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The Weeknd Still not Happy With New Grammy Rules

The Grammy Awards recently restricted their entire process, eliminating the so-called Nominations Review Committees which could sort of overrule the voters. This wasn’t good enough for The Weeknd, presumably because he’s still not guaranteed to win, so he still won’t be submitting his music for consideration because you can’t lose if you don’t compete.

He told Variety he still thinks the process is corrupt.

“The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag,” he tells Variety, adding that he will continue to withhold his music from consideration for the awards. However, he does say that the move is “an important start.”

“I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start,” he continues. “I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”

The Grammys didn’t actually admit anything was corrupt about the Nomination Review Committees, and honestly, the Grammys are not a presidential election where the results have consequences and need to be free and fair; it’s the equivalent of an office party for musicians and the point fo the Grammys is to be a commercial and make more money for the record labels.

The Weeknd sounds a little bit like Donald Trump crying about a rigged election. Or, you know, your shitty friend who complains you cheated when you beat him at Super Smash Bros. Melee, only there’s no actual stakes for Grammy Awards, unlike in Smash.

Honestly, I think the only thing that would make him happy is if there was a Grammy for Best The Weeknd, but he’d probably lose that too.

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The World is Not Watching: Grammys and Golden Globe s Have Record-Low Viewership

We as a society may finally be over awards shows. If you really think about it, they’re one of the dumbest things we do: rich celebrities giving other rich celebrities little golden statues to tell each other what a great job they did and how important they are. And then the celebrities who win, or don’t win, make it sound like the recipients of these little statues are a matter of the highest importance to our society.

There are probably a dozen of these that count as “major” awards, and people are finally tired of watching them.

I found it a little strange that the other networks had new episodes of their Sunday night shows against the Golden Globe and Grammy Award ceremonies as it’s not usually done, but clearly, they were on to something as the two shows both pulled record-low audiences. The Golden Globes only managed to attract about a third of their 2020 audience and the Grammys only got about half of their previous record-low ratings.

While The Weeknd and Zayn Malik are complaining about the way the awards are given out, the general public seems to care less than ever. I really don’t think that’s because the nomination process is too opaque.

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars from the same role she was nominated for Worst Actress in at the Razzie Awards. I get it, people like Glenn Close, see her name and say “Oh, let’s give her a little gold statue to tell her how much we like her!” It’s okay to admit Glenn Close was in a bad movie.

We all get a dopamine hit from having someone else say they like the thing we like, but do these awards actually mean anything? The winners are mostly the result of “for your consideration” campaigns and does anyone decide to watch a movie because it won an Oscar? You know what would happen to someone who did that? They’d have watched Green Book. Is that a price worth paying?

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The Biggest Loser at Last Night’s Grammy Awards Was the Grammys Themselves

Beyoncé’s 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy has officially won more Grammy Awards than BTS, the world’s most popular music group. If that’s not permission to stop caring about awards shows, I don’t know what is.

While it’s pretty gouache to claim that you personally not being nominated for an award is proof that the awards show is corrupt, the Grammys are and always have been out of touch. For example, in 1981, Bruce Springsteen was nominated for the first time and lost to Billy Joel.

Still, to take a massively successful and popular band like BTS and relegate them to a minor award category and then give that award to Lady Gaga… it’s not a great look.

Also, why are Best Album and Best Record two different awards that went to two different performers? Those two words mean the same thing. And which one is better?

But really, why do we have these awards shows in the first place? Does your workplace have an annual awards ceremony?  I think the music, television and movie industries would get along just fine without giving each other a bunch of statues basically once a month and just, you know, making music and entertainment.

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How Are People Like Halsey and The Weeknd Still So Pressed About The Grammys

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were both nominated for a Grammy award for Best Male Vocal Performance. The fact that Billy Joel won should have told everyone forever that the Grammys were a joke but still, people think there must be some conspiracy as to why the Grammys get everything so wrong.

The Weeknd called the Grammys “corrupt” in response to his snub.

Halsey made a post claiming the Grammys were given out based on bribes and nepotism and giving networks exclusive performances which sounds a lot like The Golden Globes.

And Blind Gossip suggests BTS thinks racism is behind their snub, what with them being the biggest band in the world and not getting a single nomination in a major category.

But the truth has been in front of us all along and that truth is that the people who vote for the Grammys are old people who cannot grasp the cultural relevance of music until years after the fact.

