Grammys 2018 Red Carpet: Musicians Support #TimesUp With White Roses

The 60th annual Grammy Awards are tonight in New York, and similar to the Golden Globes, they’ll function an organized marketing campaign amongst company to protest sexual assault and harassment within the leisure business. Whereas celebrities wore pins and wearing black to the Golden Globes to indicate help for the #MeToo motion and the Hollywood-specific #TimesUp marketing campaign, a bunch of executives within the music business have urged these attending tonight’s ceremony at Madison Square Garden to put on white roses in solidarity with the identical causes. People have responded to the decision so overwhelmingly that TMZ reported NYC florists struggling to maintain white roses in inventory. Below, discover a gallery that includes those that participated. (Pictured above: Cardi B.)

Lorde didn’t stroll the purple carpet in protest of the Recording Academy’s choice to not provide her a solo efficiency slot for her Album Of The Year-nominated album Melodrama, however her gown for the night time did have a Jenny Holzer quote stitched into the again:

Lady Gaga

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The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey


Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

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James Corden

James Corden

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Jack & Rachel Antonoff

Jack and Rachel Antonoff

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Justin Tranter

Justin Tranter

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Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

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Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb

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Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

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Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

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Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

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Greg Kurstin

Greg Kurstin

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Bebe Rexha & Cyndi Lauper

Bebe Rexha & Cyndi Lauper

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Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

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Shaggy & Sting

Shaggy & Sting

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Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

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Is The O.C. again? Take a have a look at Newport Beach model!

Is The O.C. again? For now, it’s only a hearsay…however we might love to find what’s occurred to Summer, Seth, Ryan and all of the others! FYI, anyway, at present is Mischa Barton‘s (aka the unforgettable Marissa Cooper) birthday, too! We can’t miss the chance to look again at Newport Beach cool ladies’ trend model!

We have been within the early 2000s and The O.C. was our fave television serial. Marissa was the pretties woman at highschool, her boyfriend was essentially the most good loking man ever and her household was excellent. When Ryan arrives (that’s a coincidence!), every little thing collapses. Why can we love her model? Because she matched elegant and boh outfit, excellent for her tough perspective. Weloved her denim skirts, crop tops and kitten heels.

Summer Roberts was her bestie and an actual bitch! She used to mock Seth the final word nerd on a regular basis, however on the finish, she is going to even marry him! We love to recollect her seventies model denims, maxi tank high worn over pants and her tremendous colourful mini clothes.

THE O.C.: Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts in THE O.C. premiering Thursday, Nov. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2006 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Levine/FOX

Il cast di The O.C.
Marissa e Ryan
Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton e Rachel Bilson
Summer e Seth
Rachel Bilson

Your Guide To The 2018 Grammys: Will They Leave Kendrick Out In The Cold Again?

The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST in your native CBS affiliate, to be actual — and as all the time, we’re (nearly actually naïvely) hoping they gained’t suck this time. They in all probability will; they all the time do. Yet because of a considerably promising slate of nominees within the main classes, a equally half-decent listing of performers, obligation — hello @scottgum! — we at Stereogum will all be tuning in anyway, hoping for some chaos within the spirit of ’98 however content material to accept restricted James Corden hijinks and no less than one second we’ll nonetheless bear in mind this time subsequent 12 months.

If you dare be a part of us in our Schumer-level gullibility, listed here are some issues to know up entrance.

The Basics

The Grammys are broadcasting from New York’s Madison Square Garden this 12 months for the primary time since 2003, ending a 14-year stint on the Staples Center in LA. Because Grammy producers love to include outdated music that has zero relevance to our present musical second, a pair of Tony-winners might be available to acknowledge the NYC return by honoring Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein: Patti LuPone will reprise her famed function in Webber’s Evita to carry out “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt will sing a tune from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Don’t be shocked if returning host Corden, who has additionally hosted the Tonys, works some form of Broadway shtick right into a comedy sketch or opening monologue, too, a lot to the delight of people who find themselves far too simply amused. We’ll additionally in all probability hear rather a lot about how that is the 60th annual Grammys as a result of as we at Stereogum can attest, spherical numbers are vital.

The First-Time Nominees

Here are among the extra thrilling and/or noteworthy names up for a Grammy for the primary time: The War On Drugs! Migos! Sylvan Esso! Cardi B! Code Orange! Perfume Genius! Four Tet! Run The Jewels! Kesha! Laura Marling! Body Count! Kevin Hart! Daniel Caesar! Goldlink & Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy! Mura Masa! Meshuggah! Tyler, The Creator (in case you don’t rely his producer credit score on Channel Orange)! Rapsody (in case you don’t rely her visitor characteristic on To Pimp A Butterfly)! Best New Artist nominees SZA, Khalid, Julia Michaels, Lil Uzi Vert, and Alessia Cara! Decemberists facet venture Offa Rex! Spoken Word nominees Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bernie Sanders! Somewhat surprisingly, Iron & Wine! Quite suspiciously, Nothing More! Downright shockingly, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds!

Don’t Miss The Pre-Show

Most of the awards might be handed out on the Premiere Ceremony, the occasion previously often called the Pre-Telecast, which runs from Three-6PM EST in The Theater at Madison Square Garden and can stream stay at and Performers embrace Body Count, India.Arie, Jazzmeia Horn, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and Stile Antico, however extra importantly, a whopping 70 classes might be settled then and there. So in case you’re questioning which grizzled white man will take dwelling Best Alternative Music Album or whether or not No I.D. has an opportunity to win Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nearly solely on the energy of his work on four:44 and the Vic Mensa album, you probably gained’t have to attend till sunset to seek out out.

Who’s Performing?

Part of the rationale the Grammys hand out so many awards forward of time is to allow them to replenish the printed with so many performances, a few of them not even tangentially related to The Year That Was. (Note the aforementioned Broadway bullshit — not that I object to showtunes on precept, it’s simply that there’s already a complete awards present explicitly devoted to that type of factor, ?) I used to be shocked to see how a lot of the leisure lineup this 12 months truly does comprise nominees, however as ever, there are various interlopers.

Among these performances with no connection to any 2018 Grammy race: (1) Broadway efficiency #1, (2) Broadway efficiency #2, (Three) aspiring retiree Elton John duetting with Miley Cyrus on considered one of his traditional songs to advertise the occasion Grammy overlords NARAS are throwing in John’s honor two days later, (four) ascendant Grammy mascot Sam Smith performing music that may undoubtedly be nominated when it turns into eligible subsequent 12 months, (5) ditto U2, (6) ditto Sting, (7) Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Jr. paying tribute to the late, nice Fats Domino as a result of what are the Grammys with out no less than one tribute to the lifeless, and (eight) and Rihanna and Bryson Tiller performing their glorious DJ Khaled-sponsored convergence “Wild Thoughts” as a result of the Grammys are by no means above reserving standard acts with no apparent connection to the ceremony in a craven bid for viewers. At least this time it doubles as a corrective for neglecting to appoint among the best pop songs of 2017.

It’d be good if every Album Of The Year nominee acquired an opportunity to spotlight their work on the Grammys stage, however alas, neither Lorde nor Jay-Z have been tapped to carry out. From that illustrious class we do get a show-opening efficiency from Kendrick Lamar (arguably the reigning king of televised music performances), Childish Gambino presumably doing his Record Of The Year candidate “Redbone,” and Bruno Mars teaming up with Cardi B for his or her new jack swing throwback “Finesse,” all of which have the potential to be very enjoyable. Kendrick and Bruno are additionally up for Record Of The Year, however I wouldn’t be shocked to see their respective nominated tracks (“HUMBLE.” and “24K Magic”) relegated to medley standing or not carried out in any respect; Grammy nominations might stay between October 2016 and September 2017, however Grammy performances are typically dictated by what’s popping within the current. As for the opposite Record Of The Year contenders, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee might be there to do “Despacito” with an help from Zuleyka Rivera, as is just proper for a tune that tied the file for many weeks at #1, and “The Story Of O.J.” won’t be carried out as a result of, as we already established, no Jay-Z.

