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Monday
Dec072015

Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood's Wife Set to Give Birth to Twins in June

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Stella McCartneyRonnie Wood has more than just a new Rolling Stones tour to look forward to in 2016. The 68-year-old guitarist is set to become a father again: his wife, Sally Humphreys, is due to give birth to twins in June.

A spokesperson for the band issued a statement to NME over the weekend revealing that the Woods "are delighted to announce that they are expecting twins in June 2016.  Needless to say, they are thrilled and overjoyed with the wonderful news."

This will be the first children Wood will have with the 37-year-old Humphreys, a theater-production-company owner whom he married in 2012.  Ronnie has four grown children from previous relationships, including a son named Jesse from his first marriage, to former model Krissy Wood; and a daughter and a son, Leah and Tyrone, with his second wife, Jo.  Wood also has an adopted Jo's son, Jamie, from a previous marriage.  In addition, he has eight grandchildren.

In a 2014 interview with The Telegraph, Sally discussed her and Ronnie's mutual desire to have children together.  "Obviously we've spoken about it quite a lot, and you can ask him and his response would be, 'Well, that would be nice,'" she told the newspaper.  "He's up for it."

Before his wife is due to give birth, Wood will be hitting the road with The Rolling Stones on their Latin American Olé Tour, which kicks off February 3 in Santiago, Chile, and is scheduled through a March 17 concert in Mexico City.

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Monday
Dec072015

Read Thom Yorke's Letter to Father Christmas

Credit: Steve KerosToday, December 7, is National Letter Writing Day, and Thom Yorke is celebrating by writing a letter to Father Christmas, the British equivalent of Santa Claus. In the letter, which is part of series put together by Letters Live, the Radiohead frontman asks for "heavy snow," reading glasses and "that my kids have a beautiful Christmas with love and understanding and peace."

"Since I wrote to you last when I was 9 I have tried to be good, but sometimes failed spectacularly," Yorke writes. "I have also tried to do what I'm told but often have delighted in doing the exact opposite. But always I have tried to give love and try not to cause hurt."

"I won't ask you to solve the problems of the human race. Those are our problems alone," he adds. "But perhaps this year you would consider not giving any presents to oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy?"

Over the weekend, Yorke performed at the Pathway to Paris concert in France to raise awareness of climate change, where he played two new potential Radiohead songs. Yorke makes no mention of Radiohead in the letter, or of the band's new album, on which they're currently working. Perhaps all the boys and girls will be asking Father Christmas for the new Radiohead album next Christmas.

You can read Yorke's entire letter at NME.com.

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Monday
Dec072015

Disturbed, Shinedown, Rob Zombie & More to Play Welcome to Rockville and Fort Rock Festivals 

Credit: Travis Shinn It's time to start preparing for the World's Loudest Month. The lineups for the first two events of the annual rock festival series, Welcome to Rockville and Fort Rock, have been revealed. Disturbed, Shinedown and Rob Zombie will headline both festivals.

The Welcome to Rockville and Fort Rock lineups also include Bring Me the Horizon, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil and Ghost.

As for lineup exclusives, ZZ Top, HELLYEAH, Collective Soul, P.O.D., Escape the Fate and ex-Flyleaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm will only play Welcome to Rockville, while Saint Asonia and Sixx:A.M. will only play Fort Rock.

Welcome to Rockville and Fort Rock will be held concurrently on April 30 and May 1 in Jacksonville and Fort Myers, Florida, respectively. Visit WelcometoRockvilleFestival.com or FortRockFestival.com for the full lineups and ticket info.

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Monday
Dec072015

Megadeth Announces 2016 North American Dystopia Tour 

PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesMegadeth will embark on a North American tour next year in support of their forthcoming album, Dystopia. The trek begins February 20 in Dallas and concludes March 24 in Quebec City, Quebec. Visit Megadeth.com for all ticket info.

Dystopia, Megadeth's 15th studio album, will be released on January 22. Founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson recorded Dystopia with Lamb of God's Chris Adler on drums and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

Here are Megadeth's North American Dystopia tour dates:

2/20 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
2/21 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
2/23 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore Auditorium
2/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
2/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl - Palms Concert Theatre
2/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
2/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
2/29 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
3/2 -- Honolulu, HI, The Republik
3/3 -- Honolulu, HI, The Republik
3/5 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre
3/6 -- Calgary, AB, Grey Eagle Resort
3/8 -- Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
3/9 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
3/10 -- Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
3/13 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
3/15 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Rapids Theatre
3/16 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
3/17 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
3/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
3/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/21 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
3/23 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
3/24 -- Quebec City, QC, Centre Videotron

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Monday
Dec072015

Chris Brown Surprises Domestic Abuse Victim with New Car 

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Chris Brown has gotten into the holiday spirit and gifted a brand-new car to a domestic abuse victim.

