Robin Thicke was among the performers to take the stage during the Grammys live nominations concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. Thicke, who's been nominated for three statues this year, performed "Blurred Lines." His wife Paula Patton and father Alan Thicke were waiting backstage to congratulate him on his nods.
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves were among the names in country music to receive Grammy nominations. Swift scored nods for Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Begin Again"), Best Country Duo/Group ("Highway Don't Care" with Keith Urban) and Album of the Year (Red). Kacey will face off in the Best Country Song with Swift with her hit "Merry Go Round."
Lyrics to "Born to Run," handwritten by Bruce Springsteen pulled in $197,000 at a Sotheby's auction, topping the estimated auction price ($70,000-$100,000) by a lot. The lyrics, much different from the final version of the song, were taken from a spiral bound notebook that belonged to the Boss. However, the manuscript does include "a nearly perfected chorus," according to the house.
During the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends benefit concert for Christmas 4 Kids, Garth Brooks took some time out to honor his late bus driver Jim Payne. Jim and his wife Carla have served on the Board of Directors of Christmas 4 Kids for many years. "Jim and Carla are just so sweet people that believe in this effort so much . . ."
R. Kelly is one celeb who's in the corner of troubled R&B star, Chris Brown. In an interview with G2, Kellz compared Breezy to Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King among others: "He got knocked down a little bit and he climbed up. You know, that sounds like Ali to me. That sounds like Martin Luther King to me."
Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin joined the Obama family to help throw the switch on the U.S. national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. Mimi introduced her daughter Monroe to the President while remarking that it is an "honor to kick off the holiday season with the First Family."
Lorde was among the performers to take the stage during the Grammys live nominations concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. During the program, Lorde performed her Record of the Year nominated hit "Royals," and joined Miguel and Keith Urban for a cover of the Bill Withers hit "Ain't No Sunshine."
Jay Z leads the pack of Grammy nominees, snagging nine nods at the upcoming 56th annual event. Close behind Jigga were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, who earned seven apiece. Hova was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Suit & Tie" with Justin Timberlake), Best Rap Performance ("Tom Ford"), Best Rap/Sung Collab ("Part II" feat. Beyonce).
Carlos Santana and Billy Joel were both honored at the Kennedy Center Honors over the weekend. Santana was feted at the event with a performance of his hit "Oye Como Va," performed by Juanes and Tom Morello. Other honored at the event were Shirley MacLaine, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo.
Craig Morgan recently celebrated his five-year anniversary of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The 49-year-old country singer performed onstage at the historic venue and received a plaque from Pete Fisher, who is general manager of the Opry. "I wore them out when I first started as a singer," said Morgan of the honor.
Palladia, the sister station of VH1, has aired its behind the scenes doc on the making-of Paul McCartney's latest album, New. Something New alternates footage of the recording process and the memories and reflections of those involved. The result is a look into Paul's creative process and collaboration with the album's star-studded production team.
Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, is unsatisfied with the verdict in the recently concluded wrongful death trial against AEG - now she's looking to take the concert promoter back to court.
She filed court documents this week citing jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors as the reason for re-trial, according to TMZ.
Keith Urban has announced that the 2014 Keith Urban Calendar, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is ready for order via KeithUrbanFans.com. Since 2003, KeithUrbanFans.com has created a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Keith Urban calendar featuring a collection of concert photos taken by his fans.
Eric Church says that the title track to his latest album, The Outsiders, was written for the misfits and loners of the world. Speaking with Billboard, Church said the tune is meant to give such kids hope:
"[It's a song] for a 13 or 14-year-old kid who doesn't quite have it all together yet, and he's the outcast. It's a gladiator song. It's a locker-room song."
In addition to being an R&B hit maker, Ne-Yo is also the co-founder of the Compound Foundation, an organization meant to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. In a recent interview, Ne said his goal is to get kids to realize their potential no matter what their background . . ."