Grammy Moments

Music’s biggest day was packed with music, awards and friends for the Utalk crew. In case you missed it here’s a rundown of some of the highlights..

It began with a Pre-Grammy meet and greet at the Marriott Hotel. Next was the Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater where the first Grammy awards of the day in 70 categories were presented. Special performances included music legend Judy Collins, the O’Conner Band and Ziggy Marley.


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After this came the 59th Grammy Awards show live from Staples Center. Host James Corden kicked it off with poetry and pratfalls. It turned out to be one of the best shows in the past few years with an amazing line up of performers including Adele, Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga and Metallica, Little Big Town. Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Weekend, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Demi Lovato.

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Corden even managed to include a Carpool Karaoke segment with Neil Diamond leading a “car-full of friends” – J-Lo, John Legend, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Ryan Tedder, Jason Derulo and almost 15,000 people in the arena – in his timeless hit “Sweet Caroline.

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There was a  tribute to the Bee Gees featuring Demi Lavoto, Andra Day and Tori Kelly celebrating the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Bruno Mars and The Time took to center stage at Staples Center to perform a medley of Prince’s greatest hits. Mars brought the house down with his own rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy.” He channeled Prince’s signature style in a purple sequined suit, ruffled white blouse and black eyeliner.

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And, in true rock n’ roll fashion, there was a major equipment malfunction during Lady Gag and Metallica’s performance. Lead singer James Hetfield’s microphone didn’t work at all. For the first few bars of the performance the audience was treated to simply Gaga’s voice. But, ever the pioneering professionals, they made do: Gaga and James simply shared a microphone. They didn’t let it get them down, and Gaga in particular didn’t let it get in the way of her desire to crowd surf. The singer threw herself into the arms of her adoring public, Could it have been a time warp back to 1985?

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Adele got bleeped during her tribute song to George Michael. John Legend and Cynthia Erivo used the Beach Boys “God Only Knows” in a memorial tribute to all the artists the industry had recently lost, but didn’t include a moment of remembrance for singer Christina Grimmie who was killed at a tour stop in Orlando, Florida last June. A Tribe called Quest paid tribute to Phife Dawg that included the strongest political statement of the night.

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Grammy Award presenters included DNCE, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Nick Jonas, Paris Jackson, The Chainsmokers, John Travolta and Ryan Seacrest.

Here’s a quick look at some of the night’s big winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year: Adele, “Hello”

Album of the Year: Adele, 25

Song of the Year: Adele, “Hello”

Best Rap Album: Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beyoncé, Lemonade

Best Country Solo Performance: Maren Morris, “My Church”

Best Rock Song: David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, 25

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, “Hello”

Best Alternative Music Album: David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Rock Album: Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty

Best Rap Song: Drake, “Hotline Bling”

For more details, performances and a complete list of winners go to:

Super Bowl Ads, Social Media & Gaga


Movie Ads

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Guardians of the Galaxy made a lot of noise on Twitter during the Super Bowl but 24 hours after the game the most-viewed movie ad on social media was the Fate of the Furious with a jaw-dropping 42.27 million views according to social media monitor RelishMix. People are still watching it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This year’s trailer traffic was huge compared to the top two totals last year with Captain America: Civil War and Jason Bourne coming in at a combined total at just over half of Fate of the Furious.

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Why the enormous difference? One word: Facebook. The social media portal — even if a studio buys ads on it– has a laser-sharp ability to zero in on a film’s target audience. IMore studios are beginning to drop their trailers first on Facebook before YouTube.

If you haven’t seen the trailer check the non-stop action out on Youtube

Lady Gaga

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Even though most people would say Gaga’s Super Bowl performance was one of the best seen in recent years, trolls attacked her body shape.

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In spite of the stunning high energy one-woman show that soared on the star power and tireless energy of Gaga, she was body-shamed by critics for having a “pot belly.” The trendsetter has been very vocal about her past struggles with anorexia and bulimia.

Gaga posted a passionate reply on Instagram that’s great advice for anyone struggling with self-worth.

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, Gaga.”

Wow! Well said Gaga! If you’re struggling with self-worth or trying to cater to someone else’s expectations and need some encouragement or advice reach out to us. Remember, Utalk is all about you talking to us. You can reach us at:, and @utalkradio on social media.

BTW…in case you missed Lady Gaga’s halftime show check it out on Youtube.


The People have Spoken

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The 43rd People’s Choice Awards – fan faves in Movies, Music & TV – were held on Wednesday, January 18. Host Joel McHale took center stage and steered clear of politics at this year’s festivities which was broadcasted live from Microsoft Theater in LA.

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Did you see the show? Any surprises for you? Disappointments that one or more of your faves that didn’t get a trophy?

Hollywood couldn’t have been more excited with the big names who attended and those who won at the annual awards show. Ellen set a record picking up 3 trophies for a total of 20 wins.  It took 30 years but the cast of ‘Fuller House’ finally won a People’s Choice Award.

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In case you missed the broadcast here’s a complete list of winners by category.

Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp

Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds

Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Action MovieDeadpool

Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie

Favorite Dramatic MovieMe Before You

Favorite Comedic MovieBad Moms

Favorite MovieFinding Dory

Favorite Network TV ComedyThe Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedy TV Actress: Sofia Vergara

Favorite Thriller MovieThe Girl on the Train

Favorite TV ShowOutlander

Favorite New TV ComedyMan With a Plan

Favorite New TV DramaThis Is Us

Favorite Group: Fifth Harmony

Favorite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: Matt LeBlanc

Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell

Favorite Competition TV ShowThe Voice

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: G-Easy

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra

Favorite Premium Series Actress: Sarah Jessica Parker

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Cable TV ComedyBaby Daddy

Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory

Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Justin Chambers

Favorite Breakout Artist: Niall Horan

Favorite Cable TV DramaBates Motel

Favorite Cable TV Actor: Freddie Highmore

Favorite Cable TV Actress: Vera Fermiga

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor: Sam Heughan

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress: Caitriona Balfe

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Female Artist: Britney Spears

Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group: Little Big Town

Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Pop Artist: Britney Spears

Favorite Social Media Celebrity: Britney Spears

Favorite Animated TV ShowThe Simpsons

Favorite Daytime TV Hosting TeamGood Morning America

Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy ShowOutlander

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy ShowSupernatural

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: The Walking Dead

Favorite Comedic Collaboration: Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres’ Mall Mischief

Favorite Social Media Star: Cameron Dallas

Favorite Premium Drama SeriesOrange Is the New Black

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon

Favorite TV Crime DramaCriminal Minds

Favorite Network TV Drama: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite YouTube Star: Lilly Singh

Favorite Premium Comedy Series: Fuller House 

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks

Favorite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton

Favorite Album: Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Blake Lively

Favorite Premium Series Actor: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favorite Song: Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Kevin Hart

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Humanitarian: Tyler Perry