“I've been very fortunate and blessed with so much in my life and I always thought that it was supposed to be that way,” Brown writes in an Instagram post that shows the car with an enormous white bow on the hood, and the happy recipient standing next to it.  “I was selfish, arrogant, and cold hearted. I'm able to bless and inspire so many others and I realize that now," writes Brown.

Breezy adds that he's inspired by the unnamed woman, who has three children. "I see myself when I looked into their eyes. The amount of strength this woman has is remarkable. I hope I could make their Christmas a great one. I hope the kids love all the toys and things I got for them. And for moms."

The news comes after Brown last week was forced to cancel his planned Australian and New Zealand tour dates after he was denied entry due to his Rihanna assault conviction in 2009.

Breezy’s new album, Royalty, is set for release on December 18.

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Monday
Dec072015

J. Cole Announces Compilation Album, "Revenge of the Dreamers II"

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Over the weekend, J. Cole announced some big news for his fans: new music is arriving this week.

The rapper took to Twitter and post the cryptic phone number 1-888-88-DREAM, which revealed that Cole and his Dreamville members --  Bas, Omen, Elite and Cozz -- are getting ready to release a sequel to their compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers

The nine-track set is scheduled to arrive on December 11. The set currently is available for pre-order on iTunes and includes Bas’ “Night Job” featuring Cole.

In related news, Cole has received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album for 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Best Rap Performance for “Apparently.”

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Monday
Dec072015

Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Faith Evans & Lalah Hathaway React to Grammy Nods

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Grammy-winner Alicia Keys revealed the nominees for the top four Grammy Awards categories Monday morning on CBS This Morning.  While Kendrick Lamar leads all nominee with 11 nods, including Album of the Year, other artists have taken to their social media to thank the academy for being recognized.

Wiz  Khalifa, whose hit song "See You Again" is nominated for Song of the Year, tweeted: "Woke up to some Grammy noms. I'll smoke to that."

John Legend is also appreciative for having "Glory" with Common up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "4 Grammy Nominations! Thank you! @TheGRAMMYs," Legend tweeted.

After learning that her Incomparable LP is up for Best R&B Album, Faith Evans expressed her gratitude as well.  "Thank you to the Recording Academy and it's members for nominating "He Is" from my album #Incomparable! #Grammys," she wrote.

Lalah Hathaway 's "Little Ghetto Boy" is nominated for Best R&B Traditional R&B Performance, her rendition of her father and soul icon  Donny Hathaway's 1972 hit. "So honored to rep my daddy.. #NomNoms #GRAMMYs," Lalah wrote.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here are some of the nominations in the top categories for the top music formats:

Record of the Year
"Really Love" -- D'Angelo and the Vanguard
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
"Thinking Out Loud " -- Ed Sheeran
"Blank Space" -- Taylor Swift
"Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weeknd

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Blank Space" -- Taylor Swift
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town
"See You Again" -- Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran

Album of the Year
Sound & Color -- Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly -- Kendrick Lamar
Traveller -- Chris Stapleton
1989 -- Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness -- The Weeknd

Best R&B Performance
"If I Don't Have You," Tamar Braxton
"Rise Up," Andra Day
"Breathing Underwater," Hiatus Kaiyote
"Planes," Jeremih Featuring J. Cole
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)," The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"He Is," Faith Evans
"Little Ghetto Boy," Lalah Hathaway
"Let It Burn," Jazmine Sullivan
"Shame," Tyrese
"My Favorite Part Of You," Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song (Award to Songwriter)
"Coffee" (Miguel)
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"  (The Weeknd)
"Let It Burn"  (Jazmine Sullivan)
"Really Love"  (D'Angelo And The Vanguard)
"Shame"  (Tyrese)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Ego Death, The Internet
You Should Be Here, Kehlani
Blood, Lianne La Havas
Wildheart, Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness,  The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
Coming Home, Leon Bridges
Black Messiah, D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Cheers To The Fall, Andra Day
Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance
"Apparently," J. Cole
"Back To Back," Drake
"Trap Queen," Fetty Wap
"Alright," Kendrick Lamar
"Truffle Butter," Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
"All Day," Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"One Man Can Change The World," Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend
"Glory," Common & John Legend
"Classic Man," Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur
"These Walls," Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
"Only," Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song (Award to Songwriter)
"All Day" (Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)
"Alright" (Kendrick Lamar)
"Energy" (Drake)
"Glory" (Common & John Legend)
"Trap Queen" (Fetty Wap)

Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
Compton, Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

Best Song Written For Visual Media  (Award to Songwriter)
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)."  (The Weeknd)
"Glory." (Common & John Legend)
"Love Me Like You Do." (Ellie Goulding)
"See You Again."  (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
"Til It Happens To You." Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

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Monday
Dec072015

Garth Brooks Adds More Las Vegas Dates

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks announced last month that he'd be performing three dates on his current tour at the new Las Vegas Arena, which opens in April.  Now he's adding even more dates there 

In addition to his already-announced July 2, 3 and 4 shows, Garth has added Friday, June 24 an Saturday, June 25 to his schedule.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11 via GarthVegas.com or by calling 844-63GARTH (844-634-2784.)

Garth of course is no stranger to Las Vegas, having performed a limited residency at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas a few years ago.

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Monday
Dec072015

Brenda Lee Welcomes Country Music Hall of Fame's One Millionth Visitor

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumFor the first time ever, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has welcomed one million visitors in a calendar year. Member Brenda Lee marked the milestone this weekend by surprising the lucky patrons with an enviable prize package. The Davis Family -- Andy, Laticia, Hunter and Abbi -- will get airfare, hotel and tickets to the 2016 CMA Music Festival, as well as admission to next year’s 50th Annual CMA Awards, $750 in merchandise and more.

This week, Little Miss Dynamite also delivers her first-ever full-length concert in the Music City. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with Brenda Lee is Wednesday in the Hall’s CMA Theater.

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Monday
Dec072015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockChris Stapleton delivered one of the most talked-about moments at this year's CMA Awards performing "Tennessee Whiskey." What year was the song a hit for George Jones? ANSWER:  The song went to #2 in 1983.

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Monday
Dec072015

Elton John: "I'm Not a Game Changer...I [Just] Wore Ridiculous Clothes"

ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and many artists cite him as an influence and a mentor.  However, Elton himself doesn't think there's anything particularly groundbreaking about his music.

In an interview with Noisey, the pop-rock legend says, "I grew up as a songwriter who wanted to write nice songs and I was influenced by all sorts of music.  I'm not a game-changer, not musically."

He adds, "The only way I was a game-changer was that I wore ridiculous clothes and changed the game plan for me because I wanted to sit at a piano and have a little bit of irony.  But musically, I wasn't a leader of a movement."

When Noisey points out that Elton helped establish the 1970s trend of the singer/songwriter, he responds, "You know what?  I think we've got a lot to answer for, us singer/songwriters, because it took a lot of the joy out of music and replaced it with a lot of earnestness.  Having listened to so much '60s music...and just seeing how joyous it was...Maybe music isn't as much fun anymore.  Not to me, anyway."

And speaking of game-changers, in the same interview, John says he admires artists who do crazy things -- like Miley Cyrus, for example -- and rails against the fact that these days, everything is so politically correct.

"Oh it's ridiculous.  So ridiculous.  I f****** hate PC," he says.  "You can't say anything about anything anymore.  I'm not really for censorship at any level.  I think you should be able to say what you think, but I'm afraid I'm a bit of a lightning rod for that and I've got myself into trouble and I can't anymore.  People just will attack you, it's crazy."

He adds that if Cyrus goes through with her stated plan to go on tour and perform her latest album completely naked, it'll be "one of the greatest performance art things that's happened since the 2000s."  "I'm not a conservative guy at all when it comes to things like that," Elton explains.  "I think people should have freedom of speech...They're my heroes...the people who've pushed the envelope."

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Monday
Dec072015

Postponed U2 Concert Special Airs Tonight on HBO

Sam Jones/HBOThe HBO concert special U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris, which was postponed in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks in the French capital, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.  The program will showcase what now is scheduled to be the final show of U2's 2015 tour, taking place December 7 at Paris' AccorHotels Arena, formerly the Bercy Arena.

Fans can expect to see the Irish rockers play a set of tunes spanning their entire career, from the band's 1980 debut Boy through its most recent album, 2014's Songs of Innocence.  U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour performances have been featuring a uniquely designed multimedia stage setup that includes movable, floor-to-ceiling LED screens and a catwalk that stretches across the arena.  The stage allows the band members to move all around each venue they've been playing, while the screens display a variety of specially created video presentations.

