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Grammy Awards Hires First Host in Seven Years

The ladies aren’t the only ones that love LL Cool J.

For the first time in seven years, the Grammy Awards have decided to go with a host in the rapper-turned-actor and co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

LL Cool J has previously served as host of the Grammy nominations concert. Queen Latifah was the last host of the Grammys back in 2005.

The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to perform on Feb. 12 from Staples Center.

“I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true,” LL Cool J said in a statement.

Taylor Swift Appears on Vogue’s February Cover

(Via Vogue/Mario Testino)

Taylor Swift graces the cover of the February Vogue (available January 24), and inside the magazine the 22-year-old songstress has plenty to share in an interview with Contributing Editor Jonathan Van Meter. Here are a few select quotes.

When Swift is asked about growing up:

“So… middle school? Awkward. Having a hobby that’s different from everyone else’s? Awkward. Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Braces? Awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don’t embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!”

That does sound, uh, what’s a word for something that’s difficult to deal with? Ugh, well, anyway. Onward.

Swift on her love life:

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Weird Al Ready to Show Harold Camping How It’s Done

The Rapture never came May 21. Nor on Harold Camping‘s revised date of October 21. But switch around those numerals and swap out one weird guy for another, and you’ve got the next best thing for Angelenos–Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Alpocalypse” tour performance at the Pantages Theatre this Saturday, November 12.

One big difference between Harold’s Rapture and Al’s ‘Pocalypse is the fact that in the latter case, children under five will not be admitted. From the show’s promotional blurb:

Weird Al’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years debuted at No. 9 on the U.S. album charts, marking the highest-charting album of his storied career. Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way” as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek.

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Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

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Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic’s Global HQ

In this episode of Cubes, we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based out of two conjoined buildings in Manhattan’s SoHo district. The space includes Scholastic’s flagship bookstore, a huge rooftop terrace, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter memorabilia, and a 4,000-square-foot auditorium that recently hosted a performance from Taylor Swift.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


Lady Gaga Moves Magazines

Score one for the bad girls. Women’s Wear Daily notes that the outrageous and overtly sexual Lady Gaga as cover girl made for great magazine sales in 2010, while decidedly vanilla country-pop starlet Taylor Swift stayed on the shelves. Numbers culled by the Audit Bureau of Circulations reveal that covers featuring the innovative pop icon were 2010 bestsellers for Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan. Gaga’s Vanity Fair issue was the second highest selling of the year, beat out only by superstar Angelina Jolie.

In contrast, Taylor Swift was no friend to print. Reports WWD:

Her April Elle cover was its worst seller of the year through October, with sales running 60,000 less than the average on the newsstand; her November cover for Glamour was the second-worst-selling for the monthly, and her July Marie Claire cover was the third-worst-selling issue for that monthly through October.

To be fair, not all the sales numbers for 2010 are in. Swift graced the December covers of Allure and Entertainment Weekly, and we’ve yet to hear how well those issues sold.

Hat tip Romenesko.

Lady Gaga: 2010′s Top Cover Girl

With five Grammy award nominations, a spot on Time’s 100 most influential people of the year list, and eight MTV Video Music Awards in the past 12 months, Lady Gaga had a wildly successful 2010.  One more accolade that the “Fame Monster” can add to her resume is an undisputed spot atop the 2010 print throne.  According to WWD, an Audit Bureau of Circulations report reveals that Gaga-centric issues sold better than any other celeb and the trend is not expected to slow down in 2011.

Lady Gaga’s July 8 Rolling Stone double issue sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times above the title’s January-September 2010 average.  Gaga’s April 2010 Cosmopolitan was a major hit as well, selling 1.7 million copies and making its mark as the magazine’s leading issue through October.  Lady Gaga was responsible for the year’s second most successful issue of Vanity Fair as her September cover sold 450,000 copies and trailed only Angelina Jolie’s cover.   She also opened 2010 with a bang by appearing in the January issue of Elle, one which held up as their third highest seller through October.

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Betty White Is the AP’s Entertainer of the Year

Thanks in large part to a successful Internet campaign to get her Saturday Night Live, Betty White has been named the Associated Press‘s “Entertainer of the Year.” Kind of a surprise, but not really. White was all over the place this year.

102 ballots were sent out to the Associated Press‘s various entertainment affiliates to determine the winner. The vote was apparently close. White beat the cast of Glee by only two votes.

“It’s ridiculous,” White told the AP from her Los Angeles home. “They haven’t caught on to me, and I hope they never do.”

Previous winners include Tina FeyStephen Colbert and…Taylor Swift? Alrighty then.

iPad Makes a Cameo at Grammy Awards

Stephen Colbert brought out his giant iPhone without a camera last night at the Grammy Awards.

Here’s what Lady Gaga was wearing.

And yes, Taylor Swift won something again, while in the same category with Beyonce. Was this a rerun? It’s like we’ve heard this song when we were half listening before.

Video via Engadget

InStyle Tries Augmented Reality, Too

instyle cover.jpgEsquire isn’t the only magazine trying its hand at augmented reality for its December issue. InStyle is also revealing a new Web cam-enabled in its latest issue.

Holding the Taylor Swift cover up to a Web camera will trigger a 3D message from the cover model, reports WWD. There’s also a 3D gift guide — also Web cam activated — inside InStyle, a brilliant way to draw in advertisers. 25 advertisers participated in the guide, with each brand getting a 30-second video that pops out of a gift box.

Looks like another magazine for us to pick up and check out this month…

Earlier: Preview Esquire‘s Augmented Reality

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