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Jan272014

Imagine Dragons, Lorde Garner Most Grammy Tweets

Bret Hartman/CBSThe Grammy Awards didn't just send music fans to their TVs -- it sent them to their computers and mobile devices so they could tweet furiously about what was unfolding on screen.  According to Twitter, the telecast Sunday night on CBS generated 15.2 million tweets, but there were definitely a few artists who inspired the most Twitter actions.

According to Twitter, the moment during the show that generated the most tweets per minute was Imagine Dragons' performance of their hit "Radioactive" with rapper Kendrick Lamar, with 171,593 tweets per minute.  Lorde winning the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance was next, with 152,688 tweets per minute.  The singer's performance of her hit "Royals" was third, with 146,083 tweets per minute.

Overall, Lorde won Twitter for the night: she was the artist most frequently mentioned in the Grammy tweets, followed by pop stars Beyonce and Taylor Swift.  Out of those three women, Lorde was the only one who performed and won. 

Twitter has rounded up a selection of tweets from the artists, attendees, performers and winners themselves.  For example, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff was overwhelmed watching the band's singer, Nate Ruess, duet with Pink on the telecast.

"Nate was unbelievable," he wrote. "That was the first time I got to watch nate that way. I feel closer to our audience now understanding how amazing it is to see him sing like that."

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Monday
Jan272014

Keith Urban Drops "Cop Car" Video Hours After Grammy Awards Performance

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's new video for "Cop Car" debuted Monday morning on Vevo, just hours after he performed the song on the Grammy Awards Sunday night. The clip fleshes out the song's storyline of a couple falling in love while getting arrested for trespassing.

"Cop Car" is the follow up to Keith's #1 duet with Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us." Both songs are included on his latest album, Fuse.

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Monday
Jan272014

Lorde Snuggles with Taylor Swift, Calls Her "Masterful" 

Image Courtesy Taylor Swift via TwitterLorde took home two Grammys on Sunday night, while her buddy Taylor Swift went home empty-handed.  But Lorde was full of praise for her new BFF, raving about her performance on the telecast.

Lorde wrote on Twitter of Taylor's powerful performance of her song "All Too Well," "Very proud of @taylorswift13 tonight. one of the most masterful performers i've seen." Lorde also tweeted her heartfelt thanks for her awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, writing, "i am so grateful for the attention my work has received tonight and this year. thankyou and goodnight."

As for Taylor, she posted a photo of herself and Lorde hugging, and captioned it, "And you know, we're on each other's team" -- a line from Lorde's latest hit, "Team."  Taylor also added the hashtags "#LORDE," "#CLEANING UP" and "#GRAMMYS."

While Lorde won at the Grammys, another of Taylor's friends joined her in losing.  Her buddy Ed Sheeran lost the Best New Artist award to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

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Monday
Jan272014

Macklemore to Kendrick Lamar: "You Got Robbed"

Macklemore LLCFollowing Sunday’s Grammys, Macklemore has expressed that he feels "weird" about beating out his competitor Kendrick Lamar, who was shut out of all seven of his categories.

Shortly after Macklemore won four awards, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best New Artist, he shared an Instagram sceenshot of a text message he sent to Kendrick.

"You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you," wrote the "Thrift Shop" rapper. "I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love."

In the accompany caption, Macklemore explained the purpose of posting his heartfelt text via the social networking site.

"My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I'm honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO," Macklemore wrote. "And that's taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it's proper respect.."

He adds, "With that being said, thank you to the fans. You're the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play 'Same Love' on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys."

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Monday
Jan272014

Letoya Luckett Stars as a High-Powered Music Manager on VH1's 'Single Ladies'

Laretta Houston for VH1 Letoya Luckett stars as Felicia Price on VH1's hit drama, Single Ladies. The former Destiny's Child band member portrays the series' resident mean girl as a high-powered music manager. Luckett says she's loves tapping into her evil side for her first regular TV role.

"She's cold blooded," the 32-year-old tells ABC News Radio. "I think a lot of people...love her. They love to hate her but I try to put a comedic spin on it just a tad bit so people won't hate me at the end of the day. But as you keep watching you get to know her and you get to know why she is the way she is. And that's what I want people to do, you know, grow with her."