U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris is being directed by Hamish Hamilton, who has worked on several of the band's concert videos, including Elevation: Live from Boston, U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle and Vertigo in 2005: Live from Chicago.

In an HBO Q&A conducted last month, Hamilton discussed how he hoped to help bring the experience of seeing the show in person to a television audience.

"It's a case of tailoring the experience that was created for all the fans in the arena into a comparable experience for the people at home," said the director.  "To take it one step further, we have a few surprises in store for the people at home that will create a unique show for them as well.  It's very much a collaboration at every stage of production to make sure the experience for everyone at home is just as good, if not better."

Following the special's premiere, multiple encore screenings will be viewable on HBO and HBO2 throughout December, and the program also will be available on demand starting on Tuesday, December 8.  The show also will be viewable on HBO Go and HBO Now simultaneously with its cable TV premiere.

U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris originally was scheduled to air November 14, but that concert and the band's November 15 show at the AccorHotels Arena were moved, respectively, to December 7 and December 6 following the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Monday
Dec072015

Anthrax Reveals "For All Kings" Track List

Megaforce RecordsAnthrax has unveiled the track list for its forthcoming album For All Kings.   Joining lead single "Evil Twin" are 10 more songs, including tracks with intense-sounding names like "Blood Eagle Wings" and "Breathing Lightning."

Anthrax will be on tour next year alongside Lamb of God in support of For All Kings.  The trek kicks off January 15 in Pittsburgh and concludes February 12 in Los Angeles.

For All Kings is now available for pre-order on iTunes.  The album will be released on February 26.

Here is the For All Kings track list:

"You Gotta Believe"
"Monster at the End"
"For All Kings"
"Breathing Lightning"
"Suzerain"
"Evil Twin"
"Blood Eagle Wings"
"Defend Avenge"
"All of Them Thieves"
"This Battle Chose Us"
"Zero Tolerance"

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Monday
Dec072015

Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz Says "Rock Has Almost Become a Dirty Word"

Credit: Ira ChernovaCage the Elephant's forthcoming album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, continues the band's tradition of bluesy, psychedelic-tinged rock, and they even recruited The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach to produce the album. While many have proclaimed the demise of rock music, frontman Matt Shultz isn't so sure.

"At the [2014] Bonnaroo Super Jam I got the opportunity to do 'Break On Through' with [The Doors'] Robby Krieger," he tells Billboard. "The crowd's response made me recognize the huge hole in pop that has been left by rock and that a lot of people are craving it. For a while now, rock has almost become a dirty word in mainstream music."

As for whether he thinks rock is dead, Shultz says that the genre can't "be pinned down to a specific time or instrument."

"It's an energy and a freedom that you try to capture through great songwriting, really," he says.

Tell Me I'm Pretty will be released on December 18.

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Monday
Dec072015

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga & Sam Smith Among Nominees for Celebs Gone Good

ABC/Lou RoccoThe voting is open for this year’s Celebs Gone Good awards. The awardss, created by DoSomething.org, recognize celebrities who use their platform for social good. A ton of music stars are nominated this year, ranging from Adele to Taylor Swift.

Taylor is an obvious inclusion. She had a banner year of generosity, most recently donating $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.  Also making the cut are Lady Gaga, thanks to her work to help struggling teens with the Born This Way Foundation; Sam Smith and John Legend, who recorded a song for the poverty fundraiser Red Nose Day; and Pink, who was just named UNICEF’s newest ambassador.

You can also cast your vote for other famous do-gooders like Colbie Caillat, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell -- just to name a few.

Head on over to CelebsGoneGood.com to cast your vote. You have until December 24. The winners will be announced on December 29.

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Monday
Dec072015

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Ciara Among Nominees for Celebs Gone Good 

 

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The voting is open for this year’s Celebs Gone Good awards. The awards, created by DoSomething.org, recognize celebrities who use their platform for social good. Some of the biggest music stars in hip-hop and R&B are nominated this year.

Earning nominations are John Legend, who recorded a song for the poverty fundraiser Red Nose Day, and Jennifer Hudson, who celebrated the Julian D. King Gift Foundation’s Hatch Day with support from Staples for Students and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.  Also making the cut are Alicia Keys, who supported the United Nation's World Water Day, and Ciara, who encouraged fans to fight against cancer with Fifth Third and raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

Also up for recognition are Drake who played in a charity kickball game and Eminem who donated a pair of shoes to Small Steps Project, a charity that provides shoes, emergency aid and sustainable solutions for children surviving on rubbish dumps.

