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  • Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, Disturbed and Korn are among the rock and alternative artists who are nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning (December 6th), with Twenty One Pilots scoring a genre-leading five nominations, including Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media.

    • Jack White was nominated in four categories, although three of those were for his writing, recording and performing work on Beyonce's Lemonade album, which leads all nominees with nine nods. White's fourth nomination was in the Best American Roots Song category for the track "City Lights" on the Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998 - 2016 set.
    • Blink-182's nomination in the Best Rock Album category for its seventh studio effort, California, is the first of the pop-punk act's 25-year career.
    • The Grammy Awards will be held on February 12th, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.
    • Major nominees in the rock, alternative and other relevant categories are:

      Record Of The Year
      "Hello" — Adele
      "Formation" — Beyoncé
      "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
      "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
      "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

      Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
      "Closer" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
      "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
      "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
      "Cheap Thrills" — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
      "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

      Best Rock Performance:
      "Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)" — Alabama Shakes
      "Don't Hurt Yourself" — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
      "Blackstar" — David Bowie
      "The Sound Of Silence" — Disturbed
      "Heathens" — Twenty One Pilots

      Best Metal Performance:

      "Shock Me" — Baroness
      "Slivera" — Gojira
      "Rotting in Vain" — Korn
      "Dystopia" — Megadeth
      "The Price Is Wrong" — Periphery

      Best Rock Song:
      "Blackstar" — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
      "Burn the Witch" —Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
      "Hardwired" — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
      "Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
      "My Name Is Human" — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

      Best Rock Album:
      Tell Me I'm Pretty Cage The Elephant
      Magma — Gojira
      Death Of A BachelorPanic! At The Disco

      Best Alternative Music Album:

      22, A Million — Bon Iver
      Blackstar — David Bowie
      The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
      Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
      A Moon Shaped PoolRadiohead

  • Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus said in a new interview with St. Louis radio station KSHE that money was not the motivating factor in either singer Axl Rose reuniting with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan or Rose now hitting the stage on time. Fortus explained, "Axl has been going on on time for years before (the reunion). It's been great. Is (money) the motivating factor for him? Absolutely not. I've never seen that guy motivated by money, as long as I've known him. Otherwise, this reunion would have happened a long time ago."

    Fortus was also asked whether Slash's expensive divorce was a motivating factor for him to reunite with Axl, to which Fortus replied, "I don't know. Honestly, I don't think (money) was a motivating factor for anybody, other than the stars just seemed to align. We didn't have a bass player, we didn't have a guitar player. Really, that's how it sort of happened."

    • Fortus added, "I think Slash had been trying to get a hold of (Axl) for a while. And they sat down, and Axl was, like, 'Okay, let's just talk it through.' And they sat down privately, went through their laundry list of issues, and were able to put it behind them, and here we are. And it's been really great. It's been incredible, actually."
    • Fortus also said that he, Axl, Slash and Duff "communicate all the time" when they're not onstage, adding, "We hang out, we all travel together on the same plane."
    • On whether the current lineup of the band might record new music, Fortus said, "We are messing with ideas every day. I mean, every day we do at least an hour soundcheck, and we'll play through different ideas, like new ideas, put stuff down on tape. It's really organic . . . same in rehearsals -- we were always putting down different ideas and gettin stuff together and getting ready for that, yeah."
    • Guns N' Roses will come back to North America next summer for at least another 15 stadium dates, as the band continues its wildly successful "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour.

  • Disturbed was the most played act of 2016 at the Active Rock radio format, according to industry metrics released by Mediabase, which monitors and analyzes airplay in over 180 U.S. and Canadian markets on both terrestrial and satellite radio. The band's success was bolstered by several chart-topping singles from its 2015 comeback album, Immortalized, including its massive hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound Of Silence."