That leaves eight extra introduced performances, all involving nominees. Country contenders Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne will collaborate with previous nominee Eric Church in tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas taking pictures — which may very well be genuinely transferring contemplating these are three of the standout artists in a largely unremarkable fashionable nation scene. Also with vital tearjerking potential are Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid’s run via their anti-suicide anthem “1-800-273-8255″ and Kesha’s highlight second, ought to it contain her Dr. Luke takedown “Praying.”

Lady Gaga and Pink each focus on awards-show spectacle, so even in case you discover their current output considerably blasé they’ll in all probability entertain you. I’m purported to care about beacons of nation authenticity Chris Stapleton and Loretta Lynn duetting, however God assist me, I don’t care the teeniest, tiniest bit. Little Big Town, nation stars of a barely extra fashionable tilt, will probably decide to exhibit Taylor Swift’s motherfucking craft, nevertheless it’s simple to think about that gig getting misplaced within the shuffle. What won’t be so forgettable is SZA, if her large SNL look is something to go by. Between SZA and Kendrick, it’s not arduous to think about staff TDE producing the present’s two finest moments.

Who’s presenting?

So many memorable awards-show moments contain two in any other case unrelated celebrities posted up at a podium, flubbing their traces or throwing critical side-eye at winners or no matter. Maybe that may occur once more? Dave Chappelle is presenting, so there’s heavy potential there. According to a press launch right now, these different well-known folks may also be current at hand out trophies: Tony Bennett, Kelly Clarkson, NFL participant Victor Cruz, Eve, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Holmes, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Shemar Moore, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Hailee Steinfeld, and outdated child on the block Donnie Wahlberg.

And Now For Some Predictions

Let’s burn via 9 classes of curiosity, lightning-round type, and end up with some ideas in regards to the Album Of The Year race.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Gorillaz – Humanz
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Should win: Even although I’d relatively see Josh Tillman’s acceptance speech, American Dream is one of the best of those albums.
Will win: Everything Now, LOL.

Jay-Z – four:44
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Migos – Culture
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Should win: DAMN. as a result of rattling.
Will win: four:44 as a result of my colleague Tom Breihan might be proper, and it’s arduous to see Jay shedding Best Rap Album if he’s successful Album Of The Year.

6lack – Free 6lack
Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl
The Weeknd – Starboy
Should win: Ctrl as a result of although I like American Teen and Starboy they each have main filler issues.
Will win: Kind of arduous to think about them not giving it to “Awaken, My Love!” contemplating that one’s additionally up for Album Of The Year.

Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Should win: Beer business lead guitar shit, clearly.
Will win: Metallica, clearly.

Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Kesha – Rainbow
Lady Gaga – Joanne
Ed Sheeran – ÷
Should win: Lana!
Will win: I’d say Ed Sheeran is a lock right here, however do you notice that not solely is Ed Sheeran shut out of the main classes, he’s additionally not even performing?! What occurred between Ed Sheeran and NARAS? He’s obnoxious, however in line with all Grammy precedent, after the 12 months he simply had, he needs to be cleansing up Sunday night time. Do not be shocked to see this go to Gaga or Kesha, each of whom are on deck to carry out.

Calvin Harris
No I.D.
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
The Stereotypes
Should win: Calvin Harris on the energy of “Slide” alone.
Will win: No I.D. (or perhaps Greg Kurstin on the off probability Jay-Z isn’t successful Album Of The Year).

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
Should win: Uzi or SZA.
Will win: Any of the opposite three, none of whom can be a disappointing decide apart from Cara. (I’m nonetheless right here for “Here,” however c’mon.)

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
Jay-Z – “four:44″
Julia Michaels – “Issues”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255″ (Feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
Should win: “Issues,” although I keep “Uh Huh” is one of the best Julia Michaels single.
Will win: Oh no, it’s going to be the suicide PSA, isn’t it?

Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
Jay-Z – “The Story Of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Should win: It would solely be proper for everybody else to have to sit down down and be humble.
Will win: Probably “Despacito” — the Grammys keep rewarding business success — however I might see whoever takes Album Of The Year successful this too.

Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
Jay-Z – four:44
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Lorde – Melodrama
Bruno Mars – 24Okay Magic

Should win: Kendrick! Kendrick Lamar ought to win! I say this as somebody who deeply enjoys the Lorde and Bruno Mars albums and sees the advantage of the Jay-Z album and is an enormous fan of Childish Gambino’s TV present: DAMN. was one of the best album launched in the course of the eligibility interval. (Yes, I notice Stereogum named Melodrama the #1 album of 2017 over DAMN. final 12 months; I’m diverging from the corporate line on this one.) I’ve written a bit about how good the Kendrick album is right here and right here, and I proceed to consider it deserves to win this award on advantage alone, setting apart the truth that Kendrick, the best musical artist of this decade, is overdue to win a Grammy for Album Of The Year.

Will win: It’s by no means simple to determine who’s going to win this explicit gramophone. Scratch that — there are years when it’s simple, after which there are years that throw your judgment out of whack even within the simple years. Everything appears inevitable in hindsight, however currently for each “of course Adele/Taylor won” state of affairs there was a genuinely stunning winner alongside the traces of Daft Punk (my preliminary response: wow!) and Beck (my preliminary response: lolwut). Don’t act such as you thought Arcade Fire had been going to win for The Suburbs — not in opposition to Eminem, Ladies Gaga and Antebellum, and (particularly) Katy Perry’s mega-selling hit machine Teenage Dream!

And anyhow, this isn’t a type of years when the winner appears apparent. Among the nominees, the closest factor to an Adele-style gross sales behemoth is DAMN., and we’ve already alluded to the Grammys’ historical past of leaving Kendrick out within the chilly. Stereogum contributor Al Shipley has lengthy superior the statistically verified speculation that the Grammys favor males over 40 and girls below 30, which bodes nicely for Jay-Z and Lorde this 12 months. Given that Melodrama was not the industry-saving gross sales blockbuster Adele and Taylor Swift albums are typically, you may give the benefit to Jay. If I needed to guess, I’d guess on four:44, a type of grand elder-statesman assertion albums NARAS so adores.

I don’t suppose you’ll be able to rule out any of the 5 nominees, although. Bruno Mars was designed in a laboratory to win Grammys, and he’s nonetheless making hits off an album that got here out a 12 months and a half in the past. (The first two hits off 24Okay Magic are up for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year respectively, and he’s performing the third hit at this ceremony. Hmm…) Meanwhile Donald Glover has grown right into a determine with critical clout throughout your complete leisure panorama, he’s acting on the present, his album is as self-consciously retro as Bruno Mars’ album, and along with his Album Of The Year nod he’s additionally up for Record Of The Year for a tune that loved no small little bit of streaming and radio success. It’s not unfathomable that that is the 12 months they’ll lastly coronate King Kendrick. Lorde simply turned 21 and she or he’s already been a Grammy darling for years, and a win for her can be symbolic of the brand new era of pop stars NARAS appears keen to acknowledge this 12 months. Then once more, who’re the Grammys for if not for aged 1-percenters like Shawn Carter?

All issues thought-about, I stay genuinely interested in what’s going to occur Sunday night time. And just a little excited. And greater than just a little terrified — not simply because James Corden will in all probability sing showtunes however due to all of the alternative ways the web might soften down within the aftermath. Imagine the takes, the memes, the backlash that would ensue! For as soon as, it actually does really feel like Music’s Biggest Night™, or no less than it should throughout these pivotal ultimate moments when the Grammy individuals are setting a complete 12 months’s price of storylines in movement with one weighty resolution. Let’s simply hope when it’s throughout we’re saying “damn” for the fitting causes.


