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Women Dominated The 2019 Grammy Nominations

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At least, where it really counts

The Grammy nominations always come with at least a few surprises, but in all the major categories, these 2019 nominations reflect an increased recognition of the extreme artistry and talent women brought to the music industry over the past year. They've always been contributing strong releases, no doubt, but the awarding-powers-that-be have been slow to take note. This year, women dominated the big categories—especially queer women, and women of color— to the point where the nominated men felt like more of an afterthought.

Take, for example, Album of the Year. Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer; H.E.R.'s self-titled release; my lesbian country queen Brandi Carlile's By The Way, I Forgive You; Kacey Musgraves's Golden Hour; and Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy are all clearly deserving and groundbreaking in their own unique ways, but their male counterparts?

Drake's Scorpion and Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther are definitely strong albums (albeit, Scorpion was underwhelming compared to the rapper's previous releases). But Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys feels more like a nod to his strong, dedicated fanbase, rather than the actual music, which pales in comparison to the social commentary and sonic masterpiece that is Dirty Computer; and certainly does not stand up to the steady stream of bops that built up to be Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy.

It might sound harsh, but think about it this way: Malone winning album of the year over Cardi B, or Monae, would feel about the same as when Beck's Morning Phase took home the title over Beyoncé's self-titled release in 2015. Even Kanye West couldn't keep from (half-jokingly) jumping up on stage and interrupting Beck, just as he infamously did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs six years prior. While I wouldn't quote West as of late, what he said then would apply in 2019 should Malone take home the award: "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé," just replace "Beck" and "Beyoncé with any of his female competitors.

There were plenty of other albums that were deserving of that single spot on the nomination list; Ariana Grande's Sweetener is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, but undoubtedly deserved better ("thank u, next" missed the cutoff date by over a month, so we'll have to wait until next year to find out if it gets what it deserves). But also, where is Mitski's Be The Cowboy, other than its single nomination for Best Recording Package? While of course, it's not as if the Grammys have ever paid attention to year-end lists or general public opinion, The New York Times knew to place her atop their best-of list, only second to Monae's record, and she took the top spot for Vulture, The Line of Best Fit, and Consequence of Sound. To not recognize it in any nomination except for one that relies on aesthetics is irritating. Even Taylor Swift's Reputation was snubbed, which regardless of how you feel about her, feels pretty strange given its sales and the Grammy's past nominating habits.

After over-saturating the meme capacity of the internet and making movie-goers everywhere sob, Bradley Cooper is now a Grammy-nominated artist, with A Star Is Born anthem "Shallow" up for Record of the Year, against the likes of Childish Gambino's "This is America," amongst others.

In case you were wondering, St. Vincent wasn't entirely missed—Masseduction, though it came out in 2017, is eligible for this year's awards, and has snagged 3 nominations: Best Alternative Music Album, the titular track nabbing a Best Rock Song nomination, and finally, Best Recording Package, because aesthetics count.

Women also dominated the Best New Artist category, with Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith contributing to a wildly strong category. In the past, this category has had pretty dodgy nominees (and sometimes, winners), so it's exciting to see a lineup of ladies vying for the title that we couldn't pick a favorite from if our life depended on it.

Familiarize yourself with the entire list, here, before the big night comes on February 10, 2019.
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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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