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Image Group LA/ABC Did Ariana Grande fire her co-manager, Scooter Braun? Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Ariana recently terminated her working relationship with Scooter, who also manages Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Tori Kelly.

But contrary to reports, a source tells ET Ariana’s decision had “nothing to do” with Scooter's connection to the Biebs. "Ariana always has and continues to support Justin," the source says. "She did not think the relationship was working for her professionally anymore. It was time to move on."

The source adds, "She thinks this is the best professional decision for her moving forward."

According to ET, Ariana continues to work with her team at Untitled Entertainment, which includes manager Stephanie Simon.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicBastille has shared a video teaser for their forthcoming sophomore album. In the clip, frontman Dan Smith speaks about the process behind recording the new album, which is simply referred to as "LP2."

"I've heard lots of bands talking about making a 'difficult' second album," says Smith. "But we never thought that far ahead. I guess, until recently, we haven't had much of a chance to stop and think about."

Bastille has spent the last couple of years touring extensively in support of their 2013 debut album, Bad Blood, which featured the band's huge breakthrough single, "Pompeii."

"We've been so lucky to be touring constantly over the last few years, and it's been a lot of fun,” Smith says in the teaser. "But it's meant that we've had to massively adapt the way that we make music. So this new album, it's been written and recorded on tour buses, in backstage rooms, and in hotels all over the place. The process of writing and making the songs hasn't changed much. It's just that this time around, we're doing way less of it in my bedroom."

"Here's hoping it's not completely terrible," he adds.

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Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty ImagesAs part of Lady Gaga’s partnership with Mattel, the singer and her younger sister, Natali Germanotta, have designed the first celebrity doll for the toy company’s Monster High collection.

According to fashion site Refinery 29, the doll will be in the likeness of Lady Gaga and is set for release this fall. Mattel shared a sneak peek of the doll’s silhouette. Judging by the outline, the doll will feature a flowing high ponytail, flared pants and a sassy pose.

Natali, who serves as Gaga’s costume designer, tells Refinery the doll “represents showing your unique self and being the most vulnerable you.”

Mattel’s Monster High franchise aims to promote acceptance and individuality. Gaga, who’s appropriately known as Mother Monster to her fans, announced back in October that her Born This Way Foundation signed a three-year deal with Mattel to work towards empowering young people.

Monster High and the Born This Way Foundation also have just launched the #KindMonsters campaign. By participating in the campaign, people will be entered to win one of the first 100 dolls when they’re released.

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Annie Leibovitz/VOGUESay “hello” to Vogue's March cover girl: Adele. In the accompanying interview, the singer declares, “I like myself more than ever” -- and it shows. She evokes effortless confidence as she lounges in a beaded dress on the magazine's Annie Leibovitz-shot cover.

“I feel so comfortable in my own skin,” Adele tells the mag. “I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with. Obviously I have insecurities, but they don’t hold me back.”

Adele has been steadily making healthier choices, most of which began when she became pregnant with her now three-year-old son, Angelo. “The whole thing about me feeling good about myself comes down to Angelo," she says. "I can’t wait till I meet his best friend. I’ll make his room a shrine when he goes to university!”

She says she's given up smoking, has almost given up alcohol and knows what foods and drink to avoid to protect her throat. “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour, so I lost a bit of weight,” she says. “Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes -- which is a really big problem for me!”

Why is it a problem? Because now she has a shopping habit, Adele jokes.

Last month, Adele officially released her second single off 25, “When We Were Young.”  She calls it her favorite song on the album. After working with Xavier Dolan on the “Hello” video, she says she’d like to work with another movie director on the “When We Were Young” video -- preferably Todd Haynes.

“I loved Carol,” she says of the Haynes-directed, Oscar-nominated flick. “I loved the way it looked, and I loved the awkward silence in it -- I’d like to have some awkward silence in the music video.”

Friday, Adele plays a one-night only concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, ahead of her Grammy performance Monday. Shortly after, she embarks on the European leg of her world tour, starting February 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“I’m only touring for the fans, to see the people that changed my life,” she tells Vogue. “There’s no need for me to tour. I’ll always be nervous, worrying whether I’m going to be good enough. And the adrenaline is so exhausting.”

