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LOS ANGELES — Winners in selected major categories at the 55th annual Grammy Awards announced Sunday during the pre-telecast ceremony at the Nokia Theatre:
_ Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.
_ Traditional pop vocal album: “Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney.
_ Rap performance: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Kanye West.
_ Rap song: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.
_ Rap album: “Take Care,” Drake.
_ R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher.
_ Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce.
_ R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel Pimentel.
_ R&B album: “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment.
_ Rock song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.
_ Rock album: “El Camino,” The Black Keys.
_ Hard rock/metal performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm.
_ Alternative music album: “Making Mirrors,” Gotye.
_ Dance recording: “Bangarang,” Skrillex featuring Sirah.
_ Dance/electronica album: “Bangarang,” Skrillex.
_ Latin pop album: “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes.
_ Latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Imaginares,” Quetzal.
_ Latin jazz album: “Ritmo!,” The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.
_ Tropical Latin album: “Retro,” Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.
_ Country duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town.
_ Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.
_ Gospel song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary.
_ Gospel album: “Gravity,” Leerae.
_ Blues album: “Locked Down,” Dr. John.
_ Folk album: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.
_ Americana album: “Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt.
_ Bluegrass album: “Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers.
_ Reggae album: “Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff.
_ World music album: “The Living Room Sessions Part 1,” Ravi Shankar.
_ Children’s album: “Can You Canoe?,” The Okee Dokee Brothers.
_ Spoken word album: “Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” Janis Ian.
_ Comedy album: “Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon.
_ New age album: “Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram.
_ Jazz vocal album: “Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding.
_ Jazz instrumental album: “Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band.
_ Large jazz ensemble album: “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval.
_ Pop instrumental album: “Impressions,” Chris Botti.
_ Compilation soundtrack album: “Midnight in Paris,” various artists.
_ Score soundtrack album: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.
_ Song written for visual media: “Safe & Sound” (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.
_ Musical theater album: “Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.
_ Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh.
_ Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach.
_ Instrumental composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea.
_ Orchestral performance: “Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).
_ Opera recording: “Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi.
_ Choral performance: “Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” Charles Bruffy.
_ Short-form music video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.
_ Long-form music video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons.
_ Historical album: “The Smile Sessions” (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.
Lord Jamar, a member of pioneering rap group Brand Nubian, turned heads after aiming homophobic words in the direction Kanye West via Twitter a week ago. The rap veteran makes a questionable move and ramps up the anti-gay sentiment with the release of a new diss track titled “Lift Up Your Skirt.”
Jamar defended his Twitter rant last week in an interview with SOHH, saying that he’s not attacking West’s s-xuality but simply his eccentric style of dress. Declaring war on the “feminization of the Black man in Hip-Hop culture,” the “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down” rapper unleashed the homophobic track earlier today after explaining his ire to Vlad TV in an exclusive interview over the weekend.
“Somebody mad at my hashtag/Instagram, Black Man lookin’ half a f-g/With a blazer and dress, I’m just amazed at the mess/Pioneer of this queer sh-t is Kanye West,” raps Jamar in an agitated tone. Jamar was inspired to do the song after receiving a photo a friend sent him on Instagram that he reposted, with a tweet reading “Y’all Cee where the Kanye sh-t is takin us right? #halfaf-g.”
Jamar is sticking to his guns, and has endured a barrage of tweets regarding the matter. Although he brushed aside the criticism, Jamar never fully apologizes for his petulant outburst.
Check out the song “Lift Up Your Skirt” below. Hit the next pages for Lord Jamar’s tweets about Kanye West’s fashion style and defending his stance.
Here’s the (ridiculous) trailer for RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists. Written by RZA and Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino, the film follows the (very violent and flashy) adventures of stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and RZA himself in feudal China.
As if that were not a stacked enough roster, according to the trailer, the film’s soundtrack includes new music from Kanye West, the Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Wu-Tang Clan, and RZA himself, as Consequence of Sound points out.
On Tuesday 26th June 2012, Hiphop was put on trial. The charge? That it degrades society rather than enhances it. An Intelligence Squared debate on rap, involving everyone from Jesse Jackson and Q-Tip to PJ O’Rourke and Emily Maitlis, was more baffling than anything else.
1,600 or so people descended on the Barbican in London for what was hailed as “the first-ever global debate on hip-hop”. Arranged by Google and Intelligence Squared – bespoke organisers of online conferences who recently staged something similar on the War on Drugs – it was like a cross between Question Time and a show trial, with advocates and speakers for and against the motion: “Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades It.”
There was even a live online vote, with statistics presented on giant screens and references to “swings” like a hip-hop version of Peter Snow on election night. To add to the gravitas of it all, we had BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis chairing the debate, and speakers ranging from the Jesse Jackson and Shaun Bailey – a special adviser to David Cameron on youth, crime and welfare issues – to rapper KRS-One and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as a host of academics. There were even satellite link-ups with, among others, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and satirist PJ O’Rourke. Mystifyingly, Jemima Khan was our web-host.
