Singer Al Jarreau Has Died at 76

He is survived by his wife and son. Jarreau hailed from Wisconsin but found success in Los Angeles, where he worked his way from the nightclub circuit to television appearances to the 1976 release of his first album, We Got By.  Song was just his tool for making that happen.    He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. The singer’s death was announced on his website, in a statement that focused on the empathy that motivated his career:

Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest. His biggest hit was the 1981 album Breakin’ Away, featuring soft-rock staple “We’re In This Love Together,” which made the Billboard charts for pop, adult contemporary, and R&B:
Jarreau also sang the theme from Moonlighting, for which he wrote lyrics. Jarreau won his last Grammy in 2007, for his recording of “God Bless the Child” with singer Jill Scott and guitarist George Benson, on Benson and Jarreau’s collaborative album Givin’ It Up. Al Jarreau, the only singer to win Grammys in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, died Sunday at the age of 76, Variety reports.

Here’s Your List of 2017 Grammy Winners

Halsey “7 Years,” Lukas Graham “Work,” Rihanna “Cheap Thrills,” Sia ft. (Meanwhile, Frank Ocean’s Blonde is not nominated for a single award, since Ocean refused to submit it for consideration.)
We’ll be updating the list below with the winners in major categories as they are announced. Drake) “Exchange,” Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller) “Kiss It Better,” Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Teddy Sinclair, songwriters (Rihanna) “Lake by the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) “Luv,” Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tony Lanez)
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade, Beyoncé Ology, Gallant We Are King, KING Malibu, Anderson .Paak Anti, Rihanna
Best Rap Performance
“No Problem,” Chance the Rapper ft. Rihanna
Best Rap Song
“All The Way Up” (Joe & Remy Ma ft. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream “Famous,”  Kanye West ft. Sean Paul “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cinema, Andrea Bocelli Fallen Angels, Bob Dylan Stages Live, Josh Groban Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie Nelson Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, Barbra Streisand
Best Pop Vocal Album
25, Adele Purpose, Justin Bieber Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande Confident, Demi Lovato This Is Acting, Sia
Best Dance Recording
“Tearing Me Up,” Bob Moses “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers ft. Drake “Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots
Song of the Year
“Formation,“  Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Freedom,” Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar “Hotline Bling,”  Drake “Broccoli,”  D.R.A.M. Jack White “Blackstar,” David Bowie The Sound Of Silence (Live on Conan),” Disturbed “Heathens,” Twenty One Pilots
Best Rock Song
“Blackstar,” David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie) “Burn The Witch,” Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead) “Hardwired,” James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica) “Heathens,” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots) “My Name Is Human,” Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
Best Rock Album
California, Blink-182 Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant Magma, Gojira Death of a Bachelor, Panic! Daya “Never Be Like You,” Flume ft. French Montana & Infared) “Famous” (Kanye West ft. Rihanna) “Hotline Bling” (Drake) “No Problem” (Chance the Rapper ft. Beyoncé and Adele will go head-to-head in three of the four biggest categories of the night, competing for song of the year, record of the year, and album of the year, while Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book could make history as the first streaming-exclusive release to win a Grammy. Lil Yachty “Ultralight Beam,” Kanye West ft. ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz “Panda,” Desiigner “Pop Style,” Drake ft. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)
Best Rap Album
Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper And The Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul Major Key, DJ Khaled Views, Drake Blank Face LP, Schoolboy Q The Life Of Pablo, Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
“Love Can Go to Hell,” Brandy Clark “Vice,” Miranda Lambert “My Church,” Maren Morris “Church Bells,” Carrie Underwood “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley ft. the Throne “All The Way Up,” Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. Album of the Year
25, Adele Lemonade, Beyoncé Purpose, Justin Bieber Views, Drake A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Record of the Year
“Hello,“ Adele “Formation,” Beyoncé “7 Years,” Lukas Graham “Work,” Rihanna ft. at the Disco Weezer, Weezer
Best Alternative Music Album
22, A Million, Bon Iver Blackstar, David Bowie The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead
Best R&B Performance
“Turnin’ Me Up,” BJ the Chicago Kid “Permission,” Ro James “I Do,” Musiq Soulchild “Needed Me,” Rihanna “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance
“The Three of Me,” William Bell “Woman’s World,” BJ the Chicago Kid “Sleeping With the One I Love,” Fantasia “Angela,” Lalah Hathaway “Can’t Wait,” Jill Scott
Best R&B Song
“Come and See Me,” J. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello,” Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner) “Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber) “7 Years,” Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini The Chainsmokers Chance the Rapper Maren Morris Anderson .Paak
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Hello,” Adele “Hold Up,” Beyoncé “Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber “Piece by Piece (Idol Version),” Kelly Clarkson “Dangerous Woman,” Ariana Grande
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Closer,” the Chainsmokers ft. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PARTYNEXTDOOR3 ft. Elle King “21 Summer,” Brothers Osbourne “Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney & P!nk “Jolene,” Pentatonix ft. French Montana & Infared “That Part,” Schoolboy Q ft. Dolly Parton “Think of You,” Chris Young with Cassadee Pope
Best Country Album
Big Day in a Small Town, Brandy Clark Full Circle, Loretta Lynn Hero, Maren Morris A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson Ripcord, Keith Urban
Best Latin Pop Album
“Un Besito Mas,” Jesse & Joy “Illusión,” Gaby Moreno “Similares,” Laura Pausini “Seguir Latiendo,” Sanalejo “Buena Vida,” Diego Torres
Best Comedy Album
…America…Great…, David Cross American Myth, Margaret Cho Boyish Girl Interrupted, Tig Notaro Live at the Apollo, Amy Schumer Talking for Clapping, Patton Oswalt
Best Music Video
**“Formation,” Beyoncé “River,” Leon Bridges “Up&Up,” Coldplay “Gosh,” Jamie XX “Upside Down & Inside Out,” OK Go
Best Music Film
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Steve Aoki **The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, The Beatles Lemonade, Beyoncé The Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry, Various artists Kah-Lo “Drinkee,” Sofi Tukker
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Skin, Flume Electronica 1: The Time Machine, Jean-Michel Jarre Epoch, Tycho Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, Underworld Louie Vega Starring….XXVII, Louie Vega
Best Rock Performance
“Joe (Live From Austin City Limits),” Alabama Shakes “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” Beyoncé ft. The 2017 Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday night, with The Late Late Show’s James Corden hosting for the first time. Kai “Rinse & Repeat,” Riton ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) “Ultralight Beam” (Kanye West ft.

Prince’s Classic Albums Are Now Available on Spotify and Other Streaming Services

The late musical icon’s first 15 albums, from 1978’s For You through 1994’s Come, plus 1999’s The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, 2014’s Plectrumelectrum and Artofficial Age, and several greatest hits collections, are now on Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon Music Unlimited, with Apple Music soon to follow. Remember those rumors that Prince’s Warner Bros. catalogue—i.e. the one containing his classic albums and his biggest hits—were coming to streaming services before the Grammys? We could say more, but you should already be listening. Well, it happened. (A deal for his post-WB catalogue, as well as potentiall hundreds of unreleased songs, is also in the works.) According to Warner Bros., we’ll also be seeing a “deluxe remastered version” of Purple Rain on June 9, with “two albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films.”
The addition is so recent that Spotify’s search function isn’t even returning the albums yet, but we’ve embedded a few below to get you started.

Kellyanne Conway Goes Fatal Attraction On Jake Tapper on Saturday Night Live

… You need to reach inside me and you need to pull out the truth. Besides, as vicious as the sketch’s version of Conway is, it’s even crueler to Jake Tapper and CNN. You don’t want the truth to land at your feet, you want to chase it. At the end of the sketch, Conway falls to her death and revives in a bit that is clearly inspired by this scene from Death Becomes Her:
Which doesn’t star Glenn Close at all, but the actress she’s often confused with, Meryl Streep. You’re a hunter, Jake! Conway’s line about the way cable news thrives on the drama she provides has the ring of truth to it, as does her amateur psychoanalysis of news anchors:

I don’t do this for me. To help you keep them straight, here’s Close in Fatal Attraction: It’s hardly the first time Kate McKinnon’s take on Conway has been unflattering and creepy (see last month’s Chicago spoof for one of many examples), but Fatal Attraction feels like a point of no return. I do it for you. Comparing anyone to Glenn Close’s character in Fatal Attraction is a nuclear option—Close’s murderous scorned woman is a genre unto itself—but Saturday Night Live went there this week, sending Kellyanne Conway to Jake Tapper’s house after CNN passed on having her as a guest. The best joke wasn’t about Conway or Tapper or Trump at all, though. Of course, inventing the Bowling Green Massacre before breaking the law to hawk Ivanka Trump’s clothes feels like a point of no return, too, so maybe we should just call it even. You need me. You need to press me.

