2018 Grammys Predictions: Who Will Be Music’s Biggest Winners?

Music’s biggest night is just around the corner and it’s time to talk predictions.

While anything can happen at the Grammys and nobody really knows with 100 percent certainty who will win big, pop culture fans can’t help but speculate as to who will be the true stars of the night.

From album sales and VEVO views to Twitter followers and collaborations, so many factors go into a voter’s mind before they cast that final decision.

And although Jay-Z leads the nominations with eight followed by Kendrick Lamar‘s seven and Bruno Mars‘ six nods, the top nominees don’t always take home the biggest awards.

Before Sunday’s show, we’re placing our picks for who will win big when James Corden hosts from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Take a look in our picks below.

Ed O’Neill Had No Idea Who Taylor Swift Was–Until His Daughter Saved the Day

Many people have heard of Taylor Swift . But on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Modern Family star Ed O’Neill told the story of how he failed to recognize the pop singer when he met her at a party.

O’Neill ran into Swift while attending the birthday party of his co-star Sarah Hyland. But after a bit of small talk, the Jay Pritchett character still couldn’t identify her.

“I know she’s famous, but I can’t place her,” he told host Ellen DeGeneres, recounting the event.

To solve the mystery, the actor took a selfie with the “End Game” singer and sent it to his daughter Sophia, who was able to identify Swift.

“And she said, ‘I’m having you committed,'” he said, summarizing his daughter’s words.

Playing it cool, O’Neill was able to drop Swift’s name before he headed out for the evening. 

“I did say, ‘Nice to meet you, Taylor’ when I left the party,” he told DeGeneres.

The Vampire Diaries’ Steven R. McQueen Is Engaged

Another Vampire Diaries hottie will soon be officially off the market!

Steven R. McQueen is engaged to girlfriend Allie Silva.

The actor and the model, who are both 29, posted on their Instagram pages on Thursday a black and white photo of the two kissing and holding hands over a romantic dinner.

“She said yes,” McQueen wrote.

“My best friend, love of my life…YES, yes yes a million times over @steven_r_mcqueen,” Silver said.

McQueen and Silva, whose full first name is Alexandra, began dating more than a year ago. He made their relationship Instagram-official in late 2016.

Ranking the Real Housewives: Where Does New Jersey Newbie Margaret Josephs Rank Among All 103?

Now that the reunion’s over, it’s time for the ranking!

With The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s bumpy season eight (almost) completely in the real-view mirror, and we’ve seen all of newbie Margaret Joseph‘s first year performance, the time is right to add her to our official ranking of every single Real Housewife ever. And with the tally of Bravolebrities in the franchise swelling to 103, it takes quite a bit to stand out.

In her first season, Margaret did delivered the goods, however. She proved she had wit, which is always a plus in our books, and she was willing to do battle with Siggy Flicker, who, amid cries of a “bad edit,” had a steep fall from grace in her second, and ultimately, final season on the show.

Justin Timberlake Drops “Say Something” Video With Chris Stapleton

La Blogothèque shared details about the video on Thursday after it was released, telling Instagram followers, “17 musicians, a 60 people choir, 5 floors, 2 elevators, 1 camera and so many microphones: it’s @justintimberlake and @chrisstapleton new video clip, shot live by La Blogothèque at the amazing Bradbury Building in Los Angeles.”

Before the song and video were released, Stapleton tweeted on Wednesday, “Proud to be a part of this my friend @jtimberlake #saysomething.”

Timberlake’s album Man of the Woods is set to be released on Feb. 2, just two days before he performs during halftime at the 2018 Super Bowl!

Kendrick Lamar to Open 2018 Grammys With U2 and Dave Chappelle

This is some 2018 Grammys news you’re going to love: Kendrick Lamar is opening the show!

The rapper, who is nominated this year in seven categories, will be this year’s opening act, E! News can exclusively confirm. Lamar won’t be entertaining the crowd solo, either. He’s slated to take the stage at Madison Square Garden with U2 and E! News has learned Dave Chappelle will also be a part of the opening act. 

The trio joins a growing star-studded list of Grammy performers for this year, including Miley CyrusDJ KhaledChildish GambinoElton JohnKeshaLady GagaRihannaSam Smithand Pink. Chapelle was also previously confirmed to present at Sunday’s show as well as Kelly ClarksonKatie HolmesNick JonasAlicia KeysJohn Legend and Hailee Steinfeld among others. 

Lupita Nyong’o on Black Panther: “African People Are in Charge of Their Own Destiny”

For Lupita Nyong’o, representation is paramount.

Black Panther will premiere in theaters nationwide on Feb. 16, and industry analysts say the Marvel movie is on track to earn between $100 million and $120 million at the U.S. box office. As the first comic book adaptation to feature a largely black cast, Black Panther stars Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Letitia Wright. Nyong’o met director Ryan Coogler on the award circuit in 2013, and three years later, as she was starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, “Marvel called and said that Ryan was interested in me for a role in Panther,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I talked to him about it, and obviously everything was hush-hush, but he walked me through his initial ideas, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute? This is a Marvel movie?'”

Nyong’o agreed to star in the movie without reading the script—and she didn’t receive it until shooting began. “She’s an incredibly serious actress. She does a lot of homework, asks a lot of hard questions. At the same time, she’s got an incredible sense of humor. She’d poke fun at me a lot,” Coogler reveals in the magazine’s Jan. 25 issue, out now. “On one of our last days, she and [co-star] Letitia Wright got the crew T-shirts with all the things I said collected on the back.”

