Lindsey DiMattina
News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."
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    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 12, 2013
    On the West Coast of the United States lives reality princess Kim Kardashian. She is known for her rather revealing E! reality shows and her highly publicized relationship with rapper Kanye West. On the East Coast lives classical violist Kim Kashkashian, who just won her first Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. What do these two women have in common? Not much... besides similar names. On Sunday, confusion engulfed the Internet as music fans read that Kim Kashkashian had won a Grammy. Many people's first thoughts were: "Did the Grammy website spell Kim's name wrong? Oh wait... Kim's not a musician. How can this be true?" But it wasn't a spelling error, and this isn't the first time that Kim Kashkashian has been mistaken for Kim Kardashian. RELATED: Kim Kashkashian Wins a Grammy “Name-wise, it happens all the time," Kashkashian tells exclusively. "People actually realize that I'm not that person, but they look at my credit card at a store and say, ‘Oh, you’re not Kim Kardashian, are you?’ It’s been happening for years.” And while Kashkashian has dealt with the name confusion "for years," it wasn't until Monday that she actually saw a picture of the reality starlet for the first time. "I don’t think I would ever get confused in real life with her because, let me see, how can I put this and be very kind to both of us? I'm probably more than twice her age and I'm not in that kind of good shape," Kashkashian said. "And I don’t have that kind of a look. I'm a middle-aged mother and a classical musician." Kashkashian has admitedly never watched a reality show in her life, but she still thinks that she could learn a thing or two from the E! star. "I bet you we both could learn a lot from each other," she says. "I could take some fashion advice from her, I suppose." RELATED: Kim Kardashian's Divorce Drama Drags On Also unlike Kardashian, Kashkashian doesn't worry about cameras following her every move. Instead, she focuses on her career as a teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. Kashkashian is so dedicated to her job that she even skipped the Grammy Awards Sunday to attend one of her student's graduations. "One of my students had her graduation recital, so I definitely had to be here," she says. "I had to do that. It was her big night, so I felt like I had to be here for her.” Kashkashian views her Grammy win not as just a personal accomplishment, but as a victory for all musicians who play the viola. "[My win] might help violists in general to have more visibility," she says. "Just to have that acknowlement and that visibility for composers and an instrument that usually doesn’t get that public recognition; it’s a good thing." RELATED: 23 Kardashian Diet Covers: How the Kardashians Lost 388 Pounds Kashkashian is proof that you don't need a reality TV show to gain fame or validate your success; she has found a meaningful path instructing young musicians to develop and culture their talents. Kashkashian has one message for her students and other young musicians who hope to one day win a Grammy, too: "Stay clear. Stay honest. Stick with your fantasy. Follow your dreams. Follow your heart. Work hard.” And if Kashkashian was one day to venture out and get a reality show of her own, she says the show would be all about music. "You would see a lot of music being practiced, rehearsals for concerts, and also a look at the headquarters of Music for Food Boston (an initiative started in Boston by musicians to fight hunger)," she says. "We are new, and are doing everything from making flyers to cooking for receptions to scheduling next year's events." Kashkashian adds, "Kim Kardashian and I may have no history in common, but I invite her to support Music for Food Boston." Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Claire Stefani] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • 'Jersey Shore' Wardrobe Stylist Jeni Elizabeth: 12 Craziest Costume Requests
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 12, 2013
    Every job comes with stress — there's no question about it. But add in a large group of demanding divas who don't take no for an answer, and suddenly, Advil becomes your best friend. There are few who can navigate the TV wardrobe world, and stylist Jeni Elizabeth is one of them. "You’re not always going to love the look," Elizabeth tells "But, whether you love it or not, making that client feel like they have the most self-confidence in the world and feel absolutely gorgeous is the best part of your day." But a disapproving nod isn't the only problem that can occur on a TV set. Elizabeth, who has worked on shows including Jersey Shore, Wedding Wars, and Tool Academy, shares with us her 10 craziest costume requests.  1. A Badazzled Collar: Elizabeth was asked to create a crazy accessory for Bad Girls Club star Tanisha Thomas for the pilot Tanisha's Court: A bedazzled collar. Since purchasing the sparkly accessory would exceed Elizabeth's budget, the wardrobe stylist was forced to enroll in a Jo-Ann Fabric course in order to make the collar herself. "I sat through this two-hour class that taught me how to cut, sew, and make a judge’s collar," she says. "And then I purchased all the crystals and I made two versions of the collar, which I almost lost my eyesight doing and made them overnight for the pilot." The silver lining? Betty White also attended Elizabeth's class.  