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.)

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