Quick Hits: American Music Awards, Kanye West, Rock The Bells, Bob Dylan, Metallica
September 27, 2013
Kelly Clarkson and will.i.am will announce the nominees for the 2013 American Music Awards on October 10, reports Billboard. The musicians will reveal the nominees for five of the major categories on Good Morning America that day, then announce the rest of the nominees at a press conference later that morning. The AMAs will be handed out on Sunday, November 24 in Los Angeles.
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel got into a highly-public feud Thursday night, after West tweeted a series of angry responses to a Jimmy Kimmel Live skit from earlier this week. The skit saw a child actor re-enacting West's recent interview on the BBC, which the rapper took offense to, in a series of angry, all-caps tweets. During Kimmel's monologue last night, he read West's tweets aloud and responded, good-naturedly, while also confirmed that West had called him personally asking for an apology.
The Rock The Bells festival has canceled its final two dates, which were slated for Washington, D.C. this weekend and the New York area next weekend, due to poor ticket sales. The traveling Hip-Hop festival played Los Angeles and San Francisco earlier this month, with sets from The Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and many others.
Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings have announced a massive Bob Dylan box set, due out November 5. The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1 collects all 35 of Dylan's studio albums, along with six live records and a two-disc set of non-album cuts, according to Consequence of Sounds. Also, 14 of the albums are newly remastered. A hardcover book also is included in the set. A USB drive version of the set will also be released, encased in a harmonica-shaped box. Vol. 2 will collect Dylan's Bootleg Series and be released in 2014.
In a Q&A in Austin, TX, director Nimrod Antal revealed that alternate cuts of Metallica's Through The Never will be released on the eventual Blu-ray of the film. Consequence Of Sound reports that a pair of re-cut versions of the film will be released, one with the storyline featuring actor Dane DeHaan and one focusing on the band's concert, with three or four extra songs added in.