2. Bare bottoms: Elizabeth had to find a way to keep the Ikki twins from showing off their rears on A Double Shot at Love. "These girls wanted their dresses so short and it was super uncomfortable," she says. "There were several times where I had to draw my lines with those girls and say, 'You’re not wearing it or you’re putting shorts on underneath.' When they would sit down, it was essentially 'Rated X' at that point." 3. Tool Time: While working on Tool Academy, Elizabeth found herself with a challenge: Fitting sweater vests and pleated pants on group of meatheads whose muscles were more familiar with tanks. "I needed 15 bright blue sweater vests in less than 24 hours," she says. "It was horrible because it’s not even like it happened within store hours. There have definitely been times that I wish I had kept somebody in my house who can make clothes." 4. Step Up The Height: It's no secret some Hollywood stars are vertically challenged. So it's no surprise that some of Elizabeth's clients have asked her to make them appear as tall as possible. "A lot of the clients I work with require very tall platform shoes," she says. "There have been times when a three-inch platform wasn’t tall enough for them, so I would add three or four Dr. Scholl's inserts and stack them to get an additional inch or two." 5. Zipper Me Up: Of course, even stars who want to look tall want to look small too. But Elizabeth says sometimes even her miraculous work can't perform miracles. "I can think of instances where [stars] fell in love with a dress and they just wanted to believe so badly that they were that size," Elizabeth says. "It’s bad enough when you have to call someone in to hold it to zipper it — but to have to look at a client and say, ‘Listen, I know you love this dress, but it’s not going to happen. We have to go up a couple of sizes,’ it’s heart-breaking." 6. Shopping Nightmares: Elizabeth was asked to create a costume for Big Gus, star of Spike's Tattoo Nightmares. And if you haven't figured it out by the guy's nickname, he is bit on the larger side. "They wanted him in a bowling shirt, and Big Gus is big," Elizabeth says. "That day, I put over 300 miles on my car driving everywhere from department stores to specialty stores to school uniform stores trying to find shirts that would fit him and were in the parameters of what Spike was asking for. I believe I had a complete nervous breakdown." 7. Runaway Brides: While working on Wedding Wars, Elizabeth had to create wedding gowns that could be worn on the treadmill and in water. And, yes, it's as insane as that sounds. "They wanted them to run in bridal gowns," Elizabeth says. "The majority of [the gowns] were strapless [and], obviously, when you’re running and sweating, the dresses are sliding. So I had to created bustiers inside of the wedding gowns to fasten them super tight. And then I actually sewed their dresses to their bras. In addition, I had to cut all of them short enough so they could run and not trip on them, but they still looked like wedding gowns and not cocktail dresses. That was a pretty crazy thing." NEXT: White Fright and Eyebrow Waxing... 8. Revealing Request: Leave it to the Jersey Shore girls to show off their private assets. "Jenni [Farley, a.k.a. JWoww] obviously loves to show her cleavage," Elizabeth says. "Whether it’s been shortening dresses for the cast, cutting them lower to show more boob, or really accentuating the best part of their bodies, [it] has definitely been something that has been crazy for me." Elizabeth adds: "Going from Henri Bendel to the Jersey Shore cast was like going into culture shock. It has definitely been a whole new awakening for me of flaunting assets." 9. Make a Match: Stars have even demanded Elizabeth supply them with clothing that no longer exists on the market. "For Tattoo Nightmares, one of our girls was wearing a pair of bebe leggings that were no longer available and the leggings had leather patches on them," she says. "So, I needed to go out and buy a standard pair of leggings, cut leather, and make them look exactly like the bebe leggings. I’m not a seamstress. That was definitely a trying time." 10. 15 Matching Musts: While working on Tool Academy, Elizabeth had to come up with 15 identical blazers for an elimination ceremony on a tight deadline. It turned out to be an impossible task, so the wardrobe stylist had to make some adjustments. "I was caught in Macy's ripping off gold buttons," she says. "I had already purchased all of the blazers, but the store manager came up to me and told me that he would appreciate me not vandalizing their clothing in the middle of the store. He's like, 'You have to go outside to do that.' So I sat on the curb outside the store with my own sewing station." 