“Yes We Can” Hancock, Obama Surpise Critics at 50th Grammys

herbieLast night, musical genius Herbie Hancock and political juggernaut Barak Obama surprised the critics by upsetting some established competition. Hancock walked away with Album of the year for his tribute to Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters, defeating Amy Winehouse and Kanye West, who combined for a total of 9 Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Hancock, 67, said,

“I’d like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mold. This is a new day that proves the impossible can be made possible. Yes we can, to coin a phrase..”

Which brings us to the other big victory of the weekend. “Yes We Can” is the slogan of presidential hopeful Barak Obama, who swept all five of the democratic primaries this weekend, winning Nebraska, Washington, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Maine. Obama won convincingly, with at least 57 percent of the vote in each contest. In addition to sweeping the primaries, Senator Obama also took home the Grammy award for best spoken-word album for his audio book of “The Audacity of Hope: Reclaiming The American Dream,” beating former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Both champions share a stage in the new music video, “Yes We Can,” where producer Will.i.am remixes one of Obama’s most electrifying speeches, in a passionate tribute to the campaign. Maybe it’s time to stop listening to the critics and start believing in the resilience of our most talented musicians and leaders. Congratulations Mr. Hancock and Senator Obama. Check out the video here:

…and before I forget. Announcing the Blackademics February Interview: Herbie Hancock (this February 15th)

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