Grammys

Jan
26
Lorde Performs ‘Royals’ at Grammys

Lorde

Lorde continued her reign at Sunday’s Grammys. The 17-year-old New Zealand sensation won two awards including Song of the Year and performed a stripped-down version of her No. 1 hit “Royals,” earning her a standing ovation.

Social media was all abuzz over her set. “i love @lordemusic ur amazing. great job,” tweeted Mac Miller, while John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen added, “Oooo got damn lorde sounds good.”

Watch Lorde make her Grammy debut.

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Jan
26
Beyoncé and Jay Z Open Grammys with ‘Drunk in Love’

Beyoncé and Jay Z

Beyoncé and Jay Z put the rumors to rest and opened the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday. Seated in a chair, a wet Bey performed “Drunk in Love” before being joined by her husband Jay Z, who helped her recreate a scene out of the sexy music video.

The superstar couple showed off their chemistry and Bey echoed her “Surfboard” catchphrase, while Taylor Swift sang along from her seat.

Watch the Carters kick things off with their sizzling set.

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Jan
26
56th Annual Grammy Awards: Red Carpet

Pharrell

From the glamorous to the gaudy, the stars brought their A-game to the red carpet at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Ciara was glowing as she showed off her baby bump in a beaded gold Emilio Pucci gown, which required three to four fittings.

First-time nominee Tamar Braxton didn’t win any of her three awards, but she did pull off a winning look in a strapless red Michael Costello gown.

John Legend stepped out in Gucci with his gorgeous wife Chrissy Teigen in gold, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were a stylish pair, and Paris Hilton arrived with her Cash Money boss Birdman.

But the most-talked-about fashion moment was Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat, which became a trending topic and even spawned its own Twitter page with over 13,000 followers.

See more of the good (and bad) Grammy fashions below.

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Jan
26
Will Smith, Cassie, Sevyn, & Elle Varner Attend Ne-Yo’s Midnight Brunch

Ne-Yo and Will Smith

While Rihanna and Miley Cyrus were partying at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, Ne-Yo celebrated with friends at his 6th Annual Midnight Brunch at Lure nightclub in Hollywood on Saturday.

Guests including Akon, Paris Hilton, Marsha Ambrosius, and Adrienne Bailon were among the stars who snacked on waffles and pancakes while sipping Malibu Red Rum inside the masquerade-themed bash.

Will Smith skipped the red carpet and headed straight inside, where he held court with host Ne-Yo and Kevin Hart.

While DJ Cassidy rocked the turntables, R&B divas Tamar Braxton, Elle Varner, and Sevyn Streeter partied until the early A.M. with Omarion, Mack Wilds, and Luke James.

A blonde Cassie danced in VIP with her Bad Boy labelmate Machine Gun Kelly and LoLa Monroe while lingerie-clad women paraded around in masks.

Check out more pics from the red-hot festivities below.

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Jan
26
Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, & R. Kelly Party with Clive Davis at Pre-Grammy Gala

Miley Cyrus and Pharrell

On the eve of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, music and Hollywood’s biggest stars joined Clive Davis to honor Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge at The Recording Academy’s annual Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The four-hour event boasted A-list performances and a star-studded guest list including Taylor Swift, Quincy Jones, John Legend, Ashanti, Juicy J, Kelis, Jessie J, Neil Diamond, and Rihanna, who wowed in a revealing yellow dress.

Wrapped in a lilac fur coat, Miley Cyrus kicked off the celebration with “#GETITRIGHT,” “Wrecking Ball,” and a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” as her proud mother and sister looked on.

Davis led the crowd including Jamie Foxx, Miguel, and Swizz Beatz in singing “Happy Birthday” to Alicia Keys, who celebrated her 34th birthday Saturday.

Robin Thicke arrived with his beautiful wife Paula Patton and had the crowd on its feet with “Blurred Lines,” for which he was accompanied by Pharrell and a dancing T.I. The Neptunes producer kept a smile on the famous faces with his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy” and joined Jennifer Hudson and Tip for “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).”

Macklemore & Lewis performed their Grammy-nominated hits “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop,” R. Kelly paid tribute to Nelson Mandela with a new tribal-inspired song, and Lorde ruled the night with her No. 1 hit “Royals.”

Fantasia brought the epic evening to a close with her powerful performance of “Stormy Weather” before Davis remembered Whitney Houston, who died two years ago in the same hotel.

“We all know that Whitney was the greatest contemporary singer in the world,” said the 81-year-old music mogul. “I don’t want the world to forget that, and I don’t want anyone in this room to forget that.”

See more pics and footage from Clive’s big bash below.

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Jan
25
Rap-Up TV: TDE’s SZA and Isaiah Rashad Talk Music, Kendrick, & Grammys

TDE’s newest signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad have been thrust into the spotlight since signing to the hip-hop label last year. Rap-Up TV caught up with the rising stars at “REVOLT Live” in Hollywood, where they shared details about their upcoming projects.

On Tuesday, Isaiah will drop his highly-anticipated album Cilvia Demo. “It’s pretty tight,” said the Chattanooga MC, while SZA was less modest.

“His project is amazing,” she said. “It’s probably one of the most inspiring pieces of work I’ve ever heard.”

The 14 tracks include collaborations with TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and two with SZA herself.

The New Jersey-raised songstress has her own project on the way. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” she shared. “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”

They will be supporting their labelmate Kendrick Lamar at Sunday’s Grammys, where he has seven nominations.

So what can we expect from his performance with Imagine Dragons? “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be crazy, crazy,” said SZA.

Jan
25
Madonna to Perform ‘Same Love’ with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Grammys

Macklemore and Madonna

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ year keeps getting better. If being nominated for seven Grammys wasn’t enough, the hip-hop duo will hit the stage with a pop icon at Sunday’s show.

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