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Grammy noms: 9 for Beyonce, 8 each for Drake, Rihanna, Kanye

The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's lemonade.

The pop star leads the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with "Lemonade," and song and record of the year with "Formation." The singer, who already has 20 Grammys and is the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 62 nods over the course of her career, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each.

Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. For album of the year, "Lemonade" and "25" — which has sold 10 million copies in a year — will compete against Drake's multi-hit "Views," Justin Bieber's redemption album "Purpose" and surprise nominee "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson.

Beyonce's "Formation" and Adele's "Hello" are up against Rihanna and Drake's "Work," twenty one pilots' "Stressed Out" and Lukas Graham's "7 Years" for record of the year. "7 Years" is also up for song of the year — a songwriter's award — battling Bieber's "Love Yourself," co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill In Ibiza," as well as Beyonce and Adele's songs.

Beyonce's nine nominations include best rock performance ("Don't Hurt Yourself" with Jack White), pop solo performance ("Hold Up"), rap/sung performance ("Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album ("Lemonade").

"Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Beyonce) is the poster child for that," Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Adele, who has five nominations, is up for best pop vocal album ("25") and pop solo performance ("Hello.") The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017.

David Bowie, who died from cancer in January, earned four nominations for his final album "Blackstar," including best rock performance, rock song, alternative music album and engineered album, non-classical.

"I think this is beyond sort of the sympathy vote, because sometimes you'll see those kinds of things happen just 'cause people feel sorry about it. But listen to (his) album — it's quite extraordinary," Portnow said of Bowie.

This year the Recording Academy allowed streaming-only recordings — released on paid-subscription platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal but not for sale on iTunes — to be eligible for nominations, giving Chance the Rapper a fair chance. The breakout performer scored seven nominations including best new artist, pitting him against country singers Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini; singer-rapper Anderson Paak; and pop-EDM duo the Chainsmokers, whose recent hits include "Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down."

Chance the Rapper earned three nominations for best rap song: His hit, "No Problem," is nominated, and he has writing credit on the Kanye West songs "Famous" and "Ultralight Beam." West will compete with himself in three categories: best rap song, rap performance and rap/sung performance.

Chance's "Coloring Book" and West's "The Life of Pablo" are nominated for best rap album along with Drake's "Views," De La Soul's "And the Anonymous Nobody," DJ Khaled's "Major Key" and Schoolboy Q's "Blank Face LP."

Simpson, who had been nominated for best Americana album at the 2015 Grammys, also sees his nine-track album nominated for best country album. Simpson was in a bit of controversy this year when he posted on Facebook that the Academy of Country Music Awards should not have created an award named after Merle Haggard when he felt they never showed true love to the country outlaw, who died this year. He closed his long post saying: "(Expletive) this town. I'm moving."

Simpson's album is up against Loretta Lynn's "Full Circle," Keith Urban's "Ripcord," Morris' "Hero" and Brandy Clark's "Big Day In a Small Town."

Lori McKenna, who won a Grammy this year for co-writing Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," is nominated for best country song for penning Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind." She also scored nominations for best Americana album, American Roots performance and American Roots song for her own work.

Acts tying McKenna and Bowie for four nominations include Bieber, Morris, Kirk Franklin, engineer Tom Coyne, and producer-songwriters Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, Benny Blanco and Mike Dean. Tyler Joseph, the lead vocalist of twenty one pilots and the duo's main songwriter, scored five nominations for "Stressed Out" (record of the year, pop duo/group performance) and "Heathens" (best rock song, rock performance and song written for visual media); twenty one pilots, which includes drummer Josh Dun, earned three nods.

Some well-known acts scored their first Grammy nominations Tuesday, including Solange, Blink-182 and Demi Lovato, who will compete against Adele, Bieber, Sia and Ariana Grande for best pop vocal album.

Amy Schumer earned two nominations, including best spoken word album and comedy album. Deceased nominees include Joey Feek of the duo Joey + Rory (best gospel roots album for "Hymns").

About 13,000 Recording Academy members voted in the 84 Grammy categories from 22,000 submissions. Songs and albums released from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30 were eligible for nomination.



Beyonce, Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Sturgill Simpson nominated for Grammy album of the year

Beyonce, Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Sturgill Simpson nominated for Grammy album of the year .

Lady Gaga calls PTSD struggle one of her 'deepest secrets'

Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her rape at the age of 19.

The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview broadcast on NBC's "Today" show on Monday. Gaga was shown in a segment visiting a center for homeless LGBT youth in New York. She told a group that she has a mental illness that she struggles with every day and uses meditation to cope.

Gaga's appearance was part of a campaign to inspire kindness. She says the kindness that's been shown to her by doctors, family and friends has saved her life.

Gaga later said on Twitter that in telling her story, she shared one of her "deepest secrets" with the world.

