Santana had been quoted as saying that Adele beat Beyonce at the Grammys because can "sing, sing".
Guitar legend Carlos Santana has sought to clarify his comments about Beyonce’s defeat to Adele at last weekend’s Grammy Awards, saying that his remark that Bey was “not a singer” was “regretfully taken out of context”.
In an interview with the Australian Associated Press earlier this week, the 69 year old guitarist was asked about his thoughts on Adele’s controversial victories over Beyonce in several of the top categories at Sunday’s Grammys.
Carlos Santana sought to clarify his comments
The artist landed three gongs at last night's ceremony.
Chance the Rapper seemed blind-sided by his triple victory at the 59th annual Grammy Awards over the weekend, especially with it being his first venture into the prestigious ceremony. Nonetheless, he made sure the audience knew that the win was one of his team and one of his faith.
Chance The Rapper is now a three-time Grammy winner
The hip hop star added three Grammys to his growing list of awards last night (February 12th 2017) including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for his song 'No Problem' featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz and Best Rap Album for 'Coloring Book'.
Continue reading: Chance The Rapper Puts His Grammy Victory Down To The Grace Of God
Young girls heed the singer's advice from last year's show.
As part of their Believe In Music initiative and in conjunction with the 59th Grammy Awards, The Recording Academy have created a video featuring a bunch of ambitious young women who are striving for greatness saying lines from Taylor Swift's inspirational speech from last year's awards show.
Taylor Swift speech inspires empowering 2017 Grammy video
Entitled 'It Was You', the short promo features dancers, instrumentalists, a basketball player, an aspiring astronaut, a David Bowie fan and even an orchestra conductor all speaking the wisdom of the 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' singer (who actually didn't receive a Grammy nomination this year, which is a first since 2011).
Beyonce is up for the main three categories at the 2017 Grammys, while Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all scored eight nominations each.
The 35 year old has also consolidated her distinction of being the most-nominated woman in Grammy history, with a total of 62 nominations spanning her solo work and her time in Destiny’s Child. This year, she’s up for the main prize of Album of the Year for her ambitious visual album Lemonade, which was released in April.
The album’s lead single, ‘Formation’, has also been given the nod in Song and Record of the Year – the latter of which is intended to reward producers and engineers as well as artists.
Continue reading: Beyonce Leads The Pack With Nine Nominations For Grammy Awards 2017
Corden previously hosted the Tony Awards back in June.
The 'Late Late Show' host has won legions of fans in the US, thanks in part to the show's mega-successful 'Carpool Karaoke' segment, which regularly racks up millions of views on Youtube. Corden will be taking over from actor and hip-hop star LL Cool J, who has hosted the awards for the past five years.
James Corden is next year's Grammy's host
Continue reading: James Corden Announced As Host For The Grammy Awards
Her relatives are not happy that she was overlooked.
This year's 'In Memoriam' segment of the Grammy Awards was a particularly emotional one this year, as tributes were held for some of the biggest legends of the music industry including David Bowie, Maurice White and Lemmy Kilmister. However, the family of Natalie Cole have expressed their outrage at this singer's under-representation.
Natalie Cole only got a brief mention at the 2016 Grammys
Cole died of heart failure at the age of 65 on New Year's Eve after a successful R&B career following in the footsteps of her father Nat King Cole. She's the recipient of nine Grammy awards and a number of lifetime achievement awards with 6 number one albums and a number of R&B hits under her belt. But despite this, her recognition at the 2016 Grammys was minimal to say the least with just a short clip of her song 'Unforgettable' shown at the event.
Continue reading: Pitiful Natalie Cole Tribute At The Grammys Incites Family's Anger
She's pretty much the female version of this legendary rocker.
Lady GaGa absolutely slayed it with her David Bowie tribute performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards last night (February 15th 2016), singing a medley of some of his best tunes absolutely flawlessly all while dressed from head to toe in a dramatic, Bowie-esque ensemble.
