Monday, February 29, 2016

FINALLY! DiCaprio Gets Gold...Check out the complete list of Oscars 2016 Winners


The 88th Annual Academy Awards took place yesterday at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood. Inevitably this time around, Leonardo DiCaprio finally gets his elusive Oscar for his lead role in The Revenant and receives a long, standing ovation as deserved.

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CHILDREN! FOLLOW THE WAY – Monday February 29th 2016

TOPIC: CHILDREN! FOLLOW THE WAY

Memorize: My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother Proverbs 1:8

Read: Ephesians 6:1-3,
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Bible in one year: John 4:30-5:18, Job 30:16-23

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Quick One: Solve the Drill! (Photo)


Hi guys, look deep into the picture and solve that drill. I found two ways around it already. Put your thinking caps on and drop your comments below. Get smart! *winks*

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Saturday February 27th 2016

TOPIC: LOVE, THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW I


Memorize: These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:17

Read: 1st Corinthians 13:1-3, 

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Bible in one year: John 1:1-3:15, Job 29:21-30:8

Friday, February 26, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Friday February 26th 2016

TOPIC: ABUNDANT LIFE AFTER DEATH 


Memorize: And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Revelation 21:6

Read: Revelation 21:1-7, 

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Bible in one year: Luke 23:6-24:53. Job 29:7-20

Thursday, February 25, 2016

QUICK TIP FOR THE DAY


I know a lot of people love feasting on junks; cookies, pies, pizzas, chocolates, cakes and all. I could be guilty at times too...lol. But as much as we like to indulge ourselves with these things, the least we can do is know how to burn out the calories consumed.

As shown above, 1 small chocolate chip cookie contains about 50 calories, and would require 10 minutes of BRISK walking. And the time multiplies as you eat more. So let it always ring in your mind what you have to do when you are about to eat these things. The use of a treadmill is equally effective, so you can subscribe to a gym or get a personal one if you can.


Have a good day guys.

Check out these Unbelievable Facts!!!



These are a few more weird and unbelievable facts, most of which we probably never knew before. Check them out!

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Thursday February 25th 2016

TOPIC: HELL IS REAL


Memorize: And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:23

Read: Luke 16:19-31, 

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Wednesday February 24th 2016

TOPIC: HEAVEN: ARE YOU PREPARED?  


Memorize: Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1

Read: 2nd Timothy 4:6-8, 

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Bible in one year: Luke 19:28-21:24, Job 28:7-19

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The TITANIC II Project is Underway!



Yes, Titanic II project is underway, and I’m not talking about a sequel to the movie. It is about a project similar to the infamous one undertaken over a hundred years back and it's exciting.

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Tuesday February 23rd 2016

TOPIC: HOW OLD ARE YOU? 


Memorize: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto
wisdom. Psalms 90:12

Read: Psalms 90:1-12, 

1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

Monday, February 22, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Monday February 22nd 2016

 TOPIC: APOSTATE OR REFORMER? 


Memorize: Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. James 5:4

Read: 1st Kings 18:41-46, 

41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Bible in one year: Luke 14:25-17:10, Job 27:1-12

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Things About Kim Kardashian You Never Knew


Over the years, Kim Kardashian has been famous for so many reasons. She has never been away from the spotlight. But I guess being a mother now has helped her lay back a little bit. Moreover, she is not getting any younger, and the baton now has been passed on to the young soldiers Kylie and Kendall...lol
These are a few things you probably didn't know about this all round celebrity:

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional - Sunday February 21st 2016

TOPIC: BLESSINGS OF KNOWING THE TRUE GOD


Memorize: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Daniel 11:32

Read: 1st Kings 18:21-24, 

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

Bible in one year: Luke 12:35-14:24, Job 26

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Check Out these 5 Health Benefits of Green Tea


Tea is one of the most valued and widely consumed drinks in the world. Besides being a delicious, inexpensive beverage that has no calories, tea has a unique set of natural chemicals that provide various therapeutic benefits. As more research is conducted, tea, specifically green and black, demonstrates significant antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticavity properties.

