Everyone dreams of one day fronting their favorite rock band, even if it means shoving the real lead singer into the corner. As one of the thousands of hopefuls on American Idol, a young Adam Lambert broke through with “Bohemian Rhapsody” as his audition song. And by the end of the season he would eventually joined Queen onstage, proving that certain dreams really can come true — especially if you happen to know Simon Cowell.
The full impact of last month’s Grammy Awards is felt on this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales charts, but no Grammy act could topple the Frozen soundtrack from the top of the charts. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars benefits from both the Grammy Awards and his performance during halftime at the Super Bowl. We crunch the numbers in this week’s SoundScanner.
Bruno Mars won big at this year’s Grammy Awards, taking home the Best Pop Vocal Album for 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox. He’ll be filling your Sunday TV screens and Twitter feeds again this weekend, as the official Super Bowl Halftime Show performer. He’s huge on stage, yes, but have you seen him off-screen?
While the robots of Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z and Taylor-In-Training Kacey Musgraves are out celebrating their wins at tonight’s Grammy Awards, we’re beaming with pride for our very own You Oughta Know family. VH1’s roster of emerging artists past and present were nominated in 17 categories this year, with Lorde and Bruno Mars scooping up big trophies for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, respectively.
We hate to say we told you so, but … we told you so! All year we’ve been bringing you the best new music so you can stay aurally informed, and if you’ve been doing your homework and keeping abreast of the hottest new acts with us, you’ll notice that more than a few of our amazing You Oughta Know artists, both past and present, scored well-deserved props when the 2014 Grammy Nominees were announced tonight.
The nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles tonight during a live special that aired on CBS. Hosted once again by LL Cool J—does the LL stand for Lip Licker or WHAT?!?— the show featured performances from the likes of VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and more. The 2014 Grammys will go down live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast on CBS at 8PM ET/PT.
Lady Gaga served as both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, marking the 26th time in the show’s 38 seasons that an individual was asked by Lorne Michaels to pull double duty. Gaga, ever the showstopper, did a tremendous job—more on her in a bit!—but what other musicians did the best job of being hilarious during sketches AND singing their faces off?
No one is born a star. Even if someone is born with a killer voice, they still have to toil away for years. They’ve got to hone their chops and await their big break. Thankfully, obscurity doesn’t mean the same thing as invisibility. The 10 stars on our list all have early moments caught online that they might not want us to see now.
Nevertheless, we think it’s important to remember that Lady Gaga used to perform at New York open mics in simple cotton dresses, or that Kanye West once toiled in the studio trying to impress Jay-Z, or that Ed Sheeran gleefully stuffed marshmallows into his mouth for no good reason at all.