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Least surprising news of the year: Taylor Swift is super rich

Taylor Swift is fantastically popular, a cultural juggernaut whose ubiquity has never seemed to quench the populace’s thirst for more. But as plenty of fame-soaked cautionary tales have taught us, that level of exposure doesn’t always equal financial solvency.

Of course, Swift doesn’t have that problem. At all. According to a list just published by Billboard, Swift was the top-earning musician in 2013, raking in $39,699,575.60 (specific!) based on album sales, touring revenue, publishing fees, and royalties from airplay, digital streaming and downloads.

That does not include any money Swift might have collected from sponsorship deals, corporate gigs, or whatever back end she still may be earning from Valentine’s Day. Also, because Billboard uses a standard methodology for all artists across the board (assuming, for example, a 20 percent artists’ take on album sales), it’s easy to believe that Swift’s intake was even higher, as she most likely has a better royalty rate than your average country-pop megastar. Another thing to note? She gives a lot of it awayREAD FULL STORY

Grammys 2014, on the scene: What you didn't see on TV, plus Taylor Watch!

Every year, the Grammys are loaded with as many artists and performances as possible within three and a half hours (or more, given that this year ran long and they still had to play the credits over the finale). Because of those mega-performances, it’s a televised event that’s just as enjoyable in person — or probably more so.

The inside of Staples Center feels like a one-night-only festival where all the most relevant pop stars and biggest artists of the past are on one bill. And they play together. And they try to one-up each other, meaning that even if a performance isn’t great, it goes down swinging (we might throw Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” witch-fest into the latter category).

Here are some observations from EW’s crew on the inside, including our view of Taylor Swift, when she wasn’t caught on camera dancing in the crowd.

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Sara Bareilles on her Grammy nominations: 'I've always had the imposter syndrome'

When asked about winning awards, many artists spout clichés about it being an honor to just be nominated. Sara Bareilles, though — who is up for two major categories at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards — really sounds like she means it.

“It just felt like validation, like acceptance,” Bareilles told EW of her nomination for Album of the Year for her 2013 collection The Blessed Unrest. “To put me among the other nominees… My peers in that category are—I mean, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut.”

“I’ve always had the imposter syndrome, like I don’t really belong here,” she continued. “I keep waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and be like, ‘Uh, you have to go.’ I think I’m finally relaxing a little bit about that. Love me or hate me, I’ve earned my place here. That’s how it feels. I think I’d be doing this whether I was able to be a Grammy nominee or not. This is the reason I think I got a turn on the Earth.”

She has been nominated a few times before, though these nominations felt different because Bareilles thought she was done with The Blessed Unrest. READ FULL STORY

The Oscar music snubs: no love for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, 'Llewyn Davis' or Coldplay

Check to make sure the rivers haven’t turned to blood and all first-borns aren’t suddenly afflicted with pox, because the impossible has happened: Taylor Swift was not nominated for an award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ passing on Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the film One Chance) is easily one of the most high-profile snubs from this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and seemed like an obvious pick for an invite on Oscar night, if only because people love giving Taylor Swift gold trophies (and also because it would have brought some much-needed youth to the Oscar party).

Instead, the contenders in the Best Original Song category are U2’s “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Karen O’s “The Moon Song” (Her), Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Despicable Me 2), Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone But Not Alone” (from the deeply obscure Christian film of the same name), and the song “Let It Go” from the Disney blockbuster Frozen, which is performed by Idina Menzel and written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (It’s the writers, not the performers, who take home the gold.)

The race seems to be down to the Golden Globe winner and sentimental favorite “Ordinary Love” (which would be as much an award for the late Nelson Mandela as it would be for U2) and the sales juggernaut “Let It Go” (which has propelled the Frozen soundtrack to the top of the mainstream album chart and elevated it to gold status). “Happy” and “The Moon Song” are much longer shots, but both are both cool choices crafted by deeply respected members of the music world.

Of course, that leaves “Alone But Not Alone,” one of the most inexplicable Oscar nominations in the history of the awards. The film barely exists, and the song itself is a dreary dirge of a hymn that sounds like it should be played in the midst of a sleepy Sunday morning mass. It has virtually no chance of winning, and its legacy will be as a bizarre curiosity in a category notorious for them.

