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The Grammy Nominees Have Been Announced . . . and Jay Z Leads the Way with Nine Nominations 

The nominees for the "56th Annual Grammy Awards" were announced Friday . . . and JAY Z leads the way with nine nominations.  The Grammys air live on January 26th on CBS.

Album of the Year:


"The Blessed Unrest",  Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories",  Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City",  Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Red",  Taylor Swift



Record of the Year:


"Get Lucky",  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell

"Radioactive",  Imagine Dragons

"Royals",  Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven",  Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines",  Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell



Song of the Year:


"Just Give Me a Reason",  Pink featuring Nate Ruess

"Locked Out of Heaven",  Bruno Mars

"Roar",  Katy Perry

"Royals",  Lorde

"Same Love",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert



Best New Artist:


James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Vocal Album:


"Paradise",  Lana Del Rey

"Pure Heroine",  Lorde

"Unorthodox Jukebox",  Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines",  Robin Thicke

"The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience",  Justin Timberlake



Best Pop Solo Performance:


"Brave",  Sara Bareilles

"Royals",  Lorde

"When I Was Your Man",  Bruno Mars

"Roar",  Katy Perry

"Mirrors",  Justin Timberlake



Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:


"Get Lucky",  Daft Punk featuring Pharrell

"Just Give Me a Reason",  Pink featuring Nate Ruess

"Stay",  Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

"Blurred Lines",  Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

"Suit & Tie",  Justin Timberlake and Jay Z



Best Dance Recording:


"Need U (100%)",  Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E and MNEK

"Sweet Nothing",  Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

"Atmosphere",  Kaskade

"This Is What It Feels Like",  Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie

"Clarity",  Zedd featuring Foxes

Best Rock Song:


"Ain't Messin' 'Round",  Gary Clark Jr.

"Cut Me Some Slack",  "Nirvana" featuring Paul McCartney

"Doom and Gloom",  The Rolling Stones

"God Is Dead?",  Black Sabbath

"Panic Station",  Muse



Best Rock Album:


"13",  Black Sabbath

"The Next Day",  David Bowie

"Mechanical Bull",  Kings of Leon

"Celebration Day",  Led Zeppelin

". . . Like Clockwork",  Queens of the Stone Age

"Psychedelic Pill",  Neil Young with Crazy Horse



Best Alternative Music Album:


"The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You",  Neko Case

"Trouble Will Find Me",  The National

"Hesitation Marks",  Nine Inch Nails

"Lonerism",  Tame Impala

"Modern Vampires of the City",  Vampire Weekend



Best Metal Performance:


"T.N.T.",  Anthrax

"God Is Dead?",  Black Sabbath

"The Enemy Inside",  Dream Theater

"In Due Time",  Killswitch Engage

"Room 24",  Volbeat featuring King Diamond


Best R&B Song:


"Best of Me",  Anthony Hamilton

"Love and War",  Tamar Braxton

"Only One",  PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder

"Pusher Love Girl",  Justin Timberlake

"Without Me",  Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott



Best R&B Album:


"R&B Divas",  Faith Evans

"Girl on Fire",  Alicia Keys

"Love in the Future",  John Legend

"Better",  Chrisette Michele

"Three Kings",  TGT



Best R&B Performance


"Love and War",  Tamar Braxton

"Best of Me",  Anthony Hamilton

"Nakamarra",  Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip

"How Many Drinks?",  Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar

"Something",  Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway



Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:


"Please Come Home",  Gary Clark Jr.

