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Thursday
Dec192013

Kendrick Lamar to Perform During 56th Annual Grammy Awards

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Kendrick Lamar has been named in the first round of performers announced for 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place next month.

The rapper will team with Imagine Dragons for a joint performance on Grammy night, while Daft Punk will take the stage for their first TV performance anywhere since they played the Grammys in 2008.

Kendrick is also up for seven nominations, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for his debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.  Overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams each have seven nominations, while Drake scored five nods.

The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk and fun.’s Nate Ruess to Perform on Grammy Awards

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyImagine Dragons, Daft Punk and fun.’s Nate Ruess have all been tapped to perform on the Grammy telecast next month.

Imagine Dragons will team up with rapper Kendrick Lamar for a joint performance at the event, while Daft Punk will take the stage for their first TV performance anywhere since they played the Grammys in 2008. Imagine Dragons picked up Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance for “Radioactive.” Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is up for Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album, while their hit single “Get Lucky” will battle against Imagine Dragons for Record of the Year.

In addition, fun. frontman Nate Ruess and pop star Pink will perform their Grammy-nominated duet, "Just Give Me a Reason," together for the first time on network television.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs January 26 on CBS.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Pink & Nate Ruess to Duet Live on Grammy Awards; Imagine Dragons & Daft Punk Will Also Perform 

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyIt's one of the year's biggest musical collaborations, but believe it or not, Pink and fun. frontman Nate Ruess have never performed "Just Give Me a Reason" together on network television -- but that's about to change.  MTV reports that the two will team up to sing their Grammy-nominated duet on the Grammy telecast January 26 on CBS.

Usually, when Pink performs "Just Give Me a Reason" live in concert, she shows footage of Nate on a video screen singing his part of the song.

In addition, Imagine Dragons and rapper Kendrick Lamar will team up for a joint performance on Grammy night, and Daft Punk will perform, marking the French duo's first TV performance anywhere since they played the Grammys in 2008.

Another patented "Grammy Moment" performance will come when Voice coach Blake Shelton joins legendary country stars Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson for a joint performance. Kristofferson is one of the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Pink & Nate Ruess to Duet Live on Grammy Awards

PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyIt's one of the year's biggest musical collaborations, but believe it or not, Pink and fun. frontman Nate Ruess have never performed "Just Give Me a Reason" together on network television -- but that's about to change.  MTV reports that the two will team up to sing their Grammy-nominated duet on the Grammy telecast January 26 on CBS.

Usually, when Pink performs "Just Give Me a Reason" live in concert, she shows footage of Nate on a video screen singing his part of the song.

Other nominees who'll be performing on this year's telecast include rockers Imagine Dragons and "Get Lucky" group Daft Punk.  It will mark the French electronic duo's first TV performance anywhere since they played the Grammys in 2008.

Another patented "Grammy Moment" performance will come when Voice coach Blake Shelton joins legendary country stars Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson for a joint performance. Kristofferson is one of the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Blake Shelton Performing with Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson on the Grammy Awards

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will join Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson for a performance on The 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration is billed as a "Grammy Moment" on the show, broadcasting live from Los Angeles Sunday, January 26 on CBS. Blake is nominated this year for Best Country Solo Performance with "Mine Would Be You."

Look for more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Adele Receives MBE Honor at Buckingham Palace

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesAdele had an encounter with royalty Thursday morning at Buckingham Palace in London, as she received a special honor from Prince Charles.

According to People magazine, the singer appeared at an investiture ceremony inside the palace ballroom, and His Royal Highness presented her with her MBE, which stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  Charles pinned the medal -- for "services to music" -- on her dark, patterned long-sleeved Stella McCartney dress, and People reports that they also enjoyed a brief chat.  Adele then curtseyed, walked away and laughed, presumably in reaction to the surreal moment.

According to People, Charles was standing in for his mum, Queen Elizabeth II, who was on her way to the Royal Family's holiday retreat to prepare for Christmas.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez Sued Over Reality Show

Business WireMarc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are reportedly being sued for at least $25 million by a man who claims the couple's 2012 reality show, Q'Viva! The Chosen, is a rip-off of an idea he presented to them several years earlier.