Luckett had it easy when doing research for her role as she's been managed by many in the music industry, including Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles. She famously wanted to obtain another manager besides Knowles and ended up getting kicked out of Destiny's Child at the height of their success.

"I've had a lot of great managers in my life and I was definitely able to take from them," she says. "And these are managers that can change...not only your career, but who you are as a person and help to mold you as an artist. So I was blessed to be able to have those experiences with them and I was able to grab from those experiences."

Although Luckett is starring in Single Ladies, she hasn't given up on her music career, however. In fact, she's currently working on an album and her song, "Don't Make Me Wait," will be featured on the Feb. 10 episode of the VH1 series. Luckett says the song is about her approach to dating men.

"I'm a shy girl. Like, I would never have the guts to go and approach a guy. I'm a weirdo. So if you clearly see that I'm feeling you, even though I'm not walking over there, but my body language and my eyes [are] saying so, then you need to come on with it," she explains, adding, "Approach me child! Don't let the time pass by."

And it seems the Houston native is still looking for her Mr. Right, but she's just fine with her single status. "I won't be alone forever," she says of her romantic life. "I know there's somebody for everybody and I will just be patient and wait."

"Of course there's cold nights. I hate sleeping with my pillow all the time. But I'd rather wait on the right relationship rather than being scared of being alone," she continues. "Like, I'm not that girl at all. I go to the movies by myself. I do everything by myself." 

Single Ladies airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

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Monday
Jan272014

Dave Navarro Announces End of All-Star Cover Band Camp Freddy, Formation of Royal Machines

Kyle Dean ReinfordCamp Freddy, the star-studded cover band whose lineup includes Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, and former A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, has called it quits.

Navarro revealed the sad news on his Facebook page, but also shared some good news, noting the band would continue under the new moniker Royal Machines. He writes, “After 10 years, we are retiring Camp Freddy and beginning our next incarnation -- ROYAL MACHINES -- follow @RoyalMachines14 on Twitter -- more to come.”

Royal Machines posted the lineup for their new group on their Facebook page on Friday, and it appears everyone from Camp Freddy is sticking around except for Sorum. In addition to Navarro, Chaney and Freese, the lineup includes ex-Camp Freddy members singer Donovan Leitch, former The Cult bassist Billy Morrison, and longtime collaborator Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.

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Monday
Jan272014

Vampire Weekend Feels “Kinship” with Grammy-Nominated Bands They Defeated for Best Alternative Music Album

XL RecordingsVampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City fought off releases by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Tame Impala and Neko Case to take home the trophy for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. While frontman Ezra Koenig is indifferent about the band being classified as an alternative act, he feels comfortable being associated with the other artists in that category.

“We don’t particularly think of ourselves as being alternative versus not alternative,” he told reporters backstage at the event. “Seems like it’s an interesting time in music…those distinctions don’t mean quite as much, but I can say there’s definitely bands who are in that category that we feel a kinship with, so it’s not crazy.”

Koenig adds the band always strives to explore new musical ground on all their releases, noting that bringing in Ariel Rechtshaid as a co-producer for Modern Vampires of the City helped nurture that process. “Working with an additional producer as a co-producer Ariel certainly changed the vibe in the studio a bit, but with every album we always internally wanted to do something different," says Rechtshaid. So even from the first [release] to the second we changed things up, so that’s always been a part of how we make records.”

Vampire Weekend is currently on a break from touring, but they'll head back out on the road to make an appearance at Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina in March and April. The group will kick off another batch of U.S. tour dates starting April 24 at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX. Visit VampireWeekend.com for the full itinerary.

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Monday
Jan272014

Pink Floyd Drummer Discovers Rare Footage of the Band; Says a Reunion Possible but Unlikely

Courtesy of Nick MasonSome rare footage of Pink Floyd from the band's early days recently was rediscovered by drummer Nick Mason.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Monday, tells U.K. newspaper The Mirror that he unearthed the film while he was putting together some archival material for use in upcoming exhibits focusing on his famous group.