11. Color for the Camera: One strict wardrobe rule: Don't wear white on TV. Elizabeth, however, thought she could avoid the color's washed-out appearance with a gown for Wedding Wars' host Michele Merkin, but the network refused... while Elizabeth was already on the Hawaii set. "There were no local stores to buy another dress," Elizabeth says. "My solution to that was I spray painted the dress ivory. And then I ripped a pair of shorts and sewed on one and half inch hems on the bottom." The solution worked temporarily, but had filming the scene taken longer, the dress may not have made it: "It was humid so the paint was leaking all over her. It was actually stunning but she was covered in paint and itchy. I was praying every minute that the elimination ceremony was going to be over so that the dress didn’t fall apart." 12. An Eye-Raising Pauly D Job: Not only did Elizabeth have to sub as a seamstress, but at one point, she also had to work as a makeup artist on the set of Jersey Shore. “We were once locked up in a hotel and Pauly D couldn’t get his eyebrows waxed, so I had to pluck all of his eyebrows," she says. "That’s not really wardrobe. But we didn’t have a makeup crew yet and he was on lock-down. We were peeing our pants because I kept telling him, ‘I don’t know how these eyebrows are going to come out.’" Clearly, Elizabeth has a crazy job that centers around insane demands. "When they give me these requests, they laugh at me," Elizabeth says. "They think it’s funny. They love to see me break into tears." Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Image Credit: N/C; WENN] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • Late Night Last Night: 'Mindy Project' Scores A-List Guest Star
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 12, 2013
    You know how I know you're excited? Because Mindy Kaling revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that Seth Rogen is going to guest star in an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project.  RELATED: Late Night: Bar Refaeli Talks Super Bowl Ad In the upcoming epside, Rogen and Kaling's characters pretend to go to camp — so Kaling had to cast a younger version of both herself and Rogen. This meant finding a 12-year-old Indian actress, which was no easy task. Watch her Kimmel appearance below to find out her surprising choice! Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: ABC] From Our Partners: Young Han Solo Movie: Dave Franco to Star? (Moviefone) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • Mark Balelo, 'Storage Wars' Star, Commits Suicide After Drug Bust — Report
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 12, 2013
    This is a sad week for the cast of Storage Wars, as they mourn the death of auction house owner Mark Balelo. Balelo, who was arrested Saturday on suspicion of having controlled substances (in connection with methamphetamine), was found dead at his workplace on Monday, the Ventura County Star reports. Balelo was just 40 years old. TMZ is reporting Balelo was found dead in his car. While the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to reveal Balelo's cause of death, the A&E star had reportedly parked his car and left it running in the garage of his auction house in Simi Valley, Calif, suggesting the possibility of suicide. RELATED: Storage Wars Star Reveals The Show Is Rigged Balelo, nicknamed "Rico Suave," first became famous in 2011 when he helped actor Nicolas Cage track down a copy of the first-ever Superman comic book that had been stolen from him. He was best known as one of the best spenders on the hit reality show Storage Wars, and he was often seen frequenting the storage auction scenes portrayed in the show. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Facebook] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • Jeff Timmons: Who Would Win Ultimate Boy Band Death Match? — EXCLUSIVE
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 11, 2013
    A lot has changed for the children of the '90s since our Trapper Keeper toting days. Most of us are in our 20s or early 30s. We may be married, starting our anti-aging battles against gray hairs and facial lines, or even have kids of our own. And like us, pop culture has changed. No longer do we tape our favorite shows on a VHS cassette and turn on the radio to hear our beloved Britneys, Christinas, and boy bands. Until now. Prepare yourself for nostalgia overload, as some of our favorite ‘90s boy bands are poised for a major comeback. This summer, the kids within us will be reawakened as a major boy band summer tour featuring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men kicks into full gear. And in celebration of this epic event, it’s time to put the former boy bands to the test. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees judges the ultimate boy band death match. Who will hold the spotlight in this faceoff? RELATED: Jeff Timmons: Joey Lawrence Better Get Ready for Chippendales The Boy Band Death Match Begins: Round One: The Dance-Off Winner: ‘N Sync. “‘N Sync would kill us all,” Timmons tells “Those guys are the dancing troop. They are amazing.” Round Two: The Fistfight Winner: 98 Degrees. “That’s us, easily,” Timmons says. “We are a bunch of brawlers. We’re Ohio guys, blue-collar guys, all sports guys that ended up doing music, not music guys that went into sports. So, we would win a fistfight easily.” And Timmons thinks that New Kids on the Block would be their fiercest competition. “The Boston guys are pretty scrappy,” he says. “They might give us a run for our money.” Round Three: The Jeopardy Test of Wits Winners: 98 Degrees or NKOTB. “It would be a toss-up between us and the New Kids,” Timmons says. “The Lache brothers are pretty cerebral —those guys are pretty smart — so we might be pretty good. Although the New Kids [have] Donnie Wahlberg [and] he’s pretty quick-witted. He sounds pretty educated.” Round Four: The Fashion Face-off Winner: Boyz II Men. “They are always pretty savvy with fashion,” Timmons says. “They would win. 