It’s almost that time of the year: Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, and Pharrell Williams are among the artists set to perform on CBS’s A Very Grammy Christmas, which will also include the announcement of the nominees for Album of the Year. READ FULL STORY
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If you live on the west coast, chances are you probably already knew that Adele was the big winner at the Grammys before the CBS show aired on a tape delay at 8 p.m. Between social media and the round-the-clock Web coverage of entertainment, there’s no element of surprise left for Pacific coast music fans — but that won’t stop the most-watched network from waiting until prime time to air the awards show.
There’s little incentive. READ FULL STORY
UPDATED: Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich announced that Jennifer Hudson will perform a Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammys Sunday.
Within hours of the announcement of Houston’s death, talks were underway to honor the singer during the show that airs live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. It will air on CBS.
“We are all pretty devastated, it hit us pretty hard,” Ehrlich said in a statement released by CBS. “We were in the middle of our rehearsal and the news started going around. As you know she was very closely associated with the Grammys, both as a performer and as a Grammy winner and a lot of us who worked on the show worked with her a number of times. So it’s a very sad day for us it’s going to be tough to recover from. But we go on with the show.”
Some of Grammys’ most memorable moments over the years have involved numbers that were planned at the 11th hour. In 1998, Aretha Franklin took the stage to perform the aria “Nessun Dorma” to cover for the ailing Luciano Pavarotti. She was asked on the night of the show and no one knew what to expect.
Her performance was met with thunderous applause.
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One of the breakout moments of the 2008 Grammy telecast on CBS was a stellar live performance by Amy Winehouse. The dynamic singer, who passed away today at the age of 27, was a multiple nominee that night, so her appearance on the show was a must. Making it happen, however, was not as easy as it looked.
Flashback to 2008: Winehouse was undergoing treatment for drug addiction, which made it difficult for her to obtain a work visa to appear on the show, so CBS and the Grammy brass set up a contingency plan so she could perform live from a London soundstage. At the 11th hour, Winehouse secured that elusive visa, but it was too late for the show, so CBS stayed with Plan B. “We knew we could pull it off,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ head of special programming. “Regardless of whether you are a rock star, a soul singer, a folk singer or a country artist, everybody wants to be part of the Grammys, so we knew she wanted to participate.” READ FULL STORY
What do you get when you combine one formerly huge Grammy-winning R&B singer from the ’90s, her four musically gifted sisters, and their manager mother? WE’s Braxton Family Values, which debuts on the network April 12 at 9 p.m. The reality series follows “Unbreak My Heart” diva Toni Braxton (“The Superstar”) as she tries to get back on top after dealing with debilitating illness and a very public bankruptcy. Also in the mix are her four sisters — Traci (“The Underdog”), Towanda (“Mrs. Congeniality”), Trina (“The Wildcard”), and Tamar (“Baby”) — as well as headstrong momager Evelyn (“The Force”). READ FULL STORY
Veteran marketing and music executive Steve Stoute lashed out at the Grammys and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Sunday in a full-page newspaper advertisement, admonishing the organization for losing touch with contemporary pop culture and failing to acknowledge the talents of hugely successful artists like Justin Bieber and Eminem.
Stoute’s ad, which appeared in the New York Times, also criticizes the “over-zealousness to produce a popular show that is at odds with its own system of voting,” and how artists like Eminem and Bieber — who were snubbed for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, respectively — are still called upon to goose ratings for the show. Both artists performed at the 53rd annual awards fête on Feb. 13, which attracted 26.7 million viewers – – the show’s largest audience since 2001.
To further his argument about how NARAS is out of touch, Stoute — who is best known for once managing the rapper Nas — also took issue with how Kanye West’s Graduation was beaten out for Album Of The Year by Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters during the 50th Annual Grammys, and how Steely Dan triumphed over Enimem in 2001. “While there is no doubt in my mind of the artistic talents of Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock, we must acknowledge the massive cultural impact of Eminem and Kanye West and how their music is shaping, influencing and defining the voice of a generation,” wrote Stoute, who as the CEO of the marketing company Translation, works with recording artists to find advertising opportunities in the corporate world. (For more about Stoute, check out this profile in Time from last year).
An executive close to the telecast who talked to EW exclusively agreed with some of Stoute’s criticisms about egregious snubs over the years but said it was unfair to criticize the actual show, which operates independently of the voting process. Veteran producer Ken Erlich, along with CBS, oversee the event with constant input from NARAS. “The TV group is tasked to produce a Grammy-branded event for TV,” the executive said. “The voting procedure is done by the NARAS membership which has nothing to do with who produces the TV show.”
The producers are not privy to who will win the night of the Grammys, and are often caught off guard by the outcome. The executive said a member of Arcade Fire, which won Album of the Year and performed immediately after receiving the Grammy, said during rehearsal earlier that weekend that he expected Eminem to win.
Here’s the full letter from Stoute.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a doctor for CBS 2 TV reporter Serene Branson believes the reporter suffered a complex migraine when she tripped over her sentences while reporting during the Grammy telecast Sunday. Though many thought Branson had a stroke during the live TV moment, the severe migraine boasts symptoms matching a stroke: weakness, loss of vision, and difficulty speaking. Fortunately for Branson, complex migraines have no long-term effect.
Following Branson’s slurred report, the journalist was examined by paramedics. All her vital signs were normal.
