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Rapper Jay Z, whose highly promoted “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” has shifted more than 1 million, was the year’s most nominated performer, with nine bids, most of them in rap categories. Pop superstar Justin Timberlake, back from a five-year layoff from music, has sold 2.3 million copies of “The 20/20 Experience,” but his seven nods came in the lower-profile pop and R&B fields. Kanye West landed two bids for “Yeezus,” both rap categories. (Lady Gaga’s latest, “Artpop,” was released after the Grammy eligibility window of Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013.)
Album of the year nominees are a grab bag of genres, from “The Blessed Unrest” by pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles to dance dynamo “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk to “Red” by pop-country queen Taylor Swift to a pair of rap platters: “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” by Kendrick Lamar and “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Competing for record of the year (presented to the artist, producers, engineers and mixers of the track) are Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams’ “Get Lucky,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell.
Going head-to-head for song of the year (a writer’s award) are “Royals” (by Joel Little and Lorde, aka Ella Yelich O’Connor), “Locked Out of Heaven” (by Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Mars), Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” (by Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess), Katy Perry’s “Roar” (by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter & Perry), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” (by Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis).
New artist mentions went to L.A. rapper Lamar, Seattle rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, British pop electronic artist James Blake, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and Brit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
In the album of the year slot, country-pop queen Swift, who corralled the honor in that category with “Fearless” in 2010, is the sole previous winner and nominee. Her late-2012 “Red” was the top-selling new release of last year, and has moved 4 million to date. In 2012, it was bested only by post-Grammys sales of Adele’s “21.”
Breakthrough rap artists notched the greatest attention in the nomination balloting. Rapper Macklemore, who has been active since 2000 and partnered up with Lewis in 2006, busted out in late 2012 with the independently released “The Heist,” which featured the ubiquitous single “Thrift Shop” and the gay marriage-themed “Same Love”; the duo scored seven nominations. Tallying an equal number of nods was Compton’s Lamar, whose only release prior to his widely admired Interscope debut was a title on the indie Top Dawg label.
Rap/R&B performer Pharrell Williams managed to pull down seven nominations, of a very curious variety, since all but his producer of the year nod were the product of his supporting participation on two big singles, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
Tapped in both the song of the year and record of the year categories (and in a total of four categories) was 17-year-old New Zealand native Lorde, who drew comparisons to sextuple 2012 winner Adele with her debut hit “Royals.” However, in perhaps the year’s biggest surprise — and unlike her English predecessor, who took home the best new artist hardware in 2009 — the Kiwi vocalist was not recognized with a nomination in the category.
The record of the year nominees comprise singles that were all omnipresent on the airwaves this year. “Get Lucky,” the early-summer smash by French house music duo Daft Punk, no doubt helped the helmeted twosome collect their first album of the year nomination. The pair previously collected two Grammys in dance music categories.
The year’s darkest horse is certainly California-born singer-songwriter Bareilles, whose “The Blessed Unrest” debuted and peaked at No. 2 in July. A former celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” she has previously been nominated for three Grammys, with no wins. She received only one other nomination, for best pop solo performance, in the 2014 running.
In film and TV categories, best compilation soundtrack competitors are “Django Unchained,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Les Miserables,” “Muscle Shoals” and “Sound City: Reel to Reel.”
In the best score soundtrack category (given to composers), Alexander Desplat again garnered multiple nods, for “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; he will compete with Craig Armstrong (“The Great Gatsby”), Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”), John Williams (“Lincoln”) and Thomas Newman (“Skyfall”).
Best song written for visual media nods went to “Atlas” (from “Catching Fire,” by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Willi Champion & Chris Martin), “Silver Lining” (from “Silver Linings Playbook,” by Diane Warren), “We Both Know” (from “Safe Haven,” by Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw), “Young and Beautiful” (from “The Great Gatsby,” by Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels) and “You’ve Got Time” (from “Orange is the New Black,” by Regina Spektor).
Vying in the best musical theater album category are the cast albums for multiple Tony Award winner “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda: The Musical” and “Motown the Musical.”
Nominees in the top categories were unveiled during a one-hour CBS special that aired live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Friday. CBS will telecast the Grammycast live on Jan. 26 from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Iconic Singer, and Reality TV Star Toni Braxton currently stars in WETV's "Braxton Family Values" and on on tour with legendary producer an singer Babyface. Toni has made it clear that she wants to be a lesbian tiwce this year. In a recent interview she wpuld like to be apart of the Netflix original show, "Orange Is The New Black."
Earlier this year, the role she wants to snatch up? An on screen lesbian.
“I’m hoping to be on 'Orange Is the New Black,"
“That’s my favorite show. I told you I wanted to be a lesbian … I still want that.”
Toni is currently onFebruary, Braxton said she was about to retire and quit making music, but she did a 180 on that notion and said, “Retiring is off the table now. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
Watch Toni and Babyface perform "Hurt You" on the Arsenio Hall show:
*There will be less “Scandal” on ABC‘s schedule this season than originally planned.
According to Deadline.com, the network has cut down the order for the sizzling Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. The network wouldn’t give a reason for the reduction but, it would appear to be because of Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva writes:
It is not because ABC doesn’t want a full season of Scandal — it would gladly take 40 episodes a season from its new flagship drama series if it could. But Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant, and it’s getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose-fitting clothes for the normally super stylish and elegant Olivia Pope — and it’s hard to reduce Washington’s workload as Pope is the show and in most scenes.
The episode reduction would probably be an unexpected but welcome relief for Scandal‘s writers as it is extremely hard to sustain a dense serialized drama like Scandal for a 22-episode season. (The show did seven episodes in Season 1 and 22 in Season 2.)
