Even without Drake
, the show must go on! And so tonight (December 6) we learned who is up for music’s biggest awards at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!
(that is not an indicator of our actual excitement level, it’s the honest-to-god name of the thing). In between performances from the likes of Taylor Swift
, and boilerplate Grammy hype from anthropomorphic Kangol hat LL Cool J
, we actually got the nominees for next year’s ceremony. And they were kind of unpredictable!
Sure, you had the requisite honors for “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” Pink, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and all things Macklemore, but Lorde also joined the big leagues with Song and Record of the year nominations, while Sara Bareilles improbably scored an Album of the Year nomination.
Head below to see the list of nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on January 26. That gives you plenty of time to argue about the biggest snubs (Justin Timberlake??) and surprises (Kendrick Lamar for Album Of The Year!). More »
While Justin Timberlake
rued and reeled of how a love tortures him, a new remix featuring J. Cole
, A$AP Rocky
and Pusha T
plays out as a swift recovery.
As the veteran (and past collaborator), Pusha T raps last and as if reclining into a chair as a confident CEO. He actually calls himself a “real-lionaire,” and he claims to dress his woman like a Build-A-Bear. In the verse before Pusha’s, A$AP Rocky set him up for success as he built momentum through a series of rhymes of refusing to be monogamous.
But in the one before his, J. Cole delivers the best of all. He responds to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control” verse, but not just as one of the emcees who Lamar called out. Instead, as if hunched over, he imagines himself alone and hearing the good kid‘s bars in his mind, only to realize that he’s actually hearing them from his girl’s phone. He hyperventilates to the hyperactive tune of Migos‘ “Versace,” then sobs.
He sounds pissed, pathetic and, most importantly, at a breaking point that most rappers wouldn’t dare approach now. Hear Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” remix unfold after the jump. More »
You know what? I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like the American Music Awards
. They’re really not that bad! Sure, they don’t matter
in any meaningful way, but year after year, they’re the most enjoyable out of any awards show: Less self-serious than the Grammys
, not as zanily self-referential as the VMAs
, more grown-up than the Teen Choice Awards
, the AMAs have figured out the secret: Fill the show up with performances and don’t bother pretending like the awards mean anything. Not even Pitbull
could ruin it, and Pitbull’s made a career out of ruining things (like otherwise good pop songs).
Still, of course, there were zeniths and nadirs, moments when not even the breathless pep of a Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s commercial (what will she do next?) could bring light back into my Sunday night. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best and worst things that happened last night. More »
“turned” Japanese. Gaga
was Marilyn Monroe. Rihanna
had a moment with her mom. Miley
performed with a lip-syncing cat. And the important thing about the American Music Awards this year? Nobody twerked. After taking in all the showy performances
and the list of winners
from the 41st installment of this particular dog and pony act, we scrounged the Internet to see what critics were saying about the whole spectacle. Head below for our roundup of the blathering. More »
One of them was born in Tennessee and one now calls the Volunteer State their home. The other thing Justin Timberlake
and Taylor Swift
have in common is that they were the big winners at the 41st annual American Music Awards, a shindig that went down at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live.
“Thrift Shop” upstarts Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed via satellite from their concert in Miami, went into the thing with the most nominations (six total). The duo wound up being recipients of the Best Rap/Hip Hop Album for their independently released The Heist.
But it was the Tennessee kids who took home most of the night’s honors; Timberlake for Pop/Rock Male Artist, Soul/R&B Male Artist and Soul/R&B Album (The 20/20 Experience), and Swift for the biggie, Artist Of The Year, plus Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Album (Red) and Country Female Artist.
Also, “Diamonds” diva Rihanna was handed the very first AMAs Icon Award (by her mother, no less), because, well, she’s probably the most unstoppable force on the pop scene these days. RiRi also snagged the Soul/R&B Female Artist statue.
