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The Verge Awards at CES 2021: can’t touch this

Last year, we opened our awards for the annual Consumer Electronics Show by saying “oh, what a difference 12 months makes.” One year later we can confidently say again: oh, what a difference 12 months makes.

It’s been a challenging year, and we weren’t sure what to expect coming into this CES. As the COVID-19 pandemic began to shut the world down early last year, events started to be canceled in a trickle — and then in waves. Scientists and experts told us the world wasn’t going back to normal for possibly years, so there was no way CES 2021 was going to happen as usual. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs CES, is optimistic the show will be back in 2022 — but that’s a big “we’ll see.”

But even without a global pandemic, CES was always going to change. As big tech companies have seized their own airtime during the last decade, the power of CES’s main stage has waned. And yet the show has hung on admirably — even if it doesn’t have the most important product announcements for stuff you can go buy right now, it still manages to give us some good hints at what the most important tech trends will be for the next year or two. That’s why, each year, The Verge returns to that show to see every hope, dream, and excess of the technology industry.

This year’s awards are bestowed on a beleaguered, but not beaten, CES. We honestly strained to even find enough to fill our typical amount of categories. But all of the exhibitors did their best in a difficult time, and that’s all we can ask for. Traditions are important in difficult times, and, for whatever it’s worth, CES is one of ours.

Last year we said CES was “a lot of show with not much very substance,” and that’s on our mind again this year in a world where we couldn’t safely assemble for hands-on demonstrations. But distance makes the heart grow fonder, and we’re hopeful that we’ll see you all again next year in the desert.


Image: AMD

“Best” in Show:

This might be our least-flashy pick yet for “best” in show at the CES, but this is no ordinary year. Somehow, this little chip from AMD managed to be the heart and soul of this year’s show.

At AMD’s highly-anticipated keynote on Tuesday morning, CEO Lisa Su unveiled the Ryzen 5000 series: a line of 7nm chips mostly built on the company’s new “Zen 3” architecture, which has already made impressive strides in the desktop form factor. (If you don’t believe it was “highly anticipated”, just go back and look at the YouTube comments for other keynotes, where everyone kept asking “when is AMD?”) There are eight “H-series” processors for high-end gaming laptops and five “U-series” processors for thinner and lighter notebooks. The headliner, the Ryzen 9 5980HX, has eight cores, 16 threads, and high hopes.

Su made some big claims. She said that AMD’s chips will beat Intel’s top end in both single- and multi-threaded performance. She claimed that they’ll deliver excellent battery life as well. And she promised that Ryzen 5000 will power the best gaming laptops of 2021. Essentially, she said that she was unveiling the best mobile processors in the world.

This award comes with some caveats. Obviously, we haven’t gotten our hands on a Ryzen 5000 system yet, so we can’t guarantee that these chips will deliver the performance gains AMD is claiming. The company has also faced some driver issues on the GPU side (which have improved), and it struggled to meet demand for its hardware last year.

But if there’s one reason to be optimistic about these new chips, it’s that manufacturers clearly believe they’re the real deal. Immediately following AMD’s keynote a barrage of OEMs announced AMD models, while some (namely Asus and Lenovo) basically indicated that they’re all-in on the chips. From heavy dual-screen gaming rigs to budget laptops for students, AMD is going to be everywhere in 2021. But most importantly, it’s going to be paired with Nvidia’s top GPUs.

That’s a milestone for AMD, and it’s what makes Ryzen 5000 the most important announcement of this year’s CES. Where AMD has played second fiddle to Intel in the high-end mobile gaming sphere for many years, the winds are shifting now. And in the middle of a trade show famous for its abundance of flashy vaporware and lofty promises with no hope of coming true, AMD has released a product that’s not only very real, but also continues the transformation of the laptop market, and redefining of what gaming laptops can do, that began with Ryzen 4000 last year. It’s a tiny chip, but we’ll see its impact for years to come. —Monica Chin

The Zephyrus G15 in Moonlight White faces the camera, open. The screen displays the ROG logo.

Image: Asus

Best Laptop:

Last year, we gave the best laptop award to the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. We were right to do so. Armed with AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS, the G14 shattered expectations for what 14-inch laptops could do. I wrote in my review that I didn’t see a reason to buy any other ultraportable gaming laptop when the G14 was running around — with nine hours of battery life, incredible frame rates, excellent cooling, a phenomenal keyboard and touchpad, and a starting price of just $1,049, it was the thin-and-light rig that gamers had been dreaming of for years. It was also one of the first signs that Intel was in trouble.

The ROG Zephyrus G15 wasn’t Asus’s headline CES announcement; the company didn’t spend much time talking about it at all. And it doesn’t look like anything new or groundbreaking; there are no foldable screens or RGB lights. It just looks like a slightly bigger version of the G14 and, like the G14, it will contain the latest chips from AMD and Nvidia.

But I agree with Asus here. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if Asus is able to replicate the massive success it saw with the G14 in a 15-inch form factor, I have no doubt it will be one of the best gaming laptops of the year — if not the best one. —Monica Chin

Image: LG

Best TV:

TVs face some of the fiercest competition at CES, which means that the “best” television in show usually blends a useful vision for the future with the expectation that people will actually be able to buy it at some point. Meeting that standard this year is the LG G1. It’s the successor to LG’s ultra-premium GX series, but this year it’s got a OLED Evo panel, which the company says is the next generation of its screen technology.

With Evo, LG is hoping to close the brightness gap between OLED and LED. The G1 also utilizes LG’s gallery design, which allows it to sit flush against the wall (which is good, because it won’t come with a stand.) It should also be pleasing to gamers, with four HDMI 2.1 ports that support 4K at 120Hz, and Google Stadia and GeForce Now built in.

None of this is to say that we expect most people to buy this TV — LG’s GX series is pretty expensive— but the real excitement is for when the OLED Evo panels start showing up in other places. Not only does LG have its own C and B series televisions (though these were just updated, so we likely won’t see Evo in them for at least a year), but it also supplies most of the panels found in other brands’ OLED TVs. And given that OLED is starting to face some competition from Mini and MicroLED, it’s about time it started evolving. —Mitchell Clark

Best Monitor / Display:

This year’s CES has finally made gaming monitors whole — with Asus, Acer and LG adding the HDMI 2.1 ports they’d been missing to properly support butter-smooth variable framerates and 4K resolution with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. And yet, the monitor that captured our imaginations isn’t a gaming monitor at all. It’s an LG OLED computer screen that’s likely to have mind-blowing image quality.

To say OLED monitors have been few and far between is a bit of an understatement; for the past few years, the only OLEDs marketed as monitors have basically been gigantic 55-inch TVs housed in monitor-esque frames, or a small portable display for colorist work. 15-inch OLED laptops were also sometimes a thing… if you were willing to sacrifice battery life.

But now, we can look forward to a full-sized 31.5-inch 4K OLED desktop display that boasts 99 percent DCI-P3 and 99 percent Adobe RGB coverage, one that’ll charge up your laptop with 90 watts of USB-C PD power at the same time, plus two DisplayPorts and HDMI. It’s got three USB ports you can use to share a keyboard and mouse with a couple PCs at the same time and — yes — a headphone jack. A 60Hz screen with no adaptive sync whatsoever probably means gamers should look elsewhere, but the 1ms response time might make games worth it for a few. With LG Display also promising a 42-inch OLED panel this year, it feels like OLED might finally be coming to a desktop near you. —Sean Hollister

Razer Project Hazel

Image: Razer

Best Concept:

CES is always full of wild concepts that are unconnected from reality, but this year we have to give it up for something that’s a literal sign of the times: Razer’s Project Hazel face mask. Let’s be clear: at this point it’s as good as vaporware in the fight against COVID-19, and we’re not expecting this (likely very expensive) gadget to be a real factor in fighting the pandemic. But seems to solve some real problems folks have with masks while managing to look awesome, so we’re awarding some points to Razer for trying something other than making sick gaming mice.

Razer still needs to prove that its disposable, rechargeable ventilators can keep you and others safe, and we’re quite skeptical: the mask doesn’t yet have authorization or certification from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. But the Project Hazel mask is an undeniably appealing concept. It’s transparent, with auto-activating lights to illuminate your lips when it’s dark outside. Plus, it uses microphones and amplifiers to boost your voice, so you don’t sound muffled. For anyone who works in-person with others, it seems like a useful device to make communicating through a mask seem more natural. And while it’s upsetting to think about, it can’t hurt to be more prepared for the next pandemic. —Cameron Faulkner

Bot Handy

Image: Samsung

Best Robot:

I argued unsuccessfully to make this friendly robot our “best” in show pick, and I probably would have gotten away with it if not for the fact that Samsung churns out unattainable robot concepts almost every year at CES. Still, plenty of us at The Verge made the most noise this year while cooing at the Handy bot, who just wants your dishes to be clean and your meat-based body to be well-hydrated. Samsung is getting better and better at making robots look friendly, even now, when they’re sporting killer robot appendages dexterous digits. It was a hard year, and I welcome the idea of a new friend who’s unaffected by human frailties. —TC Sottek

Photo: ColdSnap

Most Unnecessary Use of Pods:

A great pod is two things: mildly convenient, and ludicrously unnecessary. This year, the runaway winner for Most Unnecessary Use of Pods went to ColdSnap, which makes a large countertop appliance that turns the contents of tall aluminum cans into soft serve ice cream. They’re among the largest pods we’ve ever seen, and their innovation — on-demand ice cream at home — is something we’ve all been enjoying since the invention of home freezers. —Jake Kastrenakes

Gallery Photo: DNP Qualcomm keynote gallery

Best CES Innovation:

For this year’s “all-digital CES,” some official exhibitors were limited to 30-minute presentations. And I have to say: this is one of the best innovations we’ve ever seen at CES. While this kind of time limit may have prevented us from experiencing the greatest technology keynote of all time, that’s a small price to pay for constraining the snoozeworthy excesses of corporate suits who could not deliver a joke properly even if given thousands of hours of training in a virtual joke simulation machine. All keynotes from tech companies should now have a 30-minute limit unless they receive the express written consent of the National Keynote League. —TC Sottek

Image: Kohler

Best Bathtub:

A good bath sounds really nice right now. And while I could take a bath in my regular bathtub at home, I really wish I could relax into Kohler’s new Stillness Bath instead. With just your voice, you can turn on the water, set the temperature, change the colors of the lights around the tub, and even activate fog and aromatherapy. Sadly, I don’t have an extra $16,000 lying around to buy Kohler’s new tub, but I’m sure it will be coming soon to the feed of an Instagram influencer near you. —Jay Peters

The lid of the MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition.

MSI

Best Throwback to Ancient Mesopotamia:

We weren’t able to touch much of anything for CES this year, but we can almost feel this laptop from MSI just by looking at it. The MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat (yes that’s the real name) features an engraved, stone-like design on its lid, with a dragon and circular patterns that might not be accurate to Mesopotamian stonework, but are certainly cool if you’re in the mood. Sure, the device features Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards, and high-end 10th gen Intel processors, but props to MSI for looking back to 3100 BC for laptop names. The company says it chose the name for the “supreme power” that Tiamat the goddess and Tiamat the laptop represent, and it’s hard not to agree with the decision. —Ian Carlos Campbell


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General Fields

Record Of The Year

“Black Parade” — Beyoncé

“Colors” — Black Pumas

“Rockstar” — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

“Say So” — Doja Cat

“Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish

“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa

“Circles” — Post Malone

“Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

Beyonce could snag a full nine awards this year

 

Album Of The Year

Chilombo — Jhené Aiko

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas

Everyday Life — Coldplay

Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier

Women In Music Pt. III — Haim

Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa

Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone

Folklore — Taylor Swift

 

Song Of The Year

“Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)

“Cardigan” — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“Circles” — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)

“Don’t Start Now” — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

“I Can’t Breathe” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“If The World Was Ending” — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)

 

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers

Chika

Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat

Kaytranada

Megan Thee Stallion

Along with Best New Artist, Megan Thee Stallion was nominated for three other awards

Along with Best New Artist, Megan Thee Stallion was nominated for three other awards

 

  

 

Rock, Alternative, Package, and Notes Fields

Best Rock Performance

“Shameika” — Fiona Apple

“Not” — Big Thief

“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers

“The Steps” — HAIM

“Stay High” — Brittany Howard

“Daylight” — Grace Potter

 

Best Metal Performance 

“Bum-Rush” — Body Count

“Underneath” — Code Orange

“The In-Between” — In This Moment

“Bloodmoney” — Poppy

“Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe) – Live” — Power Trip

 

Best Rock Song

“Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers, Morgan Nagler & Marshall Vore, Songwriters (Phoebe Bridgers)

“Lost in Yesterday” — Kevin Parker, Songwriter (Tame Impala)

“Not” — Adrianne Lenker, Songwriter (Big Thief)

“Shameika” — Fiona Apple, Songwriter (Fiona Apple)

“Stay High” — Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)

 

Best Rock Album 

A Hero’s Death — Fontaines D.C.

Kiwanuka — Michael Kiwanuka

Daylight — Grace Potter

Sound & Fury — Sturgill Simpson

The New Abnormal — The Strokes

 

Best Alternative Music Album 

Fetch the Bolt Cutters — Fiona Apple

Hyperspace — Beck

Punisher — Phoebe Bridgers

Jaime — Brittany Howard

The Slow Rush — Tame Impala

Phoebe Bridgers is up for four honors, dominating the Alternative category and earning a Best New Artist nod

Phoebe Bridgers is up for four honors, dominating the Alternative category and earning a Best New Artist nod

Best Recording Package

“Everyday Life” — Pilar Zeta, art director (Coldplay)

“Funeral” — Kyle Goen, art director (Lil Wayne)

“Healer” — Julian Gross & Hannah Hooper, art directors (Grouplove)

“On Circles” — Jordan Butcher, art director (Caspian)

“Vols. 11 & 12” — Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto, art directors (Desert Sessions)

 

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

“Flaming Pie (Collector’s Edition)” — Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith, Paul McCartney & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

“Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991” — Lisa Glines & Doran Tyson, art directors (Grateful Dead)

“Mode” — Jeff Schulz, art director (Depeche Mode)

“Ode to Joy” — Lawrence Azerrad & Jeff Tweedy, art directors (Wilco)

“The Story of Ghostly International” — Michael Cina & Molly Smith, art directors (Various Artists)

 

Best Album Notes

At the Minstrel Show: Minstrel Routines From the Studio, 1894-1926” — Tim Brooks, album notes writer (Various Artists)

“The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974” — Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)

