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Brandi Carlile Credits Ellen DeGeneres With Inspiring Her To Come Out

Fresh off her triumph at the 2019 Grammy Awards last Sunday, Brandi Carlile gave fans another opportunity to marvel at her musical prowess when she swung by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday for a performance.  The Seattle-based singer-songwriter performed a chilling version of “The Joke,” accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. It was a wildly different interpretation of the award-winning hit, though just as effective.  In a brief interview following the performance, Carlile opened up about her Grammy experience, recalling the heartwarming speech she gave after accepting the award for Best American Roots Song for “The Joke.” “I basically just outlined that I came out of the closet when I was 14 years old because of you, and just never attended any parties or was never invited to a d...

Lady Gaga Defends ‘Brave’ Cardi B After Grammy Backlash: ‘You Deserve Awards’

Count Lady Gaga in the Cardi B camp after the rapper drew backlash over her Grammy win.  Both of them walked away with trophies at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night; Cardi B even made history, becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album ― but only the hip-hop superstar had to defend her win for some reason after some online critics labeled her undeserving.  Gaga apparently caught wind of the controversy and showed her support for the rapper on Tuesday with a heartfelt post, praising her “brave” fellow Grammy winner.  “It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art,” the “A Star Is Born” actress wrote. “I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up &a...

Lady Gaga Defends ‘Brave’ Cardi B After Grammy Backlash: ‘You Deserve Awards’

Count Lady Gaga in the Cardi B camp after the rapper drew backlash over her Grammy win.  Both of them walked away with trophies at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night; Cardi B even made history, becoming the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album ― but only the hip-hop superstar had to defend her win for some reason after some online critics labeled her undeserving.  Gaga apparently caught wind of the controversy and showed her support for the rapper on Tuesday with a heartfelt post, praising her “brave” fellow Grammy winner.  “It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art,” the “A Star Is Born” actress wrote. “I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up &a...

Cardi B Rants Against People Who Say She Didn’t Deserve Grammy

The 26-year-old performer, whose “Invasion of Privacy” won for best rap album, hotly rejected the criticism of unnamed detractors in a video she posted before deleting her Instagram. (An entertainment news account saved the clip.) “I’m sick of this shit,” she said angrily. “I worked hard for my motherfucking album.” She railed against the fickle nature of award recognition, noting that she lost at year’s Grammys and it was treated by many as an injustice. “I remember last year when I didn’t win for ‘Bodak Yellow,’ everybody was like, ‘Cardi got snubbed, Cardi got snubbed.’ Now this year’s a fucking problem?” Cardi B recounted her new album’s chart success and how she overcame the challenges of being pregnant to make it.  “I fucking worked my ass off, locked myself in the studio for three m...

Grammys Omitted R&B Legend Reggie Lucas From In Memoriam Segment, Drawing Outrage

Among many achievements, the late R&B and jazz legend Reggie Lucas played in Miles Davis’ touring band, composed hit songs and produced Madonna’s debut album.  But during Sunday night’s broadcast of the Grammy Awards, he was missing from the “In Memoriam” segment, sparking criticism from fans and viewers — including his daughter Lisa, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. She tweeted that she was “fully offended” and “so enraged” that “the Grammys forgot” her Grammy-winning father. I feel some kind of way that the Grammys forgot my dad, a Grammy winner, in the In Memoriam section. I’m actually fully offended. — Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) February 11, 2019 I’m still so enraged by this. Maybe moreso this morning. — Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) February 11, 2019 Other ...

Grammys Cut Off Drake After He Disses Award In Acceptance Speech

Drake actually showed up to accept his Grammy Award Sunday night for Best Rap Song (“God’s Plan.”) Then he really made his presence felt, telling music hopefuls that awards don’t validate you as a performer. “If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.” After a pause, the performer was suddenly silenced as he started a sentence, and the show cut to commercial. It appeared as if producers cut off the Toronto-based “Fake Love” rapper just as he was dissing the awards show. LOL THEY CUT DRAKE OFF BECAUSE HE SAID ARTISTS DON’T NEED GRAMMYS — Nap King Cole (@__TheBigHomie) February 11, 2019 they cut drake off quick omg p...

