The 81st annual lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree took place in Rockefeller Center last night. It was by far one of their most star-studded lineups yet. Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Leona Lewis and Jewel all performed. Undoubtedly, no one does Yuletide tracks better than Mimi. Naturally, all the female singers brought their “A” game for the diva duel. Who came out on top? Watch some of the performances below and you decide.
Just in case you were wondering, this year’s Norway spruce came from Shelton, CT. It stands 76-foot tall and 47 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 75 years old. Reportedly, more than 45,000 energy-efficient multi-colored LED lights adorn the tree and features a 9 ½ foot wide LED-lit Swarovski crystal star on top.
Backstage before last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy, Mariah Carey, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you’d find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night “Music Room” to sing Mariah’s holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It’s such a cute video with all the kids joining in as well! Definitely something that will get you into the holiday spirit and Mariah’s song is up there as one of my favorite Christmas songs.
You may recall that Christina Aguilera was also recently on the show and performed “Your Body” with Fallon and The Roots, with everyone only using office supplies as instruments. More recently though, Fallon has been getting into the holiday spirit and last week performed a hilarious holiday mashup with Rashida Jones – definitely worth watching if you haven’t. Watch last night’s performance below and it’s bound to brighten your day.
Nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit than watching a few of my favorite Christmas movies in the background while decorating our tree and wrapping gifts. It should come as no surprise that Love Actually is on that list of favorites. While watching the modern holiday classic for the umpteenth time, it dawned on me that the adorable kids who played Sam (Thomas Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) were probably young adults now. So naturally, I had to Google them to see what they were up to these days.
Sangster is now 22-years-old and Olson is 20. Both are still working in the entertainment industry and funny enough, the two worked together again since Love Actually. They reunited for Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb where they both voiced characters. Before you see what other projects they’ve done, refresh your memory and watch a clip from the holiday movie below.
It’s not a mystery that most music lovers LOVE Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic, All I Want For Christmas. One of those fans was Justin Bieber. He didn’t just cover the track and plop it on his new Under The Mistletoe album, he actually Mariah to collab on not only a duet for the album but a full out music video as well! PS can I just say that Mariah looks damn good for just having twins? Girl better work! Anyways, back to the song and video.
The two don the roles of retail elves in the new vid which the most Bing’d celebrity debuted during the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special. The clip kicks off with Santa ringing a bell on 34th Street before we watch Justin and friends push some shopping carts into a mall while Mariah poses all fierce-like against a wall in a Santa-inspired outfit. Overall, if this video doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, nothing will you Grinch. Check out the clip below.
Hopefully she attached a gift receipt with this new “gift”. First off, isn’t it a bit early to be hawking Christmas-related items. Seriously, September just ended. Secondly, I don’t know what possessed her to release another Christmas album. Her first holiday release “Merry Christmas” released in 1994, is a modern day classic. There’s no way in hell she’ll top “All I Want For Christmas Is You“.
Okay, “Oh Santa!” isn’t really that bad. It’ll probably grow on me after hearing it thousands of times on the radio and on TV. The urban-pop holiday jingle was produced by Jermaine Dupri and will be on her “Merry Christmas II You” album. Pretty clever title, considering her first festive CD was titled, “Merry Christmas”. The new album will feature four original songs, with traditional holiday tunes covers filling up the CD.
The boys from the FIP are back and this time, they want to wish you a Merry Christmas. Back in the summer of 2009, 8 guys from New York attending Fire Island Pride got out their Flip Mino camera and shot a little music video to Miley Cyrus’ Party In The U.S.A.. I don’t think these boys knew what they had coming. Because Miley had yet to release her own video to the song, the “gay version” of the video went viral on YouTube. It currently sits at over 4 million views. That’s incredible.
The boys recently created their own website called Firecrkr. Its intended to be a spot showcasing their favorite online videos and some originals of their own. For the launch of the site, the boys created another music video. This time, they used Mariah Carey and her gay christmas anthem, All I Want For Christmas. Great choice boys. The video shows them prancing around New York getting ready for Christmas together. From buying trees to finding chic winter wear, these boys know how to put out a good video with no budget.