Happy Grammy Announcement Friday, everyone! For the 57th year of the annual awards program, the Recording Academy found an exceptionally obnoxious way to announce nominees, rolling out the majority of categories throughout the day via Twitter, while also retweeting musicians reactions to being nominated. Pharrell and Ed Sheeran, both nominees themselves, were on hand to announce the first four categories on CBS This Morning. Very few surprises early on, with most nominees being perennial award show fixtures. Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are nominated for Best Pop Vocals. In the awkwardly titled Best Urban Contemporary Album, the nominees are Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Pharrell, Jhené Aiko and Mali Music. For Best Rock Song, we get Beck, Ryan Adams, Paramore, The Black Keys and Jack White. And the confusingly titled Record of the Year (not the same as album of the year), sees nominees Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Sia, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor. Once all have been announced, the complete list of nominees will be available on the Grammy website. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to some other interesting news in the world of music!
Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, costars the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz and features a score by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. Enjoy the new trailer above (which doesn’t give us a hint of Murphy’s score, but still has a rather nice soundtrack). Previously, Baumbach, Murphy and Ben Stiller all collaborated on Greenberg. [Pitchfork]
The fun-loving ladies of Sleater-Kinney paid a visit to the delightfully weird, UCB-spawned NYC public access talk show, The Chris Gethard Show. Gethard was visibly and vocally nervous, which only added to the humor. There, they played a game called “All Hands On The Bad One” (named after the band’s album) where everyone had to place their hands on a deplorable man named “Todd” throughout the interview, and whoever could keep touching him the longest would be rewarded by getting to destroy a tiny cardboard city, Godzilla-style. Later on, the Priests performed. [Stereogum]
Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein‘s Portlandia counterpart, Fred Armisen performs in the Kate Pierson’s (of the B-52’s) music video for “Mister Sister.” Pierson’s upcoming album Guitars and Microphones, also features collaborations with Grammy-nominee Sia and The Strokes’ Nick Valensi. [Pitchfork]
Little Herb and Earl Sweatshirt join up to bring us “Knucklehead.” It’s one of 20 songs Red Bull Studios is rolling out for free downloads before 2015 to celebrate their increasingly prominent position within the world of emerging music. Other musicians with free tracks already available include Tokimonsta, Compass, Sizarr and Dengue Dengue Dengue. Visit the Red Bull 20Before15 website to download the free tracks. [Fader]
The Fader reported that runway model (and rap video regular) Cara Delevnigne and rapper (and Syracuse-specific apparel designer) A$AP Ferg are engaged in an epic, Zoolander-esque Walk-Off on Instagram. After the chorus of Ferg’s “Dope Walk” claims his is meaner than Cara Delevnigne, she responded with an Instagram challenge Walk-Off. Ferg responded with his own video. Watch both below and let us know who you think wins this round. Then head over to MTV to learn the story behind the song. What inspired the Delevnigne reference? In short, Ferg admired her grill.
just KiLLED YOU @caradelevingne #DOPEWALK Een video die is geplaatst door asapferg (@asapferg) op
While we’re on the subject of funny, manufactured beefs, Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek won’t allow you to forget the one he has with War On Drugs. Uncut reviewer John Mulvey recently attended a Hackney, London show where Kozelek spent much of the set dissing and fixating on WOD, even hinting at a third diss track. This is becoming one of those Family Guy jokes that goes on way too long and loses all its funny, and then suddenly becomes funny again.
Uh oh, they’re doing it again. The nation still has yet to recover from Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, and now they bring us the first trailer for their Whitney Houston biopic. This one stars The Butler‘s Yaya DaCosta and will be directed by Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett. Watch the trailer over at Buzzfeed, if you want.
Deerhunter and Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox is in the hospital after being struck by a car. He has posted a couple updates of his condition on Instagram, most recently saying, “Still waiting for X-ray results or any real diagnoses. Can’t move much. Incredible pain. Thank The Lord God I am here and my dad is here with me.” We wish him a swift recovery. [Stereogum]
A new lawsuit claims Apple regularly deleted songs from member’s accounts that were downloaded by means other than iTunes. The plaintiffs are seeking $350 million in damages. That’s a lot of deleted songs. [Rolling Stones]
Have a great weekend, and we will see you back here on Monday with more!