first_imgThe only reunion that matters! The glorious, @DestinysChild reunited at #BeyChella!(via Coachella/ GIPHY)— BET (@BET) April 15, 2018 With reunions, special guests, explosive debuts, and plenty of only-in-Indio moments, Coachella’s first weekend had festivalgoers and social media drunk in loveSteve BaltinGRAMMYs Apr 15, 2018 – 11:42 pm Looking at social media this weekend, all of the music talk centered around Beyoncé’s career-defining performance at Coachella on Saturday night. And rightuflly so.  Twitter #Beychella: Highlights From Coachella Weekend One beyonc%C3%A9-x-japan-mason-ramsey-more-coachella-2018-weekend-one yo @whethanmusic just brought out the yodel kid at coachella!!— paul.psd (@pauldonatelli) April 13, 2018 News She is amazing. I wanted to watch #Beyonce , but we are playing at the same time @coachella. @XJapanOfficial #Coachella— Yoshiki (@YoshikiOfficial) April 16, 2018For starters, there was the typical plethora of big-name guest stars. Just on night one, GRAMMY winner Kendrick Lamar made surprise appearances with both Vince Staples and SZA; Steve Aoki joined Alan Walker; and Carly Rae Jepsen played with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers. For her Sunday Coachella set, Cardi B brought out Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy and Kehlani for her reported $300,000 set.One-off collaborations like these are part of what make Coachella so unique according to Odesza’s Harrison Mills.”I think what’s cool about Coachella is because there are so many eyes on it, it can create collaborations you would never think of, like just celebrities in the crowd seeing acts they would never see otherwise cause their lives are so intense,” says Mills. Beyoncé, X Japan, Mason Ramsey & More: Coachella 2018 Weekend One #IG | Justin Bieber has now posted the photo on his Instagram.— Greta Van Fleet Updates (@GVFDaily) April 14, 2018center_img .@reddit : #Holograms return to #Coachella! #XJAPAN !!@Coachella— X Japan (@XJapanOfficial) April 16, 2018 Whether it was her precision opening that featured 100 dancers in perfect choreographed unison, the surprise appearances of husband Jay-Z and sister Solange, or the reunion with former Destiny’s Child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the combination of Queen Bey and Coachella proved uncontainable for pop culture. (And so did the hashtag #Beychella.)”This is a very important performance for me,” she told the crowd in between performances of “Sorry” and “Bow Down/I Been On.” “I’m happy to be back home on the stage tonight.”If Beyoncé — who made history as the first-ever black woman to headline Coachella — had given the exact same performance at another festival, say Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or New Orleans Jazz Fest, would it have had the exact same impact? No, according to her fellow Coachella performers.”It’s few and far between where there’s a setting where there’s so much focus. Coachella is the epitome of that. The world is watching, so the artists really put the focus in,” says Odesza’s Clayton Knight. “It’s a cool thing to be part of and history in the making in a lot of ways. Whatever happens this weekend sets the tone for this year almost.”The Neighbourhood’s Zachary Abels concurs. “It feels a little different. There’s an aura around it,” said Abels while at the KROQ House. “You feel like you’re someplace special.”Outside of Beyoncé dominating this weekend’s headlines, per usual, Coachella offered an abundance of moments that stirred up social media. Proving Mills’ point, Justin Bieber posted a photo hanging out with up-and-coming rock stars Greta Van Fleet. Maybe the photo-op doesn’t represent a potential musical pairing per se, but given Bieber’s staggering 98.6 million followers and the photo’s 3 million-plus likes, it equated to tons of exposure for the Detroit rockers. And it happened at Coachella, of course. There’s no question the proximity to L.A., and the fact that the festival has become the epicenter of glitz and glamour in the music world for the two weekends, plays a big part in Coachella’s lofty status. It’s a chicken and egg question as to whether the celebrities have helped make Coachella or Coachella was so big already and that’s why artists like Madonna were willing to play it as far back as 2006.Coachella has transcended music to also become a major event for fashion. For an artist like X Japan’s Yoshiki, the marriage of music and fashion that takes place is part of what excited him to travel all the way around the world be one of the major rock acts on this year’s bill.Music Festival Essentials: 11 Must-Haves, From Apps To Packs & More”Coachella is not only one of the biggest festivals in the world, but very edgy [and] fashionable,” says Yoshiki. “I love the style, so we wanted to do something unusual. I’m heavily influenced by David Bowie, so fashion wise I wanted to do something exciting.” Email Facebook Speaking of exciting, X Japan’s set featured hologram technology that allowed them to feature late band members Hideto “Hide” Matsumoto and Taiji Sawada for a set that also garnered plenty of chatter.As for other weekend one highlights, David Byrne masterfully showcased Talking Heads’ classics like “Once In A Lifetime ” and ” Burning Down The House”; Chic and Nile Rodgers got funky with classics such as Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — two songs Rodgers produced and co-wrote, respectively; Illenium, one of the top young electronic artists in music, incited thousands of festivalgoers to dance in frenzied joy; and Tyler, The Creator created a series of new worlds with every song — including “Boredom” and “911/Mr. Lonely” — to a stunning visual showcase that was as much live cinema as music. Then