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10 Times When Auto-Tuning Totally Worked

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By Christopher Rosa 

It’s not hard to record a song nowadays—a laptop, GarageBand and microphone are all one needs to crank out a decent track. And with the magic of Auto-Tune, you can even sound pitch perfect. It’s no surprise that artists flock to this tool to amp up their game, some abusing it to disguise the fact that they can’t really sing at all. It’s like a pop P.E.D.! But music’s most notorious tool isn’t always used for evil.

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You Better Work! Britney Spears’ 15 Best Live Performances

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By Christopher Rosa

Last week marked the 15th anniversary of Britney Spears‘ first solo concert tour. You’ve already seen our nostalgia-inducing trip down memory lane, where we compared shots from her …Baby One More Time Tour (1999) and her current Las Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me. But what about all the good stuff in between—the tours, television appearances and surprise shows that made our Britney-loving hearts skip several beats? What are Brit Brit’s greatest performances of all time?

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Pretty Boys? Rock Stars in Truly Insane Makeup

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With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – - that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.

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by (@shakeyourbeauty)

Baby Houseman! Ren McMormack! The Most Non-Negotiable Dance Movies, Ever

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Dance movies own us. Right? They’re irresistible. And the best ones have a lot in common. They’re glorified B movies (Breakin‘). They usually feature star-crossed lovers from disparate backgrounds (Save the Last Dance). The soundtracks are incredible (Flashdance). The titles are usually stolen from hip-hop slang that’s at least a year old (You Got Served — which means we’re due for a flick called Yolo! Twerk That Body). Throw all those elements together, and you have a classic guilty pleasure for the ages.

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by (@unclegrambo)

The Most Outrageous Grammy Fashion Moments Of All-Time

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While we’ll have to wait until Sunday night’s 2014 Grammys red carpet livestream to figure out which stars stood out this year, we combed through our vast archives to put together this countdown of the Most Outrageous Grammy Fashion Moments Of All-Time. From M.I.A‘s bodacious baby bump to Celine Dion‘s surprising penchant for thongs, from Lady Gaga hatching herself from a translucent egg to J. Lo‘s infamous Versace wrap dress, we pay tribute (and throw some occasional shade) at those over the years who have shown no fear on Music’s Biggest Night.

by (@unclegrambo)

Which Musician Is Going To Anchor The “In Memoriam” Montage At The 2014 Grammys?

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The 2014 Grammy Awards are set to go down this Sunday night, January 26, and there’s one moment on the show that people just can’t stop gossiping about. No, it’s not the reported Jay Z/Beyoné opening number, and no, it’s most certainly not which artist is going to walk away with Song, Record or Album of the Year. Rather, it’s which recently deceased star will anchor the famed In Memoriam death montage?

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Grammy Busts: The Least Successful Best New Artist Winners

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Winners of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist include Mariah Carey, You Oughta Know alum Adele, Lauryn Hill and The Beatles. What should be considered the highest order of tapping a kid on the shoulder and telling him or her they’ve “got potential” has maintained enough credibility over the years to remain relevant. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few missteps. Grammy got it right with that English foursome who would later create Abbey Road and become the most recognized act around the world, but then there’s the German duo who weren’t actually singing on their debut album. Not to mention the flower child responsible for the Dawson’s Creek theme song and that old dude who can’t stop crooning about sailing.

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