Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actress, and model, Demi Lovato debuted as a child star on “Barney & Friends” before obtaining teen fame in the Disney Channel TV movie “Camp Rock.” This was followed by the release of her first album, “Don’t Forget,” which debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200. By 2011 Demi had quickly outgrown her mouse ears. She showed off a more mature sound on her third album “Unbroken.” Its lead single "Skyscraper" became her first platinum song. This October Demi released her fifth studio album, “Confident,” to critical and commercial success. A dynamic performer with powerful pop vocals, Demi has headlined several tours, most recently the international Demi World Tour. Next summer she will join fellow Disney alum Nick Jonas for a joint 40-city “Future Now” tour.
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Alternative Rock Band
After 25 years of making music, Cake is still going the distance. Famous for their clever, deadpan lyrics and a wide array of musical genres, melding everything from mariachi to folk music, the Sacramento band set the standard for catchy alternative rock in the late ‘90s. And with nine of their singles appearing on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart between 1993 and 2011, their experiments in cheeky lyrics and styles have handsomely paid off. Cake’s most recent release, 2011’s “Showroom of Compassion,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
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Rock ‘n’ roll genius Neil Young is largely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists and songwriters of all time. For almost 50 years, the Canadian native’s blend of folk, country, rock, and grunge has kept fans captivated, making him a chart-topping rock hero. His songs are full of intimate confessions and passionate stories, which have helped hits like “Old Man” and “Harvest Moon” transcend generations. Neil has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice – first as a solo artist, and a few years later as a member of Buffalo Springfield. An outspoken environmentalist and activist, Neil co-founded the Farm Aid concert in 1985 to advocate for the welfare of small farmers.
Willie Nelson is one of the most recognized and prolific artists in music history. Considered one of the main figures of outlaw country, Willie started his career as a songwriter for stars like Patsy Cline, but the Texas native came into his own with hits such as "On the Road Again" and "Always on my Mind.” With 11 Grammy Awards and more than 60 albums under his belt, there’s no doubt that Willie is a country music icon, but he’s also an author, poet, actor, and activist. Partnering with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, Willie founded Farm Aid in 1985 in the hopes of assisting and raising funds for small farms across America.
Dave Matthews Band
Powered by a core of acclaimed musicians and a fan base that rivals any in the world, the Dave Matthews Band have led arguably the most successful career of any musical act in the 21st century. Starting with 1994's seminal album “Under the Table and Dreaming,” the rock and jazz fusion band has sold over 31 million records worldwide and is the only group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at #1. For fans, DMB's annual summer tours are legendary. Marked by breathtaking light shows and unheard renditions of classic hits, their shows highlight a band that lives for crafting a complete musical experience.
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OneRepublic makes rock anthems and piano-backed ballads that fill stadiums around the world. The band's breakout single "Apologize", off their 2007 debut album Dreaming Out Loud, went platinum five times over and peaked at number one globally, spending eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. It ranks as one of the most successful songs of the decade. Native, the band's third studio album, was released last year to commercial and critical success. In September 2015, OneRepublic concluded their 40-city "Native Summer" tour. They were nominated for Favorite Band at the upcoming 2014 People's Choice Awards.
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Good Life Foundation
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to describe the rise of pop rock family band R5 as meteoric. In 2013, the group’s first album, “Louder,” scored a top 30 debut on the Billboard 200 charts. This year, they hit the road for a worldwide tour to promote that album and have been regularly playing to packed houses of screaming fans. The Disney Channel's Austin and Ally star Ross Lynch fronts the group, which is composed of his siblings – Riker, Rydel, Rocky – and their good friend Ellington Ratcliff. With adorable good looks, legions of devoted fans, and acting deals, the talented young band continues to hit the right formula for pop rock success.
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After a successful guest appearance on the hit Disney Channel show Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez became the star of her own show in 2007 as the lead in Wizards of Waverly Palace. In 2009, Selena released her debut album, Kiss and Tell, which featured, “Naturally,” the first of her six consecutive platinum singles. She moved away from music to focus on her acting career, appearing in such films as The Muppets, Hotel Transylvania and Spring Breakers.
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As vocally gifted as he is dazzling to watch on stage, Adam Lambert used a boost from reality television to become an international pop sensation. In 2009 Adam finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of “American Idol.” His first studio album reached #3 on the Billboard 200. Adam’s explosive glam-rock anthems first drew comparisons with artists like Queen, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. But now the “Mad World” rocker is carving out a style that is all his own with his third album The Original High featuring the hit song "Ghost Town".
