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Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi: Anthony Bourdain helped me get over my feelings of "imposter syndrome" when Top Chef started
"When the show started in 2006, I was surrounded by top-tier professional chefs," Lakshmi writes. "I had already published a book about food, had another coming out and had done a cooking show and a couple Planet Food documentaries for Food Network, but I still felt people thought I was just a model and what did I know about food? I hadn’t been to culinary school. I have never worked the line in a kitchen. Through our friendship, Tony taught me to feel pride in my own view of the world. We both relished travel and were transformed by it. He cared about me and my history and how that related to food. He was interested in everyone’s opinion. He taught me that no person’s opinion about food was too small to matter."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
The Grammys are alienating an entire generation of talent with their conservatism
“The music industry is undergoing changes unlike any others in its history, and the Grammys, as an awards platform and also a telecast, have failed to keep up — it’s an unimaginative, risk-averse awards show masquerading as an unimaginative, risk-averse concert,” says NY Times music critic Jon Caramanica. He adds that you wouldn’t know of all the “vital shifts” to the pop charts last year, especially by hip-hop artists, by watching the Grammy ceremony. “None of these songs were featured, and none of these artists, apart from Cardi B, were granted a performance slot,” he says. “There are many root causes of this lack of representation: unsubtle racism and reverse ageism; a fundamental misreading of hip-hop’s power, reducing it to an accent piece when truly it is the main course; and presumably a fear that Grammy viewers would be more comfortable seeing Bono and Sting multiple times than any rapper apart from Kendrick Lamar, who delivered an imaginative and deeply invested show-opening performance.”
- The 2018 Grammys were the most nakedly political ceremony on record
- Why the low ratings? The 4:30 p.m. West Coast/7:30 p.m. East Coast start time was the earliest start ever
- Are the Grammys’ ratings woes a bad sign for the Oscars?
- Sting vs. Bono was the “most washed-up battle” of the Grammy ceremony
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Watch Jimmy Kimmel sing “We’re Going to Hell” with Bono, Diddy, DJ Khaled and Kristen Bell
Ashton Kutcher, Rita Wilson and Bryan Cranston were also part of last night’s annual (RED) episode to raise money for HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa. The special episode also featured a taped cameo by former President Obama.