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Megadeth sued over 'The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!' artwork

Megadeth sued over 'The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!' artwork

Megadeth has been sued for copyright infringement by the person who created the artwork for the band's latest album, The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!

In the suit, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, artist Brent Elliott White, who created art for previous Megadeth albums, alleges that the thrash metallers used his his work for the cover of The Sick "all without having paid [White] and without his permission." It names Megadeth, frontman Dave Mustaine and the label Universal Music Group among the defendants.

When details of The Sick were first announced in June 2022, White claims that, "Without a signed agreement with Plaintiff in place and without paying Plaintiff anything for his work, Megadeth knowingly released Plaintiff's artwork and -- shockingly to Plaintiff -- credited its lead singer, Dave Mustaine, for the album's 'Art Concept.'"

White says he then reached out to Universal Music Group, reiterating that they "don't have a contract or art release or usage agreement." White alleges that, "Defendants attempted to force Plaintiff to accept the same terms as for the first Megadeth album he provided artwork for," which he had previously stated "would not be acceptable."

By the time The Sick was eventually released in September 2022, White says he still did not have a contract or usage agreement with the defendants, thus they were using his artwork "without his permission."

The suit also alleges that Megadeth improperly licensed White's artwork to third parties.

"To date, Megadeth has still failed to pay Plaintiff for the work he performed for Megadeth," the suit reads. "Moreover, Plaintiff has not been credited for his artwork."

Reps for Megadeth and UMG have not responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

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Alter Bridge announces new 'Pawns & Kings' US tour dates

Alter Bridge announces new 'Pawns & Kings' US tour dates

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Alter Bridge has announced another run of U.S. dates supporting the band's latest album, Pawns & Kings.

The headlining outing, which will also feature Sevendust on the bill, begins May 6 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will wrap up May 19 in Dothan, Alabama. It follows Alter Bridge's current U.S. tour, which runs into April and features support from Mammoth WVH.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit AlterBridge.com.

Pawns & Kings, the seventh Alter Bridge album, was released in October. It includes the singles "Silver Tongue" and "Holiday."

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Machine Gun Kelly announces concert at London's Royal Albert Hall

Machine Gun Kelly announces concert at London's Royal Albert Hall

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Machine Gun Kelly is going London calling this year to headline the historic Royal Albert Hall.

The "Bloody Valentine" rocker will perform at the 150-year-old venue on May 31. For ticket info, visit RoyalAlbertHall.com.

Kelly's trip to England follows his 2022 world tour supporting his new album, Mainstream Sellout. The record, MGK's second collaboration with Blink-182's Travis Barker, was nominated for Best Rock Album at last Sunday's Grammys, but lost out to Ozzy Osbourne's Patient Number 9.

Meanwhile, Kelly recently performed at a Union Rescue Mission, which works to end homelessness.

"Spent last night down at the Union Rescue Mission playing music for the kids and listening to their stories," Kelly tweeted Tuesday. "They are 5-12 years old sleeping on mattress[es] on floors in a gym. One hot meal a day. The workers there are underpaid, the facilities need money."

"Put our tax [dollars] there," he added.

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Iron dance: Black Sabbath-inspired ballet to premiere in England

Iron dance: Black Sabbath-inspired ballet to premiere in England

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As pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath has inspired countless bands over the years. Now, the "Iron Man" outfit has inspired something a bit more unexpected.

England's Birmingham Royal Ballet, based out of Ozzy Osbourne and company's hometown, has announced Black Sabbath - The Ballet. The production will consist of three acts and will feature "re-orchestrated" versions of classic Sabbath tunes, including "Iron Man," "Paranoid" and "War Pigs," as well as "original new compositions" inspired by the band.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how this all develops!" says Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. "Black Sabbath have always been innovators and never been predictable, and it doesn't come any more unpredictable than this! I'd never imagined pairing Black Sabbath with ballet but it's got a nice ring to it!"

Black Sabbath - The Ballet will premiere September 23 at the Birmingham Hippodrome theater. For more info, visit BRB.org.uk.

