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Dec052013

Official Doors App Updated with New Video Interview with John Densmore, Robby Krieger

Rhino EntertainmentIn May, The Doors released an official app for the iPad that treats fans to an in-depth, interactive look at the music and history of the famed Los Angeles rock band.  Now, the program has been expanded with some fascinating updated content timed in conjunction with what would have been late frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday -- Sunday, December 8.

The relaunched app features several upgrades, including a new section paying homage to keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on May 20 at age 74 after a battle with cancer.  The centerpiece of "Ray Remembered" is a new video interview with The Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.  An exclusive clip from the conversation can be viewed now at RollingStone.com.  The tribute also boasts an essay about Manzarek penned by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, and a slideshow of rare photos of Ray.  The app also offers updates to the program's navigation and layout.

The Doors app was devised and produced by Jac Holzman and Rhino Entertainment exec Robin Hurley, with input from Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison's estate.  Among its many other features are a timeline detailing key moments in the band's history, an interactive map of Los Angeles highlighting locations important to the group, plus song lyrics, information about The Doors' albums, promotional videos and various audio and film clips.

The program can be purchased at AppStore.com for $2.99.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Miley Cyrus Makes "Time" Magazine's Best & Worst-Dressed Lists, Gets Her Own "Time Top 10 List

ABC/Richard HarbaughTalk about covering all the bases: Miley Cyrus has managed to make Time magazine's Best and Worst-Dressed Lists for 2013, and she's also the subject of a standalone Top 10 list in the magazine's year-end roundup.

Miley is #1 on Time's Worst-Dressed list for the "nude latex bikini" she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Leaving aside her suggestive dancing, this two-piece serves no other stylistic purpose apart from showing a lot of skin," notes the magazine.  Justin Bieber is also on that list for wearing a gas mask in London, and Ke$ha made it for sporting a Givenchy number that showed what Time refers to as "side butt."

As for the Best-Dressed list, Miley comes in at #6 for a Marc Jacobs outfit she wore for Fashion Group International's Night of Stars event.  The magazine called the glittery green gown "just the right mix of youthfulness and sparkle for the pop star," adding, "No furry animals, no crazy hemlines, no tongue wagging; here, Miley is dazzling and, dare we say, elegant." 

Other singers making that list: Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Mariah Carey, for creatively customizing the various arm slings she had to wear after dislocating her shoulder.

As for that other list, Time's rundown of Miley's Top 10 Moments includes her breakup with Liam Hemsworth, her chart domination with the hits "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball," her appearance on Saturday Night Live, and, well, we're sure you know what's #1.  Time magazine even notes, "Without [her VMA] appearance, this list probably wouldn’t even exist."

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Thursday
Dec052013

Jay Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar Among Likely Grammy Nominees

Life + TimesThis year's Grammy nominations will be announced on Friday, and there's a strong chance that three past winners will compete in the coveted Best Rap Album category: Drake with Nothing Was the Same, Jay Z with Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Kanye West with Yeezus.

If Drizzy manages to beat out Jay and 'Ye, he'll become the third artist to claim back-to-back awards in this category -- he won last year for Take Care, Yahoo Music notes. Eminem achieved the feat twice, first with 1999's The Slim Shady LP and 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP and then later with 2009's Relapse and 2010's Recovery. West previously won consecutively back in 2004 and 2005.

According to TMZ, Drake has pulled out of a scheduled appearance in Friday night's Grammy nominations TV special due to a scheduling conflict.

