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‘Of Course I Have Suits In My Closet:’ The Dream Responds To Jay-Z’s Comments On His Grammy Awards Getup
Grammy night is almost always filled with outrageous attire worn by celebrities that are sometimes still remembered and talked about years and years down the line. Although risqué, barely there clothing worn by Hollywood’s divas are generally the talk of the town following the highly anticipated awards show, this year was a bit different. Mega-producer and singer The Dream graced the red carpet rocking a black Boyz N The Hood snapback cap on top of a black and white skully cap that read: “Parental Advisory”. As he approached the stage to receive the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award along with Jay-Z and Frank Ocean for their collaboration on “No Church In The Wild”, Jay didn’t miss a beat when he approached the mic, clowning The Dream for his unlikely getup.
“I’d like to thank the swap meet for his hat,” Jay humorously stated, sending the audience into a roaring fit of laughter.
Of course, since then, media outlets everywhere have been instigating, hoping to provoke The Dream into snapping back at Jay-Z for his comments, but the “radio killa” isn’t taking the bait. He recently came out urging everyone to take it easy because Jay’s comments weren’t that serious and that it was just a joke between two friends that happened to be shared on national television.
“I don’t know if people really know how much time we spend around each other. There’s a thing like, ‘Oh that’s the first time he’s around him and that’s what Jay feels about him.’ We’re around each other joking all the time. It’s not like he wouldn’t say that. He would say that whether the TV is on or not,” he told Hot 109.7′s Qdeezy.
He went on to express that he selected that particular outfit to stand out and poke fun at the award show’s issued regulations regarding the attire of its attendees:
“Of course I have suits in my closet that I could have put on. I could have looked like everybody else that was there. I could have did that. Actually, we made the best TV moment that’s been on the Grammys in a long time. I don’t mind taking a joke or a jab. That’s cool. I’ll get Jay back.[...] All that means is that Jay’s in debt and he owes me like, three rap verses.”
Well, looks like that’s settled.
Listen to his full interview here. What do you think of The Dream’s response?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
I won’t front, after watching Rihanna perform “Stay” with Mikky Ekko at the Grammy Awards, I had to give the song another listen…or two…or three, and it’s actually a very well-done ballad for her. And to make things all the more interesting, Ri Ri has actually just released the video for the song to get fans more excited about a track that has nothing to do with sex, money, being bada** or being at the strip club. Instead, Rihanna strips down, in terms of makeup, clothes and emotions, for the visuals for “Stay.”
In the video, the singer thinks long and hard about a love she can’t seem to live without, while rolling around in a cloudy tub of water (which is just cloudy enough to keep her goodies concealed). We also get to see Mikky Ekko, who takes over vocals in the second verse and adds a little extra flavor to the track with his contrasting voice. He walks around a bathroom too, clothes on though (unfortunately), pining about a special someone. Sans the pomp, the designer clothes and the usual confusing images we find in a Rihanna video, this four-minute emotional rollercoaster is actually very refreshing. And may we add, homegirl looks great without all the makeup…even if we still dread that half-shaven haircut…
Check out the clip below and let us know if you love it or not. Enjoy!
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1. How many times did LL lick his lips? 2. Was Rihanna going for the gas station bathroom floor look? 3. Did Adele think that smacking her gum while accepting an award made her look cool? 4. Come to think of it, did anyone notice that when going into commercial break and teasing about the record of the year, Adele’s song would play as if we didn’t know she was going to win? 5. Did Grammy producers purposely leave out Don Cornelius and Etta James out of the photo memorial? 6. Is Kanye just too cool for the Grammys or is he still seeking anger management for his last Grammy snub? 6. Did you see Tamar and a slimmed down Vince in the front row? 7.Will you be checking more for Bruno Mars after his stellar performance? 8.Hey, is Bruno Black or what? 9. Speaking of Black, why do the Grammys always seem so whitewashed? 10. Was Chris Brown lipsynching? 11. Did we really need to see Chris Brown and Paul McCartney perform twice? 12. Did you notice that J Hud didn’t even get to sing the full-length song of I Will Always Love You in her Whitney tribute? 13. Nicki Minaj executed a great bootleg Lady Gaga-esque perfomance, didn’t she? #snorefest 14. Are you surprised Lady Gaga had no wins? 15. Didn’t you want to chop down Drake looking all scrumptious in that fine A$$ tux? 16. Was Lil Wayne rocking Sponge Bob apparel?
