The Los Angeles Music Awards Covered by Harriet Kaplan
Performances by renowned pianist David Osborne and rockers V Squared featuring two 11-year-old twin brothers (Vittorio and Vincenzo) from Santa Rosa, CA were the musical highlights
of the 24th Annual Awards held last Wednesday at the Hollywood Avalon.
V Squared brought the house down with the amped-up rock set with showed nerve and humor in equal amounts. Talented beyond their years, the young rockers performed like veteran champs. When they band received their award, they spoke of worshipping AC/DC and wearing out a copy of “Back in Black.”
Photo courtesy of Chauncy Miller
Pianist David Osborne's accomplishments are as impressive as his stunning talent he displayed to full effect that can only be described lovely, elegant and thoroughly classy.
Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents”, Osborne’s credentials are many according to his Facebook page description. The list of White House performances include Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Osborne is a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia.
Photo courtesy of Chauncy Miller
Osborne performs currently at his new home the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He is featured at the Petrossian Bar and The Baccarat Bar at the Bellagio. His music includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes.
Other noteworthy and memorable moments included seven winners in the following
categories for V Square: Record of The Year - "We Are V Squared"; Rock Album - "We Are V Squared"; Rock Artist; Hard Rock Band; Rock Hard Single of The Year: "Long Live Rock and Roll, V Squared; Live Performance of The Year - Long Live Rock and Roll, V Squared and The Guitarist of The Year went to Vittorio. David Osborne received the International Artist or Band Award - United States. Bill Ward, drummer for Black Sabbath, was honored with The Lifetime Achievement Drummer/Songwriter Award. Marc Canter received The Literary Achievement in Rock and Roll for his book "Reckless Road: Guns N Roses and The Making of Appetite For Destruction," a compilation of interviews and never-before-seen photos of one of the most successful bands of all time.
-by Harriet Kaplan
The Los Angeles Music Awards, now in it's 24th year, is a media branding company that seeks to publicly represent qualified, independent artists and bands for mass media opportunities related to the production of our yearly series of on-going press events in Los Angeles. The events are held in multiple Hollywood area locations, and offer LAMMA preferred clients the biggest audiences at the most prestigious venues. The organization also extend offers of participation in additional high profile press events for those who have the talent and resources to become celebrities in the fields of music, television and film.
The Los Angeles Music Awards was the first event of its kind that presented a Grammy style format for lesser known artists or bands. The LAMMA's business model is identical to counterparts at the Producers Guild of America Awards, the Director's Guild of America Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Like those other programs, the LAMMA too is based on ad campaigns and event support. Like them as well, it's a program requires you to have a superb product to win a nomination, and then the popularity to become an award recipient. The process is challenging, and it requires active participation in at least three of its yearly press events. Therefore, since 1991, the LAMMA's nominees have always been asked to do the very basics when it comes to their own publicity and promotion: attend all of its press events during the red carpet event production year.
Every year since 1991, LAMMA dedicate its program to the memory of Bill Gazzarri, the Godfather of Rock n' Roll. May he rest in peace.