GRAMMY Insider: Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Kanye West
(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 nominees for the first-ever YouTube Music Awards include Lady Gaga for Video of the Year; and Eminem, Rihanna and Taylor Swift for Artist of the Year. The winners will be chosen by fan votes and will be announced Nov. 3 in New York.
The weather is getting cooler but celebrity relationships are still aflame. Kanye West proposed to North West's mama Kim Kardashian on Oct. 21 (also the reality star's 33rd birthday). West reportedly rented out AT&T Park in San Francisco to pop the question and presented Kardashian with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz sparkler. Oh, and she said yes. … Kelly Clarkson married artist manager Brandon Blackstock on Oct. 20 at a private ceremony in Eastern Tennessee.
Michael Jackson has reached No. 1 yet again. The King of Pop has topped Forbes' annual list of top-earning deceased celebrities, making an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and October 2013. Another King, Elvis Presley, was No. 2, bringing in $55 million. Other musicians making the list include Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Bob Marley (No. 5, $18 million) and John Lennon (No. 7, $12 million).
Record Store Day
Can't wait to load up on Record Store Day exclusives in April 2014? Music fans are in luck as RSD will again host a Black Friday promotion on Nov. 29 featuring exclusive releases from GRAMMY winners such as Blind Boys Of Alabama with Jason Isbell and John Paul White, the Civil Wars, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and the Roots, Duran Duran, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Nirvana, Robert Glasper Experiment, and the Rolling Stones, among others.
How's this for an unlikely pairing? On Nov. 25 Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones will release Foreverly, a covers album featuring interpretations of all 12 traditional songs featured on the Everly Brothers' 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
This Thanksgiving some will be saying Gaga Gaga instead of gobble gobble. Lady Gaga is set to star in a 90-minute special titled "Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" on Nov. 28. "Can't wait to see the gang again, and I hope Miss Piggy's still not mad about Kermit," Gaga said regarding her second appearance alongside the Muppets. "We're just friends!" Kermit the Frog added, "What an incredible opportunity. We won't even mind if she mistakes some of the Muppets for pieces of her wardrobe — again." The special will also feature a guest appearance by Elton John.
In a recent interview with Songfacts.com, Christopher Cross opened up about beating out Pink Floyd and Frank Sinatra in 1980 for Album Of The Year at the 23rd GRAMMYs. "When I met [Pink Floyd guitarist] David Gilmour the first thing he said to me was something like, 'I'll never forgive you for beating us out for the GRAMMY,'" said Cross. "He was teasing, but .... And then someone joked that I beat Sinatra, so I'd better watch my back."