Aftermath/Shady/InterscopeHey, what time is it? It's time to buy a new watch designed by Eminem.
Turns out Eminem is a noted watch collector, and he's been seen wearing G-SHOCK watches in his videos over the years. That's why he's teamed with the brand to design a special 30th anniversary limited-edition timepiece, which just arrived in stores on Friday. No ordinary watch, it's been specially customized with the rapper's iconography.
The matte black watch with a black dial features the skyline of Detroit -- Em's hometown -- printed in bold on the upper part of the watchband. The watch face and band loop features his signature reversed "E," and the back of the case and the lower part of the watchband feature a "Shady" autograph.
The men's watch retails for $180 and is available at select department stores, boutiques and jewelry stores.
Dana Edelson/NBCPaul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for a third time over the weekend, and in his monologue, the Anchorman 2 actor joked that he always gets overshadowed by the musical guest when he hosts. Beyonce was the guest the first time, then Paul McCartney, and now, One Direction.
On cue, One Direction made their way out on stage, but Rudd wasn't having it. This time he was prepared. Rudd brought in his own band -- the cast of Anchorman 2. He said, "You've got your boy band, well, I've brought my man band." Then, out came Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner.
Ferrell said to the five British heartthrobs, "Why don't you beat it, Menudo?" Carell chimed in, "Why don't you kids go sit on Santa's lap and ask for a pair of balls?"
Eventually, they all made peace and sang Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" together, and Rudd proclaimed, "We are Nine Direction!"
One Direction later performed "Through the Dark" and "Story of My Life."
Courtesy: EPIXPink's daughter Willow is two and a half now, and the singer says she can't wait to expand her family -- either by adoption, or by having more children, or both.
Speaking to Billboard for their Women of the Year issue, Pink says that because her own brother is "everything" to her, "I want [Willow] to have family beyond her Papa and me...I mostly want another one for her to have a lifelong friend."
She goes on to explain that she has a stepbrother and stepsister, but they're much older than her, and her husband Carey was an only child for 12 years until his brother came along, but sadly, he died a few yeas ago. "Family is the most important thing...I love it," she tells Billboard. "It's like, holidays, the chaos, the...fighting, the mom always having a kid around. For sure. I want to adopt, I want to have more. Just, yes!"
Pink also talks to the magazine about her amazingly successful year, which will be capped off on Tuesday when she's honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year at a gala event in New York City. Not only is her album a best-seller, but she had the biggest hit of her career this year with "Just Give Me a Reason."
Asked about being described by Ryan Tedder recently as someone who's "quietly become the biggest pop star in the world," Pink laughs and says, "[It's] because I keep my head to the dirt and I just f**king pound the pavement...I'm not after having a radio hit. I'm after making people cry in concert."
Facebook.com/KellyClarksonKelly Clarkson has lost patience with the rumors that her new husband, Brandon Blackstock, has cheated on her.
She addressed them Friday on Twitter, writing, "Keep hearing random rumors of me & Brandon splitting or that's he's cheating on me. Stop with all the lying please #aintnobodygottimeforthat."
Kelly further stated that she's concerned for her stepchildren: "False rumors don't bother me & Brandon but they do affect the lives of our 12 & 7 yr old. They're kids &don't get that people can print lies."
Brandon's ex-wife, Melissa Ashworth, finds the rumors hard to believe, too. She recently told RadarOnline.com, “This is ridiculous...this silliness.” She added, “I have my two children [by Brandon] right here, who I love.”
Kelly is pregnant with her first child with Brandon, whom she married in October.
Capitol RecordsThe end of the year means "Best-Of" lists galore, and Entertainment Weekly is now weighing with its picks for the top 10 singles and albums of the year. While some of the choices are surprising, some of the year's biggest hits are also well represented.
On the magazine's list of the top 10 singles of the year, Daft Punk has clinched the #1 spot with "Get Lucky." EW calls it "a deceptively simple, refreshingly organic tune" that "kept us dancing our derrieres off all summer." The #2 spot belongs to Lorde's "Royals," which the mag calls "utterly fantastic," praising its "snappy backbeat" and her "inimitable voice."
Others in the top 10 include Katy Perry's "Roar," which has, according to EW, "the swagger of a song that knows it's a smash," and Rihanna's "Stay," a "spare, achingly gorgeous piano ballad" that shows off Ri-Ri's "startling power and range." Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise (Remix)" is included as well, for its "pure brainless magic."
Over on the album side, Kanye West's Yeezus takes the #1 spot, and the magazine says that on the album, he "exposes the rage of a wildly ambitious artist confounded by the wily shape of racism today." Drake's Nothing Was the Same is in at #2, thanks to its "taut," "elegant music." Miley Cyrus' Bangerz is in at #3, which EW describes as "13 songs that drive a stake through arbitrary notions of how a young woman and onetime tween star should conduct herself."
Other albums in the magazine's top 10: Paramore's self-titled disc, which EW calls "the best rock album of 2013," and discs by alt-rockers Vampire Weekend, rapper Pusha T and country star Kacey Musgraves.
Business WireCouldn't get tickets to see Pink's The Truth About Love tour this year? Well, this weekend, you'll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home. Fans will get a front-row seat Saturday night as a 90-minute special documenting one of the tour's shows makes its debut on EPIX and EpixHD.com.
The Truth About Love Tour, which will finally wrap up in January, is one of the most successful and best-reviewed concert treks of the year, and features Pink belting out all her hits in a circus-like atmosphere, complete with special effects, dancers, costume changes and even a ringmaster. She performs gravity-defying stunts and acrobatics, singing while hanging upside down, bouncing up and down on bungee cords, or suspended above the stage in a massive chandelier.
During Saturday night's show, you'll see Pink, her band and dancers run through hits like "Raise Your Glass," "Try," "Just Give Me a Reason" and "Perfect." She also performs a moody cover of Chris Isaak's hit "Wicked Game," and strips things down for an acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." In addition, she shows off her musical skills with a version of the album track "The Great Escape," which she says she learned how to play on piano specifically for this tour.
In between all the excitement, Pink spends a lot of time bonding with the Aussie audience, who clearly adore her. The show starts with her seated in the audience, among her fans, and then she magically travels to the stage for the opening number. In between songs, she signs autographs for fans, and accepts armloads of presents including homemade posters, stuffed animals and clothing.
"All these presents, I'm holding onto them 'til Christmas," she tells the fans. "And I'm going to give them to [my daughter] Willow and say they're from me!" Pink: The Truth About Love Tour premieres on EPIX at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night.
Fans in New York City will get to see Pink live on Saturday, as she joins Cyndi Lauper for the '80s icon's third annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theater. Also on the bill: Josh Groban, Nelly Furtado, Rosie O'Donnell and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon. The show will raise money for and awareness of problems of homelessness among gay and transgendered young people.
CBS/NARASRap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rapper Drake scored five nods.
More importantly, instead of being relegated to its own category, rap music showed up in two of the so-called Big Four categories, which include Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city is up for Album of the Year, while he himself scored a nod for Best New Artist.
There were a few big shockers in the announcements during the telecast: one was the fact that Sara Bareilles' latest album The Blessed Unrest scored an Album of the Year nod. While the disc was well-received, and produced the hit single "Brave," nobody predicted it would appear in this category. Even more surprising was the fact that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, the best-selling album of 2013, didn't receive an Album of the Year nod.
Another shocker was Lorde's absence from the Best New Artist category: she had been considered a shoo-in, and her hit "Royals" was nominated for Record and Song of the Year. Instead, British musician James Blake, who isn't well known in the U.S, was nominated. Another Brit, Ed Sheeran, who received his first Grammy nod last year for Song of the Year, also got a Best New Artist nod.
Speaking of Brits, Grammy darling Adele, who's been out of the spotlight for a while, managed to snag one nomination: for "Skyfall," her James Bond theme. It was in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. Coldplay was also nominated in that category for "Atlas," their song from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and so were Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw for their duet, "We Both Know," from the movie Safe Haven.
The Grammy Nominations Live! CBS telecast began with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walking into L.A.'s Staples Center and up onto the stage, along with their buddy Wanz, to perform their hit "Thrift Shop." The stage was decorated with racks of thrift shop clothing, as dancers gyrated wildly, and Macklemore threw items of clothing into the audience.
