[SKOA Presents] The BBC 6 Music Blog Awards 2013: Results

So on Sunday evening, we took part in the BBC 6 Music Blog Awards which was rather fun yet again. Others included this year included The 405, Punktastic, The Quietus, One For The People, For Folk's Sake, The Blue Walrus, Fresh On The Net and some by the 6 Music team themselves. The show was a raging success and it's always a pleasure to take part in. There were a few technical mix ups but hey, it wouldn't be live radio and an awards ceremony without a  few of those now, would it?! To see the winners make the jump and to re-listen to the show in its enirety, head over here. Treat yourself to a few hours off from whatever it is you're meant to be doing today. We won't tell, honest.

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[SKOA Presents] The BBC 6 Music Blog Awards 2013

Has it really been a year since we last did this? Oh how time flies when you're having fun, that's how the saying goes, isn't it?! Anyway, the good folk at the BBC and the amazing 6 Music have been kind enough to ask us back for another round of awards and we're having our own category again and need to get you guys involved once more. Last year we picked...The Album of the Year That You Never, Ever Skipped a Track On...Ever. And the winner was Bon Iver's beautiful self titled album. A tonne of awesome blogs are once again involved this year and the show will air later this week.

This year we threw some ideas together but the one that stuck was this: "The EP or Single That Has(Had) You Most Excited About A Full Release"

There's several that immediately have jumped to the front for us personally but hey, we wouldn't be awesome without you guys, so of course we want your opinions and your suggestions. We'll have a winner this weekend and the show will run from 6-8pm on Sunday Feb 24th on BBC 6 Music so get your votes and suggestions in ASAP!

To vote you can leave a comment below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter but be sure to @ reply us and include the hashtag #Blog6Music so we don't miss any votes! The awards ceremony is set to take place this Friday on BBC 6 Music, from 7PM onwards and are presented by the wonderful Tom Robinson. START VOTING NOW and show your love for your favourite album. We'll add a shortlist later today of the front runners but for now, anything goes... 

Our shortlist:

The 1975 - Sex EP

David Bowie - "Where Are We Now"

Disclosure - "White Noise" Feat. AlunaGeorge

[SKOA Presents] BBC 6 Music Blog Awards

Well this is a little treat isn't it?! This month BBC 6 Music has approached some awesome websites to choose a category for their inaugural BBC 6 Music Blog Awards. We were over the moon to be asked to take part and alongside us we have the The RecommenderDrowned in Sound, The QuietusOne For the PeopleNever Enough NotesFor Folk’s SakeThe 405 and Data Transmission putting forward categories. To see what they all chose head over to the BBC website.

Onto our category; How many albums do you truly listen to and never want to skip a track on? Be honest! Now, this is different for everyone, obviously, but we wanted to try and scope peoples attitudes to listening to albums in general. For me, ever since I was a kid listening to music was a getaway from reality but there was always a track on an album I'd be likely to skip on my walkman, you know? So that led us all to come put forward our category...The Album of the Year That You Never, Ever Skipped a Track On... yeah, it's a bit long for the plaque but think about it for a few minutes. Last year was a top year for albums as you can see from our best of 2011 list and we want you to put forward your votes on which album you truly never get bored of and don't want to skip a track on. It could be on our list or it could be left field. The album needs to have been released within the last year and for inspiration go look at our top 10 albums from last year over here. Whatever gets the most votes will win our award this Friday.

To vote you can leave a comment below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter but be sure to @ us and include the hashtag #Blog6Music so we don't miss any votes! The awards ceremony is set to take place this Friday on BBC 6 Music, from 7PM onwards and are presented by the wonderful Tom Robinson. START VOTING NOW and show your love for your favourite album. We'll add a shortlist later today of the front runners but for now, anything goes... 

See below for the other categories you can go and vote for:

Best Tease of the Last 12 Months – (The Recommender)
Tomorrow’s Cult Artist Today – (The Quietus)
Must See New Band for Summer 2012 – (Drowned in Sound)
Most Genre Defying Artist – (One For the People)
Unsung Hero – (Never Enough Notes)
The Writes Songs Joni Mitchell Would be Proud Of – (For Folk’s Sake)
Best Free Download Album – (The 405)
‘Superstar DJ’ in the Making – (Data Transmission)

[Recap] The 54th Annual Grammy Awards: Pleasantly Boring

Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLast night we witnessed a very safe ceremony for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The fact that I'm not as outraged about the performances and the results as I normally am has had me stewing on this all night and all morning. I'm always the one in my circle that cheers on The Recording Academy to make better decisions so they can be both relevant while not getting too caught up in The Long Tail looking for the year's very best, so why can't I feel better about last night's ceremony?  I want to say they're finally coming around, but why did the whole ordeal make me feel so "meh" afterwards?
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[News] 54th Annual Grammy Nomminations Announced

It's that time of year again where we all bicker and complain about how the Grammys are no longer relevant and that the music industry continues to be nothing but a big fat failure. That's right, kiddies: the 54th Annual Grammy nominations are in and the band bashing is already in full swing.

Leading the nominations this time around are Adele (shocker), Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The Electronica and Dance categories were relatively well represented with nods for Cut/Copy, David Guetta, Robyn, Duck Sauce, Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Swedish House Mafia.

Skrillex and Bon Iver were included in the noms for Best New Artist along with The Band Perry, J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, which seemed to rattle the internet quite a bit. It's a little random that Bon Iver is in this category considering they released their first album in 2008, but we will be happy for them all the same. Skrillex seems to come out of left field in this category, but I guess if Ryan Seacrest is excited for Skrillex then we really shouldn't be all that shocked. Kudos to him for getting electronica/dance music into more categories other than their own, though. Bon Iver also received a nomination for Record of the Year with "Helocene" alongside Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, Adele, and Bruno Mars.

Butch Vig, Danger Mouse, The Lonely Island, The Black Keys, Foster The People, Radiohead, The Decemberists, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Wilco and many more were among the nominees tonight. Make sure you have a onceover on this years list of nominees and get ready to fire your tweets off with us on February 12, 2012 during the awards ceremony.