Punk Legends The Spits Discuss Touring During Omicron: ‘Everybody Knows We’re All Taking Risks’

Punk Legends The Spits Discuss Touring During Omicron: ‘Everybody Knows We’re All Taking Risks’

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Ahead of The Spits’ tour, guitarist and singer Sean Wood shares how the pandemic has affected bands who can’t afford to take any more time off and how fans can best support their faves during this time.

To say that The Spits are rarin’ to go is an understatement. “So, these two tours of the West Coast and the Midwest, we’ve had these booked for two years,” says Sean Wood, guitarist and vocalist for the long-running punk band. The group – Sean, his brother Erin, Sean, and Lance – is set to hit the road in support of VI, the record they released in 2020. The first show takes place tonight (Jan. 20) at Tacoma’s Alma Mater, before the band travels down the West Coast before continuing touring east.

For some fans, these shows will be the first time they hear the songs on VI played live. The album is The Spits’ first since 2012’s VOL. V and continues the band’s high-octane, dirt-stained, fire-breathing gonzo apocalyptic rock. VI is seventeen minutes of living life with the needles in the red – which had to be frustrating to the band who wanted to play this new music and fans who wanted to see their outlaw rock heroes run a wrecking ball through their auditory senses. From the blistering opener, “Up All Night” to the paranoia-inspiring two-step of “Lose My Mind” to the closing elegy in “Wurms,” VI surges. The album gives the rush you’d get from jumping a stolen motorcycle over a canyon while escaping a swarm of cops and pissed-off bikers who want you dead.

VI arrived in October 2020. Was there any talk of maybe holding off on its release until the coast was clear? “We were,  and we did — we pushed it a whole year,” Sean tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “People knew that there was this new record there. And so, if you don’t release it, it’ll leak out eventually – and when you do put it out, it’s not a new record anymore. So, we decided, ‘let’s just put it out.’ And then, hopefully, in like, six months, we can tour it. And that was the plan – and then the pandemic kept going on for another six months.”

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With the record out, the band started to book a tour while hoping for the best. “And we kept bumpin’ it and bumpin’ it,” says Sean. “While other groups and musicians rescheduled their postponed dates for fall 2021, The Spits decided to do one better. “This last time, we said, ‘f-ck it. Let’s just go all the way to January 2022.’ We’re like, ‘it’s gotta be done by then!” And then what happens? As soon as we book these tours and are ready to head out, we get omicron, and it’s like – f-ck!”

“We just did a Texas run and month ago, and of course, three shows in, we all got COVID,” he adds. “So we had to cancel San Antoni and Mexico City – which is very painful to do.”

“I think our numbers are already peaking,” says Sean. The pandemic has forced every band to have at least one amateur virologist, someone to monitor conditions and COVID case numbers. “I’m hoping to God that by the time we get to the West Coast, [the numbers will] start coming down,” adds the guitarist. “And then, by February, unless there’s another goddamn variant, the New York shows, and Midwest shows – the numbers will be low, and we can continue that February tour.”

“You know, talking to other band members and other bands, everybody knows right now, moving forward, we’re all taking risks of canceling shows or – you know,” Sean says, with a quiet shrug. That unspoken uncertainty contains a hard, bitter reality that bands have faced for the last two years.

The COVID pandemic has highlighted how hard it is for an independent band to make a living. Streaming made up 83% of recorded music revenues in the United States, according to a May 2021 article in The New York Times.

Spotify reportedly paid out more than $5 billion to music rights holders in 2020. However, critics have blasted Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms for using a pro-rata model for royalty distribution. This method sees all the money collected from ads and paid subscriptions go into a single pot, which is then divided by a total number of streams. If an artist – say, Adele – drops an album and has 10% of all streams for that month, that artist gets 10% of each user’s money, even if those users never listened to 30.

Plus, artists don’t make a lot off a stream. The New York Times reported that industry estimates suspect Spotify’s payout rate is a small fraction of a cent per stream, or roughly, about $4,000 per million streams. James Shotwell, the Director of Marketing and Customer Engagement of promotional music platform Haulix, wrote a guest blog for Hypebot in 2019 where he said that band with four members “would need to generate 24,250,000 Spotify streams to gross enough so each member’s family would be at or above the poverty line.” (This estimate went by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) report that a family of four would need to make $24,250 to be above the poverty line.)

There’s making money off of physical media, but that’s not so easy if you’re not an A-level artist. Vinyl sales hit a new high in 2021. Still, as Billboard points out, the top ten best-selling albums belonged to Adele, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift (again), Prince and the Revolution, The Beatles, Taylor Swift (for a third time!), and Kendrick Lamar. The demand for vinyl has caused a well-documented bottleneck at the few remaining pressing plants, and smaller bands/musicians now face massive delays before getting their records.

CDs saw an increase in sales for the first time in 17 years, but Billboard notes that was also due to major label artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, and Carrie Underwood. Plus, CDs have yet to fully experience a revival, so it’s usually LP, MP3, or stream for smaller groups.

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Touring remains a primary and viable way for a band to make money, and after nearly two years without shows, bands like The Spits have to make a hard decision. “You risk it. You got to risk it,” says Sean. “Bigger bands that have some money already, they can say, ‘you know what? Let’s take another year off. Smaller bands who were living off that shit, like The Spits – you know, I got to work! It’s just really difficult, man. We want to play.”

With necessity being the mother of invention, many bands devised other sources of income. There were plenty of streaming concerts, but those lost their luster. “I talked to a lot of people that at first, they were like, ‘Oh, great, I get to see a band,’ but then after a while, it’s just not the same. I can go and watch a YouTube video of Van Halen, but it ain’t the fucking same as going back to 1984, you know what I’m saying?” says Sean.

There was also a rash of COVID-edition t-shirts and merch, with bands selling masks, hats, and more items to help pay the rent. “It’s hard to say,” says Sean. “Now that people are back to work, it’s a little easier, but for us? Man, it was really hard for us to put up a special shirt and say, ‘hey, help us out,’ because I know [our fans] are hurting too.” The Spits weren’t going to release any pandemic-related merch, but after they found some success after a run of Spits facemasks, their concerns were assuaged. “I’d much rather just be out there rockin’.”

The Spits’ authenticity has always seemingly countered the corrupting taint of commercialism (“They’re here. They sneer. I’m scared,” said John Waters when introducing the band at Total Trash’s Boogaloo in 2018). “We’ve always said from day one, ‘we’re not a band, we’re a gang.’ We’re a family, and that the Spits is a way of life, not a band,” says Sean. “I just want it to keep going forever if I can. But do you become KISS and make everything? Spits Computer Screens! Spits Headphones?” He pauses. “I mean, thinking about it — shit, it’s not a bad idea.”

“But, we’re trying to think of some new stuff,” he says before explaining how the band has approached merch from a different perspective. The Spits have issued dolls, gloves, lighters – all mostly handmade by Erin. “He’ll go to sales and finds like, 20 cool old trucker hats from the 70s, and he’ll make twenty Spits hats. There’s only twenty in the goddamn world! I’m like, ‘damn, we could have sold 500 of those, dude.’ And he’s like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.’”

It also means that Spits merch is part of that family element. “My brother says, and he has a really good point — when somebody buys something from the Spits, he wants them to know that it’s been touched by us. And we made that. It was handmade by us. And that’s really special.”

The family will keep The Spits alive. Anyone who can do math can figure out that the group has been around for more than a minute. Yet, the kids keep showing up to the shows. “When we play shows, when somebody comes up – this younger guy or girl – and it’s like, ‘Yeah, my dad turned me onto you guys,’” says Sean. “Or they’ll be wearing a cool old Spits shirt from the mid-90s, and they’re like, ‘my dad gave it to me’ – or their uncle or aunt. I’m like, ‘wow.’ I feel really lucky.”

“And as a band, we’re still selling our very first record. We’re punk for the people,” he says, and the people need punk. The people need The Spits, and their raucous live performances, renegade attitude, and unabashed rock and roll. GenZ needs these flesh-and-blood, analog-minded mavericks offering a stiff middle finger to a digital upbringing. The Spits aren’t heard but felt.

And they’re ready to meet you during their shows, during this tour, the next, and the one after next. “We’re just not going to die,” Sean says with a smile. “Just come to the show. Rock out. Have a good time.”



01/20: Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater #
01/22: Seattle, WA – Southgate Roller Rink #
01/23: Portland, OR – Dante’s #
01/25: San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
01/28: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom #
01/29: Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar #
01/30: San Diego, CA – Casbah #
02/11: Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle ~
02/12: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe ~
02/13: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop ~
02/14: Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
02/16: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere !
02/17: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
02/18: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s !
02/19: Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents !
02/22: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23: Montreal, QC – Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.
02/25: Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
02/26: Detroit, MI – Outer Limits ~

# – with VR SEX
~ – with Timmy’s Organism
$ – with Dark Thoughts
! – with Night Birds

Lena Dunham Reveals She’s Considering Rebooting ‘Girls’ The Same Way ‘Sex & The City’ Did

Lena Dunham Reveals She’s Considering Rebooting ‘Girls’ The Same Way ‘Sex & The City’ Did

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The writer and actress admitted to floating the idea of bringing back some of her iconic characters but older for a new take on the series.

Lena Dunham is clearly loving And Just Like That! The 35-year-old actress said that she’s felt inspired by the Sex And The City reboot to possibly do the same thing with her classic series Girls in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday January 19. She did admit that the time isn’t just right yet, but maybe Girls fans can look forward to Hannah and the gang reuniting somewhere down the line.

Lena mentioned the possibility after reflecting on filming the early seasons of Girls at the same studios where Sex And The City was shot. The actress raved about And Just Like That before mentioning that she’d had a few casual chats about the possibility of bringing back Girls.  “It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age sexuality,” she told THR. “For me, those are women who can do no wrong.”

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While Lena might bring the show back eventually, fans will probably have to wait. HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloy did say that the network didn’t have plans to revive the series anytime soon, and Lena admitted that she thinks right now, people would probably just be more interested in Adam Driver. “We all recognize it’s not time yet. I want it to be at a moment when the characters’ lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren,” she quipped.

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Even though fans may have to wait to see their favorite Girls characters older and wiser, the cast have certainly done a lot of growing up in real life since the show ended in 2017! Lena tied the knot with her husband Luis Felber back in September 2021, and the Girls creator had plenty of her famous friends there to celebrate her marriage, including her pal Taylor Swift. Of course, Lena isn’t the only star from the show to have major life changes since the series ended. Adam has also gone on to be nominated for two Academy Awards and starred in plenty of critically-acclaimed movies since the show ended, including 2021’s House of Gucci, which he performed in alongside Lady Gaga


Gracie Abrams: 5 Things To know About Singer Opening For Olivia Rodrigo On Tour

Gracie Abrams: 5 Things To know About Singer Opening For Olivia Rodrigo On Tour

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Olivia Rodrigo is going on tour, and the woman riding shotgun with the ‘drivers license’ singer is Gracie Abrams. Here’s what you need to know – including her famous father.

“I love you [Olivia Rodrigo],” Gracie Abrams tweeted on Monday (Dec. 6), shortly after Olivia, 18, announced her 2022 Sour Tour. “This is going to be so fun.” Shortly after Olivia announced the full schedule of shows – and how she’ll be joined by Holly Humberstone and Baby Queen on different dates – Gracie, 22, added that she was “screaming crying” in excitement.

This massive tour – kicking off on April 2 in San Francisco, ending in May in Los Angeles, with a European and U.K. run in June and July – will introduce Gracie to a whole new audience. For those who aren’t aware of this young talent, here’s the scoop.

Gracie Abrams Is A Singer-Songwriter.

Gracie Madigan Abrams, born Sept. 7, 1999, is an American singer-songwriter. She released her debut single, “Mean It,” in 2019 and followed it up with “Stay.” In 2020, she released her debut ep, Minor, which included songs, “Long Sleeves,” “Friend,” “I Miss You, I’m Sorry’ and more. She promoted the release with appearances on late-night shows and continued to work on her career during the pandemic months. She teamed with Benny Blanco for his Friends Keep Secrets 2 album, joining him on the single, “Unlearn.” In 2021, she also released Mess It Up,” “Feels Like,” and “Rockland,” a song she wrote with Aaron Dresser (the member of The National who co-wrote and produced Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore.).

You’ve Probably Seen One Of Her Father’s Films.

Gracie is the daughter of J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath. JJ is best known for directing movies like Cloverfield, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the 2009 Star Trek reboot, and more. He also has created Alias, Lost, and Fringe and had his hand in several other projects. Katie is also a producer, as she’s worked with her and JJ’s Bad Robots Productions company, as well as the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation.

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She Wanted Nothing To Do With The Family Business.

“Even the slight knowledge that I had of it growing up as a kid made me want to have nothing to do with it at all,” Gracie said of her parents’ business in an interview with Riff Magazine. “When I started falling in love with music independent of all other factors in my life, it was kind of a happy surprise, just because I actively tried to avoid anything that they were involved in. I—with love—wanted nothing to do with them.”

At age 8, she signed up for drumming classes. She then learned piano, then guitar, finding them more conducive to her songwriting. Her protective parents only allowed her to post the music to her SoundCloud and required that she keep her Instagram private. When she made the account public, her career took off – and it led to some amazing connections. Lorde even DM’d Gracie, asking for a download of one of her songs.

“She definitely is an artist in my life that I will forever feel like I owe everything to,” Gracie told Riff when talking about Lorde. “Sonically and thematically, [Pure Heroine] changed my life. I remember being with my family in the living room, and I refresh my Instagram and see that she followed me. I had a crazy physical reaction, like, sweating immediately.”

Olivia Rodrigo Is A Huge Fan Of Gracie Abrams. 

“One of my favorite artists and one of the coolest people ever is Gracie Abrams, who just came out with her debut EP a couple of months ago,” she told Zane Lowe in January 2021 (per ET Canada). “It’s called Minor, and she’s absolutely amazing, love that entire record. She’s signed to my same record label, so they’re like, ‘Oh, we’ll have you meet.’ And I’m like, ‘I literally don’t think I can meet her. I think I would just evaporate. I’m her biggest fan.’ I’ve heard the best things, and I’ve been DMing her on Instagram, and I told her that ‘Driver’s License’ was so inspired by her, and she’s like, ‘Oh, that’s amazing.’”

“This is my bedroom songwriting oasis,” Olivia Rodrigo said in a May 2021 interview with Elle. Olivia “created a little shrine” to all the “singer-songwriters she admires.” Among that makeshift ‘Hall of Fame’ were Taylor SwiftGwen StefaniAlanis Morissette, and, of course, Gracie Abrams.” Simon Riback, the head of A&R at Interscope – part of the company that includes Geffen Records, which is Olivia’s label – said he was impressed by Olivia and how she named Gracie as one of her favorite artists. “Gracie’s in her infancy! She started referencing Fiona Apple, the Smashing Pumpkins. She liked the Taylor Swifts and all that, but you could tell there was a left-of-center view to the way she was approaching pop music.”

She Is Politically Active.

During the 2020 election, Gracie worked as a poll worker in her area, something she told NME was inspired by her friends. “Unfortunately, for a really long time, younger people had assumed we would be OK in the hand of the older generation, but clearly we can’t rely on them to shape the future that we want to see,” she told the publication. “Being involved really mattered to me.”


Prince William Recalls ‘Cringe’ Moment Taylor Swift Led Him Onstage To Sing With Bon Jovi

Prince William Recalls ‘Cringe’ Moment Taylor Swift Led Him Onstage To Sing With Bon Jovi

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Prince William talked about how he did not know ‘what came over’ him and when he sang ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ with Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi at the Centrepoint fundraising gala in 2013.