How Jessica Chastain Fought to Get Octavia Spencer Equal Pay

After the story began making its rounds on social media, Chastain tweeted a response, encouraging men to do the same for their female co-stars.

“She had been underpaid for so long,” she wrote. “When I discovered that, I realized that I could tie her deal to mine to  bring up her quote. Men should start doing this with their female costars.”

Jada Pinkett Smith also spoke out regarding Spencer’s story and asked for all women of various races to come together in solidarity.

“The disparity of pay between…women of color (Black women, Native American women, Latin women, Asian women and so on) and white women is a reality in many industries,” Pinkett Smith wrote. “I can only hope that with all the beautiful alliances made as of late in the entertainment industry that women of color can lean on our courageous and compassionate white sisters to flow us their support and power to create more equality in this area as we move forward.”

Josh Flagg’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles Wedding Vows to Bobby Boyd Will Bring a Tear to Your Eye

Josh took the time address Bobby’s late parents. “You were an amazing son to them and they loved you dearly. Thank you for taking a chance on me, Robert,” he says.

Bobby’s vows are just as emotional. After conceding Josh is the more romantic one, he says, “But my mom always told me I was a hopeless romantic since I was 5. I would tell her I’d propose to my wife and how my wedding would look—my how things have changed,” he jokes. “I love you because you make me proud…You are my dream I never dreamed would come true.”

Kendall Jenner Gets Animated at Blake Griffin’s Basketball Game

It looks like Kendall Jenner is still Blake Griffin‘s no. 1 fan.

The 22-year-old model cheered on the 28-year-old basketball star while sitting courtside at Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics.

Sitting next to producer Michael D. Ratner, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star really showed her enthusiasm for the game—even clenching her fists and scrunching her face after a play. 

Unfortunately, Griffin’s team didn’t secure a victory. The Celtics beat the Clippers 113 to 102.

Like any member of the Kardashian family, Kendall showed up to the game in style. She wore a newspaper print T-shirt by John Galliano, jeans and blue and white Adidas sneakers, which would certainly get brother-in-law Kanye West‘s approval.

She also snacked on a pretzel during the game.

Oprah Winfrey Enthusiastically Demonstrates How to Clean Up Dog Poop Stains

You’re going to wish you got as excited about anything as Oprah Winfrey is about cleaning up dog poop. 

That’s right: the Oprah Winfrey—media maven, overall icon and car giveaway enthusiast—is also a master at the art of cleaning dog feces stains. In honor of Vanity Fair’s “Secret Talent Theater,” the master took fans behind the scenes as she got to work. 

“I’ve had to learn this secret talent over the years because I’ve had 21 dogs and no matter how well-trained they are, accidents happen,” she said. “The truth of the matter is nobody wants to clean up your dog’s poop, so I always like to do that myself.”

While she didn’t have real poop on hand, Winfrey poured gravy as a substitute for a diarrhea effect on a piece of fuzzy carpet. First step: club soda.

 

Disney Star Adam Hicks Arrested for Armed Robbery

Disney star Adam Hicks was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of armed robbery.

The 25-year-old actor, who starred on the Disney XD shows Zeke and Luther and Pair of Kings as well as in the 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, and Danni Tamburro, a 23-year-old actress were detained at 2 p.m. in Burbank, north of Los Angeles. A police spokesperson told E! News that officers arrested the two for allegedly carrying out several armed robberies in the city. No injuries of victims were reported. Bail was set at $350,000 for each.

Hicks and Tamburro appear to be a couple, based on photos the two have posted on social media in recent months.

Police said in a statement that one of the alleged victims was a 52-year-old man, who said a man armed with a handgun demanded his wallet at gunpoint. The victim was able to run away.

Police said that as officers were investigating the incident, three additional armed street robberies of pedestrians occurred within minutes of each other in Burbank. The victims all provided similar descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle—a dark-colored Kia with at least two occupants.

Moments later, a witness told police they spotted a vehicle matching that description. Officers located the car and detained a woman connected to at least one of the robbery suspects. Inside the vehicle, they found property belonging to one of the robbery victims, and also found additional stolen property in a nearby area.

Police said in their statement that after 1 p.m., detectives were led to a home believed to be linked to the suspects and that due to the nature of the crimes, S.W.A.T. Team members helped served a search warrant on the residence. Hicks and Tamburro, who is suspected of being the driver, were detained in the home and booked in jail for armed robbery, police said. Additional stolen property was found inside the residence during service of the search warrant, they added.

Hicks and Tamburro remain in jail as of Thursday morning and have not commented on their arrests. Both are due to appear in court on Friday.

Michelangelo–the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Not the Artist–Visits The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art had a celeb visitor on Thursday morning.

Michelangelo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, stopped by the iconic New York City museum to visit the (artist) Michelangelo exhibit. The Met Twitter account shared pictures of the visit on social media Thursday.

“This morning we welcomed Michelangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (@TMNT) at The Met,” the tweet read. “Our celebrity guest came to see the work of an artist who happens to share his name.”

Pictures show TMNT Michelangelo admiring the artwork of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, the famed Italian artist who passed away in 1564 at the age of 88.

This Signature Grammy Week Cocktail Recipe Is a Viewing Party Must-Have

The Absolut Lime Vodkarita

2 parts Absolut Lime

1 part lime juice

1/2 part agave nectar

1 wheel of lime 

Directions: Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice cubes with a salt rim. Garnish with a lime wheel or lime wedge.

So go ahead, mix up a batch for your own Grammys viewing party and raise a glass to all the people who keep the conversations refreshing.

Want to know more about Rita? Watch the video above and don’t forget to catch her on the Grammys red carpet this Sunday.