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Grammys 2018: The awards week in parties

The Grammys being staged in New York City for the first time in 15 years meant organizers had to “reinvent the wheel” not just for music’s biggest night but for a whole week’s worth of events that coincide with the awards show. “[The] week is a little bit of a laboratory,” said Recording Academy...

The Grammys were one of two shows producers were juggling — an Elton John all-star tribute was the other

“Let’s make sure there’s a keyboard in Elton’s dressing room,” Ken Ehrlich, the longtime executive producer of the Grammy Awards, ordered before ducking away to meet Elton John and Miley Cyrus. Ehrlich was on his way to oversee a soft run-through of “Tiny Dancer,” which would ultimately be performed...

Arrow de Wilde's Starcrawler dives into the L.A. indie scene like it was born to rock

Arrow de Wilde never had much of a choice in her young life other than to be a rock star. The 18-year-old grew up in Echo Park at the dawn of the L.A. indie rock boomlet. Her parents — photographer Autumn de Wilde and drummer Aaron Sperske (who has played alongside Ariel Pink, Father John Misty...

Tom Petty's daughter shares thoughts after release of autopsy report

One of Tom Petty’s children has gone public with her response to the autopsy report that concluded that his death on Oct. 2 at age 66 was the result of an accidental overdose of prescription medications. In the wake of that report, there’s been considerable discussion over whether he’d lapsed back...

Open letter inspired by #TimesUp asks for white-rose show of support at Grammy Awards

As waves of gender discrimination and sexual assault allegations continue to envelop the entertainment industry, the music business, with a couple of high-profile exceptions, has remained relatively unscathed by the shift. Yet an open letter circulating among the music industry this week – just...

Young rappers are getting honest about doing battle with depression, drug addiction and suicide

Back in December, in front of a sold-out audience at the Forum awaiting Grammy front-runner Jay-Z, opening act and rapper Vic Mensa vaulted onstage. Dressed in punky red leather, he was boisterous and triumphant, the show a crowning achievement in his career. But underneath the bravado were lacerating...

More than 90% of recent Grammy nominees are men, USC study finds

A new study on gender and racial figures in pop music proves the old James Brown refrain is still true: It’s a man’s man’s man’s world. The study, in part, looked at the gender breakdown of Grammy Award nominees, and found a wide imbalance. A total of 90.7% of nominees between 2013 and 2018 were...

Appreciation: Mark E. Smith, acerbic founder of influential British post-punk band the Fall

Mark E. Smith, the grumpy singer-shouter for the long-standing and influential Manchester, England post-punk band the Fall, has died at his home in England. The artist, whose angular compositions and skewed melodies inspired generations of underground guitar bands including Sonic Youth, the Pixies...

Hip-hop's unofficial ambassador Common

Common and hip-hop have always had a symbiotic relationship. As a young rapper from the Southside of Chicago, hip-hop provided him with a path toward notoriety, success and empowerment. In return, Common elevated the style that elevated him with an eloquence, soul and activism seemingly channeled...

After the Grammys, it may be time's up for the music industry

And now it’s the Grammys’ turn. So far, the Recording Academy has largely avoided the sort of criticism over lack of diversity that’s been leveled at the Oscars. But hours after men swept all but one of the categories given out on live television, #GrammysSoMale was trending. Kesha’s impassioned...

The 6 must-see moments from the Grammy Awards

The 60th Grammy Awards took place in New York on Sunday and were filled with several water-cooler moments, and, as always, even more head-scratching ones. The ceremony was poised to make Grammy history, with a promising and diverse crop of nominees up for awards in the top categories, but it was...

The Grammys were set for change, but that's not what happened

The Grammy Awards giveth, and the Grammy Awards taketh away. When the Recording Academy announced nominations in November for music’s most prestigious prizes, the notoriously fusty industry group raised the tantalizing prospect that its members finally got it. With multiple nods for the likes of...

Performers at the Grammys memorialize victims of concert-related violence in Las Vegas and Manchester, England

In one of the most emotional performances of the 60th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, country artists Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Eric Church delivered a mournful version of “Tears in Heaven” in honor of the victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest...

James Corden picks his spots as Grammy host, but scores a tweet from an angry politician

Unlike his fellow late-night hosts who have spun topical humor into ratings jumps during the Trump administration, James Corden and his “Late Late Show” isn’t known for political material. Celebrated instead for his show’s star-courting musical segments and spinoffs (“Carpool Karaoke” and “Drop...

Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar the big winners at Grammy Awards

It was supposed to be a night when political and social issues took center stage and the music industry fully embraced hip-hop. But when the 60th Grammy Awards were given out Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York, it was a different tune. The Recording Academy gave three of its top trophies...

The inside story behind Kesha's emotional Grammy moment

Kesha’s emotional performance at this year’s Grammys was in the works long ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, with its origins tracing back to late last year when the pop singer-songwriter played to a sold-out crowd at the Hollywood Palladium. It was the final stop of her Rainbow tour — a trek that for...

Joy Villa tops her MAGA dress with a gown decorated with a fetus image

Joy Villa — she of the Make America Great Again dress at last year’s Grammys — has outdone herself on the red carpet this year with a hand-painted “Choose Life” purse and pure white bridal gown with a fetus surrounded by a rainbow in the shape of a womb. And a sparkling crown. Her message is once...

The Grammys almost got Jay-Z to perform this year. Here's why he declined.

With hip-hop dominating nominations for the 60th Grammys, all eyes will be on how the ceremony will showcase a genre that has historically been underrepresented. This year Jay-Z leads with eight nominations, followed by seven for Kendrick Lamar, and both emcees are front-runners for album of the...

Clive Davis honored Jay-Z — and defied logic as usual — at his pre-Grammy gala

How to kick off a salute to Jay-Z on the eve of the Grammy Awards? With a performance by Barry Manilow, of course. That was the typically curious reasoning at work Saturday night in a glittering ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square, where the veteran music impresario Clive Davis gathered...

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