It would be a less shocking inclusion if the Oscar nomination shortlist (75 songs in all) didn’t contain so many markedly stronger options. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and more added to Grammys performance roster

Prizes, shmizes.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be one giant all-star luge race of live performances –the latest names to be added are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, and Sara Bareilles with Carole King. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who will accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for the Beatles, will perform as well.

They join a roster that already includes Lorde, Katy Perry, Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons;Metallica and Lang Lang; P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun.; Robin Thicke and with Chicago, and a special performance with Merle Haggard Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.

The show airs Sunday, Jan. 26 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST/PST (meaning that it will be live on the East coast but delayed on the West, for those in the Pacific Standard Zone gagging for spoilers and/or wishing to avoid them on social media).

Taylor Swift talks favorite Christmas songs, next album

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You hear music as you enter the Sunset Marquis hotel on a chilly December afternoon.

You briefly think it’s a recording, but quickly realize that isn’t right. The music is too present and singular. You round the corner into an expansive suite and see Taylor Swift, playing a piano, with a roaring fire in the background. It’s like a scene from a holiday card sent by the seven-time Grammy winner rather than an actual room you can enter. You want this moment to go longer — a private show! — but she immediately bounds to her feet, full of bright energy, and says a warm hello.

Some celebrities in person look like what you expect and others appear quite different; Swift looks like herself. Her outfit is purple-ish, with a long modest skirt. She glances around for a place to sit and this is a brief dilemma. She decides to ignore all the furniture and instead sits on the floor by the fireplace, asking you: Is that okay? So you both sit cross-legged by the fire. It’s all very congenial and Christmas-y, which is appropriate since you have some holiday music questions on your list. There is just one awkward moment that cracks the mood — you forwardly ask a Miley Cyrus question (can’t blame a reporter for trying, right?). Swift scrunches her nose, like she just caught a whiff of a unsavory question, and politely asks to skip that one (“we have so little time,” she says).

We’re here to talk about Swift’s new song “Sweeter Than Fiction,” which is accompanying the release of the heartwarming British comedy One Chance (trailer here). The film is based on the true story of an amateur opera singer who won Britain’s Got Talent. She also just received a Golden Globe nomination for the track. But we manage to get in some other questions too. READ FULL STORY

American Country Awards: See the winners here!

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Artist of the Year
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Florida George Line
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Male
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Winner: Miranda Lambert
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Winner: Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Winner: Scotty McCreery
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett
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'The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!': Katy unplugs, Taylor strips, Lorde twitches

Every year, the Grammys broadcast fills its three hours with performances, so much so that the actual winners of the prizes tend to get overshadowed by the combinations on stage. The producers must have figured that if it works well for the actual awards show, it might as well work for the nominations special.

Such was the case with tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Though there were some surprises in there (check out all the nominees here), it was hard to figure out exactly who was being rewarded with so much stuff happening on stage in Los Angeles (and in the case of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, on stages that were not even in the country).

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kicked the show off from outside the Nokia Theatre, with some funny gags about security. They made their way into the Buckyball prison that was the stage and ripped through a relatively spry version of “Thrift Shop.” Macklemore has some natural charisma that he tends to coast on, but all props to his band of Robin Thicke jacket-wearing backup dancers and that dude walking and playing the trumpet at the same time. READ FULL STORY

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

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry added to Grammy nominations show performers list

This Friday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!  is shaping up to be nearly as big a spectacle as the actual Grammy Awards, which won’t actually be handed out until the end of January.

LL Cool J is hosting, Ed Sheeran is presenting, and producers just announced the addition of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to the list of previously announced performers, including Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Miguel & Keith Urban.

“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself, “neither Swift nor Perry will even be in this country on Friday night, let alone at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, where this is taking place!” Such is the magic of satellite technology: LL will be throwing to live performances in Canada (for Perry) and Australia (for Swift). Expect accented fireworks!

The one-hour special, which will air on CBS at 10 PM this Friday, December 6, will also, incidentally, roll out the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out just across the street at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26.

Music released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible, and based on sales, cultural exposure, and general Grammy warmth, expect Justin Timberlake to rack up a ton of nominations. Lorde is pretty much a lock for Best New Artist, and you have to assume both Kanye West and Jay Z will make some noise as well.

Who else’s name deserves to be called this Friday night? And which performances make you the most curious? Let us know in the comments.

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