Q'Viva! The Chosen followed Marc and J-Lo as they searched Latin America to find undiscovered talent.

TMZ reports John Jacobs filed a lawsuit in New York alleging he contacted Marc and Jennifer's production companies in 2007 and 2008 about an idea for a show called Miami Beach: The Game.  Jacobs claims his show idea was to have well-known Latino celebrities travel the world in search of the next superstar.  According to the report, Jacobs says both companies initially expressed interest, but ended up ignoring his phone calls.

Jacobs says when he began seeing ads for Q'Viva! The Chosen in 2012, he was shocked by how similar the program was to his show idea.

He claims he contacted both production companies again as well as Univision, about the similarities but never heard back.

Marc's company told TMZ they couldn't comment on the lawsuit.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Justin Bieber's "Believe" Premieres in L.A.

Dolphin FilmsThousands of fans turned out Wednesday night for the premiere of Justin Bieber's new concert documentary, Believe, in Los Angeles. He brought some of them to tears as he walked the purple carpet at the L.A. Live complex -- a little late, naturally, wearing sunglasses and a red suit with a white, untucked shirt.

Believe contains concert footage and also documents some of Justin's well-publicized personal problems. His manager, Scooter Braun, acknowledged to ABC News Radio that the pop star has made some mistakes in the past year. He added, "If you put a camera on me or you at 19, we probably wouldn't be so proud right now. But that's not an excuse." 

Director Jon M. Chu said that while Justin can be a troublemaker, "he's like the younger brother who always gets away with it."

Among the stars who made appearances at the premiere: Justin's mentor Usher, Jaden Smith, Kylie Jenner, Law & Order: SVU actor Christopher Meloni and his daughter, and Anchorman 2 star Meagan Good.

Justin Bieber's Believe opens Christmas Day.

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Thursday
Dec192013

"The X Factor" Recap: The Top Three Perform

FOXThe first half of the two-part X Factor finale aired Wednesday night on Fox.

Carlito Olivero, who is mentored by Paulina Rubio; Simon Cowell's duo, Alex and Sierra, and Kelly Rowland's "Over 25" rocker, Jeff Gutt [goot], took the stage for three performances.

Demi Lovato, who mentored the "girls" category, does not have any contestants remaining in the competition.

At the start of the show, the top three sang the Queen classic "We Will Rock You." Here's what followed:

Carlito officially kicked off the finals with a Spanish/English rendition of Shontelle's "Impossible." Demi complimented him on his passion but said he needs to let go even more. Paulina raved about his bilingual skills.

Alex and Sierra covered the Ed Sheeran single "Give Me Love." Demi called herself a fan of the pair. Simon observed that they act the same both on and off screen, and that they're capable of representing the show around the world.

Jeff Gutt belted out Aerosmith's "Dream On." Demi couldn't hear his vocals due to a technical issue, but she enjoyed it nonetheless. Simon said for the first time he believes Jeff believes he can win.

The second round of performances featured collaborations between the finalists and special musical guests. Carlito teamed up with Prince Royce on "Stand By Me." Kelly observed how comfortable Carlito seemed on stage with a major artist. Paulina added that Carlito has been showing off the potential he has.

Leona Lewis, a former winner of the U.K. X Factor, was joined by Alex and Sierra on a slower version of her hit "Bleeding Love." Demi said it was not Alex and Sierra's best vocals. Simon smiled and said the duo can change The X Factor much like Leona has.

Jeff returned to the stage alongside Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik. Together, they sang one of the Goo Goo Dolls' biggest hits, "Iris." Simon called it one of his all-time favorite songs, and said Jeff did a brilliant job with it. Kelly agreed.

For the final round, each finalist reprised a performance from earlier in the competition. Carlito delivered his take on Santana's "Maria Maria." Simon said Carlito earned his respect with that song.

Alex and Sierra tackled "Say Something," by A Great Big World. Simon said they're the type of act that U.S. talent shows need, and they deserve to win.

Jeff finished the night with his version of Radiohead's "Creep." Simon praised him, and Kelly urged viewers to vote for him.

Paulina took the stage halfway through the program, performing her song "Boys Will Be Boys."