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This Sunday, artists, producers and directors alike, are getting ready for the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. As you watch them parade into the ceremony in the most outrageous and expensive outfits you’ve ever seen, they’re all crossing their fingers hoping that this year’s work will earn them the prestigious award. Winning a Grammy is not just about the recognition–it’s the bonus paycheck that comes with that recognition. Forbes reports that Grammy winning performers and producer see an increase of at least 55 percent in concert ticket sales and producer fees in the following year.
Take the outspoken and vivacious singer Rihanna. Her fee doubled after she won her first Grammy in 2008. Her fee doubled from $150,000 to $300,000. Bruno Mars saw a 55 percent increase from his 2011 Grammy win from $130,000 to $202,000. Pop country princess Taylor Swift saw an even bigger gain of 380 percent with her 2010 Grammy win, from $125,000 to $600,000.
As rapper and producer David Banner explains it, “it puts another level of mystique on your brand.” Banner’s won a Grammy for his work on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, and his extra level of mystique earned him $100,000– a 50 percent increase for his producer fees. The Grammy win has also helped Banner earn gigs outside of the rap world. He has since taken on high paying movie and commercial producing jobs.
“They don’t say that I’m a Grammy Award winner for rap. A Grammy is a Grammy,” he tells Forbes.
Some of the biggest beneficiaries of the “Grammy Boost” are the guys strictly behind the scenes. Music video director David Rousseau knows firsthand that songwriters and producer suddenly find themselves with a 100-150 percent pay boost. For instance, Jim Jonsin, the producer of Lil Wayne’s hit “Lollipop,” saw a 90 percent increase.
This year some of the big names up for a Grammy are the sensationally talented Adele with six nominations and rap princess Nicki Minaj.
One thing we can come to expect in the next few days is that Kanye West will have something to say about the Grammy nominations. Although our favorite mercurial rapper got 7 nominations, he was excluded from the Best Album and Best Record of The Year. That’s kind of suspect considering Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the musical highlights of the year. I mean, you’re telling us that Rihanna and Lady Gaga put out a better album than he did? Lady Gaga was just a throwaway nod in this category. In any case, we know that Adele will win all of the awards anyways and we certainly ain’t mad at that!
On another note, isn’t it funny that Party with Beyonce and Andre 3000 got nominated for best rap/sung collabo considering the fact that Andre was dropped from the radio version/video version of the song in favor of J.Cole? Do you think Andre would show up to accept that award?
Anyways, enough of the commentary. Here are the official nominations for the 2011 Grammy awards:
Album Of The Year:
Wasting Light— Foo Fighters
Born This Way— Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
Loud — Rihanna
Record Of The Year:
“Rolling In The Deep” — Adele
“Holocene” — Bon Iver
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
“Firework” — Katy Perry
Song Of The Year:
“All Of The Lights” — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
“The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
“Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
“Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” — Adele
“Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“Firework” — Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” — Pink
Best Alternative Music Album:
Bon Iver— Bon Iver
Codes And Keys— Death Cab For Cutie
Torches— Foster The People
Circuital — My Morning Jacket
The King Of Limbs— Radiohead
Best Rock Performance:
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay
“Down By The Water” — The Decemberists
“Walk” — Foo Fighters
“The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
“Lotus Flower” — Radiohead
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
“On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater
“White Limo” — Foo Fighters
“Curl Of The Burl”— Mastodon
“Public Enemy No. 1″ — Megadeth
“Blood In My Eyes”— Sum 41
Best Rock Album:
Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul— Jeff Beck
Wasting Light— Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown— Kings Of Leon
I’m With You— Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love— Wilco
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
“All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Best Rap Performance:
“Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa
Best New Artist:
The Band Perry
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Best Dance Recording:
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
“Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
“Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia
Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
“Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” — R. Kelly
“Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots
Best R&B Album:
F.A.M.E.— Chris Brown
Second Chance — El DeBarge
Love Letter — R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me— Ledisi
Kelly— Kelly Price
Best Blues Album:
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions— Marcia Ball
Man In Motion— Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’Mo’
Revelator— Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk Album:
Barton Hollow— The Civil Wars
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive— Steve Earle
Helplessness Blues— Fleet Foxes
Ukulele Songs— Eddie Vedder
The Harrow & The Harvest— Gillian Welch
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride
“Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton
“Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood
Best Country Song:
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)
“God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
“Just Fishin’” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
“Mean” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
“You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)
Best Americana Album:
Emotional Jukebox— Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down— Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain— Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman— Levon Helm
Blessed— Lucinda Williams
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A group of musicians in California are staging a coup against the Recording Academy, demanding that they restore more than 30 categories that were cut from the Grammy Awards. They claim that reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without consulting its thousands of members, The Root reports.
