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Poll: Conspiracy behind the Rihanna-Chris Brown fiasco at BET Awards?

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BET executive Stephen Hill is taking the blame for the fiasco over who really won the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award –- Chris Brown or Rihanna -- at the BET Awards, calling it "human error." But do you believe it?

It's amazing to think that such a fluke could occur –- that the teleprompter accidentally declared Rihanna's "What's My Name" to be the winner while Brown's "Look at Me Now" was cited as champ on the computer tablet onstage. As a result, Brown was initially named the champ, then Rihanna. Since Rihanna wasn't present to accept, the award was claimed by her collaborator Drake. At the end of the ceremony, host Kevin Hart said that Chris Brown really won.

Why wasn't one of the other four nominees named winner by accident: Trey Songz ("Bottoms Up"), Nicki Minaj ("Moment 4 Life"), Mindless Behavior ("My Girl"), Lil Wayne ("6 Foot 7 Foot")?

The incident has bred all kinds of juicy conspiracy theories. Maybe Rihanna really did win, but BET chiefs nullified her victory because she wasn't present at the awards ceremony? After all, she also lost her two bids for best collaboration ("What's My Name" with Drake, "All of the Lights" with Kanye West).

Or maybe it was all a publicity stunt to draw attention to the BET Awards?

Take the poll and tell us what you think.

-- Tom O'Neil

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Photo: Chris Brown at the BET Awards on Sunday. Credit: Jason Redmond / Reuters


Chris Brown and Rihanna BET Award mix-up was 'human error'

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BET executive Stephen Hill is taking full responsibility for the snafu that overshadowed much of the BET Awards on Sunday.

During the telecast, "106 & Park" hosts Terrence and Rocsi brought out contest winner Tiffany Greene on stage to announce the fan-voted Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, in what has become a tradition for the ceremony.

The show used tablet computers instead of traditional envelopes to reveal who had won. After tapping her tablet, Greene announced Chris Brown as the winner for his hit "Look at Me Now" (the track had also won for video of the year and for collaboration). Then, she quickly corrected herself to call Rihanna the victor.

“Well, this is awkward,” said Drake, who emerged from backstage to accept on behalf of the absent singer for their hit “What’s My Name,” as the audience reacted with confusion.

Some in the crowd immediately said they believed it was all rigged by the network. Yes, mishaps happen during award telecasts, and giving an award to the wrong person is certainly awkward on any occasion. But for the mix-up to involve Brown and Rihanna was just asking for headlines. Indeed, the moment became a trending topic online, with plenty of people blaming Greene.

An angry and certainly a little embarrassed Greene went to Twitter and wrote, "Bawling backstage. They totally [expletive] me up," before apologizing and writing, "Last night I was tweeting backstage out of pure emotion and nerves. I actually feel a lot better today and the kind words have truly helped."

Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, has since taken full responsibility for the mistake.

"That BET Awards Viewer's Choice mix-up was due to human error," he wrote in a tweet. "And I was the human that made that error. I apologize to ALL affected."

At the conclusion of Sunday's ceremony, host Kevin Hart brought out Brown to tell him he was actually the intended winner of the trophy, along with the FANdemonium Award. But the damage was already done, considering a chunk of the audience had already started filing out of the venue and were discussing the incident.

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Photo: Drake accepts the viewer's choice award for Rihanna that was awarded to her by mistake at the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Chris Brown was the actual winner of the award. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.


Poll: Is 'California King Bed' Rihanna's next big awards contender?

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Buzz has been deafening ever since Rihanna performed "California King Bed" at the Academy of Country Music Awards with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. While the song can be heard on her "Loud" CD, it still hasn't been released as a single. Anticipation is building fast. A few days ago, Rihanna assured eager fans via Twitter, "'CKB' will def be released in the US, but is that the one u guys want next?"

Of course, the response was a riotous, "Yes!"

But is that her next major awards contender from "Loud"? "Love the Way You Lie" was recently nominated for record of the year at the Grammys, where "Only Girl (in the World)" just won best dance recording.

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Poll: Best performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Loud" (Def Jam)


Poll: Best performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards?

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Academy of Country Music Awards Taylor Swift News"Wonderful!" Nicole Kidman gasped as TV cameras spied her in the audience after Zac Brown and James Taylor teamed up at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Kidman and hubby Keith Urban were on their feet along with everyone else in the MGM Grand auditorium cheering the joint performance of Brown's "Colder Weather" and Taylor's "Sweet Baby James."

That was one of several performances that earned standing ovations at the ACM Awards, but was it the best?  The audience rose up again to salute Ronnie Dunn making his solo debut. His performance of "Bleed Red" was so amazing that TV cameras caught Taylor Swift gasping "Wow!" in the audience as she leapt to her feet in awe.

Another standing ovation greeted Darius Rucker leading a choir of disabled singers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in the new tune "Music From the Heart."