Saturday Night Live Gives America What It Wants: Leslie Jones Playing Trump, Who Is Still President

As a bonus, the reasons it will drive Trump and his allies up the wall also serve to publicly expose their lack of character. This week Saturday Night Live devoted itself fully to its somewhat unexpected new mission: pissing off the President of the United States. On the other hand, Donald Trump is still the President of the United States of America. It’s the kind of casting decision that could launch a thousand thinkpieces, which explains why the other cast members talk to Jones about it in thinkpiece format. There’s only one problem with this otherwise perfect casting decision: Jones’ Trump impersonation is terrible. (Melissa Villaseñor, who asks, “Is this like a sendup on his fragile masculinity?” seems to have read Christina Cauterucci’s article in Slate about that very topic.) It seems like a no-brainer., at least once Alec Baldwin steps down. And what could be more enraging to a man as sexist, racist, and TV-obsessed as Trump than being played by a black woman on television? Sketch after sketch seemed to have been reverse-engineered from things that would enrage Donald Trump. Jones is a great choice to try her hand at the role for reasons other than demography: she has long been a target for Trump’s worst supporters, and was briefly driven off Twitter after abuse spearheaded by Tori Amos plagiarist Milo Yiannopoulis (she returned after Yiannopoulis was permanently banned). “People keep casting me as somebody who always yells,” Jones yells at Lorne Michaels after he wisely passes. In short, it’s just what we all needed right about now. (SNL’s staff will no doubt be pondering that very question on Monday morning, assuming they haven’t been shipped to Guantanamo by then.) So Leslie Jones stepped up to the plate and took on Trump’s hair and suit for a brief sketch about, well, her desire to play Donald Trump. “I’m trying to show you I got range!” So in just over three minutes, Saturday Night Live packs in a concept that will piss off Donald Trump to no end, a meta-joke about the skewed incentives in the age of the cultural conversation for SNL to preach to the choir instead of being funny, and a meta-meta-joke about the way the show has used Leslie Jones.

Melissa McCarthy Returns as Sean Spicer, and Trump’s Not Going to Like It

But besides a joke that seems specifically designed to piss off the President (and maybe get us all killed), McCarthy also offers a fun tour of the Trump administration’s hostility toward the press and (relatedly!) their flexible relationship with the truth, as with this justification for Spicer’s “Atlanta” gaffe:

Yeah, I said that wrong when I said it. Obviously, I meant Orlanta! The story—and that detail in particular—could just be members of Trump’s fractious staff trying to ratfuck each other, but Trump’s uncharacteristic silence about last week’s episode can’t have been a good sign.  Regardless, it seems unlikely Trump will be thrilled to see McCarthy not only return, but return in high heels—specifically, the Ivanka Trump Women’s Katie 2 Dress Pump, which he’s pushing to make up for the sales Ivanka has recently lost over the whole Edda Mussolini thing. McCarthy debuted the character a week ago, and according to Politico, Trump loathed it, particularly because Spicer was being played by a woman. Also don’t miss Spicer’s list of terrorist attacks, which is just as much bullshit as the real one but sounds more like a terrible Hardy Boys-style series:

The Bowling Green massacre—not the Kellyanne one, the real one! And that’s why you’re here. Or it would be, if these people weren’t really running the country. And then you wrote it, which makes
you wrong! Because when I say something wrong, you guys should know what it is I’m meaning. You’re wrong! It is astonishing and shameful that we’ve reached the point as a nation where the antics of a sketch comedy troupe have a visible influence on the head of the federal government, but there’s no point denying that’s where we’re at. The Horror at Six Flags
The Slaughter at Fraggle Rock
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The exquisite cameo from Kate McKinnon as white nationalist Keebler elf Jeff Sessions is the icing on the cake. So, in very important news that could change the course of the presidency, and indeed the entire world, Melissa McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise the role of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.