Grammy predictions: AP writers debate who'll win on Sunday
Associated Press Entertainment Writers Jonathan Landrum Jr. and Kristin M. Hall break down the extremely close races for Grammy glory. Beyoncé's lead up game is strong, and both of her remarkable displays feel like a grand tour toward her multiple Grammy crowning. No disrespect to the other more-than-worthy nominees in the category, but Beyoncé is an easy choice here. LANDRUM: I totally rode the Beyoncé album-of-the-year bandwagon, but I'm riding with Harry Styles' “As It Was" in this category. HALL: Adele is likely to pick up a win here, if voters are more inclined to choose Beyoncé in the top categories.wftv.com
Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters to headline 2023 Bonnaroo
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced the lineup of artists for its 2023 event, scheduled for June 15-18. >> Read more trending newsKendrick Lamar, Odesza, Foo Fighters, Lil Nas X, Zeds Dead and Paramore are just some of the dozens of artists slated to perform at the annual festival. On Tuesday, Bonnaroo shared a poster revealing the full lineup of artists on social media. Bonnaroo is the second performance date the Foo Fighters have announced since the band’s longtime drummer, Taylor Hawkins, died in March 2022, USA Today reported. Bonnaroo has not yet announced the lineup for its late-night highlight, the Bonnaroo Superjam, which is scheduled for June 17, according to Rolling Stone.wftv.com
Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, ODESZA to headline Bonnaroo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Kendrick Lamar is returning to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this summer along with headliners Foo Fighters and electronic duo ODESZA. The Foo Fighters were supposed to headline the festival in 2021, but the festival was canceled because of flooding. In a social media message posted Dec. 31, the band said Hawkins would be with them in spirit every night. Lamar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper last headlined the Tennessee music festival in 2015 and he released his new album "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" last year. The Bonnaroo lineup was released Tuesday ahead of ticket sales starting Thursday for the annual music festival that is held in Manchester, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville.wftv.com
Grammy Awards 2023: Full nominees list, Beyoncé gets record-tying 9 nominations
LOS ANGELES — The Recording Academy on Tuesday announced some of the nominees for the upcoming 2023 Grammy Awards. Best new artist:AnittaOmar ApolloDOMi & JD BeckMuni Long; Samara JoyLattoMånekskinTobe NwigweMolly TuttleWet LegDozens of other categories were also announced, including Best Latin pop album, best country album and best rock album, according to the AP. According to the AP, Beyoncé claimed nine nominations, tying with her husband Jay-Z as the most nominated music act in Grammys history. Kendrick Lamar received eight nominations, and Adele and Brandi Carlile got seven nominations, according to the AP. The 2023 Grammy Awards show is expected to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, according to the AP.wftv.com
Teller, Gleeson, Megan Thee Stallion host first 'SNL' shows
Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar will be the musical guest on opening night, his third appearance on “SNL," NBC said on Tuesday. It promises to be a transition season for NBC's comedy institution, which has seen the departure of eight cast members. Actor Brendan Gleeson, star of the upcoming film “The Banshees of Inisherin,” will host the Oct. 8 edition of the show. Megan Thee Stallion earns double duty on Oct. 15 as the host and musical guest, NBC said on Tuesday. The show has named four new cast members as replacements.wftv.com
2022 MTV Video Music Awards: See the complete winners list
NEWARK, N.J. — The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards descended upon the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winner Nicki Minaj hosting. >> Read more trending newsMeanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were honored with the Global Icon Award, according to Variety. Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X led the nominations entering the ceremony with seven nods each, while Doja Cat and Harry Styles followed closely behind with six nominations each. Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each entered the night with five nods apiece, Deaadline reported. See the complete list of categories and nominees below with winners noted in bold italics.wftv.com
Jack Harlow, Nicki Minaj make mark at MTV Video Music Awards
Rapper Jack Harlow took flight to open the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, while Johnny Depp made a surprise float above the audience as the Moon Man. “This one is for the champions,” said Lil Nas X before Harlow thanked him for the collaboration on the chart-topping single. Styles won album of the year for “Harry's House.” He was unable to attend the awards due to his show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Harlow is pulling double duty, joining LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show’s emcees. During her acceptance speech, Minaj paid tribute to other music icons such as Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.wftv.com
Jack Harlow, Johnny Depp make mark at MTV Video Music Awards