Lady Gaga took her Bowie look to the red carpet
In what was probably one of the most impassioned performances of her entire career so far, Gaga delivered a fitting tribute to the late singing legend, who passed away after a long struggle with cancer in January this year, following the release of his album 'Blackstar'.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Delivers Flawless David Bowie Tribute At The 2016 Grammys
Looks like this is the end of KanTay.
It's safe to say Taylor Swift is not so cool about Kanye West's recent comments regarding how she got her fame, despite his claims that his new song was all her idea. She took to the Grammys to speak out about the incident publicly for the first time, giving some important advice to young rising stars.
Taylor Swift calls Kanye out on 'Famous' lyrics
So as much as they try to get along, there is 'Bad Blood' between Swift and West once again following the release of the latter's controversial new song 'Famous', in which he makes explicit comments about the female star in regards to her rise to popularity. Swift hadn't commented on the incident herself until now, though a spokesperson had come forward to deny West's claims.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Hits Back At Kanye West During Grammys Speech
Taylor Swift lands Album of the Year.
The music event of the year took place last night (February 15th 2016) with Taylor Swift and Mark Ronson scooping the top prizes but Kendrick Lamar taking home the most awards altogether at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Here's a rundown of the ceremony in brief.
Mark Ronson wins Record of the Year for 'Uptown Funk'
Record of the Year, of course, went to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for 'Uptown Funk' which also earned Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the Dave Audé Remix won Best Remixed Recording for a Non-Classical song. It was Taylor Swift who landed the coveted Album Of The Year, however, with '1989' also becoming Best Pop Vocal Album. Swift also won an award alongside Kendrick Lamar for Best Music Video with 'Bad Blood', marking the rapper's fifth accolade of the evening.
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Scoops The Most Awards At This Year's Grammys
Adele will perform at the Grammys in February as the singing superstar continues to cement her much-lauded comeback.
Adele will flex her performing muscles at the Grammys next month
Adele is a 10-time Grammy award winner but didn’t qualify for the 2016 nominations because she released her music after the required deadline.
Continue reading: Adele To Perform At The Grammys
The nominations are in for next year's Grammys.
The Grammy Award nominations for 2016 have finally been announced, with Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar predictably leading with a total of seven nods each. There's a massive 83 categories altogether, so here's a summary of what's going on in the main four.
Taylor Swift is a top contender in the main categories
Taylor Swift is pretty much a Grammy staple these days having been nominated every year since 2012. She hasn't won anything the last two years, but we'd be surprised if she loses out in 2016. Single 'Blank Space' is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, while 'Bad Blood' featuring Kendrick Lamar could also bag Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video, and album '1989' is looking at Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Jessie Mueller - The cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrate their recent Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album with a backstage celebration at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at Stephen Sondheim Theatre,, Grammy - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 11th February 2015
Kelly Osbourne blames support brace and toilet urges for bloated appearance.
Kelly Osbourne caused a flurry of speculation after her appearance at the 2015 Grammys, where she looked a little curvier than recent photographs have suggested in a figure-hugging black and white dress.
Kelly Osbourne dismisses pregnancy rumours
The 'Fashion Police' host looked seriously hot in a Christian Siriano long-sleeved, fishtail gown on Sunday (February 8th 2015), but it seems it may have clung to all the wrong places judging by the response it got over Twitter, where several eagle-eyed observers quizzed her on whether or not she was expecting a baby.
Continue reading: Kelly Osbourne Shoots Down Pregnancy Rumours At The Grammys
Megan Mace, Elizabeth Mace and Megan & Liz - Grey Goose and Stadiumred New York VIP Grammy Awards Party held at the Liberty Theater - Arrivals at Grammy Awards - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015
Caitrin Rogers - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th February 2015
Dunlap Exclusive - 2015 ASCAP Grammy Nominees Brunch at the SLS Hotel at SLS Hotel, Grammy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
Fifth Harmony, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei and Dinah Jane Hansen - Fifth Harmony attends the L.A. Reid pre-Grammy party at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood at WeHo, Grammy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Sammi Sanchez - Whole Foods Market/Whole Planet Foundation pre-Grammy benefit party at East West Studios - Arrivals at OHM Nightclub, Grammy - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Nicholas Petricca - A host of celebrities were out in number to attend the 17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert 'Lean On Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy' which was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Nico & Vinz - Shots of a host of celebrities as they arrived at the OK! Magazine Grammy Pre-Party which saw Nico & Vinz perform live and was held at the Lure Nightclub in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th February 2015
Kenny “Babyface” Edwards - Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edwards 'Meet the Press' as they prepare to begin performances for their two-week engagement in Broadway's After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 13th March 2014
The rapper let his feelings be known during his latest on-stage rant
Kanye West isn't afraid to make his feelings be known and as you may expect, the rapper had plenty to say after the nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards were revealed last week, with his latest album Yeezus only getting two nominations in the rap categories. Rather than count his blessings, Kanye let his feelings be known at a recent stop off in Phoenix, Arizona, where he queried what the Grammys are "trying to say."
Kanye can't believe he only has two Grammy nods
A video of Kanye's near-15-minute rant made its way on to KissFM's Instagram page and website, with the opinionated rapper questioning why on earth he has been overlooked in favour of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sara Bareilles and others Kanye would never consider to be on his level. Informing the crowd, the rapper raved, "Yeezus is the top 1 or 2 album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?"
If history is anything to go by, Lorde could be the winner of a Grammy come 2014.
The Grammy Awards are now only a few months away, and we will find out Friday (December 6) who could be taking home the gold. If the nominations concert is any indication, this year's award show will be full of a variety of different genres, and artists new and old.
Lorde Will Be At The Grammy Award Nominations Show
Seventeen-year-old Lorde, who had the surprise breakthrough hit of the year with 'Royals', will be performing at the the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, which be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Continue reading: Lorde To Perform At Grammy Nominations Show, But Will She Win In 2014?
The pioneering audio engineer and founder of Dolby Laboratories has died in San Francisco.
Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories and pioneer in the field of sound engineering, has sadly passed away aged 80. Having suffered with Alzheimer's Disease for many years, Dolby was diagnosed with Leukaemia this summer, reports Reuters.
Ray was born in Portland, Oregon but grew up in the San Francisco area. Whilst he was a student, he began his career in the audio and visual recording fields by helping with the development of early video tape recording systems for the Ampex Corporation. He then went on to study for a PhD at Cambridge University and set up his first laboratory, 'Dolby Laboratories,' in London in 1965.
He made his name as a pioneer of noise reduction technology that helped produce clearer sound for music and cinema and his name soon became synonymous with home sound systems. Dolby Laboratories was moved to San Francisco in 1976 and was rewarded for his innovations in sound technology by being presented with an Oscar in 1989 for his contributions to cinema which he accepted with his company's executive, Ioan Allen.
Continue reading: Audio Engineer Ray Dolby, "A True Visionary," Dies Aged 80
Randy Travis suffered a stroke while undergoing surgery for heart failure.
The ailing country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke while undergoing surgery for congestive heart failure at a Texas hospital late on Wednesday (July 10, 2013). His publicist said Travis suffered the stroke while being treated for the heart condition caused by a viral respiratory infection that landed him in hospital three weeks ago. It is understood surgeons were trying to relive pressure on Travis' brain.
"His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," Webster said in a news release, circulated by the New York Daily News. Prior to the stroke, doctors said Travis was showing signs of improvement though he remains in a critical condition.
The 54-year-old, one of the best loved country stars in American, was involved in a number of embarrassing drunken incidents earlier this year including being found inebriated after the Super Bowl. He developed a viral upper respiratory infection three weeks ago, which weakened the heart muscle, leading to heart failure.
Continue reading: Randy Travis Suffers Stroke, Family Requests 'Prayers And Support'
Are Taylor Swift and Amy Poehler heading for a media war? Probably not.
