FOO FIGHTERS performed "The Pretender" as part of this year's "My Grammy Moment," produced in partnership with YouTube and CBS.com. The segment gave up to 20 unsigned musicians the opportunity to play with the band at tonight's Grammy Awards as part of an orchestra that was arranged by special guest conductor John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. The hawt Asian-American violinist won; who'da thunkit? This may be the first video I've linked via Red Lasso, which is pretty cool.
THE GRAMMYS, btw, went to all of these folks.
NEIL YOUNG says music has lost its power to change the world. As if. Young added: "I think the world today is a different place, and that it's time for science and physics and spirituality to make a difference in this world and to try to save the planet."
THEY MAY BE GIANTS hit the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND talks to London's Guardian about the influence of Ralph Lauren, the less gritty vibe of today's NYC, and more.
IVANA XL has a new song, "Sundowner," posted at IvanaSpace.
AMY WINEHOUSE stayed in London for the Grammy Awards, where she won a bunch that should have gone to Feist... She won Record of the Year after performing a medley of "You Know I'm No Good/Rehab." (The frame grab above is her in shock as the crowd goes wild around her in London.) The rehabbing singer also got her teeth fixed. The troubled singer is reportedly moving in with the Osbournes, which would be a ready-made reality show, but for The Osbournes already having had theirs.
WILCO: As I write this, I have the Grammy Red Carpet on in the background, so I just heard Jeff Tweedy telling the story about being mistaken for an usher at the Grammys by P. Diddy. BARELY RELATED: I just saw Jay-Z say that he is interested in working with Feist.
PATTI SMITH: Renaissance woman, or pompous windbag? Reuters makes her out to be a bit of both.
SPIN MAGAZINE has put its entire February issue online, "enhanced" with links to bands' MySpace profiles, iTunes info, other stories and more.
LILY ALLEN is being touted as the saviour of BBC Three, but during recording of her first program, more than a third of the studio audience walked out, saying they were bored and complaining it was "horrible" and "limp."
PETE DOHERTY is playing birthday parties for just £100. The 28-year-old has hit hard times after splitting up from supposedly sober supermodel Kate Moss.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fool's Gold took the top slot with 22 million -- a bit less than what McConaughey and Hudson took in five years ago with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, even before inflation. However, it is about typical for a moderate hit this time of year and not bad, given the generally bad reviews for the pic. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins opened in second place with about 17 million -- probably not bad for Martin lawrence these days. The Hannah Montana movie's extended run took in ten million, which was down 66% from last weekend, but still more than the seven million budget for shows Disney did not plan on having. Pure gravy for a 53.4 million total. The Eye dropped 46 percent, which says something about Jessica Alba's drawing power for a typical poorly reviewed suspense flick. The adorable Juno dropped a mere 18.4 percent, having raked in 117.6 million -- about twice what Little Miss Sunshine made, though about half of all-time indie queen My Big Fat Greek Wedding. 27 Dresses dropped about a third, but has made over twice its 30 million budget. The Bucket List dropped 20%, but has made 75 million on a 45 million budget. Rambo and Meet the Spartans both slid over 40 percent, while There Will Be Blood only dropped 12.5 percent to round out the Top Ten. BONUS: The French Hotel's new film, The Hottie and the Nottie, opened Friday to 9000 bucks on 111 screens, or 81 bucks per screen.
THE WRITERS GUILD looks to have resolved its strike against the studios, with guild president Patric Verrone crediting News Corp. No. 2 Peter Chernin, Disney chief Bob Iger, and CBS boss Les Moonves, as "instrumental in making this deal happen" after the WGA spent 3 months "getting nowhere" with the AMPTP negotiators and lawyers.
THE WRITERS GUILD also gave their awards to the adorable Juno for comedy and the Coen Bros.' No Country for Old Men for drama over the weekend.
JUNO and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, btw, may be the odds-on favorites for Best Picture come Oscar-time. Since the decade began, Best Picture has gone to one of the top two domestic grossers among the five movies in the category every single year. And with 101 million and 51 million earned, "Juno" and "No Country" are the clear box-office leaders this year. However, outside of "Shakespeare in Love," a comedy hasn't won since 1977, which likely brings a smile to the faces of the brothers Coen.
HEATH LEDGER was memorialized in a service attended by hundreds and a 10-person private funeral Saturday in his hometown of Perth, Australia. But what started out as a subdued wake after the funeral ended in an emotional goodbye by mourners including Michelle Williams, who all took a plunge into the ocean as the sun began to set.
ROY SCHEIDER who became one of the leading figures in the American film renaissance of the 1970s, died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, NY. He had suffered from multiple myeloma for several years, and died of complications from a staph infection. His credits included Klute, The French Connection, All That Jazz, Blue Thunder, 52 Pick-Up and of course his role as Amity Police Chief Martin Brody in Jaws.
BRITNEY SPEARS' business manager is close to being fired and her divorce attorney has asked the court for permission to drop her as a client.
PAT O'BRIEN has checked an undisclosed rehab facility, which gives TMZ an excuse to relink to his nsfw phone messages.
THE McCARTNEYS: Sir Paul will be forced to disclose how much he earned from his last world tour in his High Court showdown with Heather Mills today. The former Beatle claims the two-year series of concerts generated losses of £3million, but friends of Mills say she played a key role in drawing up the accounts of the tour - and can prove it netted him millions. He only gives you his funny paper. COINCIDENTALLY, the uber-reliable News of the World claims that Mills cheated on Sir Paul for six months.
RANDY QUAID has been banned-for-life from the union representing American stage actors, due to his wacky misbehavior while working on the Broadway-bound musical "Lone Star Love."
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cher confirmed rumors that she had dated the pint-sized Cruise in the 80s, despite their huge age gap.
GLOBAL WARMING: Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. Oops.
ISLAMISM in the UK: The Archbishop of Canterbury faced demands to quit as the row over sharia law intensified. Other bishops, politicians, and prominent Muslims were critical of the Archbishop's claim that the UK would eventually accomodate Islamic law.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: The National Society for Human Rights, a non-governmental rights body, will address the Governorate of Riyadh regarding the case of the 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three was thrown in jail by religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh. The woman was bruised and crying when she was freed from a day in prison after she was strip-searched, threatened and forced to sign false confessions. Apparently, someone has figured out this was very bad PR.
IRAQ: Part 2 of Bill Ardolino's look inside Iraqi politics highlights the status of initiatives charged to the executive branch, primarily reconciliation and reconstruction efforts. Islamist killings of women are still occurring in Basra. Abu 'Azzam Al-Tamimi, a former leader in the "Islamic Army" in Iraq, told Al-Arabiya that US withdrawal would be a disaster and that an Iranian occupation would be far worse. US commanders welcome the revival in Fallujah, but a simmering provincial power struggle threatens to raise new tensions among the Sunni tribal chiefs and politicians of Anbar that some fear could distract them from the fight against AQI. However, Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an "extraordinary crisis," according to a 39-page letter seized during a US raid on an AQI base near Samarra in November.
LISA the GEEP is a cross between a goat and a sheep. She is now booked into a specialist animal medical school in Hanover for genetic tests to determine her hybrid status.
BARNACLES go to great lengths to mate, even while attached to something else. Dirk Diggler has nothing on barnacles.
RUDI the GIANT RABBIT escapes being eaten: "He is the king of the barn!" said Erwin Teichmann, of Berlin.
LET'S GO HORSESURFING now, everybody's learning how, come on a rodeo with me.
GODSPEED, tiny fish.