecture, chosen from about 500  projects around the world. 

Target Field Station, opened in May 2014, is a transit hub in Minneapolis' North Loop area adjacent to the Target Field baseball stadium. The city's Blue and Green Line light rail trains pass through the station which also connects with the Northstar commuter rail line that brings residents of the Twin Cities' northern suburbs into downtown. Buses and bikes tie into the system at Target Station, and more light rail lines are expected to open eventually.

The project, which includes an amphitheater and a "Great Lawn" for public gatherings, is a focal point for revitalization of the North Loop neighborhood.

The AIA award cited it as "one of the first spaces in the country to truly integrate transit and culture," and saluted the Great Lawn as "a green stage for pregame events, community concerts, and other events," augmented by plaza spaces for restaurants, cultural and entertainment events.

The project was designed by Perkins Eastman with engineering by Short Elliott Hendrickson (civil); Parson Electric (electrical); Michaud Colley Erickson (Mechanical) and Palanaswami and Associates (structural). Knutson Construction was the general contractor and Olin / SEH the landscape architect.

Other AIA regional design awards went to:

Beijing Tianqiao (Sky Bridge) Performing Arts District Master Plan; Beijing, China by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The Big U: New York City by BIG/ Bjarke Ingels Group

Government Center Garage Redevelopment, Boston by CBT Architects


MPR wins national journalism award

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Minnesota Public Radio has won a a prestigious national award for its series of investigative stories into how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attempted to cover up abuse of children by priests. It is the first time MPR has received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, which is considered to be on par with a Pulitzer Prize.

"We are honored and grateful to receive the duPont Award," said Chris Worthington, MPR News' managing editor. "While the stories can be difficult to hear, it's important they be told. They were well-documented and carefully reported. We are proud of our journalism and community service."

Judges called the pieces "a heartbreaking, exhaustive investigation," one that "overcame the challenges rife in reporting this type of story."

Madeleine Baran served as the lead reporter.

Other winners announced Wednesday include Netflix, the Seattle Times, PBS and CNN.

Green Day, Lou Reed, Mpls. native Naftalin elected to Rock Hall of Fame

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:38 AM

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong/ Photo by Tony Nelson

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. (Photo by Tony Nelson)

To no one’s surprise, Green Day made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility.

Also elected was frequent nominee Lou Reed, who died in October 2013 and was a sentimental favorite even though he's already a Rock Hall of Famer as leader of the Velvet Underground.

Other members of this year's class:

-- Blues-rock guitar heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

-- Punk champion Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

-- Masterful ‘70s soul man Bill Withers.

-- 1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band, whose keyboardist, Mark Naftalin, grew up in Minneapolis, where his father, Art, was the mayor.

Mark Naftalin.

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong also has a Twin Cities tie-in: His wife, Adrienne, is from New Brighton and the couple has a second home in the Twin Cities. Last summer, he played guitar on a few dates with the Replacements (who, ironically, didn't make the Hall of Fame ballot this year despite their much-heralded reunion).

The 30th annual induction ceremonies will be held April 18 in Cleveland.

The aforementioned inductees were voted in by music industry figures, critics and previous Rock Hall inductees.

A Hall of Fame committee also voted to induct 1950s-60s R&B group the 5 Royales as an early influence, and to give Ringo Starr an “Award of Musical Excellence” (he was previously inducted as a member of the Beatles).


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