In considerably of a nice shock, Camila Cabello is holding down the #1 spot on each main Billboard charts this week. Per Billboard, she’s the primary solo artist to concurrently notch her first #1 single and album since Beyoncé in 2003. And if we’re disqualifying Beyoncé resulting from Destiny’s Child’s #1 achievements, Cabello is the primary to drag off this explicit feat since Britney Spears in 1998.

Perhaps the extra stunning of these two achievements: After seven nonconsecutive weeks at #2, her single “Havana” with Young Thug has risen to #1 on the Hot 100. It’s the primary #1 single for each artists, and it bumps Ed Sheeran’s (and generally Beyoncé’s) “Perfect” again to #2. Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” returns to #Three, knocking Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” remix right down to #four.

Halsey’s “Bad At Love” reaches a brand new #5 peak and stays her finest charting tune as a lead artist. Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder” holds at #6, whereas G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, and Cardi B’s “No Limit” falls to #7. Then at #eight comes Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” her first ever top-10 hit in America. Closing out the highest 10 are Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes” at #9 and Migos, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj’s “MotorSport” at #10 — and sure, that makes 4 weeks in a row with three songs within the high 10 for Cardi.

Cabello’s victory on the Billboard 200 albums chart was no certain factor both. Her album Camila and The Greatest Showman’s soundtrack had been battling to high the chart this week, however finally Cabello pulled it out. The former Fifth Harmony singer debuted at #1 with 119,000 equal album models — outpacing an forecast of about 90,000 — with conventional gross sales accounting for 65,000. The Greatest Showman truly outsold Camila with 70,000 in gross sales, nevertheless it falls to #2 this week with an total complete of 104,000 (a wildly spectacular determine for an album in its sixth week on the chart, and one that would have simply landed it again at #1 for a 3rd straight week in opposition to lesser competitors). Billboard says Cabello is the primary ladies to achieve #1 together with her debut album since Meghan Trainor three years in the past and the youngest to land her debut at #1 since her former duet associate Shawn Mendes, additionally three years in the past.

The remainder of the highest 10 largely contains longstanding hits by Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, G-Eazy, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Lil Uzi Vert. (Yes, that’s three white rappers lingering within the high 10 — 5 in case you rely famous Future collaborators Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.) At #10 comes a far much less acquainted title, rapper Lil Skies, whose Life Of A Dark Rose makes the soar from #23 largely because of streams: 25,000 of the album’s 28,000 models derive from streaming.


Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” (Feat. Chris Stapleton)
Attempting to recapture the lightning that was the 2015 CMAs efficiency was all the time going to be a idiot’s errand, however after every thing we’ve seen and heard all through this Man Of The Woods rollout, a Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton duet might have turned out rather a lot worse. Then once more, all these qualifiers simply go to indicate how far the bar has been lowered for what ought to have been a closely anticipated A-list pop LP. (P.S. Is this tune Timberlake clapping again in any respect the individuals who suppose he ought to publicly apologize to Janet Jackson?)

Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle”
Not a nasty Zedd single all-told, however isn’t it just a little on the nostril for Maren Morris to construct her craven monogenre crossover try across the lyric “Why don’t you just meet me in the middle?” (Also, alas, no, this isn’t a Jimmy Eat World cowl.)

Rudimental – “These Days” (Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
The pop posse cuts carry on coming! I’m undecided whether or not we needs to be dissatisfied or relieved this isn’t a canopy of the Jackson Browne/Nico traditional. That tune is clearly unimaginable whereas this one is clearly not, however I’m undecided I might deal with listening to the true “These Days” subjected to the cultural forces that generated this EDM x Mackle-core shitshow. Glynne’s by no means going to recapture that “Rather Be” glory, is she?

Sia, David Guetta & Afrojack – “Helium”
This tune’s core is principally Sia-by-numbers, however that huge EDM instrumental break is first-rate. Is sax I hear?

Kris Wu, Rich Brian, Trippie Redd, Joji, & Baauer – “18”


  • Ed Sheeran acquired engaged. [BBC]
  • N.E.R.D. will carry out on the NBA All-Star Game. [The Fader]
  • Halsey spoke on the 2018 Women’s March in NYC. [Twitter]
  • Nick Jonas has a brand new assortment with John Varvatos referred to as JV x NJ. [Instagram]
  • Eminem and Dr. Dre hit the studio with Mike Will Made-It. [XXL]
  • Britney Spears is taking her Vegas residency present on tour this summer season. [E!]
  • Lorde dragged GQ over its Jack Antonoff characteristic: “knew there was a way to describe the personal and skilful work that i do turns out it’s ‘singing jack antonoff songs.’” [Twitter]
  • Lil Yachty previewed a joint venture with Takeoff “coming real soon.” [Complex]
  • J. Lo debuted a Skrillex collab at Calibash 2018 and stated a remix from Calvin Harris is on the way in which. [Billboard]
  • Speaking of Calvin Harris, he says he’s retiring the sound of final 12 months’s nice Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, so don’t maintain your breath for Vol. 2, I assume. [Twitter]
  • Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke has a brand new solo single (“Perfect”) out tomorrow. [Twitter]
  • Enrique Iglesias sued Universal over streaming royalties. [Variety]
  • Here’s Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds’ anti-smoking PSA that may air in the course of the Grammys. [YouTube]
  • Ingrid Michaelson is writing a complete album primarily based on Stranger Things. [Complex]


Inspire me: we’re golden!

Is there something extra treasured than gold? For years, the noblest steel has been thought-about previous and dusty. Now, it’s cooler than ever and it’s going to play a really particular position between all of the jewelry traits for spring-summer 2018. So you’ll higher seek for your granny’s golden collier!

No half measures: subsequent summer time you’ll higher over decorate your self. We say an enormous sure to golden chains, each chokers and longer variations, medal necklaces and ethnic colliers. You can match them with maxi earrings, outsized bracelets and bangles and hair pins that screams “bling-bling”. In a phrase: maximalism!



If you don’t like to over expose your look, you possibly can nonetheless search for minimalist jewels. We counsel, anyway, to be audacious with pendants and charms: they’ll spark much more in the event that they’ll be matched with a skinny necklace.


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Soy Bomb, ODB, Aretha, & The Craziest Grammys Ever: An Oral History Of The 1998 Grammys

The 1998 Grammys had been probably the most action-packed ceremony within the present’s soon-to-be-60-year historical past. Aretha Franklin pinch-hit for Luciano Pavarotti on the final minute on a efficiency of aria “Nessun Dorma,” typically ranked among the many biggest in award-show historical past. Shawn Colvin noticed her track of the yr win interrupted by a just-snubbed Ol’ Dirty Bastard, memorably declaring in protest of his group’s hip-hop loss: “Wu-Tang is for the children!” And two variations of the identical nation track, launched concurrently as singles by LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, had been nominated in the identical Grammy class — and the model carried out on the present wasn’t the one which ended up successful.

All of that, plus, nicely, SOY BOMB. That was the message inscribed in large black letters on the chest of experimental artist and comic Michael Portnoy, as he interrupted Bob Dylan’s “Love Sick” efficiency to gyrate sans shirt alongside the rock legend for a full half-minute. While the occasion was confounding to these in attendance, and stays largely unexplained 20 years later, it stands as a pre-Nipplegate, pre-Kanye second of amusingly innocent award-show anarchy, one which could by no means be doable in the identical manner once more.

The seemingly continuous chaos of the ‘98 Grammys stands alone 20 years later as the gold standard for unforgettable unpredictability on music’s greatest evening. “We’ve had equally interesting things happening during a show [since],” recollects longtime producer Ken Ehrlich. “But probably not so many.”

Here are the occasions of the 40th Annual Grammy Awards — which befell at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Feb. 25, 1998 — as recalled by those that lived by means of its madness.

Isaac Hanson (Hanson guitarist, performer): The Grammys, particularly within the late ‘90s — they were much snobbier. It felt more like the Oscars. It was not done in a giant room, it wasn’t executed in an enviornment, it was executed at Radio City Music Hall … it wasn’t a flashy factor fairly in the way in which it has develop into since then. I imply, Kelsey Grammer was internet hosting the Grammys.

