Allen Hughes got Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to open up -- and now he's up for his first Grammy

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In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. Grammys get in tune with hip-hop and diversity for 2018 nominations Grammys 2018: Complete list of nominees Grammy snubs: Ed Sheeran and Post Malone largely left out in the cold Kesha finally gets her first Grammy nomination Meet Taylor Swift, behind-the-scenes songwriter'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history Grammy nods for women, people of color an encouraging sign the Recording Academy is paying attention'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history Allen Hughes got Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to open up -- and now he's up for his first Grammy "The Defiant Ones" was one of the most ambitious projects Allen Hughes had tackled in his 25 years behind the camera. The four-part miniseries, nominated for a music film Grammy, sought to chronicle the different yet deeply intertwining lives of billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. It was a wildly fascinating look into the rise (and falls) of both men separately -- and together -- with candid interviews from the subjects. Along the way, the film became a who's who of contemporary music, with many of the players traced to Dre or Iovine.


Nashville gets shut out of major Grammy categories

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In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. Grammys get in tune with hip-hop and diversity for 2018 nominations Grammys 2018: Complete list of nominees Grammy snubs: Ed Sheeran and Post Malone largely left out in the cold Kesha finally gets her first Grammy nomination Meet Taylor Swift, behind-the-scenes songwriter'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history Grammy nods for women, people of color an encouraging sign the Recording Academy is paying attention'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history As the Nashville axiom goes, there are two kinds of music, country and western -- and both of them were shut out of the major Grammy categories this year. Eclipsed by rap, R&B and contemporary pop artists including Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Sza and Jay-Z, acclaimed country artists Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and others had to settle for genre nominations. Though country musicians have been skipped over in the major awards in years past, it's rare that the whole genre is shut out. That's especially true considering that the new artist Grammy usually features one Nashville-centric artist (Maren Morris, Sam Hunt, Brandy Clarke, Kacey Musgraves).


'I'm freaking out right now': Luis Fonsi and more react to their Grammy nominations

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In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. Grammys get in tune with hip-hop and diversity for 2018 nominations Grammys 2018: Complete list of nominees Grammy snubs: Ed Sheeran and Post Malone largely left out in the cold Kesha finally gets her first Grammy nomination Meet Taylor Swift, behind-the-scenes songwriter'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history Grammy nods for women, people of color an encouraging sign the Recording Academy is paying attention'Despacito,' the year's runaway hit sung in Spanish, could make Grammy history'I'm freaking out right now': Luis Fonsi and more react to their Grammy nominations Waking up to the news of a Grammy Award nomination -- or two, or three -- had several recording artists and songwriters taking to Twitter to celebrate Tuesday morning. Here's a look at what a few of the nominated acts had to say:


Nielsen Says Just Under 20 Million Watched Grammy Awards

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Still, the night had its share of bad vibes. Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar declined invitations to attend, and Ariana Grande pulled out following a dispute with producers. The Grammys also cut short the acceptance speeches of several Grammy winners, including Drake and Musgraves.


Grading James Corden as the Grammy host

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Adele ended her night at the 2017 Grammy Awards with back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her "monumental" album "Lemonade." Beyoncé, meanwhile, wowed the audience with a spiritual performance and also took home the prize for urban contemporary album. Chance the Rapper was also among the top winners of the night, taking the prize for new artist as well as rap album. The Grammy Awards, whose 59th edition took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night, is essentially a series of performances interrupted by speeches. Depending on the state of the world, these may be topical or not.