On the radio and now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When I interviewed Donna Summer last year, she had just been passed over again for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I asked if it was, as is so often said, just an honor to be nominated.
"No, it's an honor to win," she said with a laugh. "That's a bunch of baloney. I don't care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I'm starting to feel like a loser." Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added "I'm just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously."
When the inductees for the 2013 Rock Hall class were announced yesterday I was excited that Summer's name was finally on the roster. I was also sad-- and to be honest a little angry-- that she was not here to experience the moment, having passed away earlier this year at 63 after a battle with cancer. Even though she clearly understood that no one is entitled to any particular honor and had a sense of humor about it, the induction obviously meant a lot to her.FULL ENTRY
J. Lo doesn't play around when it comes to a party.
Jennifer Lopez goes hard with the color, dance moves, and Photoshop-worthy abs for "Goin' In," her video from her newly-released greatest hits album "Dance Again ... The Hits."FULL ENTRY
Madonna proves she can turn any locale into a party in her latest video, "Turn Up the Radio." The clip, which was filmed in Italy, features the pop queen escaping hordes of paparazzi and then picking up a motley cast of colorful characters - from street contortionists to streetwalkers - for a chauffeured joyride into the countryside (the dapper hitchhiker in the gray suit is her current beau, Brahim Zaibat).
What do you think about the video? Let us know!
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M.I.A. has switched up her speaker-rattling single "Bad Girls" in recent days with not just one but two remixes featuring some of hip-hop's most fiery females. Days after dropping a woozy revamp with her spunky protégée Rye Rye and game-changing femcee Missy Elliott, she swapped out Rye for rising raptress Azealia Banks.FULL ENTRY
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.