Why was Van Halen MIA at the Grammy Nominations Concert?

Why was Van Halen MIA at the Grammy Nominations Concert?

Will the reunited band appear on the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards

So why was Van Halen a no-show at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live Tuesday night?

While the Recording Academy, to its credit, never uttered the words Van Halen, rumors had been flying that the band would announce its reunion on the show. In an October press release, the Academy touted that the TV show would “feature a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place” at the Grammys.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Rihanna makes it 5 weeks at No. 1 with 'We Found Love' on the Billboard Hot 100

Who sees major bounces following the American Music Awards?

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris has found a stable home at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song logs its 5th week in the penthouse.

That means she keeps LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” locked out of the top spot, with “Sexy” hanging at No. 2 for the fourth straight week. This is despite the song seeing a 24% leap in digital sales and increased airplay following the duo’s show-closing performance of the track (with a little help from The Hoff) at the American Music Awards.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel</p>
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Zooey Deschanel

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Interview: Zooey Deschanel on the next 'She & Him' album and a certain cuddly bear

Why the 'New Girl' already is hard at work on the next record

She & Him, the quirky pop pairing of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, may have just released “A Very She & Him Christmas,” but Deschanel already has the duo’s next album in mind.

“I’m writing right now,” Deschanel tells HitFix. “It’s funny how the records shape themselves in that I’ll write a bunch of songs and we’ll cherry pick them and the album ends up having its own personality, but I don’t think thematically as far as ‘This record’s going to have this theme.’ I write to get stuff out and then it ends up having its own identity once it’s out in the world.”  She didn’t volunteer if any of the songs she’s written so far addressed her recent split from her husband, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.

Between her shooting schedule for her Fox sitcom “New Girl,” her promotional duties for the “Christmas” album (the pair’s performance on Monday night’s “The Tonight Show “ is embedded below), and other projects, Deschanel jokes that she “never” sleeps. And when she does have downtime, she craves the solitude that writing brings.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga sets debut for 'Marry The Night' video

Until then, revisit the preview

Lady Gaga has been setting up the arrival of her “Marry The Night” video as if it were a new album. She gave us a preview last week and  "The Prelude Pathetique” clip the week before, as we previously reported.

Now we’ll finally get the full clip on Thursday on E!, according to a tweet from Momma Monster.

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<p>'We Bought a Zoo'</p>

'We Bought a Zoo'

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Cameron Crowe and Jonsi talk 'We Bought A Zoo'

Crowe confesses to missing the "studly move"

While Cameron Crowe directed “We Bought A Zoo,” he and his team juggled completing this fall’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” documentary and “The Union,” his film about the making of Elton John and Leon Russell’s 2010 album of the same name, which comes out in January.

“They all fueled each other,” Crowe says, noting that he’s hardly the first moviemaker to multi-task. “To me, the best documentary certainly in the last 25 years was [2005’s] ‘No Direction Home,’ and I heard [Martin] Scorsese did that while he was doing ‘The Departed’.”

For “We Bought A Zoo,” which had a sneak peak this past weekend (read Drew McWeeny’s glowing review here) and will open nationally on Dec. 23, Crowe knew that for the first time in one of his movies, he wanted to focus more on a score than licensed music (although “Zoo” features a number of songs). “I just had the feeling that this was the movie where we could do more score than ever before,” Crowe told me when I interviewed him recently for a piece for Variety (this article includes  a few comments from that piece, but primarily is previously unpublished material).

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<p>&nbsp;Hot Chelle Rae</p>
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 Hot Chelle Rae

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Interview: Hot Chelle Rae on 'Tonight Tonight,' 'Whatever' and Taylor Swift

Will the American Music Award lead to any Grammy nominations?

The members of Hot Chelle Rae, who took home the best new artist award at the American Music Awards a few days ago, may have only experienced their first big hit with “Tonight Tonight” this summer, but they have decades of experience at their disposal.

That’s because the pop quartet, whose second RCA album, “Whatever,” comes out tomorrow (Nov. 29), grew up in the music business and have learned from a very young age how to navigate both the creative and professional sides of their careers.

Lead singer Ryan Follese and his drumming baby brother Jamie, as well as Nash Overstreet, have dads who are prominent, award-winning, Nashville-based songwriters, who have written hits for the likes of  Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and The Judds (Nash’s brother is Chord Overstreet, formerly of “Glee.”) Bassist Ian Keaggy’s father is Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian artist Phil Keaggy.

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2012 Grammy Awards Predictions: Does Adele sweep the nominations?
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2012 Grammy Awards Predictions: Does Adele sweep the nominations?

Also look for Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Tony Bennett to land nods

The Grammy nominations will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 30, during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live special, airing at 10 p.m. ET.

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<p>Rihanna performs in London last month.</p>

Rihanna performs in London last month.

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Who tops next week's Billboard 200: Michael Buble, Nickleback or Rihanna?

What happens with Rihanna and Daughtry?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Billboard 200 as Michael Buble’s “Christmas”  is expected to surge to sales of up to 275,000 copies, which would boost the title up a spot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That means “Christmas,” in its fifth week on the chart, could top a raft of new titles from superstars, including Nickelback’s “Here and Now,” pegged to come in at No. 2 and possible Buble spoiler,  Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” and Daughtry’s “Break the Spell.”

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Rihanna stays at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Katy Perry advances

Perry is within striking distance of No. 1 with 'The One That Got Away'

Katy Perry moves one step closer to setting the record for the most No. 1s from a single album as “The One That Got Away” soars into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

In doing so, her set, “Teenage Dream” becomes one of only seven albums in the 53-year history of the chart to log six top 10s. That’s great, but that’s not the pop princess’s end game here. Instead, she’s hoping to march to No. 1 with the ballad, which leaps 15-10, she performed on Sunday night’s American Music Awards.

In the meantime, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris spends its fourth week at No. 1, according to Billboard. (On a side note, the song remains No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, where it is joined by Drake’s “Take Care,” on which she is featured, and her new single, “You Da One” in the Top 10. That makes her the first woman to lodge a trio of songs in the Top 10 concurrently).

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<p>Kid Rock in &quot;Care&quot;</p>

Kid Rock in "Care"

Watch: Kid Rock's video for 'Care'

Will the clip spur you to move from caring to action?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Kid Rock has released the video for “Care,” reminding us to think of others.

Mark Pellington, best known for video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” directed the clip, which also features T.I. and Pistol Annie’s “Angaleena Presley. The black & white clip opens with voice overs of people talking about what they care about. It then gives way to an acoustic performance by Kid Rock interspersed with shots of  every-day, common folks looking concerned  (videos love to do that).  As the video progresses, many of them assemble behind Kid Rock and paint the words of what they care about on a brick wall.  The message is that none of us can “walk on water” or “stop the war,” but we can all care (and hopefully move caring into action).

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