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BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

With the inaugural event taking place in 1977, the BRIT Awards became an annual event from 1982 onward and has grown into one of the top music award ceremonies worldwide. The 2013 BRIT Awards (British Record Industry Trust) will take place in February and the nominees were recently announced, creating a pre-award buzz among fans and artists alike. Rolling Stones fans were no doubt delighted that the group, who were nominated in the very first event in 1977, have been nominated for an award in the British Live Act category, up against Coldplay Mumford & sons, Muse and Vaccines. Clearly, the long-time rockers still have superstar-status.

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2013 Grammy Nominations

Set to take place on Sunday February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 2013 Grammy Awards have been a hot topic since the nominations were released at a glittering event on December 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Three new categories have been added to this, the 55th edition of what is widely considered to be the most important music event of the year – Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Classical Compendium and Best Urban Contemporary Album – bringing the total number of awards to 81. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and will be broadcast on CBS.

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Carole King to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King has been selected to receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – becoming the first woman to receive this honor. In a music career spanning five decades, more than four hundred of her songs have been recorded by up to one thousand recording artists, with at least a hundred hit singles between them. Her 1971 album, Tapestry, sold twenty-five million copies worldwide and contained a host of unforgettable hit songs such as You've Got a Friend, I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

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Youth Mentorship Program at Mullum Music Festival

One of the highlights of the upcoming Mullumbimby Music Festival (22-25 November 2012) is the Youth Mentorship program which give rising young stars the opportunity to perform on stage and be mentored by an experienced musician in their chosen genre. The 2012 winners of the program were recently announced, having being chosen by youth mentorship judges Norman Parkhill of Source Music and Chloe Goodyear from Woodford Folk Festival. With more than 100 entries from talented young musicians to choose from, the judges no doubt had a tough time whittling the contestants down until the finalists of the five categories were chosen.

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Country Music Association Salutes Achievers

Country music's biggest annual event, the Country Music Association Awards have been taking place since 1967, with Eddy Arnold receiving the first award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2012, Blake Shelton received that honor, while scooping up the award for Male Vocalist and sharing the Song of the Year award with his wife, Miranda Lambert, who also received the award for Female Vocalist of the year. The award-winning country music star revealed that the award he shares with his wife for the song Over You is particularly meaningful, as it is about his brother Richie who died in a car accident fifteen years ago, noting that for him as a songwriter, the song is about as personal as he could get.

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