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What do Soundgarden & Rage Against the Machine have to do to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

What do Soundgarden & Rage Against the Machine have to do to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

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While their contemporaries Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are already in, Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine still haven't been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This could finally be their year, though, as both the "Black Hole Sun" and the "Killing in the Name" rockers are among the 2023 nominees to be inducted.

Speaking with ABC Audio, Jason Hanley, Rock Hall's vice president of education and visitor engagement, says, "Clearly, both of those bands are very, very deserving of the honor."

In making Soundgarden's case, Hanley says Chris Cornell and company "did do something different" from the rest of the bands of the '90s grunge scene.

"They had a different rock sound that was maybe a little more rooted in heavy metal than some of the others," he says.

Rage, meanwhile, was not only "impactful" with their political activism, but also with their "innovative" music.

"Tom Morello's guitar playing alone could get them inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," Hanley laughs. "Not to mention the great lyrics and the presentation of it, that mixed hip-hop style and rock."

Soundgarden is a second-time Rock Hall nominee, while Rage has been on the ballot four times previously, the most for any artist among this year's potential inductees.

"I think maybe the issue is these bands often keep ending up on the ballot with a lot of other new names that keep coming out," Hanley says.

Indeed, eight of the 2023 nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including The White Stripes, Joy Division and New Order, Willie Nelson and Missy Elliott. Meanwhile, artists including Iron Maiden and Kate Bush are among returning nominees.

The 2023 Rock Hall inductees will be announced in May.

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Bret Michaels, Queensrÿche headlining 2023 RockTember festival

Bret Michaels, Queensrÿche headlining 2023 RockTember festival

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Watch out, October: September's coming for your Rocktober title with the RockTember festival.

The two-day event takes place September 8-9 in Hinckley, Minnesota, and features headliners Bret Michaels and Queensrÿche.

The bill also includes KIX, Orianthi and Lita Ford. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit RockTember.net.

Michaels, meanwhile, released a new solo song called "Back in the Day" in January. Last year, he and Poison joined Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on the Stadium Tour.

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New Sublime live album '$5 at the Door' announced

New Sublime live album '$5 at the Door' announced

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A new live Sublime album will be released April 21.

Titled $5 at the Door, the set captures Bradley Nowell and company's 1994 concert at the Tressel Tavern in Everett, Washington.

"We were so excited when we unearthed this tape from the 1994 Everett, Washington, show," says Scott Seine of Surfdog Records. "What made this even more special is the fact that there was only a left and right channel, straight from the mixing board, so there was no way for any fixes or manipulation to the performance even if someone wanted to. This show is raw, authentic and true Sublime."

If you're looking for a way to, ahem, enhance your $5 at the Door listening experience, Sublime now has an official cannabis line called Reefers by Sublime. For more info, visit ReefersbySublime.com.

Meanwhile, a Sublime biopic is also in the works. Last September, it was announced that the movie will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who helmed the Hunger Games movies Catching Fire and the two-part Mockingjay.

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Foo Fighters, The Killers, Greta Van Fleet playing 2023 Sea.Hear.Now festival

Foo Fighters, The Killers, Greta Van Fleet playing 2023 Sea.Hear.Now festival

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Foo Fighters, The Killers and Greta Van Fleet are playing the 2023 Sea.Hear.Now festival, taking place September 16-17 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The bill also includes Weezer, Royal Blood, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Breeders, Sheryl Crow, Mt. Joy, Bob Moses, Tegan & Sara and Living Colour.

Tickets go on presale Thursday, February 9, at 10 a.m. ET. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit SeaHearNowFestival.com.

Sea.Hear.Now joins the list of festivals Foo Fighters are playing this year as part of their live comeback following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins last March. They're also headlining Bonnaroo, Boston Calling and Sonic Temple, among others.

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Wife of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour calls out Roger Waters

Wife of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour calls out Roger Waters

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters have been on the outs for years, and based on a recent tweet by Gilmour’s wife, we won’t be seeing a reunion happening anytime soon. Polly Samson, who’s responsible for writing several post-Waters Floyd songs, took to social media to respond to a recent interview Waters gave in which he criticized Pink Floyd for releasing a Ukrainian protest song.

