The Billboard Music Awards was pretty eventful. I really don’t think the show planned for Miguel to injure a fan or for Justin Bieber to be booed by fans, but these things happen. Nothing can steal the shine from Country/Pop star Taylor Swift, though. The singer was up for 11 awards at the awards show and she snagged 8 of them.
Rihanna, Justin Bieber, fun., and Nicki Minaj won stuff, too.
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They saved the best for last. Most of the performances during the Billboard Music Awards were decent but, after receiving the Billboard Icon Award, Prince took to the stage to show everyone how to put on a real show! Performing “Let’s Go Crazy” with his all girl band, Prince showed that he’s more than earned all of the accolades he’s received.
Prince takes copyright seriously though, so I’m guessing by morning video of his performance will have disappeared. Watch it while you can. Continue reading
After projecting his new song “New Slaves” on buildings across the world last night, Kanye got his scream on and addressed his usual topics shielded by darkness, with only his silhouette showing during his Saturday Night Live set. If you thought “New Slaves,” which Yeezy performed for the first time during the show, was controversial brace yourself! Yeezy premiered a song titled “Black Skinhead” during the SNL finale. Visually the performance was appealing, thanks to a screen with flashing images of receipts, barking dogs and a sign that read “not for sale,” but musically it was quite noisy. I can’t give my opinion on that song right now. I need Rap Genius and a tylenol. However, I do think “New Slaves” is nice sonically and it is sure to start some interesting conversations, even if it is a bit hypocritical lyrically.
Mr. West’s forthcoming album appears to be titled Yeezus. The album will reportedly be released on June 18.
Is it me or is the God-like nicknames for celebs a bit much? Yet another piece of stan culture flowing into the mainstream, I suppose.
Bring on the controversy and opinion pieces, Yeezy. Continue reading
Jennifer Lopez showed off her fun side once again during the season finale of American Idol. The singer took to the stage, not as a judge but as a performer, to introduce fans to her latest single “Live It Up.” And, yes, her partner in crime Pitbull was there in his usual suit to help turn things up a little. It’s not her best performance, or song, but it’s still JLo so she looks fabulous as usual! Continue reading
One of the perks of being a judge on a single reality show is guaranteed promo and a performance slot to perform new and old material. Mariah Carey took advantage of this perk when she took the stage for nearly five minutes during Season 12′s finale to perform a medley of her hits, including “My All” and “We Belong Together,” before ending with her latest single “Beautiful.” It didn’t look like her vocals were live, but she looked amazing regardless. Continue reading
Jason Derulo’s electronic ode to Jordin Sparks (“The Other Side“) has really grown on me since it was released a few weeks ago and last night’s performance only made me like it more. The pop star, who broke his neck and wore a brace for most of 2012, spent much of his performance on Dancing with the Stars standing on top of his head and doing acrobatic moves with his background dancers. Clearly this guy is fearless or crazy…I’m not sure which one. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the risky performance, though, as did I.
Derulo is preparing to release his third studio album this September.
I get so excited when people actually pay attention to Carly Rae Jepsen instead of placing her to the side and labeling her a one-hit wonder. The artist, who happens to have several potential hits on her debut album Kiss, stopped by ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’ a few days ago to perform her latest single “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” sans her remix pal Nicki Minaj. The performance was cute and flirty, and Jepsen’s bangs were captivating as usual (her dance moves, not so much). Continue reading
Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez may not ever get a chance to chat it up at the judging table on American Idol, but the women will both hit the stage to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. Minaj and JLo are the latest to be added to the show’s lineup, along with Ed Sheeran, David Guetta and Chris Brown. Billboard Icon recipient Prince, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Christina Aguilera are also set to hit the stage on May 19 when the show airs live on ABC.
Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 lead the nomination pack with 11 nominations each.
Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber and Billboard Icon recipient Prince are already set to hit the stage on May 19 when the Billboard Music Awards airs, but the list of performers has grown a bit larger! Pop stars Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera and Pitbull were added to the list of performers a few days ago. fun. and Maroon 5, along with T. Swizzle, have the most nominations for the big night, but no word yet on if they will perform.
What do you think of the list of performers so far?