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Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Review of 2012

WOW! What a year 2012 has been we have seen alot of things that have transpired throughout this Year of Triumph, Tragedy, Olympic moments, Celebrities, Politics, Debates, Weather and Elections, Boy What a Year of ALL that. As we are gearing up and looking forward to a WHOLE NEW YEAR I am reflecting on how GOD is so GREAT and so GOOD for allowing us to Experience 2012 FEARLESSLY, 2012 Was an AMAZING time for me and it was also a very unique time as well this was going to be a 1 in a lifetime experience for me because of the significants of 12/12/12 MAN! It was the BEST time of my LIFE! YAY!! because I know I won't see that again so it was a 1 in a lifetime experience for me what a Wonderful Life I have. Now that it's 2013 My pray is for PEACE and JOY this New Year. Blessings Here is a video from GMA's Year of 2012.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Help Us Celebrate Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week

Here is our December 2012 Issue from
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell We are thrilled to be celebrating the second annual Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week, which is an opportunity to rally all Americans to join in the effort to find cures for IBD. I'm confident that together we can accomplish a great deal and one day we'll find cures. In the meantime, we'll continue to help patients cope with resources like our first patient app, GI Buddy, and our upcoming teleconference, Decisions & IBD Management. Learn more about Awareness Week and how you can help by visiting, or following us on Facebook and Twitter. Let's make 2013 a year of even more progress. Give a tax-deductible gift by December 31st and your donation will be matched by our board of trustees. That's twice the funds for IBD research and support programs! I can't think of a better way to celebrate Awareness Week. Meet GI Buddy – Your Brand New IBD Support System GI Buddy tool available as iPhone app and on desktop computers Managing your IBD just got easier thanks to our new tool: GI Buddy. Developed by a team of technology and IBD experts, GI Buddy enables people with IBD to manage and track all aspects of their disease in real-time: symptoms, treatment, diet, and lifestyle. Using this information, the tool generates comprehensive reports to help patients understand certain features of their disease – and provides important topics for discussion with your doctor. The tool is available online on our I'll Be Determined website and as an iPhone app. Holiday Eating & IBD While the holiday season is more than gathering for meals and exchanging gifts, food plays a major role in many of our holiday traditions. With so many food options, it can be hard to navigate what you can and cannot eat while living with IBD. You might feel hesitant or uncomfortable about accepting party or dinner invitations. However, with a little bit of patience, common sense, and diligence you don’t have to let your IBD take the pleasure out of holiday eating. It is important to remember that while there is no particular diet plan recommendation for individuals with IBD, there are a few common sense tips that can help manage some common symptoms. These tips should be considered every day, but can be helpful in making your holiday eating more pleasurable. Teleconference Thursday: Decisions & IBD Management Register for Decisions and IBD Webcast There is no one way to manage IBD. Each treatment plan requires careful consideration of all options and good communication with your healthcare team. This teleconference/webcast will provide the latest information on IBD treatments, including complementary and alternative therapies, and the risks and benefits associated with each. We will also discuss questions to ask your doctor and the best places to find reliable information. Join us this Thursday, December 6th at 2:30pm ET for this free teleconference/webcast. Register today! DECEMBER 2012 ISSUE Support Research for Happier Lives The more research we do, the closer we get to cures. Help us fund breakthrough IBD research. Your generosity will be matched – dollar for dollar – up to $80,000 through December 31st. Talk with your doctor about flu prevention Get moving in 2013! Resolve to get moving in 2013! Take Steps walks are an excellent way to connect with other patients and community members while raising funds and awareness for CCFA. Register for your local walk today. Start a fundraising page with CCFA! Shopping for a Cause Before you start your holiday shopping, remember to quickly download Socialvest, and have your everyday online shopping benefit CCFA – forever! It's fast, free, and easy – get started right now! Donate Now YouTube Facebook Twitter Forward to a friend Need Help? | Team Challenge | Take Steps | Chapter Events Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week December 1-7

As we are coming to a close of 2012 I am so EXCITED about this month, this month I celebrate with the Millions of those that are or have been diagnose with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis. Here is a Press Release from This is are 2nd annual Celebration and I am so honored to use my voice in raising awareness about Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Gears Up For Second Annual Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week On December 1-7
New York, NY-December 1, 2012- Due to the enactment of Senate Resolution 199 on November 14, 2011, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) celebrates Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week from December 1-7, 2012. The week is reserved to encourage all Americans to join in the effort to find cures for inflammatory bowel diseases, help raise awareness and support research for the 1.4 million Americans battling Crohn’s and colitis. CCFA will also give a preview to its upcoming awareness campaign “Escape The Stalls” during this week. “This year’s awareness week gives us yet another opportunity to shed light on these debilitating diseases and highlight the efforts being made to find cures,” said Richard Geswell, President of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “CCFA is increasing our outreach this year to reach a wider audience with a message that will bring attention to this very important cause affecting so many Americans.” Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people in the United States. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive track, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. The Senate Resolution 199 on November 14, 2011 expresses appreciation to the family members and caregivers who support Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It also commends health care professionals who care for these patients and biomedical researchers who work to advance research aimed at developing new treatments for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In support of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is asking people to: • Write to their House Representatives and encourage them to join the Crohn’s & Colitis Caucus:; • “Like” the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America on Facebook ( and follow the Foundation on Twitter ( and Pinterest (; • Update all social media channels with CCFA Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week social media updates; • Sign up for CCFA’s e-newsletter at:; • Start your very own fundraising page at: ; • Reach out to anyone you know with IBD and let them know you care. Visit to learn more about the diseases and get more patient resources, including CCFA’s Information Resource Center ( About CCFA The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit, call 888-694-8872, like us on Facebook, find us on Pinterest, LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Our Thanks to You

Here is the November Issue of CCFA. Wishing ALL a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, when so many people lost so much, I feel fortunate to have so much to celebrate this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the tireless efforts of IBD researchers, for our healthcare professionals connecting patients with tools to manage their diseases, and for the hundreds of support groups bringing our ever-expanding community together. But most of all, this Thanksgiving I am thankful for you! None of our work would be possible without generous friends like you who support our mission. I hope you will join me in celebrating IBD Awareness Week this December 1-7. Together we can accomplish even more for those living with IBD. Patient Story: Pregnant with IBD Abby Searfoss and friends at college Jaclyn describes her first pregnancy in 2009 as "great." She gained weight, felt fit and the baby was healthy. Six months after giving birth to Liam, she developed what she thought was the stomach flu – but over-the-counter medications didn't help. Two months later, she ended up in the ER with a 102-degree fever and weighing 98 pounds. All signs pointed to Crohn's, but before they could get a second opinion, Jaclyn found out she was pregnant again. Air Travel and IBD Air travel presents unique challenges for IBD patients. Before you head to the airport this holiday season, prepare for security screenings by printing and reviewing our Air Travel Talking Points Card. You can also join CCFA as a member to receive our "I Can't Wait" restroom access card to help you explain your condition to others. For more information on air travel, including tips on alerting TSA screeners to your medical conditions, and traveling with an ostomy, view our Air Travel FAQ. Shop for CCFA! Start a fundraising page with CCFA! Make a difference for patients living with IBD with your holiday shopping. Before you take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, take just a minute to sign up for Socialvest and have your everyday purchases at over 800 online retailers benefit CCFA today – and all year long! Download the free browser app. In addition, 10% of all online sales of K'NEX toys will be donated to support CCFA's pediatric research programs until December 15th. Finally, there is still time to purchase CCFA holiday cards – send holiday cheer to your friends and family while supporting research for cures!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Breakthroughs in IBD research