It all started when Poehler and her comedy cohort Tina Fey took a wee dig at Swift at the 2013 Grammy Awards. "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son” they quipped, making the country-pop singer one of the only people not to enjoy their work that night. "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," Swift told Vanity Fair when they asked about the joke. "Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'" Poehler’s response was humble, though, as she clearly doesn’t want another #1 hit being written about her. "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset," she said. "I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl. "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell," the comedian added. "But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
Continue reading: Taylor Swift And Amy Poehler Start Newest Celebrity Feud
Ahead of the Grammys awards on Sunday, speculation was rife that Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood had made it very, very clear that they didn’t intend to sit anywhere near each other inside the Staples Center. “Taylor feels Carrie is always rude to her, so she steers clear of her,” a source recently told Us Weekly. So was it true? Were the two biggest names in country music really at each other’s throats?
Not according to Underwood.
The 29-year-old Grammy winner was quizzed on the apparent feud by Gayle King for a CBS This Morning interview (set to air Wednesday), saying, “No [there’s no feud], not that I know of at least.” Somewhat ironically, Carrie said she was a big fan of Swift, even revealing which song is her favorite. “I really like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ It sounded a lot different for her. I liked the branching out, trying some different sounds,” she told King.
Continue reading: Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Her ‘Feud’ With Taylor Swift
This year's Grammy Awards proved to be a confusing occasion. Frank Ocean, despite having been nominated for 6 awards walked away with only two, and was beaten by Mumford & Sons to best album. Very confusing. Perhaps more confusing though are the photos that have come to light of Adele seeming to have some very stern words with Chris Brown, DigitalSpy reports.
It's unclear what Adele was actually saying to Chris Brown, but there's plenty of things to call him out on. She may have been calling him out again about his beating of girlfriend Rihanna four years ago, or about his scuffle with Frank Ocean last week. She could have been criticising him for not joining in with the standing ovation when Frank Ocean justly won Best Contemporary Urban Album, beating Brown. Or, she might have been calling him names and telling him he's a terrible singer, but (while we begrudge saying it) he's a great singer and that would be unfair, and we'd loath to think of Adele as anything other than just in her actions. Of course, it could have been nothing, but that would be boring.
Adele also won best performance of the night and showed up in an adorable red embroidered dress covered in flowers. The other big winner of the night was curve ball, Gotye who won best record and Best Pop/Duo performance for 'Somebody That I Used to Know' with Kimbra, plus Best Alternative Music Album for 'Mirrors'.
A Week in Videos...The popularity of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been on a slow burning rise for some months now. Taken from their forthcoming second album, helpfully entitled II, ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’ sees the band in a particularly catchy mode, a lilting melody lifting the trademark stoner vibe. The video features the actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you’ll know him as McLovin’ from the movie Superbad) causing a scene and trying to snatch a hippy from a scene that could well be set in a 1960s era Venice Beach.
In this video, Nina Simone talks about freedom and love, before the film cuts to a grainy performance of her performing ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.’ One of music’s legendary performers, Simone’s rendition of the song showcases her warm and passionate vocal. On the subject of freedom, Simone insists that she couldn’t possibly describe how it feels to be free, just as much as its impossible to describe the feeling of being in love. To hear her perform the track, though, you get just a glimpse of what freedom might feel like.
To say a person or performer lights up a room is often merely a turn of phrase, but when it comes to Carrie Underwood, it is meant in the most literal of senses. Her sensational performance at the 55th Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles was given something extra by her extraordinary dress which acted as a screen for which to project a variety of beautiful light imagery onto.
Underwood proved that her win for Best Country Solo Performance was well deserved as she sang 'Blown Away', the track for which she won the award. The incredible Theia couture gown was adorned with roses, butterflies and more abstract shapes as the song went on. The singer had to stand perfectly still for the effect to work, which she managed to do effortlessly.
As the Daily Mail reports, the dress was designed by four people and took 80 hours to make. With hand embroidered Swarovski crystal detailing, and 10 yards of satin, it was managed to bridge the gap between fashion and technology. And despite it being difficult to tear your eyes away from the dress during her performance, that was part of the effect. "There are so many big performances at the Grammys and sometimes I like to just stand still and perform," she said. "So (the dress) was the best way to do it, to create a cool environment."
