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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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Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

Kelly Clarkson sees sales pick up following Ron Paul endorsement

When former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson threw her support behind Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul last week, she did it out of genuine enthusiasm for Paul’s Libertarian-leaning ideas.

Strangely, the shout-out, which sparked a minor but intense flame war amongst her Twitter followers, may have ended up actually being lucrative for her.

In the wake of the Paul dust-up, Clarkson appears to have gotten a sales bump. Her 2011 album Stronger crept up to number 11 on the iTunes albums chart, and it is currently clocking in at number 14 on Amazon after spending most of the past month in the 40s. While we won’t have hard numbers until the SoundScan figures are released on Wednesday, it’s safe to say that Clarkson has sold more copies of Stronger than she did last week.

But before everybody jumps to the conclusion that there’s some sort of grassroots campaign by Paul’s followers to elevate Clarkson’s chart status, there are a number of issues that could be at play here. As stated before, it’s uncertain exactly how much of a sales increase is necessary to make the jumps that Stronger did, so the actual figures could be relatively insignificant all told.

And those sales might not be from Paul supporters looking to hitch their wagons to a star; rather, it could simply be people cashing in the gift cards in their Christmas stockings or finding replacement albums for all the duplicate copies of Adele’s 21 that their aunts gave them.

Besides, if Paul’s supporters were really mobilizing to throw their weight behind musicians who endorse their boy, then shouldn’t Michelle Branch‘s latest album rank higher than 3,854 on Amazon?

Clarkson certainly got some headlines, which maybe led to some awareness and thus increased sales, but it’s hard to judge on such limited information. Just in case, maybe Adam Lambert should give Newt Gingrich a shout-out to test our theory? Your move, Glambert.

Read more on EW.com:
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Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul

Last night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul. The “Stronger” singer’s evening took a pretty intense left-hand turn when, only an hour after letting the world know that she was enjoying making cinnamon rolls with her niece, she decided to sound off on her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” she wrote of the oft-lampooned Libertarian. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

That particular expression of appreciation did not sit well with Clarkson’s 925,000 followers, many of whom began to take Clarkson to task for her endorsement. It began with relative civility, but as most things on the Internet (and especially on Twitter) tend to do, it got out of hand with alarming speed. READ FULL STORY

VH1 Divas tonight: Five reasons you should watch

EW was on the scene at last night’s taping of VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul (airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET). In addition to talking to the Divas — including repeat performers Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Kelly Clarkson, plus Jessie J and Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch — we narrowed down exactly why the 13-year-old institution is still worth checking out. Below, five reasons to tune into tonight’s special. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson rocks out with flash mobs in new video 'Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)'

Flash mobs just found a new theme song, courtesy of the just-released video for Kelly Clarkson’s latest single, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” her second single off Stronger.

Like some of her previous vids, the clip is half Clarkson on a stage, full attitude with the microphone, sassily walking around singing her story.

The other half explains how she’s been wronged: In this case, the story is essentially a giant “It Gets Better/Can’t Hold Us Down” dance-off the world over. Everybody is getting stronger all over the place — and whether it’s an exercise class, the beach, or Times Square, it’s the perfect place to let loose and move on. It’s “Since U Been Gone” round two. Clarkson’s got  your back.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

December's 'VH1 Divas' adds Chaka, Eryka, Estelle, and -- yes -- some boys

Divas, make way! VH1 has added a bevy of other ladies — and, yes, some dudes, too — to the line-up for its annual special VH1 Divas, including Chaka Kahn (pictured here), Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius. The non-diva entities –i.e. those who have a Y chromosome — added include Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

The seven new acts join the previously announced divas, which include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott. The Roots will serve as the house band for the engagement.

VH1 Divas will celebrate soul this year, honoring so-called “soulful cities” — Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia — that inspired the participating divas and their art. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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Kelly Clarkson's jazzy, big-band version of 'Mr. Know It All' at the AMAs: What did you think?

At the American Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson came out swingin’.

Not only did the original American Idol, clad in a sparkly red mermaid gown, dismiss rumors about her record label conflicts, sexuality, and style by belting, “You don’t know a thing about me,” to “reporters,” but she flipped the switch on her pop/R&B-lite single “Mr. Know It All,” turning it into a brassy big-band production.

Surrounded by the 1930s equivalent of paparazzi (or maybe just the cast of Newsies), Clarkson bopped and swayed to the jazzy trombone blasts, and she nailed her big chorus riffs at the end of the number. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

American Music Awards 2011: Come for the performances by Maroon 5, Drake, Kelly Clarkson and others, stay for the sales bump

This Sunday, the 39th annual American Music Awards will be beamed into your living room live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The fact that they even hand out those strange props from 2001: A Space Odyssey as prizes is barely the point; did you actually remember that Justin Bieber walked away with four awards in 2010?

Even the show itself seems to know the actual statuettes are sort of arbitrary; they will be doled out according to fan voting, which means that the artists with the most mobilized internet presences will be walking away with new mantlepieces.

But the American Music Awards do prove useful for the music business — they provide a big, spangly event that showcases (most of) pop’s major artists right around the time that people are thinking of making their holiday music purchases.

Like many other businesses that rely on retail sales, the music industry always gets a huge boost during the holidays as people rush to fill stockings with new releases, holiday albums, iTunes gift cards, and luxury items like box sets and vinyl. Conveniently, the AMAs give artists with product to move a stage on which to make their pitches to a national television audience, provided that people actually tune in ( this Sunday night’s NFL game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles promises to cut into the numbers some). READ FULL STORY

'VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson's promotional poster -- FIRST LOOK

A few weeks back, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott were all announced as the headliners at this year’s VH1 Divas, which is set to celebrate soul music this year when it airs Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

As we steamroll closer to that date, VH1 has shared with EW the first look at fave Kelly Clarkson’s poster promoting the big night. In it, Clarkson is, in a word, looking Stronger, mostly because the photo used is taken from the artwork from her latest album. Clarkson has been in bed with VH1 quite a bit lately, as she also recently did an Unplugged special for the network to raise awareness for Stronger.

Anticipate Ms. Clarkson’s return to the Divas stage by taking a gander at the poster here:

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Kelly Clarkson stars in her own 'VH1 Unplugged' special: Watch an exclusive clip here

You can tone down the instruments around her, but you can’t unplug Kelly Clarkson’s voice, which generates so much power that OPEC, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Exxon Mobil should investigate it as an alternative-energy source.

Clarkson shines in a five-song acoustic set she recently taped for a VH1 Unplugged special (airing on VH1.com Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. and then on VH1 Friday, Nov. 18 at 11 p.m.). The set list includes three tracks off her new album, Stronger, a fan favorite (rhymes with: “Shmince U Been Gone”), and an unexpected cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” — from Underwood’s 2007 album Carnival Ride — that pretty much TKOs the original. Watch the exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

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