“Dead Man’s Pop” — Bob Mehr, album notes writer (The Replacements)

“The Missing Link: How Gus Haenschen Got Us From Joplin to Jazz and Shaped the Music Business” — Colin Hancock, album notes writer (Various Artists)

“Out of a Clear Blue Sky” — David Sager, album notes writer (Nat Brusiloff)

 

 

 

Latin and Composing/Arranging Fields

Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album 

YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny

Por Primera Vez — Camilo

Mesa Para Dos — Kany García

Pausa — Ricky Martin

3:33 — Debi Nova

 

Bad Bunny earned two nominations

Bad Bunny earned two nominations

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album

“Aura” — Bajofondo

“Monstruo” — Cami

“Sobrevolando” — Cultura Profética

“La Conquista Del Espacio” — Fito Paez

“Miss Colombia” — Lido Pimienta

 

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

“Hecho En México” — Alejandro Fernández

“La Serenata” — Lupita Infante

“Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1” — Natalia Lafourcade

“Bailando Sones Y Huapangos Con Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez” — Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez

“Ayayay!” — Christian Nodal

 

Best Tropical Latin Album 

“Mi Tumbao” — José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”

“Infinito” — Edwin Bonilla

“Sigo Cantando Al Amor (Deluxe)” — Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis

“40” — Grupo Niche

 “Memorias De Navidad” — Víctor Manuelle

 

Best Instrumental Composition

“Baby Jack” Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra)

“Be Water II” — Christian Sands, composer (Christian Sands)

“Plumfield” — Alexandre Desplat, composer (Alexandre Desplat)

“Sputnik” — Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider)

“Strata” — Remy Le Boeuf, composer (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows Featuring Anna Webber & Eric Miller)

 

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella

“Bathroom Dance” — Hildur Guðnadóttir, arranger (Hildur Guðnadóttir)

“Donna Lee” — John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

“Honeymooners” — Remy Le Boeuf, arranger (Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows)

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” — Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson, Arrangers (Jarrett Johnson Featuring Alvin Chea)

“Uranus: The Magician” — Jeremy Levy, arranger (Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra)

 

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

“Asas Fechadas” — John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers (Maria Mendes Featuring John Beasley & Orkest Metropole)

“Desert Song” — Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers (Säje)

“From This Place” — Alan Broadbent & Pat Metheny, arrangers (Pat Metheny Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)

“He Won’t Hold You” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)

“Slow Burn” — Talia Billig, Nic Hard & Becca Stevens, arrangers (Becca Stevens Featuring Jacob Collier, Mark Lettieri, Justin Stanton, Jordan Perlson, Nic Hard, Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski & Nate Werth)

 

 

 

Classical Field

Best Orchestral Performance

“Aspects Of America – Pulitzer Edition” Carlos Kalmar, conductor (Oregon Symphony)

“Concurrence” — Daníel Bjarnason, conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra)

“Copland: Symphony No. 3” — Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

“Ives: Complete Symphonies” — Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

“Lutosławski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3” — Hannu Lintu, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

 

Best Opera Recording

“Dello Joio: The Trial At Rouen” — Gil Rose, conductor; Heather Buck & Stephen Powell; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)

“Floyd, C.: Prince Of Players” — William Boggs, conductor; Keith Phares & Kate Royal; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Florentine Opera Chorus)

“Gershwin: Porgy And Bess” — David Robertson, conductor; Angel Blue & Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

“Handel: Agrippina” — Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor; Joyce DiDonato; Daniel Zalay, producer (Il Pomo D’Oro)

“Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg” — Donald Runnicles, conductor; David Butt Philip & Elena Tsallagova; Peter Ghirardini & Erwin Stürzer, producers (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin)

 

Best Choral Performance

“Carthage” — Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

“Danielpour: The Passion Of Yeshua” — JoAnn Falletta, conductor; James K. Bass & Adam Luebke, chorus masters (James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers)

“Kastalsky: Requiem” — Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Charles Bruffy, Steven Fox & Benedict Sheehan, chorus masters (Joseph Charles Beutel & Anna Dennis; Orchestra Of St. Luke’s; Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Kansas City Chorale & The Saint Tikhon Choir)

“Moravec: Sanctuary Road” — Kent Tritle, conductor (Joshua Blue, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Dashon Burton, Malcolm J. Merriweather & Laquita Mitchell; Oratorio Society Of New York Orchestra; Oratorio Society Of New York Chorus)

“Once Upon A Time” — Matthew Guard, conductor (Sarah Walker; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)

 

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Contemporary Voices” — Pacifica Quartet

“Healing Modes” — Brooklyn Rider

“Hearne, T.: Place” — Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra

“Hynes: Fields” — Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion

“The Schumann Quartets” — Dover Quartet

 

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

“Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” — Kirill Gerstein; Thomas Adès, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

“Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas” — Igor Levit

“Bohemian Tales” — Augustin Hadelich; Jakub Hrůša, conductor (Charles Owen; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)

“Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival” Daniil Trifonov; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)

“Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra” — Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

“American Composers At Play” — William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto Stephen Powell (Attacca Quartet, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, Charles Neidich & Jason Vieaux)

“Clairières – Songs By Lili & Nadia Boulanger” — Nicholas Phan; Myra Huang, accompanist

“Farinelli” — Cecilia Bartoli; Giovanni Antonini, conductor (Il Giardino Armonico) “A Lad’s Love” — Brian Giebler; Steven McGhee, accompanist (Katie Hyun, Michael Katz, Jessica Meyer, Reginald Mobley & Ben Russell)

“Smyth: The Prison” — Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra)

 

Best Classical Compendium

“Adès Conducts Adès” — Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer

“Saariaho: Graal Théâtre; Circle Map; Neiges; Vers Toi Qui Es Si Loin” — Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor; Hans Kipfer, producer

“Serebrier: Symphonic Bach Variations; Laments And Hallelujahs; Flute Concerto” — José Serebrier, conductor; Jens Braun, producer

“Thomas, M.T.: From The Diary Of Anne Frank & Meditations On Rilke” — Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer

“Woolf, L.P.: Fire And Flood” — Matt Haimovitz; Julian Wachner, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer

 

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

“Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” — Thomas Adès, composer (Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

“Danielpour: The Passion Of Yeshua” — Richard Danielpour, composer (JoAnn Falletta, James K. Bass, Adam Luebke, UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus)

“Floyd, C.: Prince Of Players” — Carlisle Floyd, composer (William Boggs, Kate Royal, Keith Phares, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

“Hearne, T.: Place” — Ted Hearne, composer (Ted Hearne, Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods & Place Orchestra)

“Rouse: Symphony No. 5” — Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

 

 

 

Pop, Contemporary Instrumental Music, Reggae, and Global Music Fields

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Yummy” – Justin Bieber

“Say So” – Doja Cat

“Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish

“Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa

“Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles

“Cardigan” – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is tied for second-most nominated artists with six

Taylor Swift is tied for second-most nominated artists with six

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy

“Intentions” — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo

“Dynamite” — BTS

“Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande

“Exile” — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Blue Umbrella” — Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

“True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter” — Harry Connick, Jr.

“American Standard” — James Taylor

“Unfollow the Rules” — Rufus Wainwright

“Judy” — Renée Zellweger

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

Changes — Justin Bieber

Chromatica — Lady Gaga

Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa

Fine Line — Harry Styles

Folklore — Taylor Swift

 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

“Axiom” — Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

“Chronology of a Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard” — Jon Batiste

“Take the Stairs” — Black Violin

“Americana” — Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell

“Live at the Royal Albert Hall” — Snarky Puppy

 

Best Reggae Album

“Upside Down 2020” — Buju Banton

“Higher Place” — Skip Marley

“It All Comes Back to Love” — Maxi Priest

“Got to Be Tough” — Toots & the Maytals

“One World” — The Wailers

 

Best Global Music Album

“Fu Chronicles” — Antibalas

“Twice As Tall” — Burna Boy

“Agora” — Bebel Gilberto

“Love Letters” — Anoushka Shankar

“Amadjar” — Tinariwen

 

 

 

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music and Spoken Word Fields

Best Gospel Performance/Song  

“Wonderful Is Your Name” — Melvin Crispell III

“Release (Live)” — Ricky Dillard Featuring Tiff Joy; David Frazier, songwriter “Come Together” — Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins Presents: The Good News; Lashawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Lecrae Moore & Jazz Nixon, songwriters

“Won’t Let Go” — Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter

“Movin’ On” — Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music; Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard & Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters

 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance

“Run to the Father” — Cody Carnes

All of My Best Friends” — Hillsong Young & Free

“Holy Water” — We the Kingdom

“Citizen of Heaven” — Tauren Wells

“Jesus Is King” — Kanye West

Kanye West earned two Contemporary Christian nominations for his album Jesus Is King

Kanye West earned two Contemporary Christian nominations for his album Jesus Is King

 

Best Gospel Album 

“2econd Wind: Ready” — Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

“My Tribute” — Myron Butler

“Choirmaster” — Ricky Dillard

“Gospel According to PJ” — PJ Morton

“Kierra” — Kierra Sheard

 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Run to the Father” — Cody Carnes

All of My Best Friends” — Hillsong Young & Free

“Holy Water” — We the Kingdom

“Citizen of Heaven” — Tauren Wells

“Jesus Is King” — Kanye West

 

Best Roots Gospel Album

“Beautiful Day” — Mark Bishop

“20/20” — The Crabb Family

“What Christmas Really Means” — The Erwins

“Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)” — Fisk Jubilee Singers

“Something Beautiful” — Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

 

Best Spoken Word Album

“Acid for the Children: A Memoir” — Flea

“Alex Trebek – The Answer Is…” — Ken Jennings

“Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth” — Rachel Maddow

“Catch and Kill” — Ronan Farrow

“Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)” — Meryl Streep (& Full cast)

Jeopardy star Ken Jennings is nominated for his voice work on the audiobook for late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek's memoir The Answer Is… Reflections On My Life

Jeopardy star Ken Jennings is nominated for his voice work on the audiobook for late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek’s memoir The Answer Is… Reflections On My Life

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The Grammy Awards postponed to a later date

Faced with the worrying rise in cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles, the organizers of the Grammy Awards have had to resign themselves to postponing the ceremony which was to take place on January 31.