Check out the full debate below and let us know what you think
Apparently if you haven’t heard already, there’s a pop “group” out of Dublin, Ireland known as Jedward. And if all goes according to their diabolical plan, the twins will be making their way Stateside any minute now.
Don’t panic just yet. Let’s analyze this movement from the “Haters” perspective and if we have more time, we’ll delve into the brain of a …”Fan” to anticipate what we’re in for.
Hater: What?!!! Are you freaking kidding me? Just when we thought the Justin Bieber movement was waning, someone found a way to clone the hack and created TWINS?!!! For the love of all that is right in the Universe, let’s hope these cross-dressing, no talent having little twits never learn how to use Google maps.
Fan: Oh, wow! OMG! …Justin Bieber, times two? Thank heavens our cloning device worked. Now we can listen to bad music for the next decade but this time, … in STEREO! Bieber aka Jedward ROCKS!
Yeah! We know, we know, either way, we’re all screwed. If only we had a “Regulator” to keep these hacks in check. Where’s Kanye when you need him. Wait, …what? He’s stuck in the Kardashian vortex. Damn! We are SCREWED!
The hip-hop blogosphere has been throwing fits over an anonymous letter entitled “The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation” and only Jay Smooth can see the secret order behind this shadowy intrigue.
Music by Sabzi of Common Market
Kanye West knows best!
It’s been awhile since the “Way Too Cold” rapper and DW Kanye West designer has gone off on one of his notorious Twitter rants, but West couldn’t help himself on Saturday. Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend unleashed a new rant — this time, passionately sharing his fashion pet peeves and used New Yorkers as his inspiration.
“Just driving through the city and I see a few things I hate…” the 34-year-old rapper/fashion designer tweeted Saturday. “I hate button up shirts with hoods. I hate hoods with sport coats. I hate sport coats with button up shirts, jeans and dress shoes.”
“I hate khaki trench coats with jeans and off brand work out sneakers,” he continued. “I hate khaki cargo shorts. I hate big ass striped scarves. I hate long ass sideburns with line up RnB beard.”
And West concluded his rant by writing, “…All this in 5 blocks. Detest. #I’m on my snob.”
However, West recently suffered a wardrobe malfunction himself! While exiting a car with Kardashian in NYC, West was caught trying to pull up his pants by photographers.
“He was getting out of the car and his belt got pulled by this hook on the car door and he was trying to pull it up quick and his belt was really heavy,” Kardashian, 31, explained to E! News Wednesday. “It was a wardrobe malfunction, but it wasn’t anything intentional. It was not scandalous.”
Kanye West has changed the title of his controversial new song following a backlash from the manufacturer of the drug it’s named after, who slammed the rapper for inappropriately cribbing their product’s name.
Henceforth, West would like you to know that you should call the track “Way Too Cold.”
The song is now available on itunes
Meanwhile, Ye has been on the defense that he ever called Kim Kardashian his Beyonce. Ouch, something about that just seems so…. shallow.
Talented jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD has released their new ‘BBNG2′ album as a free download. As usual they impress with smart covers of Earl Sweatshirt, James Blake, Tyler, the Creator, and Kanye West among others. The Canadian band that is going from one strength to the next does not only present covers on the new album, but also 5 original pieces.
You can download the album here
Are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West really dating? There was no straight answer to be had from the reality-TV star Friday morning, so for now paparazzi pictures of the two out on the town together will have to speak for themselves.
“I completely respect and understand that you have to ask these questions,” Kardashian told Ann Curry on the “Today” show, “but as I’ve said before, Kanye and I have been friends for years.” (We don’t hear a “no” in there, do you?)
Then again, she added, “You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me. So … I like the song!”
She was referring to “Theraflu,” the new tune from West in which he says that he fell in love with Kim “‘Round the same time she had fell in love with him,” referring to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Kris Humphries.
West and Kardashian were photographed leaving “The Hunger Games” together on Thursday night and lunching at New York’s Serafina on Friday; also, according to TMZ, Kardashian was snapped Friday morning leaving the building where West lives, wearing the same outfit from movie night.
As for the fate of Mr. Humphries, and the possibility of an annulment, Kardashian said she’d be in favor of one, she’s just not sure they’d qualify. And no, she said again, the wedding wasn’t done for ratings, because she doesn’t need better ratings.
“Anyone that knows me knows that I love really hard, I fall really hard, and I followed my heart.”
In “Theraflu,” incidentally, West also alludes to appreciation of fur, taunting, “Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor” — so he and Kardashian have that in common, as she told Curry that despite a “flour-bombing” attack by a PETA-affiliated protester, she isn’t giving up her personal furs any time soon.
“I have vintage furs that were my great-grandmother’s that mean the world to me, with her initials inscribed in them, and I won’t get rid of that memory of my great-grandparents,” she said. “So I think it’s a personal choice, but I don’t think it’s OK to assault anybody.”