- Paul Grein at Yahoo Music50 mins ago
The frontrunner stumbled. Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience seemed to be the album to beat for Album of the Year at the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards. But when the nominations were announced on a live TV special Friday night, the man whose current hit is "TKO" was M.I.A. in the marquee categories.
JT's big hit "Mirrors" was also passed over for Record and Song of the Year. Timberlake wasn't entirely shut out: 20/20 is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, and he picked up six other nominations, but his failure to show up in the Album of the Year contest was a jaw-dropping surprise.
The Timberlake no-show wasn't the only shocker in this year's nominations. Here are some others, along with the artists who "scored" just by virtue of being nominated.
- Tiffany Lee at Yahoo Music3 hrs ago
In a star-studded concert, the Grammy nominations were announced on Friday night with plenty of surprises! Check out the nominees for our favorite categories below and get ready for the ceremony on January 26th!
Record of the Year
• "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
• "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
• "Royals" — Lorde
• "Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
• "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Album of the Year
• "The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles
• "Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
• "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" — Kendrick Lamar
• "The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• "Red" — Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
• "Just Give Me a Reason" - Pink, Jeff Bhasker and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
• "Locked Out of Heaven" — Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
• "Roar" — Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
• "Royals" — Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little, songwriters (Lorde)
- Yahoo Music5 hrs ago
It was 1983 when David Ellefson, an 18-year-old Minnesota farm boy with a love of rock 'n' roll and talent for the bass, moved to Los Angeles and knocked on his neighbor Dave Mustaine's door because "he looked like a rock 'n' roll guy." He was right, and Mustaine, who had just been booted out of Metallica, and Ellefson formed Megadeth.
Three decades later — and more than 20 million albums sold worldwide — the celebrated metal band is still rocking … to the delight of headbangers everywhere.
Ellefson visited Yahoo Studios in New York to talk about his new book, "My Life With Deth." It's his story of the band — from being christened "Junior" and their early days of being homeless aspiring rock stars to his dark period of battling addiction and then coming out the other side with a newfound sense of faith. The tome also includes his run-ins with rock stars beyond Mustaine and their revolving crew of bandmates, like Slash, Nikki Sixx, and Steven Tyler, and the forward is written by Alice Cooper.
- Yahoo Music8 hrs ago
Why should we celebrate with stale-as-fruitcake holiday muzak, when we can rock the halls with festive modern fare that'll jumpstart our positive vibrations faster than Frosty learned to speak English? Many rock, pop, and R&B stars have made holiday music videos that make for even more awesome Chrismukkah viewing than A Very Brady Christmas on a constant loop, and so we've compiled our favorite 15 here. Watch 'em all and have a not-so-silent night.
15) Destiny's Child - "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" They split long ago, but DC coexist in Christmas peace every holiday season, in claymation form, thanks to this darling clip. We still feel the comfort and joy every time they snuggle up to the stop-motion Rudolph. It's almost as cute as the original Rudolph TV special scene when Rudolph and Clarice first fall in love:
- Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music8 hrs ago
For the better part of 40 years, Mick Jagger has played to roaring stadium crowds while his younger brother, Chris, embarked on his own music career to the awareness of few and the applause of a very select fanbase. Chris Jagger's latest album, Concertina Jack , features Mick singing background vocals on two songs, the title track and "Pearl of a Girl."
In the low-budget video for "Concertina Jack," you can see a slight family resemblance between Mick and Chris, but their performances styles couldn't be more different. Chris is the yin to Mick's yang, the doughy good guy to Mick's scrappy bad boy. Chris, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, boogies to the camera as he sings, and dances and cooks bread with children, grinning widely throughout.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music10 hrs ago
There's more to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' magnetic appeal than just the talents of the rapper and the beatmaker. Major props are owed to the three big voices behind the dynamic hip hop duo's smashes "Thrift Shop," "Same Love" and "Can't Hold Us."
Michael "Wanz" Wansley is the man behind the deep, guttural "I'm gonna pop some tags" chorus on Macklemore's breakthrough hit "Thrift Shop." Wanz has been singing since he was 5, and for the last 30 years has performed and recorded with a number of bands in the Seattle area. After the success of "Thrift Shop," the first song from an independent artist to reach No. 1 in 20 years, he quit his job as a software engineer. He has worked for Microsoft, Adapx and Volt.
- Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music10 hrs ago
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas gets all dolled up as a Napoleon-era mannequin museum piece in Daft Punk's new video for "Instant Crush."
In the clip, the mannequin version of Casablancas falls for a young maiden doll, but due to a change at the museum, the love dolls are separated until they are tragically reunited in the clip's blazing finale. The museum love story is intercut with the real-life, leather jacket-clad Casablancas preening on a circular platform as he mimes his heavily processed vocals, singing over a mellow groove, "And we will never be alone again / 'Cause it doesn't happen every day / Kinda counted on you being a friend / Can I give it up or give it away."
It's unclear if Daft Punk's helmet-wearing main men Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter appear in the clip; but they might be undercover as a knight in armor, a deep-sea diver, or an astronaut, all of which appear in the video.
- Tiffany Lee at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Del Rey screened the film in Hollywood on Wednesday night prior to wider release, announcing that she will indeed have a new album. She didn't drop any more details besides the title, which will be Ultra-Violence , a nod to Stanley Kubrick's classic 1971 film of mayhem-motivated miscreants "A Clockwork Orange." In early 2012, the singer claimed she was done making albums, but it appears the muses have returned to her.
Stepping yet again into iconic female roles, Del Rey plays the Virgin Mary and Eve in Eden in her film, praying to John Wayne to forgive her sins. The singer plays out the bible's Creation Story on up to eating of the Tree of Knowledge with model Shaun Ross as the Adam grinding at her side. So if John Wayne is god, and Jesus is Jesus, does that make Elvis the Holy Spirit and Marilyn Mary Magdalene?
The three-part film goes from Eden to East Los Angeles and back up to heaven, with plenty of strippers and a robbery in between. It was particularly entertaining to see Del Rey depict the cruel world of harsh labor outside of Eden as working at a strip club and a liquor store, prison tattoos and all.
- Tiffany Lee at Yahoo Music1 day ago
As the world mourns the passing of phenomenal human rights leader Nelson Mandela today, one of Mandela's most high-profile advocates, Bono, gave his own words about his longtime friend.
Posting a brief, but touching statement on ONE.org, a charity organization co-founded by the U2 frontman that fights extreme poverty, corruption and preventable disease with a focus on Africa:
"It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience.
In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes. He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker.
Today, finally, he blinked. And some of us cry, knowing our eyes were opened to so much because of him."
- Chris Willman at Yahoo Music1 day ago
The Dec. 5 death of Nelson Mandela will surely bring forth a host of salutes in song, but he won't be getting any such homages in death that he didn't also receive in life. Few political figures have ever been as revered by the musical community as Mandela, who was the subject of protest songs during his 27 years in a South African prison and anthems of adoration after his release and ascent to the presidency.