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Watch: Iggy Azalea Finds Salvation in “Savior” Music Video

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Watch: Iggy Azalea Finds Salvation in “Savior” Music Video
Watch: Iggy Azalea Finds Salvation in “Savior” Music Video

In the wee hours of the morning, Iggy Azalea dropped the music video for her catchy new single, “Savior.” The striking clip, directed by Colin Tilley, finds a bejeweled Azalea napping on a queen-sized bed in a church adorned with neon crosses, a setting reminiscent of the climactic scene from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Donning a black wedding dress and a neon halo around her head, the rapper is seen walking down the aisle, clutching a burning bouquet of roses, only to watch the cloaked figure to whom she’s betrothed vanish. She subtly rolls her eyes.

Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year

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Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year
Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Record of the Year

The closer this category flirts with mainstream appeal, the closer we are to wholly justifiable nominations for, say, “Turn Down for What.” But as Lil Jon’s DJ Snake and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” are both resolutely not nominated, it’s safe to say the room’s still a little too tightly pursed to see this trophy blowing I-G-G-Y’s way. (Nope, you can’t taste this gold yet.) But for the second year running, there isn’t even a Black Keys-style minor hit or a Bon Iver-style niche cult hit or a Frank Ocean-style critics-only hit in these ranks. Each song cracked the top 25 of Billboard’s year-end singles list (though Sia just by a thread from her thrift-store wig), which makes it a little more difficult than usual to dismiss any candidate for being “too pop,” even though, in Azalea’s case, we still will.

Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Best New Artist

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Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Best New Artist
Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions: Best New Artist

There are a few sure bets in life: rain, taxes, and, until recently, a female artist winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Just over a decade ago, the resistance to testosterone in this category was so potent that even when Heather Headley, the only female solo act nominated that year, lost her bid, it was to a female-fronted band: Evanescence, who, I’d like to note, we predicted when other outlets were naïvely throwing around names like 50 Cent. There’s no shortage of ladies nominated in 2015, so we’d be remiss not to consider critical darlings like country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark or pop-rock trio Haim. (Iggy Azalea is a non-factor, as far more respected rappers—Kanye West, Nicki Minaj—have lost in this race despite less competition.) And the fact that bands have done surprisingly well in this category of late, with fun., Bon Iver, and Zac Brown Band among recent victors, means Bastille shouldn’t be counted out either, though they lack the commercial and critical clout usually required to win here. Which would make this a tough year to predict if not for a clear frontrunner in U.K. soul singer Sam Smith, whose vulnerable performances, powerhouse vocals, and classic R&B flair put him in the same league as past winners Adele, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend. That he’s nominated for six awards, including the Big Four, makes this as sure a bet as snow in winter.

Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

All this week we’re predicting the winners in the so-called Big Four categories at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday night on CBS. We kick things off with our picks in some of the smaller genre categories:

Best Rock Album: NARAS loves to reward long-overdue veterans, particularly in categories like Best Rock Album, where past winners include the Rolling Stones (who took home the inaugural trophy back in 1995), U2 (who’ve won twice, and are nominated again this year), and Led Zeppelin (whose live album Celebration Day triumphed over Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and Neil Young last year). It might seem foolish to bet against U2, but the Irish icons only have a 50% success rate in this category, and Songs of Innocence was notable mostly for its controversial rollout—which, unlike Beyoncé, was met with a cool reception. The Black Keys won here two years ago, and while the academy is fond of repeat winners (just ask Foo Fighters, who possess a whopping 20 percent of all of the metal handed out in this category), it will be hard to resist rewarding Beck’s Morning Phase, the Album of the Year-nominated sequel to his beloved 2002 album Sea Change. And yes, he’s a “veteran.” Feel old? Sal Cinquemani

Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her “Booty” in New Music Video with Iggy Azalea

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Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her “Booty” in New Music Video with Iggy Azalea
Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her “Booty” in New Music Video with Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez’s eighth studio album, A.K.A., may have bombed, but the singer is evidently not giving up. Instead, she’s giving butt. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Her collaboration with the red-hot Iggy Azalea on the single-worthy “Acting Like That” was probably her best bet for a rebound, but we’ll have to settle for the “Booty” remix, which also features the Aussie model turned rapper. The duo premiered the music video for the track tonight, and there are few surprises: The clip, directed by video veteran Hype Williams, features copious swimsuits and fishnet stockings, twerking, booty-popping, and lots and lots of gelatinous grease. It’s unlikely to reignite interest in Lopez’s music career, but the video is sure to rack up plenty of views, as the fortysomething mommy of two more than holds her own alongside the 24-year-old Azalea’s self-proclaimed “high-fashion booty.” Watch it below:

Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX Pay Homage to Clueless in “Fancy” Music Video

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Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX Pay Homage to <em>Clueless</em> in “Fancy” Music Video
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX Pay Homage to <em>Clueless</em> in “Fancy” Music Video

Australian model-turned-rapper Iggy Azalea and U.K. pop singer Charli XCX pay homage to Amy Hecklering’s ’90s cult classic Clueless in the music video for their new single “Fancy,” the latest offering from Azalea’s forthcoming debut album. The clip, directed Julien Christian Lutz, was shot in the same high school as the 1995 teen flick and finds Azalea taking on the role of Cher Horowitz to Charli’s Tai Frasier (the characters played by Alicia Silverstone and the late Brittany Murphy, respectively). Still no official word on when Azalea’s album, The New Classic, will drop. In the meantime, check out the video below: