Francis Specker/CBSAs usual, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards crammed a whole lot of extravagant, emotional and occasionally mind-blowing performances -- and very few actual awards -- into a three-and-a-half hour telecast. There was a lot of profanity onstage -- both in the acceptance speeches and in the lyrics of the songs -- causing the telecast to be perhaps the most highly-bleeped Grammys ever. Here's a rundown of who performed what:
Lizzo kicked off the show with a medley of her song "Cuz I Love You" -- which she sang while wearing a huge, black sparkly gown while conducting an orchestral string section -- and "Truth Hurts," for which she stripped down to a futuristic bodysuit. The performance featured plenty of dancers as well as one of Lizzo's signature flute solos.
Following a brief a cappella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" with Boyz II Men in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, host Alicia Keys sang a version of Lewis Capaldi's Grammy-nominated "Someone You Loved" with the lyrics changed to be about this year's nominees -- the chorus was, "I'mma get you kinda used to hearing music you love."
The Jonas Brothers were up next: First, they performed a stripped-down performance of an unreleased song that may have been called "Five Minutes," and they took the stage for a massive performance of their current hit "What a Man Gotta Do," complete with dancers, horns and fireworks. Nick Jonas appeared to have something stuck in his teeth throughout, which he later acknowledged by tweeting, "At least you all know I eat my greens."
Tyler, The Creator gave the most bonkers performance of the night. It started out somewhat chill, as he performed "Earfquake" with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men. Then, he was joined onstage by dozens of Tyler lookalikes, all wearing the same blonde pageboy wig and white-and-red suit as he sang "New Magic Wand" on a set that looked like an empty suburban street. The song climaxed with Tyler jumping up and down and screaming and the entire street burning down; he then fell backwards off the part of the stage he was standing on and disappeared.
Usher performed a Prince tribute as a way of promoting the upcoming CBS-TV special Let's Go Crazy: A GRAMMY Salute to Prince. Singing and dancing his way through "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," Usher was backed up by Prince's close friend Sheila E. Oddly, even though FKA Twigs was introduced as being part of the performance, all she did was dance on a stripper pole and then slink around, rubbing up against Usher and looking sexy.
Camila Cabello gave one of the most emotional performances of the night, singing "First Man," a tribute to her father Alejandro Cabello, while home movies of him with a baby Camila were shown. At the end of the song, she came off the stage and stood in front of her dad, singing directly to him, as he wept openly. They embraced at the end of the song.
Country icon Tanya Tucker, who won her very first Grammys on Sunday, performed a stripped-down version of her winning song "Bring My Flowers Now" with her co-writer and musical collaborator Brandi Carlile.
Ariana Grande gave an elaborate performance of three songs. She started out dressed in a ballgown, singing "My Favorite Things" with a string section. Then, she stripped off her gown, donned some sexy sleepwear, and moved onto a bedroom set to sing her nominated song "7 Rings," which interpolates "My Favorite Things." She finished off with part of her smash hit "thank u, next."
The night's big winner, Billie Eilish, performed a hushed version of her song "when the party's over" with her brother and musical collaborator Finneas on piano, plus a backing choir.
Lifetime Achievement honorees Aerosmith performed "Livin' on the Edge" -- during which lead singer Steven Tyler stopped in the audience in front of Lizzo and yelled, "I f***ing love you!" -- and then teamed up with Run-DMC for their smash hit "Walk This Way." There was no last-minute reprieve for drummer Joey Kramer, who the band had barred from performing with them because they claimed his playing wasn't up to par. He sued...and lost.
Lil Nas X performed his 19-week number-one hit "Old Town Road" on a stage set that revolved to show different rooms, and in each room, there was a different act who joined him to perform the song, including K-pop superstars BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. At the very end, none other than Nas -- the rap legend who inspired Lil Nas X's stage name -- joined the younger artist onstage to sing "Rodeo."
Another emotional of a moment came from Demi Lovato, who performed a raw ballad called "Anyone," which she wrote just four days before she overdosed in 2018. She was so choked up that she had to stop the song and start it again, and then sang it with tears running down her face. She got a standing ovation at the end.
A tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle featured Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, who was arrested on robbery charges two days before the Grammys. Meek kicked off the performance by performing a rap addressed to Hussle; Roddy Ricch then did "Letter to Nipsey." Khaled, Franklin, YG and Legend performed "Higher," which then went on to win the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung performance. Hussle's other song "Racks in the Middle" also won a Grammy during the pre-telecast awards.
