This isn’t the first time Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for a surprise duet, nor is it the first time that the audience has responded with a deafening roar of applause. But on February 1st, as Swift played the 02 Arena in London, she teased fans with a new performance, and before long Sheeran had taken over the stage. Check out the performance below, and catch Swift on the last leg of her Red tour in London and Berlin this February.
This year’s Grammy Awards lineup is nothing if not diverse. Recently announced Paul McCartney and Ringo Star will perform alongside Taylor Swift, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. The crew joins several previously announced artists, such as Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke, and fun.‘s Nate Ruess. We’ll also see what one can only imagine will be a strange, yet intriguing collaboration between Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder.
Check out the full performance list here, and catch the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26th on CBS.
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After Timberlake scored awards for Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist, and Favorite R&B Artist, he thanked Ellen DeGeneres “for all the personal inspiration and the cookies. [She] bakes a hell of a cookie.” Oh, and his parents, of course, “for continuing to instill in me that no dream is too big.”
Katy Perry snagged awards for her track “Roar” under Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video, while Taylor Swift took home Favorite Country Artist.
Check out the full list of winners below, which includes Britney Spears, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Demi Lovato. (more…)
If you love artists like Lorde, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and would like to check out the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in person, you might do well to pre-order the new Grammy Nominees album. Fans who pre-order before Jan. 20 not only get the solace of knowing that a portion of proceeds go towards benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, but they’ll also be entered to win a trip to the awards ceremony on Jan. 26.
For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the Grammy Nominees album,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, “which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year’s remarkable nominees.”
Check out the track list and decide for yourself. (more…)
I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull.
Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.
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This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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Who would have thought that Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and future king of England, Prince William would share the stage for a weird, yet oddly compelling version of “Living On A Prayer”? At Monday night’s charity gala for Centrepoint at Kensington Palace in London, the three did just that. Performing for celebrities that included Colin Firth and Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, the three belted out vocals for an endearing unplugged rendition. You can check out a short clip of the action right here.
Speaking to Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield, Swift said, “We got a lot already. There are probably seven or eight [songs] that I know I want on the record. It’s really ahead of schedule for me. I’m just stoked because it’s already evolved into a new sound, and that’s all I wanted. And I would have taken two years to make that happen, but it just kind of happened naturally, so that’s all I could really ask for.”
Swift also took home the awards for Country Album of the Year and Favorite Female Country Artist. Check out the full list of winners here.
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Judging from the mostly unfazed reactions of the winners accepting their awards, winning an American Music Award is roughly equivalent to having a stranger hand you a flower on the street: “Oh…thanks, that’s nice.”
After all, if you win an AMA, it’s because a whole lot of fans voted for you. Which means you have a whole lot of fans. Which you already know. Winning means that at least one more of your millions of fans was more motivated to text or tweet their vote (I can’t remember how it works, does it matter?) than at least one more of, say, Robin Thicke‘s fans.
This year’s Least Emotional Award goes to Justin Timberlake, who took home three AMAs including Favorite Album (Soul/R&B), Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B), and Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock), and seemed increasingly bemused with each acceptance. The resulting complete lack of nervousness made for some of the best television of the night, particularly in accepting the Album award from Sarah Silverman, who had joked about a white Mickey Mouse Club member winning a Soul/R&B award over Rihanna. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been racially profiled by a white woman,” he said. It was also kind of a laff to see him singing along to his own song as he walked to the stage, after feigning an “OMG” moment with Taylor Swift.
Other entertaining moments included a rather sweet presentation of the completely-invented-for-ratings “Icon Award” to Rihanna by her mother, who exuded pride as she acknowledged that her daughter’s road to success had been a bumpy one. The singer’s acceptance speech ribbed her mother for mocking her “husky, man’s voice” when she was young and just starting to sing. Timberlake made more hay from this particular moment, later doing an off-the-cuff impersonation of Rihanna’s mom.
Macklemore, who along with his partner Ryan Lewis won Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) and Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop), had the only social or political message of the night during his acceptance, broadcast remotely from Florida, saying, “I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it. This is really happening [to] our friends, our neighbors, our peers, our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.” It was brief, subtle, and though it stood out among the relative innocuousness of the evening, felt genuine, and was welcomed by the crowd.
Dave Grohl‘s appearance as a presenter, along with Joan Jett, was not totally surprising, but that he didn’t take the opportunity to slam the apparent sidelining of rock and roll in the event was a little disappointing. He did express hope that the band with the big guitars would win the Alternative Rock award, and by that we guess he meant Imagine Dragons? Little did he know they would be the band with the big drums instead. Their performance featured a breakdown with each member pounding on drums of varying sizes. Anyway, they were among the most grateful for their win, and praised the two rock legends who presented their award.
Also amusing was Ariana Grande, who performed and won New Artist of the Year, and who apparently borrowed her red sequined dress from Jessica Rabbit. She was barely able to accept her award, navigating one stair for every two steps, before delivering an impressively speedy thank you speech, which she produced from her bodice.
Oh, how could I forget? Miley Cyrus delivered a non-controversial performance, backed only by a sad cartoon cat. I’m not sure which, but one of them was definitely lip-syncing. She also spent a little too much time on her faux-emoting during the song’s breakdown, missing her cue for the next section and coming in, indeed, like a wrecking ball.
See the full list of winners below.