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Drake won't be on tonight's Grammy Nominations show

Tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! will be star-studded, though one prominent musician with one of the biggest releases of the year won’t be present after all.

Citing a scheduling conflict with his nationwide Would You Like a Tour? trek, Drake pulled out of the show. That’s a strange excuse, because it looked as though his schedule was designed specifically around performing at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles tonight—he last played a show on Wednesday night in Tacoma, WA, and is scheduled to be in Kansas City, MO, on Saturday night. He could have made that flight pretty breezily.

Then again, tour logistics being what they are, sometimes the best laid plans go awry. It’s also possible that Drake is looking for an extra night of down time between dates, which is reasonable considering the amount of energy he expends every night just giving shout-outs to people in the upper decks of sold-out arenas.

Either way, Drake will almost certainly be getting a nomination or two for Nothing Was the Same, which was released just under the Grammy calendar deadline and is one of the best-selling and best-reviewed releases of the year.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! airs tonight at 10 PM on CBS and will feature performances by Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Robin Thicke. LL Cool J will run the show, which will unveil the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards that will be given out on Sunday, January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry added to Grammy nominations show performers list

This Friday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!  is shaping up to be nearly as big a spectacle as the actual Grammy Awards, which won’t actually be handed out until the end of January.

LL Cool J is hosting, Ed Sheeran is presenting, and producers just announced the addition of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to the list of previously announced performers, including Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Miguel & Keith Urban.

“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself, “neither Swift nor Perry will even be in this country on Friday night, let alone at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, where this is taking place!” Such is the magic of satellite technology: LL will be throwing to live performances in Canada (for Perry) and Australia (for Swift). Expect accented fireworks!

The one-hour special, which will air on CBS at 10 PM this Friday, December 6, will also, incidentally, roll out the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out just across the street at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26.

Music released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible, and based on sales, cultural exposure, and general Grammy warmth, expect Justin Timberlake to rack up a ton of nominations. Lorde is pretty much a lock for Best New Artist, and you have to assume both Kanye West and Jay Z will make some noise as well.

Who else’s name deserves to be called this Friday night? And which performances make you the most curious? Let us know in the comments.

Stream 'Glee: The Music The Christmas Album Volume 4' in full here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Glee to the world, once again: For the fourth year in a row, the Glee cast will sing in the holidays with versions of seasonal staples including “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” plus some less traditional holiday numbers (the Supremes’ 1968 ode to illegitimate offspring, anyone?).

The six new tracks from Glee: The Music The Christmas Album Volume 4 will be featured on the “Previously Unaired Christmas” episode of GLEE airing Thursday, December 5 at 9pm on FOX, and will be available digitally on Dec. 3 (click here to preorder) and physically on Dec. 10 at Walmart only.

Find the full tracklisting and stream the album after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Why isn't Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' getting a sales boost from her 'SNL' appearance?

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga joined the relatively exclusive club of people who have served as both the host and musical guest in a single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Critically, she was a relative success, delivering a steady-if-unremarkable stream of sketch moments and sounding mostly excellent on the oft-tricky SNL music stage. The show was rewarded with its highest ratings of the season, and the estimated audience of between eight and nine million viewers is the highest since Justin Timberlake’s double-down episode back in March.

And yet Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is only third on iTunes’ download chart, trailing both Eminem and One Direction. And the two singles she performed on Saturday’s show are languishing on the singles chart—the R. Kelly-assisted “Do What U Want” sits outside the top 10 at 14, and “Gypsy” is all the way down at 72.

Under normal circumstances, an appearance on SNL tends to provide a healthy boost to an artist, especially one with a brand new album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis saw their record sales jump up 83% in the week following their SNL performance earlier this year, Of Monsters & Men experienced a 74% increase, and Alabama Shakes rocketed from the 40s into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

So where’s Gaga’s boost? It’s the latest in a series of negative developments surrounding the sales of ARTPOP. READ FULL STORY

Pitbull to host American Music Awards

Pitbull will host the American Music Awards.