Let’s look at the Grammy history of Nirvana, the greatest, most influential rock band of all time. Surely Nirvana won Album of the Year for Nevermind, widely considered to be the greatest rock album of all time, right? Nope. In 1992, the year Nevermind was eligible for a Grammy, Album of the Year went to Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable… With Love, the album of Nat King Cole covers your spinster aunt wanted for Christmas that year.

Okay, but it had to have won Best Alternative Music Album, right? Alternative rock as a genre was basically defined as “stuff that sounds like Nirvana,” so they had to win that, right? Nope, they were nominated but lost to R.E.M.’s Out of Time, which is a good album but not better than Nevermind.

Nirvana didn’t win a Grammy until 1996, 22 months after Kurt Cobain’s “suicide,” when they got Best Alternative Music Performance for Unplugged in New York, which wasn’t even nominated for Album of the Year, which went to Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill. Anyone who was a teenager in 1996 that can remember what they thought about those two albums and what their mom thought about them at the time will know exactly why the Grammys go the way they go.

But let’s look at one more band that created an entire genre of music, Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin was nominated for six Grammy Awards while they were active: Best New Artist in 1970 and then five nominations for Best Recording Package. They won none of these awards. One of the most influential bands in history never had a single song or album nominated for a Grammy.

But Led Zeppelin has won a Grammy. They got several Grammy Hall of Fame awards, but they won an honest-to-God Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2014, only 34 years after they had permanently disbanded following John Bohnam’s death. The Grammy was for Celebration Day, a recording of a reunion concert the remaining band members had performed seven years earlier in memory of Ahmet Ertegun.

See, when Led Zeppelin was the biggest band on the planet, the old people who vote for the Grammys gave the awards to Carole King and Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. Only once the old people who vote for Grammys were replaced by old people who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin did they actually win.

See, there’s no conspiracy, there’s no corruption… it’s just that awards show voters are the most out of touch people in the world, and that’s especially true when it comes to music.

Whatever album does win Album of the Year this year, I’ll bet your mom loves it.

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2019 Grammy Awards Fashion: Who Wore It Worst?

The 2019 Grammy Awards aired live from Los Angeles on Sunday night.

And while the best-known stars from the music world came out for the event, let's be honest:

No one cared about what songs they sang or what albums they recorded.

They only cared about what dresses they wore.

Scroll down to see the best and worst dressed on the red carpet this year...

1. Nina Dobrev at 2019 Grammys

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Nina Dobrev is not a singer. But she still got all dolled up for the Grammys, as you can see here.

2. Alicia Keys at 2019 Grammys

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Alicia Keys looked amazing on the Grammys red carpet. Then she went out and hosted the awards!

3. Maren Morris at 2019 Grammys

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That's quite the train! We're very impressed by this dress, Maren Morris.

4. Alessia Cara at 2019 Grammys

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Alessia Cara went mostly black for the Grammys. But this still isn't your basic gown.

5. Kacey Musgraves at 2019 Grammys

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We love it, Kacey Musgraves! We love the bold choice you made here on the red carpet.

6. Ashlee Simpson at 2019 Grammys

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Ashlee Simpson sparkled on the Grammy Awards red carpet. As you can see, we mean that literally.
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Grammy Viewers Ask, Attack: Where the Heck Was Lorde Last Night?!?

Lorde was very clearly snubbed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Not in terms of nominations; the singer was actually up for Album of the Year, arguably the highest honor of the entire ceremony.

But that's the entire problem.

Very Good Lorde

Confused? Allow us to explain...

Lorde was the only female to be nominated for Album of the Year at this year's ceremony, as she was joined in the category by Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.

Impressive feat, right? Absolutely.

However, it was somewhat marred by the strange fact that Lorde was the only member of this illustrious group NOT to be asked to perform at the Grammys.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Lorde was approached by producers to take part in a Tom Petty tribute performance at one point during the event...

... but she declined out of protest.

Lorde on a Stage

It's hard to blame her, isn't it?

What possible reason would the Grammy Awards have for asking only men to take the stage?

Aside from the obvious reason of sexism, that is?

This oversight was made even more obvious (and unfortunate) by the ongoing #MeToo movement and the ongoing focus on how men are treated differently than women in the entertainment industry.

Late last week, a few days prior to the Grammys, Lorde’s mother sent out a cryptic message that clearly related to this snub.

