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:: Remember that tragic night three years ago when Nicki Minaj destroyed our eyes and ears with her religion-themed Grammy performance of “Roman Holiday”? Well, the awards are now saying they’re sorry. Show producer Ken Elrich regrets booking the rapper for that night. “I was not proud of what we did with Nicki Minaj three years ago. I thought that was a disappointment both in terms of what we did and to an extent what she did,” he said. Yikes! [PopDust]
:: Heads up, College Park! 2 Chainz would like to run for mayor of the Georgia city. He told Buzzfeed news that he is actually considering the position: “I got everybody wishing. I’m really gonna do this little mayor thing in College Park. I’m just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications,” he said. TRUUU!! [Buzzfeed]
:: Kenny G is the main behind the infamous Starbucks Frappuccino drink — well, that’s what he wants you to think. In an interview with Bloomberg, the jazz saxophonist joked that he’s responsible for the coffee creation. “At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee. And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called “blended” that was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block,” he explained. “And I would always call Howard and say, ‘Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever’.” [Stereogum]
:: J. Cole is giving back to his community in another big way. The rapper wants to create rent-free housing for single mothers in — get this — his newly-reformed childhood house in Fayetteville, North Carolina. How awesome is that? [Huffington Post]
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The 57th annual Grammy Awards are less than two weeks away, and the show continues to add some pretty major performances! The latest on the roster? They’re all in the form of duets: Cheek To Cheek‘s Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett; The Voice coaches & collaborators Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani; and Jessie J with…Tom Jones? Annie Lennox also plans to take the music stage alongside Hozier.
These new additions will join previously announced performers like Madonna, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Usher, Ed Sheeran and more. Look out for the 2015 Grammys when they air on February 8 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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The 57th annual Grammys are already shaping up to be a pretty stellar show, but what’s happening after it airs is also great! It has been announced that a variety of top artists will honor 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder for an upcoming special, titled Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute. The first round of performers set for the show are Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Janelle Monáe and Willie Nelson — all of whom have either won or have been nominated for a Grammy.
According to a press release, the special “will pay homage to Wonder’s iconic career with superstar performances celebrating his incomparable songbook.” The concert will take place on February 10 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater (purchase tickets here), and is set to air on CBS on February 16 at 9 p.m. EST. Check back here on the 8th of the same month, as we’ll be covering the Grammys! More »
The 2015 Grammy Awards line-up is already heating up fast!
Following Rebel Heart icon Madonna‘s big performance announcement last night, the organization has confirmed several more performers this morning for the upcoming 57th annual telecast, including Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC and Eric Church.
Along with being nominated for the first time for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J) and Best Pop Vocal Album (My Everything), this will also be the first time Ariana performs at the prestigious event. Sheeran on the other hand, who is nominated for three categories this year, performed with Elton John at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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Well, this is good news to wake up to! Madonna continued her rebellious wave when she announced herself that she will be performing at the 2015 Grammys. The legendary singer revealed the news last night (January 12) on Twitter, posting a photo of the award that was given the Rebel Heart photoshop treatment along with this caption: “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs#GRAMMY’s #rebelheart”
We may already have an insight of what Madonna will wear for the awards show, as V-Couture German designer Verena Dietzel spilled the news that the singer linked her for the upcoming “Living For Love” video as well as a possible Grammy outfit. According to her various hashtags, she is set to perform the single for the first time on stage! View Madonna’s exciting announcement tweets after the jump. More »
Eager to hear all of the 2015 Grammy Awards nominees together at once? You’re in luck: The Academy is releasing their yearly 2015 GRAMMY® Nominees compilation album.
Today, the organization announced that the 21st installment of their yearly nominee compilation will be released on January 20, featuring 21 of the hits nominated for awards this year, from categories like Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year, including Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith. And if you’re in the market for the CD, you’re doing good: A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit both the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation.
In addition to the charity proceeds, purchase of the record will also offer fans two chances to win a trip, either by pre-ordering the album online for a chance to win two tickets to this year’s show on February 8 in Los Angeles, or by entering a code found on game pieces inside physical editions of the record to win a trip to see the show next year. Check out the full tracklisting after the jump. More »
Maybe it’s the current, tumultuous times we are living in. And maybe the Grammy Awards are a product, or symptom, of that. Whatever the case may be, one thing became glaringly obvious today: The Grammys this time around are going to be much like the Grammys practically every other year in recent memory, in that people of color are basically absent from most of the major categories.
Now first up, those “major categories” consist of the following: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best New Artist. We’re not including Album Of The Year here, because the nominations in that category aren’t being announced until a live telecast this evening. So let’s just toss Pop Vocal Album in its place for now.
Within the last 10 years, only one Record Of The Year winner featured any artists of color. That was Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” which has Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on it. The same goes for Song Of The Year — one winner in a decade — only it was Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” in 2010. Two black musicians won Best New Artist awards in the past 10 years (John Legend and Esperanza Spalding). Now lump all of that together, and you get four wins out of a possible 30. More »
Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)
Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Fifth Harmony recorded a new theme song for Barbie, titled “Anything Is Possible.” The lyric video is out now, while an actual music video and doll collaboration (!) are coming soon. [Twitter]
:: Tegan And Sara are among the dozen or so featured musicians in “Go Forth, Feminist Warriors,” a Rookie theme song inspired by Michael Jackson‘s “We Are The World.” (Others include Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann and Kate Nash.) [Rookie]
:: Jay Z performed to a small but star-studded crowd (Kate Upton, Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker) for DirecTV’s pre-Super Bowl bash on February 1, as the biggest artist lined up that week. But when Beyonce made a surprise cameo to help perform “Drunk In Love,” she outshined everyone. [Newsday]
:: Real Time host Bill Maher nodded to a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance to make a controversial joke aimed at conservatives. “Now that liberals have forwarded their agenda by inserting a mass gay wedding into the Grammys, conservatives must match them tit-for-tat by having a mass shooting at the Country Music Awards,” he said. [POLITICO]
:: Late Show with David Letterman will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ iconic debut TV performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. This week’s musical guests, including Sting and Sean Lennon, will perform covers of Beatles classics. [CBS]
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Phew! Well, The Grammys happened on Sunday. (You know, it’s just the Super Bowl of the music world or whatever.) In case you still haven’t gotten all caught up on everything that went down — from Yoncé
‘s “Drunk In Love” performance with Jay Z
‘s mass-marriage — make sure to check out all the performances
and the winners.
But it wasn’t all about the Grammys this week! In fact, there was plenty of pop action to keep everybody satisfied, including Miley‘s MTV Unplugged special, as well as Shakira and Rihanna‘s “Can’t Remember To Forget You” video premiere. And speaking of Super Bowls, Bruno Mars will be taking the stage on Super Bowl Sunday for what will undoubtedly be a major half time show performance. (And for that special Hooligan in your life, make sure to enter to win a signed copy of Unorthodox Jukebox now!)
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