French duo Daft Punk won the most-coveted awards Album of The Year (Random Access Memories), and Record of The Year (Get Lucky) at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday. They also nabbed the titles of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for a grand total of five awards. Continue reading →
Tamil-British singer M.I.A. is accusing the Grammys of stealing her idea on the stage setup that was used during award ceremony’s Bob Marley tribute, referring particularly to the neon lights shaped as squares as a backdrop.
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On her Tumblr page, she posted a side-by-side comparison photo: one from her recent concert in Australia back in January and the other from the Grammy performance. Embedded in the image is a caption that says, “My ideas came from my life. My set was based on Tamil Hindu temple. Not Bob Marley,” while below it she writes (in all caps): “If u wanna see the real thing or get it first come to M.I.A. show!”
She even followed it up with a tweet to rally up her fans.
>>> IM KEEPING A STEAL LOG THIS YEAR HERE THE ONE FOR JAN / FEB > miauniverse.tumblr.com MIA $500 : GRAMMYS $5000000
The Bob Marley Tribute featured performances by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and bob Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damian. You can watch the videos from the two performances below so you can judge for yourself whether her accusation holds any water.
There’s no doubt that Justin Bieber really felt bad about being snubbed at the Grammys, and just like anyone who has just been in an embarrassing situation, the last thing you need is someone to rub it in your face with a clever remark, pretty much like what Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney did after the band took home a couple of Grammys (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) on Sunday.
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Carney made the remark on Monday after he was confronted by TMZ’s camera crew as he was leaving Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. He was asked about what he thinks of the 18-year-old pop singer being snubbed by the award-giving body. “I dunno. He’s rich, right?” Carney responded. “Grammys are for like music, not for money… and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy,” he added.
The following day (Tuesday), Bieber tweeted, “the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha”
the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha
I guess he added the “haha” at the end probably to make it sound like he’s just joking and not look like he was really affected by what the BK drummer said but we what’s really up, don’t we, JB? After being shut out of the Grammys and failing to conduct a live video stream with his fans on the same night, we couldn’t blame you for feeling stingy.
To preserve modesty and decency in the upcoming Gramy Awards, CBS has issued a strict Wardrobe Advisory which prohibits clothing that exposes sideboob, nipples, “puffy” genital skin, buttocks, and genitals.
This email advisory was sent via email to all presenters and performers scheduled to appear on Sunday’s Grammys broadcast. It states that all presenters and performers, especially most female celebrities are not allowed to wear sheer clothing styles that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Even night dresses with plunging necklines are not allowed in the event.
The wardrobe policy also extends to the audience who will be visible on camera.
Here is the e-mail issued by the CBS to all Grammy presenters and performers:
Date: February 5, 2013, 10:39:56 PM EST
Subject: 55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory
-kindly confirm receipt of s&p standards-
CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.
Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.
Image source (credits: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
To commemorate her approaching first death anniversary, Whitney Houston was given a final send-off by the Grammys last October 11, as Jeniffer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Usher, Celine Dion, and other stars shared their memories and performed in homage to the late music icon. The event was arranged by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Jeniffer Hudson kicked up the concert by singing a medley of I’m Every Woman, How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Meanwhile, Usher rocked the stage with I Believe in You and Me, and Celine Dion sent in an old performance of The Greatest Love of All, which was recorded in Canada several years ago, because she was unable to attend the event.
Jordin Sparks performed the title soundtrack of the movie Sparkle, in which she starred beside the late Ms. Houston. Afterwards, gospel singers Cece Winans and Yolanda Adams delivered a heart-rending performance of Count On Me, which brought the Houston family and friends to tears.
Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and her fiance were the event’s guests of honor..
Singer-performer Britney Spears and model-actress Halle Berry also recounted how the late diva had inspired countless of women, including themselves, to follow their dreams.
On November 16, the We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston concert will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Watch Jennifer Hudson sing I Will Always Love You from the February 2012 Grammy Awards below: