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Beyoncé Releases Surprise New Album

Beyoncé Releases Surprise Self-Titled Album

Originally posted 12/13/2013 05:45AM

Beyoncé has created a holiday frenzy – delighting fans by announcing a surprise new album just before midnight Friday, then secretly releasing it immediately after the announcement.

With 14 songs and 17 videos, the self-titled album features several collaborators including Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean – and a special little one on its closing track. For the song "Blue," Beyoncé performs with daughter Blue Ivy.

"I see music," Beyoncé said in a video announcement on her Facebook page. "It's more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music."

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Grammys 2013: Who Put on the Best Show of the Night?

Originally posted 02/11/2013 01:15AM



It's the only awards show that's as much a concert as it is a parade of stars. So, who brought the goods Sunday night at the Grammys?

There were plenty of memorable moments, both solo performances and the duets and collaborations for which the Grammys are so famous.

Justin Timberlake made his much-anticipated – and, it turned out, sepia-toned – return to the Grammys, with help from Jay-Z, singing "Suit & Tie" and "Pusher Love Girl." That came soon after Taylor Swift opened the show with a flamboyant Alice in Wonderland take on her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

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Check Out PEOPLE's Picks for Grammys | Frank Ocean

UpdatePosted 02/09/2013 07:00PM

Frank Ocean Should Win Big at the Grammys, Says PEOPLE's Music Critic

Originally posted 02/08/2013 05:00PM

When it comes to Sunday night's Grammy Awards, it's Frank Ocean's world and the rest of the nominees are just swimming in it.

With six nominations for his album Channel Orange total, the neo-soul sensation will go head-to-head with what are essentially four rock acts for album of the year.

But none of them rocked Channel Orange's artistic vision, with its intricately woven soundscapes and storytelling.

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After Coming Out Last Year, Frank Ocean Is a GLAAD Media Award Nominee

GLAAD Award Nominees: Modern Family, Glee, The New Normal Make the Grade

Originally posted 01/16/2013 06:00AM

Last July when emerging R&B star Frank Ocean published an emotional letter detailing an early love affair with a man, his "coming out" story made headlines in the hip-hop world and beyond.

Now, the Grammy-nominated songwriter is being honored by GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.

Ocean is among the 120 nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the organization announced early Wednesday morning. He is being recognized for his critically-lauded Channel Orange album.

Other musician nominees include Adam Lambert (for his album Tresspassing).

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Grammy Surprises & Snubs: PEOPLE's Music Critic Breaks It Down

Grammy Nomination Snubs, Surprises & Surefire Contenders

Originally posted 12/06/2012 09:45AM

Where was the love for the heartthrobs?

That's the biggest question after both Justin Bieber and One Direction – two of this year's biggest sellers – were shut out when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced last night in conjunction with a concert televised live from Nashville. Bieber seemed a good bet to at least grab a best pop vocal album nod for his hit Believe, while One Direction appeared to have an even better shot to make the best new artist cut.

Apparently there were no 12-year-old girls voting this year.

But those boys weren't the only ones snubbed by voters: Nicki Minaj and Lionel Richie both failed to get recognized for their hit albums Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Tuskegee, respectively. Richie, teaming up with country stars to remake his hits, appeared to have sure-fire bait for album of the year.

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Frank Ocean, FUN, Taylor Swift Get Grammy Nominations | fun., Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift Collect Grammy Nominations

Originally posted 12/06/2012 01:00AM

How FUN!

The Grammys handed out their nominations Wednesday night at a concert in Nashville – and there was a decidedly youthful feel: Taylor Swift earned a nod for record of the year and the band FUN joined Frank Ocean with the trifecta of album of the year, record of the year and best new artist.

Overall, the Recording Academy spread the wealth, awarding six nominations to FUN, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West, while the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel earned five nominations each.

In the country categories, Blake Shelton is up against Carrie Underwood for best solo performance and Miranda Lambert was nominated for best album.

Here are some of the major nominations. For a complete list go to Grammy.com:

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VMAs 2012: PEOPLE's Picks to Win

Originally posted 09/06/2012 03:40PM

This year's crop of MTV Video Music Award nominees range from dance hits like Nicki Minaj's "Starships," to the still maddeningly catchy "Call Me Maybe."

So who will emerge victorious at Thursday night's awards show?

Here are our picks for who should win … tell us who you think should take home moon men in the comments section below.

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