"Get It Right",  Fantasia

"Quiet Fire",  Maysa

"Hey Laura",  Gregory Porter

"Yesterday",  Ryan Shaw

Best Rap Song:


"[Effin'] Problems",  ASAP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar

"Holy Grail",  Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

"New Slaves",  Kanye West

"Started from the Bottom",  Drake

"Thrift Shop",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz



Best Rap Album:


"Nothing Was the Same",  Drake

"Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail",  Jay Z

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City",  Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Yeezus",  Kanye West



Best Rap Performance:


"Started from the Bottom",  Drake

"Berzerk",  Eminem

"Tom Ford",  Jay Z

"Swimming Pools (Drank)",  Kendrick Lamar

"Thrift Shop",  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz



Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:


"Power Trip",  J. Cole featuring Miguel

"Part 2 (On the Run)",  Jay Z featuring Beyoncé

"Holy Grail",  Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

"Now or Never",  Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige

"Remember You",  Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

Sexy Pictures of Famous People 



1.  ELLEN DEGENERES unveiled her "Christmas card", featuring her and PORTIA DE ROSSI doing KIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST from the "Bound2" video.




2.  HARRY STYLES and KENDALL JENNER were spotted leaving a New York City hotel together Saturday to go out for breakfast.




3.  A picture of BEYONCÉ from a recent concert has become a fun new meme.




4.  Here's that near-naked JAMES FRANCO selfie you ordered.




5.  Newly-single MALIN AKERMAN showed off her panties in a short tennis skirt.




6.  43-year-old PADMA LAKSHMI can still rock a bikini.




7.  Check out a gallery of celebrities who turned 60 this year.




8.  MILA KUNIS was a bridesmaid at her brother's wedding, and ASHTON KUTCHER went with her.

Kelly Clarkson is Vomiting A Dozen Times a Day 

KELLY CLARKSON isn't enjoying her pregnancy . . . quote, "I vomit a good dozen times a day.  It's like bad.  And that's the thing, too, you're not attractive when you're pregnant.  Like everybody tells you you glow and your hair is pretty and your nails are pretty.  That is total crap."

Did Lindsay Lohan Make a Guy Beat Up Paris Hilton's Brother? 

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly made a friend of hers beat PARIS HILTON'S brother BARRON to a pulp, after she heard Barron was talking trash about her.  Police were called but Lindsay left before they showed up.  Barron posted a picture of his facial injuries online, and Paris commented, quote, "They both will pay for what they did.  No one [effs] with my family and gets away with it!!"

Susan Boyle Has Asperger's Syndrome 

SUSAN BOYLE was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is a form of autism.  But she also has an above-average IQ.  She says, quote, "I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me.  Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."

The Top-Grossing Original Movies of 2013 

"Gravity" was the highest-grossing movie of the year that wasn't a remake, a sequel, a prequel or based on a book.  It was followed by "The Croods", "The Heat" and "We're the Millers".

1.  "Gravity",  $251.5 million


2.  "The Croods",  $187 million

3.  "The Heat",  $160 million


4.  "We're the Millers",  $150 million


5.  "Identity Thief",  $135 million


6.  "Now You See Me",  $118 million


7.  "Pacific Rim",  $102 million


8.  "This Is the End",  $101 million


9.  "Olympus Has Fallen",  $99 million


10.  "Elysium",  $93 million


11.  "Turbo",  $83 million


12.  "White House Down",  $73 million


13.  "Mama",  $72 million


14.  "The Purge",  $64 million


15.  "Prisoners",  $61 million

"Frozen" Beat "Catching Fire" at the Box Office

Disney's "Frozen" is the new #1 movie at the box office, earning $31.6 million this weekend.  After two weeks on top, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was demoted to second place with $27 million.



CHRISTIAN BALE'S "Out of the Furnace" came in third with $5.3 million.  Here are this week's Top 10 movies:



1.  "Frozen", $31.6 million.  Up to $134 million in its 3rd week.


2.  "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", $27 million.  Up to $337 million in its 3rd week.   


3.  (NEW)  "Out of the Furnace", $5.3 million.  Up to $5.33 million since Wednesday.


4.  "Thor: The Dark World", $4.7 million.  Up to $194 million in its 5th week.       


5.  "Delivery Man", $3.8 million.  Up to $24.8 million in its 3rd week.


