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MUSIC

Adele is Grammy Belle With Five Wins; Sweeps Top Three Awards

Beyonce Had Nine Nominations, Two Wins


Adele celebrates winning the Album of the Year Grammy by breaking it in half and offering to share it with Beyonce for her album ‘Lemonade.’ (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Adele, the UK singer with the haunting voice, captured the hearts and minds of Grammy voters with five wins at last night’s 59th Grammy Awards, including a sweep of the top three prizes. Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper were the other top winners.

MUSIC

Grammys Nod to Streaming Music in Last-Ditch Stand for Relevance

Signature Event Still Trying to Catch Up


Beyonce is now the most nominated artist in Grammy history. Can music's signature event break out of its rut? (Photo: Getty)

Beyonce is now the most nominated artist in Grammy history. Can music’s signature event break out of its rut? (Photo: Getty)

The Grammys, music’s biggest night, lumbers into its 59th year besieged by failing ratings and dwindling demographics. Does anyone even care anymore–outside of industry insiders and 12-year-old girls? The entire telecast could be re-titled “An Annual Tribute to Beyonce.”

CELEBRITIES

Rihanna Suffering From Bronchitis; Years of Heavy Smoking Take Toll

Forced to Miss Grammys; Antibiotics Not Working


Rihanna has used smoking as part of her image. But heavy use of tobacco and marijuana is taking a toll on her lungs and health. (Photo: Paper magazine)

Rihanna has used smoking as part of her image. But heavy use of tobacco and marijuana is taking a toll on her lungs and health. (Photo: Paper magazine)

Rihanna failed to show at the Grammys last night where she was scheduled to perform. Her reps blamed a bad case of bronchitis, likely related to years of smoking, both cigarettes and unfiltered blunts. It can only get worse for the Barbadian singer, if she keeps it up.

MUSIC

New, Unimproved! Why Grammys Underwhelmed as Usual This Year

Music Industry Is Still a Slowly Sinking Ship


The 58th Grammy Awards showcased what's best in music, but did little to reassure that the industry's downward spiral won't continue. (Photo: NARAS)

The 58th Grammy Awards showcased what’s best in music, but did little to reassure that the industry’s downward spiral won’t continue. (Photo: NARAS)

With only a handful of actual awards handed out on television, The Grammys did its utmost best to convince us nothing is wrong with the music business. Again. It’s kind of like the orchestra on the Titanic–if the Titanic took 20 years to sink.

MUSIC

Taylor Swift Shouts Out Empowerment in Album of Year Speech (watch!)

Was Commerical Success Rewarded Over Artistry?


Taylor Swift proved she remains one of the classiest women in music with her Album of the Year speech. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Taylor Swift proved she remains one of the classiest women in music with her Album of the Year speech. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Taylor Swift was a surprise winner of Album of the Year at the Grammy’s last night, becoming the only woman to win the award twice, and she used the occasion to deliver an empowering message for women. But did the Grammys reward commercial success over artistry?

FILM

Oscars Have Become Like the Golden Globes, Meaningless, Self-Destructive

Award to Hollywood Ego, Self-Importance?


Chris Rock called out the Oscars this year over its lack of minority nominees And he's the host! How did the Academy get so short sighted? (Photo: ScreenCap)

Chris Rock called out the Oscars this year over its lack of minority nominees And he’s the host! How did the Academy get so short sighted? (Photo: ScreenCap)

The Oscars are doing their best to become The Golden Globes, another meaningless award to Hollywood egoism and self-importance. Nothing says it more than this year’s flap–for the second year in a row–over the lack of minorities among Oscar nominees. Talk about self-entitlement.

CELEBRITIES

Natalie Cole, Grammy Winning Daughter of Nat King Cole, Dies at 65

Battled Health Complications From Drug Addiction


Natalie Cole, the daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole, died Thursday (Dec. 31), after her own stellar singing career.

Natalie Cole, the daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole, died Thursday (Dec. 31), after her own stellar singing career.

