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Taylor Swift and Kanye West Were Last-Minute Additions for Top Grammy Awards

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According to a source in the New York Times, the Recording Academy agreed to increase the number of Grammy nominations just 24 hours before the list was published on Tuesday, benefiting artists such as Kanye West, Taylor Swift, ABBA, and Lil Nas X.

When queried about the decision by Variety on Monday, CEO Harvey Mason jr. described it as a “natural process” that saw the list of nominees in the top four general categories rise from eight to ten. “We viewed it as a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate more artists and shed a light on more excellent music,” he said.

“It’s something we’ve spoken about for quite some time but it ended up happening quite lately,” he added of the abruptness of the shift. “We saw the vote and the number of submissions [for the Grammys in 2022] and viewed it as a fantastic possibility.” On Monday, the nominees’ advance lists, which are usually distributed to the media 24 hours before the announcement, arrived significantly later than usual. According to Variety, the delay was caused by the increase of the top lists.

According to the report, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” were added to the record of the year field; Swift’s “Evermore” and West’s “Donda” were added to the album of the year field; Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time” were added at the last minute to the song of the year

By comparing the final list to a list generated before the Monday decision — a version that “had begun circulating outside the Recording Academy before the nominees were revealed on Tuesday,” the Times was able to determine which musicians benefited from the shift from eight to ten. The New York Times claimed to have gotten a copy of the previous list.

The musicians added to the list, according to Mason, were merely the ninth and tenth most chosen by Academy members, as determined by Deloitte, the Academy’s partner in gathering and tabulating votes. “A thousand per cent no,” he said when asked if the Grammy telecast’s multimillion-dollar ratings were a factor in the Swift-West inclusion. That wasn’t even a thought.”

“While it may appear hasty, it was really a thorough, well-intentioned approach that was also data-driven,” remarked Academy co-president Valeisha Butterfield Jones. The Academy’s representatives did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for additional comment.

Linda Chorney, who said she awoke this week to Google alerts connecting to news headlines suggesting she had been nominated for best American roots performance for her song “Bored,” raised other issues about the final nominations this week. According to screenshots and cached search results, Choney’s song was included in a list of nominees by Rolling Stone. Chorney’s song, however, was not among the nominees when the official list was released, and a song by Rhiannon Giddens got the slot that had appeared to be hers. Chorney claims she wrote to some of the reporters who published a storey claiming a nomination for her and received an apology from one of them, who said the material was cut-and-pasted from an incorrect source, but she hasn’t received any information on who that source was.

Chorney believes she did receive a nomination — and that it was somehow cancelled — despite the lack of explanations as to why erroneous news sources may have credited her with one. Chorney has chastised the Grammys for making changes to the voting procedure since she was nominated for best Americana album in 2012, which she feels were meant to keep self-releasing musicians like her out. Variety has also reached out to Academy representatives regarding Chorney’s concerns.

The New York Times’ report on the last-minute increase of top nominees sets an unpleasant tone for the upcoming Grammy Awards, which have been plagued by a succession of ugly events in recent years.

The Weeknd was inexplicably left out of any nominations last year, despite having one of the year’s most successful albums and hits in “After Hours” and “Blinding Lights.” Deborah Dugan, Mason’s predecessor, was fired due to apparent conflicts of interest and cover-up claims of sexual misbehaviour, including a rape allegation. The Academy finally got rid of its “secret” nomination review panels that created final nominee lists for most categories earlier this year, but only after years of allegations about insider trading, which culminated in the Weeknd snub. The list could go on and on.

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

Singapore’s banking watchdog has halted a popular digital currency exchange over a crypto pension programme linked to South Korean boy band BTS.

Singapore’s decision to stop Bitget’s local activities comes as the city-state strives to become a worldwide cryptocurrency hub.

BTS’s agency Hybe threatened Bitget with legal action in October for the promotion of Army Coin, named after the group’s ardent fans BTS ARMY. Who made the coin is unknown.

“so they do not have to worry about surviving but instead let them do what they desire to do” the platform advertised Army Coin. Hybe stated the coin is unrelated to BTS.

