The GRAMMYs!

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This past weekend restaurants all over the District were awarded RAMMY Awards for their excellence in keeping the D.C. population full and happy. While 4E loves our food from all over the 8 wards, the food of Georgetown will always hold an important place in our hearts. So instead, 4E is creating our own RAMMYs for the one and only Hilltop.

It is the GRAMMYs (Georgetown RAMMYs)!

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*No relation to music, unless we are discussing songs about food*

Here are the winners:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Bar Pilar
GRAMMY WINNER: Midnight Mug (and the tables adjacent)

Upscale Casual Brunch:

RAMMY WINNER: Le Diplomate
GRAMMY WINNER: Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Favorite Fast Bites:

RAMMY WINNER: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – Friendship Heights
GRAMMY WINNER: Eat & Joy

Cocktail/Beer Program of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Bourbon Steak
GRAMMY WINNER: Tombs

Wine Program of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Iron Gate
GRAMMY WINNER: Tie between Safeway (Franzia 4 life) + Wisey’s

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Employee of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Evan Labb – Evening Star Cafe
GRAMMY WINNER: Omelet Lady – Leo’s

Manager of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Joseph Cerione – Blue Duck Tavern
GRAMMY WINNER: Frankie – Einstein’s in Leavy

Pastry Chef of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: Agnes Chin – The Grill Room, Capella Hotel
GRAMMY WINNER: The Hipsters – Baked and Wired

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First time Liz Lemon has been wrong

Rising Culinary Star of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: George Pagonis – Kapnos DC
GRAMMY WINNER: Me and my housemates #domestic

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year

RAMMY WINNER: DGS Delicatessen
GRAMMY WINNER: Good Stuff Eatery

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Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
GRAMMY WINNER: Chipotle

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year:

RAMMY WINNER: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
GRAMMY WINNER: Who ever makes the best jungle juice

Let the nomz be with you.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Grammy Awards 2015

The 57th annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday night, and we are in for a treat! LL Cool J is hosting (for the fourth year in a row), there are bound to be great performances and – wait, “Jealous” by Nick Jonas wasn’t nominated for Song of the Year???

So no awards show is perfect, especially not one for something as subjective as music. But there are some fine nominees this year, as there are every year, and we’ve put together a playlist of 10 notable nominated songs for your enjoyment.

1. Sia – “Chandelier” One of the year’s best music videos, in my opinion. This song has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (don’t ask me how those two are different), Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Producer and Video of the Year (along with “Turn Down for What”).

2. Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Remix) An excellent appearance from Mary J. on a now-ubiquitous song, though she isn’t the only famous person to collaborate with Sam Smith. A$AP Rocky did a verse on “I’m Not the Only One”, and Sam Smith himself was a guest on Disclosure’s hit “Latch.”

3. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” Love her or hate her, no one can deny that Taylor Swift knows how to make a catchy tune. Although to be honest, my favorite track from 1989 is definitely “Blank Space.”

4. Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass” Nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (seriously, what is the difference? Please tell me), this song catapulted Meghan Trainor into the public eye.

5. Hozier – “Take Me to Church” Hozier is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish musician who can rock a man bun. He is also excellent live – check out his appearance on SNL.

6. Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige – “F For You” Despite the fact that Settle, the album on which this track appears, came out in 2013, “F For You” managed to snag a nomination for Best Dance Recording. Also, note that Mary J. Blige is racking up the nominations-by-guest-appearance.

7. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?” AM was also released in 2013. Nevertheless, “Do I Wanna Know?” is a great song and this band (one of my favorites) got a nomination for Best Rock Performance.

8. Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love”  Recently “covered” by Will Ferrell, this song has cemented its place in pop culture for a looooong time (surfbort, anyone?). Personally, I like to skip Jay-Z’s weird and not very good verse and stick to the good stuff (Bey).

9. Kendrick Lamar – “i” One of the singles from Kendrick’s forthcoming album (due any day now, or something like that), “i” is a message of positivity and self-respect. A great track from a hopefully great album.

10. Kanye West – “Bound 2” Nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song, “Bound 2” has a timeless classic of a music video. It’s also one of the best songs on Yeezus. Let’s hope 2015 brings another classic Kanye album (that’ll rack up the nominations for Grammys 2016).

