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Grammys: Who got snubbed?

Here ‘Ye, here ‘Ye! Or don’t: Kanye West may have lead the pack with seven nods when the 54th annual Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday, but the rapper, whose album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  topped countless critics’ end-of-year lists, was snubbed in the Album of the Year category, as well as every major category except Song of the Year. Academy voters were most comfortable relegating West to genre categories like Best Rap Performance.

Taylor Swift (for Speak Now) and Beyoncé (for 4) were also overlooked for Album of the Year. (Taylor’s probably doing a very different kind of surprised face right now.) Despite a grand roll-out that included multiple videos and the big VMAs reveal of her baby earlier this year, poor Bey scored only two nominations, both in fairly minor categories: “Party,” her collaboration with Andre 3000 (and, frankly, not the best song on 4), earned a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nod, while “I Am…World Tour” is in the running for Best Long Form Video. Does this mean we won’t be able to see Beyoncé shake her best tassled maternity dress onstage this year?

And That Song that’s been playing on the radio, in your car, at the grocery store, at the gym, and in your head for the better part of 2011? Sadly, Foster the People went largely unrecognized for “Pumped Up Kicks,” which will no doubt anchor many Best Singles of 2011 lists. Passed over for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, even the Best New Artist category, the group was left to compete only for Best Alternative Album.

Of course, that leaves more space for the big surprise of the night: rave kingpin Skrillex. Racking up five nominations, and taking up a slot in the Best New Artist category that could’ve been filled by, say, Fleet Foxes, Foster the People, or the Civil Wars, he may soon be famous for more than just being the Most Hated Man in Dubstep.

Readers, what’s your take? Find our extended gallery of snubs and surprises here.

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Beyonce takes on Internet haters: Watch her 'Oh baby' video here

Remember two months ago, when the Internet suddenly decided that Beyonce’s beybé bump was suspect?

She may have remained mum at the time, but, as this new behind-the-scenes video shows, she was having the last laugh while onset shooting her “Countdown” video.

Beyoncé shared some choice thoughts for those individuals who needed a little more proof that she was indeed with child. Holding up a copy of the September 23rd issue of the Daily News, she rubs her second-trimester stomach and exaggeratingly repeats the headline, “Oh baby. OH BABY!” Glad to see pregnancy is encouraging her sense of humor.

She also discloses that at the time, she’s six months pregnant, farther along than the tabloids predicted. Does that mean little Bey (rumors abound that it is indeed a girl) is going to be making her debut before the end of the year?

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Beyonce releases nostalgic video for 'I Was Here': Watch it here

She lived. She loved. At some point, she danced in neon overalls.

According to her new DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4, which was shot during a New York show in August and finds Beyoncé telling her life story through her songs, Bey has done a whole lot of amazing things in her life. And you can see some of them in this clip for “I Was Here,” the wistful weepie from her album 4, written by Diane Warren.

Splicing together her home movies with footage from major performances and awards shows, the clip features (among other things) Baby Beyoncé doing the snake in her living room, performing in her finest TLC-inspired neon overalls, hugging Michael Jackson, performing with Prince and Tina Turner, and revealing her baby-oncé bump on MTV.

Of all the moments captured in the montage, the best are the everyday behind-the-scenes moments: the sometimes-awkward teenage hair, the goofy fooling around on a Slip ‘N Slide, the scene where she tries on her (apparently real-life) wedding dress. It’s not often that anyone gets to see the ultra-media-trained star when she’s unguarded, and even if this video’s a bit more professional-looking than most people’s home movies, it’s the closest thing I’ve seen so far to Bey just being Bey.

Check out the footage below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Beyonce throws a ‘Party’: Watch her new video here!

If it’s another week, there must be another Beyoncé video.

The busiest pregnant lady on the planet (surprise — it’s a girl!) has moved on to the backyard-barbeque anthem “Party,” featuring surprise guest spots by J. Cole (replacing the recorded track’s Andre 3000), Beyoncé’s little sister Solange, and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Alas, no signs of Michelle Williams.

Continuing her run for world domination, Queen Bey also co-directed the video, and while she plays it safe, she looks like she’s having a blast.

Unlike “Countdown,” there’s no visible baby bump in this vid, so I’m assuming it was shot mid-summer, which is when this really should have been put out. Releasing this track at the end of October seems like an odd choice, as the video involves a grillout and trailer-park pool party that would have sparkled mid-July.

As opposed to previous clips such as boy-band influenced “Love on Top” or her hypnotic, phenomenal “Countdown,” (both of which have come out in the past month, shortly after “1+1″) Beyoncé isn’t dancing this time around. Instead, she’s strutting her stuff with neon makeup and costumes straight out of the Day-Glo ’90s. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

What's on your workout playlist? For Michele Obama, it's a whole lot of Beyonce

It’s not exactly clear why the listening habits of political figures are so fascinating. But they are fascinating, aren’t they?

Thanks to inquiring minds, we now know that Barack Obama is into Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton has a weakness for Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”

The latest iPod revelation comes from First Lady Michelle Obama, who while promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign (which encourages young people to exercise and eat right), noted that when it comes to her own workouts, Beyoncé is tops.

“I always love Beyoncé, so anything that’s fast-paced that she’s doing is a good one for me,” the First Lady noted in response to a Twitter question during a video Q&A. “I have very eclectic taste, so my playlist on my iPod runs from fast-paced to a little more mellow.”

Of course, Bey’s “Move Your Body” is one of the big anthems for “Let’s Move,” and in the past has inspired both the First Lady’s Dougie and a Beyoncé-assisted flash mob. And if it’s a faster pace she’s looking for, it’s likely that Mrs. Obama’s favorite 4 tracks include “Countdown” and “Party.”

As somebody who is occasionally maniacal about working out, I can tell you that a gym-related playlist is pretty serious business. Some people prefer the adrenaline spike of hard rap or metal, while I’ve talked to others who prefer something they can get lost in (I knew one guy who swore that Air’s Moon Safari was the best workout album he had ever heard).

My personal playlist includes a lot of ’90s R&B, like Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” However, when I get into really serious running, I end up listening to a lot of Guns N’ Roses and Eminem. In fact, looking at my workout playlists on my iPod, I see that the two most-played songs are both Slim Shady tunes: the Pink-assisted “Won’t Back Down” and the Ja Rule dis “Go to Sleep.”

So on this Friday, we here at the Music Mix wonder: What songs help you blast your glutes and push you through the end of that 5K? Leave your favorite workout tracks in the comments below.

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Beyoncé Leads the Bé-Boys in 'Love On Top': Watch it Here

While she’s waiting on her new edition, Beyoncé’s fronting New Edition.

At least, that’s what it looks like in this new video for “Love on Top,” which finds Queen Béy in a big-windowed warehouse-like room, leading a five-man dance team in apparent tribute to New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love” video.

Filmed pre-pregnancy (or at least pre-showing, which probably isn’t gonna help those fake baby-bump rumors), the video also shows Beyonce shimmying in suits that look like the one she wore during her famous tummy-rubbing reveal on the VMAs, while her Bé-boys back her up with their best Temptations moves.

Recently asked what was on her bucket list, she said, “I want to create a boy band.” Well, now she’s got one, and there’s another member on the way.

Watch her “smiling out from ear to ear” in the video, after the jump.

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It's not deflating, haters! Despite press rumors, Beyoncé says her baby bump isn't fake

Beyonce on 'Sunday Night HD'

Is Beyoncé wearing a prosthetic stomach?

Rumors started circulating about the very pregnant Sugar Mama after footage of her appearance on Sunday Night HD, an Australian talk show, began to surface online.

In the clip, Beyonce’s belly appears to deflate as she sits down, leading some viewers to think she’s faking her bump while a surrogate carries her child.

But before you conspiracy theorists get your tinfoil hats ready, Beyoncé’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, has already said the fake-bump rumors are “stupid, ridiculous and false.”

Aren’t there plenty of rational explanations for this? Awkward shadows cast from those unflattering TV lights? Maybe some wayward Spanx rolled down the wrong way? Plus, we’ve already seen The Pregnancé in a bikini, and it’s real.

Don’t make Jay-Z come after y’all. You can watch the video footage for yourself after the jump.

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'Michael Forever': Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, and Michael Jackson's children appear at controversial tribute show

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Ne-Yo all performed at the controversy-plagued Michael Jackson tribute concert “Michael Forever” earlier today, according to the AP. Jackson’s three children — Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph Jr., 9 — also appeared onstage to address the audience at the show, which took place in Cardiff, Wales.

Ne-Yo started the concert with a performance of “Billie Jean;” Jackson’s brothers Marlon, Tito, and Jackie tackled the Jackson 5 hit “Blame It On the Boogie” with British boy band JLS; and Christina Aguilera sang “Smile.” Meanwhile, Beyonce performed “I Wanna Be Where You Are” via satellite. The Jackson children returned to the stage for the finale, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

“Michael Forever” had attracted criticism for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was set to coincide with the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of contributing to  Jackson’s death. Several of Jackson’s other siblings, including Janet, declined to take part in the concert and last week the Black Eyed Peas withdrew from the show, citing “unavoidable circumstances.”

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Beyonce's flashy, colorful 'Countdown' video: Watch it here!

Beyoncé may be pregnant with her first child, but she’s not going to let that slow her pop career down.

Queen B has just released the music video for her latest single “Countdown,” the funky jam that we all kinda wish had been the lead single off of 4, rather than “Run the World (Girls),” and it’s a twitchy, energetic, but slightly disjointed affair.

The video—which, judging by the distinct lack of a baby bump in some shots (though we do get a few glimpses), must have been shot at least partly before the VMAs—is a typical Beyoncé dance-fest featuring frenetic movement, flashing colors, and a whole lot of sexy outfits. (The video also features some serious bangs in some scenes yet no bangs in others, which  further solidifies the fact that I have no idea how women’s hair works.)

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Beyonce's pregnancy reveal breaks Twitter record: Why do we care so much?

When Beyoncé unbuttoned her purple sequined jacket Sunday night at the MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards and revealed that she has something baking in her oven—her first child, to be exact—the building roared in celebration.

If you weren’t at Nokia Theater L.A. Live to experience it in person, the next best thing was logging on to your choice social network and shooting off your reaction. For millions, Twitter was their first destination.

Techland reports that fans hopped on the medium to express their shock, happiness, and such at a rate of 8,868 tweets per second. That beats news of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May, which drew in 5,106 tweets per second, and the Super Bowl, which earned 4,064 tweets.

Crazy, right? The question is why did so many people care so much? Well, for one, people looooooove them some Beyoncé. She’s a major pop star who, unlike most of her peers, has managed to steer clear of celeb shenanigans. Add the fact that she’s married to Jay-Z, arguably the best rapper ever, and that they both keep the details of their life together on the hush-hush and bam, here’s the answer: We’ve never seen them so excited to let a secret out of the bag! Watch them let it go after the jump:

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