5 Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Original

Covering a song, especially a classic, can be a risky move. Ruining someone else's song is a bad look, but sometimes the risk pays off. For our latest P&P Update, we take a look at five cover songs that worked. From Nirvana's legendary David Bowie cover to Johnny Cash's powerful take on a Nine Inch Nails track, these renditions of well-known songs were even better than the originals (if you ask us.) Watch the video above, and let us know which cover songs you like more than the original. 

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Lil Uzi Vert’s Rock-Star Style Is Shaking Up the Rap World

Rap music has a long, long history of taking inspiration from rock-n-roll. There are highlights like Run DMC’s cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and low points like Lil Wayne’s “rock” album Rebirth that might come to mind. There is no shortage of links between the two genres musically.

But recently, we have seen more and more rappers taking cues from the rock-star lifestyle and look, not just the music. Acts like Travis ScottPlayboi Carti, and even Migos have added subtle and not-so-subtle rock flourishes to their already eclectic personas and musical style. However, the 2017 rapper who seems to have taken the most cues from rock-n-roll has to be Lil Uzi Vert.

Lil Uzi Performance
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Whether it is his highly regarded single “XO Tour Liife”(which is tagged as alternative rock on Soundcloud), insane stage dives at live shows, or even posting videos online of himself jamming out to Paramore in the car, the 22-year-old has made it crystal clear that he is inspired by rockers of the past and present.

Most of all, he’s doing his best to look the part. His constant, unapologetic blurring of the traditional lines between men’s and women’s fashion can definitely be credited to rockers like David Bowie or Iggy Pop. These artists helped pioneer rock’s androgynous style, wearing makeup and skin-tight leathers and embracing more feminine movements in their performances.

 

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Earlier this year, Uzi was roasted by the masses for rocking what has now become an infamous fit. Up-and-coming New York rapper Lou Got Cash posted a photo on his Instagram alongside Uzi, who was donning a low neck, distressed sweater from Faith Connexion, a spiked choker and a Goyard purse-looking satchel, and the internet’s floodgates opened, questioning his masculinity and his place within the rap community.

How did he react? Like any rock-star would. This past May, he showed up to the the Billboard Music Awards in a $2,400 women’s Valentino white see-through blouse, telling the haters during his interview with Sway Calloway, “They never felt these fabrics before.” No matter what he wears, Uzi just simply doesn’t give a fuck what you think about it.

For a lot of Uzi’s inspirations, look no further than Marilyn Manson. Uzi has declared his fandom for Manson numerous times. Perhaps the most blatant instance of this was during an interview with Nardwuar back in 2016: “At age 27, I will leave this Earth for this man right here—the Pale Emperor,” said Uzi, referring to a Manson tour poster Nardwuar gave him.

Manson has always been a style icon in his own right. His all-black goth wardrobe, accented with leather whenever possible, and makeup were a uniform for rebellious teens in the late ‘90s. Manson left a mark on high fashion too: He appeared in a campaign for YSL back in 2013 and performed at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall show in 2016. More recently, Manson’s style legacy lived on with 2016’s rocker tee trend, as the likes of Justin BieberKylie Jenner, and, of course, Uzi have all been seen rocking his old merch.

But Uzi is someone who takes this inspirations further—rocking an old tour T-shirt isn’t enough. He’s repeatedly said that he was inspired to get his first set of platinum grills when he saw Manson donning a pair in his “Dope Show”music video. And check out his own custom Ben Baller chain—an iced-out, spiked choker chain with a blinged-out Marilyn Manson face pendant.

The chain is a perfect example of what Uzi has been able to do with his fashion. He’s takes clear inspiration from the rock-star aesthetics of the past, while adding a fresh hip-hop spin to the equation. He is stepping away from the traditional idea of what a rapper is supposed to dress like, perhaps more than we’ve ever seen before.

It is this self confidence and nonconformity that have allowed Uzi to make his style more than just a sideshow. He said it best in a 2016 interview with Global Grind: “I am a rock-star. I am rage.”

