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Logic’s Grammys Performance Helped Triple Calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Logic’s live performance of his song “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn’t just moving … it probably helped save many lives. A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ … in the 2 hours…

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Logic’s Grammys Performance Helped Triple Calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Logic’s live performance of his song “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn’t just moving … it probably helped save many lives. A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ … in the 2 hours…

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Pink Hits Back After Grammys President Tells Women to “Step Up”

The 2018 Grammy’s were on Sunday, and do you know who took home the gold? A whole bunch of dudes.

The gender disparity between extremely talented women who were nominees and the men who won Grammys was so significant that some people started referring to #GrammysSoMale — a nod to the #OscarsSoWhite criticisms in recent years.

The Recording Academy President said that women needed to “step up,” and that prompted Pink — who has been stepping up for her entire career — to speak out.

Viewers couldn’t help but notice that there were some serious snubs at the Grammys.

Okay, one of them was Jay-Z, whose 4:44 album made headlines. But some felt that it was right that he not be celebrated for an album all about how he cheated on Beyonce to absurd lengths.

Viewers wanted to know where the heck Lorde was.

Lorde, extraordinarily accomplished for any age but particularly for a 21-year-old who was still in high school when the world fell in love with her music, was the only Album Of The Year nominee who was not invited to perform solo. Which was absurd and insulting.

And then, though Kesha’s powerful performance of “Praying” wowed audiences, Kesha didn’t win. Neither did Lady Gaga or Lorde.

Ed Sheeran won for what many felt was a mediocre song about some woman’s body. Bruno Mars swept up the awards.

Was it fair, or were men held to lower standards than women?

The Recording Academy President, Neil Portnow, responded to criticism by saying:

“It has to begin with … women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level …”

And here’s his advice:

“[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”

Which … seems to miss the point. Women aren’t asking for a boost above their level of talent. People just want their talent to be recognized and honored.

Though he has the audacity to tell incredibly accomplished women to “step up,” he at least has the insight to acknowledge that he’s speaking from a place of privilege.

“I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face.”

Clearly.

“I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”

Maybe this is just subjective, and the Grammy voters just happen to prefer Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars’ voices … somehow.

But it seems like an odd coincidence that they just happen to overwhelmingly enjoy dude voices despite such massive displays of female talent.

In a handwritten note shared to Twitter, Pink wrote:

“Women don’t need to ‘step up’ — women have been stepping since the beginning of time.”

Yep.

“Stepping up and also stepping aside.”

Referring to how women so often forego recognition so that men can give a speech and take home an award. Even if those men are less talented.

“Women owned music this year. They’ve been killing it.”

She’s right about that.

“And every year before this.”

Pink "Step Up" Note

She talks about how important it is for women’s accomplishments to be acknowledged instead of sidelined.

“When we celebrate and honor the talents and accomplishments of women, and how much women step up every year, against all odds …”

Which they really do. In light of those #MeToo stories, it’s almost astonishing how many women remain in the industry instead of running for their lives.

“We show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal and what it looks like to be fair.”

Again, she says fair. She’s not asking for special awards for the sake of giving out awards.

But many Grammys viewers feel that anyone who claims that they just happen to enjoy Sheeran or Mars more than they liked Lorde’s album or Kesha’s is perhaps lying to themselves.

Again, music is subjective, we suppose. But seeing such a massive gender disparity raises some eyebrows. Pink has a point.

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Kesha Dominates the Grammy’s with “Praying” Performance!

Even if you didn't watch to see who won and who lost at the 2018 Grammy Awards, you've no doubt heard that Kesha was robbed. (And so was Lorde, who wasn't even asked to perform. And so was Lady Gaga)

But she still stole the show with a knockout performance of her ballad, "Praying," which is the ultimate #TimesUp anthem.

As you'll see in the video below, Kesha didn't perform this jaw-dropping number alone.

Kesha's powerful ballad, "Praying," tells a deeply personal story.

We've all followed the story of Kesha's lawsuits against Dr. Luke, the producer whose alleged abuse of her lasted for years and years. Among other things, she accuses him of having drugged and raped her.

It's a grim tale, and her legal struggle for professional independence has been hard-fought and seen some serious setbacks. And it's not over yet.

But though Kesha's story is very specific to her, we've all heard #MeToo stories. We can only imagine how many people can strongly relate to this song's lyrics.

Which makes it a perfect and powerful anthem for #TimesUp.

And so Kesha didn't perform "Praying" alone at the Grammy's. She was accompanied by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, and Andra Day.

That's quite the line-up.

In fact, before they even began to sing, they were introduced by the incomparable Janelle Monae (whose current aesthetic, a sort of afrofuturism blended with a non-racist reimagining of the classic film Metropolis, is complex enough to fill volumes).

"Tonight I am proud to stand in solidarity as just not an artist but a young women with my fellow sisters who make up the music industry: artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEO, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business."

And, of course, the women of the entertainment industry are more than just their jobs.

"We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings."

"We come in peace but we mean business," Janelle continues.

"And to those who would dare try to silence us. We offer two words: Time’s up."

Yes.