Here are a few benefits of green tea:

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Saturday February 20th 2016

TOPIC: BEWARE OF DECEIVERS II 


Memorize: But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2nd Timothy 4:5

Read: Romans 16:17-20, 

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Bible in one year: Luke 11:1-12:34, Job 24:21-25:6

Friday, February 19, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Friday February 19th 2016

TOPIC: BEWARE OF DECEIVERS I 


Memorize: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2nd Timothy 3:16

Read: 2nd Timothy 3:1-8, 

1 Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with diverse lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

Bible in one year: Luke 9:21-10:42, Job 24:9-20

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Thursday February 18th 2016

TOPIC: THE GREAT HELPER 


Memorize: My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalms 121:2

Read: Psalms 121:1-8, 

1
 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Bible in one year: Luke 8:1-9:20, Job 23:14-24:8

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Wednesday February 17th 2016

TOPIC: TIME TO FIGHT II 


Memorize: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5

Read: 1st Timothy 6:6-12, 

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Bible in one year: Luke 6:17-7:50, Job 23:1-13

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

GRAMMYS 2016: Full List of Winners


The highly revered show held yesterday at Los Angeles, California, and for the fifth year in a row, LL Cool J was the host. The night started and ended with a bang, featuring performances from a staggering list of superstars, including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more!

The full and very long list of nominees and winners is below, and there was some really tough competition among the contenders. The big winner was Taylor Swift with 3 awards, but there were many double award winners though, including The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and more.



The most controversial category was the album of the year, that many thought Kendrick Lamar was the one to beat, but Taylor Swift won the award making her the first woman to win that category twice for the first time ever.

Check the full list below:



RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Really Love” — D’Angelo and the Vanguard
WINNER: “Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
WINNER: 1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness — The Weeknd

BEST NEW ARTIST
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
WINNER: Meghan Trainor

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“What Kind of Man” — Florence & The Machine
“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM
An American in Paris
Fun Home
WINNER: Hamilton
The King And I 
Something Rotten!

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush” — Little Big Town
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Montevallo — Sam Hunt
Pain Killer — Little Big Town
The Blade — Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
WINNER: Traveller — Chris Stapleton

BEST RAP ALBUM
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late — Drake
WINNER: To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Ship to Wreck” — Florence & The Machine
“Sugar” — Maroon 5
WINNER: “Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Heartbeat Song” — Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do” — Ellie Goulding
WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

BEST RAP SONG
“All Day” — Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West
WINNER: “Alright” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Pharrell Williams
“Energy” — Drake
“Glory” — Common & John Legend
“Trap Queen” — Fetty Wap

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“LSD” — A$AP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” — The Dead Weather
“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
WINNER: “Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom” — Pharrell Williams



BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Apparently” — J. Cole
“Back To Back” — Drake
“Trap Queen” — Fetty Wap
WINNER: “Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter” — Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
“All Day” — Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

BEST MUSIC FILM
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Sonic Highways
What Happened, Miss Simone?
The Wall
WINNER: Amy

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Piece By Piece — Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful — Florence & The Machine
Uptown Special — Mark Ronson
WINNER: 1989 — Taylor Swift
Before This World — James Taylor

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
WINNER: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2
Selma

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
WINNER: Birdman
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” — The Weeknd
WINNER: “Glory” — Common & John Legend
“Love Me Like You D” — Ellie Goulding
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
“Til It Happens To You” — Lady Gaga

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart — Miguel
WINNER: Beauty Behind the Madness — The Weeknd

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG
“Worth [Live]” —Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
WINNER: “Wanna Be Happy?” — Kirk Franklin
“Intentional” — Travis Greene
“How Awesome is Our God [Live]” — Israel & NewBreed featuring Yolanda Adams
“Worth Fighting For [Live]” — Brian Courtney Wilson

BEST LATIN POP ALBUM
Terral — Pablo Alborán
Healer — Alex Cuba
WINNER: A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Album) — Ricky Martin
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Amanecer — Bomba Estereo
Mondongo — La Cuneta Son Machín
WINNER: Hasta La Raíz — Natalia Lafourcade
Caja de Música — Monsieur Periné
Dale — Pitbull

BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)
Mi Vicio Mas Grande — Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga
Ya Dime Adiós — La Maquinaria Norteña
Zapateando — Los Cojolites
WINNER: Realidades (Deluxe Edition) —Los Tigres Del Norte
Tradición, Arte Y Pasión — Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano

BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto — José Alberto “El Canario” & Septeto Santiaguero
WINNER: Son De Panamá — Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra
Presente Continuo — Guaco
Todo Tiene Su Hora — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
Que Suenen Los Tambores — Victor Manuelle

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
“And Am I Born To Die” — Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
“Born to Play Guitar” — Buddy Guy
“City Of Our Lady” — The Milk Carton Kids
“Julep” — Punch Brothers
WINNER: “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” — Mavis Staples