The X Factor will crown a new winner during its two-hour results show, airing Thursday night on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The champion will receive a recording contract with Sony Music. The musical guests will include One Direction, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, and Ke$ha.

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Thursday
Dec192013

John Oates Still "a Little Overwhelmed" by Hall & Oates' Rock Hall Induction 

Credit: Juan PatinoThe inductees for the Class of 2014 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, newly minted inductee John Oates of Hall & Oates was still buzzing.  "I'm a little overwhelmed," he told ABC News Radio on Wednesday.

Both John and Daryl Hall credit their fans for creating a huge groundswell of support, online and elsewhere, that helped the duo finally make it into the Rock Hall, for which they've been eligible for many years.  The fans also were key in actually voting for the duo to be inducted, says John, noting that the Hall only recently began allowing fans to have a say in who gets in.

"When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided to open up the voting beyond their inner circle, to the actual fans, that's when I think everything changed," John tells ABC News Radio.  "And I feel really good about that because, after all, it's the fans who make and break your career. They're the ones who stick by you. They're the ones who buy your records, [and] come to the shows...and so really, in the end, that's the most important thing."

John says he and Daryl didn't actively campaign themselves for induction, preferring, as he says, to "stay a bit detached from it."  "When you really can't affect something, you almost don't wanna wish too hard, because it's just frustrating," he explains.  But in addition to their fan support, John says another factor in the induction is the fact that over the past few years, Hall & Oates' music has slowly but surely been reevaluated, to the point where the duo's music is even considered -- dare we say -- cool.

"I think Daryl's TV show, Live from Daryl's House, had a lot to do with it," John says, referring to the singer's show which features him jamming with artists like Jason Mraz, the Goo Goo Dolls, Rob Thomas and other current acts.  "It exposed how much the younger generation of musicians were influenced by our music."  As a result, notes John, "The audience at our live shows has just gotten a lot younger....a whole new generation of fans has begun to rediscover and re-appreciate what we've done."

Daryl and John plan to attend the induction ceremony, which takes place in April in Brooklyn, New York, and John says that he's pleased with the rest of this year's inductees, which include KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana. "They all brought something unique to the pantheon of pop music and rock music, so, um, it, it's great.  It's a very cool, cool group."

"I'm a little overwhelmed at this point and I'm trying to absorb it all," he says. "I think in the next few months I'll have a chance to settle into it, but on the night, I know it's gonna be very special."

Surprisingly, John says he hasn't called Daryl, who's currently in London, to revel in the good news together. "I very seldom talk to Daryl on the phone.  He's not very good on the phone," reveals John. "He doesn't like to kinda have these long conversations.  We catch up when we're together.  So, no, we haven't actually celebrated -- but we will!"

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Thursday
Dec192013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGet well wishes go out to Jon Pardi, who had knee surgery Wednesday.

The Band Perry will host a Twitter chat Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can ask questions by tagging the band @thebandperry and using the hashtag #askTBP.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Kip Moore Moves Out of Cramped, Bug-Infested Room into a Proper Nashville Home

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has finally moved out of that small, dingy room he was staying in on Nashville's Music Row into a house near downtown Nashville. In an effort to keep in touch with the drive he had as an up-and-coming artist, Kip lived in that small room when he was off the road, but it finally got to be too much for him.

"I feel like I was on the edge of a breakdown a lot of times," Kip tells ABC News Radio. "You get done from a long, strenuous, three-week run on the road and you come home to just the room, you could barely fit a bed in the room, it was so tiny. And all my stuff was crammed in there, and it was dark and dingy."

To make matters worse, the room didn't have hot water and was full of bugs.

Kip says, "Lots and lots of bugs, man. Just tons of it, man. You'd be laying there in bed and all the sudden a roach flies on your face."

Now that Kip is in a proper house, he's found his creative juices are really flowing.

Kip says of the house, "I've just been writing like crazy in it. So, it's got a little beach feel in it, man, and I got a cool little music room, and I've been writing non-stop."