Prince William, 39, is looking back on one of the most memorable moments in his past in a new interview. The Duke of Cambridge recalled singing on stage with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the 2013 Centrepoint fundraising gala after the “Fearless” singer, who he was sitting next to at the event, suggested he join them.

“I can’t believe I’m actually telling you this story… I turn up and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which nearly knocked me off my feet,” he said on the Apple Fitness+ special festive episode of its “Time To Walk” audio series. “And then, I went inside, met everybody, a lot of handshaking to do those nights, a lot of chatting. I try and be charming and interactive. Occasionally, you’re not having a good day, and it’s a little harder to come by.”

“When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. My job is done. I’ll get a dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I’m off-duty a little bit now,’” he continued. “Little did I think what was going to happen next. I’m sat next to Taylor Swift. She’s on my left – and after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause and she turns to me.”

“She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing,’” he added. “To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in.”

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“But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ‘Come with me…’ I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, OK, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you,’” he hilariously went on. “I walked up on stage in a trance and then sort of halfway through Jon Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” song, I wake up.”

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William spoke even further about the nervous feelings he had while belting out the popular lyrics of Bon Jovi‘s iconic rock song. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on the stage singing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ when I don’t even know the words? But the Centrepoint young guys and girls were there, all loving it and cheering away,” he explained. “So I thought, ‘Well, if they’re enjoying it, then the night is for them. So sod it. I can’t be the doofus who’s going to ruin it for everyone.’ And so I desperately try and remember some of the words and sing as hard as I can.”

William also admitted there “was a lot of sweating going on” during the big moment before further explaining that although some may “think I’m comfortable on stage. When I do speeches and things like that, I’ve done so many now, they’re not a problem. But I’ve not done singing.”

Despite his apprehensions about the sing-a-long, the performance, which can be seen in the video above, was a great one full of energy and smiles and was a highlight of the special night.

2022 Grammy Nominations: Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift & More — See The Full List

2022 Grammy Nominations: Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift & More — See The Full List

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And the nominees are…some of the biggest stars in music! The 2022 Grammy Awards nominees just dropped, so see which of your favorite stars are up for awards – and which ones got snubbed.

Following the shock and controversy surrounding the previous ceremony, all eyes were watching when the nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 23). Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of The Recording Academy, revealed the slate of nominees via a livestream. There were a few surprises, here and there, but some familiar and expected names popped up in the General field – aka the “Big Four” categories – of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Olivia Rodrigo – who kicked off 2021 by shattering practically all the records with her song, “drivers license” – was given some love from the Academy, as was Billie Eilish, whose “Everything I Wanted” won Record of the Year during the 2020 ceremony.

The eligibility period for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards was between Sept. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. While the first nine months of 2021 ushered in some incredible albums – Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, Doja Cat’s Planet Her, Lil Nas X’s Montero – some records from the back-half of 2020 were also available to get some love. Taylor Swift’s evermore could help her make history – again. Earlier in 2021, she became the first woman to win Album of the Year for the third time after folklore took home the gold. If evermore wins, she will become the first female artist to win the award in consecutive years. Only Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder have pulled off that feat in the past. Plus, Taylor’s bestie, Selena Gomez, got her first Grammy nomination ever — her Revelación is up for Best Latin Pop Album.

See the full list below (courtesy of Grammys.com):

Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

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  • ABBA, “I Still Have Faith In You
  • Jon Batiste, “Freedom”
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
  • Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”
  • Brandi Carlile, “Right On Time”
  • Doja Cat Featuring SZA, “Kiss Me More”
  • Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
  • Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
  • Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
  • Silk Sonic, “Leave The Door Open”

Album Of The Year

  • Jon Batiste, We Are
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Love For Sale
  • Justin Bieber, Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
  • Doja Cat, Planet Her (Deluxe)
  • Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever
  • H.E.R., Back Of My Mind
  • Lil Nas X, Montero
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Sour
  • Taylor Swift, Evermore
    Taylor Swift
  • Kanye West, Donda

Song Of The Year

  • “Bad Habits” — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
  • “A Beautiful Noise” — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile)
  • “drivers license” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Fight For You”–
    Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “Kiss Me More” — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)
  • “Leave The Door Open” –Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
  • “Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • “Right On Time” –Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist

  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid LAROI
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie


Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Justin Biber, “Anyone”
  • Brandi Carlile, “Right On Time”
  • Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
  • Ariana Grande, “Positions”
  • Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
  • Justin Bieber & benny blanco, “Lonely”
  • BTS, “Butter”
  • Coldplay, “Higher Power”
  • Doja Cat Featuring SZA, “Kiss Me More”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Love For Sale
  • Norah Jones, Til We Meet Again (Live)
  • Tori Kelly, A Tori Kelly Christmas
  • Ledisi, Ledisi Sings Nina
  • Willie Nelson, That’s Life
  • Dolly Parton, A Holly Dolly Christmas


— Ric Nast (@DojaCat) November 23, 2021

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Justin Bieber, Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
  • Doja Cat, Planet Her (Deluxe)
  • Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever
  • Ariana Grande, Positions
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Sour


Best Dance/Electronic Recordin

  • Afrojack & David Guetta, “Hero”
  • Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo, “Loom”
  • James Blake, “Before”
  • Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, “Heartbreak”
  • Caribou, “You Can Do It”
  • Rüfüs Du Sol, “Alive”
  • Tiësto, “The Business”

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

  • Black Coffee, Subconsciously
  • ILLENIUM, Fallen Embers
  • Major Lazer, Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded)
  • Marshmello, Shockwave
  • Sylvan Esso, Free Love
  • Ten City, Judgement


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal, Double Dealin’
  • Rachel Eckroth, The Garden
  • Taylor Eigsti, Tree Falls
  • Steve Gadd Band, At Blue Note Tokyo
  • Mark Lettieri, Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2


Best Rock Performance

  • AC/DC, “Shot In The Dark”
  • Black Pumas, “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)”
  • Chris Cornell, “Nothing Compares 2 U”
  • Deftones, “Ohms”
  • Foo Fighters, “Making A Fire”

Best Metal Performance

  • Deftones, “Genesis”
  • Dream Theater, “The Alien”
  • Gojira, “Amazonia”
  • Mastodon, “Pushing The Tides”
  • Rob Zombie, “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)”

Best Rock Song

  • “All My Favorite Songs” — Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
  • “The Bandit” — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
  • “Distance” — Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)
  • “Find My Way” — Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
  • “Waiting On A War” — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album

  • AC/DC, Power Up
  • Black Pumas, Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A
  • Chris Cornell, No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1
  • Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight
  • Paul McCartney, McCartney III


Best Alternative Music Album

  • Fleet Foxes, Shore
  • Halsey, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
  • Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee
  • Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams
  • St. Vincent, Daddy’s Home

Really wasn’t expecting that! It was an honor to work with some of my heroes, Trent and Atticus, and I am so proud of this album and hope that you guys continue to love it for years to come. Here’s to taking risks 🥂

— h (@halsey) November 23, 2021


Best R&B Performance

  • Snoh Aalegra, “Lost You”
  • Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”
  • H.E.R., “Damage”
  • Silk Sonic, “Leave The Door Open”
  • Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Jon Batiste, “I Need You”
  • BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton & Kenyon Dixon Featuring Charlie Bereal, “Bring It On Home To Me”
  • Leon Bridges Featuring Robert Glasper, “Born Again”
  • H.E.R., “Fight For You”
  • Lucky Daye Featuring Yebba, “How Much Can A Heart Take”

Best R&B Song

  • “Damage” — Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Good Days” — Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe & Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” –Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas & Varren Wade, songwriters (Giveon)
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” — Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • Eric Bellinger, New Light
  • Cory Henry, Something To Say
  • Hiatus Kaiyote, Mood Valiant
  • Lucky Daye, Table For Two
  • Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington, Dinner Party: Dessert
  • Masego, Studying Abroad: Extended Stay

Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

  • Snoh Aalegra, Temporary Highs In The Violet Skies
  • Jon Batiste, We Are
  • Leon Bridges, Gold-Diggers Sound
  • H.E.R., Back Of My Mind
  • Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales


Best Rap Performance

  • Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Family Ties”
  • Cardi B, “Up”
  • J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray, “M Y . L I F E”
  • Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug, “Way 2 Sexy”
  • Megan Thee Stallion, “Thot S***”

don’t have to win a single award, truly thankful for all the insight this year has brought me. and thankful for the journey. love u guys 😭🤍

— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) November 23, 2021

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • J. Cole Featuring Lil Baby, “P R I D E . I S . T H E . D E V I L”
  • Doja Cat, “Need To Know”
  • Lil Nas X Featuring Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
  • Tyler, The Creator Featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign, “Wusyaname”
  • Kanye West Featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby, “Hurricane”

Best Rap Song

  • “Bath Salts” — Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones & Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX Featuring Jay-Z & Nas)
  • “Best Friend” — Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas & Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat)
  • “Family Ties” — Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour & Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Jail” — Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z)
  • “M Y . L I F E” —  Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray)

Best Rap Album

  • J.Cole, The Off-Season
  • Drake, Certified Lover Boy
  • Nas, King’s Disease II
  • Tyler, The Creator, Call Me If You Get Lost
  • Kanye West, Donda


Best Country Solo Performance

  • Luke Combs, “Forever After All”
  • Mickey Guyton, “Remember Her Name”
  • Jason Isbell, All I Do Is Drive
  • Kacey Musgraves, “camera roll”
  • Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You”
  • Brothers Osborne, “Younger Me”
  • Dan + Shay, “Glad You Exist”
  • Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris, “Chasing After You”
  • Elle King & Miranda Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”

Best Country Song

  • “Better Than We Found It” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • “camera roll” — Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Cold” — Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Country Again” — Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
  • “Fancy Like” — Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins & Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes)
  • “Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram & Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)

Best Country Album

  • Brothers Osborne, Skeletons
  • Mickey Guyton, Remember Her Name
  • Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram, The Marfa Tapes
  • Sturgill Simpson, The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita
  • Chris Stapleton, Starting Over


Best New Age Album

  • Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster & Tom Eaton, Brothers
  • Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej, Divine Tides
  • Wouter Kellerman & David Arkenstone, Pangaea
  • Opium Moon, Night + Day
  • Laura Sullivan, Pieces Of Forever


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • Sackodougou
    Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, soloist
    Track from: The Hands Of Time (Weedie Braimah)
  • Kick Those Feet
    Kenny Barron, soloist
    Track from: Songs From My Father (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trios)
  • Bigger Than Us
    Jon Batiste, soloist
    Track from: Soul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Various Artists)
  • Absence
    Terence Blanchard, soloist
    Track from: Absence (Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet)
  • Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)
    Chick Corea, soloist
    Track from: Akoustic Band Live (Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • The Baylor Project, Generations
  • Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter, SuperBlue
  • Nnenna Freelon,  Time Traveler
  •  Gretchen Parlato, Flor
  • Esperanza Spalding, Songwrights Apothecary Lab

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Jon Batiste, Jazz Selections: Music From And Inspired By Soul
  • Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective And The Turtle Island Quartet, Absence
  • Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Skyline
  • Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl, Akoustic Band LIVE
  • Pat Metheny, Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Albu

  • The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart, Live At Birdland!
  • Jazzmeia Horn And Her Noble Force, Dear Love
  • Christian McBride Big Band, For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver
  • Sun Ra Arkestra, Swirling
  • Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band, Jackets XL

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés, Mirror Mirror
  • Carlos Henriquez, The South Bronx Story
  • Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Virtual Birdland
  • Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Transparency
  • Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo, El Arte Del Bolero


Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “Voice Of God” — Dante Bowe Featuring Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore; Dante Bowe, Tywan Mack, Jeff Schneeweis & Mitch Wong, songwriters
  • “Joyful” — Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe & Ben Schofield, songwriters
  • “Help” — Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown & Darryl Woodson, songwriters
  • “Never Lost” — CeCe Winans
  • “Wait On You” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “We Win” — Kirk Franklin & Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn & Justin Smith, songwriters
  • “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” — H.E.R. & Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile & H.E.R., songwriters
  • “Man Of Your Word” – Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess & Chandler Moore, songwriters
  • Believe For It” – CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters
  • “Jireh” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, songwriters

Best Gospel Album

  • Jekalyn Carr, Changing Your Story
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live At The Ryman
  • Maverick City Music, Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition
  • Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, Jonny X Mali: Live In LA
  • CeCe Winans, Believe For It

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • Natalie Grant, No Stranger
  • Israel & New Breed, Feels Like Home Vol. 2
  • Kari Jobe, The Blessing (Live)
  • Tauren Wells, Citizen Of Heaven (Live)
  • Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, Old Church Basement

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • Harry Connick, Jr., Alone With My Faith
  • Gaither Vocal Band, That’s Gospel, Brother
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Keeping On
  • The Isaacs, Songs For The Times
  • Carrie Underwood, My Savior


Best Latin Pop Album

  • Pablo Alborán, Vértigo
  • Paula Arenas, Mis Amores
  • Ricardo Arjona, Hecho A La Antigua
  • Camilo, Mis Manos
  • Alex Cuba, Mendó
  • Selena Gomez, Revelación

Best Música Urbana Album

  • Rauw Alejandro, Afrodisíaco
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
  • J Balvin, Jose
  • KAROL G, KG0516
  • Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

  • Bomba Estéreo, Deja
  • Diamante Eléctrico, Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition)
  • Juanes, Origen
  • Nathy Peluso, Calambre
  • C. Tangana, El Madrileño
  • Zoé, Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.

  • Aida Cuevas, Antología De La Musica Ranchera, Vol. 2
  • Vicente Fernández, A Mis 80’s
  • Mon Laferte, Seis
  • Natalia Lafourcade, Un Canto Por México, Vol. II
  • Christian Nodal, Ayayay! (Súper Deluxe)

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, Salswing!
  • El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, En Cuarentena
  • Aymée Nuviola, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso
  • Gilberto Santa Rosa, Colegas
  • Tony Succar, Live In Peru


Best American Roots Performance

  • Cry
    Jon Batiste
  • Love And Regret
    Billy Strings
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
    The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
  • Same Devil
    Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile
  • Nightflyer
    Allison Russell

Best American Roots Song

  • Avalon
    Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson & Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi)
  • Call Me A Fool
    Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas)
  • Cry
    Jon Batiste & Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
  • Diamond Studded Shoes
    Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola)
  • Nightflyer
    Jeremy Lindsay & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

Best Americana Album

  • Downhill From Everywhere
    Jackson Browne
  • Leftover Feelings
    John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
  • Native Sons
    Los Lobos
  • Outside Child
    Allison Russell
  • Stand For Myself

Best Bluegrass Album

  • Renewal
    Billy Strings
  • My Bluegrass Heart
    Béla Fleck
  • A Tribute To Bill Monroe
    The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
    Sturgill Simpson
  • Music Is What I See
    Rhonda Vincent

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • 100 Years Of Blues
    Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite
  • Traveler’s Blues
    Blues Traveler
  • I Be Trying
    Cedric Burnside
  • Be Ready When I Call You
    Guy Davis
  • Take Me Back
    Kim Wilson

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • Delta Kream
    The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown
  • Royal Tea
    Joe Bonamassa
  • Uncivil War
    Shemekia Copeland
  • Fire It Up
    Steve Cropper
  • 662
    Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Best Folk Album

  • One Night Lonely [Live]
    Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Long Violent History
    Tyler Childers
  • Wednesday (Extended Edition)
    Madison Cunningham
  • They’re Calling Me Home
    Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
  • Blue Heron Suite
    Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album

  • Live In New Orleans!
    Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul
  • Bloodstains & Teardrops
    Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
  • My People
    Cha Wa
  • Corey Ledet Zydeco
    Corey Ledet Zydeco
  • Kau Ka Pe’a
    Kalani Pe’a


Best Reggae Album

  • Pamoja
  • Positive Vibration
    Gramps Morgan
  • Live N Livin
    Sean Paul
  • Royal
    Jesse Royal
  • Beauty In The Silence
  • 10


Best Global Music Performance

  • Mohabbat
    Arooj Aftab
  • Do Yourself
    Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy
  • Pà Pá Pà
    Femi Kuti
  • Blewu
    Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
  • Essence
    WizKid Featuring Tems

Best Global Music Albu

  • Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1
    Rocky Dawuni
  • East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert
    Daniel Ho & Friends
  • Mother Nature
    Angelique Kidjo
  • Legacy +
    Femi Kuti And Made Kuti
  • Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition


Best Children’s Music Album

  • Actívate
    123 Andrés
  • All One Tribe
    1 Tribe Collective
  • Black To The Future
    Pierce Freelon
  • A Colorful World
  • Crayon Kids
    Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band


Best Spoken Word Album
Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling

  • LeVar Burton,  Aftermath
  • Don Cheadle,  Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis
  • J. Ivy,  Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago
  • Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman, 8:46
  • Barack Obama, A Promised Land


Best Comedy Album

  • Lavell Crawford, The Comedy Vaccine
  • Chelsea Handler, Evolution
  • Louis C.K., Sincerely Louis CK
  • Lewis Black, Thanks For Risking Your Life
  • Nate Bargatze, The Greatest Average American
  • Kevin Hart, Zero F***s Given


Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast)
  • Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers
    Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast)
  • Girl From The North Country
    Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers (Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording)
    Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers (Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists) (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
  • Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots
    Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri & Stephen Schwartz, producers (Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist) (World Premiere Cast)
  • The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical
    Emily Bear, producer; Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear, composers/lyricists (Barlow & Bear)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album.  In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).