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG
“All Night Long” — The Mavericks
“The Cost Of Living” — Don Henley & Merle Haggard
“Julep” — Punch Brothers
“The Traveling Kind” — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
WINNER: “24 Frames” — Jason Isbell

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
WINNER: Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
Mono — The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
Pocket Full of Keys — Dale Ann Bradley
Before The Sun Goes Down — Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
In Session — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Man of Constant Sorrow — Ralph Stanley & Friends
WINNER: The Muscle Shoals Recordings — The Steeldrivers

BEST BLUES ALBUM
Descendants of Hill Country — Cedric Burnside Project
Outskirts of Love — Shemekia Copeland
WINNER: Born to Play Guitar — Buddy Guy
Worthy — Bettye LaVette
Muddy Waters 100 — John Primer & Various Artists

BEST FOLK ALBUM
Wood, Wire & Words — Norman Blake
WINNER: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn — Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Tomorrow Is My Turn — Rhiannon Giddens
Servant of Love — Patty Griffin
Didn’t He Ramble — Glen Hansard

BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM
WINNER: Go Go Juice — Jon Cleary
La La La La — Natalie Ai Kamauu
Kawaiokalena — Keali’i Reichel
Get Ready — The Revelers
Generations — Windwalker And the MCW

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
WINNER: “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite” — Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa
“Civil War” — Bob Mintzer Big Band
“Confetti Man” — Turtle Island Quartet
“Neil” — University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band
“Vesper” — Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPELLA
“Bruno Mars” — Vocally Challenged
WINNER: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” — Pentatonix
“Do You Hear What I Hear” — Committed
“Ghost of A Chance” — Bob James & Nathan East
“You and the Night and the Music” — John Fedchock New York Big Band

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS
“Be My Muse” — Lorraine Feather
“52nd & Broadway” — Patrick Williams featuring Patti Austin
“Garota De Ipanema” — Catina DeLuna featuring Otmaro Ruiz
WINNER: “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) — David Bowie
“When I Come Home” — Jimmy Greene with Javier Colon

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL
Blanton Alspaugh
Manfred Eicher
Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
Dan Merceruio
WINNER: Judith Sherman

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Alagoas — Alagoas
Bush — Snoop Dogg
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe Edition) — Florence + The Machine
My Happiness — Elvis Presley
WINNER: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys — Asleep At The Wheel

BEST ALBUM NOTES
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings From the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 — Various Artists
Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection — Lead Belly
WINNER: Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to be Danced — Joni Mitchell
Portrait of an American Singer — Tennessee Ernie Ford
Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings, 1916-1925 — Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra

BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE
Beneath the Skin (Deluxe Box Set) —Of Monsters And Men
I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl) — Father John Misty
WINNER: The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32) — Various Artists
Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition) — The Rolling Stones
30 Trips Around the Sun — Grateful Dead
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Deluxe Box Set) — The Decemberists

BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
WINNER: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol 11 — Bob Dylan and the Band
The Complete Concert by the Sea — Erroll Garner
Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 — Various Artists
Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947-1959 — Various Artists
Songs My Mother Taught Me — Fannie Lou Hamer

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL
Before this World — James Taylor
Currency of Man — Melody Gardot
Recreational Love — The Bird and the Bee
WINNER: Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Wallflower — Diana Krall

BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
“Berlin by Overnight (CFCF Remix)”
“Hold On (Fatum Remix)”
“Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix)”
“Say My Name (RAC Remix)”
WINNER: “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”

BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM
Amdahl: Astrongnosia & Aesop
WINNER: Amused To Death
Magnificat
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7
Spes

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Guitar in the Space Age! — Bill Frisell
Love Language — Wouter Kellerman
Afrodeezia — Marcus Miller
WINNER: Sylva — Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest
The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV — Kirk Whalum

BEST NEW AGE ALBUM
WINNER: Grace — Paul Avgerinos
Bhakti Without Borders — Madi Das
Voyager — Catherine Duc
Love — Peter Kater
Asia Beauty — Ron Korb

BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO
“Giant Steps” — Joey Alexander
WINNER: “Cherokee” — Christian McBride
“Arbiters of Evolution” — Donny McCaslin
“Friend or Foe” — Joshua Redman
“Past Present” — John Scofield

BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein — Karrin Allyson
Find A Heart — Denise Donatelli
Flirting With Disaster — Lorraine Feather
Jamison — Jamison Ross
WINNER: For One to Love — Cécil McLorin Salvant

BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
Breathless — Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capital Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
WINNER: Past Present — John Scofield

BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Lines of Color — Gil Evans Project
Köln — Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Bana
Cuba: The Conversation Continues — Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
WINNER: The Thompson Fields — Maria Schneider Orchestra
Home Suite Home — Patrick Williams

BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
WINNER: Made In Brazil — Eliane Elias
Impromptu — The Rodriguez Brothers
Suite Caminos — Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Intercambio — Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Identities are Changeable — Miguel Zenón

BEST REGGAE ALBUM
Branches of the Same Tree — Rocky Dawuni
The Cure — Jah Cure
Acousticalevy — Barrington Levy
Zion Awake — Luciano
WINNER: Strictly Roots — Morgan Heritage

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo — Gilberto Gil
WINNER: Sings — Angelique Kidjo
Music From Inala — Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Ella Spira & The Inala Ensemble
Home — Anoushka Shankar
I Have No Everything Here —Zomba Prison Project

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
¡Come Bien! Eat Right! — José-Luis Orozco
Dark Pie Concerns — Gustafer Yellowgold
WINNER: Home — Tim Kubart
How Great Can This Day Be —Lori Henriques
Trees — Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly

BEST SPOKEN WORLD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS & STORYTELLING)
Blood on Snow (Jo Nesbø) —Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
WINNER: A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety — Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Back to the Drawing Board — Lisa Lampanelli
Brooklyn — Wyatt Cenac
Happy. And A Lot. — Jay Mohr
Just Being Honest — Craig Ferguson
WINNER: Live at Madison Square Garden — Louis C.K.

BEST OPERA RECORDING
“Janáček: Jenůfa”
“Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria”
“Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail”
WINNER: “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortiléges; Shéhérazade”
“Steffani: Niobe, Regina Di Tebe”

BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
“Beethoven: Missa Solemnis”
“Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610”
“Pablo Neruda - The Poet Sings”
“Paulus: Far In The Heavens”
WINNER: “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”

BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
“Brahms: The Piano Trios”
WINNER: “Filament”
“Flaherty: Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics”
“Render”
“Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2”

BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
WINNER: “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”
“Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos”
“Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 7”
“Rachmaninov Variations”
“Rzewski: The People United Will Never be Defeated!”

BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL ALBUM
Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Haydn: English Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata
WINNER: Joyce & Tony — Live from Wigmore Hall
Nessun Dorma — The Puccini Album
Rouse: Seeing; Kabir Padavali
St. Petersburg

BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest
Norman: Play
WINNER: Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances
Tower: Stroke
Wolfe: Anthracite Fields

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
WINNER: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern — Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Shadows In the Night — Bob Dylan
Stages — Josh Groban
No One Ever Tells You — Seth MacFarlane
My Dream Duets — Barry Manilow (& Various Artists)

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” — The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip
“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
WINNER: “Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Our Love — Caribou
Born in the Echoes — The Chemical Brothers
Caracal — Disclosure
In Colour — Jamie xx
WINNER: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü — Skrillex and Diplo

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
“Identity” — August Burns Red
WINNER: “Cirice” — Ghost
“512” — Lamb of God
“Thank You” — Sevendust
“Custer” — Slipknot

BEST ROCK SONG
WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Hold Back The River” — James Bay
“Lydia” — Highly Suspect
“What Kind of Man” — Florence & The Machine

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Chaos and the Calm — James Bay
Kintsugi — Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum — Highly Suspect
WINNER: Drones — Muse
.5: The Gray Chapter — Slipknot

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
WINNER: Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“If I Don’t Have You” — Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up” — Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater” — Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes” — Jeremih featuring J. Cole
WINNER: “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Gray)” — The Weeknd

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“He is” — Faith Evans
WINNER: “Little Ghetto Boy” — Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn” — Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame” — Tyrese
“My Favorite Part of You” — Charlie Wilson

BEST R&B SONG
“Coffee” — Miguel
“Let It Burn” — Jazmine Sullivan
WINNER: “Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Shame” — Tyrese
"Earned It (Fifty Shades of Gray)" — The Weeknd

BEST R&B ALBUM
Coming Home — Leon Bridges
WINNER: Black Messiah — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
Cheers To The Fall — Andra Day
Reality Show — Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie —Charlie Wilson

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“One Man Can Change the World” — Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory” — Common & John Legend
“Classic Man” — Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
WINNER: “These Walls” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only” — Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Burning House” — Cam
WINNER: “Traveller” — Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns” — Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” — Keith Urban
“Chances Are” — Lee Ann Womack

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Stay A Little Longer” — Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You” — Joey+Rory
“The Driver” — Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
WINNER: “Girl Crush” — Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight” — Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

