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Grammys Secret Committee Torpedoes Black Artists Village People Singer Claims

2/16/2017 3:03 PM PST
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4:00 PM PT -- The Recording Academy tells us it has no "secret committees," and adds there's plenty of info regarding the Nominations Review Committees (to which our post refers) on its website.  

A spokesperson says members of the Review Committee "are not disclosed to ensure fairness and neutrality." This prevents them from being lobbied.A secret committee for the Grammys is in place to undermine the rank-and-file voters if they choose to give plum awards to black artists like Beyonce ... so claims the original lead singer of Village People.

Victor Willis sent a scathing letter to the President of the Recording Academy, demanding he "come clean" over the existence of a clandestine group that was supposedly formed after Lionel Richie beat Bruce Springsteen for the 1985 Album of the Year.

According to Willis, the committee's purpose is to "override the decision of Grammy voters in the event the select committee does not like who the Grammy voter has chosen" for the 4 top awards.

He goes on to strongly suggest a racial element, saying, "The question is how many African Americans are on that committee?" He says in the letter, "If certain people at the Grammys don't like who the voters have chosen, a Grammy committee will simply override the voters and subsequently select who they think should win. Like Adele, maybe?"

We did some research, and it does appear there is a secret committee, but from what we can gather, the committee is designed to knock out embarrassing nominations -- like, say, Milli Vanilli. However, once the nominations are locked, the voters have the final say ... at least that's what we've found.

CeeLo Green A Gold Me At the Grammys? You Must Be Crazy!

2/15/2017 6:26 AM PST
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CeeLo Green says he was nowhere in sight at the Grammys ... even though we all could have sworn that was him in the gold martian suit.

We got CeeLo Tuesday night leaving Delilah in WeHo, where he denied being the little gold man turning heads on the red carpet Sunday.

He is known to rock alter egos every now and then ... sounds like this could be his latest. 

Lil Yachty at the Grammys I Dropped $35k To Taste the Rainbow

2/13/2017 12:54 PM PST
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Lil Yachty paid more to put a fresh grill in his mouth on Grammy night than most women spend on designer gowns for the event.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches tells us Yachty reached out last Tuesday and requested a grill to match his vibrant personality. That's exactly what he got. We're told each tooth is a different jewel -- white, blue and yellow diamonds, red rubies, and green emeralds.

It was $35,000 for the pair of grills ... and yes, that includes delivery. Icebox says a rep flew to L.A. on Sunday to hand off the rainbow-colored grill to Yachty just a few hours before the show.

He was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance but lost to Drake.

It wasn't a Grammy, but he still got some nice hardware out of the evening.

Metallica Stagehand Screwed Us at Grammys ... Accidentally, We Think

2/13/2017 11:13 AM PST
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The Metallica duet with Lady Gaga at the Grammys was doomed by a stagehand who got reckless with James Hetfield's mic ... seconds before they went live.

Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the "Moth Into Flame" collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band's line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch.

However, between the mic check and their act ... a wire under the stage got unplugged. We're told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done -- Hetfield's mic was dead through most of the performance. They eventually fixed the unplugged wire with seconds left in the song. We reached out the Grammys, but no word back yet.

James handled it all like a pro, 'cause that's rock 'n' roll.

Insult to injury? Laverne Cox forgot to mention Metallica in her intro.

Selena & The Weeknd We're with RiRi While Justin Throws Shade

2/13/2017 7:13 AM PST

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez didn't let a little thing like ZERO Grammy Awards stop 'em from hitting the post Grammy party scene.

The couple hooked up to hit Rihanna's party at 1 OAK on the Sunset Strip. He performed during the award show, one of the night's highlights, but it appears his gf was a no-show. Selena wasn't nominated, and neither was The Weeknd -- "Starboy" was released after the cutoff date.

His hit record did get a shout-out Sunday night, with a heaping side of SHADE, from Justin Bieber.

As we told you ... Justin bailed on the Grammys this year, but during the ceremony he went live on Instagram and took a shot at his ex-gf and her new man.

Ice cold.

Grammys Party Ed Sheeran Turned Down Cold

2/13/2017 6:51 AM PST

You'd think Ed Sheeran -- a 2 time Grammy winner with 9 more nominations -- would breeze into a Grammys after-party but NOOOOO!

Ed hit up Milk Studios in L.A. for the shindig but the front door proved elusive, and not just for him. Adrien Brody and super DJ Pete Tong also got the cold shoulder.

NeNe Leakes had trouble making her entrance but managed to make it in later in the evening.

And worst of all ... they ran out of In-N-Out burgers.

The Game Sorry, Beyonce ... Adele Deserved To Win

2/13/2017 7:39 AM PST
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Watching Beyonce and Adele go head-to-head at the Grammys is like watching Roger Federer play Novak Djokovic, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier ... at least that's the way The Game sees it.

The Game skipped the Grammys -- he wasn't nominated -- but he did weigh in on Adele beating Queen Bey for the night's top 3 honors Sunday on his way into Playhouse in Hollywood.

Game also makes it clear ... Grammys ain't his thing.

Grammys Behind the Scenes

2/13/2017 7:06 AM PST

The Grammys were pretty slick if you watched on TV, but lots of other stuff happened at Staples Center that was a little less produced.

Lots of big stars hobnobbed it when the cameras weren't trained on them.

GQ Grammys Party John Legend, Chance the Rapper This is How We Roll!!!

2/13/2017 7:14 AM PST

John Legend was hit by a flash mob at GQ's Grammys after-party at Chateau Marmont, but the big star was Grammy winner Chance the Rapper.

Skrillex, Bella Thorne, Teyana Taylor, Taboo and lots of others partied super late.

Beyonce Takes It Easy For Grammy Performance

2/12/2017 6:19 PM PST

Beyonce just hit the stage -- plus 2 -- at The Grammys and kept things low-key ... sitting for most of her performance.

Bey opened her set with a video montage before appearing on stage at Staples Center to sing "Love Drought" and then took a seat for "Sand Castles." She also recited poetry from her Lemonade album. 

The singer kept movements minimal ... taking a seat for most of the performance. 

It's the first time we've seen Beyonce since the announcing she was pregnant with twins.

To nobody's surprise, everyone was on their feet when she wrapped. 

Grammys Performers Sparkle Onstage

2/13/2017 7:10 AM PST

The Grammys brought out huge and diverse stars from pretty much every genre of music ... and most of them glittered.

Check out the range.

Josh Dun Speaks Briefly After Winning Grammy

2/13/2017 6:22 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Josh Dun either didn't think Twenty One Pilots would win a Grammy, or he's just messing with us ... but he insists he didn't give a thought to his underwear when he got dressed for the show.

We got Josh at Milk Studios for a big after-party, and he doesn't understand why people are making a big deal about a bunch of guys watching the Grammys together in their skivvies. 

John Travolta Don't Be a Nimrod The Teleprompter Thing Was a Joke

2/13/2017 6:46 AM PST

John Travolta did a funny callback to his "Adele Dazeem" 2014 Oscar blunder ... problem is, a lot of people didn't remember.

Travolta was leaving the Interscope after-party in WeHo Sunday night, when he had to do what funny people dread ... explain his joke. John pretended he couldn't read the teleprompter when he introduced Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

You may recall -- or not -- John introduced Idina Menzel at the 2014 Oscars as "Adele Dazeem." 

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