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Grammy Snubs: Beyonce And Britney Were Robbed, Kanye West, Lady Gaga And Taylor Swift Should Have Gotten Even More Love

Posted by John Mitchell On December - 1 - 2011

Last night’s announcement of the nominees for the 2012 Grammys came with them few surprises: Kanye West earned a leading seven nominations for his solo work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne and Adele’s mega-selling 21 and its ubiquitous lead single “Rolling in the Deep” dominated the top categories. There were, however, several notable snubs among the nominations, the most glaring of which we’ve cataloged below.

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Album of the Year

How Kanye West could score the most nominations, including Best Song for “All of the Lights,” and not see his critically adored Fantasy nominated for Album of the Year is beyond us. The set enjoys a 94 out of 100 rating on album review aggregator Metacritic, a full 18 points better than the highest-rated album to make the Grammy cut (Adele’s 21 with a 76).

Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” Song of the Year

Lady Gaga has released so many singles off her hit album Born This Way that we sometimes lose track, but the one track that has really stuck is “The Edge of Glory.” Lyrically inspired by the death of her grandfather, the song features soaring hooks and the most anthemic chorus to hit Top 40 radio this year. That the Academy chose to honor only four songs with nominations in this category rather than the usual five while overlooking the highlight of an album it chose to award a nomination for Album of the Year is silly business.

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Beyonce’s 4, Best R&B Album

Perhaps the Recording Academy thinks Beyonce has enough Grammys? It would be easy enough to make a case that 4 should be a contender for Album of the Year – it’s Metacritic rating of 73 is better than four of the nominated albums, and while music critics are far from definitive, consensus acclaim shouldn’t be overlooked – but we would have settled for Best R&B Album because, well, it’s the perfect R&B album. On 4 Beyonce eschewed club bangers for soulful and complex ballads and insanely catchy mid-tempo jams (like “Love on Top” and “Countdown”). In its review, New York Magazine commented on the album’s throw-back vibe, writing, “There’s a streak of nostalgia running through the sound, whether it’s the kind of traditionalist R&B that sells Adele albums or the cheery funk of a track like ‘Love on Top,’ which feels as cozy as seventies Stevie Wonder or eighties Michael Jackson.” And when it comes to R&B, does a higher compliment exist than a comparison to seventies Stevie Wonder and eighties Michael Jackson?

Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends,” Best Dance Recording

Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale album brought her the best reviews of her career, earning the pop superstar the same Metacritic rating as Rihanna’s Album of the Year-nominated Loud, and became the first album of Spears’ 12-year multi-platinum career to yield three top-ten hits (“Till The World Ends,” “I Wanna Go,” and the #1 “Hold It Against Me”). “Till The World Ends” was one of the year’s biggest radio hits, giving Spears the largest weekly audience of her career in mid-May, and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart the week of May 28. Spears’ sole Grammy win came in the Best Dance Recording category in 2005 for “Toxic,” and she should have scored a nod in the same category this year because, as Rolling Stone said in its three-and-a-half star review, “You want a party song, call a partier. Written by Ke$ha (with Max Martin and Dr. Luke), the second single from Femme Fatale is ginormously pumping uber-Euro uber-disco: sky-sucking synth streaks, a beat that sounds like blimps f**king and a thousand shirtless drunken sailors chanting along on the chorus.” In dance music language, that’s a pretty huge compliment.

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, Album of the Year

Taylor Swift may have caught a case of the Beyonces. Swift swept through the 2009 Grammys and took home the Album of the Year prize for Fearless, in addition to three other prizes in the country categories. With that win, she became the first female country soloist to win the top prize at the Grammys. And, sure, Speak is up for a number of country-centric prizes this year and that’s nothing to scoff at. But the acclaimed set failed to receive a nod for Album of the Year, despite widespread and near-universal praise. Perhaps the Academy missed all of the subtleties that the New York Times picked up on in its rave review. “It’s [Speak Now] the most savage of her career, and also the most musically diverse. And it’s excellent too, possibly her best,” the Times writes. “In these new songs relationships are no longer fantasies, or neutered; they’re lived-in places, where bodies share space.”

