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Three-time loser Kanye West gripes about who won Grammy's top prize

October 21, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Kanye West Disses Grammys newsKanye West just can't resist slamming awards when he thinks they made a wrong choice. Didn't he get into enough trouble interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards to complain that Beyonce should've won?

Now he's blasting the Grammys over recent picks for best album, including Taylor Swift's victory. "Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect, that's inaccurate," Kanye told Access Hollywood. "Where's our instant replay clock?"

Instead, he believes voters should've picked top-selling discs: "It's like 'SexyBack' -- you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] 'FutureSex/LoveSounds,' Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher -- 'Confessions'? How about albums that sold 10 million?"

"I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us," he added. "Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They're also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA, so these people, whoever run them ... they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we're marking it down."

Could his real gripe be sour grapes? Curiously, he's picking on the prize for best album, which he's lost three times. His "Graduation" got skunked by Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" in 2007. U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" demolished his "Late Registration" in 2005. In 2004, his "The College Drop-Out" lost to Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company."

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Has Yahoo tattled on who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards?

September 11, 2010 |  9:31 pm

Yahoo has issued fascinating data that may foretell who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards to be doled out on Sunday night.

Below is a list of nominees ranked according to how often they were searched by Yahoo web browsers during this year's nomination period. That may be significant since MTV VMA winners are chosen based upon their popularity with web voters. With Justin Bieber fever sweeping America, it's logical to assume this list is correct and he's a shoo-in to win best new artist. Lady Gaga is probably a safe bet to win best video of the year for "Bad Romance," but I'm not sure I believe she'll be trounced by Ke$ha for best female and pop videos, as these lists suggest. Tell us what you think by voting in our polls.

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé, "Telephone"
Eminem, "Not Afraid"
30 Seconds to Mars, "Kings and Queens"
Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over"
 
BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, "Baby"
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Jason Derulo, "In My Head"
Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"
Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"
 
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls"
Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga, "Video Phone (Extended Remix)"
Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"

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Prediction: Sandra Bullock will beat Megan Fox for the Razzie

March 2, 2010 | 10:36 am
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Under normal circumstances, Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve") would probably lose the Razzie battle over the worst-actress trophy to Megan Fox ("Transformers 2") or Beyonce ("Obsessed"), but she's announced that she'll attend the Razzies ceremony on Saturday if she wins.

On Feb. 10, the Razzies sent out an e-mail blast to voters to inform them of Bullock's plans, thus giving them a gentle nudge. That probably did it. Being a Razzie voter myself, I took the hint. So did many others, as evidenced by the tattle in our forums. Check out more here in this thread devoted to our posters' predix. Looks like they believe  "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is the front-runner to "win" worst picture.

Photos: Megan Fox in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount), Sandra Bullock in "All About Steve" (20th Century Fox)

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Beyonce and Kings of Leon did NOT pull off Grammy 'upsets'

January 31, 2010 | 11:09 pm

Reuters is among the media outlets labeling Kings of Leon's Grammy Award for record of the year for "Use Somebody" as a "surprise," but that's hogwash. Many sources believe that Beyonce pulled off a jaw-dropper in the Grammy battle over best song — or else they think it's shocking that she won there for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and not in the corresponding category for best record for "Halo." (Often those Grammys get bestowed as a matching pair.)

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You know that's nonsense too — if you've been following the expert Grammy dish here at Gold Derby.

Our forum moderator, Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, and I predicted Kings of Leon would triumph for best record. We also thought it could prevail for song of the year, but I warned that Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" had a strong chance to be the spoiler.

As Darrin notes during our discussion, the prize for best record often goes to rock tunes with a lush musical sound like "Use Somebody." Consider recent past champs "Clocks" by Coldplay, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day and U2's "Walk On."

Theoretically, "Use Somebody" should've won best song too — the separate awards for the recording artist and songwriter usually line up about 50% of the time. Furthermore, the victory in the best-song race by a dance tune like "Single Ladies" is a rarity. But as I explained, Beyonce screwed up her Grammy submissions this year. "Single Ladies" is her strongest tune — so hip and catchy that it might've won best record too if Beyonce had entered it in competition. She didn't. She submitted the ho-hum "Halo" in the best-record race instead and placed "Single Ladies" exclusively in the songwriters' contest. Why? You can check out our theorizing in past discussions, but basically put, she blew it.

