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Tonight's Grammy nominations: Who will go home happy tonight?

Not everyone can expect to win a Grammy. But as Scooter Braun demonstrated last year, some artists—like Braun’s ward Justin Bieber—count at least on a nomination. The fact of which provides a faint veneer of drama for tonight’s frantically-titled ceremony The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, airing at 10 PM tonight (Dec. 6) on CBS.

Likewise, the hope that a beloved, non-ubiquitous artist might win some publicity with a placement in one of the major categories should carry us into tonight’s show. LL Cool J will once again host—with a little buddy, Ed Sheeran, along as presenter—and Miguel, Keith Urban, Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry will perform (Swift and Perry via satellite). In the meantime, here are some thoughts on the big categories and the artists in play.

Best New Artist
More than anyone, Lorde’s got that Best New Artist smell: She’s young (17) and contrarian, a perfect vessel for fantasies about a new pop order that better accommodates coastal American hipster ideals. (Even though she’s from New Zealand and befriended the “flawless” Taylor Swift.) My own coastal American hipster picks would be the more openly aspirational, less coolly outsiderish Kendrick Lamar and Kacey Musgraves. And of course, I love Ariana Grande … READ FULL STORY

What you didn't see on TV at the American Music Awards: Gaga, Katy, Miley, Rihanna, and more

The night started with a gallop, as we saw Lady Gaga make the type of grand entrance onto the red carpet we’ve come to expect — this time by riding a white “horse.” But then we headed inside the packed Nokia Theatre, where things only got crazier.

Before the ABC telecast began, executive producer Larry Klein welcomed the audience to what he called “the biggest music party of the year.”

Katy Perry opened the show with a Geisha-themed performance of her new song “Unconditionally,” with a cascade of flower petals falling on the stage towards the end. The only problem was that the petals continued to fall throughout the show, even briefly interrupting One Direction and Ariana Grande’s performances.
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AMAs 2013: See the complete winners list

Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus made big splashes on the red carpet and on stage, but it was Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake who each continued to break out of their respective genres Sunday night, taking home American Music Awards across several categories. Rihanna was honored with an AMA Icon Award (at only 25!) and country stars Lady Antebellum took away the night’s biggest country category prize.

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Riley Keough takes out Justin Timberlake in 'TKO' video -- WATCH

Have you ever wanted to spend seven minutes watching Elvis Presley’s granddaughter alternately drag Justin Timberlake through a desert and make out with him in her kitchen?

Then today is your day, my friend! Timberlake’s new ‘TKO’ music video bypasses the easy boxing theme for a moody, predictably sexy treatment from “skateboarder turned visual effects artist turned director” Ryan Reichenfeld. The hitmaker shares his screen with just one other person: 24-year-old Riley Keough, of Magic Mike (and, you know, “being Elvis’s granddaughter”) fame.

She pouts, she smolders behind the wheel of a pickup truck, she angrily tosses a bowl of salad to the ground — but thankfully, she doesn’t literally kill Timberlake with her “coo coochie coochie coo,” despite Timbaland’s protestations to the contrary.

Watch the clip below, then tell me if you agree that Reichenfeld’s kitchen tableau seems to be inspired by this 2002 Harlequin Blaze novel. Uh, not that I’ve read that book or anything.

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Chart report: Justin Timberlake lands his second No. 1 album of the year

Forget Runner Runner — look over here instead! Justin Timberlake, currently the “star” of the No. 3 movie in the land, is faring better at his dayjob at the moment: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 debuted atop the Billboard albums chart this week with 350,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

This, of course, is JT’s second No. 1 album of the year;  back in March, the first 20/20 Experience album debuted to the tune of 968,000, easily giving it the year’s biggest sales week. As Billboard notes, the last time an artist  sent two studio albums to No. 1 so quickly was System of a Down in 2005, when Mesmerize and Hypnotize both bowed on top 27 weeks apart.

But Justin’s actually not the only act to hit the top spot twice this year: party boy Luke Bryan did so as well with his March compilation Spring Break… Here to Party and August album Crash My Party. (Next stop for Mr. Bryan: the hotel lobby!)

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New Album Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Justin Timberlake, Drake, Icona Pop, and more

Every Tuesday morning in New Album Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Justin Timberlake, Drake, Elton John, Danny Brown, Icona Pop, and CHVRCHES. 

