When the 2014 Grammys air this Sunday, we’ll be treated to yet another all-star jam, but this one holds promise. It’s an FOD (friends of Dave) free for all, featuring many of the players from Dave Grohl‘s Sound City film, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham, and longtime Grohl pals Queens of the Stone Age, all of them nominated in some way for awards this year (Buckingham’s collaboration with Delta Rae, “If I Loved You,” earned a nomination for producer Rob Cavallo).
Coupled with the not-earth-shattering-but-still-pretty-cool treat of seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play together again, this might just make an interesting telecast. The Grohl jam will close out the show. Maybe Macca and Ringo will jump up there, who knows? Follow us on Twitter to catch a live-tweeting of events as they unfold on Sunday night.
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Anyway, Kendrick Lamar confirmed via Twitter that he’ll be one of the featured performers on the GrAMMmy telecast on January 26th. The rapper has been nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Rap Album. Lamar will apparently be joined by Imagine Dragons.
Now comes news, via Rolling Stone and confirmed by executive producer Ken Ehrlich, that Daft Punk will also be performing. I only hope this gives Stephen Colbert more opportunity to take shots at them for canceling on him in favor of the VMAs.
Now please enjoy these selected responses to Lamar’s tweet.
@kendricklamar you wont win macklemore is better
” Kelsey (@KelseyHilson) December 19, 2013
” Doudou (@martian_Mulah) December 19, 2013
Nobody care – that’s an order from your Empress!:
” Empress Yoncé. (@EmpressBeysus) December 19, 2013
Didn’t listen to the radio over the past year? You’re not alone. Terrestrial radio listenership has been declining steadily. Listeners turn more to Internet radio, which is usually tailored to the listener’s specific tastes. Thus they don’t get the kind of broad-spectrum popular music survey represented at the Grammy Awards.
If you are among those who need (and, importantly, want) a crash course on what’s popular in music right now, Spotify has made a playlist of winners from last night’s ceremony. Check it out here.
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Taylor Swift has yet to top Billboard’s Hot 100, but who needs a No. 1 pop single when you’ve sold more than 20 million albums (as of March of 2011), been named Entertainer of the Year twice in a row by the Academy of Country Music (in 2011 and 2012), been awarded the 2010 Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame (an honor previously bestowed upon John Mayer and Alicia Keys) and won an Album of the Year GRAMMY (in 2010, for Fearless, her second album)? She makes every princess of pop this side of Adele seem like an underachiever.
At the age of twenty-two, Swift has accomplished what it takes some icons entire careers and then some to achieve. (Neither Bruce Springsteen, nor the Rolling Stones, nor Aretha Franklin, nor Madonna, nor Eminem, has yet to win an Album of the Year GRAMMY.) But it’s Swift’s latest honor, being the frontrunner for the role of Joni Mitchell in the upcoming film Girls Like Us, a biopic based on Sheila Weller’s book about the lives of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King in the late ’60s, that has her detractors”and some fans even”protesting “Too soon!” and wondering “Who? Her?” (more…)
Ever since her controversial GRAMMY performance last week, tongues have been wagging about Nicki Minaj. Critics say she crossed the line with her Exorcist-themed theatrics, while others commend the hip-hop hybrid for her creativity and the guts to pull it off.
Lil Kim had some choice words for Nicki, and used the performance to rekindle their feud. During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live, Kim bashed the Young Money maven, calling her music’s most overrated artist.
“If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be the stupid hoe,” she said in reference to Minaj’s current record-breaking single. She went on to compare Minaj to Fire Marshall Bill a character from the hit ’90s television show, In Living Color.
But Kim isn’t the only one firing shots at Nicki. Last week, the Catholic League’s President, Bill Donahue, released the following statement:
“Nicki Minaj, fresh off looking like a fool with Madonna at the Super Bowl, showed up last night (February 12) on the red carpet at the GRAMMYs with a guy dressed like the pope. This was just a prelude of what was to come. Minaj’s performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choirboys and monks dancing. Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, “Come All Ye Faithful” was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.”
His sentiments echoed any voices across the country who called Minaj’s performance disrespectful, demonic, and over the top prompting her to defend herself and her motives. She told the Associated Press, I don’t know what is the big issue?”
Minaj has made no secret of her passion for acting, and she explained the display as a segment of a larger project for the future. “You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did,” she said. “I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?”
Of course, when Lady Gaga hit the stage covered in blood and hanging from the ceiling, apparently dead; no one batted an eyelash. However, Minaj’s portrayal of an onstage exorcism apparently sent people over the edge.
While I can understand how the Catholic League may take offense to a large-scale portrayal of priests and choirboys on the GRAMMY stage; I’m puzzled by the reaction of Minaj’s fans. Anyone who has followed her career, or listened to her albums shouldn’t be surprised by the exorcism/ multiple personalities concept. She has been gearing up for this kind of roll out since she started doing press. She has referred to Roman Zolanski numerous times, as the devilish little boy who says what she can’t”who surfaces when provoked. The character of his British mother, Martha has also made numerous appearances; constantly pleading with Roman to behave, as she did in the stage performance. Minaj has also made no secret that her sophomore album will be centered around Roman’s character; making this kind of teaser completely appropriate and relevant. If anything, it was characteristically Nicki.
Although her detractors have been flooding the Internet with their criticism, others have come to Minaj’s defense. Her label mate, Lil Twist, told XXL, “I love Nicki’s whole swagger. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. That’s what I really love about my sister and how she goes about herself. That performance was Nicki. That’s all I can, say”it was so Nicki.”
Now, Minaj is gearing up for her NBA All-Star game appearance. She will perform a medley of her hits while the players are introduced during the big game. She’ll also be joined by some other heavy-hitters including Mary J. Blige, who will perform the National Anthem, as well as Ne-Yo, and Pitbull who will take over the half-time show. We’ll see how this next performance compares to the GRAMMY’s.
Among those who watched the 2012 Grammy Awards Ceremony, most would agree that it was an outstanding night of performances (who didn’t shed a tear after Adelle’s Rolling in the Deep?) and solemn tributes for the late, great Whitney Houston. That is, right up until Nicki Minaj stole the show with her performance of Roman Holiday. The number itself included a mock exorcism, altar boys… um… interacting with scantily clad women, and a haunting rendition of O’ Come All Ye Faithful. And as expected, the pop star’s performance has been heavily criticized; most notably by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.
“None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by the Recording Academy, Donohue says. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.”
Who could have predicted that Bill Donohue would not be in the Nicki Minaj fan club?
Still, whether or not this was insulting to your religion, one thing is for sure: Minaj has definitely insulted our music taste.