Oddsmaker: Do Beyoncé And André 3000 Have Enough Swagu To Beat Kanye And His Dozens Of Friends At The Grammys?

The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song awards, and its creation was a prescient move. In 2001, 13% of Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Songs featured at least one rapper and one singer; in 2011 that number had doubled to 26% (after peaking at 33% in 2010). The category's a little more unpredictable this year, as NARAS snubbed the biggest dancefloor-friendly rapped-and-sung hits of the year ("Give Me Everything," "Party Rock Anthem," "On The Floor," "E.T.") in favor of more urban radio fare.

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Annoyed Scientist Wants All You Narcissistic Pop Stars To Get Off His Lawn

Today's Times has a piece on a psychologist's theory about song lyrics of the current day being proof that we are all self-obsessed narcissists. The psychologist who came up with the theory, Nathan DeWall, was apparently inspired to embark on this quest by Weezer's "The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)," which uses the mournfully humble Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" as its melodic base but spangles the tune with lyrics that are alternately self-aggrandizing and threatening. Despite the idea of someone taking a later-period-Weezer song at lyrical face value being somewhat dubious, and furthermore despite the 360-degree relationship between extreme narcissism and toxic self-loathing that one would think any fan of Rivers Cuomo would be very aware of, DeWall continued on with his digging. He was aided by a team of psychologists and a computer, which is a great idea because a machine will never miss a literary point, right?

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The Black Eyed Peas Take The Super Bowl: In Defense Of Fergie, In Condemnation of Slash

This probably won't last, so enjoy it.

They were better than the Who. Give the Black Eyed Peas that. Look: Super Bowl Halftime Shows are atrocious as a matter of principle, an overblown tribute to the startling decrepitude of our old rock stars or the appalling tackiness of our new ones, and with apologies to Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, and even Bruce Springsteen's crotch, I'll take young tackiness every time. So the Peas wore porno-Tron outfits, don't so much sing as just yell at you semi-rhythmically, have no good songs other than "I Gotta Feeling," and had to literally airlift Usher in just so they had one guy available who could do the splits. And yet, as a dumbfounded nation watched Fergie bray "Sweet Child O' Mine" while grinding awkwardly against Slash, you felt way more affection for her than for him.

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Arabian Prince Will Not Stop Until He Gets That Fergie Money

Patiently waiting for a track to explode on

In a lawsuit that's making no one look good, NWA founding producer Arabian Prince, is suing, over all things, for a share of royalties earned by Fergie's "Fergalicious," an event Prince surely did not anticipate when originally composing "Supersonic" with JJ Fad, the song "Fergalicious" blatantly samples. Apparently, the Eazy E-founded Ruthless Records, which put out the original JJ Fad record (and which has been famous since then for shady royalty practices, as anyone who was in NWA can attest to), has been collecting Prince's 20% share of the Fergie royalties, too--or so he claims, anyway. The AllHipHop item also notes that for good measure, he's putting his name back in for those NWA royalties, one more time ("The Arabian Prince claims in the lawsuit that despite repeated attempts, Ruthless has yet to compensate him for the tracks he produced for N.W.A.). Let's just go ahead and blame the recession for the fact that these two vaunted institutions have been reduced to doing battle over a Fergie record.

Lawsuit Erupts Over Fergie's "Fergalicious" [AllHipHop]