You can also cast your vote for other famous do-gooders like Rihanna, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Trey SongzPharrell, Justin Timberlake -- just to name a few.

Head on over to CelebsGoneGood.com to cast your vote. You have until December 24. The winners will be announced on December 29.

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Monday
Dec072015

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga & Miley Cyrus Among Nominees for Celebs Gone Good

ABC/Lou Rocco The voting is open for this year’s Celebs Gone Good awards. The awards, created by DoSomething.org, recognize celebrities who use their platform for social good. A ton of music stars are nominated this year, ranging from Adele to Zedd.

Taylor Swift is an obvious inclusion. She had a banner year of generosity, most recently donating $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.  Also making the cut are Lady Gaga, thanks to her work to help struggling teens with the Born This Way Foundation; Miley Cyrus, who founded the Happy Hippie Foundation for homeless and LGBT youth; and Pink, who was just named UNICEF’s newest ambassador.

You can also cast your vote for other famous do-gooders like Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, One Direction, Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen -- just to name a few.

Head on over to CelebsGoneGood.com to cast your vote. You have until December 24. The winners will be announced on December 29.

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Monday
Dec072015

Holly Woodlawn, Immortalized in "Walk on the Wild Side," Dead at 69

Jack Mitchell/Getty ImagesThe woman who inspired the opening lyrics of the 1972 Lou Reed classic "Walk on the Wild Side" has died.  Holly Woodlawn passed away Sunday in Los Angeles, California, according to The New York Times.  She was 69.

Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Puerto Rico, Woodlawn grew up in Miami, Florida, but left home at age 16 and hitchhiked to New York, where she met Andy Warhol and began starring in a series of the artist's avant garde and underground films. One of them, 1970's Trash, earned her critical acclaim from the mainstream press. 

In so doing, Woodlawn drew Lou Reed's attention, who immortalized her story in song when he wrote, “Holly came from Miami F.L.A./Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A./Plucked her eyebrows on the way/Shaved her legs and then he was a she/She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.”

Though she largely faded from public view in subsequent decades, Woodlawn recently made a cameo appearance in the transgender-themed Amazon series Transparent.  She reportedly died of cancer.

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Monday
Dec072015

Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar Lead Grammy Nominations 

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Grammy-winner Alicia Keys revealed the nominees for the top four Grammy Awards categories Monday morning on CBS This Morning.  This year, rapper Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee with 11 nods, including Album of the Year.  Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each have seven. 

The Grammys will be held Monday, February 15.

Here are the nominations in the top categories for the top music formats:

 

Record of the Year
"Really Love" -- D'Angelo and the Vanguard
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
"Thinking Out Loud " -- Ed Sheeran
"Blank Space" -- Taylor Swift
"Can't Feel My Face" -- The Weeknd

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
"Alright" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Blank Space" -- Taylor Swift
"Girl Crush" -- Little Big Town
"See You Again" -- Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
"Thinking Out Loud" -- Ed Sheeran

Album of the Year
Sound & Color -- Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly -- Kendrick Lamar
Traveller -- Chris Stapleton
1989 -- Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness -- The Weeknd

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Ship To Wreck" — Florence + The Machine
"Sugar" — Maroon 5
"Uptown Funk" — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
"Bad Blood" — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"See You Again" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

Best Pop Vocal Performance
"Heartbeat Song," Kelly Clarkson
"Love Me Like You Do," Ellie Goulding
"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran
"Blank Space," Taylor Swift
"Can't Feel My Face," The Weeknd

Best Pop Vocal Album
Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine
Uptown Special, Mark Ronson
1989, Taylor Swift
Before This World, James Taylor

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Shadows In The Night, Bob Dylan
Stages,  Josh Groban
No One Ever Tells You, Seth MacFarlane
My Dream Duets, Barry Manilow (& Various Artists)

Best Dance Recording
"We're All We Need" — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
"Go" — The Chemical Brothers
"Never Catch Me" — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Runaway (U & I)" — Galantis
"Where Are Ü Now" — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

Best Rock Song  (Award to songwriter)
"Don't Wanna Figh,t" Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
"Ex's & Oh's," Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)
"Hold Back The River," Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)
"Lydia," Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
"What Kind Of Man," John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + The Machine)

Best Rock Performance:
"Don't Wanna Fight" — Alabama Shakes
"What Kind Of Man" — Florence + The Machine
"Something From Nothing" — Foo Fighters
"Ex's & Oh's" — Elle King
"Moaning Lisa Smile" — Wolf Alice

