The Grammys

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Adele — who took home six awards at last night’s Grammy Awards — also gave her first public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords. Listen to her sing “Rolling in the Deep” here.

2. The Recording Academy has explained that Etta James and Don Cornelius were left off the In… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. In an obvious ploy to upstage Alec Baldwin’s news that he’s leaving 30 Rock next year, Tina Fey announced that she is pregnant with her second child while taping an episode of Oprah yesterday: “Who will be my daughter’s family when my husband and I are dead from stress-induced cankers? She must have a… Read More

The United State of Pop

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Our roundup called the Grammys “the nerdy older sister of awards shows,” and this year impressed yet again with a strong showing of irrelevance and poorly performed, manic mashup choices. We were given “Speechless” with “Your Song,” Beyonce honoring Alanis Morrissette, Jamie Foxx and opera, and other baffling choices that make you feel like the Grammy organizers have been listening to a little too much Girl Talk. Unfortunately, not every hit song from 2009 earned airtime (can you imagine the hammered brothers in Kings of Leon motoring through “Use Somebody” with AC/DC?). Instead, we go to mashup artist DJ Earworm, who has created the United State of Pop 2009 by combining the top 25 songs on the Billboard chart from last… Read More

The Grammys Might Suck Less This Year — But Not That Much Less.

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When it comes to award show season, we make sure that our schedules are free for every other Sunday in January and February. We sit through the mega-awkward Ryan Seacrest red carpet interviews; ignore the shamefully bad writing and biggest snubs — mostly because we think even good performances are art and we like seeing them recognized on a big stage. And the hyperventilating blondes in pretty dresses and Tina Fey’s pre-prepared speeches make them worth sitting through.

But then the Grammys happen, and the irritating parts become too hard to ignore: the snubs, the predictability, the Starbucks-playlist taste that surrounds the whole thing.
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