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We're slowly inching closer to award season, and tonight we learned who scored nominations for the biggest ceremony in the music industry: the Grammys. Last year was all about the ladies, but this time around the men are stepping up. Eminem got the most nods with eight, including song of the year and record of the year, while newcomer Bruno Mars nipped at his heels with seven nominations (guess he's not just popular among the Glee club). Speaking of the gleeks, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cast was recognized all on their own, for their "Regionals version" of "Don't Stop Believin'" and best soundtrack. Just because the men came out on top this year doesn't mean the ladies won't be represented. As usual, Lady Gaga got plenty of recognition, along with Katy Perry and Rihanna. Other nominees that got me smiling are Arcade Fire, who picked up »
It’s that time of the year already! The 53rd annual Grammy nominations (for 2011) were announced last night and it’s safe to say that Eminem made a clean sweep popping up in 10 categories. Love the Way you Lie is up for Song and Record of the Tear while Recovery has received nominations for Album and Rap Album of the Year. Just for a quick memory jog, remember who was a big winner at last year’s Grammys? Beyonce! Other big nominees this year include Bruno Mars with seven nominations, and Jay-z, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum with six each. John Legend and B.o.B follow closely with five. Katy Perry, who’s performing for VH1 Divas Salute the Troops (Sunday, Dec. 5, at 9/8c), scored four nominations, including one for Album of the Year for Teenage Dream. What’s your take on the nominees this year? Did anyone get left out? »
- Ambika Muttoo
The 53rd Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced Wednesday, Dec. 1 on CBS. The awards themselves air February 13, 2011- and with nominees like these, it's sure to be quite a show.
Nominee Katy Perry was on hand to perform.... and to comment after receiving her Album of the Year nomination. "It's like no other awards show because I feel like you're being recognized by your peers, so when they nominate you, it's kind of like a win," she says. "But if I win, I won't say that."
Eminem received the most nominations with 10. Behind him, Bruno Mars got 7 and Jay-z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each received six nominations. Craig Ferguson was floored by his first nomination in the Spoken Word category - he tweeted, "I just got nominated for a damn Grammy. Take that low self esteem. #f***yeah." Only, you know... without the asterisks.
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The second annual Soul Train Awards aired on Bet last night. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the awards show spotlights the best and brightest in the music business -- with performances by R. Kelly (who opened the show) as well Ne-Yo, Cee Lo, Keyshia Cole, Erykah Badu, Eric Benet, Chrisette Michele, Faith Evans and Janelle Monae. Alicia Keys and Usher were both nominated for four awards each, and this year's Legend Award recipients were Anita Baker and Ron Isley... Here's what you had to say: Stef commented via Facebook: "Wow. R. Kelly looks like a grown man. I hope he's behaving!'" Kia wrote via Facebook: "Tamia and Chili both look good. I love the outfits." »
Singers Usher and Alicia Keys were awarded top honors during Sunday's broadcast of the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Keys, whose album The Element of Freedom is in stores now, won the Best female R&B/soul artist statuette, while Usher tied with crooner Trey Songz in the Best male R&B/soul artist category. Trey released his fourth studio album Passion, Pain & Pleasure in September, and Usher is currently on tour. You can see the entire list of winners below: Legend Awards: Anita Baker and Ron Isley Best new artist: Melanie Fiona Best female R&B/soul artist: Alicia Keys Best male R&B/soul artist: Trey Songz and Usher (tie) Song of the year: "Nothing on You" by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars Best hip-hop song of the year: "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna Album of the year: Raymond vs. Raymond by Usher Record of »
R&B stars Alicia Keys and Usher have come out as the biggest winners at this year's Soul Train Awards. Though both were noticeably absent from the show, the "No One" hitmaker and the "There Goes My Baby" singer showed their domination at the annual awards that honors the best in Black music and entertainment by collecting two kudos each.
Newly-married Alicia grabbed one kudo for Best Female R&B Soul Artist. The 29-year-old singer also won a songwriting nod for Record of the Year thanks to "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)", a song off her 2009 album "The Element of Freedom". She shared the latter prize with her co-writers, Drake, Kerry Brothers Jr., and Noah "40" Shebib.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Usher was in tie with Trey Songz for the award of Best Male R&B/Soul Artist. Having just won a Favorite Soul/R&B Album kudo for his "Raymond vs. Raymond" album at 2010 American Music Awards, »
Here are the winners of the 2010 Soul Train Awards, honoring the year's best in R&B and soul music. The awards taped on Nov. 10 in Atlanta and aired on Bet and Centric Sunday night (Nov. 28). Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson hosted.
Best new artist: Melanie Fiona
Best female R&B/soul artist: Alicia Keys
Best male R&B/soul artist: Trey Songz and Usher (tie)
Song of the year: "Nothing on You" by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
Best hip-hop song of the year: "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Album of the year: "Raymond vs. Raymond" by Usher
Best reggae artist: Gyptian
Centric Award: Janelle Monae
Best gospel performance: Marvin Sapp
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Soul legend Ron Isley is no stranger to making hit songs and well-received albums. But after spending three years in prison for tax evasion, the 69-year-old crooner says he's never been so focused on making a great comeback album. Just months after his release from prison, Isley is ready to put out his new album, titled "Mr. I.," which features guest appearances from the likes of T.I., Keyshia Cole and Lauryn Hill. He spoke to Essence.com about getting his groove back musically, and why working with Ms. Hill was 'out of this world...' »
Reunited, and it feels so good: Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will return to host the 2nd annual Soul Train Awards, airing Nov. 28 on Centric. "You will see our chemistry come alive on television," Henson, 40, tells People, while Howard, 41, adds: "You're going to see what friends are about. Soul Train represents family. She tells me I remind her of her daddy, and I tell her she reminds me of my favorite aunt. This is my family." The program will honor R&B legends Anita Baker, 52, and Ronald Isley, 69, and Henson hints that she may surprise viewers with a few numbers herself. »
- Carlos Greer
Pamela Anderson allegedly owes almost $500,000 in back taxes. The former Playboy model and "Baywatch" actress was sent a demand for $493,144, largely in Personal Income Tax in April last year and has been named by the California Franchise Tax Board as still owing the sum in its annual list of taxpayers who owe the board over $100,000.
Pamela, 42, and her lawyer, Robert T. Leonard, have declined to comment on the claims. However, the actress has previously defended herself against financial "mistakes". She said, "Mistakes may have been made in calculating taxes owed."
The star also faces a legal battle in New York, with U.S. clothing firm Maggy London International filing proceedings over the name of Pamela's own fashion line. The firm claim the actress ignored their demands to change the name of her A*Muse clothing label, launched earlier this year, insisting it infringes the trademark of their Muse clothing line, »
10 items from 2010
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