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Best New Artist Grammy winners over the past 25 years: Did they live up to their title?

The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, or Skrillex will soon join a prestigious list of musical acts that includes the Beatles, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and — skyrockets in flight! — the Starlight Vocal Band. What list is that? Why, the Grammy Awards’ Best New Artist winners.

The history of the Best New Artist is a complicated one. For every no-brainer (Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Adele, pictured), there are some equally contestable choices (Paula Cole over Fiona Apple, A Taste of Honey over Elvis Costello) and plenty of controversy to spare. (Rule changes still didn’t help artists like Lady Gaga in time; the great Milli Vanilli debacle; Esperanza who?)

So has it proven to be beneficial for a musician or band to walk away with the Best New Artist Grammy, or is the award the kiss of death for a career, as has been rumored in years past? We’ll run down the Best New Artist winners from the past 25 years to see which recipients lived up to their title and what they’ve been up to since their win. The 54th annual Grammy Awards, which determine the fate of the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex, airs live at 8 p.m. EST on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12.


Jason Aldean led the pack with six ACA wins

Country music’s newest superstar won six awards Monday in Las Vegas, including the night’s top honors artist of the year and record of the year for “My Kinda Party.”

It’s true, 2010 has been a non-stop party for Aldean. More than a million fans turned out for his arena tour, his platinum album has spawned four hits so far and the awards are starting to pile up after years of being ignored.

“This is getting a little ridiculous now,” Aldean said on his second visit to the stage. “I don’t know what else to say. It’s been a crazy year.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga dominate MTV Europe Awards (video highlights)

The MTV Europe Music Awards turned into a celebration of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga Sunday night as the two picked up a number of top prizes, including best male and best female act.

Gaga, striking in several outfits throughout the evening, also won for best song and best video for “Born This Way.” Bieber picked up best pop act as well.


MTV's O Music Awards back with nominees Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and others

Earlier this year, MTV augmented their VMAs and Movie Awards with the O Music Awards, which sought to reward musicians, fans, and digital gurus for their greatness in the virtual realm. Apparently it went well, because O Music Awards 2 are coming back for another round of prizes on October 31.

Once again, the nominees in categories like Most Outrageous Tweet and Too Much A– For TV are a mix of mainstream names (Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry), fringe favorites (Bjork, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips), and envelope-pushing left-field nods (SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung is nominated for Best Music NILF, with the “N” standing for “Nerd” in that particular entry).

Watch a further explanation of the show below, featuring guest star Demi Lovato, and scroll down for the complete list of nominees: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley join CMA Awards performers

Country music hands out a lot of shiny statuettes. In addition to the country division at the Grammys, there’s also the CMT Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the CMAs, the last of which ranks as Nashville’s highest honor.

Unlike a certain awards show that only differs by one letter, the performers on this year’s CMA show (which takes place on November 9) are top-notch, especially considering the addition of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley, who were all announced this morning.

They join Jason Aldean and Keith Urban on the performance docket, meaning that all five nominees for Entertainer of the Year (the show’s biggest prize) will be belting out their hits that night.

Swift, Aldean, Paisley, and Shelton lead the nominations with five apiece, with Urban grabbing two nods. Swift, Urban, and Paisley have all won Entertainer of the Year in the past.

The ceremony takes place on November 9 in Nashville, and will be hosted by the remarkably charming tag-team of Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the fourth straight year.

Who is your pick for Entertainer of the Year? And whose performance are you most eager to see? Let us know in the comments!

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The mtvU Woodie Awards: On the scene with Wiz Khalifa, scene stealers Odd Future, Matt & Kim and more

An awards show befitting the brief attention spans of its young viewers, the eighth annual mtvU Woodies packed a half-dozen prizes and performances apiece into one frantic, tightly choreographed hour in its first year at Austin’s South By Southwest music festival.

The show, which largely honors college rock and rising hip hop artists, gave its top wood block of the night to Wiz Khalifa, presented to him by the previous year’s winners and spontaneous street nudists Matt & Kim.

And while the “Black and Yellow” rapper received many of the loudest cheers of the night, both for his performance (of that hit and “Roll Up”) and award acceptance, the hour belonged to meteoric hip-hop crew Odd Future, whose pranks and general berserk-itude — their gonzo performance of “Yonkers” and “Sandwitches” included but was not limited to roaming midgets, high-arc crowd-diving, plushie costumes, and a hauled-away-by-bouncers stage exit — owned the evening.


Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire winners at Brit Awards

Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Cee Lo Green were among the acts honored on Tuesday night at the 2011 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena. Arcade Fire — surprise winners of Album of the Year (The Suburbs) at Sunday’s Grammys — took home two trophies, for International Album and International Group. Rihanna claimed the award for Best International Female Star, Cee Lo Green was named International Male Solo Artist, and Justin Bieber, who said he was “disappointed” that he didn’t win Best New Artist at the Grammys, triumphed in the International Breakthrough Act category. British acts Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, and Take That also took home awards.

Kennedy Center Honors recognize Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, more: Watch here

kennedy-center-awardsImage Credit: John Paul Filo/ CBSThis year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients are an illustrious bunch, including country legend Merle Haggard, Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Broadway composer Jerry Herman, and choreographer Bill T. Jones. Earlier this month they gathered in the nation’s capital for a gala ceremony that aired last night on CBS.

The show included lots of A-list performances as usual. Among them were Jennifer Hudson singing a song from The Color Purple for Winfrey, No Doubt rocking “Penny Lane” for McCartney, Mavis Staples and James Taylor topping that with a “Let It Be”/”Hey Jude” double-whammy, and country heavyweights like Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Miranda Lambert all tipping their hats to Haggard. Other highlights were humbler in scale, like when Alec Baldwin gave McCartney a wry spoken introduction.

Check out Baldwin’s speech after the jump (note that the clip will auto-play) and let us know: Did you watch the Kennedy Center Honors on TV last night? Which were your favorite parts? READ FULL STORY

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 inductees include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper: who else made the cut?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will induct Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, and Darlene Love, according to the New York Times. Jac Holzman, who founded Elektra, and Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records, will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to music-industry executives. Pianist Leon Russell will receive the Award for Musical Excellence. The ceremony will be held in March.

Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum rule the night at first annual American Country Awards

carrie-underwoodImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesAnother day, another country-music prize. Last night, Carrie Underwood doubled down on her industry’s highest honor, country music artist of the year, by taking it once again at the inaugural American Country Awards some eight months after she won the same title at the Academy of Country Music Awards last April. This time, though, she may have needed help hauling her loot to the car; the reward is not a trophy but a full-size Fender Stratocaster guitar.

She also took home five additional prizes—allotted, like the Peoples Choice Awards, by fans, not industry insiders—including Album of the Year, Female Single of the Year, Touring Headline Package of the Year and Female Music Video of the Year. Lady Antebellum did nearly as well in the Group honors, winning overall Group of the Year, Group Video of the Year, and Group Single of the Year.

Toby Keith, for one, is a fan of the public-vote concept, according to “I railed for years, when I had the energy, against the machine. You got 1,500 people voting and they all have agendas,” said the winner of the Video Visionary of the Year Award. “If you’ve had the biggest year, ticket sales, album sales, radio play and you get shut out at award shows because of agenda stuff, then the fans are like, we don’t understand, and it takes credibility away from the organization.”

Other stars with new take-home guitars included Blake Shelton for his “Hillbilly Bone” video, Easton Corbin for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Josh Turner for Male Single of the Year, Alan Jackson for the Greatest Hits Award, and Rascal Flatts with the Decade Award.

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