Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week

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Justin Bieber and The Weeknd criticized the Grammys, Taylor Swift released her Folklore film, and more.

From Taylor Swift’s Folklore film to The Weeknd and Justin Bieber’s criticisms of the Grammys, here’s what made headlines this week.

The 2021 Grammy nominations were announced
Earlier this week, nominations for the 2021 Grammys were announced, with Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Drake getting several nods. However, the announcement was swiftly followed by controversy. Canadian musician The Weeknd, whose latest album After Hours didn’t receive a single nomination despite critical and commercial success, tweeted: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” The musician had two singles in the top 10 on the Billboard charts and six songs on the Billboard Global 200 list this year. Justin Bieber also voiced his dissatisfaction with the fact that his album Changes was classified as a pop album instead of R&B. “I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me,” he wrote on Instagram.

Taylor Swift’s Folklore film dropped on Disney+
A film featuring Taylor Swift performing all the songs from her new album Folklore dropped on Disney+ this past week. “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was filmed in upstate New York in September 2020 and sees Swift singing her latest songs, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff along with a guest appearance by Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. Directed by Swift herself, the film also reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs from her Grammy-nominated album.

TIFF’s Secret Movie Club launched its digital version
TIFF’s Secret Movie Club, a film club that allows viewers early access to the year’s buzziest films, will be shifting to a digital format for the 2020-21 season. TIFF’s Robyn Citizen and NOW Magazine’s Norm Wilner will serve as this year’s hosts and each screening will be followed by a live discussion with someone from the film team or a critic or subject expert. All of the films in the lineup will be new, unreleased films not yet seen by the public and as the name suggests, the titles will be kept secret ahead of time. The digital movie club goes live this weekend, with single tickets for $16 and subscriptions for $105.

The Oxford English Dictionary announced it couldn’t pick just one Word of the Year this year
“It’s both unprecedented and a little ironic – in a year that left us speechless, 2020 has been filled with new words unlike any other,” said Oxford Dictionaries president Casper Grathwohl. So instead of selecting a single word that dominated discourse over the course of the year, they selected a whole list of words and terms including coronavirus, pandemic, lockdown, BIPOC and BLM.

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