GRAMMY Insider: Eminem, Alison Krauss, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Prince, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, And Kanye West
Bruce Springsteen is already planning his itinerary for 2014. The Boss will travel Down Under for a tour of Australia and New Zealand, kicking off Feb. 7 in Perth. … Paul McCartney is the latest artist added to the lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place Sept. 20–21 in Las Vegas. Macca joins fellow GRAMMY winners Fun., Elton John, Tim McGraw, Phoenix, and Justin Timberlake, among others.
Awards & Honors
Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced Aug. 14 with 27-time GRAMMY winner Alison Krauss earning six nominations with her band Union Station. Leading the way with eight nods were the Gibson Brothers. Other GRAMMY-winning nominees include the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder and Union Station dobro player Jerry Douglas. The awards will be presented Sept. 26 during the World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh, N.C. … GRAMMY winners Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynn and Arturo Sandoval are among this year's 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award is presented to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." … Former Hootie And The Blowfish vocalist and current country solo artist Darius Rucker now has a street named after him in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. The new Darius Rucker Boulevard leads to the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, which the Blowfish first played shortly after the venue opened in the early '90s. Let's hope street-naming ceremonies don't make him cry.
Lady Gaga is giving music critics a taste of their own medicine in a recent clip titled "Lady Gaga Is Over" which the Fame Monster posted in response to the backlash she has received from her recently released single "Applause." Is Gaga really over? We'll know when Artpop is released Nov. 11. … Keith Urban is looking to literally fuse different styles of music in his bid to make the second coming of U2's GRAMMY-winning 1991 opus Achtung Baby. For Fuse, which is set for release Sept. 10, the country star teamed with GRAMMY-winning producer Mike Elizondo, Butch Walker and longtime partner Dann Huff, resulting in a mix of country/pop melodies and industrial and electro elements. "I can keep making the same record, but I don't want to do that," Urban told Rolling Stone. … The Real Slim Shady has returned to duty. Eminem debuted his new single "Survival" in an ad for the "Call Of Duty: Ghosts" video game. The song is expected to be featured on the GRAMMY winner's yet-to-be-named forthcoming album.
Bulletproof baby on board. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have reportedly commissioned two bulletproof and bombproof vehicles, costing the power couple more than $1 million. The cars of choice are a Chevrolet Kodiak that features night-vision cameras, nicknamed "Limo One" as an homage to President Barack Obama's ride, and an SUV titled the Prombron Iron Diamond.
Social media could be in for a royal makeover with Prince officially joining Twitter. While his first two tweets were unceremonious, his third tweet included a snapshot of a dinner salad paired with the question, "DID EYE ADD 2 MUCH PEPPER?" For his majesty's music updates and more culinary-based questions, follow him @3rdeyegirl.
With his girlfriend Katy Perry debuting her new single this week, John Mayer gave a loving stamp of approval like any good boyfriend would. "In a way you get swallowed up by it, it's so big," said Mayer regarding Perry's "Roar." "Millions of people are going to be dancing on tables to that."