January 31st, 2010
07:10 PM ET

Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift take home Grammys

Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift have  snagged awards in country music categories.

Swift ran on stage during the Grammys pre-telecast to accept her award for "White Horse" in the best female country vocal performance category.

"This is my first Grammy you guys! I mean this is a Grammy!" Swift said. "I live in awe of all the great people I competed with." FULL POST


Filed under: Grammys
January 31st, 2010
06:21 PM ET

Jason Mraz does sustainable chic at the Grammys

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Jason Mraz walked the red carpet at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards wearing only sustainable clothing.

"Nothing I'm wearing has a negative impact," Mraz explained, showing off his slate blue Eco Tux, crafted by Simon Carter. "The suit is made of recycled water bottles and wool, and the tie is made from recycled cassette tapes, so you can listen to the past nominees of the Grammys," he joked.

Mraz topped the eco-friendly outfit off with fair-trade shoes from Guatemala. "You choose what you want to do, what you want to wear," he said. "It’s all about making conscious choices." FULL POST


Filed under: Grammys • Jason Mraz
January 31st, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Neil Young, still 'Rockin' ' the world

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When word hit the street that Neil Young was being honored as MusiCares' 2010 "Person of the Year," A-list artists scrambled to be part of the tribute.

In the end, the list of performers at Friday night's event in Los Angeles was staggering - Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Norah Jones and more. They all sang selections from Young's vast catalog - from Buffalo Springfield, to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to his highly prolific four-decade solo career.

The night's biggest standout? A searing John Fogerty-Keith Urban Young re-make of Young's 1989 anthem, "Rockin' in the Free World" that left the industry audience on its feet and cheering.

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January 30th, 2010
12:27 PM ET

'Dollhouse' gives fans closure

Tahmoh Penikett and Eliza Dushku in the series finale of 'Dollhouse'
Warning: Do not read if you haven't seen the series finale of "Dollhouse."

When "Dollhouse" started last year, it seemed fairly sub-par for a series by the ingenious Joss Whedon. Every episode would consist of Echo, one of many "actives," having a different personality uploaded into her brain, usually one fraught with potential danger. But then the straight-to-DVD season finale "Epitaph One," which followed the concept to its logical conclusion, showed the series' full potential. Now, thanks in large part to DVRs and online streaming, the show got a full second season, wrapping up Friday night with "Epitaph Two: Return."

For me, the show really started picking up after it was already canceled. It was extraordinary to see the almost-soulless Topher become someone to root for, the ruthless Adelle becoming a kind mother figure, and Victor aka Tony going from a "dumb show" to one of the most exciting characters to watch. All that said, I don't know if I quite bought Alpha so quickly as "one of the good guys" (but hey, it was several years later). Clearly a lot of the credit for this goes to the top-notch cast - chief among them, young Adair Tishler, who chillingly portrayed an active with a psychopath in her head in "Epitaph One," and had Caroline aka the real Echo's personality here.

What started out as a bit of a departure for Whedon over the last few weeks started to be classic Joss, supporting characters so strong they almost outshined the lead, plot twists (and twists upon twists) galore, and sudden deaths of characters (at least one per episode, plus a couple we saw coming, for the last three weeks). How bittersweet to see Paul gunned down, and Topher, who would go on to die saving the people whose minds he had wiped, touching a monitor with the image of his beloved Bennett. FULL POST


Filed under: television
January 29th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

'We Are the World' gets a 2010 update for Haiti

Quincy Jones is pulling together another all-star team for a remake of perhaps the most well-known charity song, "We Are the World."

So far, Jones has Wyclef Jean, Rickey Minor, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie on deck for the millennial remix, not to mention Sugarland, Anthony Hamilton and Julianne Hough. The recording session will take place on Monday, February 1, in the exact same A&M Records recording studio as the "We Are the World" recording did in 1985. All proceeds for the album will go towards Haiti's relief efforts.

Richie co-wrote the original record with Michael Jackson for African famine relief, and the single was a massive success. MJ and Richie were joined by Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, among a host of others. FULL POST

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Filed under: Jason Mraz • Kanye West • Music • Taylor Swift
January 29th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

The 'General' and the Grammys

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Hip hop artists attending the Grammy Awards beware!

Word is that “Gen.” Larry Platt is headed to the big event on Sunday and heaven help anyone sporting “Pants on the Ground.”

The overnight “Idol” sensation is said to be planning an appearance on the red carpet prior to the show where he will perform his infectious tune. FULL POST

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