Monday February 9, 2015
Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards
Sam Smith was the big winner at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last night as he took home four awards. Smith won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Smith awards came for his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, and his hit “Stay With Me”. Smith’s hit drew controversy when it was released due to it sounding a whole lot like “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Smith says he had never heard Petty’s song, but he did settle with Petty and songwriter Jeff Lynne by giving them 12.5% of the songwriting royalties for the song. Questions like this actually come up quite often as Funny or Die points out in this Tom Petty Won’t Back Down sketch.
Here’s a look at how Country stars looked on the red carpet at The Grammys. PEOPLE gave high marks to Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Jane Fonda for their outfits.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Wins Grammy
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra also won a Grammy last night for Best Orchestral Performance. The group won the award for their recording of “City Noir” that was recorded live at Powell Symphony Hall in 2013 and released last year. The Grammy is SLSO’s seventh and its first since 1991.
Kanye West Says Beck Should Have Given His Award To Beyoncé
Beck on the 2015 Grammy last night for Album of the Year and Kanye briefly attempted to grab the microphone from him. That’s of course what he did to Taylor Swift in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards. After the show, Kanye was on with E! where he went into a rant about how the Grammys don’t respect true art. Kanye and Taylor Swift were also photographed together at the show and are apparently are now on good terms/
SpongeBob Overtakes American Sniper At Weekend Box Office
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened to $56 million over the weekend to take the top spot at the box office. SpongeBob‘s $15 million on Friday snapped a 21-day streak by American Sniper. The film on the late Chris Kyle finished with $24 million to take the second spot at the box office and push its domestic total over the $282 million mark. Jupiter Ascending and its $176 million budget pulled in $19 million in its opening weekend. Seventh Son opened with $7 million to finish fourth for the weekend.
We’ll have more on the numbers as well as preview Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.
Thousands Hit Soulard For Beggin’ Pet Parade
An unusually warm weekend drew thousands to Soulard over the weekend for the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard and the 22nd Annual Beggin’ Pet Parade. Tony La Russa topped the lead float as the Grand Marshal and Blues Traveler played a free show after the parade. Temperatures topped out in the 60s. The forecast for this coming Saturday, which features the Bud Light Mardi Gras Grand Parade, currently calls for temperatures less than half of yesterday’s.
Here’s a slideshow of pictures from the 2015 Beggin’ Pet Parade from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Did A Papa John’s Employee Give Out Iggy Azalea’s Number?
Just before the Grammy Awards last night, Iggy Azalea sent some tweets out indicating that a Papa John’s delivery driver had given her number out. She posted a screenshot supposedly from the sister of a driver that had delivered Iggy a pizza which was seeking to confirm that it was Iggy’s number and telling the singer “i am ur number one fan call me back please. Is this u please answer u r my idol”. She then posted another screenshot supposedly from a supervisor at her local Papa John’s that suggested the driver’s sister may have gotten the number off a delivery slip. Questions are abundant about this. 1) Iggy Azalea gives out her personal cell number and uses her real name when ordering pizza? 2) Rather than call the Papa John’s and talk to a supervisor, she texted either him or the driver? As if this story couldn’t get any crazier, whoever is running the Pap John’s Twitter account sent Iggy this incredibly tone-deaf response.
— Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns) February 9, 2015
Sling TV Now Open To Everyone Dish’ Sling TV is now open to everyone on the internet. Sling TV is a $20 per month service that allows you to stream live TV. Channels available on the service include AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS and the Food Network. Users can chose from several additional packages to add on to their service for just $5 per month each. The Sports Extra package includes the SEC Netowrk, ESPN U and Bein Sport. The Kids Extra package includes Disney Junior, Boomeran and Babytv. Head over to Sling.com to get a seven-day free trial of the service. The SLing TV app is now available on Android and iOS devices in addition to PCs and Macs. Roku players currently support the app with the Amazon Fire devices and the Xbox One supporting it soon. Kevin Hart To Roast Justin Bieber Comedy Central will roast Justin Bieber on March 30 and Kevin Hart has been give the hosting honors. The network tweeted the news this morning when they posted a picture promoting the #BieberRoast with Roast Master Kevin Hart. Straight Outta Compton Movie Trailer Straight Outta Compton will hit theaters on August 14th. The movie will tell the story of the early days of rap group N.W.A. O’Shea Jackson, Jr. is among those starring in the film. He portrays his father, Ice Cube. This first trailer features an introduction from Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. (Warning: Language)
Google Glass Is Not Dead Stories have been around for awhile now that Google Glass is dead, including this recent piece from The New York Times titled “Why Google Glass Broke”. Wired posted a story last night about startups like Brain Power and Augmedix.com that are using Google Glass for more than just taking video while walking. It is true that the current consumer version of Glass is going away, but that’s because Google is now putting Tony Fadell in charge of the product and looking to release a new version. Google is continuing and expanding work with companies like Brain Power, which is seeking to use the devise to help children with autism. The Google Glass team is quite aware of the stories that have been floating around about the product’s death.
— Google Glass (@googleglass) February 9, 2015
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