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Pharrell Williams

As previously reported, the Recording Academy rolled out the nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards throughout the day on Friday. The first batch of nominees were announced on CBS This Morning, the majority of the nominees were rolled out on Twitter during the day and the Album of the Year nominees were unveiled on CBS Friday night as part of the A Very Grammy Christmas special.
      The Album of the Year nominees are Beck with Morning Phase, Beyoncé's self-titled record, Ed Sheeran's X, Sam Smith with In The Lonely Hour and Girl from Pharrell Williams.
      In total, Beyoncé, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams led the field with six nods each. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White all earned four nominations each.
      "This year's nominees are a reflection of the music community's diversity and range of talent, and a testament to The Academy's voting process," stated Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "The Recording Academy is pleased to celebrate this talented crop of artists, nominated to receive music's greatest honor for their contributions to their respective genres. The tone for Music's Biggest Night has undoubtedly been set, and we look forward to producing one of the most exciting telecasts in Grammy history."
      You can find the complete list of all the Grammy nominees at www.grammy.com/nominees.

With Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint coming out on December 15, the rapper announced The Pinkprint Tour in Europe starting March 16, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. The international tour touches down at key European markets before closing out April 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. The trek also features special guest Trey Songz. "It's been way too long since I've seen my European Barbz," said Nicki. "I can't wait to get back and party with all of you with Trey Songz. We have more than a few surprises in store, and I promise this will be my biggest and best tour yet!" Meanwhile, Nicki also flexed her acting muscles on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. She appeared in several sketches, doing a great portrayal of Beyoncé in one and impersonating Kim Kardashian in the Weekend Update segment. The diva even squeezed in three Pinkprint songs during her two musical performances, opening up with "Bed of Lies" alongside guest Skylar Grey and closing with a medley of "Only" and "All Things Go."

Lil Wayne fans may be wondering why it's taking him so long to release Tha Carter V, and now Weezy says that it's the fault of his record label for holding up the release. It seems surprising that Wayne would have beef with Birdman (a.k.a. Baby) and the label that made him famous, but the rapper posted a rant on Twitter that reads: "I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it." Wayne continued, "This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation. I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain't that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity." At present, the Cash Money website says Tha Carter V will be "coming soon."

Perhaps it's no surprise that Madonna, the original 1980s Material Girl, has topped a list of the world's richest recording artists. According to a CNN report, Madge has amassed a net worth of $800 million, based on data from Wealth-X. Of course this comes from three decades of touring, selling 300 million records, and branching out into other business ventures in the worlds of fashion, children's books and movie directing. Paul McCartney is #2 on the list with an estimated worth of $660 million, and Sir Paul's wealth should only continue to grow in a few years when he will reportedly be able to reclaim the copyrights to the Beatles catalog. Dr. Dre is #3 with a net worth of $650 million, thanks to his career as a rapper and also as the founder of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment.
       Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs is #4 with an estimated net worth of $640 million, and Celine Dion clocks in at #5 with $630 million, according to Wealth-X. Bono is #6 with his net worth of $590 million, and Mariah Carey is #7 with $520 million.
      Jay Z and wife Beyoncé both made the Top 10 as well. Jay is #8 with a net worth of around $510 million, thanks to his music career and other business ventures as the founder of Roc Nation and the majority owner of the 40/40 clubs. Beyoncé is #10 on the list with an estimated net worth of $440 million. When you combine their wealth, the couple's net worth is $950 million -- just shy of becoming a billionaire power couple, notes CNN.
       Finally, Elton John is on the list at #9 with an estimated net worth of $450 million, thanks to a music career spanning more than four decades and his recent performances in Las Vegas. Also, in 2011, Sir Elton formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group and the following year he launched Rocket Sports Management.

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