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LL Cool J to host Grammys

LL Cool J will host the 54th Grammy Awards this Feb. 12. The two-time Grammy winner has hosted the nomination concert for the last four years, but he’ll be the first official host of the televised ceremony since Queen Latifah in 2005. “I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” he said in a statement. “I will always have fond memories of my first Grammys Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true.”

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Adele to return to the stage at the Brit Awards; what does that mean for the Grammys?

After canceling dozens of tour dates and laying low following vocal cord surgery towards the end of 2011, Adele has begun to step back into the spotlight.

She just announced her first post-recovery live performance, which will be at the 2012 Brit Awards on February 21 — a little more than a week after the Grammys, which go down in Los Angeles on February 12.

Ever since she first disappeared for her surgery, rumors have been swirling that Adele would make her great public comeback at the Grammys. At the moment, Adele’s name isn’t on the performance slate, though the show is notorious for slowly rolling out the performance announcements (or sometimes not announcing people at all).

And she did tweet yesterday: Looking forward to @theGRAMMYs on Feb 12! #WeAreMusic  with a link to an impressive Grammys glamor shot. So it’s still entirely possible that her live return will be on stage at the Staples Center (where she will also be around to pick up as many as six Grammys). And it’s good that she is feeling well enough to book performances, but even with all this rest, her return gives me pause. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate

Yes, they will be handing out some gold statuettes at this year’s Grammys, coming up on Feb. 12. But for many, the real draw is the performances — a veritable parade of music-industry stars-slash-nominees.

Taylor Swift, whose album Speak Now is up for Best Country Album and whose single “Mean” is nominated for two more prizes, will join the growing list of artists who will bring their A-game to music’s biggest night. Nicki Minaj, whose second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is set to hit stores two days after the show airs, will make her debut on the Grammy stage (she is also nominated for three prizes, including Best New Artist).

The current announced performance slate also includes the likes of Kelly Clarkson (who will have an awful lot of national TV exposure in February, as she will also be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl), Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and Jason Aldean (who will presumably duet with Clarkson on their smash hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay”).

That’s only a fraction of the performers who will end up rolling out songs on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12. Last year, there were a grand total of 17 performance segments involving three dozen artists.

Since the focus over the past few years has been put on on-stage collaborations, and since the ads for this year’s show focus on past tag-teams like Prince and Beyoncé, the biggest question remains who will link up with who for a memorable performance this time around.

Of all the people already announced, it’d be most satisfying to see Minaj involved in some sort of salute to women in hip-hop (Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and Eve could all make guest appearances, culminating in a climactic beef-burying appearance from Lil Kim).

We would also love to see Dave Grohl open up his Rolodex and invite some of the rock icons he has jammed with just over the past 12 months (including Lemmy Kilmister, Bob Mould, and former bandmate Krist Novoselic).

Who are you hoping will come together at the 54th Grammy Awards? Cast your votes in the comments.

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Adele says fans may have to wait a while for her next record

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When Entertainment Weekly visited with Adele last spring, the singer said that she couldn’t wait to get back into the studio and record the follow-up to her hugely successful 21.

“I need to write my record,” explained the British chanteuse. “[My heart] is already broke. That’s why I need to write the record.” But Adele seems to have changed her tune about recording new tunes.

In a new email interview with Billboard, the 23 year old, who is currently recovering from throat surgery, makes clear that she is now in no hurry to return to the studio: “I imagine I’ll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven’t even thought about my third record yet. I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” READ FULL STORY

Skrillex's Best New Artist nomination: One small step for dubstep, or one giant leap away from artistry?

When Skrillex, a 23 year-old dance-music producer from Los Angeles whose real name is Sonny Moore, nabbed the final Best New Artist slot at last night’s Grammy Nominations Concert, more than a few people balked:

Who is this Skill-rex person/band, and why has he/she/they taken away the nomination from my beloved (insert act here)?!

But other people were much more excited about his nomination (this is a real, if not strictly grammatical reaction from his official Facebook page):

Your  f–king amazing! I hope you win each and every one of those Grammy’s, you deserve it! F–k the haters that say otherwise, your dope as f–k!!!!!!

Truth is, if you aren’t still on the Party Rock circuit, you’ve likely never heard of Skrillex, the dubstep wunderkind whose trancey EPs blare at raves and festivals across the country and whose personal YouTube uploads have racked up over 190 million views. To the tech-savvy Gen-Zers, though, for whom thumping bass rumbles and beep-bop-boop remixes are commonplace, Skrillex is a god among DJs. (Somewhere, P!nk is totally confused by that line.)

