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FOLK LEGEND PETE SEEGER HAS DIED

Folk legend and activist Pete Seeger died Monday of natural causes. He was 94. Seeger, a pioneer of the modern American folk music movement, wrote some of the most classic folk tunes including “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!.” He was also well-known for his politics. He protested against wars from Vietnam to Iraq and was sentenced to prison when he wouldn't testify in Congress about his time in the Communist party.

McCARTNEY & NIRVANA REFLECT ON GRAMMY-WINNING SONG

Paul McCartney and the guys from Nirvana won the Grammy for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” Sunday night and Paul says he realized pretty early on there was something special about their recording session. "It was magic for me playing with these guys," McCartney said backstage at the awards. "I knew who Dave (Grohl) was because I'd met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.' And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven't played since Nirvana.' So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion." Meanwhile, Dave makes no secret about being a huge Beatles fan and has even passed on that love to his two daughters. "There aren't too many things that last forever and I honestly think what Paul and the band did will last forever," he said. "It has the same effect on this generation of kids as it did on my generation. It's really important that kids understand that everything comes from what's come before and there's this lineage that's really important."

PAUL & YOKO MAKE NICE AT GRAMMYS

It certainly looks like Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono have put their bad blood behind them. Both stars were at the Grammys Sunday night, and cameras were quick to catch the 80-year-old Yoko, widow of John Lennon, rocking out to Paul’s reunion with fellow Beatle Ringo Starr. Cameras even caught Paul and Yoko holding hands as they chatted in the audience.

STEVEN TYLER HIRING NEW MANAGEMENT?

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is trying to bring some new life to his career. According to the New York Post, the former American Idol judge was spotted last week with Britney Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph, sparking speculation that the pair may be planning to work together. The duo was first seen together at Soho House on Wednesday and then again at 1Oak Thursday, where Tyler reportedly “got on the mic and rocked out to ‘Walk this Way’” in front of a star-studded room that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Phillippe and Russell Simmons.

CLASSIC SABBATH ALBUMS RETURN TO CHARTS

Two classic Black Sabbath albums have re-entered the Billboard 200 chart. The group’s debut Black Sabbath landed at number 194 and the album Paranoid made it to 121. The increased sales were likely caused by the band’s catalog being re-mastered and re-released on iTunes January 14th. Eight studio albums were released, and were sold individually and as a bundle. Sabbath picked up the Best Metal Performance award at Sunday night’s Grammys for “God is Dead” from their reunion album and say they are more than willing to do some more recording together. "We're going back on the road," said Ozzy Osbourne, adding. "We haven't really spoken about it beyond that. I'm down for it."

CHILI PEPPERS’ DRUM TO BE AUCTIONED OFF FOR CHARITY

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing the Super Bowl half-time show Sunday, and will also help raise money for a good cause. The custom Pearl drum set Chad Smith will use during the February 2nd performance will be auctioned off at an NFL charity event, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish America. Also up for auction will be three pairs of autographed drumsticks used by Smith.

REZNOR TELLS GRAMMYS TO F-OFF

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was very unhappy after the Grammys Sunday night. Reznor was performing the show’s closing number, “Copy of A,” backed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (on drums), Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, when the performance was cut short and credits began to roll. Reznor immediately took out his frustration on Twitter, writing, “Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*** YOU guys.” This isn’t the first time Reznor has expressed his displeasure with the Grammys. In a Hollywood Reporter interview in 2011 he said, “Why don’t the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap — like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided."

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