  • Cruella
    (Various Artists)
  • Dear Evan Hansen
    (Various Artists)
  • In The Heights
    (Various Artists)
  • One Night In Miami…
    (Various Artists)
  • Respect
    Jennifer Hudson
  • Schmigadoon! Episode 1
    (Various Artists)
  • The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
    Andra Day

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

  • Bridgerton
    Kris Bowers, composer
  • Dune
    Hans Zimmer, composer
  • The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16)
    Ludwig Göransson, composer
  • The Queen’s Gambit
    Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
  • Soul
    Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers

Best Song Written For Visual Media
A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • Agatha All Along [From WandaVision: Episode 7]
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White)
  • All Eyes On Me [From Inside]
    Bo Burnham, songwriter (Bo Burnham)
  • All I Know So Far [From P!NK: All I Know So Far]
    Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (P!nk)
  • Fight For You [From Judas And The Black Messiah]
    Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) [From Respect]
    Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
  • Speak Now [From One Night In Miami…]
    Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.)


Best Instrumental Composition

  • Beautiful Is Black
    Brandee Younger, composer (Brandee Younger)
  • Cat And Mouse
    Tom Nazziola, composer (Tom Nazziola)
  • Concerto For Orchestra: Finale
    Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & Czech National Symphony Orchestra Featuring Antonio Sánchez & Derrick Hodge)
  • Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions
    Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble)
  • Eberhard
    Lyle Mays, composer (Lyle Mays)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • Chopsticks
    Bill O’Connell, arranger (Richard Baratta)
  • For The Love Of A Princess (From “Braveheart”)
    Robin Smith, arranger (HAUSER, London Symphony Orchestra & Robin Smith)
  • Infinite Love
    Emile Mosseri, arranger (Emile Mosseri)
  • Meta Knight’s Revenge (From “Kirby Superstar”)
    Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman, arrangers (The 8-Bit Big Band Featuring Button Masher)
  • The Struggle Within
    Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez, arrangers (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • The Bottom Lin
    Ólafur Arnalds, arranger (Ólafur Arnalds & Josin)
  • A Change Is Gonna Come
    Tehillah Alphonso, arranger (Tonality & Alexander Lloyd Blake)
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
    Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
  • Eleanor Rigby
    Cody Fry, arranger (Cody Fry)
  • To The Edge Of Longing (Edit Version)
    Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Julia Bullock)


Best Recording Package

  • American Jackpot / American Girls
    Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
  • Carnage
  • Nick Cave & Tom Hingston, art directors (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
  • Pakelang
    Li Jheng Han & Yu, Wei, art directors (2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group & The Chairman Crossover Big Band)
  • Serpentine Prison
    Dayle Doyle, art director (Matt Berninger)
  • Zeta
    Xiao Qing Yang, art director (Soul Of Ears)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition
    Darren Evans, Dhani Harrison & Olivia Harrison, art directors (George Harrison)
  • Color Theory
    Lordess Foudre & Christopher Leckie, art directors (Soccer Mommy)
  • The Future Bites (Limited Edition Box Set)
    Simon Moore, art director (Steven Wilson)
  • 77-81
    Dan Calderwood & Jon King, art directors (Gang Of Four)
  • Swimming In Circles
    Ramón Coronado & Marshall Rake, art directors (Mac Miller)

Best Album Notes

  • Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas
    Ann-Katrin Zimmermann, album notes writer (Sunwook Kim)
  • The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966
    Ricky Riccardi, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
  • Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology
    Kevin Howes, album notes writer (Willie Dunn)
  • Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895
    David Giovannoni, Richard Martin & Stephan Puille, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • The King Of Gospel Music: The Life And Music Of Reverend James Cleveland
    Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album

  • Beyond The Music: Her Complete RCA Victor Recordings
    Robert Russ, compilation producer; Nancy Conforti, Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Marian Anderson)
  • Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895
    Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music
    April Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)
    Patrick Milligan & Joni Mitchell, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Joni Mitchell)
  • Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe Edition)
    Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Cinema
    Josh Conway, Marvin Figueroa, Josh Gudwin, Neal H Pogue & Ethan Shumaker, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (The Marías)
  • Dawn
    Thomas Brenneck, Zach Brown, Elton “L10MixedIt” Chueng, Riccardo Damian, Tom Elmhirst, Jens Jungkurth, Todd Monfalcone, John Rooney & Smino, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Yebba)
  • Hey What
    BJ Burton, engineer; BJ Burton, mastering engineer (Low)
  • Love For Sale
    Dae Bennett, Josh Coleman & Billy Cumella, engineers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga)
  • Notes With Attachments
    Joseph Lorge & Blake Mills, engineers; Greg Koller, mastering engineer (Pino Palladino & Blake Mills)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical 

  • Jack Antonoff
    • Chemtrails Over The Country Club (Lana Del Rey) (A)
    • Daddy’s Home (St. Vincent) (A)
    • Gold Rush (Taylor Swift) (T)
    • Sling (Clairo) (A)
    • Solar Power (Lorde) (A)
    • Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night (Bleachers) (A)
  • Rogét Chahayed
    • //aguardiente Y Limón %ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)
    • Ain’t S*** (Doja Cat) (T)
    • Beautiful (Shelley FKA DRAM) (T)
    • Blueberry Eyes (MAX Featuring SUGA of BTS) (S)
    • Fire In The Sky (Anderson .Paak) (T)
    • Kiss Me More (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) (S)
    • Lazy Susan (21 Savage With Rich Brian Featuring Warren Hue & Masimwei) (S)
    • NITROUS (Joji) (T)
    • Vibez (ZAYN) (S)
  • Mike Elizondo
    • Glow On (Turnstile) (A)
    • Good Day (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
    • Life By Misadventure (Rag’n’Bone Man) (A)
    • Mercy (Jonas Brothers) (T)
    • Mulberry Street (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
    • Obviously (Lake Street Dive) (A)
    • Repeat (Grace Vanderwaal) (S)
    • Taking The Heat (Joy Oladokun) (T)
  • Hit-Boy
    • Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album (Various Artists) (A)
    • King’s Disease II (Nas) (A)
  • Ricky Reed
    • //aguardiente y limón%ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)Can’t Let You Go (Terrace Martin Featuring Nick Grant) (S)
    • Damn Bean (John-Robert) (T)
    • Don’t Go Yet (Camila Cabello) (S)
    • Gold-Diggers Sound (Leon Bridges) (A)
    • Piece Of You (Shawn Mendes) (T)
    • Pushing Away (Junior Mesa) (T)
    • Rumors (Lizzo Featuring Cardi B) (S)
    • Sing (Jon Batiste) (T)

Best Remixed Recording

  • Back To Life (Booker T Kings Of Soul Satta Dub)
    Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
  • Born For Greatness (Cymek Remix)
    Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach)
  • Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix)
    Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
  • Inside Out (3SCAPE DRM Remix)
    3SCAPE DRM, remixer (Zedd & Griff)
  • Met Him Last Night (Dave Audé Remix)
    Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato & Ariana Grande)
  • Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix)
    Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones)
  • Talks (Mura Masa Remix)
    Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)

Best Immersive Audio Album 

  • Alicia
    George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
  • Clique
    Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
  • Fine Line
    Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
  • The Future Bites
    Jake Fields & Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
  • Stille Grender
    Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)

Best Engineered Album, Classical 

  • Archetypes
    Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
    Richard King, engineer (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
    Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck, Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Chanticleer Sings Christmas
    Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Chanticleer)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
    Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Appear And Inspire (James Franklin & The East Carolina University Chamber Singers) (A)
    • Howells: Requiem (Brian Schmidt & Baylor University A Cappella Choir) (A)
    • Hymns Of Kassianí (Alexander Lingas & Cappella Romana) (A)
    • Kyr: In Praise Of Music (Joshua Copeland & Antioch Chamber Ensemble) (A)
    • More Honourable Than The Cherubim (Vladimir Gorbik & PaTRAM Institute Male Choir) (A)
    • O’Regan: The Phoenix (Patrick Summers, Thomas Hampson, Chad Shelton, Rihab Chaieb, Lauren Snouffer, Houston Grand Opera & Houston Grand Opera Orchestra) (A)
    • Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom (Benedict Sheehan & The Saint Tikhon Choir) (A)
  • Steven Epstein
    • Bach And Brahms Re-Imagined (Jens Lindemann, James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker) (A)
    • Bartók: Quartet No. 3; Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2; Dvořák: American Quartet (Juilliard String Quartet) (A)
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax) (A)
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 17, Arr. For Piano, String Quartet And Double Bass (Alon Goldstein, Alexander Bickard & Fine Arts Quartet) (A)
    • Songs Of Comfort And Hope (Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott) (A)
  • David Frost
    • Chamber Works By Dmitri Klebanov (ARC Ensemble) (A)
    • Glass: Akhnaten (Karen Kamensek, J’Nai Bridges, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Zachary James, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra) (A)
    • Mon Ami, Mon Amour (Matt Haimovitz & Mari Kodama) (A)
    • One Movement Symphonies – Barber, Sibelius, Scriabin (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony) (A)
    • Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Adrianne Pieczonka, Karita Mattila, Karen Cargill, Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra) (A)
    • Primavera I – The Wind (Matt Haimovitz) (A)
    • Roots (Randall Goosby & Zhu Wang) (A)
  • Elaine Martone
    • Archetypes (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion) (A)
    • Beneath The Sky (Zoe Allen & Levi Hernandez) (A)
    • Davis: Family Secrets – Kith & Kin (Timothy Myers, Andrea Edith Moore & Jane Holding) (A)
    • Quest (Elisabeth Remy Johnson) (A)
    • Schubert: Symphony In C Major, ‘The Great’; Krenek: Static & Ecstatic (Franz Welser-Möst & The Cleveland Orchestra) (A)
  • Judith Sherman
    • Alone Together (Jennifer Koh) (A)
    • Bach & Beyond Part 3 (Jennifer Koh) (A)
    • Bruits (Imani Winds) (A)
    • Eryilmaz: Dances Of The Yogurt Maker (Erberk Eryilmaz & Carpe Diem String Quartet) (A)
    • Fantasy – Oppens Plays Kaminsky (Ursula Oppens) (A)
    • Home (Blythe Gaissert) (A)
    • Mendelssohn, Visconti & Golijov (Jasper String Quartet & Jupiter String Quartet) (A)
    • A Schubert Journey (Llŷr Williams) (A)
    • Vers Le Silence – William Bolcom & Frédéric Chopin (Ran Dank) (A)


Best Orchestral Performance

  • Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives; Harmonielehre
    Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
    Manfred Honeck, conductor (Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Muhly: Throughline
    Nico Muhly, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
  • Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin: The Poem Of Ecstasy
    Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

  • Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
    Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös; Robert Suff, producer (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Glass: Akhnaten
    Karen Kamensek, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen
    Simon Rattle, conductor; Sophia Burgos, Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Peter Hoare, Anna Lapkovskaja, Paulina Malefane, Jan Martinik & Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Andrew Cornall, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices)
  • Little: Soldier Songs
    Corrado Rovaris, conductor; Johnathan McCullough; James Darrah & John Toia, producers (The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Karen Cargill, Isabel Leonard, Karita Mattila, Erin Morley & Adrianne Pieczonka; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance

  • It’s A Long Way
    Matthew Guard, conductor (Jonas Budris, Carrie Cheron, Fiona Gillespie, Nathan Hodgson, Helen Karloski, Enrico Lagasca, Megan Roth, Alissa Ruth Suver & Dana Whiteside; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)
  • Rising w/The Crossing
    Donald Nally, conductor (International Contemporary Ensemble & Quicksilver; The Crossing)
  • Schnittke: Choir Concerto; Three Sacred Hymns; Pärt: Seven Magnificat-Antiphons
    Kaspars Putniņš, conductor; Heli Jürgenson, chorus master (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
  • Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom
    Benedict Sheehan, conductor (Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons & Jason Thoms; The Saint Tikhon Choir)
  • The Singing Guitar
    Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Estelí Gomez; Austin Guitar Quartet, Douglas Harvey, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Texas Guitar Quartet; Conspirare)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

  • Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking
    JACK Quartet
  • Akiho: Seven Pillars
    Sandbox Percussion
  • Archetypes
    Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
    Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax
  • Bruits
    Imani Winds

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • Alone Together
    Jennifer Koh
  • An American Mosaic
    Simone Dinnerstein
  • Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
    Augustin Hadelich
  • Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos
    Gil Shaham; Eric Jacobsen, conductor (The Knights)
  • Mak Bach
    Mak Grgić
  • Of Power
    Curtis Stewart

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

  • Confessions
    Laura Strickling; Joy Schreier, pianist
  • Dreams Of A New Day – Songs By Black Composers
    Will Liverman; Paul Sánchez, pianist
  • Mythologies
    Sangeeta Kaur & Hila Plitmann (Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto & Emilio D. Miler)
  • Schubert: Winterreise
    Joyce DiDonato; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist
  • Unexpected Shadows
    Jamie Barton; Jake Heggie, pianist (Matt Haimovitz)

Best Classical Compendium

  • American Originals – A New World, A New Canon
    AGAVE & Reginald L. Mobley; Geoffrey Silver, producer
  • Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces For Orchestra
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
  • Cerrone: The Arching Path
    Timo Andres & Ian Rosenbaum; Mike Tierney, producer
  • Plays
    Chick Corea; Chick Corea & Birnie Kirsh, producers
  • Women Warriors – The Voices Of Change
    Amy Andersson, conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson & Lolita Ritmanis, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

  • Akiho: Seven Pillars
    Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
  • Andriessen: The Only One
    Louis Andriessen, composer (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes
    Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
  • Batiste: Movement 11′
    Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)
  • Shaw: Narrow Sea
    Caroline Shaw, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion)


Best Music Video

  • AC/DC, “Shot In The Dark”
    David Mallet, video director; Dione Orrom, video producer
  • Jon Batiste, “Freedom”
    Alan Ferguson, video director; Alex P. Willson, video producer
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
    Jennifer Lebeau, video director; Danny Bennett, Bobby Campbell & Jennifer Lebeau, video producers
  • Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”
    Collin Tilley, video director
  • Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
    Billie Eilish, video director; Michelle An, Chelsea Dodson & David Moore, video producers
  • Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
    Lil Nas X & Tanu Muino, video directors; Frank Borin, Ivanna Borin, Marco De Molina & Saul Levitz, video producers
  • Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U”
    Petra Collins, video director; Christiana Divona, Marissa Ramirez & Tiffany Suh, video producers

Best Music Film

  • Inside
    Bo Burnham
    Bo Burnham, video director; Josh Senior, video producer
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia
    David Byrne
    Spike Lee, video director; David Byrne & Spike Lee, video producers
  • Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles
    Billie Eilish
    Patrick Osborne & Robert Rodriguez, video directors
  • Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui
    Jimi Hendrix
    John McDermott, video director; Janie Hendrix, John McDermott & George Scott, video producers
  • Summer Of Soul
    (Various Artists)
    Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, video director; David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent & Joseph Patel, video producers


The elephant in the room of Tuesday’s nominations was named “The Weeknd.” When last year’s nominations were rolled out, a huge fan backlash erupted after he received zero nominations. That snub came after his song, “Blinding Lights,” was practically the soundtrack of 2020 (it set the record for most weeks in the Billboard Hot 100) and his album, After Hours, was also a commercial success. The Weeknd called the ceremony and the Recording Academy “corrupt,” said that they “owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency,” and ultimately announced that he will boycott the ceremony by not submitting his music for consideration ever again.

