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MTV VMAs winners' list: Gaga, Beyonce and more

Tonight’s winners, updated as they come in:

Best Dance Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Collaboration
Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce, “Telephone”

Best Female Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Rock Video
30 Seconds to Mars, “Kings and Queens”

Best Male Video
Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Best Pop Video
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Hip Hop Video
Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber

Video of the Year
Lady Gaga

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The xx beat out Mumford and Sons, Corinne Bailey Rae for England's Mercury Prize

the-xxImage Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.comFew industry oddmakers were surprised last night when bedroom-pop savants the xx—looking atypically bronzed and smiley, left—took top honors at the 18th annual Mercury Music Prize ceremony in London.

Still, it caps off a banner year for the barely-legal co-ed foursome (currently a trio, following the late 2009 departure of keyboardist Baria Qureshi due to “personal differences”; but does she still get a piece of the £20,000 cash prize?).

And the band’s gauzy self-titled debut—with its near-constant rotation in coffeehouses, hipster hair salons, and basement makeout rooms—certainly beats last year’s left-field winner, rapper Speech Debelle’s little-known Speech Therapy, for sheer indie ubiquity.

Their 2010 competition, while considerable, never really seemed likely to surmount the xx’s long lead. If anything, close collaborators and tourmates Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons may have split votes, and 2003 winner Dizzee Rascal had little hope of repeating his luck with a two-fer. But what of fellow nominees Biffy Cyro, Corinne Bailey Rae, Villagers, Foals, and Paul Weller?

Stream a slice of the xx’s narcotic, twilit pop below, and let us know what you think of the voting committee’s final decision: READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood: Why do the CMAs keep snubbing her for Entertainer of the Year?

Carrie-UnderwoodImage Credit: Kent Miller/PR PhotosThe 2010 CMA Awards nominations came out yesterday, and despite nine well-deserved nominations for Miranda Lambert, including Entertainer of the Year, most of the chatter was about the blondes missing from that category. Although they both had typically strong years, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will be sitting out the race for the top prize at country’s big fall awards show — and it’s not super clear why.

We’ll set aside the Swift issue for the time being — she took EOTY at last year’s CMAs, and her absence this year may be a combination of her being between album cycles and some sort of conscious effort by the industry voters to shine a light elsewhere within the genre to avoid these things becoming Taylor Time, All The Time. (I’m not saying that’s a worthy excuse to give her slot to a potentially less-deserving act, but it’s the best I can come up with right now.)

The bigger issue here is the continued absence of Underwood from the CMA EOTY category, given the ginormous success she’s enjoyed in the four years since Jesus took her wheel — and especially given the fact that the CMAs have no problem with Underwood co-hosting their awards show. Three times. With a dress budget running into the billions. And yet she’s never once been nominated for Entertainer. What the what? After the jump, we’ll break down the situation.


Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominations with 9. What do you think of the ballot?

Miranda-Lambert_240.jpg Image Credit: Fred Breedon/Nashville Rising/Getty ImagesThe CMA Awards announced their nominations for 2010 over the past two days, and once again, another pretty blonde girl leads the pack with 9 nods, yawn, snore, zzzz…

Wait, WHAT? It’s Miranda Lambert???? Well slap my dog and call me Sally, that is AWESOME.

Yes, in an incredibly satisfying turn of events, Lambert’s Revolution cleaned up on the ballot, earning the shotgun queen nods for Album, Song (2), Single (2), Video (2), Vocalist and the big one, Entertainer of the Year. There’s a bunch of new blood all over the place, in fact — especially in EOTY.

But did they get it right? Follow after the jump, where I’ll break down all the categories to the best of my abilities. Carrie Underwood fans, you may want to just skip straight to the comments section and start typing in all caps.


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood team up again to host 2010 CMA Awards

cma-hosts-wImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABCIt was announced today that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return for a third turn as co-hosts of the CMA Awards when the 2010 ceremony airs Nov. 10 from Nashville. They’ve been a successful team — Underwood’s nice-girl veneer blends well with Paisley’s geeky, quick wit — and their joint popularity within the industry gives the night that special, star-studded vibe. (If you’re scoring at home, it takes Paisley + Underwood = Reba, who’s managed to host the ACMs all by her lonesome for a while now.)

This year’s nominees will be announced over two days at the end of the month: Justin Moore and Chris Young will announce some on Aug. 31; Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will announce the rest on Good Morning America Sept. 1. No one knows why it is happening this way. But let’s guess who’ll rack up the nominations, Mixers! If you had a vote for the 2010 CMAs — eligibility is July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 — who’d be on your ballots?

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2010 Oscars for Best Song: Worst nominations ever?

The Academy Awards are known for the odd Best Song stumble or snub (shutting out Bruce Springsteen entirely for 2008′s widely acclaimed “The Wrestler,” even after it won the Golden Globe, for example). Though they’ve made some admirable choices, too: See the triumph of Three 6 Mafia’s “Hard Out Here for a Pimp” for Hustle and Flow in 2005, and Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard’s Once theme “Falling Slowly” in ’07.

But this year, Ryan Bingham’s lovely and eminently worthy “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart aside, the nominations are decidedly underwhelming. No offense to Randy Newman, the Susan Lucci of Oscar Song noms, who gets two this year for his work on Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, but seriously, he needed two?

