Miguel to Honor Michael Jackson at 2016 Grammys

Miguel has been announced as one of the artists expected to slay the stage during Sunday night’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Billboard reports.

The Grammy winner and two-time 2016 award nominee will perform a special tribute to the King of Pop.

Accompanied by award-winning keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, Miguel will sing “She’s Outta My Life” to honor the reissuing of Michael Jackson’s 1979 album Off the Wall.

Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are also expected to hit the Grammy stage together as presenters.

The show’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said that Cube and O’Shea were selected to represent the biopic about pioneer rap group N.W.A. and summer box-office success, Straight Outta Compton.

“That movie and that soundtrack had a tremendous impact on our culture this past year,” he said.

The Grammy Awards will air on February 15 at 8 p.m. on CBS.


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At Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé Pays Homage to Michael Jackson

Beyoncé has had quite a weekend. First, she dropped “Formation,” a single with a pointed message and fierce fashion; then she stole the show with her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Dazzling onstage in a custom military-inspired look by Dsquared2 (over an Ashton Michael bodysuit), the superstar was clearly paying homage to what Michael Jackson wore when he sang at Super Bowl XXVII, back in 1993. “He is her biggest musical influence,” said Knowles’s stylist Marni Senofonte in an exclusive interview with Vogue.com’s Marjon Carlos.

Headliners Coldplay had said they wanted to “honor past, present, and future” this year. To that end, they invited the Youth Orchestra LA to represent the future, and asked Beyoncé, who had performed in 2013, back to the stage. Past is generally not a word that applies to Beyoncé and her relentlessly forward-thinking vision, but in nodding to the Black Panthers’s kit (via the dancers’ berets and harnesses) and, most directly, Jackson’s Super Bowl performance—said to be one of the most viewed in television history—she honored history while making it.



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From Usher to “Scream”: We Spoke to Jimmy Jam About the Greatest Shit He’s Ever Made

Here’s a wonderful article I found from Noisy Vice News!! Check it out:

This article originally appeared on Noisey UK. 

A great producer is like a really great wing buddy: They accentuate all your best points and they make other people love you. They’ll pay you compliments when you need them, and the truth when you don’t. And if we take this hastily-constructed analogy as gospel, then Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would truly make the world’s greatest wingmen. They could get you laid at a Toploader gig.

The legendary songwriting and production duo’s roll call reads like who’s who of Grammy-brandishing alumni, and in their 30-plus years in the game they’ve worked with (amongst others): Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Prince, Luther Vandross, Usher, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Shaggy, Gwen Stefani, TLC, and Kanye West. Basically, all the artists you bang on at 6 AM at a house party once everyone is too tired and too fucked to keep pretending that they truly enjoy PC Music, and everyone just wants soothing classics. Hell, they even worked with 5ive once, but the less said about that the better.

Anyway, Jam and Lewis recently went back into the studio with Janet Jackson to record her Unbreakable record, so we got to sit down for an hour with Jimmy Jam himself to chat about some of the most memorable shit he’s ever contributed to; a task that, due to the breadth of what his golden fingers have touched, he says is “basically impossible.” Still, he tried, and this is what came out of it.



Jimmy: Michael had told us he wanted to do a song with Janet, so she came to the studio and we came up with five or six ideas to take to him, one of which would become “Scream.”

Michael comes into the studio that day very quietly, wearing a bunch of bangles, jewelry and hard shoes – all the things you’re not supposed to have in a studio. He’s all timid, very quiet, and says [Jimmy affects a perfect Michael voice], “Go ahead, play it from the top.”  Straight away he turned into some sort of Tasmanian devil; dancing all around the studio, clapping, snapping, stomping his feet. Normally you’d say something like, “Hey, you gotta stay on the mic.”  But we were just were like, “We’re just gonna watch this while you do your thing.” Janet—who was supposed to be recording her vocal the same day—saw this, turned to me and said, “Erm, I think I’ll do my vocal down in Minneapolis.”

I’d never seen anything like it before. I’ve never seen anything like it since. Over the years I’ve had some wonderful and moving studio experiences, but there was an earthquake in New York that day, and it was Michael. The force of Michael. He had just got married to Lisa-Marie Presley at that point. We asked her what brought them together, besides the fact they had showbiz in common, famous families and everything. She said he was the kindest person she’d ever met. That really struck me because that’s exactly what I thought about him too.

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Secrets of Elizabeth Taylor’s Amazing Home: Diamonds, Photos of Michael Jackson and More

With her Oscars and her activism, her great loves and even greater roles, Elizabeth Taylor will always be a Hollywood icon. But in a new book, 700 Nimes Road, photographer Catherine Opie shines a light on the private world of the legend. Opie spent months shooting Taylor’s Bel Air, California, home, just before and after the star’s death in 2011.

“I never met her,” says Opie, who shares exclusive photos from her book (out on Oct. 6 from DelMonico Books•Prestel) and memories of her time at Taylor’s house in the new issue of PEOPLE. “But I got a sense of what an incredible human being she was by everything that was precious to her.” Some of the more surprising objects in Taylor’s possession include a collection of Buddha statuettes, many books about angels, and a shelf full of horses sculpted by her daughter Liza – oh, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, gifted to her by then-husband Richard Burton in 1968. (Not even Liz’s biggest – that would be the 68-carat Taylor-Burton diamond the couple splurged on the following year.)

For the book, Opie was given access to some of Taylor’s most private spaces, including her dressing room, with its sunken tub and lavender carpets to match Taylor’s famous eyes. “That was a beautiful room,” recalls Opie. “The light in that room was just gorgeous,” showing off the stars pretty perfume bottles and fresh-picked orchids. “She had this beautiful little greenhouse that was just for orchids in her backyard,” adds the photographer.

Taylor’s home was also filled with reminders of her friends and family, mementoes of a life lived to its fullest. “There were lots of family photos,” says Opie, who captured a shot of Taylor’s bedside table with pictures of her longtime friend Michael Jackson among family photos. Pictures of Burton, whom Taylor married twice, were all around the house. “Richard Burton was in every room,” says Opie. “Yeah, pretty much. He was in every room.”


She kept a photo of Michael Jackson (and a remote-control manual) on her bedside table.

Source: http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-taylor-home-revealed-in-new-book


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