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Bon Iver says 'No, thank you' to performing at the Grammys, with expletives

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had a pretty remarkable 2011, what with the attention for his self-titled album, his work with Kanye West, and his sudden demand as a collaborator and producer. He’s up for a handful of Grammys next Sunday, February 12, and may just walk away with some gold, but you will not see him onstage with a guitar.

The conversation certainly happened, though it broke down in apparently spectacular fashion. Billboard  spoke to Vernon last night (he’s in New York for a performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend), and he laid out the story in rather verbose terms.

“We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else,” Vernon told the magazine. “And we just felt like it was such a large stage — we’re getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our f—ing friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘f— you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”

Vernon didn’t divulge who the Grammy producers wanted him to collaborate with, but he did not that they were “awesome people.” “But you know what? F—in’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job,” Vernon added. “Rock n’ roll should be the f—ing people with guitars around their backs.”

So while Vernon will not be joining the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, and Nicki Minaj on the Grammys stage, who are the “awesome people” the producers wanted Vernon to tag-team with for a song or two? Leave your guesses, conspiracy theories, and wild accusations in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Best New Artist Grammy winners over the past 25 years: Did they live up to their title?
Grammy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises
Bon Iver releases ‘Holocene’ video, lets disillusioned little boy be great: Watch here
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon talks about his new album, Kanye, and why home is where the heart is: An EW Q&A

New Grammys promo finally reveals something Taylor Swift isn't good at

Unless something in her life eventually goes horribly awry, it is unlikely that Taylor Swift will ever release a rap album.

Still, should the day ever come when she parlays her tag-team with T-Pain, her collaboration with T.I., and her acoustic take on “Lose Yourself” into a full-fledged hip-hop diva career, she should probably leave the beatboxing up to the professionals.

In a just-released promo for the Grammy Awards (which air next Sunday, Feb. 12), host LL Cool J and performer-nominee Swift are hanging out around a huge novelty award — you know, like they always do.

LL busts into some old-school beatboxing, but when Swift jumps in to add some mouth scratches and throat samples, things get goofy pretty fast (which, to her credit, she clearly realizes). Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Adele confirms Grammys performance, her first since throat surgery

Sorry, England: The good old U.S. of A. gets Adele back first.

Two weeks ago, the chart-busting singer announced that she would be making her triumphant return to the stage at the Brit Awards. That all changed this morning when the confirmation came that Adele would in fact be performing at the Grammys, making that appearance her first on stage since she took time off for career-threatening throat surgery nearly six months ago.

“I’m immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards,” Adele said in a press release sent out this morning. “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”

There’s no word on what she’ll be performing, but she has a trio of songs that have reached the top of the Hot 100 at her disposal. READ FULL STORY

Best New Artist Grammy winners over the past 25 years: Did they live up to their title?

The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, or Skrillex will soon join a prestigious list of musical acts that includes the Beatles, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and — skyrockets in flight! — the Starlight Vocal Band. What list is that? Why, the Grammy Awards’ Best New Artist winners.

The history of the Best New Artist is a complicated one. For every no-brainer (Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Adele, pictured), there are some equally contestable choices (Paula Cole over Fiona Apple, A Taste of Honey over Elvis Costello) and plenty of controversy to spare. (Rule changes still didn’t help artists like Lady Gaga in time; the great Milli Vanilli debacle; Esperanza who?)

So has it proven to be beneficial for a musician or band to walk away with the Best New Artist Grammy, or is the award the kiss of death for a career, as has been rumored in years past? We’ll run down the Best New Artist winners from the past 25 years to see which recipients lived up to their title and what they’ve been up to since their win. The 54th annual Grammy Awards, which determine the fate of the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex, airs live at 8 p.m. EST on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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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.”

Read more:
Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson join Grammy performance slate
Grammy Snubs and Surprises
Grammy nominees

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.

Read more on EW.com:
Taylor Swift joins ‘Les Miserables': Will her star power motivate you to go to the movies?
Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album
Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

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

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