GRAMMY Insider: Lady Gaga, Metallica, Taylor Swift, U2, 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.)
Need some last-minute costume tips for Halloween? Rolling Stone has compiled a list of Rock Star-Inspired Halloween Costumes that will help you rock Halloween in the guise of Beyoncé, David Bowie, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Slash, among others. For more inspiration, check out Paul McCartney's royal Halloween getup and what comedian Jimmy Fallon dressed his daughter Winnie as. (Hint: It's not Pooh.)
Taylor Swift leads the nominees for the fourth annual American Country Awards with eight nods, including Artist of the Year, Touring Artist of the Year and Single of the Year: Female for "Begin Again." ... Fame Monster turned fashion magnet Lady Gaga has been named among Glamour magazine's 2013 Women of the Year. When asked if she considers herself beautiful, Gaga replied, "Not conventionally beautiful. … I'm not a supermodel. That's not what I do. What I do is music.
Songwriter/producer Desmond Child has been appointed director of ASCAP's Board of Directors by President and Chairman Paul Williams. Child will succeed the board's former director, the late GRAMMY-winning jazz composer George Duke.
Willie Nelson is ready to tell all. The GRAMMY-winning country stalwart is set to release a tell-all biography in 2015, that will, according to his publisher Little, Brown and Company be an "unvarnished story."
On Nov. 28 U2 will release two new recordings on 10-inch vinyl for Record Store Day's Black Friday sale: "Ordinary Love," a new single written for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the "Mandela version" of "Breathe," which originally appeared on the band's GRAMMY-nominated 2009 album No Line On The Horizon.
Is it time for Metallica to turn in their metal card? When asked in a recent interview with Q magazine if they were fans of pop star Justin Bieber, bassist Robert Trujillo said, "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber." The feeling is apparently mutual. Bieber has cited "Fade To Black" as one of his favorite Metallica songs, and even attempted to recreate the tune's familiar guitar solo.
Kanye West has appointed himself Yeezus and now he's proclaiming himself and his bride-to-be Kim Kardashian as more fashionable than the first couple. "No one is looking at what [President Barack Obama] is wearing," said West in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. "Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."