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According to Rolling Stone magazine, the Recording Academy would now like to hold the ceremony in March, but no specific date has been released.

As of late afternoon on Tuesday, the organizers of the Grammy Awards had not confirmed the information from the Rolling Stone.

Already, he was assured that the evening of the Grammy 2021 will not be like the others, even if few details have leaked about the ceremony. It was, however, expected that very few spectators would be admitted to the Staples Center.

Montrealer Kaytranada is contested in three categories and Beyoncé dominates the nominations with 9.

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Dubai Globe Soccer Awards: Ian Rush backs Liverpool to win English Premier League title

Ian Rush arrives at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai
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Dubai: Liverpool legend Ian Rush has predicted the most open run to the English Premier League (EPL) this season.

Rush’s former club are in pole position to defend their crown as they sit at the top with 32 points after 15 matches. But hot on their heels are a bunch of teams including Leicester City, Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The 59-year-old Rush, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with a total of 346 goals in all competitions, is convinced Liverpool will not have things easy and comfortable this season. “I get a feeling that the Premier League will be down to the very last match. And of course, Liverpool will be the favourites to defend their title as they have a fine all-round unit,” Rush told Gulf News on the sidelines of the 15th Dubai International Sports Conference, late on Sunday.

“No doubt, Liverpool has a strong team but they currently have a lot of injuries and that may prove to be a defining factor in the fight for the title this season.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, Rush was placed third in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop — an official Liverpool fan poll — along with being the record goalscorer for Wales until 2018 with 28 goals.

“This year’s league will be the most open one for a long time, and it will be contested by teams who are best suited to make the adjustments and show the hunger while chasing their goal,” Rush said. “For sure, one of the highlights will be that it will be the most difficult one and anything can happen along the way to any of the teams.”

Though teams like Leicester, United and Aston Villa have shown early promise as suitors to the crown this season, Rush was particularly appreciative of a resurgent Everton — Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals — under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He has done an awesome job with Everton, and everyone now knows that they are not your average team. They can surely finish in the top four and win one of the spots in the Champions League next year,” Rush said.

Rush, who was one of the television pundits in first season of the Indian Super League in 2014, also confided that Egyptian super star Mohammad Salah will stay back at Anfield until the end of his contract, despite rumours he is angling for a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona in Spain. “I doubt he will leave Liverpool. The fans love him and he is scoring goals. He will stay,” Rush said. “In addition, he has the support of a great bunch of players, and every time he scores he’s got a smile on his face. I am convinced he will remain.”

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Dubai Globe Soccer Awards: A night to remember for Ronaldo and Lewandowski


Dubai Globe Soccer Awards: A night to remember for Ronaldo and Lewandowski

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Dubai Globe Soccer Awards: Lewandowski charts his course for year ahead

Robert Lewandowski and Fifa boss Gianni Infantino in Dubai
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Dubai: Bayern Munich’s Polish star Robert Lewandowski has set much higher targets for the season after winning an international award ahead of superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 32-year-old from Warsaw took a walk down memory lane disclosing that he “had a dream of being among the best” after being presented with the ‘Best Player of the Year’ by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, at the annual 2020 Dubai Globe Soccer Awards held here late on Sunday.

“Honestly, to me winning an award was a dream. But I knew that this dream couldn’t come true with so many talented footballers in this generation, including Leo [Messi] and Ronaldo. I knew I had to do something extra to be where I am today,” Lewandowski said in his acceptance speech.

Lewandowski led a triple accolade for Bayern Munich as his coach Hansi Flick edged Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Gian Piero Gasperini, manager of Italian club Atalanta, for the ‘Best Coach of the Year’ honours, while his Bavarian club was voted ‘Best Club of the Year’.

“It is honours and awards like these that keep us going. But there is a lot of hard work to be put in as well,” Lewandowski said. “Growing up in a country like Poland, I had my fair share of challenges, leave alone being the best player on the globe. But I worked hard and my wife and children kept pushing me to far greater things.”

Winner of the Uefa European Player of the Year earlier in October, the Poland international was named Fifa Men’s Player of the Year last week, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.

In winning the Globe Soccer Award, Lewandowski became the first Polish player or a player from a German club to win the Fifa Player of the Year award since its inception in 1991, and he is only the second player after Luka Modric in 2018 to break a 13-year Messi-Ronaldo dominance.

The past campaign was an amazing season for the Germans with Lewandowski’s stellar 2020 seeing Bayern Munich win every game in Europe, including the Champions League final against Paris St-Germain, as well as the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double at home. The German powerhouses then added the DFB Supercup and Uefa Super Cup to their collection.