Scandal cannot be hotter — season-to-date, the series is up 57% in adults 18-49 (4.4) and 50% in total viewers (12.6 million) vs. last year. It is the fastest-growing returning series this season and in the so-important C3 ratings that determine ad revenues, Scandal just moved ahead of NBC’s breakout The Blacklist (3.58 rating vs. 3.55).
Scandal also has been regularly building on its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in, by a best-ever 29% last night. A pregnancy of a series’ leading lady has led to shortening a season before, most recently with HBO’s True Blood and Anna Paquin.
Green-label.com has released a list of the Best Rappers to Follow on Social Media and Diddy, The Game and Kid Cudi have made the list. Game made the list because you will witness him " release new music, promote a mixtape and argue witha nother rapper. Diddy made the list because he doesn't talk as much on Twitter and he sometimes writes an inspirational tweet.
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West may have had the last laugh after parting ways with mega retailer Nike as reports claim his new Adidas partnership is valued at millions.
While details are scarce, reports claim Mr. West landed a $10 million deal with the renowned company.
Kanye West had a monumental falling-out with Nike over their marketing of his sneakers, and is about to get his revenge by signing a $10 million deal with rival Adidas. Kanye designed a range of sneakers for Nike, but sources tell us relations soured because he "only got 10 to 20 cents on the dollar for sales of his sneakers from Nike, and he only had a small personal stash to give out to his friends." (Page Six)
Despite trying to stay with Nike, Mr. West recently credited Adidas for winning him over with royalties.
"I gotta get my money up to another level because it ain't on Jay Z level," Kanye said in an interview. "It ain't on Diddy level yet. ... The old me, without a daughter, might have taken the Nike deal because I just love Nike so much, blah blah blah. But the new me, with a daughter, takes the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family. Whatever's official, non-official, what y'all are gonna see is I am going to be the Tupac of product. It ain't no Tupac of rap except for Tupac. ... My designs are based on what I grew up on in hip-hop. My references be like, 'Girl shaped like Kim.' Not these skinny, trying to look like a boy-type models that they try to put on the runway in fashion. My reference is Nas and Mobb Deep. ... I'm gonna be the first hip-hop designer and because of that, I'm going to be bigger than Wal-Mart." ("The Angie Martinez Show")
Last weekend, Ye dug into Nike's politics and admitted being looked down upon by its executives.
Just a few days removed from calling out Nike CEO Mark Parker, Kanye West is back it again. This time, during an open dialogue at the Madison Square Garden stop of the Yeezus tour this weekend, Kanye showed signs of a deeper rift between him and the Swoosh, as well as hinted at a new deal to be announced as early as Monday. "They try to act like people ain't line up for the Yeezys," he said, going on to drop names like designer Hedi Slimane, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, and Kering Corporation head Francois Pinault. "Mark Parker tried to son me. Yes. Son me because I am the sun and I will shine bright. And when I don't have as much money as a billionaire and when I don't have the factories that, that dude has over there, what I do have is my voice. Ain't no corporation that can take me away from my voice and I'm going to scream at the top of my motherfucking mountain as loud as I want. Anything I want. Whenever I want. Is that crazy? So I'm going to make the announcement on Monday with the corporation that finally let me get an opportunity to create." (Complex)
To make matters worse, Mr. West even admitted he had no idea when his Red October Air Yeezy II's would finally land in store shelves.
Kanye even admitted that he, the designer of the hyped "Red October" Air Yeezy II's, might not even know when, or if, the kicks would drop. "I asked Nike when the Red Octobers supposed to drop, and they said, 'We don't know.'," he said. With the recent rants, or what Kanye likes to call, "visual streams of consciousness", a permanent departure from the brand seems to already be in the books. When's the last time Ye was actually spotted rocking Red Octobers? (Complex)
Recently, Kanye suggested he did not receive fair treatment from releasing his limited edition Air Yeezy sneakers through Nike.
"Man, just not making decisions for myself and making sure I made decisions for my family," said Kanye. "Like if it's for myself, I would have been cool just sitting in Nike not getting no royalties. Letting people line up for the Yeezys and not--you know. When I'm having negotiations and then I go and look in my daughter's eyes and when I go and negotiate after that I'm like 'Oh y'all ain't finna talk to me like that. We finna get this money right.'" (WKYS FM)
Grammy-winning singer Lady Gaga's love for hip-hop goes further than just Chief Keef as reports suggest she is teaming up wtih Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross for a new collaboration.
If things go accordingly, Gaga and Ross will link for a remix to "Do What U Want."
Mother Monster and MMG are joining forces. Following her collaboration with T.I., Too $hort, and Twista, Lady Gaga has enlisted Rick Ross for the remix to her R. Kelly-assisted single "Do What U Want." She made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "Do What U Want the Remix feat. RICK ROSS. It's happening." The original song, which appears on her chart-topping album ARTPOP, is currently No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Rap-Up)
Gaga and R&B veteran R. Kelly performed "Do What U Want" at this month's American Music Awards ceremony.
After making sure to spend her Turkey Day with her boyfriend Chris Brown in rehab this week, she apparently broke down when he revealed his true feelings for her.
According to Hollywoodlife.com, sources say she pulled out all the stops to make sure Chris had a full Thanksgiving meal while he spent time getting better.
Sources say it was his words of thanks, however, that really touched Kae.
They told the site:
’She made him everything.’
‘She brought the boy a home-cooked turkey, yams, cranberry stuffing, black-eyed peas – the works.’
The source added: ‘He was thankful and real receptive to her. He told her, “Babe, I’m thankful for everything that is you. Thanks for looking after me and I love you.”
‘She was completely moved by what he said. She said she couldn’t stop crying and that her hands were shaking.’
Aww! For all she’s been through with Chris, she definitely deserves the best from him!
Do you guys think these two will settle down for good in the future?