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Grammys 2013: Who is opening tonight and other last-minute tidbits about the show

Now that the 55th Annual Grammy Awards are hours instead of days away, here are a few last-minute tidbits and predictions…

* Who will open the show? Taylor Swift will open the show and she’ll be singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Together,” which is nominated for record of the year. There was a lot of debate about the coveted show-opening spot this year. Justin Timberlake, a favorite of Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich, almost usurped the spot in recent weeks, but Swift’s popularity and the less-than-torrid public response to the new Timberlake music tilted the decision back toward the 23-year-old country-pop singer, who was notified about a week ago that she would be the first voice of the night. READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson (and her engagement ring) shine through stage fright

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Of all the performers called up during the first two marathon days of Grammy rehearsals, none arrived on stage as visibly nervous as Kelly Clarkson who made no secret that she worried about a one-woman train wreck at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 30-year-old isn’t fretting about her singing voice (which sounded amazing at Friday rehearsals) or her three Grammy nominations (which include record of the year, perhaps the most coveted trophy in all of music). So what had the American Idol alumnus moaning weakly into the microphone?

“I can’t believe you’re making me say all of this,” Clarkson said Friday as she faced a cruel teleprompter with a speech about two of this year’s Grammy lifetime achievement award winners, Carole King and Patti Page. The mighty stage singer, it turns out, turns to jelly as a public speaker. At one point, mocking herself, she let loose with some speed-talking gibberish that sounded like an alien auctioneer.

All of it was very endearing, actually, and the small audience at Staples Center that witnessed her practice session (the crew, some press, industry types, and a few hundred contest-winning fans, guests and industry types) gave her a lot of loud support for good humor and pained candor. She was a trouper, in fact, just for letting the fans watch her struggle through – with a word she could have cleared the entire venue as country peer Taylor Swift did later in the evening.

Those fans were especially excited to be in the arena when Clarkson let loose with her singing voice, which showed no signs of hitch or hesitation. Clarkson, standing on a small pedestal stage that sits in the center of the floor audience, delivered a crystalline version of “The Tennessee Waltz,” one of Page’s signature hits, and then an absolutely incandescent version of “Natural Woman,” the song written by King and most famously interpreted by Aretha Franklin. And yes, that’s right Idol fans, that song would be familiar if you were tuning in during the show’s earliest days…



PopWatch Planner: The Super Bowl, the Grammys, and the return of 'Community'

51st Annual Grammy Awards - Show

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Once a year, America puts aside its preference for tasteful understatement and simple pleasures to celebrate everything that is good and loud about sports, television, violence, capitalism, and patriotism. It’s called the Super Bowl — a super… bowl — the clumsy but perfectly christened title for an American manufactured spectacular. The Ravens meet the 49ers tonight in New Orleans, but regardless of the outcome, the commercials will be analyzed, the enormous television audience will be documented, and the buffalo wings will be picked clean.

Check out our other picks for the week below and tell us what you’re watching. Have a great week!

Super Bowl XLVII, CBS, 6:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens will face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the most-watched television event of the year. More than 100 million viewers will likely tune in to see which Harbaugh brother will hoist the Lombardi Trophy, to watch Beyoncé perform at halftime, and, of course, to see all the dazzling 30-second commercials that companies shelled out $4 million to air. (That’s $133,333 per second.) READ FULL STORY

'VH1 Divas' Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona, and Ledisi celebrate Whitney Houston -- VIDEO

Divas may not be known for playing well with others, but there’s one thing on which they can all agree: Whitney Houston was their queen. And at last night’s VH1 Divas concert, the grand dame of divadom got a fitting tribute from a trio of young upstarts. Of course, none of those ladies sounded quite as wonderful as Whitney in her prime — but the number was moving and groove-worthy all the same.

After an introduction courtesy of Brandy — who played the title character to Houston’s Fairy Godmother in 1997’s CinderellaAmerican Idol winner Jordin Sparks kicked things off with “I’m Every Woman.” As colored lights glinted on a giant, crystal-encrusted “WHITNEY” sign, the song bled into Grammy-winner Melanie Fiona’s joyous take on “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which she sang while leading a crowd of dancers through a psyched-looking audience. Once she reached the stage, Fiona switched gears for a few verses of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” — paving the way for the jazzy soul singer Ledisi, who couldn’t quite hit all of “How Will I Know”‘s punishing high notes.