Judging by her success so far, it's probably safe to say she has nothing to worry about.

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Image Group LA/ABC WALK THE MOON has shared the video for their current single, "Work This Body." The clip, which you can watch now at EW.com, stars a young student who starts a food fight during a school talent show.

"'Work This Body' is a song about getting my a** in shape and standing up to my fears," frontman Nick Petricca tells Entertainment Weekly. "The video portrays a school kid much braver than I was who starts a revolution with a lunchbox. It's a little nudge to the skeptic that there really are superheroes among us."

"Work This Body" is a song from WALK THE MOON's latest album, TALKING IS HARD, as is their breakthrough hit, "Shut Up and Dance. The band will be performing both "Work This Body" and "Shut Up and Dance" before this Saturday's NBA All-Star slam dunk contest.

This summer, WALK THE MOON will embark on the Work This Body tour, which will feature support from MisterWives on select dates.

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Image Group LA/ABCGwen Stefani released her latest single overnight Thursday, and she seems to have taken inspiration from her romance with fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton. The lyrics for the upbeat “Make Me Like You” tell the story of unexpectedly finding new love after heartbreak.

"I was fine before I met you/I was broken but fine/I was lost and uncertain/But my heart was still mine/I was free before I met you/I was broken but free/All alone in the clear view/But now you are all I see,” she sings on the track.

The song serves as Gwen’s second single off her forthcoming album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, out March 18.

Blake tweeted his support for the tune shortly after its release, writing, “You can probably understand the multiple reasons why I just bought this…I hope you do to[o]!!! @gwenstefani.”

Gwen tweeted back, “hope u like this song,” along with a winky face emoji.

The music video for the song will be both recorded and broadcast live during a four-minute commercial break during the Grammys Monday night.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3Thursday was supposed to mark the release of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, what with the Madison Square Garden live performance, streamed online.  However, the set wasn't posted to digital retailers, as expected. Just when fans were starting to think Kanye may have punked them, the rapper has announced his seventh studio effort will be released today, February 12.

"The album is being mastered and will be out today… added on a couple of tracks… " Kanye confirmed on Twitter.

Although West didn't specify an exact release time, he promised that new music will be released every week, beginning with a new track titled "30." Hours."

"Now that the album is finally finished it’s back to Good Fridays," he wrote, and added a link to the song on his SoundCloud page.

The Life of Pablo includes contributions from Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Kid Cudi, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, El DeBarge, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others.

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After world-premiering his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden Thursday, Kanye West is now defending his controversial material about Taylor Swift, including one song in which he raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b**** famous."

The rapper took to Twitter to explain the meaning behind his bold reference: "I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her…," he tweeted, later adding, "I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."

Kanye adds that his choice of words is no big deal. "Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word N****," he writes.

He also says Taylor was in on the idea -- or at least part of it. "I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with …," Kanye wrote, adding: "She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him. I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS."

A representative for Swift confirms Kanye contacted her, but says Swift cautioned Kanye about "releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message."  The rep also says Swift was never told about the contentious lyric, "I made that b**** famous."

Kanye's album is laced with his explicit lyrics and even makes reference to the sexual past of his wife Kim Kardashian, to whom he also refers using the B-word. Kanye explains that he refuses to censor himself: "I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship."

West also says Kim was aware of the vulgar verses. "I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it," he wrote. "Stop trying to demonize real artist Stop trying to compromise art."  The rapper adds that he's standing up for real music. "That’s why music is so f****** watered down right now I miss that DMX feeling," he writes. " I miss that feeling so that’s what I want to help restore.  They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture, but you can see at Madison Square Garden that you can stop us."

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Peter YangHave you been practicing your Blue Steel? Zoolander No. 2 hits theaters today and features some memorable cameos by a couple of major music stars. Justin Bieber and Sting both appear in the sequel to the 2001 spoof on male modelling.

