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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.

Read more on EW.com:
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iTunes: Adele tops 2011's best-selling song and album charts

Did we need further evidence that this has been Adele’s year sales-wise? Probably not. But for the benefit of anyone still debating the matter, iTunes has just announced that the British singer’s track “Rolling in the Deep” was the year’s top downloaded song while its parent album, 21, was 2011’s most popular collection. iTunes also named Adele its Artist of the Year.

21 was followed on the album list by Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV. LMFAO claimed second place on the singles list with “Party Rock Anthem” while Katy Perry’s “Firework” was third.

Find iTunes’ top ten best-selling songs and albums of 2011 below: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine, LMFAO, and more to perform on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve -- EXCLUSIVE

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Where does Dick Clark meet Dog Days with a super-bassed wiggle wiggle wiggle?

Only the final night of 2011 — and Dick Clark, who will ring in his 40th(!) year of hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, assisted by Ryan Seacrest — could bring together alt-pop siren Florence + the Machine, Nicki Minaj, and Speedo’d pop goofballs LMFAO.

Also on the roster for the show, set to air live from 8 p.m. onward on ABC: the Band Perry, blink-182, OneRepublic, Gym Class Heroes, Taio Cruz, Will.i.am, and Christina Perri. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will cohost, alongside Clark and Seacrest.

Where will you be when the ball drops, readers? Let us know in the comments below.

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On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments

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Just before the Grammy Nominations Concert hit the airwaves on CBS last night, the show’s executive producer Ken Ehrlich appeared on stage and made quite the proclamation to those of us fortunate enough to be seated in the live studio audience: “This is a mini Grammys show,” he said. And if that was the goal, then: success! Performances! Presenters! Thank you, lucky stars, that “mini” also is code for: No speeches or exhausting monologues!

The show — which is designed to announce the year’s Grammy nominations but functions mostly as an hour-long concert — was indeed a “mini Grammys,” in that way that the Grammys has always managed to provide a mixture of performances that run the gamut from shocking…to boring. In that spirit of good and bad — and since I was there in the audience — I thought it only appropriate to provide a look at the live show in terms of best and worsts. Here goes:

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Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album

M.I.A. confirmed via Twitter over the weekend that she and Nicki Minaj will guest on Madonna’s next album: “summond to NYC by bitchesses > MADONNA and @NICKIMINAJ> cofffffiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee it iz a good day to get me tho trustttt bitches.”

Rumors have been swirling about the possible triple threat for several weeks, but no one was certain until Saturday. The powerhouse lady rappers are said to be recording rhymes for Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Love,” which leaked online to mixed reception earlier this month.

Madonna is currently wrapping production on the so-far-untitled album — due next spring — and promoting her film W.E., which premieres two days before she is expected to perform at Super Bowl XLVI.

Read more:
Report: Madonna to play Super Bowl XLVI halftime show?
Madonna’s ‘Give Me All Your Love’ leaks, is unlikely to get what it demands — LISTEN
Madonna back in the studio, aiming for new album in spring 2012

Singles Swap: EW's picks for new music you'll love

Welcome to the first online edition of Singles Swap, which has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly until now. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.

Mumford & Sons: “Little Lion Man”
The Brit-folk anthem so beloved, it even gets a pass for dropping multiple F-bombs. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Seacrest's iHeartRadio Festival coming to Vh1 on Nov. 23 -- Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and more

What happens in Vegas will now also be happening on Vh1: The inaugural iHeartRadio Festival, a two-day concert event featuring performances from Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, The Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj, Sting and more, will air on the network next Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10pm and again on Thanksgiving at 3am and 10am.

EW was there back in September when the show happened live, blogging daily scene reports as well as a final best-and-worst overview.

For those of you with fancy cable packages, the show is also set to air on Palladia, Viacom’s high-def music channel, on the following dates:

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m./8c
Saturday Dec. 3 at Midnight/11c
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m./8c
Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m./11c

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‘VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson’s promotional poster — FIRST LOOK
?uestlove guests on posthumous Amy Winehouse album
If Michael Jackson gets a planned biopic, who should play the King of Pop?

Nicki Minaj surprises pint-sized superfans turned viral video stars on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' -- watch it here

Since posting a video on YouTube in mid-September, eight-year-old British schoolgirl Sophia Grace Brownlee has become a viral video star with her beyond-impressive rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

The clip, which also features Sophia’s 5-year-old cousin, Rosie, has already reached 7 million views and counting, landing the two little girls a spot on today’s Ellen. And let me just say, I loved everything about it.

Sophia and Rosie, decked out in their pink princess outfits(!) from the original video, chatted with Ellen about their love for Ms. Minaj and learning all those words to the famous tune — it only took them two days — and performed the song for the Ellen audience, before getting the surprise of their very young lives: an appearance by Minaj herself.

Watch the ensuing freakout below, and Nicki’s very wise advice to both girls: READ FULL STORY

Willow Smith teams up with Nicki Minaj for 'Fireball': Listen here!

Remember Willow Smith? Daughter of that guy from Wild Wild West and the singer from Wicked Wisdom? Of hair-whipping fame? After dropping her well-received first single “Whip My Hair,” Smith didn’t do anything for a while, probably because she had to prepare for a science fair or something. Then she unveiled “21st Century Girl,” which didn’t have the same kind of pop as “Whip My Hair” and didn’t receive nearly the attention of her first single. Was her journey to stardom over before it really got started?

Perhaps not. Yesterday, Smith’s third single made its way onto the radio. It’s called “Fireball,” and it’s a duet with Nicki Minaj, who certainly seems like an inspiration to Smith (at least in the hair department). Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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