best leader singer of all time


Musical artists Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”

“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Common won a Grammy® in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” and in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Southside,” with Kanye West. His many acting credits include the films “American Gangster,” “Wanted,” “Date Night” and “Selma,” in which he plays the role of Civil Rights leader James Bevel.

Legend is a nine time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed debut album, “Get Lifted,”scored multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.  The follow up was the platinum-selling “Once Again,” which garnered a Best Male R&B Performance nod.  Legend’s most recent highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love in the Future,” scored two Grammy  nominations and features his break out hit, “All of Me,” which is his highest selling and charting song to date and also earned a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

anonymous asked:

Why do you like Kanye West so much? Just curious.


Amazing discography, varied song writing, a soul to his music that gets to me every time. A political presence and a willingness to be WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS TO BE. An ability to laugh at himself, which is so often ignored or denied by popular media, but should be pretty clear after tonight. Collaborations with some of the best hip hop leaders of our time (not to mention other genres - hello bon iver, hello paul mccartney) that just knock the shit out of the park. The fact that even though he’s a media punching bag in so many ways, he never flinches from being himself - the talented, arrogant, unapologetic man that black people are never permitted to be. he throws the position of the white singer back in the media’s face, always saying, oh so those things that make my art worthless? they’re all the things you celebrate in white artists everyday. 

that takes so much bravery and heart, and those are the things that I hear the most in his music. not to mention that he just has sick beats


Hoya – [pic: 1000x1491]


“All the Inspirits who cheer us on from behind us! The sincere love gives us strength and it gives us the motivation to work harder! I thank you all so much that it’s not enough to say ‘thank you’. Me, Infinite, Inspirits all whaiting!”

>> Must need items for when you go outside the country?

Nothing ordinary, needs I only need… It sounds like a lie but, I carry books.

>> A long trip to America, what do you do during the flight?

Since I carried a lot of books, I read books. Even the stewardess told me that I was “the first person [she’s] seen who read a book for over 10 hours”. I read three books during the flight.

>> First destination America, how do you feel?

Ever since I was a trainee to become a singer, I admired this country because it was where pop was born. I took in all the movies, music (of course), and culture, I could while I was there. It was the country I admired so much, I couldn’t get over all the excitement I had while I was there. We didn’t reveal the schedule but a lot of fans greeted us there.

>> What did you do when you first arrived?

There was a burger place right next to the hotel. If we choose the meat and vegetables, they make it for you right there. I put a lot of toppings on it and it came out to be bigger than a person’s face. I remember being able to only eat a third of it and ended up having to throw it away.

>> When you go to America again, with whom and with what purpose do you want to go?

I want to go with the purpose of music. I want to work alongside the artists who had a vigorous career. I want to make a collaboration with them while sipping on a cup of cola (laugh). But. The only wish I have is to not get hurt while I’m there. Like a jinx, I happened to get hurt somewhere each day and it was bothersome. While we were filming the music video, I stumbled on a dance move and got hurt. But what could I do? I had to finish filming. So we went to the ER late at night. We waited about three hours? During the wait, it got all better (laughter). But, after that, it seemed like I would only get hurt around my legs. The next time I go to America, I hope I nothing like this happens to me again.

>> A hero you really wanted to see in Hollywood?

Spiderman. I saw a lot of people in the costume but I wanted to see the original…I’m not the only one right? Spiderman isn’t one of the normal “heroic” guy out there. Instead we saw him being bullied and left out but through a coincidental change, he got the strength and through experience, he became someone who could help the ones who are weaker. It showed a character who wasn’t perfect have a wonderful growth so I liked the story.

>> If you didn’t become a singer but took a road of a different kind of artist?

I like to draw as well. Surprisingly this and that. I have interest in sports so maybe I would go into that. Ah, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I have a lot of talent in it, but it’s something I want to do. Instinctively, I like the creative work a dancer, composer, artist etc., would create so I would be in a field similar to that?