The Weeknd’s move seemingly worked. The Recording Academy announced on April 30, 2021, that it was eliminating nearly all of the “secret” committees involved in the nomination process. Introduced in 1989, these groups – made up of industry experts and executives – were kept anonymous. Over the past three decades, the Recording Academy tweaked the nomination process, here and there, but the committees stayed in place. Now, the nominees for the main Grammy categories will be “determined by a majority, peer-to-peer vote of voting members of the Recording Academy. Previously, many of the categories within these fields utilized 15-30 highly skilled music peers who represented and voted within their genre communities for the final selection of nominees,” per the announcement (h/t Variety).

“I think everything that happens during the calendar year influences the way the membership and the trustees vote,” Harvey Mason Jr. told Variety. “Remember, the organization is totally driven by its members — these decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. Did the Weeknd impact someone into thinking this is definitely something that needs to change? I can’t speculate, but I know the goal is to remain relevant and to be on the leading edge of music.” Whether or not they were successful remains to be seen – as in, check Twitter. If someone’s name is Trending, then it’s probably likely they got snubbed.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 31, 2022, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles,


American Music Awards 2021 Winners: Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X & More – Full List

American Music Awards 2021 Winners: Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X & More – Full List

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And the winner is… Many of the biggest names in music were nominated at the 2021 American Music Awards, so find out who went home with a new trophy for their mantle.

2021 wasn’t going to end with at least one more opportunity to celebrate the biggest and brightest stars in music. The 49th Annual American Music Awards looked to close out the year with one more “biggest night in music,” honoring some of the stars that have made the past twelve months worth living. Hosted by Cardi B and taking place on Nov. 21 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the 2021 AMAs saw newcomer Olivia Rodrigo lead the pack with seven nominations. The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star was up for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Favorite Trending Song (“drivers license”), Favorite Music Video (“drivers license”), Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Song (“drivers license”), and Favorite Pop Album (Sour.)

The Weeknd comes behind Olivia with six nominations. Doja Cat, Bad Bunny, and Giveon are also multi-nominated artists, with each up for five awards. Taylor Swift – who holds the record for most AMA wins of any artist ever with 32 overall – is up for three awards: Artist Of The Year, Favorite Female Pop Artist, and Favorite Pop Album (evermore). If Taylor wins any of these, she will have to accept them via satellite, as a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she’s skipping this year “to add to the impact” to her recent Saturday Night Live performance.

While Taylor won’t be on hand, plenty of stars are scheduled to light up the stage. Silk Sonic will kick things off, and the night will see BTS perform “My Universe” with Coldplay. They were scheduled to perform their “Butter” remix with Megan Thee Stallion, but she pulled out the day of the show. Italian rockers (and Eurovision 2021 winners) Måneskin will perform, as will Tyler, The Creator, Walker Hayes, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, Chloe (aka Chloe Bailey), Zoe Wees, and Olivia Rodrigo. Bad Bunny, Tainy, and Julieta Venegas will perform “Lo Siento BB,” and Jason Aldean will team with Carrie Underwood for “If I Didn’t Love You.”

Lil Nas X, who won at the 2021 AMAs (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

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Ahead of the Sunday broadcast, the AMAs announced a handful of winners. Keep checking back to see who walked away from the 2021 AMAs with some new trophies.

Winners are in bold.

Ariana Grande
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Masked Wolf
Olivia Rodrigo

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”

Erica Banks, “Buss It”
Måneskin, “Beggin’ “
Megan Thee Stallion, “Body”
Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
Popp Hunna, “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”
Cardi B, “Up”
Lil Nas X “MONTERO, (Call Me By Your Name)”
Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears”

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Swifties, you voted @taylorswift13 for Favorite Female Pop Artist and she won! CONGRATS! #AMAs pic.twitter.com/BRDCIVGgOU

— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 21, 2021

Glass Animals
Maroon 5
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Ariana Grande, Positions
Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
Olivia Rodrigo, SOUR
Taylor Swift evermore

BTS, “Butter”
Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears (Remix)”

Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Lady A
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
Lee Brice, Hey World
Luke Bryan, Born Here Live Here Die Here
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album

Chris Stapleton, “Starting Over”
Chris Young & Kane Brown, “Famous Friends”
Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones”
Luke Combs, “Forever After All”
Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like”

Lil Baby
Moneybagg Yo
Polo G
Pop Smoke

HOTTIES! @theestallion has won Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist at the #AMAs! pic.twitter.com/IVYu1UPlh7

— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 21, 2021

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Erica Banks
Megan Thee Stallion

Drake, Certified Lover Boy
Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
Megan Thee Stallion, Good News
Pop Smoke, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Rod Wave, SoulFly

Cardi B, “Up”
Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV, “Lemonade”
Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK, “Calling My Phone”
Pop Smoke, “What You Know Bout Love”

Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Doja Cat
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko

Doja Cat, Planet Her
Giveon, When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time
H.E.R., Back of My Mind
Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales
Queen Naija, missunderstood

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R., “Damage”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”

BIG congrats to @sanbenito! He's the Favorite Male Latin Artist winner at the #AMAs! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/mCrTqbgC8x

— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 21, 2021

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Rauw Alejandro

Becky G
Kali Uchis
Natti Natasha

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho
Los Dos Carnales

Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”
Farruko, “Pepas”
Kali Uchis, “telepatía”
Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái (Remix)”

All Time Low
Foo Fighters
Glass Animals
Machine Gun Kelly

Carrie Underwood
Elevation Worship
Lauren Daigle
Zach Williams

Kanye West
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Maverick City Music
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

David Guetta

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What Color Red Lipstick Does Taylor Swift Wear?

What Color Red Lipstick Does Taylor Swift Wear?

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Taylor Swift is known for her iconic red lips & if you’ve ever wanted to recreate her look, then you’re in luck because you can try her lipstick color yourself!

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For years, Taylor Swift has taken the world by storm not just with her music but with her stunning glam and outfits. One look that Taylor is always spotted rocking is a bold red lip and it has become a staple of the singer. Ever since the release of RED (Taylor’s Version), the color red has become an even bigger deal considering it coincides perfectly with her music and now you can find out what lip color she wears.

While Taylor is known for her signature red lip, she and her longtime makeup artist, Lorrie Turk, keep her lip color secret. However, Taylor admitted to People back in 2015 that she loves MAC Matte Lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo. She said, “It’s a staple. I was the last person to discover it.” She even admitted to the magazine that she wears red lipstick because her face “looks worse without it.”

Despite Taylor not revealing the exact shade she wears, Lorrie has shared some of her favorite red lipsticks that she loves, without pinpointing which one is the exact shade Taylor uses. All of the colors are similar to the ones worn by Taylor, so even if it isn’t the exact same, you can still recreate her look. We listed them below and you can shop for them all right here.

1. MAC Ruby Woo

This is the lipstick Taylor admitted to People that she loved. It’s a matte lipstick that leaves you with a soft finish and it is available in a whopping 32 different colors. Taylor gets the Ruby Woo color pictured below. $19, ulta.com

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2. Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick

This is one of the lipsticks Lorrie shared as her favorites and rightly so – it’s gorgeous. This lipstick glides on effortlessly and leaves you with a matte finish that also keeps your lips hydrated. $55, tatcha.com

3. FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored

Another favorite from Lorrie is this lip paint in the shade, Uncensored. The long-lasting lip color is highly-pigmented, buildable, and weightless. It leaves your lips with a soft and subtle matte finish. $25, sephora.com

4. Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick in Velvet Ribbon

Lorrie also shared this lipstick in the shade Velvet Ribbon, which is a classic deep red lip color. It’s cruelty-free and super pigmented, plus, it leaves your lips with a gorgeous velvet finish. $36, lisaeldridge.com

Taylor Swift Reunites With BFF Selena Gomez Backstage At ‘SNL’ Before Epic Performance — Watch

Taylor Swift Reunites With BFF Selena Gomez Backstage At ‘SNL’ Before Epic Performance — Watch

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BFFs for life! Selena Gomez was at NBC studios to support Taylor Swift before her epic 10-minute performance of ‘All Too Well.’

Taylor Swift, 31, reunited with her BFF Selena Gomez, 29, before her 10-minute long performance of “All Too Well”! The 1989 singer shared a cute TikTok video filmed behind-the-scenes in a dressing room on Saturday, Nov. 13, revealing that Selena was with her. Taylor opened the short dubbed audio clip mouthing the words, “My bestie…is a bad b—-,” as she panned over to a giggling Selena (also in reaction to the taped audio). The pair sat on a brown leather couch backstage, positioned in front of a famed wall filled with signed photos from all the artists to perform over the years.


OH NO @selenagomez #snl #swifttok

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“OH NO @selenagomez #snl #swifttok,” she simply captioned the post. Taylor appeared to be rocking a different outfit than the one she performed in, sporting a sweetheart neck black bodysuit with a high waisted camel skirt. The blonde kept her hair sleek and loosely curled, adding a dash of color with her signature red lip. Selena kept cozy in a chunky knit cream sweater, sporting a sleek, straight bob and light, illuminated makeup.

Several other friends of Taylor were spotted heading into Studio 8H ahead of the show, including Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne, Anya Taylor Joy, and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and his wife Sophie Turner.

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The two A-Listers struck up a friendship as teens way back in 2008, when they met through the Jonas Brothers: Selena dated Nick Jonas for a spell, while Taylor was notoriously involved with Joe (who later dumped her in a :27 second phone call). Although the romances are ancient history, the gals stayed close friends — with Selena revealing she talked to Taylor daily in 2009. “Every single problem I ever have is healable by Taylor Swift! If I ever have an issue, Taylor has gone through it, because she’s older than me, and she gives the most thought-out answers,” she said at the time. “Because of her, I haven’t lost faith. We literally talk every day,” Sel added.

Selena and Taylor performed on-stage together for the first time in 2011, and again in 2014 during the 1989 World Tour (opting to duet on Selena’s sexy hit “Good For You”). The Wizards Of Waverley Place alum later appeared in Tay’s 2014 video for “Bad Blood” — largely believed to be about Tay’s past feud with Katy Perry.

“It’s been the longest one [friendship] I think either of us had really,” Selena said of Taylor that same year. “Both of us have kind of struck it out and hung in there through all the different changes we’ve gone through. Longevity is something you really can find very precious and rare in friendships.”

Taylor has shown the love right back at Selena over the years — including praise for her album Rare. “This song is a perfect expression of healing & my absolute favorite song she’s put out yet. A triumph. I love you @selenagomez,” she said about “Lose You To Love Me” — inspired by Selena’s emotional split from Justin Bieber.

Taylor Swift Heads To ‘SNL’ After Party With Friends Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds – Photos

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were spotted heading into the ‘SNL’ after party with Taylor Swift after attending the taping to watch her ‘All Too Well’ performance live.

Taylor Swift, 31, was surrounded by friends at Saturday Night Live! The GRAMMY winner was spotted with close friends Blake Lively, 34, and Ryan Reynolds, 44, as they headed to the after party following Taylor’s epic performance on the Nov. 13 episode. Taylor sported a brown colored houndstooth blazer by designer Anine Bing, which she threw on over top the same black bodysuit and skinny jean ensemble she performed in.

Taylor Swift heads to the ‘SNL’ after party with Blake Lively. (T.JACKSON / BACKGRID)

Blake looked absolutely gorgeous in a fitted black dress with a cut-out top, keeping her blonde hair down. The Gossip Girl actress accessorized with a green pair of stud earrings, which glimmered under the camera lights. She sweetly held hands with husband Ryan, who rocked a navy blue suit jacket with a tie. Earlier in the evening, the couple were spotted heading into Studio 8H to watch Taylor’s 10-minute long performance of “All Too Well.”

Taylor, Blake and Ryan were also joined by Sadie Sink. (T.JACKSON / BACKGRID)

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Taylor’s friends were out in full force for the appearance, including BFF Selena Gomez, 29! The Disney alum popped up in a cute TikTok video with Taylor filmed in a dressing room, where Tay declared her “bestie” was a “bad b—–.” Cara Delevingne, Anya Taylor Joy, Joe Jonas and his wife Sophie Turner were also there.

It’s safe to say Taylor beyond slayed the live rendition of the song, which appears on her re-release of Red (Taylor’s Version). The song is about her split from Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, who she dated briefly in 2009 when she was just 20 years old. Though the romance was short-lived, they did end up on a magazine cover or two after she spent Thanksgiving with Jake’s family, including his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, 43 (where she infamously left “the scarf”).

Taylor quite literally transported fans back to Autumn ’09 with her SNL set, which was decked out with orange leaves on the ground. The star seemingly threw some shade at the actor with a few lines where she moved her head to look right at the camera — particularly when singing, “and I was thinking on the drive down/Anytime now he’s going to say it’s love — he never called it what it was.”

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As for Blake, it appears she’ll also be lending her creative talents to Taylor’s latest release by making her directorial debut! The 1989 singer teased a new music video via Instagram on Sunday, Nov. 14, which was co-written by the gal pals. “SURPRISE! NEW MUSIC VIDEO TOMORROW at 10am ET…I finally got to work with the brilliant, brave, & wickedly funny @blakelively on her directorial debut. Join us as we raise a toast, and a little hell,” Taylor wrote over a video that showed a hand digging into a red velvet wedding cake.

Sophie Turner Wears An Open Vest With Lingerie Heading To Taylor Swift’s ‘SNL’ Party With Joe Jonas

Sophie Turner Wears An Open Vest With Lingerie Heading To Taylor Swift’s ‘SNL’ Party With Joe Jonas

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were among a large group of friends who attended ‘SNL’ to support friend Taylor Swift during her ‘All Too Well’ performance!

Sophie Turner, 25, rocked a 70s inspired look as she headed to the Saturday Night Live afterparty with husband Joe Jonas, 32. The Game of Thrones actress wore a bright yellow vest with lingerie and layered gold chain necklaces underneath. She paired the top with matching trousers for the evening out on Saturday, Nov. 13, looking straight off the runway. She held onto a black leather jacket that matched her leather cylinder shaped purse and platform pumps.

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Sophie held hand with her husband Joe, who was also rocking a throwback vibe with his brown striped outfit consisting of a cropped trouser and zip-down, collared bomber. The jacket featured a darker brown sleeve to create a neutral contrast, matching his scoop neck t-shirt. The Disney alum finished his look with high top white sneakers and an orange chain necklace, along with a camo printed face mask.