Here is the October Issue of CCFA
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell We have a number of exciting projects in the works at CCFA this fall, including a new teleconference next month exploring the latest breakthroughs in research. We're also working to raise awareness by making sure our legislators are helping us find cures. You can help by asking your legislator to join others in support of issues important to our patients and loved ones. In addition, we've created a new way to fundraise through personalized fundraising pages. Finally, we're excited to announce the launch of Campus Connection, a website designed for students with IBD. This site will connect students with IBD and create a community of shared experiences to reinforce that you are not alone! The Do's and Don'ts of College Life with IBD Abby Searfoss and friends at college When you're in college, coping with IBD can feel extremely overwhelming at times – but with the right management, you can still have a fruitful, fun-filled college experience. Abby Searfoss, a National Youth Leadership Council member and junior at the University of Connecticut, is living proof – she deals with Crohn's every day. Her advice? Know your body, utilize your health services department and share your story. Read more of Abby's tips on the "do's and don'ts" of handling IBD while away at school. Teleconference: Breakthroughs in IBD Research Research on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis has increased tremendously in recent years, leading to exciting discoveries. This advanced teleconference/webcast, presented by James Lewis, MD of the University of Pennsylvania and chairman of CCFA's National Scientific Advisory Committee, will explore the latest breakthroughs in IBD research, including microbiome and biomarker findings. Join us on November 15th at 8:00 PM ET to learn about new targets for treatment and how to be involved in IBD research. Register today! Help us find cures – start a fundraising page! Start a fundraising page with CCFA! Now you can celebrate occasions and honor loved ones by fundraising for CCFA! Create a personalized fundraising page to mark a birthday, holiday, special event, or to honor a loved one. Tell your story and why you're helping to find cures. Then, ask your friends and family to donate to your page, and help us raise $5,000 by November 1st. Your support will have a direct impact on those who need it most. Eighty-two cents of every dollar raised goes toward our mission-critical programs, services and breakthrough research. Create your page today! Find the Latest Clinical Trials Find Clinical Trials in your area CCFA maintains a comprehensive database of studies, clinical trials, and other research into Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Some of the clinical trials recently added to our list include the FUSCIA study by Sanofi, the Contribute study by Santarus and TRUST-I by Coronado Biosciences. By participating in a medical study or clinical trial, you can have a more active role in your own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they become widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. Deciding whether you should participate in a study or clinical trial is an important personal decision, best made with a full understanding of the process of drug development and your specific role. Learn more about clinical trials and how you can get involved. OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE Support Research for Happier Lives With the number of IBD patients on the rise, CCFA needs your support now more than ever to fund cutting-edge IBD research.Your gift today helps discover tomorrow's treatments and cures. Talk with your doctor about flu prevention Flu prevention Patients with IBD are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Ask your doctor whether you or your child with IBD should be vaccinated against the flu. Healthy starts here! Holiday Cards Send Holiday Cheer with CCFA When you send a CCFA holiday card, you'll not only stay in touch with your loved ones, but you'll help us move one step closer to cures. Proceeds from your purchase will benefit our research, education, and support programs. Buy your CCFA holiday cards today! Donate Now YouTube Facebook Twitter Forward to a friend

Friday, September 21, 2012

We did it! Thank You

Here is the September Issue of CCFA
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell As summer comes to a close and fall is upon us, I want to express how tremendously grateful I am to you. You had the opportunity to double your impact in our matching gift challenge, and you rose to the occasion. I am thrilled to announce that together we surpassed our goal of raising $50,000, and that $50,000 was matched! Your generosity has made an enormous difference by putting more than $100,000 toward the fight to find cures and create a future free from IBD. Thank you! Running for Love Karen and Jake Last year, when Jeff Holmes found out he had Crohn's disease, life changed not only for him, but also for his wife, Karen. After several misdiagnoses, Jeff was finally diagnosed with Crohn's and underwent successful surgery. Watching her husband recover from surgery inspired Karen to do more. A month later, in February, Karen was in New York City's Central Park, participating in mid-winter training in preparation for her first Team Challenge marathon. In June, she completed the 13.1-mile Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon in honor of her husband. "Team Challenge helped me feel like I was making a tangible contribution to the cure," says Karen. Next year, the couple plans on running their first Team Challenge half marathon together. Read how Karen and Jeff coped with Crohn's disease together. Living with IBD: Back to School Now that the school year is underway, it is time to study up on how CCFA can help with the transition back to school or college! Students with Crohn's or colitis face extra challenges at the start of the school year: How will their disease affect their grades, or their interactions with teachers and classmates? Education and communication can ease these concerns. Our resources include guides for teachers and parents, as well as ways for college students to connect with others on campus. Understanding Your Risk: C. diff Understand your risk for C. diff Infections of Clostridium difficile – commonly known as C. difficile or C. diff – have been on the rise in recent years. C. diff is a bacterial infection whose symptoms mimic IBD flares, including diarrhea and colon inflammation. Research currently suggests that IBD patients experience a higher rate of C. diff infection. Though the majority of C. diff cases occur in medical care settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors offices, IBD patients are more likely to contract the infection without the typical risk factors. For example, they are more likely to contract C. diff within the community and at younger ages than those without IBD. Read more about C.diff and IBD.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

3rd Day of DNC

As this is the last night of the Democratic National Convention I am going to sum it up in one word CONSISTENCY. Consistency is what the DNC has and is what kept the HIGH ENERGY going throughout the 3 day Convention so for ALL the speakers that spoke at the Convention to the diversity we saw out in the crowd. As we come to a close for the DNC the one moment that stood out to me was former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords saying the Pledge of Alligence to me that inspire HOPE. I HOPE 2 see YOU at the POLES this November. PLEASE GET OUT and VOTE your Voice matters we ALL have a VOICE for Change. Gabby Giffords President Obama Speech

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2nd Day of DNC

As millions know or may NOT know that this is an Election year and we our gearing up to reelect President Obama. So tonight was the 2nd Night of the DNC what a POWERFUL night is was yet again after coming down off First Lady Michelle Obama's Electrifying speech she gave last night we as Democrats were still KICKING it into OVER drive with former President Bill Clinton. We were also touch with an arousing and Point of View story that was given by candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. What I see with this Democratic National Convention is consistency from the diversity of Americans all the way down to the Speaker given there Speech's this has been one of the most Powerful, Electrifying, Motivation, Uplifting, Joyful, Energetic Convention I've seen in quite sometime. I JUST LOVE IT!! Here is Elizabeth Warren Speech After that speech was given by Elizabeth Warren the most powerful speech that was given by Americas then President Former President Bill Clinton.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention

Tonight was the start of the Democratic National Convention which was held in Charlotte North Carolina. The DNC started off with a BLAST from Key Note Speaker out of San Antonio Texas Julian Castro. Here is his Speech After Julian Castro gave his Speech that KICK OFF the Democratic National Convention and rally ALL American Voters to back Barack Obama the First Lady Michelle Obama came out after a Heart warming Welcome from a Military Mom Elaine Byre.Then First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage and gave a Powerful speech that tugged on the Heart strings of America First Lady Michelle painted a picture of Love, Determination, Struggle, Down to Earth, Hard Working , Family Man that has come along way. First Lady Michelle Obama Speech

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

An exciting opportunity

Here is the August Issue of CCFA
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President If you care about discovering better treatments and cures for IBD – and I know you do – I have some exciting news. Right now, when you make a gift to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, your donation will automatically double! A donor has generously offered to match every donation we receive in response to this campaign up to a total of $50,000 – which would put $100,000 toward IBD research and awareness-building efforts. This matching offer will last only until September 15th, so I hope you'll take advantage by making your most generous gift today. Your support will do twice as much work in our fight to find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. More than my diagnosis Alyssa Zeldenrust Alyssa Zeldenrust was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 14 years old and underwent many treatment options, including a feeding tube. Since 2010, she has lived with a permanent ileostomy. Despite serious struggles with her health, Alyssa has worked to build connections with other patients she has met through programs like CCFA's Camp Oasis, Take Steps, and her own blog, Love for Mutant Guts. "I am more than my disease!" Alyssa declares. "I am a Christian. I am a student. I am a lover of the earth, art, good food and good company. I love fighting pain and injustice with compassion. I am a hugger. I choose to have these statements to define who I am beyond my diagnosis." Read Alyssa's story in her own words. Take Steps Be Heard! CCFA is preparing for another great season for Take Steps Be Heard! This fall, thousands of community members will gather at 78 walk sites around the country to make their voices heard in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In just five years, Take Steps has raised almost $40 million for research and patient services. In addition to raising funds to bring us closer to better treatment and cures, Take Steps walks are an excellent way to meet other IBD patients, family members, and new friends. Join the fun by registering today at Resource: Transitioning to Adulthood with IBD As we enter back-to-school season, many older teens and young adults with IBD have questions about the transition from pediatric to adult care. Our recent webcast "Transitions in IBD: Graduating to Young Adult Care" is now available free online! Learn from IBD experts Dr. Laurie Fishman and Maureen Kelly, MS, RN, CPNP about the differences in IBD treatment and management options when transitioning care as well as best practices and goals to improve the quality of life during this often difficult time. Listen to this free webcast now.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Here's what Motivates Us