The changes seem to come after a more-than-yearlong examination of the Grammy Award’s structure, which has already seen the award fields cut from 109 to 78. These are the first major changes in the production’s 50-plus-year history, and unfortunately, they disproportionately affect their ethnic members.
Legendary musician Carlos Santana and his wife wrote a letter to the Academy, protesting the decision to eliminate Latin Jazz. “To remove Latin Jazz and many other ethnic categories is doing a huge disservice to the brilliant musicians who keep the music vibrant for their fans – new and old. We strongly protest this decision and we ask you to represent all of the colors of the rainbow when it comes to music and give ethnic music a place in the hear of music lovers everywhere,” Mrs. Santana wrote.
Other impacted musicians are being a lot more direct with their complaints, with four-time Latin-jazz nominee Bobby Sanabria saying that ethnic music is targeted as a “subtle form of racism.” According to The Root, the discrimination is more blatant, with categories like blues, folk and world music being consolidated into one category. Separate Hawaiian, Native American and zydeco/Cajun categories have all been cut and replaced with a single award for best regional roots music album.
This will drastically cut the number of ethnic musicians nominated for and receiving Grammy Awards. It also represents the bleaching of colorful, non-mainstream art forms from nationally recognized cultural institutions. I guess we’re just supposed to be happy with rap?
The 53rd annual event that occurred last Sunday was not only the most watched Grammy’s in history, but it was also the most audacious display of wackness I’ve seen in a while. Sure, there were some notable moments like the Cee-Lo Green/Muppets/Gwyneth Paltrow performance, but everything else pretty much left me either confused or bored out of my mind—and slightly offended in some instances. Such as when a group called Lady Antebellum performed a tribute (which lasted about 30 seconds) to Teddy Pendergrass. Surely, I wasn’t the only one who caught the irony of a group, who has a name honoring the pre-Civil War Confederate South, performing a tribute to a dead black man?
For quite a while the Grammy’s have failed to represent the artistry and creativity of the music industry. But I’m not so sure if the Grammy’s or the music industry as a whole should be held responsible for not producing a quality product.
But Steve Stoute, a veteran music and advertising executive, is pissed at the Grammy’s for other reasons. Three days ago, he published a full-page $40,000 ad /open letter to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and its president, suggesting that the Grammy’s has “clearly lost touch with contemporary popular culture.”
In the open letter, Stoute blasted the Grammy’s voting process as being “opaque” for denying teeny-bopper sensation Justin Bieber, who he described as an artist that defines what it means to be a modern artist, the award for Best New Artist and shortchanging Eminem on his 14 Grammy nods. Stoute also thinks that the production had a few too many fishy coincidences, including Arcade Fire, who performed “Month of May” right before winning the Album of the Year category.
In short, Stoute thinks the Grammy’s are a joke. Though he didn’t need to take out a $40,000 ad five days after the event to inform us of this, there is some kernel of truth to what he is saying.
The Grammy’s have always been known for their WTF awards moments, such as how Jay-Z has won 10 Grammy’s yet Nas, who is undoubtedly one of the most talented hip-hop artists ever, has never won a single award. There was also Diddy, though a stellar producer, who was able to pull an upset in the Best Rap Album of the Year over groups such as the Wu-Tang Clan. Even legendary artists such as Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and even The Grateful Dead have never taken home a Grammy award.