BEST COUNTRY SONG
“Chances Are” — Lee Ann Womack
“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” — Tim McGraw
WINNER: “Girl Crush” — Little Big Town
“Hold My Hand” — Brandy Clark
“Traveller” — Chris Stapleton

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG
WINNER: “Holy Spirit” — Francesca Battistelli
“Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” — Crowder
“Because He Lives (Amen)” — Matt Maher
“Soul On Fire” — Third Day featuring All Sons & Daughters
“Feel It” — Tobymac featuring Mr. Talkbox

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
Destined To Win [Live] — Karen Clark Sheard
Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live —Tasha Cobbs
WINNER: Covered: Alive In Asia [Live] — Israel & NewBreed
Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
WINNER: This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM
WINNER: Still Rockin’ My Soul — The Fairfield Four
Pray Now — Karen Peck & New River
Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know) — Point of Grace

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
WINNER: Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
WINNER: Ask Your Mama
Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’
Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D’Ulisse In Patria
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’

BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
“Bruckner: Symphony No. 4”
“Dutilleux: Métaboles; L’Arbre Des Songes; Symphony No. 2, ‘Le Double’”
WINNER: “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow - Symphony No. 10”
Spirit of The American Range
Zhou Long & Chen Yi: Symphony ‘Humen 1839’”

BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
As Dreams Fall Apart — The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music (1925-1955)
Ask Your Mama
WINNER: Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto
Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato, 1740

Woman at the New Piano

Alone With God (OPEN HEAVENS Devotional)

OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Tuesday February 16th 2016

 TOPIC: TIME TO FIGHT  I


Memorize: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Read: 1st Timothy 4:1-6,

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

Bible in one year: Luke 4:16-6:16, Job 22:12-30

Monday, February 15, 2016

Beware of ‘TEXT NECK’!!!…Make Sure your Head is Up


                                             

Imagine carrying an 8-year-old around your neck several hours per day. The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. As the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase.
That’s the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine. Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.


Just look around you, everyone has their heads down. Smartphone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over, reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours per year people are putting stress on their spines, according to the research. And high-schoolers might be the worst. They could conceivably spend an additional 5,000 hours in this position, Hansraj said.

“The problem is really profound in young people,” he said. “With this excessive stress in the neck, we might start seeing young people needing spine care. I would really like to see parents showing more guidance.”
Medical experts have been warning people for years. Some say for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.


Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association‘s Private Practice Section, said the effect is similar to bending a finger all the way back and holding it there for about an hour.

“As you stretch the tissue for a long period of time, it gets sore, it gets inflamed,” he said. It can also cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated disks and, over time, it can even remove the neck’s natural curve.

Poor posture can cause other problems as well. Experts say it can reduce lung capacity by as much as 30 percent. It has also been linked to headaches and neurological issues, depression and heart disease.

“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over,” according to the research.

Hansraj gave smartphone users tips to avoid pain:

  • Look down at your device with your eyes. No need to bend your neck.
  • Exercise: Move your head from left to right several times. Use your hands to provide resistance and push your head against them, first forward and then backward. Stand in a doorway with your arms extended and push your chest forward to strengthen “the muscles of good posture”

Technology is highly necessary and essential, but your just have to be cognizant of where your head is in space. Continue to enjoy your smartphones and continue to enjoy this technology. Just make sure your head is up!

Alone With God (OPEN HEAVENS Devotional)

OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Monday February 15th 2016

TOPIC: COMMANDED TO REJOICE 


Memorize: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

Read: Philippians 4:1-7, 

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 Bible in one year: Luke 2:22-4:15, Job 22: 1-11

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Whatsapp Users Hit the One Billion Mark


Unsurprisingly, Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has hit the billion-user mark, according to the leading social network’s chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. “One billion people now use WhatsApp,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. “There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people.” Google’s free email service, Gmail, is the latest of the Internet giant’s offerings to crest the billion-user mark.

Alone With God (OPEN HEAVENS Devotional)

OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Sunday February 14th 2016

TOPIC: FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE? V


Memorize: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Proverb 15:20

Read: Psalms 127:3-5, 

Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Bible in one year: Luke 1:1-2:21, Job 21:17-34

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Alone With God (OPEN HEAVENS Devotional)

OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Saturday February 13th 2016

TOPIC: FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE? IV 


Memorize: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them
up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Read: Genesis 18:17-19, 

17 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Bible in one year: Mark 14:43-16:8, Job 21:1-16