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2013 Grammy Nominations Announced

Kanye WestKanye West, Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z have landed six nominations each for the Grammy Awards 2013.

The hip-hop artists and folk-rockers were joined by Frank Ocean and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in gaining the most nods when the shortlist was announced in Nashville, Tennessee, last night. Indie group fun. also boasted an impressive haul, scoring nominations in the four major categories; Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their single "We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae," Album of the Year for their debut Some Nights, and Best New Artist.

Speaking after they had performed at the nominations, fun. singer Nate Ruess said, "Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it our all receiving the nomination is amazing and a culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this band." fun. share three of their nominations with Frank, whose "Channel Orange" is up for Album of the Year, his single "Thinkin' Bout You" is up for Record of the Year, and who also has a nomination in the Best New Artist category.

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Kelly Clarkson Is “Nowhere Near” Retirement

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, New Releases

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson is "nowhere near" retirement.

The "Miss Independent" hitmaker has just released her Greatest Hits Chapter One album to commemorate 10 years in the music industry since becoming the first winner of American Idol in 2002, but she is struggling to get her head around reaching such a milestone.

"I'm 30 but the label said, 'Let's do a greatest hits.' Each record is a chapter of your life and I will only retire when it stops being fun. But right now I'm nowhere near," she said.

The track Kelly is most proud of on the album is her "baby" of a song "Because Of You," released in 2004, as it brings back memories of her as a young songwriter: "'Because Of You' was my baby because I wrote it when I was a kid, then it went to number one worldwide, which meant a lot as a singer and a writer."

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Justin Bieber Triumphs at American Music Awards

Justin Bieber at the American Music AwardsJustin Bieber won three prizes at last night's American Music Awards.

The 18-year-old singer - who was accompanied to the bash by his mother Pattie Mallette - was the big winner at the ceremony, taking home pop/rock male artist, pop/rock album for Believe and the evening's final accolade, the coveted artist of the year award.

Accepting pop/rock male artist, he said, "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."

For his third win, Justin brought his mother on stage with him and told her, "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me... This is my mom. She's little, but she's beautiful."

The Believe star also performed twice at the ceremony, duetting with Nicki Minaj on their track "Beauty and a Beat" and a stripped-back solo acoustic performance of "As Long As You Love Me."

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Kelly Clarkson Wants to Sing with Bruno Mars

Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars

Kelly Clarkson wants to work with Bruno Mars. The American Idol winner is a huge fan of the "Grenade" hitmaker and would love to work with him on a version of "Somethin' Stupid," a track covered by Frank and Nancy Sinatra in 1967 and by Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams in 2001.

"I want to recut 'Somethin' Stupid' with Bruno Mars or [country singer] Blake Shelton," she said.

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Billboard Crowns Rihanna as Top Pop Star

RihannaRihanna has been named Billboard's Top Pop Artist of the last 20 years.

The "Diamonds" hitmaker tops the music magazine's list of the most successful artists in the history of its Pop Songs chart, which started on October 3, 1992. The magazine awarded her top spot for her achievements on the chart, which include 34 appearances with 21 top ten hits, and nine number one songs, an accolade she shares with Katy Perry, placed at sixth on the list.

The top ten was dominated by solo women singers, with Usher the only male, and Black eyed Peas the only group. Pink is in second place, followed by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey.

Katy comes in next, and New York based radio program director Sharon Dastur, reminisced about the first time she worked with her: "Katy's very first single, 'I Kissed a Girl,' had just recently come out and we were playing it on [radio station] Z100. We started to feel an early buzz on the song, but the masses still weren't that familiar with who Katy was. We invited her to come on-stage at our Jingle Ball to help introduce one of the acts performing. We weren't sure if the crowd would be familiar with her by name, so we suggested that when she went out there, she should sing the hook of 'I Kissed a Girl' a capella. As soon as the crowd heard that, they sang every word along with her. Katy has told us that she'll always remember that moment."

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First CMA Nominations Revealed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Country, Pop, New Releases

Taylor Swift at the CMAsTaylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson were among the nominees unveiled for this year's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

Five categories - Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year - were announced live on Good Morning America this morning by Jason Aldean, with the singer finding himself in the running for two awards.

Taylor and Kelly will battle it out with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood in the Female Vocalist category, while the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year. For that prize, she faces competition from Jason, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Jason and Blake are also up for Male Vocalist of the Year alongside Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band are shortlisted for Vocal Group of the Year.

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Justin Bieber Video to Debut During World Series

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Music Videos, Pop

Justin BieberWorld Series fans will have their sport interrupted by the same crashing wave of pop that has swept up the rest of the country: Justin Bieber.

The singer’s new music video for “Never Say Never” will premiere during Game 3’s pre-game show on Saturday.

Original American Idol champ -- and native Texan --  Kelly Clarkson will also be on hand in Texas to sing the national anthem.

“Never Say Never” is on Bieber’s new album, which hits shelves November 23. (The teen's concert film -- Justin Bieber: Never Say Never -- will then hit theaters on February 11.)

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VIDEO: American Idols Deliver Flat Performance on GMA

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Performances, Videos, Covers


Let’s face it - this would have been an embarrassing performance even if Lady Gaga hadn’t been performing in the exact same city…at the exact same time.

Although a record crowd got to see a dynamic performance from the “Bad Romance” singer courtesy of the Today show, fans of were dished an out-of-tune spectacle during Good Morning America‘s event Friday morning.

If you were secretly hoping that the group’s cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” would sound better live than it does in rehearsal, you’ll be sadly disappointed by this clip. Making it worse? The version of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” they added to it.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs Duet with Chris Daughtry


If I ever hear another hopeful sing Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” another time, I swear I’ll scream. That’s why this Chapman cover by two Idol vets is so refreshing—and awesome.

On Sunday night, Season 1 winner and Season 5 contestant Chris Daughtry collaborated on “Fast Car” before a crowd in Nashville. Ticket sales from Daughtry’s concert were donated to help with flood relief in the area.

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Mix Tape: Kelly Clarkson Tops Idols, Wilson Phillips Returns

Kelly Clarkson on American Idol-Billboard claims Kelly Clarkson, not Carrie Underwood, is still the most successful American Idol to date. Chris Daughtry comes in third.

-Country music artists are being impacted by the devastating floods in Nashville. Equipment from Brad Paisley’s tour has been destroyed, Kenny Chesney’s home will likely be condemned and the Grand Ole Opry House is collecting water.

-Big & Rich’s John Rich claims he wouldn’t “pass judgment on any friend” - like singer Chely Wright - if they were gay. So he just likes using the word “deviant”?

-The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” has topped Flo Rida’s “Low” to become the best-selling digital single in history. Boom Boom Pow!

-Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson will be reuniting for a new Wilson Phillips tour and Christmas album. Oh, yes - the dream is still alive.


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