Perhaps the Grammys were attempting to reach out to the youth demographic that every awards show so desperately desires by giving Skrillex a Best New Artist slot. Or perhaps they simply wanted to acknowledge the rise of dubstep/dance music by awarding him five nominations and giving deadmau5 three of his own. Or perhaps Grammy voters really just love Skrillex. (I mean, he clearly shares a lot of fans with last year’s Best New Artist winner, Esperanza Spalding, right?)

No matter what the reasoning, though, some people — you know, the kind who prefer guitars and pianos and lyrics (fogies!) –  just can’t consider Skrillex a legitimate music artist. They hear tracks like the one below and wonder, “Is this music or just noise?” (and also: “Get off my lawn!”): READ FULL STORY

Trey Parker and Robert Lopez on 'Book of Mormon' Grammy nod

Paging Tracy Jordan — South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone just got one step closer to EGOTing.

When the Grammy nominations were announced last night, it was no surprise that Broadway darling The Book of Mormon, which swept the Tonys over the summer, picked up a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (check out the full list of nominations). After the nominations were announced, EW chatted with Parker and Robert Lopez, who, along with Stone, are responsible for the killer book, music and lyrics, to find out more about their incredible, whirlwind year.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, first of all. You guys must be so excited. I love this show, and I can’t stop humming the songs.
TREY PARKER: Yeah! That’s the cool part, we actually started writing the show as an album first. We sat down and came up with the songs first. Because we wanted the songs to dictate the show and not just have it be a show and break for a song once in a while. We wanted the show to be motivated by the songs. Really what we did is we got together and made a demo of an album, so the songs are really what we are most proud of, so that’s why this is cool. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments

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Just before the Grammy Nominations Concert hit the airwaves on CBS last night, the show’s executive producer Ken Ehrlich appeared on stage and made quite the proclamation to those of us fortunate enough to be seated in the live studio audience: “This is a mini Grammys show,” he said. And if that was the goal, then: success! Performances! Presenters! Thank you, lucky stars, that “mini” also is code for: No speeches or exhausting monologues!

The show — which is designed to announce the year’s Grammy nominations but functions mostly as an hour-long concert — was indeed a “mini Grammys,” in that way that the Grammys has always managed to provide a mixture of performances that run the gamut from shocking…to boring. In that spirit of good and bad — and since I was there in the audience — I thought it only appropriate to provide a look at the live show in terms of best and worsts. Here goes:

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Grammy nominees list 2012

Adele

Kanye West’s seven nominations leads the pack of 54th Annual Grammy Award nominees — announced  with great fanfare at Wednesday night’s now-traditional Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! (read our on-the-scene report) – though he was nearly shut out in all major categories other than Song of the Year. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars follow with six, and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each earned five.

The awards ceremony will air live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

Record of the Year
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

Album of the Year
Adele, 21
The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-wops and Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

For the full list of nominees beyond those announced tonight on the live Grammy concert telecast, go the Academy’s official site here.

ALSO: On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments

Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban has died, aged 80

Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club member Manuel Galbán has died at the age of 80.

In the ’60s, Galban joined the hugely popular Cuban band Los Zafiros and in the ’70s formed his own group, Batey. He appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1999 documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, and subsequently performed with the touring ensemble of the same name. In 2004, Galbán won a Grammy for the album Mambo Sinuendo, a collaboration with his fellow guitarist Ry Cooder.

Galbán died yesterday in Havana of a heart attack.

“It is a very sad day for Cuban music and fans of Cuban music,” said Galbán’s manager Daniel Florestano. “Galbán’s enormous impact worldwide with his unique guitar sound and warm smile will be missed by many.”

You can see a very young Galbán appearing on TV with Los Zafiros below: READ FULL STORY

Group threatens CBS with boycott over Grammy reduction

A group of musicians is threatening to organize a boycott of CBS, network of the 2012 Grammy Awards, after the Recording Academy dropped 31 categories, according to the Associated Press. In April, the Academy announced that the number of Grammy categories would be reduced from 109 to 78, and the group, led by Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musician Bobby Sanabria, charges that this move intentionally and unfairly targets ethnic music. The new Grammy policy has drawn criticism from the likes of Bill Cosby, Herbie Hancock, and Paul Simon.

In a response, the Academy said in a statement: “The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and its committees — made up of elected, qualified voting members from The Academy’s 12 Chapter Cities around the country and a broad spectrum of music makers — spent two years researching and ultimately making the decision to restructure the Grammy Awards Categories for reasons that had everything to do with recognizing excellence in music and the integrity of our awards and nothing to do with ethnicity or race. We were up front, transparent, and painstakingly clear about how and why the awards restructuring was done, and any allegations that the process was carried out in secret or without warning are demonstrably false.

“We respect the right of our members to their opinions, and continue to listen to their views with open minds. There is no basis for any kind of legitimate legal claim. We cannot comment on a hypothetical lawsuit.”

CBS declined to comment.

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