Taylor Swift was shown singing "I Knew You Were Trouble" from Australia, and before she went on, she turned to the camera and said, "Thank you for the nominations." However, at that point, she hadn't received any, though later on in the show, her album Red received nods for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Did she have advance knowledge, or did she just assume? We may never know. She tweeted later, "LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION."
Viewers also saw R&B star Miguel duetting with Keith Urban on Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," Katy Perry performing an acoustic version of "Roar" from a club in Toronto, and Lorde singing "Royals." Robin Thicke closed the show by performing his nominated single "Blurred Lines" with rapper T.I. and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Presenters for the night included Ed Sheeran, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Etheridge,Enrique Iglesias and Arsenio Hall.LL Cool J was the evening's host, and when a major screw-up occurred -- Etheridge and actress Pauley Perrette were introduced at the wrong time -- he managed to cover quite smoothly.
The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS
Here's a selection of the nominees:
Album of the Year The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories, Daft Punk good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Red, Taylor Swift
Record of the Year "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons "Royals," Lorde "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year(Award to Songwriter) "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Roar," Katy Perry "Royals," Lorde "Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance "Brave" — Sara Bareilles "Royals" — Lorde "When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars "Roar" — Katy Perry "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams "Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess "Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album Paradise, Lana Del Ray Pure Heroine, Lorde Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Performance "Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons "Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin "My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White Best Rock Album 13 — Black Sabbath The Next Day — David Bowie Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Rock Song "Ain't Messin 'Round," Gary Clark Jr. "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear "Doom And Gloom," Rolling Stones "God Is Dead?," Black Sabbath "Panic Station," Muse
Best Alternative Music Album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case Trouble Will Find Me — The National Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails Lonerism — Tame Impala Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album Love And War — Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You — Fantasia One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi Unapologetic — Rihanna New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds Best R&B Album R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette Michele Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance "Started From The Bottom" — Drake "Berzerk" — Eminem "Tom Ford" — Jay Z "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel "Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z good kid, m.A.A.d city — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance "I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert "Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker "Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album Night Train, Jason Aldean Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton Red, Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance "From This Valley," The Civil Wars "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill "Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town "Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift & Keith Urban "You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Best Country Song "Begin Again," Taylor Swift "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Best Dance Recording "Need U (100%)," Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK "Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch "Kaskade," Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon "This Is What It Feels Like," Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie "Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
Isaac Brekken/WireImageThe opening night of Britney Spears' Las Vegas show Britney: Piece of Me may be quite the star-studded affair. The Las Vegas Sun reports that rumors are growing louder that both Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus will be in front-row VIP booths to watch Britney make her big debut at Planet Hollywood on December 27, and that Extra's Mario Lopez will be sitting next to them.
Miley's presence isn't a surprise: they have the same manager, their moms know each other and they're friends. Britney even guest stars on Miley's album Bangerz. As for Katy, she co-wrote one of the songs on Britney's album, called "Passenger."
Meanwhile, in other Britney news, she says that when all is said and done, she wants to be remembered for something other than her singing, her dancing, her music or her videos.
Speaking to Enterainment Tonight, Britney reveals, "I would like to be remembered as someone who makes you laugh. I just think laughter is the most joyful thing you can do in life...I love being around people who are funny." Asked if she's any good at telling jokes, Britney says, "I'm really not! But I wish I was."
But Britney's not totally devoid of comedic talent. You may recall that she impressed fans and critics with her funny guest appearances on the sitcoms How I Met Your Mother and Will & Grace, and she was amusing on Glee as well.
Dana Edelson/NBCLady Gaga has already teased on Twitter that the video for her duet with R. Kelly, "Do What U Want," would be even sexier than the performance the two did on Saturday Night Live, during which they basically simulated sex on stage. Now, a photo released from the video shows that she possibly was telling the truth.
Photographer Terry Richardson, one of Gaga's longtime collaborators, is directing the video, and he's posted a still image from the shoot on his official website. It shows Kelly looking at the camera and giving the finger, while holding a brunette Gaga, wearing a skimpy bikini, up against him; her legs are wrapped around his waist.
"I know you're waiting for the DWUW video," Gaga recently tweeted. "Its unlike any video I've ever done. Very Personal. Just making it perfect. Exciting." No word on when the video will premiere; Richardson says "soon" in his post.
Richardson also directed Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video, so he knows something about making controversial videos starring scantily-clad female pop stars. Stay tuned.
RCA RecordsIt's amazing what taking off your clothes and swinging around on a huge iron ball will do for your video views. VEVO has announced that Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" clip was the site's most-viewed video of 2013.
To reach that conclusion, VEVO looked at all the videos that delivered the most global views across all its platforms. With more than 371 million views worldwide, "Wrecking Ball" was the year's top clip. You may recall that it set a record when it reached 100 million views in just six days after it was released in September.
And that's not all: Miley also has the second most-viewed clip of the year: "We Can't Stop" -- that has more than 310 million views.
Here's the rest of VEVO's top 10 most-viewed videos of 2013:
3. "Scream and Shout" by will.i.am ft. Britney Spears 4. "Diamonds" by Rihanna 5. "Roar" by Katy Perry 6. "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink ft. Nate Ruess 7. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell 8. "Stay" by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko 9. "La La La" by Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith 10. "Kiss You" by One Direction
EllenTV.comKellyClarkson isn't having an easy first trimester of pregnancy. The singer revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that she's been tossing her cookies nonstop.
"I vomit a good dozen times a day. It's, like, bad," the 31-year-old singer said on Friday's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know]."
"I'm not even kidding, it's so bad. It's so bad. I know it's like so gross. And that's the thing, too -- you're not attractive when you're pregnant," Kelly continued. "Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you're hair is pretty and you're nails are pretty. That's total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it's not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it's, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It's horrible."
The American Idol winner, who announced in November that she and husband Brandon Blackstock were expecting, also revealed she's 11 weeks pregnant, and has already thought of names for their bundle of joy.
"I just want to know [the baby's gender]," Kelly told host Ellen DeGeneres. "And it doesn’t even matter because, honestly, the name we’ve picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name."
When DeGeneres then tried to guess baby names that would work for both sexes -- "Chris? Pat?" -- Kelly laughed, "You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. It's not like...Blue Jazz. It’s not going to be a weird name."
Kelly also talked about her wedding to Brandon on October 20, and revealed that she was ugly-crying so badly during the ceremony that her videographer hasn't even showed her the film yet.
ABC/Rick RowellIf you missed Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving special on ABC, you'll have another opportunity to watch it this weekend. Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular will air this Saturday night on VH1 at 7 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
The special, which was only seen by 3.6 million viewers during its original airing last Thursday night, features guest stars such as Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell.
Nino Munoz / FOXThe X Factor set its top four on Thursday night. The two artists who were eliminated during the one-hour results show both belonged to Demi Lovato's "girls" category: Ellona Santiago and Rion Paige.
Rion battled Carlito Olivero, the last of Paulina Rubio's "boys," toward the end of the show. She sang Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me," while Carlito performed Usher's "You Make Me Wanna..." Carlito prevailed in the coaches' vote.
Rion's journey on The X Factor was an inspirational one. The 13-year-old is almost permanently blind in her right eye, and she also suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a condition that she said affects her joints and which has caused her hands to curve differently.
The top four is comprised of Carlito, Kelly Rowland's "Over 25" rocker Jeff Gutt, and Simon Cowell's groups Restless Road and Alex and Sierra.
Thursday's program began with Simon paying tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier in the day. Simon said, "He was an incredible man, a selfless man, and we want to send out our respects and best wishes to his family. He's going to be sorely missed."
The show also featured performances by season-two act Emblem3 and girl group Little Mix from the U.K. edition of The X Factor.
The top four will kick off the semifinals next Wednesday night on Fox.
Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCCustoms agents detained Justin Bieber and his pals at the Brisbane, Australia airport, as they searched them for drugs on November 24, according to TMZ. They allegedly found marijuana on a 23-year-old male member of his entourage.
The entourage member was fined for allegedly importing drugs, and then released. A lawyer for the suspect appeared in court on Thursday, and paid the fine.
According to the Australian Federal Police, a 19-year-old man was also detained and released at the airport after receiving a warning about cursing at the officers. Sources tell TMZ that person was Bieber.
Justin wraps up his Australian tour this weekend in Perth.