Here is the July Issue of CCFA'S News Letter. Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell, CCFA President
Every once in a while, a note comes across my desk – like this one from St. John's Lutheran preschool class – that truly touches my heart. I wanted to share it with you and express my gratitude for all that you do as part of CCFA. Every supporter – no matter how young – makes a difference in our search for cures. Whether you donate, volunteer, walk, run, or just talk to people about IBD and your experiences – you are an integral part of CCFA, and I am proud to call myself a part of this community. Student-Athlete Exemplifies True Sportsmanship David Lerner A little over a year ago, 23-year-old David Lerner lived a healthy, active life like any typical college student. The Florida native was heading into his senior year as a punter for the University of Florida Gators when he began experiencing excruciating abdominal pains. He thought they were nothing more than a bad reaction to his poor diet, but just five days later, Lerner learned he had Crohn's disease. "It was a real blindside. I never really had anything wrong in my life," said Lerner. "To hear you have this disease and there is no known cure for it at this time... That was very difficult for me to grasp and handle." Read this inspiring story on our new website! Read More Post, Tweet and Share with CCFA Whether you are a patient, a care provider, or a family member or friend of someone who suffers from IBD, joining our social networks is a fun and easy way to stay connected with the members of our community: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Share the things you love with us on Pinterest We love to share inspirational stories, research updates, and ways you can connect with the broader IBD community of patients, care providers, and medical professionals. Join us today! Inspire Others with Your Great Comebacks® Story Great Comebacks Your story can inspire others! Our Team Challenge partner ConvaTec wants you to inspire others this summer by sharing your personal story with the Great Comebacks® Program. For 27 years, the Program has recognized individuals who are leading full and productive lives following ostomy surgery. Submit your own story of triumph over IBD or write about someone who has sparked a positive change in you. The deadline to send a story to Great Comebacks® is August 1, so click here to get started today!

Have you seen CCFA'S New website

In the June Issue of CCFA the Foundation revealed their new website. I am so EXCITED about the new website.
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell, CCFA President We are excited to announce the launch of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's new website. Our dedicated team has created a truly user-friendly, interactive environment that serves our patients, caregivers, and medical professionals with invaluable information regarding IBD and the progress we are making towards finding cures. When you visit, you'll find an extensive resources library, a newly updated physician directory, and up-to-date news on research and clinical trials. I hope you will explore our new website, and fill out a short survey to tell us what you think! Here is the link to the new website., Giving a Voice to IBD: Katherine's Story Katherine Raderstorf When Katherine Raderstorf was diagnosed, she was one of many patients reluctant to discuss her disease. But when she realized her voice could make a difference in the lives of other young patients and their parents, she joined CCFA's National Youth Leadership Council and became a tireless advocate, raising awareness and funds to find a cure for IBD. Last month, Katherine participated in CCFA's biggest advocacy event of the year, Day on the Hill in Washington, DC. "I want to keep spreading awareness about these diseases," says Katherine. "Awareness leads to understanding." Read her story here. Read More Short Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease CCFA has compiled a new fact sheet to answer any questions you might have on short bowel syndrome, also known as SBS. This disorder affects people who have had large portions of their small intestine surgically removed as a result of a digestive illness, such as Crohn's disease. Patients with SBS can experience a variety of symptoms related to their body's inability to absorb enough nutrients, fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals from the food they eat. To learn more about short bowel syndrome, including its causes, symptoms, and treatments – download our latest brochure.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Beating the Odds with IBD: Terri's Story

Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell, CCFA President This spring we celebrate CCFA's 10th annual IBD Day on the Hill! On May 31st, our dedicated patient advocates will meet with their legislators on Capitol Hill to express the need for continued research funding and to ask them to support our Crohn's and Colitis Caucus. I hope you will join in by encouraging your Congress members to promote IBD awareness. Looking for another way to support people living with IBD? There's still time to join CCFA's Take Steps Be Heard! This weekend, supporters will be walking at 18 sites around the country. Join us and make your voice heard! And one more exciting update: please keep an eye out for our brand new website this summer – we're planning to launch new web features to give you easy access to IBD resources and support. Beating the Odds with IBD: Terri's Story Terri Weidner Terri Weidner's symptoms began in 1971, when she was just 18. Fresh out of high school, her adult life barely begun, she spent the next 10 years "doctor-hopping" while suffering the debilitating effects of her disease. An exploratory surgery finally revealed that Terri had Crohn's disease. Forty years and one extensive intestinal surgery later, Terri has raised three children and works as a full-time registered nurse. "My life is full and satisfying," says Terri. "I don't dwell on what is wrong with me; I look at what is right with me." Read Terri's story in her own words. Read More Travel Tips for Summer Vacations Any successful vacation requires a lot of planning, especially when you're facing health concerns. However, travel is well within the reach of any patient who is already managing Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Whether you're traveling to the beach or abroad, planning ahead will help ensure smoother summer travel. CCFA has compiled helpful information for patients traveling with IBD, including lists of international names for commonly prescribed IBD medications, ideas for meal planning, and tips on finding restrooms on the road. Run with Team Challenge in Nashville! Team Challenge We are very excited to announce that CCFA has added Nashville as a destination for Team Challenge in September! With our first venture into Tennessee, you can now sign up for our endurance training and fundraising program in 26 states! When you run with Team Challenge at The Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon in Nashville, you'll experience Music City at its finest: Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Centennial Park, great Nashville neighborhoods and a street party in Downtown Nashville. The custom finisher's medal, designer goodie bag, cookie cafe and much, much more make this half marathon and 5k a spectacular event! Find a team today! MAY 2012 ISSUE Support Research for Happier Lives We have made astonishing advances in understanding IBD – but there is still work to be done. Your tax-deductible donation helps CCFA fund crucial research to treat and cure IBD. Donate Now Healthy Living Tip doctors HEALTHY LIVING TIP In our Expert Q&A Library you'll find IBD questions submitted by people like you, and answers provided by our panel of IBD experts. Healthy starts here! Read More Inspirato NEW PARTNERSHIP CCFA is excited to announce a partnership with Inspired Giving by Inspirato, a members-only luxury destination club. Find out how you can gain members-only access to Inspirato, while donating to CCFA. Browse Inspired Giving Vacations. Read More Donate Now YouTube Facebook Twitter Forward to a friend Need Help? | Team Challenge | Take Steps | Chapter Events Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872)