there was the “yodeling Walmart kid,” Mason Ramsey, who traded up his YouTube star status for a chance to perform alongside DJ  Whethan on Friday afternoon.With such a diverse lineup of talent — from the jazz of Kamasi Washington to the folk-pop of First Aid Kit and the plethora of dance music, including icons such as Jean-Michel Jarre — Coachella even turns the performing artists into fans.”Whatever happens this weekend sets the tone for this year almost.” — Odesza’s Clayton Knight”I went to see St. Vincent, saw Vince Staples bring out Kendrick, that was a really cool. Beyoncé [was] the thing to see … David Byrne, I’m a big fan of Talking Heads,” says English singer/songwriter Declan McKenna, who performed at his first Coachella.That is Coachella, where, as Odesza says, everybody has to up their game. And that was shown time and again this past weekend. For some, like Illenium, it is a coming-out party. For Haim, who performed in front of tens of thousands thanks to being the direct support for Beyoncé, it was the best night of their lives, according to Este Haim, who told a hilarious story about her unique experience being at Coachella for Prince back in 2008 with her close friend Kesha. Playing the main stage of what they called their “hometown festival” topped that, she told the audience.For so many artists, who live and attend shows in L.A., Coachella represents a major goal. “It’s a big thing growing up in L.A. — everybody wants to go to Coachella,” says Sage Chavis of the L.A.-based Regrettes.If weekend one is any indication, Coachella’s reputation as the most unique festival going in music looks to be secure.”It’s like no other festival I’ve ever been to,” says McKenna.(Steve Baltin has written about music for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Chicago Tribune, AOL, LA Weekly, Philadelphia Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and dozens more publications.)Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

first_imgAcross the U.S., 2,800 dedicated teachers were considered and carefully narrowed down to 25 outstanding semifinalistsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 10, 2018 – 2:53 pm On Oct. 10 the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum proudly announced the 25 semifinalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award, champions of music education nominated by grateful students and parents. Full-time public and private teachers from all 50 states received a total of 2,800 nominations via, and the one winner will be announced during GRAMMY Week.”Music and the arts should be a part of every child’s education,” said 2018 MEA honoree Melissa Salguero, while receiving her award at the 2018 GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends. The following champions of musical creativity in education, representing 16 states, make that goal a reality every day and are now in semifinal consideration for next year’s honor:2019 Music Educator Award SemifinalistsMichael Antmann, Freedom High School, Clermont, Fla.Jeff Ball, The Grand Street Campus High Schools, Brooklyn, N.Y.Deanna Bell, Vestavia Hills Elementary East, Irondale, Ala.Jeremy Bradstreet, Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin, OhioJohn Burn, Homestead High School, San Jose, Calif.Victor de los Santos, Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, Calif.David Dehner, Cornerstone Christian Schools, San Antonio, TexasElizabeth Hering, Churchill High School, Canton, Mich.Paul Holzen, Parkway Central Middle School, Dardenne Prairie, Mo.Brandi Jason, Liberty High School, Sykesville, Md.Gary Meggs, Arkansas High School, Texarkana, Ark.Henry Miller, Sierra Vista Middle School, Lake Forest, Calif.Brian Querry, Charles A. Huston Middle School, North Apollo, Pa.Michael Raiber, Oklahoma City University, Norman, Okla.Amy Rangel, Glendale High School, Burbank, Calif.Jeffery Redding, West Orange High School, Orlando, Fla.Joshua Shaw, Coronado High School, Lubbock, TexasScott Sheehan, Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, Hollidaysburg, Pa.Mickey Smith Jr., Maplewood Middle School, Sulphur, La.Craig Snyder, Penncrest High School, Garnet Valley, Pa.Sarah Todd, Mary Lyon Elementary School, Chicago, Ill.Matthew Trevino, Roan Forest Elementary, San Antonio, TexasHelen Walker, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Camden, S.C.John Weatherspoon, Lake Worth Community High School, West Palm Beach, Fla.Heath Wolf, Farmington Junior High, Kaysville, UtahFrom this list, 10 will advance to consideration as finalists, announced this December. The remaining 15 semifinalists will receive an honorarium of $500 and their schools will receive matching grants thanks to the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. Outreach for this program has been assisted by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association.The recipient of the sixth annual honor will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in GRAMMY Week festivities and attend the upcoming 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in addition to receiving an honorarium and matching school grant. The remaining nine finalists will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and their schools will receive matching grants. While the selection is competitive, the Music Educator Award shines its light on all educators who “made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”Nominate Your Favorite Music Teacher For The 2020 Music Educator AwardRead more News Education Champions: 2019 Music Educator Award Semifinalists Announced Email 2019 Music Educator Award Semifinalists Announced education-champions-2019-music-educator-award-semifinalists-announced Twitter Facebook last_img read more