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Nikki Haley Freaks on Hillary at Grammys; But Music Has Always Been Political

Hillary Clinton give an unqualified “up yours” to the Trump administration in her hilarious Grammys skit, prompting acolyte Nikki Haley to go off the rails. But here’s a reality check for Nikki. Music has always been political. The nation has a long history of political protest music, going back, at least in contemporary times, to Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Neil Young and countless others....

Imagine Dragons Dan Reynolds: Grammys Still Failing to Honor Female Artists

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is speaking out on behalf of female artists and slamming the Grammys for failing to honor more female nominees. He calls the male-dominated categories “embarrassing.” Reynolds, 30, and the band are up for Best Pop Vocal album and Best Pop Duo/Group at the awards ceremony. Wouldn’t it be wild if he refused the awards in protest? Of course, he’d have to win first....

Adele is Grammy Belle With Five Wins; Sweeps Top Three Awards

Adele, the UK singer with the haunting voice, captured the hearts and minds of Grammy voters with five wins at last night’s 57th Grammy Awards, including a sweep of the top three awards. Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper were the other top winners. Adele, 28, was an odds on favorite to win some awards but her dominance of music’s top prizes was a surprise....

Grammys Nod to Streaming Music in Last-Ditch Stand for Relevance

The Grammys, music’s biggest night, lumbers into its 59th year besieged by failing ratings and dwindling demographics. Does anyone even care anymore–outside of industry insiders and 12-year-old girls? The entire telecast could be re-titled “An Annual Tribute to Beyonce.” Every year, it seems, the same four or five homogenized pop stars vie for the evening’s biggest accolades....

Rihanna Suffering From Bronchitis; Years of Heavy Smoking Take Toll

Rihanna failed to show at the Grammys last night where she was scheduled to perform. Her reps blamed a bad case of bronchitis, likely related to years of smoking, both cigarettes and unfiltered blunts. It can only get worse for the Barbadian singer, if she keeps it up. Rihanna, 27, has been puffing on pot and nasty cigarillos for at least a decade. She’s often taking selfies of herself with a joint hanging from her lip. In fact, it’s become one of her signature looks. Whatever sexual allure it adds to her image, however, her habit is taking a toll on her health, according to medical references. ...

New, Unimproved! Why Grammys Underwhelmed as Usual This Year

With only a handful of actual awards handed out on television, The Grammys did their utmost best to convince us there’s nothing wrong with the music business. Again, it’s kind of like the orchestra on the Titanic–if the Titanic took 20 years to sink. As much as I loved The Eagles and the late Glenn Frey, they looked sorely out of place on last night’s telecast. Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy Schmit, Joe Walsh and Jackson Brown looked like your grandfather’s band jamming in the middle of your bar mitzvah....

Taylor Swift Shouts Out Empowerment in Album of Year Speech (watch!)

Taylor Swift was a surprise winner of Album of the Year at the Grammy’s last night, becoming the only woman to win the award twice. She used the occasion to deliver an empowering message for women. But did the Grammys reward commercial success over artistry? The pure pop album won over Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, Alabama Shakes’ boisterous rock album Sound & Color, country music singer Chris Stapelton’s Traveller, and The Weekend’s Beauty Behind the Madness. ...

Oscars Have Become Like the Golden Globes, Meaningless, Self-Destructive

The Oscars are doing their best to become The Golden Globes, another meaningless award to Hollywood egoism and self-importance. Nothing says it more than this year’s flap–for the second year in a row–over the lack of minorities among Oscar nominees. Talk about self-entitlement. But first, let’s start with the Golden Globes. They’re doled out every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a sketchy group with a long, tainted history....

Natalie Cole, Grammy Winning Daughter of Nat King Cole, Dies at 65

Natalie Cole, who battled drug addiction for most of her adult life, while carving out a Grammy-winning music career, died yesterday (Dec. 31) of congestive heart failure, according to her family. The daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole was 65. Cole is perhaps best known for hits “This Will Be,” her Grammy-winning duet “Unforgettable” with Nat King Cole, and her jazzy, upbeat take on Bruce Springsteen song “Pink Cadillac.”...

Chris Brown Reeks of Denial, Victimization in New Interview

Chris Brown exhibits some classic neuroses in a new interview with Jet magazine. He clearly remains in denial about his abusive personality while claiming that he is being victimized by an unfair (read racist) society. “This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as,” he asserts....

Did Taylor Swift Mock Harry Styles During Grammy Performance?

Taylor Swift scored on the red carpet and on stage during the 55th Grammy Awards last night (Feb. 11) and appeared to lord it over ex-boyfriend Harry Styles. Did she actually take a dig at him on stage? She won the "Best Song Written For Visual Media Award" for her song "Safe & Sound" from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack. ...

Rihanna, Chris Brown Finally Keep Their Grammy Date

Chris Brown and Rihanna were finally able to keep their Grammy date, after Brown’s brutally assaulted the pop star four years ago and kept both from attending the signature music event. It was clearly a coming out party for the duo and one of the sub-dramas of the evening....

Frank Ocean Who? Indie Rockers Capture Major Grammy Awards

Frank Ocean who? The dynamic rapper, who was expected to win at least one major award, came up empty handed at the 55th Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10). Mumford & Sons, rock band Fun. and Gotye divided up the big three. Indeed, the major awards belonged to indie rockers, while two of the big three went to British and Australian bands....

More Chris Brown Pre-Grammy Drama: Totals His Car

Chris Brown should stay inside with the shades drawn on the day before the Grammys. The trouble-prone singer reportedly demolished his car after an alleged run-in with a horde of paparazzi. On this day in 2009, Brown beat his then-girfriend Rihanna unconscious after the two became embroiled in an argument in his rented Lamborghini....