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Grammys add changes to jazz, Latin, R&B fields

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album.

The Recording Academy announced Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that the upcoming Grammys will feature 81 categories. It reduced the number from 109 to 78 last year.

New entries include awards for best urban contemporary album — to honor R&B albums that may include elements of pop and rock — and best classical compendium to highlight albums “involving a mixture of classical subgenres.” READ FULL STORY

BET Awards 2012: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z leads the nominations

Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below: READ FULL STORY

Kristen Bell and Toby Keith will host CMT awards

No Lie: House of Lies star Kristen Bell will be joining Toby Keith as co-host for the 11th annual CMT Music Awards on June 6.

In addition to hosting, Keith will also compete as a nominee, for, among others, Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup,” off his most recent album, Clancy’s Tavern. CMT.com has the full list of nominees.

The awards show will feature performances from Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

Fans can vote for their favorites online at CMT.com until June 4.

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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Adele dominates Billboard Music Awards with 12 wins: See full list of winners here

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards were doled out last night during a live telecast from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas that was broadcast on ABC and hosted by the network’s Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.

Of course, much like the Grammys, just a fraction of the 46 awards were given out during the show, which — also like the Grammys — played more like a concert. Although she wasn’t in attendance at the show, Adele dominated with 12 awards, followed by LMFAO with six awards and Lil Wayne and Coldplay with four each.

The full list of 2012 Billboard Music Award winners is as follows:

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Robyn to headline Logo's 'NewNowNext Awards' -- EXCLUSIVE

One of our favorite musicians has just booked her next big gig: EW has learned exclusively that pop sensation Robyn will be the headline performer at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards on April 11.

The Swedish phenom, who recently released her critically acclaimed album Body Talk, will join Oh Land and Wynter Gordon as the musical guests for the awards show that honors the next big things in TV, music, film, and media.

Robyn is in good company: Lady Gaga made her first televised appearance on the NewNowNext Awards. We can only hope Robyn becomes as big a superstar as Gaga. Watch the video for Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” below… READ FULL STORY

MTV Woodie Awards announce performers Wiz Khalifa, Sleigh Bells, and more -- EXCLUSIVE

Wiz-KhalifaImage Credit: Aaron Richter; Sean BerryWith no performers announced until now and just over two weeks to go before the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards go live from Austin, Texas, on March 16 (the show will air live at 12am ET/tape delayed PT on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU), EW can exclusively reveal the roster of up-and-coming artists set to take the stage.

“Black and Yellow” rapper Wiz Khalifa, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells, L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future and sprightly Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club are slated to be the live entertainment as Matt & Kim, Lupe Fiasco and others hand out “Woodie” awards based on student votes from campuses across the country.

This the first year the mtvU Woodies will be aired live on MTV (as in MTV alpha) in addition to the dorm-only network mtvU and MTV2. Additionally, this is the first time the college-crowd centric music show is part of the eminent South by Southwest Music Festival.

Clearly ready to live up to SXSW’s reputation as the best place to see upcoming artists, the previously-mentioned artists should put on a helluva show.

Wiz Khalifa, a newcomer with a number-one single under his belt (you and 45 million of your closest friends may have heard it) has his many mixtapes to pull from, and Sleigh Bells joyfully create an ear-crushing din of sugar-pop vocals, no-nonsense beats, and thundering guitar riffs.

But when it comes to newcomers to watch, my money is on Odd Future (especially if they opt to exclusively go by “Odd Future” instead of their unwieldy full name “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All”). Nineteen-year-old group leader Tyler the Creator recently Tweeted pics of himself hanging out with Justin Bieber, although their sometimes graphically violent lyrics will probably rule out any potential official Biebs approval. But purely in terms of music, Odd Future are astounding and they do something unheard of these days: they write their own music and don’t use samples.

Who are you most excited to see, readers? And which nominees have you cast your vote for—Wiz? Kanye? The Black Keys? Girl Talk? Yelawolf? Mumford and Sons? LCD Soundsystem? Tell us in the comments section below.

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MTV launching digital music awards show called the 'OMAs'

What does the “O” stand for? Good question — MTV is purposefully leaving that up for interpretation. Here’s what we do know: The inaugural O Music Awards will take place April 28. Their purpose is to “honor the migration of music to the digital space, and celebrate the art, artistry, and technology of digital music” through an nontraditional awards show that will be heavily interactive, incorporating television, social media, and mobile technology. The network will soon announce a hub for the show, as well as what its categories will be; Billboard speculates that they may include “things like best app and best Kanye West tweet.”

Grammys announce more performers: Justin Bieber, Usher, Jaden Smith, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, and others

Justin-Bieber-UsherImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/Getty ImagesThis morning a new batch of performers for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced. Usher and his protege Justin Bieber are set the hit the stage alongside Will Smith’s son, Jaden. Though the young Smith is known more as an actor, he did collaborate with Bieber last year on “Never Say Never.” Maybe he’ll bust some more raps next month. Hip-hop upstart B.o.B, R&B crooner Bruno Mars, and energetic soul star Janelle Monáe will all make their debut appearances at the Grammys, performing together in what’s described as “a rare never-before-seen presentation.” No doubt, Mars and B.o.B will spend a bit of time performing their summer smash “Nothin’ On You,” but it’ll be interesting to see where Monae fits in to the set.

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Kid-music star Justin Roberts talks about his Grammy nomination and why children's music is more serious than you think

If you hear the name Justin in the same sentence as the word Grammys, chances are you’re thinking actor/producer/hilarious SNL-er Timberlake. But this year, another Justin — one even more popular to a certain diminutive set of music lovers — is poised to take home a Grammy on February 13th.  And chances are if you are a child, have a child, or live within earshot of a home where a child lives, you’ve heard and heard of Justin Roberts, a religious studies graduate student turned preschool teacher turned hilarious and heartfelt kid rocker whose album Jungle Gym is nominated alongside offerings from They Might Be Giants and Pete Seeger for “Best Album for Children” this year.

 

EW: Jungle Gym is your seventh album…each more beloved than the last by fans but never rewarded by the Grammy voters. What did it feel like to finally get a nod this year? READ FULL STORY

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