We hate to say we told you so, but … we told you so! All year we’ve been bringing you the best new music so you can stay aurally informed, and if you’ve been doing your homework and keeping abreast of the hottest new acts with us, you’ll notice that more than a few of our amazing You Oughta Know artists, both past and present, scored well-deserved props when the 2014 Grammy Nominees were announced tonight.
The nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles tonight during a live special that aired on CBS. Hosted once again by LL Cool J—does the LL stand for Lip Licker or WHAT?!?— the show featured performances from the likes of VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and more. The 2014 Grammys will go down live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast on CBS at 8PM ET/PT.
One of the many reasons to love Lorde is that she doesn’t follow the normal rules that seem to govern most of today’s pop stars. Her album is wholly bereft of that whole Euro-Trance sound that has been dominating radio for the last few years, she’s not constantly posting duck-face selfies to her Instagram feed, and instead of covering “of the moment” songs to gain buzz, she instead prefers to channel Dio or Sheryl Crow. That said, now that she’s established herself as one of the breakout stars of 2013, it’s only a matter time before the paparazzi start crawling around.
We’ve been fans of HAIM ever since they nearly blew out their speakers during a performance earlier this year at the VH1 headquarters here in New York, and their contribution to You Oughta Know In Concert does not disappoint. Especially their cover choice.
Lorde has risen to the ranks of pop royalty in these last few months with her uber-catchy single “Royals,” and her performance at You Oughta Know In Concert proves that she’s no pretender to the throne! The 17-year-old New Zealander held her own among the senior singers, making her four-song set an undisputed highlight of the high-octane evening. And don’t get us started on her spellbinding collaboration with HAIM later that night on Sheryl Crow‘s “Strong Enough”…
VH1′s first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special will air tomorrow night, Thursday November 21, at 9/8C. If you missed the livestream of the event last week, you’ll finally be able to watch the star-studded grand finale of “Ho Hey,” performed by The Lumineers and an all-star cast of You Oughta Know alumni. Although you won’t be able to see the final cut of that INCREDIBLE performance until tomorrow night, we were able to liberate this sneak peek for you guys while our editors weren’t looking!
HAIM, Kodaline and Lorde are just three artists to emerge this year who have challenged our ability to talk out loud. On paper, each of the artist’s on-stage monikers look simple enough, but all of them are trickier than expected. No matter how hard we try, we always say “HAIM” wrong! Thankfully, these emerging artists sat down with VH1 to teach us how to say their names.
The 17-year-old Lorde is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the biggest breakout music star of the year 2013. She was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in September of this year, her song “Royals” has spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine will no doubt be showing up on many year-end Top 10 lists. As much vocal and lyrical promise as she has shown, though, we had NO idea that she could wail until we discovered this video of her at age 12 singing a Ronnie James Dio classic (via our friends over at Crushable)!
Lorde has had a big year. The 17-year-old New Zealander blasted onto the charts with “Royals” and she recently stole the spotlight during VH1′s You Oughta Know In Concert special with a special performance that included a joint cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” with the lovely ladies of HAIM, as well as cuts from her debut album, Pure Heroine. In addition to her chart-topper and “Team,” Lorde performed “Buzzcut Season,” a track that we are hoping becomes her third single.