Highlighting a portion of a New York Times article about gender equality in the music industry, she wrote "This says it all."

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CBS viewers subsequently tweeted their outrage on Sunday as they watched other artists and host James Corden soak up airtime in place of Lorde.

Following the show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow even responded to a question from the press about Lorde’s absence from the roster of performances.

This was not an oversight that went unnoticed.

“We can’t have a performance from every nominee,” he said without addressing any singer by name or indicating whether Lorde was invited to perform.

He added:

“We have to create [a show] that has balance... and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that.”

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As you can see above, however, this answer didn't sit well with viewers.

Especially in light of Sting, who isn't exactly relevant these days in the music game, being featured in two separate segments for some reason.

They found time for that, but not any time to recognize Lorde?!?

Not cool, Grammys. Not cool at all.

At least we'll always have Lorde's memorable VMAs performance to replay over and over.

But still: this was very lame.

Grammys Red Fashion: Who Hit the Hottest Note?

We all know the point of the Grammy Awards, don't we?

It's not to impress the crowd with your performance or your acceptance speech...

... it's to impress the crowd with your red carpet attire!

Which star accomplished this feat in the most fashionable, ummm, fashion?

Scroll down to find out!

1. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga was at her usual stylish best on the Grammys red carpet. Don't you agree?

2. Cardi B

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Yup, the singer attended with a flower in hand. And this dress on her body!

3. Kesha

Kesha looks tremendous on the red carpet. And she better not listen to anyone who tells her otherwise.

4. Kelly Clarkson

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She is one of our absolute favorites. Kelly Clarkson shines here on the red carpet.

5. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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Slay, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. Slay! The former is pregnant, of course, in this great photo of the couple.

6. Katie Holmes

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Holmes rocked this unique look for the event. And we totally love it, don't you?
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2017 Grammys: Who Owned the Night?

Adele stood and sang.

Bruno Mars made like Prince.

And Beyonce earned the admiration of every single person in attendance by belting out a pair of ballads while pregnant with twins.

But these weren't the only artists who took to the stage at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Scroll down and click PLAY a bunch of times to watch the best performances from the ceremony and then select your favorite:

1. Adele Says "Hello" to 2017 Grammy Awards

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Adele opened the 2017 Grammy Awards in typical Adele fashion. Watch this performance and see what we mean.

2. Beyonce, Baby Bump Put on Powerful Performance at 2017 Grammys

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Beyonce - and her TWINS! - put on an incredible performance in front of all Grammy viewers. Stop and watch every second of it here.

3. Katy Perry Makes Political Statement with New Single at 2017 Grammys

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Katy Perry took the stage at the 2017 Grammys with a powerful statement in mind, along with a new single. Watch her sing the latter and make the former now.

4. Bruno Mars Pays Moving Tribute to Prince at 2017 Grammys

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Bruno Mars, everyone! The singer dressed up like Prince and paid amazing homage to the late singer with this performance at the Grammys.

5. Daft Punk, The Weeknd Grammy Performance Was as Futuristic as You'd Think

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Everyone’s favorite robot musicians were back, with an assist from The Weeknd, at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

6. Beyonce Reacts to Adele Acceptance Speech

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Beyonce handled it very well after Adele won Album of the Year. Watch this video to see what we mean.
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17 Best/Worst/Most WTF Moments from the Grammys

The 2017 Grammys belonged to the two biggest solo artists in the business.

Adele won huge and Beyonce performed while pregnant... with twins!

But those weren't the only stars who stood out on stage, for better or worse.

Scroll down for a wrap-up of the most memorable moments from this year's Grammy Awards:

1. Ryan Seacrest Blows It

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You may have missed this, but Ryan Seacrest attempted to use the title of Jason Derulo’s new song, "Swalla," in a sentence. during a red carper inetview. "We'll do some Swalla-ing later tonight," Seacrest told Derulo.

2. Joy to the World?

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Joy Villa made quite the red carpet impact with this Make America Great Again dress. She REALLY does not want to get deported.

3. A Tribe Called ... Awesome!

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A Tribe Called Quest knocked its performance out of the park, from Q-Tip saluting Phife Dawg... to Anderson .Paak on drums... to Busta Rhymes ripping apart "President Agent Orange"... to Q-Tip ended it all with one word: "RESIST."

4. A Host with the Most

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James Corden can rap, sing, dance and be self-deprecating. These qualities made him the ideal Grammys host.