'N Sync does a little more of space age, kind of out there, funky style. And we’re always kind of conservative. Boyz II Men are the most fashion [forward] looking group out of everybody.” Round Five: The Shirts-Off Contest: Winner: New Kids on the Block. “The New Kids are in pretty good shape,” Timmons says. Round Six: The Sing-off Winner: Boyz II Men. “Boyz II Men wins that hands down,” Timmons says. “It’s not even a competition when it comes to live singing. We can kind of hold a candle to them, but Boyz II Men is amazing. They sound just like a record in person. We’re pretty good with the harmonies and everything, but, no question about it, Boyz II Men are high above anybody else.” Next: Timmons Shares the Scoop on 98 Degrees' New Album New Album and Tour Timmons may list his competitors as winners in the boy band death match, but in real life, 98 Degrees may be coming out on top this year. They've got a new album in the works and a hot summer tour lined up. While a release date has yet to be set for the new album, the boys (or men, now) have already returned to the studio to start recording. Timmons tells us that the album will be all new tracks and will incorporate “some new sounds.” “We’re R&B guys at heart, so it’s going to have some R&B flavor to it,” he says. “[And back in the ‘90s,] primarily, we were known as balladeers; [We’d] sing slow songs. Nowadays, it’s all up-tempo songs on the radio, so we’re trying to see how we fit in that.” Timmons is hoping that one song in particular makes the cut for the new album. “It’s called ‘Microphone,’ and I actually hope it is the first single," he says. “It’s pretty kick ass. It’s definitely radio friendly and a big hit." Timmons feels that the single really shows off his band’s talents. “We all sound great on it,” he says. “The production is amazing, the writers are cool, [and the] song is pretty killer.” RELATED: 98 Degrees Reuniting But don’t worry, 98 Degree fans, the band will be bringing back some of their more popular tunes when they hit the road this summer with Boyz II Men and NKOTB. And concert-goers will get a good taste of all of the bands’ flavors. According to Timmons, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will each perform a 40-minute set before New Kids takes to the stage for their headlining act.  If a medley of throwback jams isn't enough to entice you, maybe the possibility of some '90s fashion will be. Timmons tells us he will never say never to breaking out some of the band’s old school costumes to liven up their performances. “It might be cool! It might be something we do... but I don’t know. Everybody nowadays is too cool for school to maybe take that risk,” he says. “We had silver jumpsuits at one point. We can just rock that sh*t and then see what everybody does.” But all joking aside, the summer tour holds a special place in Timmons’ heart, as it was Boyz II Men who helped inspire Timmons and his band to break into music. “I was singing their songs in the shower in college,” he says. RELATED: Jeff Timmons: On Nostalgia and More 98 Degrees even crashed a concert to get Boyz II Men’s attention. “We were like, ‘Okay, Boyz II Men got discovered singing backstage at a concert,’” Timmons says. “'We’re going to go to their concert and do the same thing.' We bought tickets to the show, went to the show, sang our way backstage, and got on the radio,” he says. “Then we got discovered back there and we ended up getting signed to Motown just like Boyz II Men did.” Because of their history, 98 Degrees is excited to take the stage with Boyz II Men, and they're thrilled to be touring with NKOTB as well. “New Kids on the Block, despite what people say about them, sold more records than any of us,” Timmons says. “They had a tremendous amount of success. They are great guys and they are talented. To be on a bill with both of those legendary acts, I’ve got to pinch myself. I’m lucky to be here." “We’re all just lucky to be in the business still after this many years and having the opportunity to go on tour,” Timmons adds. Follow Lindsey DiMattina on Twitter @LDimat [Photo Credit: Dan Jackman/Wenn] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • Diane Sawyer Scores Amanda Knox's First Post-Trial Interview
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 11, 2013
