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  • #GrammysSoWhite? Pondering a clean sweep by Taylor Swift

    #GrammysSoWhite? Pondering a clean sweep by Taylor Swift

    Could winning at the Grammys register as a loss for Taylor Swift? Last summer the pop superstar suffered a rare defeat when she got into it with Nicki Minaj on Twitter. You remember this. After not being nominated for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Minaj plainly described what...

  • Lady Gaga and Diane Warren find healing power in 'Til It Happens to You'

    Lady Gaga and Diane Warren find healing power in 'Til It Happens to You'

    Lady Gaga and Diane Warren huddled over a plate of French fries in a vacant hotel banquet room, relishing every bite. They were pumped up — and hungry. Their song "Til It Happens to You" from the 2015 campus rape documentary "The Hunting Ground" is up for a Grammy on Monday and an Oscar at the...

  • How the Grammys became cool (and what the Oscars can learn)

    How the Grammys became cool (and what the Oscars can learn)

    It feels odd to congratulate an awards ceremony that is already an exercise in self-congratulation. It's a bit like saying, "Thank you for cashing the check I sent you!" But the 58th Grammy Awards deserve applause, no matter which musicians take home Grammys on Monday night. The Grammys stand out...

  • 2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees

    2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees

    This year's top nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards — presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences — include Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar (who received 11 nominations), megastar Taylor Swift (seven nominations), and Canadian crooner the Weeknd (seven). Story lines for this year's...

  • Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party is still a star-studded hit as it marks 40 years

    Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party is still a star-studded hit as it marks 40 years

    In 1976, record label chief Clive Davis faced a strictly pragmatic question. Singer Barry Manilow had just scored the first Grammy Award nominations for Davis' fledgling Arista Records label — including a record-of-the-year nod for his hit single "Mandy" — and the two thought they should celebrate...

  • Eagles' Glenn Frey to be saluted by bandmates at Grammy Awards

    Eagles' Glenn Frey to be saluted by bandmates at Grammy Awards

    Eagles founding singer, songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey will be saluted during Monday’s 58th Grammy Awards ceremony by his bandmates as well as close friend and songwriting collaborator Jackson Browne. Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon will join Browne to sing the Eagles’...

  • How Taylor Swift's Grammy-nominated 'Blank Space' started as a joke

    How Taylor Swift's Grammy-nominated 'Blank Space' started as a joke

    Few, if any, record-of-the-year Grammy Awards during the event’s 57-year history have gone to artists who consciously set out to win what long has been considered the music industry’s most prestigious award. On the flip side, it’s a safe bet that of the five candidates for that honor going into...

  • Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna to perform at Grammys; 'Anti' album heads toward No. 1

    Rihanna is the latest performer booked to appear at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Friday. The pop star joins a lineup that includes Adele, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd, as well as all-star Grammy tributes to departed artists who include B.B. King and David Bowie. See more of...

  • Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

    Just since the start of a new year, the world has lost what feels like an inordinate number of high-profile music-world figures: rock provocateur David Bowie, singer Natalie Cole, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, jazz...

  • Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Grammy Awards to broadcast 'Hamilton' opening number live from Broadway

    Producers of the Grammy Awards telecast typically leave Broadway production numbers to their brethren who stage the annual Tony Awards, but this year they are making an exception. The opening number from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will be among nearly two dozen performance...

  • Grammys 2016: Here's how to get nominated for music's biggest prize

    Grammys 2016: Here's how to get nominated for music's biggest prize

    Moving units, moving the needle or moving aging voters with fond memories of their youth: These are three surefire ways to earn a nod for music's most prestigious prize, as we saw once again when the Recording Academy announced its nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards. Near the top of...

  • Patterns persist in classical music Grammy nominations

    Patterns persist in classical music Grammy nominations

    One development in the classical-music Grammys during the last several years has been the inclusion of more diverse corners of this vast field. For many, that is a good thing — better than having Georg Solti (still the all-time Grammys champ), Vladimir Horowitz or the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra...

  • Grammys 2016: As the jazz nominations show, buzz helps

    Grammys 2016: As the jazz nominations show, buzz helps

    Kendrick Lamar may have been a popular choice as one of this year's Grammy contenders, but his rising tide wasn't enough to lift L.A.'s Kamasi Washington, who lent his saxophone and string arrangements to parts of Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly." Despite being one of the most talked-about jazz releases...

  • Beck, Annie Lennox get huge Grammy Awards sales bumps

    Beck, Annie Lennox get huge Grammy Awards sales bumps

    Answering the Twitter hashtag mystery "#whoisbeck," the veteran indie rocker not only came away from the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony with the coveted album of the year trophy, but his exposure on the show (and additional media fallout from Kanye West’s photobombing of his moment) helped fuel a...

  • Stevie Wonder: Grammys all-star tribute is 'emotional' moment

    Stevie Wonder: Grammys all-star tribute is 'emotional' moment

    Stevie Wonder is being feted by a raft of pop, rock and R&B stars on Monday night’s “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All-Star Grammy Salute,” which is set to air at 9 p.m. on CBS. As many awards and accolades as Wonder has collected over the last half-century, he still doesn’t sound...

  • Beyonce, Ed Sheeran toast Stevie Wonder at all-star Grammy tribute

    Beyonce, Ed Sheeran toast Stevie Wonder at all-star Grammy tribute

    Who to get when you need someone to play one of Stevie Wonder’s “funkiest and most political” songs? The Band Perry, of course. That was the nutty reasoning at work Tuesday night at the Nokia Theatre, anyway, where Tyler Perry used that description in calling the country trio onstage to perform...

  • Grammys 2015: Kanye talks Beck, hints at Taylor Swift collaboration

    Grammys 2015: Kanye talks Beck, hints at Taylor Swift collaboration

    Three days after Kanye West's Beyonce-avenging stagecrash, he's back with some more-reasoned thoughts about the whole Grammy incident. West called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show Wednesday morning to clarify what, exactly, he meant when he lambasted Beck's win for album of the year. True to form,...

  • Grammys 2015: Glen Campbell's poignant win for best country song

    Grammys 2015: Glen Campbell's poignant win for best country song

    Among the few hundred people who collected Grammy Awards on Sunday, there may be no more poignant story than the honor that went to veteran singer and songwriter Glen Campbell. In awarding the Grammy for best country song to “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Recording Academy voters recognized the final...

  • Did Max Martin really just win his first Grammy?

    Did Max Martin really just win his first Grammy?

    This year's Grammys had a few surprises like Beck winning album of the year, and Kanye being less than thrilled. But perhaps the biggest shocker was this: Max Martin just won his first Grammy. By sheer number of hits, the Swedish producer and songwriter is arguably the most accomplished pop music...

  • Grammys 2015: Eminem, the rap category favorite who gets a free pass

    Grammys 2015: Eminem, the rap category favorite who gets a free pass

    He won top honors over other, more relevant acts. He represents the tastes of older Recording Academy voters. His most innovative work is a decade-plus behind him. As Beck was being shamed by Kanye West for winning album of the year on stage at the Grammy awards Sunday, another blond waif who rose...

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