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@TheGRAMMYs 2015: Predictions, Nominees, Time, Date & Channel

By Michelle Stanton

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Trying to predict the Grammys is a mug’s game: There are so many dang awards, the October-to-September eligibility period makes zero sense, and you’re never sure when the voters will just say, “Screw it” and hand an award to a bunch of old white guys whose band broke up 30 years ago.

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Which is what makes it fun! In a year when most of the eventual Oscar winners have been locked in since December, it’s fun to watch an awards show where nobody has any idea what’s going to happen. This year, as in all years, there’s only one guarantee: The winners will make people mad. But which ones will make people maddest? Read our predictions below to see & sound off in comments!

Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith lead the pack of nominees this year with six nods each, including album of the year. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White are not far behind with four nominations each.

Beyonce makes history this year by becoming the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history. U2 is now the most-nominated group in history — as the Irish band will be competing for best rock album for “Songs of Innocence.” Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, is in the running for her first Grammy — “Bangerz” is up for best pop vocal album. And the late Joan Rivers posthumously received a nod for best spoken word album for “Diary of a Diva.”

Buzz is building around some of the major categories for Music’s Biggest Night, including best new artist, which features some of the hottest top-notch talent to make it big this past year: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Haim and Brandy Clark.

But who’s it going to be?

SEE ALSO: 2015 Grammy Nominees: The Full List

Spotify compiled global data on the top streamed songs, albums and artists in each of the categories and came up with predictions based on number of streams and virality (shares). The team there expects Smith to take the category thanks to the success of his hit songs “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.”

“He had an incredible breakthrough year last year with a fantastic album and a number of songs that Spotify listeners absolutely adored,” said Shanon Cook, Spotify’s trends expert.

Still, Cook says — don’t count out Bastille. “They had a massive song last year called ‘Pompeii.’ It started out as a big hit in the U.K. and it crossed over the Atlantic to the U.S.,” she said.

A couple of the same artists appear in the record of the year category: “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; “Chandelier,” Sia; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift; “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor.

All these songs are pretty great (and quite catchy we might add), but this category appears to come down to Sia, Swift and Smith. Spotify, for one, expects Sia to win for “Chandelier” based on its criteria.

But Julie Cunningham, SiriusXM Entertainment Weekly radio host, tells CBS News she thinks Smith could take the category.

The song of the year category — another big award (which goes to the songwriter) — features the following nominees: “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish; “Chandelier,” Sia and Jesse Shatkin; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips; “Take Me to Church,” Hozier.

Both Smith and Sia have a strong chance of winning song of the year. But it’s really anyone’s guess at this point in the game.

“x” – Ed Sheeran”Beyonce” – Beyonce”Morning Phase” – Beck”In the Lonely Hour” – Sam Smith”Girl” – Pharrell Williams

And finally, there’s a range of acts competing for the night’s most coveted award: album of the year.

Beck is up for “Morning Phase,” Beyonce is in the running for her self-titled album, Ed Sheeran is nominated for “x,” and Smith will compete with his “In the Lonely Hour” set.

Some signs are pointing to Beyonce for the big win, but Spotify predicts Sheeran will take home the big prize.

“His album ‘Multiply’ was the biggest album we had last year. It got over more than 400 million streams. It was just a gorgeous album,” said Cook.

Smith is also a potential winner for this category, which means there’s a chance the British singer could see a few wins.
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“You would think this would be Taylor Swift’s year. She’s rising so high right now with ’1989′ but that’s actually not the case,” said Cunningham, who noted that Swift’s “1989″ album wasn’t released in time to be considered for the nominations – thought the single “Shake It Off” was.

Swift will, though, take a turn as a presenter, alongside many other stars, including Dierks Bentley, James Corden, Jamie Foxx, Barry Gibb, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf, Katharine McPhee, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pentatonix, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Gina Rodriguez, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Keith Urban, The Weeknd and Stevie Wonder.

The ceremony will feature a host of performances and plenty of collaborations, too. Brandy Clark, AC/DC, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Hozier, ELO, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Common, John Legend, Ariana Grande and Beck are all on the bill — and there will likely be a few surprises.

Madonna is reportedly going to kick off the evening with a few of her new songs.

And Sia is another performer to watch.

“She has a tendency to perform with her back to the audience or her face obscured…So I’m really excited to see how she executes this performance,” said Cook. “Are we going to actually see her?”

Super Bowl halftime performer Katy Perry will also take the stage. One question: How will she top those dancing sharks?

LL Cool J will keep the show moving as he’s hosting the ceremony once again, marking his fourth consecutive year as emcee.

“I think it’s admirable of them to have an African-American hosting the biggest music show in the world,” LL Cool J told CBS News.

So, as you see — some of the hottest stars in music will be honored at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The show kicks off Sunday, February 9th at 8 p.m. ET –and airs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.


