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Here Are Your Grammy Nominations

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The music of Black Panther, with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards. Also of note: Women are heavily represented in the major four categories. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the Marvel Studios juggernaut, per the AP. Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By is up for album of the year, a category where women make up five of the eight nominees. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae, HER, and Brandi Carlile also are up for the top prize, along with Drake and Post Malone. The Feb. 10 Grammys is the first where the academy extended its top four categories from five nominees to eight. Some of the big nominations:

  • Album of the year: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B; By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile; Scorpion, Drake; HER, HER; Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone; Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae; Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves; Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar.
  • Record of the year: “I Like It,“ Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin; “The Joke,“ Brandi Carlile; “This Is America,“ Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan,“ Drake; “Shallow,“ Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “All the Stars,“ Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Rockstar,“ Post Malone and 21 Savage; “The Middle,“ Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.
  • Best new artist: Chloe x Halle; Luke Combs; Greta Van Fleet; HER; Dua Lipa; Margo Price; Bebe Rexha; Jorja Smith.
  • Best pop vocal album: Camila, Camila Cabello; Meaning of Life, Kelly Clarkson; Sweetener, Ariana Grande; Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes; Beautiful Trauma, Pink; Reputation, Taylor Swift.
  • Best rock album: Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains; Mania, Fall Out Boy; Prequelle, Ghost; From the Fires, Greta Van Fleet; Pacific Daydream, Weezer.
  • Best alternative music album: Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, Arctic Monkeys; Colors, Beck; Utopia, Bjork; American Utopia, David Byrne; Masseduction, St. Vincent.
  • Best rap album: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B; Swimming, Mac Miller; Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle; Daytona, Pusha T; Astroworld, Travis Scott.
  • Best country album: Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini; Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne; Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde; Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves; From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton.
  • Best music video: “Apes—t,“ The Carters; “This Is America,“ Childish Gambino; “I’m Not Racist,“ Joyner Lucas; “PYNK,“ Janelle Monae; “MUMBO JUMBO,“ Tierra Whack.

Cosby ‘Ruined’ ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’: Songwriter’s Daughter

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A new person is weighing in on the controversy over a Christmas classic: the daughter of the man who wrote the song. Susan Loesser, 74, tells NBC News that songwriter Frank Loesser would’ve been “furious” at his tune being pulled from the radio, noting that it was a “different time” when her dad penned the song and that “flirting was a whole different thing back then.“ She turns her attention especially to the line “What’s in this drink?,“ insisting that it wasn’t meant to be an allusion to date rape, but simply a “joke” about a drink “going straight to my head.“

So what led to the song’s more nefarious alleged undertones, per Susan Loesser? “Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody,“ she says, noting that while she’d heard people whisper that the song touched on date rape “from time to time” before the #MeToo era, it was only after the Cosby scandal that she hears that “all the time.“ USA Today notes Saturday Night Live made just that connection in a 2015 sketch, showing actor Kenan Thompson playing Cosby, singing the song with a woman next to him and joking about the famous lyric. The paper notes that just days after that episode aired, Cosby was charged with sexual assault.

Rapper Says Video Game Stole His Signature Move

Characters in the wildly popular video game Fortnite can snag celebratory emotes—read dances—based on real moves. There’s The Floss, The Worm, and the Electro Shuffle. There’s the Turk Dance as featured on Scrubs and this Seinfeld scene. And, to 2 Milly’s dismay, his Milly Rock dance, dubbed “Swipe It“ within the game. The rapper, real name Terrence Ferguson, says maker Epic Games included his signature move in Fortnite, where it can be bought for $5, without his permission and without offering compensation, in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed Wednesday in California, per Variety and the CBC.

His lawyer tells Kotaku race is a factor, noting it appears “they believe that they can railroad African-American talent because they doubt that there will be any legal consequence,“ though the Kotaku points out non-African-Americans could lob similar accusations. The CBC notes that while Fornite is free to download, in-game purchases of things like emotes have reeled in more than $1 billion for Epic Games since 2017 in the US alone. While 2 Milly registered the Milly Rock with the Copyright Office on Dec. 4, a lawyer explains it’s typically the name of a dance move that’s trademarked, rather than the move itself. The CBC’s take: It was a “smart move” for Epic to tie its brand to the most viral of moves, but it comes at a cost for the originator: “If you weren’t already following rap or internet culture, it would be easy to assume the dance originated in Fortnite.“

Petition: Spongebob Must Sing at Halftime

Spongebob Squarepants‘ creator may be gone, but he’s far from forgotten. A fan’s petition has garnered nearly 300,000 signatures as of this writing asking the NFL to have “Sweet Victory” performed at the next halftime show, Fox News reports. Spongebob performed the ‘80s-style power ballad at the fictional Bubble Bowl in the episode “Band Geeks.“ Maroon 5 is reportedly playing Super Bowl LIII’s halftime show in February, but “maybe the petition will inspire Adam Levine to belt out a few lines of the song in Hillenburg’s honor,“ says Vice. “At least 50,000 people out there know it’s the right thing to do.“ Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg died Monday of ALS at age 57.

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