Monday, February 1, 2010

Yamaha's Online Services Grammy Wrap-Up

Last night's Grammy awards ceremony certainly did not disappoint. With everything from an unexpected piano duet between a fake blood spattered Elton John and Lady Gaga, to a moving tribute to Michael Jackson from Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson, and Jennifer Hudson, to outstanding performances from Beyonce and Pink, those of us watching at home no doubt went to bed with our hunger for musical spectacles satisfied.

Unfortunately, though, some of our beloved Grammy nonimated PianoSoft artists, Philippe Saisse, Bob Florence, Tom Zink and Jim Brickman did go home disappointed after missing out on awards last night. The legendary Chick Corea, however, both a Yamaha artist and a PianoSoft artist, beat out a field that included Pat Metheny and Allen Toussaint to win the Grammy for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group" for his album with John McLaughlin and the Five Peace Band, Five Peace Band - Live.  Prolific PianoSoft artist Bill Cunliffe also took home an award for "Best Instrumental Arrangement", commending his work on the song "West Side Story Medley" from Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute To Oscar Peterson.

Of course, the awards weren't just about breathtaking performances or congratulating our Yamaha family, they were also about recognizing all of the great music that has been produced over the past year. And now you can give them your own recognition by learning and playing them on your keyboard! We have MIDI versions of tons of Grammy winning songs that you can load on your keyboard to play along with, as well as downloadable sheet music you can use to learn the songs.

Keep reading for a full list of 2010's Grammy award winning songs, available in MIDI versions for your instrument from Yamaha MusicSoft or Internet Direct Connection.

Record of the Year, Best Rock Song & Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
MIDI | Sheet Music

Album of the Year & Best Country Album
Fearless - Taylor Swift (featuring "Love Story")
MIDI | Sheet Music

Song of the Year, Best R&B Song & Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce
MIDI | Sheet Music

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Halo - Beyonce
Sheet Music

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
MIDI | Sheet Music

Best Dance Recording
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
MIDI | Sheet Music

Best Electronic/Dance Album
The Fame - Lady Gaga (featuring "Paparazzi")
MIDI | Sheet Music

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden (featuring "Home")
MIDI | Sheet Music

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Working On a Dream - Bruce Springsteen

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
I Told You So - Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis

Best Instrumental Arrangement
West Side Story Medley - Bill Cunliffe

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group
Five Peace Band: Live - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

In addition to providing new songs, styles, lessons, and streaming radio for your instrument, Internet Direct Connection also offers a variety of free music and tools such instrument setups, registration patches and two free radio channels. If you're new to Internet Direct Connection, you can get tons of information at our Online Services website.

- Doug