DJ Jazzy Jeff (Will Smith producer, winner): I feel the Grammys had come a good distance from the primary time that [Will Smith and I] had been there … simply by means of the entire stuff that we had sort of gone by means of, with the Grammys not acknowledging the hip-hop class [when DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s 1989 win went untelevised], and simply watching the state of hip-hop develop to the purpose that now it’s in all probability one of many greatest classes within the Grammys. That was undoubtedly an enormous leap ahead.

RZA (Wu-Tang Clan rapper/producer, nominee): The cool factor, for me and my expertise, was seeing hip-hop be on the pre-ceremony or a separate ceremony, after which seeing it make it to the primary stage … to see it develop into part of the [proper] ceremony was nice, particularly having Wu-Tang nominated within the 1998 Grammys.

Shawn Colvin (performer/winner): I used to be on the little ceremony they should announce the nominees, and I helped to announce them. They will need to have identified I used to be getting some fairly large nominations, which is why they requested me to be there. I used to be shocked, frankly. I imply, I didn’t contemplate myself a success artist, despite the fact that “Sunny Came Home” was a success. What did I feel my probabilities of successful had been? I didn’t actually care … I used to be with some fairly heavy firm, and never essentially the most important identify.

Paula Cole (performer/winner): There was lots of strain in seven nominations, and I used to be a darkish horse in each manner, I feel. I received greatest new artist, however I had all the large nominations, which was superb. But it was sort of surreal, and I didn’t place an excessive amount of significance on it — and having not been, like, a media junkie, I wasn’t actually ready for the pink carpet, I wasn’t ready for the fallout. I used to be a feminist, I had armpit hair, and everybody in America anyway made such an enormous deal about it — it wasn’t any large deal wherever else however America, with our leftover puritanical values.

Hanson: The factor I keep in mind most in regards to the day of the Grammys is definitely that, right here we had been, considering, “Sweet! We’ve got some more credibility as artists, we’ve been fighting for this, this has been challenging since people have been patting us on the head.”

I keep in mind one of many MTV interviews, which was one of the vital disappointing interviews for me — right here we had been on MTV, nominated for Grammys, and we’re being requested if we’re aggravated with, like, hanging out with adults, as a result of we’re a bunch of youngsters. Don’t we wish to hang around with folks our personal age? And I’m sitting there going … “Ah, crap. We’re nominated for Grammys and we’re still getting asked dumb shit.”

Jeff Scheftel (Recording Academy Media Productions director): This was my very first [Grammys] in my place. And actually my first present in New York, and if I’m not mistaken, my final present in New York till this upcoming yr.

I didn’t know if all Grammy reveals went like this, however there have been so many extraordinary occasions that occurred throughout this one present, I’m considering, “Oh my God, what should Ken Ehrlich should do each single yr? If that is any indication…”


Three of the most important nominees on the evening had been Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, and Sarah McLachlan, who wound up successful a mixed 5 Grammys between them. All three had been chosen to carry out on the Grammys, however for time causes — and since all three performers had been feminine singer-songwriters who had carried out within the earlier yr’s inaugural Lilith Fair competition — they had been grouped into one three-song, five-minute medley.

Tisha Fein (co-producer): That was sort of a ladies’s empowerment [thing]. Well, they had been all nominated in the identical class [best female pop vocal performance], and we typically kinda attempt to do one thing like that, to have some sort of integrity.

Ken Ehrlich (producer): I appreciated it. I’ve all the time appreciated the concept of placing folks collectively. I believed they did fairly nicely. They appeared to suit collectively.

Cole: Oh, I hated it, I’ll be sincere. Because they squished us in some silly medley, and so they thought that was tv, and it was all in regards to the producers becoming my track [“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”] into one minute and 30 seconds. And it was a bit of shit. That’s what I believed. I believed it made the music actually unmusical, and it was all a few tv present, and I didn’t like all the time being lumped into Lilith Fair. I used to be actually totally different from McLachlan’s music.

Colvin: What, did we every have 45 seconds perhaps to do our bit? I don’t know … I believed that was shortchanging what we had been representing at that present. I didn’t see the purpose in lumping the women collectively. I’m grateful to the Association, however I believed it was slightly sexist.

Ehrlich: Thinking again on it at present … I don’t know if I might have executed that phase once more. I imply, 20 years later, the concept of placing folks collectively simply because they’re ladies doesn’t really feel as well timed as it might have 20 years in the past. You know, it’s not about “politically correct,” however there are higher causes to place artists collectively to sing collectively.

Cole: Whatever. I did it. I used to be grateful for the Grammy nomination, I used to be grateful for the nice will. But I’m rebellious, and I didn’t like being squished right into a minute and 30 seconds.

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Ehrlich: Everybody needs their very own second on the Grammy awards. Sometimes 1 and 1 makes greater than 2, you realize. I feel folks have come to anticipate our present to do this. So I’m happy with the issues we do — and no animus in the direction of Shawn or Paula for feeling that manner … however look, they bought to be on music’s greatest evening, and individually they could or may not have. I’ve private emotions about every one among them, however I really thought that labored out fairly nicely.


Bob Dylan was additionally one of many most-nominated artists on the night, in the end taking residence three Grammys, together with album of the yr for his acclaimed comeback effort Time Out of Mind — the rock legend’s first solo win within the marquee class. But the enduring Dylan-related reminiscence of the evening got here from earlier, when his efficiency of “Love Sick” was interrupted by Michael Portnoy, one of many extras employed to sway within the efficiency’s background. Portnoy determined to insert himself into the foreground, with a wierd message for the world emblazoned on his chest.

Ehrlich: It occurred principally as a result of Bob’s crew needed to do that efficiency the place followers had been on stage with them. In the start we had been reluctant to do it, however it was one thing they needed to do. We stated, “Hey, as long we properly screen the people, we’d be fine with it.”

Larry Campbell (guitar, Bob Dylan): There was a rehearsal run-through the afternoon of the Grammys at Radio City. Bob’s imaginative and prescient was to have these extras are available and simply stand across the band. It made me consider watching an outdated Shindig present, or Hullaballoo or one thing, the place the youngsters are dancing and grooving behind you. And I believed it was an excellent concept — it simply felt prefer it took the razzle-dazzle out of it, and introduced it down to only performing a track for this group of individuals.

Michael Portnoy (artist, “SOY BOMB”): The casting director put us by means of a rigorous sequence of auditions the place we had been examined on our skill to sway arrhythmically to the beat. We had been instructed, and this can be a direct quote, “to give Bob a good vibe.” If you watch us within the background, you’ll be able to see how liberally this was interpreted.

Campbell: All these extras had been there for the rehearsal for the afternoon, and there was actually no incident. Everything went easy. And Bob appeared fairly happy with every thing. The sound onstage was good, and all of us felt assured in regards to the tune. It appeared prefer it was going to be an excellent expertise.

Fein: “SOY BOMB,” from what I gathered, behaved superb at rehearsal, after which determined to go loopy on the present. Nobody had any concept.

Campbell: As I recall, it was fairly shortly after the start of the track. I used to be to Bob’s proper, and I’m taking part in the track, watching it, and right here comes this man — he pulls his shirt off, and begins gyrating in a manner that’s utterly unrelated to the music.

Fein: Everybody was going “Holy shit!” They couldn’t consider it.

Trisha Yearwood (winner): I simply keep in mind seeing it and considering, “What is happening? I’ve met Bob Dylan, but I don’t think this is a part of his thing — I don’t think this is his guy…”

Campbell: My preliminary thought was, “Was this something that Bob had planned and I just missed it?” Bob’s singing, and attempting to disregard the man, after which he rotated to me and stated, “Who the fuck is this guy?” And that’s once I realized “No, Bob didn’t plan this…”

Hanson: And then everybody’s simply kinda smirking, and actually uncomfortable, and going, “What’s he gonna do next … ?” And he simply principally stood round, and flailed, and had “SOY BOMB” written on his chest.

