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January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Grammy voters love catching up with acts that weren't significantly recognized when they were at their creative peaks, and this year one of those nods went to Led Zeppelin's “Celebration Day,” the live album documenting the surviving members' 2007 reunion in London. Group founders Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were supported by drummer Jason Bonham, filling in for his departed dad, John Bonham, for these shows that retraced the group's history in 17 songs including such cornerstone numbers as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Fans clamored for a tour in the wake of the acclaimed show, and there continues to be talk of the possibility, but nothing's been confirmed to date.
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BUSINESS
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.
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NEWS
February 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore
2013 will go down as the year the Grammys red carpet went classy. The biggest fashion stars of the night proved that sometimes it's best to leave a little to the imagination. And in the end, it wasn't boring after all. Exhibit 1: There is nothing sexier than Rihanna in that red-hot gown by fashion insider favorite Azzedine Alaia. At first glance, the cross-front style didn't seem to reveal too much. But upon further inspection, the gossamer-like fabric hinted at everything. With Rihanna's soft, wavy hairstyle and minimal makeup, it was perfection.
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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.
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January 26, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The Grammy 2014 concert/awards at Staples Center is set to begin at 5 p.m. PST (with the show on tape delay for the West Coast at 8 p.m.)  The pre-show awards included wins for Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Rihanna and "Kinky Boots. "  The red carpet has rolled out, and L.A. Times reporters are on the scene. See live coverage from the pre-show, the red carpet and the awards show below. (Mobile users, click here for live coverage.) GRAMMY PRE-SHOW |  WINNERS, LIVE STREAM
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By Scott Sandell
 The 55th Grammy Awards honored a wide range of acts on Sunday night. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" was named top album, Gotye won record of the year for "Somebody That I Used to Know" and the New York City group Fun. took home awards for song of the year with "We Are Young" and for best new artist. What to make of it all? Join Times pop music critic Randall Roberts and Times staff writer Todd Martens as they discuss the Grammys in a video chat right here at 10 a.m. The victories in the four major categories were in keeping with an evening that saw relatively youthful acts rewarded by the voting members of the Recording Academy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2010
Grammys boost sales As a promotional showcase, the Grammy Awards remain a force. Early results from Nielsen SoundScan show that artists who performed on the CBS telecast Sunday night are experiencing a relatively major sales boost. The Black Eyed Peas, for example, are on track for a stellar week with the Interscope set "The E.N.D.": Over four days last week (Monday through Thursday), the album sold 18,000 copies. In just two days this week (Tuesday and Wednesday), the set scanned 26,000 copies.
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January 26, 2014 | By August Brown
Maybe it was all the Daft Punk disco energy in the air, but this year's Grammy crowd was its most spirited in years.  Whether it was Keith Urban getting teary during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" marriage ceremony or Taylor Swift freaking at out at Kendrick Lamar's drum circle with Imagine Dragons, what's usually a semi-formal ceremony turned into an actual dance party inside Staples Center. In the front rows, Jay Z and Beyonce acted as a kind of litmus test for the night's sets - if they got to their feet, you did your work.
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February 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The Grammys, live . . .  8:55 p.m.: The Grammys saved the most fascinating performer for one of its final performances, and the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch finally received a Grammy tribute, albeit a brief one. First, to introduce Frank Ocean, Juanes declared him one of today's “more compelling singer-songwriters.”  He gave a performance that lived up to that bill, although it may not widely expand his fan base. Ocean's “Forrest Gump” began with a striking guitar solo, which gave way as Ocean appeared onstage.
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June 28, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Listen quietly. That soft hum heard in the distance isn't your television set or your tinnitus. It's a medley, one slammed together by an all-star cast of pop stars and a reminder that the 2013 Grammy Awards are not all that far away. OK, so we don't actually know what the medley is yet, but the Recording Academy, the music industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, is already making noise regarding next year's ceremony. This morning, the academy revealed that Bruce Springsteen will be feted as the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By August Brown
Classic disco fans, break out your wide lapels and polyester, because a '70s dance revival is coming to the Hollywood Bowl in May. Nile Rodgers' Chic and Giorgio Moroder are teaming up for a bill showcasing the ongoing love affair between contemporary producers and the vibes of vintage dance music . Younger electronic acts including Oliver, Tensnake and Hard's Gary Richards (in his Destructo alias) will open the night.  The show, produced by Andrew Hewitt, Bill Silva and Hard Events, will hit the Hollywood Bowl on May 10. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.  “This is a unique show we are bringing to the Hollywood Bowl," Hewitt said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2012
Chris Brown will perform at this year's Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago. Brown admitted assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Brown will take the Grammy stage in L.A. Sunday. Brown's reputation plummeted after the attack, but he has bounced back. He is nominated for three Grammys, including best R&B album. Rihanna will also perform at the Grammys.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2001
Re Geoff Boucher's interesting article "Will the Real Slim Shady Show Up at Grammys?" (Jan. 23): I found the quote by C. Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, very strange. As to whether Eminem was a sure-fire jackpot with viewers, he was reported as saying: "I think we would lose as many 34- to 54-year-old viewers in Dubuque and Ames, Iowa, as we will gain in a more hipper audience." Does Greene think no one over 54 watches the Grammys?
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
The hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammy Awards is the gift that keeps on giving, earning the rapper, music producer and fashion plate bragging rights as "Hat Person of the Year," the Headwear Assn. announced Wednesday. The handmade brown felt Vivienne Westwood hat with a wide brim and high, battered crown was already the standout accessory of the night , spawning a parody account (@PharrellHat) and a slew of social media comparisons to Smokey Bear and Curious George's "Man in the Yellow Hat. " And now, according to the Headwear Assn.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- American short-track speedskater J.R. Celski is expected to medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but that doesn't mean he will match his buddy, Macklemore. Just before Celski headed over to Russia, the Seattle rapper enjoyed a big night at the Grammy Awards. "To see him win four Grammys was incredible," the racer said. Shortly after earning two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Celski took time off from his sport to collaborate on a documentary about Seattle's hip-hop scene.
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