The couple also attended the taping of SNL, where friend Taylor Swift, 31, performed her newly released 10-minute version of “All Too Well” about her 2009 relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40. In the longer version of the song, Taylor reveals more about her ill-fated three-month romance, including that Jake blamed their 10 year age difference on the break-up — despite going on to date other younger women.

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Notably, Joe and Taylor also dated as teens in 2008 — which is how she met BFF Selena Gomez, 29. Several songs on Fearless are believed to be about Joe, who she later revealed broke-up with her in a 27 second phone call. “It’s all right. I’m cool…When I find that person that is right for me, he’ll be wonderful. When I look at that person, I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 27 seconds when I was 18,” she said to Ellen DeGeneres shortly after.

Years later, she called the bombshell moment one of the most “rebellious” things she’s done — but confirmed she and Joe are on good terms as adults. “[The most rebellious thing was] probably when I put Joe Jonas on blast on your show. That was too much. I was 18,” Taylor said to Ellen again in 2019. “We laugh about it now, but that was mouthy. Just some teenage stuff there,” the singer explained.

On Folkore, Taylor sings about sending an ex-boyfriend a baby gift — largely believed to be for Joe’s daughter Willa, 1. “For the boys who broke my heart / now I send their babies presents,” she crooned on “Invisible String.” Taylor has also been friendly with Sophie for some time, with the pair even appearing together as guests on The Graham Norton Show. “I like what we’re doing tonight!” Taylor said as she hugged Sophie on-set in May 2019.

Taylor Swift ‘Anxiously Awaiting’ Performing 10-Minute Version Of ‘All Too Well’ On ‘SNL’

Taylor Swift ‘Anxiously Awaiting’ Performing 10-Minute Version Of ‘All Too Well’ On ‘SNL’

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As fans gear-up for Taylor Swift’s 10-minute performance of ‘All Too Well’ on ‘SNL,’ a source tells HL EXCLUSIVELY that the star is more ‘nervous’ than ever!

Taylor Swift, 31, just recently dropped the Red (Taylor’s Version) re-release — and she’s all set for a Saturday Night Live performance on Nov. 13. The singer more-or-less confirmed she’d be singing the updated 10-minute version of break-uo song “All Too Well” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — and a source tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she’s “anxiously awaiting” the performance.

Taylor Swift is performing for the 5th time on ‘SNL’ on Nov. 13, 2021. (Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock)

“Taylor is anxiously awaiting tonight and might even get involved in a skit or two but her main focus is her performance of ‘All To Well’. It is such an important performance for her that she keeps telling people she hasn’t been this nervous in a long time, let alone ever,” they spilled to HL. Taylor’s upcoming appearance marks the seasoned performer’s fifth appearance on the iconic NBC series: she made her debut with “Love Story” back in 2009, and returned to host later that year. She took a lengthy break from the series afterwards, returning during the Reputation era in 2017, most recently performing in 2019 after the release of Lover.

“She is such an amazing performer, and everyone knows she will completely kill it. People at SNL are excited but also like seeing that she is nervous as it shows to them that it is going to add a vulnerability to the performance tonight,” the source added. “It will add such a unique experience to the show as what she does tonight will live forever. She is really putting a lot of emotions into it for tonight and she’s hoping her nervous energy will really make everything as awesome as it can possibly be.”

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“What if, it was not two songs as much as it was one song that is the length of three songs?”

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Taylor hinted that she’d be performing the new version of “All Too Well” to Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. “What if, it was not two songs as much as it was one song that is the length of three songs?” she teased, which quickly went viral on Twitter. The emotional track is about her break-up with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40: the pair briefly dated in 2009 when Taylor was just 20. Other tracks believed to be about the actor include “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Taylor Swift Crashes Pete Davidson’s ‘Three Sad Virgins’ Music Sketch On ‘SNL’

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Taylor Swift did more than just perform on ‘SNL’! The singer surprised fans with a hilarious appearance in a sketch on the Nov. 13 episode, hosted by Jonathan Majors.

Taylor Swift, 31, made an unexpected appearance in a Saturday Night Live sketch! The “Love Story” singer popped up in Pete Davidson‘s hilarious musical sketch dubbed “Three Sad Virgins” about three of his friends (who denied that they were virgins). “It’s not about you at all!” Pete assured his friends before going on to say they don’t have “any swag.”

Taylor Swift sings in the ‘Three Sad Virgins’ sketch. (NBC)

“I thought this would be a fun thing for all of us — if not, let’s just end it,” Pete said to his protesting friends — but had one condition: they get through the bridge of the song! Taylor then popped in non-chalantly. “Hey Pete,” she said, as the guys seemed more enthused. Calling one a “sad Ron Weasley” (as in, the Harry Potter character) who looks like “Big Bird who lost all his feathers,” Taylor slayed her LOL-worthy addition to the song.

She noted the next friend had “the sex appeal” of a “scarecrow,” then questioned how John “stayed up” with his “big fat melon” (in reference to his head). “Because they’re three sad virgins — what? Three sad virgins, ohhh,” she sung, touching one of their faces. “And they’re going to die alone,” she added, closing the sketch!

Taylor unexpectedly appeared during the Pete Davidson sketch on Nov. 13. (NBC)

Taylor and Pete seemed at ease on stage, which could have been awkward given her past tense history with his apparent latest fling, Kim Kardashian, 41. Taylor and Kim have been on the outs since 2016 over drama pertaining to a lyric in a Kanye West song where he suggested Taylor “might still have sex” with him.

This isn’t Tay’s first time acting on SNL: she pulled double duty as host and musical guest in conjunction with her album Fearless back in Nov. 2009. During her unforgettable opening monologue, she took a dig at her then recent ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner, 29. While strumming on a guitar, she sang, “if you’re wondering if I might/ Be dating the werewolf from ‘Twilight’/ I’m not gonna comment on that/ In my monologue.” She then mouthed, “Hi, Taylor” at the camera. Prior to the joke, she also shaded ex Joe Jonas, 31. “You might think I’d bring up Joe, that guy who broke up with me on the phone/ Hey, Joe, I’m doing real well, tonight I’m hosting SNL,” she said.

Taylor also has an impressive list of SNL performances on her resume, making her debut in Jan. 2009 when she sang “Love Story” and “Forever & Always.” She then appeared later the same year for her hosting gig, taking a break until 2017 when she returned to promote the Reputation album. Taylor last appeared in 2019 to serenade the audience with two Lover tracks: the R&B influenced “False God,” and title track “Lover,” about her romance with longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn, 30.

Yes, there will be music!
Jonathan Majors hosts with musical guest Taylor Swift THIS SATURDAY pic.twitter.com/HpgqNjeYtf

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Earlier this week, Taylor appeared alongside host Jonathan Majors for a hilarious promo that also included Aidy Bryant and Bowen Yang. Both SNL actors shared that they would be performing on the episode. “I’ll also be singing one song from a yet-to-be-released album,” Aidy declared, as a confused Jonathan questioned if she talked to any of the higher-ups. “Did you speak with the producers?” he responded. “I will also be doing a song from an album I haven’t even written yet,” Bowen chimed in as Taylor added, “I’ll also be doing music… if there’s time.”

Taylor Swift Delivers Emotion Filled 10-Minute Performance Of ‘All Too Well’ On ‘SNL’

Taylor Swift Delivers Emotion Filled 10-Minute Performance Of ‘All Too Well’ On ‘SNL’


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Fresh off the release of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, the singer performed the 10-minute long version of fan fave ‘All Too Well’ for the 1st time live.

Taylor Swift, 31, just made Saturday Night Live history! The singer performed her iconic break-up tune “All Too Well” at Studio 8H — but swapped out the classic fans grew up listening to with the much lengthier (and juicier) 10-minute version. The singer transported fans back to Fall 2009 with orange leaves fallen on the stage ground (reminiscent of the bundled up walk she took with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, while holding maple lattes).

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The performance began with Taylor blurred out behind a bright light, which dimmed just as she started the song. The lights then changed red mid-way through performance, reflective of both the album’s name and the feelings she had at the time. Towards the end, fake snow began to fall as she sang, “Sacred prayer/I was there, I was there — it was rare, you remember it.” Taylor’s vocals sounded better than ever as she detailed her past romance, seemingly shading Jake with one a look directly at the camera as she sang, “And I was thinking on the drive down/Anytime now he’s going to say it’s love — he never called it what it was.”

She pulled the camera glance again for the line, “You said if we had been closer in age/Maybe it would’ve been fine/That made me want to die.”

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Her “All Too Well” short film starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink also played in the background, amplifying the live performance.

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Taylor kept her ensemble simple with a black pair of skinny jeans and round neck bodysuit, adding a pop of color with her signature red lip and nail.

The performance comes hot off the highly anticipated drop of her release of her 2012 album Red (Taylor’s Version). Following the legal battle around her recordings (that also ignited a feud with manager Scooter Braun), Taylor confirmed in 2019 that she would be re-recording all of her original albums to finally own the works that she wrote — starting with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021. Red (Taylor’s Version) is an amped up version of the original, coming in at 30 tracks compared to the original 16.

“All Too Well” was never a single from the project — that also included hits “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “22”,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” — but grew to become a fan fave over the years. While Taylor has never confirmed who the track is about, all signs point to her short-lived three-month romance with the much older Jake Gyllenhaal, 40 (the two dated when Taylor was just 20). In the song, she states that their “age difference” was a reason for the split.

“You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would have been fine, and that made me want to die,” Taylor crooned, her 31-year-old voice matured but yet still filled with emotion. Shortly after, however, he rebounded with 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes, who was just 23 at the time (and just a year older than Taylor) — which the singer harshly shaded. “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age,” she added. Taylor also followed the epic track up with a short film starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink as a couple experiencing the ups-and-downs detailed in the track.

During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the star also revealed what she thinks about the subject of the song’s (i.e. Jake’s) feelings. “I wonder if there are people who might think that they were the one you were singing about, if it’s easier or far, far worse for them 10 years later,” Seth Meyers said, as Taylor replied, “I haven’t thought about their experience, to be honest.”

Taylor Lautner Engaged: ‘Twilight’ Star Proposes To GF Tay Dome — See Romantic Photos

Taylor Lautner Engaged: ‘Twilight’ Star Proposes To GF Tay Dome — See Romantic Photos

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Taylor Lautner proposed to his GF of three years! The actor declared that ‘all of his wishes came true’ in a sweet post sharing photos from the romantic moment!

Taylor Lautner is off the market! The 29-year-old actor popped the question to his girlfriend of three years, influencer and registered nurse Tay Dome, 24. “11.11.2021,” he began his caption, shared to Instagram on Saturday, Nov. 13. “And just like that, all of my wishes came true,” he added. The Twilight alum wore a dapper black suit as he got down on one knee in the photos, holding a ring in front of a surprised Tay.

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The YouTube star appeared emotional as she put her hands over her mouth, looking down at the ring. Tay was barefoot in a cheetah print dress as she kneeled down to embrace her fiancé in the stunning photos, which also captured Taylor’s impeccable decor! Rose petals were sprinkled across the fireplace lit room, accented with white candles in glass cases. A red light sign reading “Lautner” behind them — soon to be Tay’s new last name, as well.

Tay, who boasts over 100,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 10,000 on YouTube, also posted moments from the proposal for her followers. “my absolute best friend,” she penned, sharing just the photo of her kneeling down to embrace him. “I CANNOT WAIT TO SPEND FOREVER WITH YOU,” Tay also wrote in all caps, clearly emotional and excited about the life milestone.

Tay Dome confirms her engagement to Taylor Lautner. (Instagram/Tay Dome)

The couple were first romantically linked in Sept. 2018, following his split from ex Billie Lourd, after they attended a wedding ceremony together. Shortly after the spotting, they took their relationship Instagram official with a Halloween costume post (the spooky holiday has remained an important one for the duo, who share costume photos annually and also threw a joint Halloween party this year). The pair met through his younger sister Makena Lautner over three years ago, and have since traveled the world together!

Notably, this is Taylor’s second romantic partner of the same name: he also dated Taylor Swift, 31, from Aug. 2009 to Nov. 2009 after meeting on the set of film Valentine’s Day. He’s also been linked to Selena Gomez and Lily Collins.

Taylor Swift Channels Princess Diana’s ‘Revenge Dress’ On The Day Before ‘Red (TV)’ Release

Taylor Swift Channels Princess Diana’s ‘Revenge Dress’ On The Day Before ‘Red (TV)’ Release

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Just hours before she released the re-recorded version of her album, ‘Red,’ Taylor Swift taped a talk show appearance in a stunning black dress, which is very reminiscent of Princess Diana’s famous ‘revenge dress.’

Taylor Swift taped an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on the afternoon of Nov. 11, just hours before dropping Red (Taylor’s Version). The singer looked absolutely stunning for the talk show appearance, wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress with low-cut neckline and black heels. Her look was complete with dangling earrings, and her hair styled straight and with bangs, just like the Red era. Of course, she had her pop of red lipstick, as well!

Taylor Swift taping her Seth Meyers appearance. (Lloyd Bishop/NBC)

Fans went wild over the stunning photos of Taylor making a rare talk show appearance, and it didn’t take long for Swifties to figure out why Tay’s outfit looked kind of familiar. The look is quite similar to the famous Princess Diana “revenge dress,” which the late royal wore in 1994. Diana’s version had short sleeves, compared to the long ones on Taylor’s version, but overall, the looks were quite similar.

Princess Diana in her ‘revenge dress’. (Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock)

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Diana wore the little black dress on the very same night that Prince Charles publicly confessed to cheating on her, which is how it got dubbed the “revenge dress.” Fans have pointed out that Taylor’s re-release of Red is her very own version of revenge against Scooter Braun, as well as her former record label, Big Machine Records. Taylor first recorded Red in 2012. It was one of six albums that she released under Big Machine before leaving the label in 2018.

Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine arose from label head, Scott Borchetta’s, decision to not allow her to purchase the rights to her masters from the label. Instead of being able to outright by the masters, Taylor would have had to record one new album on Big Machine for every previous album that she wanted to earn back, which would’ve meant six more records. Instead, she decided to give up the rights to her masters and join a new label. However, just months later, she found out that Scott decided to sell the masters to Scooter Braun, who Taylor had had various issues with in the past.

Obviously, the singer was completely betrayed by the decision, and when her contract allowed it, she began re-recording the music she released under Big Machine. She dropped the first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021. Red (Taylor’s Version) drops on Nov. 12, and features a handful of never-before-heard songs that didn’t make the original record, in addition to all of the tracks that were recorded the first time around.

Taylor Swift’s Cats: Everything To Know About Her 3 Furry Best Friends

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Taylor Swift is a cat parent to Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button. Learn about her furry besties.

Taylor Swift’s love of cats is no folklore. The 31-year-old singer’s cat lover status is evident to anyone who follows her on social media. The Grammy winner is a cat mom to three furry companions: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button, all named after fictional characters in TV and film.

The singer’s love of cats even extended into her role in the 2019 film Cats, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical of the same name. While at the film’s New York premiere, Taylor called her cats “little lazy bears” while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “My cats are beautifully round and fuzzy and they look like little lazy bears. They’re always taking naps.”

Learn more about her lazy little bears below.

Meredith Grey

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Meredith Grey, named after Ellen Pompeo’s character in Grey’s Anatomy, is a Scottish Fold that Taylor got in 2011. The “Cardigan” singer has previously described Meredith as a “private” cat. In April, Taylor shared a video message on Twitter after fans grew concerned about the whereabouts of Meredith after she stopped making an appearance on her social feeds. “The truth is, Meredith just hates having her picture taken,” she explained as a montage of grumpy Meredith played. “That’s the explanation,” she continued. “She’s just a really private little cat. She likes her business kept to herself. She doesn’t like a camera shoved in her face, and who can blame her?” That hasn’t stopped her from getting her close up, though. Meredith made a cameo in Taylor’s music video for “ME!” with Brendon Urie alongside her siblings Olivia and Benjamin.