In an interview with the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung, Waters discusses his take on Ukraine, Israel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called it “really, really sad” that his former bandmates recorded the song “Hey Hey Rise Up” with Ukrainian musician Andrij Chlywnjuk, calling it “lacking in humanity."

That article prompted Samson to respond, “Sadly @rogerwaters you are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense.”  Gilmour then re-tweeted the post, "writing Every word demonstrably true."

Waters later responded to the tweet, writing, “Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely. He is currently taking advice as to his position.”

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Megadeth announces 'They Only Come Out at Night' livestream for Tokyo show

Megadeth announces 'They Only Come Out at Night' livestream for Tokyo show

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Megadeth's upcoming show in Tokyo will stream live online.

Dubbed They Only Come Out at Night, the stream will capture Dave Mustaine and company's performance at the famed Budokan venue on February 27.

The live broadcast premieres at 4 a.m. ET, but for those metalheads who aren't morning people, the show will air three more times throughout the day at 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. It'll also be available on-demand for two days following the premiere.

For more info, visit Megadeth.com.

Megadeth released their latest album, The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead!, last September.

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The world's forgotten boy: Iggy & the Stooges' 'Raw Power' turns 50

The world's forgotten boy: Iggy & the Stooges' 'Raw Power' turns 50

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When it comes to the sin of helping to invent punk rock, Iggy Pop still ain't got time to make no apology.

The highly influential Stooges Raw Power album turns 50 Wednesday. Released on February 7, 1973, Raw Power didn't exactly set the charts on fire at first, but proved to be instrumental in pioneering the burgeoning punk scene.

Raw Power was the third Stooges album, following 1969's self-titled debut and 1970's Fun House, but was the first to be credited to Iggy & the Stooges. Along with Pop on lead vocals, the record featured guitarist James Williamson, and brothers Ron and Scott Asheton on bass and drums, respectively. It was co-produced and mixed by David Bowie.

Having built a reputation for wild stage antics, Iggy's energy is felt throughout Raw Power, beginning with the album opener "Search and Destroy," in which Pop memorably yelps, "Look out, honey, 'cause I'm using technology" and "I'm the world's forgotten boy."

By 1974, the Stooges had broken up, but their impact had been made. The sound and ferocity of Raw Power paved the way for the explosion of punk rock in the mid-'70s, and Iggy is now known as the Godfather of Punk.

Following the demise of the Stooges, Pop went solo, and memorably reunited with Bowie for the 1977 albums Lust for Life and The Idiot.

Eventually, Iggy reunited with the Asheton brothers in 2003 and they released a new album, The Weirdness, in 2007. Following Ron Asheton's death in 2009, the Stooges were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Williamson rejoined for one final album, 2013's Ready to Die. Scott Asheton died in 2014.

A remastered edition of Raw Power was released last week in honor of its 50th anniversary.

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Ministry announces US headlining tour dates

Ministry announces US headlining tour dates

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Ministry has announced a U.S. headlining tour for this spring.

The outing will begin April 20 in Reno, Nevada, and will wrap up May 11 in Billings, Montana. Gary Numan and Front Line Assembly will also be on the bill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit MinistryBand.com.

Following the headline dates, Ministry will play the Sick New World festival, taking place May 13 in Las Vegas. They're also set to join Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper's Freaks on Parade tour, launching in August.

Ministry's latest album is 2021's Moral Hygiene. A follow-up is currently in the works.

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Ozzy Osbourne reacts to Grammy wins:

Ozzy Osbourne reacts to Grammy wins: "I'm one lucky motherf***er"

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Ozzy Osbourne has shared his reaction to winning two awards at Sunday's Grammys.

The Prince of Darkness earned Best Rock Album for his latest solo effort, Patient Number 9, and Best Metal Performance for "Degradation Rules," featuring Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.

In a press statement reflecting on his Grammy victory, Ozzy declares, "I'm one lucky motherf***er."

"I was blessed to work with some of the greatest musicians in the world and Andrew Watt as my producer on this album," Ozzy says. "Winning the Best Metal Performance was equally gratifying being that the song featured my longtime friend and Black Sabbath bandmate, Tony Iommi."