Ben Stiller reprises his role as dimwitted supermodel Derek Zoolander, and Owen Wilson is back as his former runway nemesis, Hansel McDonald.  The two must join forces to track down a villain who’s been killing the world’s most beautiful people.  

As we already knew from the trailer, the Biebs is one of the unfortunate victims. Before he meets his tragic demise, he takes a selfie while flashing Zoolander’s signature Blue Steel look. So how did Justin land the role? The movie’s screenwriter, Justin Theroux, explains.

“It came out of a conversation with me and Ben [Stiller],” he says. “I knew he was on the first page of the first draft that we worked on together and, again, when we wrote it, it was about five years, six years ago, something like that, so the joke changed because it was actually just a joke about killing a tween or teenager. Now he's a man so the joke's sort of evolved.”

They also managed to get Sting on board for a more substantial role. He plays himself in the film, and he might just hold the key to the movie’s core mystery.

“Sting's not even a cameo -- he's a full-on cast member,” Theroux says. “He delivers so much of the plot in that one scene where he explains his conspiracy theory.”

Theroux admits he was super nervous about getting Sting to sign on for the project, but everything worked out for the best.  “He was going to be the one call that was made that would be super disappointing if we didn't get Sting,” he says. “So we were nervous when we sent him the script because if he had said ‘no,’ we would have had to go back to the drawing board and we felt like there could be no one else but Sting.”

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Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTVLooks like the feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift is on again. 

Thursday, the rapper unveiled his latest album, The Life of Pablo, at a lavish combination listening party and fashion show at New York City's Madison Square Garden. In one of the new tracks, "Famous," Kanye says, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that b**** famous."

When word of the track got out, Taylor's brother Austin posted a video clip to Instagram of him throwing a pair of Kanye's Yeezy sneakers into the garbage.  "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning," he writes.  "Here we go again."

Late Thursday, TMZ reported that Kanye had called Taylor in advance to tell her about the lyric, but a rep for Swift says that's not true.

"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account," the rep said in a statement. "She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that b***** famous.'"

 

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

A video posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) on Feb 11, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

 

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The Recording AcademyLady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift will all be taking the stage at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Monday night. The ceremony’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, tells ABC Radio we can expect each performance to contribute something unique to the show.

Without giving too much away, he describes Gaga’s David Bowie tribute as “meaningful” and “eclectic.” He says Gaga will be singing more than one song and has been working closely with the musical director of the segment, frequent Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers.

“It'll be fitting for David,” Ken says. “It'll be meaningful. But, you know, David was eclectic, David was a character. So, you know, you can say the same thing about Lady Gaga and that's what we expect it'll be.”

Adele’s performance, meanwhile, will be all about simplicity. For her first Grammy performance in four years, Ken says the focus will be on her stellar vocals.

“Adele's just a complete artist; she's a complete performer,” he says. “…We need to be able to feature her -- both vocally and this persona that she presents that's just so real. So this is gonna be an intimate performance, it's gonna be something that we haven't done with her before, but we're really excited about it 'cause the whole arena is gonna be focused in on Adele.”

But first, all eyes will be on Taylor -- her performance is opening the show. The seven-time nominee previously kicked off the Grammy ceremony in 2013, with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." This time around, her song of choice will be a surprise.

“I don't know if we've talked about what the song is or not. I don't think we have and I'd rather not give it away,” Ken says. “But she is gonna blow it out and it's gonna rock the house.” 

The Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Randy Holmes She's been nominated for several awards and even won a couple, but Tori Kelly has really hit the big time with her Grammy nod for Best New Artist.   Because the Grammys are voted on by people who are actively involved in the music industry and the music-making process, she says a Grammy nomination means more than any other honor.

"It does, I think, because the people who are voting actually study the music and they’re actually digging in and researching everything," she tells ABC Radio. "So…I think it just makes it that much bigger of an honor, ‘cause you know that they’re doing their studies on you."

