It’s awards season. We’re days away from the Brit Awards, the Oscars are next week and the Junos are just around the corner in early April. But many of us are still buzzing over the eye-popping performances at the GRAMMYs, which ranged from the truly memorable (Kendrick Lamar’s politically charged showstopper) to the slightly odd (Hollywood Vampires’ cartoonish head-banging run through). Some of the best moments happened afterwards, when artists reacted to their wins on social media. (The GRAMMY site helpfully compiled a few of them here.)
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 15, 2016
Two nominees who gave stellar GRAMMY performances are back in the news this week. Taylor Swift, who won three trophies and brilliantly hit back at Kanye West for dissing her in his new track “Famous,” has a new single from her beloved album 1989. And English singer James Bay, who will take the stage at the Brits after delivering a stunning duet with Tori Kelly at the GRAMMYs, has a new video.
Taylor Swift: “New Romantics”
A bonus track from the deluxe edition of 1989, this latest shares its spirit with Taylor’s massive hit “Shake It Off” and features such defiant lyrics as “We are too busy dancing/To get knocked off our feet.” Taylor took to Twitter to announce the single.
I'm very happy to say the next single from 1989 will be 'New Romantics'.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 20, 2016
And the “Blank Space” singer showed there’s no bad blood between her and pal Ed Sheeran (who beat her for Song of the Year at the GRAMMYs) by posting a birthday greeting to the "Thinking Out Loud" singer on her Tumblr page.
James Bay: “Let It Go”
The “Hold Back the River” rising star, who performed “Let It Go” with Tori at the GRAMMYs, may have already released a video for his hit last March, but James decided to up his game in tune with his rapid ascent, during which he's opened for Taylor and the Rolling Stones and sold out arenas in Europe. Together with director Sophie Muller, who’s worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna and One Direction, he’s created a new video for the single, available exclusively on Apple Music.
After his GRAMMYs duet, the rising star's album Chaos and the Calm rose to the top 10 on the iTunes charts, and #JamesBay trended globally on social platforms. Now James has celebrity pals like Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and Sam Smith tweeting their good luck wishes for him ahead of the Brit Awards, where he’s up for four awards (tied with Adele).
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 18, 2016
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