Rapper Jack Harlow took flight to open the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, while Johnny Depp made a surprise float above the audience as the Moon Man. During the show, Depp made a surprise appearance nearly three months after the verdict in his defamation trial with his former wife Amber Heard. Both Harlow and Lil Nas X are tied for leading nominees with seven apiece. “This one is for the champions,” said Lil Nas X before Harlow thanked him for the collaboration on the chart-topping single. Minaj will perform hits from throughout her career and accept the show’s video vanguard award, which MTV has said she’s receiving for her artistry, barrier-breaking hip-hop and status as a global superstar.wftv.com
Jack Harlow makes early mark at MTV Video Music Awards
Rapper Jack Harlow took flight to open the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday before coming away with an early victory. Lizzo had Taylor Swift dancing out of her seat while she performed her new single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)." Both Harlow and Lil Nas X are tied for leading nominees with seven apiece. “This one is for the champions,” said Lil Nas X before Harlow thanked him for the collaboration on the chart-topping single. Minaj will perform hits from throughout her career and accept the show’s video vanguard award, which MTV has said she’s receiving for her artistry, barrier-breaking hip-hop and status as a global superstar.wftv.com
MTV VMAs ready to host, honor some of music's biggest acts
NEW YORK — (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards are back Sunday with some of the biggest names in music vying for the network's fabled Moon Person statue. Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow and Kendrick Lamar are tied for leading nominees with seven apiece. Harlow is pulling double duty, joining LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show's emcees. The VMAs are being being held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and will air beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. Minaj will perform hits from throughout her career and accept the show’s video vanguard award, which MTV has said she’s receiving for her artistry, barrier-breaking hip-hop and status as a global superstar.wftv.com
Kendrick Lamar rewrites the rules of the rap show
By his own account, Kendrick Lamar was “goin’ through somethin’ ” for one-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days — the time between his last two albums — trying to figure that out. Morale & the Big Steppers,” the answer was introspection and vulnerability. As with his albums, onstage, Lamar continued his conversation with the musical titans that preceded him. To paraphrase Jay-Z, if you want Lamar’s old stuff, buy his old albums. Morale & the Big Steppers” — with agonizing questions (“If I told you who I am, would you use it against me?”) and bittersweet realizations (“I choose me, I’m sorry").washingtonpost.com
Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar top MTV VMA nominees
MTV Video Music Awards FILE - Jack Harlow arrives wearing a Lil Nas X shirt at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Harlow are top contenders with seven nominations at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV announced Tuesday, July 26, 2022. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar are top contenders with seven nominations at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Tuesday that Lil Nas X and Harlow earned multiple nominations for their collaborative hit “Industry Baby,” which is nominated for video of the year. Lamar, who is nominated for the first time since 2018, has two songs “family ties” and “N95” that will vie for best cinematography.wftv.com
Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow top MTV VMA nominees
MTV Video Music Awards FILE - Jack Harlow arrives wearing a Lil Nas X shirt at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Harlow are top contenders with seven nominations at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV announced Tuesday, July 26, 2022. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow are top contenders with seven nominations at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Tuesday that Lil Nas X and Harlow earned multiple nominations for their collaborative hit “Industry Baby,” which is nominated for video of the year. Lamar, who is nominated for the first time since 2018, has two songs “family ties” and “N95” that will vie for best cinematography.wftv.com
Lamar closes Glastonbury with call for women's rights
LONDON — (AP) — Rapper Kendrick Lamar has closed this year's Glastonbury Festival with a powerful headline set that saw him chant “Godspeed for women’s rights” as fake blood poured down his face from a crown of thorns. Lamar, 35, ended his new song “Savior” by chanting “they judge you, they judge Christ. Godspeed for women’s rights” before dropping his microphone and walking off the stage at the music festival Sunday. The dramatic protest came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion. All rights reserved.wftv.com
Spirit of Virgil Abloh lives on at Louis Vuitton in Paris
PARIS — (AP) — He may have died last November, but Virgil Abloh lived on at Paris Fashion Week Thursday in a high-energy runway spectacular for Louis Vuitton menswear. THE ABLOH MARCHING BAND“Long live Virgil ... How many miles away?” went the live rap by Kendrick at the stiflingly hot Vuitton show. It was, instead, conceived by the Vuitton studio in his spirit. VUITTON’S STUDIO SHOWIt’s a remarkable feat for a studio to emulate a former designer’s styles — with originality. Like the long stone carvings on the ancient temple, silhouettes were elongated by layering garments to drop the midriff low.wftv.com