CBS/NARASThe nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced live Friday night on a star-studded CBS TV special that will feature performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, Lorde and more. And unlike past years, when a single artist dominated every category, experts think that the Recording Academy is going to spread the love this year.
"I don't think that this is a year where you're going to have an Adele-like phenomenon, because it really wasn't an Adele year," says Bill Werde [wordy], Billboard magazine's editorial director. "I mean, literally, it wasn't a year where one artist kinda swept everything in that kind of a way." Instead, he says, a handful of artists all did very well, and will be rewarded accordingly.
"This year I think you're really looking at artists like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, that really were sort of strong from the beginning of the year to the end of the year," he tells ABC News Radio. " I think that those three artists, to the extent that they have eligible songs and eligible albums, will do really well."
The concept of eligibility is an important one. Only music that was released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible to be nominated Friday night. That's why, say, Taylor Swift's monster album Red, which came out last November, wasn't eligible for the Grammys that were handed out this past February, but is eligible for nominations this year. It's also why you won't see nominations for, say, Katy Perry's album PRISM: it was released after September 30. Her single "Roar," however, was released in August, so it's eligible to be nominated.
Werde says that these days, Grammy voters are more likely to recognize these kinds of mainstream artists who've had huge success in the past year. In the past, Grammy voters have accused of focusing on veteran acts at the expense of pop stars, but Werde feels that's changed.
"I think that the Grammy voters have gotten a little more in tune with what's happening on the Billboard charts, frankly," he tells ABC News Radio. "So, yeah, I think, if you look at these artists that have had monster years, I think you're going to see them show up at the Grammy Awards this year."
However, young pop stars, as opposed to veteran acts, are the ones who are the most controversial, which brings us to the Miley question. Will Miley Cyrus' musical accomplishments this year be enough to make Grammy voters forget her twerking, tongue-wagging antics? Werde says we'll have to wait and see.
"Miley Cyrus was arguably the pop story of the year, but that doesn't always sit well with Grammy voters," he explains. "Sometimes if you get known for spectacle, it doesn't matter how good your songs are, it doesn't matter how good your singing voice is. And in Miley's case, you know, she scores well on both of those, believe it or not. But I think people have paid so much attention to her antics at times that it's kind of eclipsed the fact that she's got some great music."
All will be revealed Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on CBS, during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.
Meanwhile, Yahoo!'s Chart Watch has made some predictions in the so-called "Big Four" categories: Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. It's important to note that Song of the Year goes to person who wrote the song, while Record of the Year goes to the artist and the producer. Here are the website's predictions:
Album of the Year Likely: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist Taylor Swift, Red Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Possible: Drake, Nothing Was the Same Lorde, Pure Heroine Daft Punk, Random Access Memories Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times
Record of the Year Strong Contenders: Lorde, "Royals" Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop" Pink & Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason" Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven" Avicii w/Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up" Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise" Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
Possible: Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" (not a lock because of the legal issues surrounding it) Katy Perry, "Roar" Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble" Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
Song of the Year Pretty much an overlap with Record of the Year, except Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' pro-gay-marriage anthem "Same Love" will likely show up here, and not "Thrift Shop."
Best New Artist Lorde Imagine Dragons Macklemore & Ryan Lewis HAIM Kacey Musgraves Florida Georgia Line
WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Through the years, he'd worked with many top musicians at various charity events, and still others served as ambassadors for his charity. Others were simply inspired by his lifelong fight to end apartheid in South Africa. Here's a selection of reactions to his passing:
Beyonce, an ambassador for Mandela's charity, posted several photos of herself with Mandela, and wrote on Instagram, "Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace."
In a lengthy essay in Time magazine, U2's Bono, a longtime Mandela friend, writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager...I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by his deft maneuvering as leader of South Africa...more than anyone, it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants...He never doubted that his continent would triumph in the 21st century: 'We are not just the peoples with the oldest history,' he told me. 'We have the brightest future.'”
Jennifer Lopez: "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration#peoplewhochangetheworld
Lionel Richie: “He was a father to all of us. May his life be a constant reminder, that we are all ONE WORLD.. He will be missed.”
Sheryl Crow: I have a heavy spirit today. Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered, admired, and loved. He changed the world.
Rihanna: #NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!