Continue reading: Carrie Underwood Lights Up The Night In Stunning Gown At The Grammys
Janelle Monae's career has skyrocketed over the past few years, leading to her being nominated for three Grammys in 2011 for Best R&B album and also for her collaboration with Big Boi. This year another collaboration, with Fun has catapulted her further from the peripheries of music and further into the view of the public. Speaking to Billboard she has explained how this year's awards meaning something entirely different to Grammy Awards gone by.
"This year's Grammys has a significant meaning," she says. "I was nominated before for my own work, you know, my own album and I had the opportunity to perform in 2011. That was a big moment for my career... This time around I'm there to support Fun. and we're there together. This is about team work; it's about collaborations and making people happy with our music. That means a lot; that's a big deal."
While team work is certainly an important part of her career - she's now top of the list for many artists to collaborate with - but just as importantly is her ability to have done that without compromise. When she started her career financial success wasn't a drive force, she says. "It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup. It's an artistic expression for me... That's why I'm here today, because I've been able to be in control of that."
Performing a 6 song set at the Ace Museum in Los Angeles, Frank Ocean told the audience: "So it's officially Grammy weekend, which is probably not a big deal for everyone... But it makes me nervous as f**k." With 6 nominations including for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist Ocean's got nothing to be nervous about. Especially with Channel Orange being such a strong contender.
Esteemed guests to the show included Busy Phillipps, Alan Cummings, Ashley Benson and Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, and were all equal to the average joes in the audience, as they were treated to renditions of "Crack Rock," "Monks", "American Wedding", "Sierra Leone," "Thinkin' Bout You," and "Pyramids."
BMI's annual pre-Grammy Awards songwriter's panel, "How I Wrote That Song", was an interesting meeting of minds, made somewhat more interesting by Snoop blazing up a blunt.
Often, what makes a song popular is its relatability: how well its audience can relate to the sentiments within. However, it never fails to be fascinating to find out where those lyrics, the ones that make us laugh, cry, and vent any other variety of emotions that they evoke, came from originally. Every year, BMI hosts a panel of some of pop, R&B and rock's most successful song writers to talk about the origins of the music they write. This year's panel was made up of Snoop Dogg, Luke Laird, B.O.B., Evan Bogart and Busta Rhymes.
Clearly, there was something of a hip-hop bias while compiling the panel, but that worked to its merit. In fact, as Billboard reports, one of country music song-writer Luke Laird's influences was Snoop's pre-eminent album 'The Chronic'. Growing up in the country, in a town with a population of just 700, you'd not think that hip-hop would be a the genre of choice. However, as he said: "Let me just say, the album everyone was listening to was 'The Chronic.'"
Carly Ray Jepsen's call me maybe was easily the most infectious song of 2012, but considering there isn't a Grammy award for 'Most Infectious' (there totally should be), she'll have to make do with Song of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance - not bad going really.
But the decision to release 'Call me Maybe' wasn't as easy as you'd think, as Jepsen regales to the L.A Times when asked if she knew if she was on to a winner. "No ... to be honest, and this might sound silly, but I was quite content with how things were going in Canada. I was shaping out a career there, and I was really excited because I'd had my first ever real record deal," she recalls. "I can remember we were choosing between "Call Me Maybe" and another song, "Curiosity." The moment my aunt started dancing to "Call Me Maybe," and she doesn't really dance to anything, I realized maybe we had something."
And have something she did. 'Call me Maybe' shot to the top of the charts and wouldn't be budged for 9 whole weeks, hurtling Jepsen towards global fame. The Grammy's recognition of her music does come as surprise, though, given that they often ignore huge pop songs, as Justin Bieber just keeps on finding out.
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
Is it unfair to assume that Rihanna was the most likely target of the Grammys’ dress code warning email? We’re looking down the list of performers and you know what? We don’t think this email was directed at Jack White. We don’t think it was directed at Alicia Keys. And we really don’t think it was directed at Maroon 5. Deadline.com got hold of the missive, which was emailed out to the ceremony’s live performers and anyone who may appear on camera, instructing them to “be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.” And reminding them that “thong type costumes are problematic.” And there was some very specific rules about which parts of your breasts may and may not be on display (none of it, basically). And don’t even ask about the rules on the visibility of genitalia.