While the Grammy Awards will air on January 26 at the Staples Center, here are some likely nominees for Best Rap Album and two performance categories in the rap field according to Yahoo Music:

Best Rap Album
Drake -- Nothing Was the Same
Kendrick Lamar -- good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- The Heist
Jay Z --Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kanye West -- Yeezus

Best Rap Performance
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz -- "Thrift Shop"
Eminem -- "Berzerk"
Kendrick Lamar -- "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Drake -- "Started from the Bottom"
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar -- "Fu**in' Problems"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake -- "Holy Grail"
J. Cole featuring Miguel -- "Power Trip"
Wale featuring Rihanna -- "Bad"
Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko -- "Beware"
Lil Wayne featuring Detail -- "No Worries"

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Thursday
Dec052013

Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" Video Premieres Monday on CMT

Photo Via Kacey Musgrave's InstagramKacey Musgraves traveled to the High Desert in Joshua Tree, CA to film her new video for "Follow Your Arrow," and fans can see it starting Monday on CMT and CMT.com. Kacey co-directed the clip and says, "It’s exactly what I envisioned accompanying such a special song. Joshua Tree is a magical place, and I hope you can feel that energy when you see this.”

"Follow Your Arrow" is the latest single from Kacey's debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She's got a good chance of racking up a few Grammy nominations. The announcement happens Friday night at 10 ET on CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman Hosting Third Season of "Kimberly's Simply Southern" This Spring

Great American CountryLittle Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman will return for a third season of her Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly's Southern Kitchen, in early spring 2014. The show features Kimberly discovering new foods and ingredients on the road and cooking dishes with her celebrity friends at home in her kitchen.

She says, "This series is a childhood dream of mine and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to get to share all the fun things I learn out there in my travels. I love sharing my passion for cooking and hunting down treasures across the country with Great American Country's viewers."

Kimberly is also up for a Taste Award in the Best Home Chef in a Series category. Fan voting is open through December 18. Go to GACTV.com/SimplySouthern for details.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Eminem's "Berzerk" Featured in 56th Annual Grammy Awards Commercial

Eminem.comEminem’s "Berzerk" serves as the soundtrack to the official commercial for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air next month.

The Grammy organization has released a new 30-second clip in which people are seen dancing to Slim Shady's hit single from his latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Although Em's record is used in the ad, his project is ineligible for any nominations during this year's ceremony since it was released too late in the year to qualify for the upcoming awards. The 56th Grammys will recognize only music that was released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.

The Grammy Awards will air Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Ashanti Releases Holiday EP, "A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti"

Written EntertainmentAlthough Ashanti has delayed her upcoming Braveheart album, the singer has treated fans to a new holiday EP, titled A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti.

"Hey y'all!!! Make sure u pick up my Christmas EP inspired by my lifetime movie "Christmas in the city,'" she announced on Instagram. The project features five holiday tracks, including the Christmas classic "Let It Snow."

The set marks her second seasonal offering, following 2003′s Ashanti’s Christmas. Fans can purchase A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti on iTunes now. 

In related news, her new Lifetime movie Christmas in the City premieres on December 7.

Here is the track list for A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti:

"Let It Snow"
"It’s Christmas"
"Christmas Love"
"Sleigh Ride"
"Christmas Is the Time"

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Thursday
Dec052013

Taylor Swift Is First Woman to Sell Out Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift's RED Tour is off to a huge start in Australia. More than 40,900 fans packed into Sydney's Allianz Stadium on Wednesday to see her concert, making Taylor the first woman in history to sell out that venue. Taylor is also the first solo female act to headline stadiums in Australia in 20 years. Her trek continues through a December 14 date in Melbourne.  

Look for Taylor's Allianz Stadium performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble" to air on CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
Dec052013

The Rentals Recruit Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney for New Album

Polyvinyl Record CompanyFormer Weezer bassist Matt Sharp is bringing back The Rentals in 2014, and he’s got one of the biggest names in rock to join the group’s new lineup.

Sharp revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the band will be putting out a new album that features The Black KeysPatrick Carney on drums. The group’s lineup also includes Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Ozma’s Ryen Siegr and Lauren Chipman of The Section Quartet.

You may recall that The Rentals scored a hit in 1995 with their single, “Friends of P,” which peaked at #7 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. The group’s last studio effort was 1999’s Seven More Minutes, which features a guest collaboration from Blur’s Damon Albarn.

