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Ed Sheeran's Grammy Win Turned Into Political Agenda Debate

(Radio.com) After music fans grumbled about the disparity in female artist representation at the 60th annual awards ceremony Sunday night (Jan. 28), Recording Academy president Neil Portnow called on women in music to "step up" and create that representation with their work (via Variety).

The debate continued online after Ed Sheeran's Best Pop Solo Performance win for the song "Shape of You." The pop star beat out an all-female cast of competitors in Kesha, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and P!nk--all female singers known for lyrics based on being strong, powerful and independent.

Some on social media expressed dismay over a man winning the award singing a song about a woman's body. "Love when four women are nominated in a category and the only man takes it home esp when that man is Ed Sheeran #Grammys," tweeted one viewer.

Sheeran fans defended the British singer and the win. "Ed Sheeran is really talented, he's played multiple tours alone with no band or backup singers and he writes all of his music," stated one such fan on Twitter. "He's never done anything offensive. Y'all always go for the wrong people to hate. Go to the root of the problem for god's sake. All he did was sing a song." Read more here.

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Donald Glover Plans The End Of Childish Gambino

(Radio.com) There are big changes afoot in the world of Donald Glover. The actor/musician has come one step closer to confirming the end of his successful musical alter ego, Childish Gambino.

"I stand by that," Glover said in the press room following last night's 60th annual GRAMMY awards (where he was nominated and performed as Childish Gambino) in response to his original claim to end the musical moniker. "I'm really appreciative of this. I'm making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they're important to progress."

"I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn't have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest," Glover added. "I think endings are good because they force things to get better" (via Variety). He may also be landing an interesting new gig. Read about that here.

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Luke Bryan Excited For Pink's National Anthem At Super Bowl

(Radio.com) When it comes to pop star Pink singing the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, country music's Luke Bryan revealed he is confident she'll hit it out of the park.

"P!nk is one of the best singers on planet Earth and I know she's going to do an unbelievable job with the national anthem," Combs told ET, having sung the Anthem at last year's big game.

"It's pretty nerve-wracking, I'm sure she'll kill it though. She's been on the big stage for a lot of years, certainly even more than me, so I know she'll do great and good luck, P!nk." Read more here.

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Luke Combs Laments Releases 'One Number Away' Video

(Radio.com) Luke Combs knows the pain of lost love. That's the sentiment behind the bittersweet and ultimately tragic story that unfolds in his latest music video for the single, "One Number Away."

The clip follows a young couple as they go from new lovers to broken up and estranged. All the while, both parties can't stop thinking about the other as the ponder reaching out for one more chance.

"One Number Away" is the third single from Comb's debut LP, This One's for You. Watch the brand new music video for the track here.

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Singled Out: Rahn Anthoni's Highway

Award-winning Christian artist Rahn Anthoni recently released his brand new "country soul" track "Highway" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Highway is a song that was inspired because life is about the road you are on. When we go through things in life it takes us where we need to be at the time of the inspiration. No matter if we are good or bad life makes it happen. When you are at a cross road it's time to make the right decision for you. I was thinking on the way the world is when I wrote this song. We are in a place of crossroads in our life and when someone listen to this sing its going to make you think about your destiny.

Love is what we look for in life and no matter what we go through we must choose the way that seems right for us. It's time we take life in our own hands and make the best decision. Look at the road of life as a highway and stay on that road of success.

When we have a chance to live a life of gratitude we take the right road and love all no matter what. highway is the way of life. This is why I'm singled out because I take the HIGHWAY and not the access road.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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Carrie Underwood Almost Received Her First Ever Speeding Ticket

(Radio.com) Carrie Underwood didn't get a ticket, this time. The country star shared a personally harrowing moment from the road after she was pulled over for speeding.

"Well, it happened today," Underwood posted on Twitter. "After 18 years, I can no longer say I've never been pulled over for speeding. I feel so ashamed! I may or may not have cried in my car after the cop let me go."

The singer added a trio of hashtags to her post: #RuleFollower, #GrannyDriver and #ImSorry. See the post here.

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Logic, G-Eazy, More Featured In New Netflix Series

(Radio.com) A new hip-hop documentary series is headed to Netflix. Rapture is the name of the upcoming show that "dives into the artists' lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd," according to a press statement.
Nas, Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze are among the artists featured on the show. "Way back, when hip hop culture was in its gestational phase, the powerful message therein didn't go much further than the five boroughs of New York City. Today, rap music is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and Netflix is the embodiment of the eyes from which she sees," said Sacha Jenkins of Mass Appeal, which is producing the doc.

"It is a great honor for Mass Appeal to work with Netflix to produce our new series Rapture. We've been telling hip hop stories since '96, and as natives we feel it is our duty to do the movement justice."

Two of the rappers featured on Rapture made appearances at the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards last night: Logic performed his hit, "1-800-275-8255," while Rapsody was up for three awards, including Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album.

The eight-part series debuts on March 30. Watch a trailer for the show here.

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Jennifer Hudson Is Handpicked By Aretha Franklin for Biopic

(Radio.com) Aretha Franklin's life story is headed for the big screen in a new biopic, and the Queen of Soul has handpicked the actress she wants in the lead role: Jennifer Hudson.

Hudson's big news was revealed over the weekend at music exec Clive Davis' annual GRAMMY party, where Davis introduced Hudson to perform for the star-studded crowd, sharing that Franklin had selected her for the movie. Hudson performed Franklin classics including "Respect" and "Think" (via Deadline).

Hudson followed performances by Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Ben Platt, Alicia Keys, Khalid and Logic. Read more here.

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Brothers Osborne Share Backstage Moments from Grammys

(Radio.com) Brothers Osborne attended the 2018 GRAMMY Awards in New York City on Sunday (January 28) as the country duo were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "It Ain't My Fault."

While TJ and John Osborne didn't go home GRAMMY winners, the brothers were part of one of the most poignant GRAMMY moments, sharing the stage with Maren Morris and Eric Church to honor the lives lost at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas after a gunman open fired on the festival crowd on October 1, 2017.

It appears the brothers also had a good time backstage, the duo met Bono from U2 and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Check out their posts here.

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Blue Ivy Orders Jay-Z and Beyonce to Shush During Grammys

(Radio.com) Blue Ivy wasn't up for any awards on Sunday night (Jan. 28) at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, but she was one of the most talked about celebrities to attend.

The six-year-old daughter of JAY-Z and Beyonce stole the show mid-ceremony while Camila Cabello was delivering a moving speech in support of the Dreamers.

As Blue Ivy's parents applauded the former member of Fifth Harmony, the little girl was filmed in the front row motioning for Jay and Bey to stop clapping so she could hear the speech.

Cameras panned to the family at the most opportune time, catching her motioning to her parents to put their hands down and just listen to Cabello's speech. The reaction on Twitter was swift and hilarious, check out some of the best posts here.

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