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MTV VMAs 2022: Taylor Swift wins and Johnny Depp surprises in chaotic ceremony
Taylor Swift announced a new album, Nicki Minaj shouted out female genitals and Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance in a strange, profane evening

Adrian Horton

29, Aug, 2022 @4:52 AM

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Hurricane Henri scuppers New York comeback concert
Crowd asked to leave Central Park extravaganza that featured Springsteen and LL Cool J on the billing

Lauren Aratani in New York

22, Aug, 2021 @1:17 AM

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Radiohead, Stevie Nicks and the Cure among 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees
The Ohio institution will select its 2019 cohort at a ceremony in Brooklyn next March

Laura Snapes

09, Oct, 2018 @12:05 PM

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T-Pain: Oblivion review – tasteless rap ballads
T-Pain: Oblivion review – tasteless rap ballads

Damien Morris

19, Nov, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Radiohead among nominees for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2018
Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J and Kate Bush also feature on the shortlist, which will be put to a public vote

Guardian music

05, Oct, 2017 @10:31 AM

Readers suggest the 10 best songs about mothers
Last week we brought you our 10 best songs about mothers. Here, we present your thoughts on the songs that should have made the list

Observer readers

19, Mar, 2015 @5:07 PM

Dr Dre at 50: NWA, bangers and beef – the moments that made a megastar
He’s the super producer who came straight out of Compton, taught you how to smoke trees and introduced you to OGs Eminem, 50 Cent and Snoop D O double G. As he hits 50, here are 50 reasons why we’ll never forget about Dre

Angus Batey

12, Feb, 2015 @7:00 PM

Sam Smith and Beck scoop top prizes at 2015 Grammy Awards
The 22-year-old English soul singer crowned his breakthrough into music’s top ranks by winning four awards while Beck caused an upset by winning best album

Rory Carroll in Los Angeles

09, Feb, 2015 @4:15 AM

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Run-DMC and LL Cool J review – 'minimal hip-hop loaded with incisive satirical humor'
Run-DMC and LL Cool J gave a master class in old-school hip-hop which featured homages to their producer Larry Smith, who had died earlier that day

Martin Longley

22, Dec, 2014 @4:40 PM

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Beats, punks and stunts: the photography of Glen E Friedman
American photographer Glen E Friedman witnessed the births of skateboarding culture, hardcore punk and hip-hop. He talks to Killian Fox about being in the right place at the right time

Killian Fox

29, Nov, 2014 @11:00 PM

Glen E Friedman's photographs from the births of hip-hop and hardcore punk – in pictures
US photographer Glen E Friedman witnessed the rise of hardcore punk and the golden age of hip-hop. He chooses his favourite shots and tells Killian Fox the stories behind them

Interview by Killian Fox

29, Nov, 2014 @11:00 PM

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Def Jam: 10 of the best
Def Jam’s celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new 30 disc box set. For those without the time (or money) for that, here’s our condensed guide to the hip-hop label’s highlights

Richard Watson

17, Sep, 2014 @1:06 PM

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