Tag: Grammy Awards

Cardi on the Half-Shell—and off IG: Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on How the ‘Money’ Maker Made Magic with Mugler

Cardi B attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) It was the statement dress that set the tone for a history-making night, and just the first of many designs by Mugler worn by Cardi B on Sunday, […]

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Following a Massive Attack from Nicki Minaj’s Barbz, BET Issues Apology for Crass Tweet 

Photo: Theo Wargo (GETTYIMAGES) I’d like to start this out by saying that never in the history of ever will you ever have to tear another woman down to build one up. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started; On music’s biggest night, a regular, degular girl from the Bronx made history. […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Want to Be Heard During the Grammys? Maybe Stay Home

Ariana Grande didn’t attend the Grammys, but that didn’t stop her from being at the center of the conversation about — and around — the ceremony. On Friday she released an album, “Thank U, Next,” and a hot-button video for a new single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” And throughout Sunday, she found […]

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Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute at the Grammys Gentrified the Genre

Jennifer Lopez (l) and Smokey Robinson perform at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) During Black History Month 2019, the Recording Academy decided to gentrify Motown by having Jennifer “Don’t Be Fooled By the Rocks that I Got” Lopez do a tribute to an undeniably black-ass genre […]

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Living History: The 61st Annual Grammy Awards Were a Celebration of Iconic Women

Cardi B attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Neilson Barnard (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) Cinderella could never. In the history of iconic glow ups, reality proved far more fantastical than fiction Sunday night at the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony, where the accomplishments […]

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On the Runway: At the Grammys, Sisters Dressing for Themselves

It’s possible that the most out-there moment of fashion week took place Sunday night thousands of miles away from the New York catwalks — sorry, red carpet — at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I am speaking, of course, of Cardi B’s Grammys entrance as Venus emerging from her clam in vintage Thierry Mugler […]

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Live Updates: Grammys 2019: What to Watch For

ImageAlicia Keys, center, is hosting the Grammys this year.CreditMatt Sayles/Invision, via Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The organizers of the Grammy Awards call it music’s biggest night. The show’s three and a half hours of network television time certainly represents the music industry’s highest-profile media real estate. This year the top awards will feel a […]

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Music, Fashion and Black Girl Magic: Join the Glow Up for the Grammy Awards Red Carpet

Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS) The performance lineup for the 2019 Grammys may be “in flux,” but we know there will be plenty of showing out (and likely, plenty showing, in general) […]

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in her words: For the Women of Pop Music, Cash Is Queen

ImageCreditFranziska Barczyk Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”— Ariana Grande Bills flying. Backsides shaking. Drinks flowing. And hardly a man in […]

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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even major artists over a host of issues like race and gender — and, oh yes, music. The 61st annual show, to be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live […]

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What These Grammy Songs Tell Us About the ‘Loudness Wars’

It’s Grammy time, and as always, watching the awards ceremony on Sunday will include a subtext of cross-generational carping: “They don’t make music the way they used to,” the Boomers and Gen-X-ers will mutter. And they’ll be right. Music today, at least most of it, is fundamentally different than it was in the days of […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?

Year after year, I have dutifully watched the Grammy Awards. And the next morning, year after year, I have wondered why. I’ll be watching on Sunday, when the Grammys air on CBS, but with thoroughly limited expectations. The Grammy show strives each year to keep up with what just happened in music and to ameliorate […]

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This Producer Helped Craft Ariana Grande’s Sound and He’s Working With Your Other Faves, Too 

Khris Riddick-Tynes and Leon Thomas make up the production duo The Rascals. They’ve produced Ariana Grande, Ty Dolla $ign, Zendaya and Kehlani, to name a few. Riddick-Tynes also knows the value of mentors, one of which is legendary singer-songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The 11-time Grammy winner, along with music giant Antonio Dixon, took the young producer under […]

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Black Myself: Rhiannon Giddens Forms Supergroup ‘Our Native Daughters’—and Reclaims the Soul of Country Music

(L-R) Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah form the supergroup “Our Native Daughters.”Photo: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings In 1966, Nina Simone famously sang the strikingly diverse yet intersecting narratives of four fictional but unforgettable black women. Now, four women who could be considered Simone’s spiritual daughters—award-winning musician and composer Rhiannon Giddens, acclaimed neo-folk […]

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