In a place where most young men lived life in a revolving door between incarceration and the street, if they lived at all, Hezekiah escaped onto a path that would lead him to places he could scarcely have dreamed of as a boy.While mayhem and murder played itself out just beyond the walls of his family’s small apartment, inside those walls rang the sounds of sweet Gospel music, and the church, rather than the street, was the center of Hezekiah’s life as far back as he can remember.This already looks like one of the highly anticipated events of the 2016 calendar year.Pastor Shirley Caesar is without a doubt a Gospel music legend and icon.Paak POP FIELD Best Pop Vocal Album: 25 — Adele Purpose — Justin Bieber Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande Confident — Demi Lovato This Is Acting — Sia Best Pop Solo Performance: "Hello" — Adele "Hold Up" — Beyonce "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber "Piece By Piece (Idol Version)" — Kelly Clarkson "Dangerous Woman" — Ariana Grande Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Closer" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey "7 Years" — Lukas Graham "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake "Cheap Thrills" — Sia Featuring Sean Paul "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots 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 DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD Best Dance Recording: "Tearing Me Up" — Bob Moses "Don't Let Me Down" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya "Never Be Like You" — Flume Featuring Kai "Rinse & Repeat" — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo "Drinkee" — Sofi Tukker Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skin — Flume Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre Epoch — Tycho Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FIELD Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Human Nature — Herb Alpert When You Wish Upon a Star — Bill Frisell Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY — Steve Gadd Band Unpsoken — Chuck Loeb Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy ROCK FIELD 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" — Disturbed "Heathens" — Twenty One Pilots Best Metal Performance: "Shock Me" — Baroness "Slivera" — Gojira "Rotting in Vain" — Korn "Dystopia" — Megadeth "The Price Is Wrong" — Periphery Best Rock Song: "Blackstar" — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie) "Burn the Witch" —Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead) "Hardwired" — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica "Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots) "My Name Is Human" — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect) Best Rock Album: California — Blink-182 Tell Me I'm Pretty — Cage The Elephant Magma — Gojira Death Of A Bachelor — Panic!At The Disco Weezer — Weezer ALTERNATIVE FIELD Best Alternative Music Album: 22, A Million — Bon Iver Blackstar — David Bowie The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead R&B FIELD Best R&B Performance: "Turnin' Me Up" — BJ The Chicago Kid "Permission" — Ro James "I Do" — Musiq Soulchild "Needed Me" — Rihanna "Cranes in the Sky" — Solange Best Traditional R&B Performance: "The Three Of Me" — William Bell "Woman's World" — BJ The Chicago Kid "Sleeping With The One I Love" — Fantasia "Angel" — Lalah Hathaway "Can't Wait" — Jill Scott Best R&B Song: "Come and See Me" — J. Featuring Lil Yachty "Ultralight Beam" — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream "Famous" — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna Best Rap Song: "All The Way Up" — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared) "Famous" — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna) "Hotline Bling" — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake) "No Problem" — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) "Ultralight Beam" — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream) Best Rap Album: Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul Major Key — DJ Khaled Views — Drake Blank Face LP — Sc Hoolboy Q The Life of Pablo — Kanye West COUNTRY FIELD Best Country Solo Performance: "Love Can Go To Hell" — Brandy Clark "Vice" — Miranda Lambert "My Church" — Maren Morris "Church Bells" — Carrie Underwood "Blue Ain't Your Color" — Keith Urban Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "Different for Girls" — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King "21 Summer" — Brothers Osborne "Setting The World On Fire" — Kenny Chesney & P!It complements (but in no way replaces) promethazine with codeine, psychedelics and high-grade marijuana as a substance praised in popular song.Country music pretends toward wholesomeness, but mostly just picks a different poison.