Brandi Carlile Recalls Coming Out Struggle In Emotional Grammys Speech

Brandi Carlile emerged triumphant from the 2019 Grammy Awards Sunday, but she made it clear her early struggles coming to terms with her sexuality continue to influence her music.  The folk-rock singer-songwriter took home three Grammys, including Best Americana Album for 2018’s “By the Way, I Forgive You” and Best American Roots Performance for that LP’s first single, “The Joke.” Her most poignant remarks came after picking up the award for Best American Roots Song for “The Joke,” which she also performed live at the ceremony.  “Americana music is the island of the misfit toys [and] I am such a misfit,” Carlile told the crowd. “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties.” “I never got to attend a dance,...

Jennifer Lopez Passionately Rejects Grammy Motown Backlash

Grammy Awards viewers heaped fresh criticism onto Jennifer Lopez for her prominent role in a Motown tribute at Sunday’s show. But Lopez fired back in a tearful explanation afterward. “You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do — what they should sing or not sing,” Lopez told “Entertainment Tonight” in a Twitter clip, below. Lopez, who had drawn criticism even before the awards show for being tabbed to celebrate a black record label during Black History Month, received additional online disapproval for her medley performance. She sang classics like “Do You Love Me” while donning several outfits in an act with Smokey Robinson and others. Wikipedia should just delete @JLo’s age… like, leave it blank. N/A. 😍🔥 #JLo #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/OrB8bPmx7P — Mike Adam (@MikeAdamOnAir) Feb...

Yolanda Adams, Fantasia And Andra Day Honor Aretha Franklin With Powerful Grammy Tribute

Yolanda Adams, Andra Day and Fantasia livened up the final moments of the 2019 Grammy Awards with a powerful, if understated, tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.  The trio took the stage at the end of the ceremony’s “In Memoriam” segment to perform Frankin’s version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Kevin Winter via Getty Images Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day performed a powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2019 Grammy Awards.  Fans and critics responded to the performance with raves on Twitter.  Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day just killed that Aretha Franklin tribute! #GRAMMYs — Jared Sawyer Jr. (@JaredSawyerJr) February 11, 2019 What a beautiful tribute to Aretha Franklin❤️#NaturalWoman #Grammys pic.twitter.com/Wmx3o2aM5M — Now 105.7 Binghamton (@radionow1...

Cardi B Becomes First Solo Woman To Win Grammy Award For Best Rap Album

The Grammys like Cardi B and she likes it like that.  The Bronx-born rapper made history at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night by picking up the trophy for Best Rap Album, becoming the first solo female rapper to do so in the category’s 20-plus year history. Lauryn Hill won as a member of the hip-hop group Fugees in 1997. It’s not like Cardi B even needed the award given how she’d already shut down the red carpet in a vintage couture gown, followed by a show-stopping performance of her new single “Money.” But nothing could compare to the raw emotion she showed in her acceptance speech.  Besting fellow nominees Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott and the late Mac Miller, the clearly shocked rapper took the stage to deliver a peak Cardi speech.  Why yes our girls @chloexhalle DID get th...

Ariana Grande Blew Up Instagram With Pics Of Dress She’d Have Worn To The Grammys

Ariana Grande wants you to break up with the Grammys. She’s bored. The pop star blew up Instagram on Sunday night during the 2019 Grammy Awards with a bunch of photos of her in a Cinderella-esque gown. Donning the custom powder-blue Zac Posen dress, Grande was seen lying down and playing with her dog, Myron.  “When @ZacPosen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not,” wrote Grande in the first of her six posts in the garment. In addition to her Zac Posen gown, the 25-year-old also wore Borgioni earrings and a custom Butani diamond choker worth over $380,000, featuring more than 1,000 fancy cut diamonds. The “thank u, next” singer also accused Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich of “lying” about why she wouldn’t be attending and said that she had offered to perform three song...

Twitter Is Fallin’ For Alicia Keys As 2019 Grammys Host

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys thrilled as host of the 2019 Grammy Awards, and people on social media were celebrating her positive vibes.   The singer-songwriter opened Sunday night’s show by bringing out four influential women: former first lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez.  “Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other,” Keys said onstage. Obama celebrated the “one and only” songstress in a post published to Instagram on Sunday.  “I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs,” Obama wrote in part. “She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!”  People on Twitter have shared in on the love for Keys.  Alicia Keys is genu...

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