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Olivia Benson, named after Mariska Hargitay’s character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is also a Scottish Fold that Taylor got in 2014. Olivia is a star in her own right, as she has starred in Taylor’s 2014 Diet Coke commercial and her “Blank Space” music video. (She also appeared in the “ME!” music video.) And, yes, cat Olivia Benson has met her namesake. In 2015, Taylor shared footage from backstage of one of her shows of Olivia meeting Mariska, who was in attendance. Both of her cats’ namesakes also appeared in her music video for “Bad Blood” that year: both Mariska and Ellen (Meredith Grey) made cameos in the star-studded video.

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Benjamin Button, named after Brad Pitt’s character in the film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, is, unlike the singer’s last two cats, a Ragdoll cat. Taylor adopted him in 2019 after she met him on set of her “ME!” music video, which featured a number of cats along with Meredith and Olivia. During an Instagram Live that year with Brendon following the release of the music video, Taylor recounted how she brought the little guy home. “He was just a cute kitten who didn’t have a home,” she said, explaining that he was part of a program to “get cute kittens adopted by putting them in commercials and stuff.” When a handler handled her Benjamin, she “fell in love,” explaining, “He literally looked at me like, ‘Adopt me please.’ And I was like, ‘OK I’m going to do that.’ He’s just the best boy. He’s the best little guy.”

Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well (10 Min.)’ Reveals Jake Gyllenhaal Blamed Breakup On Age Difference

Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well (10 Min.)’ Reveals Jake Gyllenhaal Blamed Breakup On Age Difference

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The ten minute version of ‘All Too Well’ paints a fuller picture of Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakup from the singer’s point of view, and she points out their 11-year age difference in the heartbreaking lyrics.

It’s no secret that Taylor Swift’s fan-favorite song from Red, “All Too Well,” is about her breakup from Jake Gyllenhaal, and on Red (Taylor’s Version), she shared the full, original version of the song for the very first time. The song, which fans have been begging for Taylor to share for years, is more than 10 minutes long. In some of the new lyrics, Taylor details more about what happened when she and Jake broke up (the two dated for a few months in 2010 and were 10 years apart in age).

“You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would have been fine, and that made me want to die,” Taylor sings in the new All Too Well, revealing that Jake blamed the large age gap on the relationship’s demise. She also threw some shade at the actor for continuing to date younger women after their breakup, singing in another lyric, “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.”

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Plus, Taylor hinted that she and Jake secretly got back together after their breakup, only to realize that it was never meant to be. “And there we are again, when nobody had to know, you kept me like a secret, but I kept you like an oath,” she sings. “Sacred prayer and we’d swear to remember it all too well.”

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Of course, the song also features the original lyrics that fans have come to know and love, but there’s also more than four minutes of additional track. “Taylor’s Version” also references the story told on another song from Red, “The Moment I Knew,” where Jake disappointed her by skipping her 21st birthday party. “You, who charmed my dad with self-effacing jokes, sipping coffee like you were on a late night night show,” Taylor writes. “But then he watched me watch the front door, all night, willing you to come, and he said, ‘It’s supposed to be fun, turning 21.’”

Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal dated for a few months in 2010. (Stewart Cook/AFF-USA/Shutterstock)

Red is the second album that Taylor re-recorded and publicly released. Earlier this year, she dropped the new version of Fearless, which contained six new songs that had never been heard before. We’ve also gotten to hear Taylor’s Version of the song “Wildest Dreams”, which is from 1989. However, Taylor has not confirmed when the full re-recorded version of 1989 will be released.

In addition to these three albums, Taylor will also be re-recording the three other albums that she no longer owns the masters to: Speak Now, Taylor Swift and Reputation. Her three most recent albums — Lover, Folklore and Evermore — were all recorded under her new record label and are already owned by Taylor. See a full breakdown of why Taylor is re-recording her first six albums here.

Adele Is ‘Ready To Go’ On Tour After New Album Drops: ‘As Soon As Possible’

Adele Is ‘Ready To Go’ On Tour After New Album Drops: ‘As Soon As Possible’


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Get excited Adele fans, because the singer said she’s ready to kickstart her tour to promote all the emotional tunes from her coming album, ’30.’

Adele has a new album, 30, coming out on November 19, which should mean a world tour will come afterwards— right? Well in the era of COVID, things are a bit more complicated these day when it comes to live performances. But in the latest “73 Questions” video interview for Vogue, the 33-year-old singer confirmed that she’ “ready” to get back on tour — so long as fans stay focused on following health and safety protocols.

“As soon as possible. I’m ready to go,” Adele said in the interview, which was released on Thursday, October 21 and can be seen below. “Really…It’s just up to COVID,” the superstar added. “So just keep on wearing your masks and don’t be spreading that Delta and who knows?”

Adele’s last tour was “Adele Live 2016,” which began on February 29, 2016. The Grammy winner performed for millions at locations in Ireland, Western Europe, North American, and more. The tour was scheduled to end on July 2, 2017, but she had to cancel the final two shows due to vocal injuries. The full tour was in support of her album 25, which included hit singles like “Hello,” “When We Were Young,” and “Water Under the Bridge.”

Adele took a years-long reprieve from music after the 25 tour. But now she’s back, and 30 is coming in just a few weeks! The new album is inspired by her 2019 divorce from Simon Konecki. It’s lead single is the emotional ballad “Easy On Me,” which Adele released to her eager fans on October 14. The new song actually comes full circle to songs’ past, beginning the same way that the“Hello” music video began and seemingly featuring the same home.

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Fans had been anxiously waiting for new music from Adele for years, and in 2021, Internet rumors surfaced that claimed the album would be coming before the end of the year. Interestingly, Taylor Swift announced in September that she’d be pushing up the release of her next project, Red (Taylor’s Version), from Nov. 19 to Nov. 12. This led to speculation that Taylor was paving the way for Adele to have a Nov. 19 album release, but that theory has not been confirmed.

Now, the highly-anticipated album is coming November 19. And fingers crossed, an amazing tour will follow!

Paul McCartney’s Kids: Everything To Know About His 5 Children

Paul McCartney’s Kids: Everything To Know About His 5 Children

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Sir Paul McCartney is the father of five children — including iconic fashion designer Stella! Learn more about his brood here.

Sir Paul McCartney, 79, will forever be one of the biggest rockstars on the planet — but one title comes first for The Beatles’ star: dad. Paul is the father of five children, including four with his late wife Linda McCartney.

Paul McCartney is seen with two of his daughters, Mary, left, and Stella, right. He shares both with late wife Linda. (Richard Young/Shutterstock)

Paul married the American photographer and animal rights activist in 1969, and they went on to welcome daughters Mary McCartney, 52, Stella McCartney, 50, and son James McCartney, 44. Paul also adopted Linda’s daughter Heather McCartney, 58, from her relationship with ethnographer Joseph Melville See. The British-born singer and Tucson, Arizona native remained wed until her death in 1998 after a battle with breast cancer. She was 56 years old.

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The GRAMMY winner later revealed he “cried for about a year, on and off” as he grieved Linda. “You expect to see them walk in, this person you love, because you are so used to them,” he said to the BBC in 2019 at the opening of an exhibit. “I cried a lot. It was almost embarrassing except it seemed the only thing to do,” he added, sharing his mother Mary McCartney also died of the same disease when he was just 14.

Paul re-married after meeting Heather Mills, 53, in 2002. The former model gave birth to their only child Beatrice McCartney, now 17, in Oct. 2003. Sadly, Paul and Heather split in 2008 after a six-year union.

Learn more about Paul’s five kids by scrolling below.

Heather McCartney

Heather was born on December 31, 1962 to Linda and her first husband Joseph Melville See in in Tucson, Arizona. Linda and Joseph separated when Heather was just 18 months old, and she was later adopted by Paul at the age of 6 (Paul and Joseph’s divorce was finalized in 1965).

As a youngster, Heather made a memorable appearance in The Beatles film Let It Be.

Like her parents, Heather has always had a creative flair for the arts: she studied printing at the Photographers’ Workshop in Covent Garden, later winning the Young Black and White Printer of the Year Award. After high school, she studied pottery and design — eventually working as a professional potter.

Her passion for creating home items lead to her own namesake Heather McCartney Houseware Collection in 1999, inspired by time she spent in Mexico and abroad. Around the same time, she also moved to Arizona to live with her biological father, who died in 1999.

“The first time I went down [to Mexico], I had $200 in my pocket. My mum and dad didn’t say, ‘You’re being taken care of here’. They allowed me to experience it for myself, and that was very important to me,” she explained.

“I spent time with people who weren’t interested in money. They didn’t want the latest washing machine or television. They had nothing, but they were happy. They just wanted to be left alone and allowed me to be – and I could relate to that.”

The experience likely inspired the later years of her life, in which she’s chosen to live as a private citizen on Paul’s Waterfall estate in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. Heather never married, and has no children. She also has no public social media profiles.

Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney entered the world on August 28, 1969. As Paul’s first-born child, she received plenty of attention when she came along — even appearing on the cover of her dads’ McCartney album under his coat (photographed by Linda, naturally).

Mary McCartney followed in her mother’s footsteps as a professional photographer. (Richard Young/Shutterstock)

Like her talented mother, Mary also pursued a career as a professional photographer.

The brunette married her first husband, television producer Alistair Donald, in 1998 after a three year courtship. The exes welcomed their son Arthur Donald on April 3, 1999, making Paul a grandfather for the very first time. She and Alistair had their second child, son Elliot Donald, on Aug. 1, 2002.

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After a seven year marriage, Mary and Alistair confirmed their separation — officially divorcing in 2007. She later reflected on the difficult period, which was plagued by her mother’s death nearly a decade earlier. “I lost my mother, got married, had a baby. I think of it as a shame not to have stayed married … Relationships are the most intriguing thing to get right,” she said in 2019 to The Sunday Times.

Mary was pregnant with her third son the following year, this time with boyfriend Simon Aboud. She gave birth to Sam Aboud on Aug. 11, 2008. In 2010, Mary and Simon legally married — welcoming another son Sid on Sept. 3, 2011.

As a photographer, Mary has had a number of career highs — including being chosen to take portraits of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie in 2000 with their fourth child Leo. She also produced a documentary called Wingspan about her father’s career after The Beatles and band he created with Linda.

Mary is an activist and proud vegetarian, co-founding organization Meat Free Monday. She has published two cookbooks, Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking and At My Table: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends.

Stella McCartney 

Stella is perhaps the most famous in the brood thanks to her successful design career. She was born on September 13, 1971, and named for her maternal great-grandmothers who were both named Stella. Her birth was not an easy one, as Linda had to undergo an emergency C-section to bring her third child safely into the world (Paul has previously said he prayed that she be born “on the wings of an angel” — later inspiring the name of his band Wings).

Stella McCartney has gone on to become a famous fashion designer. (Zed Jameson/SIPA/Shutterstock)

Like her siblings, she attended local schools in East Sussex — including Bexhill Collage. As a young teen, Stella developed an early interest in garments and clothing — designing her first-ever jacket at 13.

While still in high school, she cut her teeth with an internship at Christian LaCroix, as well as working with her father’s Savile Row tailor. Stella then studied fashion at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, as well as at the Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins.

At her graduation show in 1995, several of her dad’s famous pals appeared in a runway show modeling her collection — including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. She proved herself to the industry after taking the helms of Chloe as creative director, reviving the brand until she left the post in 2001 to launch her own namesake label.

“There have definitely been moments when I’ve been ridiculed or not taken seriously,” she shared in an interview with MailOnline, reflecting on the challenges of her last name and association with her father. “I’ve even had people on my payroll who have doubted whether or not I can succeed. That does make you think: ‘Hang on a moment, I’m employing you, yet you don’t believe in the longevity of my business?’” she confessed.

The brand continues today with several retail locations, and has expanded to include collaborations with Adidas and artists like Taylor Swift. In 2013, she was also appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) her her contributions to British fashion.

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In her personal life, Stella is married to publisher Alasdhair Willis, who she wed in Aug. 2003. The couple have four kids, including: son Miller Alasdhair James Willis, born 2005, daughter Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis, born in 2006, son Beckett Robert Lee Willis, born 2008, and daughter Reiley Dilys Stella Willis, born 2010.

Like her family members, Stella is an activist for animal rights and uses no animal products (including leather and fur) in her collections. She also oversees her own foundation Stella McCartney Cares, which is dedicated to those with breast cancer.

The charity is close to her heart given her mothers’ cause of death. “Losing my mum. That was a punch-me moment,’” she said when she launched the organization, reflecting on her own path as a mother. “I feel like a different person since my mum passed away, like I’m driving a ship with my husband alongside me and we’re leading these four children into unknown waters,” she said.

James McCartney

James Louis McCartney was born on September 12, 1977. He was named after his paternal grandfather Jim McCartney (Paul’s full name is actually James Paul McCartney, so it is also a tribute to the Beatles star).

James McCartney is the only son of Beatles singer Paul McCartney. (Mediapunch/Shutterstock)

Like his dad, James has pursued a career in the music industry — getting a taste of life on the road when his parents toured as band Wings. While studying at the Thomas Peacocke Community College, he became curious about guitars.

James has collaborated with his father, appearing on Paul’s solo albums Flaming Pie and Driving Rain where he co-wrote tracks, as well as played both guitar and drums. He has also leant his skills to mom Linda, playing lead guitar on her posthumously released Wide Prairie.

“Music has been important to me my whole life,” James said to the Daily Herald in April 2017. “I love performing live, and it’s great fun. It can be nerve-wracking sometimes, mostly because I get so pumped up for it! Ultimately, though, when you look out at the audience and see them connecting with the music you’ve written, it’s all worth it. An amazing and beautiful experience.”

In the early 2000s, James pursued his post secondary education in Brighton and supported himself by working at a restaurant — later hitting the road with his dad for a 2005 tour. By 2008. James was making his own solo music, releasing album Available Light in 2010.

“The music was inspired by The Beatles, Nirvana, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Radiohead—and all good music. It is basically rock n’ roll, clean sounding and vocal. The words on the album refer to spirituality, love, family, trying to sort out one’s life, and many other things,” he said of the personal project. He followed the LP up with 2013’s Me and 2016’s The Blackberry Train.

James is not married, and does not have any children. Like his sisters and father, he is also vegetarian and an animal rights activist.

Beatrice McCartney

Paul and second wife Heather Mills have just one daughter: teenager Beatrice, who was born on October 28, 2003, after Heather experienced miscarriages and fertility struggles.

Paul McCartney and his second wife Heather Mills. (Paul Gillis/Shutterstock)

The singer was 61 when Beatrice came along, and he credits his youngest for making him fall in love with being a parent even more. “I love being a dad,” he told the The Telegraph in Jan. 2009. “My typical morning these days would be to get up at 6:30 a.m., make breakfast, get Beatrice up, get her dressed and watch some TV,” he explained.

Beatrice McCartney is the only child of Paul and his ex-wife Heather Mills. Here she’s seen as a youngster. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Shutterstock)

“I love every second of it and I’m not exhausted at all,” he went on. “People say, I’m up at 6:30 a.m., what is going on? But I genuinely love it. It’s a thrill bringing up a young kid. It’s such an education. I’m a different dad now, but it’s good.”

The teen is still in high school, but has expressed interest in music — even learning earned how to play the saxophone.

Notably, Paul married for the third time in 2011 when he tied the knot with Nancy Shevell, 61 — but the couple share no children.

