<p>Ryan Lewis and Macklemore accept the best new artist Grammy Award Sunday night.</p>

Ryan Lewis and Macklemore accept the best new artist Grammy Award Sunday night.

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Macklemore says the Grammys handed best rap album out to the wrong act

You won't be surprised by whom Macklemore feels was more deserving

Guess who is very upset that Kendrick Lamar didn’t win the Grammy for best rap album for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City?”  No, not Lamar.

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Queen Latifah on marrying 33 couples, Macklemore & Lewis and her new nickname

Queen Latifah on marrying 33 couples, Macklemore & Lewis and her new nickname

She stands up for rap's history of handling social issues

While some are crediting Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with bringing a new openness to rap music for their same-sex anthem, “Same Love,” Queen Latifah, who performed with the duo on the Grammys, says rap has always addressed topical issues.

“I don’t think this is new ground for hip hop,” she said in the print press room. “When I started rapping it was much more common for rappers to speak about different  things going on in the world. We’re part of the reason that apartheid was changed, according to the attention of a lot of people who didn’t know what was going on or  violence in the communities anything that was some time of social justice, we’ve always been able to talk about through hip hop i hope this is inspiration to all the rappers out there and all the hip hop artists out there that they can continue to tackle any subject that they want. Tackle what may seem like a difficult subject to start.”

As far as presiding over the marriage of 33 same-sex and heterosexual couples, Queen Latifah took her duties very seriously. “I had to get sworn in as a commissioner by the state of California, so you can call me Queen Commish.”  She was touched by the participants’ courage to get married on TV, regardless of their orientation.  “It wouldn’t matter whether it was same sex couples, heterosexual couples, bi-racial couples…this is someone’s life commitment. You want to make sure you do it right. That was what sunk in for me.”

And with that, she was off to sign the 33 marriage certificates.

The video embedded in this piece is from the TV room, so it says some great stuff beyond what Queen Latifah said in the print room.




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<p>Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards</p>

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl accepting Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammy Awards

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Paul McCartney makes a confession about Nirvana backstage at the Grammys

Should we 'cut him some slack?'

Paul McCartney had a confession to make backstage after he and the remaining members of Nirvana grabbed the Grammy for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack": He had no idea with whom he was playing.

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<p>Beyonce has her ring on it and is gonna open the Grammys with hubby Jay-Z.</p>

Beyonce has her ring on it and is gonna open the Grammys with hubby Jay-Z.

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Beyonce and Jay Z will open Grammys, Madonna joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Watch Queen Latifah marry more than 30 couples during 'Same Love'

We’re only a few hours away from the Grammy Awards broadcast. Around 70 categories are handed out in the pre-telecast, which has just started. You can watch that on grammy.com if you are so inclined.

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<p>Lady Gaga at MusiCares</p>

Lady Gaga at MusiCares

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MusiCares Red Carpet with Lady Gaga, Miguel, Carole King and more

Yoko Ono, Tom Hanks and others honor Person Of The Year honoree

From Lady Gaga to Yoko Ono, the stars turned out to help honor Carole King at Friday (24) night’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala.

The annual  event, put on by The Recording Academy two nights before the Grammy Awards, benefits MusiCare’s Emergency Financial Assistance and Addiction Recovery programs.

Among the artists and celebrities spotted on the red carpet were Sara Bareilles, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, James Taylor, Ben Folds, Miguel, Aeromith’s Steven Tyler, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Jackson Browne, Jason Mraz, and, of course, evening’s honoree, Carole King. The event also drew from the political world, with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz  in attendance, as well as  Hollywood royalty Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.


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'Frozen' warms back up to the top album spot next week

Soundtrack fends off three chart newcomers

As the east coast thaws out from its latest Polar Vortex, the soundtrack to “Frozen” is, appropriately enough, poised to return to the top of the Billboard 200 next week, halting Bruce Springsteen’s run at No. 1 with “High Hopes” after one week. The Boss’s 11th No. 1 album will likely drop to No. 8.

It’s a bleak week for sales as no title comes close to the 100,000 mark. “Frozen” looks good for up to 90,000, according to Hits Daily Double, but then sales plummet as the No. 2 title, Beyonce’s “Beyonce,” is slated to sell no more than 50,000, the same number expected for A Great Big World’s “Is There Anybody Out There,” which will likely debut at No. 3.

Two other titles bow in the top 10: the 2014 Grammy Nominees set, at No. 4 (45,000) and Young The Giant’s latest effort, “Mind Over Matter,” at No. 6 (35,000).

Also in the top 10 next week:  the latest installment of “Kidz Bop Kids” will be at No. 5 (35,000), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” at No. 7 (35,000), Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” at No. 9 (24,000) and Katy Perry’s “Prism” at No. 10 (24,000).

The Grammys, held Sunday night, will have little effect on next week's chart as the survey period ends Sunday at midnight. Look for most artists' Grammy bounce to be reflected in the chart released a week from Wednesday.


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<p>Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Macklemore</span></p>

Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Macklemore

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2014 Grammy Predictions

Will Taylor Swift get her second album of the year statue?

Sometimes, making Grammy predictions is ridiculously easy, like in 2012 when it was clear that Adele would sweep. Then there are other years when there is no apparent front runner. This is one of those years. Jay Z leads all nominees with nine nods. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, and Pharrell Williams all have seven. With shocks such as Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest” landing a best album nod and Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West all left out of that category with their latest efforts, trying to predict winners is a pure guessing game. Here are our guess, uh, predictions, in 10 categories.

The Grammy Awards air live on Sunday (26) on CBS at 8 p.m.