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A Lot Of People Were Super Unhappy With The Chainsmokers At The GRAMMYs

The Chainsmokers won their first ever GRAMMY yesterday, in the Best Dance Recording category, for their song “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya. They also presented the award for Best Rock Song, which ended up going to David Bowie for “Blackstar.” As Bowie passed away last year, The Chainsmokers accepted the award on his behalf.

Both of these events combined, it seems, sent a lot of people into a rage spiral. Twitter lit up with comments from plenty of people who were entirely disgusted or unhappy with their award, with their presence, with their… everything. Not featured in this article are the multitude of tweets from those like Zedd, Demi Lovato, Laidback Luke, Showtek and more who congratulated them on their win.

On winning a Grammy:

On accepting David Bowie’s award on his behalf:

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The Grammy’s 2017 Winners List (Updating Live)

The 59th Grammy Awards are happening this very minute, and we’re pleased to present the winners in one convenient place.

We’ll be updating live for all categories, so be sure to check back as the night rolls on. So far The Chainsmokers and Flume are representing wins for Electronic Dance Music, and we’re anxiously awaiting Daft Punk and The Weeknd to take the stage later this evening.

Best pop solo performance
WINNER: Adele, Hello
Beyoncé, Hold Up
Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece (Idol Version)
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman

Best alternative music album
22, A Million, Bon Iver
WINNER: Blackstar, David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead

Best rock album
California, Blink-182
WINNER: Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant
Magma, Gojira
Death of a Bachelor, Panic! At The Disco
Weezer, Weezer

Best metal performance
Shock Me, Baroness
Silvera, Gojira
Rotting in Vain, Korn
WINNER: Dystopia, Megadeth
The Price is Wrong, Periphery

Best rock performance
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits), Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself, Beyoncé feat. Jack White
WINNER: Blackstar, David Bowie
The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan), Disturbed
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots

Best rap song
All The Way Up, Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared
Famous, Kanye West feat. Rihanna
WINNER: Hotline Bling, Drake
No Problem, Chance The Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Ultralight Beam, Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream

Best rap/sung performance
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, Freedom
WINNER: Drake, Hotline Bling
D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty, Broccoli
Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream, Ultralight Beam
Kanye West feat. Rihanna, Famous

Best rap performance
WINNER: Chance The Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, No Problem
Desiigner, Panda
Drake, feat. The Throne, Pop Style
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared, All The Way Up
ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West, That Part

Best R&B album
In My Mind, BJ The Chicago Kid
WINNER: Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits, Terrace Martin
Healing Season, Mint Condition
Smoove Jones, Mýa

Best R&B song
Come and See Me, PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake
Exchange, Bryson Tiller
Kiss It Better, Rihanna
WINNER: Lake By The Ocean, Maxwell
Luv, Tory Lanez

Best traditional R&B performance
William Bell, The Three of Me
BJ The Chicago Kid, Woman’s World
Fantasia, Sleeping With The One I Love
WINNER: Lalah Hathaway, Angel
Jill Scott, Can’t Wait

Best R&B performance
BJ The Chicago Kid, Turnin’ Me Up
Ro James, Permission
Musiq Soulchild, I Do
Rihanna, Needed Me
WINNER: Solange, Cranes In The Sky

Best americana album
True Sadness, The Avett Brothers
WINNER: This Is Where I Live, William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions, Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle, Lori McKenna
Kid Sister, The Time Jumpers

Best latin pop album
WINNER: Un Besito Mas, Jesse & Joy
Ilusión, Gaby Moreno
Similares, Laura Pausini
Seguir Latiendo, Sanalejo
Buena Vida, Diego Torres

Best country album
Big Day In A Small Town, Brandy Clark
Full Circle, Loretta Lynn
Hero, Maren Morris
WINNER: A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord, Keith Urban