5. Bow Down

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Come on. We had to include Beyonce, didn't we?

6. Beyonce Reacts to Adele Acceptance Speech

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We also had to include her reaction to Adele's amazing speech. Click PLAY to watch.
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Joy Villa at the Grammys: Make America Great Again!

Joy Villa made quite a fashion statement on the red carpet of the 2017 Grammy Awards.

By showing a lot of skin? By going with a bold color? By choosing an unusual hairstyle?

Nope, nope and nope.

The singer/songwriter did so by wearing a red, white and blue dress that has "Make America Great Again" written on the front and "TRUMP" written along the back.

As you might expect, the outfit earned Villa a great deal of derision on social media, with one Twitter user noting:

"Someone who calls herself a feminist in her Twitter bio is wearing a Make America Great Again dress to the Grammys."

Judge the ensemble for yourself via the following photo gallery:


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Joy Villa made quite the impression at the 2017 Grammy. She wants to Make America Great Again, apparently.

2. Sending a Message

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Joy Villa is a Donald Trump supporter. What other conclusion can we draw from this dress?

3. A Bold Statement

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Do you need us to finish the rest of this dress? There's a "P" blocked from this photo. The back reads "Trump."

4. A Fashion Winner or Loser?

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Make America Great Again. It's a slogan that singer Joy Villa can evidently get behind.

5. I Just Want to Make Headlines!

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Joy Villa turned heads at the 2017 Grammy Awards. That's what happens when you wear a Make America Great Again dress.

6. Did Trump Pay Her for This?

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That's what some Twitter users are wondering.
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Lady Gaga, Ariaia Grande, Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran Auction Signed Items For Charity

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The likes of Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have lent their support to a Grammys charity auction to benefit MusiCares.

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Adele Says She ‘Burst Into Tears’ After Glitchy Grammys Performance

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Adele's appearance at the Grammy Awards this past Sunday sparked a lot of discussion online after her performance of the ballad 'All I Ask' was mired with technical glitches and audio problems. Ade...

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David Bowie’s Son Not Impressed With Lady Gaga’s Tribute At The Grammys

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One of the highlights of Sunday night's Grammy Awards for many music lovers was Lady Gaga's performance honoring the late David Bowie, who passed away from cancer in January. Gaga performed a medle...

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Skin Is In At The 2016 Grammys As Taylor Swift, Ciara & Selena Gomez Show Off Their Assets (Photos)

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The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony was held Monday night, and the theme of the night was showing plenty of skin -- especially a bit of cleavage with low-cut dresses, bare midriffs & cutouts, and sho...

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Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year, Sticks It to Kanye West

Taylor Swift did it, folks.

She got the last laugh in her ongoing feud with Kanye West in the most impressive of fashions:


The superstar reacted in shock upon hearing her name called, prior to hugging good friends such as Selena Gomez and going through an elaborately awesome handshake with Jack Antonoff:

Taylor Swift Celebrates

But it was Taylor's acceptance speech that has folks talking today.

Because she took a pretty clear swipe at Kanye West while become the first woman to EVER win Album of the Year twice.

"I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," Swift said at one point.

This was a clear reference to a line in Kanye's new song in which the rapper ponders having sex with Swift and says he made her famous by interrupting her speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

West also calls Taylor a "bitch" in that same track.

Added Swift to conclude her speech on Monday night:

"If you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there.

"And that will be greatest feeling in the world."

Well said, Taylor,

And very well done.

Swift, meanwhile, also won won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for "Bad Blood."

So you just go ahead and keep Tweeting, Kanye. Swift will go ahead and keep winning.

Ciara, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift Lead List of Hotties at 2016 Grammy Awards

The 2016 Grammy Awards are proceeding nicely. A ton of music that's hard to care for if you're not in the current music buying epicenter of under fourteen or over sixty. That's not a complaint, it's always been that way with the Grammy Awards. Another thing that's always been that ...

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Rockin’ It! Travis Barker Hits the Red Carpet with His Kids

Daddy’s mini musicians!

Proud father Travis Barker brought along two very special guests to Monday’s Grammy Awards: son Landon Asher, 12, and daughter Alabama Luella, 10.

While speaking to E! News‘ Giuliana Rancic, the rocker’s son said he was looking forward to seeing The Weekend, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber while Alabama admitted to being a big Lady Gaga fan.

