Janet Jackson performing at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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'Malfunction: The Dressing Down Of Janet Jackson': How & What Time & Where To Watch The New 2021 Documentary
The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show incident wasn't just an unfortunate slip-up — it was a confluence of raging societal forces. Here's how and when to watch the new 2021 'Malfunction: The Dressing Down Of Janet Jackson' documentary.
What do you remember about the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show incident, where Justin Timberlake very briefly revealed Janet Jackson's partially nude right breast on national television? Was it a big deal? A not-so-big deal? Whatever your feelings about it — or lack thereof — the cultural ripple effect was undeniable.
As a brand-new Hulu doc illuminates, that 9/16ths-of-a-second was about more than an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction: It was where racial and sexual politics — and the eternal censorship debate — boiled together and came to a head very publicly.
In the new 2021 Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson documentary, which will be released Friday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. on FX and streaming on Hulu, producer/director Jodi Gomes will show how the split-second event fanned the flames in a variety of sectors — from the NFL to the FCC to various politicians and their circles.
As The New York Times reports, the former commissioner of the NFL., Paul Tagliabue, will make an appearance — as well as the MTV executives who were in charge of producing the halftime show. Plus, a handful of politicians will weigh in on how inappropriate, televised content landed at the center of the national debate.
On top of all that, Jackson's career was never the same, despite winning five GRAMMYs and being nominated for 26 — while Timberlake remains a bona fide superstar.
What else will the documentary reveal about this quintessential 2000s controversy? Log onto Hulu or turn on FX at 10 p.m. on Nov. 19 to find out.
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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay Z
More on the rapper's two wins at the 56th GRAMMY Awards
(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)
Song: "Holy Grail"
Artist: Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Won for: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Previous wins: Jay Z has 52 prior GRAMMY nominations and 17 prior GRAMMY wins. Timberlake has 28 prior nominations, including those with 'N Sync, and six prior wins.
Did you know?: Jay Z led 56th GRAMMY nominations with nine. In addition to Best Rap/Sung Collaboration honors for "Holy Grail," Jay Z and Justin Timberlake also took home Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie." Jay Z has now won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration seven times in his career. He has the most GRAMMY wins this decade, winning nine so far. With 19 awards to date, Jay Z trails only Kanye West (21) as the rapper with the most GRAMMY wins. Jay Z and wife Beyoncé kicked off the 56th GRAMMY telecast with a performance of "Drunk In Love," a follow-up collaboration to their 2003 GRAMMY-winning hit "Crazy In Love."
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Recordings By Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Odetta & More Inducted Into The National Recording Registry
Selections by Albert King, Labelle, Connie Smith, Nas, Jackson Browne, Pat Metheny, Kermit the Frog and others have also been marked for federal preservation
The Librarian of Congress Carla Haden has named 25 new inductees into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. They include Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection” and more.
“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. “We received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry, and we welcome the public’s input as the Library of Congress and its partners preserve the diverse sounds of history and culture.”
The National Recording Preservation Board is an advisory board consisting of professional organizations and experts who aim to preserve important recorded sounds. The Recording Academy is involved on a voting level. The 25 new entries bring the number of musical titles on the registry to 575; the entire sound collection includes nearly 3 million titles. Check out the full list of new inductees below:
National Recording Registry Selections for 2020
Edison’s “St. Louis tinfoil” recording (1878)
“Nikolina” — Hjalmar Peterson (1917) (single)
“Smyrneikos Balos” — Marika Papagika (1928) (single)
“When the Saints Go Marching In” — Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra (1938) (single)
Christmas Eve Broadcast--Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill (December 24, 1941)
“The Guiding Light” — Nov. 22, 1945
“Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues” — Odetta (1957) (album)
“Lord, Keep Me Day by Day” — Albertina Walker and the Caravans (1959) (single)
Roger Maris hits his 61st homerun (October 1, 1961)
“Aida” — Leontyne Price, et.al. (1962) (album)
“Once a Day” — Connie Smith (1964) (single)
“Born Under a Bad Sign” — Albert King (1967) (album)
“Free to Be…You & Me” — Marlo Thomas and Friends (1972) (album)
“The Harder They Come” — Jimmy Cliff (1972) (album)
“Lady Marmalade” — Labelle (1974) (single)
“Late for the Sky” — Jackson Browne (1974) (album)
“Bright Size Life” — Pat Metheny (1976) (album)
“The Rainbow Connection” — Kermit the Frog (1979) (single)
“Celebration” — Kool & the Gang (1980) (single)
“Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs” — Jessye Norman (1983) (album)
“Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” — Janet Jackson (1989) (album)
“Partners” — Flaco Jiménez (1992) (album)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”/”What A Wonderful World” — Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (1993) (single)
“Illmatic” — Nas (1994) (album)
“This American Life: The Giant Pool of Money” (May 9, 2008)
Jay Z Tops 56th GRAMMY Nominations With Nine
Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams earn seven nods each; other top nominees include Daft Punk, Drake, Lorde, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift
Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected one of the most diverse years with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the rap, pop, country and dance/electronica genres, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. Once again, nominations in select categories for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Jay Z tops the nominations with nine; Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams each garner seven nods; Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig are up for five awards.
"This year's nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Once again, The Academy's awards process and its voting membership have produced an impressive list of nominations across various genres promising music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique 'GRAMMY Moments.' We are off to a great start and look forward to GRAMMY Sunday as Music's Biggest Night takes the stage."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Album Of The Year:
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift
Record Of The Year:
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year:
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are "Brave" by Sara Bareilles; "Royals" by Lorde; "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars; "Roar" by Katy Perry; and "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake.
The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams; "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink Featuring Nate Ruess; "Stay" by Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko; "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams; and "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake & Jay Z.
For Best Dance/Electronica Album, the nominees are Random Access Memories by Daft Punk; Settle by Disclosure; 18 Months by Calvin Harris; Atmosphere by Kaskade; and A Color Map Of The Sun by Pretty Lights.
The Best Rock Performance nominees are "Always Alright" by Alabama Shakes; "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" by David Bowie; "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons; "Kashmir (Live)" by Led Zeppelin; "My God Is The Sun" by Queens Of The Stone Age; and "I'm Shakin'" by Jack White.
For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You by Neko Case; Trouble Will Find Me by The National; Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails; Lonerism by Tame Impala; Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend.
The nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are "Power Trip" by J.Cole Featuring Miguel; "Part II (On The Run)" by Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé; "Holy Grail" by Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake; "Now Or Never" by Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige; and "Remember You" by Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd.
For Best Rap Album, the nominees are Nothing Was The Same by Drake; Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z; Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar; The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; and Yeezus by Kanye West.
The Best Country Album nominees are Night Train by Jason Aldean; Two Lanes Of Freedom by Tim McGraw; Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves; Based On A True Story by Blake Shelton; and Red by Taylor Swift.
The nominees for Best Americana Album are Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell; Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell; Buddy And Jim by Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale; One True Vine by Mavis Staples; and Songbook by Allen Toussaint.
This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ariel Rechtshaid, Jeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 11 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 8, 2014, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 56th GRAMMY telecast.
The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
The Week In Music: New Year's Nuptials
Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Steven Tyler resolve to get married in 2012
Less than a week into the new year, 2012 is shaping up as a good one for some artists and, to paraphrase Tina Turner, love just may have something to do with it. Getting engaged seems to be all the rage as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin announced her engagement to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson. The couple is scheduled to marry this summer in Miami and Franklin has confirmed that "no, I am not pregnant." This just goes to show that with some r-e-s-p-e-c-t and a little prayer, anything can happen. In more nuptial news, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Erin Brady, and R&B crooner John Legend has proposed to his girlfriend, Chrissy Teigen. For the previously divorced Tyler, this time is for real. "I don't want to hurt anybody again," Tyler told Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on Jan. 1. "For all the divorces I've had, I hurt those girls deeply. It was some behavior that I'm ashamed of and I shouldn't have done." If it's true that the third time's a charm, Wynonna Judd is in luck as she has announced her third engagement, this time to boyfriend Scott "Cactus" Moser. And everyone's favorite boy band superstar-turned entertainment guru Justin Timberlake is engaged to wed longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel, according to a People report. "She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life," Timberlake told Vanity Fair last June. If all they need is love, do you think these artists will make it in marriage?
In not-so-sweet relationship news, the recent announcement of hot celebrity couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand's divorce caught the entertainment world by storm. After all, they were married for an entire 14 months. But while it seems that divorce would come with much heartache and pain, especially over the holiday season, Perry has been seen out on the town making her own fireworks of sorts. According to a New York Post report, the pop songstress was out on New Year's Eve dancing with friends at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., the day after Brand filed for divorce. "Katy was in a private room with a group and she seemed to be in a great mood," said one anonymous source. "She spent most of the night dancing and laughing with friends. One wouldn't have ever even known that her husband had just filed for divorce. … She looked like she was having a great time." And as for Brand, he's carrying on just fine as well. "I'm doing good," he told the Post. "Everything is going to be better next year." It seems all is fair in love and war.
With respect to Chinese astrology and dragons, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of Van Halen, at least for classic rock fans. A group of fortunate music journalists witnessed the band's official 2012 launch at the intimate Cafe Wha? in New York on Jan. 5. Eddie Van Halen, along with brother/drummer Alex, son/bassist Wolfgang and original vocalist David Lee Roth, fired up the engines for an hour-long set of classic Van Halen. "Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentleman," exclaimed Roth before launching the band into their version of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." The band also debuted a new song, "She's A Woman," from A Different Kind Of Truth, Van Halen's first studio album with Roth since 1984, which is due for release Feb. 7. Van Halen is also taking the fun on the road for a U.S. tour, starting in Louisville, Ky., on Feb. 18. What different kind of rock shenanigans do Diamond Dave and Co. have in store? It's anybody's guess, but for now you can get a preview of Roth's new moves in the first installment of his different kind of video scrapbook.
John Lennon fans may be taking a word out of Cee Lo Green's book and saying "F*** you" to the Lady Killer after he took creative license with the lyrics to Lennon's famous "Imagine" during a New Year's Eve performance in New York. Instead of singing "Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too," as the song was originally written, Green sang "Nothing to kill or die for/And all religion's true." Fans quickly took to Twitter to ridicule Green, with one fan tweeting, "The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm. If 'all religion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place." According to a Rolling Stone report Green responded, tweeting, "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were [sic] u could believe what u wanted that's all." The response seems to have since been retracted. Maybe Green decided to live life in peace instead.
While it may not be ladylike to kiss and tell, it sure is mayorlike. During a New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square, the Big Apple's Mayor Michael Bloomberg locked lips with Lady Gaga … and lived to tell about it. "She's obviously a great entertainer," Bloomberg told The Wall Street Journal of the Fame Monster, whom he also found to be "very charming." "There's very few people who've gone into a very tough business and … risen to the top as quickly as she has." Shortly after his smooch with Gaga, Bloomberg turned around and gave the second kiss of the night to longtime companion Diana Taylor. "I would be remiss if I didn't also add that the best kiss of the night came … from Diana," Bloomberg noted. This sounds like a case of bad romance gone good.
Indie rock fans are either older than we thought, or at least old at heart. Vinyl record sales increased again in 2011, marking a steady, though modest, growth in sales in the digital era. And the biggest fans of the old-school format? The indie rock contingent. Among the top-selling vinyl albums for the year were records by 54th GRAMMY nominees the Black Keys, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. Also in the top 10 were Adele and Radiohead. Still, the top of the vinyl pops was reserved for a true classic: the Beatles' Abbey Road, which checks into the top spot for an amazing third consecutive year. Such a feat some 40-plus years after its original release must be giving 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Paul McCartney some golden slumbers at night.
LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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