The Grammy wins were undoubtedly a bright spot during a tough week for Ozzy, who announced last Wednesday that his long-delayed European and United Kingdom tour would be canceled due to the lingering effects from a fall he suffered in 2019, which has required extensive surgery and recovery time.

"Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way," he said.

Ozzy was also nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance with the Patient Number 9 title track, which features the late Jeff Beck. Americana artist Brandi Carlile won both awards with her song "Broken Horses."

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Dead Kennedys criticize Grammys for leaving drummer D.H. Peligro out of

Dead Kennedys criticize Grammys for leaving drummer D.H. Peligro out of "In Memoriam" segment

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Dead Kennedys aren't happy about the Grammys leaving late drummer D.H. Peligro out of its "In Memoriam" tribute segment during Sunday's ceremony.

Peligro, born Darren Henley, played with the long-running punk outfit over several stints from 1981 up until his death last October. He also briefly joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988.

In a tweet Sunday night, Dead Kennedys wrote, "Hey [Recording Academy] you forgot someone who influenced more musicians than half the people you listed."

"Get with the times please," they added.

Though Peligro was left out of the video tribute, his name is listed on the Recording Academy's online "In Memoriam" list.

Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green, who passed away last December, was also left out of the video.

Among those who were included were Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Jeff Beck, Television's Tom Verlaine and David Crosby.

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Paul Stanley & more in full Workday Super Bowl ad

Watch Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Paul Stanley & more in full Workday Super Bowl ad

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Ozzy Osbourne's Super Bowl commercial has arrived.

As previously reported, the Prince of Darkness is starring in an ad for the company Workday, which provides enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, along with Joan Jett and Gary Clark Jr. All three artists appear in the full ad, which is streaming now on YouTube ahead of Sunday's matchup, as do KISS' Paul Stanley and Billy Idol.

The commercial posits that office co-workers complimenting each other as "rock stars" is upsetting to actual rock stars.

"Hey corporate-types, would you stop calling each other 'rock stars'?" an irritated Stanley asks. Cut to Osbourne, Jett, Idol and Clark listing off their rock star cred.

"I've done my share of bad things," Ozzy says while sitting by a pool. "Also your share of bad things."

Of course, an exception can be made if you happen to work with a real-life rock star. That's when we see a shirt-and-tie-wearing Ozzy sitting in a cubicle and introducing himself to his colleagues as Oswald.

Super Bowl LVII airs February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Linkin Park teases previously unreleased song from 'Meteora' era

Linkin Park teases previously unreleased song from 'Meteora' era

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Linkin Park is digging up a previously unreleased song from the band's Meteora era.

The track, titled "Lost," will premiere Friday, February 10. You can presave it now and check out a preview via LP's Twitter.

Meteora, the sophomore following to 2000's RIAA Diamond-certified Hybrid Theory, was released in 2003 and will officially turn 20 this March. One might think that the "Lost" release may preview an upcoming 20th anniversary Meteora reissue, like Hybrid Theory got in 2020.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park just last week revamped their website, which now features various images and hints related to Meteora.

"Lost" will mark the first new music release from Linkin Park since that Hybrid Theory reissue. The "In the End" rockers have largely been quiet since the death of vocalist Chester Bennington in 2017 and haven't performed live since their tribute concert to Bennington that same year. Last April, co-vocalist Mike Shinoda said that Linkin Park didn't currently have any new music or live show plans.

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Disturbed announces Take Back Your Life North American headlining tour

Disturbed announces Take Back Your Life North American headlining tour

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Disturbed has announced a North American headlining tour.

The outing — dubbed the Take Back Your Life tour after a song off the new Disturbed album, Divisive — begins with a quick jaunt through Canada in April and May, followed by a lengthy U.S. run spanning from July 11 in Denver to September 2 in Noblesville, Indiana.

Theory of a Deadman will support the Canada dates, while Breaking Benjamin and Jinjer will fill out the bill for the U.S. shows.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit Disturbed1.com.

Divisive, the eighth Disturbed album, was released last November. It includes the singles "Hey You" and "Bad Man."

