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Just In: Lil Wayne Moved to ‘Solitary Confinement’ at Rikers Island

Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes and was relocated Monday into what city jail officials call “punitive segregation” for a month, until his expected November 4th release date at Rikers Island. This punishment—which is the equivalent of ‘solitary confinement’ and requires him to be in his cell 23 hours a day. So he can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case.

Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said;

“It’s his punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in his cell back in May.”

Wayne generally will now be confined to his new cell 23 hours a day, with such exceptions as visits and showers, instead of being allowed to mingle with other inmates most of the day. He’ll eat in his cell and won’t get to socialize even during his hour a day of recreation, Morello said.

Wayne also will have to forego TV, and he’ll be limited to one phone call a week instead of a chat a day or more, except for calls to his lawyer, Morello said. The lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment.

The 28-year-old rapper, one of the genre’s biggest stars, has been held since March in the Rikers Island jail complex. He pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he had a loaded semiautomatic gun on his bus in 2007. He got a one-year sentence but is expected to serve eight months because of time off for good behavior, despite the music-player gear episode.

Officials said, “the headphones and charger were found in May, tucked in a potato chip bag in a garbage can in the rapper’s cell”.

The items are considered contraband, as inmates can listen to music only on radios and headphones sold at the jail commissary. Officers said “the music player itself turned up in another inmate’s nearby cell”.

Both men were charged with infractions that weren’t crimes and were subject to a jail disciplinary process, not a court. Information on the other inmate’s punishment wasn’t immediately available Monday.

Lil Wayne’s penalty was within norms for his infraction, Morello said.

“Possession of contraband is serious,” he said, “though not as grave as violent offenses or being caught with a weapon, for example”.

Born Dwayne Carter, Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of 2008 with “Tha Carter III,” which won a Grammy for best rap album.

As he faced incarceration, he told Rolling Stone he planned to keep up the beat behind bars.

“I’ll have an iPod, and I’ll make sure they keep sending me beats,” he told the magazine for a February story.

Sources: Yahoo News, singersroom

“Ok now I know he’s locked up for gun charges, but to get solitary confinement for the rest of his jail time over an iPod situation that happened back in May, is ridiculous! I’m sure he’s glad he’ll be out of there soon. Trust he will welcome us all with some great tunes. Nov. 4th is rapidly approaching…let me not jinx it. Good Luck Wayne!!”

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Just In: 2009 Grammy Nominations

British group Coldplay was nominated in the three top Grammy categories of record, album and song of the year — all for its hit album “Viva La Vida” Dec. 3, 2008. The Grammy awards will be held Feb. 8, 2009. For the first time, nominations in key categories were announced during a one-hour concert television special instead of a news conference.

Here are the nominees...

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

* Chasing Pavements
Adele

Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
Track from: 19
[XL Recordings/Columbia]

* Viva La Vida
Coldplay

Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records]

* Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis

Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, engineers/mixers
[J Records/SYCO Music]

* Paper Planes
M.I.A

Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
Track from: Kala
[Interscope]

* Please Read The Letter
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

* Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Coldplay

Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O’Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Capitol Records]

* Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne

Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews “Drew” Correa, Shondrae “Mr. Bangladesh” Crawford, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
[Universal Motown/Cash Money]

* Year Of The Gentleman
Ne-Yo

Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari “Sho” Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin “KD” Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
[Def Jam/Compound]

* Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
[Rounder]

* In Rainbows
Radiohead

Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[TBD Records]

Song Of The Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* American Boy
William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West,
songwriters (Estelle Featuring Kanye West)

Track from: Shine
[Atlantic/Homeschool; Publishers: Will.I.Am Music/Cherry River Music/Chrysalis Publishing/John Legend Publishing/Cherry River Music/Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music/Larry Leron Music/Speir Music/Broke, Spoke and Gone Publishing]

* Chasing Pavements
Adele Adkins & Eg White, songwriters (Adele)

Track from: 19
[XL Recordings/Columbia; Publishers: Universal-Songs of Polygram Int.]

* I’m Yours
Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz)

Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
[Atlantic; Publisher: Goo Eyed Music]

* Love Song
Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles)

Track from: Little Voice
[Epic; Publisher: Tiny Bear Music]

* Viva La Vida
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)

Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records; Publishers: Universal Music-MGB Songs]

Best New Artist
(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)

* Adele

* Duffy

* Jonas Brothers

* Lady Antebellum

* Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Chasing Pavements
Adele

Track from: 19
[Columbia/XL]

* Love Song
Sara Bareilles

Track from: Little Voice
[Epic]

* Mercy
Duffy

Track from: Rockferry
[Mercury]

* Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis

[J Records/SYCO Music]

* I Kissed A Girl
Katy Perry

Track from: One Of The Boys
[Capitol Records]

* So What
Pink

[LaFace]

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* All Summer Long
Kid Rock

Track from: Rock N Roll Jesus
[Atlantic]

* Say
John Mayer

Track from: Continuum
[Columbia]

* That Was Me
Paul McCartney

Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
[Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

* I’m Yours
Jason Mraz

Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
[Atlantic]

* Closer
Ne-Yo

Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound Entertainment]

* Wichita Lineman
James Taylor

Track from: Covers
[Hear Music]

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Viva La Vida
Coldplay

Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records]

* Waiting In The Weeds
Eagles

Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]

* Going On
Gnarls Barkley

Track from: The Odd Couple
[Downtown/Atlantic]

* Won’t Go Home Without You
Maroon 5

Track from: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
[Octone/A&M]

* Apologize
OneRepublic

Track from: Dreaming Out Loud
[Mosley Music/Interscope Records]

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Lesson Learned
Alicia Keys & John Mayer

Track from: As I Am
[J Records]

* 4 Minutes
Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

Track from: Hard Candy
[Warner Bros.]

* Rich Woman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

* If I Never See Your Face Again
Rihanna & Maroon 5

Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
[Def Jam]

* No Air
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Track from: Jordin Sparks
[Jive]

For More on the list of nominees, check out Grammy.com