Kip's latest single, "Young Love," is the lead release from his upcoming sophomore album, due out in 2014.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Garth Brooks' Box Set Posts Sales Increase in Its Third Week at Walmart

Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks' box set, Blame It All on My Roots, sees a 17 percent sales increase to move 172,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan That's enough to keep him at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart, but he falls to #2 on the overall Billboard 200 chart due to Beyoncé moving 617,000 of her self-titled, iTunes-only album. Since Garth's album is available only at Walmart, this marks the first time the top two albums on the Billboard 200 have both been exclusive to one retailer.

Zac Brown Band's iTunes EP, The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1, bows at #5 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with more than 26,000 copies sold.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Def Leppard Plotting "Viva Pyromania" Las Vegas Residency for 2014

Photo: Gitte MeldgaardAfter mounting the successful Viva Hysteria residency in Las Vegas this past spring that yielded recently released concert video and album packages, Def Leppard is making plans to return to Sin City in 2014 with a whole new show.

Guitarist Phil Collen tells Billboard that his band will be scheduling a "Viva Pyromania [residency] at some point at the end of next year," meaning Def Leppard will be performing its entire classic 1983 album at the upcoming concerts.

The band's Viva Hysteria show, which took place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, featured the group playing its 12-times-platinum 1987 album Hysteria, plus select other tunes from its catalog.  Pyromania is Def Leppard's second-best-selling release, with more than 10 million copies sold in the U.S. since its 1983 release.  The album featured such hits as "Photograph," "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'."

Meanwhile, Def Leppard also is planning to work on a new studio album soon in Dublin, Ireland.  Guitarist Vivian Campbell explains to Billboard that for the new project, the band likely will seek to deliver elements of its classic tunes while also exploring some new sounds.

"The band is successful for a certain sound," notes Campbell.  "It's a brand like Coca-Cola and you've got to give the people what they expect.  At the same time you have to move on."

As previously reported, the members of Def Leppard will be featured on a block of programming called "Day of Hysteria" that will air December 29 on AXS TV.  The special will include the broadcast premiere of the band's Viva! Hysteria concert video, which will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Thursday
Dec192013

David Crosby Adds Hometown Warm-Up Show to His Upcoming Solo Tour

Photo: Eleanor StillsTo warm up for his recently announced U.S. solo tour, David Crosby will play a special show on January 16 at the Lobero Theatre in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California.  Pre-sale tickets for the gig can be purchased now at Lobero.com, while tickets will go on sale to the general public this Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.

The folk-rock legend's trek will officially get under way on January 28 at the City Winery in New York City, the first of four shows Crosby is scheduled to play at the venue.  The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's outing will wind down with a five-concert engagement at The Troubadour in Los Angeles that wraps up on February 28.

Crosby's tour will be in support of a brand-new solo album titled CROZ that's scheduled to hit stores on January 27.  In addition to songs from the 11-track collection, fans can expect David to perform material from his tenure with The Byrds, his compositions for Crosby & Nash; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his previous solo releases.

CROZ features guest appearances by a number well-known artists, including ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, acclaimed jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis and veteran session bassist Leland Sklar.

Here are all of Crosby's confirmed upcoming solo tour dates:

1/16 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre
1/28 -- New York, NY, City Winery
1/29 -- New York, NY, City Winery
1/31 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/1 -- New York, NY, City Winery
2/3 -- Vienna, VA, The Barn at Wolf Trap
2/4 -- Vienna, VA, The Barn at Wolf Trap
2/6 -- Vienna, VA, The Barn at Wolf Trap
2/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
2/9 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
2/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
2/21 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
2/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
2/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
2/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
2/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour

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Thursday
Dec192013

Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" Hits Five Million Views in 24 Hours

Columbia RecordsWith the number-one album in the country, Beyonce continues to mesmerize her fans, who helped her video for "Drunk in Love" featuring Jay Z, hit a new milestone.

Although her visual album includes the black-and-white clip, which sees Bey and her hubby frolicking on a beach, the singer's visual surpassed the five million streams on YouTube within the span of 24 hours. As it stands, she's only a 75,000 clicks away from hitting the six million views.

