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Why Kendrick Lamar deserves to win Album of the Year over Taylor Swift

Before Monday's awards even start, Kendrick Lamar already has made Grammys history. With 11 nominations, the trailblazing Compton rapper is second only to Michael Jackson's 12 nods in 1984 ("Thriller") for most ever. That's great, especially when you consider that historically the Grammys have...

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  • Blackhawks set White House visit for Feb. 18

    Blackhawks set White House visit for Feb. 18

    The Blackhawks are headed back to the White House. On Feb. 18, President Obama will host the Hawks at the White House for the third time.The Hawks earned another trip to Washington after they defeated the Lightning in June to win their third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons. The Hawks play in...

  • Valentine's Day weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Valentine's Day weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

    A party to benefit LGBTQ youth, a singles masquerade and more things to do in Chicago this weekend, Feb. 12-14.

  • Jimmy Butler appears in Mountain Dew ad, his first national TV spot

    Jimmy Butler appears in Mountain Dew ad, his first national TV spot

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler makes his national TV ad debut in a Mountain Dew spot, part of the brand's "Game Lives Everywhere" campaign. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Lakers forward Julius Randle also star in the commercial.  Butler signed on as a Mountain Dew pitchman in Januaray 2015, and...

  • 'How to Be Single' is almost kind of OK

    'How to Be Single' is almost kind of OK

    Served up as Valentine’s Day counterprogramming to, uh, that super-romantic Michael Moore documentary opening Friday, “How to Be Single” apparently wants to keep everyone on their toes by alternating in quality every few minutes. If you gather a bunch of friends and drink every time your opinion...

  • 'Where to Invade Next' does a great job of making the U.S. look awful

    'Where to Invade Next' does a great job of making the U.S. look awful

    In Iceland, it’s against the law to say something is the best. Against the law. In the U.S., sometimes it seems like it’s against the law not to say something is the best. Insert every list about the best pizza/burgers/beer/bed and breakfast/dandruff shampoo. And, of course, that we’re the world’s...

  • Sorry, Joel Quenneville's postgame act doesn't measure up to Cam Newton's

    Sorry, Joel Quenneville's postgame act doesn't measure up to Cam Newton's

    An exasperated Joel Quenneville widened his eyes, raised his arms and stormed off in a huff straight into a YouTube video. We have seen hundreds of similar Quenneville outbursts during his eight seasons in Chicago, but usually behind the glass — not in the United Center interview room. The Blackhawks...

  • Pinegrove just released my favorite rock record of 2016 so far

    Pinegrove just released my favorite rock record of 2016 so far

    Sometimes I like a record so much I can't really review it without coming off as a crazy zealous fan. So bear with me while I geek out about New Jersey band Pinegrove's debut "Cardinal," my favorite album of 2016 so far. Seriously, this album (by a band you may not know yet but let's change that)...

  • Chicago athletes' favorite romantic movies

    Chicago athletes' favorite romantic movies

    For all the swoon-worthy feelings (and, let's face it, broken hearts) that are part of Valentine's Day, sometimes you just want to see two movie characters fall madly in love. That's true of Chicago athletes, who, like many moviegoers, can't get enough Ryan Gosling. RedEye asked: What’s your favorite...

  • 'Got my jacket and left': 6 Chicago athletes on their worst first dates

    'Got my jacket and left': 6 Chicago athletes on their worst first dates

    Just because you make your chosen sport look easy doesn't mean the dating scene is a piece of cake. In honor of the weird and awkward we've probably all experienced on Valentine's Day, six Chicago athletes shared stories of their worst first dates.   "I almost crashed into her garage" In high school,...

  • The Grammys made me compare Taylor Swift's '1989' and Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

    The Grammys made me compare Taylor Swift's '1989' and Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

    This year's marquee, A-list, title-fight matchup at the Grammys pits Kendrick Lamar (11 nominations) against Taylor Swift (7), two completely different artists occupying not just separate lanes but different highways altogether. Screw it, though; both artists are duking it out for Album of the...

  • How to sound smart while watching (or live-tweeting) the 2016 Grammys

    How to sound smart while watching (or live-tweeting) the 2016 Grammys

    Unless you're hoping to win one, I'm guessing that you don't really care about the Grammys. To be honest, neither do I. For many, though, the music awards show (whose 58th ceremony takes place Monday night at 7 p.m. on CBS) is still good for live-tweeting and watching with your friends. So even...

  • Here's what Chicagoans put off yesterday while trying to score Beyonce tickets

    Here's what Chicagoans put off yesterday while trying to score Beyonce tickets

    If you somehow haven't heard by now, Queen Bey will be playing Soldier Field May 27. On Tuesday, Ticketmaster held a presale for American Express cardholders and members of the Beyhive, the queen's fan group (like you didn't already know).  From skipping class and work to having existential life...

  • Burger King's next conquest: Hot dog king

    Burger King's next conquest: Hot dog king

    Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King. The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill...

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