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Cage The Elephant
Cage The Elephant can’t be tamed. The Kentucky-bred rock band plays an eclectic amalgam of classic rock, pop, punk, and blues. Their raucous performances often end with band members scattered among their fans. Singer Matthew Shultz and company came onto the scene in 2008 with their self-titled debut album, which was powered to gold status by the #1 alternative single “In One Ear” and the track "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." Cage The Elephant’s subsequent albums found the band evolving their sound, incorporating influences from iconic grunge punk groups like Nirvana and The Pixies. This December, Cage the Elephant released their fourth album “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” produced by The Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach.
ChristmasLand, now in its second year, is a two-day concert event hosted by KOST 103.5 in Downtown Los Angeles. Along with performances by top-40 artists, KOST 103.5 organizes a Holiday Street Festival that includes a Santa experience, ice skating rink, and carousel. This year’s show will be held at Microsoft Theater on December 5 and 6 with performances by Train, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, Kim Walker-Smith and Jesus Culture, Michelle Williams, and more.
Boy George’s New Wave band, Culture Club played a leading role in the British pop explosion of the 1980s. With Boy George on vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, Mikey Craig on bass, and Jon Moss on drums, the band released a string of six top-ten singles in the U.S., including "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," and "Church of the Poison Mind." Their second album “Colour by Numbers” was ranked number 96 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the ‘80s. In all, the band has sold over 50 million records. On February 20, 2016, Boy George and Culture Club will headline the IHeart80s Party at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Soaring on the strength of her preternatural vocal abilities, Mariah Carey dominated the pop charts throughout the ‘90s and early aughts. Her self-titled debut album became an instant classic with its mix of R&B ballads and dance hits like “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” and “Someday.” The album remained at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart for eleven consecutive weeks and was certified platinum nine times. She has scored 18 number-one singles, more than any other American solo artist, and has garnered several top awards including five Grammys and the World Music Awards' Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. In 2012, Mariah was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music.”
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Carrying the torch for grunge rock into the new millennium, Seether took a cue from bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains. Singer Shaun Morgan, bass player Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey make distortion-heavy songs that straddle heavy metal and radio rock. This mix, first heard on their breakout #1 single “Fine Again,” is partly why the South African band’s last four albums have all been in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Their latest record “Isolate and Medicate” debuted at No. 4 in July. In 2012, Seether started The Rise Above Fest, the annual music festival to benefit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).
Sting is an English singer, multi-instrumentalist, and philanthropist best known as the lead singer of the British new wave rock band The Police. As a solo artist and a member of The Police, Sting has 16 combined Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. Multiple songs written by Sting, such as “Roxanne” and “Every Breath You Take” appear on Rolling Stone 's list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” His music, often combining elements of jazz, reggae, and worldbeat, has been widely praised for introducing new influences to mainstream pop music. In 2002 Sting was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in the musical The Last Ship.
The Foo Fighters
In the two decades since the 1995 release of Foo Fighters' self-titled debut, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear have grown into arguably the last great American arena and stadium rock band. They have raked in 11 Grammy Awards, sold 25 million records worldwide and spawned anthems like “Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "My Hero," "Learn To Fly," "All My Life," "Best Of You," "The Pretender," “Walk" and more. Sonic Highways--the band’s eighth studio album—was released last November and shares its title with the quadruple-Emmy-nominated eight-episode HBO docuseries directed by Grohl.
Hip Hop, R&B Artist
The summer of 2015 belonged to The Weeknd. With critical acclaim from nearly every major media outlet, success on music streaming services, and raw talent to match the hype, the Toronto-born singer and record producer found his groove with fans of alternative R&B. Building off the success of his debut 2013 album “Kiss Land,” The Weeknd released his second album “Beauty Behind the Madness” this August to widespread success. The album’s first three singles — “Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” and “Earned It” — simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to do so.
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Tori Kelly is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, who wrote, produced, and recorded her first EP “Handmade Songs” in her bedroom and released it on her very own label. It climbed the top 10 of the Heatseekers Albums chart and was followed by the album “Unbreakable Smile” in 2015. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and eventually earned Tori a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Over the past year and a half, Tori headlined a 32-city, sold-out U.S. tour, and supported Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith on tour. Combined, her songs and albums have sold nearly 1.5 million in the U.S. Next up, Tory will lend her talents to NBC’s “The Voice” as a music advisor.
Zac Brown Band
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. Their latest gold-certified album JEKYLL + HYDE, out now on Southern Ground Artists/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records, marks the band’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Together with their three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation, and their 2013 project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, the band has sold over eight million albums to date. On the road, Zac Brown Band set out on their largest North American Stadium Tour to date in 2015, which included two history making performances - a first ever sold-out, three-night run at Fenway Park, and the first-ever concert at Coors Field along with performances at Wrigley Field, Nationals Park, Citi Field, Comerica Park and Citizen's Bank Park.
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When Brooklyn’s state-of-the-art Barclays Center finally opened to the public in 2012, it was clear the arena had pulled out all the stops to become New York’s premiere event center for concerts, professional sports, boxing, family shows, and college basketball. The billion-dollar arena greets visitors with a spectacular 117-foot oculus and is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders.
The Nets Foundation
Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., the California-born rap star best known as Snoop Dogg has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. His debut album, “Doggystyle,” was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, and debuted at No.1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs charts. The rapper has also starred in several motion pictures and hosted the following television shows: “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,” “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood,” and “Dogg After Dark.”
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Snoop Youth Football League
Shania Twain is arguably the biggest pop phenomenon to come out of the country music scene in the late ‘90s. Rightfully dubbed the Queen of Country Pop, Shania has sold well over 75 million albums worldwide, making her the most successful female country artist of all time. Shania is also the only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond. After winning five Grammys and 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, Shania retired from performing in 2004 only to return to the stage eight years later in her critically acclaimed show Still the One, seen exclusively at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Shania is currently at work on her fifth studio album.
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Nick Jonas has come a long way since his days as a teen heartthrob on the Disney Channel. As one-third of the Jonas Brothers he won a Grammy for Best New Artist, sold 17 million albums, and was part of one of the biggest bands in the world. Now the 23-year-old singer is all grown up. He is an established actor, appearing this year in the DirectTV drama series “Kingdom” and has a new musical style. "Jealous," the first single off last year’s self-titled album, reveals an edgier side. Next summer Nick is hitting the road to show off his mature new look and will join fellow Disney alum Demi Lovato for the joint 40-city “Future Now” tour.
Meghan Trainor is bringing doo-wop back to the 21st century. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter makes the sort of blue-eyed soul that would hook any fan of oldies pop, but with the bite and humor of today’s best music. Despite releasing two albums, it wasn’t until the debut of her single "All About That Bass" that Meghan found stardom. The massive hit topped charts around the world, reaching #1 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The body-positive anthem is the U.K.’s longest-running #1 song by a female act in 2014.
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Ryan Seacrest Foundation
Country Music Star
Before releasing his debut studio album “Love Like Crazy” in 2010, Lee Brice was already well-established in Nashville. The South Carolina native became one of the most sought-after songwriters in country music after the song “More Than a Memory,” co-written with Garth Brooks, became the first song ever to debut at number one on the country music chart. A talented artist on stage and off, Lee’s own single “Love Like Crazy” was the top country song of 2010. Last year Lee finally got the credit he deserves after his song “I Don’t Dance” — a sweetly moving ballad written for his wife — was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2014 American Country Music Awards.
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author
Whether he's playing a heartthrob doctor on “General Hospital” or singing one of the biggest radio hits of the '80s, Rick Springfield has made a career out of capturing both eyes and ears. Since 1972 he has released 17 studio albums and 34 singles, including the worldwide number one hit "Jessie's Girl," which earned him a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1981. Rick is also an accomplished actor and author. He has written two New York Times best sellers and played Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. His autobiography Late, Late at Night was on Rolling Stone's list of "The 25 Great Rock Memoirs of All Time" and his new novel Magnificent Vibration came out to critical acclaim in May.
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One of the most successful musicians in the world, Shakira has sold over 70 million albums, becoming the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time. Over the course of a career that has spanned nearly two decades, she has won numerous awards, including two Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, and has been a coach on the wildly popular TV show The Voice. In November of 2011, Shakira earned entertainment's ultimate achievement with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Businessman
Usher ranks among music’s most successful performers, but his prowess as a businessman and producer has secured his perennial spot in the peak echelons of his field. He rose to prominence in the late ‘90s with his six-time platinum album My Way and to date he has sold over 65 million albums making him one of the best-selling American artists in history. Usher has also found great success in other industries including numerous turns as an actor in major films, and business ventures ranging from restaurants to a stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers team. After living most of his young life in the spotlight, Usher has remained one of music’s most beloved performers, most respected entrepreneurs, and a beacon of style.