    It's been a year and four months since Amanda's Knox's murder conviction was overturned in Italy and she returned to the United States of America. Since then, she has yet to speak about being wrongly convicted in the murder of her former British roommate Meredith Kercher. But on April 30, Knox will break her silence, giving her first post-trial interview to Diane Sawyer during an ABC News Primtime Special, ABC News reports. People around the world have followed Knox's story since 2009, when she was tied to the murder of Kercher while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Knox then spent four years locked up in an Italian prison — part of a 26-year sentence — before the conviction was overturned on Oct. 3, 2011. Shortly before her release, Lifetime produced a TV movie titled Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (starring Hayden Panettiere), which followed the story of her arrest and trial. Now, Knox will be speaking about the experience for the first time during her interview with Sawyer, which airs the same day that her memoir, Waiting to be Heard, is expected to be released. RELATED: Hayden Panettiere Feels 'A Connection' to Amanda Knox Knox's Sawyer interview airs at 10 PM ET on ABC Television Network. But if you miss it Tuesday night, you will also be able to catch the interview during World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: News Pictures/Wenn] From Our Partners: 40 Hottest Celeb Twitpics of the Month (Vh1) 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue: A Visual History (Celebuzz)
  • 2013 Grammy Awards: See The List of Winners Here!
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 10, 2013
    Forget actors for once. Sunday night marked the night of awards season when we got to focus on the best musical artists of the year. That's right — it was the 55th annual Grammy Awards! And it was one hell of a show. From Adele to Mumford & Sons to Frank Ocean, the best of the best in the industry walked away with awards. Check out the full list of winners below! RELATED: Kim Kashkashian Wins A Grammy?! Winners Announced Live: 1. Best Pop Solo Performance: "Set Fire To The Rain [Live]," Track from: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, Adele 2. Best Country Solo Performance: "Blown Away," Track from: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood 3. Song Of The Year: "We Are Young," Track from: Some Nights, Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost, and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe) 4. Best Urban Contemporary Album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean 5. Best Rock Performance: "Lonely Boy," Track from: El Camino, The Black Keys 6. Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson 7. Best Rap/Sung Collabortion: "No Church In The Wild," Track from: Watch The Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream 8. Best Country Album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band 9. Best New Artist: fun. 10. Record Of The Year: "Somebody That I Used To Know," Track from: Making Mirrors, Gotye Featuring Kimbra 11. Album Of The Year: Babel, Mumford & Sons Additional Winners: 1. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye Featuring Kimbra, Track from: Making Mirrors 2. Best Pop Instrumental Album: Impressions, Chris Botti 3. Best Dance Recording:  "Bangarang," Track from: Bangarang, Skrillrex Featuring Sirah 4. Best Dance/Electric Album: Bangarang, Skrillex 5. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Kisses On The Bottom, Paul McCartney 6. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: "Love Bites (So Do I)," Track from: The Strange Case Of..., Halestorm 7. Best Rock Song: "Lonely Boy," Track from: El Camino, Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton, and Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys) 8. Best Rock Album: El Camino, The Black Keys 9. Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye 10. Best R&B Performance: "Climax," Track from: Looking 4 Myself, Usher 11. Best Traditional R&B Performance: "Love On Top," Track from: 4, Beyonce 12. Best R&B Song: "Adorn," Miguel Pimentel 13. Best R&B Album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment 14. Best Rap Performance: "N****s In Paris," Track from: Watch The Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West 15. Best Rap Song: "N****s In Paris," Track from: Watch The Throne, Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, and Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West) 16. Best Rap Album: Take Care, Drake 17. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "Pontoon," Little Big Town 18. Best Country Song: "Blown Away," Blown Away, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood) 19. Best New Age Album: Echoes Of Love, Omar Akram 20. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: "Hot House," Track from: Hot House, Gary Burton and Chick Corea 21. Best Jazz Vocal Album: Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding 22. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band 23. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Dear Diz (Everyday I Think Of You), Arturo Sandoval 24. Best Latin Jazz Album: ¡Ritmo!, The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band 25. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord," Track from: 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman 26. Best Gospel Song: "Go Get It," Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, and Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary) 27. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)," Track from: 10,000 Reasons, Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman) 28. Best Gospel Album: Gravity, Lecrae 29. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Eye On It, TobyMac 30. Best Latin Pop Album: MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes 31. Best Latin Album, Urban Or Alternative Album: Imaginaries, Quetzal 32. Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Pecados Y Milagros, Lila Downs 33. Best Tropical Latin Album: Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena 34. Best Americana Album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt 35. Best Bluegrass Album: Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers 36. Best Blues Album: Locked Down, Dr. John 37. Best Folk Album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile 38. Best Regional Roots Music Album: The Band Courtbouillon, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy 39. Best Reggae Album: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff 40. Best World Music Album: The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar 41. Best Children's Album: Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers 42. Best Spoken World Album: Society's Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian 43. Best Comedy Album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon 44. Best Musical Theater Album: Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein and Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, and Others) 45. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Midnight In Paris, Various Artists 46. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers 47. Best Song Written For Visual Media: Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games), T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White, and Joy Williams, songwriters (Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars) 48. Best Instrumental Composition: "Mozart Goes Dancing," Track from: Hot House, Chick Corea 49. Best Instrumental Arrangement: "How About You," Track from: Centennial - Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans, Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project) 50. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "City Of Roses," Track from: Radio Music Society, Thara Memory and Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding) 51. Best Recording Package: Biophilia, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk) 52. Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie) 53. Best Album Notes: Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles) 54. Best Historical Album: The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, and Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys) 55. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile) 56. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Dan Auerbach, El Camino (The Black Keys), Locked Down (Dr. John), Savage (Hacienda), Shakedown (Hacienda) 57. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)," Skrillex, remixer (Nero), Joseph Ray, Skrillex, and Daniel Stephens, remixers 58. Best Surround Soung Album: Modern Cool, Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber) 59. Best Engineered Album, Classical: Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen, Tom Caulfield and John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy and Kansas City Chorale) 60. Producer Of The Year: Blanton Alspaugh, Chamber Symphonies (Gregory Wolynec & Gateway Chamber Orchestra), Davis: Río De Sangre (Joseph Rescigno, Vale Rideout, Ava Pine, John Duykers, Kerry Walsh, Guido LeBron, The Florentine Opera Company & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), Gjeilo: Northern Lights (Charles Bruffy & Phoenix Chorale), In Paradisum (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale), Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale), Music For A Time Of War (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony, Musto: The Inspector (Glen Cortese & Wolf Trap Opera Company) 61. Best Orchestral Performance: "Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine," Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony) 62. Best Opera Recording: "Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen," James Levine and Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus) 63. Best Choral Performance: "Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen," Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill, and Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale) 64. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: "Meanwhile," Eighth Blackbird 65. Best Classical Instrumental Solo: "Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola," Kim Kashkashian 66. Best Classical Vocal Solo: "Poèmes," Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert and Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France) 67. Best Classical Compendium: "Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis," Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko and Andrzej Sasin, producers 68. Best Contemporary Classical Composition: "Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays," Track from: Meanwhile, Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird) 69. Best Short Form Music Video: "We Found Love," Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris 70. Best Long Form Music Video: "Big Easy Express," Mumford & Sons Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images] From Our Partners: Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz) Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Pieces of Jewel: Diving Into Her Music, Poetry, and The Record Industry — EXCLUSIVE