Tori is friendly with one of the competitors in her category -- Meghan Trainor, who was also nominated last year.  Meghan says the two have been communicating about the big night, and the rest of their competition: country star Sam Hunt, singer/songwriter James Bay and quirky Australian artist Courtney Barnett.  Meghan is a fan of all of those artists, and in fact, she wants to get together for a little pre-Grammy meet and greet.

"It’s very cool," she says of her respect for Tori, Sam, James and Courtney. "I’ve been texting Tori, like, 'Yo, we should all hang out right before and get to meet.' ‘Cause I’ve been dying to meet James Bay forever, and Sam Hunt, and now Courtney, I just learned her music. So I think we should all chill before [the show]."

Tori and James actually will be performing together at the Grammys, which air Monday night on CBS.  Meghan also will be performing, as part of a tribute to Lionel Richie.

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Image Group LA/ABCLast year, Meghan Trainor was nominated for two Grammy Awards for her hit "All About That Bass." She didn't win, but this year, she's nominated again, for Best New Artist.  Far from being jaded, Megan says she's still nervous and excited, because to her, this nod means even more.

"The award is much different," she tells ABC Radio. "Last year, it was two nominations for a song. This year it’s me an artist, which is very different for me and kinda more important to me, because I like being nominated for my songs, but this is, like, proving to myself, 'You can be an artist and everyone and the Grammys see you as an artist.' So it’s a big deal."

And while Meghan has won quite a few awards already, she says the Grammys are still the gold standard for her.  "Everyone in the music industry, that’s our dreams, that’s goals...that’s, like, the Oscars for us," she says. "So…it would be pretty awesome to get one!"

Since Meghan is now an old hand at the Grammys, what's her advice for anyone who's attending as a first-time nominee?  Do something that will make you feel calm, for one.

"It’s terrifying and you’re sweaty and you’re uncomfortable ‘cause you’re in a big gown and all your dreams are coming true and you see all your favorite artists ever around you," Meghan tells ABC Radio. "It’s nice to go with someone you know, like your father, or family members, ‘cause you look left and you can take a breath and you’re like, 'Oh, OK! I’m not alone.'”

"Every commercial break, I would stand up in front of everyone and pull down my dress," she adds. "I was like, 'I’m so uncomfortable!' And it’s just nerve-wracking and I dunno....it’s better with fam."

In fact, that's what Meghan did last year -- her dad was her date -- and that's what she's doing again this year. "I’m bringing my tight family -- my mom, my two bros, [my dad] and my uncle -- this time," she says. "And we’re just too excited!" 

By the way, the reason Meghan wasn't nominated for Best New Artist last year is because she hadn't yet released a full-length debut album.  Title came out in January of 2015, after the deadline for the Grammys had already passed.

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Michael Becker/FOXOn Thursday night’s edition of American Idol, the twelve contestants who performed on Wednesday were paired with Idol favorites Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Nick Fradiani, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. Each former Idol was paired with two contestants. After they all performed, the judges deliberated. Seven contestants made it through and five singers were sent home.

La’Porsha Renae, Sonika Vaid, Avalon Young, Gianna Isabella, Thomas Stringfellow, Mackenzie Bourg and Janeve Rose Mitchell move on to the next round.

It was the end of the road for Emily Brooke, Stephany Negrete, Jenna Renae, James VIII and Jordan Sasser.

Here are Wednesday’s highlights:

Lauren Alaina and Emily Brooke were both 15 years old when they auditioned and both were from Nashville, so they already had a lot in common when they teamed up for Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor.” Harry thought the song suited Lauren more than Emily and suggested she go for something more “under-produced,” although he thought Brooke held her own against the more experienced former Idol. Keith agreed and Jennifer added that Brooke had the makings of someone who could eventually turn into another Lauren Alaina. Unfortunately, the performance wasn’t strong enough to keep Brooke in the competition.

Nick Fradiani and Thomas Stringfellow paired for Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” Urban felt Thomas struggled with the song. Lopez and Connick agreed, but Harry offered some hope to Stringfellow by noting that Tuesday’s performance impressed the judges enough to make them overlook this one. Stringfellow advanced to the next round.

