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The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world.
Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs).
The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony.
Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys.
Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated.
Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year).
The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS.
Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:
Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:
Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards
Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:
Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997.
The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000).
Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony.
Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging.
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Spoken. There are many emotes in Guildwars, here is a list of them. Surround Sound. Below are a number of acronyms and abbreviations commonly heard in Guild Wars. Rock. Often said phrases are commonly abbreviated in online games for the relative ease with which they're typed. Reggae. Another solution is that Faction should be increased once more to improve the rate with which a player can unlock the skills.
Rap. The most reoccuring proposition is that all skills should be unlocked (commonly referred to as UAS, Unlock All Skills) for both PvE and PvP-use. R&B. There have been many proposed solutions to the problem. Production and engineering. As a consequence some players ironically call the game "Grind Wars". Pop. This process is by some referred to as grind.
Polka. Although the Faction-points were permanently increased in September 2005 , many still think that the procedure to unlock all the skills for a profession is too time-consuming. Packaging and notes. Despite being unlocked, skills are still acquired individually for a PvE-character. New Age. As it is now there are two ways to gain new skills in Guild Wars: the first is by playing through the campaign and doing the quests that follows, the other way is by playing PvP and gaining Faction-points, with which you can unlock skills. Music Video. As Guild Wars in both PvP and PvE is largely dependant on which skills the player has, the player with the most skills often has an advantage compared to others because of the new possible combinations that opens up for that player.
Musical Show. This issue has gained much attention due to the fact that it affects both the PvE and the PvP-communities of the game, but also because it contradicts one of NCSoft's and ArenaNet's goals with Guild Wars which was: "Success in Guild Wars is always the result of player skill, not time spent." . Latin. Many players agree however that the largest issue currently is the process in which a player gains new skills. Jazz. While some Guild Wars players argue that the campaign and its plot are the weakest parts of Guild Wars, others complain that the four character slots that are offered are too few. Historical. In the order that the player experiences them while playing through the game's story:.
Gospel. The Ritualist also has an element of the Elementalist in him, with the power of lightning spells being at his disposal. Folk. The Ritualist also shares with the Necromancer the ability to sacrifice health for some skills, and can sometimes siphon resources from ally spirits, or even enemies, to empower themselves. Film/TV/Media. The Ritualist bears a strong resemblance to the existing Necromancer, who uses corpses to raise armies of undead minions, but the Ritualist has a much wider range of skill sets, with the ability to summon healing spirits or damaging spirits. Disco. Another new class introduced with Guild Wars: Factions is the Ritualist, a powerful entity on the battlefield, employing huge living spirits that heal allies or spread death and destruction amongst foes, and calling on the powers of long-forgotten ancestors to deal a wide range of effects.
Dance. Dagger Mastery and Critical Strikes enable them to swiftly penetrate their foe's defences to land damaging blows; Shadow Arts and Deadly Arts give the Assassin a wide array of underhand tactics to confuse and annihilate their enemies. Country. Assassins also have the most complicated attack system; Lead, Off-hand, and Dual attacks must be used in a particular fashion to work, but can be devestating when unleashed in a chain attack by the Assasin's two daggers, one wielded in each hand. Composing and arranging. Assassins are a kind of hybrid class; though differentiated from the other classes, the Assassin has in himself the elements of a damage dealer and spellcaster. Comedy. While physically slim, the assassin's strength lies in using his enemy's weaknesses to his advantage, making the Assassin a very unique character in the world of Guild Wars.
Classical. Introduced with Guild Wars: Factions, Assassins rely on stealth, trickery, and swift strikes of their two daggers to subdue and confuse their enemies. Children's. It is expected to be released in spring 2006. Blues. Factions will also bring new armors, new skills, new gameplay modes and much more into the game. Alternative. Apart from Cantha and its full length campaign, Factions introduces two new professions - The Assassin and The Ritualist.
Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging. Players that only purchase Factions will get access to all eight professions - however, they will only have the Factions campaign and the full skillset of the new professions at their disposal, not the core ones. Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony. Players with Guild Wars that purchase the expansion will be able to travel back and forth between Cantha and Tyria with their characters. The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000). The battles that follow will have an immediate effect on the game world. Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997. The expansion pack is named Factions because of the new feature which allows players to join forces with one of the two rivaling factions, Luxon and Kurzick, who fight for total control over the new continent of Cantha.
Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:. Although Factions will be a stand-alone product, it is still commonly referred to as an expansion pack not to confuse old and new players alike. Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards. It is the first announced expansion pack to the Guild Wars franchise. Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:. Guild Wars: Factions was announced at the Guild Wars website on January 10, 2006.. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:. Defensive tactics help the Warrior to avoid damage and protect allies, but strength is the Warrior’s biggest asset, providing the constitution to keep on fighting until the battle is won.
Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. Many Warrior skills require adrenaline, which builds up during combat to enable those skills, and usually results in major damage. . Warriors are equally comfortable wielding axe, hammer, or sword, though many choose to master one weapon over all others. The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS. The Warrior class in Guild Wars is unconventially complicated in comparison to other MMO's, where combat would require little player input. So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year). They can take a beating unlike anyone else.
Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). They generally disdain long-range warfare, preferring instead to charge directly into the fray swinging their weapon of choice. Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated. Warriors rely on stout hearts, brute strength, and melee weapons to subdue their enemies and protect their allies. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys. Rangers are also blessed with survival skills that help keep them alive despite their lightweight armor. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. They are the only profession with the ability to charm animals, which then accompany them on their travels and assist them in battle, gaining levels and abilities over time.
Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. They favor long-range combat, the bow being their weapon of choice, and can be especially effective from elevated locations such as bridges and cliffs. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony. Nature rituals allow them to manipulate terrain to hinder their enemies, or borrow the very power of creation to heal and aid their allies. The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. Rangers are unique in their ability to succeed with the help of, or even in spite of, their environment. Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs). Due to the sacrificial nature of their methods, successful Necromancers practice patience and self-discipline to stay alive.
However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world. Curses, which often cost the Necromancer dearly, exact an even greater toll from enemies, who find that their Enchantment Spells and healing skills are rendered useless. The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). Necromancers have the singular ability to absorb Energy from an enemy’s death, and can raise a fighting force from the corpses of their foes. Best Contemporary World Music Album. Dead and dying enemies become unwilling allies in their hands. Best Traditional World Music Album. In sacrificing Health and taking curses and diseases upon themselves, they can deal large amounts of damage to those foolish enough to oppose them.
Best World Music Album. Necromancers are masters of the dark arts, calling on the spirits of the dead, and even death itself, to overpower enemies and assist allies. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. What Monks lack in firepower they make up for with their unparalleled gift for keeping their allies alive, making Monks a very sought after class in almost any party. Best Spoken Comedy Album. Smiting prayers, on the other hand, call down divine anger on enemies, exacting holy damage that ignores armor. Best Spoken Word Album. Monks enjoy Divine Favor, which provides extra protection from harm, while their healing and protection prayers help to keep their allies strong and healthy.
Best Surround Sound Album. Combined with any other profession, Monks can alternate between supporting their team and dealing damage to opponents, either from a distance or in the thick of things. Best Rock Album. Monks employ a direct conduit to the powers that be, and the answers to their prayers come in the form of healing and protection for their allies and damage to their enemies. Best Rock Song. While Mesmers are not known for brute strength, their ability to confuse and distract the enemy more than compensates. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. Their unique illusionary talents can slow or even halt enemy movement and skill casting, or cause imaginary illnesses that drain Health and Energy from foes while healing and energizing allies.
Best Metal Performance. Their powers of domination allow them to take control of enemy skills and Energy for their own use, and for the benefit of their allies. Best Hard Rock Performance. Mesmers have the ability to cast spells quickly, which can make all the difference in the heat of battle. Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Combined with any other profession, their skills provide excellent support, turning the enemy’s skills against them and changing the very fabric of reality to hinder foes and help allies. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Mesmers are masters and mistresses of illusion and control.
