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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”  “Blackstar,”...

In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

In life, Prince was one of streaming’s great holdouts. Now, not even a year after his death, his music has finally hit Spotify, Apple Music and the other major streaming services. And fans have stormed the gates to revisit his hit-heavy catalog. Nielsen Music reported Thursday that after finally...

Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

It can be easy for those without a finger on the pulse of R&B to overlook Brandy’s influence. Yet she helped define the genre’s ‘90s golden age and carried it into the new millennium alongside singular divas such as Aaliyah and Monica. Still, she hasn’t had a crossover hit in 15 years. Brandy’s...

What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times’ music staff. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, under-the-radar Americana artist Fred Eaglesmith and the outspoken country of Nikki Lane.  Ryan Adams, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note) One way to hear Adams’...

Grammy wins send Adele back to the top of the charts

After a clean sweep of all five of her Grammy nominations, Adele will return to a familiar place — the top 10 of the Billboard charts. The singer’s “25,” which won album of the year Sunday night and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 after its 2015 release, looks to regain a top-10 slot with an estimated...

Maren Morris, King and Aloe Blacc champion Grammy efforts to nurture young musicians

When breakout country artist Maren Morris won her first Grammy on Sunday, it wasn’t her parents, her record label or her manager who received the first shout-out. It was a summer camp.  “Eleven years ago, I went to the first ever Grammy camp. It was the first time I ever flew on a plane by myself...

Newly crowned Grammy winner Chance the Rapper coming to the Hollywood Bowl

Fresh off his Grammy wins for best new artist, rap album and rap performance, Chance the Rapper will be taking a victory lap back through Los Angeles by way of a new tour announced Tuesday morning. Kicking off in April, the tour will bring the MC to the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 3. Shockingly, this...

This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

The full spectrum of life was on display at Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards. Much of the attention surrounding the ceremony in Los Angeles centered on artist comments or performances on hot political issues, but some of the more emotional moments sprang from the timeless themes of life and death. There...

Lalah Hathaway on why she recorded her Grammy-winning live album at the Troubadour

It’s an understatement to say that a live recording rarely earns the R&B album Grammy, but on Sunday at the Staples Center the honor went to “Lalah Hathaway Live.” In fact, the soul singer Lalah Hathaway’s concert recording is the first live document ever to win the award, where it joins studio...

Beyoncé watches herself, a pre-show call to action and other Grammy moments you didn't see on TV

The 59th Grammy Awards had no shortage of major moments: Beyoncé’s breathtaking performance and surprising loss in all major categories, Adele’s flub, a Prince tribute from the Time and Bruno Mars that electrified the audience and then, of course, a victory lap from Chance the Rapper, winner for...

Why Adele's Grammys flub was actually a pop-star power play

Is this becoming a habit for Adele? As you’ve surely heard by now, the young British singer went dramatically off-script at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, halting her shaky performance of the late George Michael’s “Fastlove” (presumably because she couldn’t hear her accompaniment) and asking to start...

Grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard

Barley an hour after the conclusion of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, an email arrived from a friend expressing disappointment at the telecast making short shrift of the deaths of two of the greatest musical poets of the last century, Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard. Both were name- and photo-checked...

Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

The polar stars of the 2017 Grammys provided two of the telecast’s most memorable performances, one a celestial dream of near perfection, the other endearingly human.  Anyone wondering whether Beyoncé's just-announced pregnancy would take away from her ability to perform as vividly as we've come...

The memorable things they said: Adele, Beyoncé, Patton Oswalt and more at the Grammys

The album of the year Grammy was always a two-woman battle between Adele and Beyoncé. This year Adele earned the trophy — but almost didn't accept it. During a tearful speech in which she thanked her friends and family, she turned to Beyoncé and told her it was hard to accept the trophy knowing...

How Beyoncé won the Grammys without taking the big awards

It was Adele’s night. But it happened in Beyoncé’s world. That was the takeaway of Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards, where the young British singer won three of the music industry’s biggest prizes — album, record and song of the year — yet seemed overshadowed by the visionary multimedia star she described...

James Corden brings mean tweets, slapstick and Carpool Karaoke as Grammys' good humor man

The Grammy Awards, whose 59th edition took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night, is essentially a series of performances interrupted by speeches. Depending on the state of the world, these may be topical or not. See below. This year, with “Late Late Show” host James Corden replacing...

When it comes to politics, the Grammys let the music do the talking

As in almost every show in this volatile awards season, political protest was all over the Grammys this year. From subtle and poised to outraged and esoteric, resistance came from artists of all genres and will likely be a major part of what this contentious Grammy ceremony will be remembered for....

Legendary jazz artist Al Jarreau, singer of 'We're in This Love Together,' dead at 76

Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 76. The singer died about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital surrounded by family and friends, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but news of his passing comes two days after he...

Joni Mitchell and Mary J. Blige made this pre-Grammy gala come alive

Emotions ran higher than usual Saturday night at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala, and not just because the stars in attendance were venting their frustrations with an unpopular new president. The veteran record executive’s annual party at the Beverly Hilton is known as a marathon of music-business...

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