Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift Lead American Music Award Nods

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(Carlo Allegri / Invision/Associated Press) Also By Gerrick D. Kennedy October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video – all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards , which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods. After a banner year, thanks to the success of Thrift Shop the bestselling digital song of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will vie for new artist, favorite pop/rock band, favorite hip-hop act and artist of the year along with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Thirft Shop is also up for single of the year, a new category being introduced this year that will pit the single up against Robin Thickes inescapable song of summer, Blurred Lines, and the inexplicable Flordia Georgia Line and Nelly collaboration, Cruise. Although Daft Punk s Get Lucky was surprisingly snubbed for single of the year, the French dance duo made it in the electronic dance music category, which was introduced last year. A quick scan of the nominees yielded few surprises. Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips are up for new artist of the year. The race for favorite pop male artist is between Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, while Pink , Rihanna and Taylor Swift will battle it out in the female category. Miley Cyrus , who didn’t score a single nomination, and Imagine Dragons are the first performers announced for the telecast, which airs live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov.

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Baltimore-born Webb, afflicted with many health problems, ran off to New York City as a 16-year-old. Talented beyond belief, he was instrumental in forming a band that played at Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, one of the few places during those times where blacks and whites could socialize and enjoy the developing and unique American “swing.” The documentary delves into his history and the music of those extraordinary musical and social times. Then, at 9:00 pm on Oct. 12, the first of “The Hitchcock 9,” accompanied by live music, screens. These nine films are all of Alfred Hitchcock’s remaining early silent films, and all nine are scored in this festival and played by local musicians. The first to screen is “Blackmail” (UK, 1929), Hitchcock’s very first film. It is about a woman who is blackmailed after she is seen killing a man, whom she killed in self-defense. Musical accompaniment is by 3 Leg Torso and special guest Mark Orton. Special admission is $15 general, and $10 Silver Screen Club members. On Sun, Oct. 13 at 7:00 pm, Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” (UK, 1927) plays. Hitchcock called this his “first true Hitchcock movie.” The story is based on a mysterious man who may be responsible for a series of murders. The live music is by David Goldblatt and Superjazzers. Again, special admission: $15 general, $10 Silver Screen Club members. Also screening on Sunday, Oct.

Music Review: Pusha T raps strong, while production is patchy on debut, ‘My Name Is My Name’

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Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Rapping about slinging drugs is hardly a new topic, and some would say its a tired one. But Pusha Ts storytelling, imagery, and superb rap skills make it worth hearing from his vantage point. Unfortunately, Pusha Ts lyrical brilliance gets dragged down by the extraneous elements of the My Name is My Name. The 12-track album features appearances from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Future, Young Jeezy and Kelly Rowland, but suffers from unimpressive production. Kanye West and Swizz Beatz fail to pull the life out of Browns voice on the mediocre track, Sweet Serenade. S.N.I.T.C.H. is a compelling story about a friend looking to rat on someone, hoping to be freed from jail, but the music on the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesnt hold up. There are some bright spots. On Nosetalgia, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar take turns recounting life before stardom, while the impressive Ross-assisted Hold On, features West harmonizing. Who I Am with 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and the Pharrell-produced Suicide featuring Ab-Liva are also enjoyable listens. In all, Pusha T puts on a strong performance. But the patchy production is what prevents My Name from being considered as one of the top hip-hop albums of the year. ___ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.