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Grammy snubs and surprises: Pink, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Frank Ocean

Last night, in between LL Cool J and Taylor Swift beatboxing “Mean” and Maroon 5 performing that 311 song that was somehow number one for nine weeks, the nominees for the Grammy Awards (or at least, selected categories of them) were delivered live.

And like always, they they didn’t disappoint the armchair critics with their surprises and, in some eyes, oversights.

Unlike last year – a.k.a. Adele-apalooza: Beyond Thunderdome —  no one artist was dominant; the most nominations scored by any one artist was six, and six separate artists hit that number: Mumford & Sons, Fun., Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, and Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

That’s a pretty eclectic list, but there’s more to dig into from the big list.

Surprise: Miguel
The critically lauded (and EW-beloved) R&B singer’s Prince-style opus Kaleidoscope Dream hasn’t made a huge impact yet commercially, but it still nailed down five well-deserved nominations, including a major nod for Song of the Year for the ultra-sexy “Adorn.” 

Snub: Carly Rae Jepsen
Sure, “Call Me Maybe” was nominated for some big prizes, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, but why was it left off the list for Record of the Year? And why didn’t Jepsen get a nod for Best New Artist? Grammy voters seemed to be implying that while they would honor her huge sales year, they may not be expecting her to stick around. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z chronicles his Brooklyn concert in short behind-the-scenes documentary: Watch it here

Couldn’t make it to Jay-Z’s much-heralded Barclays Center concerts? No worries — Hova’s new mini-documentary has you covered.

Thanks to “Where I’m From,” a new video posted on Jay’s Life+Times site, you can enjoy an intimate look at how the larger-than-life rapper went about inaugurating his hometown’s newest stadium this fall. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, the video shows Hova rehearsing for his Barclays Center opening nights, as well as the intensive work put in by his hard-working team.

And shots! The short doc shows the all-black-everything rapper doing shot shots shots shots shots shots with his colleagues, as well as him brandishing his Metrocard to board the subway from Manhattan to his gig in Brooklyn with this nice lady.

Check out Jay-Z’s self-uploaded “Where I’m From” documentary in the video below:

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Gwyneth Paltrow is having a hip-hop week: Hear GOOP's rap picks here

While we at EW like to live every week like it’s Shark Week, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow’s on a whole other tip right now.

As Lady GOOP’s latest newsletter invaded inboxes across America Thursday, readers learned not only what Paltrow had for breakfast (crepes) and what TV show’s she been obsessing over (Homeland), but also that she’s been rap strong this week.

“It’s Hip Hop Week,” reads the newsletter, before delving into a trio of tracks that the actress has been jamming these days. Unsurprisingly, one of her pick is “Clique,” the Cruel Summer single featuring Big Sean, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. She’s also been getting into “F—ing Problem,” the A$AP Rocky song that counts Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz as guests. Lastly — and rather oddly — is “Bad Ass Strippa,” the 2004 track from Romani-British rapper Jentina that was later mocked by Lady Sovereign in “Sad Ass Strippa.”

You can listen to all of GOOP’s hip-hop week picks with the videos below. But first, be sure to heed Gwyneth’s post-script warning: “Explicit lyrics. Do with that information what you will…” 

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Rolling Stones expands anniversary tour, add Brooklyn date

Are the Rolling Stones going artisanal?

After watching tickets to their four-date 50th anniversary tour sell like hotcakes, the Stones have announced that they’ll be playing an additional fifth show for fans — in Brooklyn.

According the band’s site, Mick and the boys will be playing the borough’s new Barclays Center on Dec. 8, the Saturday before their two dates at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. (The first two concerts of the band’s victory lap will take place at London’s O2 Arena.) Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST, while general tickets will be up for grabs starting the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

And they’re not the only Brits invading Brooklyn that month: Coldplay recently announced that they, along with Jay-Z, will be playing Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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On the Scene: Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers

Image Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista

Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers set at 106 and Park is small but sumptuous with the air of an upscale jazz lounge, the stage adorned with carpets and candles, a stately grand piano at the center.