We’re really struggling to picture Taylor Swift rocking up on stage in a “thong type costume.” Mumford & Sons doing some kind of striptease, mid-song? We can’t see it. We also can’t picture the Preservation Hall Band exposing their butt cracks (unless they drop something, maybe and need to bend down to fetch it). At a push, we can imagine hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa might have his trousers a little low-slung, risking the exposure of some part of his junk, or his trunk but seriously? There’s only one person this email was aimed at and that’s Rihanna, surely?
The 24 year old has a history of stepping out in risky outfits. Remember the semi-see-through striped dress of 2009? The mid-riff display and leather hot-pants from last year’s Grammys (some definite buttock curvature on display there)? The barely-there strapless bra top and equally-barely-there denim cut offs, complete with fishnets that she opted for in Ottawa in 2011? Yep. We reckon that email was intended for Rihanna. Everyone else can just relax.
Continue reading: Grammy's Cover-Up Dress Code: Surely Rihanna Was Intended Recipient?
For the second year in a row, the Grammys have taken heat for allowing an unknown artist into a category amongst some of the industry's biggest players.
Last year it was Linda Chorney's inclusion in the Americana category. This year, the decision to recognise Al Walser alongside Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and Skrillex in the best dance recording category has raised eyebrows to dizzy new heights.
"I think the Grammys need to take a hard look at their infrastructure to make sure that something this disgraceful doesn't happen again," music producer and DJ Tommie Sunshine said. Bill Freimuth, The Recording Academy's vice president of awards disagrees, and thinks the social media program allows independent and less well-known artists to boost their profile.
LL Cool JJ isn’t a heartless man by any stretch, but even he’s admitted that presenting the 2013 Grammy Awards is going to be much more enjoyable than it was for him last year.
The rapper earned plaudits for presenting the Grammys in 2012, but his task had changed drastically on the eve of the show, after it was discovered that Whitney Houston had died in her hotel room. The show was hastily changed, turning into a much more somber tribute to the fallen star. "It made the event bittersweet, and there was a whole cloud of sorrow on it," 45-year-old – whose real name is James Todd Smith – said to USA Today. "But at the same time, I was glad it went the way it went. We were able to pay respect to Whitney and her family, and at the same time give all of those deserving artists an opportunity to shine."
This year promises to be far more upbeat, though not everyone’s looking forward to the event this coming Sunday (February 10, 2013). There are the usual rumblings that hip-hop has been under-represented once again across the categories. It’s something LL Cool J understands, but he also pointed out "Every person in every genre is always going to want their genre to be represented. That's the nature of the beast. I'd like to see more hip-hop, but you could make an argument for more of everything. The Grammys have made a huge statement by taking a hip-hop icon and making him their host. So I think they're embracing hip-hop culture." The man himself speaks as a rap star who successfully managed to win a Grammy of course. Twice in fact.
Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious and repetitive, enormously successful single from 2012, 'Call Me Maybe' could have been just a one-hit-wonder. However, with two Grammy nominations under her belt and managing to top the Billboard charts in the US for weeks on end, it appears Jepsen's here to stay.
Speaking to the Associated Press she explained her surprise. "I was gunning maybe for Top 10 on iTunes. That was my little, mini secret goal," she said. So, appearing in the Grammys is an honor beyond her wildest dreams, it seems. Jepsen came third in Canadian Idol so while her career wasn't a dead cert she definitely had enough prior exposure to give her a leg up.
Not only that but she's pals with runaway star, fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber. Speaking to Seventeen Magazine, reported via the Inquisitor, the 26 year old singer spoke of how he's been a guiding light for her. "Justin leads by example. I love that he works hard and has fun," she said. "I was in Paris promoting my new album, Kiss, for three days with no time off. So I went out at four in the morning to go explore the entire city. I try to make moments happen that feel very special and memorable because that's exactly how Justin does it."