Campbell: What the hell does “SOY BOMB” imply? I used to be utterly clueless. Some form of … no, it simply doesn’t make any sort of sense in any respect. Unless it was attempting to rid the world of meat, or one thing? I don’t know.

Colvin: Nobody knew what “SOY BOMB” meant. “I am the bomb?” Is that what it means?

Cole: I sort of appreciated the “SOY BOMB.” I believed it was rebellious, and enjoyable, and no one understood what the hell it meant. That was in all probability extra genuine than all these fashionable kids dancing.

Hanson: “SOY BOMB” was extra shocking than ODB’s stage-crashing. Because it was manner longer, for one. Significantly longer. [The producers] didn’t know what to do.

Colvin: It took them a very long time to determine what was happening. Dylan didn’t flinch.

Campbell: We all come from the bars, y’know — when a battle breaks out, you simply hold taking part in. You simply sorta ignore every thing that goes on round you and hold taking part in. Like the band on the Titanic.

Portnoy: I used to be very shocked I bought to bounce for therefore lengthy! But nobody filming the occasion had any clue that it wasn’t a part of the act.

Campbell: I keep in mind Dylan attempting to disregard the man as greatest as he may, and simply do the track. But then there was like, an instrumental turnaround or one thing, and he began searching for someone, and two guys got here out and grabbed this man and picked him up on their shoulders and hauled him off, like a sack of potatoes.

Ehrlich: We had an excellent stage supervisor named Gary Natoli. Gary ran on stage and sort of bum-rushed the man off. His second was executed.

Fein: I don’t assume he was really charged. I feel he was simply thought-about a nuisance. They bought him out of there and informed him to not come again.

Ehrlich: Ultimately he went outta city. I feel we took all of the details about him. I nonetheless don’t keep in mind his identify apart from “SOY BOMB.”

Campbell: I feel Bob was extra bemused by all of it than upset about it, after the very fact. But on stage, he was clearly aggravated.

Portnoy: I did run into one among Dylan’s band members at a celebration just a few years after and we had a superb snort about it.

Ehrlich: I all the time believed that each one it takes is one factor like that, and that turns into the story of the present. As against 10, 12, or 14 actually good performances that happen on the stage. So … it’s not the kinda factor you stay up for. Although because it turns it out, it’s actually one thing that has stayed in folks’s recollections for a very long time and develop into — in its personal manner — one among our nice moments.

Yearwood: In this point in time, we’re so frightened about every thing that occurs that’s not deliberate, as a result of we don’t know what meaning … I feel if that occurred at present, throughout a Grammy present, that child can be taken down by a S.W.A.T. crew and also you’d by no means hear from him once more! I sort of assume it was a kinder, gentler time [back then] the place you could possibly simply snort it off.

Campbell: The additional we get away from it, the extra surreal it appears. ‘Coz there was never any resolution to it. It was this odd event, that never resolved itself, that never made sense. I haven’t seen video of it since. I perceive it’s on YouTube, although. I ought to pull that up.


One of the strangest subplots main into the evening was centered round one of the best feminine nation vocal efficiency class, the place each 15-year-old breakout star LeAnn Rimes and 33-year-old vet Trisha Yearwood had been nominated for 2 variations of the identical track: “How Do I Live,” love theme from the 1997 motion blockbuster Con Air. While Rimes — whose model was the larger pop hit — was chosen to carry out the track on the ceremony, it was Yearwood — whose model was a #1 nation radio hit — who was introduced because the class’s winner, instantly following Rimes’ efficiency, making a media drama that adopted each artists for years.

Yearwood: So LeAnn had recorded this track first, and my understanding was that she was not prepared to vary her rendition in any manner, in one thing that Jerry [Bruckheimer, Con Air producer] needed her to vary. She simply stated “no thanks,” which I utterly respect. And so I bought the sort of 11th hour name, asking if I might do two variations — one for the start of the film, which is extra of a rustic model, and one for the top, which is extra of a pop model. And I stated sure.

I had no concept that LeAnn may or would launch it as a single on the similar time. She was promoting about 1,000,000 information a second, so I might by no means go up in opposition to her. So it was an actual anxious time anyway.

LeAnn Rimes (performer/nominee): I used to be sort of in the midst of this loopy business state of affairs with Trisha recording “How Do I Live,” and myself recording “How Do I Live,” after which us each being nominated, after which I used to be performing it … it was quite a bit for a 14, 15-year-old on the time. It was only a lot to hold into that efficiency.

Yearwood: You get to the Grammys, and also you’re sitting there, and LeAnn comes out and performs [“How Do I Live”] … you assume, “Well, they must have asked her to perform it because they wanna make sure she’s here, because they know she’s gonna win.” So you’re actually sitting there considering, “This is gonna suck on a couple of levels. Someone else is performing the song you had a #1 record with, you’re nominated for the Grammy, and then you’re not gonna win.”

Rimes: At 15, I feel I had, like, balls of metal — ‘coz I was able to tune all that out and just focus on what I had to do. I think that was the one really positive thing about being a kid. You kind of don’t take all of it in, and there’s nonetheless lots of belongings you don’t know, and there’s all the time a constructive to that.

And then they gave the award away proper after I sang. And in fact, I didn’t win the award.

Ehrlich: That may not have been one of the best transfer we made. But I don’t know. We couldn’t have each of them, and I consider — once more, it will get fuzzy, it was 20 years in the past — I made the aware determination to guide LeAnn … I feel we kinda thought [that LeAnn would win].

Yearwood: I’m sitting there, and after they announce my identify, it’s sort of once you go into gradual movement. And it was simply so surreal, and I used to be on cloud 9 from then on. It was simply a kind of issues that I couldn’t consider it occurred. I normally don’t keep in mind who to thank, however I keep in mind vividly thanking nation radio, as a result of it was so vital that they embraced that model for it to go to #1.

Trisha Yearwood


Rimes: Being 15, you get dragged into the drama of it — I imply, everyone was, clearly — and simply not understanding learn how to deal with it. But it was odd. Sometimes as an artist, you’re feeling like, “Oh, was I just used for this?” Like, “Was I used to up the drama of the whole thing?”

Yearwood: I by no means talked in regards to the Grammys with [LeAnn]. She and I’ve no difficulty. She lives in Nashville, I see her sometimes and every thing’s nice. I feel it was a state of affairs that, if I had been in her sneakers that evening, I might have been pleased to carry out and upset to haven’t received that Grammy — so I’m certain the roles would’ve been reversed, if she had received, for me.

Rimes: I feel that [feeling betrayed] was undoubtedly simply the emotion of the second. I imply, that was, God is aware of, so so way back — I hope I’ve let go of it by now.

But actually, between [Trisha and I], there’s by no means been any main difficulty. And I feel lots of people needed it to be — in order that they made it, in fact, a lot larger than it was. I’m an enormous fan of hers. I feel she’s completely implausible. I grew up listening to her, she’s one among my influences. So I’ve nothing in opposition to her in any respect.

Ehrlich: In retrospect, if it proved nothing else, it proved that we don’t know the winners prematurely, like another reveals do.

Rimes: My favourite half was strolling again after the award was given out — I walked again into the dressing room, and naturally lots of us had been sharing it collectively. And Fiona Apple checked out me and she or he goes, “You got fucked.” [Laughs.] And that’s one among my favourite Grammy moments ever. Like, I simply died laughing.


Michael Portnoy wasn’t the one surprising visitor to siege the stage on the ‘98 Grammys. After Wylcef Jean and Erykah Badu announced Shawn Colvin and co-writer Jeff Leventhal as winners of song of the year for Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard, wild-card star of hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan, stormed the stage and grabbed the mic. It wasn’t Colvin’s win he was offended about, nevertheless — it was Wu-Tang’s personal loss a pair classes earlier, when Puff Daddy’s No Way Out triumphed over their Wu-Tang Forever for greatest rap album. Quoth ODB: “Wu-Tang is for the children … Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best!”