Josh Groban, an ambassador for Mandela's charity, tweeted a photo of himself with the late leader and added, "We have lost one of humanity's greatest treasures. RIP Madiba. I will never forget the lessons learned from him or his vision that lives on."
Jessie J: "Nelson Mandela showed and acted out in front of the world what the true meaning of "fight for what you believe in" is! Thank you for giving humanity your humbling spirit everyday until the very end. I am so happy that one day my future children will learn about you as a genuine leader of love and peace. An example to all. You are an angel. R.I.P"
Fergie tweeted a picture of herself with Mandela and Will.i.am, and wrote: "Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel."
OneRepublic: R.I.P Nelson Mandela
Ricky Martin: "There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP."
Ed Sheeran wrote "Rest in Peace" and tweeted a photo showing one of Mandela's most famous quotes: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
Jordin Sparks: He truly was an angel on earth & now he can finally fly. RIP Mandela <3
Ariana Grande: "Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Grateful for all he has done to better the world."
Jim Brickman: Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela...A courageous man who not only fought hard for the people of his nation, but for the people of the world.
Gloria Estefan tweeted a photo of herself and Mandela and added, "RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice...it was an honor to have been in his presence."
Paul Simon: "Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace."
ABC/Richard HarbaughTalk about covering all the bases: Miley Cyrus has managed to make Time magazine's Best and Worst-Dressed Lists for 2013, and she's also the subject of a standalone Top 10 list in the magazine's year-end roundup.
Miley is #1 onTime's Worst-Dressed list for the "nude latex bikini" she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Leaving aside her suggestive dancing, this two-piece serves no other stylistic purpose apart from showing a lot of skin," notes the magazine. Justin Bieber is also on that list for wearing a gas mask in London, and Ke$ha made it for sporting a Givenchy number that showed what Time refers to as "side butt."
As for the Best-Dressed list, Miley comes in at #6 for a Marc Jacobs outfit she wore for Fashion Group International's Night of Stars event. The magazine called the glittery green gown "just the right mix of youthfulness and sparkle for the pop star," adding, "No furry animals, no crazy hemlines, no tongue wagging; here, Miley is dazzling and, dare we say, elegant."
Other singers making that list: Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Mariah Carey, for creatively customizing the various arm slings she had to wear after dislocating her shoulder.
As for that other list, Time's rundown of Miley's Top 10 Moments includes her breakup with Liam Hemsworth, her chart domination with the hits "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball," her appearance on Saturday Night Live, and, well, we're sure you know what's #1. Time magazine even notes, "Without [her VMA] appearance, this list probably wouldn’t even exist."
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift's RED Tour is off to a huge start in Australia. More than 40,900 fans packed into Sydney's Allianz Stadium on Wednesday to see her concert, making Taylor the first woman in history to sell out that venue. Taylor is also the first solo female act to headline stadiums in Australia in 20 years. Her trek continues through a December 14 date in Melbourne.
Look for Taylor's Allianz Stadium performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble" to air on CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
Columbia RecordsKaty Perry and John Mayer recently released their first-ever official photo shoot, a series of romantic black and white images taken to promote their duet "Who You Love." And Katy tells Access Hollywood that the shoot was painless, because it was just her and her man "hanging out."
“It was so fun. It was just hanging out with my boyfriend, but who happens to be an incredible artist and incredible songwriter,” the singer tells AccessHollywood. And as for the song, which appears on John's album Paradise Valley, they co-wrote it, and Katy says, "It's just a song about loving who you love, and not resisting that love, especially if it's...hitting you over and over again."
"If you’re going to sleep and it’s finding you in your dreams, you gotta listen to that intuition. You gotta listen to your heart, you can’t fight it," she added, noting that she was "honored" to be a part of such a "beautiful" song.
Katy also spoke with the TV show about her new role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. "I have a responsibility to take care of the innocent children out there in the world and to take the light, all that humongous light that I have and shine some of that attention to where it’s needed,” she said. Katy also said that a trip to Madagascar with UNICEF earlier this year inspired her to get more involved with the organization.
“[It] popped the bubble that I live in… and prioritized my way of thinking and installed a lot of gratitude inside of me,” she said. UNICEF has created a special video, soundtracked to Katy's hit "Unconditionally," that documents her trip.