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10 Amazing Throwback Songs From Non-Grammy Award Winning Rap Artists

Throwback Thursday Says Kendrick Lamar Is In Good Company

We have had some really great discussions on the blog, following Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and some of the controversy that followed. Between everyone’s comments about Kendrick Lamar getting snubbed in the rap category, and India.Arie‘s open letter about the lack of black artistic representation at the awards in general, I’ve had a great time seeing what folks have to say. And in honor of Throwback Thursday, I wanted to relive and re-lurve some great songs by amazing, talented rappers who never received a Grammy (though many have been nominated). Click inside for more!
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Musician India.Arie Posts A Scathing Open Letter About The Grammy Awards

"If the hip hop community voted on hip hop ... we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF"

In light of some of the conversations we’ve been having here on the blog about the Grammy Awards and some of this year’s winners, I thought it would be worthwhile to post in full an open letter written by Grammy Award-winning musician India.Arie on her official website. As you can read below, India takes great umbrage with the way the Recording Academy says it celebrates all genres of music and the way that the actual award winners are chosen. I don’t want to color India‘s commentary on the Grammys by offering my personal opinion here (except to say that I agree with many of her points) so I’ll just post her open letter in full and YOU decide to form your own opinions on what she has to say. More »

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The Academy Awards Will Honor The 75th Anniversary Of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

What a 'Wonderful' Idea!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Academy Awards show this year, which will feature Ellen DeGeneres as host, will pay special tribute to the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. The Wizard of Oz holds such a special place in my heart and I know it’s a very special film to countless others … this sounds like a great idea of Oscar night. Click below to learn more about this planned tribute and get ready to celebrate 75 years of Oz :) More »

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Watch: Queen Latifah Shares Behind The Scenes Footage From The Grammy Awards Wedding Ceremony

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE"
"We had us a Wed'n!"

On Sunday night, during the 56th Grammy Awards, the newly deputized Queen Latifah officiated over 33 marriages after the couples were serenaded by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert who performed their “marriage equality anthem” Same Love. After Latifah married the couples, they were serenaded again by Madonna and Mary Lambert who performed an acoustic version of Maddy‘s song Open Your Heart. All of this, we saw happen LIVE on national television. Today we get to see behind the scenes footage that will air on The Queen Latifah Show today that was filmed both before and after the mass Grammy Award wedding ceremony took place. As you can see in the video embedded above, Latifah joyously shares her experience from Grammy night with her audience and focuses solely on the happy couples that she married on national TV. Check out the video to see what went on backstage on Grammy night to enjoy a bit more this happy occasion for this group of newlyweds.

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Watch: Trent Reznor Blasts The Grammy Awards After The Nine Inch Nails Finale Performance Was Cut-Off

"Disrespect"
"Music's biggest night..."

Early last week we learned that Nine Inch Nails would be joined by Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac for a live performance at the 56th Grammy Awards and last night that performance went off … with one big hitch. This NIN supergroup performance was slated to be the finale for the 3+ hour long awards show and as a result, was cut-off prematurely due to, what I’m assuming were, broadcast advertising commitments. Most of the performance was aired in full but, from what I understand, the show was running over by 15 minutes and the end of the performance was cut-off by advertising and then time commitments. Click the embed above to watch the performance as it aired on TV last night then click below to read Trent Reznor‘s reaction to being cut-off by the Grammy Awards Powers That Be. More »

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Watch: Okay, Here Are Some Other Performances From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Beyoncé And Jay Z Opened With 'Drunk In Love'
SURFBOARDS

While I still maintain that there’s only one Grammy performance you really, really need to see, I have to admit that I had a great time watching the other artists take the stage as well. In addition to Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé and Jay Z performed (opening the show with their insanely sexy track, Drunk In Love), as did Lorde, Katy Perry, John Legend, and many more. Peep the video above for Bey and Jay (was she really lip-synching?) and click inside for more!
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Check Out The Winners From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards AKA The Robbery Of Kendrick Lamar [UPDATE]

Macklemore Publicly Declared That Kendrick Should Have Won...

Ever since I was a little girl I knew the Grammy Awards were not “for” me, AKA my favorite artists/rappers never won, were often not even nominated. Yet every year I still tune in and still get all disappointed when certain artists win and certain artists lose. It’s ridiculous! I’m ridiculous! Or am I? Am I ridiculous for legitimately being outraged that– yup, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it– a couple of white boys (who look like a lot of fun, and certainly have some cool tracks, and no their race isn’t the reason I’m mad, and at the same time I can’t help but see it as related on some level to their immense popularity at these awards shows… and yes, I also understand that they are popular for other reasons, but I stand by my original reference to them) swept the rap category when they were up against the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick THE GOD Lamar? Am I ridiculous right now? Or is it ridiculous that I have to wait for the BET Awards or the friggen Soul Train Awards to see someone like Kendrick win a bunch of awards (and if you saw his performance last night you know that he deserves to win ALL of the awards, for everything, everywhere)? So yeah. I enjoyed the 2014 Grammys, and I am very happy that Kendrick was (at least) nominated, but it speaks VOLUMES about the Academy that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (great guys, I’m sure) swept the rap categories. It speaks volumes, and then again, it says nothing new at all. So, um. Yeah. Feel free to rant with me or against me after you check out the winners inside!

[UPDATE]: Macklemore has spoken. And I now love Macklemore.
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Live Stream: Watch The Grammy Awards Red Carpet LIVE On Pink Is The New Blog!

Here we go
Watch it LIVE

MTV is broadcasting LIVE from the red carpet of the 56th annual Grammy Awards today and by clicking the embed above, you can watch along right here, right now. The red carpet is a great way to get a first look at all of the fashions that will be making their way into the Staples Center for the Grammy Awards this year. It’s Grammy time! Let’s do this!!

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Queen Latifah Will Officiate 34 Marriages During Macklemore & Madonna’s Grammy Performance Of ‘Same Love’ Tonight

I Do approve

Earlier this week, Madonna confirmed the rumor that she WILL be performing during the Grammy Awards telecast airing tonight on CBS and right now we learn not only who she will be performing with but what that performance will look like. Madonna has decided to team up and perform with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for their Grammy-nominated song Same Love. In addition to this collaborative duet, Queen Latifah will appear on stage to officiate over 34 straight, same-sex and interracial marriages during the broadcast performance. I mean, wow. Grammy Award performances don’t get much bigger than this. More »

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Madonna Confirms That She Will Attend The Grammy Awards This Weekend [UPDATE: The Grammys Confirm, Too]

But will she perform? #ItsASecret

Last week we first heard the rumor that Madonna might appear at the Grammy Awards this weekend for a surprise performance onstage. Today we learn from Madonna herself that she WILL be in attendance at the Grammy Awards this Sunday night but, at this point, she won’t reveal in what capacity she will appear. Naturally the Grammy Awards would want the Queen of Pop to be seated prominently in the audience but I have a very strong suspicion that the rumor that she will perform on stage will turn out to be true. Woot!! Click below to see how Maddy informed the world of her weekend Grammy plans. UPDATE: The Grammy Awards have officially confirmed that Madonna WILL perform. More »

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