Mason says the clips, which date back to the late 1960s, capture him and band mates Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright behind the scenes at some concerts.

"There are some unseen bits and pieces," explains Nick.  "We have got a bit of backstage black-and-white footage -- 8-millimeter film -- that we took ourselves."

Mason also suggests to The Mirror that a reunion of Pink Floyd's surviving members -- him, Waters and Gilmour -- is not entirely out of the question, although he admits that "it's quite unlikely."

He says it probably would take another event like Live 8 -- the 2005 benefit concert at which the band's classic 1970s lineup reunited for the first time in more than 20 years -- to bring the guys back together again.

"If there was a cause that was sufficient then I think if any of us felt we could make a real difference to a particular situation, hopefully we would all do the decent thing," Mason notes.  "And it would have to be a cause that was worth it and beyond it just being a bank account issue."

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Monday
Jan272014

Katy Perry Catches the Bouquet After Macklemore "Same Love" Mass Wedding 

Image Courtesy Katy Perry via InstagramIs Katy Perry the next star to walk down the aisle?  It could happen, if that old adage about catching the bouquet is true.

When 33 couples got married in the audience during Sunday night's Grammy Awards, one of them tossed a bouquet, and Katy is the one who caught it.  She showed off her prize on Instagram, writing, "Congrats to all the #samelove couples tonight. You had me in tears of joy for y'all! Also... Look who caught the bouquet!!"

After the awards, which sent Katy home empty-handed once again, E! reports that she and boyfriend John Mayer attended an after-party, where they chatted with country star Kacey Musgraves.  Kacey, who won two Grammys on Sunday, is one of the opening acts for Katy's upcoming tour.  They also hung out with actress and "When I'm Gone" singer Anna Kendrick, who ended up chugging champagne with John later in the evening.

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Monday
Jan272014

Streisand Producer Announces Star-Studded Duets Album with Gaga, Stevie, Billy & More...Then Backtracks 

(PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright Barwood)You've got to feel sorry for Walter Afanasieff.  The legendary music producer proudly announced a star-studded duets project he's working on for Barbra Streisand on his official website, and then had to apologize for spilling the beans too early.

Attitude magazine reported that Afanasieff had posted a photo of himself, Streisand and Babyface on his official website, and then added, "Co producing with Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds the new Barbra Streisand duets album. Which will feature singers and musicians like Lionel Richie, Babyface, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncè, Billy Joel, John Mayer and many others…”

Attitude has re-posted the photo, but it, and the posting, has now been removed from Afanaisieff's website.  Instead, there's a note reading, "My apologies for releasing information and photos of a project that is in the making and has not been finalized. I will keep you posted on the progress of this extraordinary duets album when the time is right. Stay tuned- WA."

Billboard reports that Streisand's rep has confirmed that the diva is, indeed, working on a duets album, but did not offer any more information as to who her duet partners may be.

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Monday
Jan272014

Pantera to Release "Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition" in March

Rhino RecordsIt’s been 20 years since Pantera released their highly successful seventh studio album, Far Beyond Driven, and the band will be celebrating the anniversary with a special reissue.

Titled Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition, the set features remastered versions of the album’s original 12 tracks, including singles "I'm Broken," "5 Minutes Alone," "Slaughtered" and the group's acoustic cover of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan." The package also includes Far Beyond Bootleg - Live from Donington '94, a DVD which documents the band’s 40-minute concert recorded at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England on June 4, 1994.

Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition will be available in stores and online at digital retailers on March 25. Here is the track list:

Disc 1 -- Original Album Remastered
"Strength Beyond Strength"
"Becoming"
"5 Minutes Alone"
"I'm Broken"
"Good Friends and a Bottle Of Pills"
"Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks"
"Slaughtered"
"25 Years"
"Shedding Skin"
"Use My Third Arm"
"Throes of Rejection"
"Planet Caravan"

Disc 2 -- Far Beyond Bootleg - Live from Donington '94
"Use My Third Arm"
"Walk"
"Strength Beyond Strength"
"Domination/Hollow"
"Slaughtered"
"F**king Hostile"
"This Love"
"Mouth for War"
"Cowboys from Hell"

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Monday
Jan272014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Blake Shelton's co-host on the ACM Awards before Luke Bryan stepped in? ANSWER: Reba.

