Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group consists of a trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher. Depeche Mode released their debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Founding member Vince Clarke left after the release of the album. Gore took over as primary songwriter and in 1982, Alan Wilder joined to fill Clarke's spot, establishing a lineup that continued for 13 years; the band's last albums of the 1980s, Black Celebration and Music for the Masses, established them as a dominant force within the electronic music scene. A highlight of this era was the band's June 1988 concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, where they drew a crowd in excess of 60,000 people. In early 1990, they released an international mainstream success; the following album, Songs of Faith and Devotion in 1993 was a success, though internal struggles within the band during recording and touring resulted in Wilder's departure in 1995.
Depeche Mode has had 17 top 10 albums in the UK chart. Q included the band in the list of the "50 Bands That Changed the World!". Depeche Mode rank number 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In December 2016, Billboard named Depeche Mode the 10th most successful dance club artist of all time. Depeche Mode's origins date to 1977, when schoolmates Vince Clarke and Andy Fletcher formed a Cure-influenced band called No Romance In China, with Clarke on vocals and guitar and Fletcher on bass guitar. Fletcher would recall, "Why am I in the band? It was accidental right from the beginning. I was forced to be in the band. I played the guitar and I had a bass. In 1979, Clarke played guitar in an "Ultravox rip-off band", The Plan, with friends Robert Marlow and Paul Langwith. In 1978–79, Martin Gore played guitar in an acoustic duo and the Worms, with school friend Phil Burdett on vocals. In 1979, Marlow and friend Paul Redmond formed a band called the French Look, with Marlow on vocals/keyboards, Gore on guitar and Redmond on keyboards.
In March 1980, Clarke and Fletcher formed a band called Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass. Soon after the formation of Composition of Sound, Clarke heard Wirral band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, whose output inspired him to make electronic music. Along with OMD, other early influences included Daniel Miller and Fad Gadget. Clarke and Fletcher switched to synthesisers, working odd jobs in order to buy the instruments, or borrowing them from friends. Dave Gahan joined the band in 1980 after Clarke heard him perform at a local Scout hut jam session, singing a rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes", Depeche Mode were born. Gahan's and Gore's favourite artists included Sparks and the Banshees, Cabaret Voltaire, Talking Heads and Iggy Pop; when explaining the choice for the new name, taken from French fashion magazine Dépêche mode, Gore said, "It means hurried fashion or fashion dispatch. I like the sound of that." However, the magazine's name is "Fashion News" or "Fashion Update".
Gore recalled that the first time the band played as Depeche Mode was a school gig in May 1980. There is a plaque commemorating the gig at the James Hornsby School in Basildon, where Gore and Fletcher were pupils; the band made their recording debut in 1980 on the Some Bizzare Album with the song "Photographic" re-recorded for their debut album Speak & Spell. The band made a demo tape but, instead of mailing the tape to record companies, they would go in and deliver it, they would demand the companies play it. They'd say'leave the tape with us' and we'd say'it's our only one'. We'd say goodbye and go somewhere else."According to Gahan, prior to securing their record contract, they were receiving offers from all the major labels. Phonogram offered them "money you could never have imagined and all sorts of crazy things like clothes allowances". While playing a live gig at the Bridge House in Canning Town, the band were approached by Daniel Miller, an electronic musician and founder of Mute Records, interested in their recording a single for his burgeoning label.
The result of this verbal contract was their first single, "Dreaming of Me", recorded in December 1980 and released in February 1981. It reached number 57 in the UK charts. Encouraged by this, the band recorded their second single, "New Life", which climbed to number 11 in the UK charts and got them an appearance on Top of the Pops; the band went to London by train. The band's next single was "Just Can't Get Enough"; the synth-pop single became the band's first UK top ten hit. The video is the only one of the band's videos to feature Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode's debut album, Speak & Spell, was released in October 1981 and peaked at number ten on the UK album charts. Critical reviews were mixed. Clarke began to voice his discomfort at the direction the band was taking, saying "there was never enough time to do anything. Not with all the interviews and photo sessions". Clarke said he was sick of touring, which G
Grammy Award for Best Music Film
The Grammy Award for Best Music Film is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony, established in 1958 and named the Gramophone Awards, to performers and producers of quality videos or musical programs. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position"; the category was preceded by the Grammy Award for Video of the Year, presented in 1982 and 1983, awarding long form videos in the budding music video market. The category was discontinued after 1983; the Best Music Film category is for concert/performance films or music documentaries. The eligibility rules have changed over the years; as of 2016, the main rules are: Concert/performance films or music documentaries released theatrically or for sale to the public for the first time or first appearing on television or online during the current eligibility year.
