GRAMMY Insider: Beastie Boys, Beyoncé, Nirvana, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
Current GRAMMY nominee Justin Timberlake reigned supreme on iTunes' best-sellers of 2013 list, earning Artist of the Year and the top-selling album honor with The 20/20 Experience. Current GRAMMY nominees Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also made this list for Breakthrough Album (Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City), Song of the Year ("Royals") and Album of the Year (The Heist), respectively. For more lists, visit GRAMMY.com's List Blog.
GRAMMY winners Peter Gabriel, Nirvana and Linda Ronstadt, GRAMMY nominees Hall And Oates and Kiss, and Cat Stevens are the performer inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014. Additional inductees are former Beatles manager Brian Epstein and producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, and the E Street Band, who will be recognized with the Award for Musical Excellence.
Beastie Boys fans are fighting for their right to sabotage the corner of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street in New York. According to a report, a petition has been launched to honor the Beastie Boys by naming the intersection where the cover of the GRAMMY-winning trio's 1989 album Paul's Boutique was shot, "Beastie Boys Square." In this case, there will be no sleep till the Lower East Side.
Current GRAMMY nominee Pharrell Williams is scheduled to release his first solo album in eight years in 2014. The set will reportedly feature the track "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, for which Williams created the first-ever 24-hour-long music video.
Current GRAMMY nominee Beyoncé has re-established herself as Queen Bey after surprising fans with a new self-titled album on Dec. 13. The 14-track album, which includes 17 new music videos, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving Beyoncé the distinction of being the first female artist to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums. After only three days on sale, Beyoncé became the 24th bestselling album of the year, and the fastest-selling global album ever in the history of the iTunes Store, selling more than 800,000 units in its first three days. Who runs the world? Beyoncé.
Billboard has revealed a list of 75 songs that are eligible to be nominated for Original Song at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. GRAMMY winners appearing on the list include Fergie ("A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) from The Great Gatsby); Jay Z ("100$ Bill" from The Great Gatsby); Coldplay ("Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire); Taylor Swift ("Sweeter Than Fiction" from One Chance); U2 ("Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom); Pharrell Williams ("Happy" from Despicable Me 2); and Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic ("Cut Me Some Slack" from Sound City). Nominations will be announced on Jan. 16, 2014.