Grammy Recaps with La Roux & Keri Hilson PLUS Taylor Momsen Covers “Criminal!”

Keri Hilson wowed on the red carpet last night at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The R&B songstress wore a gorgeous electric blue dress from designer Basil Soda paired with Jimmy Choo heels, Judith Leiber clutch and jewelry by Emsaru, Le Vian, and Carrera Y Carrera.

The day before the big show, Keri joined Grammy-winner Bruno Mars on stage for a performance at a pre-Grammy party. Keri also performed at the Official Grammy After-Party alongside The Roots and posed for a picture with the one and only Stevie Wonder backstage. On Sunday, Keri was also honored with a feature in the Los Angeles Times calling her the “height of chic.”

Today, Keri celebrated Valentine’s Day by recording a special video for her fans wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day and she gives some advice to the guys.

 

 

(L to R in the photo above: Matt LaMotte, Cherrytree Records; Elly Jackson of La Roux; Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree Records; Ben Langmaid of La Roux; Tony Beard, Big Life Management)

La Roux’s self-titled Cherrytree Records debut won the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album last night in Los Angeles.  The category included former Grammy winners The Chemical Brothers, innovative electronic musician BT and fellow Brits Groove Armada and Goldfrapp.

It was a busy weekend for La Roux in Los Angeles.  On Friday night before the Grammy ceremonies, Cherrytree Records presented La Roux’s Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid with plaques commemorating 2 Million singles sold of their smash hit “Bulletproof.”

Said Cherrytree Records Chairman Martin Kierszenbaum: “La Roux created a new sound with their innovative debut album, and it’s wonderful to see the Grammys recognizing that.”

The LA Times’ The Envelope blog reports that the duo revealed backstage after their win that the album was recorded in Langmaid’s living room.  “We had no vocal booth;” Jackson told reporters, “sometimes we just closed the curtains.”  The Grammy wasn’t the only win for her last night though, as The Envelope honored her signature pompadour with an unofficial award for “Most Rad Hairstyle.” Check out the full coverage at TheEnvelope.LATimes.com.

Stay tuned to LaRouxOnline.com and CherrytreeRecords.com for the latest news and updates.  Last week – just in time to coordinate with the award show -  La Roux released Gold Edition, which features remixes, b-sides, demos and more from their Grammy-winning album.  Both albums are available on iTunes.

Check out Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips from the Pretty Reckless covering Fiona Apple’s 90s classic “Criminal.” The band stopped by Star 98.8’s Grammys suite for the acoustic performance that showcased Taylor’s dark and gritty sound.

 

To celebrate the release of his new single, “I’ll Be Waiting,” Michael Franti is offering fans the opportunity to download it for FREE. Head to MichaelFranti.com or Facebook.com/MichaelFrantito download. You can also check out the powerful lyrics of “I’ll Be Waiting”  (Radio Edit Mix) in a brand new lyric video.

“I’ll Be Waiting” has special meaning to Franti who describes it as “an epic and vast song about intensely personal experiences.” Below are Franti’s personal thoughts on the song and what it means to him.

“At its core it is a love song, but not in the classic sense of the phrase.

It is a song of searching, failure, growth and healing.

It is a love song between a friend who is addicted to heroin and his lover who is desperately waiting for him to clean up.

It is a love song for a single mother who has just seen her teenage daughter run away to the city, only to come home pregnant and alone.

It is a love song  for an over-demanding father who’s son has gone off to war only to come home broken with scars inside and out.

It is a love song for a bus driver who spends his whole day helping others only to come home to his wife who is battling cancer.

It is a love song for a child who is bullied at school and one day snaps and is now calling his mother from juvenile detention.

It is a song about leaving home and searching for ourselves outside of our “selves” in the material world.

Buying the right car to make us look important, the right jeans to make us slimmer, the right friends to make us more special, the right drugs to make us more confident, the right lover to fix that part of us that is empty.

Inevitably all these things fail and as we fall on our faces we come to discover those that we rebelled against the most, were the people who had faith in us even when we were at our worst…”Whenever you call me, whenever you need me, wherever you wander, until you see me, I’ll be Waiting, waiting for you…”   With open arms to catch us, hold us, heal us… even when we think we are not worthy of it.”

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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