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Lorde Writes Open Letter About Grammys in a Newspaper Ad

Lorde is speaking out about her experience at the 2018 Grammys in an open letter to fans, which was published as a full-page ad in the New Zealand Herald.

The 21-year-old singer was nominated for Album of the Year, but was not invited to give a solo performance during the show. She seemingly shaded the event the next day in a tweet promoting her tour.

“Oh, hi there! I’m writing this from New York City. [My brother] Angelo and I sat in Madison Square Garden last night and saw a lot of crazy and wonderful things,” Lorde wrote in the note. “I just wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for loving and embracing Melodrama the way you did. My nomination belongs to you. Thank you, also, for believing in female musicians. You set a beautiful precedent! All my love, Lorde.”

At the top of the letter, Lorde wrote tiny notes like: “Met Stevie Nicks and almost cried;” “Jay-Z‘s hands are really soft;” “Melo 4ever;” and SZA with a crown over her name.

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Alessia Cara Responds to Backlash Over Best New Artist Grammys Win

Alessia Cara won the award for Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammys this weekend!

There are some who were taking to social media, upset that one of the other nominees (Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, and Julia Michaels) did not win. Alessia‘s debut single, “Here,” was first released back in 2015.

“to address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for,” Alessia posted on Instagram.

Click inside for the full statement from Alessia…More Here! »

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Pink Fights Back Against Recording Academy President Telling Women in Music to 'Step Up'

Pink didn’t agree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow‘s comments about the lack of female winners at last night’s ceremony.

The 38-year-old musician took to her Twitter to respond to Neil‘s comments that women “who have the creativity in their hearts and souls” need to “step up.”

“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ – women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside,” Pink wrote in a handwritten note.

She added, “Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

See Pink‘s entire note below…

Lorde Seemingly Shades Grammys in New Tweet

Lorde took to Twitter this morning to seemingly send a message to the 2018 Grammys, who reportedly did not invite her to give a solo performance during the annual telecast.

Rumors spread over the weekend that Lorde was the only Album of the Year nominee to not be invited to give a solo performance.

Lorde just tweeted, “IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE… COME SEE IT FOR URSELF 😇”

When asked if it was a mistake to not have Lorde perform, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said, “I don’t know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There’s no way we can really deal with everybody.”

Grammys 2018 Ratings See a Big Drop From 2017's Numbers

The preliminary 2018 Grammys ratings are in – and it looks like viewership is down significantly from last year.

According to Variety, the show currently holds a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.6 million viewers. To compare, last year’s show had a 7.8 rating and 26.1 million viewers. This accounts for a decrease in almost 30% in that demo and almost a 33% decrease in total viewership. In addition, the show is apparently down a 16 household rating from the 2017 broadcast as well.

There was plenty of star-power at the show this year – you can see the full list of winners here.

Grammy Execs Respond to Backlash After Few Women Win Awards in Male-Dominated Show

You may have noticed the hashtag #GrammysSoMale trending during the 2018 Grammys on Sunday night (January 28), and that’s because Alessia Cara (Best New Artist) and Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman (Best Country Duo/Group Performance) were among the few women to win during the broadcast.

Grammys execs are now responding to the backlash.

“It has to begin with… women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us – us as an industry – to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told Variety when asked about the hashtag trending.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich also responded, saying, “It’s not for me to talk about. I produce the TV show.”

When asked why Lorde wasn’t given stage time to perform despite her Album of the Year nomination, he said, “I don’t know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There’s no way we can really deal with everybody.”

You can see the full winners list here.

Beyonce's Grammys 2018 Look Was Inspired by Black Panthers

Beyonce paid tribute to the Black Panther Party with her look at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

After skipping the red carpet, the 36-year-old singer sat front row with her husband Jay-Z and their 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy for music’s big night held at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (January 28) in New York City.

Beyonce paired a cold-shoulder black turtleneck dress with a large black hat and statement-making silver earrings, finishing off her look with purple lipstick and dark sunglasses.

“It started with Super Bowl last January, and here we are a year later,” her makeup artist, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John, told People.

“If you look at the beret from yesterday [at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Party], the turtleneck part of the dress tonight – its sculptural silhouette,” he added. “It was a really strong, powerful moment. This is something that is representative of love and solidarity for her people.”

He also shared that Beyonce was in charge of all the details of her look such as her black panther-inspired clutch, which Blue Ivy is holding on her lap in the photos below.

FYI: Beyonce is wearing a custom Nicolas Jebran hat and couture gown, custom Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, a custom Judith Leiber purse, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Alain Mikli sunglasses.

25+ pictures inside of Beyonce and her family at the event… More Here! »

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