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Emerson, Lake and Palmer co-founder Greg Lake dies at 69

Musician Greg Lake, a prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69. Manager Stewart Young said in a statement that Lake died Wednesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer." Born in the southern English seaside town of Poole in 1947, Lake...

Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination

Mike Posner expressed all the usual feelings Tuesday about being nominated for a Grammy Award. He was honored. He was humbled. He was gratified. But also? He was a little suspicious. “I’m beginning to think the universe is playing a joke on me,” he said. That’s because Posner was recognized for...

Beyonce vs. Adele at the Grammys will be a battle of style: The new versus the tried-and-true

Tradition will take on innovation — accompanied by plenty of pop-diva razzle-dazzle — when two of music’s most powerful superstars face off at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. In nominations announced Tuesday, Adele and Beyoncé are competing against each other for three of the major prizes — record,...

With nominees like Chance the Rapper, the Grammys look to the future of music

In a time of political uncertainty, the Grammy nominations offered a clear mandate: innovation over tradition, the future over the past. With barely a glance into the rearview mirror of pop music, the Recording Academy announced hundreds of nominees spread over 84 categories on Tuesday and clearly...

Sturgill Simpson on his surprise album of the year Grammy nod

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more surprised by the general album of the year Grammy nomination for Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” than Simpson himself. “In terms of what happened today, this never even crossed my mind,” the Kentucky-born singer and songwriter told The Times...

Lukas Graham grows up and finds Grammy acclaim with '7 Years'

The biggest songs at the Grammys this year are about breakups, black womanhood and taking pills in Ibiza. All very up-to-the-minute topics for our era in pop music. But then there’s the little piano ballad about slowly growing older and finding comfort in your family as some friends get left behind....

Kip Winger has a contemporary classical album? The hard-rock guitarist discusses his Grammy nod

Nestled near the end of the list of 84 Grammy nominations amid the hundreds of musicians is one particular artist whose appearance likely will surprise many who lived through the 1980s metal scene. A certain “C.F. Kip Winger” is nominated in the contemporary classical recording category for “Winger:...

Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno on genre bending, her Bowie tribute and how the blues taught her English

Pick up an album by Gaby Moreno and you’re liable to find some songs that echo Latin American folk, others that channel gritty blues and a voice that aches with sweet melancholy. Think a pop Madeleine Peyroux singing in Spanglish. (The Telegraph in London described her as “rather like a Guatemalan...

The snubs, surprises and oddities among this year's Grammy nominations

Anyone who follows contemporary music might have predicted that superstars Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West and Drake would earn a lot of Grammy nominations. And they did — to the tune of 30 of them.  But as with every year, the rest of the field is pretty much wide open. In some places, maybe some works...

The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star’s latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award. “It’s definitely something that I was looking...

Beyonce tops Grammy nominations with nine, Chance the Rapper makes history with streaming-only nods

Lightning-rod pop-R&B superstar Beyonce has scored a field-leading nine Grammy Award nominations for her provocative “Formation” single and “Lemonade” album, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. R&B and hip-hop artists Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna are hot on her heels, with eight apiece....

2017 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees

The nominations have been revealed for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Beyoncé leads the pack, with a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all earned eight nominations apiece, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. The artists competing in the album of...

Neil Young has a fire in his belly in new 'Peace Trail' album

Neil Young was toying with the idea of putting his own idiosyncratic spin on one of punk-poet Patti Smith’s signature songs. He’d been talking politics, mainly the widespread expressions of alienation by voters leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Only people can take back the power,”...

Loudon Wainwright III inaugurates new Sorting Room space with unsparing show

It’s more a natural segue than a sharp career shift that veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has come up with in his one-man show, “Surviving Twin.” The production received its West Coast premiere over the weekend at the warm and intimate new performance space, the Sorting Room, in...

Holiday music 2016: The Christmas albums you need

Often, the annual holiday tradition that is Christmas music is rooted in nostalgia — a recycling and an update of the familiar. This year, however, the season’s holiday releases are rather broad in scope and genres. From Georgian singer Katie Melua’s offering with Russian and Eastern European elements...

Meet Malay, the nurturing record producer trusted by Frank Ocean and Zayn

Record producers use various metaphors to explain what they do. Some compare the job to being an interpreter, others to directing traffic. Malay, who was closely involved with the creation of two of 2016’s most talked-about albums, thinks of himself as a babysitter. “When I’m making a record with...

The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016

Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration. Actor-director Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor,...

Grammy Award nominations are coming - and then, most likely, dissent

The 59th Grammy Awards will kick off the major entertainment awards season when they unveil their nominations Tuesday morning. And with them will likely come dissent. The Grammy Awards enjoy a sometimes complicated relationship with the constituency they represent — so much so that raising objections...

Oakland's Ghost Ship fire is nightmare scenario for promoters, governments and music lovers

The fire that ripped through an electronic music concert at an Oakland warehouse-turned-art space Friday night was a worst-case scenario for anyone who attends such events.  As of Sunday morning, 24 bodies were recovered, with more people unaccounted for. Officials fear the death toll could rise...

How Justin Bieber turned KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball into an acoustic jam session

The plan was simple: Justin Bieber would play two acoustic songs in the middle of his set, then hand off his guitar and get back to the programmed dance music. But when a stagehand approached the young pop singer following a rendition of his song “Love Yourself,” Bieber casually waved him off....

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