Real Madrid — winners of five Champions League, four Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, four Club World Cups, seven Spanish La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey and six Supercopa in this millennium — were adjudged Club of the Century (2001-2020).

“This has been a momentous season for us. I can score goals because of my teammates. As someone coming through the system, I needed to adapt to the situation and it wasn’t easy. It was always a huge challenge. Perhaps now more than ever, we need that emotion from fans and we can only hope that everything will return to normal next year,” Lewandowski said. “If you are on the top, then we all know that staying at the top is more difficult than reaching the top. And that is going to be the goal for us next year. If I can sit at the same table as Ronaldo and Messi, then we can have dinner together perhaps. But first, I needed to win something special. The expectation now is very high, and I need to raise the bar even further. For now, I have a few days off and I am cherishing this. I am like having a dream coming true. I come from Poland and I had to find a new path and show others the way.”

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Relive the tribute at the Billboard Awards to Armando Manzanero | The State

Armando Manzanero.

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Armando Manzanero, who lost his life this Monday, December 28 due to COVID-19, received many tributes in life, one of them was from the hand of the Latin Billboard Awards.

On October 21 with the great maestro Manzanero at the piano, Luis Fonsi, Pablo Alboran, Jesús Navarro and Joy they sang their greatest hits such as: ‘I don’t know you’, ‘With you I learned’, ‘Under the table’, ‘As I loved you’ and ‘This afternoon I saw it rain’.

Without further words, enjoy it below, rest in peace, Armando Manzanero …

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Sheikh Mohammed witnesses virtual awarding of 19th Arab Journalism Awards

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessing the virtual award ceremony
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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the virtual ceremony held on Wednesday to honour the winners of the 19th Arab Journalism Awards.

Sheikh Mohammed tweeted saying: “Over the past years, I have been keenly attending the Arab Media Forum and honouring the winners of the Arab Journalism Award. Today, I followed the virtual sessions. Media is an important partner in our journey and we look forward to constructive messages that serve our society and contribute positively to building the future of the region.”

The Arab Journalism Award honoured 11 winners, selected from around 6,000 nominations. They came from daily newspapers, magazines, online news portals and various media organisations from the Arab world. The winners of the Arab Journalism Award 2020 are:

· Media Personality of the Year: Nayla Tueni, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Annahar newspaper, Lebanon

· Best Column Award: Othman Mirghani, Editor-in-Chief of the independent newspaper Al-Tayar, Sudan

· Political Journalism Award: Mohamed Amin Al Masri from Al-Ahram newspaper, Egypt

· Economic Journalism Award: Al Khaleej newspaper, UAE

· Investigative Reporting Award: Jamal Jouhar from Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

· Press Interview Award: Mohammed Mansour from Al-Roeya newspaper, UAE

· Cultural Journalism Award: Tareq Al Taher from Akhbar Al-Adab magazine, Egypt

· Sports Journalism Award: Motaz El Shamy from Al-Ittihad newspaper, UAE

· Photojournalism Award: Saber Nooraldin from the European Pressphoto Agency

· Young Journalist Award:

– Samar Saleh from El-Watan newspaper, Egypt

– Abdul-Samad Edinadin from Bayane Al-Yaoume newspaper, Morocco

– Ahmed Atef from Al-Dostor newspaper, Egypt

· Smart Journalism Award: Youm7 newspaper, Egypt

The Board of the Arab Journalism Award did not announce a winner for the Humanitarian Journalism Award and the Outstanding Cartoonist Award this year since the submissions did not meet the nomination criteria.

The Arab Journalism Award was held as part of the 19th edition of the Arab Media Forum, which was also held virtually under the theme ‘Arab Media: The Future is Digital’. This year, the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Award decided to host the award ceremony virtually due to the current global challenges related to COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed in some countries.

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Netflix ends its awards season campaign for Shia LaBeouf amid abuse allegations

Netflix has removed Shia LaBeouf’s name and face from its For Your Consideration website promoting its upcoming drama Pieces Of A Woman.

As of Monday, the 34-year-old actor is nowhere to be found on the page, despite the fact that he plays one of the film’s lead roles.

Netflix’s lack of a campaign for his role comes after LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend FKA twigs sued him for sexual and physical assault earlier this month.

Missing: Netflix has ceased its awards season campaign for Shia LaBeouf, 34, who stars in its upcoming film Pieces Of A Woman; seen in January 2019 in Park City, Utah

So far, Netflix has not commented on LaBeouf’s absence from Pieces Of A Woman’s FYC campaign, though he was previously featured.

Bizarrely, Netflix’s synopsis lists the actor playing each character except for LaBeouf, even though his presence in the film has been widely reported.

The film’s star, Vanessa Kirby, is still campaigning for best actress awards, and six other actors are being promoted for the supporting categories.

Kirby and LaBeouf play the married couple Martha and Sean in Pieces Of A Woman.

