Ryan Lewis, Macklemore
Jay Z received an impressive nine Grammy nominations this year, but newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar are hot on his heels. Both acts received seven nominations, and all will have to face off against Kanye West and Drake for Best Rap Album.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose breakthrough hit "Same Love" advocates for same-sex marriage, turned their focus to a new social issue at the American Music Awards Sunday: racial profiling.
The duo, who won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist as well as Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (for The Heist), accepted the awards via a satellite feed from a tour stop in Florida. Macklemore eschewed a typical thank-you speech in favor of speaking out against racial profiling.
Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, Jason Schwartzman
YouTube held its first-ever Music Awards Sunday, and the show was ... awkward.
Hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts emphasized that the awards show was unscripted, but viewers probably would have been able to tell that even without the reminder. From the strange mini-scavenger hunts Schwarzman and Watts occasionally had to embark on to find the winner's name, to uncomfortable interludes between the performances, it's clear that the show has its share of bugs to work out before (if?) it returns for a second year.
Will Miley Cyrus be able to top her performance at the Video Music Awards? She'll get a shot to out-twerk herself next month, when she'll perform at the American Music Awards.
Cyrus was announced as a performer Thursday on Good Morning America, when the nominees for the 2013 AMAs were also revealed. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the pack with six nods, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Single of the Year (for "Thrift Shop").
LL Cool J
Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and Keith Urban will perform on the Grammy Nominations Concert, CBS announced on Wednesday.
The live show, which will be hosted for the sixth time by LL COOL J, will feature nomination announcements in several categories as well as performances by past winners and nominees.
Justin Timberlake and the duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis lead this year's MTV Video Music Award nominations with six apiece.
Timberlake's "Mirrors" and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" will compete against Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," for the top prize, Video of the Year.