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Monday
Jan272014

Don't Care About the Big Game? Then Bet on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Headgear & Set List

Atlantic RecordsIf you have no interest on betting on whether the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl this weekend, perhaps you'd rather bet on what's going to happen during half time, when Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage.  Well, the good news is, you can.

So called "prop bets," or novelty bets, have to do with things that will happen during the game that won't directly affect the outcome. Thanks to the magic of Internet betting, there are numerous prop bets available that are completely focused on Bruno and the Chili Peppers, and not any of that boring, like, sports stuff.  For example, the betting site Bovada will let you bet on what Bruno will be wearing on his head when he takes the stage.  Will it be a fedora? A fur hat, considering it's New Jersey in February? A knit cap, aka a "tuque?"  Or no hat at all?

You can also bet on what song Bruno will perform first: the choices are "Grenade," "Just the Way You Are," "Locked Out of Heaven," "Marry You," "The Lazy Song," "Treasure" and "Gorilla."  The site is giving the best odds to "Treasure" being the opening number.

Another bet is whether or not Bruno and the Chili Peppers will actually perform a song together on stage -- the odds of that happening are very good, according to the site -- and whether any member of the Peppers will be shirtless during their performance. Sure, it'll be freezing, but since the band normally perform shirtless anyway, right now, the site's offering odds that at least one of them will be.

You can also bet on whether or not Renee Fleming, the opera star who'll be singing the national anthem at the game, will leave out any words to the song, and what color her gloves will be.  You can even bet on whether or not she'll be wearing gloves.  Finally, you can bet on whether or not the half time show will break the viewing record for most-watched ever.  That record is currently held by Madonna, who drew 114 million viewers in 2012.

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Monday
Jan272014

Jennifer Hudson: "Singing About Sex Is Overrated"

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Jennifer Hudson may have turned it up a notch in the video for her new single, "I Can't Describe (the Way I Feel)" featuring T.I., but she has no intentions of lacing her third album with sex songs. In an interview with the Huffington Post, the singer explained why her project will stand out from the rest.

"Singing about the same old things in music is so overrated," she explained. "Sex, drinkin’, the club. Okay, especially sex. Like, we are grownups, we ain’t got over that, like, really? Ain’t you too old for that kind of thing? Can you talk about something else? I get annoyed with those things."

Instead, Hudson revealed that she plans to introduce fans to her fierce side. "I call her Jones," she says of her alter ego who appears in her newly released video.  "That’s Jones, that’s not Jennifer. It's so different, it’s really cool, and the music is, too.

She adds that her next studio album will be released this spring. "We’re literally still in the studio recording," she says before adding, "I got to work with Timbaland, and Pharrell, and R. Kelly."

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Monday
Jan272014

Billy Joel Kicks Off Monthly Residency at NYC's Madison Square Garden Tonight

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear ChannelYears ago, a road-weary Billy Joel told his band that he wished he could just stay in one place and have the fans come to him.  At the time, his band's reaction was, "Yeah, sure, Billy."  But now, the Piano Man's dream has become a reality: he kicks off an unprecedented residency -- or "franchise," as it's being called -- at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

Billy will play one show a month at the Garden "for as long as there is interest" -- so far, he has shows scheduled through October, though according to sax player Mark Rivera, his longtime band member, there are plans to do at least a year's worth of shows.  However, Rivera is convinced that this residency could last quite a bit longer.

"The way he said it so innocently: 'We'll have a show a month as long as they wanna come.' It was like 'Really?'" Mark laughs to ABC News Radio. "In my opinion, he's like the Tony Bennett of our time. He'll never stop being a great singer the people want to hear." He adds, "This is going to eclipse anything [Billy's] done. We're gonna do 12 shows, I believe. [But] I'd be completely befuddled if we didn't do, like, 20, 24 shows."

