Dec 072016

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations Highlights

The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. (The highlights are featured below.)

Long story short, Beyoncé received the most (9) nominations and set a record! To-date, she’s been nominated for a total of 62 Grammys and has received 20 Grammy Awards. She’s currently nominated for:

  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album
  • Best Music Film
  • Record of the Year
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Rock Performance
  • Best Pop Solo Performance
  • Best Rap/Sung Performance

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 12th 2017 at Los Angeles Staples Center. James Corden will host.

Record Of The Year
Hello Adele
Formation Beyoncé
7 Years Lukas Graham
Work Rihanna Featuring Drake
Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots

Album Of The Year
25 Adele
Lemonade Beyoncé
Purpose Justin Bieber
Views Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth Sturgill Simpson

Song Of The Year
Formation Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II,
Hello Adele
I Took A Pill In Ibiza Mike Posner
Love Yourself Justin Bieber
7 Years Lukas Forchhammer

Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance
Hello Adele
Hold Up Beyoncé
Love Yourself Justin Bieber
Piece By Piece (Idol Version) Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cinema Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels Bob Dylan
Stages Live Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
25 Adele
Purpose Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande
Confident Demi Lovato
This Is Acting Sia

Best Rock Performance
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits) Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
Blackstar David Bowie
The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan) Disturbed
Heathens Twenty One Pilots

For the complete list of the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees visit:



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Sep 162016
Upgrades At Staples Center

Photograph Courtesy of STAPLES Center

STAPLES Center Completes Final Piece of its Three Year, $20 Million Upgrade Project

The downtown Los Angeles arena is heading into its 17th season and spent $5 Million to improve the overall fan experience, with a complete remodel to all Private & Event Suites

Staples Center New Suite

Staples Center New Suite. Photograph Courtesy of STAPLES Center

STAPLES Center and President Lee Zeidman have officially unveiled the completion of the incredible upgrades the arena has completed over the past four months and is excited to share the upgrades to STAPLES Center’s guests and tenants. As part of the $5 million dollar summer upgrade project, STAPLES Center completed full upgrades to all 170 private suites, 16 event suites and the premium level concession stands starting in May and recently completed on September 1st. AEG, the arena’s owner and operator, invested just over $7 million in 2014-15 to upgrade its lighting system to energy efficient LED lighting, added a new retractable seating system in the arena and transformed the TEAM LA Store to a larger retail space last December. The additional $8 million investment included the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar & Lounge and upgrades to 14of the concession stands on the main and upper concourses, including the new Bud Cooler that were completed throughout the 2015-16 season.

“We are incredibly excited about all the concession upgrades that we completed during the season last year, but we are even more thrilled with the complete upgrades and redesign of all of our Private Suites and our Event Suites,” said Zeidman. “Every year it is our goal to keep STAPLES Center looking fresh, to have industry leading guest amenities and provide state of the art technology to our guests, tenants, promoters and special events.”

STAPLES Center and AEG tasked MEIS Architects to create and design the new looks for all 170 Private Suites and the 16 Event Suites. The unique connection with MEIS Architects is that Dan Meis, Founder and Managing Principal of MEIS Architects, was one of the original architects of STAPLES Center. Each Private Suite has a sophisticated and contemporary feel with new carpeting, cabinet finishes, and wood grain floor tile, that all adds up to a distinctly contemporary design. All 170 suites in the venue will be updated to reflect the state-of-the-art in-suite amenity. Suite holders today prefer a more social, less formal vibe and a configuration that promotes interaction and casual conversation, in addition to watching the event.

With a palette of materials inspired by the carbon fiber and stainless steel details, the new suite designs evoke the qualities of a dynamic and technologically sophisticated machine.

STAPLES Center opted for a deeper color palette of black, grays, white and stainless. A centerpiece of the design is the new bar table, a high top table where guests can eat, drink, work and socialize. To keep connected with the outside world, there will be convenient USB chargers installed recognizing the common challenge of keeping one’s phone charged while attending an event.

“It has been an amazing experience being able to do focus groups with our suite owners and really listen to what upgrades and changes are important to them,” said Michele Kajawara, Vice President, Premium Seating Sales. “We could not be more excited for our suite owners to see and enjoy their newly renovated and upgraded suites this season.”

With the Event Suites, MEIS Architects and STAPLES Center decided to uniquely celebrate Los Angeles with different themes and significant moments in sports and entertainment at STAPLES Center, as well as distinctive neighborhoods that are part of the city. The parts of Los Angeles that are highlighted include Downtown LA, Venice,
Hollywood and Beverly Hills, featuring custom art pieces by local artists in these suites.