Next up, were Ruben Studdard and Stephany Negrete, who collaborated on “Superstar” by the Carpenters. Jennifer thought they blended well and sounded “super beautiful” together. Harry felt that there were some pitch issues, but it was an emotional performance, which “trumps” that every time. Keith was also impressed, adding that Ruben brought out the best in Stephany. In spite of the positive feedback, Negrete was sent packing.

Caleb Johnson and Sonika Vaid killed it with their version of Adele’s “Skyfall,” the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. Connick sensed Sonika was nervous throughout the song, but thought it was “adorable.” He also thought she held her own against Caleb’s powerful voice and high notes. Lopez told Vaid she needed to “loosen up,” but added that with a voice like hers, “the sky’s the limit.” Vaid moves on to the next round.

Fellow country singers and North Carolina natives, Scotty McCreery and Jenna Renae were the next duo. They sang Scotty’s “See You Tonight,” which seemed to be out of Jenna’s ballpark, but Keith praised her for doing a good job on the song anyway. Jennifer thought the song was well suited to them and also felt Renae did a good job on it, although not good enough to earn her a spot in the next round.

Fantasia and La’Porsha Renea sang Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the standard “Summertime,” bringing down the house. Jennifer declared the performance “mind-blowing.” Harry dubbed it “a battle of runs” and said both artists “killed it.” Keith called the pairing “a beautiful match.” La’Porsha advanced to the next round.

Alaina returned, performing with Mackenzie Bourg this time on Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Connick called it a “sweet…nice duet,” but was thankful for Bourg’s strong performance on Tuesday to help save him from elimination. Lopez thought it felt “mismatched,” but “nice together” nonetheless. Bourd earned a spot in the next round of competition.

Fradiani returned with Gianna Isabella, who sang Nick’s Idol finale song “Beautiful Life.” Keith and Jennifer thought it was the perfect song for the two. Harry also noted that Gianna has a special gift. The daughter of dance pop diva Brenda K. Starr moves on in the competition.

Studdard and Avalon Young performed a song Ruben sang on Idol’s season-two finale, “Flying Without Wings.” Lopez declared the performance “incredible,” adding that it was the first real duet with the two “singing and feeling it together.” Urban was impressed with how Young didn’t look intimidated singing alongside Studdard. Young gets another chance to impress the judges in the next round.

Johnson and James VIII joined forces for an R&B-infused version of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Harry and Keith both thought James did a great job “hanging with the big dog.” Urban was also impressed with James’ stage presence. Unfortunately, it wasn’t strong enough for him to advance in the competition.

McCreery dueted with Jeneve Rose Mitchell on the Montgomery Gentry tune “Gone.” Urban dubbed the performance “bizarre.” J-Lo also thought it was “out there,” but also noted that Jeneve’s voice was “really special” and joined the other judges in voting her on to the next round.

Finally, Fantasia returned to trade vocal licks with Jordan Sasser on her finale song, “I Believe.” Lopez felt Jordan held his own, which was no easy task in her opinion. Connick warned him about upstaging the person with whom he’s performing. Urban also thought Sassar tried a little too hard to go toe-to-toe with the Idol alum. He was sent home at the end of the night.

American Idol continues Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Randall Slavin They may deny it, but it sure seems like Nick Jonas and Kate Hudson are dating. The two were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner together last night.  

Entertainment Tonight has photos of the two leaving the Italian eatery Pace in Los Angeles. An eyewitness tells ET that Nick and Kate were seated at a corner table on the outdoor patio for four hours. They were reportedly among the last people to leave the restaurant just after midnight, and left together in a limo SUV.

The dinner outing came after the two reportedly spent Saturday night canoodling at DirecTV’s Super Bowl party in San Francisco. They were also spotted hitting a New York City club together last week.

Nick previously admitted to Complex magazine that the two had an “unbelievable connection.” He added, "Out of my best effort to respect her and her privacy, I'm not going to say if we had sex or not. But we did have a beautiful connection."

