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AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO…

The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and as always there were surprise winners and stunned losers. Some of the night’s biggest winners were: Best Metal Performance – Black Sabbath – “God is Dead?;” Best Rock Song – Paul McCartney/Dave Grohl/Pat Smear/Krist Novoselic – “Cut Me Some Slack;” Best Rock Album – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day; Best Surround Sound Album – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Music Film – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Wings – Wings Over America.

CAROLE KING HONORED AS MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR

Music legend Carole King was honored as MusiCare’s 2013 Person of the Year Saturday night in Los Angeles. Performers honoring King included Lady Gaga James Taylor, Pink, Will.I.Am, Steven Tyler and Alicia Keys. "It’s a big night for somebody who is a songwriter and only dreamed of having the greatest singers sing their songs, and here it is all together in one magical wonderful night,” she told Rolling Stone on the red carpet. Later, during her acceptance speech, King thanked her former songwriting partner and ex-husband Gerry Goffin, and credited frequent collaborator Taylor for getting her to the front of the stage

SPRINGSTEEN RELEASES NEW VIDEO

Bruce Springsteen released a video for the single “Just Like Fire Would,” from his latest album High Hopes, which hit number one on the Billboard Album chart last week. The track is a cover of a 1986 single by the Australian band The Saints.

SPRINGSTEEN’S SON GRADUATES FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY

Bruce Springsteen’s youngest son is not following in his rock n’ roll footsteps Instead, Sam Springsteen, 20, graduated from a fire academy in New Jersey earlier this month and will become a firefighter. Sam’s mom, and E Street Band member, Patti Scialfa, couldn’t contain her pride, and posted a picture of her son in his uniform with the caption, “My youngest son, Sam, graduated from Monmouth County Fire Academy tonight. #Proud #OurFamilyHero.”

LOVE WINS TWITTER LIBEL CASE

Courtney Love was victorious in her Twitter libel trial. A judge in California ruled that the Hole frontman should not be held liable for a tweet in which she claimed her former attorney Rhonda Holmes had been “bought off.” The judge ruled that Holmes was a limited-person public figure because of her connection to Love, so she needed to show the rocker acted with malice. Last week Love testified she was computer illiterate and thought she was actually sending a personal message, immediately deleting it when she realized it had gone public. Love had retained Holmes in an attempt to pursue a fraud case against the executors of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.

KURT COBAIN DAY SCHEDULED

The annual Kurt Cobain Day, celebrating the birth of the late Nirvana frontman, will take place February 20th in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. "Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain," said Mayor Bill Simpson, "and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements."

PEARL JAM BASSIST BREAKS FAN’S NOSE

A Pearl Jam fan found out the hard way just how series bassist Jeff Ament takes basketball. Sherif Hassan joined a pickup game in New Zealand earlier this month with Jeff and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, when the Seattle rocker accidentally broke his nose. "He's aggressive, I'll tell you that much," Hassan told an Australian radio station. "He broke my nose. All I heard was Win going off about how the rules are rubbish down here, and throwing balls around and chucking a bit of a hissy fit." Possibly feeling bad about the injury, Ament gave Hassan a pair of tickets and backstage passes to the Big Day Out festival in Auckland, where he got to watch the Pearl Jam up close. “It was worth it,” said Hassan. “We got to the front of stage for Pearl Jam, and [frontman] Eddie Vedder gave me a shout out."

EIGHTIES DYLAN COMPILATION OUT IN MARCH

ATO records will release Bob Dylan: In The 80s Volume One on March 25th. The album will feature stars such as Built To Spill, Deer Tick, Slash, Glen Hansard and Craig Finn of The Hold Steady performing their take on songs from Dylan’s 80s catalogue. Not that the 80s were so good to Dylan. Explains producer Jesse Lauter, "80s Dylan is by no means a celebrated period in his career…Our goal was to showcase one of the greatest artists of our time during an off-rhythm period and bring a stronger sense of harmony to the material at hand.”

JIM MORRISON ITEMS FOR SALE ON CRAIGSLIST

Items that allegedly once belonged to The Doors frontman Jim Morrison are up for sale on Craigslist. A posting from the owner of the Los Angeles building that was said to be Morrison’s last known address is selling stuff from his former home at “rock bottom prices.” The current owner of the building is Cheri Woods, who bought the apartment in 2003 and allegedly held a séance, after which she insisted Morrison faked his 1971 death. Items for sale include a stove (for $300), pipes, a garbage disposal, paint chips and even a bathroom sink plug for $5. She’s also offering up a bag of “authentic, vintage Doors dirt” from the yard.

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