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Heading into the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s first performance of “Pretty Girls” was without a doubt the performance everyone was looking most forward to. About two hours in, the duo did themselves proud. It wasn’t at all a trainwreck, and in fact, both ladies looked sensational. Britney, IMHO, hasn’t looked this great and comfortable on stage in years. Well done.

Mariah Carey also made a notable appearance as well. She hit the Billboard stage for the first time in 17 years. Perhaps she’s still recuperating from bronchitis, but Mimi wasn’t at her vocal best. Every note felt so laborious as opposed to the ease she belted out those notes years ago.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson absolutely slayed her vocals during her “Invincible” performance as did Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas on “Nobody Love” and “Jealous” respectively.

Speaking of Jonas, he was in fine form tonight. Dude looked beyond sexy. Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett also smoldered on stage during their respective performances. Check out all the videos below.

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In his head, Kanye West already thinks he’s one of the most influential people in the world. Now, he has TIME magazine in his corner. The publication named the 37-year-old rapper as one of their 100 Most Influential People on their 2015 list.

“Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today.” entrepreneur Elon Musk wrote about Kanye.

Bradley Cooper, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and journalist Jorge Ramos along with West all received their own separate covers for the annual issue.

Other notable names to make the cut this year include Emma Watson, Chris Pratt, Amy Schumer, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Lee Daniels and Kevin Hart to name a few. Check out below all the other covers which were snapped by photographer Sebastian Kim.

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Madonna has the distinction of gracing more Rolling Stone covers than any other female. With so many under her belt, some repetition was bound to happen.

For her latest cover, the 56-year-old poses for a close up rocking a sexy red lip. The visual is very reminiscent of her Marilyn Monroe-inspired cover in the 90s. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Inside the issue, Madge gets fiery and introspective. One of the topics she discusses is ageism in pop culture. Recently, the “Living For Love” singer felt the sting of that when a radio station in the UK banned her for being ‘irrelevant and old‘ for its teenage listeners. OUCH!!!

Madonna also reveals her real feelings about Lady Gaga, her marriage to Guy Ritchie, her relationship with Judaism, her assessment of Kanye West, calling him a ‘brilliant madman‘ and Taylor Swift. Check out some quotes below.

On Taylor Swift

“She has an opinion, and she’s going against the norm. So in that respect, she is similar to me, yeah. And also, people just want to give her a hard time all the time because they think she’s a goody-two-shoes, so of course I want to embrace her.”

her thoughts on ageism, Gaga Feud and Brilliant Madmen Kanye after the jump

Rihanna Premieres Moody FourFiveSeconds Music Video

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Rihanna premiered the music video for “FourFiveSeconds” yesterday but since we had some technical difficulties, I could only share it with you today. If you’re not a fan of the polarizing song, the moody clip probably won’t win you over.

RiRi rocks a vintage Sean John denim jacket in the black and white clip. She previously explained why she chose the all-American look. “Denim never goes out of style. It’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles,” she shared.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney strums his acoustic guitar in several scenes while Kanye West does what Kanye West does best… overacts and gets dramatic.

The best parts of the Inez and Vinoodh-directed clip are when the three appear on the screen together. If they were wearing Gap clothing, this could easily pass for an ad campaign for the brand. Check out the video below.

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Since 1993, Barbara Walters has compiled ten public figures yearly for her annual 10 Most Fascinating People list. The chosen few run the gamut, ranging from fields of entertainment, sports, politics and popular culture. With her retirement forthcoming, the 2013 edition is reportedly her last for ABC.

As always, the number one spot on her list will not be revealed until the television special airs on December 18. Previous figures to earn the distinction as Most Fascinating Person include Steve Jobs (2011), Michele Obama (2009), Barack Obama (2008), J.K. Rowling (2007) and David Petraeus who received the honor in both 2010 and 2012. Find out below which nine people made the Top 10 list this year, but just missed out on the top spot.

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James Franco & Seth Rogen Parody Kimye

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Even if you didn’t watch Kanye West’s much-reviled “Bound 2” music video featuring Kim Kardashian, you’ll appreciate this. While filming his new film The Interview, Seth Rogen called upon James Franco to reenact the now-infamous video, shot for shot. From simulating sex on a motorcycle to passionately locking lips, Rogen and Franco engage in everything Kimye does. It’s definitely a must-see. Check it out below.

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Woman Films Epic Job Resignation

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

We’ve all given our notice before, but I’m sure never in this fashion. Marina Shifrin’s job required to film high generating-viewed videos. Ironically, her latest creation has become arguably her biggest viral video. At last count, it’s amassed over three million views simply by leaving her current occupation. She taped herself dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone” as she explained her frustrations with her previous employer.

I’m curious to know if this thing is actually real, or simply another faux clip. If 100% genuine, two snaps for having the guts to do it. With that being said, I’m sure one day this vid will haunt her. Don’t you think? Check out her epic job resignation below.

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First she topped Maxim’s Hottest Women list and now this. While Miley Cyrus is no angel, labeling her the worst female celebrity role model is a tad unwarranted, especially given the trainwrecks out there like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Farrah Abraham and so forth. Sure Cyrus is a bit wild, but she’s been with the same guy for years, hasn’t been in and out of rehab, been arrested or doing porn like the aforementioned ladies.

Apparently, the parents taking part in a survey conducted by CouponCodes4U disagree with me. Miley along with Chris Brown top the worst female and male celebrity role model lists respectively. PS. Brown definitely deserves his title and then some.

Also making the list is the Kardashian clan. While Khloe didn’t make the cut, Kim and her baby daddy Kanye West, Kourtney and Bruce Jenner were singled out. Bruce Jenner, really??? Why him? I don’t watch their E! show so I’m not sure why he’s being called out.

What I find fascinating about the survey is that most of the women are relatively young and in their 20s while only Justin Bieber and Brown are the only two under the age of 30. Interesting, don’t you think? Check out who else landed on the lists.

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