Spanish star Rosalía and a troupe of dancers performed her flamenco-inspired songs "Malamente" and "JuroQué."
At the podium to present Song of the Year, Little Big Town and Smokey Robinson harmonized on his composition "My Girl."
Alicia Keys and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard performed a stripped-down version of Alicia's current single "Underdog," co-written by Ed Sheeran. By the end of the song, Alicia, joined by a troupe of dancers, had moved to a satellite stage with a piano, which rose in the air for a dramatic finale.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist H.E.R. performed her song "Sometimes" at the piano, backed by a line of musicians in single file behind her, and then she stood up and ripped off a searing guitar solo.
Bonnie Raitt performed a brief rendition of John Prine's song "Angel from Montgomery" in tribute to Prine; that was followed by guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performing his Grammy-winning song "This Land," which is about racism and immigration.
The final performance of the evening was a version of "I Sing the Body Electric" from the 1980 movie Fame, featuring Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, pianist Lang Lang, violinist Joshua Bell, Gary Clark Jr., ballerina Misty Copeland and a chorus of student musicians. It was a tribute to music education, and to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who after 40 years is stepping aside.
Francis Specker/CBS Heading into the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the question on many viewers minds was how the awards ceremony would acknowledge the controversy that's been swirling around it for several weeks regarding accusations of vote-rigging and other alleged misdeeds made by the Recording Academy's ousted CEO. But following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the telecast turned into a tribute...and a reminder that music can be a powerful healing force.
Taking place at L.A.'s Staples Center -- "the house that Kobe Bryant built" -- the Grammys telecast immediately acknowledged the loss of Bryant in its first few seconds, as leading nominee Lizzo took the stage and stated, "Tonight is for Kobe."
Following Lizzo's performance, host Alicia Keys then took the stage to note, "We're all feeling crazy sadness right now...we lost a hero...and we're literally standing here heartbroken...so I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and hold [Kobe, his family and the victims] inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this."
Alicia and Boyz II Men then delivered an A cappella rendition of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
But the Grammy controversy didn't go unremarked-upon. After the first commercial break, Alicia, sitting at the piano, commented, "It's been a hell of a week. There's a lot going, on but I'm proud to be standing here."
Then, noting that it's a new decade and "a time for newness," she continued, "We refuse the negative energy. We refuse the old systems. We want to be respected and safe in our diversity. We want to be shifting to realness and inclusivity. So tonight, we want to celebrate the people—the artists that put themselves on the line and share their truth with us.”
Her comments appeared to refer to the accusations that the Recording Academy is a "boys' club" environment that was resistant to change. Then, as part of a song that mentioned this year's nominees, she sang, "It's when good people do nothing that the bad guys win" -- which may have alluded to the controversy, or perhaps to what's happening politically.
But in accepting the first award of the night, Best Pop Solo Performance for "Truth Hurts," Lizzo brought everything back around to the tragedy and the theme of music as a healer.
"Today all of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone, and I realize that there’s people hurting right now," she told the crowd. "You guys create beautiful music. You guys create connectivity. And as I’m speaking to all of you all in this room, we need to reach out. This is the beginning of making music that moves people again...Let’s continue to reach out...and lift each other up."
The nods to Bryant continued through the night, with his #24 jersey prominently on display during several performances. At the end of an all-star hip hop tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, Bryant's photo was displayed alongside Hussle's on the screen. And when John Legendaccepted the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for Hussle's song "Higher," he told the crowd, "Let's love each other, let's love our families, let's hold each other tight."
But despite the tragedy, the Grammys also highlighted a new generation of exciting performers. 18-year-old Billie Eilish, the night's big winner with five trophies, including Album of the Year -- making her the youngest artist ever to win that prestigious category.
2019's other breakout star Lizzo took home three awards, while 20-year-old chart-topping "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X won two. Plus, younger talent like Rosalia, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Tyler, the Creator, BTS and Ariana Grande all got performance spotlights.
The legends got some love as well. Country icon Tanya Tucker won the first-ever Grammy awards of her career, despite having been first nominated back in 1973. Disco legend Gloria Gaynor won her first Grammy in 40 years.
BMGFollowing the unexpected 2018 death of frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries released their final album, In the End, last year. Featuring vocals Dolores recorded before her death, the well-received album unexpectedly earned the Irish band their very first Grammy nod: It's up for Best Rock Album at Sunday's ceremony. Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler tells ABC Audio that the nod is simultaneously exciting and bittersweet.