Among other instances of collateral damage, Miley Cyrus' controversial performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards in August familiarized thousands with Molly, the powdered form of MDMA that is a popular recreational choice at parties and concerts.Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Party Next Door Featuring Drake) "Exchange" — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller) "Kiss It Better" — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna) "Lake By the Ocean" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) "Luv" — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez) Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lemonade — Beyoncé Ology — Gallant We Are King — KING Malibu — Anderson . nk "Jolene" — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton "Think Of You" — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope Best Country Song: "Blue Ain't Your Color" — Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban) "Die A Happy Man" — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett) "Humble and Kind" — Lori Mc Kenna, songwriter (Tim Mc Graw) "My Church" — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris) "Vice" — Miranda Lambert, Shane Mc Anally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert) Best Country Album: Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark Full Circle — Loretta Lynn Hero — Maren Morris A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson Ripcord — Keith Urban NEW AGE FIELD Best New Age Album: Orogen — John Burke Dark Sky Island — Enya Inner Passion — Peter Kater & Tina Guo Rosetta — Vangelis White Sun II — White Sun JAZZ FIELD Best Improvised Jazz Solo: "Countdown" — Joey Alexander, soloist "In Movement" — Ravi Coltrane, soloist "We See" — Fred Hersch, soloist "I Concentrate On You" — Brad Mehldau, soloist "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" — John Scofield, soloist Best Jazz Vocal Album: Sound Of Red — René Marie Upward Spiral — Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling Take Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter Harlem On My Mind — Catherine Russell The Sting Variations — The Tierney Sutton Band Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Book of Intuition — Kenny Barron Trio Dr.Paak Anti — Rihanna Best R&B Album: In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin Healing Season — Mint Condition Smoove Jones — Mya RAP FIELD Best Rap Performance: "No Problem" — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz "Panda" —Desiigner "Pop Style" — Drake Featuring The Throne "All The Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared "That Part" — Sc Hoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West Best Rap/Sung Performance: "Freedom" — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Hotline Bling" — Drake "Broccoli" — D. Um — Peter Erskine Sunday Night At The Vanguard — The Fred Hersch Trio Nearness — Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau Country For Old Men — John Scofield Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Real Enemies — Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Presents Monk'estra, Vol. (La Humanidad O Nosotros) — Illya Kuryaki & The Valderamas Buenaventura — La Santa Cecilia Los Rakas — Los Rakas Amor Supremo — Carla Morrison Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Raíces — Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga Hecho A Mano — Joss Favela Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol.1 — John Beasley Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles — John Daversa All L. Band — Bob Mintzer Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band Best Latin Jazz Album: Entre Colegas — Andy González Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw — Brian Lynch & Various Artists Canto América — Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta 30 - Trio Da Paz Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac — Chucho Valdés GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD Best Gospel Performance/Song: "It's Alright, It's OK" — Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters "You're Bigger [Live]" — Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter "Made A Way [Live]" — Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter "God Provides" — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter "Better" — Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: "Trust In You" — Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters "Priceless" — For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters "King of the World" — Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters "Thy Will" — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains "Chain Breaker" — Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters Best Gospel Album: Listen —Tim Bowman Jr. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández Generación Maquinaria Est.Fill This House — Shirley Caesar A Worshipper's Heart [Live] —Todd Dulaney Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin Demonstrate [Live] —William Murphy Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Poets & Saints — All Sons & Daughters American Prodigal — Crowder Be One — Natalie Grant Youth Revival [Live] — Hillsong Young & Free Love Remains — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Best Roots Gospel Album: Better Together — Gaither Vocal Band Nature's Symphony In 432 — The Isaacs Hymns — Joey Rory Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration — Gordon Mote God Don't Ever Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson — (Various Artists) LATIN FIELD Best Latin Pop Album: Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy Ilusión — Gaby Moreno Similares — Laura Pausini Seguir Latiendo — Sanalejo Buena Vida — Diego Torres Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: i Levitable — ile L. 2006 — La Maquinaria Norteña Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea Best Tropical Latin Album: Conexión — Fonseca La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell — Formell Y Los Van Van 35 Aniversario — Grupo Niche La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario — La Sonora Santanera Donde Están? — David Cross American Myth — Margaret Cho Boysih Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt MUSICAL THEATER Best Musical Theater Album: Bright Star — Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast) Fiddler On The Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast) Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast) Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia Di Giallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Amy — (Various Artists) Miles Ahead — Miles Davis & Various Artists) Straight Outta Compton — (Various Artists) Suicide Squad (Collector's Edition) — (Various Artists) Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 — (Various Artists) Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Bridge of Spies — Thomas Newman, composer Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight — Ennio Morricone, composer The Revenant — Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer Stranger Things Volume 1 — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers Stranger Things Volume 2 — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers Best Song Written For Visual Media: "Can't Stop The Feeling!When the final day of the Electric Zoo festival at Randall’s Island was canceled a week later, the drug was back in the news — Molly was blamed for the two deaths that prompted organizers to shut down the event.Fans of hip-hop and club music needed no introduction to Molly: rappers have been rhyming about it for a few years now.— Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD Best American Roots Performance: "Ain't No Man" — The Avett Brothers "Mother's Children Have A Hard Time" — Blind Boys Of Alabama "Factory Girl" — Rhiannon Giddens "House Of Mercy" — Sarah Jarosz "Wreck You" — Lori Mc Kenna Best American Roots Song: "Alabama At Night" — Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks) "City Lights" — Jack White, songwriter (Jack White) "Gulfstream" — Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars) "Kid Sister" — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers) "Wreck You" — Lori Mc Kenna & Felix Mc Teigue, songwriters (Lori Mc Kenna) Best Americana Album: True Sadness — The Avett Brothers This Is Where I Live — William Bell The Cedar Creek Sessions — Kris Kristofferson The Bird & The Rifle — Lori Mc Kenna Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers Best Bluegrass Album: Original Traditional — Blue Highway Burden Bearer — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The Hazel Sessions — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands North And South — Claire Lynch Coming Home — O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor Best Traditional Blues Album: Can't Shake The Feeling — Lurrie Bell Live At The Greek Theatre — Joe Bonamassa Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II) — Luther Dickinson The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers — Vasti Jackson Porcupine Meat — Bobby Rush Best Contemporary Blues Album: The Last Days Of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito Love Wins Again — Janiva Magness Bloodline — Kenny Neal Give It Back To You — The Record Company Everybody Wants A Piece — Joe Louis Walker Best Folk Album: Silver Skies Blue — Judy Collins & Ari Hest Upland Stories — Robbie Fulks Factory Girl — Rhiannon Giddens Weighted Mind — Sierra Hull Undercurrent — Sarah Jarosz Best Regional Roots Music Album: Broken Promised Land — Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard It's A Cree Thing — Northern Cree E Walea — Kalani Pe'a Gulfstream — Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country — (Various Artists) REGGAE FIELD Best Reggae Album: Sly & Robbie Presents... L Rose Petals — J Boog Ziggy Marley — Ziggy Marley Everlasting — Raging Fyah Falling Into Place — Rebelution Soja: Live In Virginia — Soja WORLD MUSIC FIELD Best World Music Album: Destiny — Celtic Woman Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers — Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Land Of Gold — Anoushka Shankar Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live — Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil CHILDREN'S FIELD Best Children's Album: Explorer Of The World — Frances England Infinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Novelties — Recess Monkey Press Play — Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could Saddle Up — The Okee Dokee Brothers SPOKEN WORD FIELD Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett M Train — Patti Smith Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L. Punk (John Doe With Tom De Savia) — (Various Artists) Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello COMEDY FIELD Best Comedy Album: ... " — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls "Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad "Just Like Fire" — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P! nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass "Purple Lamborghini" — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad "Try Everything" — Mikkel S.Hezekiah Walker is not a man who lives by the odds.One thing is for certain, The Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will not be the same after July 23rd.Bishop Hezekiah Walker brings together the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir for a gigantic reunion concert.A listener under the influence is free to lose herself into the groove, dissolve into sound, reach for transcendence.Musicians rhapsodize about Molly, weed, beer, amphetamines; they invent new code names for old vices.When they drop those names into songs, everybody cheers. Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Cissy Houston’s birthday services at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.