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Latin Grammy organizers asked press not to broach political topics at awards ceremony

A publicist connected with the  Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which last week held the 17th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, asked journalists at the awards ceremony not to ask questions about politics — leading one reporter to speak out publicly against the request.  Gaby Natale,...

Did they really do that? Five must-see moments from the 2016 American Music Awards

The 2016 iteration of the American Music Awards, the populist music award show for which ordinary fans decide who gets each of the many shiny trophies, had more than a few shiny moments Sunday night. Here are five of the shiniest.  That moment Drake did Taylor Swift Drake got very Drake in the...

Kanye West cancels remainder of his Saint Pablo tour after a rough week on the road

After a tumultuous few days in which Kanye West walked off the stage three songs into his Saturday night concert in Sacramento and canceled Sunday's at the Forum three hours before showtime, the rapper has canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour, according to a representative. West, known...

American Music Awards a mix of warm-and-fuzzy escapism and sharp political commentary

The artist’s responsibility met the demands of celebrity at Sunday’s American Music Awards, where half the assembled talent was eager to comment on a new political reality and the other half was eager to promote new product before beating a path to their chauffeured SUVs. The latter feeling was...

Green Day lashes out at Trump at the AMAs

Green Day is at its best when a widely divisive president ascends to power. That was true in 2004 for “American Idiot,” and it’s maybe even more true in 2016 for “Revolution Radio.” At Sunday’s American Music Awards, where Green Day played the double-time barnstormer “Bang Bang,” the band had the...

Kanye West cancels Forum show at last minute

Just days after pledging allegiance to President-elect Donald Trump — and hours after cutting short a concert in Sacramento — Kanye West has called off his L.A. date tonight at The Forum.  The Sunday concert was canceled about three hours before showtime. No statement from West’s label or the tour’s...

Sharon Jones was an old soul in a changing world

Sharon Jones symbolized endurance. The endurance of an old-fashioned style as music changed around it. The endurance of ambition despite the record industry’s neglect. And the endurance of a body that withstood disease until Friday, when Jones died of pancreatic cancer at age 60. Described by a...

Kanye West ends Sacramento show after three songs and a tirade against Jay Z, Beyoncé and racism

Kanye West is being Kanye West? again. After a revealing rant about Beyoncé and Jay Z, and performing only three songs, the rapper his Saturday night show mid-concert. As expected, fans are demanding refunds. Kanye West is being Kanye West? again. He ended his Saturday night show with a mic drop...

Dap-Kings' Gabriel Roth recalls Sharon Jones' last days: 'She was blaming Trump'

Soul singer Sharon Jones, who died Friday at age 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, didn’t find commercial success until she was well into her 40s. When she did, it was through her work with her longtime band the Dap-Kings. They backed Jones for nearly two decades, and were by her bedside when...

Kanye West, a Trump supporter? As always, it's complicated

Kanye West has always had a testy relationship with politics and politeness. But after his widely panned onstage monologue Thursday night at his show in San Jose, where he confirmed rumors that he supported Donald Trump, he may have finally alienated his fan base. West’s first, famous foray into...

Around the Clubs: Daniel Avery, Lobster Theremin, the Black Madonna and more

If there’s anything the late David Mancuso would have wanted you to do on a weekend like this, it would be to go dancing. For some, it may be hard to muster anything like enthusiasm for going out right now, but that’s how darkness wins. Here are some of the best club nights this weekend to try...

On 'The Weight of These Wings,' Miranda Lambert tells her side of a very public story

Miranda Lambert keeps making plans for a getaway on “The Weight of These Wings,” the country star’s first album since her very public divorce last year from another Nashville heavyweight, Blake Shelton. “I wanna go somewhere where nobody knows,” she sings in “Highway Vagabond.” Later, in “Vice,”...

'I feel good for speaking up': YG on his 2016 protest anthem that goes after Donald Trump

On the Wednesday evening after the election, the streets of downtown L.A. shook with anger. Thousands of young protesters took to the Historic Core to show their opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. And on nearly every corner, one song set the tone. For weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election,...

On '57th & 9th,' Sting urgently shares what's on his mind

In 2013, Sting sat for an hour or so interview in a small dressing room at what was then Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” The veteran English musician was in town talking up “The Last Ship,” an album of songs from a musical he’d composed that was headed to Broadway, and in the course of the conversation...

'Hallelujah' singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died in his sleep, his manager says

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died in his sleep in his home after he’d fallen during the night, his manager said. In a statement posted to cohencentric.com, Cohen’s manager and RK Management President Robert Kory addressed the singer’s death: “Leonard Cohen died during his sleep following a fall...

Prince's estate sues Tidal over the streaming rights to his music

When Tidal landed exclusive streaming rights to Prince’s music in 2015, it was seen as a coup for the fledgling service. Prince, a notorious music business skeptic, seemed to believe in Tidal’s artist-centric mission and streamed his Baltimore “Rally 4 Peace” on the platform. But now Prince’s catalog might...

BET sends Obama off in style with star-studded concert

With President Obama’s admirers now looking on his departure with an extra jolt of nostalgia, BET did its best to send him off in style. On Tuesday night, the network aired a tribute concert from the White House lawn. “BET Presents: Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration” honored the nation’s first...

Haim returns to the Fonda Theatre - this time with paparazzi in tow

When Haim played the Fonda Theatre in October 2013, I don’t recall seeing paparazzi stationed outside. But they were there Tuesday night for Haim’s return to the venue, a clear sign of how much things have changed for this Los Angeles-based sister trio since its debut album came out three years...

Love story of Tejano star Selena optioned for TV series

The love story of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla and husband Chris Pérez could soon be coming to a TV near you. Endemol Shine North America and Major TV have optioned the television rights to Pérez’s biography, "To Selena, With Love."  Selena was a rising star in Latin music before she was...

Bob Dylan is not coming to Stockholm to pick up his Nobel Prize, academy says

Bob Dylan won't be coming to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature at the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy said Wednesday. The academy said Dylan informed it that "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible."...

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