Grammys Drop Anonymous Nominating Committees After Backlash

The governing body of the Grammy Awards voted on Friday to change its nominating process, eliminating a step that has recently come under fire — the use of anonymous expert committees to decide who makes the final ballot in dozens of categories. Each year, the Recording Academy convenes music professionals to serve on its nomination review committees for 61 of […]

Grammy Rules: How They Affect Latin Music (Analysis)

The notion of a Latin committee was born precisely from the desire to showcase material that was exquisite but perhaps not commercial, and to avoid a default win for big crossover names. But as Latin music has become increasingly mainstream in the United States — and let’s remember that the Grammys honor U.S. releases — the need for a small […]

Marilyn Manson Accused of Sexual Assault in Suit Filed by Esmé Bianco

The Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the domestic violence allegations against Mr. Manson in February, it said in a statement. Ms. Bianco, who played Ros on “Game of Thrones,” was promised a starring role in a film Mr. Manson said he was making when she moved from London to Los Angeles in 2011 […]

Bennifer Reaction to Jennifer Lopez & Ben Afflick Rumors

The year was 2002. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were two of the biggest stars in the world, and their engagement in November of that year only catapulted them further into the stratosphere of fame as the couple cloyingly labeled “Bennifer.” Now, the year is 2021. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are still two of the biggest stars in the […]

Rossini at the Drive-In, as San Francisco Opera Returns

SAN FRANCISCO — It feels almost too good to be true after a pandemic closure of Wagnerian scale: an audience watching a cast of singers enter the War Memorial Opera House here to rehearse and perform Rossini’s classic comedy “The Barber of Seville.” And, indeed, we’re not quite there yet. After 16 months, San Francisco Opera did return last week […]