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 08, 2013
    It’s been 18 years since Jewel broke out with her debut album Pieces of You. Since then, she has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, won four Grammys, and come out with 11 more albums, including her Greatest Hits collection, which dropped on Tuesday. But while her career and personal life have moved forward, there is still a part of her that remembers the time when she was a young girl living in a van and playing coffee shop gigs. Today, one song in particular reminds Jewel of her rough beginnings and how far she has come since that day. That song is “Who Will Save Your Soul,” Jewel tells backstage just hours before she is about to do a special concert at iHeartRadio in New York City. “It was the first one I ever wrote, and the one that really started it all for me.” After all these years, the song still has the same meaning for Jewel that it did when she wrote it as a free-spirited 20-year-old. “With time, [the message] is just more true: Your destiny is in your hands,” she says. “If you are looking to other people to save you, you are probably going to be waiting.” RELATED: Brandy Remembers Whitney Houston on New Album But whereas the meaning of her song has remained consistent, Jewel has witnessed the music industry itself change over the years. “There are cycles in the music business just like anything,” she says. “The business has had a tendency lately to maybe not cultivate careers as much as it has fashions, fads, or trends.” While this may not be bad for the record labels, it can hurt the artists. “Record labels will still make the money,” Jewel says. “They’ll reap the reward, but the artists will be left without careers." NEXT: Talking Taylor Swift and Adele.  Sometimes, though, artists learn how to beat this rule. Taylor Swift is a good example of someone who knows the industry well. “She really gets the business,” Jewel says. “She gets how the game is played.” RELATED: Billboard Beats: Will Britney Spears Steal The Top Spot? But unlike Swift, Jewel never understood fame when she first started out. “I was just completely caught off-guard [by] fame,” she says. “I didn’t really have the personality for it.” It’s Jewel’s free-spirit and raw talent that helped her build a career, much in the same way that Adele has in the past few years. “She really strikes you as an artist,” Jewel says. “There’s a real authenticity to Adele that I get.” Authenticity helped both stars make it to the top. But at the base of Jewel’s talent, is the poetic side of her that allows her to create her music. “Poetry is just my soul,” she says. For Jewel, the writing process comes as second nature to her. “I always have a stream of consciousness kind of rambling, like a little schizophrenic person, in my head that’s always thinking,” she says. “And something will strike me poetically. And if it’s a potent enough feeling, it’ll come out. It’s like an electrical current.” The lyrics that end up on the page are what make Jewel who she is, and make her fans keep coming back for more. And her lyrics not only intrigue the minds of normal people, but also other musical superstars, including Bob Dylan. “I remember when I wrote ‘Who Will Save Your Soul,’ and I was touring with Bob Dylan,” she says. “And he was having me recite my lyrics to him, and he was like, ‘What does that mean?’ I was like, ‘I can’t believe Bob Dylan is grilling me and my lyrics!” “I find it interesting that people are curious about it," Jewel continues. "Because it’s such a part of you that it's hard to sit down and go, ‘Well, what is it like?’ It's almost like you take it for granted in a way. And it's like [Frank] Zappa said, 'Writing [and talking] about music is like dancing about architecture.' There's really no way to do it.” RELATED: Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Album Cover Revealed Jewel's career longevity proves that music runs in her veins. But when it came to making her greatest hits album, she wanted to add some extra vocal oomph to one of her more famous singles. That's where Kelly Clarkson came in. "I really wanted a great vocalist on this 'Foolish Games' recut," she explains. "She was my first pick, and she agreed to do it." Getting in the studio with Clarkson really blew Jewel away. "She's a freak of nature," she says. "I was singing as high as I could to hold up the one long note and then she went in there and sang a third above it in high harmony and it was in her chest voice. [She] just sailed through it. It’s not right.” Jewel also got to work with country singer Miranda Lambert's group, Pistol Annies, on the re-cut of "You Were Meant for Me." Going into the studio, Jewel thought the re-cut would harness some of Lambert's country notes. But after all was said and done, the song "came out completely different" than planned. "We made it into like an alt-rock song," Jewel says. "That's what's fun about music: I have no control over it. You go in there and it’s like a genie in a bottle. You rub it and you see what appears.” It's the allure of what lies around the next corner