Dolly Parton plans telethon to help Tennessee wildfire victims

The deadly Tennessee wildfires that blazed through the Gatlinburg area hit home for many folks, including country music legend Dolly Parton.

Not only did the devastation take place near the icon’s popular Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, but it also claimed the lives of 14 people and injured dozens.

>> After wildfires, Dollywood worker finds lone, charred Bible page at park

Parton already has teamed up with the Dollywood Co. and the Dollywood Foundation to create the My People Fund that will give $1,000 per month for half a year to the wildfire victims who lost their homes. But that didn’t stop the Sevier County native from going a step further.

>> Dolly Parton grieves as wildfire tears through her Tennessee hometown

To raise even more money, Parton is putting together a three-hour telethon. According to the Tennessean, the Nashville-based telethon is scheduled for Dec. 13, and all proceeds will go to the My People Fund.

“It’s really a work in progress,” Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens told the outlet regarding the upcoming charity event. “We’re working through the logistics now and determining the partners that are going to work on it.”

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The My People Fund has raised more than $1 million despite the planning needs for the telethon. If you’d like to donate to the victims of the fire, visit

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

It's OK not to "get" Childish Gambino's third studio album "Awaken, My Love!" With its lush soundscapes and sparse lyrics, one can only gather that the funk-drenched latest release from the multi-talented Donald Glover is a collection that is to be felt first and understood second — if understanding is possible at all.

Outstanding first single "Me and Your Mama" and equally arresting follow-up track "Redbone" are the easiest to digest of the 11-song set. Twinkling chimes and a haunting chorus give way to fiery electric guitar and crashing drums on the former, while Gambino coos and cries out in his falsetto across the swaggering production of the latter.

Both were produced by Gambino's longtime collaborator and Swedish music composer Ludwig Goransson, who has a hand in the majority of the tracks. But Gambino and Goransson's latest project together is nothing like the previous albums and mixtapes. The cartoonish production and silly wordplay are gone. Instead of rapping, Gambino sings from the gut, sounding like Rick James on the spine-tingling "Zombies," featuring up-and-coming singer-rapper Kari Faux.

"They can smell your money, and they want your soul," Gambino sings, in a warning that could easily be about the music industry or Hollywood — the "Atlanta" show creator and music artist knows both. His voice is ghoulish on the uplifting Parliament-Funkadelic-inspired "Have Some Love" and desperate on the chaotic "Riot," which includes in its credits members of the legendary funk collective.

Gambino channels an easier 70s vibe on "Baby Boy." (Think: Sly and the Family Stone.) "Little hands, little feet, tiny heart, tiny beat," he sings before pleading, ". don't take him away."

It's easy to get lost in the music, with one psychedelic-tinged track washing into another. That is, with the exception of the beachy, annoyingly catchy and slightly out of place "California." Gambino pushes the limits of his sound on "Awaken, My Love!" and while it's not all smooth sailing, it's a trippy ride worth taking.

Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing

He won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet.

Dylan, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, declined the invitation to the Dec. 10 prize ceremony and banquet, pleading other commitments. But the Nobel Foundation said Monday that the singer-songwriter has written a "speech of thanks" that will be read by a yet-to-be-decided person at the lavish banquet in Stockholm's City Hall.

At the Nobel awards ceremony earlier that day, Patti Smith will perform Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" as a tribute to the 75-year-old.

Nobel spokeswoman Annika Pontikis says Dylan's diploma and medal will be handed over at a later date that hasn't been determined yet.

A look at the music accompanying massive S. Korean rallies

Any good South Korean protest needs a soundtrack, and the music that accompanies the massive rallies on the verge of bringing down President Park Geun-hye includes the mournful, the tongue-and-cheek and a smattering of defiance from "Les Miserables."

Music resounds in the crammed streets around South Korea's presidential palace. It's both a rallying point and communal glue as crowds that organizers estimate at more than 1 million gather each Saturday to try to topple a president who prosecutors say allowed a corrupt confidante to pull government strings.

The songs are often modified versions of hits from South Korea's long and vibrant protest culture, which came of age rallying against military dictatorship in the 1980s.

Where the old songs of defiance tended toward somewhat monotonous chants by militant, fist-swinging protesters, however, the new tunes are often short and funny. They are often sung by families and young couples.

Protesters, for instance, cheerfully sway as they sing a tune that mostly just repeats the word "Resign!" Another song taps into lofty language in the country's constitution. Several harken to a recent tragic ferry sinking.

Here is a small sampling of the many songs that have accompanied historic protests in Seoul in recent weeks:



This fast-paced call for Park's arrest is one of the most popular songs at the protests.

The song by Yoon Min-seok calls Park, her allegedly corrupt confidante Choi Soon-sil, members of the conservative ruling party and the media "criminals," ''treacherous servants" and "ugly accomplices" who have made people's lives hell.

