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Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination

Mike Posner expressed all the usual feelings this week about being nominated for a Grammy Award.

He was honored. He was humbled. He was gratified. But also? He was a little suspicious.

"I'm beginning to think the universe is playing a joke on me," he said.

That's because Posner was recognized for "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," his clever pop hit ...Read more

Q&A: Remy Ma on her first Grammy nods in 11 years: 'It's surreal'

In 2005, Remy Ma landed her first Grammy nomination. The accolade was for "Lean Back," the inescapable club hit she recorded as part of Fat Joe's Terror Squad collective. The record was a song of THE summer, topping the pop charts and even sparking a dance craze.

The success of "Lean Back" and the Grammy nod set the stage for the Bronx rapper's...Read more

Ryan Adams announces new album and wonders if you still love him

It's been two years since Ryan Adams has released an album of new original music, and he's wondering if you still love him.

The singer-songwriter posted to Instagram on Tuesday night announcing his upcoming album, "Prisoner," to be released Feb. 17. He also shared the first track, "Do You Still Love Me?"

"Prisoner" will be Adams' first ...Read more

Singer and songwriter William Bell discusses his first Grammy nods after six decades in the Memphis soul business

Believe it or not, until Tuesday morning Memphis soul singer and songwriter William Bell had never been nominated for a Grammy award despite his 60-plus years in the music business.

Given that his now-standard songs -- "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "You Don't Miss Your Water," issued by Stax Records in the 1960s -- have been performed by artists ...Read more

Column: Amazon's cancellation of the feminist drama 'Good Girls Revolt' feels timely — but not in a good way

When "Good Girls Revolt" premiered on Amazon in late October, shortly before an election Hillary Clinton was widely predicted to win, it seemed like a perfectly timely celebration of second-wave feminism.

The series, created by former Los Angeles Times staff writer Dana Calvo, is a tale of workplace revolt that plays like a cross between "Mad ...Read more

Movie review: 'Office Christmas Party' is wicked fun that's definitely not suitable for work

When it comes to big, brassy studio comedies, a filmmaker can do worse than to gather the brightest, funniest stars, situate them in an odd, yet relatable situation and let 'em rip. That's exactly what directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck do with "Office Christmas Party," the delightfully debauched holiday desecration we need this year. Working ...Read more

Lukas Graham grows up and finds Grammy acclaim with '7 Years'

The biggest songs at the Grammys this year are about breakups, black womanhood and taking pills in Ibiza. All very up-to-the-minute topics for our era in pop music.

But then there's the little piano ballad about slowly growing older and finding comfort in your family as some friends get left behind.

The song "7 Years," from the Danish pop-rock...Read more

Grammys: Tradition vs. innovation as nominations pit Adele against Beyonce

Tradition will take on innovation -- accompanied by plenty of pop-diva razzle-dazzle -- when two of music's most powerful superstars face off at the 59th Grammy Awards.

In nominations announced Tuesday, Adele and Beyonce are competing against each other for three of the major prizes -- record, song and album of the year -- to be handed out Feb....Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 28:

1. Bad Moms -- Universal

2. Mechanic: Resurrection: Lionsgate

3. Nine Lives -- Fox

4. Finding Dory -- Disney

5. Hell or High Water -- Lionsgate

6. Sausage Party -- Sony

7. Independence Day: Resurgence -- Fox

8. Lights Out -- Warner

9. The Wild Life -- Lionsgate

10. The ...Read more

Review: New fortune-teller drama 'Shut Eye' runs hot and cold

In "Shut Eye," a new series premiering this week on Hulu, Jeffrey Donovan plays a fake psychic -- that is, a con man -- whose life begins to change after being (literally) kicked in the head. He hears voices; he hallucinates. He seems actually to see the future. "Time is out of joint," he says, paraphrasing Hamlet.

We are in Los Angeles, in the...Read more

Van Williams, TV's 'Green Hornet' and later an LA cop, dies at 82

LOS ANGELES -- Van Williams was teaching scuba diving in Waikiki when a man approached him and said he looked like Hollywood material.

The idea seemed comical to Williams. A Texas kid who'd chased adventure around the South Pacific and finally to Hawaii, his resume consisted of exactly one high school stage production and a whole lot of ...Read more

Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

LOS ANGELES -- Director Roman Polanski scored a key legal victory in Poland on Tuesday when the country's top court rejected an extradition request from the U.S. stemming from the filmmaker's 1977 Los Angeles case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor.

The Polish Supreme Court in Warsaw ruled to uphold a lower Krakow court's ...Read more

From Beyonce to De La Soul, modern black protest music got plenty of attention at Grammys

On Tuesday morning Beyonce became the lead nominee for next year's Grammy Awards. The accolades came just a few months after "Formation" caused national outrage.

The single -- in which she proudly sings "I like my Negro nose" -- sparked controversy with its provocative music video. The artist was shown atop a submerged police car and a young ...Read more

Grammy nominations 2017: Chance the Rapper, Beyonce lead the way

Chance the Rapper is helping change the rules of the music business and the industry professionals who dish out the Grammy awards are finally paying attention.

In his first year of eligibility for the Grammys, the Chicago artist reaped a windfall -- he was nominated Tuesday for seven awards. Beyonce's nine nominations led the way, which makes ...Read more

David Bowie's 'Blackstar' among works nominated for a Grammy for visual artistry

For obvious reasons, the musicians get all the Grammy glory, but one category amid the dozens, recording package, celebrates the designers who set the visual tone of an album.

An impossible category to predict, the variety each year is notable. In the last five years, the winning designers got their trophies for albums by Asleep at the Wheel, ...Read more

Grammy FAQ: What's the eligibility period and the difference between record and song of the year?

What was this year's eligibility period?

Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. So if your favorite artist, album or song wasn't nominated, check their release date.

What is the difference between song and record of the year?

Both honor a single recording, but song of the year is awarded to the songwriter(s) and record of the year is given to the ...Read more

Kid Rock rolls out line of pro-Trump merchandise

Weeks after a series of digitally altered photos went viral, Kid Rock is capitalizing on the phenomenon by unveiling a line of pro- (and profane) Donald Trump merchandise.

Fans had circulated Photoshopped pictures of Rock, an avowed Trump supporter, bearing T-shirt slogans applauding the president-elect and his successful campaign. While the ...Read more

2017 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees

The nominations have been revealed for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Beyonce leads the pack, with a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all earned eight nominations apiece, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. The artists competing in the album of the year category are Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber,...Read more

Column: The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star's latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award.

"It's definitely something that I was looking forward to," he said of being recognized for his...Read more

Fantasia had to push her label to release her Grammy-nominated single

Fantasia had to convince her label to release "Sleeping With the One I Love" as a single.

"They didn't want (it) to be the next single. 'It's too churchy,' they said," the 32-year-old singer recalled over the summer.

The song landed a nomination for traditional R&B performance. "I said, 'No, it's the next single. I'm the one out here on stages...Read more

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