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The Grammys ended in controversy, again. Here’s what to know

Feb. 07, 2023 09:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A night in music brimming with shocking upsets, historic wins, tributes for artists like the late rapper Takeoff and hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, the 65th Grammys were back in full swing Sunday. Once again, Beyoncé was in the running for the top honor. Once again,...

Grammys rebound from COVID years, reach 12.4 million viewers

Feb. 06, 2023 17:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 12.4 million people tuned in to watch stars Harry Styles, Lizzo and Bad Bunny perform at the Grammy Awards, along with a tribute to 50 years of rap history. That's up from the pandemic-affected broadcasts of the last two years, the Nielsen company said...

Grammys Moments: A rap tribute for the ages, Beyoncé triumph

Feb. 06, 2023 09:54 AM EST

As he accepted an innovator's award named for him, Dr. Dre mused about what he had in common with many of the people he saw from the Grammy Awards stage. “Where would a lot of people in here be without hip-hop?” the r enowned rapper, producer and entrepreneur said. ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 12-18

Feb. 06, 2023 09:15 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 12-18: Feb. 12: Actor Joe Don Baker is 87. Country singer Moe Bandy is 79. Actor Maud Adams (“Octopussy”) is 78. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 77. Actor Michael Ironside is 73. Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) is 73. Singer Michael McDonald...

Cardi B pays homage to Kallman, Greenwald at pre-Grammy gala

Feb. 05, 2023 07:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Cardi B was searching for a record deal six years ago, the rapper remembered when several labels didn’t financially believe in her talents enough – except for Atlantic Records executives Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman. Cardi B paid homage on Saturday...

Police: Bodies are those of 3 rappers missing nearly 2 weeks

Feb. 03, 2023 15:40 PM EST

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — Three bodies found in a vacant Detroit-area apartment building have been identified as those of three aspiring rappers who went missing nearly two weeks ago, police said Friday. Michigan State Police said Friday afternoon on Twitter that investigators...

Why is R&B music more explicit than ever? It’s complicated.

Feb. 03, 2023 14:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tank was nervous after sending his manager a preview of “When We” — he’d never released a song that explicit. “He’s like, ‘You’re crazy, but it’s jammin'!’” the R&B singer recalled. “It ended up being my biggest record ever.” Released...

Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne honored at pre-Grammy event

Feb. 03, 2023 09:10 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Lil Wayne was honored for his musical achievements, the rapper opened up about the little he has been recognized previously in his career during a pre-Grammy event that also paid homage to Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott. “I don’t get honored,” Wayne remarked...

Jessy Wilson on 'Keep Rising' anthem and the hope it brings

Feb. 02, 2023 16:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jessy Wilson was ready to give up her musical dream when a film about female African warriors showed her the power of perseverance. Wilson’s Grammy -nominated song “Keep Rising,” was picked by director Gina Prince-Bythewood to be...

Grammys to honor Loretta Lynn, Takeoff, McVie

Feb. 01, 2023 13:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys will pay homage to lives of Loretta Lynn, Migos rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie with star-studded performances during Sunday's ceremony. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the ceremony will honor the three musicians who died last year...