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2  The 20/20 Experience found Timberlake and longtime collaborator Timbaland turning the latter’s signature syncopated funk into a strangely insular experience. Apparently the producer saved his haymakers for round 2, because he’s in full classic-Timba mode here…. Those throwback blasts give 2 of 2 a more immediate punch than its predecessor, even as 2 falls prey to the same pitfalls.” (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Drake, Nothing Was the Same  Nothing Was the Same bristles with epiphanies, absurdities, and plenty of bluster, but it’s all fodder for a hyper-realistic portrait of Aubrey Drake Graham, not some coronation ceremony…. Meanwhile, the music itself, largely produced by his stalwart collaborator Noah ’40’ Shebib, explores affinities with songs that overlap and build on each other. It’s a thinking rapper’s paradise.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and the long legacy of album sequels

This week saw the early streaming release of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 – you can listen to the whole thing in its entirety over at iTunes right now (and then read the official EW review). 

2 of 2 is the sequel to March’s The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake’s long-awaited return to pop music. It’s also the latest in a relatively recent phenomenon: The album sequel. (Add Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 coming in November, to the list.) If movies can do it, why can’t the music world?

With these releases in mind, it’s time to look back at the best examples of album sequels. They don’t all work (in fact, a lot of them do not—be wary of rappers returning to old titles that weren’t that good in the first place), but these are the 10 best, in no particular order.

Jay Z, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Jigga has had two different sets of sequels, but his In My Lifetime series is consistently stronger than those albums that contain the title The Blueprint (the original Blueprint is a stone-cold classic, but its two follow-ups are bloated and inconsistent). Vol. 2 was the album that found Jay crossing over into pop territory, as the Annie-sampling single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” gave Jay his first jolt of mainstream popularity—which he has ridden into his status as one of our premiere music stars.

Dr. Dre, 2001
The long-awaited, unofficial sequel to Dre’s landmark solo debut The Chronic (in some circles, it’s still called Chronic 2001, it’s long-rumored working title) hits just as hard as its predecessor and features a handful of tracks (including “What’s the Difference?” and especially “The Next Episode”) that sounded instantly timeless—and have remained so.  READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at Justin Timberlake's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: This is what JT's sick day looks like

No one likes to go to work sick, but not all of us have 10,000 people expecting them at the office.

“I’m gonna need your help tonight,” an under-the-weather Justin Timberlake pleaded with the hordes of fans lining Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night for his Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor concert, especially leaning on them for “Mirrors.” “If I’mma do this, I need to hear everyone singing,” he instructed. “I don’t want to see you big-time me. I know this is Hollywood. F— all that.”

The crowd was all too happy to fill in the lyrics when Timberlake needed backup, but the six-song set mostly reiterated just what a pro JT is — in sickness and in health. While the TV audience caught a third of the performance, here are some highlights from our street view:
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Justin Timberlake's new album 'The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2' now streaming early on iTunes

What’s 20/20 divided by 2, minus 8?

Just ask tuxedo professional/arithmetic wizard Justin Timberlake: His The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2, officially scheduled for release on Sept. 30, is now streaming a full eight days early on iTunes.

The sequel to the OG 20/20 Experience (released this March and so far still the best-selling album of the year) includes lead single “Take Back The Night” and the recently released “TKO.”  Jay-Z and Drake also drop by on “Murder” and “Cabaret,” respectively, because that is what famous millionaire music dudes do for each other. (Quid pro bro.)

The remainder of 2013 is actually sort of a Timberfeast, if you’re hungry; Justin will be touring through the fall, and promoting two upcoming films, the slick gambling drama Runner Runner and the Coen Brothers’ more awards-baity ’60s-folkie chronicle Inside Llewyn Davis.

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio festival

There’s a reason why Bruno Mars is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The pop crooner was in perfect form at the iHeartRadio music festival Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He wowed with his slick moves and energetic vibe.

Justin Timberlake was also a fan favorite. The pop star closed the five-hour plus concert, singing hits like “Mirror” and “SexyBack.” Paul McCartney kicked off the show, playing a bunch of new songs from his upcoming album. And R&B singer Miguel and rapper Drake also earned cheers. READ FULL STORY

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