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2015 Grammy Nominations: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith Score Nods

The 2015 Grammy nominations are rolling in, and the year’s hottest artists are cleaning house.

British breakout Sam Smith holds the most nominations with six, while industry vets like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams have scored multiple nods as well.

Williams and Ed Sheeran kicked off the nominations for four categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards early Friday on CBS This Morning at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Sheeran scored a nomination for best pop vocal album for x, saying, “Now I get why you woke us up.”

Nominations in other categories were revealed throughout the day on Twitter in video posts by a number of artists, like from Alanis Morissette to Jared Leto.

Then, nominees for Album of the Year – the Grammys’ top prize – were revealed on CBS’s A Very GRAMMY Christmas, where Smith, Williams, Ariana Grande and others performed. This year’s Album of the Year contenders are: Beck, Beyoncé, Sheeran, Smith and Williams.

Newer artists won nominations for record of the year. Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX, Sia’s “Chandelier,” Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” (the Darkchild version), and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” are competing against Grammy veteran Swift for “Shake It Off.”

Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw, Ariana Grande (joined by Big Sean) and Sam Smith will perform current hits and holiday songs.

Taylor is nominated for the following categories:

Song of the Year
• “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
• “Chandelier” – Sia
• “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
• “Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
• “Take Me to Church” – Hozier

Record of the Year
• “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
• “Chandelier” – Sia
• “Stay with Me” (Darkchild version) – Sam Smith
• “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
• “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
• “All of Me” – John Legend
• “Chandelier” – Sia
• “Stay with Me” – Sam Smith
• “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
• “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
• “Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj

Posted by on Dec 09, 2015 Filed under Articles, Grammys Comments Off
Taylor at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Taylor performed for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week, and I’ve added photos from the event. The show will air this week. Videos coming soon.

X66HQ//December 2nd – The 2014 Victoria Secret Fashion Show – Arrivals
X416HQ//December 2nd – The 2014 Victoria Secret Fashion Show – Performance
X16HQ//December 2nd – The 2014 Victoria Secret Fashion Show – After Party

Posted by on Dec 09, 2015 Filed under Gallery Comments Off
Taylor at the AMA’s [PHOTOS]

Check out photos of Taylor at the AMAs. I actually uploaded them a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t had the chance to link the main page to the photos.

X127HQ//November 23rd – 2014 American Music Awards – Arrivals
X78HQ//November 23rd – 2014 American Music Awards – Inside
X200HQ//November 23rd – 2014 American Music Awards – Press Room

Posted by on Dec 06, 2015 Filed under Gallery Comments Off
Taylor at the AMA’s

Pictures coming soon!

I know the AMAs were all about celebrating talented artists in all different genres of music, but can we all agree that the AMAs are also about celebrating Taylor Swift? Sure, Lorde was good, but Lorde and Swift were better. Yes, Selena Gomez’s performance was heart breaking, but Swift’s reaction to Gomez’s performance was even more noteworthy (sorry Selena, I am sure the song was very emotional to perform but your BFF’s reaction was priceless). When it comes to music award shows, if Beyonce isn’t there (because she is the Queen of award shows), we should just consider them the Taylor Swift Awards, not because she wins a lot of awards — which she does — but because all eyes should be on her.

The AMAs were OK, in my opinion. A lot of the performances were overhyped — sorry, J Lo — and I still just can’t get behind Pitbull screaming “Dale” every other moment. Luckily, T Swift was there to keep us entertained on and off stage. Because everything that happened regarding Swift was so Swiftastic, it seems necessary to recap all of her best moments from the award show.


Taylor Was Presented The Dick Clark Award For Excellence:

Taylor’s Blank Space performance:

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 Filed under 1989 Album, Media, News, Performances, Taylor Comments Off
‘So nice, we booked her twice!’ Taylor Swift to repeat as performer at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show along with Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift will return as a musical guest at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show next month in London after holding her own last year with models on the runway.

The 24-year-old singer will perform at the show along with Ariana Grande, Hozier and Ed Sheeran, the lingerie brand announced on Monday via social media.

The Shake It Off singer performed last year at the annual fashion show and shared the stage with top models such as Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge.