Meanwhile, fans can pre-order the physical release of Beyonce via her official website. The set will hit stores on Friday, December 20.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Volbeat Frontman Michael Poulsen Hoping for More Special Guests, Cover Songs on Next Album

Universal MusicVolbeat’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies features a unique collaboration with King Diamond, frontman of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate, and a cover of alternative rockers Young the Giant’s hit single, “My Body.” As the band begins thinking about their follow-up to the release, frontman Michael Poulsen says he's looking to have more guest stars featured on the record.

“I sure hope…that I’ll be able to bring on different guests on the next album,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It is something that is really, really cool and is something that it’s very inspiring for us as a band too, and it gives a lot of freedom and a lot of fun in the studio.”

The singer adds he’d like to continue the tradition of throwing in a cover song on the group’s next release, although he’s not quite sure yet what track he’d want to choose. “It could be anything,” he notes. “It could be that we cover something really old from the 50s or 60s, but who knows? The right song just pops up that just fits Volbeat. That’s the beauty of music, you know, it’s all about inspiration and following your heart.”

Poulsen has said he plans to concentrate on writing new material sometime early next year.

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Thursday
Dec192013

The National Schedules Los Angeles Concert to Celebrate Documentary, "Mistaken for Strangers"

Charlotte ZollerThe National’s Mistaken for Strangers documentary is set to hit the silver screen next year, and the band has scheduled a special concert to celebrate its release. The group will be hitting the stage to perform a full concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 25, which is the same day the film premieres in theaters.

Mistaken for Strangers documents the journey of frontman Matt Berninger's younger brother, Tom, as he becomes a roadie for the band on their tour to support their 2010 album, High Violet.

Tickets for the Shrine Auditorium concert will go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster. Visit MistakenForStrangersMovie.com for more information.

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Thursday
Dec192013

Demi Lovato Leaving "The X Factor"

Nino Munoz/FOXIf and when The X Factor returns next year, Demi Lovato won't be behind the judges' table. The singer confirmed after Wednesday night's live broadcast that she's not returning to the Fox show.

"I did some thinking and I feel like I started out as a musician, and that's why I was on the show, and...I have a lot of music this year, and I can't do it at the same time," Lovato told Access Hollywood.

Speaking backstage with a number of media outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, after Wednesday's show, Lovato said of X Factor, "It's been really great, but I'm so excited for 2014. I'm going to dedicate it completely and entirely to music -- touring and making a new album. Possibly releasing one."

Lovato has been on the show since 2012.

Backstage, executive producer and fellow judge Simon Cowell explained Demi's decision wasn't a surprise. "I always knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring, so I knew that."

Simon was quoted on Twitter by TV Guide as saying he's not sure even he'll be back as a judge. "I don't know yet."

The X Factor season finale airs Thursday.

Demi has a busy 2014 ahead: her first arena tour kicks off February 9 with opening acts Fifth Harmony, Little Mix and Cher Lloyd. "I'm pretty excited," she told Access Hollywood of the Neon Lights tour. "It'll be a show I've never put on before, it'll be pretty amazing."

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Wednesday
Dec182013

Pink & Nate Ruess Make Two People Cry in New Grammy Promo 

RCA RecordsPink and fun.'s Nate Ruess have been nominated for two Grammys for their hit duet "Just Give Me a Reason," and now, the song is shown provoking a deep emotional response in a new promo for the upcoming Grammy Awards show.

The promo is part of the Grammy's latest ad campaign, called "Music Unleashes Us," and it shows a girl stopped at a traffic light, sobbing, with mascara running down her face, as she sings along to the tune, which is about a troubled relationship.  Then, a guy pulls up next to her, and he's also sobbing while singing along to the same song.  Sadly, the two don't end up together -- he pulls away, and we see a billboard showing the song's video.

Another promo in the same campaign features Katy Perry's nominated hit "Roar" -- a guy is running on a treadmill listening to the song on headphones and watching the video, and he starts singing along at the top of his lungs, but of course, all anyone in the gym can hear, embarrassingly, is his voice, not Katy's.

A video on the Grammy YouTube channel shows more of this year's Grammy nominees revealing what they believe music unleashes.  Robin Thicke says "Love." Ed Sheeran says, "Sexual tension," and Lorde says, "Strength."

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