"We say time’s up for pay inequality. Time’s up for discrimination. Time’s up for harassment of any kind. And time’s up for the abuse of power because you see it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry."

Good to mention that it happens so much in politics.

"And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that doesn’t serve us well. So let’s work together."

Janelle continues:

"Women and men as a united music industry committed to creating safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women."

We have to get rid of the gender pay gap in all sectors of industry.

"And as artists so often do our next performer embodies the great tradition of delivering important social messages."

Anyone who tells you that music should be separate from politics (like Nikki Haley whining about Hillary Clinton's Fire & Fury Grammy's sketch)

"This fearless two time Grammy nominee inspires so many of us, including myself when she spoke her truth on her album Rainbow, which is nominated for best pop vocal album tonight."

Gotta be honest, folks — I woke up with "Praying" stuck in my head, but that happens at least once a week, minimum.

Like we said, Kesha was robbed. (Lorde, in the mean time, was nominated for best album and yet was the only nominee in that category to not be invited to perform … which is absurd)

But she didn't make her performance about her. She even avoided her epic high note, for which "Praying" is so famous. She's a team player, folks.

Watch Kesha's powerful performance. Like us, you might have this song on repeat for most of your day.

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Hillary Clinton Trolls Trump, Reads Fire & Fury at 2018 Grammys

In all likelihood, Donald Trump did not watch the 2018 Grammy Awards last night.

After all, the president kicked off Sunday by firing off a combative tweet at Jay Z in response to the rapper's audacious suggestion that the current administration hasn't exactly been a boon to minorities and other groups specifically targeted by Trump.

So unfortunately, the Donald probably missed out on a ceremony that kicked off with a politically-charged performance from Kendrick Lamar and didn't ease up on the timely commentary throughout. 

It's tough to say what he would have thought of the show.

Trump hates being criticized, sure, but not nearly as much as he hates not being the center of attention.

Perhaps that's why for most of the night, the shade was thrown indirectly, with artists making their feelings about the president clear without ever mentioning him by name.

But there was one moment in which the anti-Trump sentiment was made quite clear with the help of some unexpected A-listers and a controversial bestseller.

Fire and Fury is Michael Wolff's scathing tell-all about the Trump White House that basically reads like an in-depth exploration of the reign of Prince Joffrey.

On last night's Grammys, several stars read excerpts from the book, including John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cardi B … and Hillary Clinton.

Yes, Trump's biggest political rival dropped a savage burn in the pre-recorded segment, reading from a portion in which Wolff reveals that the president eats McDonald's because he fears being poisoned.

All over this great nation, the Happy Meal-starved toddlers of America are jotting down a solid new argument to use on mom.

Watch the clip below and stay tuned for news of a Trump coronary event.

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Hillary Clinton & Celebs Skewer Trump in Grammys ‘Fire and Fury’ Spoken Word Auditions Skit

A lot of award shows lately have mostly avoided the topic of Donald Trump, but the Grammys just went all in on the Prez with a notable cherry on top … Hillary Clinton. Grammys host James Corden intro’d a skit Sunday to showcase fake auditions he…

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Joy Villa Dons Fetus Dress, Makes Pro-Life Statement at the Grammys

Joy Villa did not win any Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

But the little-known artist did win many headlines following the event, considering the very unusual dress she chose to wear on the red carpet.

That’s what happens when your attire features a fetus.

Yes, a fetus.

One year after surprising attendees by strolling around the Grammys in a Make America Great Again outfit, Villa once again turned head via her strong fashion statement.

In Sunday night’s case, it featured a hand-pained “Choose Life” purse, along with a white gown on which a rainbow was drawn in the shape of a womb.

On Villa’s head was a crown and inside the womb was an unborn child.

She told Fox News that she painted the designs herself and then explained her motivation for this ensemble on Instagram.

“I believe in loving the child and the mother, and I am proudly #ProLife,” Villa said, adding:

“There is so much pain out there, but I choose to spread love and hope.

“I hand painted my @pronovias gown with a hand painted (by me) recreation of my daughter portrait I painted in 2007 at 20 years old 8 months pregnant with my beautiful daughter, whom I adopted out to a wonderful family.”

Yes, Villa says she got pregnant and then gave the baby up for adoption.

“I’m incredibly blessed to have given life, and I hope to encourage anyone in a similar situation to choose adoption,” she continued.

Since posing on the Grammys red carpet a year ago in her pro-Donald Trump outfit, Villa has visited the White House and appeared as a Fox News contributor.

She has used her platform to espouse her conservative values and plans on doing so as long as she can.

(The artist also sued ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in December, alleging that he smacked her twice on the butt at a Washington, D.C, event in November.)

Speaking to the aforementioned cable news network about the event and about her stance in general, Villas said yesterday:

“I’m a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do. I’m all about life.”

Regarding Trump and his first year in office?

“I love what he is doing; unemployment is down. I am totally for President Trump, and it’s only been one year. I can’t wait for the next seven years!”

What do you think of this outfit?

What do you think of Villa’s decision to use red carpets in this manner?

Wrong time and wrong place?

Or this is the epitome of America, one having the freedom to express one’s views at any time and place without legal repercussions?

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