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Music in the News
Thursday 01 November 2001
Vocabulary from the world of music. Listen to and read the story then find explanations of difficult words below.

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Latin Grammies finally revealed
Summary: The Latin-American Grammie awards, originally scheduled for September 11th and subsequently cancelled, were handed out earlier this week in Los Angeles. Instead of the lavish award ceremony, there was a somewhat muted press conference with many nominees absent because of fears about flying. This report from David Willis:
The News Listen
  Hollywood loves its award ceremonies. Late October and early November normally mark the start of the so-called award season, which gradually gathers pace throughout December and January and culminates in the annual Golden Globe awards, and after it, the Oscars. But this year the season looks to be more muted than ever.

What was to have been a glitzy celebration of salsa, tango, flamenco, samba and marangue, broadcast live in the United States and to more than 120 other mainly Spanish speaking countries, was replaced with a press conference attended by little more than 100 people. The Latin-American Grammies had the misfortune to be scheduled for September 11th, but the ceremony itself was cancelled when it became clear that many of the nominees are still too nervous to travel.

It's not the only disruption Hollywood has faced in the wake of the suicide attacks. Organisers of the Emmy awards, televisions version of the Oscars, have twice had their preparations cancelled. On Sunday, the organisers will try for a third time to stage the show, and the tone will be markedly different. Instead of dinner jackets and evening gowns, the stars have been urged to wear business suits.


The Words Listen  
  gathers pace
here, the phrase refers to the fact that there are more and more award ceremonies taking place in Hollywood, as the end of the 'award season' approaches

  culminates in
if you say that a series of events culminates in a particular event, you mean that event happens at the end of it and is particularly important

  more muted than ever
attracting less attention than previously

  a glitzy celebration
an exciting and attractive show

  salsa, tango, flamenco, samba and marangue
these are all different styles of Latin-American music and dance

  the nominees
those selected to compete for the awards

a situation where things are prevented from continuing in a normal way

  the tone
here - the mood and atmosphere

noticeably, obviously

  evening gowns
dresses (usually long ones) which women wear on special occasions

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