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Originally posted 01/14/2009 11:45AM
From a same-sex kissing pop tart to a Caribbean-loving country star, this year's Grammy performers will be an eclectic bunch.
Nominees Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Lil Wayne – who is up for eight awards – and the Jonas Brothers will take the stage at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8.
"As an artist and a songwriter ... you always dream about being nominated for a Grammy," Nick Jonas said of being nominated with his brothers in the best new artist category. "And if we do win – wow, that would be amazing."
CBS will broadcast the ceremony live from Los Angeles's Staples Center on Feb. 8.
Originally posted 12/02/2008 09:05AM
It's the British Invasion: Take Two!
Coldplay's Viva la Vida was the best-selling album on iTunes for 2008, the music downloading service has announced. The album featuring frontman Chris Martin (a.k.a. Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow) has sold more than 2 million copies since being released in June – and has sold more than 500,000 digitally, the Associated Press reports.
Another Brit, Leona Lewis, claimed the year's top-selling single with her addictively catchy hit "Bleeding Love."
According to iTunes, she edged out Coldplay's title track (which came in at No. 2), followed by Flo Rida's "Low," Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and Rihanna's "Disturbia."
Originally posted 10/29/2008 02:55PM
Last week, when Lil Wayne, 26, became a father for the second time to baby boy Dwayne Michael Carter III, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, he wasn't handing out cigars in the waiting room. He was right there in the delivery room.
"I delivered him. I held the left leg the whole time," Wayne said Tuesday night at Power 105.1's Powerhouse concert. "It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful. Oct. 22, 9:25 a.m., 7 lbs., 12 oz. He's the best thing to ever happen to me, next to my daughter.”
Lil Wayne's first child, 8-year-old Reginae Carter, belongs to Wayne and his high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Johnson.
The identity of the newborn's mother remains private.
For the full interview, visit powerhouse.power1051fm.
Originally posted 10/22/2008 06:25PM
An even Lil-er Wayne has arrived.
Just four days after rapper Lil Wayne said his baby boy was imminent, son Dwayne Carter III was born Wednesday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, MTV reports.
The mother's identity was not released. This is the second child for the 26-year-old Wayne, who also has a daughter from a previous marriage.
On Saturday, the rapper made the surprise announcement at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, saying: "I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me." – Mike Fleeman
Originally posted 10/14/2008 04:55PM
Award-winning singer Alicia Keys might want to clear off some space on her mantel: She was nominated Tuesday morning for five American Music Awards, the most for any artist this year.
Coming in second to Keys are the British quartet Coldplay and veteran rockers the Eagles, with four apiece. Next in line, with three nods each, are rap superstar Lil Wayne and R&B hit-maker Chris Brown. All five acts are competing for the highest honor: Artist of the Year.
The show will air live on Nov. 23 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with Jimmy Kimmel once more emceeing.
Originally posted 09/17/2008 11:00AM
Rapper Lil Wayne leads the third annual BET Hip Hop Awards, with 12 nominations, the network announced Monday.
Kanye West drew seven nods, while Jay-Z follows with six.
New Orleans native Lil Wayne, 25, who sold one million copies of his new album, Tha Carter III, in its first week of release, will duke it out with West, 31, and Jay-Z, 38, in five categories, including MVP of the year, best live performer, and CD of the year.
Originally posted 06/18/2008 11:45AM
There's nothing small about rapper Lil Wayne's CD sales.
According to Nielsen SoundScan figures, his new release, Tha Carter III, sold one million copies in its first week – making it the best-selling first week of a CD of 2008. Ron Williams, co-founder of Lil Wayne's record label, Cash Money Records, told the Associated Press, "I've been saying a million all along, and I've been telling people, and they've been looking at me crazy."
The New Orleans native, 25 – who recently had a No. 1 hit with the single "Lollipop" – saw his last two CDs hit platinum, but not so quickly. (In fact, it's a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 50 Cent did it in 2005.) "He worked hard. He just came with something different," said Williams.
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