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2011 Grammy Nominees

As the year begins to wind down, it seems that all the excitement and energy of the past year is coming to an end. However, with the release of the 2011 Grammy Nominees list, the excitement and anticipation for the coming events in the music industry has remained. It has been revealed that the 53rd edition of the Grammy awards will be held early next year, andCEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, has indicated that the ceremony will be even better than this year's.

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Paul Weller Takes Uncut Award

Paul Weller, a well known songwriter and singer, was up against nominees such as Gaslight Anthem, Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom and the Gorillaz for the prestigious Uncut Music Award, but his latest album, Wake Up The Nation, was able to swing the votes in his favor. The winner of the Uncut Music Award is chosen by a panel of judges, which this year included broadcasters, members from other bands, musicians and music executives. With years of experience behind him and a new album that is fresh and innovative, Paul Weller most certainly deserved the recognition.

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2011 Golden Guitar Nominees

Since its inauguration year of 1973, the Country Music Awards of Australia, or CMAA, has been hosting its awards ceremony during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January each year. Approximately five thousand audience members arrive each year to support the awards and to find out who will walk away with the breathtaking Golden Guitar awards. The trophies are spectacular, as each trophy weighs approximately 1,5 kilograms due to them being cast from solid bronze and placed on a Tasmanian Blackwood base. The nominees for the 2011 Golden Guitar awards have recently been announced.

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New Michael Jackson Album

The world of music and Michael Jackson fans came to a standstill when news of his death was released in June 2009. The loss of such an amazing music icon seemed too much to bear for some, and the thought of not hearing another song from this legendary artist was unthinkable. But now, it seems that there are still tracks available that were recorded by Michael Jackson before his death. The new album, named “Michael”, will be available in music stores from 14 December 2010. The album will feature ten tracks and a few collaborations.

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50 Years of Music for Loretta Lynn

Not many people realize just how much Loretta Lynn has managed to achieve in her lifetime. With a the release of a tribute album and the CMA acknowledging her contributions to country music, fans are being exposed to sides of Loretta Lynn they were never aware of. Not only is she a fantastic singer but she has proved herself to be an extraordinary songwriter, philanthropist, business woman and even an author. Her talents are endless, and after fifty years in the music industry, Loretta Lynn is receiving the recognition owed to her.

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