The only riff raff the Grammy's want at its ceremony a week from Sunday is the singer, and maybe not even him ... and that's the basis of a new lawsuit.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences claims VIP Concierge has somehow gotten hold of some of the tickets and is hawking them online.
The Academy claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the tickets are not transferable and anyone who buys them will be unceremoniously thrown out of Staples Center.
But it doesn't end there. According to the lawsuit, VIP Concierge has been advertising the tickets with a pic of the Gramophone logo and the phrase, "Music's Biggest Night."
The website doesn't say how much a ticket will set you back ... that's all backroom stuff.
The Academy is asking a judge for an order declaring VIP legally out of bounds, and they want some cash for their troubles.
Hackers Threaten to Release Nudes
1/27/2015 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
11:20 AM PT -- Swift just addressed the hack, tweeting, "PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING."
Taylor Swift's social media was taken over by hardcore hackers who are now threatening to release nude pics of Taylor.
Multiple tweets went out from Swift's account this morning ... telling her 71 million plus followers to follow @lizzard and @veriuser -- both of whom claim to have ties to a group of hackers called the Lizard Squad. The messages were also posted on her Instagram account.
The Lizard Squad claims to have hacked major gaming systems -- such as Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live -- last year. They also claim to be behind Monday's Facebook and Instagram outage.
Now, the hackers say they're planning to post naked shots of Taylor.
Swift used her Tumblr page to inform fans she'd been hacked -- and Twitter has shut down the alleged hackers' accounts.
Story developing ...
In Love With the ...
Making It Rain Gun
42 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
O.T. Genasis can't be bothered with all the energy it takes to manually throw dollar bills at strippers ... so he went and got himself a dollar bill gun ... to fire George Washingtons at 'em!
O.T. hit up the new Los Angeles strip club Ace of Diamonds Monday night where he displayed his device ... which we're gonna go ahead and dub, the Makin' It Rain Ray.
We're told the rapper dropped about $5,000 all told.
He's in love with the CoCo ... and also Diamond and Champagne and Destiny and Missy and Candy ...
Marshawn Lynch to Media:
'I'm Here So I Won't Get Fined'
1/27/2015 11:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Marshawn Lynch is being hammered with questions at Super Bowl media day.
His answer to all of them?
"I'm just here so I won't get fined."
Marshawn sat in front of the microphones sporting his sunglasses and a backpack -- and repeated over and over again, "Hey, I'm just here so I don't get fined."
He's said it at least 20 times already.
As you probably know, the NFL just fined Lynch $20k for grabbing his crotch during a TD celebration in the NFC championship game.
No Skate Zone
At LAX Baggage Claim
1/27/2015 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guys of Rae Sremmurd are 19 and 21 years old, but they act like they're 12 ... as evidenced by the hijinks they got into while waiting for their bags at LAX ... which even got them into trouble with airport security.
The "No Flex Zone" rappers (Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy) looked like kids who escaped their mother ... as one rode a skateboard and the other rode the baggage carousel. It was just good-natured fun, but one security guard actually got on the loudspeaker to calm them down!
When it came time to finally chat with our photog, the fellas claimed their music is capable of raising the dead ... literally!
Ah, to be young and rich ...
Saturday Night Live Cast
We Do Snowbound the Right Way
1/27/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snowmageddon has NYC in a state of emergency so Lorne Michaels isn't taking chances ... he said "no" to the snow and shelled out big bucks to put the "Saturday Night Live" staff up in swanky digs.
Some bridges and tunnels are closed until Wednesday and Tuesday is make-or-break ... it's the day they start writing the skits selected for this week's show. So Michaels and "SNL" offered to put the cast up at The New York Palace.
We're told around 15 cast and crew members signed up for the upscale digs close to 30 Rock, including Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost and a few writers.
It's just like they say, the snow show must go on.
My Ride Is Covered in Flames ...
And I Love It [TMZ TV]
1/27/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce is on a 'Journey'
1/26/2015 8:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian gave what could be a revealing peek into the life of Bruce Jenner, saying, "I guess I'll kind of let everyone be curious and I feel like that's his journey to talk about."