>> How was Las Vegas?

Whatever you say, the performances was the best. There are a lot of well known shows… I usually don’t get shocked but the ‘O’Show* was a culture shock. The story was simple so it was made to not have dialogue. They made people think of things that were out of their imaginations and showed the greatest beauty with the performance. The scale of the performance was something that couldn’t be compared to anything else so if we had to produce it in Korea…? It would be hard, but I thought of how it would be if we could use the concept of water, fire, wind, or any type of nature in our performances. Of course, even if it wasn’t now, we could slowly change the strength of it and plan and it wouldn’t be too bad. 

>> If you wanted to take a memorable vacation with your members, where would you go?

Coincidentally, the book I was reading on the flight mentioned that “going on a nice vacation with the ones you are close to will bring good energy” so because of that, going anywhere with my members is good with me. Going to places where it’s well known for tourist attractions is nice but I would go to a place where individual activities is limited, like a remote place, would bring us more together? Haha. I would rather go and feel the emotions of the youth with my members while I’m still young.

>> Where is a place you really want to go as a vacation?

While reading a vacation essay book, I was thinking of how I would like to go to Ireland by myself. Personally, if I had to release a book, I would like to take on the challenge of creating a photo journal of all the places I went to for vacation. However, I’m still a singer right now, so as always, I’ll be doing the best at what I’m doing right now.

>> Hoya who usually participates in the choreographing! If you could express America with a dance move, what style would it be? 

In one word it would be ‘Freestyle’. The groove and rhythm that comes from the senses, feel, energy etc doesn’t fall towards one side, it’s not planned but at the same time, it shows the freeness of the body.

To my members:

The spot of a ‘leader’ must be hard but our Sungkyu hyung always assures us and it makes me feel very proud and thankful. Dongwoo hyung, you couldn’t get away from me even if you wanted to because we were members of ‘INFINITE-H’ and we are the workers of music, always thirsty for hip hop, so you can’t betray me! (laugh). Woohyun hyung, you seem so different from me but at the same time, we’re alike at some things. Very friendly. I feel like Sungyeol knows how to read the mood very well, and you seem to take care of me at places I wouldn’t even think of, so I thank you. L, you take the role of the visual in the team, and you’re talented in many different things. Thank you for always taking good pictures, when you take pictures of me, I come out nice, so I like it. Lastly, our youngest, Sungjong, what more do I have to say? You’re the youngest, but being the oldest at your house, I feel like you know how to think of others well and you’re very adult-like. You don’t know how much I thank you for holding in the things that aren’t always the easiest things to hold in. Let’s keep doing well in the future, Infinite, my members!

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December 27th 1988:

25 Years ago born a special girl in Meridian, she was  born with a special talent,and mission: Be one of the most greatest female voices of all times …25 years later We can say 100% sure, that SHE MADE IT!She’s not just a singer,or the leader of  one of the BEST BANDS ever! she is a person with a heart of gold,her personality is AMAZING, so unique,She inspired so many people around the world  even to me.. who knew it??

Thank you Joey Williams & Christie Williams

You brought to the world this BEAUTIFUL,PERFECT girl :


Happy 25th Birthday,you deserve the best!!! :’)

PS: Never forget The best things come in small packages


1988. Operation: Mindcrime

 is the third album by band Queensrÿche, released on May 3, 1988.  It is a concept album and a rock opera, its story following a recovering drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders.

In January 1989, it ranked at No. 34 on Kerrang! magazine’s “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”  In the United States, the album was certified gold a year after its release, and was certified platinum in 1991.

The song “I Don’t Believe in Love” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 in the category “Best Metal Performance”. 

During the tour promoting the 1990 album Empire, Operation: Mindcrime was performed in its entirety. The stage show featured video, animation and guest singer Pamela Moore as Sister Mary. A recording was released as Operation: Livecrime. The story was initially explored in a series of video clips for MTV in the 1989 VHS video, Video: Mindcrime.

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