So tune in Feb. 8 to see who wins! CBS is broadcasting starting at 5:00 pm. Hopefully this playlist will help you prepare for the show. Or, you know, you can be like me and just listen to “Jealous” over and over.

Photos: grammy.com, brooklynvegan.com

Six Degrees of Beyoncé: DePaul Edition

Beyonce DegressHello ***Flawless people of Georgetown! It is my distinct honor and privilege to introduce to you to your new favorite game: SIX DEGREES OF BEYONCÉ!

(Alternatively known as Six Degrees of Sasha Fierce, Six Degrees of Yoncé, Six Degrees of Mrs. Carter and so on and so forth.)

WHAT? You’ve never heard of Six Degrees of Beyoncé?

Don’t worry.  Here are the rules.

Much like its predecessors, Six Degrees of Separation and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (click here for the backstory), the goal of Six Degrees of Beyoncé is to connect someone or something to Beyoncé with six degrees of separation or less. (You’re welcome.) Therefore, as our newest recurring post, we’ll be taking the latest Hoya headlines and relating them back to Queen Bey in six degrees or less of separation. Buckle up, because we’re about to begin:

1.  Georgetown recently dominated a game against DePaul University.

2.  A famous DePaul alumnus, Jim O’Rourke, is a famous musician who won a Grammy in 2004 for producing the best alternative album, Wilco’s A Ghost is Born.

3. You know who also took home a Grammy or two (actually five) at the 2004 Grammy Awards?

Beyoncé Number: 3

It’s just too easy. As always, keep heading to The Hoya to catch up on all the latest news and stories, and keep visiting 4E for all your Beyoncé dreams to come true. Until next time, Georgetown.

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Gifs: popculturepervision.com, coolage.in, gurl.com

4E’s Guide to the 2014 Grammy Awards

grammy guideSo, the Super Bowl is a week away (and let’s be honest, who really cares about the Pro Bowl tonight?). Fortunately, all of you football fans can still be entertained by the Grammys! It’s time to expand your horizons. This is college. Although the event itself is more of a three-hour concert than an awards show, with the bulk of the awards scheduled to be given out earlier today, this year’s show is certainly going to be full of surprises. The classic duet between Jay Z (who leads in nominations this year) and Beyoncé will undoubtedly be epic, the less-than-classic duet between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons will hopefully sound something like this and it would be great to see someone virtually unknown by the audience go up to the stage and introduce himself as “Bob Ludwig, more nominations than Kanye.”

With all of that in mind, here are some of the nominations this year:

Album of the Year:

The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:

“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year:

“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Royals” — Lorde
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

Best New Artist:

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Music Video:

“Safe And Sound” — Capital Cities
“Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” — Jay Z
“Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
“I’m Shakin” — Jack White

The Grammys air tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS, so be sure to tune in and hear LL Cool J make more labored references to social media. Last year, he discovered hashtags; what could it be this year?

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Sunday Night Wrapup: Dance with Somebody

by Kaitlyn Morio

Between the Republican presidential campaign trail, the Grammy Awards and Georgetown basketball wins, it’s been quite the weekend. But if you’ve too been busy listening to Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits on repeat to catch up on the rest of the news, Sunday Night Wrapup is here to remind you what happened this weekend.
  • Republican front-runner Mitt Romney won the Maine caucus on Saturday with 39 percent of the vote ahead of Ron Paul, who finished second with 36 percent.
  • R&B icon Whitney Houston died unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon at the age of 48. The cause of death has not yet been released, and it may be six to eight weeks before the results of toxicology reports are available. Houston’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday morning to be treated for anxiety following her mother’s death.
  • After a disappointing loss to Syracuse on Wednesday night in overtime, the Hoyas successfully rebounded and defeated St. John’s this Sunday at the Verizon Center in a 71-61 victory.
  • Although the 54th Grammy Awards haven’t ended yet, there have already been some big wins tonight. Adele’s 21 won Best Pop Vocal Album, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” won Best Country Song, the Foo Fighter’s “Wasting Light” won Best Rock Album, and Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites won for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Check out the winners as they are announced here.