April Issue of CCFA

This is from the April Issue of CCFA
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell, CCFA President Spring has finally arrived! We have many exciting activities and programs taking place that we hope you will participate in. There is still time to sign up for a Take Steps Be Heard walk near you. This program is the lifeblood of CCFA and we hope to get as many feet walking as possible! See below for details on a great Take Steps contest with a chance to meet Nolan Ryan! Register today for a walk in your community. If you prefer running, it's not too late to join our half marathon events in scenic Virginia, California Wine Country, and Hawaii. And what would summer be without Camp Oasis? Both campers and volunteers are invited to sign up for 2012 camps, and have adventures they never imagined. Join us! From patient to doctor: David's story David Griffin Diagnosed with Crohn's disease when he was eight-years-old, David Griffin was in and out of remission growing up. Adolescent years are difficult for any teen – but they were especially trying for David. "The side effects of the treatments can be more psychologically devastating than the illness itself," he recalls. Sometimes, David wouldn't take his medicine for fear of those side effects, putting himself at risk for Crohn's-related complications. Today, David is in medical school. Learning about the human body will prepare him to be a doctor and also help him to be a better patient. Read David's story. Read More CCFA Partners: Building a Platform for Success Our CCFA Partners program is building a legacy of knowledge for a better future! CCFA Partners is an Internet-based cohort study in which we are partnering with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) patients in an online community. Through the web, we are using the program to collect information from IBD patients across the country to learn about the impact of IBD on their health. This opportunity for patients to contribute to advances in their own care has an unprecedented potential to improve the quality of life for patients everywhere. If you haven't done so already, please take the time to participate in this important study. It's an easy way for you to take part in helping us find cures. Learn more about CCFA Partners and help us make a difference. Vote for your favorite! CCFA is launching a monthly giving program for special donors who want to increase their commitment to CCFA's mission, but we still need a name for the program! We've narrowed it down to our top choices: click on your favorite to help us decide! No matter which name is chosen, the support that CCFA receives through monthly giving is truly important. Committed monthly donors ensure that we have a steady stream of income to expand our programs, and fund cutting-edge research that may one day lead to cures for IBD. We look forward to sharing the winner with you soon. Thanks for voting! Giving Circle Research Champions Friends with GUTS CCFA Sustainers APRIL 2012 ISSUE Support Research for Happier Lives As the leader in IBD research, CCFA needs your support to fund cutting-edge research to treat and cure IBD. Your gift can help improve the quality of life of many patients. Donate Now Healthy Living Tip doctors HEALTHY LIVING TIP Talking to your doctor about the possible side effects of any treatment you consider goes a long way towards healthier living – starting here! Read More WALK TO WIN Meet Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and win a trip to the North Texas Gala! Take Steps is running a nationwide fundraising incentive from April 16th - May 1st for two tickets to the gala, two airline tickets, and a two-night hotel stay. For every $100 raised between April 16th - May 1st, you will be entered into a drawing for one chance to win. The more money you raise, the more chances to win! The Gala is Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 pm. Read More Donate Now YouTube Facebook Twitter Forward to a friend Need Help? | Team Challenge | Take Steps | Chapter Events Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Make IBD a thing of the Past

Right now, 1 in 200 Americans suffer with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis – and this year the number of new diagnoses will rise most rapidly among children. All of these patients dream of a future free of these debilitating diseases. That's why I hope I can count on you to make a generous gift to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America today – to help us make their dream a reality. Your support furthers patient support programs and key research programs such as: Genetics Initiative, a collaborative, multi-center and cross-disciplinary project to provide tools that can be used to guide the development of new treatments for IBD, define patient subsets who may respond to specific treatments, and to measure the impact of treatments in patients. Microbiome Initiative, a project investigating the bacterial and viral species, genes and metabolic products in our digestive tracts. The Initiative is developing techniques to analyze large data sets so that all IBD investigators can utilize the results. Ultimately, the Microbiome Initiative hopes to identify bacteria and fungi that are different between IBD patients and non-patients and target them for new therapies. Pediatric Network, which seeks to provide pediatric-specific information through a large-scale multi-center collaborative effort to illustrate how risk factors present in children with IBD influence the natural history of the disease. At CCFA, we invest our dollars wisely, funding only the best IBD research in the world and implementing a peer-review process that ensures that only the most promising grant applications are chosen. But I don’t have to tell you that there’s much more work to be done. Please make your gift to CCFA today. Your generosity will benefit millions of people all over the world by helping us move closer to the day that these diseases are a thing of the past. Thank you for your support, Richard J. Geswell President This year, too many men and women – and even more children – will find out that they have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Help us map out a future free of these diseases. Renew Now Sidebar Photo P.S. Wouldn't it be great if together we could fund even more brilliant scientists in the coming year? By making a gift to CCFA, you will support finding better treatments and a cure. Donate PS Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America | 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872)

Monday, March 26, 2012

CCFA March Issue

Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President
Rick Geswell, CCFA President

Spring is almost here, and we're excited to bring you new programs to help you with disease management. I hope you'll register for our teleconference tomorrow, Transitions in IBD: Graduating to Young Adult Care. Experts Laurie Fishman, MD, and Maureen Kelly, MS, RN, CPNP will discuss what is needed for a successful changeover and improved quality of life in young adulthood. Nurses will be eligible to receive 1.25 contact hours by participating in this activity. Join us tomorrow, March 15 at 8:00 pm ET!

We’re also rolling out a new local education event this spring, Treatment Approaches in IBD: Options to Consider. At this free presentation, local experts will provide up-to-date information on different treatment strategies in IBD, including medications, surgery, and complementary and alternative approaches. Check our local patient education event page as more dates are added!

Take Steps Honored Hero: Inanna Liaw
Inanna Liaw, Seattle Take Steps' local Honored Hero

Inanna is one seven year old who is not shy about her enthusiasm for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation!

Shortly after her fifth birthday, Inanna was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Last year, she was excited to participate in her first Take Steps walk, supported by more than 30 friends and family members. Inanna is this year's local "honored hero" for the Take Steps event in Western Washington. Despite the ups and downs of living with colitis, Inanna remains full of laughter and hope. She can't wait for Take Steps 2012!

Watch Inanna talk about her experiences with CCFA and Take Steps, and check out other important resources here.

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Answers about Colorectal Cancer and IBD

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the United States, 147,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and more than 57,000 people die from the disease – making it the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

If you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, you are at a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer than the general population. We asked CCFA's Chair of Professional Education, Tom Ullman, MD, to address the most frequently asked questions you have about colorectal cancer and IBD. Check out Dr. Ullman's responses here.

Your Generosity at Work: New Research Grants from CCFA

You may know that CCFA financially supports the best and brightest scientists in the field of IBD research, but did you know that your generosity also provides assistance to both young investigators and established researchers? These awards provide them with enough funds to generate sufficient preliminary data and eventually become competitive for grants from other sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In our search for better treatments and cures, we regularly update our list of funded awards. If you want to see how we put your donations to work, you can check out currently funded grants on our site.


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Getting regular screenings and understanding the signs of colorectal cancer go a long way toward healthier living. Healthy starts here!
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Join Team Challenge 2012

Join Team Challenge 2012 Today!
Challenge yourself and change lives! Through Team Challenge, CCFA's endurance training and fundraising program, you can run or walk 13.1 miles or train for a triathlon or cycling event while helping raise funds for our critical research for the millions of Americans living with IBD. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Join Team Challenge today!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

February Issue from CCFA

Since we had 29 days in February I would like to share with you information on the February Issue of CCFA.

Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President
Rick Geswell, CCFA President

Our biggest events of the year are just around the corner!

We hope you'll join us for our live online Take Steps launch tomorrow (2/15) at 7:00pm Eastern. RSVP to the web conference today – and join our National Scientific Advisory Chair-Elect Dr. Jim Lewis, leaders from the field, and me to learn about the exciting new advances in IBD research, developments in our Take Steps walk campaign, and celebrate some of our successes from the past four years. Register to walk today!

We also welcome new team members for Team Challenge – where you can run or walk 13.1 miles, train for a triathlon, or participate in cycling event while raising vital funds for IBD research and support programs.

Whichever way you participate, I hope you'll join CCFA in celebrating our progress towards better IBD treatments and cures. Let's make our voices heard!

Running For a Cure: Tyler's Story
Tyler triumphantly running Team Challenge half marathon

Just two years after his IBD symptoms left him so incapacitated he was barely able to make it out of bed, Tyler ran his first Team Challenge half marathon – 13.1 miles non-stop in 2 hours. Ever since then, Team Challenge has provided Tyler with an outlet for his frustrations and energy, and a close-knit support group.

"I haven't felt this good since my days on the basketball team in high school," says Tyler. "And none of it would have been possible without CCFA and Team Challenge!" Read Tyler's story in his own words.

Join our New Teleconference on March 15!

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis need lifelong management. A smooth transition between pediatric and adult IBD care is crucial. In our new teleconference, Transitions in IBD: Graduating to Young Adult Care, experts Laurie Fishman, MD, and Maureen Kelly, MS, RN, CPNP will discuss what is needed for a successful changeover and improved quality of life in young adulthood. Young patients and their families will learn steps to take throughout childhood and adolescence to ensure a successful transition. Nurses will also be eligible to receive continuing education credit.

Register today for this teleconference on March 15 at 8:00 pm ET.

CCFA Advocacy Accomplishments in 2011

As we gear up our advocacy and legislative efforts for 2012, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments in 2011. We are exceptionally proud of successfully restoring $680,000 for the IBD Epidemiology Program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), yielding invaluable information about the prevalence of IBD in the U.S. We also celebrated the establishment of the Crohn's and Colitis Congressional Caucus, and a unanimously passed Senate resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week. Join our growing advocacy network today and stay updated on future legislative issues!