A release date for the band's upcoming album has yet to be announced.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Chris Young Books Return Appearance on "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" December 12

Photo Credit: Sheryl NieldsChris Young returns to NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday, December 12 to perform his latest hit, "Aw Naw." The appearance comes just days after Chris presents a trophy on FOX's American Country Awards Tuesday, December 10.

Chris has dates on the books opening for Brad Paisley on the Beat This Winter tour in early 2014. He'll head across the pond for a European tour starting March 15, 2014 in Dublin.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Noel Gallagher Trashes Arcade Fire, Reveals Plans to Record Next Album in 2014

ABC News RadioNoel Gallagher isn’t a fan of double albums. When Rolling Stone asked the ex-Oasis guitarist if he’d had the chance to check out Arcade Fire’s double-disc Reflektor, he replied he hadn’t, adding double albums don’t have a place in today’s music scene.

“Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own a**hole,” he says. “This is not the Seventies, okay? How arrogant are these people to think that you've got an hour and a half to listen to a f**king record?”

The guitarist went on to praise David Bowie’s recently released comeback album, The Next Day, and give a backhanded compliment to Arctic Monkey’s AM record. “Half of the [new] Arctic Monkeys record is really good. You know, the other half is like, ‘Eh, yeah’ -- but half of it is really f**king good.”

Gallagher reveals he plans on making some new music next year, noting he spent a good portion of 2013 writing new material. “I haven't started recording yet, so I was kind of going to see the rest of the year out and then kind of spend most of next year in the studio,” he explains. “I hope to do some recording in New York, because I've never done it before.”

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Thursday
Dec052013

Watch Jack White Perform Stripped-Down Version of "We're Going to Be Friends" from "Inside Llewyn Davis" Benefit Concert

Jo McCaugheyWhile the concert special celebrating the music of the Coen brothers' latest movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, won’t air on Showtime until December 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, you can watch a little preview of it now.  Jack White’s stripped-down performance of The White Stripes’ classic track "We're Going to Be Friends" currently is streaming at Vulture.

The upcoming special, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, documents a recent benefit concert put on to promote the movie.  It also includes performances from Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.

Proceeds from the concert went to support the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Library of Congress, to help preserve America’s recorded sound history. White has previously donated $200,000 to the organization and sits on its board of directors.

Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  The soundtrack is available in stores now, while the film arrives in theaters in limited release on Friday.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese, Rihanna & More Remember Nelson Mandela on Twitter

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Following the news of the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 on Thursday, celebrities are expressing their sadness.

Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Mandela's ex-wife in this year's biopic, Winnie, said in a statement, "The Mandela family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed the face of South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey."

Tyrese, who is also morning the loss of his friend and actor, Paul Walker, expressed his condolences in a long message written on Instagram.

"We lost a man who literally dedicated his life on making a difference," Tyrese wrote. "His heart will still beat for the world even in heaven.... Winnie and the family my deepest condolences to you I'm sending my energy and prayers to you and your family... Just know that while he was with us he SERVED his God given purpose and saved millions whole doing so."

He also added a passage from one of his favorite speeches to pay tribute to Mandela. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson Author, Lecturer #RIH ( Rest In Heaven.)"

Here's a list of tweets from some of today's biggest music stars:

Lauryn Hill wrote, "God Bless you Honorable Nelson Madela! May you rest well. With Great Respect, Gratitude and Love! Lauryn."

John Legend wrote, "I've never been so honored to meet anyone ."

Jamie Foxx wrote, "Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. Thank you for your mark you left on humanity Mr. Mandela. Prayers to his family, friends and the people of South Africa."

Rihanna wrote, "#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!"

Monica wrote, "My sincerest condolences to The Mandela family??never will his countless efforts & sacrifice be forgotten. There are few that live their lives dedicated to others but Nelson Mandela did...."

Jill Scott wrote, "So very saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's passing. His struggle will never be forgotten."

Russell Simmons wrote, "Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you."