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Image Group LA/ABC WALK THE MOON is confirmed to appear at the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The band will perform "Shut Up and Dance" and their current single "Work This Body" before the slam dunk contest, which airs Saturday, February 13 on TNT.

The NBA All-Star Game will be played February 14 at the Air Canada Centre. Ne-Yo will be singing the national anthem, while Nelly Furtado will deliver the Canadian anthem. Sting will sing at halftime.

In other WALK THE MOON news, they also shared a teaser of their "Work This Body" video, which will be released on Friday.

This summer, the band embarks on their Work This Body tour.

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ABC/Fred LeeSia has released a new lyric video worthy of “Throwback Thursday.” The retro clip for a remixed version of her party jam “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, is set at a 1950s dance contest.

As wholesome couples dance harmlessly to the song, two masked dancers clad in signature Sia wigs enter the scene and command the dancefloor with their scandalous modern moves. They eventually get everyone to join in -- even the show’s skeptical host.

The song, off Sia’s album This Is Acting, was initially written for Rihanna. The new version featuring Sean’s verses is available now on iTunes.

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There's a lot of commotion surrounding Kanye West's event at Madison Square Garden this afternoon, which has been described as part listening party for his new album, The Life Of Pablo, and an official unveiling of his Yeezy Season 3 fashion collection. The Editor-in-Chief of VIBE, Datwon Thomas tells ABC Radio that there's likely going to be plenty of surprises during the sold-out event.

"I totally believe he's going to bring his collaborators out on stage," Thomas says, referring to speculation that West might perform some of his new material. "I've been to so many Kanye shows, he's going to bring that same energy and that same creative spite to what he's doing now."

Thomas continues that Kanye will also likely get a lot off his chest. "You can tell by the fact that he's in class Kanye mode right now, you know what I mean, and I think we're going to get a long speech, we all know what those speeches were like before, like what he did at MTV, and something is going to be a good 15 or 20 minutes," Thomas says. "I'm putting money down that he's going to go off on a tangent for that long, but for the most part we're going to be surprised by a few things I'm sure." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Since everyone can't make the show, which will include a performance by the artist Vanessa Beecroft,  Kanye has announced that his show will be "live streamed for all" on Tidal at 4 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry may not be attending the Grammy Awards this year, but she will be hosting an exclusive party for music artists two days before the ceremony. The New York Times reports Katy is helming a black-tie event Saturday in Los Angeles, which she’s calling “An Evening to Celebrate the Creators.”

The guest list is open to artists, producers and songwriters only. That means no publicists, managers or reporters allowed. The exclusion is deliberate, Katy says.

“Artists are always looking for a way to connect with each other, but we don’t get that authentic connection because we’re either being pulled or pushed,” she tells the Times.

The night will also include a performance by Sia, who’ll be co-hosting the event.

So where will Katy be watching the Grammys Monday night? “In my pajamas, eating matzo ball soup,” she says. “No makeup, glad I’m not in a corset. Vicks cream on.”

And as for when we can expect her new album, Katy says she’s taking her time with the next one. “I’m in the research and development phase,” she says. “I’ve been going at it for eight or nine years in the spotlight, and then before that there’s that decade of hustle that never gets recognized but still shows up in your wrinkles. So right now I’m taking a little time. I don’t want to jump on any trends. I just need to evolve.”

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Columbia RecordsHozier is teaming up with fellow Irish native, Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse [SER-sha] Ronan, to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence. In the upcoming video for Hozier’s new single, “Cherry Wine,” the actress will play a woman in a physically abusive relationship.

The clip will premiere on Valentine’s Day, while the single will be available for download Friday, February 12. All proceeds from downloads of the song go to benefit a series of international domestic abuse charities.

“Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations,” Hozier says in a statement.  “With the song ‘Cherry Wine,’ I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship."

Hozier wrote “Cherry Wine” from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer.  The lyrics highlight how victims can sometimes justify being in an unhealthy relationship.  "The way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine/Open hand or closed fist would be fine/The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine," he sings on the song.

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