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Take charge of your health by attending a local patient education program. Learn more about the role of diet and nutrition in IBD at our free event, Nutrition & IBD: Choices for Adults and Kids. Check our website for details on events in your area this spring .
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Take Steps And Make a Difference!
CCFA's largest fundraising event, Take Steps, has officially begun! Form a team and recruit family, friends, and coworkers or join an existing team and enhance your Take Steps experience. Join us in our quest to raise $11 million for IBD research and support programs. Register for Take Steps today!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Horning Black History Month

As we are coming to a close on the month of February I wanted to honor my culture and my History as many may know February is Black History Month but I feel that Black History Month should not just be celebrated in one month BUT it should be celebrated 365 days a year because we should not FORGET the struggle of our ancestors so I picked a poem by none other than Maya Angelou this poem celebrates ALL of Us it's called Still I Rise.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Monday, February 27, 2012

NBA-ALL Stars Review

This past weekend in Orlando Florida the Stars were out at 2012 NBA-ALL Star held at The Amway Center it's where NBA meets Celebrities such as Flo-Rida, Diddy, Mary J Blige, Nick Minaj, Chris Brown Spike Lee, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo and countless of others. The Slam-Dunk Contest was held on Saturday Night which was OFF THE CHARTS! and Sunday was the NBA-ALL Star Game which the WEST won beating the East by two points 152-149. The 2012 MVP Trophy went to none other then Kevin Durant which was well deserved he put up 36 points for the West.

Here are some of the performances from the NBA-ALL STAR GAME

Mary J. Blige-Star Spangle Banner

Pitbull, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo-Halftime Show

2012 NBA-All Star Game Full Highlights and Game Recap


84th Annual Acadmy Awards OSCARS WINNERS

Ok so the BIGGEST Night in Hollywood The Oscars are now over the Show was JUST Ok our should I say quiet BORING the only reason why I watched the Oscars was because of Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and Sheila E. and to see if the movie The HELP was going to win. So in between the Oscars and watching the NBA-ALL STARS The 2012 Oscars was hosted by Billy Crystal the show had it's highlights and it also had it's low points but in all the Oscar was very interesting here are the 2012 Oscars Winners.

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, "Hugo"
Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, "Hugo"
Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, "The Artist"
Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, "The Iron Lady"
Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, "Hugo"
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, "Hugo"
Best Documentary: "Undefeated"
Best Animated Feature: "Rango"
Best Visual Effects: "Hugo"
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"
Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, "Man or Muppet"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants"
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Best Live Action Short: "The Shore"
Best Documentary Short: "Saving Face"
Best Animated Short: "The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Best Picture: "The Artist"

Friday, February 24, 2012


WOW! This is ALL-STAR Weekend and I am so EXCITED! in the mist of this also being OSCAR weekend as well. It has already KICKED OFF this Friday Night with the ALL-STAR Celebrity Basketball and the BBVA Rising Star Challenge which will be aired on ESPN and TNT. There are schedule to be more BASKETBALL Saturday and the final wrap up on Sunday Night with the ALL-Game. This year the NBA ALL-STAR Weekend will be held in Orlando Florida where the excitement and energy is rising for Sundays All-Star game. This 3 day event is filled with Games, Celebrity Parties, Press for the ALL the Basketball players and there NBA Fans and Supporters ALL over the world. Here is the Team Roster for the 2012 NBA ALL-STAR. Now lets see who wins EAST OR WEST.

2012 Eastern Conference All-Stars

7 * Carmelo Anthony (New York)
6 * LeBron James (Miami)
1 * Derrick Rose (Chicago)
3 * Dwyane Wade (Miami)
12 * Dwight Howard (Orlando)
1 Chris Bosh (Miami)
9 # Luol Deng (Chicago)
55 # Roy Hibbert (Indiana)
9 # Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia)
55 | Joe Johnson (Atlanta)
34 Paul Pierce (Boston)
9 Rajon Rondo (Boston)
8 Deron Williams (New Jersey)
Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (Chicago)

2012 Western Conference All-Stars
35 * Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City)
32 * Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers)
24 * Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
3 * Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers)
17 * # Andrew Bynum (L.A. Lakers)
12 # LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland)
33 # Marc Gasol (Memphis)
42 Kevin Love (Minnesota)
13 Steve Nash (Phoenix)
41 Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas)
9 Tony Parker (San Antonio)
0 Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
Head Coach: Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

43rd Annual NAACP Award Winners

On Friday February 17th the 43rd Annual NAACP Awards were given out at the Shrine Auditorium the Two-Hour Special was hosted by Sanaa Latham and Anthony Mackie which aired on NBC.

The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural award show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

The NAACP was founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Here are the WINNERS!
Motion Picture: “The Help”

Actor in a motion picture: Laz Alonso, “Jumping the Broom”

Actress in a motion picture: Viola Davis, “The Help”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Mike Epps, “Jumping the Broom”

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Independent motion picture: “Pariah”

Foreign motion picture: “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

Documentary, theatrical or television: “Sing Your Song”


Comedy series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Actor in a comedy series: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, “Reed Between the Lines”

Actress in a comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “Reed Between the Lines”

Supporting actor in a comedy series: Nick Cannon, “Up All Night”

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Drama series: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Actor in a drama series: LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Actress in a drama series: Regina King, “SouthLAnd”

Supporting actor in a drama series: James Pickens, Jr., “Grey’s Anatomy”

Supporting actress in a drama series: Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: “Thurgood”

Actor in a TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”

Actress in a TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”

Actor in a daytime drama series: Emerson Brooks, “All My Children”

Actress in a daytime drama series: Tatyana Ali, “The Young and the Restless”

News/information, series or special: “Unsung”

Talk series: “Oprah’s Lifeclass”

Reality series: “Dancing With the Stars”

Variety series or special: “Oprah Presents: Master Class”

Children’s program: “I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View”

Performance in a children’s program, series or special: Keke Palmer, “True Jackson, VP”


Comedy series: Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, “The Game”

Dramatic series: Lolis Eric Elie, “Treme”

Motion picture: Ann Peacock, “The First Grader”


Comedy series: Leonard R. Garner, Jr., “Rules of Engagement”

Dramatic series: Ernest Dickerson, “Treme”

Motion picture: Salim Akil, “Jumping the Broom”


New artist: Diggy Simmons

Male artist: Cee Lo Green

Female artist: Jill Scott

Duo, group or collaboration: Mary J. Blige feat. Drake

Jazz album: George Benson, “Guitar Man”

Gospel album, traditional or contemporary: Kirk Franklin, “Hello Fear”

World music album: Sounds of Blackness, “Sounds of Blackness”

Music video: Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”

Song: Kirk Franklin, “I Smile”

Album: Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me”


Fiction: Reshonda Tate Billingsley, “Say Amen, Again”

Nonfiction: Hill Harper, “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place”

Debut author: Lyah Le Flore, “The Strawberry Letter”

Biography/autobiography: Harry Belafonte, “My Song”

Instructional: T.D. Jakes, “The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God”

Poetry: James Golden, “Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems”

Children: Tony Dungy (author), Ron Mazellan (illustrator), “You Can Be A Friend”

Youth/teens: Jeff Burlingame, “Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running”

George Lucas received the NAACP Vanguard Award

Cathy Hughes Radio One/TV ONE Founder received the NAACP Chairman's Award

The Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen's Association received the NAACP President's Award

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The 2012 BET HONORS What Extraordinary Looks Like

As we know this is Award season just on Saturday Night we honored and celebrate those at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards celebrating those in Gospel Music, and on Sunday we celebrate the BIGGEST Night in Music with the 54th Annual Grammy Awards their are still a couple of Awards left Friday Night is the NAACP Awards and 2 weeks from now the 84th Annual Academy Awards will be aired on February 26th. But right now I am going to share with you the 2012 BET HONORS, On Monday Night the 2012 BET Honors was aired on BET hosted by Gabrielle Union and here were the Honorees.

Musical Arts Award
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder's name alone evokes visions of musical genius and pop culture history. BET Honors celebrates his accomplishments with the Musical Arts Award.

