Showbiz Sandbox 216: Last Year’s Unknowns May Be Next Year’s Grammy Winners

When the Grammy Award nominations for 2014 were announced last week, they were filled with names of artists and musicians who at this time last year few had ever heard of. One hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Lorde, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and the rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rose to stardom on a wave of self-distribution, YouTube and social media.

Accolades are also being handed out for some of the year’s best movies. There’s only one problem; nobody can agree on which films to award. One critics group was so divided over Best Picture that it led to a tie for two different movies.

Meanwhile, producer Jerry Bruckhiemer’s year will be ending on an up note. Though he might be on the outs with Disney after the disappointing performance of “The Lone Ranger”, the mega-producer announced a new first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Indiana Jones heads to Disney for a reboot, Billy Joel takes up residency at Madison Square Garden and television audiences tune-in en masse for a live performance of “The Sound of Music”.


Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Leads Wintry Weekend Box Office

China Box Office: Revenue Surges Past $3 Billion So Far in 2013, Local Movies Dominate

‘American Hustle’ Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle

‘Gravity’ and ‘Her’ Win L.A. Film Critics Assn. Best Film of 2013,0,897037.story

‘Her’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review

Ten Films Shortlisted for Visual Effects Oscar

European Film Awards: ‘The Great Beauty’ Takes Top Prize

Grammys: New Artists With Simple Messages Shake Up Nominations,0,4616420.story

Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Taps ‘Piers Morgan’ Alum as Top Booker

MPAA Will Collect $80 Million Settlement in Big Lawsuit Against Hotfile

Phil Collins Mulling a Musical Comeback

Rolling Stone To Launch Country Music Site

Billy Joel Announces Historic Madison Square Garden Residency

Billy Joel To Play Hollywood Bowl For First Time,0,6763069.story

NBC’s ‘Sound of Music Live’ Sings With 18.5 Million Viewers

Disney Takes Control of ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise for Future Films

Spotify Steps Up With Free Analytics For Artists, Concert Ticketing and Merch Sales

Amazon Reveals Quarter of Kindle E-book Sales in US Were for Indie Publishers

Jerry Bruckheimer Looks at Paramount Reboot,0,130045.story#ixzz2mxL8IW1r

  • mgiltz

    Check out our latest free entertainment podcast! The Grammys have really improved their nomination process. No knee-jerk slots for aging veterans (Pear Jam, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartny) just because they’re vets. Bonus for the show: since these acts are new, they won’t seem old news when the Grammys air in January. Too often, they’re honoring albums that came out over a year earlier!