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<p>Former &quot;Glee Project&quot; contestant Matheus Fernandes auditions for &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Former "Glee Project" contestant Matheus Fernandes auditions for "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 12 Live-Blog - Long Beach and San Antonio Auditions

The judges head to Texas and LA-adjacent for more bickering

OK, "American Idol" Season 12... Let's do this!

First off, thanks to HitFix's Liane Bonin Starr, who did a terrific job of recapping while I was spending my evenings watching obscure documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival. If you loved Liane's recaps more than mine, feel free to complain and I'll force her to add "Idol" to her recapping plate full-time.

Til then, for the 11th straight season (I didn't have a venue for recaps in Season One, plus the Internet wasn't really recapping "American Idol" back then), I'm ready to spend some quality time with Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest and lament the passing of such favorites as Dunkleman, British Guy, Ditzy Girl, Angry Songwriter Girl, The Fish From "Finding Nemo," The Mummified Remains of Steven Tyler and The Co-Star of "Parker." 

But let's see what Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Nicole Kidman's Husband have to say about "American Idol" auditions from Long Beach and San Antonio... Shall we?

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<p>Usher</p>

Usher

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Grammy Awards 2013: Handicapping Best R&B Performance

Miguel and Usher battle it out

As the Feb. 10 55th annual Grammy Awards edge closer, we’re analyzing a category a day. Today, we look at Best R&B Performance.

Best R&B Performance Nominees:
Estelle - "Thank You"
Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi -"Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
Luke James - "I Want You"
Miguel - "Adorn"
Usher - "Climax"


THE PLAYERS:
Robert Glasper Experiment is the critical darling here, but that will only get “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)” so far, despite it being a beautiful, jazzy track. Estelle’s “Thank You” is slinky and sassy, but not exceptional. Luke James is a newcomer who looks like he has a great future ahead of him if “I Want You” is any indication. Usher’s “Climax” is a beautiful, heartbreaking song about a couple who has passed their shelf life. Miguel’s sultry, sexy “Adorn” is the marathon runner of the bunch.

THE ODDS: The odds are “Adorn,” at least 20-1. Twenty is the number of weeks the song has topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, setting a record for the tally. The song appeals to a wide demo, which will also help in the voting. Plus, Miguel’s nominations in the general categories will also give him a boost. The wildcard? If people reflexively vote for Usher because they like him and like “Climax.”

THE WINNER: Miguel, “Adorn.”

Previous Predictions:

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best New Artist

 

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<p>Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott takes the stage with Stevie Nicks at the CMT&nbsp;taping of &quot;Crossroads.&quot;</p>

Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott takes the stage with Stevie Nicks at the CMT taping of "Crossroads."

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Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum swap songs at 'Crossroads' taping

Country trio debuts brand new song, 'Golden'

As Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks prepared to run through Lady A’s Grammy-winning “Need You Now” again after flubbing the first take at a taping of  “Crossroads,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley looked adoringly at Nicks and said, ‘You can do no wrong.” Nicks sassily shot back, “I can and I have.”

So it went with sweet and often amusing banter between Lady A’s Kelley and Hillary Scott and the Fleetwood Mac front woman throughout the 90-minute taping at Los Angeles’ Sony Studios.

When Lady Antebellum debuted with “Love Don’t Live Here” five years ago, critics often compared the trio to Fleetwood Mac for its pop-tinged sound and its dual lead singers in Scott and Kelley, so it seemed all the more appropriate to pair the two acts for “Crossroads,” CMT's 10-year old program that unites a country act with its musical hero from another genre. 

It turns out Nicks has long been a Lady A fan.  "Crossroads executive producer Bill Flanagan told the audience, “We’ve been trying to get Stevie Nicks for years. She said her favorite band is Lady Antebellum.”
“I’ve been listening to their songs for a solid three months,” Nicks said, between “Need You Now” takes. “My neighbors must be like, ‘What? We thought she was in Fleetwood Mac’.”

The new group— Fleetwood Antebellum? Lady Mac?—devoted the first half of the taping to Lady A hits, including “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Own the Night” album track, “Cold As Stone,”  with Nicks either singing Scott’s parts or along with her and Kelley. Occasionally, Dave Heywood chimed in for gorgeous four-part harmonies. The trio debuted a lovely new song, “Golden,” which Nicks was among the first to hear. “Half a minute into it, I started to cry,” Nicks said. “This song is their ‘Landslide’.”  Who knows if the love ballad will reach such legendary heights, but it’s clear having Nicks praise it so was enough for Lady A.

Later in the evening, the foursome performed “Landslide,” which Kelley introduced as “the greatest song ever.” Nicks recounted writing the song in 1973 after her boyfriend/music partner Lindsey Buckingham had gone to tour with the Everly Brothers. “I knew it was going to be special,” she said.

Lady A and Nicks also wrapped their vocals around a stunning, haunting “Gold Dust Woman”  and “The Edge of 17,” marking the first time that Nicks said she had ever performed the latter tune, written about Tom Petty, with anyone else. For trivia buffs, the title comes from Nicks’ misunderstanding Petty’s first wife, who told Nicks she met Petty at “the age of 17.” Her southern accent was so strong, Nicks thought she said “the edge of 17.”

Speaking of Petty, next came the Nicks/Petty duet “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around,” with Kelley ably filling in for Petty as he towered over the diminutive Nicks.

Nicks then bantered with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, who was seated in the audience. Tyler previously taped a “Crossroads” with Carrie Underwood. As Kelley watched the exchange, he said, “Am I dreaming?”