Shawn Mendes Says He & Justin Bieber ‘Never Talked About’ His Met Gala Date With Hailey Baldwin

Shawn Mendes Says He & Justin Bieber ‘Never Talked About’ His Met Gala Date With Hailey Baldwin

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While hooked up to a lie detector for a ‘Vanity Fair’ segment, Shawn Mendes dished on Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, among other amusing topics.

Shawn Mendes was put on the hot seat for Vanity Fair’s infamous lie detector test on Monday. The Canadian singer, 23, nervously laughed through a series of questions while hooked up to a lie detector, dishing about girlfriend Camila Cabello, his pal Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and, more notably, his idol Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin, whom he infamously attended the Met Gala with in 2018.

“When you met Justin Bieber, did the Met Gala get brought up?” the interviewer asked, placing a photo of Shawn and Hailey at the gala on the table. “When we met? No,” Shawn replied. “Never talked about that.” The question came after Shawn answered other questions about his “Monster” collaborator, including whether he was nervous meeting the pop star since he has credited him as one of the main reasons he got into singing.

“Definitely,” Shawn responded, adding that he “probably had some face twitching” going on due to how nervous he was to meet Justin. “Did you say anything weird to him?” the interviewer asked, to which he replied, “Probably.” For context, Shawn and Hailey briefly dated between 2017 and early 2018 prior to the model’s nuptials to Justin in late 2018. As for Shawn, he has been dating Camila since 2019.

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Elsewhere in the segment, Shawn said he had initially been “friend zoned” by girlfriend Camila. He also dished on whether he approved of friend and former tourmate Taylor’s boyfriend Joe. “I’ve never personally met Joe, but he looks like a sweet guy,” Shawn said. When the man monitoring the test said the singer was lying, Shawn admitted, “I mean he’s kinda got a little bit of a villain look about him. I mean, he looks like a nice guy . . . but he at any [moment] could turn into a villain, you know?”

The singer added that the British actor has “really blue eyes” and he finds it easier to “trust brown eyes.” The hilarious segment comes after the “Wonder” singer announced his upcoming tour, “Wonder: The World Tour,” pegged to his fourth studio album of the same name, on Instagram on Monday. “Announcing later this week!” he wrote of the dates. “Can’t wait to get out there and see you all again guys.” It’s unclear who will join him as opening act, but they probably won’t have blue eyes.

Beyoncé Rocks Flared Jeans In Sweet New PDA Photos With Husband Jay-Z

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Hello from the Carters! Beyoncé stuns in stylish flared jeans in new smiley photos with husband Jay-Z.

Good evening from the Carters. Beyoncé shared sweet new snapshots with Jay-Z on Instagram. The “Mood 4 Eva” singer, 40, and her rapper husband, real name Shawn Carter, 51, are all smiles as they wrap one hand around each other in the photos shared on Wednesday, Sept. 8 that appear to have been taken on a boat.

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The Grammy winner looked stylish as per usual, rocking dark flared denim jeans and a blouse with feather detailing along the arms. She finished the look with her signature white-framed sunglasses, a fun cocktail-shaped purse, and a bold red lip. Meanwhile, Jay-Z opted for a patterned silk top and black pants, completing the look with white sneakers.

The new snapshots come after Beyoncé celebrated her 40th birthday last week on September 4. The homages were aplenty. Lizzo, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, and First Lady Jill Biden were among the many public figures who paid tribute to the pop star on her big day. Harper’s Bazaar put together a star-studded birthday tribute for the singer, who recently graced the cover of the magazine’s September 2021 issue.

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The stars reflected on her impact in the clip. “You’ve given me and so many others permission to be free to embrace all that we are,” Laverne Cox said. “You’ve given us a blueprint for excellence.” Elsewhere, Taylor credited Bey for paving “the road that every female artist is walking down now.” Perhaps the greatest tribute came courtesy of her mom Tina Knowles, who shared an incredible throwback clip of her daughter detailing her future dreams before the age of 40 — all of which she eventually accomplished.

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“You reached every one of your goals and then some. You deserve it baby, and every other blessing that God has bestowed upon you,” Tina wrote on Instagram, adding, “Even with all of your success you have managed to still be an amazing humble, caring human being! You are loved by so many!” She referenced her daughter’s marriage to Jay-Z and their three children Blue Ivy, 9, Rumi, 4, and Sir, 4, and added, “I look at you and see true Happiness [with] an amazing man that loves you and children that adore you.”

Adele Dances To Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ In Low Cut Bronze Gown At Savannah James’ 35th Birthday — Photos

Adele Dances To Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ In Low Cut Bronze Gown At Savannah James’ 35th Birthday — Photos

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Adele was spotted jamming and letting loose at a birthday party for LeBron James’ wife Savannah in West Hollywood on Aug. 27! She attended the bash with boyfriend Rich Paul.

Adele, 33, looked sensational at a surprise 35th birthday party for Savannah James! The British born singer opted for a plunging bronze gown for the West Hollywood bash, which was thrown by Savannah’s husband LeBron James, 36, on Friday. Aug. 27. In a brief video filmed inside the venue, Adele — née Adele Laurie Blue Adkins — appeared to be having the time of her life as she danced and rapped along to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s hit “WAP.”


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She was seated on what appeared to be a stage with a dancer, clad in a lavender sequin bodysuit with feather details, behind her. The dancer appeared to be rocking some moves on a stripper pole as Adele threw her hands out to the beat, flipping her loosely curled hair in the process. A better view of her stunning gown could be seen outside of the venue as she headed to a vehicle, hanging onto her gold heeled sandals. At one point, she also held up a small metallic clutch to her face to seemingly avoid being photographed in the images published by TMZ. Her boyfriend Rich Paul, 39, could be spotted behind her in a slightly open black blouse, pants and a diamond chain necklace.

In a longer clip, Savannah was also seen jamming out to “WAP” as well as “Act Up” by City Girls in an ultra-spicy black dress that featured a high slit. Later in the evening, guests were treated to a live performance by R&B star Giveon, 26. And not to be outdone, LeBron paid his leading lady a special tribute with an epic cake as he sang her “Happy Birthday” on a microphone.

GIVĒON performing “Still Your Best” and “Like I Want You” at Savannah James’ birthday party last night 🎉 pic.twitter.com/wbMzEPmyLs

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Adele has been spending some time with both LeBron and Savannah in recent months due to her romance with Rich, who happens to be LeBron’s manager. Adele and Rich stepped out with LeBron and Savannah, as well as Russell Westbrook, 32, and his wife Nina Earl, 32, at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica for a triple date night on July 30. The casually dressed group were snapped heading into the popular restaurant, which is renowned for being one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles (as well as a favorite of Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Chrissy Teigen). Adele and Rich first sparked romantic rumors after she was spotted at NBA Game 5 Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns in Arizona on July 17 — and the two have been seemingly inseparable since!

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The Gosselin Kids: See Jon & Kate’s Sextuplets & Twins All Grown Up: Photos

The Gosselin Kids: See Jon & Kate’s Sextuplets & Twins All Grown Up: Photos


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Learn more about all the kids from ‘John & Kate Plus 8,’ four years after the show ended!

Jon, 44, and Kate Gosselin, 46, rose to national fame due to their large family, which consists of a set of twins and a group of sextuplets. Their many kids even earned them an extremely popular reality series, Jon & Kate Plus 8 in 2007. While the family grew in notoriety, Kate and Jon’s marriage unfortunately didn’t work out. The pair divorced in 2009, and the show’s title was shortened to Kate Plus 8. Jon still has custody of two of the sextuplets Hannah and Collin, but the father has been estranged from the other six children for a few years now. Ahead of Father’s Day 2020, Jon told HollywoodLife that he still “hold[s] on to hope” that he can someday reunite with his six other kids.

After 11 seasons, Kate Plus 8 finished in 2017. In the years since the show ended, the Gosselin children have grown up quite a bit! The twins are now 20, and the sextuplets are all 17. They’re all certainly much older than when they were first introduced on Jon & Kate Plus 8 back in 2007. Keep reading to find out more about the Gosselin children, and where they are now!

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One of the two older Gosselin siblings, Mady is a college student now! It appears that she’s a student at Syracuse University, as she’s posted a few photos on Instagram of herself sporting one of the college’s sweatshirts. Mady is also incredibly active on social media, sharing clips and glimpses into her family life on TikTok. She has posted humorous videos of hilarious texts she’s received from her siblings, plus clips showing her love for Taylor Swift. Mady’s Instagram bio identifies her as someone “who reads lots of books and knows lots of Taylor Swift lyrics.”

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Like her sister, Cara is also a college student! She’s a sophomore at New York’s Fordham University, where she’s a member of the rowing team. She’s a double major in interdisciplinary math and economics, according to her student athlete page. Throughout high school, she played varsity lacrosse and field hockey. Her bio also only lists her mom and doesn’t mention her dad.

Aaden Jonathan

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While the twins are at college, four of the six sextuplets still live with their mom, who seems like she’s incredibly close with all of them. When Aaden got his braces off in July 2020, Kate celebrated by making her son a cake, decorated with candy to look like him (now braces-free). She also posted a photo of Aaden wearing a Nike t-shirt and holding up the cake. “Braces are a thing of the past in this house,” she wrote in the caption.

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Like her siblings, Leah is also 17. While Kate has mostly kept a low-profile on social media since July 2020, she did wish all of her kids a happy sixteenth birthday back in May 2020. She posted a photo Hershey’s Kisses Cereal and wrote a sweet message to the sextuplets. “Happy 16th Birthday to my half a dozen ‘Hershey Kisses’, as they were called at birth,” she wrote. ” I love you so much! You’re 6 of the sweetest things to happen to my life!”

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Kate posted a photo of the four sextuplets she has custody of and the twins back in October 2019, when they had a day of family fun on go karts. Leah, Aaden, Alexis, and Joel were all 15 in the photo. Despite not even being old enough to get a driver’s license, Joel showed that he may be something of a natural driver. Kate wrote that he won the races for the day in her Instagram caption.

Alexis Faith

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Just like Leah, Aaden and Joel, Alexis is also 17 and lives with her mom! While four of the sextuplets don’t stay in touch with their dad, Jon has publicly sent his well-wishes to his kids on the same birthday that their mom wrote the “Hershey Kisses” birthday message. In a May 2020 post, Jon extended his well-wishes to his estranged children. “I miss you Leah, Joel, Alexis, and Aaden. I hope your 16th birthday is just as memorable,” he wrote in the Instagram post.

Collin Thomas
Jon and Collin walking in New York in 2019. (SplashNews)

Collin is one of two children that lives with their dad.  Collin and his sister Hannah started 11th grade in August 2021, and their dad wished both the siblings luck on their first day. He posted a photo of the brother and sister in front of matching cars before their first day of school. Jon mentioned that his son was doing landscaping work over the summer in a June interview with HollywoodLife. After Collin got his license, Jon joked about how his son drives fast, calling him “Mr. Nascar going into pit row.”

Hannah Joy

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Like Collin, Hannah also lives with her dad. She got her driver’s license before her brother, and Jon told HollywoodLife that she’s a good student, calling her “straight-A Hannah.” In May, a source close to Jon told HL that he threw Collin and Hannah a huge birthday bash, with sparkler candles on their cake and got them fresh clothes and jewelry. Hannah and Collin also do keep in touch with their siblings and text each other occasionally, according to a source close to the family.

Olivia Rodrigo Rocks Plaid Mini Skirt & Leads Ballet On Top Of Cars In ‘Brutal’ Music Video — Watch

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Olivia Rodrigo dropped the dynamic music video to her punk-rock track ‘Brutal,’ which explores just how brutal (pun intended) teenage years can be.

Olivia Rodrigo is continuing to deliver top-notch content in 2021. The 18-year-old superstar has already owned this year thanks to her critically acclaimed debut album Sour, which includes the record-breaking singles “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” But Olivia isn’t done yet, because on Aug. 23 she dropped the music video to “Brutal,” the first track on Sour. The 3-minute long video, which can be seen above, features Olivia fashioning a number of punk-rock outfits as an angsty teenager who has grown frustrated with her high school experience.

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“Brutal” is the fifth single that Olivia released from her Sour album. In the video, Olivia yearns for life beyond high school and airs out her anger while donning a few rebellious outfits, including a plaid mini skirt that she rocks while standing on top of a car with a group of girls performing ballet behind her. She sings: “And I’m so sick of 17/ where’s my f***in’ teenage dream/ if someone tells me one more time/ enjoy your youth I’m gonna cry.”

Olivia shared the “Brutal” music video via Instagram alongside a celebratory caption about its release. “Brutal music video is out now! had the best time ever making this. so so so grateful for @petrafcollins who constantly inspires me and who directed this video so incredibly.” she wrote.
“hope u guys love the vid and all my teen angst lol.” Petra Collins, who directed the video, commented on Olivia’s post, “Love you!!!!!!”

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Since “Driver’s License” came out in January, Olivia has become one of music’s biggest stars. Her debut album, which also includes the hit single “Traitor,” has been widely celebrated by fans and fellow celebs like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Olivia has been grateful for the success, and she’s opened up about how much her music has changed her life for the better. “I’m just constantly learning and growing at such a rapid rate,” she told PEOPLE in June. “I’m writing songs and I’m really happy.”

“I’m a lot happier than I was when I wrote that record, which is great,” the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star added. “I’m a lot more confident, which I think is a good aspect of growing up. We’ll see what the next era brings, but I’m excited to start working on it,” she added.

Taylor Lautner Shares Rare PDA Photos With GF Tay Dome: See ‘Twilight’ Star Looking Super In Love

Taylor Lautner Shares Rare PDA Photos With GF Tay Dome: See ‘Twilight’ Star Looking Super In Love

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Taylor Lautner is so in love! The ‘Twilight’ heartthrob cozied up to girlfriend Tay Dome in new rare snapshots of the happy couple.

Taylor Lautner, 29, looked happier than ever in adorable new photos with his girlfriend, Tay Dome. On Friday (Aug. 6), Taylor uploaded two snapshots to Instagram that featured the actor and Tay packing on the PDA while standing on a deck overlooking the beach and ocean. In the first photo, Taylor lightly kissed Tay’s head as she placed her hand on the Twilight heartthrob’s stomach. The second photo featured Tay pressing her face against Taylor’s as he wrapped his arm around the registered nurse’s back.

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Taylor captioned the PDA-filled post, “Hashtag blessssed #whysheholdingmybellylikethat.” For the scenic outing, Taylor dressed in a plain gray shirt, black jeans and a black hat. Meanwhile, Tay wore a flannel shirt over a black shirt. She finished off her look with black jeans and white heels.

The couple rarely post each other on social media, and so this new Taylor-Tay romantic outing caught the attention of fans and celebs alike. In response to Taylor’s humorous hashtag regarding Tay’s hand placement, entertainment journalist Jason Kennedy commented, “Cuz she feelin the abbys.” Teen Wolf alum Caitlin Dechelle also gushed over the couple and said they were the “cutest” in a comment complete with a heart emoji.

Taylor Lautner & Tay Dome out and about in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on June 22, 2020 (Photo: Ability Films/BACKGRID)

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Taylor and Tay have been dating since 2018. The Scream Queens actor made the relationship “Instagram official” in October of that year with a photo that featured Taylor affectionately kissing his love on the cheek. The pair were dressed in matching Halloween costumes as members of the Tune Squad from the movie Space Jam for the monumental post.

As fans may recall, Taylor previously dated actress Billie Lourd from December 2016 to July 2017. The two had met on the set of Scream Queens. Upon news of their split, a source told PEOPLE that the stars were “still friendly.” Taylor also briefly dated Taylor Swift in 2009.

Adam Sandler’s Kids: Everything To Know About The Comedy Icon’s Family

Adam Sandler’s Kids: Everything To Know About The Comedy Icon’s Family


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For more than three decades, Adam Sandler has made people laugh – but his daughters, Sadie and Sunny Sadler, are what brings a smile to this comedy legend’s face.