Not only that, but Rivera believes that Billy will get plenty of repeat business.  Figuring that Billy has 11 albums, with a total of just over a hundred songs, he tells ABC News Radio, "If we do 20 songs a night and we switch out let's say six or eight of them for these shows at the Garden, I'd be surprised if a real Billy Joel fan didn't come to four or five of these performances."

What you won't see, though, is Billy playing his classic albums in their entirety, as many of his fellow rock legends have been doing.  "Billy's so self-effacing -- 'I don't even like to listening to my whole record!' he says," laughs Rivera.  "So what I think will happen [is] we'll take, like, three-song slices out of records."

The concerts that Billy has done in the run-up to the residency have featured the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer digging deep into his catalog for more obscure songs he hasn't played in years or, in some cases, ever.  Rivera says fans can expect this to continue at the Garden, though, he says, some classics will remain.

"I believe there will still be 'New York State of Mind' because we'll be in New York. I believe there will always be 'Scenes from an Italian Restaurant' and he'll play 'Piano Man,' but he's no longer closing with [it]," Rivera explains, adding that recently Billy has been calling for the band to play songs on the fly during the encores.  "He's keeping us on our toes, and I find that makes for a much better performance from the view of the ticket buyers...they're loving it."

What's most important, though, Rivera says, is that Billy's current return to the stage finds him completely rejuvenated and happy about performing again.

"Everyone's really excited. He's in a different mindset altogether," Rivera, who's played with Billy since 1982, tells ABC News Radio.  He adds that the Piano Man had, for a long time, been "down." "A guy like that who brings so much joy to people, in my opinion, deserves to be joyful and to be happy with himself," he says. "And I'm honestly, I'm very happy for my very dear friend."

Check out BillyJoel.com for all the latest tour dates, both in New York and elsewhere, since they're being added almost weekly.  And look for Rivera's first-ever solo album, Common Bond, featuring Billy and Ringo Starr, to hit stores February 18.

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Monday
Jan272014

Bassist Mike Gordon Says Next Phish Album May Feature Different Title & Track List Than Halloween Performance

TheFunStar.comIf you’re enjoyed Phish’s performance of all the tracks for their next studio album during their annual Halloween concert in Atlantic City last year, you’re in for a bit of a shock. Bassist Mike Gordon has revealed the new material they played, and the proposed Wingsuit title, may all be changed.

"What we did on Halloween was not exactly…it was a lot of what the album is, but not exactly the same of what it's going to be,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It might be a slightly different song selection and a slightly different title. It's not all figured out…I've been kind of out of the loop, although I am going back for something."

Your next opportunity to hear some new cuts from the band will be during their headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which will take place on April 26 in the Big Easy.

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Monday
Jan272014

Newcomer Kelleigh Bannen Shows Off Her Acting Chops in "Famous" Video

Photo Credit: Carlos RuizCountry newcomer Kelleigh Bannen shows off her acting skills in the video for her new single, "Famous." After finding her man cheating, Kelleigh speeds off to warn everybody in town about his no-good ways. The video and song offer a playful take on the classic lover's revenge tale.

"What first attracted me to the single was the angle," Kelleigh says.  “You cheated on me, you hurt me -- so I’m going to make you famous.  It’s not just revengeful, there’s a little smile and wink to it -- and I love that!”

Kelliegh shot the video for "Famous" in Palmdale, CA. Check it out now on Vevo.

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Monday
Jan272014

Trent Reznor Tweets “Heartfelt F**k You” to Grammy Producers for Cutting Short His Performance

NIN.comTrent Reznor isn’t happy that Nine Inch Nails’ Grammy performance with Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham was cut short.  While the artists took the stage together to perform NIN’s "Copy of A" and QOTSA’s “My God Is the Sun” at the end of the show, the set was cut off about three-quarters of the way through, with CBS running commercials over the end of the performance.

Reznor vented his frustration on his Twitter account shortly after the performance, tweeting, “Music's biggest night...to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys.”

In other Reznor news, the singer recently revealed he’s working on a new musical endeavor, which he'll continue to develop during NIN’s upcoming Australian tour with QOTSA. “[I’ve] just started on a new product,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Can't tell you what it is yet. It will take place while touring. Every spare second, and even seconds that aren't spare, are trying to wrangle this new creation into shape.”