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo. The wise Elementalist avoids becoming surrounded, but keeps a local area-of-effect spell on hand just in case. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Water magic conjures mist and ice to slow enemy movement and attacks, blur vision, protect allies against magic, and inflict cold damage on enemies. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Fire magic manifests flames, fireballs, molten lava, and even meteors to burn enemies to a crisp. Best Reggae Album. Air magic harnesses the power of tempests to strike foes down with lightning strikes or enables allies to run like the wind.
Best Rap Album. Earth magic summons quakes and eruptions, encases enemies in stone, or strengthens allies. Best Rap Song. Their mastery of the elements gives them a wide range of abilities, most of them deadly, and they can inflict more damage in a single strike than any other profession. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Elementalists summon the powers of earth, air, fire, and water and command them at will. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. In the upcoming Guild Wars: Factions, which is due in the second quarter of 2006, there will be two new professions: the Assassin and the Ritualist.
Best Male Rap Solo Performance. The developer, ArenaNet, has confirmed that there will be additional professions introduced with future expansions to the game. Best Female Rap Solo Performance. There are currently six character professions available, each with their own attributes and unique skill sets, though it is not uncommon to see specific 'builds' centered around a particular arrangement of skills and professions. Best Rap Solo Performance. Also a new ability called "Observer mode" now allows players to view recent battles in the Hall of Heroes and Guild Battles that involve guilds rank 100 or higher. Best Rap Performance. These avatars will grant various beneficial effects for a small fee (in combat areas) or provide new quests (in cities and outposts).
Best Contemporary R&B Album. Holding favor also allows players from that region to summon an avatar at the various shrines by kneeling in front of them. Best R&B Album. Environment) game areas. Best R&B Song. Holding favor unlocks access to the Fissure of Woe and the Underworld, which are two challenging PvE (Player vs. Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. Wins and losses are displayed in the chat box to declare who has the "Favor" and who is winning.
Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The regions fight for "The Favor of the Gods" in the arena with their team-mates. Best R&B Instrumental Performance. There is also the World Domination Arena, in which Korea, North America, and Europe fight in a PvP arena called the Hall of Heroes. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. This often creates a notable improvement in a team's response time, since players can communicate by voice alone rather than having to stop in the middle of the game to type a message to a teammate. Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Some guilds use live Internet voice communication technologies, such as Ventrilo or TeamSpeak, to better coordinate their team.
Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female. These contests of strength, strategy, and teamwork involve either defending or attacking one of seven possible Guild Halls. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Together they can fight other guilds in order to raise their rank on the world-wide ladder system. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. If a player forms a guild (a team of players), then they can buy unique capes for all members, and also a Guild Hall, a private place where only guild members can enter. Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. Guild (GvG) combat, a specific type of PvP, is also available.
Producer of the Year, Classical. Guild vs. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Player combat is balanced and interesting, and enforces rewarding player skill rather than time invested in character. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. A low maximum level ensures that the Player vs. Best Engineered Recording - Special or Novel Effects. Though a player will continue to gain skill points after this no attribute points are gained.
Best Engineered Album, Classical. There is a cap on character level, which is currently placed at level 20. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. There are penalties associated with the more powerful ones and only runes for the primary profession may be used. Best Pop Instrumental Album. Through the use of runes and specific character class items, a given attribute can be increased to as high as 16. Best Pop Vocal Album. These attributes can also be raised using items known as runes, which are applied to armor.
Best Contemporary Song. The Mesmer-only attribute Fast Casting has diminishing returns, meaning every additional point has less of an effect than the one before. Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring. With each additional point invested in an attribute, a linear gain is produced (usually increased effectiveness to a linked skill). Best Pop Instrumental Performance. These attribute points are earned as a character levels up. Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz or for Dancing. Attribute Points may be re-allocated only while in a town or outpost.
Best Performance by an Orchestra - for Dancing. Attributes can be increased from 0 to 12, at an increasing cost of 1 to 20 attribute points. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. However there are multitudes of dyes and other ways to color and differentiate each character from others. Best Contemporary Performance by a Chorus. The character's in-game armor crafting choices are likewise limited to the primary profession's selection. Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The in-game model reflects only the primary profession's appearance.
Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female. The last two methods of acquisition are the only ways to gain access to the elite skills. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The fourth is to purchase the skills from special vendors using faction points, which are earned through PvP combat (skills earned this way can only be used by PvP characters that the player creates). Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The third method is to use a Signet of Capture, which can be bought from certain skill vendors for a skill point and some gold, and used on a boss enemy's corpse that employs a skill that one would like to learn. Best Instrumental Performance. The second is to purchase the skill from one of the many skill vendors using one of a person's skill points, which are earned at each character level and every story mission, and a cost of gold to the skill vendor.
Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus. The first method is to earn the skill as a reward from a quest. Best Performance by a Chorus. There are four different methods of earning a skill. Best Performance by a Vocal Group. Skills can be rotated in and out of the spell bar at any time while in a non-combat area, such as a town or an outpost. Best Vocal Performance, Male. Out of the eight skills in the spell-bar, only one elite skill can be equipped at any one time.
Best Vocal Performance, Female. Since the skill set of each character is an integral part of the team's strategy, preparing the right skill set is critical. Best Polka Album. However, characters can only bring 8 skills at a time into any area in which combat is possible, allowing for many different battle styles. Best Album Notes - Classical. This allows for a possible total of almost 150 skills per character to acquire, choose from, and bring into battle. Best Album Notes. Elite skills can be captured from bosses by using the Signet of Capture skill.
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Each profession has access to approximately 75 skills, ~60 being common and ~15 being elite. Best Recording Package. Each player character in and of itself is composed of one primary profession and one secondary profession, with the six professions allowing for a potential of 30 distinct combinations (one of six primaries and a choice of five secondaries). Best Album Cover, Photography. This will include the two new professions "Ritualist" and "Assassin" and an expanded storyline. Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. A new Guild Wars expansion pack called "Factions" is being released in Spring 2006.
Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical. Unlike many MMORPGs, the launch of Guild Wars went very smoothly. Best Album Cover - Classical. Guild Wars was released on April 28, 2005 in North America and Europe. Best Album Cover. Designed for large-scale testing, these events were open to those who pre-ordered as well as people who got free one-time passes from various sources such as Friend Passes, magazines, or giveaways from sites like FilePlanet. Best New Age Album. Starting in November 2004, ArenaNet held monthly Beta Weekends in addition to the closed Beta.
Video of the Year. Long before the game was officially released, a "World Preview Event" occurred on October 29-31 2004, similar to the E3 event, and attracted approximately 400,000 users. Best Performance Music Video. Expansions will not be required to continue playing, nor will they give a true advantage over non-expansion players. Best Concept Music Video. ArenaNet plans on releasing expansions every six to nine months that will advance the game's story line as well as introduce new features. Best Long Form Music Video. Special features in Guild Wars include silent streaming update technology (new content can be easily sent to the user while he or she is playing) and unprecedented player versus player combat that ArenaNet has designed to rely on skill rather than the amount of time spent playing, shunning the design of MMORPGs such as EverQuest where making a high-level character takes anywhere from several months to several years.
Best Short Form Music Video. Guild Wars was the subject of the "E3 for Everyone" event in May 2004 which, held during the annual E3 expo and conference, attracted over 200,000 gamers from around the world to participate in the 5-day public beta testing. Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television. The small player groups, lack of subscription fee, and low number of hours required to play the game are some of the reasons why Guild Wars tends to share more in common with the Diablo series of action RPGs than traditional MMORPGs such as Ultima Online, Runescape and EverQuest. Best Musical Show Album. PvP involves multiple 4 player or 8 player groups fighting to achieve typically FPS-style gameplay objectives such as deathmatch, king of the hill, or capture the flag. Best Salsa/Merengue Album. The cooperative PvE campaign can take "more than 100 hours" to complete with one character, though it can be done much quicker if the player wishes.
