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GRAMMY AWARDS

GRAMMY AWARDS 2016

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...

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  • 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...

  • 2016 Grammy Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd lead the nominees

    2016 Grammy Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd lead the nominees

    Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, pop superstar Taylor Swift and Canadian R&B experimentalist the Weeknd led the field in the 2016 Grammy Award nominations, collectively taking 25 nods in this year's industry-bestowed honors. Lamar is well out in front of the field with 11 nominations, the bulk of...

  • 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...

  • 2016 Grammy Awards nominations bring snubs (Rihanna) and surprises (Courtney Barnett)

    2016 Grammy Awards nominations bring snubs (Rihanna) and surprises (Courtney Barnett)

    Each year thousands of Grammy-eligible works flood the marketplace. Even the most plugged-in voter can't keep up with new rhythm & blues artists and old-time bluegrassers — and simultaneously have an opinion on whether Justin Bieber's track with Jack U was among the year's best records. That's...

  • Grammy Awards 2016: Kendrick Lamar made history with an unapologetically black album

    Grammy Awards 2016: Kendrick Lamar made history with an unapologetically black album

    At the 56th Grammy Awards last year, the narrative surrounding Kendrick Lamar was nothing short of front-runner status.His genre-defining debut “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” which topped countless best-of lists and was deemed a rap classic, was seen as a lock for multiple hip-hop categories and a dark...

  • 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...

  • Kanye West hit wrong note in latest Grammy diatribe

    Kanye West hit wrong note in latest Grammy diatribe

    Kanye West lost his temper at the Grammys on Sunday. No big news there. He did nearly the same thing in a notorious stage-storming Taylor Swift incident at the MTV Video Music Awards. Before that, he declared that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a post-Katrina telethon. The...

  • Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett finally hit the right note

    Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett finally hit the right note

    Here's something I didn't expect the Grammy Awards to make me say: I wish I'd caught Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's post-ceremony gig at the Wiltern on Sunday night. Five months ago, when these two released their "Cheek to Cheek" album, I'd have dreaded seeing them do anything onstage together. The...

  • Grammys 2015: Abuse survivor Brooke Axtell talks Katy Perry, advocacy

    Grammys 2015: Abuse survivor Brooke Axtell talks Katy Perry, advocacy

    Domestic abuse survivor and advocate Brooke Axtell captivated audiences watching the Grammy Awards on Sunday with a stirring spoken-word piece before Katy Perry's performance of her ballad "By the Grace of God" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Axtell's monologue chronicled Axtell's year-long...

  • Grammy Awards bring gold to revitalized Capitol Records

    Grammy Awards bring gold to revitalized Capitol Records

    As I noted in a recent profile of the Capitol Music Group and its president and chief executive, Steve Barnett, Capitol Records has been on a roll in the two years since it became part of the Universal Music Group following UMG’s purchase of Capitol’s parent company, EMI Music. And Sunday night’s...

  • Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win

    Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win

    Kanye West’s mock stage-rushing during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year at the Grammys initially seemed like a fun joke at his own expense. The last time West pulled a similar stunt, it was 2009, and he was protesting Taylor Swift's winning over Beyonce during the 2009 Video Music...

  • Grammys Red Carpet 2015

    Grammys Red Carpet 2015

    Watch Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and many more walk the red carpet at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

  • Questlove pulls an all-nighter; exes cross paths at GQ Grammys party

    Questlove pulls an all-nighter; exes cross paths at GQ Grammys party

    Following a night of soulful performances, surprising duets and Kanye West near-interruptions at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday, artists kept the celebration going at the many Grammy after-parties taking place around town. This year, for the first time, GQ magazine teamed up with Giorgio Armani...

  • Grammys 2015: Sam Smith's big day seemed almost inevitable

    Grammys 2015: Sam Smith's big day seemed almost inevitable

    When a talented young artist such as Sam Smith arrives virtually out of the blue and lands at the center of the Grammy stage, it's only natural to compare him to others who have accomplished similar feats. Adele hit it big and earned huge kudos at the 2012 Grammys. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won big...

  • Grammys 2015 was a low-wattage affair

    Grammys 2015 was a low-wattage affair

    Whatever happened to the splashy awards-show production number? Once upon a time — say two or three years ago — high-concept spectacle was the default mode for a live television event like the Grammy Awards. You get the chance to play that stage, on what we're constantly reminded is "music's biggest...

  • Sam Smith takes top honors at Grammys

    Sam Smith takes top honors at Grammys

    The 57th Grammy Awards belonged to Sam Smith, the freshman British singer-songwriter who took home three of the four top awards — and underscored the lightning speed in which an artist can capture the popular imagination in the age of YouTube and social media. Smith was virtually unknown outside...

  • Grammys 2015: Sam Smith on new album plans, handling fame

    Grammys 2015: Sam Smith on new album plans, handling fame

    The day before Sam Smith dominated the Grammys, there was a moment of panic over the big night. “I’m ... myself,” Smith said during his two-song set at the Ace Hotel for Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge’s artist showcase Saturday afternoon. “It’s good to keep my mind off tomorrow...

  • Grammy moments: Bottomless Madonna, boundless Kanye, endless telecast

    Grammy moments: Bottomless Madonna, boundless Kanye, endless telecast

    Before the Grammy telecast kicked off Sunday at Staples Center, the show's producer, Ken Ehrlich, referenced opening act AC/DC. For the night's losers, he said, the show will be "the highway to hell for four out of five of you in every category. For [the winner], tonight will be heaven." —August...

  • Grammys 2015: Pharrell's dramatic reinvention of 'Happy'

    Grammys 2015: Pharrell's dramatic reinvention of 'Happy'

    Pharrell Williams’ reinvention of his cheery pop hit “Happy” on Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast was the result of two major forces at work in 2014: race-related clashes across the U.S. and the omnipresence of Williams’ hit song since its release nearly two years ago. Williams drafted film composer...

  • Grammys 2015: Sia's surprise 'Chandelier' with Kristen Wiig

    Grammys 2015: Sia's surprise 'Chandelier' with Kristen Wiig

    While much of the speculation before Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast focused on stealth reports of performances by Beyonce, Madonna and Pharrell, little information slipped out about Sia’s reworking of her hit song and video “Chandelier.” “It was something of an experiment,” said Grammy show executive...

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