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Exec's 'Spectacularly Wrong' Remarks Spur Calls to Resign

Female executives pen letter asking for Recording Academy President Neil Portnow to step down

(Newser) - Pink told the president of the Recording Academy to step off earlier this week, and now nearly two dozen female executives in the record industry are telling Neil Portnow to step aside from his position. It all comes out of his remarks after the Grammys on Sunday, when he reacted... More »

After Exec Tells Women to 'Step Up,' Pink Tells Him to Step Off

Singer blasts Recording Academy President Neil Portnow in open letter on Twitter

(Newser) - #GrammysSoMale? That was one hashtag that popped up after Sunday night's show , in which women seemed to get short shrift during the night's proceedings. Per the AP , Lorde, the only woman nominated for album of the year, didn't perform (but males who weren't nominees did); there... More »

Grammys Ratings Are Awful

Early numbers suggest a 24% drop from last year

(Newser) - It was a great night for Bruno Mars , and a pretty bleak one for CBS. The first ratings numbers are in for Sunday night's Grammys, and they are rough indeed. An estimated 19.8 million people watched, down 24% from 2017, reports Deadline . In fact, the show may end... More »

Anti-Abortion Dress Was Most Talked-About at Grammys

Rihanna skipped red carpet but wowed in trenchcoat

(Newser) - There were plenty of dazzling looks on display at this year's Grammy Awards, but there was a clear standout as most talked-about: Joy Villa turned up with a "Choose Life" handbag and had a picture of a fetus hand-painted on her ballgown, USA Today reports. The musician—who... More »

Bruno Mars Takes 6 for 6 at Grammys

Jay-Z had 8 nominations, no wins

(Newser) - Bruno Mars owned the Grammys with his R&B-inspired album "24K Magic," winning all six awards he was nominated for at a show where hip-hop was expected to have a historical night. Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight, walked away empty handed Sunday—a year after his wife... More »

Clinton Trolls Trump in Surprise Grammys Cameo

She read an excerpt from 'Fire and Fury'

(Newser) - If President Trump watched the Grammys—and if he did, he didn't tweet about it—he would have found himself being trolled by several celebrities, including none other than Hillary Clinton. She made a surprise appearance in a pre-recorded segment where stars including Cher, Cardi B, and Snoop Dogg... More »

Carrie Fisher Wins Posthumous Grammy

She won best spoken word album Sunday

(Newser) - Thirteen months after her death, Carrie Fisher won her first Grammy, CNN reports. The late actor and writer took home the award for best spoken word album Sunday for the audiobook to her 2016 memoir The Princess Diarist, which made headlines for revealing an affair she had with Harrison Ford... More »

Here's Who Took Home Grammy Gold

Plus the most talked-about moments and performances

(Newser) - First to take the stage Sunday night at LA's Staples Center for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards before the show heads to New York for 2018 : a sparkly, well-received Adele singing her nominated "Hello." Her performance was followed by dapper late-night host and Carpool Karaoke crooner James... More »

Not Too Much Politics at Grammys—Until Busta Rhymes

Rapper called Trump 'President Agent Orange' during Tribe Called Quest set

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez mentioned artists standing up during tough times, and Katy Perry offered some subtle subtext during her own performance, but there wasn't too much in-your-face politics exhibited at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night—until Busta Rhymes took the stage. A Tribe Called Quest gave one... More »

George Michael Tribute Gets Adele Cursing

But she recovered for powerful performance; Prince also honored

(Newser) - David Bowie wasn't the only major performer we lost last year, and the Grammys made sure to pay tribute to two others. First host James Corden spoke on the late George Michael, noting how the performer's music "had an honesty and openness that excluded no one"... More »

For First Time in 5 Years, No LL Cool J as Grammys Host

James Corden will host instead

(Newser) - Late-night host and "Carpool Karaoke" commuter James Corden will be behind the wheel at the Grammy Awards telecast in February, the AP reports. It will be the first turn for Corden presiding over the Grammycast, which for the past five years has had LL Cool J as host. It... More »

David Bowie's Son Stunned by Lorde's Tribute to His Dad

'Just ... beautiful'

(Newser) - David Bowie's son didn't exactly rave about Lady Gaga's tribute to his late dad at the Grammys earlier this month, but he had kinder words for Lorde, who performed Bowie's "Life on Mars?" at the Brit Awards in London Wednesday, the Guardian reports. "Finally... More »

Did Kanye West Just Kill the Album?

Slate critic Jack Hamilton sees a 'full-scale attack'

(Newser) - The Life of Pablo may be something new: the anti-album. Kanye West's unorthodox rollout—renaming it from So Help Me God to Swish to Waves to The Life of Pablo, continuously changing the track list and cover art, still working on the song "Wolves"—suggests something is... More »

How Adele Really Felt About Grammys Performance

There were tears, she tells Ellen DeGeneres

(Newser) - Adele seemed like she handled her Grammy performance troubles pretty well, tweeting afterward that "s--- happens" and noting that she was "treating myself to an in n out" as a result, "so maybe it was worth it." But in a clip from Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres ... More »

Why Rihanna Really Bailed on the Grammys

There was some sort of meltdown related to her rehearsal

(Newser) - Rihanna pulled out of her Grammys performance just hours before the awards show, with her rep claiming a bad case of bronchitis was to blame. But sources tell TMZ she actually bailed because she was too upset. It's not clear exactly what she was upset about, but the sources... More »

Gaga Channels Bowie in Cosmic Tribute

She even came with a new Bowie tattoo

(Newser) - Lady Gaga showed up on the Grammys red carpet all Ziggy Stardusted-up in her Marc Jacobs getup and platform heels , ostensibly to get her pumped for her much-talked-about tribute to David Bowie (she even got a giant tattoo of Bowie on her torso over the weekend, per the New York ... More »

Here Are the Big Grammy Winners

And all the buzzworthy performances

(Newser) - Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Grammy Awards at LA's Staples Center with a performance of "Out of the Woods," followed by a rousing greeting from host LL Cool J, taking the award show's reins for the fifth time. Ice Cube and his son presented the... More »

Barry Manilow Suffers Surgery Complications

He was 'rushed' to LA after oral surgery this week

(Newser) - Barry Manilow had to scrap two tour dates this week after he was "rushed" from Memphis, Tenn., to Los Angeles due to complications from an emergency oral surgery he had on Monday, according to a post on his Facebook page . A publicist told CNN on Thursday that he's... More »

Kendrick Lamar Dominates Grammy Noms

In an unsurprising development, Taylor Swift also received quite a few nods

(Newser) - Kendrick Lamar is the king of the 2016 Grammys: The rapper is the leading nominee for the 2016 awards with 11, including album of the year for To Pimp a Butterfly and song of the year for "Alright." To Pimp a Butterfly goes up against Taylor Swift's... More »

Kanye to Beck: 'I'm Sorry'

Rapper is apparently on an apology kick

(Newser) - Is Kanye West perhaps actually admitting he was wrong? The rapper made headlines ( and enemies ) when he almost interrupted Beck's Grammys acceptance speech and later explained that Beyonce should have won , but it seems he's seen the error of his ways, the New York Post reports.... More »

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