6.  "Homefront", $3.4 million.  Up to $15.3 million in its 2nd week.


7.  "The Book Thief", $2.7 million.  Up to $12.1 million in its 5th week.


8.  "The Best Man Holiday", $2.67 million.  Up to $67.2 million in its 4th week.


9.  "Philomena", $2.3 million.  Up to $8.3 million in its 3rd week.


10.  "Dallas Buyers Club", $1.5 million.  Up to $12.4 million in its 6th week.

And Now, the Cast of "Anchorman 2" Showed Up on "Saturday Night Live"

:  If you aren't sick of the "Anchorman 2" publicity machine yet . . . the cast showed up on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and sang "Afternoon Delight" during PAUL RUDD'S monologue.  ONE DIRECTION, the musical guest, also joined in.

"The Sound of Music Live!" Attracts Big Ratings . . . and Carrie Underwood Says the Haters Need Jesus  

NBC's "Sound of Music Live!" special attracted 18.5 million viewers . . . but judging by the shots it has taken on social media, a lot of people thought it was a train-wreck.  CARRIE UNDERWOOD responded to the haters by Tweeting, quote, "Mean people need Jesus.  They will be in my prayers tonight."

Monday TV Reminders:



"Monday Night Football" . . . 8:30 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ESPN.  The Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys.



"The Voice" [Live Semifinals Begin] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC.



"One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on the CW.  One Direction promotes their new album and performs.



"The Great Christmas Light Fight" [Series Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.  Twenty families compete in groups of four to come up with the best Christmas display.  The winning group wins $50,000.



"The Sing-Off" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC.  Jewel joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman at the judges table.



"Bonnie & Clyde" [Part 2 of 2] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E, History, and Lifetime.

Tonight's Late Night Talk Shows:



"Letterman" - Ian McKellen ("The Desolation of Smaug") and Stephen Colbert.  Music Guest:  Chvrches.



"Jimmy Kimmel" - Queen Latifah and Adam Pally ("The Mindy Project").  Music Guest:  Cage the Elephant.



"The Tonight Show" - Megyn Kelly ("The Kelly File") and Simon Cowell ("The X Factor").  Music Guest:  MS MR.



"Jimmy Fallon" - Amy Adams ("American Hustle") and Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis").  Music Guest:  Jack Johnson.



"Carson Daly" - "Adventure Time's" artist Rebecca Sugar and Bandaloop.  Music Guest:  Soko.



"Arsenio" - Donald Faison ("The Exes") and comedienne Tiffany Haddish.



"Conan" - Snoop Lion and comedian Mike Birbiglia.  Music Guest:  7 Days of Funk.



"Craig Ferguson" - Demi Lovato ("The X Factor") and comedian Louie Anderson.



"Chelsea Lately" - Psychologist Jesse Bering (author of "Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us").



"Jon Stewart" - Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom").



"The Colbert Report" - Author David Keith ("A Case for Climate Engineering").

The One Thing That Guarantees a Successful Career Is . . . Good Looks

Well this isn't fair.  A new study has found that the one thing that guarantees a successful career is . . . GOOD LOOKS.  Researchers found good looks had more of an impact on people's success than IQ, education, or their parents' education.

(Daily Mail)

Three Surprising Things That Are Now Considered Good For You:  Self-Lovin', Alcohol, and Not Texting People Back

Three new studies have found three new things that are now considered good for you.  Scientists have found SELF-LOVING can help you fight diseases . . . drinking alcohol can make you live longer . . . and not texting people back right away can make you happier.

1.  Self-Lovin'.  A new study from the University of Sydney in Australia has found that vigorously fondling yourself can fight all sorts of illnesses, including cervical infections and urinary tract infections for women, and prostate cancer for men.