The Miami rapper will perform his song “Timber” with Ke$ha during the Nov. 24 awards show, to air live from Los Angeles on ABC, it was announced Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, was chosen in part for his Latino heritage as the AMAs celebrate the 25th anniversary of Gloria Estefan’s appearance on the show and the 15th year of the favorite artist Latin category. Estefan was the first Latin AMA performer.

Pitbull will be joined in performance by lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line.

Macklemore and Lewis are up for six awards, including artist of the year.

The BE(s)T of the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013

The BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired last night on – you guessed it – BET, is not your average awards show. First, it’s not a live. The awards were filmed in Atlanta on September 28th and the full list of winners were announced in advance of the broadcast. Second, it’s really not about the winners’ reveal, it’s all about the performances and the cyphers.

Last night’s broadcast was a tightly packed two hours with a few standouts and one notable winner overall. Drake and Kendrick Lamar took home the most awards, but it was K.dot who left the most lasting impression. Let’s take a look at some of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ bests: READ FULL STORY

What's on 'New Girl' star Hannah Simone's iPod: Canadian classics and Compton covers

You probably know Hannah Simone best as Cece, best friend to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl — but Simone got her first on-camera exposure as a host on Canada’s MuchMusic.

“The great thing about a job like that is you’re talking to people about their passion and about what they love, so I don’t think I ever had an interview that I didn’t really enjoy,” said Simone of her experience on the Canadian music network.

Not surprisingly, she has carried a lot of great Canadian artists around with her on her iPod, though there’s also room for Cat Stevens and a novelty cover of a Snoop Dogg song.

Leonard Cohen, “Bird On A Wire”
“I just spent the weekend with my family, and our whole conversation seemed to revolve around Leonard Cohen. I’m crazy about him, and I have been for a long time. I’ve bought every album he’s ever had and every book of his poetry. I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there—instead of a two hour drive it takes like six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.

The other time I saw him was when I was in Toronto, and a friend surprised me with tickets. I went on my own and sat by myself. It was like being at church. Everybody sat pin-drop silent. I love the song ‘Bird on a Wire’ — It’s an amazing lyric: ‘Like a drunk in a midnight choir.’ He’s so incredible, and a Canadian to boot.”

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On the Scene at Justin Timberlake's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: This is what JT's sick day looks like

No one likes to go to work sick, but not all of us have 10,000 people expecting them at the office.

“I’m gonna need your help tonight,” an under-the-weather Justin Timberlake pleaded with the hordes of fans lining Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night for his Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor concert, especially leaning on them for “Mirrors.” “If I’mma do this, I need to hear everyone singing,” he instructed. “I don’t want to see you big-time me. I know this is Hollywood. F— all that.”

The crowd was all too happy to fill in the lyrics when Timberlake needed backup, but the six-song set mostly reiterated just what a pro JT is — in sickness and in health. While the TV audience caught a third of the performance, here are some highlights from our street view:
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On the Scene at Paul McCartney's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: Something old, something 'New'

When Paul McCartney and his Beatles bandmates performed an unannounced concert on a London rooftop in 1969 for their Let It Be film, the police eventually came in and shut it down. But McCartney and Jimmy Kimmel had the cops’ blessing Monday night in Los Angeles, as they took to the roof of the El Capitan Theatre, promising a free show from the one-and-only Sir Paul for the gathered masses.

Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV audience only caught two of those songs. After that, as McCartney told us when he hit the stage, “The rest is just for you.” Here’s what you missed if you weren’t one of the 10,000 people lining Hollywood Boulevard:
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Kanye West makes surprise appearance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- PHOTO

Looking at the photo above, you’re probably thinking the same thing we are: How has this not already happened?! But it’s true. Kanye West made his very first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, performing his song “Bound 2″ off his latest album Yeezus. 
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