But maybe it's not a total disaster. You can look at the Grammy outcome this way. At least Beyonce finally has won one of the top three awards. (Record, song and album of the year are considered the holy trinity.) In the past, she had won 10 Grammys, but they were all in the second-tier slots. She had lost  record twice ("Irreplaceable" in 2008, "Crazy in Love" in 2004), song once ("Say My Name" in 2001) and she never before had been nominated for album.

It's just that the award for song doesn't have the same glamor as record. Beyonce is a queen. She's overdue for that crown or the one for album.

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Photo: Kings of Leon (WireImage)

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Watch out, Grammy: Taylor Swift and Beyonce shatter records

January 31, 2010 |  9:59 pm

Taylor Swift didn't merely bag the biggest Grammy of all — album of the year for "Fearless" — she became at age 20 the youngest recipient of that prize, eclipsing Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she triumphed for "Jagged Little Pill" (1996).

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Taylor Swift isn't the youngest victor among winners of all top four Grammy categories – album, record, song and new artist of the year. LeAnn Rimes was 14 when she won best new artist in 1997.

Beyonce set a record for most Grammys won by a female in one year (six), but the total is shy of the overall record held by the guys: Michael Jackson (1984) and Carlos Santana (2000), who each nabbed eight.

Beyonce had won five in 2004 and, until now, was tied with five other women for being the biggest champ among females in a single year: Lauryn Hill (1999), Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Amy Winehouse (2008) and Alison Krauss (2009).

Photo of Taylor Swift: L.A. Times

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Hey, Grammy: You belong with Taylor Swift

January 29, 2010 |  5:52 pm
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That's the prediction of our forums' moderators David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch in the Grammy race for best album of the year on Sunday night: Taylor Swift will romp for "Fearless." They wrote about the contest in depth here; now they dish with me via webcam on the race below. Also check out our other video smackdowns over the Grammy races for best record and song.

The other nominees for best album: Beyonce ("I Am … Sasha Fierce"), Black Eyed Peas ("The E.N.D."), Lady Gaga ("The Fame") and the Dave Mathews Band ("Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." David, Darrin and I agree that Beyonce poses the biggest threat to Taylor Swift.


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Grammy experts' smackdown: Will Taylor Swift or Kings of Leon win best record and song?

Photo: Big Machine Records

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Gold Derby nuggets: Taylor Swift odds-on favorite at Grammys | Beyonce could be Grammys spoiler | Oscars shorts get longer exposure

January 29, 2010 |  3:56 pm

Taylor Swift Fearless GrammysJames Montgomery previews Sunday's Grammys and reports that the betting world is touting Taylor Swift as the favorite to win. "Nick Weinberg, Ladbrokes' chief sports, politics and novelty oddsmaker, says, 'Beyoncé's odds are probably a bit shorter than they should be. Because she's a name, she can release a terrible album, and it would be nominated for an award. But Taylor Swift is the selection. All things being equal, she should win it. Quite an impressive record, which is why we made it our favorite.'" And Bodog.com sportsbook manager Richard Gardner agrees, "This Year's Grammy Awards could be a clean sweep in the three main categories as Taylor Swift is the favorite to win Best Album, Record and Song of the Year." MTV

Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Mesfin Fekadu offer up their Grammy predictions in eight categories including record of the year. Moody says, "Swift's 'You Belong With Me' has more momentum, but it's likely she'll split the blonde Grammy vote with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, so the Kings of Leon benefit." However, for Fekadu, "If Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' had been nominated here, it would win. But it's nominated in the song of the year category -- a songwriter's award, when it really deserves recognition for its production. That's the only song I could see competing with 'Use Somebody,' which will win here." AP

Melinda Newman looks at the top race at the Grammys and says, "The slightly off-center selection this year is Dave Matthews Band’s 'Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.' For that reason, a number of pundits have picked it to win, certainly not because it signifies a high-water mark for the band. This is a race between Beyonce, whose star continues to rise ever higher, and relative newcomers Gaga and Swift. Although we think Beyonce is the most deserving, Swift will get the Nashville vote and a fair amount of mainstream vote, so we’re going with her." HIT FIX