They also found it lowers the risk of developing diabetes, can help treat insomnia, and can fight depression.  (Daily Mail)



2.  Alcohol.  A study out of Tel Aviv University in Israel has found that a reasonable amount of alcohol can lead to a longer life.  They found caffeine has the OPPOSITE effect and might even shorten your life.  (Opposing Views)


3.  Not Texting People Back.  It's modern phone etiquette to text people back quickly . . . but maybe you shouldn't.  A new study found people who train themselves to ignore their phone when it buzzes or makes an alert are HAPPIER.



People who are able to relax and not constantly check their phones had less anxiety and stress than people who are always monitoring new messages.  (Daily Mail)

20% of Us Have Illegally Parked in a Handicapped Spot This Year, 11% Have Been in a Physical Fight, and More

A new survey asked people about their BAD BEHAVIOR this year, and found 60% of us leave our phones on in movie theaters . . . 26% of us swear several times a day . . . 20% have parked illegally in a handicapped spot . . . and 11% have been in a physical fight.


Would You Eat Dog Food or Go Streaking For 16 Bucks?

A new survey asked people what embarrassing things they'd do for $16.  22% would eat dog food . . . 19% would go streaking . . . 15% would kiss their boss, regardless of gender . . . and 8% would wax their entire body, including their head.


McDonald's Reminded Its Employees to Tip to Their Maids, Pool Cleaners, and Massage Therapists This Christmas

McDonald's has been getting heavy criticism for what they pay their employees . . . but apparently they haven't been paying attention.  Because on their employee website, they just published a holiday tipping guide . . . and reminded workers to tip their housekeepers, pool cleaners, and massage therapists.

(Gawker / NBC News)

Spaghettios Paid Tribute to Pearl Harbor By Tweeting a Smiling Spaghettio Holding an American Flag

On Saturday, Spaghettios paid homage to the anniversary of Pearl Harbor . . . by tweeting a photo of a smiling, cartoon Spaghettio holding an American flag.  But people immediately criticized them for being insensitive, so they pulled it down and apologized.

(USA Today) 

What's the Most Embarrassing Thing You've Caught Your Kid Doing?

What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever caught your kid doing?  Some of the best answers we've heard are a mother who caught her 10-year-old son humping a plush Shamu, and a woman who found her two sons recreating the ancient Greek Olympics by wrestling naked covered in oil.


A Hunter Shot a Woman By Accident . . . And Now They're Dating

Last month, a 23-year-old in Georgia named Matthew Webb was hunting deer, and accidentally shot his friend Audrey in the KNEE.  But while she was recovering they started DATING, and now they're living together so he can help her recover.  And despite the fact that he was on DRUGS when it happened, Audrey and her family don't blame him.

(Times Free Press) 

Simon Helberg - 33  (Howard Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory".)



Jesse Metcalfe - 35  (The young studly gardener who used to share on-screen passions with Eva Longoria on "Desperate Housewives".  Now he's Bobby's son Christopher Ewing on the "Dallas" reboot.)



FELICITY HUFFMAN - 51  (Lynette "the magnificent MILF" on "Desperate Housewives" . . . and a tasty pre-op male-to-female TRANNY in "TransAmerica", which earned her an Oscar nomination.  William H. Macy gets to nail her ANYTIME HE WANTS TO!)



Tre Cool - 41  (Green Day drummer.  Biggest albums:  1994's "Dookie" . . . with "Longview", "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around";  1995's "Insomniac" . . . with "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" . . .)


(. . . 1997's "Nimrod", with "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)";  2004's "American Idiot", with the hit title track, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Holiday";  and 2009's "21st Century Breakdown" with "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns".)



Reiko Aylesworth - 41  (Ambiguously ethnic Michelle Dessler on "24".)



Kara DioGuardi - 43  (Sexy-but-inconsequential former "American Idol" judge.)



Jakob Dylan - 44  (Bob's talented son.  Lead singer of The Wallflowers.  Their biggest album is 1996's "Bringing Down the Horse" . . . featuring "One Headlight", "6th Avenue Heartache" and "The Difference".)



