GRAMMY Insider: Eminem, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Rihanna, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift, Sting
(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.)
The 47th CMA Awards took place Nov. 6 in Nashville, Tenn., and sent a number of GRAMMY winners home with trophies, including Miranda Lambert (Female Vocalist of the Year), Little Big Town (Vocal Group of the Year), George Strait (Entertainer of the Year), and Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "Highway Don't Care.") … On Nov. 4 Madonna announced Mazatlan, Mexico, resident Lesmack Meza Parente as the first-ever winner of the singer's Art for Freedom online art contest. Parente produced "El Gran Dictador," a video mashup of the closing speech from Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator and contemporary images. Madonna will award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of Parente's choice.
Eminem and Rihanna's recent monstrous collaboration on "The Monster" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song marks Rihanna's 25th Top 10 hit, tying her with Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most Top 10 hits since the chart debuted in 1958. Additionally, Eminem became the first lead artist to land four concurrent Top 20 hits since the Beatles in 1964.
GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Nov. 6. "I was very happy but I thought they were crazy," said Sanz, who had never before stepped inside a music school.
With diamonds on the soles of their shoes, Sting and Paul Simon are heading into the fields of touring gold together. The pair will hit the road in 2014 as part of a joint 18-date tour called Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together, which will kick off Feb. 8. "We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out," Sting recently told The New York Times. … Lady Gaga (aka the Space Monster) will reportedly be the first artist to perform in space in 2015 in conjunction with the Zero-G Music Tech Festival at New Mexico's Spacesport America. Gaga will board a Virgin Galactic spaceship for her performance, which will require a month of rehearsal preparation due to the change in atmosphere. Ticket prices have not been revealed, but we are sure they'll be out of this world. … After cancelling multiple dates due to equipment issues, Kanye West will resume his Yeezus tour on Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.
Eminem and social media are a lot like oil and water. In a recent interview on SiriusXM Radio's "Town Hall" series, the rapper said, "I can't pay attention to what everyone is saying. … I would probably get caught up in some ugly arguments with people. 'Yo, drive to my house now.' It would consume a lot of my time and it would be very counterproductive for me to do that."