Other knockout performance combos included Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles teaming up with Rihanna to sing "California King Bed." Brad Paisley wowed the crowd crooning "Old Alabama" with the music group Alabama, and Carrie Underwood rocked the joint singing "Undo It" and "Walk This Way" with Steven Tyler.

For the record, 11:32 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the James Taylor song "Sweet Baby James" as "Sweet Baby Jane."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Taylor Swift at the ACM Awards. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

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'Glee' original songs smash Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna

The first two original songs from "Glee" continued the TV show's successful trend at iTunes and the Billboard Hot 100. Both could compete for Grammys plus the Emmy for best music and lyrics.

Glee tv newsOver the last two years, the show has surpassed the likes of the Beatles and Elvis in having the most entries on the Hot 100 list. "Glee's" current tally stands at 120 singles, a number that continues to grow with every new episode.

This week, "Glee" tried something new: original music. As the characters geared up for regionals, they decided to write their own songs for the competition. Predictably, the Glee Club prevailed at regionals, but the real-life results were far more stunning.

The two original songs, "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right," quickly hopped to the No. 1 and No. 2 positions of the Hot 100, beating out the likes of the Black Eyed Peas ("Just Can't Get Enough") and Rihanna ("S&M"). It's an enormous vote of confidence for a show that became famous for covering songs from other artists. With such a success on the music charts, can the same luck help "Glee" at industry awards like the Grammys and Emmys?

The "Glee" cast was nominated for two Grammys this year: pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and compilation soundtrack album for a motion picture, television or other visual media. They lost both contests.

"Glee" has not yet competed for best music and lyrics at the Emmys, but it could now be a strong contender. In addition to "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right," other "Glee" songs in the running include "Trouty Mouth," sung by Santana to Sam, and Puck's performance of "Big Ass Heart" for Lauren. Rachel debuted her self-celebratory "Only Child," and Mercedes belted out "Hell to the No."

At last year's Emmys, the show was nominated for an astounding 19 trophies in many categories, including comedy series. "Modern Family" took home the big award, but "Glee" rallied with wins for Ryan Murphy as comedy director, Jane Lynch as supporting comedy actress and Neil Patrick Harris as guest comedy actor.

Listen to audio tracks of "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right" after the jump below.

-- Tom O'Neil

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Poll: Would Lady Gaga have beaten Lady Antebellum at the Grammys if nominated for record of the year?

Lady gaga bad romance newsThe greatest Grammy outrage this year was the omission of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" from the race for record of the year. It was one of the top-selling singles of 2010 (9.7 million copies) and won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. At the Grammys, "Bad Romance" won best video too, plus Lady Gaga's performance of it claimed the prize for female pop vocal.

If the Grammy nominations for record of the year were chosen by the same voting method as other categories -– that is, by popular vote of members of the recording academy –- it certainly would've been nominated, but instead that lineup is chosen by a secret committee of 25 music experts who obviously don't go gaga over pop's trashiest superstar. They preferred another lady -- Lady Antebellum -– who ended up winning record of the year for "Need You Now."

Do you think Lady Gaga would've ruled if she had made the list, which also included Bruno Mars' "Nothing on You," Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" and Cee Lo Green's "… You." Lady Gaga was nominated for album of the year for "The Fame Monster" but lost to Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Lady Gaga. Credit: Interscope


Grammy Awards: Chris Brown loses three Grammys (ouch, ouch, ouch)

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Chris Brown may have looked like a winner appearing on "Saturday Night Live," but he took a pummeling at the Grammy Awards, losing three times.

His "Graffiti" lost contemporary R&B album to Usher's "Raymond vs. Raymond." His collaboration with Tank, "Take My Time," lost performance by an R&B group with vocals to Sade's "Soldier of Love."

Most amazing: He didn't lose rap/sung collaboration to Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," which was also nominated. He lost to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," which also beat "Love the Way You Lie" for rap song.

The awards were bestowed prior to the main TV broadcast on CBS. Brown announced ahead of time that he could not attend due to schedule conflicts.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

 


100% perfect Grammy Award predictions: Top four races

Grammy predictions are a dangerous thing. They attempt to crawl into the brains of notorious bohemians (members of the music industry) who exult in being contrarians. However, certain voting patterns have emerged over the years that help us to forecast what will happen when trophies are doled out tonight. My conclusion: an Eminem sweep and a Grammy breakthrough by Drake.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
"The Suburbs," Arcade Fire
"Recovery," Eminem
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga
"Teenage Dream," Katy Perry

PREDICTION: "Recovery"
POSSIBLE SPOILER: "The Fame Monster"

Only three contenders have a prayer: Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga. Eminem has lost twice in the past ("The Marshall Mathers LP," "The Eminem Show"), but he'll finally triumph because his album has the most noble theme: rally from substance abuse.

Lady Gaga, let's be honest, deserves this, but her album is old news, unabashedly trashy and Grammys seem to have a secret gripe against her. Her "Bad Romance" was really the record of 2010, but it's not nominated there and Gaga wasn't even put up for best new artist in the past. The only way Lady Antebellum can win is if the trio also takes the categories for best record and song and then carry this along in a sweep.