The first installation of custom art was done by Yair Sarmiento, Mural Artist, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) inside the Downtown Los Angeles themed event suites. STAPLES Center reached out to its partners at HOLA in the summer and came to them with the idea of having students and alumni create and design a mural and canvas artwork displaying what Los Angeles looks like to them. Sarmiento came back with a custom mural depicting the city skyline and prominent Los Angeles landmarks including his own font spelling out “LOS ANGELES” above the skyline. This is the first and only mural permanently painted anywhere inside STAPLES Center.

“It is truly an honor to have my work displayed permanently at STAPLES Center,” said Yair Sarmiento, artist, Heart of Los Angeles. “I have grown up in Los Angeles, just ten 10 minutes away from the arena and have been fortunate to attend a few events over that time, it is truly a dream come true to have my art as part of the new suite upgrades and I am excited for fans to see it.”

AEG and STAPLES Center Foundation are supporters of HOLA, whose mission is to provide underserved youth with free, exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.

Additionally, there are custom artist pieces in the Venice-themed rooms by local artists Adrian Sandstrom and Christian Morin. Sandstrom created a custom ceramic tile piece named Aquosity with unique colors and textures that are combined through natural movement. Morin created a one of kind painting on three skateboard decks that he calls Silver Flowers. Music is also highlighted with custom show posters throughout one of the Event Suites primarily created by local Los Angeles artist Kii Arens, as well as a couple designed by Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN.

STAPLES Center has been home to the GRAMMY Awards for 16 of the last 17 years and will host Music’s Biggest Night again on February 12, 2017. Having been a part of such an amazing event for so many years, STAPLES Center tasked its neighbors at L.A. LIVE, The GRAMMY Museum, to design and create their own custom Event Suite to display historic music items and share great moments in GRAMMY Awards history.

As the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams with the Lakers capturing five NBA Championships and the Kings winning two Stanley Cups since 1999, while the Sparks captured back-to-back WNBA Championships in their first two STAPLES Center campaigns. With that said, STAPLES Center felt it was important to celebrate these and many other significant sports moments that have happened at the arena since opening in 1999.

Award winning and legendary sports photographer and Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks and STAPLES Center House Photographer, Andrew D. Bernstein, provided the venue a custom collage of photographs that marked his favorite and most memorable photographs he has taken at the venue. Additionally, there is a collection of the front pages from the Los Angeles Times celebrating the biggest and best sports moments that occurred at STAPLES Center.

With all of the upgrades and remodeling of our suites STAPLES Center was able to provide both Habitat for Humanity and the Union Rescue Mission with a considerable about of furniture to use. The donation included 100 coffee tables, 205 bar stools, 43 lounge chairs, 42 couches and 41 trash cans collectively to both organizations.

Jul 142016

Staples Center L.A.Close to L.A. Convention Center and the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles Staples Center is at the center of the action in Downtown L.A.!

The Staples Center is a primarily a sports arena and the current home of Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Sparks. L.A. Staples Center hosts also great concerts and entertainment events.

So, what are the current events at Los Angeles Staples Center? Take a look at the schedule of concerts, entertainment (including family entertainment) and sports at Los Angeles Staples Center  from our sister Site, Cultural Events In Los Angeles.

Concerts At The Staples Center In L.A.

Entertainment At The Staples Center In L.A.

Sport Events At The Staples Center In L.A.

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Feb 062015

Staples Center Los Angeles

STAPLES Center is located at:
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 742-7100

Fresh schedule of Upcoming Concerts, Shows and Events At Los Angeles Staples Center.

Upcoming Concerts:

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull – February 13th, 2015

Barry Manilow – April 14th, 2015

Iggy Azalea – April 21st, 2015

Bette Midler – May 28th, 2015

Taylor Swift – August 21st & 22nd and 24th, 25th & 26th, 2015

Chayanne – September 5th, 2015

The Who – September 21st, 2015


Special Events and Family Shows:

Harlem Globetrotters – February 15th, 2015

UFC 184 – February 28th, 2015

WWE RAW – March 23rd, 2015

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional – March 26th & 28th, 2015



Dec 202014

Iggy Azalea Blazes a Trail For the Can’t-Miss The Great Escape Tour

After igniting a twitter frenzy following her arena tour announcement, the official dates for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour, presented by AEG Live, have been announced. One of the most-anticipated tours of the year, the Great Escape Tour will travel across North America, beginning April 14 in Fresno, CA and make stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Chicago before wrapping in Austin, TX on May 24. Joining Iggy on tour will be multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas as special guest. In addition, also joining as support acts are R&B/Hip-Hop favorites Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in the U.S. before the general public beginning Monday, December 15th at 9am local through Thursday, December 18th at 9pm local.