Best Rock Album
Chaos And The Calm James Bay
Kintsugi Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum Highly Suspect
Drones Muse
.5: The Gray Chapter Slipknot

Best Alternative Music Album
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura, Björk
The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
Currents, Tame Impala
Star Wars, Wilco

Best Metal Performance
"Identity,"  August Burns Red
"Cirice," Ghost
"512," Lamb Of God
"Thank You," Sevendust
"Custer," Slipknot

Best R&B Performance
"If I Don't Have You," Tamar Braxton
"Rise Up," Andra Day
"Breathing Underwater," Hiatus Kaiyote
"Planes," Jeremih Featuring J. Cole
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)," The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"He Is," Faith Evans
"Little Ghetto Boy," Lalah Hathaway
"Let It Burn," Jazmine Sullivan
"Shame," Tyrese
"My Favorite Part Of You," Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Song (Award to Songwriter)
"Coffee" (Miguel)
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"  (The Weeknd)
"Let It Burn"  (Jazmine Sullivan)
"Really Love"  (D'Angelo And The Vanguard)
"Shame"  (Tyrese)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Ego Death, The Internet
You Should Be Here, Kehlani
Blood, Lianne La Havas
Wildheart, Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness,  The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
Coming Home, Leon Bridges
Black Messiah, D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Cheers To The Fall, Andra Day
Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Performance
"Apparently," J. Cole
"Back To Back," Drake
"Trap Queen," Fetty Wap
"Alright," Kendrick Lamar
"Truffle Butter," Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
"All Day," Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"One Man Can Change The World," Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend
"Glory," Common & John Legend
"Classic Man," Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur
"These Walls," Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
"Only," Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Song (Award to Songwriter)
"All Day" (Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)
"Alright" (Kendrick Lamar)
"Energy" (Drake)
"Glory" (Common & John Legend)
"Trap Queen" (Fetty Wap)

Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole
Compton, Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

Best Country Solo Performance
"Burning House," Cam
"Traveller," Chris Stapleton
"Little Toy Guns," Carrie Underwood
"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," Keith Urban
"Chances Are," Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Stay A Little Longer," Brothers Osborne
"If I Needed You," Joey+Rory
"The Driver," Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
"Girl Crush," Little Big Town
"Lonely Tonight," Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song (Award to Songwriter)
"Chances Are"  (Lee Ann Womack)
"Diamond Rings And Old Barstools"  (Tim McGraw)
"Girl Crush"  (Little Big Town)
"Hold My Hand" (Brandy Clark)
"Traveller"  (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album
Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Empire: Season 1 (Various Artists)
Fifty Shades Of Grey (Various Artists)
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (Various Artists)
Pitch Perfect 2 (Various Artists)
Selma (Various Artists)

Best Song Written For Visual Media  (Award to Songwriter)
"Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)."  (The Weeknd)
"Glory." (Common & John Legend)
"Love Me Like You Do." (Ellie Goulding)
"See You Again."  (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
"Til It Happens To You." Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Best Music Video
"LSD", ASAP Rocky
"I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)." The Dead Weather
"Alright,"  Kendrick Lamar
"Bad Blood,"  Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Freedom," Pharrell Williams

Best Music Film
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone?
The Wall, Roger Waters
Amy, Amy Winehouse

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Monday
Dec072015

Selena Gomez and One Direction's Niall Horan Reportedly Get Cozy

Renata Raksha; Jeff Daly/NBCSelena Gomez may have moved on to One Direction's Niall Horan, but her ex Justin Bieber may not have given up on the "Same Old Love" singer.

Selena, 23, was recently spotted cozying up to Niall, 22 at Channing Tatum's actress-wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum's 35th birthday bash in Los Angeles Friday night. The party was also attended by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo, and Lea Michele, among others.

An eyewitness tells E! Online that Gomez and Horan were all over each other, dancing close together all night, kissing on the lips and hugging a lot.

Both Gomez and 1D had performed at L.A.'s Staples Center earlier that night. Niall stayed late to watch Selena perform her set and the pair left the venue together at the same time, another insider tells the entertainment website.

On Saturday, though, Bieber, 21, shared an old photo of him and Selena holding hands on Instagram. "Crazy throwback," read the caption.

While Bieber also posted an older image of himself and Rihanna on Saturday, the timing of the Gomez picture has some folks wondering if Justin still has a thing for his old flame.

Gomez and Bieber dated on and off for three years before the two broke up for good in 2014.

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