Mumford & Sons team up with country legend Emmylou Harris

Veteran country music star Emmylou Harris is teaming up with London folk band Mumford & Sons to explore their shared love of high harmony, sad songs and the oft-belittled banjo on a US TV show.

Green Day confirm surprise 'Dookie' performance at Reading

Nineties punk band Green Day have confirmed they will play their breakthrough album Dookie in full at Reading Festival this weekend.

Win a set of all the brilliant winners of the 2012 Fiction Uncovered prize

The Fiction Uncovered prize is an unusual one, in that it selects eight titles instead of one winner each year. Its remit is quite simple: to “uncover and celebrate our best British writers”.

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Time to show her creative metal

When Apple used her quirky 1234 in an ad, Feist's popularity soared. Now she's ready to go  deeper, she tells James McNair

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Leslie Feist: 'Metals has been about me regaining my self respect'

When Apple used her quirky 1234 for an ad campaign, Feist's popularity soared. But now she’s ready to go a little deeper, she tells James McNair

Luke Blackall: These days the parties are more important than the awards ceremonies themselves

Man About Town: As usual, the big labels held their events with due competitiveness

Simon Kelner: Who's going to set a bad example for the kids now?

Time was when a rock star wasn't an authentic rock star unless he or she drove a pink Cadillac into a hotel swimming pool, or appeared on stage in a foul-mouthed, drunken mess or, at the very least, insisted on a rider that every pack of Smarties in the dressing room had the blue ones removed.

Lady Gaga at the Grammys earlier this month

Killer Lovers vs Little Monsters: know your pop-fan nicknames

When former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger performed a solo show in London last week, possibly even more surprising than her managing to fill the Hammersmith Apollo was the discovery that her fans have their own name: Killer Lovers (a play on the title of her album, Killer Love).

La Shica Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

Flamenco singer-dancer La Shica performs a traditional Sevillanas, moving with courtly seriousness. Then she and her band add a bassline, teasing rhythms and shapes. She turns to the audience, with beaming delight: “Now you understand why some purists in my country think I am Satan’s daughter!” 

Those close to Houston, including her family, laid much of the blame for her problems with her husband, Bobby Brown

Whitney Houston: Singer and actress whose talent was overshadowed by addiction

Whitney Houston, who has died at the age of 48, was a dazzling performer who blazed a trail for a new generation of black female singers, from Beyoncé Knowles to Mary J Blige.

LL Cool J to host the Grammys

After seven years with a no-host format, the Grammys will have an emcee — LL Cool J.

Album: Ani DiFranco, Which Side are You On? (Righteous Babe)

A first new album in three years by this most steamingly righteous babe.

Gallery: The most controversial award ceremony moments

As sharp-tongued comedian Ricky Gervais is invited back to present the Golden Globes for the third time this Sunday, we take a look at other shocking gong-giving occasions

Plan B joins Novello A-list

Plan B was crowned king of the Ivor Novello Awards last night after picking up three honours, including the best album award for the chart-topping release The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

Album: Various artists, Songlines Music Awards 2011 (Songlines)

When Radio 3 pulled out of its annual world-music awards, Songlines moved in to fill the gap, and its annual compilation of artists nominated for its own awards makes just as good a barometer.

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