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‘Westworld’ Cast Talks Season 2: ‘They’ve Dialed It Up’

Viola Davis’ full Power of Women speech praised the work of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.<p>Padma Lakshmi reclaims the many names of the uterus for women …

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Ellie Goulding admits Brits speech wasn’t her idea: ‘I didn’t want to say no’

exclusive<p>While awards shows including the Grammys and the Golden Globes had the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements at the forefront of proceedings, …

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A Look at How the Recording Academy's Task-Force Assembly Stacks Up

Earlier this month (Mar. 6), the Recording Academy announced that it appointed <b>Tina Tchen</b>, former chief of staff to <b>First Lady Michelle Obama</b> and …

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Dance's Most Irresistible Brand, Donald Trump's Favorite Song, Music Biz Booming, Smashing Pumpkins,... @MusicREDEF

quote of the day<p>When I became an artist, I thought it would be one of the few things that you can do in which you're free. But people keep saying, …

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LoC Registry Adds 25 Classic Recordings

Dolly Parton Donates 100 Millionth Book At Library Of Congress<p>Feb 28, 2018 - 3:21 pm<p>Nile Rodgers & Chic To Perform At 2018 GRAMMY Celebration<p>Jan 16, …

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Why Janelle Monae is 'standing up to bullies' on her new album

<b>Janelle Monae has rarely avoided the opportunity to address inequality.</b><p>The R&B star's first three albums form a pointed dialogue about freedom, class, and acceptance - albeit in a futuristic, sci-fi setting.<p>Her latest record, though, is firmly rooted in the present day, with the star responding to …

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Allan Reid, the man behind the Junos, on conspicuous and mournful absences

This year’s Juno Awards, broadcast from Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunday (CBC, 8 p.m.), will be notable for those absent from the event as much as for those actually there. Last year’s comedian co-host Russell Peters, whose off-colour wisecracks distracted from the proceedings, won’t be around. …

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China’s first-ever Grammy Festival debuts in Beijing in April

One Republic performs in the Netherlands. Photo: VCG<p>China tours seem few and far between for top-tier international artists. However, when their feet …

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Why March 17th Matters in Rock History

It’s March 17th and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:<p>In 1998, <b>Van Halen</b> released <i>Van Halen III</i>, their first album with new …

Rock Music

Female Artists Speak Out Against Music Industry Sexism at SXSW

A panel of women singer-songwriters opened up about Time’s Up and the incredible sexism misogyny and they’ve faced as female musicians.<p>AUSTIN, Texas …

Feminism

SXSW Panel Recap: #TimesUp

Neil Portnow finally solved the issue of female inclusion...

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Georgia Nott's New Album Is Made Entirely By Women—For Women

After only one woman won a solo Grammy at this year’s awards, Neil Portnow, the President of the Recording Academy uttered the comment heard around the world: that women needed to “step up.” But if Portnow thinks female musicians aren’t stepping up, then he clearly hasn’t met Georgia Nott: The …

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Grammy's Install SJW Bureau to Ensure Music Diversity

If you thought the 2018 Oscars was an insufferable parade of identity politics complaints, wait until next year’s Grammys!<p>The Recording Academy has …

Conservative View

This Musician’s Album Has No Women Collaborators — And He Thanked Fans For Calling Him Out

"I never thought of myself as being 'one of those guys,' but I guess to some extent I am."<p><i>Love feel-good stories? Sign up for A Plus' newsletter for</i> …

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Time’s Up co-founder will lead Grammys task force

Tina Tchen worked as chief of staff to Michelle Obama<p><b>Time’s Up</b> co-founder Tina Tchen will lead the Recording Academy’s task force on gender bias …

Music Industry

Ready to fight sexual harassment? Call Tina Tchen.

The Time's Up cofounder is an expert in rooting out workplace sexual harassment. In her post-White House life, she's as in-demand as ever.<p>WASHINGTON, …

Liberal View

Mariah Carey Is Working on a New Album and Has No Damns to Give About the Grammys

Mariah Carey may have five Grammys weighing down her shelves at home, but she doesn't care if she never wins another one.<p>The shared these thoughts and more when asked about her creative process for a cover story with <i>V</i> Magazine. "In the music business, if you care about the Grammys and submitting …

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Meshell Ndegeocello Talks Revisiting R&B Gems for Covers Album & Why Bruno Mars Is 'Karaoke'

When Meshell Ndegeocello dropped her acclaimed debut in 1993 as the first signee of Madonna’s Maverick Records label, her distinctive fusion of …

Music

The Grammys’ Task Force On Women Has Found A Very Qualified Leader: The Co-Founder Of Time’s Up

The bad news with the Grammys is that, whether or not it’s intentional, the biggest night in music has a problem with female representation. The good news, though, is that they realize this and are looking to make some changes to bring more balance to the situation: Grammy President Neil Portnow …

Music Industry

Tina Tchen Leads Recording Academy's Inclusivity Task Force

Tchen, Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, will chair a task force examining issues of inclusion and diversity within the academy.<p>SANTA MONICA, …

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Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's Ex-Chief of Staff, Will Help Dismantle Sexism and Racism at the Grammys

It’s been a particularly tumultuous past few months for the Recording Academy, after its president Neil Portnow made a fool of himself by suggesting …

Music Industry

Time's Up Co-Founder to Lead Grammys' Gender Bias Task Force

Tina Tchen also served as Michelle Obama's chief of staff, executive director of White House Council on Women and Girls<p>Tina Tchen, a co-founder of …

Michelle Obama

Grammys inclusion and diversity task force to be led by Tina Tchen, former Michelle Obama chief of staff

On March 6 the recording academy announced who would chair its task force on inclusion and diversity, and they went all the way to the White House:</b> …

Michelle Obama

Recording Academy Taps Tina Tchen to Lead Inclusionary Task Force

Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff will help the organization focus on female inclusion and diversity issues<p>Following the backlash to Recording …

Emmylou Harris

Time’s Up Co-founder Will Lead the Recording Academy’s Female Task Force

After Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that female nominees need to “step up,” the Academy announced it would launch an independent task …

Michelle Obama

'Change is happening' for female producers

<b>Catherine Marks, newly-crowned UK producer of the year, believes that a new generation of female producers are about to break through.</b><p>The Big Moon producer, who was decorated at the recent MPG Awards, said: "Change is happening."<p>Her prediction comes after several festivals signed up to Keychange's …

Neil Portnow

Recording Academy Appoints Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's Former Chief of Staff, to Chair Task Force

Five weeks after Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow announced plans to establish an independent task force to address female advancement in …

Michelle Obama

Here's Who Really Won the 2018 Awards Season

Sure, <i>The Shape of Water</i> triumphed at the Oscars last night, but a successful awards season depends on far more than how much hardware you bring</b> …

SAG Awards

Recording Academy Hires Michelle Obama's Former Chief of Staff to Examine Diversity Issues

The Recording Academy is taking steps to ensure female artists are represented in the music industry.<p>Michelle Obama‘s former chief of staff Tina …

Michelle Obama

Lorde Debuted A New Song From Her ‘Melodrama’ Sessions To Open Her Tour In Milwaukee

Wisconsin takes an unfair amount of ridicule for being a cheesy state, but music fans there received a nice consolation treat from Lorde, kicking off her <i>Melodrama</i> tour in Milwaukee.<p>During last night’s show, she debuted a previously unreleased song written during the sessions for <i>Melodrama</i> that …

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