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Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Donald Glover says he originally pitched a conventional story for Atlanta, but "I was Trojan-horsing FX"
“I knew what FX wanted from me,” Glover says in a New Yorker profile. “They were thinking it’d be me and Craig Robinson horse-tailing around, and it’ll be kind of like Community, and it’ll be on for a long time. I was Trojan-horsing FX. If I told them what I really wanted to do, it wouldn’t have gotten made.” His brother and Atlanta collaborator, Stephen Glover, adds: “Donald promised, ‘Earn and Al work together to make it in the rough music industry. Al got famous for shooting someone and now he’s trying to deal with fame, and I’ll have a new song for him every week. Darius will be the funny one, and the gang’s going to be all together.’ That was the Trojan horse.”
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Logic’s "1-800-273-8255" Grammy performance tripled calls to suicide hotline
In the two hours after the rapper performed his hot song on CBS, which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number, the hotline received triple the number of calls.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
James Corden’s parents were funnier than he was at the Grammys
Corden sent his parents, Malcolm and Margaret Corden, to cover the Grammy Awards for his Late Late Show
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
James Corden fires back at U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for complaining about Hillary Clinton Grammys skit
“So I guess Nikki only liked the other non-political parts of the Grammys,” The Late Late Show host said in Monday’s monologue. “You know, Kendrick Lamar’s performance about police violence, or U2’s performance about immigration in front of the Statue of Liberty. You know, lighthearted, non-political stuff,” Corden went on. “But she wrote, ‘Some of us love music without the politics thrown in.’ Well Nikki Haley, you can tell your boss, some of us love politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in.”
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.”
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- 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 Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
2018 Grammys drop to an all-time demo low, pulling in 19.8 million total viewers
The Grammys fell 24% from last year. The drop could be due to the Grammys airing two weeks early, in January, for the first time since 2014 due to the Winter Olympics. ALSO: Animal charities criticize James Corden for “giving” away puppies during the ceremony.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Donald Glover confirms plans to retire Childish Gambino
After winning his first Grammy, the Atlanta star said his upcoming fourth studio album will be his last using the name Childish Gambino.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Grammys panned for sloppy camerawork and awkward transitions from safe to riskier material
The 2018 Grammys struggled being back at Madison Square Garden after 15 years away, and the entire broadcast was so off that the person who got the most screentime other than host James Corden was Sting, “who kept turning up over and over again, any time the show needed to stuff the ‘this is getting a little too dangerous’ genie back into the bottle,” according to Vox’s Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff. They add: “In particular, the show’s choice to essentially silo all political messaging into one 20-minute section in the middle of the production felt like a network note, as if CBS itself had descended to say, ‘Let’s not scare off Trump voters with a bunch of business about immigration and men’s sexual misconduct.’ Indeed, the awkward, whiplash-inducing transitions from relatively safe material to riskier material felt very CBS — since the network is, after all, America’s most staid broadcaster.”
- A tone-deaf, out-of-touch mess: Unhip CBS gave U2 — which wasn’t nominated for a Grammy — the most airtime of any musical act
- There were a few compelling moments, but a mix of boredom and botching defined the ceremony
- Sting isn’t relevant to this moment and time — so why give him so much airtime?
- James Corden’s "Subway Karaoke" spectacularly backfires
- Chuck Berry was iconic and hugely influential, yet the Grammys barely devoted any attention to the rock 'n' roll pioneer
- The Highs and Lows: Las Vegas Shooting tribute was a high, CBS censoring Logic’s “sh*thole” was a low
- Why was Lorde snubbed? Organizers address why the only woman nominated for album of the year didn’t perform solo
- Kesha’s transcendent performance in support of #MeToo will be remembered for years
- Grammy producers reached out to Hillary Clinton to appear in Fire and Fury skit
- U.N. Ambassador Nikki Hailey: Fire and Fury skit ruined the Grammys
- After scoring a Grammy, Donald Glover finds it “scary” he only needs a Tony and an Oscar to earn an EGOT
- Dave Chappelle wins his first Grammy award for best comedy album
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
James Corden: Grammys don’t really need a host
From 2003 through 2011, the Grammys went host-less — except for in 2005 when Queen Latifah hosted. Since then, there were five straight years of LL Cool J hosting, followed by Corden in his second year. But The Late Late Show host says, “in truth, this show doesn’t need a host,” adding: “Most awards shows are groups of millionaires giving each other gold statues. So you need a host to make it feel like a show. This is the best (music) lineup you could ever imagine to see. What we have to do is essentially be there for the moments when (producers) realize they need the cameras to be facing somewhere else.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
James Corden: Grammys will feature a performance that will show solidarity with #MeToo and Time’s Up
"I think it's going to be a moving movement," says the Grammys host. Corden wouldn’t reveal details, but USA Today says the performance is likely to involve Kesha, who has accused superstar producer Dr. Luke of raping and drugging her.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Grammy ceremony in New York City is proving to be very expensive
There’s a reason why it’s been 15 years since the Grammy Awards were held in the Big Apple. “The show is really looking good, but it’s a challenge,” says Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich. “Everything just costs more to do in New York versus Los Angeles, in terms of facilities, stagehands, hotel rooms, transportation, general expenses of the show — all of which we account for, but it’s just a different animal.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Time’s Up encourages stars to wear white roses at the Grammys
In a letter to their “brothers and sisters in music,” Time’s Up wrote: “As we are inspired by the #timesup campaign, we are encouraging the artists that we work with and our colleagues attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City to wear a white rose to the ceremony on Sunday, January 28th. We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy and resistance."
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Rihanna to perform at the Grammys with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller
Their performance of “Wild Thoughts” is sure to be a highlight of the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Paul Shaffer will host the live-streamed Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony
A live stream of the first 70 awards being handed out will be available on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 6p.m. ET.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
The Grammys will pay tribute to victims of violence at concerts
The Grammys have enlisted Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris, who all performed at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas where last October’s shooting happened, will pay tribute to the concert’s victims, as well as the victims of the Ariana Grande’s Manchester, England concert. ALSO: Elton John, Kendrick Lamar and U2 will perform at the Grammys.