Colvin: First of all, I prefer to say I used to be pre-Kanye/Taylor. I began all of it.

Ehrlich: That, we had no clue [what to do about]. You know … the Grammys are simply not the sort of present the place these issues occur.

Scheftel: That to me was extra shocking, really [than SOY BOMB] … This was earlier than Kanye West. And once more, I believed “Oh, someone should pull this guy off stage.” And then, you realize, him saying afterward, “Oh, I bought this very expensive outfit because I thought we were going to win the award…”

RZA: Let me simply offer you slightly backstory that led to the ODB factor. So we was additionally nominated for an American Music Award. And we went to the ceremony, the entire Clan, together with ODB and myself. And we was certain to win. I do know Bone Thugs was in competitors with us, and we had been feeling Wu-Tangish, and feeling like we had been one of the best on the earth, we went there, and all of us wore Wu Wear, proper?

As we had been sitting there, I informed ODB one thing that, on the time, as a pessimist, that is how I felt — I stated, “They ain’t gonna give it to us, man. We like the real niggas from the streets. Look how we dress. Everybody here got a tuxedo on, look at us. We’re not gonna win, man, it’s not made for us, we’re hip-hop, we’re pure hip-hop.” And he was like “Nah, nah, we the best, we the best.” [Imitates announcer] “AND THE WINNER IS: BONE THUGS!” And he bought up and fucking left! And he was heated, he was very offended.

So when it got here to the Grammys, he determined to get one of the best swimsuit he may discover. He really had a psychological concept in his head that if he dressed proper, if he can be built-in into it, if he would cater to what it was, that he can be acknowledged, and he would win, it might be the large win. And I keep in mind him preparing for it and every thing — and me, myself, I stayed exterior the world, I didn’t go in. I used to be very pessimistic about it. Raekwon went in with him, just a few guys went in. And Wu-Tang misplaced, and ODB goes on stage and provides his iconic speech.

Colvin: We didn’t see him till we got here as much as get the award from Erykah Badu — she was holding the Grammy. I didn’t know what was happening, so I used to be really on the stage anticipating to go to the rostrum and … we couldn’t go to the rostrum. Ol’ Dirty Bastard was there. And poor Erykah Badu, she didn’t know what to do.

We weren’t on the podium, so the sound was behind us and I couldn’t inform what he was saying. So, the disparate reactions between John Leventhal and I are actually humorous to notice, as a result of my feeling was — since I couldn’t perceive what he was saying — that he was mad at me for successful. And John felt like, “Oh this guy must really like our record.”

Scheftel: “Wu-Tang is for the children!” Yeah, that to me was additionally extraordinary.

Ol' Dirty Bastard

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RZA: He was very motivated by, in fact, the music of Wu-Tang. Like he stated, no disrespect to Diddy, he’s a peer of ours, lots of respect of him. But like he stated, “Wu-Tang is the best, Wu-Tang is for the children.” And he felt that what we was doing was extra a mirrored image of what the world wanted. Sometimes once you was younger, and also you was making music, and also you got here from the expertise we got here from, which was untrained, untamed — in addition to being a dropout, simply people who had been down and out. Records that the place so many thousands and thousands of youngsters in our nation [are going through] the identical state of affairs. He felt like we must always’ve received, as a result of we had been the folks’s champ. We had been for the youngsters.

Hanson: I believed he was an ass. I keep in mind considering to myself, “What an ass.”

DJ Jazzy Jeff: That’s ODB! [Laughs.] That’s typical ODB. I keep in mind being at reveals the place he was a particular visitor, or simply within the crowd, and bought on the mic and wouldn’t give the mic again … It can be constructive to start with, after which it might be awkward. Because it was sort of like, whoever it was — you don’t essentially wanna take the mic again from ODB. So it was kinda like, “OK, so what do we do? And how long do we not do it?”

RZA: Look, I’ve been with him. He’s executed it to the Roots, he’s executed it to Doug E. Fresh, Akinyele, Onyx — you’ll be able to hold happening the checklist. That was what he do. I imply, he did it to Method Man! But there’s part of me that’s proud. I imply, that’s ODB. He’s a singular man on this world … We all had been passionate, however he was competitively passionate.

Colvin: It threw me off so far as having to provide a speech accepting the award … I did say “I’m confused,” I do not forget that. And I used to be, I used to be utterly thrown, and I don’t keep in mind what I stated after that. I’d’ve had one thing deliberate however it went out of my head. So hopefully I lined some bases.

Hanson: You have that second at first the place you’re like, “What’s going on? Is this a part of the script?” You know? But, virtually instantly, you understand that that man is simply being an ass. So, yeah, his mama wanted to take him again and provides him a swat on his rear finish. He clearly didn’t … no one taught him manners.

Colvin: But I wanna point out that I bought flowers and a fax from ODB. I can’t keep in mind what flowers they had been. But the cardboard within the flowers stated … I feel it stated, “I’m sorry I took away from your moment.”

I imply, that win is synonymous with what occurred. It appears nice on the resume, you realize. The incident. And I’m not diminishing it in any respect. It’s like I stated — on reflection, it’s a shaggy dog story. And it lives on, which I suppose I can be glad about.

Ol' Dirty Bastard

CREDIT: Courtesy of Shawn Colvin

RZA: Oh, see? That’s ODB… I by no means seen him present regret in the direction of me or across the crew, however that’s ODB. He sends her flowers, a bouquet — that simply reveals the kinda high quality [of his character]. He’s passionate, he’s truthful, but when he felt he disrespected her — as a result of she had nothing to do with it — he nonetheless reveals her love.

Scheftel: You know, there’s been lots of response subsequent to that about how Ol’ Dirty Bastard livened the present up. Often when spontaneous issues occur, it does add an amazing worth to a reside present, and that’s why reside is thrilling, since you by no means know what’s going to occur.

Cole: You simply gotta roll with this stuff. “SOY BOMB” and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. You simply gotta roll with it. That’s rock ‘n’ roll, that’s the fantastic thing about it, that’s music — it’s chaotic and unpredictable. At least that’s what it must be. They begin planning it, and so they arrange us as to age or gender, and so they program our listening and compartmentalize us and monopolize radio, all of that. It must be chaotic, and combined collectively, and complicated and fantastic and numerous. Those had been nice occasions in music.

RZA: It was, to me, one of the vital memorable moments of ODB’s skilled profession, and a real instance of his bravery. And to me, Kanye’s his personal man in fact, however I’m certain a few of that inspiration bought to him that day he walked on there.

Colvin: I cringed [whereas watching Kanye and Taylor the ‘09 VMAs]. It’s a horrible feeling, and that was even worse, as a result of Kanye was actually upset as a result of Beyoncé didn’t win. He was protesting her particular win, which was simply past impolite. Please.

RZA: That’s what makes our business thrilling to me. Of course there’s the clean-cut, formulated artists that we really respect — it’s like a guitarist who performs music completely, classically skilled or professionally skilled — [but] there’s all the time some artists that we want in our business that simply are distinctive, radical. And they proceed to push the needle ahead.


Of all of the unpredictable moments that ended up defining the ‘98 Grammys, just one had a decision that everybody may agree was a triumph. When Grammy Living Legend honoree Luciano Pavarotti knowledgeable the present producers that he was too unwell to sing his “Nessun Dorma” aria as scheduled, they reached out to soul legend Aretha Franklin — who had carried out the track at a MusiCares dinner nights earlier than in Pavarotti’s honor — to step in for her pal on the final second. Franklin agreed, and the vocal powerhouse’s jaw-dropping understudy second continues to be thought-about one of many biggest performances in award-show historical past.

Fein: Aretha was not booked to carry out on her personal that yr. She was booked to work with Danny Aykroyd, John Goodman, and Jim Belushi. And we had been reviving the Blues Brothers — she was a really well-known a part of the primary film. So that was the inventive on why Aretha was there.