Unlike many award shows, the Grammy’s have always strayed in this grey area between the hamburger helper taste of casual pop-music and the finicky palette of the more highbrow, elitist music. But in actuality, it is up to the record companies and individual artist themselves to submit recordings to be nominated.This process was confirmed by Tim Silverman, executive with Tommy Boy Records, who said recently that while he understand Stoute’s frustration, The Grammy’s have never been about who is the most popular. Rather, the awards are a product of the voting system, based on judges within the industry, who are usually older and vote for what they can relate to.
The problem with Stoute’s analysis is that it completely disregards the notion that just because an artist is popular on the charts doesn’t mean that the artist puts out quality work. It just means that the chart-topping artist has better marketing. In some cases, this may work for an artist during award season but in other instances, the Grammy’s do manage to get it right. Such as when Esperanza Spalding, a 26-year old jazz bassist, won Best New Artist, beating out heavyweights such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons. It’s easy to label her win a sham but when you factor in the sheer creativity and originality of her songs, along with her budding brilliance, it totally makes up for the dozens of other well-deserving artists like Ross, Marley and The Grateful Dead who have never won a Grammy.
Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.
(TheLoop21) — Every year when Grammy nominations are announced and later when the winners are eventually presented with their awards, a swarm of conspiracy theories and backlash is sure to follow. You’ve sat in your living room during the ceremony and heard the cries of “they’re just trying to help that album sell,” or “they paid for that award.” I’ve even had my own theories about the awards show process. My “brown baiting” idea has seemed validated by the fact that Eminem – I know he’s not “brown” but hey, he’s a rapper – has been the cornerstone of the Grammy advertising campaign this year. I still doubt he wins the award for Album of the Year; it’s more likely we’ll be duped again. After my last article about the Grammys, I decided to take a closer look at the nomination and voting process to see exactly how the whole thing worked. First, members of the Recording Academy and record labels send music to the committee to be considered for nomination; there can be more than 15,000 entries in a given year. Who is this mysterious Recording Academy you ask? The Recording Academy is a community of musicians that vote on the nominations and winners of Grammys. The Grammys prides itself on the fact that winners are voted on by their peers. Joining the Recording Academy isn’t too difficult. An artist can apply in their category of expertise: vocalist, producer, engineer, etc, by filling out an application form and paying $100 annual dues. So, if the artists don’t pay the money, their voices won’t be heard. While $100 isn’t a lot of money for Diddy, it may be too hefty a price tag for the struggling artists out there. He or she also has to have contributed to six retail tracks released via traditional distribution or 12 digitally released tracks. Once the entries are received, over 150 experts in each field – Jazz, R&B, Country, Hip-Hop, etc. – determine if these submissions are eligible based on the way they are sold and marketed and if they are released within the appropriate timeline. These experts – whose names aren’t revealed due to fear of bribery – then group the releases in their appropriate categories. So, if you wonder who determines the difference between “album of the year” and “song of the year,” it’s these guys. All of this accepted music is sent out to the academy so nominations can take place.
by R. Asmerom
No other award show in the music industry holds quite the prestige of the Grammys. Though there is everything from the MTV Awards to the American Music Awards, the Grammys stand out as the Academy Awards of music. The show is not just a showcase of talent but a determining factor in the evolution of an artist’s career. After all, once a musician wins just one, the term “grammy-award winning artist” comes to forever precede his or her name.
Like most award shows, the Grammy Awards is big business, for the producers as well as the nominated guests of honor. But just how much can the award boost the earnings of an artist? With the music industry struggling to reinvent its business model and fewer musicians being able to earn enough revenue from album sales, winning an award is more important than ever.
“These days, artists are not selling very many records anymore, unless they are huge names like Jay-Z and even then, most of the sales are digital online album sales,” said Josh Gair of Impact Entertainment, a talent agency which books celebrities for events worldwide. “When an artist wins a Grammy, there is usually a slight spike in albums sales but it is usually not a long term effect.” An artist can expect a 10 percent boost in album sales according to Gair, which is good news for the record label on the receiving end. Considering that most, if not all, artists generate the bulk of their earnings via tours and appearances, the exposure from winning or even being nominated for a Grammy allows them to command a bigger performance fee.
“The more popular they become, the more money they earn,” said Gair. “When Rihanna won her first Grammy, her fee went up a lot, from about $150,000 to $300,000.”