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Skrillex releases video for 'Bangarang': Watch it here

Fresh off his showing at the Grammy Awards, dubstep craftsman and friend of Dave Grohl Skrillex just dropped a new video for his explosive track “Bangarang.”

But don’t look for the artist himself. Skrillex — and all girls who look like him — skip the clip in favor of a bunch of young ruffians and an extra-large ice cream man.

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Dave Grohl clarifies Grammy acceptance speech, is totally cool with Skrillex

When Foo Fighters won the prize for Best Rock Performance on Sunday night, Dave Grohl grabbed the microphone and went to bat for music done the old-fashioned way. “Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do,” he told the audience (before, ironically, being cut off by an LMFAO song). “It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer.”

That last statement struck a lot of people as disingenuous, considering that later in the broadcast, Grohl shared performance space with deadmau5, a guy whose primary instrument is a computer. The disconnect was enough to rankle members of both the rock and dance communities, so Grohl sent out a statement today to clarify his stance. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj explains Grammy performance was part of a 'movie'

Four days have elapsed since Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but the conversation about Nicki Minaj is still going.

Her colorful, Catholic-baiting performance of “Roman Holiday” remains the solitary lightbulb around which many media moths are fluttering, asking variations on the question, “Uh, what was that?”

“I don’t know what is the big issue,” Minaj told reporters on the red carpet of an event for Viva Glam MAC cosmetics. “You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?”

Minaj seems to think that the big problem people had with her performance was that it was on a set, though nobody voiced those same complaints about Katy Perry’s generally well-received run through “Part of Me” or Taylor Swift’s theatrical take on “Mean.” The issue was not the fact that it was over-the-top (because, quite frankly, there’s no shortage of that), but the fact that it was confusing and somewhat poorly executed.

But let’s give Minaj the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is a small portion of a much larger project. Does that mean that her upcoming album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a concept album about exorcism?

Is this an actual movie in the sense that we’ll actually be able to watch it on DVD (in between Lifetime Originals, of course)? Or is it more of a movie in the conceptual sense, the way that stoners will tell you, “My life is a movie, man. But who’s the director? Is it this God? Or is it this hamster over here? What’d you do with the Corn Nuts?”

Minaj has certainly succeeded at keeping her name in the news, which has further fueled speculation (and, no lie, excitement) over her upcoming album, which was originally slated to hit stores this week. Will she be able to keep this up until the actual release date of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on April 3? Based on her wig collection, it’s safe to say “yes.”

What did you think of Minaj’s performance? Has it gotten better or worse since Sunday? Get Roman in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Nicki Minaj releases new song ‘Starships’: Hear it here
Grammys 2012: An on-the-scene report from inside the Staples Center
Nicki Minaj levitates, lights fires, speaks in tongues for Grammys performance of new single ‘Roman Holiday’

Chris Brown's post-Grammys media maelstrom: What does it say about us?

By now, the world is well aware that Chris Brown’s two performances and televised win at Sunday night’s Grammys marked his first appearance on the show since he was forced to miss the 2009 ceremony after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

His showing there seemed to confirm that this guy was a superstar, at least in the minds of the people curating the Grammys, and that everything he had done—from the initial assault to his various temper tantrums—was water under the bridge.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was defensive about the amount of attention Brown’s appearance garnered: “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into,” he said the following day. “That’s really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris’ musical work this past year.”

Show producer Ken Ehrlich also defended Brown. “I just believe people deserve a second chance,” he said to ABC News Radio on Feb. 7. “The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” (No really. He said that.) READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2012: Adele's '21' tops iTunes charts and Amazon Best Sellers list

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“We could have had it all.” Well, at this point, Adele you sort of do have it all.

In addition to her Grammys sweep last night (the acclaimed songstress won in all six of her nominated categories, including Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Album of the Year for her platinum smash 21), Adele is once again dominating the charts. As of Monday, the Grammy-winning 21 (which has spent fifty weeks on Billboard) topped the iTunes charts, just ahead of Whitney Houston‘s Greatest Hits album. The late singer’s catalog unsurprisingly saw a surge in sales over the weekend after the news of her passing. But Adele (whose previous Grammy-winning album 19 also found its way into the top 10) wasn’t the only one to get an iTunes boost. Coldplay, the Civil Wars, and Kelly Clarkson also saw a boost thanks to their Grammy appearances.
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Backstage at the Grammys: Winners Adele, Bon Iver, Lady Antebellum, and more talk awards, Houston's legacy

About an hour after the Grammys were over, it was still unclear whether Adele was going to come backstage and talk to reporters, but suddenly the unmistakable a cappella strains of “Rolling in the Deep” came floating down the hall outside the press room and the woman of the hour appeared.

