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December 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When the Grammy nominations by the likes of Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were celebrated, in the quiet Spoken Word category , one publisher dominated: Hachette. Hachette took three out of five nominations, with one each going to Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. The Hachette nominees include David Sedaris' "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls," his latest collection of nonfiction essays. Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammys before, but has never won. "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls" is a bestseller.
April 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
  P ink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $4 million three years ago or for lease at $8,500 a month. She ended up with a tenant instead of a buyer. The two-story home has been leased out for as much as $10,000 a month. The Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer.
December 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
There comes a point at every Kanye West concert where he addresses the crowd and riffs on whatever is on his mind -- which is usually a lot. Whether he's venting about his position in the fashion world, media perceptions, defending why he's labeled himself a genius or fawning over fiancée Kim Kardashian, his onstage monologues are instant fodder for blogs, mostly dismissing what West said as another rant (and he's had plenty). During Tuesday night's show at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a tiny part of his onstage address was dedicated to his Grammy nominations, or lack thereof, in his opinion.
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
March 12, 1988
Robert Hilburn almost hit the nail on the head in his analysis of Michael Jackson's failure to win any Grammys ("A Good--and 'Bad'--Night," March 4). You see, it took 30 years for National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members to recognize substance over flash. Jackson's material today is too visual, overproduced and insultingly pretentious and egomaniacal. When my grandfather Emile invented the disk record exactly a century ago (and coined the word gramophone from which NARAS gets its "Grammy")
February 17, 2007
FINALLY! The Grammys get it right this year as they awarded the Dixie Chicks a Grammy for every category they were nominated in, including the night's biggest and top honor, album of the year ["Grammys Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks," by Geoff Boucher, Feb. 12]. Take notice, President Bush, and listen to the lyrics of "Not Ready to Make Nice." They mean something not only to these beautiful ladies but also to many millions of Americans, including myself. I only wish former Vice President Al Gore had presented this award and not the penultimate one for best rock band.
February 20, 2000
MACY GRAY How does it feel to be the darling of the Grammys, the artist people are counting on to give some credibility to the awards? "I didn't really know it was that deep, but I'm definitely proud of that. I'm really proud of all the acclaim that I'm getting from the critics. . . . It's cool to be at the top of the list. I don't know if I give credibility to anything, but that's great that poeople think that.
November 6, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I packed Grandma away with the Halloween decorations the other day. Honest mistake. You know how it goes; you get a little rhythm going and pretty soon you're just throwing everything in the box, boom-boom-boom. Fortunately, my wife heard Grandma yelling from the box in the basement later in the day. Seriously, she couldn't have been down there more than a few hours. "What's that?" Posh asked. "Just my stomach," I said. "Mom?!!" So, we unpacked the old heirloom and plopped her on a stool near the kitchen TV. Nobody was really to blame, of course, yet Posh seemed a little frosted over the whole episode.
October 9, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The first slate of performers for the Dec. 6  Grammy Awards nominations concert includes Drake, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Keith Urban, who will take part in the event at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Nominations will be announced in a one-hour special on CBS: “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.” The show will be hosted again by rapper-actor LL Cool J. The awards will be presented Jan. 26 at Staples Center in downtown L.A. The push toward the 2013 Grammy Awards took another important step Wednesday, with first-round ballots being sent to the Recording Academy's roughly 12,000 voting members.
February 1, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
The Grammys are the strangest, most unwieldy and messiest of the big award shows, an affair that wants to be the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime show at the same time. There was certainly no shortage of spectacle at the 52nd annual ceremony Sunday at Staples Center, from the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé transitioning from her "If I Were a Boy" to a down-on-all-fours, hair-whipping cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Will Rogers once said, "I belong to no organized political party.
March 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Grammy Museum and the Americana Music Assn. have formed a partnership that's expected to bring more artists and their music to the downtown Los Angeles museum. The first shows under the new arrangement will be singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier on April 21, and a week later, on April 28, New Orleans band Hooray for the Riff Raff. The events will take the form of a question-answer session and small-scale performance in the museum's 200-seat Clive Davis Theater. “We've had a lot of Americana musicians at the museum, and we felt it was time to make it a more formal partnership with the Americana Music Assn.
March 15, 2014 | By Don Heckman
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
March 11, 2014
Mohammad Qasim Fahim Influential Afghan vice president Influential Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died Sunday of natural causes in Kabul. He had diabetes and other ailments. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was the top deputy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an Al Qaeda suicide bombing two days before the Sept.
February 26, 2014
Paco de Lucia, a renowned Spanish guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and was taken to a hospital where he died, Mexican officials said. De Lucia - whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez - was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was "Friday Night in San Francisco," recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.
February 25, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Adolfo Flores
The man who was killed Sunday when Salma Hayek's brother crashed his sports car in Beverly Crest was identified Tuesday as Grammy Award-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala. Sala, 43 , is from New York City and his parents arrived this week in Los Angeles from Mexico, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Corral said investigators will examine Sala on Tuesday to begin to determine his exact cause of death. Sala was a passenger in 40-year-old Sami Hayek's Ford GT as he was driving eastbound on a winding stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Mapleton Drive at about 4:20 p.m. when he lost control and crossed into the street's westbound lanes, colliding with a truck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
February 4, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Despite fevered social media speculation to the contrary, the green velvet tuxedo that Ben Haggerty (the Macklemore half of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) recently wore to the 56th Grammy Awards did not come from a thrift shop -- it was custom-made for the musician by fashion designer Logan Neitzel. Ever since the Grammy telecast we've been on the hunt to get the details about the eye-catching threads since it was one of our favorite classy but just-different-enough looks of the whole night.
March 8, 2003 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Bacilos is a band that was born on stage, forming and performing before South Florida audiences long before its first record was released in 2001. That live experience brought a genuine warmth and good-natured confidence to the group's Los Angeles debut as headliners at the Conga Room on Thursday. The band's polished, heartfelt and joyful performance displayed the irresistible appeal that has generated grass-roots excitement almost since its inception eight years ago.
December 3, 2009 | By ANN POWERS, Pop Music Critic
This year's Grammy nominations promise to inspire loud raspberry choruses from several corners of the popular music world. The top categories, including album of the year and record of the year, are dominated by acts at the very center of the mainstream, suggesting that sales, more than more genteel artistic standards, impressed nominators this year. The Black Eyed Peas, not exactly critics' favorites, received more nominations than anyone except for Beyoncé and Taylor Swift -- more respected artists who've nonetheless worn out their welcome at the winners' dais lately.
January 31, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Grohl was on his way to rehearsals for a TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the panic set in. "Suddenly it hit me: Maybe I ought to listen to the record again before we rehearse it," the founding member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters said of his impending run-through of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with guitarists Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. for "The Night That...
January 29, 2014 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
When Macklemore and company performed “Same Love” at the Grammys and Queen Latifah came out to cap it off with a mass wedding ceremony that included same-sex couples, Kevin Fallon at the Daily Beast wrote that “so many think pieces are going to be written about this performance.” He was right and that's totally fair: The dramatic shift in popular opinion on gay marriage is absolutely worth celebrating, even if the “Same Love” performance...
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