Grammy Nominations, Sylvia Plath on the Stage, Colbert vs. Kanye, and Other Tidbits


Lil Wayne, Coldplay vie for Grammys: Grammy nominations dropped yesterday and Lil Wayne leads with eight nominations — no surprise after his album, Tha Carter III, was the biggest seller of the year. Coldplay’s also up there with seven nominations, followed by Kanye West and Ne-Yo with six. The coveted Album of the Year Grammy will be a toss up between Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Radiohead, Ne-Yo and a collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. [Reuters]

Foster, Rodgers save architecture exhibit: Norman Foster and Richard Rodgers like architecture. In fact, the two architects like it so much that they stepped in and saved Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts after it failed to find a sponsor for a show about Andrea Palladio, the world’s “first professional architect.” The financial crisis sucks, but it’s nice to know that there are architects out there so devoted to their craft. [Times Online]

Sonic Youth meets Led Zep meets dancers: In a crazy cross-section of worlds, ’80s rock group Sonic Youth will work with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to celebrate dance choreographer Merce Cunningham’s 90th birthday. The two bands will be collaborating with composer Takehisa Kosugi on a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company that will debut in April at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. [Pitchfork]

Colbert declares war on Kanye: Stephen Colbert urged the public on this week’s Colbert Report to swarm iTunes and buy his Christmas album in order to knock Kanye down from the No. 1 spot. Kanye responded to “Operation Humble Kanye” via Twitter yesterday, saying only “Who the fuck is Stephen Colbert?” This will clearly be a very serious battle. [CNET]

Plath radio play to be performed in London: Poet Sylvia Plath’s only play will be staged by a London company — the first performance of Three Women since it aired on BBC radio in 1962. Written a year before Plath killed herself, the play is about three different experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. Most likely it will be dark and depressing, but a Plath revival is always welcome. [Guardian]