Music-related documentaries with a preponderance of performance-based material. While dramatic feature films and biopics are not eligible, films with fictional elements are eligible; the Best Music Film category is one of two categories in the Best Music Video/Film Field. The other one is Best Music Video, which recognises stand-alone videos of performance. Artists who are the focus of nominated films may not always be eligible for a Grammy themselves, depending on the type of film and the level of involvement of those artists in making the film; this category has undergone several name changes through the years: Best Video Album Best Music Video, Long Form Best Long Form Music Video Best Music Film In 1988 and 1989, the award criteria were changed and the video accolades were presented under the categories Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video. The awards were returned to the original format in 1990. Except in 1988 and 1989, the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video recipients include the artists and producers associated with the winning videos.
Singers Madonna and Sting hold the record for the most wins as a performer in this category, with two each, while there have been three films about The Beatles among the winners. However, in two instances, The Beatles were not recognized as individual winners. To date, three directors won the award twice: Jonas Akerlund and Bob Smeaton. Madonna holds the record for the most nomination with four; the British pop rock group Eurythmics and Beyoncé hold the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with three each. In 1984 and 1985, only the artists were presented with an award. In 1986 the award went to the video director. From 1987 onwards, the award has been presented to the artist, video director and video producer.. ^ Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.^ Director are only indicated if they were presented a Grammy Award.^ Award was not presented. Music video categories presented that year included Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video.^ Award not presented to the performing artist ^ Director unknown.
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MTV Europe Music Award
An MTV Europe Music Award is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture. It was conceived as an alternative to the MTV Video Music Awards, which are hosted annually in the United States; the Europe Music Awards are held every year in a different country. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest; the awards are a reflection of the continental music scene. They are representative of geographical origin and of achievement in diverse musical genres and disciplines, indicative of the diversity and scope of the accolade. Awards are amended and conceived to reflect the change of the music scene and its integral participation in social and economic circles. Since the 2007 ceremony, viewers are able to vote for their favourite artists in all general categories by visiting MTV's website; the 1st Europe Music Awards ceremony was held in 1994 at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The annual ceremony broadcast live on MTV Europe, Channel 5 and most of the international MTV channels as well as online. 1994: The first Europe Music Awards took place in Berlin, Germany, at the Brandenburg Gate and were held on November 24, 1994, five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hosted by Tom Jones, the show featured performances by Aerosmith, Björk, Take That and George Michael, who performed "Jesus to a Child" and "Freedom" surrounded by many famous models including Naomi Campbell. Presenters included East 17, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pamela Anderson and Helena Christensen, who kissed INXS's Michael Hutchence live on stage. Bono received the Free Your Mind Award on behalf of Amnesty International. 1995: French nuclear testing in the South Pacific got the most attention at the 1995 ceremony. During his acceptance speech after winning the award for Best Rock, Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi stated, "The only enemy is ignorance. Peace, people. Let's get rid of all this nuclear testing", while U2's Bono said, "What a city, what a night, what a crowd, what a bomb, what a mistake, what a wanker you have for a President."
Referring to nuclear testing. Greenpeace, the environmental group that has staged creative and controversial protests around the testing site at Mururoa Atoll, took the Free Your Mind award for its campaign against the underground nuclear blasts. "Stop abusing the earth," urged Madonna in a videotaped segment before designer agnès b. picked up the award for Greenpeace. 1996: During their performance Metallica performed the songs "Last Caress" and "So What?" instead of performing their single "King Nothing" as scheduled. The MTV executives told the band that they weren't allowed to use any curse words during their time on live TV, upset with the scripted, family-friendly MTV antics, Metallica played non-TV friendly songs; the song "So What?" is known for its amount of expletives and references to bestiality among many other controversial lyrics while "Last Caress" has lyrics pertaining to murder and rape. As a result of their performance Metallica's performance and references to Metallica have been removed from future broadcasts of the ceremony.
