KENDRICK LAMAR DOMINATES GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake may be the leader when it comes to sales and streams — but the big star of the Grammy nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar. He has the most nominations of any artist — eight — as the recording industry announces its picks. Seven of Kendrick’s eight nominations are for his work on “Black Panther.” The album inspired by the Marvel Studios movie is up for album of the year. Drake has seven nominations. The Grammys are Feb. 10 and will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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WOMEN BETTER REPRESENTED AT GRAMMY NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year after shunning female artists, the recording academy has done a better job of embracing women. Of the eight nominees for album of the year, five are done by women. That’s a major reversal from last year, when women were shut out. The women up for best album are Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlile. They join Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Post Malone in the competition for top album honors. This is the first Grammys where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight.
GRAMMYS - MAKEUP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They’re called the Grammys and they are presented by the Recording Academy. But this year, you could call them the MAC or Revlon awards — because they seem to be all about “makeup.” Last year, women were shunned from the album category — and this year, five of the eight nods for best album have gone to women. And Kendrick Lamar has another chance to get what many music fans thought was rightfully his last year: the album of the year Grammy. Last year, his critically acclaimed project “DAMN” lost out to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” The slight became even more apparent when two months later, Lamar’s project won the Pulitzer Prize for music. The victory made him the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious honor.
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS — RECORD AND SONG OF THE YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kendrick Lamar’s single “All the Stars,” featuring SZA (SIZ’-ah), has a chance to pick up two prizes — song and record of the year. Five other tunes are up for the same honors, one for the artist and the other for the songwriters. Those songs are Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”; Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”; Drake’s “God’s Plan”; Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle”; and Carlile’s “The Joke.” Meanwhile, Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” and Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” picked up song of the year nods, while Post Malone’s “Rockstar” and Cardi B’s “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, round out the nominees for record of the year.
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KEVIN HART OUT AS OSCAR’S HOST
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart is Down Under — literally and figuratively. He’s currently in Australia on a comedy tour. But he is also down from the biggest gig of his career, taken under by his comments about gays. Hart took to Twitter just after midnight to say he was withdrawing as Oscars host — just two days after accepting what he called his “dream” job. Throughout the day yesterday, the comedian had come under increasing fire for a series of tweets over the years that drew the ire of the LGBTQ community. Hart didn’t help the situation by refusing to apologize at first — saying people shouldn’t be “so negative” — and insisting he had evolved from where he was as a person a decade ago. Ironically in the very tweet in which he pulled out as Oscars host because he didn’t want to say he was sorry, Hart wrote, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
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KATHY GRIFFIN REACTS TO KEVIN HART
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s been some reaction from fellow celebrities over the Kevin Hart situation. Last night, Kathy Griffin spoke about the controversy; you’ll recall her career suffered last year when she posted a photo on social media that looked like a beheaded President Donald Trump. She acknowledged Hart messed up but had empathy for him. She said Hart “wrote that tweet eight years ago when gay marriage wasn’t even legal yet.” She adds that in her years of doing comedy, she has “said heinously inappropriate things.” And Terry Crews, who describes Hart as a brother, said he respects Hart’s decision to walk away from the Oscars gig. He said he was thankful Hart “acknowledged things” he said — and that he hoped the comedian would “come back from this.”
TREVOR NOAH - SIRI
NEW YORK (AP) — Yo, Siri got jokes! At least she does under the control of “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. In case you missed the news, for the past three days, Noah has been on the show, but is unable to speak because of a throat problem. The first days he did the show mute, he had two of his show’s correspondents read his words — while he provided the smiles and gestures. But last night, he upgraded Siri’s game by having her add some of his thoughts to the mix — and even ask questions during the interview segment. During the monologue Siri, as Noah, intoned, “for quality assurance purposes, this show may be recorded.” And she ventured into political humor as Desi Lydic mentioned a news report that President Donald Trump hired undocumented workers. When Lydic mentioned that one immigrant worker had the task of ironing and folding Trump’s boxer shorts, Siri interjected, “good god, talk about jobs Americans don’t want to do!”
ARIANA GRANDE - BILLBOARD HONOR
NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande was shut out of the Grammy nominations this year. But she still will have some new hardware for her trophy case. She was named Woman of the Year at the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York. The singer, who is 25, was teary-eyed at times during her acceptance speech. She reflected on her successful year as a successful recording artist — even as she had to navigate through two personal crises: the death of former boyfriend rapper Mac Miller and her whirlwind romance and broken engagement with comedian Pete Davidson.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS SPLITS WITH FIANCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance. The Destiny’s Child singer announced today that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that “things didn’t work out.” Williams says she doesn’t want to “destroy another relationship.” The announcement came the same day Williams released her new single, “Fearless.” The couple announced their engagement in April. They appear in the reality show, “Chad Loves Michelle,” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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