PopWatch Planner: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more

In a way, Batman is sort of like Santa Claus. He’s cloaked in mystery, sorts through the naughty and the nice at night, and has helpers who build his magnificent toys. Also — little known fact — the real Santa delivers his “Ho, ho, ho’s” in an Eastwoodian whisper. So it makes some sense that The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray just in time for it to become the stocking stuffer of the holiday season. (Yeah, like you’re going to wait that long to watch it again.)

Check out what else this week has in store.

SUNDAY, Dec. 2

Boardwalk Empire season finale, HBO, 10 p.m.

Empire has demonstrated that it knows how to close. Every season, HBO’s gangster prohibition drama eases into the action, patiently setting up the game’s pieces during the first few episodes, before thundering towards an emotional climax. Expect more fireworks tonight. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Whitney Houston's life and legacy


Whitney Houston’s tragic death on the eve of the Grammy Awards was a shock to the music community and the world. Her fans and colleagues have struggled with her legacy in the days since her passing, reconciling her one-of-a-kind talent with her battle with substance abuse and troubled personal life. In this week’s issue of EW, we explore Houston’s life, her influences, and how she will be remembered.

At the Grammys, Houston’s impact was apparent. Bonnie Raitt, Diane Warren, and other major music industry figures spoke to EW about her influence on their own work and on the music business as a whole.  “She broke the glass ceiling for female R&B singers to cross over,” Raitt said.

Houston’s music is what will live on. From “How Will I Know” to “I Will Always Love You,” we’ve compiled an ultimate Whitney playlist, featuring 25 of Whitney Houston’s best songs, as well as a collection of her life in photos.

For more on Whitney Houston and our complete Grammys coverage, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday.

Entertainment Weekly is now available on most tablets, including the iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and Samsung Galaxy. Think of it like the EW you already love, but on steroids: With our digital magazine, you can buy the recommended movies, albums, books, and DVDs while you’re reading about them. Plus you can watch music videos and film trailers, and find movie showtimes in your neighborhood. Current subscribers can access the digital version of EW for free by downloading EW app (also free) and logging in using your name and address or the information on your subscription label. Single copies of the magazine are also for sale through the app if you prefer to read EW that way. If you’re not a subscriber, but would like to become one, you can can do so by going to ew.com/allaccess.

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Special coverage: Whitney Houston

Essential info: Which Grammy winner's biggest hit is based on gang slang?

Here at PopWatch we’re committed to keeping you informed about the things you may not need to know, but that you want to know. So, yes, go ahead and guess which Grammy winner, famous for achingly vulnerable performances, has street cred (and a violent streak). READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2012: Who rocked the best pompadour?

If there was one red carpet trend to be found at last night’s fashionably chaotic Grammys, it was some attendees putting the actual pomp in pomp and circumstance. (If only two or three more people had brought Popes. Sorry, Nicki/Roman, but one Pope date does not a trend make.) No less than eight stars hairsprayed their best Conan O’Briens when they arrived at the Grammys rocking sky-high pompadours.

Nicki Minaj and the pope walk onto a red carpet...

I didn’t go to Sunday church today, but good news, guys! We all got a dose of religion at the Grammys, where the pope showed up on the red carpet! Well, sort of: Nicki Minaj, always known for her subtle fashion choices (sarcasm!), brought a pope look-a-like as her date, while she dressed as a Cardinal/Little Red Riding Hood hybrid. Take that, Lady Gaga’s egg!

Praising Minaj’s sacrilege, or Cardinal fashion sin, PopWatchers?

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Adele sings for Anderson Cooper post-surgery -- VIDEO

You don’t have to wait until Sunday’s Grammys to find out if Adele sounds just as heavenly post-vocal cord surgery. During her 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS, she sang “Rolling in the Deep” for him a cappella. Watch a clip below. What’s better: That Adele had to sing it a cappella because her nails were too long to play the piano, or that Anderson admits he jogs to “Rolling in the Deep” every day?  READ FULL STORY

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