1997: U2 opened the show performing "Mofo" dressed in boxing gowns. The Prodigy were the big winners of the night, receiving three awards including Best Video. Björk became the first artist to be nominated in the category of Best Female for four consecutive years; the Landmine Survivors Network received the Free Your Mind Award for helping survivors to recover from war, rebuild their communities, break cycles of violence. 1998: Six new categories were introduced that year, including the MTV Selects. Faithless opened the show with "God is a DJ" and Madonna performed "The Power of Goodbye"; the big winner of the night were the Spice Madonna with two awards each. Mel C and Emma Bunton collected the trophy on behalf of the group. On receiving the award, Mel C shouted, "We've done it again, and a big hello from the other two", referring to Mel B and Victoria Adams, both of whom were pregnant and did not attend the ceremony. The Prodigy won Best Dance but according to their frontman, Liam Howlett, they had not done anything to deserve the accolade that year.
1999: Britney Spears was the big winner of the night winning four awards, including Best New Act and Best Song for "... Baby One More Time", she performed during the ceremony, entertaining the crowd with a medley of her songs "... Baby One More Time" and " Crazy"; the Free Your Mind Award, which honours an individual or organisation for aiding in humanitarian efforts and fighting prejudice, was given to Bono for his world peace work. Puff Daddy performed "My Best Friend" backed by a full gospel choir, followed by Iggy Pop, who stagedived into the crowd during the track "Lust for Life". Whitney Houston sang a medley of "Get It Back" and "My Love Is Your Love", while Mariah Carey performed "Heartbreaker". Marilyn Manson, who wore nothing but a G-string, closed the show with a performance of "Rock Is Dead". 2000: The show was hosted by Fugees's Wyclef Jean, who presented a variety of stars and outfits, including one consisting of boxer shorts only, after he jumped into the crowd and had his red leather suit ripped from him.
The performance of the Spice Girls during the ceremony was the last before their breakup. The most elaborate appearance was by Jennifer Lopez, who landed on stage in an aeroplane; the performance was a world premiere of her new song, "Love Don't Cost a Thing", taken from her forthcoming album, J. Lo. Madonna paid tribute to fellow performer Ky
"Personal Jesus" is a song by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 28 August 1989 as the lead single from their seventh album, Violator. It reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was their first to make the US Top 40 since 1984's "People Are People", was their first gold-certified single in the US. In Germany, "Personal Jesus" is one of the band's longest-charting songs, staying on the singles chart for 23 weeks. In 2004, "Personal Jesus" was ranked No. 368 in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", in September 2006 it was voted as one of the "100 Greatest Songs Ever" in Q magazine. "Personal Jesus" was rereleased as a single on 30 May 2011 for the Depeche Mode remix album Remixes 2: 81–11, with the leading remix by the production team Stargate. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Gravity Kills, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Cash and Sammy Hagar. "I was never a huge fan of synth music in the eighties," Hagar remarked, "but that song has a badass groove and a cool lyric."
The song was inspired by Me by Priscilla Presley. According to songwriter Martin Gore: It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis Presley was her man and her mentor and how that happens in love relationships. "Personal Jesus" is written in the key of F♯ minor with a tempo of 130 beats per minute in 128 time. In mid-1989, the band began recording in Milan with record producer Flood; the result of this session was the single "Personal Jesus", which featured a catchy bluesy riff and drum-based sound, radically different from anything the band had released thus far. The song became a big hit across the world, is one of Depeche Mode's most successful songs, along with the single "Enjoy the Silence". Although not the first Depeche Mode song to feature guitar parts, it was the first time a guitar was used as a dominant instrument in a Depeche Mode song. Prior to its release, advertisements were placed in the personal columns of regional newspapers in the UK with the words "Your own personal Jesus."
The ads included a phone number one could dial to hear the song. The ensuing controversy helped propel the single to No. 13 on the UK charts, becoming one of Depeche Mode’s biggest sellers. The single was successful commercially thanks to the fact that it was released six months prior to the album it would appear on. Up to that point, it was the best selling 12" single in Warner Bros. history."Personal Jesus" had a plethora of remixes unprecedented for Depeche Mode at the time. While most other Depeche Mode singles prior to "Personal Jesus" had band-made extended mixes, Depeche Mode started to invite more DJs and mixers to the fold, which would become the mainstay for all future Depeche Mode singles. François Kevorkian mixed the single version, the "Holier Than Thou Approach", the "Pump Mix", the lesser-known "Kazan Cathedral Mix", while producer Flood mixed the "Acoustic" version and the "Telephone Stomp Mix" as well as the single version and "Sensual Mix" of the single's B-side "Dangerous".
The "Hazchemix" and "Hazchemix Edit" of "Dangerous" were mixed by Daniel Miller. The back-cover of "Personal Jesus" features one of the band members and the back-side of a naked woman; the band member she is with depends on whether it is the 7" vinyl, the 12" vinyl, the cassette, or the original CD. On some copies she does not appear at all, such as the 2004 CD re-release, on promo copies. On some limited releases, like the GBong17, all four photos are available plus one photo of the full group with Martin hugging the woman; the Anton Corbijn-directed music video for "Personal Jesus" is his first Depeche Mode video in colour, features the band in a ranch, placed in the Tabernas Desert of Almería, in Spain. MTV edited out some suggestive mouth movements of Martin Gore during the bridge and replaced it with some other footage from the video. All songs written by Martin Gore. Francois Kevorkian Personal Jesus Personal Jesus Personal Jesus Personal Jesus Personal Jesus Flood Personal Jesus Dangerous Dangerous Daniel Miller Dangerous Dangerous "Personal Jesus 2011" is the remixed version of the single, released on 30 May 2011.
The digital single was released in the UK on 18 April 2011. It was released a day in the US. CD "Personal Jesus" – 3:57 "Personal Jesus" – 5:57 "Personal Jesus" – 7:26 "Personal Jesus" – 5:24 "Personal Jesus" – 6:2512" vinyl "Personal Jesus" – 5:54 "Personal Jesus" – 5:22 "Personal Jesus" – 3:56 "Personal Jesus" – 7:25 "Personal Jesus" – 6:25Digital Download "Personal Jesus" – 3:56 "Personal Jesus" – 3:27Beatport Exclusive Digital Download "Personal Jesus" (Er
"Suffer Well" is a song recorded by English electronic music band Depeche Mode from their eleventh studio album, Playing the Angel. It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2006 as the album's third single, their 43rd single overall, it is the first Depeche Mode single. It is the first Depeche Mode single that's not written by Martin Gore since "Just Can't Get Enough" in 1981, written by Vince Clarke and the first Depeche Mode single to be co-written with non-Depeche Mode members; the B-side for the single is "Better Days", a short song with an industrial-punk feel to it. The song "Suffer Well" was nominated in the category of "Best Dance Recording" at the 2007 Grammy Awards but lost to Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack"; the single version of the song adds a drum track to the song, is shorter. The video was filmed by Anton Corbijn and was his first music video for the band, excluding tour projections and promo videos, since "Useless" in 1997; the video features a cameo appearance by Gahan's wife, once as the angel and once as herself.