RECORD OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
"Nothing on You," B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"… You," Cee-Lo Green
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

PREDICTION: "Love the Way You Lie"
POSSIBLE SPOILERS: "Need You Now" and "--- You"

Only one contender doesn't have a prayer: "Nothing on You." All other rivals have a real shot. I'm dismissing "Empire State of Mind" because there's a rap/R&B tune here that feels more important thanks to its message ("Love the Way You Lie") and another one that has the catchiest melody and naughtiest lyrics ("… You"). "… You" has a real shot because of who's voting: rascal members of the music industry who think naughty is nice. However, I may be under-estimating "Empire." Could regret this.

Many award pundits are betting on "Need You Now" because of the apples and orange theory of award prognostication: It's the one serious contender here (orange) in a basket of apples (rap/R&B). Often that's a smart theory to follow, but I believe "Love the Way You Lie" will take this as part of Eminem's sweep of the top three races (album, record and song). Also, it has appeal because of Rihanna's role, which is shockingly brave considering the lyrics she sings.

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Poll: What will win the Grammy for best song of the year?

The Grammy Award for best song of the year is very confusing. It's different from best record. The song award goes to the songwriters; record goes to the recording artists. Given the awards' similarity, the winners usually overlap, historically speaking, but not so much lately. In the last 10 years, they've agreed four times. Last occurrence was three years ago when Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" swept.

I think we're going to see the same thing with another rehab-themed work of music now. I foresee Eminem's "Rehab" winning best album and his track with Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie," claiming the laurels for both record and song. If there's an upset, I think it'll be Cee Lo Green's "… You" because this is, after all, a songwriters' award and the words are so, well, hilariously and offensively outrageous.

Our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar disagree. Both pick Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" to win best song and record. Read their reasoning below -– in their own words. Then check out our predix and our polls for best record, album and new artist. Then give us your opinion in this poll.

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DARRIN "DOUBLED" DORTCH'S COMMENTARY: For some reason, Grammy voters seldom nominate rap songs here. "Lie" is only the third rap song to earn a nomination here and is unlikely to win unless Eminem sweeps. "The House That Built Me" was snubbed in record of the year and no one has heard "Beg, Steal or Borrow," so they won’t win either. After Beyonce’s shocking win here last year, "… You" could upset since three R&B songs have won here in the last decade. Despite several splits in secord and song of the year winners this last decade, I think "Need You Now" will win here, too, since, for the most part, record and song of the year winners usually match up.

WHAT WILL WIN: "Need You Now"
WHAT SHOULD WIN: "… You"
SPOILER: "Love the Way You Lie"

DAVID "GURU" SCHNELWAR'S COMMENTARY: "Need You Now" is the frontrunner to win song of the year but faces stiff competition from another country song "The House That Built Me." These songs could split the country voting block.

"Love the Way You Lie" and "… You" are also both nominated for record of the year and song of the year. "… You" failed to receive a nomination for best R&B song and is not likely to upset. "Love the Way You Lie" could benefit if both country songs split the vote and could be the first rap song to win song of the year.

"Beg Borrow or Steal" is a non-hit and non-factor in the race. I predict "Need You Now" to win.

WILL WIN: "Need You Now"
SHOULD WIN: "... You"
SPOILER: "Love the Way You Lie"

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-- Tom O'Neil

Top photo: Lady Antebellum.  Credit: Capitol Records
Bottom photo: Eminem. Credit: Associated Press


Grammy nominations: Eminem leads with 10, Bruno Mars has 7, and Cee-Lo? Forget it

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The beleaguered record industry couldnt have been happier about the return to the spotlight in 2010 of rapper Eminem, the biggest-selling artist of the new millennium, and heaped upon him a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations for his Recovery album, including nods in all three top categories of album, record and song of the year.

Although it was widely expected that Eminem would do well in this years Grammy competition, Hawaiian-born producer-singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Bruno Mars caught many by surprise as runner-up to Eminem with seven nominations, announced Wednesday in conjunction with a televised Grammy nomination concert from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Mars is competing with himself in the record of the year category for his production and vocals on rapper B.o.Bs Nothin on You, and as one of the producers of R&B-soul singer Cee-Lo Greens broadcast-confounding hit single You.

Awards Given that each record of the year nominee is traditionally performed live on the awards telecast, which will be held Feb. 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Grammy ceremony producers will have a challenge in how to present a song on national television in which the profanity is not simply a casual toss-off thats easily excised, but central to the songs message from a guy to the girl who has dumped him. Expectations are that Green will perform the PG-rated Forget You version that allowed many radio stations to play it during the year.

Wednesdays telecast skirted the issue by listing only the names of the artists who recorded the nominated songs, not the titles. When presenters Dave Grohl and Selena Gomez announced the titles, Gomez referred to it as the song otherwise known as Forget You.'

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