Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 15, 2016
February 15, 2016
The Grammy Awards will be handed out tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. LL COOL J is your host, and CBS airs the whole event, live all over the country starting at 8PM Eastern, which means folks on the West Coast can tune in at 5PM. That's a first. The show has always been tape delayed for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
As usual, the Grammy telecast is all about live performances. Look for LADY GAGA to do a DAVID BOWIE tribute while JACKSON BROWNE fronts the EAGLES to honor the late GLENN FREY. There won't be a musical salute to the late MAURICE WHITE of EARTH, WIND & FIRE, but three members of the group will give out the Grammy for Best Album. TAYLOR SWIFT is set to open the show. But, even though the ad for the Grammys that ran during the Super Bowl said so, NICKI MINAJ and DRAKE will not be performing tonight. KENDRICK LAMAR has the most nominations with 11. Taylor Swift and THE WEEKND both have seven each. (Marino)
Care to bet on the Grammys? Odds from Bovada.lv on tonight's ceremonies:
Odds to win Album of the Year:
--Taylor Swift, "1989": -250 (favorite)
--Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp A Butterfly": +300
--Alabama Shakes, "Sound and Color": +750
--The Weeknd, "Beauty Behind the Madness": +1200
--Chris Stapleton, "Traveller": +2000 (longshot)
Odds to win Best New Artist:
--Meghan Trainor, -125 (favorite)
--James Bay, +200
--Sam Hunt, +500
--Courtney Barnett, +800
--Tori Kelly, +2000 (longshot)
Odds to win Record of the Year:
--"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars: -500 (favorite)
--"Blank Space," Taylor Swift: +600
--"Can't Feel My Face," The Weeknd: +600
--"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran: +1400
--"Really Love," D'Angelo and The Vanguard: +2500 (longshot)
Odds to win Song of the Year:
--"Blank Space," Taylor Swift: -140 (favorite)
--"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran: +200
--"See You Again," Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth: +600
--"Alright," Kendrick Lamar: +900
--"Girl Crush," Little Big Town: +2000 (longshot)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
"11.22.63" premieres tonight on Hulu, ironically on President's Day.
The STEPHEN KING novel has been made into a limited series produced by J-J ABRAMS, and stars JAMES FRANCO as a high school history teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President JOHN F. KENNEDY. But his mission is threatened by LEE HARVEY OSWALD (of course) --falling in love when he gets there-- and the past itself (which doesn't want to be changed). CHRIS COOPER, JOSH DUHAMEL and T.R. KNIGHT also star in the series.
KANYE WEST's sneakers are the new gold, according to Quartz, which points out his YEEZY kicks were a better investment last year than any other asset class.
Consider: The YEEZY Boost 750 "Triple Black" scored an average "deadstock" (as new, still in the box) price of $1,876 on eBay at the end of 2015. The shoes sold at a retail price of $350 --meaning you could have made a return of 436-percent almost instantly.
Gold, the traditional safe haven in times of turmoil, fell by more than 10-percent during the year. (Kaye)
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