Super Bowl LVI: Halftime show shines with hip-hop stars
Only Snoop Dogg has not won a Grammy, despite earning 16 nominations. >> Super Bowl LVI: Halftime hip-hop performers will rap to stronger beatEminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. 📷 Gregory Shamus / Getty pic.twitter.com/NQifmmR0Tr — NBC News (@NBCNews) February 14, 2022Here is some Super Bowl history. In 1972, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was the first Black woman to sing during a Super Bowl halftime show. In 1972, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was the first Black woman to sing during the Super Bowl halftime show.wftv.com
Eminem Defies NFL and Kneels During Super Bowl Halftime Show
PepsiDuring Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show extravaganza, featuring the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, rapper Eminem took a knee in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Kanye West Targets Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift With Childish Instagram MemesThe move by Eminem came after he performed “Lose Yourself” in front of the sold-out crowd at the LA Rams’ SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. If you recall,news.yahoo.com
Super Bowl LVI: Halftime hip-hop performers will rap to stronger beat
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — With Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige headlining Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show Sunday, pro football’s annual entertainment extravaganza will rap to a stronger beat. Super Bowl halftime shows are typically watched by more than 100 million people, according to Sports Media Watch. They vow that their Super Bowl halftime show with @KendrickLamar and @Eminem will change that. pic.twitter.com/IRQiyAHP49 — AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) February 13, 2022Blige, for example, is the only one of Sunday’s performers who have been part of a Super Bowl halftime show. That marked the first time in Super Bowl halftime history that sign language interpreters were included, according to Variety.wftv.com
Super Bowl performers vow to open doors for more hip-hop
Super Bowl Football Dr. Dre answers a question during a news conference for the Super Bowl LVI halftime show Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg said the NFL was late embracing hip-hop and vowed that their Super Bowl halftime show would create more opportunities for the genre. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are Southern California natives. Other rap artists who have performed at previous Super Bowl halftime shows include Travis Scott, Sean “Diddy” Comb, Queen Latifah, Nelly and Big Boi of Outkast. Dre is responsible for promoting rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar.wftv.com
Super Bowl's halftime performers face questions from media
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — There promises to be plenty of “California Love” when Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar combine Sunday for the Super Bowl halftime show. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar — a Pulitzer Prize winner — are Southern California natives. Dre is responsible for promoting rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar. 1 hit song “Family Affair.”The Super Bowl returns to the Los Angeles area for the first time since 1993. Other rap artists who have performed at the Super Bowl include Travis Scott, Sean “Diddy” Comb, Queen Latifah, Nelly and Big Boi of Outkast.wftv.com
Watch: Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre tease Super Bowl halftime show
Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar pose for a promotional photo for the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. (Hand-out/PepsiCo)Just under a month before hip-hop royalty is set to take the stage at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre appeared in a trailer for the upcoming performance. >> Read more trending newsThe iconic entertainers will perform together for the first time at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Dubbed “The Call,” the trailer featured snips of some of the musicians’ most well-known songs, including “The Next Episode,” “Family Affair” and “HUMBLE.”The most epic, star-studded @Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show trailer is OUT! It’s been a blast!”More than 100 million people have tuned in to watch the Super Bowl halftime show in recent years, according to officials with Pepsi, the show’s title sponsor.wftv.com
‘Hello, Cancel Culture Please’: Kendrick Lamar Gets Blasted on Social Media for Producing Upcoming Live-Action Comedy About a Slave Intern
Artists have often diversified their portfolios by transitioning to other sectors of Hollywood, as seen in examples such as Ice Cube and Jay-Z. Both emcees […]news.yahoo.com
Super Bowl LVI halftime show includes Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige
The first Super Bowl in the Los Angeles area in nearly three decades will have a definite Hollywood feel for its halftime show. >> Read more trending newsThe NFL announced Thursday that the Super Bowl LVI halftime show on Feb. 13, 2022, will feature Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg to Headline 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show https://t.co/tJUURjiBJR — People (@people) September 30, 2021This will be the eighth Super Bowl held in the Los Angeles area. “The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. In 2020, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, while The Weeknd headlined the halftime show for Super Bowl LV earlier this year in Tampa, Florida.wftv.com