Scheftel: I had been one of many producers of the MusiCares occasion two nights in the past honoring Luciano Pavarotti, and on the rehearsal he carried out. And no one thought something of it, and I didn’t both. And later we heard, “Mr. Pavarotti has a severe sore throat, and will not be able to perform his most famous aria.”

Fein: We had been in trailers exterior of Radio City on the time, earlier than cell telephones, at the beginning. And I had an assistant named Gary Simmons who simply stated, “You know, I’ll sit here for a while in case anybody calls.” And I’d say about half-hour into the present — that efficiency was presupposed to be proper crossing into the third hour — Gary picked up the cellphone. It was Pavarotti himself, saying “I don’t feel well, I can’t come, I sing for you next year.”

So Gary runs in and finds me, I attempt to discover Ken Ehrlich, we’re now caught with all this additional time on a reside present, what are we gonna do? And we considered Aretha.

Ehrlich: I remembered she had sung “Nessun Dorma” two nights earlier than for MusiCares and Pavarotti. And I simply ran as much as her dressing room, and requested her if she would do it. And she stated she needed to listen to the costume rehearsal. In these days we had a boombox with a cassette. And I introduced it to her and performed it for her. When she heard it, she stated, “Yeah, I can do this.”

Fein: We needed to discover the conductor from someplace in the home. We pulled it collectively. He had by no means rehearsed it, he was a complete trooper. And she nailed it. Standing ovation, and principally saved our ass.

Scheftel: It was superb, superb what she did. Personally, I believed, “Y’know, there’s still time — if you’re gonna ask Aretha Franklin, let her do ‘Natural Woman.’ Everybody would love that, she can do it in her sleep!” But [her “Nessun Dorma”] was superb, and she or he’s a rare performer, and she or he rose to the event on sport day like nobody else.

Colvin: That was beautiful, proper? I imply, who knew that Aretha may come out and on the fly, sing opera? Crazy, simply beautiful.

Hanson: Epic. Amazing. Phenomenal. Ridiculous.

Yearwood: Just, oh my gosh, proper? We already knew she was the Queen Of Soul, and she or he simply proved that she may do something.

DJ Jazzy Jeff: That was superb. That was superb. The Grammys are one of many occasions the place you get to see a few of the legendary artists from totally different genres carry out that you just not essentially would [otherwise].

Hanson: To watch a legend of R&B, who has one of many biggest voices in pop music historical past, stand there and go … “Oh yeah, I’ve also been classically trained over the years. I’ve also studied opera and classical music. And I can sing arias!” [Laughs.] You’re similar to … “Are you kidding?” And that’s the second the place you’re similar to, “Life goals.”

Scheftel: I did discuss to Aretha Franklin [after the performance]. She stated, “Jeff … Jeff … how did it go? How was it?” Aretha Franklin is asking me how her efficiency was! And to me, I used to be shocked. I’m not an operatic genius in any respect, however to me — “It was extraordinary what you did. And you saw the response!” And she stated, “No, I was so tuned in to what I was doing, that’s all I could think about!”

Fein: Aretha was completely a professional. It was sheer serendipity that she had executed this two nights earlier than, however she got here out with no rehearsal, an orchestra — I assume they modified it to her key — with every thing else. And some folks didn’t know that wasn’t what we’d all the time deliberate! It was only a miracle, an absolute miracle.

Aretha Franklin

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Ehrlich: It’s within the high ten [all-time Grammy performances], simply … It was a tremendous evening. And Aretha, I did an interview together with her on this present, and she or he says it was one of many nice nights of her life.

Scheftel: I’ve executed Greatest Moments reveals, spotlight reveals for the Grammys, for MTV, VH1, CBS, quite a few them. And that’s all the time in there, let me let you know. In phrases of standing out, and having to give you a efficiency of that magnitude in entrance of that many individuals globally — it’s simply extraordinary to me, and it’s the mark of the perfect. And she is.

Ehrlich: In all honesty, not that I’ll ever overlook “SOY BOMB,” however that’s what I keep in mind about that present.

Scheftel: For a primary Grammys, that was undoubtedly a baptism by hearth … two folks I had idolized are each Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin — I’m from Minnesota — and to have these two issues occur … once you look again, it’s one of the vital magical occasions I’ve ever been to. Despite the issues, I feel that anybody who was concerned has to say it ranks up there with the reveals that they may always remember.

This article initially appeared on Billboard.

Haute couture week: Chiara’s craziest outfits ever

In Paris, it’s high fashion time. Starting right this moment, the Ville Lumière will host subsequent spring-summer high fashion collections. For Chiara Ferragni, it’s at all times an occasion that may’t be missed and he or she’s prepared to point out us the primary 2018 iconic trend moments.

Waiting for the appears that she’ll be sporting within the subsequent days, we are able to have a look to the craziest outfits she wore not too long ago. Do you bear in mind  Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini she wore in Venice Film Festival pink carpet? We additionally cherished Giambattista Valli maxi robe we noticed on her editorial for Hola journal…and what concerning the Emilio Pucci fringed costume for Paper Magazine?

You can’t await her subsequent attractive look, proper? Don’t neglect to inform us which is you fave outfit from the gallery belowe on The Blonde Salad Instagram account!

Chiara in Alexandre Vauthier
Chiara in Giambattista Valli (cr. Hola)
Chiara in Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
Chiara in Prada (cr. Hola)
Chiara in Saint Laurent
Chiara in Emilio Pucci (cr. Paper Magazine)
Chiara in Dior
Chiara in Ermanno Scervino
Chiara in Roberto Cavalli
Chiara in Louis Vuitton (cr. Grazia Russia)
Chiara in Schiaparelli (cr. Hola)

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week we ran interviews with Ty Segall, Haley Heynderickx, Paddy Hanna, Yo La Tengo, Collective Soul, and No Age. We launched a brand new column about outdated #1s, surveyed Sex Pistols covers, reviewed initiatives from Maxo Kream and Dua Lipa and Closer, and had Jeff Rosenstock over to play for our Facebook associates. Finally, we paid tribute to the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, an unmistakable gentle within the time of grunge. In the mid-’90s everybody I knew had No Need To Argue of their automotive, and it’s an album I’ve usually revisited since. You can watch some video I shot final month from what turned out to be her final efficiency right here.


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You thought you have been getting some Dylanesque wordplay from Justin Timberlake. Dude actually used Cry Me a River because the refrain of his tune. You guys are simply approaching this entire factor the improper approach. It’s like you will Chilies and getting mad as a result of it’s not some excessive finish gastronomy. Just eat the fucking Southwestern Rolls, and dip them in that sauce, and have that forth beer even when it pisses off your spouse.

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Chiara’s prime outfits: Versace tribute

Friday is… Chiara’s prime outfits day! This week her three prime appears  a model in frequent: Versace.

In the primary outfit, Chiara put on one of many 5 restricted version printed T-shirts of the Versace Tribute Collection, devoted to the late Gianni Versace and unveiled throughout final season Milan vogue week. For this look, Chiara choosed Wild Baroque print:


Second outfit: Chiara wears a pink pale T-shirt with Versace classic brand, a part of the primary Versace Tribute assortment:


Third outfit: we now have one other T-shirt from the Versace Tribute assortment restricted version, within the iconic Vogue print:


When the maison launched the gathering, Chiara made a really particular Versace Tribute, having the prospect to have an incredible rendez vous with Donatella Versace. Check it out!


1,2 or three? Don’t neglect to decide on your fave Chiara’s outfit on  The Blonde Salad Instagram account!

Disover Versace’s coolest tee within the gallery!

Versace Store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milano
Rihanna in Palace x Versace logo tee

16 Celebrity Moms Who Used to Be Total Party Girls (PHOTOS)

Growing up in Hollywood isn’t as at all times as glamorous because it appears. Young actors, singers, and little one stars can get sucked into a lifetime of partying and medicines, and it’s arduous for them to reform as they become older.