Grammys producer on Sunday's Michael Jackson tribute: 'He is looking down and saying...they are doing right'
During Sunday’s telecast of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, the show will feature the never-before-seen 3-D mini-movie for Earth Song that was created by Michael Jackson for his This Is It tour. Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich talked to EW.com about the decision to air the film, and how he tried to persuade Jackson to appear on the awards show last year.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us about your decision to pay tribute to Michael Jackson.
KEN EHRLICH: Last year at this time, it was the 25th anniversary of Thriller and I was talking about having Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown – before the troubles – and Ne-Yo do a whole thing that ended with Michael. It would have started with two or three of them pretending to be Michael, and then Michael would be revealed. I pitched it to him, and I thought I had him. And he just said, “I’m not ready.. .I’ll be with you next year.” It wasn’t to be.
I came to Michael’s last rehearsal for the live show to meet about another project and coincidentally, he was watching the 3-D film for Earth Song. I could see what it meant to him. He told me it was as important or more important than anything else in the concert show because there was the message about preserving the earth. After we did his memorial service and started thinking about what to do for the Grammys, I did think about what (tributes) were done on other shows. Whenever I worked with Michael he’d say, “Kenny, let’s do something that no one has ever done before.” This is something that no one’s ever done before – certainly not on an awards show. I’m an old guy, kind of emotional. There is a part of me that thinks he is looking down at this and saying they are doing right by me. READ FULL STORY
Update: Chris Brown turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department for questioning in his alleged role in a felony battery that took place in a car early Sunday morning. He has been released on $50,000 bail and given a March 5 court date. On Monday morning, TMZ reported that the crime report lists the alleged victim’s name as Robyn Fenty: Rihanna’s real name. EW first broke the story after hearing that the duo was involved in a car accident.
Rihanna and Chris Brown have scratched their performances in tonight’s Grammy Awards after being involved in a car accident, according to sources backstage.
Details are sketchy, but Rihanna’s publicist issued a statement late this afternoon saying that the Grammy-winning pop singer was "well" and thanked fans for their concern and support.
Legendary R&B performer Al Green has been added to the roster of tonight’s perfomers to fill out the bill.
Rihanna is nominated in three categories this year, including Best Dance Recording for "Disturbia"; Brown received two nominations, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Take You Down."
Stay tuned for details.
Whitney Pastorek and Margeaux Watson contributed to this report.
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After his huge Grammy win for River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock has teamed up once again with the woman who inspired his Album of the Year. Jazz and folk reunited when Hancock and Mitchell performed last week for Yahoo!’s Nissan Live Sets. (Such pop artists as Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5, and Lenny Kravitz have also delivered intimate gigs on Yahoo!’s custom-built stage on Los Angeles’ Twentieth-Century Fox lot.)
During the two-and-a-half-hour show, Mitchell showcased three of her songs — “River,” “Tea Leaf Prophesy,” and “Hana” — while Hancock, backed by a top-notch band, brought out the funk with classics like “Chameleon” and “Watermelon Man,” and resurrected his own crossover hit, “Rock It” — much to the crowd’s delight (see full set list after the jump). The performance will debut on Yahoo! Music on April 1.
Herbie Hancock / Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music / March 20, 2008
Tea Leaf Prophesy
All I Want
The glitz of the 50th annual Grammy Awards has faded, but the buzz from the stage continues to echo. Today, Nielsen SoundScan released its post-show sales tally, and several of the night’s winners scored big on the retail front. Among the chart leaders: Amy Winehouse, with a whopping 368 percent bump in album sales, bringing her to-date total to 1,649,010. Also impressive were her digital sales, which spiked 196 percent to 283,303. "Rehab," as a singular download, saw a similar boost, up 234 percent to 1,175,513. Vince Gill wasn’t far behind. His latest, These Days, shot up 618 percent with total sales just shy of 350,000. But outshining them both was Album of the Year winner, Herbie Hancock, whose tribute to Joni Mitchell saw a 966 percent rise in sales, totaling just over 53,000 copies, and bringing his tally to 114,390. Overall, album sales were up 16 percent from last week, which, in today’s music climate, is cause for celebration, albeit tempered by 2007’s double-digit overall decline. See how other Grammy-featured acts fared at retail after the jump.
This week’s big winners:
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black: +368%
Alicia Keys, As I Am: +35%
Various Artists, 2008 Grammy Nominees: +40%
Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters: +966%
The Eagles, Long Road out of Eden: +60%
Foo Fighters, Echoes, Patience, Silence and Grace: +160%
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand: + 89%
Michael Buble, Call Me Irresponsible: +49%
Fergie, The Dutchess: +24%
Across the Universe Soundtrack: +57%
Joni Mitchell, Shine: +100%
Andrea Bocelli, Lo Mejo: +106%
Kanye West, Graduation: +74%
Kanye West, Late Registration: +68%
Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad: +60%
Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts: +44%
John Fogerty, Revival: +82%
Josh Groban, Awake: +91%
White Stripes, Icky Thump: +54%
Tina Turner, All The Best: +103%
Jim Lauderdale, The Bluegrass Diaries: +505%
Dave Koz, At the Movies: +189%
The lowest gainer:
Beyonce, B’Day: +7%
And only one lost traction:
Ne-Yo, Because of You: -1%
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