    • The other Number One singles from Immortalized included "The Vengeful One," "The Light" and "Open Your Eyes."
    • In addition to being the most played artist, Disturbed also had the second most played track at Active Rock with "The Sound Of Silence."
    • Disturbed singer David Draiman told us that he still hasn't gotten his head around the success the cover has had: "It doesn't stop being surreal. Every single step of the way, it's another incredible surprise, it's incredibly gratifying, and it's succeeded way above and beyond our expectations."
    • In addition to Disturbed, the top five most played artists at the format included Five Finger Death Punch at Number Two, Shinedown at Number Three, Bring Me The Horizon at Number Four and Red Sun Rising in fifth place.
    • The official video for "The Sound Of Silence" has had more than 147,500,000 plays on YouTube, while the band's Grammy-nominated live performance of the track on Conan also racked up another 37,249,832 views. The song also has more than 91 million streams on Spotify.
    • "The Sound Of Silence" was certified platinum last June for sales or downloads of more than one million copies, while Immortalized, Disturbed's fifth Number One album in a row, hit gold in September for 500,000 copies sold.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis revealed in a new interview with RTBF that he does not see himself or the band retiring anytime soon, saying, "We might always (be) writing music, writing songs, I can’t imagine that going away. I want to write a song today, tomorrow. That’s quite a satisfying thing to do."

    Kiedis added, "I think about it all the time, there’s so many things that I want to sing, melodies, and lyrics. So, if you have people you want to work with for a lifetime, there’s no reason you can’t write songs until the day you die."

    • Bassist Flea told us a while back that their love of music has kept the Chili Peppers going through good times and bad: "No matter what has happened, no matter how vulnerable and raw our pain, how much pain we went through or how much was good and we worked really hard and reaped rewards from it -- no matter what happened, we've always, like the thing that has remained really earnest and really humble is our love for music and our willingness to be students of music."
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers have just released a music video for "Sick Love," the latest single from the band's 11th studio album, The Getaway.
    • The band recently expanded their 2017 North American tour, confirming 27 additional dates beginning on April 12th in Washington D.C. and concluding on June 30th in Chicago. This follows the previously announced initial leg that kicks off on January 5th in San Antonio and ends on March 18th in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook was joined onstage during the band's December 3rd concert in Huntington West Virginia by Austin Dickinson, frontman for opening act As Lions who is also the son of legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The younger Dickinson and Hook performed a medley of the Five Finger Death Punch songs "Wrong Side Of Heaven" and "Remember Everything," with video footage of the performance posted online.

    Dickinson was filling in for regular Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, who left the tour for undisclosed health reasons and is said to be currently receiving treatment. The rest of the group's set in Huntington featured lead vocals by All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte, who stepped in for Moody for the last stretch of the tour.

    • Five Finger Death Punch has three shows to go on its current U.S. co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown. Also appearing on the trek are Sixx:A.M. and As Lions. The jaunt wraps up on December 10th in Duluth, Georgia.
    • Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained the band's decision to finish out the trek without Moody, saying, "Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect."
    • Bathory told us a while back that life on tour can be challenging for anyone: "When you're out on the road for, like, couple of months on a cycle, then everything sort of disappears. You're in this routine, you are in this machinery now that it's really, really interesting how real life and time, time especially, like, dislocates."
    • Five Finger Death Punch was forced to cut a show in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 28th short because Moody was unable to perform.
    • Although it was reported that Moody was overcome with grief over the illness and possible death of someone close to him, a number of audience members reported that he appeared to be intoxicated and disoriented.
    • Moody previously had an onstage meltdown during a May 2015 show in Memphis. The incident was blamed on his abuse of alcohol and drugs. He entered rehab after that. The singer was also hospitalized earlier this year for an undisclosed reason, leading to the cancellation of an Australian tour.

  • Kid Rock was a dedicated supporter of President-elect Donald Trump during the 2016 election and is now showing his continued support by selling a line of Trump-themed T-shirts. The first is a copy of a shirt that Rock was photographed wearing, on which states that voted red are labeled "The United States of America" and states that went blue are called "Dumbf**kistan."

    Another shirt reads "God, Guns and Trump," while a third suggests that Trump haters currently have something in their mouth. As always, Bob Ritchie keeps it classy.

    • Rock announced his support for Trump early in the year, telling Rolling Stone last February, "I'm digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there's going to be the same s**t . . . My feeling: let the motherf**king business guy run it like a f**king business. And his campaign has been entertaining as s**t."
    • Rock, who generally leans to the right, also supported Mitt Romney in 2012.
    • The singer's 10th studio album, First Kiss, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart in March 2015, the eighth album of his to reach the Top 10.