Another cameo is by Jonathan Kessler, who plays Gahan's limo driver. Other highlights include Fletcher as a groom, it features the disco ball seen in the cover art of "Suffer Well". "Suffer Well" reached number 38 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It reached number 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, the band's seventh song to top this chart. "Suffer Well" was added to the playlist of Xfm London on 27 February 2006. However, it failed to make the playlist of any BBC Radio station. Despite this, it entered the UK charts at number 12, beating the position achieved by "A Pain That I'm Used To". "Suffer Well" is written by Dave Gahan/Andrew Phillpott/Christian Eigner. "Better Days" and "The Darkest Star" are written by Martin Gore. List of number-one dance singles of 2006 General Specific Single information from the official Depeche Mode web site Allmusic review "Suffer Well" official music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest; the Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Game Awards; the first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012; the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, were held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Grammys had their origin in the Hollywood Walk of Fame project in the 1950s; as the recording executives chosen for the Walk of Fame committee worked at compiling a list of important recording industry people who might qualify for a Walk of Fame star, they realized there were many more people who were leaders in their business who would never earn a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
The music executives decided to rectify this by creating an award given by their industry similar to the Oscars and the Emmys. This was the beginning of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. After it was decided to create such an award, there was still a question of, they settled on using the name of the invention of Emile Berliner, the gramophone, for the awards, which were first given for the year 1958. The first award ceremony was held in two locations on May 4, 1959 - Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills California, Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, 28 Grammys were awarded; the number of awards given grew and fluctuated over the years with categories added and removed, at one time reaching over 100. The second Grammy Awards held in 1959, was the first ceremony to be televised, but the ceremony was not aired live until the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971; the gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado.
In 1990 the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger alloy less prone to damage, making the trophy bigger and grander. Billings developed a zinc alloy named grammium, trademarked; the trophies with the recipient's name engraved on them are not available until after the award announcements, so "stunt" trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast. By February 2009, a total of 7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded; the "General Field" are four awards. Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song if other than the performer. Album of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a full album if other than the performer. Song of the Year is awarded to the writer/composer of a single song. Best New Artist is awarded to a promising breakthrough performer who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist; the only two artists to win all four of these awards are Christopher Cross, who won all four in 1980, Adele, who won the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the other three in 2012 and 2017.
Other awards are given for performance and production in specific genres, as well as for other contributions such as artwork and video. Special awards are given for longer-lasting contributions to the music industry; because of the large number of award categories, the desire to feature several performances by various artists, only the ones with the most popular interest - about 10 to 12, including the four General Field categories and one or two categories in the most popular music genres - are presented directly at the televised award ceremony. The many other Grammy trophies are presented in a pre-telecast'Premiere Ceremony' earlier in the afternoon before the Grammy Awards telecast. On April 6, 2011, The Recording Academy announced a drastic overhaul of many Grammy Award categories for 2012; the number of categories was cut from 109 to 78. The most important change was the elimination of the distinction between male and female soloists and between collaborations and duo/groups in various genre fields.
Several categories for instrumental soloists were discontinued. Recordings in these categories now fall under the general categories for best solo performances. In the rock field, the separate categories for hard rock and metal albums were combined and the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category was eliminated due to a waning number of entries. In R&B, the distinction between best contemporary R&B album and other R&B albums has been eliminated, they now feature in general Best R&B Album category. In rap, the categories for best rap soloist and best rap duo or group have been merged into the new Best Rap Performance category; the most eliminations occurred in the roots category. Up to and including 2011, there were separate categories for various regional American music forms, such as Hawaiian music, Native American music and Zydeco/Cajun music. Due to the low number
Grammy Award for Best Music Video
The Grammy Award for Best Music Video is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony, established in 1958 and called the Gramophone Awards, to performers and producers of quality short form music videos. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". Called the Grammy Award for Best Video, Short Form, the award was first presented in 1984, as was a similar award for Best Long Form Music Video. From 1986 to 1997, the category name was changed to Short Form. However, in 1988 and 1989, the award criteria were changed and the video awards were presented under the categories Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video; the awards were returned to the original format in 1990. The category was called Best Short Form Music Video until 2012, from 2013 it was shortened to Best Music Video.
Award recipients include the performers and producers associated with the winning videos. Johnny Cash, Peter Gabriel, Kendrick Lamar, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson hold the record for the most wins as a performer in this category, with two each. Mark Romanek holds the record for the most wins as a director, with a total of three. Icelandic singer Björk holds the record for the most nominations as a performer without a win, with four. ^ Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.^ Director are only indicated if they were presented a Grammy Award.^ Award was not presented. Music video categories presented this year included Best Concept Music Video and Best Performance Music Video. Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video List of Grammy Award categories List of most expensive music videos One shot Official website of the Grammy Awards