The chorus goes "Resign! Resign! Resign! Resign now! Park Geun-hye, immediately resign! Imprison! Imprison! Imprison! Imprison now! Imprison Park Geun-hye!"



This was released by folk singer Han Young-ae in 1992 and has since become one of the country's most popular protest songs.

It's heavy with social commentary and laments a people who "don't know what really matters and just run without knowing where they're going" and "ignore the truth."

In the chorus Han sings, "Hey, God, who's asleep, please wake up. Like you did with the old colors of the sky, make things harmonious."

Toward the end, the song expresses a desire for solidarity by turning "hate to love, anger to forgiveness, isolation to sympathy and impulsiveness into patience."



This one was released in 1994 by the rock band N.E.X.T., which was led by the late vocalist Shin Hae-chul. Before his death in 2014, Shin was influential for both his music and biting social commentary.

The song's narrator remembers a chick, called Yali, that he bought as a child on the way home from school, the grief he felt when it died and how that experience shaped him as an adult.

The song was a big hit when it was released and has become an anthem about death and grievance. It resonates also because of its use by relatives of the victims of a 2014 ferry disaster, which killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, and was partially blamed on government incompetence and corruption.

The chorus goes: "Goodbye, Yali, are you flying in a world that has no pain? ... Did flowers blossom at your small burial mound this year too?"



The song most frequently heard at the protests is a short and humorous improvisation of a decades-old song South Koreans sing while rooting for sports teams at stadiums.

Song writer Lim Han-bin changed the howling chorus of "Arirang Shepherd Boy" from "ya ya, ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya" to "haya, haya-haya, haya-haya, haya-ya."

"Haya" means "resignation" in Korean.

The song goes on to describe Park as a "puppet" who "screwed the nation."

"Arrest Park Geun-hye. .... Cough out all the money you have gobbled up," the song goes before shifting to the chorus again.



The short tune written and composed by Yoon Min-seok simply repeats two lines paraphrased from South Korea's Constitution.

It expresses the pride of protesters, whose jovial mood is partially based on the belief that they are taking matters into their own hands to restore the country's democracy, which they say has been undermined by Park's scandal.

The song repeats "The Republic of Korea is a democratic republic" twice before adding, "All authority in the Republic of Korea originates from the people."



This solemn song, also by Yoon, is linked to the 2014 ferry sinking. A chorus of yellow-shirted singers sings it while standing with relatives of victims on a large stage that has become the center of the protests.

The lyrics include, "Darkness cannot defeat the light; Lies cannot defeat the truth; the truth does not sink; We do not give up."

Gene Simmons: Celebrities should 'shut their pie-holes' about politics

Gene Simmons has opened up about what he thinks of celebrities endorsing political movements.

Simmons, the co-founder and bassist for the legendary rock band KISS, appeared on Fox Business to speak about the dangers of celebrities getting involved in politics and how he thinks that the only way for a celebrity to affect change in politics is through voting.

>> Watch the clip here

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“Why anybody in the fifth estate would care what a celebrity thinks or otherwise is the height of foolishness,” Simmons said.

“I think celebrities should basically shut their pie-holes and do what they do best.”

Simmons went on to speak of the foolishness of protesting the election when people who protest don’t vote and make excuses for it.

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“I saw some of the great examples of democracy, people actually demonstrating on the street and so on,” Simmons shared. “When a newscaster went up and asked, ‘What are you demonstrating against?’ [protesters answered,] ‘We don’t like our president,’ and then the reporter asked, ‘Did you vote?’ ‘Well, I forgot to tie my shoelaces, the dog ate my homework.'”

Simmons then came out in support of the Electoral College, which he said was created to solve the issue of the popular vote; described himself as “well-read”; and finished by advertising a casino restaurant.

Photos: 2016 Kennedy Center Honors

Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Prior to his nine-day hospitalization in Los Angeles, rapper Kanye West exhibited signs that something may have been wrong with him.

After several onstage rants, the prolific rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his cross-country tour and retreated to his home.

Shorty after the tour was called off, a personal altercation led West’s doctor to call for backup.

On Thursday, the doctor's heavily redacted 911 call was released. During the call, he asks for police backup after determining that medical first responders may not be fully equipped to handle the situation.

>> Listen to the call here

“I’m one of his doctors, request if we could have some police backup,” the doctor says in a recording published by TMZ, the Los Angeles TimesKABC and other outlets.

“He definitely is going to need to be hospitalized.”

Rumors have abounded about what caused West’s hospitalization, and the doctor's explanation is redacted from the phone call.

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Whatever his condition may have been, a 911 dispatcher warns the caller to make sure West stays away from things that could harm him.

“Don’t let him get any weapons or anything like that," the dispatcher says.

West was reportedly released from the hospital last week.

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