"Obviously, when we heard the news, it was very exciting cause it's our first Grammy nomination," says Lawler. "But then you obviously think, 'Oh, wouldn't it be great if Dolores was here to come up and be at this event with us?' Y'know, she loved getting dressed up and picking out a costume or whatever. So she'd have been really excited about that."
As for why it's their final album that got the Grammy love, and not, say, their 17-million-sellling smash No Need to Argue, guitarist Noel Hogan says, "I think there's the strength of the songs firstly, and...there's a lot of nostalgia as well that it brings back. And we felt from the very beginning it was one of...the strongest albums that we've done in a long time."
Lawler says he's sure Dolores would've been "very honored" because, he says, "Everyone knows in this industry that the Grammys is the biggest nomination you can get."
Dolores' brother and his wife will join The Cranberries Sunday at the Grammys, but the band still hasn't decided how they'll celebrate if they win.
"Haven't really thought about it, to be honest," says Lawlor.
"We're trying to stay calm either way," adds Hogan.
As for the future of The Cranberries, a documentary is in the works, as is a 25th anniversary reissue of No Need to Argue.
ABC/Image Group LADua Lipa is giving fans another taste of her upcoming sophomore album, Future Nostalgia.
The singer has announced the second single off the album, called “Physical,” will be out on January 31. It follows the lead single, “Don’t Start Now,” which she released last year.
In December, Dua also released Future Nostalgia’s title track, a funky ‘80s throwback. The song wasn’t released as an official single but as, Dua explained, “a little something to tie [fans] over till the New Year.”
Dua will be a presenter at the Grammy awards Sunday.
Future Nostalgia does not yet have a release date.
Lauv/AWAL Recordings AmericaLauv is ready to show the world how he’s feeling.
The singer has announced his 65 date ~how I’m feeling~ world tour, kicking off March 23 in Mexico and hitting cities in South America, Europe and Asia before heading to the U.S. on July 17.
The trek, following the release of Lauv's debut album of the same name, will mark some of the biggest U.S. shows of the singer's career. He’ll play iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
A presale for U.S. dates begins Monday, January 27 at 10 a.m. local time using the code TATTOOS. Tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale to the general public Friday, January 31.
After wrapping his U.S. dates on August 29, Lauv will then head back overseas, playing more dates in Europe and the U.K. The tour ends in London on November 17.
~how i’m feeling~, featuring Lauv's latest single, “Tattoos Together,” comes out March 6.
ABC/Eric McCandlessDemi Lovato is gearing up for an emotional performance at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
The singer, hitting the stage for her first major public performance since her 2018 overdose, just revealed new details about her new song, "Anyone," which she will debut at the show.
In an interview on New Music Daily with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1, Demi revealed that she created the song shortly before her overdose.
"I was recording it in a state of -- where I thought I was okay, but clearly I wasn't," she said on Friday's show. "I even listen back to it and I'm like gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself."
The singer, who's now sober, added that she views the track as, "a cry for help."
"You kind of listen back to it, and you think 'How did nobody listen to this song and think let's help this girl?'" says Demi.
She also revealed that she copes with struggles now by looking "toward the future for hope." She no longer measures her happiness based on success, instead choosing to focus on "family and friends."
Aside from her future in the music industry, Demi also has set her sights on having children.
"I want to start a family," she said. "That would be dope ... and I don't know if I see it with a man or a woman. But like, I just know that at some point, I would love to do that this decade."
ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like one major Grammy nominee won’t be in attendance on Grammy night Sunday.
According to Us Weekly, Taylor Swift is skipping the ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, despite scoring three nominations this year.
Lover is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, the album’s title track is up for Song of the Year, and “You Need to Calm Down” is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Taylor was snubbed in the Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories, though.
After the nominations were announced, Taylor seemed excited for the nods she did get.
“LOVER IS NOMINATED FOR SONG OF THE YEAR AT THE GRAMMYS!!!” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. “Wrote this one alone in a quiet moment and seeing it honored in the Song of the Year category by my peers means so much, wow…3 noms guys!!!!”
Taylor last performed at the Grammys back in 2016, when she opened the show with “Out of the Woods,” from her 1989 album.
On Thursday, Taylor debuted her Netflix documentary Miss Americana at the Sundance Film Festival.