One factor that confirmed to decelerate a few of these partiers, nonetheless, is motherhood. 

Scroll by the gallery to see all of the movie star occasion ladies who turned it round after turning into mother and father.

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Drew Barrymore

Drew was certainly one of Hollywood’s most infamous occasion ladies. Like many little one stars, she began utilizing medication early on and it appeared like there can be no stopping her. 

She utterly turned her life round after divorcing Tom Green, nonetheless, and welcomed child ladies Olive and Frankie with then-husband Will Kopelman in 2012 and 2014.

Nicole Richie

No one may overlook Nicole’s time on The Simple Life with BFF Paris Hilton. The actuality star had no accountability and wished nothing greater than to simply occasion. 

After having daughter Harlow with husband Joel Madden in 2008, her life dramatically modified. They welcomed son Sparrow only a 12 months later. Now Nicole retains a particularly low profile and is a superb mom.

Christina Aguilera

The “Dirrty” singer grew to become increasingly provocative because the years went on.

In 2008, she grew to become a mom to son Max and went from attractive to conservative principally in a single day. Six years later she gave start to a daughter, Summer Rain.

Angelina Jolie

Before Brad Pitt, Angelina was residing a reasonably wild life. We can all recall her overtly sexual relationship with Billy Bob Thornton, and her odd PDA along with her brother!

She determined she wanted to make a change and adopted son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and he or she’s by no means regarded again. Since Maddox, Angelina adopted Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005, and Pax from Vietnam in 2007. Angelina and Brad had three organic youngsters as properly — Shiloh and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline in 2006 and 2008.

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

Fans of Jersey Shore know simply how wild Snooki may get. She was the most important drinker and partier of the bunch, and it appeared like she would by no means mature.

After giving start to son Lorenzo in 2012 with boyfriend Jionni LaValle, nonetheless, she did a whole 180. The pair additionally welcomed a daughter, Giovanna, in 2014.

Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley

Jenni wasn’t as large a partier as Snooki, however she had a really quick mood. Jenni received in battle after battle on Jersey Shore, and her quick fuse made her unpredictable.

In 2014, Jenni welcomed a child lady, Meilani, with husband Roger Mathews. Just two years later they’d a son, Greyson, and Jenni’s combating way of life has grow to be a factor of the previous.


Pink has and at all times would be the badass rocker, however the singer had a really troubled previous. She started utilizing medication when she was 12, and even dealt on the facet. 

While she received off medication in her teenagers, she nonetheless remained fairly wild and had a troubled relationship with husband Carey Hart. From 2003-2008 they break up up a number of occasions earlier than reconciling in 2009.

In 2011, they welcomed their daughter Willow and their relationship has been strong ever since. The couple additionally had a son, Jameson, in late 2016.


The Black Eyed Peas matriarch had a critical dependancy to crystal meth when she was youthful. After discovering God, she received out of the harmful behavior and shortly shot to stardom. 

Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel welcomed their son Axl in 2013 and Josh is continually raving about how wonderful she is as a mom.

Pamela Anderson

Nothing says wild little one greater than a celeb intercourse tape, and Pam’s marriage to Tommy Lee solidified her as a partier.

However, after having sons Brandon and Dylan in 1996 and 1997, Pam calmed down considerably and left Tommy in 1998.

Ashlee Simpson

Jessica Simpson’s youthful sister had an edgier sound and an edgier look, and by no means fairly slot in like her sister did. She and husband Pete Wentz loved the occasion life and the 2 appeared to calm down in 2008 with the start of their son Bronx.

After her divorce, she ultimately remarried Diana Ross’s son Evan in 2014 they usually welcomed daughter, Jagger, a 12 months later. She’s been residing a quiet life elevating her two youngsters and has left her occasion methods prior to now.

Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra was little doubt the wildest Playboy bunny on Girls Next Door. Partying was her life, and it was one loopy antic after one other. 

In 2009, she turned it throughout with the start of her son Hank Jr. with husband Hank Baskett. They had a daughter, Alijah, 5 years later.

Kourtney Kardashian

While everyone knows Kim and Kourtney now as mothers, there was a time when the women had been single and hitting up the golf equipment. 

Kourtney calmed down with the start of son Mason in 2009, adopted by Penelope and Reign in 2012 and 2014. She would possibly as properly be given the Mother of the Year award nowadays as she raises these children to perfection.

Kim Kardashian

Kim was by no means an enormous drinker, however she did wish to go clubbing and was as soon as greatest associates with Paris Hilton, which speaks for itself.

Although Keeks nonetheless likes to reveal all of it on Instagram and for photoshoots, her membership days are behind her since she had children North, three, and Saint, 1. She now has a powerful circle of mommy associates round her.


The overtly sexual Madonna has been a wild little one within the music scene for the reason that ‘80s. Her provocative lyrics and on-stage antics had been an excessive amount of for some to deal with.

However, after giving start to daughter Lourdes in 1996, Madonna actually toned it down. She additionally has one different organic little one, Rocco, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie. Madonna has additionally adopted 4 different youngsters — David in 2006, Mercy in 2009, and twins Stelle and Estere who she introduced dwelling this 12 months.

Jodie Sweetin

Jodie was a toddler actor who went down the darkish path into medication and alcohol. She developed an dependancy to crystal meth, which was past harmful.

The Full House star actually turned it throughout with the start of daughters Zoie and Beatrix in 2008 and 2010. She has been clear for over 10 years and is again within the highlight on Fuller House.

Courtney Love

Courtney would possibly by no means absolutely escape of her wild little one methods, however she positively grew up with the start of her daughter Frances in 1992. 

It’s secure to say Frances saved her from a harmful life of medicine and alcohol.

Growing up in Hollywood isn’t as at all times as glamorous because it appears. Young actors, singers, and little one stars can get sucked into a lifetime of partying and medicines, and it’s arduous for them to reform as they become older.

One factor that confirmed to decelerate a few of these partiers, nonetheless, is motherhood. 

Scroll by the gallery to see all of the movie star occasion ladies who turned it round after turning into mother and father.

Look Vibrant – “My Nerves”

Montreal-based Look Vibrant have been experimenting with noise and indie-pop since 2013, and now they’ve refined their sound with “My Nerves,” the lead single from their upcoming debut LP The Up Here Place. Clamoring guitars combine with Matt Murphy’s falsetto whereas keen arms destroy a sprinkled cake and play Cheerio-covered drums within the visible therapy. Murphy explains:

“My Nerves” is a tough sketch of a muddled, emotionally abusive relationship. I needed to discover the complexity of blame shifting and guilt when issues go awry in a relationship, particularly when substance abuse is concerned. I believe that when issues change into bitter or stale between two individuals there’s a tendency for both occasion in charge themselves when, in actuality, the scenario is past their management. In the track, the character realizes that his relationship just isn’t working. Instead of speaking this, he internalizes these emotions and decides that he have to be the one getting on his nerves.

Watch and pay attention beneath.

The Up Here Place tracklist:

01 “Sweater In The Lake”
02 “Last One To Survive”
03 “My Old City”
04 “My Nerves”
05 “Here I”
06 “Cauliflower”
07 “Here II”
08 “Spelling Bee”
09 “Drive Common Sense Away”
10 “Numb Your Spirit”
11 “Easier”

In addition to some SXSW gigs in March, Look Vibrant have these Canadian tour dates developing, which they’re calling Winter Plunge ’18:

01/19 Calgary, AB @ Big Winter Classic
01/21 Medicine Hat, AB @ The Mango Tree
01/24 Lethbridge, AB @ The Owl
01/25 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
01/27 Winnipeg, MB @ Big Fun Festival
01/29 Sudbury, ON @ Townehouse
01/30 Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
01/31 Hamilton, ON @ Mills Hardware
02/01 Guelph, ON @ DSTRCT
02/02 Ottawa, ON @ Bar Robo

The Up Here Place is out three/23. Pre-order it right here.

CREDIT: Max Taeuschel & Aaliyeh Afshar