GRAMMY Insider: Nirvana, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Eminem, Madonna
(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.)
GRAMMY winners Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Yes are among the nominated acts for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014. The other nominees are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall And Oates, Kiss, the Meters, N.W.A., the Replacements, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, and the Zombies. Think you know who should make the cut? Take part in the online fan vote.
He's no ordinary person. John Legend was recently cited as one of the top 30 smartest celebrities in Hollywood, according to Business Insider. Not only has the R&B crooner won nine GRAMMY Awards, but he once held a position at Boston Consulting Group, one of the most prestigious firms in the world.
Jon Bon Jovi answered a super fan's prayer on Oct. 12 when he gave away super fan Branka Delic, who married her fiancé Gonzalo Cladera, at Las Vegas' Graceland Wedding Chapel (the same place where the GRAMMY winner tied the knot with wife Dorothea in 1989). Delic was so determined to have Bon Jovi take part in her wedding, she successfully petitioned him to attend. "All her life, Branka thought she would marry Bon Jovi himself," her petition read. "Sadly, at the age of 34 she realized this would never happen, and she accepted Gonzo's proposal instead." We wish the happy couple all the best but we are only cautiously optimistic. After all, according to the petition, "[Branka] has two loves in her life … Gonzo and Bon Jovi … but not necessarily in that order."
Eminem is keeping the anticipation high for his forthcoming new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, due Nov. 5, by releasing a new single "Rap God," during which he rhymes about feeling like a rap deity and poses the thoughtful question, "Why be a king when you can be a god?" If Eminem is the Rap God and Kanye West is Yeezus, who is the Holy Ghost to complete the rap trinity? … Everyone's favorite mouse-headed DJ, Deadmau5, has announced he has big plans for 2014 that technology might not be ready for. "I've been going hardcore on production," he told Rolling Stone. "I've been waiting a year and a half for the technology to catch up to what I want to do. I'm still waiting."
At The Movies
Madonna has reportedly been banned from watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain after she was caught texting during a screening of 12 Years A Slave at the 51st New York Film Festival. When a fellow moviegoer asked her to stop, Madge allegedly replied, "It's for business … enslaver!" Alamo Drafthouse co-founder and CEO Tim League replied by tweeting, "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies."
"The Simpsons" are breaking the law. Judas Priest's Rob Halford will be transformed into a yellow cartoon character in an episode titled "Steal This Episode" in January 2014, during which the metal icon will perform a parody of the Judas Priest classic "Breaking The Law" in an effort to encourage Homer to stop illegally downloading movies.
Miley Cyrus has garnered a lot of attention lately, fueled by her suggestive music videos and onstage twerking, but Paul McCartney doesn't get what all the fuss is about. "C'mon, we've seen worse than that," McCartney exclaimed in an interview with Skynews.com. … The Rolling Stones have apparently not given former Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker much satisfaction. When asked by Rolling Stone what he thinks of the Stones, Baker replied, "You're joking right? … I won't go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig."