12/14/18 O&A NYC MILESTONE: Nancy Wilson legendary Song Stylist Dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, song stylist and three-time Grammy-winning artist has died. Wilson passed away peacefully Thursday at her home after a long illness. She was 81.  Continue reading

2/14/17 O&A NYC MUSIC: Tribe Called Quest Grammy Performance

Tribe Called Quest gave the most politically charged performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Continue reading

5/8/16 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Shirley Ceasar- I Remember Mama

GOSPEL SUNDAY

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Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams, known professionally as Shirley Caesar is known as First Lady of Gospel Music. The singer, songwriter and recording artist career has spanned over six decades. Ceasar is a multi-award winning artist, with eleven Grammy Awards and seven Dove Awards to her credit.  Continue reading

2/24/16 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: D’Angelo, The Vanguard- Really Love

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Really Love is a single from D’Angelo’s third studio album Black Messiah, released on December 15, 2014, through RCA Records, bringing an end to his 14-year hiatus. Black Messiah won Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards as well as Best R&B Song for Really Love which also was nominated for Record of the Year. Continue reading

2/12/16 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Endless Love- Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey

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Endless Love cover by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey the duet was originally recorded by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. The song appeared on Vandross’ Epic Records-released album Songs, and it is known for being Carey’s first “high-profile” duet. At the 1995 Gramwas with the then-unknown background singer Trey Lorenz). At the 1995 Grammy Awards, the song was nominated in the new category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Continue reading

1/1/15 O&A NYC EXTRA!: Natalie Cole Dies

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Natalie Cole, chart-topping R&B singer, winner of nine Grammy Awards and daughter of the legendary singer, bandleader and television groundbreaker Nat (King) Cole died Thursday night at age 65. Cole, who had struggled with a variety of health issues in recent years, was forced to cancel a string of concert performances over the last three months after a recurrence of hepatitis C linked to her earlier drug abuse. The cause of death was reportedly congestive heart failure. Continue reading

5/6/15 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Lena Horne – The Lady and Her Music (1982)

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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music the 1981 Broadway musical revue, written for and starring American singer and actress Lena Horne. The show opened on May 12, 1981, and after 333 performances, closed on June 30, 1982, Horne’s 65th birthday. In 1981 Horne also won a special Tony Award at the 35th Tony Awards, a special award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and the City of New York’s Handel Medallion. At the 24th Grammy Awards, Quincy Jones and Horne won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Horne won the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Female. Continue reading

2/15/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: BeBe and CeCe Winans

GOSPEL SUNDAY

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BeBe (Benjamin) and CeCe (Priscilla) Winans are the seventh and eighth of “Mom” and “Pop” Winans’ ten children, most of whom have had gospel music careers. Together, they have received several awards, including three Grammys. While BeBe and CeCe were in high school, four of their elder brothers formed the successful Gospel music group The Winans. Continue reading

1/1/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Herbie Hancock

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Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock is a pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock received fourteen Grammy Awards, five MTV Awards, and is the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.  Continue reading