    The Transformers franchise might be as close as director Michael Bay gets to a superhero film.

    "I don't ever wanna take someone like a third of something or second of something. I gotta do my own thing," Bay told Collider in a new interview. "'Cause the most fun is when a real director creates the world. You know, you talk to Ridley Scott, one our favorite things to do is to create the world. Steven Spielberg, create the world. That is what it's about."

    • However, he added, "If I were to do something, I would have to redo it my way."
    • Bay says he's a big fan of Marvel movies, but he doesn't want to be a part of an existing franchise, he wants to build his own.
    • "When I saw Iron Man, it broke a lot of new ground for me, and it was a great character. Funny, witty, I liked that about it."


    Poland's supreme court has denied the United States' request to extradite Roman Polanski, upholding a lower court's decision and bringing the matter to a close.

    "We are very happy that the case is finally over," said one of Polanski's lawyers.

    • The U.S. had asked for the extradition following a high-profile 2014 appearance at a screening of the film Big Eyes. A Krakow court rejected that bid last October, and now the request is officially out of the Polish legal system.
    • The Oscar winner pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain, but later fled the United States to avoid a potentially stiffer penalty.
    • Polanski is now 83-years-old, and his victim is against extradition, stating that the director has suffered enough by living in hiding.


    MICHELLE WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Manchester by the Sea actress Michelle Williams graces the January cover of Elle Magazine, and gives an in-depth interview about her life in the spotlight, the need to draw boundaries and her ongoing struggle to remain authentic. Speaking of her life as a Hollywood mom to 11-year-old Matilda, she says: "If you feel like people are watching you, it's impossible to have an authentic experience of being alive. There's a performative aspect and a guardedness, and that's just death. I don't know how to live like that, and I don't know how to give a life to my child like that."

    CHRIS ROCK ANNOUNCES WORLD STANDUP TOUR: Chris Rock is ready to take on 2017! After announcing a $40 million deal for a pair of Netflix specials, he has announced his first stand-up tour in almost a decade. Dubbed Total Blackout, the American leg is set to kick off on February 14th in Durham, N.C. See his announcement via Facebook, below.

    ANNETTE BENING SECRETLY EXCITED TO SMOKE ON FILM: When Annette Bening signed up to play Dorethea in Mike Mills's 1970s period piece 20th Century Women, she knew she would have to light up. She tells New York Magazine the prospect actually kind of enticed her: "For a while in the past, I was smoking real cigarettes and loving it. I was like Oh my God, I have to smoke in this movie, but secretly was really wanting to." Ultimately though, it was a bust – she ended up having to smoke herbal cigarettes.

    BELLA HADID POSES TOPLESS FOR PAPER MAGAZINE: Bella Hadid, following her debut on the runway for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, just kicked up her game again with a revealing spread in Paper magazine (among many other things, it showcases her nipple pierce!). The NSFW but gorgeous spread linked below.

    EVA LONGORIA BARELY RECOGNIZABLE AFTER TWO MONTHS OF NO EXERCISE: We've all been there! Newlywed Eva Longoria, who married Jose "Pepe" Baston six months ago, has been skipping the gym lately, and it shows! The Desperate Housewives alum posted a video following a grueling workout on Snapchat after missing workouts for a few months. She wrote: "Oh my gosh you guys, I finished SoulCycle. It almost killed me. Look at my face. … It's like splotchy red. It's because I haven't exercised in two months and the blood is finally getting to my face. Maybe SoulCycle is going to make me younger. What do you guys think?" For the record, she still looks better than most on a good day! Check out a shot, below.


    Rumors that Angelina Jolie is planning to move her six children to London and pursue a job with the U.N. is "absolutely false."

    "She has no intention of moving to London," a rep said yesterday.

    • "In fact, she is looking for a new home in the Los Angeles area so that she can continue the family therapy sessions."
    • In recent court documents, it's been revealed that five mental health professionals are helping the family. A legal agreement between Angelina and Brad Pitt was approved by a judge last week.
    • Meanwhile, Jolie remains a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. And although she may not be moving to London, she'll be spending more time there next year to teach at the London School of Economics' as a guest professor in September 2017.

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