“When they were really young, I had them both playing drums. I basically told them, at any point, if someone puts sticks in your hands because you’re my kids, you got to know what to do with them,” Barker joked of his children’s musical talents.

“So that started him on drums and she can still play, but she prefers the piano and singing.”

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Their other talent? Taking fun photos to post to their respective Instagram accounts. And while Barker admitted both children “usually show me stuff” or he will “catch something” before they post, he is happy to let his kids be a part of social media.

“They know what’s up, they’ve been touring with me since they were 2 and they know what’s right and what’s wrong,” he explained. “I think it’s just making sure there is no creeps or anything weird.”

He added, “It’s something fun for them, like on vacation they take pictures.”


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And while Landon and Alabama stole the show, Barker — who is slated to perform with Pitbull, Robin Thicke and Joe Perry — did touch on Blink 182’s much-anticipated upcoming album.

“We’ve got like 26 songs. We’ve been working with John Feltman, who’s a great friend, and he’s producing the album,” Barker shared. “It’s amazing. It should drop summertime.”

— Anya Leon

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Received Fertility Advice from Kim Kardashian West (and Parenting Tips from the President!)

She’s glory-ous!

Mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen stunned as she stepped out Monday on the arm of husband John Legend to attend the Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Although the couple were congratulated on their upcoming addition while walking the red carpet, they both joked their future may not be so bright.

“We don’t know her personality yet. It might not be a ‘congrats,’ ” Teigen said during CBS’ red carpet pre-show. Added Legend, “Maybe it’s a punishment.”

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But meeting their baby girl isn’t the only thing their waiting on: They have yet to decide on a name or finish the nursery. “Our house is still being renovated,” said Legend.

“We’re mentally ready, but physically, no. At least I’m not,” said Teigen.

“It’s weird because we don’t really know what to expect,” Legend told E! News. Added Teigen, “We’re gonna let it happen. She’s gonna fall right out and we’ll be good.”

As Kim Kardashian West has been giving Teigen pregnancy tips — “Kim gave me advice [on fertility] even before we started. She’s been here the entire time for advice,” the model told E! News — it’s President Barack Obama who’s been sharing secrets with Legend.

“He just said, ‘Be prepared to wrapped around their little finger as their dad,’ ” the “All of Me” singer told CBS.

The couple are already winning more than just best dressed parents-to-be: Prior to their arrival, Legend, 37, won best song written for visual media for “Glory.”

The singer is also up for best rap/sung collaboration for both “One Man Can Change the World,” his song with Big Sean and Kanye West, as well as “Glory,” his song with Common, and best rap song for “Glory.”

It’s no surprise Teigen — who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a baby girl — decided to put her baby belly on display. On Friday, the expectant star told reporters she was “definitely going to embrace the bump” with her ensemble.

Although she knew she wanted a form-fitting gown, Teigen still hadn’t her final decision on a dress.

“I grow two inches every 12 days … not that anyone’s counting,” she joked of her fittings. “They’re different every time because I keep growing like crazy. But we’re looking at two very different options.”

She added, “I like to go really simple, usually, but we want to have a moment and really have fun with it this year. I have a black option, a black lace, and then a white option. I’m still thinking.”

— Anya Leon

Carrie Underwood Says Son Isaiah Is Her Biggest Accomplishment: He’s the ‘Little Sunshine in My World’

She may have just kicked off her Storyteller tour, but Carrie Underwood is already in need of a night off.

And what better way to celebrate than while walking the red carpet at Monday’s Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

“We’re in random places sometimes and we’re just stuck with whatever we have. We’ve been really great and staying fit and being healthy while we’re on the road, making the best with what we’ve got,” the “Heartbeat” singer told E! News.

“But this is my little treat to myself this time. This is such a huge tour, we’re out for so long — I need some motivation.”

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An evening out isn’t Underwood’s only recent treat: The singer showed off her stunning new Johnathon Arndt necklace, a Valentine’s Day present from husband Mike Fisher.

“[I’ve been] wearing it for no reason. Like, I’m in my pajamas in my room hanging out, just wearing this for no reason,” she joked. “I was like, ‘I’m not just gonna save it for red carpets. I’ve gotta put it on!’ ”

And while she’s nominated for best country solo performance for “Little Toy Guns,” Underwood admits her biggest accomplishment arrived in March 2015 when she welcomed son Isaiah Michael.

“My little guy is the little sunshine in my world every single day,” she said. “He’s back at the hotel right now. He’s smiley and sweet and happy and … he’s the best.”