While it’s unclear whether the new music will be for Nine Inch Nails or Reznor's side project, How to Destroy Angels, he says he hopes to unveil the project sometime in the fall.

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Monday
Jan272014

Robots, Rappers, Beatles & "Royals" Rule 56th Annual Grammy Awards

The Recording AcademyAmerica: Meet your robot overlords. Your French robot overlords.  The French electronic duo Daft Punk -- the guys who dress like robots, don't speak and are never seen without their helmets -- were among the big winners at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles. 

The duo -- comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter --- took home four Grammys in all; their disc Random Access Memories won the evening's most prestigious award -- Album of the Year -- while their smash single "Get Lucky" was named Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  Random Access Memories also won for Dance/Electronic Album.  Despite their trips to the podium, though, the duo never removed their helmets, and never spoke. Instead, they relied on some of the artists who were featured on the song and the album along with them -- Pharrell Williams, Chic founder Nile Rodgers and songwriting legend Paul Williams -- to do the talking for them.

"On the behalf of the robots, I'd just like to say, man, thank you," Pharrell at one point, and later, he added, "Honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now."  Paul Williams noted that when he used to drink, he would imagine things that weren't there.  He joked, "Then, I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album."

But French robots weren't the only winners: Seattle rappers also took home Grammy gold.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were named Best New Artist, and also took home three Grammys in the rap category for their album The Heist and their smash hit "Thrift Shop."  The duo were also responsible for one of the most show-stopping moments of the night.  During their performance of the gay marriage anthem "Same Love," Queen Latifah "married" 33 couples in the audience, some gay and some straight, and then Madonna came out and sang a bit of her hit "Open Your Heart."  She then joined Mary Lambert, the female singer on "Same Love," for a duet on the end of the track.

Accepting Best New Artist, Macklemore, whose birth name is Ben Haggerty, said, "Before there was any media, before there was any buzz, before there was a story, there was our fans. Without them, there would be no us."

Also among the winners: 17-year-old New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde, who won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her #1 smash "Royals."  She's the youngest artist ever to win Song of the Year.  After her first win, for Best Pop Solo Performance, the singer told the audience, "This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight."  After her Song of the Year win, which she shared with her co-writer Joel Little, she said, "Thank you to everyone who has let the song explode, 'cause it's been mental!"

Lorde also performed a haunting, semi-a cappella version of "Royals," and her dark fingernail art, which looked as though she dipped her fingers in ink, quickly became a topic of conversation, and inspired a Twitter feed, "Lorde's Fingernails."  A similar thing happened with Pharrell Williams, who sported a series of comically-oversized hats during the ceremony: a Twitter feed called "Pharrell's hat" followed.

It was also a good night for Beatles fans.  Not only did Paul McCartney share the Best Rock Song Honors for "Cut Me Some Slack," a track which he released last year with the remaining members of Nirvana, but he also took the stage to perform one of his new songs, "Queenie Eye," while his old Beatles mate Ringo Starr played drums.  Ringo himself also performed separately, playing his classic hit "Photograph" backed up by an enormous band that included Peter Frampton on guitar.  

Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison - -- the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison -- respectively -- were also in the audience; Yoko danced up a storm, in fact.  Yoko and Olivia also helped announce the Album of the Year category.  Why the Beatles love?  The group received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and it was also a way of promoting the upcoming CBS special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Other winners included Bruno Mars, who won Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox, Rihanna, who won Best Urban Contemporary Album for Unapologetic, Alicia Keys, who won Best R&B Album for Girl on Fire, rising country star Kacey Musgraves, who beat out Taylor Swift to win Best Song and Best Country Album, and rock legends Led Zeppelin, who won their first-ever Grammy for a live album that documented their reunion concert a few years ago.  Adele, meanwhile, won her tenth -- that's right, tenth -- Grammy for "Skyfall," and tweeted her thanks; she wasn't there.