Dre, Snoop, Eminem, Blige, Lamar to perform at Super Bowl
Super Bowl Performers This combination of photos shows, from left, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Dr, Dre, who will perform for the first time together on stage at the 2022 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the five music icons will perform on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will perform for the first time on stage together at the 2022 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are Southern California natives. “The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. The seven-time Grammy winner added that their halftime performance will an “unforgettable cultural moment.”The Super Bowl returns to the Los Angeles area since 1993.wftv.com
Ladies night: Beyoncé, Swift make history as others win big
Four women won the top four prizes Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female performer to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé — with her 28th win — became the most decorated woman in Grammy history. And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who won best music video alongside her mother — became the second youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s 63-year history. Megan Thee Stallion, who won three honors, also made history and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. She's also the fifth rap-based act to win best new artist.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Kevin McCall, a civil rights activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. AdSome historians cite Billie Holiday’s musical rendition of the Abel Meeropol poem, “Strange Fruit,” in 1939 as one of the sparks of the civil rights movement.
Viral and vital, college gymnasts finding their voice
The social justice movement in college athletics has popped up in most unusual place: gymnastics. From UCLA to Pittsburgh, Black gymnasts and the programs they represent are using their platform to empower and uplift. Her experience at Arkansas was simply reflective of the culture at large in the sport at the time. From Pittsburgh to California, female gymnasts are using their platform to empower, educate and bring light to causes they believe in. “Personally I would say (gymnastics) is a predominantly white sport,” Ward said.
Virus scuttles Glastonbury Festival for second straight year
FILE - In this Friday, June 24, 2011 file photo, the crowd at Glastonbury Music Festival clap their hands above their heads as they watch Chipmunk on stage, Glastonbury, England. Britains Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row, organizers Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis said Thursday Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)LONDON – Britain’s Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. They said everyone who had put down a deposit on tickets for the 2020 festival, which also was canceled, would be able to attend in 2022. The festival has been held almost annually since 1970, drawing up to 150,000 people to the Eavis’ Worthy Farm in southwest England.
Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment
Peter Paterno, an attorney for the rapper and producer, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES – Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday. On Friday, actor and rapper Ice T posted that he had connected with Dre on FaceTime and that he had “just made it home. Dre founded Beats Electronics in 2008 with Jimmy Iovine, and six years later they launched a streaming subscription service, Beats Music.
Billboard: Interscope Geffen A&M named No. 1 label of 2020
Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), the home to Eilish, Lady Gaga and Lamar, has been named the No. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Interscope Geffen A&M — the home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga — has been named the No. Billboard announced Thursday that the label, which is also known as IGA, tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. IGA is also the top Billboard 200 label with 68 albums released during the tracking period, 25 of which hit the Top 10. Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records was 2019’s top Billboard 200 label.
And the Grammy nomination goes to ... Megan? Harry? Weeknd?
Others who may earn nominations include Lewis Capaldi, Summer Walker, Morgan Wallen, Doja Cat, BLACKPINK, Ingrid Andress, Snoh Aalegra, Skip Marley, Mickey Guyton and CNCO. Ricch should also earn nominations for his guest appearance on DaBaby’s international hit “Rock Star,” helping him become the show’s overall top nominee. ________FOLKS LOVE FOLKLORETaylor Swift’s last two albums, “Lover” and “reputation,” didn’t earn nominations for album of the year. The seven-member group’s hit “Dynamite” could snag a nomination for best pop duo/group performance, and their latest album could compete for best global music album. 3 on pop charts, should earn a nomination for best country performance and best country song.
Rihanna on new album: 'I just want to have fun with music'
FILE - Singer and fashion designer Rihanna attends the "Rihanna" book launch event in New York on Oct. 11, 2019. It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet." But I love challenges so, you know, I’m gonna get it done.”______AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.