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On this day in music history: July 13, 1993 - “Toni Braxton”, the debut album by Toni Braxton is released. Produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons, Vassal Benford, Bo & McArthur, Toni Braxton, Vincent Herbert,  Ernesto Phillips and Tim & Ted, it is recorded at Studio LaCoCo, Doppler Studios, Bosstown Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA, Elumba Studios in Hollywood, CA, Encore Studios in Burbank, CA, Summa Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Central Studios in Bladensburg, MD and Newark Sound Studios in Newark, NJ from May 1992 - May 1993. Raised in a large strict religious family in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Toni Braxton grows up singing her local church choir, but aspires to sing secular music. Blessed with a distinctive, rich and sensual contralto voice, it won’t take long for the young singer to be noticed. The course of her future changes when she is overheard singing to herself while pumping gas at a station in Servern, MD. Bill Pettaway, Jr., the man who hears Toni singing, is a member of a band called Numarx (“Girl You Know It’s True”) and has ties to the music business. Through Pettaway, Toni and her sisters are signed to Arista in 1989, releasing the single “Good Love” in 1990. The single is a failure, but is heard by L.A. Reid and Babyface who are interested in signing Toni as a solo artist to their Arista distributed label LaFace Records. Initially hesitant to leave her sisters behind, they give her their blessing when they realize this is their older sisters’ opportunity to become successful. L.A. and Babyface first have Toni record “Love Should Have Brought You Home” (#2 R&B, #33 Pop) and “Give U My Heart” (duet with Babyface) (#2 R&B, #29 Pop) for the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy comedy “Boomrang”. Both songs are major hits, thrusting Braxton into the spotlight and generating buzz for her first solo album. Spending an entire year in the studio with L.A. and Face and a number of other producers, Toni Braxton’s debut album is an immediate smash. Led by the single “Another Sad Love Song” (2 R&B, #7 Pop), it spins off a total of six singles also including “Breathe Again” (#4 R&B, #3 Pop) and “You Mean The World To Me” (#3 R&B, #7 Pop). The huge success of her debut quickly establishes Toni as one of the top female vocalists of the decade, selling over ten million copies worldwide. The album is nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning three including Best New Artist in 1994, and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance in both 1994 and 1995. “Toni Braxton” spends three weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard R&B album chart, two weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


All my LADIES!

Track listing

1. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”   Babyface Whitney Houston 3:24

2. “Why Does It Hurt So Bad”   Babyface Whitney Houston 4:37

3. “Let It Flow”   Babyface Toni Braxton 4:27

4. “It Hurts Like Hell”   Babyface Aretha Franklin 4:19

5. “Sittin’ Up in My Room”   Babyface Brandy 4:52

6. “This Is How It Works”   Babyface, Lisa Lopes TLC 5:00

7. “Not Gon’ Cry”   Babyface Mary J. Blige 4:57

8. “My Funny Valentine”   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart Chaka Khan 4:06

9. “And I Gave My Love to You”   Babyface, Sonja Marie Sonja Marie 4:48 10. “All Night Long”   Babyface SWV 4:31

11. “Wey U”   Babyface Chanté Moore 4:32

12. “My Love, Sweet Love”   Babyface Patti LaBelle 4:21

13. “Kissing You”   Babyface Faith Evans 3:23

14. “Love Will Be Waiting at Home”   Babyface For Real 5:59

15. “How Could You Call Her Baby”   Babyface Shanna 5:09

16. “Count on Me”   Babyface, Whitney Houston, Michael Houston Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans4:26

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2015 Grammy nominations are finally up, and Paramore snagged a nomination for Best Rock Song with their single “Ain’t it Fun.” Ed Sheeran's got a nod for Best Pop Vocal Album. Beyoncé is stealing the show, though, with nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Film, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song. Bey now holds the record for most Grammy nominations, beating out Dolly Parton, but, let’s face it, no one’s surprised. Beyoncé is queen. Find a full list of nominees below. 

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57th Annual Grammy Award Winners - Complete List

Record of the Year 

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Song of the Year 

Sam Smith - “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Album of the Year

Beck - Morning Phase

Best New Artist 

Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 

A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera - “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album 

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance 

Pharrell Williams - “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance 

Jack White - “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album 

Beck - Morning Phase

Best Rock Song 

Paramore - “Ain’t It Fun" 

Best Alternative Rock Album

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance 

Tenacious D - "The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance 

Kendrick Lamar - “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Eminem Featuring Rihanna - “The Monster”

Best Rap Song

Kendrick Lamar - “I”

Best Rap Album 

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance 

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance 

“Jesus Children" 

Best R&B Song 

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z - "Drunk In Love”

Best Urban Contemporary Album 

Pharrell Williams - Girl

Best R&B Album 

Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album 

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer - Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album 

Aphex Twin - Syro

Best Dance Recording

Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne - “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media 


Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media 

The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Best Song Written for Visual Media 

“Let It Go” from Frozen

Best Country Album 

Miranda Lambert - Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance 

Carrie Underwood - “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance 

The Band Perry - “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song 

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Best Bluegrass Album 

The Earls Of Leicester - The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance 

Rosanne Cash - “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song 

Rosanne Cash - “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album 

Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album 

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy

Best Music Video 

Pharrell Williams - “Happy”

Best Music Film 

20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical 

Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition 

John Williams - “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella 

Pentatonix - “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals 

Billy Childs - “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package 

Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package 

Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes

Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane - Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album

Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical 

Beck - Morning Phase

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album 

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Jo-El Sonnier - The Legacy

Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album 

Angelique Kidjo - Eve

Best Children’s Album

Neela Vaswani - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Blues Album 

Johnny Winter - Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album 

Joan Rivers - Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album 

“Weird Al” Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album 

Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman - Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo

Chick Corea - “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Dianne Reeves - Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album 

Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band - Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album 

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - The Offense Of The Drum

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