Very, very frequent Saturday Night Live host/surprise guest Justin Timberlake popped by this weekend’s Maya Rudolph-hosted episode to send up awkward Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in a hilarious skit that featured cast portrayals of some of the biggest names in pop as they celebrated the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s adorable little Blue Ivy Carter. (Perhaps unexpectedly to some, Rudolph did not revive her Whitney Houston impression on the evening following the superstar’s funeral). Watch the pop-packed skit below.
The 2012 Grammy Awards
made us experience a rainbow of emotions during its three-and-a-half-hour telecast. Adele
made us giggle with her adorable acceptance speeches
, while Katy Perry
‘s unflattering hair color
just made us angry. We wept over Jennifer Hudson
‘s moving tribute to Whitney Houston
, and cried even more when Nicki Minaj
began flying over the stage like a scene out of The Craft
. But oh, there were so many more memorable moments from music’s biggest night. Check out the Top 5 Best and Worst of the bunch from the 54th Annual Grammy Awards
below. More »
Not many people seemed more shocked by Bon Iver’s upset win for the Best New Artist Grammy Award
than Bon Iver themselves, and in particular singer Justin Vernon, who spent an awkward few minutes on stage painfully and very publicly swallowing the words he spoke earlier this year criticizing the Grammys
. “It’s really hard to accept this award,” Vernon told the audience at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “There’s so much talent out here on the stage and there is a lot of talent that’s not here tonight.” True — but that’s not why it’s hard to accept. Wonder how all that crow tasted. More »
As we thought, six-time Grammy nominee
Adele is now a six-time Grammy winner, sweeping Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Short Form Video and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 12). The singer netted trophies for her record-smashing album 21
and hit singles “Rolling In The Deep”
and “Someone Like You”
. Jump below to see the full list of winners. More »
Los Angeles’ Staples Center is where the 54th Grammy Awards will go down this Sunday. The CBS telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. EST, and the thought on everyone’s mind is likely this: just how many statues is Britain’s not-so-secret weapon Adele going to jet back to London with? Plus, will Grammy give the gift of a posthumous award to the late Amy Winehouse, who’s up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Tony Bennett)? Will this be the year Skrillex becomes a household name? Also, will Chris Brown and Rihanna bump into each other? Or will they avoid each other like the plague, given they that they’ve been rumored to be, er, “bumping” again lately? So many questions. But let’s run down what we know we’re in for on Sunday.
For as long as there have been music awards, there have been musicians with opinions about those music awards, and the Grammys
are no exception. Depending on your point of view, Arcade Fire trumping commercial heavyweights Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry for Album of the Year at last year’s ceremony
was either the event’s salvation or the moment it jumped the shark.
That polarizing victory reignited a decades-old debate about the relevance and future direction of the awards show. Grammy nominees — and Grammy wannabes — have long argued over whether the music industry’s most prestigious trophy has become meaningless in the face of commercialization, and whether an artist’s sales figures and cultural impact should be taken into account when choosing Grammy winners. Jump below to see 10 of the most famous Grammy beefs in recent memory. More »
We’ve shared our 2012 Grammy
picks for Best New Artist
, Song Of The Year
and who we think will take all the Pop and Dance categories
— now let’s take a look at who’s up for Record Of The Year. The nominees in this category are basically a mirror image of Song Of The Year, with Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” swapped with Katy Perry’s mega-hit “Firework.” Can Perry make the Recording Academy go ahh-ahh-ahh and triumph, or is the unstoppable force of Adele too big to beat? Head below for our predictions.
We’ve shared our 2012 Grammy
predictions for Best New Artist
and all the Pop categories
, and today it’s time to move on to one of the big ones – Song Of The Year. Last year, Lady Antebellum won this category (as well as Record Of The Year) for “Need You Now”. Is Adele destined to land the same one-two punch with “Rolling In The Deep”? Or will one of the other nominees score an upset? Hop below for our thoughts — and let your voice be heard in our Grammy poll!
After we took a stab at predicting the Grammy winners in the Pop and Dance categories
yesterday, we’re now ready to hold our magnifying glass up the list of Best New Artist nominees
. Last year
, the jazzy Esperanza Spalding pulled an upset by besting more well-known names such as Drake, Justin Bieber and Florence + The Machine for the win. (Personally, we thought Drizzy had it in the bag
.) So what newbie will take home Grammy gold in 2012? See our pick — and then have your say by voting — below!
Adele and Jessie J are the leading ladies at this year’s BRIT Awards after nabbing three nominations apiece, while 20-year-old Halifax, West Yorkshire native Ed Sheeran got the most nods of all, with four. Sheeran’s 2011 UK hit “The A Team” will compete with nine other songs in the British Single category — including Adele’s “Someone Like You”
, Jessie J’s “Price Tag”
and The Wanted’s “Glad You Came”