Natalie Cole, who battled drug addiction for most of her adult life, while carving out a Grammy-winning music career, died yesterday (Dec. 31) of congestive heart failure, according to her family. The daughter of singing legend Nat King Cole was 65.

CELEBRITIES

Chris Brown Reeks of Denial, Victimization in New Interview

Blames His Problems on Racism, Double Standards


Chris Brown sees himself as the ultimate victim in new interview.

Chris Brown sees himself as the ultimate victim in new interview.

Chris Brown exhibits some classic neuroses in a new interview with Jet magazine. He clearly remains in denial about his abusive personality while claiming that he is being victimized by an unfair (read racist) society.

FASHION

Lana Del Rey: Loved in Europe, Dissed at Home, WTF!? (photos!)

Covers Paris's L'Officiel in Smoldering Photo Spread


Lana Del Rey smolders in a new fashion shoot for L'Official Paris.

Lana Del Rey smolders in a new fashion shoot for L’Officiel Paris.

Lana Del Rey continues to mesmerize the Continent in yet another Paris magazine. She covers the latest issue of L’Officiel in a classic photo spread that mixes Old World Castilian style with her brooding, smoky sexuality. They can’t get enough of her. We could care less.

CELEBRITIES

Rihanna Playing Chris Brown's Game With Man on the Side?

Spotted Getting Cozy With Comedian Dane Cook


Rihanna reportedly is getting closer to long-time friend Dane Cook.

Rihanna reportedly is getting closer to long-time friend Dane Cook.

Rihanna, who has been putting up with Chris Brown’s two-timing with Kerruche Tran, may now be playing his game. She’s been spotted getting cozy with comedian Dane Cook, according to a tabloid report.

CELEBRITIES

Chris Brown's Ugly Club Rant Riles Women, (Except Rihanna?)

Slams Drake Before Launching Nasty Screed


Chris Brown laid out the rules he lives by when it comes to women. Own it.

Chris Brown laid out the rules he lives by when it comes to women. Own it.

Chris Brown needs a lesson in the meaning of misogyny. In a message probably meant to be uplifting for guys everywhere, he explains how he keeps Rihanna under his thumb. He lets her know who owns, to put it mildly, her lady parts. But he was far cruder about it.

CELEBRITIES

Rihanna Back to Lonely Girl, Again, Posts Sexy Pics (Photos!)

Reportedly in Hawaii to Celebrate Her 25th Birthday


Rihanna posted this photo on Twitter, apparently from Hawaii.

Rihanna posted this photo on Twitter, apparently from Hawaii.

Rihanna is back to playing lonely girl after her debut at London Fashion Week. She posted sexy bikini pictures online, obviously alone, while her so-called boyfriend Chris Brown partied at the NBA All-Star game with Karruche Tran.

BREAKING NEWS

Chris Brown Community Service Scandal Takes Turn for Worse

Police Chief Who Certified Work Resigns Suddenly


Chris Brown at the Grammys in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Chris Brown at the Grammys in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Chris Brown’s principal witness against allegations he falsified his community service records has suddenly resigned his influential post as police chief of Richmond, Va. The move could leave Chris twisting slowly in the wind.

TELEVISION

David Letterman Swims in Sports Illustrated Bikini Babes (watch!)

Unveiled Cover as Models Counted Down Top Ten


Kate Upton takes center stage on David Letterman last night.

Kate Upton takes center stage on David Letterman last night.

Kate Upton led the charge of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models on David Letterman last night. It’s an annual rite of passages for the bikini babes. Dave was literally swimming in them. But what about CBS’s new standards of television and flesh?

CELEBRITIES

Rihanna Slips by CBS Censors in See-Thru Grammy Dress (photos!)

Stars Told to Avoid Exposing 'Female Breast Nipples'


Ryan Seacrest talks to Rihanna's breasts on the Grammy red carpet.

Ryan Seacrest spots Rihanna’s nipple and stud on the Grammy red carpet.

Rihanna breezed past CBS Grammy Awards censors, even though her stunning Azzedine Alaia dress was sheer enough to see her nipple and protruding nipple stud. Ouch!