Courtesy CBS NewsBillie Eilish is on top of the world right now: Sunday, she's up for six Grammys and will be performing on the telecast. But as the 18-year-old artist revealed Thursday night on CBS' The Gayle King Grammy Special, it wasn't that long ago that she was so depressed, she didn't think she'd make it to age 17.
Billie told King that in 2018, she was "so unhappy...and, like, joyless," because her extreme fame had made her isolated and lonely. She became clinically depressed, she said, and admitted, "I don't want to be dark, but I genuinely didn't think I would make it to 17."
When asked if she'd considered self-harm, Billie replied, "Yeah. I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel…And I remember there was a window right there…I remember crying because I was thinking about how the way that I was going to die was, I was going to do it."
Billie also revealed that the lyric "I wanna end me" in her song "Bury a Friend" was about herself.
The star says the one thing that kept her from taking her own life was her mother, Maggie Baird, who stepped in to scale back her daughter's schedule and the number of things she was expected to do.
"We checked in with her all the time about, 'Do you still want to do this?'" Baird told King. "She loved doing the shows. The fans and the shows, that's what kept her going."
Of course, therapy was also involved in Billie's recovery, as was her family's support. She turned 18 last month.
Michele Crowe/CBSBillie Eilish is poised to have a big night at the Grammys this Sunday.
The 18-year-old phenom is up for six awards at this year's ceremony, and is the youngest artist ever to simultaneously be nominated for the so-called "big four" categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. She will also be performing during the ceremony.
Speaking to ABC Audio, Billie reveals she's particularly proud of the Best New Artist nod.
"That's insane, that's insane," she says. "That's, like, the one that I feel like every single year has been an artist that I'm, like, 'Of course!'"
Eilish adds that it feels "incredible" to be nominated for the category at all.
"I'm really grateful and blessed," she says.
Eilish's smash debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, is nominated for Album of the Year, while her hit single, "bad guy," will compete for Song and Record of the Year.
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and "bad guy" are also up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, respectively.
The 2020 Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles this Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Jason Mraz, Steve Granitz/WireImage; Melissa Etheridge, Kevin Mazur/WireImage for The Recording AcademyThe 62nd Annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday night in Los Angeles, so ABC Audio asked some Grammy-winning artists for their memories of Music's Biggest Night -- and their advice for first-time attendees.
Jason Mraz has two Grammys, both of which he won in 2010. "I would just say enjoy! Enjoy the night. Have fun!" he tells ABC Audio, when asked what advice he'd give first-time nominees this year.
"It's feels great to be acknowledged, but if anything, I feel like it's where my career really began," he adds. "So it's not the finish line -- I think it's 'Welcome to the club.'"
"So enjoy the night, and after this, be ready to work even harder and smarter," he cautions. "That's what I think the Grammys are."
Melissa Etheridge has been nominated 15 times for Grammys and won two, but she's also given some great performances on the Grammy stage. So, which one was the most memorable for the "Come to My Window" singer?
"The first time I was on, I went from being seriously underground, to overnight being on the Grammys. And it made such a difference in my career," she tells ABC Audio. "But if you really, really push me, I'm gonna say 2005, when I got to come back from going through chemotherapy treatment and stand on stage and pay tribute to the great Janis Joplin with Joss Stone."
Fans watching that night no doubt remember that performance -- not just because Melissa sounded so great, but because she was completely bald from chemo.
"That might have to take the cake," adds the breast cancer survivor. "I would have to say that probably is my most memorable, and the performance that I'm so grateful for."
The Grammys air live Sunday night on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Live Nation Las VegasThe Jonas Brothersare heading to Vegas. The group is the latest musical act to book a Sin City concert residency.
Their show will take place at Park Theater at Park MGM, kicking off April 1. They’ll play nine dates throughout April, wrapping up on the 18th.
Citi cardmembers will have first access to tickets in a presale beginning Monday, January 27 at 10 a.m. PT. Jonas Brothers fan club members will also have access to an exclusive presale beginning Tuesday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PT. M life Rewards loyalty members, as well as Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers, will be able to buy tickets starting Wednesday, January 29.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. PT.
The Jonas Brothers are set to perform their new single, “What a Man Gotta Do,” live for the first time at the Grammys on Sunday. They’re also up for Best Pop Duo-Group Performance, for “Sucker.”
Courtesy NetflixTaylor Swift's documentary Miss Americana premiered Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival, where fans received an uncomfortable glimpse at the high cost of fame.
"It’s not good for me to see pictures of myself every day," says Swift in a voiceover as the movie shows her being hounded by photographers outside her front door. The Lover artist goes on to reveal that she suffered from an eating disorder, "it’s only happened a few times, and I’m not in any way proud of it."
"It" being when she'd see a photo of herself, find something wrong with her weight, and "starve a little bit. Just stop eating.”
Swift opened up for the first time on Thursday about her eating disorder during an interview with Variety. There, the "Shake It Off" singer reveals she first began obsessing over her weight when she was 18.
"I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine. And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat," she explained before adding that her desire to be liked eventually made her view her body almost like a commodity, where it needed to look a certain way to be worthy of praise.
"Women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty, and we’re seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we’re not what we should be," She added before crediting celebrities like Jameela Jamil who stand up for body positivity for helping her calm down whenever she begins having "unhealthy thoughts."
Miss Americana, where Swift speaks further about her battle with eating disorders and other struggles with fame, arrives January 31 on Netflix.
Amanda Edwards/Getty ImagesIt's not a bad week to be Dan Shay. The duo and Justin Bieber are currently in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 -- and the number-one spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart -- with their hit "10,000 Hours," and on Sunday, they could claim their second Grammy.
So far, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have a perfect record when it comes to the Grammys. Last year, they received their first nomination -- and their first win -- for their pop/country crossover smash "Tequila."
This year, the duo nabbed their second and third nominations for "Speechless," their second pop/country crossover hit. But overall, they say they're thankful to be recognized on an awards show that celebrates all kinds of music, from pop, rock and jazz to classical, country, metal and Latin.
"The Grammys are such a huge deal," Dan tells ABC Audio. "It's an iconic award and it's an all-genre award[s show], which is really cool for us to be recognized in...and to be able to go out there and represent Nashville."
"We're so proud of what's going on in Nashville...we moved to Nashville to write songs and the fact that people are digging those songs..."
Dan also notes that since music industry professionals vote on the Grammys, he says that being acknowledged by his peers feels "really special."
"We work hard for it...[we're] thankful for the support of the fans," he adds. "And to be supported by the industry is special as well."
Find out if Dan Shay can preserve their flawless Grammy record Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Dan MacMedan/Getty ImagesThe 62nd Annual Grammy Awards take place this Sunday night in Los Angeles. Last year, Dua Lipa was named Best New Artist. This year's nominees include Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Lizzo. So what's her advice for the artist who takes home the award on Sunday? She tells ABC Audio that you shouldn't let the expectations that come with a Grammy win keep you from making your art.
"You know, people are always going to tell you that there's gonna be a lot of pressure with that," she cautions. speaking with ABC Audio. "I think as long as you make things that you're proud of, you know, no matter what, you're always going to grow in the way that you want to as an artist. And I think that's always something that's important to remember."
She adds, "I think that the second album pressure that people tell you about, I think you have to bypass that."
Dua knows what she's talking about: She's about to release her second album, Future Nostalgia, and it'll be her first release after her Grammy wins. Yes, wins, plural: She also won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording last year for her Silk City collabo "Electricity."
The singer, who's spoken out about female empowerment from a variety of award show stages, says she's pleased that the artists who have the most nominations going into this Sunday's telecast are female.
"It's amazing to just see so many women nominated this year!" she gushes. "So I'm super-excited and super happy for them."
The Grammys, hosted by Alicia Keys and featuring performances by Billie, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers and many more, air Sunday night on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Disney Channel/Image Group LAThe long wait for Meghan Trainor’s third studio album, Treat Myself, is almost over.
The singer first teased the track list for the album earlier this week with emojis in place of the song titles. Now, she’s released all the titles except one -- the second song on the album, which she represented with the handshake emoji.
The track list reveals features by The Pussycat Dolls and AJ Mitchell. The recently-reunited Pussycat Dolls join Meghan on a new version of song, “Genetics,” which she first released last September. AJ duets with her on a track called “After You.” The album also includes the lead single, “Waves,” featuring Mike Sabath.
ABC/Image Group LAHalsey had to delete a tweet and apologize after she inadvertently wished that New York City's One World Trade Center would "collapse."
As E! Online reports, Halsey was miffed that the website Pitchfork gave her new albumManic a poor review, writing, ""Too much of this album sounds like the amorphous pop that you might associate with a miserable Lyft ride."
In a tweet -- captured by PopCrave before it was deleted -- Halsey wrote, "Can the basement that they run p*tchfork out of just collapse already."
A journalist saw the tweet and reacted by writing, "losing my mind thinking about the person on halsey’s team who had to tell her she just called for the collapse of one world trade."
It turns out that the Pitchfork offices are located in One World Trade Center, the main building of the World Trade Center complex that was rebuilt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It's currently the tallest building in the U.S.
Halsey saw the journalist's tweet and retweeted it with the comment, "ABSOLUTELY deleted it upon realizing this. was just trying to make a joke! Intended zero harm. Just figured I could poke at them back with the same aloof passive aggression they poke at artists with! Clearly a misunderstanding."
Since then, even that tweet has apparently been deleted.
Clive Davis and Whitney Houston in 2008; Larry Busacca/WireImageThe legendary music executive who discovered Whitney Houston is developing a new biopic about the iconic artist.
Clive Davis, who signed Whitney to Arista Records in 1983, tells the Los Angeles Times he was "very disappointed" by two recent documentaries about the singer, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in May.
Whitney: Can I Be Me was released in 2017 without the cooperation of Houston’s family, followed by Whitney in 2018, which was authorized by the Houston estate.
Davis complains about the 2017 film’s "sensationalistic" treatment of Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown. He also didn't approve of how the Whitney doc focused on an allegation that she was sexually abused as a child.
Now chief creative officer at Sony Music, Davis says he's "looking forward to putting together" a new biopic with a "great writer and a great director."
The 87-year-old music guru is hosting one of the biggest entertainment parties of the year, his annual pre-Grammy Awards gala, Saturday night in L.A. The event will be special for him because he'll present the Industry Icon award to his protégé, Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Davis, who launched Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in 1993, remembered how Combs had the vision that hip-hop could become mainstream and should be played on pop radio stations.
"The top 40 should accommodate hip hop," Diddy told him, and Davis saw that Combs could connect him with a culture which was foreign to him.
"I was working with my divas, OK? Whitney and Aretha [Franklin] and Dionne [Warwick]," Davis says. "My contacts would not have drawn me to the street."
Bad Boy Records also began the career of The Notorious B.I.G., who will also be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 2 in Cleveland.
Toni Anne Barson/FilmMagic Sam Smith's version of Donna Summer's disco classic "I Feel Love" has earned the British singer a number-one hit.
The song tops Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. It's their third trip to number one on the chart, following their 2018 single with Calvin Harris, "Promises," and 2015's "Omen," a collaboration with Disclosure.
When Sam first recorded "I Feel Love," they wrote on Instagram, "As a queer person ‘I Feel Love’ has followed me to every dance floor in every queer space from the minute I started clubbing. This song to me is an anthem of our community and it was an honor and most importantly so much fun to have a go at it. Highest song I've ever f***ing sang. But a joy."
Summer's original version, released in 1977, reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is considered to be among the most influential records ever made. In 2011, the Library of Congress added it to its National Recording Registry.
In other Sam Smith news, their collaboration with Normani, "Dancing with a Stranger," has been certified for sales of 10 million units. Sam posted a video featuring live performance footage, as well as behind-the-scenes clips of the video shoot and wrote on Instagram, "10 MILLION RECORDS SOLD!! Wow. That is huge. Sending so much love to the team...mind is blown. Thank you everyone who has supported this song!!"
Phil McCarten/CBSAs usual, Sunday night's Grammy Awards will include "Grammy Moments," where artists who don't normally perform together take the stage for a special performance.
One of the highlights: Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Diplo and Mason Ramsey will come together as the "Old Town Road All-Stars" to perform the chart-topping song, along with "other surprise guests."
Additionally, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and rapper Common will join a number of other artists, including Broadway star Ben Platt, ballerina Misty Copeland, blues/rock singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and actress Debbie Allen, for a performance underlining the importance of music in schools.
The group will perform "I Sing the Body Electric," the rousing closing number from the 1980 movie Fame, about students at New York's High School of the Performing Arts. Debbie Allen starred in the original movie.
That performance will also be a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who on Sunday night will complete his 40th and final Grammy telecast.
"To bring high-caliber artists like [these] together on one stage fulfills a dream of mine," said Ehrlich. "To be able to do this on the GRAMMY stage makes it unforgettable for me."
As previously reported, the Grammy telecast, hosted by Alicia Keys, will also feature performances by Lizzo, Billie Eilish, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Rich, Aerosmith and more. It airs Sunday night at 8:00 ET on CBS.