With rumors swirling about Bruce's ever-changing appearance, Kim seemed to be signaling something significant was afoot.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "I will say that I think Bruce should tell his story his way ... I think everyone goes through things in life and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right."
Kim and the brood got together a week ago in a show of support for Bruce.
The interview airs Tuesday on Entertainment Tonight.
OMG, It's Me ...
And I Got Solid Moves
1/27/2015 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Next time you blow by a street performer, you might want to make sure it's not Usher.
The former "Voice" judge surprised a huge Venice crowd Monday, when he took off his mask to reveal he was the golden boy with the 24-karat moves.
You gotta see it ... Usher shines as the crowd cheers for more ... but fear not ... he doesn't need to panhandle. It was all part of a shoot for MasterCard's Priceless Surprise Campaign.
He better save a few moves for the Grammys ... he's nominated for two.
His & Her Tattoos
... With Rebound Girlfriend
1/27/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Reconciliation is probably off the table for Slash ... 'cause less than one month after calling off his marriage, the rocker got matching tats with his new GF ... and then MOVED IN with her.
TMZ has learned ... the 49-year-old decided to prove his commitment to Meegan Hodges by permanently marking their bodies with a matching set of GPS coordinates.
And if the tats weren't proof enough of a serious relationship -- we've also learned they've moved into a house together in the deep part of the San Fernando Valley ... with Meegan's two teenage daughters.
As for the home, it's nice ... 3,120 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a pool and a rooftop deck -- and we're told Slash is leasing it.
As we previously reported, Slash filed for divorce from Perla Ferrar on December 30th after 13 years of marriage. They have two kids of their own.
So far, no comment from Perla ... but we're guessing she probably won't be sending a housewarming gift.
About Tom Brady's Ball Habits
1/27/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eli Manning claims he doesn't give a crap about the pressure in his footballs -- and says the fact that Tom Brady obsesses over it seems incredibly strange to him ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The 2-time Super Bowl champ was a guest speaker at a private function at the New York Athletic Club last week when he was asked for his opinion on Deflate-Gate.
"I never worried really much about the inflation," Manning said ... "I thought it was kind of strange that [Tom] Brady knew he liked his ball at 12.5 pounds of pressure in the ball."
"That's the minimum number you can have ... seems kind of strange to me."
But get this, Manning says he's not convinced the pressure in the ball "is that big of a deal" ... and claims the Brady scandal is the first he's ever heard of an issue with inflation.
Manning -- who seems to be the bane of New England's existence when it comes to Super Bowls -- also told the crowd what he thinks could be the key to another Seattle victory.
I'm Ridin' Dirty for Six Figures
Scores Classic Movie Car
1/27/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
David Spade has gained a ton of muscle ... under the hood of the nearly million dollar '69 Dodge Daytona he just snagged.
David fell so hard for the model he drove in "Joe Dirt" and its upcoming sequel ... that he bid $900K on a sick fully-restored version of the Hemi-powered ride at Mecum Auctions last Friday.
The 426-hp copper-colored whip has had several other high profile owners ... like former NFL star Kevin Greene.
The real question: where's Spade gonna put the "Cowboy's Butts Drive Me Nuts!" bumper sticker?
When I Leave Cash Money
I'm Taking Drake & Nicki With Me
1/26/2015 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj and Drake are Lil Wayne's goldfish ... 'cause when he finally storms out of Cash Money Records -- a la "Jerry Maguire" -- he's taking them along for the ride ... even if Birdman has other plans.
Our Weezy sources tell us -- in addition to demanding millions from Birdman -- Wayne plans to sue to ensure all his Young Money Entertainment artists remain under HIS umbrella.
Drake, Nicki, Christina Milian, and Lil Twist are all signed to Wayne's label. Mack Maine is also a YME artist, and the label's president.
Even though Birdman was integral in molding Drake and Nicki's careers ... we're told Weezy believes the superstars should go with him because their contracts are with YME.
Clouding the issue is the fact ... Cash Money has a distribution deal with all of the Young Money artists. Most likely the matter will have to be settled in court, but we're told Wayne's intent is clear -- he's not leaving without his crew.
He said as much on the mixtape track, "CoCo" -- "I ain't trippin', I got Barbie ... I got Drake too."