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child wrote, "May your brave and courageous legacy NEVER be forgotten."

Chuck D wrote, "To recognize what NelsonMandela DID for our RIGHTS to FIGHT wrong simply means building a human bridge across EARTH."

Kendrick Lamar wrote, "Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That's how you pay your respect...... GO! R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, You were a great man."

R. Kelly said, “To the Mandela family, may God keep you in perfect peace at this time. For God has chosen a soldier. Mandela R.I.P.”

Talib Kweli wrote, "Today marks the passing of one of the greatest freedom fighters history has ever known. We love you Nelson Mandela."

Marques Houston wrote, "One of the most influential men in ! Nelson Mandela"

Samuel L. Jackson wrote, "Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country."

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Thursday
Dec052013

Katy Perry Talks "Fun" Romantic John Mayer Photo Shoot and Duet 

Columbia RecordsKaty Perry and John Mayer recently released their first-ever official photo shoot, a series of romantic black and white images taken to promote their duet "Who You Love."  And Katy tells Access Hollywood that the shoot was painless, because it was just her and her man "hanging out."

“It was so fun. It was just hanging out with my boyfriend, but who happens to be an incredible artist and incredible songwriter,” the singer tells Access Hollywood And as for the song, which appears on John's album Paradise Valley, they co-wrote it, and Katy says, "It's just a song about loving who you love, and not resisting that love, especially if it's...hitting you over and over again."

"If you’re going to sleep and it’s finding you in your dreams, you gotta listen to that intuition. You gotta listen to your heart, you can’t fight it," she added, noting that she was "honored" to be a part of such a "beautiful" song.

Katy also spoke with the TV show about her new role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  "I have a responsibility to take care of the innocent children out there in the world and to take the light, all that humongous light that I have and shine some of that attention to where it’s needed,” she said.  Katy also said that a trip to Madagascar with UNICEF earlier this year inspired her to get more involved with the organization.

“[It] popped the bubble that I live in… and prioritized my way of thinking and installed a lot of gratitude inside of me,” she said.  UNICEF has created a special video, soundtracked to Katy's hit "Unconditionally," that documents her trip.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Adam Levine's Dad's Response to "Sexiest Man Alive" Title? "You're Welcome, Son"

EllenTV.comOnce you've been named the sexiest man alive, you'd think the women in your life would look at you a little differently.  But Adam Levine says the title bestowed on him last month by People magazine hasn't exactly earned him any points with his fiancée or his parents.

"My fiancée burst into laughter; keeping me humble as usual," the Maroon 5 frontman told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's edition of her show, describing the reaction of his bride-to-be, model Behati Prinsloo, on hearing the news.  The Voice coach's mom didn't find the news quite so hilarious. 

"My mother...asked me very sweetly if that makes her the sexiest mom alive, which is really cute and also kind of weird. And I said, 'I guess so,'" Adam said.  And how did his dad react?  He laughs, "My father just said, 'You're welcome, son.'"

Adam also admitted to Ellen that, while the "Sexiest Man Alive" and a Victoria's Secret model might make a beautiful couple, the don't exactly keep up appearances around the house. 

"We're both super messy. It's really kind of amazing actually. It looks like a tornado hit wherever we hang out," he said, before clarifying that he's not dirty, just messy. "Dirty is gross. Dirty means you're unhygienic and you don't shower. It's gross and you're dirty. Messy is like I don't care that that shirt is on the floor or that my pants are hanging over a couch."

Meanwhile, Adam is still sitting pretty on The Voice as three of his contestants remain in the running for the top spot in the NBC singing competition. The singer said he's grown really close to the remaining members of his team.

"You get really attached, you know?" Levine said about contestants Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin and James Wolpert. "And these three have been so -- I don't know -- different than other seasons. We've just been so connected."

Levine will find out if anyone from his team will move on to the finals next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time when The Voice semifinals begin.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Britney May Buy House in Vegas, but Retire After Residency Ends? 