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Adele’s Tour Cancelation Brings Back Bad Memories Of Other Must-See Tours That Fell Apart

Posted by MTV News On October - 5 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

Chart-topping songstress of the year Adele is disappointed just as much as us that she’s had to cancel her U.S. tour once again. It’s easy for fans to be upset, considering this is her second scrapped stateside tour, and there’s no immediate mention of rescheduling the dates. Although, it’s understandably imperative that she properly rests her vocal chords because it appears they never fully healed from the first tour cancellation.

Axed tours are always a bummer, especially when it’s from one of the year’s biggest acts, but she’s not the first heavy hitter forced to cancel. From Kanye to the Lollapalooza festival itself, here are five of the biggest tour cancellations that prompted a universal sigh from fans.

Kanye West and Lady Gaga’s “Fame Kills Tour”
Appropriately, Kanye West visited the ladies on talk show “The View” in June 2009 to announce a co-headlining tour with then-rising star Lady Gaga, who was riding high on the success of her debut The Fame. Dubbed “Fame Kills: Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga,” the tour would have found West supporting his auto-tune disc 808s & Heartbreak, while Gaga would release The Fame Monster EP during the tour. However, following West’s infamous stage-crashing incident with Taylor Swift at the VMAs, the entire production was canceled (only two weeks after it was even official). Various rumors suggested poor ticket sales, creative differences and feuding between the two icons … but they both seem to be doing all right today.

Lollapalooza 2004
Lollapalooza originally called it a day after the ’97 iteration. It seemed to have slowly lost the luster that made it a special, must-see event. Perry Farrell revived the fest in 2003 (along with his group, Jane’s Addiction) with acts such as Audioslave, Incubus and Queens of the Stone Age. A year later in 2004, Perry revised the new Lolla by adding a second day for each date on the tour. The lineup was drool-worthy by today’s standards: Morissey, The Killers, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse, Broken Social Scene, PJ Harvey … to name a few. Somehow despite the bevy of impressive acts, the entire tour was nixed due to poor ticket sales. It would have been the tour’s final year as a traveling road show, since it began setting up shop in Chicago for a single, three-day festival beginning in 2005.

Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine’s “Rhyme & Reason Tour”
In what would have been a legendary tour, the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine were set to pair up for a late summer jaunt in 2000. There was a variety of supporting acts on all the dates as well: Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In (who would break up soon after). Unfortunately, the much-anticipated tour never came to be as Mike D of The Beastie Boys hit a pothole while riding a bicycle and royally screwing up his arm in the process (he would require intense physical therapy in order to fully recover). Mere months later, Rage frontman Zack De La Rocha sadly announced the demise of his group.

Amy Winehouse’s Comeback Tour
Most are aware that the late Amy Winehouse had a troubling time leading up to her passing. Early this summer, her Euro fans went into a frenzy when she announced a small comeback European tour. After the first two shows consisted of disappointing performances from the singer, she initially pulled out of two festival stops before eventually withdrawing from the tour altogether. Her final onstage appearance came a few weeks later when she joined goddaughter Dionne Broomfield on stage to playfully dance along to The Shirelle’s “Mama Said” just days before her death.

Kings of Leon’s 2011 Tour
Just a few months ago, the late summer tour from Southern rockers Kings of Leon famously came to a halt when singer Caleb Followill walked off stage to “vomit and grab another beer” promising to return for three more songs (which he never did). Even his brothers/bandmates gladly pointed the finger, as KOL bassist Jared Followill told the crowd that fans should “F**king hate Caleb, not us.” The rest of the tour was immediately canceled, and the nix supposedly cost their insurers upwards of $15 million dollars. That’s one costly hangover.

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Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Scarlett Johansson: Most Surprising Nude Photo Scandals

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On September - 15 - 2011

This week is a big one for followers of nude photo scandals. Not only did photos of Scarlett Johansson hit the web, but there are now rumors that sexy photos of her “What Goes Around” video co-star Justin Timberlake – taken on his “Friends With Benefits” co-star Mila Kunis’ phone – are floating around the world somewhere. Justin connection aside, the most surprising part of this scandal is that these two ladies, both of whom tend to keep their private lives to themselves, are actually involved with a nude photo scandal to begin with.