The man who entered the Grammys with the most nominations -- Jay Z -- only went home with one, for "Holy Grail," his collaboration with Justin Timberlake.  However, he won the night by opening the show with his wife Beyonce, performing a super-sexy duet of her song "Drunk in Love."  And when he won his Grammy, he addressed his and Beyonce's two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy from the podium by saying, "Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!"

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Monday
Jan272014

The Grammy Awards: The Performances

The Recording AcademySure, there were plenty of trophies handed out at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles. But as always, the real focus of the more than three-and-a-half hour telecast was the performances.  Here's a rundown of who played what:

Beyonce and her husband Jay Z opened the show with a super-sexy rendition of her hit "Drunk In Love."  She wore a skimpy black bodysuit, and a short "wet-look" hairdo; he wore a suit and patted her backside while performing.  The couple shared a hug as they walked offstage.

Lorde performed a mostly a cappella rendition of her hit "Royals" which went on to win her two awards.  The 17-year-old singer sang while wearing a blouse, slacks and dark fingertips, in front of a projection of a statue of an angel.

Country star Hunter Hayes sang his latest hit, "Invisible," whose lyrics carried an "It Gets Better"-type message.

Katy Perry staged an elaborate performance of her latest hit "Dark Horse."  She's said that the song was inspired by The Craft, a movie about witches, and she took that idea to the max, singing in a crystal ball while wearing a cape and glowing red top, surrounded by black-clad dancers and a demon horse.  She also sang in a ring of fire, and did a pole dance on a witch's broom.

Robin Thicke teamed up with the legendary band Chicago for a medley of their hits -- "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Saturday in the Park" and "Beginnings" -- and his own hit, "Blurred Lines."

Country star and American Idol judge Keith Urban and singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. teamed for a version of Keith's single "Cop Car."

John Legend sang his romantic ballad "All of Me."

While seated at the piano, Taylor Swift sang "All Is Well," a fan favorite from her album Red that wasn't a single.  She gave an excellent vocal performance, at times appearing to snarl the words of the tune, which was a takedown of a former boyfriend; many believe Jake Gyllenhaal inspired the song.  At one point, she head-banged so hard that her hair flipped up and down like crazy, inspiring fans to create some fun gifs of the moment.

Pink did a sequel to her show-stopping aerial performance at the Grammy Awards back in 2010; this time around, she sang her hit "Try" while soaring through the air, and spinning upside down.  When she finally came back to earth, she and Nate Ruess performed their nominated duet "Just Give Me a Reason."

Imagine Dragons and rapper Kendrick Lamar gave the most energetic and rocking performance of the night, doing a mashup of the band's "Radioactive" and Kendrick's "m.A.A.d City."  There was tons of smoke, lights, shock and awe, and Taylor Swift was dancing her butt off in the front row the whole time.

Kacey Musgraves unfortunately had to follow that performance with a simple rendition of her hit "Follow Your Arrow;" at least her cowboy boots had blinking electric lights on them.

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr performed his classic hit "Photograph" with an enormous band that included Peter Frampton on guitar; Ringo also played drums behind his old bandmate Paul McCartney, as Sir Paul sang one of his new songs, "Queenie Eye." It was a 50 percent Beatle reunion!

Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, joined by Blake Shelton, performed "Highwayman," "Okie from Muskogee" and "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."

Daft Punk, joined by Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder, had the entire house on their feet and dancing to "Get Lucky," which incorporated bits of "Le Freak," by Rodgers' group Chic, and Stevie's song "Another Star."  It was only the duo's second-ever TV performance.

Carole King and Sara Bareilles teamed for a mashup of Carole's "Beautiful" and Sara's "Brave."

Metallica teamed up with Chinese pianist Lang Lang for a rendition of their classic song "One."

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, joined by Mary Lambert, sang their hit "Same Love," while Queen Latifah married 33 couples, some same-sex, some heterosexual, in the audience.  Madonna, sporting a white suit and cowboy hat, then joined them to sing a bit of her song "Open Your Heart."

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and country star Miranda Lambert sang "When Will I Be Loved" in tribute to the late Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers.

The show closed with Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl rocking out, first with the song "Copy of A," by Nine Inch Nails, and then the Queens song "My God Is the Sun."

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