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Stars align for Grammys, but clouds overshadow music biz

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Music royalty will gather in Los Angeles on Sunday for the 51st annual neoGrammys but despite a dazzling star line-up, few big labels are throwing the glitzy after-parties of yesteryear given the recession and industry’s years-long malaise.

Some industry watchers even think the Grammys, which have seen viewership slide, need a facelift to revamp several award categories and change the show’s format to stay current with a generation of fans who have long bypassed mainstream music events.

“The Grammys are looking pretty long in the tooth when you consider the fragmentation of the music culture” said Robert Thompson, professor of culture at Syracuse University.

As usual, the broadcast will be performance-heavy, featuring best album nominees; best new artist nominees Adele and the Jonas Brothers; and veterans such as Paul McCartney and U2.
The night’s top contenders are rapper Lil Wayne with eight nominations and British rock band Coldplay with seven.

Bon Jovi’s Sambora rocks on sober at L.A. show

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sambora.jpgRichie Sambora is back, and apparently sober.

Just two weeks after an arrest for drunk driving,the lead guitarist for Jersey rock band Bon Jovi was back to his old self Wednesday night during a concert in downtown Los Angeles.

About mid-way through the packed show, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi singled Sambora out to the crowd, calling him his dear friend as fans cheered wildly. Bon Jovi then left the stage while Sambora, sporting black leather pants and a black top hat, played guitar and sang lead vocals on one of the band’s best-known ballads, “I’ll Be There For You.”

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