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Grammy nominations: Five things the Recording Academy got right...and wrong

grammys-gaga-arcade-fireImage Credit: Erik Kabik/Retna Ltd; David Atlas/Retna/Retna LtdThe list of Grammy Award nominees announced last night included more than a few surprises, of both the pleasant and head-scratching varieties. Here are the Recording Academy’s five best and worst calls this year. We’ll be thinking about them as we look forward to the Feb. 13, 2011 live awards show on CBS. In the meantime, let us know what you think.

RIGHT: Arcade Fire‘s Album of the Year nod for The Suburbs was a major coup for indie rock…

WRONG: …but what were Academy voters thinking when they included quintessential singles artist Katy Perry‘s uneven Teenage Dream in the same category?

RIGHT: Bruno Mars‘ fingerprints were all over the pop charts this year, so it’s fitting that he received seven nominations…

WRONG: …but with a résumé that impressive, he should have been a lock for a Best New Artist nomination. His absence there is a strange snub.

RIGHT: The Fame Monster put pop royal Lady Gaga in contention for Album of the Year for the second year in a row…

WRONG: …but “Bad Romance,” the best song from that disc, was relegated to female pop vocal and music video categories. No Song of the Year or Record of the Year nods? Rah-rah-ridiculous!

RIGHT: The Academy recognized worthy lesser-known acts like the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons with multiple nominations…

WRONG: …but filled out the list with too many predictable choices like John Mayer, whose most recent album underwhelmed even some fans.

RIGHT: Gorillaz“Stylo” got a much-deserved spot in the music video category….

WRONG: …but the cartoon band’s only other appearance was in Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for a minute-long album intro. That’s just weird.

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Taylor Swift takes on a bully (and John Mayer?) on new album

taylor-swiftImage Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.comAfter showing some remorse (and apologizing to Taylor Lautner?) on the track “Back to December,” the latest song from Taylor Swift’s upcoming album Speak Now to hit iTunes, “Mean,” has her once again the wronged party. As she explains in this video preview, “There’s constructive criticism, there’s professional criticism, and then there’s just being mean. And there’s a line that you cross when you just start to attack everything about a person… This happens no matter what you do, no matter how old you are, no matter what your job is, no matter what your place is in life, there’s always gonna be someone who’s just mean to you. And dealing with that is all that you can control, how you handle it. This song is about how I handle it.” The track’s bluegrass vibe (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonies) is a nice touch: It brings a sincerity to her pain and lets you focus on the words, which do, near the end, turn cheeky (proving she handles it with a sense of humor): “But all you are is mean/All you are is mean/And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life/And mean, and mean, and mean, and mean.” The song also seems at least partly directed toward people who’ve questioned her singing ability. “And I can see you years from now in a bar/Talking over a football game/With that same big loud opinion but nobody’s listening/Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things/Drunk and grumbling on about how I can’t sing.” (Okay, that wasn’t exactly veiled.)

Another track, “Dear John,” which has yet to hit iTunes, is also making headlines. Writing for Our Country, the Y! Music Country Blog, EW contributor Chris Willman is confident that the track confirms her rumored relationship and breakup with John Mayer. He points to the first chorus: “Dear John/I see it all now that you’re gone/Don’t you think I was too young/To be messed with/The girl in the dress/Cried the whole way home/I should’ve known.” And a second version of the chorus that includes the lines: “It was wrong/Don’t you think nineteen’s too young/To be played/By your dark, twisted games/When I loved you so.” He also notes these lyrics: “My mother accused me of losing my mind/But I swore I was fine…” and “You’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand/And I’ll look back in regret I ignored what they said/’Run as fast as you can’.” Just reading those, you understand why Willman claims we’ll be cheering when Swift sings, “I’m shining like fireworks over your sad, empty town.” It’s nice to see someone turn the tables on Mr. Overshare, isn’t it? Who else can’t wait to hear that track? (Willman says it’s six and a half minutes long.)

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John Mayer quits Twitter

john-meyerJohn Mayer has closed his Twitter account. According to the AP, a spokesperson for the singer-guitarist and enthusiastic multi-media communicator said that he had quit because his Battle Studies Tour is “now at a close and a return to the studio planned.” More than 3.7m people followed Mayer on the social networking site.

Personally, I’m untroubled by this news. Mayer will apparently continue to communicate with fans via his blog and, in truth, he seems more suited to a wordier format, as he recently demonstrated with his lengthy, and fairly hilarious, attack on the Huffington Post. Also, as wise person once said: “Today’s Twitter quitter, might be tomorrow’s Twitter un-quitter.” I think that was Aristotle. Or maybe Amanda Bynes.

What do you think about Twitter’s latest quitter?

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John Mayer slams 'Huffington Post' over Jennifer Aniston story: 'Go f-- yourself'

john-meyerJohn Mayer has published a tirade against the Huffington Post in response to an article which theorized that he is once again dating Jennifer Aniston. In a post on Tumblr, the singer-guitarist compared Arianna Huffington’s site to “a stripper wearing reading glasses.” He also suggested a title for any piece the Huffington Post might run on his response: JOHN MAYER SLAMS HUFFPO: “GO F**K YOURSELF!”

Mayer’s ire was provoked by an item which appeared on the Huffington Post this lunchtime under the headline, “John Mayer & Jennifer Aniston BACK TOGETHER?” The piece described how Mayer said that he “believed in second chances” during his Hollywood Bowl concert on Sunday. The article also noted that “a woman who resembled Aniston was rumored to be in the wings,” during the show.

In his response, Mayer took issue with the manner in which the Huffington Post depicted his quotes and additionally compared the site to “an insolvent law student willing to dance for a few extra dollars.” He then offered up the aforementioned headline suggestion, “should you decide to try and make a few more bucks for whatever body wash or slasher flick you’re hocking today.”

