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Monday, December 7, 2015

Peep the Nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd. - CREDIT: GRAMMY.COM
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  • Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd.


Early this morning, the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced. And we gotta admit, none of the nominees came as a shocker. Both Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are nominated for seven awards, with Kendrick Lamar leading the pack (he has 11 nominations). Drake is nominated for five awards and music producer/songwriter Max Martin has six. The Album Of The Year category is rather varied, and includes nominees from a slew of genres, like Alabama Shakes’ soulful rock and Kendrick Lamar’s jazz-infused rap to Chris Stapleton’s classic country and Taylor Swift’s bubblegum pop.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Billboard Music Awards' 5 Most Bizarre Moments

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Hosted by Ludacris ("I'm a hip-hop artist, a former radio personality, and I'm blessed to be in one of the biggest box office hits of the year") and Chrissy Teigen ("I bang a musician" - no, really, she actually said this), the ceremony established the level of seriousness we should grant it, less than 20 minutes in, when it gave the "Best Group" award to One Direction. As such, we figured giving you a list of the evening's winners was entirely pointless and irrelevant. Instead, we'd like to present you with the five most bizarre moments from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Moment of Truth: An Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Fan

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:08 AM

"Come at me, bro."
  • "Come at me, bro."
Dear Kanye,

First off, I just want you to know that I love you, man. I love you as an artist. I love your music and I think you're one of the few real artists out there. I've gushed over you and explained to naysayers what you're all about. Heck, I've even made a few converts (they told me so). 

I thought your headlining set at 2014's Outside Lands festival was incredible. I even wrote about it to try and spread the gospel of what you stand for as an artist.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Here Are Your 2015 Grammy Nominees

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 3:12 PM

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The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced today in triumphantly #social #media #engaging fashion. Gone are the days of just publishing a list of nominees that gets copy-pasted around the Internet. No, this is 2014 and the Grammys linked up with celebrities on Twitter to post videos of themselves announcing nominees in respective categories.

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen videos of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo sticking his head out of a hotel room (literally just his head) to announced the nominees for Best Music Video, Alanis Morissette on a tropical beach announcing the Best New Artist nominees, LL Cool J reading the Best Rap Performance nominees off his cell phone, and even dreamboat Jared Leto taking his sweet time whilst reading the Best Rock Album nominees.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The 2013 Grammy Awards: Few Surprises, Lots of Drudgery, a Little Fun.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of indie partisans; in 2012, the awards attempted to both grapple with the EDM boom and mend a fraught relationship with hip-hop ... before ultimately handing the whole thing over to a stage full of men with guitars. But, having tried to gain (or feign) relevance and failed, at least those Grammy Awards failed rather spectacularly.

By contrast, the 55th Grammy Awards last night proved both incompetent and exceedingly dull -- light on surprises, innovations, and blatant hypocrisy. It was a night of playing it safe, and it was about as fun as, well, fun., the excellent-but-not-terribly-exciting pop-rock outfit that walked away with the awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Vote for Lil B To Perform at the Grammys -- It's Not Like He Could Make Them Worse

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

It could happen... maybe.
  • It could happen... maybe.

The Grammy Awards will happen Feb. 10, and since just about anybody can get themselves nominated, the Recording Academy of America has opened up the live performance roster, too. Its new "The Gig of a Lifetime" contest offers a chance for one lucky artist to perform in front of an actual live audience during the three days of Grammy-related events leading up to the actual televised awards ceremony.

There are hundreds of nominees vying for your votes on Facebook, most of them pretty tepid. One, however, stands apart: Berkeley rapper/mischief-maker/performance artist/college lecturer Lil B.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 MTV Video Music Awards: The 10 Lost Categories

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Best Stage Diver: Taylor Swift.
  • Best Stage Diver: Taylor Swift.

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual occasion for thrill and intrigue. An arena for a slutty young Madonna to writhe around the ground in a wedding dress, or even for a slutty old Madonna to French kiss a couple of aging pop tartlets. A place for pyro and pasties and grand interruptions -- I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had the greatest video of all time.

Alas, nothing much like that happened at this year's show, even though Taylor Swift did stage dive for the finale, yo. She's edgy.

The show was largely snoozeworthy, and you will be handsomely rewarded for conveniently forgetting to watch this year. However: We managed to dig up the lost categories and winners that didn't make it to the broadcast, and present them here for your consideration without product placement. Note that it wasn't just the token EDM category that got screwed over and left un-aired.

Best Private Moment of Shade Made Public

As Drake and Lil Wayne make their way to the stage to collect the award for Best Rap Video, the camera cuts to an angelic Rihanna, clad in white, who is chatting with her friend Katy Perry. Now, we're no miracle lip readers, but she seems to distinctly say, "these assholes."

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause this thing was a three-and-a-half-hour carnival of absurdity. Let's relive it.

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0:01: Bruce Springsteen opens the show with "We Take Care of Our Own." Because he's still The Boss. Some people later complain that he shouts "America, are you alive out there?," given what happened to Whitney Houston yesterday. Those people are stupid (he shouts that all the time).

0:04 Fergie is visible cheering and yelling "The Boss!" This is like the time she wore a Black Flag T-shirt. Stop ruining everything, Fergie. Man, you suck.

0:05 "We've had a death in our family," notes LL Cool J before saying a prayer for Whitney. Oh no. This Grammys is going to be a total bum-out. Lady Gaga looks like she's crying beneath that remarkably appropriate black veil of hers.

0:07 Clip of Whitney belting out "I Will Always Love You." Oh no. This Grammy's is definitely going to be a total bum-out.

0:09 LL Cool J makes Adele totally uncomfortable.

0:10 Katie Perry's got a handsome man sitting next to her. We miss Russell Brand.

0:11 Bruno Mars performs. We have a sneaking suspicion that he and Janelle Monae are the same person.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guess What Beatles Song the Flaming Lips Will Play in Tribute to Steve Jobs

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:49 PM

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The O Music Awards -- MTV's online-streaming attempt to honor the world where music in 2011 lives and dies -- are Monday. Did you previously care? No? Well perhaps you will upon hearing that the Flaming Lips will pay a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs in the form of a Beatles cover.

The real question, however, is: What Beatles song will the Flaming Lips pick to honor the deceased Apple founder? And we have the answer after the jump...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Music People: We Want Your Nominations for the SF Weekly Web Awards

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

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Our never-ending quest to uncover the greatest things in San Francisco doesn't stop at the edge of cyberspace. No sir! In fact, the SF Weekly Web Awards are designed purely to honor/celebrate/give cool plaques and free drinks to the folks who make local online culture the awesomefest is tends to be. That of course extends to music, where (we'd argue) some of the greatest tech talents develop web sites, Twitter feeds, and various other digital projects that capture the local scene in all its glory.

So help us, dear readers, find the best music-related web thingys this wacky city has to offer, and nominate your online favorites for the SF Weekly web awards.

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