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Tom Morello Joins LL Cool J, Chuck D + Travis Barker for 2013 Grammy Performance

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images It was a busy weekend for Rage Against the Machine guitarist  Tom Morello , who joined Bruce Springsteen and friends at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony on Friday (Feb. 8) and then took part in the final performance of the 2013 Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10). Morello was part of an all-star collaboration fronted by Grammy host LL Cool J and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. on a song called ‘Whaddup’ off LL Cool J’s new album. Rounding out the five-piece was some nifty scratching from DJ Z-Trip and some dexterous beats from Blink-182 ‘s Travis Barker . Though Morello was mostly in the background on the track, he did come to the forefront for some serious shredding midway into the song. The new track was an interesting song, offering bits of throwbacks throughout from Chuck D.’s repetitious “Hear the drummer get wicked” to Z-Trip spinning a sample of LL Cool J’s ‘Rock the Bells.’ In addition, LL Cool J through in a nod to the late Adam Yauch , shouting “MCA forever” before running off a few lines of the  Beastie Boys ‘ ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn.’ However, in a lame move, the end of the song was cut off by sponsorship mentions and a quick cutaway, presumably to keep the length of the show on time. The performance concluded a night which also featured stellar performances from the Black Keys , Jack White , fun. , and tributes to late musicians Bob Marley and Levon Helm . [button href=”” title=”Full Grammy Coverage Here” align=”center”]

Black Keys Perform With Dr. John + Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 2013 Grammy Awards

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images The Black Keys , already enjoying a big Grammy night winning three statues before the actual telecast and Best Rock Performance during the televised ceremony, carried over the good times to the Staples Center concert stage Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The band performed ‘Lonely Boy,’ the song that gave them the Grammy for Best Rock Song, but they had a little help in doing so. New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, whose ‘Locked Down’ album was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, brought along the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the performance. The backing added a little extra flare to the performance as Dr. John, donning a feathered headdress, banged away on the piano while the full horn and drum section of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band could audibly be heard adding something new to the track. Meanwhile, Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney brought their traditional passion and energy to the song. In addition to Best Rock Song, the Black Keys won earlier in the night for Best Rock Album for ‘El Camino.’ Frontman Dan Auerbach also received the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for his work on the Black Keys, Dr. John and Hacienda’s ‘Shakedown’ album. [button href=”” title=”Next: Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Win 2013 Best Score Soundtrack Grammy” align=”center”]

Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Win 2013 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack

Michael Buckner, Getty Images Chalk up another award for Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor . The rocker, who has taken up film scoring in recent years, joined his musical partner Atticus Ross in winning the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their work on the film ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’ For Reznor and Ross, it was the continuance of a great musical partnership. The pair won the Best Original Score for Motion Picture at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Score for their work on the film ‘The Social Network.’ Their work on ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ also earned them a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score – Motion Picture. Reznor and Ross did not attend the Grammy pre-telecast ceremonies to accept their honor, though the Reznor did tweet , “Why thanks, y’all” shortly after their category was called. The Nine Inch Nails leader was one of the major rock winners during the early ceremonies, with Halestorm winning the Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance Grammy and The Black Keys winning for Best Rock Song for ‘Lonely Boy’ and Best Rock Album for ‘El Camino.’ Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach also won a Grammy for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in the pre-telecast ceremony. [button href=”” title=”Next: Halestorm Win 2013 Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance Grammy” align=”center”]

The Black Keys Take Legal Action Against Casino

Kevin Winter, Getty Images The Black Keys may allow some of their music to be used in commercials, but the band isn’t exactly thrilled that another company has been using a track that is similar to one of their songs. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the group has accused casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment of improper usage and has filed a lawsuit to stop it. The band charges Pinnacle with using a song that is “substantially similar” to ‘Howlin’ for You’ in their advertisements, including one spot that ran this past September. They’re claiming that Pinnacle has violated trademark law and state in the lawsuit that the company has “suggested a false designation of origin as well as making unfair competition for them.” The group also cites claims made by Pinnacle on Twitter and YouTube that the song in question was “a licensed musical interpretation.” This isn’t the first time the Black Keys have taken legal action against improper usage of their music. Just last year the band filed a lawsuit and eventually settled for an undisclosed amount after both Pizza Hut and Home Depot aired commercials with material similar to the band’s songs without permission. The legal action isn’t holding up the Black Keys from keeping busy. The band reportedly ducked into the studio earlier this month to begin coming up with music for their next album. The disc will be the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated ‘El Camino’ album. [button href=”” title=”Next: Black Keys Among Leading 2013 Grammy Nominees” align=”center”] ?

Daily Reload: Randy Blythe, Dave Mustaine + More

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire – Lamb of God ‘s Randy Blythe now has a trial date for his alleged manslaughter charge in the Czech Republic. [ Loudwire ] – A new tarantula species has been named after Megadeth ‘s Dave Mustaine . [ Loudwire ] – The surviving Nirvana members and Paul McCartney have released the ‘Sound City’ soundtrack song ‘Cut Me Some Slack.’ [ Loudwire ] – In the wake of the Connecticut school shootings, a number of rockers took to social networks to voice their condolences. [ Loudwire ] – Papa Roach have unveiled the new video for ‘Where Did the Angels Go.’ [ Loudwire ] – The assault and weapons case against former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan has been dismissed. [ Loudwire ] – Ho! Ho! Hope you turn it up, as counts down the 10 Best Christmas Songs. [ ] – The Black Keys will head to Michigan to begin recording their next album. [ ] – Deep Purple now has a release date for their next studio album. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Asia have to call off their U.K. tour after Carl Palmer came down ill. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ]

Daily Reload: Best Rock and Metal Albums of 2012 + More

Michael N. Todaro, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, – It’s been a great year in rock music, with new discs from  Deftones , Soundgarden , Halestorm and more. Take a look at our Best Rock Albums of 2012. [ Loudwire ] – If you’re wondering where albums from metal acts like Down , Lamb of God  and Gojira rank among the year’s best, check out our list of Best Metal Albums of 2012. [ Loudwire ] – Former Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss Lives bassist Nick Oliveri has suddenly found himself back in both band’s plans. [ Loudwire ] – Dave Grohl will be using the mic for hosting rather than singing as he launches a new radio series based on his ‘Sound City’ documentary. [ Loudwire ] – Sevendust have laid out their 2013 plans, complete with an album release date, new single announcement and a trek with Lacuna Coil  announced. [ Loudwire ] – Meshuggah are ready to pack up and cross the pond to rock the masses in 2013 with a series of North American shows. [ Rock Music Report ] – The Black Keys are no longer in a legal tussle with Pizza Hut and Home Depot. [ ] – Pussy Riot will end the year as one of the entertainers in the hunt for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” [ ] – Rumor has it that the Rolling Stones will welcome “Slowhand” himself, Eric Clapton , for their next London performance. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – This qualifies as a “get.” Paul McCartney will guest on the Christmas episode of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ [ Ultimate Classic Rock ]

Green Day, Shinedown, Van Halen, Linkin Park + More Nominated for People’s Choice Awards

Christopher Polk / Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images The People’s Choice Awards will return in January, and a number of top rock acts are in competition to take home honors for Favorite Band. Green Day , Shinedown , Van Halen , Linkin Park and the Black Keys are among those vying for the honor. Music fans can currently choose up to five of their favorites among a list of 12 acts. Other acts that can be voted for include the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Matchbox Twenty, Mumford & Sons, No Doubt, the Killers, and Train. There’s also an option for a write-in vote. Fans can currently vote here in the Favorite Band category. Other People’s Choice music categories include Favorite DJ, Favorite Face of Pop Music, Favorite Fan Following, Favorite Festival Headliner, and Favorite Singer/Actor. The ceremony will also feature fan favorites in film and television. To vote in all categories, click here . The People’s Choice Awards take place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre at the L.A. Live complex. It will air on CBS Jan. 9 at 9PM ET. [button href=”” title=”Next: Best Songs of 2012 So Far” align=”center”]

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