This weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live was an especially emotional episode, one that saw beloved cast members Bill Hader and Fred Armisen bid the show a fond adieu. Hader’s big farewell sketch was, of course, the epic wedding between Stefon and Seth Meyers, while Fred Armisen was joined by a calvacade of indie rock legends—Carrie Brownstein! Steve Jones! Aimee Mann! Michael Penn! J. Mascis!—for an emotional performance as his punk rocker alter ego Ian Rubbish.
While Kanye West, Adele, the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars are surely celebrating the many nods they received at last night’s Grammy nominations special, the winners of the evening were definitely zombies, who got a big nod from Lady Gaga during her performance. Other groups who will benefit from the evening: podiatrists (because we want Nicki Minaj’s and Taraji P. Henson’s shoes now) and gyms (because between Melle Mel’s arms and Grace Potter‘s legs, we are all feeling a little inadequate this morning). Losers: the color pink, because Katy Perry’s abuse of this monochromatic thing is making us weary of it; jeans — well, just Jason Aldean’s sad, holey, unhemmed pair; and the cows who gave their lives to Reid Perry’s pants. For a full account of the Grammy nominations, head over to VH1 Tuner.
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Wonder what Ryan Murphy will have to say about this. Foo Fighter Dave Grohl went off on Glee at SXSW this week, telling The Hollwood Reporter he’s frustrated with the idea that rock bands should be grateful for autotuned cast renditions of their hits. “It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f—ing Glee,” said Grohl, And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his f—ing show… f— that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee. I watched 10 minutes. It’s not my thing.” Fair enough, but you just guaranteed it will be your 4-year-old daughter’s thing, Dave.
Though he left out Nathan Followill’s ill-advised baiting of show creator Murphy (“buy a new bra”), Grohl otherwise did a solid job of explaining the drama to drummer Taylor Hawkins. “[Murphy] wanted to do Guns ‘n’ Roses and Slash is like, ‘I hate f—ing musicals. It’s worse than Grease.’ Then [Murphy’s] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up ol’ rock star, that’s what they f—ing do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little a–holes…’ And it’s just like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included.” Said the philosophical Hawkins, “Yeah, f— that s—.” Looks like Gwyneth Paltrow may have another beef to settle!
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The conservative pundits were right! Barack Obama has stacked his cabinet with celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, George Jones, The Who and Twyla Tharp! Dude is crazy!
Actually, those five are the line-up of 2008 Kennedy Center Honorees, who were treated to a fine fete last night. Obama wasn’t present—though Streisand took a peck on the cheek from our current president, yow—but plenty of stars were there to salute and perform for the legends of film, song and stage. The ceremony won’t air on CBS until December 30th, so you’ll just have to check out the gallery to see who got gussied up for the event.
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With a raspberry and plenty of nyah nyah nyahs, “So What” has put Pink back where she belongs — on top of the charts. And so what, indeed, to her ex-husband Carey Hart, referred to in unfavorable terms throughout the song. Pink isn’t the only one to turn her pain into artistic profit. As Kid Rock explains in “Half Your Age,” “You thought I was just gonna sit back and take it on the chin / But honey, I’m a songwriter …” Here are ten other tracks that prove revenge is a dish best set to music. — Charles Bottomley
10. “Survivor” (2001)
Slingin’ mud: Destiny’s Child, multi-platinum for Beyonce Knowles and other hirelings.
Smeared! LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, who were unceremoniously booted from the band in 2000.
Ouch! “You thought I wouldn’t sell without you / Sold nine million.”
See you in court? Oh yes. Luckett and Roberson sued Beyonce and her father manager, claiming the lyrics violated a confidentiality agreement.