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]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
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!)
As always, you guys had plenty to say this week. Read the week’s best comments below! More »
Despite a more-bloated-than-usual telecast, the 2014 Grammy Awards last night (January 26) brought in 28.5 million viewers, up 100,000 from last year’s 28.4M haul. The 10.1 rating for CBS matches last year’s score, but the total audience was the show’s second-highest since 1993, behind 2012′s huge broadcast, which attracted 40 million viewers due to Adele
‘s return after throat surgery and a tribute to Whitney Houston
just one day after her death. More »
Leading up to the Grammys, Macklemore told The Source
in no uncertain terms that “Kendrick has a better rap album” and therefore good kid, m.A.A.d city
deserved to win Best Rap Album over The Heist
. But at the Grammy Awards last night (January 26), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
took the trophy over Kendrick Lamar
, and even after holding the hardware, Mack thinks it was the wrong choice. And he texted Kendrick to tell him.
“You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have,” Macklemore wrote to Lamar. ” It’s weird and it sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze.” It’s also weird that Macklemore Instagrammed this text for the public, but also he’s right. In the caption for the post, the Seattle MC reiterated “in that category, [Kendrick] should have won IMO.”
See Macklemore’s full text and Instagram post below. More »
The two duos on everyone’s lips the day after the Grammys: Daft Punk
and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
. Both acts secured enough awards
to lend legitimacy to their respective visions to forge their own paths in the world of popular music, by bucking tradition and, in the case of Macklemore, major labels.
So what of the 56th annual Grammy ceremony as a whole? Did all of the performances, collaborations, presentations and general star showings click with viewers? We rounded up what several online critics had to say below. Read their thoughts, then let us know your own! More »
The 2014 Grammy Awards were so boring! Every year, it’s a bloated, largely out-of-touch affair, but this year in particular seemed especially thin, lacking one of those zeitgeist-capturing moments that defines our collective memory of the night. The 56th Grammys dragged on with superfluous collaborations and ridiculously insipid MCing from LL Cool J
, plus so many shaky performances from old white dudes knocking on heaven’s door (did we really need two
doses of Ringo Starr
But there were some genuinely entertaining moments among all this slurry. Every shot of Steven Tyler was like a two-second roller coaster ride. Some of the collaborations worked far better than they should have (Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Metallica and Lang Lang.) The Macklemore/Queen Latifah marriage extravaganza thing was equal parts touching and mind-boggling, and that was before Madonna showed up in a cowboy hat. The speeches were generally quick and earnest; if only the same could be said about the overall broadcast.
Below, check out our roundup of the night’s best and worst moments. More »
The 2014 Grammy Awards began with a self-contained advertisement for the Awards themselves, which were touted as a platform for performances that “people will be talking about for years.” So did this year live up to the high standards? Eh, maybe a couple of them? Pink
‘s trapeze act was expected, but that made it no less impressive (let’s ignore the second half with Nate Ruess
for now). Daft Punk
‘s “Get Lucky” rendition was pretty tame at first, but once Stevie got comfortable and dug in, and the Robots appeared behind the faux studio, it became perhaps the highlight of the night. They were just totally committed to that ’70s studio cheese vibe, resulting in a well-executed, hard-to-dislike performance.
Meanwhile, rap fans were bracing for the worst all night, knowing Kendrick Lamar would be paired with Imagine Dragons. But you know what? Their “Radioactive”/”m.A.A.d city” mashup was rad! K-Dot didn’t necessarily need the added rock heft, but he was never in danger of getting buried by the thunder, and instead it only made him more menacing and dialed in. And you gotta give it to ID’s singer, that is a great rock howl.
As for Beyonce, she gave us a promising start, with a Flashdance-y rendition of “Drunk In Love,” rocking wet hair (presumably from riding that surfboart) and a bootylicious body suit. Hubby Jay Z joined her near the end of the song on his suit and bow tie shit once again, and they held hands and embraced for some classy steamy Grammy goodness.
Check out all of the performances below. (There were so, so many.) More »
The 56th annual Grammy Awards kicked off at 8 p.m. on Jauary 26th at Los Angeles’ mammoth Staples Center, and before the televised event even hit the airwaves, awards were handed out to artists and personalities as varied as Michael Buble
(Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and Stephen Colbert
(Best Spoken Word Album), and albums like Daft Punk
‘s Random Access Memories
(Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Dance/Electronic Album).
French duo Daft Punk went on to nab the awards for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Duo Or Group Performance, the latter two for their summer jam “Get Lucky.” New Zealand teen Lorde proved to be a big upset when she took the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance Grammys for her radio smash “Royals.”
Elsewhere, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis not only stunned with their epic performance of “Same Love” — a spectacle that included Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, Madonna and over 30 couples who got married on stage — the pair also walked away with Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song (“Thrift Shop”).
Catch the entire head-spinning list of winners at the Grammy Awards below. More »