that seems to keep Jewel coming out with record after record. And while most artists would likely view a Greatest Hits album as a stopping point in their career, Jewel shows no signs of slowing down. “I thought it was a good middle point for me," she says. "I’ve always hoped to have a long career and that hopefully I’m still writing well and have a relationship with my fans to allows me to do that." RELATED: Who Should Be Taylor Swift's Date to The Grammys? Jewel hopes to keep recording for decades to come, as long as the music continues to run through her soul. "My main goal is just to have another 20 or 30 or 40 years doing this," she says. "It's sort of like being a bloodhound, and if you get a scent and if it’s a strong scent, you want to follow it. And if it’s not that interesting of a scent, you tend not to follow it." "I'm hoping that scent I have, when I sing it to you, you get the exact same strong emotion," Jewel says. "Whatever it is — that’s how I know I've done my job." Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Samantha Shrader/Retna] From Our Partners: Justin Bieber Drug and Cheating Rumors?! (Vh1) 32 Most Outrageous Outfits in Grammy History (Vh1)
  • Jason Biggs Slams 'The Bachelor': 10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets of the Week
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 08, 2013
    This week sure has been one hell of a week in the world of pop culture. Sunday, the lights went out at the Super Bowl. Monday and Tuesday, ABC put on back-to-back episodes of The Bachelor. And then Fashion Week began in New York City. Between Jason Biggs, Alec Baldwin, and other famous comedic tweeters' commentary on all the hoopla, the jokes were rolling in. RELATED: Stephen Colbert Makes an Alicia Keys Pun Here are the week's 10 funniest pop culture tweets: 1. Jason Biggs: "I hope one day Sarah's other arm just appears out of the blue and proceeds to b***h-slap the f**k out of Tierra. #TheBachelor" 2. Daniel Walters: “In the future, everybody will get in a fight with Chris Brown for 15 minutes.” 3. Neal Brennan: “With all the darkness, Ray Lewis is seriously considering murdering somebody.” 4. Josh Gondelman: “I wish we could merge Fashion Week with Shark Week.” 5. Michael Ian Black: “Did they name it "Movie 43" after how many people saw it? 6. Amy Schumer: “Drew Barrymore should do a remake but instead, call it "Never Been Hugged" and play a stripper” 7. Rob Delaney: "Royal forensics team confirms what I’d long suspected: Richard III OD’d on marijuana. #420NO" 8. Paula Pell: “When Beyonce dances she looks like what every very drunk person thinks they look like when they dance.” 9. Alec Baldwin: “Destiny's Child blew the power out with their curling irons...” 10. Rainn Wilson: “Good news! Colin Kaepernick had time to get another tattoo during the power outage.” Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Alberto Reyes/Wenn] From Our Partners: Young Han Solo Movie: Dave Franco to Star? (Moviefone) Justin Bieber Drug and Cheating Rumors?! (Vh1)
  • The Billboard Beats: Will Britney Spears Steal the Top Spot?
    By: Lindsey DiMattina Feb 07, 2013
    All eyes are on Britney Spears and this week. Their single "Scream & Shout" has moved it's way up to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Last week, it was stuck at No. 5. But the duo shouldn't get too excited because it looks like it's going to be tough to move up any higher. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" is holding onto No. 1 for its third week in a row, and Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" doesn't seem to want to leave the No. 2 spot. Spears and "gotta turn the s**t up" if they want to make it to No. 1. Check out the other songs that made it to the Top 10 this week. RELATED: The Billboard Beats: Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Knocked Out of Top 10 The Top 10 Songs of's Hot 100 Chart: 1. "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Featuring Wanz Peak Position: 1 Last Week's Position: 1 Weeks on Chart: 18 2. "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars Peak Position: 1 Last Week's Position: 2 Weeks on Chart: 18 3. "Scream & Shout" by & Britney Spears Peak Position: 3 Last Week's Position: 5 Weeks on Chart: 10 4. "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers Peak Position: 3 Last Week's Position: 3 Weeks on Chart: 35 5. "I Knew You Were Trouble." by Taylor Swift Peak Position: 2 Last Week's Position: 4 Weeks on Chart: 16 6. "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, Featuring John Martin Peak Position: 6 Last Week's Position: 6 Weeks on Chart: 20 7. "Beauty And A Beat" by Justin Bieber, Featuring Nicki Minaj Peak Position: 5 Last Week's Position: 7 Weeks on Chart: 17 8. "F**kin Problems" by A$AP Rocky, Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar Peak Position: 8 Last Week's Position: 10 Weeks on Chart: 14 9. "Try" by P!nk Peak Position: 9 Last Week's Position: 11 Weeks on Chart: 15 10. "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris, Featuring Florence Welch Peak Position: 10 Last Week's Position: 14 Weeks on Chart: 13 Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Interscope Records] You Might Also Like: Stars Who Changed Their Look Who Wore This Crazy Hat? Hot Young Politicans