Talking toCommon is like being sucked into a sexy, soulful vortex filled with sensitive, meaningful eye contact and Miles Davisshout outs. Really, this man is a creative god with out of this world good looks and a voice so deep it could hold all the creatures of the ocean inside it. Er, we’re not sure what that means either. It’s late. We hung out at the Grammy Nominations Concert all night. We talked to Common. Can you blame us for having a melty brain?
Gushing aside, Common’s an underground icon in the hip-hop community who performed “The Message” last night in a tribute to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. We wanted to know which nominated artists got under his skin and into his iPod. He name checked some of our faves – calling his pal Kanye West a “genius” and confessing that he’d like to collaborate with British folk hipsters Mumford & Sons. They’re featured on his new AMC show Hell On Wheels and he’s now a big fan. Common’s got an album coming out later this year – maybe there’s still time to get them on board?
The nominees for the 2012 Grammy Awards—seventy-eight categories worth, if you’re counting at home!—were announced last night. Four of those categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist) were announced live on CBS during a star-studded concert, featuring performances by the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, The Band Perry and more. If you happened to go to bed early or decided to watch American Horror Story instead, we’re here to help. Rather than plead ignorance when your co-workers ask you for your thoughts on the nominations, we’ve come up with this list of eight handy conversation starters to get you going. No, we’re not focusing on boring things like who got the most nominations in this post (if you want that stuff, no worries, we’ve got you covered); instead, we’re gonna give you a kickstart for some things that are actually fun to discuss, like whether or not Lady Gaga was doing dressed like a cross between a Cobra Kai member and Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, if Kanye West is going to go ballistic again after being snubbed in the Album of the Year category, and deciphering what exactly a Skrillex is. Enjoy, and happy watercoolering.
The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles tonight during a live special that aired on CBS. The 2012 Grammys will be broadcast on CBS February 12th at 8/7c. Kanye West led all nominees with 7 nods, despite being royally snubbed in the Album of the Year category, closely followed by Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars (who each snagged six nominations).
However, big surprise of the evening was certainly the recognition bestowed upon Bon Iver, who scored nominations in three of the “Big 4″ categories (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist). He is a virtual unknown to most Americans, and not even presenter and fellow Best New Artist nominee Nicki Minaj knew how to pronounce his name (she probably should’ve watched this YouTube video with the correct pronunciation of Bon Iver before heading out on stage). However, music industry insiders clearly know of him, and his performance at the awards in February will likely be the most lovably awkward televised performed since Elliott Smith showed up at the Oscars in 1998.
VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson is set to make its online premiere exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17. Her five-song performance, the final setlist of which is still under wraps, was totally phenomenal, and it was all we could do to keep ourselves composed when we sat down with her after the show for a few minutes.
One of the things we asked her about were her favorite VH1 Unplugged performances, and the two names that immediately came to Kelly Clarkson‘s mind were Mumford & Sons and Adele. Which one of these two artists does Kelly hope that “she’s never on the same awards show” with, and which one’s music does she describe as unusually sexy? There’s only one way to find out! (And that’s by clicking play on the video above, natch.)
You Can Now Make Music On The Go With Apple’s New iPhone App
Apple has adapted its GarageBand software so you can now download it to your iPhone and make music on the go. This is going to make for some very interesting subway commutes, indeed… [Prefix]
Mumford And Sons Are Back With A Brand New Song, “Ghosts That We Knew”
We were starting to feel like Mumford & Sons might ride off the success of Sigh No More forever, so we’re pretty excited to see they’ve got some new material. [NME]
Boyz II Men Join NKOTBSB Onstage For 2-Song Medley
The combined forces of over a decade of talented-vocalist guy-groups sang “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End Of The Road” and turned an entire generation into mush for four and a half minutes Friday night in Orlando. [Vulture]
Noel Gallagher Debuts Single And Video
Watch and hear “The Death of You And Me” from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds above. [Guardian] Read more…
As we parallel park into July and officially hit the curb of this year’s halfway point, it’s time to take a quick look back at what the past six months have taught us. Not conventional life lessons, however; we’re talking about stuff that’s a little bit less intense and also involves YOU! That’s right, in the first installment of our Top 100 Videos of 2011… So Far, we’re spilling the beans on the #100-51 most clicked-and-viewed videos on VH1.com. You’ll see that this pi?ata-like list of content contains tasty treats and slippery surprises alike! We’ve got brand-new videos that just recently launched, some VH1 Classic leaning clips (hey there, Megadeth), repeat offenders, and of course, effervescent, essential vids from the music video cannon. So take a look at the first fifty videos below and don’t forget to come back later this week as we continue on our quest to discover what artist snags the #1 spot!
Mumford & Sons Debut New Song on Colorado’s KBCO
When we got Mumford & Sons in the studio for their VH1 Unplugged taping, the band mentioned trying out new material on the road before heading into the studio with it. Nevertheless, no live recordings of decent quality have surfaced until this weekend, when the band performed a yet-untitled song on the air at KBCO. Fans have been calling this song “Home.” [Paste]
Justin Timberlake May Use MySpace To Launch A Talent Competition
So says his manager, Johnny Wright. If Wright is to be believed, Timberlake is as enthused about possibilities for the future of MySpace as he is unenthused about possibilities for the future of his recording career. [MTV News]
We couldn’t make it to Glastonbury this year, but luckily BBC was there with tons of cameras to record some killer performances. Sadly, there’s no official footage from the Park Stage (Radiohead! Big Audio Dynamite! Pulp! Lykke Li!) and YouTube clips, though they exist, are coming down as quickly as they go up, but otherwise, the BBC has got UK viewers covered with complete set streams?and selections for the rest of us. So here are the five highlights from the clips made available to the world:
5. Atlanta Represent: Janelle Mon?e
There was a strong contingent of Dungeon Family affiliates: Big Boi pumping the crowd up with “Shutterbug” and Cee Lo Green borrowing a costume from GWAR for “Crazy”. Big Boi prot?g? Janelle Mon?e outshone both with her razor-sharp rendition of “Tightrope.” Her remarkable dance moves and James Brown showpersonship are among the “intangibles” that make this clip unmissable.
Ted Dwane, the bassist in Mumford & Sons, was looking a little worse for wear at the recording of the band’s VH1 Unplugged special, which airs this Friday at 11PM ET/PT. The taping was the band’s first American appearance since the Grammys, and they’d all flown over from the UK the day before?except Dwane, who’d been stranded for hours on the tarmac in London and hadn?t slept since his 3:30 AM arrival in New York City.
He certainly didn’t let his exhaustion show in the performances themselves, and if not for the introductions the band recorded, no one would ever know. Luckily for us, the introductions will be part of the special, as you can see above. Ted tries and fails to introduce the band’s second single “The Cave,” as the other band members poke and prod him, and generally give him a hard time. The performance itself is joyous and infectious. You can even see a few shots of the audience singing, tapping, and stomping along to lead singer Marcus Mumford?s lyrics and kickdrum stomp. The band talked before they played about feeling more at home gigging than in the studio recording, but they proved it when they started to perform.
VH1 Unplugged: Mumford & Sons airs Friday, June 24, at 11 p.m. ET/PT?but if you can’t wait that long, hit up VH1.com tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET for an online viewing party before the premiere!