Over the course of the new millennium, countless celebrities have been embroiled in sex scandals, some unsurprising and some very, very surprising, and most of which have no connection to Justin T whatsoever. So, which scandals really surprised us?

Blake Lively’s pics, which hit the net earlier this year, came a bit out of nowhere. The photos were leaked just as she began dating Leonardo DiCaprio and seemed to be moving into the next phase of her career. She said they weren’t real, but the hacker claimed they were.

Kanye West is about as high profile a celebrity as there is, so when photos of his genitalia hit the net, it was a bit shocking. (This stuff doesn’t usually happen to the really big stars.) He went on to rap about the incident in his song “Runaway.” It seems Yeezy’s art is very much influenced by his life.

“Twihards” got an eyeful of Ashley Greene back in 2009. The seemingly good girl actress played it coy about whether or not it was truly her in the photos, and her lawyers acted fast and got the photos taken off the Internet as best they could.

Vanessa Hudgens found herself naked on the Internet back in 2007 and it remains one of the most-talked about parts of her career. She even took the blame when it all went down. “I want to apologize to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me,” Hudgens said in a statement. “I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.”

Paramore leading lady Hayley Williams faced her topless photo scandal with grace and dignity, tweeting her fans a big thank you for their support. “Always knew we had the greatest fans,” she tweeted. “Thank you so much for all the support. Overwhelming. Today is a new day. Gonna keep my head up high.”

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Jay-Z And Kanye West’s Spike Jonze-Directed ‘Otis’ Video Set To Premiere Thursday

Posted by John Mitchell On August - 10 - 2011

Earlier this week, one of the year’s most anticipated albums, the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne, dropped to much fanfare, a bevy of positive reviews and a big opening on the iTunes charts, where it hit No. 1 in 23 countries.

The album is a rarity these days in that it didn’t leak online before its official release. Now, the video for the set’s first single, “Otis,” is poised to do the same. With the exception of two images that made their way online just days after the song was released, little is known about the “Otis” video.

What we do know is that it is directed by Spike Jonze, the mastermind director behind the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” as well as the award-winning films “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”

We also know it will make its official debut tomorrow (Thursday, 8/11) at 8:56 PM on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and BET.

Immediately after the multi-channel premiere event, “Otis” will air on MTV Jams and MTV Hits, with an encore airing on MTV2 at 11 PM.

“Otis” premiered last month on DJ Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show in New York. The song features a sample of Otis Redding’s 1966 classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” with Jay-Z and ‘Ye trading eight bar rhymes with no melodic refrains.

For more on Watch the Throne, visit MTV RapFix and be sure to tune in to “RapFix Live” on today at 4 PM to hear industry experts weigh in on the album.

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Lady Gaga Shows Britney Pop Star Love In Concert

Posted by Jocelyn Vena On August - 8 - 2011

Last year, Britney Spears hit up Lady Gaga’s epic Monster Ball Tour during a Los Angeles-area stop, and over the weekend, Mother Monster decided to return the favor, attending the Atlantic City date on Brit’s dazzling Femme Fatale Tour.

Photos made their way online of Gaga drinking, laughing and wearing her Gaga finest (a police officer’s hat,gold medallion belt and a bra). According to E! News, her appearance in the crowd didn’t go unnoticed by Brit.

“I have a very special guest tonight … Lady Gaga is here,” the Femme Fatale herself told the audience. (No word on whether the ladies hung out backstage at all, but to be a fly on that wall!)

Gaga was also spotted dancing, fist-pumping (we expect nothing less when hanging out at the Jersey Shore) and taking pictures with fans, according to reports. But Gaga missed the encore as she slipped out with her security before the masses did.

Post-show, Gaga was seen gambling a bit, while Britney took to Twitter to thank Gaga one last time for checking out her show. She wrote, “So amazing to have the beautiful @LadyGaga at the show in AC tonight. Love you girl.”

We love to see female pop-star camaraderie. And in the spirit of the just-dropped Jay-Z/ Kanye West joint project, Watch the Throne, we’d be more than excited to Gaga and Britney try their hand at a similar project. In fact, our heads would explode if they did. Are we right people?

Would you like to see Gaga and Britney team up for a joint album? Tell us in the comments!

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