Taylor branched out from her country roots with her new pop album 1989 that recently debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

‘So nice, we booked her twice! Can’t wait to party like it’s #1989 w/ @taylorswift!,’ the lingerie brand tweeted to its neary five million followers on Twitter.

She’ll share the stage with 21-year-old pop star Ariana whose My Everything album also debuted in August atop the Billboard 200 chart.

Ed Sheeran, 23, also will perform at the show after spending much of 2013 touring with Taylor as the opening act on the pop star’s The Red Tour.

Ed’s second studio album released in June also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Irish musician Hozier, 24, released his eponymous debut studio album earlier this year.

It was announced last week that Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima would model the over-the-top, $2 million jewel-encrusted Fantasy Bras.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will take place on December 2 at Earl’s Court in London.

The show will air on December 9 on CBS.

Taylor has also teamed up with Amex have just launched the American Express Unstaged Taylor Swift app for her fans that makes the new video a 360° interactive experience and allows you to follow the characters around the video with behind-the-Scenes Footage, Taylor’s personal photos and interviews.

The app is now free to download on iTunes and in the Google Play Store.


Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 Filed under 1989 Album, Media, News, Performances, Taylor Comments Off
‘Blank Space’ Music Video

Check out the AMAZING music video for ‘Blank Space’

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 Filed under 1989 Album, Taylor, Videos Comments Off
Taylor arriving and leaving Japan

Check out candids of Taylor arriving and leaving Japan this week!

X49HQ//November 4th – At Narita International Airport
X06HQ//November 8th – At narita international airport in Chiba

Posted by on Nov 08, 2015 Filed under Gallery Comments Off
New photoshoot and scans

Check out Taylor’s photoshoot and magazine spread for Grazia magazine. Also, check out the magazine scans for her spread in Cosmopolitan UK.

X02HQ//Session 008
X07HQ//November 2014 – Grazia France
X09HQ//December 2014 – Cosmopolitan UK

Posted by on Nov 08, 2015 Filed under Gallery, Taylor Comments Off
Taylor Swift wants no part of the music streaming ‘experiment’

Just days ago, Taylor Swift shook off Spotify. The star opted not to leave her new album off of the service and pulled the rest of her catalog. Lucky for us, Yahoo caught up with the globe-trotting star during a promotional tour in Japan for more insight on the matter. As you might expect, she echoed the sentiment shared by some of her fellow musicians: streaming services don’t adequately compensate artists and the rest of the folks who have a hand in making albums. What’s more, Swift goes on to call Spotify and similar offerings “experiments,” and she isn’t “willing to contribute my life’s work” to those outfits that don’t properly pay up. Spotify, for example, has been around since 2008, so we’re a bit beyond the honeymoon phase. Subscription-based and ad-supported music streaming has taken root in our lives, and it’s not leaving anytime soon unless there’s some kind of drastic change.

She’s also well aware of the example she’s setting. And being the popular role model that she is, Swift doesn’t want folks thinking it’s okay to give their hard work away for free. In the end though, it apparently just didn’t feel right. “But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word “music” out of the music industry,” Swift explainss. Of course, Swift’s previous releases are available elsewhere, and Rdio reaffirmed its commitment to artist choice today, while boasting that the star’s back catalog can still be streamed there. If you’re after the full quote from the interview, it’s just below. Oh yeah, Swift’s new album 1989 sold well over a million albums in its first week.

“If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free. I wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this summer that basically portrayed my views on this. I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word “music” out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with “Shake It Off,” and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, “I will try this; I’ll see how it feels.” It didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I was saying to my fans, “If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it.” I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”


Posted by on Nov 08, 2015 Filed under 1989 Album, Interviews, Media, Taylor Comments Off
Taylor’s performance on GMA [photos and videos]

Check out photos and a video of Taylor’s performance on ‘Good Morning America’ this week.

X35HQ//October 30th – Rehearsing for Good Morning America in New York City
X302HQ//October 30th – Performing on Good Morning America in NYC

Posted by on Nov 01, 2015 Filed under 1989 Album, Gallery, Media, Taylor, Videos Comments Off
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