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Frank Ocean's rising tide: How the genre-bending hip-hop artist swam to the top of the Grammys

When the Grammy nominations were announced on Dec. 5, it read like a roll call of 2012 radio all-stars: fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z. There was one outlier, though: Frank Ocean.

An artist without a single Hot 100 hit or a sold-out stadium tour or a basketball arena to call his own, Ocean is up for six awards, including Album of the Year for his transcendent debut, Channel Orange. It topped dozens of year-end critics’ lists (including this magazine’s) and was only recently certified gold, let alone platinum. So how did this 25-year-old soul man end up at the center of music’s biggest night?

Part of it has to do with the shifting nature of the Grammys themselves. READ FULL STORY

Spotify uses streaming data to predict Grammy winners

If award season is all about seeing who can predict the winners, then Spotify is just trying to keep up with the times.

This year, Spotify is using its biggest resource, its streaming data, to predict which artists will take home the coveted golden gramophones. According to Spotify, the gramophones for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are going to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and Album of the Year will be taken home by Mumford & Sons for Babel.

The Lumineers are favored to win Best New Artist, Carly Rae Jepsen is expected to take away Best Pop Solo Performance, and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is in the top spot for Best Country Song.

Do you agree with Spotify’s predictions? You can also make your own predictions on Spotify’s Facebook page. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Cover up! No breasts, no buttocks, CBS says in wardrobe advisory email to Grammys contacts

Now that CBS has made it through Super Bowl XLVII without another boobgate, the network has turned its attention to the wardrobe matters of its next big broadcast: Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

CBS Standards and Practices sent an email to the Grammys staff late Tuesday night with a detailed “wardrobe advisory” for Sunday’s event. Deadline first obtained the email, which EW has confirmed did indeed go out to Grammys contacts last night.

Read CBS’ plea for a demure show below:
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Chris Brown back in court after prosecutors raise probation questions

Chris Brown is set to return to court Wednesday to face a prosecutor who is asking a judge to revoke the singer’s probation because investigators could not find credible evidence he completed his community labor sentence for the 2009 beating of Rihanna.

A motion filed Tuesday raises for the first time in Brown’s felony assault case several incidents that prosecutors say demonstrate Brown has ongoing anger management issues.

They cited a Jan. 27 fight between Brown and fellow R&B star Frank Ocean, and a 2011 outburst in which Brown threw a chair through a window after he was asked about the Rihanna attack on Good Morning America.

The filing represents a dramatic shift in the case against Brown, who was repeatedly praised by the judge overseeing his case for his completion of domestic violence courses and his community service work in his home state of Virginia. That changed in September, when prosecutors raised concerns about Brown’s community service after he logged 701 hours in seven months — an amount that had previously taken him more than two years to achieve. READ FULL STORY

Sting to perform with Bruno Mars and Rihanna at Grammys

Don’t worry, kiddos — Papa Sting is here to show you how it’s done.

The Recording Academy has announced that the 61-year-old Sting with be joining Rihanna and Bruno Mars on stage for a performance at the Grammys this Sunday.

With 16 trophies of his own at home, Sting is no stranger to the Grammys — he won his first back in 1980, when he was in the Police and Rihanna and Bruno Mars were not even people yet. (Although, judging by Mars’ recent singles, the age gap hasn’t limited Sting’s influence.)

Kelly Clarkson will be performing separately on Grammy night as well, the Academy announced, while Beyoncé, Prince, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, and Pauley Perrette were confirmed as presenters.

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Frank Ocean added to list of Grammy performers

The Grammys just added one red-and-white headband to its stage: It’s been confirmed today that Frank Ocean will be joining the lineup of performers at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will go down on Sunday, Feb. 10.

That is, if he’s able to make it out of the Grammy parking lot with his fingers unharmed — Ocean has yet to make a public appearance since his altercation with fellow nominee Chris Brown last week. After that fight, Ocean, who at that point had not been confirmed to play the awards show, tweeted, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”

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Nicki Minaj talks Grammy snub

So, why was Nicki Minaj passed over for this year’s Grammy nominations? One might say that the disjointed Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded wasn’t trophy-worthy in a year packed with stellar albums, but Minaj herself has her own ideas.

“I think that the Grammys had a different reason [for not nominating me] that I do not want to discuss,” Minaj, who delivered a head-scratching performance of “Roman Holiday” at last year’s ceremony, said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “And that’s just between me and them. But I respect their organization and I’ll get a Grammy eventually. I’m not worried about it.”

The American Idol judge has remained lighthearted regarding the issue, laughing off the snub and saying, “I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake added to Grammy performance lineup

Since Justin Timberlake is on his suit and tie s—, it’s only appropriate that he be invited to a proper formal event.

Timberlake is the latest boldface name added to the performance docket at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place on Sunday, February 10.

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Chris Brown/Frank Ocean incident unlikely to affect Grammys

Four years ago, Chris Brown went from famous to infamous in the pre-Grammy incident heard ’round the world.

Today it felt a little like deja vu all over again. Some time last night or early this morning, Brown was involved in yet another physical altercation with yet another centerpiece of the Grammy Awards (which are just under two weeks away).

Based on various reports, the incident between Brown and Frank Ocean was not nearly as disastrous as the one with Rihanna, but it still left Ocean with a cut finger and Brown with another mark on his image. So will another violent altercation effect his presence at music’s biggest night?  READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert to perform at Grammys

Miranda Lambert used her appearance on CBS’ The Talk today to announce she’ll also perform live at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS.

The awards show will air Feb. 10.  “It means the world to have a nomination and perform,” she told the women of The Talk. “It’s awesome and I’m so thankful to be a part of it.”

Lambert’s For the Record received a nomination for Best Country Album. She’ll compete against Zac Brown Band (Uncaged), Hunter Hayes (Hunter Hayes), Jamey Johnson (Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran) and The Time Jumpers (The Time Jumpers).Previously announced performers include the Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.

LL Cool J returns as host.

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