— Anya Leon

Charles Kelley Considered Taking Private Plane to the Grammys, But Hasn’t Been Out of His Robe in Two Days

It’s been a wild ride for Charles Kelley: Not only is “The Driver” singer a first-time father, but he’s also up for his first Grammy nomination as a solo artist for his hit new single.

But if he wins best country duo/group performance on Monday, the new dad will not be on hand to accept the award.

The decision comes after Kelley and his wife Cassie welcomed son Ward Charles on Thursday — six days ahead of his original due date. In the week leading up to his son’s birth, Kelley, 34, told PEOPLE attending music’s biggest night was still up in the air.

“I told [Cassie], ‘I do not have to go,’ and she goes, ‘No, I want you to go, Charles. This project means the world to you — this is a big moment for you,’ ” he said.

“If I do go to the Grammys, I’m going to just have to bite the bullet and have a little private plane waiting in the wings.”

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On Monday, Kelley took to Twitter to confirm he wouldn’t be attending. “Haven’t gotten out of my robe for two days. wish I could be [at the Grammys] today but my boy [Eric Paslay] representing in case we win,” he tweeted.

Other than the hectic timing of their baby boy’s birth, the first-time father felt pretty confident about parenthood. After spending much of his time surrounded by kids — brother Josh Kelley and his wife Katherine Heigl have two daughters while Lady Antebellum bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are also parents — Kelley admitted he had plenty of experience.

“I feel really prepared. I know that sounds so naive, but I have a lot of nieces and nephews,” he explained. “I’ve been around Dave and Hillary’s babies on the road a lot.”

And Kelley has also dedicated time to brushing up on his baby skills on his own, which has included YouTube tutorials on swaddling. “That is the most astonishing thing,” he joked. “Babies are going ape s— [and] all of a sudden get them into that tight burrito and they just shut down. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.”

All the baby prepping had a few surprising perks, said Kelley — especially when it came time to learn about breastfeeding..

“We had a lactation nurse come over and talk to Cassie about all the different things and apparently, I’m supposed to massage her boob a little bit,” he shared. “I was like, ‘I can do that!’ ”

And while Kelley was clearly thrilled about welcoming his son — “We’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like our whole marriage,” he said — the Lady Antebellum singer was worried about one thing.

“The only thing that scares me is the lack of sleep. I am such a baby when it comes to no sleep,” he explained. “Sleeping and vocal health go in the same category. I can always tell when I’ve been on the road and haven’t gotten any sleep.”

But even the potential all-nighters with a newborn didn’t deter Kelley’s excitement.

“I know how to do the rest of the things — I’m not grossed out by any of the other stuff,” he said. “I feel like I’m going to be a good dad. I love kids so much.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Danielle Anderson

Chrissy Teigen Admits John Legend ‘Ties My Shoes’ – and Soon He’ll Be ‘Shaving My Legs’

John Legend has a slew of new duties now that he and wife Chrissy Teigen are expecting.

“He ties my shoes for me — it’s hard to bend over,” the model, 30, told PEOPLE Sunday as she and Legend stepped out at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills. “We are almost at the point where he will have to shave my legs for me.”

The couple announced in October that they are expecting and later revealed that the new addition to the family will be a girl.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
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Teigen sported a green, form-fitting Galvan dress — “It’s a color that I really hadn’t worn before and it’s hard to find a good fabric right now” — topped with vintage Cartier Paris earrings to the event. Both she and Legend, who wore a simply black suit and tie, cradled Teigen’s baby belly as they posed for pictures.

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She told PEOPLE at the event that Legend, who is performing a tribute to Lionel Richie at Monday’s awards ceremony, is “going to be the best father … he deserves a little girl.”

And what will Teigen be wearing to the show? She hasn’t decided.

“I grow two inches every 12 days … not that anyone’s counting,” the model, who makes her seventh appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition this week, joked to PEOPLE on Friday. “We’re looking at two very different options. We want to have a moment and really have fun with it this year. I have a black option — a black lace — and then a white option. I’m still thinking.”

Chrissy Teigen
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Foremost on her mind, however, is the biggest change of all — becoming a mom.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing her face, and having her in my arms so I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is real!'” Teigen explains. “Right now it’s not real enough. I feel her [moving], but it’s still not real.”

— Char Adams with reporting by Reagan Alexander

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