Kurt Angle - 44  (Former WWE rasslin' superstar.  He now rassles for WWE competitor TNA.  Also the only Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler to ever turn "pro".)



Kimberly Kyle - 45  (Mattress actress who's starred in 85 fine films, including . . . "Temple of Poon", "Hook, Line & Sphincter" AND "Ass Ventura Crack Detective".)



Donny Osmond - 56  ("Dancing with the Stars" WINNER.)


John Malkovich - 60



Michael Dorn - 61  (Lieutenant Commander Worf, the Klingon on "Star Trek:  The Next Generation" . . . AND Officer Jebediah Turner on "CHiPs".)



Dick Butkus - 71  (Greatest linebacker AND greatest Kwik-Cook Grill spokesman EVER!)



Beau Bridges - 72  (Jeff's brother.  He was the base commander on "Stargate SG-1".  He also played Carl Hickey . . . Earl's dad . . . on "My Name Is Earl".  Now he's on the CBS comedy "The Millers", and the naughty Showtime series "Masters of Sex".)



Dame Judi Dench - 79  (Mature minx who played James Bond's boss, M, until they killed her off in the last one, "Skyfall".)



Dick Van Patten - 85  ("Eight Is Enough" star and unrepentant dog food eater.)



Kirk Douglas - 97  (Probably the oldest person on MySpace.  He has over 12,000 friends.  And YOU can be one of them . . .  Don't get too excited.  Like everyone else it appears he's stopped updating.)


Redd Foxx - (1922 - 1991)  ("Sanford & Son" superstar who, after years of faking it on TV, eventually DID die of a heart attack.)

Countdown to Upcoming Events

• 4 days to "The Hobbit: Part 2"

• 16 days until Christmas

• 55 days until Super Bowl 48

• 60 days to the Winter Olympics

• 67 days to Valentine's Day

• 1,138 days left of "Hope and Change"

170 years ago . . . in 1843 - London merchant Sir Henry Cole realized he didn't have much time left to write Christmas letters to his friends, so he hired an artist and a printer to produce 300 identical Christmas greetings.


He thought the idea was so clever that he printed another 300 and sold them at his shop.


However, many people thought THESE FIRST CHRISTMAS CARDS were offensive . . . because the artwork showed a festive holiday scene with people consuming the EVIL-BREW . . . ALCOHOL!


The cards were denounced as "deliberately conceived to foster and promote the consumption of alcohol during the holiday season."  So it's true . . . Christmas IS just a Hallmark Holiday!

106 years ago . . . in 1907 - CHRISTMAS SEALS went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Delaware, post office.  Proceeds went to fight the tuberculosis.



41 years ago . . . in 1972 - ELTON JOHN released the classic single "Crocodile Rock".



35 years ago . . . in 1978 - JOHN BELUSHI and "I USED TO BE" DAN AYKROYD recorded "Soul Man" and released it under the name THE BLUES BROTHERS.

34 years ago . . . in 1979 - College rivals EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON and LARRY "LARRY" BIRD played in their first professional basketball game against each other.


The Lakers beat the Celtics 123-105.  Magic had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, but no HIV yet.  Bird had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.



21 years ago . . . in 1992 - PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA announced their separation.  Their divorce became final August 28th, 1996. 


Princess Di and International Playboy Dodi Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris in August of 1997.  Goodbye Princess Di.  Goodbye Dodi Fayed.



19 years ago . . . in 1994 - Hypocritical BILL CLINTON fired saucy SURGEON GENERAL JOCELYN ELDERS . . . after hearing how she'd told a conference that whacky-whacky should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.



5 years ago . . . in 2008 - Illinois Governor ROD BLAGOJEVICH was arrested on federal corruption charges . . . including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery . . . for attempting to sell BARACK OBAMA'S vacated Senate seat.