| Dec 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
With so much music being streamed, swapped and downloaded from so many outlets these days, it's valid to ask whether we can arrive at any sort of Grammy consensus.
The nominations for the 56th annual ceremony, announced late Friday, give us the answer:...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:00 PM
Jay Z led the pack in the race for Grammy Awards earning nine nominations including one for Rap Album and two nominations in the Rap/Sung Collaboration category. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake also scored big...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:39 AM
The year 2013 has been a big one for Virginia Beach's Pharrell Williams and it's looking like the good news will spill over into 2014. The producer and songwriter has been nominated for a long list of major Grammy awards, including Record of the Year,...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
With most of the biz's biggest stars on the sidelines, even veteran Grammy handicappers will have a hard time auguring the winners when the trophies are handed out Jan. 26.
The nominees for the 56th annual music honors lack anything that resembles a...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Kimberly Peirce's adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie" may have tanked in the box office, but the film's promotional campaign proved to be a viral hit. A web ad for the movie cracked YouTube's year-end list of trending videos, which was...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:45 AM
A sincere student of greats such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, singer and multitalented musician ZZ Ward has a name that seems ripped from a yellowing poster for some Chicago nightclub summit of old fedora-ed blues guys.
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:49 PM
When news broke in August that Eminem had completed a new album, it arrived in a fashion nearly identical to the way Jay Z had announced his own record just two months earlier: in a tech-related TV commercial (Samsung for Jay Z, Beats headphones for...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:38 AM
The early candidate for rap album of the year begins with a mother warning her son to stop following in the footsteps of his incarcerated father.
The colorfully delivered advice was given to Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, the 24-year-old rapper better...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Miami-born Cecile McLorin Salvant must get tired of being called a prodigy.
Because at just 24, she can claim a best jazz vocal album Grammy nomination for last year's "WomanChild." When she was 21, Salvant won the prestigious Thelonious Monk...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:43 PM
PRETORIA, South Africa — The prosecutor in the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius accused him of repeatedly lying to the court and offering versions of events so improbable that "nobody would think it is reasonably or...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Nas, Jay Z and Diddy hit the stage together at Coachella to celebrate a landmark hip-hop album.
Twenty years ago Nas, a hungry 20-year-old emcee from New York's tough Queensbridge projects, issued his debut, “Illmatic.”
The album, with its...