BritneySpears.comBritney Spears is gearing up for her residency in Las Vegas, which begins at the end of this month, and she's now thinking about putting down semi-permanent roots in Sin City.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, on her way home to L.A. after her big arrival ceremony at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino earlier this week, Britney spoke about getting a home in Vegas.  "I have to figure out where to stay for two years, maybe longer. I’d bring the kids to live in Vegas, too. I love it there," the paper quotes her as saying.

The question is, how long will she remain in Vegas?  She told the TV show Extra that once her residency ends, she may hang up her microphone and dance shoes.

"I might [retire], who knows," she said. "I may have two more kids and get married… I'd like to have more kids." 

While Britney is currently involved with boyfriend David Lucado, with whom she has previously said she's discussed expanding her family, she also told Extra that she hasn't seen her famous ex, Justin Timberlake, "in ten years."

Britney's pal Miley Cyrus, though, seems to be a big admirer of Britney and Justin's former relationship.  She recently tweeted the famous photo of them dressed in those tragically matching denim outfits years ago at the MTV Video Music Awards, and captioned it, "I want a boyfriend that will wear jean on jean on jean with me."

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Thursday
Dec052013

Gucci Mane Announces New Album Coming Out on Christmas

Image credit: Jonathan MannionGucci Mane has announced that he will release new music just in time for the holidays.

The rapper revealed on Twitter his upcoming album, The State Vs Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings, will be released on Christmas Day, December 25 to fans worldwide. Gucci also unveiled the artwork for the project, which contains a bird trapped in a red box.

The news comes just days after the rapper was arraigned in an Atlanta court on federal charges of gun possession by a convicted felon.  The charges stem from two separate incidents in September, and could lead up to 20 years in prison for each count if he's convicted.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Tickets for George Strait's Final Tour Stop on Sale Friday

Photo Credit: Jill TrunnellTickets for George Strait's final tour stop, in Dallas, go on sale Friday at GeorgeStrait.com. The show at AT&T Stadium on June 7, 2014 wraps up Strait's two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, and he's tapped country music's biggest names to join him on the show.

Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack will each perform three songs during the concert. Standing-room-only tickets will be available for purchase. Premium ticket and travel packages are also available at CIDEntertainment.com/GeorgeStrait.

George begins the final leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour January 9 in Bossier City, LA with special guest Jason Aldean.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Tamar Braxton Unleashes Videos for "All the Way Home" & "She Can Have You"

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Tamar Braxton has treated her fans to not one, but two brand new videos, which premiered on BET's 106 & Park on Wednesday.

The singer unveiled the visual for her latest single, "All the Way Home," which appears on her album Love and War. In the visual, after a long ride in her Rolls-Royce Phantom, Tamar returns home to reconcile with her man, played by her husband Vincent Herbert.

Tamar switches her hair from blonde to brunette in the video for her Winter Loversland single "She Can Have You," in which she endures an emotional breakup right before Christmas.

Winter Loversland and Love and War are available in stores now.

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Thursday
Dec052013

Imagine Dragons & Lorde Expected to Snag Multiple Grammy Nominations

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyOn Friday night, when the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are announced, a number of rockers are expected to appear in the top four categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

According to Billboard, Imagine Dragons and Lorde are likely to get the most nods of any rock act in the big four. The bands will likely be duking it out for Best New Artist, and the publication expects that HAIM, Capital Cities and Of Monsters and Men may make an appearance in that category as well.

Imagine Dragons and Lorde are also expected to do battle against each other again for Song of the Year for their hit singles, “Radioactive” and “Royals,” respectively. Billboard also predicts that Lorde will probably be the only rocker up for the Record of the Year trophy, for “Royals.”

As for Album of the Year, the publication believes Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and/or Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories are likely to score nods, adding that HAIM’s Days Are Gone and Lorde’s Pure Heroine are also strong contenders.

We’ll find out who snagged nominations in the top four categories during the CBS special The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, which airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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