Yep, heady stuff for the members of the trio, none of whom were born when Fleetwood Mac’s classic album, “Rumours” came out in 1977 or Nicks’ first solo album, “Bella Donna” in 1981.

CMT has yet to announce an air date for the Lady A/Stevie Nicks’ edition of  “Crossroads.”

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Watch Ellie Goulding's 'Explosions' video

Watch Ellie Goulding's 'Explosions' video

Fire in black and white

Most explosions have a brilliant array of flaming color. Ellie Goulding's video for "Explosions" is in all black and white.

This performance-mostly clip doesn't give much insight into the ballad or the performer, but the song still stands as brilliant vocal theater.

"Explosions" is from Goulding's latest album "Halcyon," out last year. The English singer is currently on tour in the U.S., where you can see her in full color.

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Beyonce's Super Bowl Half Time promo photo: Sexy referee

Beyonce's Super Bowl Half Time promo photo: Sexy referee

Destiny's Child star copped your Halloween get-up

This year for Halloween, er, the Super Bowl, Beyonce is wearing her sexiest referee getup. The superstar singer posted the promotional photo to her Tumblr, where she's also been sporting some sneak-peak photos of the rehearsals leading up to her official half time show performance for the NFL Championship this coming Sunday.

The stiff-arm pic appears to be from the same shoot that led to the initial teaser image for Bey's booking, where she's sporting hash marks on her cheeks. It continues the years-long tradition of other half time performers like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Who posing in thigh-high heels and hot pants in support of their appearances. (Prince, oddly, abstained.)

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<p>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops Billboard Hot 100 again

What happens with Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie?'

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz celebrates its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 10. It also remains atop of the Digital Songs chart, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Rap Songs as well.

The top three remain the same as Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” stays at No. 2 and The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” at No. 3.

Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” rises 5-4. Also moving up one space are will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” (6-5) and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” (7-6).

Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj climbs two spots to No. 7, while Rihanna’s “Diamonds” stays at No. 8 and Phillip Phillips’ “Home” rises 10-9.

The only debut in the Top 10 is A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin Problems,” which soars 15-10, marking the rapper’s first top 10 hit.

And yes, in case you noticed, Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z fell 4-13, although the song continues to gain airplay. The fall occurs because of a drastic drop in downloads.

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<p>&quot;Redemption&quot;</p>

"Redemption"

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Oscar Guide 2013: Best Documentary - Short Subject

Emotion reigns throughout this year's slate

(The Oscar Guide will be your chaperone through the Academy's 24 categories awarding excellence in film. New installments will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 26, with the Best Picture finale on Friday, February 22.)

This year's Oscar nominees in the Best Documentary, Short Subject category are, as ever, a varied an eye-opening bunch. But emotion reigns throughout, always a key to capturing voters' hearts and securing support.

The doc shorts were not, however, part of the three categories newly opened to the entire membership. It will go at least one more year of providing select screenings of the contenders and therefore all voters will have to prove that they attended the screening in order to vote. Recent winners in the category have included "Saving Face," "Strangers No More," "Music by Prudence" and "Smile Pinki," and there's really no connective tissue there. Sometimes you have to just go with your gut on what might win the day.

The nominees are...

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<p>The &quot;How&nbsp;I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back for a ninth and final season, now that renewal is official.</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang will be back for a ninth and final season, now that renewal is official.

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'How I Met Your Mother' officially renewed for 9th and final season

We won't meet the Mother until season 9, but hopefully early

It's official: "How I Met Your Mother" has been renewed for a ninth and final season.

And we won't be meeting the Mother until that season. Although in theory, we'll get some time to know her before things end.

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<p>Steven Spielberg</p>

Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg named Filmmaker of the Year by ACE

The editors' group also included 'Lincoln' among their nominees

As strongly as "Lincoln" has been performing throughout the season, Steven Spielberg has yet to receive much in the way of individual recognition for the film. That could change on Oscar night, of course. Until then, however, the American Cinema Editors have taken it upon themselves to reward the director, naming him the recipient of their annual Golden Eddie Award for Filmmaker of the Year.

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<p>B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Harry & Sally'

B.J. Novak steps in front of the camera as the series revisits romantic comedy territory

A quick review of last night's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I drive a motorcycle through a flaming hoop...

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<p>Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in "Happy Endings."

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Review: 'Happy Endings' - 'The Marry Pranksters/Our Best Friend's Wedding'

Max plots revenge, Penny gets big news, and Dave turns bride-zilla

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" two-fer coming up just as soon as I do a run/walk for sexual blindness...

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<p>Harvey Weinstein</p>

Harvey Weinstein

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Roundup: Harvey's mea culpa on 'Django' and 'The Master'

Also: Streisand to perform at Oscars, and 'The Sapphires' sweeps Down Under

Harvey Weinstein has had enough success in the Oscar campaigning game -- including twin Best Picture bids this year for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" -- that it can't pain him too much to admit to the odd miscalculation. Still, it's interesting to see him do so in an interview with Deadline's Mike Fleming. Weinstein blames Quentin Tarantino's absence from the Best Director category (hardly an easy race to crack this year, as Ben Affleck can tell you) on his own tardiness in sending out DVD screeners. He also claims he mismarketed Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master": "I think the audience had trouble with the movie and needed to be guided and eased into it ... My attachment to 'The Master' was not the Scientology or religion; it was that in WWII, people like my dad and other combat veterans came back and were just lost after the war. Maybe if I’d explained the movie in those terms, that it was more of a spiritual quest for a veteran who had seen action and got lost, people might have responded differently." [Deadline]

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