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Originally posted 05/04/2012 06:00PM
When the Beastie Boys first hit big with "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" in 1987, they crossed the hip-hop color lines and became the first white rap group with any real cred.
Still, with its frat-boy chorus, the song seemed to be somewhat of a novelty. Would they really be able to keep up with the likes of Run-DMC, Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim – all contemporary black rap groups?
I, like many other young blacks into hip-hop at the time, was skeptical. But the answer was a surprising, resounding yes. Which is why the untimely death of Adam "MCA" Yauch from cancer at 47 hits so hard.
Originally posted 04/25/2012 07:15AM
It's one of the most exclusive clubs, with Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Britney Spears claiming membership. And now Kaka is joining their ranks.
Brailian soccer star Kaka (a.k.a., Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite) is the world's first athlete to reach 10 million followers on Twitter, making him only the sixteenth person to hit the high benchmark. He ranks right under Eminem (10.3 million followers) in the 10 Million Club, where Lady Gaga reigns supreme (with 23 million followers).
Originally posted 02/25/2011 12:25PM
First it was this year's Grammy nods: Eminem received 10 nominations and Lady Gaga earned six.
Now, it's Facebook fans.
The rapper, 38, surpassed Gaga, 24, on the popular social networking site Friday by a slim margin of about 50,000, racking up 28,982,205 "likes" – and counting – on his Facebook page, compared to the pop diva's 28,930,299.
Originally posted 02/13/2011 08:00AM
The Grammys are Sunday night, and they promise plenty of star power, unexpected duets and actual awards. As for who will win big, well, you'll just have to tune in. In the meantime, here are a few things we expect will keep the telecast rocking:
1. It's Eminem's Night
It's been a big year for Eminem, who's nominated for a whopping 10 awards, including top honors Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Will Sunday solidify his amazing comeback? The rapper has been nominated in the past but has been seen as a controversial choice. Will the odds be in his favor this year? In a recent poll, 38% of PEOPLE.com readers said they wanted to see him sweep and take home all 10 awards.
2. What Will Gaga Do?
With Lady Gaga, you never know what to expect. We hear that the artist, who garnered six nods, will be performing her new song "Born This Way." How will she top last year's rollicking performance with Elton John? Something tells us she'll find a way to please her "little monsters."
Originally posted 01/13/2011 02:30PM
A Grammy nomination. A cameo on Glee. Either one is a high compliment for a song. But how about combining them – having a Grammy-nominated song featured on Glee? That's something extra special. (The cast of Glee meanwhile are Grammy nominees for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version).")
In the first of our new Grammy Awards polls below, tell us: Which nominated song would you like see next on Glee?
In the other three polls below, we want to know who you'd love to party with on Grammy night, as well as your favorite music-video cameos and Jimmy Fallon duets of the year.
Vote in our polls below:
Originally posted 01/13/2011 08:35AM
Let there be music!
The Grammy Awards, which is known for its staggering array of performances, including unexpected collaborations and pairings, has announced its initial slate of performers, with six of this year's Grammy nominees already scheduled to take the stage at the Feb. 13 award show.
Those six acts – the first group of performers confirmed for the CBS telecast – are Eminem, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire and Cee Lo Green.
Eleven-time Grammy winner Eminem leads the pack of Grammy hopefuls with 10 nominations. Gaga has six. Green and Perry have four each, and Arcade Fire and Lambert three each.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles – and be broadcast live on CBS.
Originally posted 12/06/2010 04:15PM
From a meat-dress-wearing diva to a rapper to a country trio and beyond, this year's Grammy nominations in the top Album of the Year catergory are diverse to say the least.
The trophies won't be handed out until Feb. 13, but that doesn't mean you can't weigh in on your favorite of the five nominated choices.
Arcade Fire's The Suburbs
The album by the Canadian indie rockers was released in August and was described by frontman Win Butler as "a mix of the Depeche Mode and Neil Young." It drew two other nods this year: Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
Originally posted 12/01/2010 11:10PM
This year, the Grammy Awards are spreading the wealth.
Fronting a diverse array of nominees, rapper Eminem led the pack with a total 10 nominations, including nods in such major categories as Album of the Year and Record of the Year, it was announced Wednesday night.
Not far behind: Bruno Mars, with seven nominations, including several as a songwriter, while Lady Gaga and country trio Lady Antebellum each earned six nominations, including one for Album of the Year for their stirring single "Need You Now."
Originally posted 10/12/2010 02:45PM
It will be a rap vs. country music showdown at this year's American Music Awards: Eminem and Lady Antebellum are each nominated for five trophies at the ceremony.
The artists lead the pack of nominees, which were announced Tuesday morning.
Close behind, Tween star Justin Bieber earned four nods – while B.o.B., Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Usher received three nominations. And Taylor Swift was nominated in the country favorite female category.
A lively telecast, this year's AMAs, which will be broadcast from L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Nov. 21 (8 p.m. ET), will feature performances by nominee Usher, Pink and Bon Jovi, with more performers and presenters to be reveled in the coming weeks.
For the fourth year, fans can determine the winners, voting for their favorites on the show's official Web site. – Michelle Ward
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