Best country song
Blue Ain’t Your Color, Keith Urban
Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
WINNER: Humble And Kind, Tim McGraw
My Church, Maren Morris
Vice, Miranda Lambert

Best country duo/group performance
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, Different For Girls
Brothers Osbourne, 21 Summer
Kenny Chesney & Pink, Setting The World On Fire
WINNER: Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton, Jolene
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope, Think Of You

Best jazz instrumental album
Book of Intuition, Kenny Barron Trio
Dr. Um, Peter Erskine
Sunday Night At The Vanguard, The Fred Hersch Trio
Nearness, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau
WINNER: Country For Old Men, John Scofield

Best contemporary instrumental album
Human Nature, Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon A Star, Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY, Steve Gadd Band
Unspoken, Chuck Loeb
WINNER: Culcha Vulcha, Snarky Puppy

Best dance/electronic album
WINNER: Skin, Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine, Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch, Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, Underworld
Louie Vega Starring … XXVIII, Louie Vega

Best dance recording
Tearing Me Up, Bob Moses
WINNER: Don’t Let Me Down, The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
Never Be Like You, Flume Featuring Kai
Rinse & Repeat, Riton featuring Kah-Lo
Drinkee, Sofi Tukker

Best music film
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Steve Aoki
WINNER: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years, 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

Best music video
WINNER: Formation, Beyoncé
River, Leon Bridges
Up&Up, Coldplay
Gosh, Jamie XX
Upside Down & Inside Out, OK Go

Best contemporary christian music album
Poets & Saints, All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal, Crowder
Be One, Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live], Hillsong Young & Free
WINNER: Love Remains, Hillary Scott & The Family

Best gospel album
Listen, Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House, Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live], Todd Dulaney
WINNER: Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live], William Murphy

Best song written for visual media
WINNER: Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohm, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kunal Nayyar
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots
Just Like Fire, P!nk
Purple Lamborghini, Skrillex & Rick Ross
Try Everything, Shakira
The Veil, Peter Gabriel

Best score soundtrack for visual media
Bridge of Spies
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
The Revenant

WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Stranger Things Volume 1
Stranger Things Volume 2

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
Amy
WINNER: Miles Ahead
Straight Outta Compton
Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition)
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1

Best musical theater album
Bright Star
WINNER: The Color Purple
Fiddler On The Roof
Kinky Boots
Waitress

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 feat. Drake
Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year
Formation, Beyoncé
Hello, Adele
I Took A Pill In Ibiza, Mike Posner
Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
7 Years, Lukas Graham

Best new artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

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 urban contemporary album
Lemonade, Beyoncé
Ology, Gallant
We Are King, King
Malibu, Anderson .Paak
Anti, Rihanna

Best rap album
Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul
Major Key, DJ Khaled
Views, Drake
Bland Face LP, ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo, Kanye West

Best rock song
Blackstar, David Bowie
Burn the Witch, Radiohead
Hardwired, Metallica
Heathens, Twenty One Pilots
My Name is Human, Highly Suspect

Best country solo performance
Brandy Clark, Love Can Go To Hell
Miranda Lambert, Vice
Maren Morris, My Church
Carrie Underwood, Church Bells
Keith Urban, Blue Ain’t Your Color

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Source: The Grammy’s 2017 Winners List (Updating Live)

Music Icons Respond To The Passing Of David Bowie

If you look on Facebook this morning – hell, the Internet – all you see is an outpouring of love for the iconic artist David Bowie. The man redefined musicality over the course of his career, and his legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten.

Music icons around the world mourn his loss, paying tribute to him in their own personal ways.

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Source: Music Icons Respond To The Passing Of David Bowie

Flashback: David Bowie Plays Howard Stern’s 44th Birthday Bash in 1998

Howard Stern’s 60th birthday concert at Hammerstein Ballroom last week was one of the great parties of the year with incredible performances by John Fogerty the Black Keys Dave Grohl and Steven Tyler with surprise guest Slash That’s not even mentioning hilarious appearances by Lena Dunham Joan Rivers Robert Downey…