News Nuggets: The rise of alternative music at the Grammy

Joe Lynch wonders what has caused alternative music to surge at the Grammys: “Someone in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences must have discovered Pitchfork around 2008. In the last five years, the Grammys have turned from privileging chart-toppers and classic legacy artists to rewarding left-field alternative acts. In short, the Grammys have graduated from high school to college.” Fuse

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Steven Soderbergh discusses his career and explains his plan to semi-retire from filmmaking: “Just to be clear, I won’t be directing “cinema,” for lack of a better word. But I still plan to direct — theater stuff, and I’d do a TV series if something great were to come along.” Vulture

Norah Jones will perform nominated song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” at the Oscars: “‘I had such a great time recording this song with [Seth MacFarlane], and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar,’ Jones said in a statement. ‘Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.'” Rolling Stone

Evangeline Morphos discusses how “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” explore American historical events in ways that don’t correspond to everyone’s desired narrative. Reuters

Jon Weisman warns that “Argo” could still lose to “Lincoln” at the Oscars: Variety

Russell Crowe hosted the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards as only he could: “When Crowe came to a point in the script that read “uniquely Australian” he took issue with it. ‘Seriously, I should make the announcement that each and every one of you will be going home with your own koala,’ he said. Crowe told the audience, which included super producer Harvey Weinstein, Oscar winning director Tom Hooper and other members of Hollywood’s elite, ‘I know that’s going to excite a lot of you, but I’m bulls**tting.'” AAP

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