Service Award
Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen's excellence and valor during WWII inspired millions of Black people to break barriers and reject the status quo. BET Honors celebrates their accomplishments with the Service Award.

Literary Arts Award
Dr. Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou's poetry and literature paints pictures with words more vivid than reality. She inspires and empowers, and for that reason BET Honors celebrates her accomplishments with the Literary Arts Award.

Media Award
Spike Lee
Spike Lee's films cause conversation, facilitate change, and have made an indelible mark on pop culture. BET Honors celebrates his accomplishments with the Media Award.

Entertainer Award
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey's voice is unparalleled. Her incredible rang, whistle registry, record breaking sales and Grammy collection make her the embodiment of a musical legend. BET Honors celebrates her accomplishments with the Entertainer Award.

Education Award
Beverly Kearney
Award-winning track and field coach Beverly Kearney's story of triumph through tragedy not only inspires, it motivates. Defying the odds and teaching her athletes that you can overcome anything with perseverance is why BET Honors celebrates her accomplishments with the Education Award.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2012 54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

With the Tragic passing of an Icon Whitney Houston the 54TH Annual Grammys took a Somber note in honor of Whitney Houston. Now that the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have been given out last Night here is a report from OTRC- On The Red Carpet.

Adele dominated the 2012 Grammy Awards on February 12 winning six awards including taking top honors like Record of the Year and Album of the Year for her single, "Rolling In The Deep," and her sophomore album "21."

The singer also had a big comeback to the stage singing "Rolling In The Deep" after recovering from vocal cord surgery and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

"I can't believe I'm getting emotional already," she said after winning Best Pop Vocal Album. "And seeing as it's a vocal performance, I need to thank my doctors, I suppose, who brought my voice back."

The Foo Fighters also had a big night at the awards ceremony winning five Grammys for their album "Wasting Light."

The ceremony opened with a prayer for Whitney Houston by host LL Cool J and Jennifer Hudson sang "I Will Always Love You," in honor of the star. Here are the WINNERS and some video Highlights of my Favorite Grammy Moments.

Record Of The Year
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep" -- WINNER
Bon Iver - "Holocene"
Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
Katy Perry - "Firework"

Album Of The Year
Adele - "21" -- WINNER
Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"
Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"
Bruno Mars - "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"
Rihanna - "Loud"

Song Of The Year
"All Of The Lights" - Written by: Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West. Performed by: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.
"The Cave" - Written by: Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston. Performed by: Mumford & Sons.
"Grenade" - Written by: Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters. Performed by: Bruno Mars.
"Holocene" - Written by: Justin Vernon, songwriter Performed by: Bon Iver.
"Rolling In The Deep" - Written by: Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters Performed by: Adele. -- WINNER

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver -- WINNER
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Adele - "Someone Like You" -- WINNER
Lady Gaga - "You And I"
Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
Katy Perry - "Firework"
Pink - "[Expletive] Perfect"

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - "Body And Soul" -- WINNER
The Black Keys - "Dearest"
Coldplay - "Paradise"
Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Jenny Oaks Baker - "Wish Upon A Star"
Daniel Ho - "E Kahe Malie"
Booker T. Jones - "The Road From Memphis" -- WINNER
Dave Koz - "Hello Tomorrow"
Brian Setzer - "Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele - "21" -- WINNER
Cee Lo Green - "The Lady Killer"
Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"
Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans"
Rihanna - "Loud"

Best Dance Recording
Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech - "Raise Your Weapon"
Duck Sauce - "Barbra Streisand"
David Guetta & Avicii - "Sunshine"
Robyn - "Call Your Girlfriend"
Skrillex - "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites -- WINNER
Swedish House Mafia - "Save The World"

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Cut/Copy - "Zonoscope"
Deadmau5 - "4x4=12"
David Guetta - "Nothing But The Beat
Robyn - "Body Talk, Pt. 3"
Skrillex - "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" -- WINNER

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Various Artists - "Duets II" -- WINNER
Susan Boyle - "The Gift"
Harry Connick Jr. - "In Concert On Broadway"
Seth MacFarlane - "Music Is Better Than Words"
Barbra Streisand - "What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman"

Best Rock Performance
Coldplay - "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"
The Decemberists - "Down By The Water"
Foo Fighters - "Walk" -- WINNER
Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
Radiohead - "Lotus Flower"

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Dream Theater - "On The Backs Of Angels"
Foo Fighters - "White Limo" -- WINNER
Mastodon - "Curl Of The Burl"
Megadeth - "Public Enemy No. 1"
Sum 41 - "Blood In My Eyes"

Best Rock Song
"The Cave" - Written by: Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston Performed by: Mumford & Sons
"Down By The Water" - Written by: Colin Meloy Performed by:The Decemberists
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" - Written by: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin Performed by: Coldplay
"Lotus Flower" - Written by: Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke Performed by: Radiohead
"Walk" - Written by: Foo Fighters, Performed by: Foo Fighters -- WINNER

Best Rock Album
Jeff Beck - "Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul"
Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light" -- WINNER
Kings Of Leon - "Come Around Sundown"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "I'm With You"
Wilco - "The Whole Love"

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver - "Bon Iver" -- WINNER
Death Cab For Cutie - "Codes And Keys"
Foster The People - "Torches"
My Morning Jacket - "Circuital"
Radiohead - "The King Of Limbs"

Best R&B Performance
Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away"
Ledisi - "Pieces Of Me"
Kelly Price & Stokley - "Not My Daddy"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Is This Love" -- WINNER
Charlie Wilson - "You Are"

Best Traditional R& B Performance
Eric Benet - "Sometimes I Cry"
Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona - "Fool For You" -- WINNER
R. Kelly - "Radio Message"
Raphael Saadiq - "Good Man
Betty Wright & The Roots - "Surrender"

Best R& ;B Song
"Far Away" - Written by: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith. Performed by: Marsha Ambrosius
"Fool For You" - Written by: Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, Performed by: Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona -- WINNER
"Not My Daddy" - Written by: Kelly Price, songwriter Performed by: Kelly Price & Stokley
"Pieces Of Me" - Written by: Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly & Ledisi Young, Performed by: Ledisi
"You Are" - Written by: Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson & Mahin
Wilson, Performed by: Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Album
Chris Brown - "F.A.M.E." -- WINNER
El DeBarge - "Second Chance"
R. Kelly - "Love Letter"
Ledisi - "Pieces Of Me"
Kelly Price - "Kelly"

Best Rap Performance
Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"
Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis" -- WINNER
Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
Nicki Minaj & Drake - "Moment 4 Life"
Wiz Khalifa - "Black And Yellow"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Beyonce & Andre 3000 - "Party"
DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne- "I'm On One"
Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey - "I Need A Doctor"
Rihanna & Drake - "What's My Name?"
Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne - "Motivation"
Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie - "All Of The Lights" -- WINNER

Best Rap Song
"All Of The Lights" - Written By: Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West. Performed by: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie. -- WINNER
"Black And Yellow" - Written By: Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Cameron Thomaz. Performed by: Wiz Khalifa
"I Need A Doctor" - Written By: Andre Young, Marshall Mathers III, Alexander Grant & Skylar Grey. Performed by: Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey.
"Look At Me Now" - Written By: Jean Baptiste, Chris Brown, Ryan Buendia, Trevor Smith, Dwayne Carter, Jr. & Wesley Pentz. Performed by: Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes.
"Otis" - Written By: Shawn Carter & Kanye West. Performed by: Jay-Z & Kanye West.
"The Show Goes On" - Written By: Dustin William Brower, Jonathon Keith Brown, Daniel Johnson, Kane & Wasalu Muhammad Jaco. Performed by: Lupe Fiasco.

Best Rap Album
Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Watch The Throne"
Lil Wayne - "Tha Carter IV"
Lupe Fiasco - "Lasers"
Nicki Minaj - "Pink Friday"
Kanye West - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- WINNER

Best Country Solo Performance
Jason Aldean - "Dirt Road Anthem"
Martina McBride- "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"
Blake Shelton - "Honey Bee"
Taylor Swift - "Mean" -- WINNER
Carrie Underwood- "Mama's Song"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson - "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter - "You And Tequila"
The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow" -- WINNER
Thompson Square - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"

Best Country Song
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Written by: Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy. Performed by: Thompson Square.
"God Gave Me You" - Written by: Dave Barnes. Performed by: Blake Shelton
"Just Fishin'" - Written by: Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill. Performed by: Trace Adkins "Mean" - Written by: Taylor Swift. Performed by: Taylor Swift -- WINNER
"Threaten Me With Heaven" - Written by: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O'Brian. Performed by: Vince Gill
"You And Tequila" - Written by: Matraca Berg & Deana Carter. Performed by: Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter.

