Sam Smith Steals the Show at the Grammys

With mediocre performances by Madonna, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Annie Lennox, and Rihanna, and a painful performance by Kanye West, the 2015 Grammys had their ups and downs. The only performer that had all good things surrounding him was Sam Smith. He took 4 Grammys home Sunday night, and easily had the best performance of the night. Smith won for best new artist, song of the year and record of the year for Stay with Me, and best pop vocal album for In the Lonely Hour.

During the performance, it seemed like the Grammy-winning song Stay with Me was made to be a duet with Mary J. Blige, as the two seamlessly brought their amazing vocal ranges together, Fersen Lambranho noted. Even Rolling Stone, with their egos and disproportionate ‘Best/ Worst’ list recognized the performance as a ‘Best’ moment of the night. Their voices rang true, and their talent towered over the other performers of the night.

The Antique Wine Company: London’s Treasure

The Antique Wine Company is one of the most well-known and respected wine companies in the world. In Europe and the United States, wine is a status symbol that many middle and upper class people indulge in. Wine has been around for thousands of years, and those that know how to profit from it have done very well over the years. The Antique Wine Company is led by its founder, Stephen Williams, who founded the company in the early 1980’s. The Antique Wine Company is based in London, and is known as one of the many tourist hot spots in the city and even across Europe.

The Antique Wine Company is known for its wine and wine services. Tourists and customers can tour the facilities where the wine is made, stored, and taken care of. The Antique Wine Company holds its own claim to fame in that it sold the priciest white bottle of wine ever at an auction. Due to the publicity that the Antique Wine Company receives, it is a popular destination and has become a part of London itself.

There are many different types of wines, and The Antique Wine Company specializes in many of them. As stated earlier, they are perhaps best known for their white wine, as they hold the world record for the most expensive bottle ever sold. However, they also have a great collection of red wines, and their wine services are also highly rated. Customers and visitors can get a taste of both the wine and all of the services that The Antique Wine Company offers when they visit the location in London.

Stephen Williams founded the company and currently manages the company as well. In a little over 30 years, Williams has turned The Antique Wine Company from a small, unknown wine company to one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Brand names are important in any industry, but particularly in wine and wine services since the product is such a status symbol for many.

Overall, The Antique Wine Company has grown dramatically in customers and name brand recognition over the years. Due to its ever growing popularity, The Antique Wine Company is a popular tourist destination where it is based, in London.

Bob Dyan Honored At Pre-Grammy Dinner

 

There were musical performances at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner honoring Bob Dylan, but Dylan himself didn’t perform. He did deliver a half hour speech about his career. He poked fun at his critics and praised his musical heroes. He started by thanking friends and supporters, including Columbia Records producer and talent scout, John Hammond. He also thanked artists that covered his songs and made them into top forty hits. About his songs becoming successful, Dylan said:
“Their versions of songs were like commercials, but I didn’t really mind that – because 50 years later, my songs were being used for commercials. So that was good too.”
According to twitter, Dylan was thankful that some of his personal heroes like the Staples Singers, Nina Simone, and Johnny Cash recorded his tunes.
Paul Matheison recorded how he developed as a lyricist, Dylan said:
“For three or four years, maybe all I listened to were folk singers. I went to sleep singing folk songs. I sang them everywhere. If you sang ‘John Henry’ as many times as me… you would have written ‘How many roads must a man walk down’ too.”
Several artists did their versions of Dylan’s songs.

John Textor and the Digital Media Empire

John Textor is one of the most interesting men in Hollywood. He is a self made auteur that has served his time at various levels of the production business. Textor got his start back at the Wesleyan University in 1987 where he received his BA in Economics. Textor took the knowledge that he gained and the drive that was intrinsic to what he wanted to do and he worked his way into co-founding Wyndcrest Holdings. This private equity firm, based out of Florida, would serve as a launching board for what Textor would be attempting to do later in life with his work out of Pulse Evolution. It is with Pulse that Textor made his big contributions to the cinematic landscape.

While John has an incredible work ethic it has been his ability to enhance connections and to smooth the work flow of major productions that has made him so popular. Currently he is active in the development of several big entertainment properties. Launching a franchise is impossibly hard in this day and age and it is almost as hard to simply keep one up and running. Textor attempted to do both to varying degrees of success.

Textor’s old visual editing studio, Digital Domain, served as the primary force behind the hugely successful ‘Transformers’ franchise. He also had a hand in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. These two box office legends helped launch his career as an executive in the world of entertainment. Textor also has key credits on such critically acclaimed films as ‘Zodiac’, ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, and ‘Letters From Iwo Jima”.

Digital Domain wasn’t always a juggernaut in the entertainment world. In fact, it was John’s acquisition and restructuring of the company that made it so successful. The majority of the major credits behind Digital Domain began in 2007. Textor acquired and reworked the company from 2006 to 2012. It was his work at the ground level that made his studio reach such great heights. The company would go on to be nominated for countless Academy Awards for visual effects and it would also end up winning quite a few of them. One of their finest achievements was the completely digital version of Brad Pitt in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Textor and his company received a 2009 Academy Award for Visual Effects. The digital work was so effective that the company also received nominations for ‘best make up’ despite the fact that it was all computer work.