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Music News: Watch Panic! at the Sisqo rock the ‘Thong Song’

As part of Jimmy Kimmel‘s ongoing Mashup Mondays series, Maple Grove superstar Sisqo joined forces with Panic! at the Disco to perform “The Thong Song” as — what else? — Panic! at the Sisqo. (Rolling Stone)

Drama! at the Grammys

Kimmel also rounded up a star-studded group of music stars — including Lionel RichieJames TaylorMeghan Trainor, and Mumford and Sons — to read mean tweets about themselves in his post-Grammys show. (Rolling Stone)

Tyga has explained that he had no idea none other than Sir Paul McCartney was waiting to gain entrance to his post-Grammys party. “I don’t control the door,” the R&B star explained. TMZ caught McCartney waiting with Beck outside Tyga’s party. “How VIP do we gotta get?” the former Beatle was overheard asking. (Billboard)

As for Adele, she didn’t have to deal with a bouncer at her post-Grammys stop — seemingly a treat she gave herself after a technical snafu marred her Grammys performance. (Billboard)

The family of Natalie Cole have been telling media of their “outrage and utter disappointment” that the late singer wasn’t given an on-stage musical tribute to match those for David BowieB.B. KingGlenn FreyLemmy Kilmister, and Maurice White. (Cole was simply featured in the annual “In Memoriam” montage.) As Billboard notes, Cole actually won more Grammys in her lifetime than any of those five artists except for King.

Meanwhile, Bowie’s son Duncan Jones didn’t seem thrilled with Lady Gaga‘s tribute montage to his father. (Billboard)

Why wasn’t Lauryn Hill onstage with the Weeknd at the Grammys as planned? Hill and the Recording Academy have traded competing statements about Hill’s no-show. The former Fugee says that she was unable to perform due to the “last minute nature” of the planned duet. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, however, says that “none of that is accurate.” Portnow says that Hill successfully rehearsed her song, then left the building and “did not get back in time to make the show.” (Rolling Stone)

Jesse Hughes on gun control

As Eagles of Death Metal prepared to return to Paris for their first concert since the Nov. 13 terror attacks, the band’s frontman Jesse Hughes said that the attacks didn’t change his skeptical views on the value of gun control. “I think the only way that my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them,” Hughes told a French television station. (Rolling Stone)

This is These are The Breaks

VH1 is developing a TV series that will build on the success of their original movie The Breaks, which aired last month. The series, like the movie, will be set in the 1990s hip-hop business; they are based on Dan Charnas‘s nonfiction book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. (Billboard)

Anyone offended by Beyonce? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

A planned Tuesday protest against Beyoncé‘s bold Super Bowl 50 performance attracted only three protesters to the NFL headquarters in New York. The anti-Beyoncé trio were substantially outnumbered by counter-protesters who showed up to support the R&B icon. (Rolling Stone)

Grand Old Day(s)?

St. Paul’s Grand Old Day is moving forward with plans to expand into a two-day event this year, but not all the neighbors are happy: some residents are upset that the Summit Hill Association has endorsed the expansion plan despite the fact that a majority of neighborhood residents polled by the association itself said they wanted the event to remain only a one-day affair. (Pioneer Press)