Best Country Album
Jason Aldean - "My Kinda Party"
Eric Church - "Chief"
Lady Antebellum - "Own The Night" -- WINNER
Blake Shelton - "Red River Blue"
George Strait - "Here For A Good Time"
Taylor Swift - "Speak Now"

Best New Age Album
Al Conti - "Northern Seas"
Michael Brant DeMaria - "Gaia"
Peter Kater - "Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame"
Pat Metheny - "What's It All About" -- WINNER
Zamora - "Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 6"

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"All Or Nothing At All" - Randy Brecker, soloist
"You Are My Sunshine" - Ron Carter, soloist
"500 Miles High" - Chick Corea, soloist -- WINNER
"Work" - Fred Hersch, soloist
"Sonnymoon For Two" - Sonny Rollins, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Karrin Allyson - "'Round Midnight"
Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists - "The Mosaic Project" -- WINNER
Kurt Elling - "The Gate"
Tierney Sutton (Band) - "American Road"
Roseanna Vitro - "The Music Of Randy Newman"

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Gerald Clayton - "Bond: The Paris Sessions"
Corea, Clarke & White - "Forever" -- WINNER
Fred Hersch - "Alone At The Vanguard"
Joe Lovano/Us Five - "Bird Songs"
Sonny Rollins - "Road Shows Vol. 2"
Yellowjackets - "Timeline"

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Randy Brecker With DR Big Band - "The Jazz Ballad Song Book"
Christian McBride Big Band - "The Good Feeling" -- WINNER
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - "40 Acres And A Burro"
Gerald Wilson Orchestra - "Legacy"
Miguel Zenon "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook"

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Steven Curtis Chapman - "Do Everything"
Natalie Grant - "Alive (Mary Magdalene)"
Brandon Heath - "Your Love"
Le'Andria Johnson - "Jesus" -- WINNER
Chris Tomlin - "I Lift My Hands"

Best Gospel Song
"Hello Fear" - Written by: Kirk Franklin. Performed by: Kirk Franklin -- WINNER
"Sitting With Me" - Written by: Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon. Performed by: Mary Mary.
"Spiritual" - Written by: Donald Lawrence. Performed by: Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes.
"Trust Me"- Written by: Richard Smallwood. Performed by: Richard Smallwood & Vision
"Window" - Written by: Canton Jones. Performed by: Canton Jones.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
"Blessings" - Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story) -- WINNER
"Hold Me" - Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
"I Lift My Hands" - Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
"Strong Enough" - Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
"Your Love" - Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)

Best Gospel Album
"The Love Album" - Kim Burrell
"The Journey" - Andrae Crouch
"Hello Fear" - Kirk Franklin -- WINNER
"Something Big" - Mary Mary
"Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition" - Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album -- WINNER
"Ghosts Upon The Earth" - Gungor
"Leaving Eden" - Brandon Heath
"The Great Awakening" - Leeland
"What If We Were Real" - Mandisa
"Black & White" - Royal Tailor
"And If Our God Is For Us" - Chris Tomlin -- WINNER

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album
Calle 13 - "Entren Los Que Quieran"
Gustavo Galindo - "Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar"
La Vida Boheme - "Nuestra"
Los Amigos Invisibles - "Not So Commercial"
Mana - "Drama Y Luz" -- WINNER

Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album
Pepe Aguilar - "Bicentenario" -- WINNER
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea - "Orale"
Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle - "Amor A La Musica"
Paquita La Del Barrio - "Eres Un Farsante"
Joan Sebastian - "Huevos Rancheros"

Best Banda Or Norteno Album
El Guero Y Su Banda Centenario - "Estare Mejor"
Intocable - "Intocable 2011"
Los Tigres Del Norte - "Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends" -- WINNER
Los Tucanes De Tijuana - "El Árbol"
Michael Salgado - "No Vengo A Ver Si Puedo ... Si Por Que Puedo Vengo"

Best Tropical Latin Album
Edwin Bonilla - "Homenaje A Los Rumberos"
Cachao - "The Last Mambo" -- WINNER
Jose Rizo's Mongorama - "Mongorama"

Best Americana Album
Linda Chorney - "Emotional Jukebox"
Ry Cooder - "Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down"
Emmylou Harris - "Hard Bargain"
Levon Helm - "Ramble At The Ryman" -- WINNER
Lucinda Williams - "Blessed"

Best Bluegrass Album
Alison Krauss & Union Station - "Paper Airplane" -- WINNER
Jim Lauderdale - "Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale"
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers - "Rare Bird Alert"
The Del McCoury Band - "Old Memories: The Songs Of Bill Monroe"
Ralph Stanley - "A Mother's Prayer"
Chris Thile & Michael Daves - "Sleep With One Eye Open"

Best Blues Album
Gregg Allman - "Low Country Blues"
Marcia Ball - "Roadside Attractions"
Warren Haynes - "Man In Motion"
Keb Mo - "The Reflection"
Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Revelator" -- WINNER

Best Folk Album
The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow" -- WINNER
Steve Earle - "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive"
Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"
Gillian Welch - "The Harrow & The Harvest"

Best Regional Roots Music Album
C.J. Chenier - "Can't Sit Down"
George Kahumoku, Jr. - "Wao Akua - The Forest Of The Gods"
Rebirth Brass Band - "Rebirth Of New Orleans" -- WINNER
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys - "Grand Isle"
Jimmy Sturr & His Orchesta - "Not Just Another Polka"

Best Reggae Album
Monty Alexander - "Harlem-Kingston Express Live!"
Israel Vibration - "Reggae Knights"
Stephen Marley - "Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life" -- WINNER
Ziggy Marley - "Wild And Free"
Shaggy - "Summer In Kingston"

Best World Music Album
AfroCubism - "AfroCubism"
Femi Kuti - "Africa For Africa"
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - "Songs From A Zulu Farm"
Tinariwen - "Tassili" -- WINNER

Best Children's Album
"All About Bullies... Big And Small" - (Various Artists) -- WINNER
"Are We There Yet?" - The Papa Hugs Band
"Fitness Rock & Roll" - Miss Amy
"GulfAlive" - The Banana Plant
"I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow" - (Various Artists)

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
"Bossypants" - Tina Fey
"Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond" - (Various Artists)
"Hamlet (William Shakespeare)" - Dan Donohue & Various Artists - Oregon Shakespeare Festival
"If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)" -- WINNER - Betty White
"The Mark Of Zorro" - Val Kilmer & Cast

Best Comedy Album
"Alpocalypse" - "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Finest Hour" - Patton Oswalt
"Hilarious" - Louis C.K. -- WINNER
"Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant" - Kathy Griffin
"Turtleneck & Chain" - The Lonely Island

Best Musical Theater Album
"Anything Goes"
"The Book Of Mormon" -- WINNER
"How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
"Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1" -- WINNER
"Glee: The Music, Volume 4"
"True Blood: Volume 3"

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
"Black Swan"
"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"The King's Speech" -- WINNER
"The Shrine"
"Tron Legacy"

Best Song Written For Visual Media
"Born To Be Somebody" - From "Never Say Never"
"Christmastime Is Killing Us" - From "Family Guy"
"I See The Light" - From "Tangled" -- WINNER
"So Long" - From "Winnie The Pooh"
"Where The River Goes" - From "Footloose
"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" - From "Burlesque

Best Instrumental Composition
"Falling Men"
"Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)"
"I Talk To The Trees"
"Life In Eleven" -- WINNER

Best Instrumental Arrangement
"All Or Nothing At All"
"In The Beginning"
"Nasty Dance"
"Rhapsody In Blue" -- WINNER
"Song Without Words"

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
"Ao Mar"
"Moon Over Bourbon Street"
"On Broadway"
"Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" -- WINNER
"The Windmills Of Your Mind"

