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Jason Miller (left) and Yawar Charlie (middle) were one of 33 couples, gay and straight, married by Queen Latifah during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” performance at the Grammys this past Sunday. The newlywed couple sat down with HLN to discuss their televised magical moment.

Check out their interview below. I can’t even imagine how surreal the entire experience would’ve been. Imagine being serenaded by Madonna with P!nk, Beyonce and Taylor Swift as your wedding guests. #insane

watch the interview after the jump

The 56th Grammy Awards Winners & Performances

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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The French duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as Daft Punk, triumphed over Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and countless others by taking home some of the night’s biggest awards. They snatched up Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album and the very prestigious Album of the Year. Not bad for a duo who never showed their faces or spoke a single word during the telecast.

Lorde also capped off a remarkable year by winning Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Given her impressive haul, one would think Best New Artist would’ve been a foregone conclusion. That didn’t happen. The Kiwi singer wasn’t even nominated in that category. Instead, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis snatch that coveted accolade.

Speaking of the Seattle-based rap duo, they gave the most memorable performance of the evening. They were joined by Mary Lambert and Madonna during a special rendition of “Same Love” that incorporated Madge’s classic tune, “Open Your Heart.” In the middle of the epic collaboration, Queen Latifah officiated 33 couples getting married. The newlyweds included all creeds, colors and sexualities. It was so moving, it made Keith Urban and other audience members cry. Props to the Grammys for taking a very public and very televised stand for marriage equality.

Other notable performances include Miranda Lambert teaming up with Billie Joe Armstrong, Sara Bareilles with Carole King, Katy Perry, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift. Even though we’ve all seen P!nk suspended in mid-air, twirling around in ropes before I enjoyed her medley of “Try” and “Just Give Me A Reason.” Beyonce and Jay-Z kicked off the marathon telecast with a sexy live performance of “Drunk In Love.” It was captivatingly simple. Check it out below along with other performances and the list of winners.

check out the performances and winners after the jump

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Not only were the rumors true about Beyonce performing on Sunday night’s Grammys, but so were the ones regarding Madonna. The Recording Academy made it official in a press release issued Friday.

Along with the seven-time Grammy winner’s appearance, Miranda Lambert, Billie Joel Armstrong and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were also added to the already impressive roster of performers. Actor Steve Coogan, actor Jeremy Renner, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, and current nominee Charlie Wilson were confirmed presenters as well.

What do you think Madge will perform? For a list of previously announced performers and presenters, keep reading below. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J once again and will air live Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

check out previously announced performers and presenters after the jump

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Turns out the rumors are true. Beyonce and Jay-Z are performing at this weekend’s Grammy Awards. CBS confirmed their additions in a brand new promo clip. In the first hour alone, the show boasts an incredible lineup which includes Katy Perry, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Hunter Hayes and Mr. & Mrs. Carter. With the latter two now solidified, I wonder if those Madonna rumors are true as well.

Sunday night’s Grammys will mark Beyonce’s first televised performance since the launch of her self-titled fifth album last month. Beyoncé’s total currently stands at 1.5 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In other Bey-related news, the singer recently premiered a glitzy commercial for her latest fragrance, Rise. It’s lots of glamor shots of the “Irreplaceable” singer in a sea of gold dust and glitter. Ke$ha would be so jealous. Check it below.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Surprise Public Transit Riders

In: Donovan, Music
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If you’re ever in the NYC area, I highly suggest taking public transit. You never know who’s going to ride the bus with you. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shocked a bus full of passengers headed to the Bronx with a surprise performance of “Can’t Hold Us.” Even more surprising, the duo paid the fare. No special treatment here.

The stunt is part of the Grammys’ “Music Unleashes Us,” ad campaign. The Seattle rappers’ YouTube clip is one of four short films. The others feature the hits of Eminem, Katy Perry and Pink with Nate Ruess.

“In previous years, our campaigns have focused either on the fans or the artists,” says Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “This year’s campaign highlights the common bond between fans and artists — our visceral connection with music.”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform at the Grammys on Sunday, January 26. Check them surprising commuters below. The reaction on their faces as they realize what’s going on is priceless. Within seconds, some of the passengers begin to dance, sing along, and of course record the entire thing on their smartphones.

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Artists Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won Grammys

In: Donovan, Music

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air tonight and thought this was the perfect time to post this. Entertainment Weekly recently shared a list of 20 artists who surprisingly had never won a Grammy statue. From iconic groups like The Beach Boys to current hitmakers like Katy Perry, the publication certainly did their homework.

While perusing through their list, several snubs certainly surprised me. And I’m not talking about Katy Perry. I’m sure she’ll get her due one day, but she’s relatively new, so her Grammy-less awards shelf isn’t too shocking. I’ve picked five artists from EW’s list that I think are the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (NARAS) biggest mistakes. Check out my Top 5 list below.

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Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.

Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.

In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.

Check out the full list after the jump…

Nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards are just around the corner. In fact, they’ll be revealed during CBS’ telecast, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, airing on December 5, 2012. Hosting the event again is LL Cool J with Taylor Swift co-hosting alongside him. Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are on deck performing, plus Fun., Ne-Yo, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and The Who.

One of the biggest awards handed out on Grammy night is hands down Best New Artist. For every Adele, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 or Alicia Keys, there are a few missteps like Milli Vanilli and Hootie & the Blowfish. I still can’t believe Hootie beat out Brandy, Alanis Morisette or Shania Twain that year. Hell, I would’ve even taken Joan Osborne over them. Okay, maybe I took it too far with that one. LOL.

Unlike last year where Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, J. Cole were nominated with Bon Iver winning, this year boasts a solid crop of potential nominees. Even with such a strong field, the Academy has to be careful who to acknowledge. I’ve picked a few acts from this year I have a feeling are being considered for a Best New Artist Grammy. Check them out below and see if you agree with their chances. I’ve split them into two categories- “Strong Contenders” and “Longshots“. Be sure to leave your comments at the end.

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