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Adele scores Oscar nod, books Golden Globes appearance

A lot of stars say they’ll commit themselves to their children only to use them as career-extending props and fodder for insane stories about secret rooms in basketball arenas. But Adele has really put her money where her mouth is: Since the birth of her first child, she has kept a remarkably low-profile, especially for somebody who was the biggest-selling artist in America for two years running.

But she’ll be dusting off her work shoes on Sunday when she attends this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where she’ll cross her fingers in hopes that “Skyfall” wins the hardware. And she’ll have at least one more red carpet to walk in the coming months, as “Skyfall” was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category this morning. (Adele is also nominated for a Grammy, though it’s unclear whether she’ll be attending that particular show.)
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Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons added to Grammy lineup

Considering there are a total of 81 categories at the Grammy Awards and only a small fraction of those actually get handed out during the telecast, the main events of any given Grammy show are the performances. What other reason did anybody have to tune into last year’s show other than to watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj’s British-accented exorcism?

This year’s batch of performers is starting to build, and it begins with some massive acts. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys have all been confirmed to perform live at the 55th Grammy Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Mumford, fun., and the Black Keys are among the most nominated artists at this year’s show (Mumford and fun. each have six, while the Black Keys have five plus one more Producer of the Year nod for Dan Auerbach). Rihanna and Taylor will walk into the building with three nominations each, though Swift likely would have collected more had her latest album Red come out in time for consideration (pencil her in for at least a half-dozen noms in 2014).

Now that we know some of the people who will definitely be performing, the speculation can begin about what those artists will perform and who they might invite along. READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen and ?uestlove have a drum-off on 'Fallon' - VIDEO

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.  READ FULL STORY

Fans to join Beyonce onstage at Super Bowl

All the single ladies — and fellas — will have a chance to join Beyonce onstage at the upcoming Super Bowl.

Pepsi announced Friday that 100 fans will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A contest that kicks off Saturday will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses, including head bopping, feet tapping, and hip shaking. Those pictures will be used in a TV ad introducing Beyonce’s halftime performance, and 50 people — along with a friend — will be selected to join the singer onstage.

The photo contest ends Jan. 19, but Jan. 11 is the cut-off date for those interested in appearing onstage with Beyonce.

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Best and Worst 2012: The five best stand-up albums of the year

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In the past, a stand-up comic basically had one career path: Build up some solid minutes on the club circuit, get yourself on late night TV, and hope that somebody with a check book comes calling with a sitcom deal or an HBO special. But while technology seems to be crushing a lot of other entertainment universes, it’s allowing more and more comedians to thrive thanks to podcasting, self-released albums, crowdsourced tours, easily-produced web series, and more opportunities for singular voices on risk-taking cable networks.

No matter where you like to get your yuks, it was a great year for comedy—and for pushing the envelope of what stand-up comedy could be. The albums below represent a small cross-section of the greatness that flowed from the minds of some of the most brilliant creators in entertainment today, and each one takes a wholly unique approach to the craft.

1) Tig Notaro, Live
Notaro’s Job-like narrative has been well documented, but Live (as in “Live Forever,” not Live At Red Rocks) works just as well even if you’re not intimately aware of Notaro’s health struggles. That’s how powerful and honest it is: Over the course of a half hour, she lays out her story with equal parts clinical pragmatism (her genuine insistence that the audience take probiotics whenever they are put on antibiotics) and “Can you believe this?” wonder. Notaro’s dry, deadpan style makes for quite a tightrope walk, as it’s always hard to tell whether or not she’s going to laugh or cry. The audience doesn’t know either, and that what makes Live a brilliant, thrilling listening experience. And despite all the doom and gloom, it’s also fantastically funny, like when a technician asks her what her secret to being skinny is, and she gives the gallows reply, “Oh, I’m dying.” It’s a testament to both the style and the substance of one of the best performances by anyone in any venue in 2012.  READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox holiday edition! 'New Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more spirited music-on-TV-moments

Happy finale week, Jukeboxers. With the holiday season in full swing, it wasn’t surprising that the Christmas-y start to last week’s column carried through to this edition. Unlike the average week at Jukebox, you probably recognized most of these songs in your favorite shows. But did you know which au courant artists were covering them? We’re here to tell you! Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
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Luke Bryan wins 9 American Country Awards

Luke Bryan didn’t want the American Country Awards to end.

He cleaned up during the fan-voted show, earning nine awards, including artist and album of the year. His smash hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End” was named single and music video of the year.

Miranda Lambert took home the second most guitar trophies with three. Jason Aldean was named touring artist of the year. Carrie Underwood won female artist of the year, and a tearful Lauren Alaina won new artist of the year.

Bryan, Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Trace Adkins with Lynyrd Skynrd were among the high-energy performances.

The third annual ACAs were held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday night.

TV Jukebox: 'The Good Wife,' 'Go On,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more music-on-TV-moments

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EW staffers have been listening to Christmas music since early November, so it was music to our ears when shows started cranking up our holiday favorites this week. Or were we? Some of this week’s “show tunes” turned out to be downright ho-ho-horrifying.

So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

HBO teases Beyonce doc with fierce trailer -- VIDEO

The countdown to B’Doc’Day 2013 has officially begun.

On Feb. 16, 2013, HBO will air an “intimate feature-length” documentary directed by Beyoncé, about Beyoncé, and for Beyoncé superfans. (The film was originally supposed to air Feb. 13, but clearly Bey wants to give you the option of watching it while eating discounted Valentine’s chocolate.)

And while this newly released, 25-second teaser doesn’t really reveal anything explosive about the movie — did you suspect B would dance and wade through crowds of adoring fans? — it does give us a taste of some very Sasha Fierce-ian narration: “I always battle with, how much do I reveal about myself?” Beyoncé intones over footage of one of her eyes slowly opening. “If I’m scared, be scared. Allow it. Release it.” Then you and your boo and your boo boo can go ridin’. Watch the clip below:

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TV Jukebox: 'Nashville,' 'Glee,' 'Covert Affairs,' and more music-on-TV moments

December may have ushered in the cold, but Jukeboxers and shippers alike were feeling the heat these past two weeks — as were fans of dueling divas and devilish solos by scantily clad nuns.

So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
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