We’re almost halfway through the summer, which means we’re getting closer to the 2011 MTV VMA Awards. This one is my favorite music awards show because it’s always the most entertaining. So many memorable moments take place at this show: Britney & Madonna kissed, Britney had her “Gimme More” train wreck performance, Brandy & Monica performed together (proving they weren’t feuding), Gaga wore a meat dress, and many more.
This year, it’s Katy Perry that is leading the pack of nominations. She has a total, of nine nominations which include “Video of the Year” and “Best Female Video,” for her explosive hit, “Firework,” “Best Pop Video” for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“, and “Best Special Effects” for her “out of this world” hit “E.T.” featuring Kanye West. Speaking of Kanye, he has the most nominations for a male artists with a total of seven (including the collaboration with Perry).
Check out the rest of the nominees below. I’ll tell you this much, it’ll be nice to have an award show that isn’t going to be dominated by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for once…
Last night, the stars of R&B, Hip Hop and black entertainment turned it out for the 2011 BET Awards. What’s great about this awards show is that it doesn’t just celebrate great musical talent but actors and movies as well. In an evening hosted by Kevin Hart the performances were plenty and impressed everyone in the Shrine Auditorium.
Mary J. Blige opened the show with an incredible performance medley including her hit Real Love and a duet with Anita Baker. She closed her performance with the debut of her new single with DJ Khaled titled It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over. Other show stopping performances came from artists like Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland and probably jet lagged Beyoncé who came straight from her recent appearance at Glastonbury. Among the plethora of performances, the show did manage to hand out a few awards but still managed to head over the three hour time slot. I blame the long but amazing tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Patti LaBelle.
If you missed the show, make sure you check out the complete list of winners below. In an interesting turn of events, Chris Brown and Rihanna brought home matching awards with both of them gaining top honors in the best R&B category.
It’s The Cataracs. You know you’ve heard that on all your favorite songs recently. That’s because this duo consisting of Cyranizzy & