Showbiz Sandbox 347: Who Should Perform What at the 59th Grammy Awards

December 13, 2016

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When the nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced last week Beyoncé continued her annus mirabilis by picking up no fewer than nine nods including one for album of the year. She’s in the mix with the likes of Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and Sturgill Simpson. With musical acts that include Rihanna, Kanye West and Radiohead also up for awards, producers have a wealth of talent to choose from when selecting performers for next year’s ceremony.

The Golden Globe nominations were also announced recently and this year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association actually managed to categorize their film entries properly, unlike last year when the space drama “The Martian” won the prize for best comedy.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Black List survey was published on Monday, highlighting some of the best unproduced screenplays from the past year. Nine of the last 18 Best Screenplay Oscars were featured on the annual list, including “Spotlight”, “Juno” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the winners of the European Film Awards, why the CBS-Viacom merger collapsed and actress Emmy Rossum demands to be paid as much as her mail co-stars.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of December 11, 2016
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-december-11-2016-300376361.html

Box Office: ‘Moana’ Beats ‘Office Christmas Party’ With $18.8M; ‘La La Land’ Breaks Records
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-moana-beats-office-christmas-party-188m-la-la-land-breaks-records-955042

‘Toni Erdmann,’ Politics Dominate European Film Awards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toni-erdmann-politics-dominate-european-film-awards-955028

Golden Globes 2017: Complete List of Nominees
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-et-mn-golden-globes-2017-nominees-winners-list-20161212-story.html

Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Tops 2016 Black List
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/2016-black-list-scripts-announced-updating-live-1201939817/

The Neuro Diaries by Casey Schwartz – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/02/17/the-neuro-diaries/

Word of Mouse by James Patterson – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/05/word-of-mouse/

Viacom, CBS Scrap Talks on Recombining After Redstones Withdraw Support
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/cbs-viacom-merger-shari-redstone-national-amusements-1201939636/

Viacom Names Bob Bakish Permanent CEO
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/viacom-names-bob-bakish-permanent-ceo-932383

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Debut at Sundance Opening Night
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/an-inconvenient-truth-sequel-debut-at-sundance-opening-night-954933

Nielsen in Advanced Talks to Acquire Gracenote to Get Better at Content Recognition
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/nielsen-buys-gracenote-1201937498/

Andrew Lloyd Webber to Waive “School of Rock” Fees for Schools Producing the Musical
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-to-Waive-SCHOOL-OF-ROCK-Fees-for-Schools-Producing-the-Musical-20161210#

A Movie Ticketing Start-Up Hopes to Fill Empty Seats
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/04/business/media/movie-ticketing-start-up-atom-tickets-hopes-to-fill-theaters.html

Judge Rules ‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Can’t Collect on Insurance Due to Criminal Acts
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rules-midnight-rider-producer-cant-collect-insurance-due-criminal-acts-954405

Most Sports Fans With DVRs Record Live Sports, Survey Says
https://www.cnet.com/news/most-dvr-owners-record-live-sports-too-survey-says/

21st Century Fox Sets $23.2 Billion Pact to Acquire All of European Pay TV Giant Sky
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/21st-century-fox-makes-bid-for-european-pay-tv-network-sky-1201938126/

‘Shameless’ Star Emmy Rossum Demands Equal Pay and More for Season 8
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shameless-star-emmy-rossum-demands-equal-pay-more-season-8-954582

Shakespeare & Co. Parent Raises Nearly $8M to Grow
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/72277-shakespeare-co-parent-raises-nearly-8m-to-grow.html

Trump Desperate for A-lister to Perform at Inauguration
http://nypost.com/2016/12/08/trump-struggling-to-book-top-talent-for-inauguration/

Divas and Despots: the Stars Who Sing for Dictators
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8371731/Divas-and-despots-the-stars-who-sing-for-dictators.html

‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Defeats the Rolling Stones in the Battle for No. 1
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/arts/music/hamilton-mixtape-rolling-stones-billboard-chart.html

Here Is the Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7597556/grammys-nominees-complete-list-2017

Comments

  • mgiltz

    Wouldn’t it be fun to work on the Grammys? You get handed hundreds of nominees and then get to cast a show, mixing this artist with that one, coming up with stunt performances, shining a spotlight on legends and hopefully giving someone a career-changing night. Do you start with Adele and end with Beyonce, or the other way around? We have fun casting the Grammys this week and I say Amy Schumer (up for best comedy album and best spoken word recording) should do a routine. And why not a spotlight for one of the great artists nominated for kids music, a genre that rarely if ever gets attention? So many choices….