The episode shows the difficulties regulators face in controlling the crypto business as regular investors accept digital currency.

Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta was criticised last week for promoting the world’s largest crypto exchange on Instagram.

Singapore, a financial and free-trading port, has been more open to technology than regional rivals Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has awarded Binance, Ripple, and Coinbase licences to serve retail and institutional clients.

Bitget had been exempted until July, according to a source familiar with the case. Bitget and the MAS refused to elaborate on the basis for Bitget’s exclusion.

Bitget’s services were still available in Singapore until late November, when it promoted Army Coin and claimed MAS clearance on its website.

After being notified by the Financial Times, the company removed the MAS logo from its site and prevented Singaporeans from using its app or website. Bitget still claims US, Canadian, and Australian licences.

Army Coin has since been listed on CoinTiger, another Singapore-based cryptocurrency market. The coin “exists for the good of BTS” and will “truly support them financially”, according to CoinTiger.

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Famous grunge vocalist Courtney Love tweeted a vague threat this week that includes Elon Musk’s private emails, Bernie Sanders, and a character from the show “Succession.”

You may recall Elon Musk’s November under-the-belt jab at Senator Bernie Sanders.

To an 80-year-old lawmaker, he said, “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”

In addition to offending Musk fans, the statement insulted a man who, according to The Hill, is currently trying to help Alzheimer’s patients afford treatment.

So what does this have to do with Courtney Love? The 57-year-old singer and actress, who was once married to late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, tweeted on Thursday something ambiguous and colloquial:

“You know your str8, male, PayPal mafia email group?” Love tweeted. “I was on bcc for MONTHS on that thing. With that information in mind, don’t you think in a ‘civilized society’ one should embrace paying our fair share of tax? Don’t pick on Bernie. It’s Kendall Roy shit.”

Was Love in a financial group chat with Musk, perhaps a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO)?

Initially, she only said she was a “GOOD queen” and used the hashtag “#justpayyourtaxesbuddy.” Reporters rushed to the star’s aid in the replies. She later added more hot water to her tea spill.

“Mostly gross sex stuff, entitled dudes being suck ups/toadies,” Love tweeted today. “I was sleeping w someone on it (Thielis not on it. So. Str8) it’s not his fault I got BCC’d. I like Elon the few times we’ve met…”

However, Love later deleted that last tweet, along with several others she had recently sent.

Love also seemed to like Musk in 2017, when she praised a previous SpaceX launch.

Interestingly, while Love accuses Musk of tax evasion, the Daily Mail reported earlier this year that Love owed the state around $375,000 in taxes.

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Another trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad spinoff, Peacemaker, starring John Cena, has been released ahead of the show’s premiere on HBO Max next month.

“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag.” Gunn said when the series was announced. For a movie that also featured the kaiju alien starfish monster Starro the Conqueror, Peacemaker was hospitalised at the end of this year’s The Suicide Squad. There’s a sense in this trailer, however, that John Cena’s Peacemaker is having second thoughts about his vow to keep peace at all costs, even if it means slaughtering men, women, and children in the process. Perhaps Peacemaker isn’t ready to get all introspective right now, as the trailer suggests.

While Cena will reprise his role as Peacemaker, Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland from The Suicide Squad will also appear in the new series. Freddie Stroma and Chukwudi Iwuji star as Vigilante and Clemson Murn, respectively, on Gunn’s show Peacemaker, which also features Danielle Brooks as a co-lead.

All eight episodes of the series have been written by Gunn, and he will direct five of them. Jody Hill (The Righteous Gemstones) and Rosemary Rodriguez will also serve as co-directors (The Walking Dead).

In the near future, HBO Max will be home to numerous major DC projects, including Peacemaker. Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace as the titular character, is also scheduled for release next year. HBO Max is currently developing the films Black Canary, Blue Beetle, and Static Shock.

On January 13th, 2022, HBO Max will air the series Peacemaker. Take a look at the latest Peacemaker trailer and poster.

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