Head below to see who all won what at this year’s AMAs. More »
is set to perform on Saturday Night Live
for the second time this year — so much for worrying about overexposure
— on the December 21 Christmas episode. The superstar hosted
and served as musical guest
back in March to promote the release of The 20/20 Experience
, and this time he’ll drum up publicity for the disappointing sequel
as the show’s musical guest.
Disappointing album or not, though, a Timberlake performance is worth tuning in for. And considering his pal Jimmy Fallon has hosting duties, we’re likely to see JT pop up in a sketch or two (Barry Gibb Talk Show, please!). In fact, they’re already attempting to spitball ideas. Check out their Twitter exchange below. More »
is a Tennessee Kid, and being a Memphis native means deep down, he has country music coursing through his veins. And he may one day give in to his instincts, based on what he said in a recent SiriusXM interview. (Bad news if you weren’t feeling “Drink You Away.”)
When asked about his dreams to be a country star, Timberlake said, “They’re still alive. I just did an interview earlier today and I said, ‘I’m America, that’s what I am’ – in all sense of the word. I grew up outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and I listened to country music, R&B music, classic rock… everything.”
This being JT, he’s not just aiming to dip his toes in the water, he wants to conquer country just as he did pop. “I still got my eyes on a Best Country Album. There’s time for that.” So he has seemingly plotted the next phase of his career — we just have to wonder if he’ll bring Timbaland along for it. More »
It’s almost time for the bonanza of Best Of 2013 lists, and that means pop’s biggest stars have one last major platform to help them make their mark on the Year In Music narrative, via the American Music Awards. This year’s show, taking place November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, boasts an impressive, if fairly homogeneous, roster of performers. Come to think of it, the lineup looks an awful lot like the one for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards
— so maybe the monoculture is alive and well after all.
As is always the case with the AMAs, the hardware plays second fiddle to the performances, but one award in particular is worth paying attention to this time: Rihanna will be honored with the first-ever AMA Icon Award. Our guess is that it’s like Justin Timberlake getting the video vanguard award at the VMAs — sort of a worthy recipient, but also probably the result of an agreement to secure a performance from the star.
That’s just the tip of the hulking popberg that is the AMAs, though. On Sunday night, you’ll be inundated with blown-out setpieces, wild choreography, a smattering of lip-syncing and an endless stream of live tweets (speaking of, be sure to follow @idolator!), so you best be mentally prepared. That’s where our Viewer’s Guide comes in. Head below for a complete breakdown of what we can expect at the 2013 American Music Awards. More »
Yikes! Justin Timberlake
has an axe to grind with those of us who were underwhelmed by his latest album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
and his recent film Runner, Runner.
In his GQ
cover story, he doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing his reaction to the reception: “I feel — literally — like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face,” he says. Oh! What a visually arresting simile.
Specifically, he took umbrage with the response from industry-centric publications like Billboard and Variety, asking rhetorically, “Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it.”
He continued: “You sound like a dickhead… It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.” And moreover: “I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I’ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business. Because sometimes I just want to fucking kill everybody.”
Well! That settles that, sort of. More »
is making up for his six-year hiatus by becoming the most hardworking man in showbiz (for proof, check out his 2013 VMAs medley
). In addition to releasing two albums this year, the superstar embarked on the Legends of the Summer tour
with Jay Z
, followed by a worldwide solo tour
. And now Timberlake has extended the global trek, adding yet another North American leg for summer 2014 following a marathon of European shows.
This leg kicks off July 12 in Charlotte, makes its way up the Eastern seaboard and into Canada, then heads west and finishes August 11 in San Jose. As Consequence of Sound points out, there’s a nice little gap during the first two days of Lollapalooza (August 1 & 2), preceded by a couple dates near the festival’s home of Chicago, fueling speculation that he may have one of the festival’s headlining slots. And to think, back when JT was just a lil’ Disney star, Lolla was a bastion of alternative music. Thangs change, Mox.
Check out Timberlake’s summer North American tour dates below. More »