And as for Marion Cotillard’s speakeasy shimmy “Take It All” from the star-studded dud Nine, and the boppy piano ditty “Loin de Paname” from hardly-seen French musical Paris 36? All we can say is, sacre bleu. Surely, the Academy could have dug a little deeper? (Though speaking of blue, points to them for passing on Leona Lewis’ Celine-style Avatar fail, “I See You.”)

If there were justice in the ranks, we might have seen a nod for Karen O’s organic and sweetly childlike Where The Wild Things Are work, specifically “All Is Love,” or Ed Helms’ Dada goof “Stu’s Song” from The Hangover. Neither would likely have won, but they deserved a chance, as did Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See In Color” for Precious, Duffy’s “Smoke Without Fire” from An Education, and Sad Brad Smith’s Up in the Air elegy “Help Yourself.”

Also absent? Anything at all from the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. No matter what you think of the film (to recap: rainforest, sparkle, mope, werewolf, mope, kiss), its music was almost uniformly excellent. Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Lykke Li (who made the eligibility short list, at least), and countless others contributed tracks that should have at least earned them a shot at the statuette; it’s unclear why they didn’t.

But you tell us, readers—is this the lineup you were hoping for? Who most deserves the prize, regardless of whether or not they were nominated?

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Grammys: the complete list of winners

Grammy Awards 2010: The winners list

Album Of The Year
I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé
The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame, Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band
WINNER: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Best Female Pop Vocal
“Hometown Glory,” Adele
WINNER: “Halo,” Beyonce
“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry
“Sober,” Pink
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Ego,” Beyonce and Kanye West
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Ne-Yo
WINNER: “Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna
I’m on a Boat,” The Lonely Island and T-Pain
“Dead and Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake

Best Rock Album
Black Ice, AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
WINNER: 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, Dave Matthews Band
No Line On The Horizon, U2 READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2010: What are your predictions?

Grammy weekend! We’re only hours away, dear readers, from the music-industry’s premier awards-show rodeo.

We know who’s heading in with the most nominations—10 for Beyonce; eight for Taylor Swift; five for La Señora Gaga—and our own Simon Vozick-Levinson has kindly handicapped the evening with this Who Will Win/Who Should Win gallery. (You’re welcome! Tell your bookie we say hello.)

The rest, as wildly unexpected wins (Herbie Hancock’s 2008 Album of the Year upset; Springfield over Springsteen, etc.) have proven year after year, is almost entirely left in the hands of fate.

So we turn the oddsmaking to you, Music Mixers. For a full list, click here; for just the top categories (i.e. no Best Regional Mexican) read after the jump; then place your bets. READ FULL STORY

ABBA, the Stooges, Genesis join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010

Mamma Mia! Can you feel the Raw Power, Fernando? Or is it just an Invisible Touch?

The Phil Collins-fronted prog-to-pop rockers Genesis, Swedish superstars ABBA, and Iggy Pop’s lust-for-lifers the Stooges lead the pack in this upcoming year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Reggae great Jimmy Cliff and ’60s Brit-rock pioneers the Hollies will also be honored.

Each band (including the seven-times-rejected Stooges) is scheduled to perform at the ceremony, which takes place March 15, 2010 in New York City and will air live on Fuse; ABBA, however, have not appeared live together since late 1982, and have famously turned down all previous reunion enticements (including a now-legendary offer of $1 billion in 2000).

The group’s Benny Andersson says the odds are “99 to 1″ they’ll be there. “It’s very tricky because Agnetha [Fältskog] is not flying,” he told Rolling Stone. “The people who are really fond of ABBA for what we did, I think we are doing them a favor by not going out.”

Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, says he’s working on getting the long-departed Peter Gabriel to participate in the show, though it’s not guaranteed: “Peter is a bit elusive, but I’ll probably talk to him soon and see if he has any concept of what he wants to do. I don’t feel a great need to play. I’m happy just to drink.”

What do you think of this year’s winners, readers, and the likelihood/promise of their reunion performances? And what about the the ones who failed to make the cut—among them, Kiss, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Donna Summer?

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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mtvU Woodie Awards: College students vote their favorite artists (Kings of Leon! Matt and Kim!) of 2009

The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards penetrate dorm-room televisions this Friday night. Now, mtvU is a campus-only cable network, so this awards show is targeted to those seeking higher education: i.e., it is something kids watch before leaving their rooms, finding a party and making some questionable decisions.

So if you wanna know what your missing,  here it is: Woodies are golden logs given to musicians based upon student votes from across the country. According to MTV, the Woodies give us the pulse of the trend-setting campus crowd. Some of the featured artists at the ’09 Woodies are indeed of the up-and-coming variety—Passion Pit, Never Shout Never—and some were alt-music standbys present, like Death Cab for Cutie, Jack White and Clipse. But there was one thing I know for certain: You should question the indie cred of any show that provides two separate bottles of hair product on every sink in the bathroom.

All questions of “alternative-ness” aside, however, the performances were top notch. The show’s fantastic kickoff featured moving cameras following the Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim as they biked through the heart of Manhattan (in real time) and into the Roseland Ballroom, where they hopped off their bikes and jumped right into singing their college-radio hit “Lessons Learned” as audiences cheered along.

You might remember that song from its infamous music video—the indie twosome walk through Times Square shedding layers of clothing until they are completely nekkid in front of droves of gawking tourists. But in case you forgot:


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