Kanye West Opens Up About Why He Doesn’t Smile

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Mystery solved. Kanye West, who is known for not smiling in photos as much as he is for making music, has finally explained why he prefers to take photos sans grin.

Yeezy opened up about the choice at The Daily Front Row‘s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Jan. 22.

Kanye West performs at the 2014 Made In America Festival

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“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said on stage at the star-studded event which was also attended by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna, according to E! News. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile. When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”

At the show, where he was on hand to present an award to Milk Studios co-founder and creative director Mazdack Rassi, he also shared a bit about his fashion philosophy.

“In my opinion, God is the No. 1 creator, and anytime we create, we’re an extension of doing his work on earth,” the rapper said. “That’s why we’re here. What can we do for humanity? And you know, in a way, fashion is what defines the time.”

“Everyone has some form of fashion every single day,” he added. “We have the power to change the world. I believe that through design, because design is the closest to truth, problem solving truth is the closest to love, and love is the closest thing to God, and God is love.”

Read more via Billboard.com.

Are Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran Engaged? – Hip Hop News

By Dani Walker

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran sparked engagement rumors with an Instagram photo. (see below) The model posted a photo of herself wearing two diamond rings on Thursday, leading to speculation that she might have reunited with the R&B star just a few weeks they called it quits.

Even though the two recently called it quits, the exes are sparking engagement rumors after Tran posted a blingy Instagram photo on Thursday.

The 26-year-old model posted a picture of her hand sporting two diamond rings, which she captioned with a heart emoji. Even though Tran was wearing the sparklers on her right hand, the jewelry has led some to speculate that she and Brown might have gotten engaged over the holidays.

 The two are famous for their on-again, off-again relationship, including a vitriolic social media exchange earlier this month after the R&B star announced during a concert that he was single. This caused the two to slam each other with personal attacks online, including Brown accusing his ex of cheating on him with Drake.
The “Forever” singer apologized soon after, describing himself as “young and dumb.”
Everybody know I love that girl,” he added. “I don’t care how my image look to the public because I’m still gonna be the best at what I do. I just want baby girl to know I apologize!”Even if the Brown and Tran aren’t engaged, Brown’s apology might have smoothed things over for the pair. TMZ reports that the two were seen leaving a Los Angeles nightclub early Wednesday morning.Read more via NYDailyNews.com

Nicki Minaj Video Director Admits Using Nazi-Inspired Imagery

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Hours after Nicki Minaj took ”full responsibility” for the Nazi imagery in the lyric video for her new single “Only,” the video’s director has said that he will not ask for forgiveness for its content and admitted to being inspired by Nazi emblems.

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“First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question,” Jeffrey Osborne told Myspace. “The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazis.” The video director said that his sentiments were his own and did not reflect those of Minaj, her label Young Money (whose logo he emblazoned on red armbands, similar to a swastika) or the other artists who appeared on the song (Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown).

“As far as an explanation, I think it’s actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future,” Osborne said. “And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?”

Osborne pointed out symbolism in the video with American origins, including an MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme Court and the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, the video displays Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (which Osborne points out was not manufactured until 1966), a Ferrari and a pope.

“What’s also American is the First Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day,” Osborne said.

On Tuesday, Minaj spoke on Osborne’s behalf, claiming he had been influenced by Sin City and the cartoon series Metalocalypse. “Both the producer and person in charge of overseeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t come up with the concept, but I’m very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”

Earlier this week, Abraham H. Foxman – the director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor – condemned the video in a statement, highlighting the coincidence that it premiered on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, an event where tens of thousands of Jews were placed in concentration camps in 1938. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” he wrote.

News Source: Rolling Stone

Karrueche Tran Apologizes For “BET’s 106 & Park” Diss On Blue Ivy’s Hair

By Tammy Stamos

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Karrueche Tran is in big trouble! But it’s not her fault!

The on-air personality appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to do a skit called “Top Six Things Blue Ivy Thought At The VMAs.”



At the top of the list, let’s just say it did not go over well with Bey’s fans. (see below)

Imitating 2-year-old Blue Ivy, Karrueche said, “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” Right after that comment, the model giggled and said, “Sorry, Blue! I love you!”

Oh yeah! They went there.

Later, the on and again off again girlfriend of Chris Brown took to Twitter to apologize, saying:”Now y’all know I LOVE me some Beyoncé and Blue Ivy! I didn’t write this script y’all lol.”

SEE ALSO:Karrueche Tran Opens Up On BET’s “Just Keke” About The Difficulty Of Dating Chris Brown

Evidently that didn’t cut it with the peanut gallery, so Tran’s publicist released this statement earlier today:

Yesterday, Karrueche Tran co-hosted 106 & Park and while hosting the show, she made a comment about Blue Ivy’s hair during the segment “Top Six Things Blue Ivy Thought at the VMAs”. In no way did Karrueche mean to offend Blue Ivy or her parents, Beyoncé and Jay Z.

