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Hot Shots: Adele Lets It All Hang Out for Vogue

Adele is a woman who loves her curves, and we love her for it. Check out the chart destroyer letting her bust line breathe the March cover of Vogue.  I’m sure Karl Lagerfeld feels like an ass for his “a little too fat” comment now.

GRAMMYs Rewind: Lauryn Hill Makes History

With a then-record ten nominations, Lauryn Hill went into the 41st Grammy Awards (1999) a favorite to win big.   By the end of the night, Hill won five, and set a record for most wins by a female artist in a single night.  In addition to scoring Best New Artist, she won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing),”  and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won Best R&B Album and Album of the Year,  making it the first hip-hop album to win in the category.

The singer-rapper capped off a record-making night with a performance of “Zion,” an ode to her first-born son, accompanied by Carlos Santana on guitar. Over the years, her record five wins would be tied by the likes of Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Beyoncé (2004), Amy Winehouse (2008), and Alison Krauss in 2009. The record was broken in 2010 by Beyoncé, who won six.

Nearly two decades after its release, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill still stands as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Unlike anything before or after it, the album’s lasting impact on music and pop culture is proof that music has no expiration date.

Watch Lauryn Hill perform “Zion” with Carlos Santana below.

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GRAMMYs Rewind: Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West & Lil Wayne featuring M.I.A. – “Swagger Like Us” (Live at the 51st Grammy Awards)

For the first time on national television, four of the biggest names in hip-hop – Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne — took the stage to perform “Swagger Like Us,” the second single from T.I.’s sixth album, Paper Trail.   With a 9-month pregnant M.I.A. in tow, the hip-hop titans rocked the stage at the 51st Grammy Awards, where they were nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by Duo/Group, winning the latter.

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Boyz II Men Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

With four Grammys and over 34 million albums sold worldwide, Boyz II Men add another accomplishment to their list by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All four members were present as they received the 2,456th star on the world-famous Walk on Thursday (Jan.5). They were joined by family, friends and collaborators such as Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Babyface, and Michael Bivins. 

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Kanye West Launches Design Company DONDA

In a series of lengthy tweets –70 within a three-hour span — Kanye West announced the launch of a design company called DONDA.  “I have started a new company and I’m so excited about the name…. it’s got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!,” he wrote. “The name of the company is DONDA.”

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Adele’s ’21’ Becomes the U.K.’s Biggest-Selling Album of the 21st Century

No artist has achieved the more success in a year than Adele. Her sophomore album, 21, has smashed and set records worldwide, and show no signs of letting up. In the U.K., the album reached a new milestone this week, surpassing Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black to become the biggest-selling album of the 21st century.

Since its release in January, 21 has sold 3.4 million copies in her native country. It has spent 45 weeks in the U.K. top 10, including 18 at No. 1. The album’s success is not limited to the U.K., 21 has sold over 4 million copies in the United States. Worldwide, 21’s sales exceed 12 million.

Last week, Adele received six Grammy nominations, including nods for ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year‘ and ‘Record of the Year‘ for “Rolling in the Deep.”


Lady Gaga – “Marry The Night” (Live at Grammy Nomination Concert)

Lady Gaga kicked off the Grammy Nomination Concert with a performance of “Marry The Night,” the latest single from Born This Way. Watch below.

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Grammys Ink 10-Year Deal with CBS

CBS will remain the home of the Grammys for the next 10 years as the Recording Academy and the network extended their contract through 2021.  The renewal comes as ratings for the telecast increase significantly according to Billboard. This year’s broadcast was one of the season’s most-watched specials, attracting 26.7 million viewers, its largest audience since 2000. In key demographics, it had its best ratings  since 2004.

“We have consistently collaborated to ensure that a dynamic, fresh and diverse live telecast is presented, and we are proud of the collective growth and results we have achieved,” Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement.

Next year’s 54th annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 12, again at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The contract includes the one-hour “Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” which will be held this year on Nov. 30.