Frankly, I’m outraged about Mayer’s missive: There’s nothing wrong with advertising slasher flicks! I offer no comment on the rest of his words, other than to observe they’re pretty entertaining and deserve to be read in full.

What do you think about Mayer’s letter? Is he right to be outraged? Or has he just lost it?

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John Mayer's 'Playboy' interview: Why does no one care that he also uses a gay slur?

John Mayer’s crazy controversial Playboy interview has already sparked outrage for his use of the N word and his comparison of Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm.” But in the interview Mayer also uses the gay slur “f–s,” which seems to be yielding much less outrage. While discussing kissing Perez Hilton one night at a club, Mayer says, “I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated f–s.” Um, why has this not merited a twitter-pology? A spokesperson for Mayer told EW, “On Wednesday, JM apologized for his remarks via Twitter and again in public that night. His remorse is genuine and he has expressed sincere regret for all of his word choices.” Clearly this interview was meant to offend pretty much everyone, but I would still like an apology from Mayer on behalf of gays everywhere.

What do you think?

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John Mayer is very sorry about his explicit sexual and racial comments; do you believe him?

In a seven-and-a-half minute video posted to YouTube from a concert last night in Nashville, John Mayer embarks on a lengthy and tearful mea culpa from the stage, repeatedly apologizing for the controversial comments he made in recent no-inner-monologue interviews in Playboy and Rolling Stone.

Those published Q&As—in which, among other things, he uses the N-word, compares his penis to a white supremacist, and describes former paramour Jessica Simpson as both “like crack cocaine to me” and “sexual napalm”—have owned the internet for several days; gleefully recounting MayerGate 2010 online seems to have become a more popular Winter Olympic sport than speed skating, curling, and pairs ice-dancing combined.

Watch Mayer below, eviscerating himself for falling into “a wormhole of selfishness, greediness and arrogance”:

He has also repeatedly taken himself to task on his own Twitter, saying, among other things, “They don’t make rehab centers for being an a-hole.” Regarding some his more explicit Playboy comments, several figures in the hip-hop community, may nevertheless like to see him enter a professional facility of some sort, preferably one enforcing extended vows of priestly silence. And Simpson and Aniston would probably drive the intake van.

What do you think, readers? Has he earned a pass on this, hood or otherwise? Will the future bring a quieter, less soundbite-prone Mayer, or will he soon be back to his old-dog tricks?

In the video clip, he appears to be genuinely contrite, unless he has recently developed SAG-worthy acting skills that we are unaware of. Though fulfilling his final pledge—“I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done. I just want to play my guitar”—seems as though it may require a complete personality transplant, rather than a short-term spasm of regret, no matter how heartfelt.

John Mayer's SIRIUS XM show: A sneak peek

Guitarist. Singer-songwriter. Occasional stand-up comedian. Very occasional wearer of a Borat-style mankini. Is there no end to John Mayer’s talents? Seemingly not. And this Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST you will be able to hear the pop-bluesman try his hand at the ol’ record-playing game in the course of a special guest DJ session on The Spectrum, SIRIUS channel 18 and XM channel 45.

The Music Mix can reveal that the platters which matter to Mr Mayer will include Billy Preston’s “That’s The Way God Planned It,” Bell X1’s “The Great Defector,” Death Cab For Cutie’s “Marching Bands of Manhattan,” Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal,” Mayer Hawthorne’s “Strange Arrangement,” and “Tangled Up In Blue” by Bob Dylan. Mayer also performs on the show and you can hear a clip from the man’s soundcheck below during which he covers both Skid Row and Extreme

Check out the clip and tell us what you think. Did you buy Mayer’s recent, chart-topping, collection Battle Studies? Will you be checking out his SIRIUS show? What say you about his musical taste?

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John Mayer tops album chart; Norah Jones and Justin Bieber, not too shabby

John Mayer’s Battle Studies is the Genghis Khan of the chart wars this week, with 286,000 copies sold—making it his first no. 1 Billboard spot since 2003’s Heavier Things. (Despite the fact that 2007’s Continuum beat it numbers-wise at 300K, it bowed at no. 2—damn you, Justin Timberlake!).

Andrea Bocelli’s deck-the-halls-with-opera opus My Christmas hung tight at no. 2, while Norah Jones’ The Fall snagged the third spot with 180,000 copies (her previous effort, 2007’s Not Too Late, moved 405,000).

Surprisingly, 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct landed fifth behind Christian soft-rockers Casting Crowns’ fifth release, Until the Whole World Hears, selling only 160,000. For Fitty, that’s a nearly half-a-million-unit fall from the 691,000-copy debut of 2007’s Curtis.

And—squeeeee!—15-year-old mall-pop pin-up Justin Bieber moved a respectable 137,000 copies of his debut EP My World; not bad for a kid who can’t even get licensed to drive yet. Two film soundtracks, Michael Jackson’s This Is It and one for a little indie flick called New Moon, held strong at 96,000 and 93,000 respectively. But pity the American Idol champ Kris Allen, whose 80,000-units no. 11 finish, while not tragic, easily falls in the lowest first-week sales for the show’s top finishers.

Who did Allen beat? Rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, who tabbed a healthy 70,000—besting U.K. diva Leona Lewis, no less, who may not be so “Happy” with her no. 13 bow. A true legend, Beatle Paul McCartney, snagged the no. 16 spot with his Live in New York City release.

Tune in next week, music fans, when the battle gets pitched for real: The face-off between Rihanna, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Shakira and stealth chart-bomber Susan Boyle (she’s projected to hit up to a whopping 600,000 unit sales) is but a week—and eighteen tons of turkey leftovers—away.

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