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10 Unexpectedly Awesome Cover Versions Of Classic Songs

10 Unexpectedly Awesome Covers

It’s a commonly held view that covers suck. They can be lame, unimaginative and tantamount to stealing someone else’s thoughts. Just ask Prince, who apparently wants to make covering songs illegal! Or at least his own songs…

“Why do we need to hear another cover of a song that someone else did?” he wondered aloud during an interview with Billboard. “Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.” But that’s not always the case. Every now and then you get a version that rethinks the tune from the ground up, and totally breathes new life into an old classic. Just check out these 10 amazing covers that came totally out of left field and shocked us with their awesomeness!

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5 Fine Wines That Remind Us Of Nicki Minaj, Adele, Beyonce, NKOTB And Kelly Rowland

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We were lucky enough to spend the weekend at the Napa Valley, CA festival Live In The Vineyard. Of course it wouldn’t be a festival, or Napa, if we didn’t try a little wine while rocking out to acts like Goo Goo Dolls, Tegan and Sara and New Kids On The Block. We didn’t bring back any to share with everyone, but here are five fine wines we tasted that reminded us of artists who also regularly intoxicate us. Read more…

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You Oughta Know Artist Jessie Ware Rocks PAPER Magazine Party

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“No one knows who I am,” Jessie Ware said in our interview yesterday. The 28-year-old British chanteuse couldn’t be more wrong.

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Oscars 2013: Who Rocked The James Bond Song Harder, Adele Or Shirley Bassey? [POLL]

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While so much of our time has been spent analyzing the performances of Jennifer Lawrence and presence of Ben Affleck‘s beard, Adele has been more than a pleasant surprise this awards season. Or, to borrow a phrase from Anne Hathaway, the cherry on top of vegan ice cream (cringe). She’s already picked up an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, compared herself to Beyoncé, met Beyoncé, but tonight’s James Bond tribute wasn’t all about her.

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Friday Face-Off Oscar Edition: Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, Counting Crows & Janet Vs. Adele

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Aside from the fashion and a chance to see celebs accidentally say something stupid, Best Original Song performances is the one thing that makes the 3-hour-plus long Academy Awards bearable. This year VH1′s favorite British belter Adele will be carrying a tune and possibly a statue for “Skyfall.” But over the years many unexpected pop hits have caught the Academy’s attention. So, how does Adele’s award season favorite stack up against past Oscar winners and nominees? From Janet Jackson and Counting Crows to Three 6 Mafia and Eminem, we make a case for each. Vote on which winner or contender deserves that golden naked man most while we practice our Angelina leg.
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From Giggling With Beyoncé To Scolding Chris Brown, Adele Had The Best Grammy Awards Ever

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All hail Dame Adele–again. For the second straight year, the English songbird stole the show on music’s biggest night. With a fresh Grammy in her hand and etiquette lessons tailor-made for Chris Brown at the ready, Ms. Adkins gets our vote for Grammy MVP on account of looking so gosh darn tickled to be invited AND for being prepared to mediate potential fights before they got a chance to start.

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Grammys 2013: VH1 You Oughta Know Artists Take Home 7 Awards

VH1 You Oughta Know Alumni Win 7 Grammys

You know how you always hear attendees at awards shows say that it’s just nice to be nominated? While that sentiment certainly holds true for our pack of amazing VH1 You Oughta Know alumni who earned themselves 17 nominations at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the reality of the situation is that it feels even better to win. That’s why we here at VH1 are bursting at the seams with pride tonight that our You Oughta Know family took home SEVEN GRAMMYS (!!!) at tonight’s ceremonies, including honors in two of the Big Four Categories: Record Of The Year (Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know”) and Album of the Year (Mumford And SonsBabel).

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Grammys 2013: VH1 You Oughta Know Artists Earn 17 Nominations

VH1 You Oughta Know Artists Score 17 Grammy Nominations

Now that the BeyBowl is safely in the rearview mirror, we now turn our attention towards the 2013 Grammys, which will be airing live from Los Angeles this Sunday night, February 10. Just today, we learned that our You Oughta Know alumnus Bruno Mars is set to perform alongside Sting (which makes PERFECT sense when you consider that “Locked Out Of Heaven” sounds exactly like an old Police song), which is yet another in a long line of performances that we’re looking forward to on Sunday. And while we’re on the topic of You Oughta Know artists…

Our You Oughta Know alumni scored an impressive 17 nominations when the 2013 Grammy nominations were announced back in December, including four nominations in the big four categories. Our February 2012 YOK artist Gotye picked up a nomination for Record Of The Year for his song “Somebody I Used To Know,” a song that he performed for a standing room only crowd in our 20th floor lobby earlier this year; our May 2012 You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran scored a nomination for Song Of The Year for his haunting ballad “The A Team”; our July pick, The Lumineers, were nominated for Best New Artist; and our YOK friends from way back in 2010, Mumford & Sons, picked up a nod in the Album Of The Year category for their massive new LP, Babel.

Here’s a complete list of the 2013 Grammy awards that our awesome YOK alums are nominated for this weekend:
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Adele Is Going To Make The “Skyfall” With A Comeback Performance At The Oscars

Certainly you haven’t forgotten about the soulful British chanteuse who owned 2012 with her diamond-selling 21. Adele‘s 19 followed by 21 were all about heartbreak. There was nothing for the make-us-cry-with-emotion singer to write or sing about after falling madly in love with Simon Konecki. After the 2012 Grammys she took a hiatus from music to do things rich people in love do– having a baby whose name she won’t reveal yet (more on that in a bit). As she slowly creeps back into music with the James Bond 007 theme song “Skyfall” her presence has been requested for an Oscars performance to which she’s happily obliged. Read more…