Beyonce I Am Sasha Fierce • Among the Grammy Awards categories considered by Todd Martens is song of the year: "It's rare for a dance song to take this category, but 'Single Ladies' was a club hit with an upbeat and feisty message. Its success should steal votes from Maxwell. Watch out, however, for a strong rock contingent push for 'Use Somebody.' This should be a tight race between Beyoncé and Kings of Leon, but with Beyoncé also up for album of the year, she should have the edge." POP & HISS

Anne Hathaway proved to be a great sport as she was named woman of the year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding theatrical troupe Thursday. As Eric Newcomer writes, "Hathaway, who called the event 'thrilling and wonderful,' may have been the star of the afternoon, but in order to officially collect the Pudding Pot, the starlet had to endure the cutting humor of the event’s hosts and the taunts of the wacky characters that populated the stage." Newcomer notes, "Hathaway joins the ranks of Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, and last year’s winner Renee Zellweger." HARVARD CRIMSON

• The academy will be hosting its 21st annual Oscar night party for New York City-based members at the Palace Hotel. As per the announcement, "The evening’s festivities will begin with a reception in the GILT Bar, renowned for its selection of signature cocktails. Following the reception, the invited guests will adjourn to the restaurant for a multi-course Oscar-themed dinner and live viewing of the 82nd Academy Awards telecast. Executive chef Justin Bogle and executive pastry chef David Carmichael will create a special menu for the occasion." AMPAS

Oscars New Members movie news 1357986 • The Oscar-nominated animated and live action shorts will be showcased in a program offered at 100 cinemas in the U.S., Canada and the UK beginning Feb. 19. This marks the fifth year that Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have teamed up to bring these contenders to a wider audience. As the press release notes, "The series' popularity has charted a spectacular 289% increase in attendance at the domestic box office since its inception in 2005, breaking the record last year for the highest gross ever on a single screen at New York's IFC Center." THE OSCAR SHORTS

• For Greg Ellwood, January may not even be finished but the 2010 Oscar race has already started at Sundance. "At the top of the list is 'The Kids Are All Right,' which if it had been included in the dramatic competition instead of the premieres category probably would have duplicated 'Precious' double wins last year. If Oscar keeps its 10-nominee system it's already in the conversation and Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo are all real acting contenders (although start the debate now on whether Bening or Moore is lead or supporting). Additionally, Lisa Cholodenko has a shot in the directing race and screenplay with collaborator Stuart Blumberg. With Focus having picked up the dramedy, the film will be in good hands for a strong awards campaign. Other potential contenders include Fox Searchlight's 'Cyrus' and Sony Classic's 'Please Give' for screenplay, 'Winter's Bones' Jennifer Lawrence for best actress, both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for their amazing performances in 'Blue Valentine,' James Gandolfini in 'Welcome to the Rileys' for best actor, Chris Cooper in 'The Company Men' and Tilda Swinton in 'I Am Love' (which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival)." HIT FIX

Top photo: "Fearless" by Taylor Swift. Credit: Big Machine Records

Middle photo: "I Am Sasha Fierce" by Beyonce. Credit: Sony Music Entertainment

Bottom photo: Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS

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Grammy experts' smackdown: Will Taylor Swift or Kings of Leon win best record and song?

January 28, 2010 |  6:29 am

You've read who our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar and I believe will win the top four Grammy Awards this Saturday. Now let's go to the videotape. Darrin and I recently got together in Los Angeles to connect with David (who's on the East Coast) via webcam. Check out our first two clashes below. David believes that Taylor Swift will prevail in races for best record and song with "You Belong With Me." Darrin and I say the champ will be "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, but we all agree that Beyoncé may be a threat too.

Check out their detailed written analysis of the best-record contest here, plus see what we think about the contests for best album, best song and new artist.

Our first video slugfest below is over the best-record contest. Below that, best song.


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Grammy battle over best song: Taylor Swift, Beyonce or Kings of Leon?