Best Merengue Album. "Guild Wars is not an MMORPG," said Jeff Strain, producer of the game. Best Salsa Album. Guild Wars does not support hundreds of players in combat, instead having large towns where people form groups of eight or fewer players who then fight in their own unique instance of the game world. Best Tejano Album. Player) design of the game, as well as serving to differentiate it from the standard, subscription-fee-based, MMORPG genre. Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. This title describes the competitive PvP-oriented (Player vs.
Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. Though often referred to as an MMORPG, ArenaNet coined the term CORPG (Competitive Online Role-Playing Game) to describe Guild Wars. Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. . Best Latin Pop Album. ArenaNet is now wholly owned by NCSoft, a South Korean game publisher. Best Latin Recording. Guild Wars is an online game by ArenaNet, a developer founded by individuals crucial to the development of Blizzard Entertainment's past games and services such as Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Battle.net.
Best Latin Jazz Album.
Best Jazz Fusion Performance. Southern Shiverpeaks. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. The Crystal Desert. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. Southern Kryta. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Maguuma Jungle.
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. Kryta. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male. Northern Shiverpeaks. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female. Ascalon. Best Historical Album. Ash skills: The Ritualist can bring up a wide variety of ashes from long-forgotten ancestors, enabling the Ritualist to perform many tasks, from healing, increasing maximum health, life stealing, to blinding and damaging enemies.
Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album. Spirits: These formerly-living beings are chained to the Ritualist's will, and perform a wide range of tasks, from damaging, blinding and knocking down enemies, to healing and boosting ally's performance. Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. Unique Skill Sets:
Best Rock Gospel Album. Ritualist skills related to lightning damage and energy become more effective with a higher Channeling Magic rank. Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Channeling Magic: No inherent effect. Best Inspirational Performance. Ritualist skills related to life stealing, self-preservation, healing and defence become more effective with a higher Restoration Magic rank. Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. Restoration Magic: No inherent effect.
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female. Spawning Power also increases the effectiveness of skills related to spawning spirits. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male. Spawning Power (Primary Attribute): For each rank of spawning power, the health of summoned spirits increases by 4%. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female. Teleportation: This skill set allows the Assassin to teleport on a whim, allowing him to strategically plant himself in enemy territory and deal some damaging blows to unsuspecting quarry. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary. Therefore, the clever assassin opens the way with a Lead Attack, follows up with an Off-Hand attack, and then a Dual Attack; some combinations of these attacks allow a lengthy attack chain to be formed.
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional. The system goes in the following order; Lead Attack, Off-Hand attack, and Dual Attack. Best Soul Gospel Performance. Attack system: Many Assassin skills are designed to follow a hit pattern, with certain attacks opening the way for other attacks. Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. Unique Skill Sets:
Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female. Assassin skills that harm your enemy become more effective with a higher deadly Arts. Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary. Deadly Arts: No inherent effect. Best Gospel Performance, Traditional. Assassin skills that enable you to move like a shadow and confuse your enemies become more effective with a higher Shadow Arts. Best Gospel Performance. Shadow Arts: No inherent effect.
Best Hawaiian Music Album. You gain +2 energy whenever you land a hit in this way. Best Native American Music Album. Critical Strikes (Primary attribute): For each rank of Critical Strikes you have, you gain an additional 1% chance to land a Critical Hit. Best Contemporary Folk Album. Shouts: Shouts are beneficial skills that affect both the Warrior and nearby allies, like "Shields Up!", or harm other enemies, like "Fear Me!". Best Traditional Folk Album. After a prolonged period without taking or dealing damage however, stored adrenaline will disappear.
Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. Adrenal skills: Adrenaline, which is obtained by hitting an opponent or taking physical damage, is required for many of the Warrior's skills, similar to energy. Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field). Unique Skill Sets:
Best Disco Recording. Hammer skills involve knocking the target down. Best Electronic/Dance Album. Hammer Mastery: Hammer Mastery improves hammer damage. Best Dance Recording (previously in "Pop"). Sword skills involve inflicting some conditions to the target as well as good amounts of consistent damage. Best New Country & Western Artist. Swordsmanship: Swordsmanship improves sword damage.
Best Bluegrass Album. Axe damage is quite variable from one swing to the next. Best Country Album. Axe skills involve inflicting many conditions to the target. Best Country Song. Axe Mastery: Axe Mastery improves axe damage. Best Country & Western Single. With each attribute level you add to strength, Armor penetration goes up by 1%.
Best Country & Western Recording. Strength skills increase the Warrior's damage. Best Country Instrumental Performance. Power Attack). Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Strength (Primary Attribute): Strength increases armor penetration of melee skills (ie. Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Traps: Traps are skills that are triggered if an enemy or ally enters a designated area.
Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental. Only one preparation can be active at any given time. Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Preparation: Preparations temporarily add extra damage or effects to a Ranger's attacks. Best Female Country Vocal Performance. A Ranger can only have one pet at any given time but can always replace it with a new creature he may find by giving their current pet to a tamer. Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices. Pets: Pets are creatures that a Ranger has tamed while in the wild.
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). Only one of the same type of Spirit can be up at a time within the area of effect. Best Instrumental Arrangement. Nature rituals: Nature rituals are global enchantments that affect every character present within the area of effect. Best Arrangement. Unique Skill Sets:
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "Film/TV/Media" field). They also enable the character to heal and deal extra damage. Best Instrumental Composition. Wilderness Survival: Wilderness Survival skills provide an advantage to the ranger if used prior to combat. Best Spoken Comedy Album. The higher a Ranger's Marksmanship, the more powerful are the Ranger's Attack Skills. Best Comedy Album. Marksmanship: Marksmanship improves the damage a Ranger is able to inflict with Bows.
Best New Classical Artist. Beast Mastery also has a few Nature Rituals, such as Energizing Wind. Best Classical Crossover Album. Beast Mastery: Beast mastery skills provide bonuses for the Ranger's animal companion, which they can charm and raise in level. Best Classical Album. Expertise is also vouched for as the best Primary Attribute. Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Expertise skills increase the Ranger's abilities to stay alive.
Best Chamber Music Performance. Expertise (Primary Attribute): Expertise reduces the energy cost for attack skills, preparations, and traps. Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor). Wells: Wells are area-effect spells that can affect either friends or foes within range, but must be cast from a corpse. Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra). The rate of decay is directly proportional to how long the minions have been alive, making it hard, if not impossible, to keep them alive for an indefinite period of time. Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra). However, these undead minions are inherently unstable and will degrade, gradually losing life until they die.
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra). Undead Minions: Undead minions are summonable pets from a corpse. Best Choral Performance. Unique Skill Sets:
Best Classical Vocal Performance. Blood magic spells also deal damage to the target over time. Best Orchestral Performance. Blood Magic: Blood magic spells manipulate health into damage or damage into health for the target. Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Soul Reaping (Primary Attribute): Soul Reaping allows the Necromancer to regain energy whenever a friend, foe, or summoned creature dies near the necromancer. Best Musical Album for Children. Resurrections: Resurrections are spells that restore life into a dead ally with varying levels of functionality and effectiveness.
Best Album for Children. These are also known as maintained enchantments or upkeep spells. Best Contemporary Blues Album. However, maintaining these spells will lower a Monk's energy regeneration rate by one. Best Traditional Blues Album. Blessings: Blessings, or "buffs", benefit the target constantly. Best Alternative Music Album. Unique Skill Sets:
Grammy Trustees Award. Smiting Prayers: Smiting spells deal specialized damage that ignores armor and deals double damage against Undead. Grammy Tech Award. Protection spells are usually situation based. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Protection also removes negative conditions from the target. Grammy Legend Award. Protection Prayers: Protection spells provide beneficial enchantments to the target.
Grammy Hall of Fame. Healing Prayers: Healing spells restore physical health to the target. Best New Artist. Divine Favor spells generally increase the Monk's ability to cast their spells. Song of the Year. Divine Favor (Primary Attribute): Divine Favor allows any Monk spell cast on an ally or the monk herself to heal the target for an extra amount. Album of the Year. Mantras are generally Stances.
Record of the Year. Mantras may protect against specific elements, prevent interruption, decrease the recharge times of signets or spells, extend the length of illusion hexes, or replenish the caster's energy. 1988 - Aretha. Mantras: Mantras are a set of skills that offer various benefits to the caster. 1986 - "Freeway of Love". Energy Steals: Energy steals are spells that decrease energy from the target while increasing the caster's energy. 1982 - "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Unique Skill Sets:
1975 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing". Inspiration skills also contain two anti-interrupt stances, Mantra of Resolve and Mantra of Concentration. 1974 - "Master of Eyes". Inspiration: Inspiration spells manipulate the energy or health of either the caster or the target. 1973 - Young, Gifted, and Black. Illusion skills tend to focus on shutting down melee characters, although spells like Arcane Conundrum and Migraine slow down casting time for casters. 1972 - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Illusion: Illusion spells create effects and manipulate the enemy while not always doing direct damage.
1971 - "Don't Play That Song". Energy Denial seems to be pretty popular at the moment. 1970 - "Share Your Love With Me". It is primarily used to shut down casters by disabling their skills, inflicting damage on them when they try to use a skill, and depleting their store of energy. 1969 - "Chain of Fools". Domination: Domination skills focus on manipulating the energy and skill use of the target. 1968 - "Respect". Fast casting, unlike other attributes, does not produce a linear gain and has less of an effect at higher levels.
1971 Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Fast Casting (Primary Attribute): Fast casting increases the rate at which spells are cast. 1970 5th Dimension - "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". Examples of Wards include Ward Against Elements and Ward Against Melee. Robinson". Wards: Wards consist of spells that apply some benefits to all allies within its radius for a limited duration. 1969 Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. Glyphs: Glyphs consist of spells that alter some component of the next spell cast.
1968 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away". Unique Skill Sets:
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (2001). There are Obsidian Flame "Spike" builds in Tombs of Primeval Kings recently. Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1999). Earth Magic also offers Obsidian Flame, and Crystal Wave, which ignore armor. Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group (1998, 2000). Several Earth spells utilize rock and stone for damage, such as an Earthquake attack. Best Contemporary Jazz Performance/Album (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003). The advantage of these is that they cannot be removed by enemies for as long as they last.
Best Instrumental Composition (1991). Wards can be placed on the ground to create an area of protection for team members to run in. Best Jazz Fusion Performance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990). Earth Magic: Earth spells center more around the defense of the elementalist and her allies. Fire is the most commonly chosen element for Elementalists, especially for first time Elementalists. Fire Magic: Fire spells center mostly around the application of fire for damage over an area, utilizing area-of-effect spells such as a large Fire Storm attack or a Meteor Shower, which are favored by 'nukers' .
Air is the favored type of "spiking" - concentrated damage to a target before the enemy healing can react - for many players. Air also has a handy spell called Windborne Speed, which temporarily increases the running speed of the elementalist or a targeted ally. Air is sometimes known as the more difficult element to master, however the Air element does offer an unprecedented amount of power in the right hands. Air Magic: Air spells center mostly around the application of electricity for damage, such as Lightning Strike, to a single target, often accompanied by a secondary effect that further weakens the target or the ability to knock an opponent down.
This trait also increases the effectiveness of several spells involving the restoration of health or energy. This allows for the stockpiling of gargantuan amounts of energy relative to the other classes. Energy Storage (Primary Attribute): Energy storage increases an Elementalist's maximum energy by 3 per level.