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Grammy Nominations Leave Plenty of Room for Debate; Snubs Abound

The 2014 Grammy nominations were a mixed bag again this year with head-scratching picks and major snubs, including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Eminem, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake. But off-beat picks and hot newcomers should add some freshness to the show this year. The nominations were unveiled Friday (Dec. 6) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in a televised ceremony that featured performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry and Lorde....

Taylor Swift Dominates AMA’s Sketchy Popularity Contest

Taylor Swift was all over the American Music Awards, presenting, performing and ultimately winning the top prize, Artist of the Year. No surprise, the AMAs are a popularity contest with little to do with artistic integrity or talent. She topped Justin Timberlake, rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, who is having a breakout year and probably deserved to win....

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....

Robert Pattinson’s Rumored Gal Pal Sia Furler Blasts Rumor

Robert Pattinson’s rumored new “girlfriend,” Australian singer Sia Furler, unceremoniously shot down those rumors with a tart Tweet over the weekend, setting the record straight about their relationship. "As much as I love d***, I’m not dating robert pattinson. Can i go back to being completely irrelevant now?” she wrote on the social networking site. Gotta love her....

Did Jay-Z Misfire on Holy Grail? Trashed for Crass Commercialism

Jay-Z may have scored a coup when he convinced Samsung to pay $5 million to give away his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” but he’s drawing fire from top music critics for his crass commercialism. What’s more, Samsung may have gotten the better part of the deal at the expense of Hov’s fans....

Beyonce Pregnant! The Life and Death of a Media Fiasco

Beyonce’s pregnancy with her second child has to be one of he biggest stories of the year. If only it were true. But it’s still a big story for another reason. It illustrates the folly of internet news and how so much of what gets reported based on “sources” is untrue or simply made up....

Beyonce Shows No Signs of Pregnancy During Milan Show

Beyonce hit the stage in Milan last night and neither looked pregnant or like she was slowing down as her “Mrs. Carter World Tour” continues to roll through Europe amid unconfirmed reports that she’s pregnant. Her costumes were just as tight and her dance routines were just as sharp as they have been for most of the initial leg of the tour....

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....

Beyoncé Owes an Apology Over Lip-Syncing, Sen. Schumer Says

Beyoncé isn’t off the hook yet for her now confirmed lip-syncing performance at President Obama’s inauguration. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, who organized and hosted the event is demanding an apology from the singer. The fact that her performance is causing ripples at the highest levels of Washington officialdom suggests president and first lady Michelle Obama may also have been disappointed....