The public on-sale begins Friday, December 19 at 9:00 am local on There will also be various levels of Platinum and VIP Packages which will include premium tickets plus exclusive autographed items.

After years of honing her signature style on hip-hop’s underground circuit, Iggy Azalea burst onto the charts with her critically acclaimed debut album, The New Classic, and emerged as the breakout story of 2014, with one of the year’s most-streamed albums globally. Iggy is the first international female rapper to reach number one on both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Album Charts, and has been nominated for four prestigious 2015 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX. “Fancy” broke airplay records and made history as the longest-leading #1 by a female rapper, also making Iggy the first artist since The Beatles to rank at #1 and #2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. “Fancy” stormed the charts this year sitting at #1 for seven consecutive weeks, is currently certified 4x times platinum, was named Billboard’s 2014 Song of the Summer, iTunes Best Song of 2014, the year’s most-streamed song on Spotify, and the most-watched music video on VEVO. Iggy was also featured on Ariana Grande’s certified 4x platinum Billboard Top 40 #1 smash, “Problem,” which won “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV VMAs. Iggy’s new single, “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, has already gone double platinum and reached #1 on Billboard’s Top 40 Airplay Chart.

In addition to her recent Grammy nominations, Iggy has been nominated for six American Music Awards and won both this year’s favorite Rap/Hip-Hop artist and favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, nine MTV Video Music Awards, was Billboard’s Women in Music 2014 Chart Topper, and countless other awards and accolades. She has performed on the biggest stages on TV, including Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ellen and more.

The Great Escape California performances:

  • Tuesday, April 14 Fresno, CA: Save Mart Center
  • Thursday, April 16 Sacramento, CA: Sleep Train Arena
  • Friday, April 17 Oakland, CA: The Oracle Arena
  • Tuesday, April 21 Los Angeles, CA: STAPLES Center
  • Thursday, April 23 San Diego, CA: Valley View Casino Center

About Nick Jonas
Island Recording Artist, Nick Jonas announces himself as a brand-new musician on his newly released self-titled solo debut. Who Jonas is now is a 22 year old multi-talented artist stepping out on his own and re-inventing himself after achieving worldwide fame with The Jonas Brothers. The Grammy-nominated group sold 20 million albums and toured the globe several times over before calling it quits in October 2013. Its youngest member has lived a lot of life in those years and his experiences are reflected on his upcoming album due out on November 11 via Island Records. The album’s first single and radio hit, “Jealous”, penned by Jonas and co-written by with Nolan Lambroza and Simon Wilcox is currently the #1 most added song at Top 40 Radio. Jonas attributes the album’s darker overtones partially to the fact that while he was recording, he was also shooting the gritty television show Kingdom — a mixed martial arts family drama that premieres on DirecTV’s Audience Network on October 8. Jonas plays an MMA prize fighter who holds his cards close to his chest. This September, Jonas embarked on a Club Tour in support of his album, and visited 12 cities across the United States and Canada including Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

About Tinashe
The stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, and performer radiates a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude and pop flavor with a DIY-or-die edge. Between 2012 and 2013, the captivating singer made a name for herself through a series of self-made mixtapes, including 2012’s In Case We Die and Reverie and 2013’s Black Water. Tinashe released her debut studio album Aquarius on October 7th via RCA Records to unanimous critical acclaim, with everybody from The New York Times to Pitchfork, Vogue, and beyond dubbing it a highly significant, genre-bending debut. Aquarius, which Tinashe co-produced, continues to receive attention across the board, appearing on many 2014 year-end best-of lists, from The FADER to Complex and beyond. Tinashe’s breakout hit and the album’s first single, “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q, sat at #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic Airplay Charts for four weeks straight, eventually being certified Platinum and dubbed a song of the summer by many. Throughout 2014, Tinashe has taken her high-energy live show across the world, performing everywhere from SXSW to the iconic Reading and Leeds festival. She is currently on a club run that will hit New York, DC, Boston, Detroit and Baltimore, and will next take her show across Europe and Australia at the top of 2015.

About DJ Wizz Kidd
Los Angeles native DJ Wizz Kidd has played all over the world working alongside Iggy Azalea as her official tour DJ. Prior to working with the Australian artist, Wizz Kidd toured with the Rej3ctz, the hip-hop crew responsible for 2011’s chart-topping dance anthem, “Cat Daddy.” Wizz Kidd has also had an array of solo endeavors in the US, Australia, London, and Germany.

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld , Shania Twain , Rod Stewart and Reba, Brooks & Dunn opening June 2015 and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.