This was Karrueche’s first time hosting on live television. Although she had been rehearsing the script for days, there was a script change ten minutes before showtime to add coverage of the VMAs and the Mike Brown Memorial. Karrueche had not reviewed the revised script until she read it on the teleprompter.

Karrueche is taking full responsibility for the comment but wants it clear that she would not mock a child, “I am a huge Beyonce fan and I love Blue Ivy. I apologize for the comment and wish I had a chance to review the revised script so that I could have avoided participating in that segment.”

Karrueche admires girls and women who wear natural hair, “I love that Blue is able to wear her natural hair. I laugh when I am nervous and when I registered what I had just said, I of course was taken aback.”

Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks also took to Twitter to apologize for the segment and defend Karrueche. He also mentioned that he reached out to Bey and Jay privately to apologize.

“Last night on 106 & Park there was a stupid, unthoughtful joke made about a young child. We apologize publically to the child’s parents (and have done so privately) and we have taken punitive actions with those responsible.It was very bad judgment and we will serve you much better in the future. Oh, and please don’t hate on Karrueche; it was NOT her fault. We also apologize to her for putting her in that position,” Hill wrote.

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SEE ALSO: Karrueche Tran Opens Up On BET’s “Just Keke” About The Difficulty Of Dating Chris Brown

I don’t know, it seems to me like BET was throwing jabs at the famous family for dissing them and not showing up at the last BET Awards. Hmmm, but you aint heard it from me.

What is your take? Did Bey fans make a big deal out of nothing?! Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

MORE BLUE NEWS:Blue Ivy with Ponytails!



Nicki Minaj Admits She Wanted ‘Twerking Big Booty’ Dancers for ‘Anaconda’

 Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Dancers: Singer Wanted ‘Big Booty’ Women For Video



Nicki’s famous butt may have taken center stage in her outrageous ‘Anaconda’ video but she wasn’t the only one shaking her money maker on set! The rapper revealed to HollywoodLife.com that she wanted only ‘girls with big booties’ to be her backup dancers!

Tiny butts need not apply! Nicki Minaj, 31, admitted in a new interview with HollywoodLife.com that she wanted only the hottest fat bottomed girls getting down with her in her hit “Anaconda” video! Here’s why.

Nicki had a crystal clear vision for her “Anaconda” video and it revolved around gorgeous, curvy women!

“I wanted girls with big booties. So that was one of the requirements, actually, for the dancers,” Nicki explains to HollywoodLife.com in a new interview.

Once Nicki had the perfect sexy ladies for the job, the rest came easy.

“I wanted a jungle theme. I wanted the girls to feel like we were all in a part of the world where all of the girls look like that,” Nicki adds. “I wanted an ocean scene. I thought that would be sexy. And I just wanted a video with a lot of different looks and I wanted to do some dance in it.”

Check out the full story over at HollywoodLife

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Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video: Hit or Miss?

By Dorothy Frazier

It looks like Nicki Minaj is giving pop/country music’s greatest singer ever, Taylor Swift a run for her money this week in music. I couldn’t/wouldn’t make this stuff up folks. [shrugs] Nicki’s new “Anaconda” video was unleashed earlier today and has created quite a stir in social media, reaching nearly 5 million YouTube views in less than 24 hours.

Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda," released August 2014.

Sex really does sell and I am sure Miley Cyrus would second this notion. The twerk-heavy, sexual, racy video has garnered praise from some fans, while others are left scratching their heads. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below and let a girl know what’s up! Is it a hit or a miss!?? I dunno, I am not feeling this one, but Nicki won’t lose sleep over this lil fact, she racking in the hoe, I mean doe. (ijs) By the way, did I mention Swift just released her new POP album?! Yes the hell she did, check it out here.
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SEE ALSO:Beyoncé debuts ‘Flawless’ remix featuring Nicki Minaj

Minaj is slated to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Will she perform “Anaconda”? We wonder if Drake will make a special appearance. Time will tell. Grrrrr!


Beyoncé & Jay Z’s “On the Run Tour” face weak ticket sales

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Beyonce & Jay Z’s “On the Run Tour” face weak ticket sales due to Solange’s attack (via www.uruauyonews.blogspot.com)

Solange’s attack on Jay Z is sure affecting the public perception of their marriage and now, their career ..The latest is that their pricey tickets for “On the Run Tour “aren’t selling and it is being blamed on family drama and lack of radio airplay…

 

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Diddy Tops Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists, Jay Z & Dr Dre Not Far Behind

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Diddy, Dre & Jay Z: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest (via CNN Video)

Diddy, Dre & Jay Z are hip-hop’s wealthiest; “Made in America” coming to L.A.; Jenny McCarthy engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

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