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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…

A bunch of celebrities recently participated in a campaign to help emphasize the importance of blood donation. The campaign is a partnership between the American Red Cross and AMC’s hit zombie show, The Walking Dead. The campaign’s slogan is: “Use Your Brains. Give Blood.

The celebrities involved include Whitney Port from The City (as shown above), Mena Suvari, Joel Madden, Peter Jackson, and many others. As part of the campaign, these stars were transformed into zombies by the talented makeup team behind the hit series. The results are some pretty creepy photos.

For more information about the campaign, visit the American Red Cross website. The upcoming third season of The Walking Dead premieres on October 14. Check out more of the celebrity zombie photos below!

More zombie celebs after the jump…

Tonight, MTV celebrated another great year in movies for the masses with the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. After a star-studded red carpet and pre-show, the festivities kicked off with an electric performance from FUN. rocking out their hit, “We Are Young.” In a surprise twist, Janelle Monae joined the band on stage.

Playing host for the evening was Katy Perry’s recent ex, Russell Brand and I have to say, he nailed it. From his hilarious banter and wit to sometimes incomprehensible accent, it was a joy to watch him on stage between performances and presentations.

Other performances for the night included Wiz Khalifa and The Black Keys who were joined on stage by the evening’s Generation Award winner, Johnny Depp. This year, MTV presented their first ever Trailblazer Award which was handed to Emma Stone after a hilarious video tribute from Jim Carrey, Ana Farris, Steve Carrell and Jason Sudeikis. With no surprise to anyone at all, “The Hunger Games” was a big winner of the night. But, were they big enough to win Best Movie? Find out below.

Check out the full list of winner’s from tonight’s awards show after the jump.

New Releases Out This Week: December 6

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

How goes your Christmas shopping? If you’re like me, you haven’t even started. Honestly, I’ve always been more of a last minute type of shopper. For those of you who are a little bit more on the ball than I, here are this week’s new releases. There are a few great movies and some great music hitting the shelves this week that are the perfect stocking stuffers; especially this week’s feature release.

Amy Winehouse’s highly anticipated posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures is finally here in it’s entirety; a collection of previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics, as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions.

Following her tragic passing, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of Frank and Back To Black. It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting treatment to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy the friend.

Check out more new releases including music from the cast of Glee, smooth tunes from Robin Thicke and some hilarious movie watching courtesy of The Hangover Part 2. All of them featured down below.

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Rolling Stone Picks Their Top Songs & Albums of 2010

In: Donovan, Music

We’re still recovering from our NYE celebrations, so we decided to take today off. In lieu of new articles, we decided to repost some of our favorite 2010 Year End List-themed posts from this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

Spin Magazine and MySpace already named their best music picks of 2010, and now it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s turn. Kanye West’s latest opus has once again soared past the competition and claimed the top spot. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” took the No. 1 spot on Spin and the runner-up slot on MySpace’s list. Looks like someone is on a roll.

Rolling Stone’s list includes several of the same artists found on Spin’s, but there are a couple of WTF selections. Which ones you ask? I love me some Elton John, but seriously… his latest CD is at No. 3? If anyone’s listened to it, please enlighten me on what I missed out this year. The other selection that had my head scratching was Robert Plant. Maybe my musical tastes aren’t as refined, slash ancient as the editors of Rolling Stone.

Here are Rolling Stone’s picks for the crème de la crème of 2010.

  • 10. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  • ?9. Eminem – Recovery
  • 8. Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
  • 7. Drake – Thank Me Later
  • 6. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  • 5. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
  • 4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • 3. Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
  • 2. The Black Keys – Brothers
  • 1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What did you think of the list? Personally, I like Spin’s list much better. How many of the Top 10 have you checked out or own?

view Rolling Stone’s Top 10 songs after the jump

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