January 26, 2010 | 12:51 pm

The Grammy categories for best record and song of the year sound similar, but they're not. Best record goes to the recording artist; best song to the tune's songwriter. As our dueling Grammy pundits David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch point out, the winners often overlap, but they also often do not.

This year I don't think the awards may repeat, so I'm skeptical of the predix below. The key mistake I think our pundits may be making is underestimating the appeal of "Single Ladies," which is only entered here. Strangely, Beyonce didn't submitBeyonce Taylor Swift Kings of Leon 382741935 music news it for consideration in the race for best record, where she's nominated instead for "Halo," a far weaker entry. When voters choose not to repeat the record/song winners, they often choose a song not nominated in the record race. The only nomination that doesn't line up this year is "Single Ladies," so I think that might prevail, especially considering what a catchy, sexy ditty it is. But that, admittedly, may be a long shot possibility. As DoubleD reminds me via e-mail, "Come on, Tom, you should know better. Songs nominated in the R&B and rap categories NEVER win record/song of the Year. Alicia Keys and Luther Vandross are the only exceptions in the Grammys 52-year history."

Check out what we all think about these Grammy battles: best record, best album and best new artist.

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Poker Face"
"Pretty Wings"
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
"Use Somebody" — Double D
"You Belong With Me" — Guru

DOUBLED'S COMMENTARY: Record/song winners usually go together, so I'm giving "Use Somebody" the edge here, but Grammy voters may want to honor Swift's songwriting skills.

GURU'S COMMENTARY: Three of the five of these nominations are the same as those of record of the year.  The other two, Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" replaced the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" and Beyonce's "Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" switched places with "Halo."

The last rock group to win both record of the year and song of the year was U2 in 2000.  Are Kings of Leon as accomplished as U2 to win top honors?

This decade, almost 50% of the time, song and record of the year have gone to the same artist/song. 

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Photos: Taylor Swift (Lawrence K. Ho/L.A. Times), Kings of Leon (RCA), Beyonce (Sony)

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Scariest thought for Halloween: Who'll win the Razzies?

October 31, 2009 |  4:50 pm

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Happy Halloween, Derbyites! Today is the perfect time to probe this cliffhanger: Who'll "win" the next Razzies? Below, predix from posters in our forums. Read more here.

Criss808 — "Worst actress will will be battle between Beyonce ('Obsessed') and Megan Fox 'Transformers 2' & 'Jennifer's Body')." WATCH!

Kams — "Worst performance by an actor in a leading role: Nicolas Cage, 'Knowing' and Matthew McConaughey, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.'"

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Poll: Do you think Kanye West will ever win another MTV VMA?

September 15, 2009 |  6:48 am
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OK, now that Kanye West has apologized on national TV (Jay Leno's new NBC show) and at his website (twice) for spoiling Taylor Swift's first-ever victory at the MTV Video Music Awards, do you think Kanye will ever win a VMA in the future?

Kanye had his first and only victory back in 2005 when he triumphed for best male video for "Jesus Walks." Otherwise, he lost 13 times, including three defeats this year. "Love Lockdown" lost best video of the year to Beyonce ("Single Ladies, Put a Ring on It"), best male video to T.I. ("Live Your Life") and best hip hop video to Eminem ("We Made You").

Remember, the MTV VMAs have a new voting system in place that empowers visitors to MTV.com to choose who wins. That means average folks like you and me. That means the general public will have to forgive Kanye for his childish tantrum. Hmmmm.

Vote in our poll below plus give us you thoughts in these other polls too: Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales? Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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Photo: Kanye West talks with Jay Leno. Photo credit: NBC

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Poll: Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales?

September 14, 2009 |  6:28 am

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When Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's triumphant moment at the MTV Video Music Awards — let's be honest: it wasn't the first time that he acted like a baffoon/ jerk/ brat at a major kudosbash and got away with it. (Read about some other past fiascos here.) But it hasn't hurt Kanye's superstar status, record sales or ability to fill up concert seats.

But maybe this time is different? We got to see the wounded, sweet face of his victim, Taylor Swift, and observe how embarrassed Beyonce rallied to support her. (Relive the details of the tragedy here.)

After voting in our poll below, give us your opinions by responding to these polls too: Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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Photo by Justin Lane/EPA 

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