Martha, who is pregnant, has a home birth with serious complications, and she later has to face the midwife (Molly Parker) in court. 

Abuse allegations: Netflix's lack of a campaign for LaBeouf comes after his ex-girlfriend FKA twigs sued him for sexual and physical assault earlier this month; seen in February in London

Abuse allegations: Netflix’s lack of a campaign for LaBeouf comes after his ex-girlfriend FKA twigs sued him for sexual and physical assault earlier this month; seen in February in London

Erased: Bizarrely, Netflix's synopsis lists the actor playing each character except for LaBeouf, even though his presence in the film has been widely reported; seen with Vanessa Kirby in Pieces Of A Woman

Erased: Bizarrely, Netflix’s synopsis lists the actor playing each character except for LaBeouf, even though his presence in the film has been widely reported; seen with Vanessa Kirby in Pieces Of A Woman

Drama: Kirby and LaBeouf play the married couple Martha and Sean. They deal with the tragedy of a botched home birth as she sues her negligent midwife (Molly Parker); still from Pieces Of A Woman

Drama: Kirby and LaBeouf play the married couple Martha and Sean. They deal with the tragedy of a botched home birth as she sues her negligent midwife (Molly Parker); still from Pieces Of A Woman

In the wake of her tragedy, she tries to heal her relationship with her husband while dealing with his domineering mother (played by Ellen Burstyn). 

Pieces Of A Woman has received strong reviews so far, and Kirby won the best actress prize at the Venice International Film Festival.

The film will be released in select theaters on December 30 and will stream on Netflix starting on January 7.

Scary: In FKA twigs' lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, she accused LaBeouf of 'relentless abuse' during their relationship, according to The New York Times; seen in June 2019

Scary: In FKA twigs’ lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, she accused LaBeouf of ‘relentless abuse’ during their relationship, according to The New York Times; seen in June 2019

In FKA twigs’ lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, she accused LaBeouf of ‘relentless abuse’ during their relationship, according to The New York Times.

The artist, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett, also accused the actor of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease.

She claimed that LaBeouf locked her in a room during another intense argument as she tried to leave Los Angeles to head back to her home in London. 

The actor allegedly had a minimum number of times per day that he required her to kiss and touch him. 

He allegedly kept a loaded handgun by the bed, and she feared getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night out of fear that he might mistake her for an intruder and shoot her. 

Frightening: She claimed that she woke up to the actor choking her one night, and that he knowingly gave her an STD; seen in November 2019 in LA

Frightening: She claimed that she woke up to the actor choking her one night, and that he knowingly gave her an STD; seen in November 2019 in LA

Costars: Barnett and LaBeouf first met on the set of his 2019 film Honey Boy before dating afterward; FKA twigs seen on the set of Honey Boy with star Noah Jupe

Costars: Barnett and LaBeouf first met on the set of his 2019 film Honey Boy before dating afterward; FKA twigs seen on the set of Honey Boy with star Noah Jupe

Barnett and LaBeouf first met on the set of his 2019 film Honey Boy before dating afterward.

The actor wrote the film, which was inspired by his childhood being raised by his abusive and neglectful father.

British actor Noah Jupe starred as a fictionalized version of LaBeouf as a child star working on a sometimes degrading television series, while Lucas Hedges was featured as an older version of the character who had become aggressive and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition to writing the film, LaBeouf starred as his own father in a role that was singled out for critical praise.

The film’s director, Alma Har’el, has since said she stands in ‘solidarity’ with Barnett.

‘I have a deep respect for FKA Twigs’ courage and resilience. Reading what she endured left me heartbroken and I stand with her in solidarity,’ the director said in a statement to Variety this Thursday.

'A deep respect': Alma Har'el, who directed LaBeouf and Barnett in Honey Boy, declared her 'solidarity' with the singer in a statement from Thursday

‘A deep respect’: Alma Har’el, who directed LaBeouf and Barnett in Honey Boy, declared her ‘solidarity’ with the singer in a statement from Thursday

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Cristiano Ronaldo receives the Golden Foot, one of the few awards Messi has never won | The opinion

The Portuguese has a new award in his window.

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Cristiano Ronaldo won a trophy that Lionel Messi has so far failed to achieve: Earlier this month, it was announced that the Juventus striker would receive the award Golden foot.

The Golden Foot, which was first awarded in 2003, is an award for active players over the age of 28 and can only be won once. The award has been won by players like Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and Ronaldinho.

The Portuguese star received the award on Sunday and he seemed pleased with his latest personal accolade. In keeping with tradition, Cristiano Ronaldo put his feet on cement and left his signature as well.

The Portuguese Golden Foot’s victory is not a surprise, as he has been in top form this year. The 35-year-old has scored 44 goals for Juve and the national team in 2020.

Only Robert Lewandowski has found the back of the net more times this year than Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Polish striker for Bayern Munich scoring 47 goals for the club and his country.

Messi is far behind the pair as he only found the back of the net 26 times.

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