Though many of Adam Sandler’s greatest movies have seen the former Saturday Night Live star act as a giant man-boy – Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Mr. Deeds, the Grown-Ups series, The Water Boy, That’s My Boy, etc. – the comedian and surprisingly talented dramatic actor is a responsible father of two. Adam and his wife, Jackie Sandler, have been married since 2003, and in that time, they’ve welcomed two daughters into the world: Sadie and Sunny Sadler.

As if it was taken from a Hollywood rom-com, Adam is a father because of his film, Big Daddy. He and Jackie met on the set of the 1999 comedy and hit it off immediately. Four years after that first encounter, the two tied the knot at Dick Clark’s oceanfront Malibu home. A few years after saying “I Do,” Adam became a big daddy in real life. Since then, the Sandlers have kept their kids out of the spotlight – sorta. Here’s why you might also recognize them.

Jackie and Adam Sadler, with daughters Sunny and Sadie attend the Thirst Project’s 10th Annual Thirst Gala in 2019 (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)
Sadie Madison Sandler

Sadie Sandler is the oldest of Adam and Jackie’s daughters. Sadie was born on May 6, 2006. “You know what was funny?” Adam told Access in 2006, shortly after he became a dad. “When my kid was born, I was so nervous. I didn’t know what I felt. Five minutes later, maybe 10 minutes later, it was me and the kid and a nurse. We walked down alone to just check the vital signs and all that stuff, and I had a chemical reaction in my body, where I loved the kid so much, and I was so nervous for her, and that’s when I lost my mind for the kid.” Adam also said that he was doing his best to help out Jackie during the first few weeks of parenthood.

Adam Sandler and Sadie Madison Sandler, out and about in Los Angeles in 2016 (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

“My kids give me the most joy,” he told HuffPost in 2014, “but there are life adjustments. I don’t go out to meet anyone after 9:30 at night. I eat dinner at 6 or 7. If someone makes me stay out until 10:30 at night, I’m angry the entire next day because I’m exhausted.” Whatever Hollywood lifestyle Adam had, it went out the door in 2006 — and hasn’t come back.

In 2019, Adam appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed he started to feel anxiety that Sadie, 12-years-old at the time, was starting to date. “You know, I drive around with [her and] her friends, and I hear them talking about boys now,” he said. “It’s amazing, the feelings I had about the same boys five years ago. When they would mention the kid’s name, I’d be like, ‘I love that kid.’ Now, I get very jumpy.” Adam admitted that he now feared boys with “little tiny mustaches” and bodies that “aren’t making much sense.”

Sunny Madeline Sadler

Two years after welcoming Sadie into their lives, Adam and Jackie became parents for a second time. Sunny Sadler was born on November 2, 2008. The couple has raised their children in Los Angeles, though in 2021, the Sandlers made a few appearances in Long Island while Adam was reportedly in town shooting a movie. First, Adam was turned away from a local International House of Pancakes, and then, he joined a random game of pickup basketball.

Adam Sandler, Jackie Sandler, and Sunny Madeline Sandler in Halloween 2013 (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

In 2017, Adam told Ellen DeGeneres that his kids don’t really like his movies. Though many of his films are not appropriate for minors (his daughters were eight and ten years old at the time), some PG-13ish are fair game. Unfortunately, they don’t hold the girls’ attention. “I’ll put them on,” he explained, “because they beg to see them. They’re like, ‘Please, it’s not fair! Let me watch your movies. Those people always yell things at you on the street. I don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.’ So I show them the movies—they demand this—and they get, every time, I’d say about 20 minutes in, and then I see them tuning out, and then I hear them. They’re nervous to say it, but like, ‘Can we watch something else?’”

Sadie and Sunny have a burgeoning film career of their own. Adam’s kids have had roles in The Wrong Missy, Murder Mystery, Blended, Jack And Jill,  the Hotel Transylvania series, the Grown Ups movies, Pixels, The Do-Over, and Sandy Wexler. In 2020, they appeared as Danielle and Cooky, respectively, in Hubie Halloween.

“You would think the kids would be very excited to be in a movie,” Adam said during an October 2020 appearance on The Drew Barrymore show. “By around, I’d say if they were in a movie and they get to set at 8, I’d say around 9:20, I’m hearing, ‘How much more?! Please let me leave!’ They make it look like I’m forcing them to do it. Meanwhile, they were asking me the whole damn year, ‘Can I be in your next movie, Daddy?’”

The Sandlers at the ‘Sandy Wexler’ film premiere in 2017 (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

“I hide ’em out in my trailer. They hang out; they’ve got their friends anyways,” added Adam. “And then I knock on the door and go, ‘They’re ready, let’s go.’ And they’re like, ‘They’re ready?!’ They always play crazy, like they didn’t know they were shooting a movie. I go, ‘You don’t have your makeup on?!’ They’re like, ‘No, I’ll do it now!’” Adam also said that he often hears his daughters say they want to be in a movie (“I say, ‘You are, you were in this, this and this.’), but the girls want to do their own films. “I go, ‘Oh, Daddy’s not good enough?’ They wanna do their own thing one day.”

Sunny has also shown that she has an affinity for music. She sang “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman during one of Adam’s comedy shows in June 2019. Later that year, both sisters sang Taylor Swift’s “Lover” for a charity performance, per PEOPLE. “Thank you for being so nice to them,” Adam told the crowd, which contained some A-listers like Courteney Cox, Rami Malek, and Elizabeth Olsen. “They were dying to be a part of it,” added Adam. “Girls, you did great! Sounded awesome — confident and cool. I love you, now get out of here.”

Taylor Swift Drops New Version Of ‘The Lakes’ As She Thanks Fans On 1 Year Anniversary Of ‘Folklore’

Taylor Swift Drops New Version Of ‘The Lakes’ As She Thanks Fans On 1 Year Anniversary Of ‘Folklore’

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Taylor Swift took to social media to share the ‘original version’ of ‘The Lakes,’ the bonus track on her Grammy Award-winning album, ‘Folklore,’ which she says helped her and her fans ‘escape the real world together.’

Taylor Swift, 31, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her surprise album, Folklore, with a never-before-released version of its bonus track. The singer took to her social media accounts to share a link to the original version of “The Lakes” along with a special post that thanked her fans for their support, which made the album become the best-selling album of 2020. She also shared never-before-seen black and white photos of herself walking outside along a rocky area and posing while smiling and hold two cups.

Taylor Swift’s message about the one-year anniversary of ‘Folklore.’ (Courtesy of Instagram)

“It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Taylor wrote in the caption for her post. “With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time.”

“To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes,” she continued before mentioning the names of the characters in some of Folklore‘s songs. “Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore. 🌿”

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Once Taylor shared the new celebratory post, it didn’t take long for her fans to react with a lot of excited and supportive comments. “It’s so good!” one fan exclaimed about the original version of “The Lakes.” Another shared that they had “goosebumps” listening to it and a third called it “SO GOOD.”

Other fans took the time to thank Taylor for putting out Folklore with pics of them holding the album as well as stories of how it changed their lives. “This album pulled me out of a depression that a pandemic and abusive relationship caused. The songs and stories shared help me escape in a way no other media has,” one fan explained while another said, “Folklore felt like the huge hug that I needed.”

Folklore, which is Taylor’s eight studio album, won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards and became a staple in her music career. It included the hit single “Cardigan” and other memorable tunes that became the perfect track list for the summer. She followed it up with the surprise release of Evermore on Dec. 11, 2020.

Azealia Banks Drops Kanye West-Inspired New Song ‘F**k Him All Night’ — Listen

Azealia Banks Drops Kanye West-Inspired New Song ‘F**k Him All Night’ — Listen


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So much for being subtle. Azealia Banks kicked off her musical comeback in the most Azealia way — with an explicit track all about having sex with Kanye West.

There is shooting your shot, and then there’s what Azealia Banks did. Days after the controversial rapper unveiled the cover art to her new single, “F-ck Him All Night” – in which her fingers nails are painted to spell out the name Kanye West and placed around the crotch of her barely-there denim shorts  – Azealia, 30, dropped the single, and it’s pretty much what one expected.

This single marks the latest chapter in the odd, ongoing Azealia-Kanye saga (though, to be fair, it has been pretty one-sided, so far, with Azealia making a lot of public comments with Kanye not responding at all.) In April, after a report claimed that Kanye wanted his first post-Kim Kardashian divorce relationship to be with an artist who can “speak the same language,” Azealia posted a screenshot of the report to her Instagram, along with a comment. “It’s me guys,” she wrote. ““The powerful black demon entity awaiting in my ovaries and Kanye’s testicle is finally about to be unleashed upon the world. All of you n—– are going to JAIL.”

Azealia Banks wasting no time at all shootin her shot on Kanye West 😱 pic.twitter.com/q6ja9FzDDD

— ye4us (@ye4us) April 17, 2021

In the comments section, she said that she wanted to be the “mother of the fully African azealia banks x kanye west child,” that they would “most likely have a Sagittarius baby as payback for the both of us sh-t talking Jay-Z,” and that their child would “make the art world stop. It would be another 50 years before anyone was adept enough to cause a shift.” Later, she said that it was all a joke. In the past, Kim has been the target of Azealia’s ire ( “Kim Kardashian ruined Kanye West and won’t be done with him until she’s sucked the last drop of blood,” Banks wrote in 2018) but in September 2020, she demanded Ye “apologize for calling your wife a whore, apologize for terrorizing North West with that abortion meltdown, apologize for sexually harassing Taylor Swift, [and] congratulate Teyana Taylor on the new baby (h/t CaptialXtra.)  

Azealia, who was recently seen partying with Lourdes Leon at a Real Housewives of New York event, got engaged to conceptual artist Ryder Ripps earlier in 2021. “I just got engaged, k-nts,” she captioned a Feb. 22 Instagram post, one that showed off a golden ring bearing a menorah. ““I’m Jewish now. MAZEL TOV BITCHES! WE IN HERE…. YERRRRRRR.” A week later, the engagement was off. “Lol, I just dumped [Ryder],” she posted to her Instagram Story. “He’s too insecure for the wildly creative she-wolf in me. I’m keeping the menorah ring tho.”

“F-ck Him All Night” will be part of Azealia’s forthcoming mixtape, Fantasea 2: The Second Wave. Earlier in 2021, she put out “Six Flags” featuring Slim Dollars, a song that is reportedly off her second studio album, Business & Pleasure. This increased output might mean Banks’ career is back on track. In 2011, she broke through with “212,” a track Pitchfork listed as No. 6 on its 200 Best Songs of the 2010s. Producer Jef Martens told Billboard that “212” was “one of the most relevant songs of the decade” and “is the ultimate fusion of hip hop and electro house. Not that it hadn’t been done before, but never in a way that it came together like that, effortless, without feeling like a mix of two genres or cultures. To me, that is why it’s a work of art. It has a weird unifying quality.”

Taylor Swift Teams Up With Big Red Machine For Epic New Song ‘Renegade’ — Watch

Taylor Swift Teams Up With Big Red Machine For Epic New Song ‘Renegade’ — Watch

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Attention, Swifties: a new Taylor Swift song has arrived! Watch the lyric video.

This is not a drill: Taylor Swift reunited with her Folklore and Evermore collaborators for a new song. The singer, 31, is featured in Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon‘s “Renegade,” a track released under their indie rock band Big Red Machine, which dropped late on July 1. The song is one of two collaborations with the “Cardigan” singer that will be featured in the band’s upcoming sophomore album, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, out on August 27.

When @Aaron_Dessner came into my life, I was ushered into his world of free-flowing creativity where you don’t overthink, you just make music. A song we wrote for his project @BRMadjv (which also features ⚡️Justin Vernon✨) is out! It’s called Renegade. https://t.co/qisY2CQ0bJ pic.twitter.com/PzTMNyskDS

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 2, 2021

Along with providing the lead vocals, Taylor co-wrote the track with the band. In line with the lyrical musings of the songstress’ past, the ballad is all about a troubled romance. The lyrics are as follows: “Are you really gonna talk about timin’ in times like these? And let all your damage, damage me / And carry your baggage up my street / And make me your future history.” Taylor continues, “You come a long way, open the blinds / Let me see your face / You wouldn’t be the first renegade, to need somebody / To need somebody, to need somebody, to need somebody.”

On social media, Taylor reflected on collaborating with her Folklore and Evermore co-writer once again. “When Aaron came into my life, I was ushered into his world of free-flowing creativity where you don’t overthink, you just make music,” she wrote. “His generosity of spirit and humility bleeds into every part of his life, and that’s why so many artists have jumped at the chance to be a part of his collaborative project, Big Red Machine.” Taylor later added, “Thanks Aaron for asking me to show up at your party.”

Taylor Swift released a new song with Big Red Machine. (Shutterstock)

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According to Aaron, “Renegade” somewhat culminated while the trio worked on Taylor’s successful folk quarantine albums last year. “Taylor and I sometimes talked about experimenting and writing songs together some day for @bigredmachineadjv,” the musician and member of rock band The National wrote on Instagram. “Making music with your friends just to make it — that’s how Big Red Machine started and has grown — and that’s how Renegade came about too. This song was something we wrote after we finished evermore and it dawned on us that this was a BRM song.”

He added, “I’m so grateful to Taylor for continuing to share her incredible talent with me, and that we are still finding excuses to make music together.” Listen to “Renegade” above and cry into your pleated checkered trench coat.

Taylor Swift’s Ex Conor Kennedy Cozies Up To New Girlfriend Ava Dash In The Hamptons — Photo

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Taylor Swift’s old flame Conor Kennedy and his new girlfriend Ava Dash made for a striking couple when they were photographed getting comfortable at an LGBTQ fundraiser last weekend.

Taylor Swift‘s ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy26, showed off his new girlfriend Ava Dash, 21, at a fundraiser for Keshet, an organization that campaigns for equality for LGBTQ people in the Jewish community, in the Hamptons on Friday June 18. The event was their first public outing as a couple! In the photos from People, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE, Ava wore a sexy sheer star-patterned black dress with a black and red corset over it. She also sported a simple tiara and black cowboy boots, while Conor rocked a faded blue and white denim jacket over a light blue button down that had flamingos and feathers on it.

The background of the photos made it appear that the party was Alice in Wonderland themed with pocket watches and “Mad-Hatter” inspired top hats spotted behind the handsome couple. Conor and Ava also appeared to be standing in front of a “down the rabbit hole” sign. The cocktail party was hosted by Andrew Warren in partnership with Jewish dating app Lox Club, which has raised over $25,000 for Keshet, according to People.


Ava also posted some photos from the fundraiser on her Instagram on Tuesday June 22 with the caption “Wonderland.” One of the videos she shared showed that the fundraiser seemed to have a complete carnival layout. It also looked like a blast to kick off the summer! Another photo showed Ava getting very comfortable with a man whose face was covered by a hat.

Long before the fundraiser, rumors started popping up that Conor was dating the model in February 2021, according to ET. A source close to the couple mentioned that two had taken trips together and been to “a lot of social outings with friends.” Ava and Conor have also apparently bonded over a love of fashion. Conor is former Senator Robert F. Kennedy‘s grandson. Ava’s parents are famed music industry executive Damon Dash and designer Rachel Roy.


Conor was most famously linked to Taylor Swift in 2012. Their relationship was very short, and he’s mostly stayed out of the spotlight since. After being introduced to each other by Patrick Schwarzenegger in July 2012, the pair had an eventful summer romance. In August, the couple notably crashed Conor’s cousin’s wedding. Unfortunately, the couple split in October 2012, but Conor’s grandparents Bobby and Ethel Kennedy served as the inspiration for Taylor’s song “Starlight” from her Red album, which she’s releasing a re-recording of on November 19.