Monday, February 18, 2013

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

I had the wonderful experience of attending the prestigious GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 10th 2013!  The day was full of excitement and magic!

I attended the GRAMMYs with my Uncle (Theio in Greek) and music producer, Mike Vasilomanolakis and talented musician, Omar Akram!  Omar's fourth and most recent album, Echoes of Love was nominated for Best New Age Album!

A majority of the categories, including Best New Age Album, was held at the pre-televised ceremony at Nokia Theatre across from the Staples Center.  It was a full house with wonderful performances and entertaining presenters.  As the event unfolded, the moment we had all been waiting for finally approached, the category for Best New Age Album.

And the GRAMMY goes to... 


The pure joy and overwhelming moment took our entire group on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  Omar accepted his GRAMMY with the biggest smile and had a lovely speech.  Mike gave a moving and heartfelt speech as he was as ecstatic as Omar!  Much congratulations to Omar and Theio Mike for their tireless effort in touching the hearts of the listeners with Omar's moving and inspiring music!

As the night went on, I was able to experience the joy once again in support of Halestorm who won the GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song, Love Bites (So Do I)!  Going up against rock and heavy metal  veterans, they were shocked and blown away at their win which was evident in their acceptance speech.  Much congratulations goes out to Halestorm for their relentless effort to climb the ladder in the rock world by creating great music, putting on kick ass rock shows and recognizing their fans who are continuously supportive.

After the pre-televised ceremony, we made our way to the Red Carpet for the GRAMMY Awards show at the Staples Center.  What a thrilling moment walking down the Red Carpet with amazing and talented artists and actors.  The GRAMMY Awards were packed with a punch, with performances by Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Elton John and Sting to name a few, not to mention the high energy LL Cool J brought to the show as the MC!  LL Cool J closed the show with an amazing performance that closed the night the way it began.  Another amazing night to remember!

The pre-televised ceremony is available to watch online for a limited time at

Here are some pictures from the evening:

 The beginning of the night at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Theio Mike and Theia Niki.

 After the pre-televised ceremony with Omar, Theio Mike and Theia Niki!

 Theio Mike with his proud mother and Omar.

 With drummer, Arejay Hale from Halestorm.

Enjoying a moment on the Red Carpet.

For more information on Omar, his music, upcoming live performances and news, visit

For more information on Halestorm, visit their website at

(GRAMMY screengrabs from, copyright to the GRAMMYs 2013.)

"With a rebel yell, she cried more, more, more"

I recently had the opportunity to meet 80's Rock God himself, Billy Idol!  What a great guy, really nice and down to earth, what a great experience!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Face Off: Week 4 and 5 Results

Week 4: Eye Candy

Anthony's candy creation, "Colonel Candy" was a sleek, clean, and refined work of art that landed him safe for this week's Spotlight Challenge.

(Left) Photo credit by Brett-Patrick Jenkins and (Right) Photo credit by Nicole Wilder

Photo credit by Nicole Wilder

Photo credit by Nicole Wilder

Week 5: Two Heads Are Better Than One

For this Spotlight Challenge, Anthony was paired up with Autumn to create a two headed giant.  With and interesting backstory, three heads and an excellent paint job, Anthony and Autumn's creature was safe for this week's challenge.

Photo credit by Nicole Wilder

Photo credit by Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Photo credit by Nicole Wilder

Tune in to SyFy this Tuesday night to see why
the contestants are bugging out!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Infernal Core in DC Comics!

Did you pick up a copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #16???

If not, run to your local comic book store and pick one up because Anthony's Face Off character the "Infernal Core" is featured!

Don't forget to tune in to Face Off Tuesday nights on SyFy!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Week 3: When Hell Freezes Over

Face Off takes their contestants to the desert, where they are teamed up to create a demon from a specific region for this week's Spotlight Challenge.
(Photo credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins)

Anthony and Alam collaborate as they sketch their demon creature concept.
(Photo credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins)

The twist of the challenge was to create an ice demon.
 Anthony working on his model...
(Photo credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins)

Each teams Ice Demon is ready for the judges review.
(Photo credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins)

Anthony and Alam triumph over Fox and Wayne this week with their Hindu Goddess, Deumus.  Since there can only be one winner each week, Glenn Hetrick announces Anthony the winner of the challenge for the third week in a row!

"What should be grotesque, like the double nostril, is beautifully done," according to Neville Page.

"You do exactly what we ask for [from week to week]," Glenn Hetrick said of Anthony during judging.

(Photo credit: Brett-Patrick Jenkins)

Watch a sneak peek of next week's episode, "Eye Candy" by clicking HERE!