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Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
How to fix awards shows in wake of the Emmys debacle
Source: Rolling Stone
"Let it be a mess," says Rob Sheffield, offering some suggestions for shaking up the award show format. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler showed during their three-year run on the Golden Globes that a messy award show is a great award show. "A simple formula: celebrities plus live TV plus free champagne equals a few hours of insanity," says Sheffield. Another suggestion: Get a star to host. "A few years ago, the network bosses got a silly idea in their gullivers — the idea that an award show’s job was to promote the in-house late-night franchise," says Sheffield. "So every fete began to get hosted by the network’s resident late-night straight white guy. Hey, what a crazy coincidence: This is when ratings cratered. Sure, Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job hosting the Oscars. That’s not the problem. The problem is he does an equally fine job five damn nights a week — so do Colbert, Fallon, Myers, Corden. It’s just not a big deal to see these guys put on a suit and tell some jokes. So they’re a fatal glamour drain — as Colbert’s former alter ego might have put it, they kill the eventiness. When LL Cool J hosted the Grammys, it was a must-see every year. But ever since Corden took over, the ratings have been fading faster than Canibus in a rap battle. So it’s simple: bring back LL. Mama said knock you out!"
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
CBS must be steamed that the Oscars are taking over the Grammys' traditional date
The Grammy Awards ceremony is usually broadcast one week after the Super Bowl, but the Film Academy announced today that it will take over the Sunday after the Super Bowl in 2020. (The Grammys are moved to January in Winter Olympics years. And the Grammys aired on a Monday, eight days after the Super Bowl, in 2016 to take advantage of Presidents' Day.) The Oscars have traditionally aired on the last Sunday of February, but the Oscars moving to the week after the Super Bowl means there will be back-to-back Sundays of massive TV events. "The Grammys have been ambushed, frankly," says Roger Friedman. "Do they move up a week? That would be Super Bowl Sunday. Do they switch with the Oscars and go two weeks later? Or back into January?" ALSO: The last time the Oscars moved to an earlier date -- from late March to late February, in 2004 -- all the other award shows leap-frogged to earlier dates as well.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Grammys will return to Los Angeles next year
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After staging an expensive show in New York City this year, the Grammy Awards will be back at L.A.'s Staple Center in 2019.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Grammys incease the number of nominees in its four biggest categories
Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist will go from five to eight nominees in an effort to bring more gender diversity to the Recording Academy's CBS awards show.
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"
Source: The A.V. Club
“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
Source: The New York Times
“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 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
Source: USA Today
"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.”