Best Recording Package
"Chickenfoot III"
"Good Luck & True Love"
"Rivers And Homes"
"Scenes From The Suburbs" -- WINNER
"Watch The Throne"

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
"The King Of Limbs"
"The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story" -- WINNER
"25th Anniversary Music Box"
"25 Years"
"Wingless Angels - Deluxe Edition"

Best Album Notes
"The Bang Years 1966-1968"
"The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music"
"Complete Mythology"
"Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s" -- WINNER
"The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B And Soulful Sounds From Berkeley, California 1950-75"

Best Historical Album
"Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)" -- WINNER
"The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music"
"Complete Mythology"
"Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s"
"Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters"

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
"Follow Me Down"
"The Harrow & The Harvest"
"Music Is Better Than Words"
"The Next Right Thing"
"Paper Airplane" -- WINNER

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse
Paul Epworth -- WINNER
The Smeezingtons
Ryan Tedder
Butch Vig

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
"Cinema (Skrillex Remix)" -- WINNER
"Collide (Afrojack Remix)"
"End Of Line (Photek Remix)"
"Only Girl (In The World) (Rosabel Club Mix)"
"Rope (Deadmau5 Mix)"

Best Surround Sound Album
"An Evening With Dave Grusin"
"Grace For Drowning"
"Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)" -- WINNER
"Spohr: String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31"

Best Engineered Album, Classical
"Aldridge: Elmer Gantry" -- WINNER
"Glazunov: Complete Concertos"
"Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide"
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4"
"Weinberg: Symphony No. 3 & Suite No. 4 From 'The Golden Key'"

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Blanton Alspaugh
Manfred Eicher
David Frost
Peter Rutenberg
Judith Sherman -- WINNER

Best Orchestral Performance
"Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2" - Andrew Davis, conductor (BBC Philharmonic)
"Brahms: Symphony No. 4" - Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
"Haydn: Symphonies 104, 88 & 101" - Nicholas McGegan, conductor (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra) -- WINNER
"Henze: Symphonies Nos. 3-5" - Marek Janowski, conductor (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin)
"Martinu: The 6 Symphonies" - Jirí Belohlavek, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
"Adams: Doctor Atomic" -- WINNER
"Britten: Billy Budd"
"Rautavaara: Kaivos"
"Verdi: La Traviata"
"Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte"

Best Choral Performance
"Beyond All Mortal Dreams - American A Cappella" - Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge)
"Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45" - Patrick Dupre Quigley, conductor; James K. Bass, chorus master (Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Max Tipton &Teresa Wakim; Professional Choral Institute & Seraphic Fire)
"Kind" - Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96)
"Light & Gold" - Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers) -- WINNER
"The Natural World Of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen" - Paul Hillier, conductor (Ars Nova Copenhagen)

Best Small Ensemble Performance
"Frank: Hilos" - Gabriela Lena Frank; ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
"The Kingdoms Of Castille" - Richard Savino, conductor; El Mundo
"Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" - Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird -- WINNER
"A Seraphic Fire Christmas" - Patrick Dupre Quigley, conductor; Seraphic Fire
"Sound The Bells! " - The Bay Brass

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
"Chinese Recorder Concertos - East Meets West" - Lan Shui, conductor; Michala Petri (Copenhagen Philharmonic)
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini" - Yuja Wang (Claudio Abbado; Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4" - Leif Ove Andsnes (Antonio Pappano; London Symphony Orchestra)
"Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra" - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony) -- WINNER
"Winging It - Piano Music Of John Corigliano" - Ursula Oppens

Best Classical Vocal Solo
"Diva Divo" - Joyce DiDonato -- WINNER
"Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemoy Synsk" - Marianne Beate Kielland
"Handel: Cleopatra" - Natalie Dessay
"Purcell: O Solitude" - Andreas Scholl
"Three Baroque Tenors" - Ian Bostridge

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
"Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry" - Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein -- WINNER
"Crumb, George: The Ghosts Of Alhambra" - George Crumb
"Friedman, Jefferson: String Quartet No. 3" - Jefferson Friedman
"Mackey, Steven: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide" - Steven Mackey
"Ruders, Poul: Piano Concerto No. 2" - Poul Ruders

Best Short Form Music Video
"Rolling In The Deep" - Adele -- WINNER
"Yes I Know" - Memory Tapes
"All Is Not Lost" - OK Go
"Lotus Flower"- Radiohead
"First Of The Year (Equinox)" - Skrillex
"Perform This Way" - "Weird Al" Yankovic

Best Long Form Music Video
"I Am World Tour" - Beyonce
"Foo Fighters: Back And Forth" - Foo Fighters -- WINNER
"Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon" - Kings Of Leon
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest" - A Tribe Called Quest
"Nine Types Of Light" - TV On The Radio

2012 Grammy Award Recap

LL COOL J Prayer

Bruno Mars-Runaway

Adele-Rolling In the Deep

Chris Brown- Turn up the Music and Beautiful People

Taylor Swift-Mean

Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean-Don't You Wanna Stay

Jennifer Hudson-Tribute to Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You

Sunday, February 12, 2012

54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

Tonight is Music BIGGEST Night the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J on CBS tonight so here are the list of the 2012 Grammy Nominees.

Lets See Who wins tonight GO ADELE!!

Album Of The Year
21 — Adele

Wasting Light — Foo Fighters

Born This Way — Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars

Loud — Rihanna

Record Of The Year
"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele

"Holocene" — Bon Iver

"Grenade" — Bruno Mars

"The Cave" — Mumford & Sons

"Firework" — Katy Perry

Best New Artist
The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj


Song Of The Year
"All Of The Lights" — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)

"The Cave" — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)

"Grenade" — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

"Holocene" — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)

"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Someone Like You" — Adele

"Yoü And I" — Lady Gaga

"Grenade" — Bruno Mars

"Firework" — Katy Perry

"F***in' Perfect" — Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Body And Soul" — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

"Dearest" — The Black Keys

"Paradise" — Coldplay

"Pumped Up Kicks" — Foster The People

"Moves Like Jagger" — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Dance Recording
"Raise Your Weapon" — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech

"Barbra Streisand" — Duck Sauce

"Sunshine" — David Guetta & Avicii

"Call Your Girlfriend" — Robyn

"Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" — Skrillex

"Save The World" — Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock Performance
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" — Coldplay

"Down By The Water" — The Decemberists

"Walk" — Foo Fighters

"The Cave" — Mumford & Sons

"Lotus Flower" — Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
"On The Backs Of Angels" — Dream Theater

"White Limo" — Foo Fighters

"Curl Of The Burl" — Mastodon

"Public Enemy No. 1" — Megadeth

"Blood In My Eyes" — Sum 41

Best Rock Album
Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck

Wasting Light — Foo Fighters

Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon

I'm With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Whole Love — Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver — Bon Iver

Codes And Keys — Death Cab For Cutie

Torches — Foster The People

Circuital — My Morning Jacket

The King Of Limbs — Radiohead

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Sometimes I Cry" — Eric Benét

"Fool For You" — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

"Radio Message" — R. Kelly

"Good Man" — Raphael Saadiq

"Surrender" — Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown

Second Chance — El DeBarge

Love Letter — R. Kelly

Pieces Of Me — Ledisi

Kelly — Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Party" — Beyoncé & André 3000

"I'm On One" — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

"I Need A Doctor" — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey

"What's My Name?" — Rihanna & Drake

"Motivation" — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne

"All Of The Lights" — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Performance
"Look At Me Now" — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

"Otis" — Jay-Z & Kanye West

"The Show Goes On" — Lupe Fiasco

"Moment 4 Life" — Nicki Minaj & Drake

"Black And Yellow" — Wiz Khalifa

Best Country Solo Performance
"Dirt Road Anthem" — Jason Aldean

"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" — Martina McBride

"Honey Bee" — Blake Shelton

"Mean" — Taylor Swift

"Mama's Song" — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Song
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)

"God Gave Me You" — Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)

"Just Fishin'" — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

"Mean" — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

"Threaten Me With Heaven" — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O'Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)

"You And Tequila" — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

Best Americana Album
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney

Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder

Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris

Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm

Blessed — Lucinda Williams

Best Blues Album
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman

Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball

Man In Motion — Warren Haynes

The Reflection — Keb' Mo'

Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars

I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle

Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes

Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder

The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch