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Kanye West led the field with seven Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance, as the Recording Academy announced the nominees with a live, music-filled special Wednesday night. NCIS: Los Angeles star (and Grammy winner) LL Cool J hosted the celebration for a fourth time.
Nate Dogg, the voice behind many of hip-hop's most infectious hooks, has died. He was 41.
He died Tuesday, his family told the Press Telegram of his native Long Beach, Calif. A cause of death was not given, but he had suffered two strokes in 2007 and 2008.
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Rapper/collaborator Warren G tweeted Sunday that Nate was "in therapy" after his two strokes, adding: "Thanks again for your support,".
Born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, Nate began ...
Having made lots of partisan noise during this past election season, Saturday Night Live will sing a slightly different tune when Tim McGraw — the sketch series' first country-music guest of this decade — steps up as host on Nov. 22. Read McGraw's reaction, and find out who his musical guest will be, after the jump.
Alter Eco's Adrian Grenier by Stephanie Diani/Planet Green
As Entourage's Vince Chase, Adrian Grenier lives the glitzy life of a rising Hollywood ingenue, complete with SUVs and all. But the star will soon be guiding us toward a greener way of life with Alter Eco, a new series from Discovery's Planet Green.During the 13-part series, Grenier, an "entourage" of three eco-experts and his curly locks will work with everyone from celebs to busy families to nightclub owners to help them find chic and easy ways to reduce their carbon footprints. With his trio, Grenier tours Los Angeles and offers viewers small ways they can green up their everyday lives.Alter Eco's just one of a whole lineup of original shows the 'net has planned, most of which will be featuring celebs, such as the face-off show, Battleground Earth, featuring Ludacris and Tommy Lee (yes Luda's reportedly going by the moniker "Luda the Polluta," while Lee's been dubbed "Toxic Tommy"). Will the celeb involvement help reach new demographics? Or will these mission-minded series...
Spider-Man 3 baddie Thomas Haden Church is in talks to star as the object of Sandra Bullock's affection in the kooky romcom All About Steve.... Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and rapper Ludacris will topline RocknRolla, a new caper from Mr. Madonna, Guy Ritchie.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Christopher Meloni
Although the behind-the-scenes drama on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays on NBC, 10 pm/ET) is settled — the show has been renewed for two more seasons and all of the regular cast members, including Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, will be back next year — the on-camera action intensifies as Season 8 wraps up with a quartet of guest star-studded episodes. Family is at the root of much of the drama, as tonight Det. Benson's on-the-run half brother Simon Marsden (creepily played by Michael Weston) resurfaces, sending her on an emotional journey to face her tumultuous past and paternity. Then next week, Det. Stabler's unstable personal life takes center stage as
Question: I'm going to die if you don't give me some scoop on SVU.
Answer: Ludacris reprises his role as Ice-T's stepson in the season finale, which finds the SVU crew accused of giving preferential treatment to their relatives. Benson's half brother is also back.
Rihanna, Ludacris and K.T. Tunstall will join Xtina, Rascal Flatts and the cast of Jersey Boys as musical guests on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2007. Over on the Peacock, meanwhile, NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly has booked Panic! at the Disco (Matt. Feeling. So. Old.) to perform live from Times Square.