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Channing Tatum Performs Epic Beyonce Lip Sync

And is then joined by Bey herself

(Newser) - Channing Tatum has apparently retained some skills from his first showbiz gig . He did a seriously impressive Beyonce lip sync on SpikeTV's Lip Sync Battle Thursday night, CNN reports, basically replicating her "Run the World (Girls)" music video complete with amazing dance moves, outfit, and wig. He was... More »

Here Are Your Grammy Winners

Plus, of course, all the performances

(Newser) - The Grammys are off and running, with AC/DC opening the show with a performance and host LL Cool J skipping the full monologue to instead hand the stage over to Taylor Swift, who presented the first award. Best New Artist went to Sam Smith, who kept his acceptance speech blissfully... More »

6 Celebs Who Just Got a College Degree

Some earned traditionally, some honorary

(Newser) - Elin Nordegren gave a rare public speech Saturday—because she graduated Rollins College with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and won an award for her 3.96 GPA, People reports. The 34-year-old started classes on the Florida campus in 2005, and took some time off when her kids were... More »

Daft Punk Wins Record, Album of the Year

Lorde wins Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance for 'Royals'

(Newser) - Awards? What awards? A few Grammys were handed out beforehand, Rolling Stone reports, but the show is first and foremost ... a show. Beyonce kicked things off by getting sexy on a chair and giving the censors a challenge with "Drunk in Love." Jay-Z joined in to rap and... More »

In 1st Year of Eligibility, Nirvana Nabs Rock Hall Nod

Iconic band released 'Love Buzz' 25 years ago

(Newser) - Nirvana is among the 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today, and is the only act this year to be nominated in its first year of eligibility, Rolling Stone reports. In order to be eligible, musicians or bands need to have released their first record... More »

9 Celebs Still With Their High School Sweethearts

See, some Hollywood marriages do last

(Newser) - Not all VIP marriages are doomed to fail. The Huffington Post rounds up nine celebrities who are still with their high school sweethearts:
  • Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor married in 1997, and though Snoop filed for divorce in 2004, they got back together and even renewed their vows in 2008.
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Paisley Defends 'Accidental Racist'

But critics are piling on his duet with LL Cool J about racism

(Newser) - Brad Paisley is taking some serious flak for his "Accidental Racist" release, a duet with LL Cool J about Southern pride and American racism, but he insists via Twitter that he "wouldn't change a thing," notes the Huffington Post . He also went on the Ellen DeGeneres ... More »

Grammys: Not Bad, Not Great, Really Long

Reviewers split on last night's award show

(Newser) - It seems everyone can agree on one thing about the Grammys: As E! put it in the first line of its recap, "So, that was ... long." Beyond that, reviews for the three-and-a-half-hour ceremony (which included "more than 30 performers but only 11 trophy presentations," notes Chris... More »

Top Grammy Wins for Mumford, fun., Gotye

Plus, awards for Adele, Carrie Underwood, Jay-Z

(Newser) - It's the Grammy Awards, which, as we all know, are more about performances than actual awards—so the show opened, not at all surprisingly, with a performance by Taylor Swift. The music world's darling gave what appeared to be a circus/carnival/Alice in Wonderland-themed performance of "We Are... More »

6 Artists Tie for Most Grammy Nods

Nominees announced during live CBS special

(Newser) - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and fun. Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the... More »

LL Cool J Intruder Faces Life in Prison

After he heals from broken jaw, nose, and ribs

(Newser) - The news only gets worse for the man accused of breaking into LL Cool J's mansion: Not only did 56-year-old Jonathan Kirby suffer a broken jaw, nose, and ribs at the hands of the rapper/actor, but he might go to prison for life under California's three-strikes law, reports... More »

Jennifer Hudson Performs Whitney Grammys Tribute

Grammy Awards remember Whitney Houston

(Newser) - Grammy Awards host LL Cool J brought up Whitney Houston 's death almost as soon as he took the stage tonight, and started the ceremony with a prayer for her before formally welcoming the audience. Then it was more Whitney, with LL Cool J presenting a video of... More »

Toby Keith Also Complains About Palin Show

Toby Keith: No, Palin didn't interview me

(Newser) - It looks like Fox News was at least two-thirds wrong when they said LL Cool J, Toby Keith, and Jack Welch "will speak to" Sarah Palin "for her inaugural episode of American Stories on April 1st.” Toby Keith has joined LL Cool J in denying that Palin... More »

Fox Cuts LL Cool J From Sarah Palin Show

Move comes after he complained it's an old interview

(Newser) - Twitter fight, over: LL Cool J won't appear on Sarah Palin's Fox News interview show. The network says it cut his recorded segment from tomorrow night's Real American Stories after he complained the show was simply recycling an interview from 2008. Earlier, the rapper blasted Fox on his Twitter page... More »

LL Cool J, Sarah Palin in 'Rap Battle' Over Fox Show

But really, LL, you might be overreacting a bit

(Newser) - LL Cool J is in the unlikeliest of “rap battles” with Sarah Palin over his appearance on her new Fox show. The rapper apparently gave an interview to Real American Stories , a website owned by Fox News, in 2008. That interview will now be featured on the premiere episode... More »

Sarah Palin Hosts First Fox Show Thursday

Guests include LL Cool J, Toby Keith, and Jack Welch

(Newser) - Sarah Palin begins her career as broadcast interviewer Thursday night on Fox when she hosts the premiere of a new series, Real American Stories. She's got an eclectic lineup of guests to work with: Toby Keith, LL Cool J, and GE's Jack Welch, among others. The show airs at 10pm... More »

Minorities Finally Get Lead Roles in TV Dramas

This year's network pilots include four with non-white stars

(Newser) - The upcoming crop of pilots for network TV offers hope that the industry taboo against minority leads in dramas can finally be put to rest. Four of the most high-profile projects in the works feature non-white actors, notes the Hollywood Reporter , including Forest Whitaker in a spinoff of Criminal Minds... More »

Drake Is Next LL Cool J: Jamie Foxx

(Newser) - Drake is not only dating Rihanna and prepping to sign with a new label for his debut album in the next few days. The Canadian-born singer is also winning support from the likes of 50 Cent and Jamie Foxx, MTV and Sohh.com report. "He can go as gangster... More »

LL Cool J to Obama: 'You Must Deliver'

Rapper has stern words, advice for president in open letter

(Newser) - These are challenging times indeed for Barack Obama, but LL Cool J's got the answers, reports the Daily Mirror. The 41-year-old rapper offers some advice in an open letter cautioning the leader of the free world against disappointing those inspired by his message of hope: “You have shifted the... More »

Ringtones Killed NYC Hip-Hop

Southern rap out-blasts urban beats

(Newser) - Once the king-maker of neighborhood phenoms, New York no longer spawns hip-hop's best, and the rise of ringtones is the culprit, writes Matthew Mundy in the New York Press. Because Big Apple beats are less pop-friendly than their Southern counterparts, they're not making it to teenagers' cell phones. "Hip-hop... More »

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