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The Shakespeare Grammy Awards 2015

In honor of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this weekend, we thought it would be fun to celebrate some of the great popular songs and albums that have been inspired by The Bard! Let’s have our own Shakespeare Grammy Awards!

Since phonographs (the device that the Grammy trophy design is based on) were not invented for another few hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, let’s name the award after a popular instrument from Shakespeare’s day…

The Golden Lute (or Luteys, for short), will honor songs across different genres that were influenced by Shakespeare’s plays, themes, and characters! here are the winners for 2015!

BEST POP SONG

Cherish- Madonna

This song references Shakespeare with the lyrics “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet,” and it is just too catchy to not love!

BEST RAP SONG

Hey There Ophelia- MC Lars (Featuring Gabe Saporta And Brett Anderson)

A rap retelling of Hamlet, with a focus on Ophelia. (Shakespeare and hip hop combined, what a great concept!)

BEST ROCK SONG

Titus Andronicus Forever- Titus Andronicus

This song is deserving simply because they named the song AND their band after a Shakespeare play! The Bard’s influence is always with the band!

BEST COUNTRY SONG

Love Story- Taylor Swift

We can only hope that the couple in this song does not meet the same demise as the original Romeo and Juliet!

BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE

Double Trouble- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

It is no secret that most of the SIA team loves everything to do with Harry Potter, but you must admit, one of the most famous spells of all time does fit perfectly with a movie about a school of magic!

BEST SONG

The King Must Die- Elton John

“The King Must Die” is about a person falling out of power, and we all know that Shakespeare’s plays are full of characters that face similar situations, and for that reason, takes the top song award!

BEST ALBUM

As You Like It- Barenaked Ladies

The Barenaked Ladies recorded an entire album inspired by As You Like It for the Stratford Festival 2005 season, which is a double Canadian win in our books!

That’s it for the 2015 Luteys. Congratulations to all of the winners! We shall end the show with one of Shakespeare’s most famous (and true) quotes about music:

If music be the food of love, play on.

Do you agree with the winners? What are some of your favorite Shakespeare inspired songs? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Oscars 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards are in, and I must say, there is some fierce competition for a statue this year!
Until the awards are actually given out on March 2, we can only speculate on the internet and join the office pool, guessing who will walk away a winner. In the meantime, we can dive into the nominees past works, and learn about the interesting and brilliant choices that this group of actors have made throughout their careers.

Seeing as we are a Shakespeare related theatre company, I have sifted though the careers of the nominees and compiled a list of some of the Shakespeare related works that they have been a part of over the years! Enjoy!

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Christian Bale (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (1997 theatre production) as Malcom
  • Romeo and Juliet (2000 theatre production) as Romeo
  • Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003 TV movie) as Orsino
  • Othello (2007 theatre production) as Othello

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Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor Nominee)

Appeared in:

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Amy Adams (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Into the Woods (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Production) as Baker’s Wife

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Cate Blanchett (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (2009 Sydney Festival) as Richard II


*Fun Fact- This role was part of a show called The War of the Roses, which condensed all of Shakespeare’s historical plays into one 8 hour performance!

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Judi Dench (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:


*Fun Fact- Judi Dench also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company for many years.

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Meryl Streep (Best Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1978 Shakespeare in the Park Production)  as Katherine
  • Romeo and Juliet (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet

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Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor Nominee)

Appearing in:

  • Macbeth (Currently in Pre-production) as Macbeth

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Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (2000 theatre production)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000 theatre production)

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Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)

Appeared in:

  • The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama Production)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Yale School of Drama Production)

Have you seen any of these movies or performances? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!