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"Grateful" Machine Gun Kelly reflects on Grammy experience: "Don't trip on wins or losses"

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Machine Gun Kelly didn't win a Grammy Award Sunday, but he still went home having had a "beautiful" experience.

In his Instagram Story, Kelly shared a video of himself and fiancée Megan Fox walking into the ceremony while reflecting on how "grateful" he feels.

"I have to say to my fans, this is a beautiful moment," Kelly says. "Don't trip on wins or losses, the win is being here. The win is the journey."

Kelly was nominated in the Best Rock Album category for Mainstream Sellout, but lost out to Ozzy Osbourne's Patient Number 9.

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Jack White performing on 'Saturday Night Live' on February 25

Jack White performing on 'Saturday Night Live' on February 25

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Jack White is returning to Saturday Night Live.

The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather rocker will perform solo on the long-running NBC sketch show for on February 25. Having previously been the musical guest four times -- solo in 2012, 2018 and 2020, and with The White Stripes in 2002 -- White will officially join SNL's five-timers club during the episode.

During White's last SNL performance, he played a guitar designed by the late Eddie Van Halen, who'd died just a week prior, during a rendition of his 2014 song "Lazaretto," as well as a medley of his Beyoncé collaboration "Don't Hurt Yourself," The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" and Blind Willie Johnson's "Jesus Is Coming Soon."

This time around, White will likely be playing material from the two solo albums he released last year: Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive.

Actor Woody Harrelson will host the SNL episode and will become a five-timers member himself following his previous hosting gigs in 1989, 1992, 2014 and 2019.

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Grammys 2023: Scenes from backstage and the red carpet

Grammys 2023: Scenes from backstage and the red carpet

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Backstage and on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, artists were grateful for the recognition, though some had a hard time believing that they'd actually won.

Harry Styles' Harry's House beat out albums by Adele and Beyonce to win the Album of the Year trophy. Backstage, the pop superstar told reporters, "It's obviously incredibly nice to receive this. I don't think is the reason that any of us in the room do it. I'm so, so grateful that they thought the album was worthy of it...and I think more than anything, it just kind of feels like validation that you're on the right path."

But nobody was more shocked than Bonnie Raitt, whose song "Just Like That" beat out number ones by Harry, Adele, Beyonce, Lizzo and more to win Song of the Year.  Backstage, she said it reminded her of when she swept the Grammys in 1990.  "I can't believe this. I just can't," she squealed. "It's like when I won for Nick of Time. I just could not believe that they called my name...get the hell outta of Dodge, yknow?"

Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win in the Best Pop Vocal Duo/Group Performance category for her duet with Sam Smith, "Unholy." Backstage, she said, "I never, ever thought I would get this kind of recognition for my music. So it's really special. And I've got to get really, really drunk to process it!"  She then joked, "I want to find out if you can do a shot out of a Grammy, so wish me luck!"

Ozzy Osbourne, who recently announced his retirement from touring, won two Grammys for his album Patient Number 9. Andrew Watt, who co-wrote and produced the album and accepted it on Ozzy's behalf, said on the red carpet that the metal legend is "so overjoyed to be recognized," adding, "He's such a humble, amazing guy. And the smile on his face...was just amazing."

Country solo stars Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce became the first women ever to win the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit "Never Wanted to Be That Girl." Backstage, Ashley said if she could talk to her 16-year-old self, she'd tell her, "'I want to tell you what happens, but it's so cool...You're going to get a text from Reba [McEntire], but I'm not going to tell you why.' Which is what happened to me today!

Singer/songwriter Muni Long, who won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for her song "Hrs & Hrs," told reporters backstage that she hoped her win means that, finally, she won't be ignored any longer.  "Hopefully this means that people will just listen to me the first time when I say something and I don't have to continue to fight to get my vision across," she said. "For me, it means that maybe I might know a little bit!"

A highlight of the Grammy telecast was a special 50th anniversary salute to hip-hop featured dozens of notable rap performers, including the man who started it all back in 1973: Grandmaster Flash. On the red carpet, he said he's most proud of the fact that  "people who don't speak the English language, gravitated to this thing...this thing is not just an American art form. This is a global art form!" 

 

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