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Lead Singer of Matchbox Twenty
After three Grammys and over 80 million albums sold, it's safe to say Rob Thomas is one of the most successful songwriters of the last decade. As the singer of Matchbox Twenty, whose seminal 1996 album Yourself or Someone Like You has become a classic of alternative rock, Rob fronted one of the biggest rock acts of the '90s. He has also led an accomplished solo career. "Smooth," a collaboration with guitarist Santana, won the 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year and ranks #1 on Billboard's Top Hot 100 Rock Songs of all time. In 2004 Rob was presented the first ever "Starlight Award" from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, given to young songwriters who have already made a significant contribution to music.
Sidewalk Angels Foundation
Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
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Michael Franti & Spearhead
Few artists are able to successfully combine as many musical genres as Michael Franti & Spearhead. Hip hop, reggae, soul, funk, rock - the band pulls exotic rhythms from world music and synthesizes them into something local and familiar. Since their first album, Home, Franti & Spearhead have embedded powerful, politically charged lyrics into their music. They are advocates for human rights, environmentalism, and global peace, and have earned high praise for keeping the message as important as the melody. Recently the band has fine-tuned a pop-folk sound for the wildly successful album The Sound of Sunshine and are regularly playing to packed houses in support of their eighth album release, All People.
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Do It For The Love Foundation
Third Eye Blind
Bob Weir & RatDog
The Grateful Dead live on through Bob Weir & RatDog. Not only does the psychedelic supergroup boast legendary guitarist (and one of the Dead's founding members) Bob Weir, but they've spent nearly twenty years jamming with some of the best talent in music. Despite releasing only one studio album, 2000’s “Evening Moods,” Bob Weir & RatDog have earned critical acclaim by leading the way to preserve the Dead's musical legacy. Frequently joined by guest musicians, they continue to be one of the best live bands in music.
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Music Heals International
Rise Above Fest
The Rise Above Fest is a cause worth rocking for. Started in 2012 by South African rock band Seether, the annual music festival brings together some of the best bands in metal and heavy rock to benefit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). Last year the event raised nearly $50,000 for SAVE, whose mission is to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness. Now in its third year, the Rise Above Fest returns to Darling’s Waterfront in Bangor, Maine on May 9th with headliners Godsmack, Seether, Slash, and Papa Roach.
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Smash Mouth fused an early love for ska, rock, and rap into danceable beach party hits that made them all-stars of pop radio. Formed in San Jose, the band scored their first big hit in 1997 with the number-one song “Walkin’ On the Sun”, followed by a string of successful singles and retro-style covers (“Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”). Film audiences also know their tunes having been selected in soundtracks for the following movies: Shrek, Rat Race, and Mystery Men. Smash Mouth continues to play and tour. Their most recent album, “Magic,” was released in 2012.
Pediatric Disease Treatment and Research
From child prodigy to Motown hit-maker to R&B legend, Stevie Wonder has had an incomparable influence on modern pop music. With more than 30 U.S. top ten hits, 22 Grammy Awards (the most ever awarded to a male solo artist) and over 100 million albums sold, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His sunny pop and funk hits crossed radio genres for decades, and he is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished solo artists to ever step on stage. Recently, Stevie announced he will be embarking on the highly-anticipated Songs in the Key of Life Tour, his first US tour in over five years.
Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer
Marc Anthony is the undisputed king of salsa. With two Grammys, five Latin Grammys, an incredible 23 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and over 12 millions albums sold worldwide, the Puerto Rican-American singer is easily the most successful artist in the history of tropical salsa music. His talent doesn’t stop there – Marc is also an accomplished actor, producer, fashion designer, and philanthropist. In 2012 he founded Maestro Cares, a non-profit organization established to benefit homeless and neglected children in developing Latin American countries.
With his wild flame of red hair, power metal guitar riffs and stadium-filling vocals, Sammy Hagar is one of the most recognizable musicians in rock ‘n’ roll. A professional journeyman, the Red Rocker has played in several of the biggest bands in music, first as the front man for 70’s heavy rock band Montrose. After a successful solo career, Sammy replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985, and for the next ten years he lead what many describe as the greatest band in rock history. Outside of music, Sammy is also a celebrated philanthropist and entrepreneur.
Music Heals International
Maroon 5 has reached a stratosphere of success that few other bands ever have. The Los Angeles-based Grammy Award-winning band consists of frontman Adam Levine of NBC's The Voice, guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer/percussionist Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton. They've sold more than 10 million albums in the United States alone and over 31 million digital singles worldwide, over 14 million of which came from their mega-hit single "Moves Like Jagger." Maroon 5's fifth studio album, V, released in August of 2014, builds on the group's staggering momentum.
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