Keys emerges wearing silver tights and a chin-length bob, strutting about in stilettos. She carries herself onstage with cool and confidence – not showy or attention-seeking, merely comfortable – and speaks in a voice so smooth you could drape it over your shoulders. Everything about the woman – her physique, her demeanor, not to mention her talent as a musician – broadcasts the fame and success that she accepts so casually. Seated in a crowd of perhaps 100, less than ten yards from the singer herself, I am in awe.

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Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen perform at Obama rally with Obama -- WATCH LIVESTREAM NOW

99 problems, but Mitt’s not one.

That was Jay-Z’s message as he just finished a performance at an Ohio rally for President Barack Obama. As we previously reported, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are lending their voices at a rally for the campaign today.

“Not only are they on my iPod…[these men]both tell an American story,” President Obama said.

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Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen to rally with Obama day before election

President Obama will end his 2012 U.S. presidential campaign with a rap and a twang, joined by Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen at rallies in Ohio and Iowa the day before Tuesday’s election.

The campaign’s national communications director Brent Colburn tweeted on Thursday that Springsteen, “The Boss,” would stump on Monday with Obama in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, and that Jay-Z would join in Columbus, Ohio. Michelle Obama is set to stop by in Iowa.

Obama’s had major musical love individually from Jay-Z and Springsteeen throughout the campaign, with a fundraiser in New York hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Springsteen at rallies in Ohio, Pittsburgh and Virginia. It was also announced Thursday that wild-haired Katy Perry would join Obama at a rally Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Beyonce joins Jay-Z onstage for 'Crazy in Love' and 'Young Forever' -- VIDEO

While other celebs spent the weekend getting sick onstage, perennial golden couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé made a rare public performance together, at Jay-Z’s final night of his eight Brooklyn, NY shows at new Barclays Center. (EW’s Leah Greenblatt was at opening night—read her review).

The final night was streaming free on Jay’s Life + Times site, and fans watching at home (not to mention those lucky enough to have tickets!) got an extra thrill when Jay-Z’s superstar wife Beyoncé hit the stage as a surprise addition.

Bey took over the arena (in a Brooklyn Nets hat, natch), first performing “Diva” – complete with her own backup dancers — and then segued into “Crazy in Love” with Jay-Z. But it looks like Jay was a little too crazy in awe of his wife – he seemingly missed his cue before coming out and finishing the song.

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Jay-Z to live-stream final Barclays show tomorrow

Had a good time reading about Jay-Z’s Barclays Center shows but wish you could see it? Hova hears you.

The rapper and partial Brooklyn Nets owner has announced plans to live-stream the final show of his historic eight-night run at his borough’s new Barclays Center tomorrow night. This online event is, unlike the impending web-only stream of the Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate, free; it’ll be hosted at Jay’s Life + Times site beginning at 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn Daylight Time.

So, what can you look forward to on Hov’s final Barclays Center night? Well, if his first Barclays Center night is any indication, expect lots of Brooklyn shout-outs, special guests, and maybe even a Biggie tribute. And, for visual reference, you can also check out Jay-Z’s preview clip below:

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Jay-Z at Brooklyn's Barclays Center opening night: On the scene

If “Drink when you hear the word ‘Brooklyn'” were a game at the inauguration of the brand-new Barclays Center sports arena last night, it might easily have turned fatal by the 30-minute mark.

Thankfully (or not) the venue ran out of alcohol roughly two-thirds of the way through the evening, one of several small kinks in a generally on-point if occasionally underwhelming opening.

That Jay-Z is, to paraphrase his dearly departed friend, not only a Barclays client but the player president, is not news to New Yorkers. The rapper-turned-mogul has a minority ownership stake in the Center and its team, the Brooklyn Nets, and his Hova-ness is an integral part of both its DNA and its marketing plan.

The significance of that stake is clearly not lost on the man himself; multiple times, he stopped his set to acknowledge it in ways both playfully braggy (“This is the house that Hova built. Welcome to my house!”) and nakedly emotional (“Do you mind if I take my time? I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the moment.”) At several points, he stopped to note that this performance meant more to him than any in a long, glittery line of career highlights: More than the Grammys, more than Glastonbury, more than Coachella. READ FULL STORY

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