When asked how being silenced by throat surgery affected her this year, Adele was open and honest. “It’s been really, really peaceful. I’ve never been happier. I found great happiness when I was ill.” And as for that ex-boyfriend? “I think he’d be very happy for me.” Winning all six categories she was nominated in, Adele was humble but not modest. “I’m very, very proud of myself. It’s incredible.” READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2012: An on-the-scene report from inside the Staples Center

Partially designed as a live concert for 28,000 fans, the Grammy Awards are truly made for their much larger TV audience.

So when it comes to the annual kudos-fest, what you see on your screen at home is largely what you get inside the show at the Staples Center in downtown L.A., too. There isn’t much fanfare during the commercial breaks or off-screen activities happening, and — since the Staples Center is so huge — it’s overwhelming to zero in on what little delights could be happening around the arena.

But, I was there last night, and since I was, I thought I’d share with you the few little tidbits that you might not have seen on your own televisions, like which classic Grammy performances they played for the Staples audience during the commercial breaks, and how the crowd reacted to various performances and moments. Here’s the tick-tock of the night from inside:

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Grammys 2012 : We live blogged 'em!

Replay EW.com’s live blog of the 2012 Grammys from Sunday night. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj levitates, lights fires, speaks in tongues for Grammys performance of new single 'Roman Holiday'

When the performance slate for the Grammy Awards came out, it was a little bit surprising that Lady Gaga was not included on the list. Who would pick up the over-the-top theatrical slack with Mother Monster sitting on the sidelines?

Nicki Minaj was happy to fill in. In the evening’s most complicated and elaborate performance, she began on stage with “The Pope” (really just a weird old man from central casting who walked the red carpet with her), and began “confessing” the lyrics to her new single “Roman Holiday.”

Things only got weirder, as the show cut to a pre-taped segment that featured the same holy-man character showing up at a house for an exorcism. Who needed a demon purged? Minaj herself, who haphazardly put on lipstick and sang the lyrics to “I Feel Pretty” to herself as she climbed up the wall.

Eventually, the action cut back to the Staples Center stage, featuring lots of stained glass and a small army of monks. Minaj was strapped to a Frankenstein-esque lab table, eventually set free to rap through the remainder of the song.

In short, it was a mess, featuring a whole lot of religious imagery, a smattering of pyro, and no real messages to be found. The one great moment was when Minaj levitated in what might have been an homage to The Craft.

It was certainly the night’s most bombastic stage production, but it’s unclear exactly how we’re supposed to feel about Nicki Minaj (or her alter ego Roman Zolanski) once it ended.

What did you think of Nicki Minaj? Use your wackiest fake British accent in the comments.

Read More on EW.com:
Grammys 2012: The Winners
Adele performs ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at Grammys
Grammys 2012: Complete Coverage

Jennifer Hudson performs 'I Will Always Love You' in stirring Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammys

When the news broke that pop legend Whitney Houston had passed away on Saturday, the producers of the Grammy Awards were suddenly put in an almost untenable position. They absolutely had to pay tribute to the late icon, but there was nowhere near enough time to put together the sort of salute that Houston’s legacy demands.

Ultimately, they came up with a simple and elegant solution, sending out Jennifer Hudson to take the stage (video below) for a run through “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that Houston made into a worldwide smash on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Clearly moved by the enormity of her charge, Hudson nevertheless used her amazing instrument to bob and weave with impressive execution, turning in a performance that Houston herself would have been proud of.

Following an In Memoriam montage that saw tips of the hat to late icons like Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons, and Phoebe Snow, Hudson appeared bathed in light to start “I Will Always Love You” a cappella. Later joined by nothing more than a piano, Hudson’s huge voice was up to the enormous task of taking on one of the biggest songs in the entire balladeer songbook.

Though she skipped the huge note at the end of the song that became a calling card for Houston, she did ad lib “Whitney, we love you” as she closed out her performance. READ FULL STORY

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