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EXCLUSIVE: Adele writing with Diane Warren on new album

Singer is also penning songs with Phil Collins

Superstar songwriter Diane Warren is among the writers working with Adele on the British star's next album, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum “21.”

Warren traveled to London to pen a few songs with Adele in the studio recently. “It was just great. I don’t really write with people and we spent a lot of time together and really clicked and really connected and I really like her as a person,” Warren tells Hitfix. “I’m really excited about the stuff we did.”

Warren has been a hit-making machine for the past 30 years, writing smashes for artists including Beyonce, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, and dozens of other acts.

Adele is also collaborating with Phil Collins. Collins told Inside South Florida that he wasn’t that aware of Adele, joking, “I live in a cave.” He added, “I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she’s done too.” (h/t Rolling Stone). 

Though Columbia Records, Adele’s label in the U.S., has not announced a release date, Adele’s third album is expected to come out this year.

“21,” which came out in 2011, has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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Madonna confirmed for Sunday night's Grammy Awards

Will McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite? We have the answer

After a week of speculation, the Grammy Awards have confirmed that Madonna will appear on Sunday (26) night’s show. Also added are Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, who will perform a tribute to The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly, who died Jan. 3, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.

Actors Julia Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Steve Coogan were also announced as presenters.

No word on with whom Madonna will perform, although the Los Angeles Times reported that she will play with one of the night’s nominees, which is a pretty safe bet. She last appeared on the show in 2006, when she performed with Gorillaz and De La Soul.

In November, Armstrong and Norah Jones released “Foreverly Yours,” a near remake of The Everly Brothers’ “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us,” a collection of traditional folk songs.

As far as to whether Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on Sunday night's show, as we had predicted,  Starr confirmed to Access Hollywood that they are saving their reunion, the first time they've performed together in four years, for the taping the next night. On Monday (27) a number of acts, including The Eurythmics, will pay tribute to the Fab Four's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"  on a special titled, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to the Beatles," That program will air on CBS on Feb. 9, the exact 50th anniversary on their Sullivan appearance.

Whom would you like to see Madonna perform with? We could see her jumping in with Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.

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Justin Bieber

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5 steps Justin Bieber needs to take immediately

What he should do to save himself and his career

“Wait. I’ve already seen this movie and I know how it ends…and it almost always ends badly.”

That’s what I thought this morning when I read about Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami for driving under the influence and drag racing. Though anyone who has paid any attention to Bieber over the past year could have seen this coming—in fact, the only shock is that it took so long. However, just because someone is on an obvious collision course, that doesn't make the ensuing wreck any less sad.

Bieber has been under a relentless spotlight for more than four years. He’s gone from a 15-year old with a tragically bad haircut and a seemingly preternatural maturity level to a punk who’s acting out every chance he gets.

For the last year or so, very few Bieber headlines have been about his music. Instead, they’ve been about his and his friends’ behavior: speeding through his gated community, egging a neighbor’s house, urinating in a bucket, spitting on his fans, getting caught with pot on his tour bus, sending photos of his penis to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez…really, there’s no shortage of incidents.  None are so major individually as to elicit too much concern, but collectively they are a massive red flag that he is in trouble.

Five steps Justin Bieber needs to take to get his career—and life— back under control before he becomes another fame casualty:

*He needs to go to rehab: After the egging incident and assorted other hijinks, Bieber contested that he was simply being 19. No, he’s simply being 12....or he's being a 19-year old with substantial abuse issues. He needs to realize he has a problem—whether it’s with pot, alcohol, lean, or whatever else is being alleged—and get some help, not only with the physical addiction but with learning what it means to be an adult and to take responsibility for his actions.

*He has to clean house:
Bieber has way too many enablers circling him feeding off his fame. According to reports, his entourage blocked off a residential street in Miami last night so he could drag race. Really?  No one thought to tell him this might not be a bad idea? Whether it was Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson or a host of other gone-before-their-time superstars, surrounding yourself with people who are paid by you  to do your bidding (and, therefore, will never tell you no)  is a one-way ticket to disaster. He may need to clean all the way to the top, including manager Scooter Braun— or Braun may be the one person who can still talk sense into his young charge. The usually chatty Braun has been silent on Twitter since Biebs' arrest.

*He needs to disappear for awhile: Bieber hasn’t really had a break since he broke through four years ago: he’s either been on tour or making music. Yes, with teen idols, there is the need to strike while the iron is hot because of the built-in short shelf life, but he has been in the news almost every week. He needs to quit Twitter (his 49 million followers will somehow survive if they don’t know his every thought) and he needs to go to an undisclosed location…perhaps a bunker… and concentrate on being a 19-year old instead of a worldwide superstar.

*He needs to concentrate on the music: Last fall, Bieber released one song each Monday for several weeks before they were collectively available. The #musicmonday series was also meant to build excitement for his new theatrical documentary, “Believe.” The music gained no traction whatsoever and the movie tanked. The problem with the music wasn’t the delivery system, it was that none of the songs were compelling enough to warrant repeat listens. So after a nice, long, healing hiatus, he needs to focus on the music and figure out what works for him because the recent flight of songs didn’t.

*He needs to spend some time with Brad Pitt:
Pitt and his partner, Angelina Jolie—our generation’s Richard Burton and Liz Taylor— seem to navigate fame in a way that enables them to shine light on the causes and projects they want to promote. They have cameras in their faces all the time and they never fuss or complain. Yesterday, Bieber posted a picture of what it was like for him at the beach in Miami, and it showed him being stalked by three photographers. It is horrible that he is so mercilessly trailed, but he has to find a way to come to terms with his fame and the paparazzi and no one has done that better than Brad Pitt.

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