Kylie Minogue and Rufus Wainwight Duet for Charity
Let's be honest. The teaming between Kylie Minogue and Rufus Wainwright is a partnership made in gay heaven that sparked a whole lot of hotness this weekend. The two icons performed together in New York on Saturday at a benefit show at the Hamptons Watermill Center.
The two sang a bunch of songs together, including "Locomotion," "Can't You Get You Out Of My Head," "All The Lovers" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (click on the links to see video of those performances). Totally amazing, and it shows once again that Kylie is one of the sweetest, down to earth and most genuine pop stars out there who doesn't mind to keep things casual for a good cause. Watch "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" after the jump.
Video: Elvis Costello Interviews Rufus Wainwright
The Canadian crooner not only performs "Memphis Skyline," his haunting ode to the late Jeff Buckley, he also answers questions from Costello. They talk freely about Wainwright's passion for music, his complicated family dynamics and his status as an icon of the gay community.
His mother, the Canadian folk legend Kate McGarrigle, even turns up to join in on an unexpected performance, and Elvis covers a song by Rufus's father, Loudon Wainwright lll.
This is excellent music television. I love how honest Wainwright is when Costello inquires about his "gay songwriting" and if that matters at all. Rufus explains that he is first and foremost an artist and human being, but that being gay is very much part of his art and nothing that he is apologetic for.
The Thursday Crunch: GRAMMY Nominations Announced Today
The 2009 GRAMMY Award nominations were announced this morning and the list is full of surprises. In a good way! The usually he stuffy GRAMMY Academy got some of the categories and nominees totally right this year, showing that they are keeping up with the times. I'm mostly excited about worthy nominations for Janelle Monae, Sam Sparro, Robyn, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Kenna and Kylie Minogue. This year might also be a break-through year for Adele who is up for multiple nominations, including Song of the Year.
Adele, Leona Lewis, Coldplay and Sara Bareilles are the stand out artists with each over three nominations in the pop categories. Coldplay also a multiple nominations in the rock categories totaling 7 nominations. Lil' Wayne might be the big winner with 8 potential awards. I'm surprised Keane is not appearing in any of the categories.
Lady GaGa and Sam Sparro (!) are both up for Best Dance Song Award together with Hot Chip, Madonna, Rihanna and Daft Punk.
Competing in the Best Album category are Lil' Wayne, Ne-Yo, Coldplay, Radiohead and Robert Plant with Allison Kraus. This one is Coldplay's to loose.
Finally the GRAMMY folks got with the times. Cyndi Lauper, Robyn and Kylie Minogue are competing in the Best Dance Album category. I don't have an immediate favorite, but I'm leaning towards Cyndi Lauper just because that record was so fresh and unexpected.
Rufus Wainwright is nominated for Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the recording of his Judy Garland show at Radio City Music Hall. I'm sure he's thrilled right now.
Beyonce, J-Hud and Alicia Keyes are competing in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. All very worthy competitors. Beyonce really took her act to a whole new level and should be recognized for that.
HOORAY! ArjanWrites.com fave Janelle Monae is up for a Best Urban Performance Award for "Many Moons." Not sure if the categy fits her as this as much a pop record as it is an "urban" record. But I guess if you break the mold, people have a hard time fitting you in categories.
This is so awesome: Kenna's "Say Goodbye To Love" is up for Best Urban Performance as well.
Jazmine Sullivan is most definitely the R&B break out artist with nods in almost all R&B/urban categories.
Crooner Lila Downs gets a deserving nod in the World Music category.
Rick Rubin, will.i.am and Danger Mouse compete in the Producer of the Year category. Surprisingly, Timbaland and Pharrell are not included.
My fellow Dutchman JunkieXL is up in the Best Remix Category for Madonna's "4 Minutes." Gefeliceerd!. One of my favorites remixes of the year, the Deadmau5's remix of Morgan Page's "The Longest Road," is up as well. I'm bummed Paul Oakenfold's remix of Madonna's "Give It To Me" was ignored. That was hands-down one of the best of the year as well.
Rufus Waingwright Makes Special Dedication
Rufus Wainwright gives his mother the ultimate (belated) Mothers Day gift. Check out this very prominent photo of Rufus and his mom on the back sleeve of his "Release The Stars" disc that is accompanied by a very special dedication: "This album is dedicated to my mother who still whispers in my ear that I'm great." How sweet is that? (Click image to enlarge)
Rufus Talks More About Brandon Flowers
"We only met that one time, and we were gonna possibly sing a song together later on, but that never happened. Brandon is one of the great beauties of showbusiness right now. And he kind of represents a kind of brash American... mysteriousness which is sort of extinct at the moment, " Rufus Wainwright tells Word Magazine.
"I do relate him to a sort of Brando character - somewhat conservative but yet volatile and also extremely handsome. But also highly sensitive. So it's just a good old gay fantasy." (via KillMeNow)