Run-D.M.C. will be the first rappers ever to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday that the iconic trio will be this year’s recipients of the award previously presented to the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Hancock, and Linda Ronstadt. (Billboard)
We are remembering the life and music of David Bowie in a series of features. Find the complete list here, and share your own memory of Bowie.
The 2016 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning; Best Song nominees are “Earned It” (The Weeknd, Fifty Shades of Grey), “Manta Ray” (J. Ralph & Antony, Racing Extinction), “Simple Song no. 3” (composed by David Lang for Youth), “Til It Happens to You” (Lady Gaga, The Hunting Ground), and “Writing’s On the Wall” (Sam Smith, Spectre). Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. story that’s become the most commercially successful music biopic of all time, did not receive a hoped-for Best Picture nod; Amy, about Amy Winehouse, was nominated for Best Documentary. (Entertainment Weekly)
Country singer Luke Bryan is the first musician to have a concert announced at U.S. Bank Stadium. The new home of the Minnesota Vikings is scheduled to open in time for this fall’s football season — and, before that, in time to welcome the “bro country” star on Aug. 19. Bryan won’t necessarily be the first musician to play the venue — officials say another “high profile” act could be announced for a show at an earlier date. (MPR News)
Prior to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, the White House hosted a live-streamed concert introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, featuring indie-rock duo EL VY and rapper Wale. (Pitchfork)
On Wednesday night, James Corden picked up Adele for an episode of Carpool Karaoke.
Singer-songwriter Clarence Reid — a.k.a. Blowfly, a sexually-explicit alter-ego who’s regarded as one of the first rappers — has revealed that he is in hospice care, suffering from terminal liver cancer and organ failure. He also announced that a final Blowfly album, 77 Rusty Trombones, will come out in February. (Rolling Stone)
Joan Baez has announced a 75th birthday celebration concert that will inaugurate a North American tour. The folk legend will be joined on Jan. 27 at New York’s Beacon Theatre by Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, and Richard Thompson. (No word yet as to an appearance by Baez’s new squadmate Taylor Swift.) (Rolling Stone)
The very day he won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio bought a lucky charm: at a charity auction to raise funds for Sean Penn‘s Haitian relief organization, DiCaprio paid $100,000 for a guitar once owned by Bono. Another bidder paid three times as much — $300,000 — for the ukulele being played by Madonna on her current Rebel Heart tour. Of course, Madonna promised to lick and kiss the uke before handing it over; it’s unknown whether Bono ever had such an intimate relationship with his instrument. (E!)
Nevermen — the supergroup featuring members of TV On The Radio and Faith No More — have postponed their forthcoming tour due to unspecified “illness within the Nevermen family.” The tour was scheduled to begin Feb. 7 in Paris. (Pitchfork)
NBC says that it plans for its fourth annual televised live holiday-season musical to be Hairspray. Previously, the network has staged The Sound of Music (2013), Peter Pan (2014), and The Wiz (2015). (Billboard)
NME reports that on Wednesday night, Nick Carter was arrested after a bar brawl in Florida. In the police report, the Backstreet Boy‘s occupation was listed as “none.”
To celebrate Dave Grohl‘s 47th birthday on Thursday, Peace Corps volunteer Matt Westerberg enlisted a group of Ethiopian schoolkids to sing Pearl Jam‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” (NME)
On Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon emulated Bob Dylan for a cover of Drake‘s “Hotline Bling.” (Stereogum)