Grammys

Michael McDonald on Kanye West: “He’s Just Talking to Hear the Sound of His Own Voice”

The musical superstar deemed a “jackass” by our President has now been decried by someone even less likely: yacht rock… Read More

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Steve Buscemi Becomes a Sexual Powerhouse and Taylor Swift Experiments with Modern Dance: Links You Need to See

Recently, Tom Petty sued Sam Smith over the purported similarities between Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and is now reaping 12% of his royalties. The people at Funny or Die, however, noticed some similarities between Petty’s songs and other artists’ hits, and decided to let the world know about them. Surely Petty will do the right thing and pay 12% royalties to anyone whose songs came first and bare any resemblance to his?  … Read More

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It’s Not Just About Beck and Beyoncé: Grammy Album of the Year Is a Flawed Award

By now you may have heard Kanye West’s thoughts regarding last night’s Album of the Year Grammy win for Beck, that Beyoncé was robbed again at the hands of a white music industry that’s “disrespectful to inspiration,” that “smack[s] people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music.” These are salacious sound bites indeed, and they’re only enhanced by Kim Kardashian’s, “Uh oh, don’t let this be another ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’ moment” face. And really, Kanye isn’t wrongnot even Beck thinks so. … Read More

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It’s On Them: The Grammys Need to Practice What They Preach About Domestic and Sexual Violence

Following last year’s mass gay marriage, the Grammys got political again during last night’s ceremony. Beyoncé, Common, and John Legend honored Selma and all that the film represents, while Prince shouted out “Black Lives Matter” from the stage. Sam Smith thanked the man who inspired all his love songs, in the process acknowledging his sexual orientation in pop’s most public arena. Most pointedly, Katy Perry, President Obama, and activist Brooke Axtell presented a three-part PSA and performance against domestic violence and sexual assault. It was a touching gesture, but with Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Eminem all up for (and, in some cases, winning) awards last night, it also felt disingenuous coming from an Academy — and an industry — that continues to support real assailants. … Read More

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Grammys 2015: And The Winner Is… Sam Smith

Sunday’s Grammys featured dozens of all-star performers and a handful of memorable moments among them, but if you’re one… Read More

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Grammys 2015: Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win

From Beyoncé singing Martin Luther King’s favorite gospel song to Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney teaming up for what is sure to be a performance dripping in denim, this Sunday’s Grammys offer a number of reasons to watch that have little to do with the awards themselves. But most importantly, between inter-generational collaborations that no one asked for, the Recording Academy will give out statues, many of them to the same group of superstars they recognize every year. He, we weigh artistic merit versus the past voting habits of Grammy voters to name who should win — and predict who actually… Read More

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The Grammys Will Host Performance of “FourFiveSeconds” by Kanye West, Paul McCartney and Rihanna

This Sunday, February 8, Kanye will perform at the Grammys for the first time in 6 years. And that’s… Read More

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‘The Taylor Swift Experience': Does a 25-Year-Old Pop Star Deserve a Museum Retrospective?

The line was huge, stretching a city block in downtown Los Angeles, and made up of fewer teens than expected. No Taylor Swift tees or handmade signs could be seen among the crowd, where Hobbit totes belonging to the middle-aged predominated.

I asked a pair at the front of the line, “Are you excited about the Taylor Swift exhibit?”

“No,” one replied. “We’re waiting to see Night at the Museum.” … Read More

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Let’s Be Real: The Grammys Have Always Relegated Beyoncé to the R&B Category

If you’re searching for proof of the Beygency’s hold over pop culture, look no further than the outrage that emerged Friday over Beyoncé’s six Grammy nominations this year. She was nominated for Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Song, Best Music Film and, um, Best Surround Sound Album, ending up tied with Sam Smith and Pharrell for the most nominations. It wasn’t enough. Maybe people have short attention spans, or perhaps it’s that Bey has reached new levels of cultural dominance in this last year, but the conversation surrounding Beyoncé’s perceived lack nominations hinted at a racial bias on the part of the Academy. … Read More

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