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December 5, 2008 | Yvonne Villarreal, Villarreal is a Times staff writer.
When Jazmine Sullivan got her invitation to the Grammy Awards nominations telecast, she was hoping she wouldn't leave without being mentioned in at least one category. "I thought, 'I hope they don't invite me and I'm not even nominated,' " she said backstage at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday.
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December 5, 2008 | Yvonne Villarreal, Villarreal is a Times staff writer.
When Jazmine Sullivan got her invitation to the Grammy Awards nominations telecast, she was hoping she wouldn't leave without being mentioned in at least one category. "I thought, 'I hope they don't invite me and I'm not even nominated,' " she said backstage at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday.
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April 26, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
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May 22, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On the hit series "Glee," Lea Michele plays Rachel Berry, a plucky high-school sophomore whose Broadway-caliber singing voice affords her little protection from the dismissive eyes of her cool-kid classmates. Not unlike a pimply-faced Dungeons & Dragons master, Rachel's prestige within McKinley High's glee club works in inverse proportion to her popularity at school. Thursday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where the cast of the music-heavy "Glee" performed the first of four live concerts there, Michele needed guarding just like her fictional alter ego. But as the actress strolled through the audience belting out "Don't Rain on My Parade," it wasn't bullies and bimbos her security retinue was keeping at arm's length; rather, it was frenzied "Glee" fans desperate for a close-up glimpse of this rising star.
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April 27, 2010 | By Scott Collins and Denise Martin, Los Angeles Times
Steve Perry was skeptical when the producers of a television pilot about a high school glee club sought permission to use his band's signature song in their show; the former frontman for the classic rock group Journey is protective of his legacy. "I want to be able to put these songs somewhere with good conscience that they're not going to be abused," Perry said in a recent interview. "I don't want to see that happen." He needn't have worried. Perry overcame his doubts, agreed to license the song to the producers of " Glee," and a year later "Don't Stop Believin' " has reached a new generation of music fans.
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December 4, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Boucher is a Times staff writer.
The Grammy Museum will open downtown this weekend, but on Wednesday night the venerable awards brand was trying to prove it's no relic in this "American Idol" era. The nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday not at some early-morning news conference -- as they have been in the past -- but sprinkled in a one-hour prime-time special featuring performances by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and other stars singing classic songs at the Nokia Theatre.
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February 8, 2009 | Todd Martens
Heading into tonight's ceremony at Staples Center, we handicap the winners in four of the most high-profile categories. BEST NEW ARTIST The field at a glance: With Adele and Duffy, there's plenty of U.K.-bred retro soul amid the best new artist crop. Though neither artist has the '60s-inspired theatricality of last year's winner, Amy Winehouse -- the bumping, keyboard-scorched groove of Duffy's "Mercy" comes close -- both are tapping into a vintage, Grammy-approved sound. They'll compete with teen pop studs the Jonas Brothers and another soul/R&B newcomer in Jazmine Sullivan, who snared five Grammy noms.
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December 5, 2008 | Randy Lewis and Todd Martens, Lewis and Martens are Times staff writers.
Lil Wayne's eight Grammy Award nominations Wednesday can be interpreted as the record industry's sincere thanks to the New Orleans rapper for proving that it's still possible to sell 1 million albums in a week, which he did in June with "Tha Carter III." He did it by exploiting nontraditional avenues, galvanizing rap fans in the months leading to the album's release with a series of mix tapes distributed over the Internet.
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