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Esperanza Spalding Sued Over Album Cover

2/18/2013 7:13pm EST
Esperanza Spalding
Jazz star Esperanza Spalding is facing legal action over the cover art for her latest album.

The musician, who famously beat Justin Bieber to the Best New Artist Grammy at the 2011 awards show, has been hit with a $500,000 lawsuit from photographer Kevin Ryan, who claims he failed to receive any credit for images featured on the cover of last year's Radio Music Society, which earned Spalding a 2013 Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy.

The artwork features Spalding sitting atop an '80s-style boombox, which was actually just a wooden box with pictures reportedly taken by Ryan stuck to the front....

Fashion Fails: Worst Dressed Stars At The 2013 Grammys

2/12/2013 6:18pm EST
Worst Grammy Fashion
While music's biggest stars were showing off glamorous fashions and getting all the time in the spotlight, the lesser-known and more obscure stars were clamoring for some of the attention by showing up to the Grammys in some of the most outrageous outfits.

Outfits ran from risque to outrageous, with some blatantly disregarding the memo that Grammy execs sent out last week asking stars to tone things down.

And while the top stars employ teams of their own makeup artists and hair stylists, and have designers eager to get them to show off their fashions; it's the indie artists and not-yet-es...

Elton John Gryrates With Channing Tatum On Stage At Rainforest Fund Concert

4/4/2012 11:44am EDT
Elton John
Channing Tatum showed off the moves he picked up as a male stripper by gyrating against Elton John at a star-studded benefit concert on Tuesday.

The 21 Jump Street star, who had a brief stint as an exotic dancer at the age of 19, thrilled the audience by grinding with the Rocket Man at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

The crowd was also treated to a musical performance from Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson and Sting, who organized the show in aid of his Rainforest Fund.

Elton was thrilled to join the star-studded line-up, telling reporters, "It's probably one ...

2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

2/13/2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...

Top 10 Influential African American Musicians Today

2/25/2011 11:27pm EST
African American musicians in today's music world are not merely just entertainers, but individuals of many facets. Showcased below are a few that we think, with the help of the success of their music careers, are the top 10 influential African American musicians in music today. African American musicians in today's music world are not merely just entertainers, but individuals of many facets. Showcased below are a few that we think, with the help of the success of their music careers, are the top 10 influential African American musicians in music today.

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowle...

Esperanza Spalding Brushes Off Grammy Criticism

2/23/2011 5:14pm EST
Esperanza Spalding
Jazz star Esperanza Spalding has brushed off the harsh criticism she's received after beating Justin Bieber to the Best New Artist Grammy Award at this year's ceremony, insisting she's not making music to be popular.

The little-known bassist and singer was a surprise winner at the Grammys, triumphing over more mainstream acts like Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.

The Grammy upset sparked outrage among fans of teenage pop sensation Bieber, prompting them to post nasty messages on Spalding's profile, which is edited by members of the public.


Wondering Who Esperanza Spalding Is? Find Out More (Video)

2/14/2011 3:47pm EST
Esperanza Spalding
Still stunned or wondering who is Esperanza Spalding is? For one, she just became the first Jazz musician ever to win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

"Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we're thrilled about her GRAMMY® win," says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. "All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she's been honored by her peer...

Justin Bieber Upset By Grammy Snub

2/14/2011 9:38am EST
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is "disappointed" and "upset" after missing out on a Grammy Award on Sunday night - but he's adamant he'll scoop a top honor soon.

The "Baby" hitmaker was nominated for the Best New Artist prize and Best Pop Vocal Album for "My World 2.0," but failed to win either honor, losing out to Esperanza Spalding and Lady Gaga, respectively.

Bieber admits he's devastated by the snub - but he's vowed to take home a haul of trophies at next year's ceremony instead.

He tells MTV News, "I had no clue what was going to happen; I worked really hard these past few years and you know, I'm no...

Upset Bieber Fans Attack Esperanza Spalding's Wikipedia Profile

2/14/2011 9:09am EST
Angry Justin Bieber fans attacked an online biography about Esperanza Spalding on Sunday after the jazz performer beat the Baby hitmaker to the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

The little-known bassist and singer was the surprise winner of the accolade, beating more established competitors Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons to walk away with the title at the Los Angeles ceremony.

The Grammy upset sparked outrage among the teenage pop sensation's devotees, prompting them to seek revenge on Spalding's profile by posting nasty messages on the page, w...

'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

2/14/2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...

Katy Perry Kicks Off Grammy Awards Concert; Eminem Scores 10 Nominations (See List)

12/2/2010 8:35am EST
Katy Perry
Eminem is set to dominate the 53rd Grammy Awards in February after landing a massive 10 nominations.

The rapper is up for a string of top nods including Album Of The Year for Recovery and Best Record and Song for Love the Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna. In the album category, he'll be fighting it out against Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, while his competition for Song of the Year includes Miranda Lambert and Cee Lo Green.

However, despite his 10 nods, Eminem can only scoop a maximum of nine trophies - in the Best Rap Song category, Love The Way You...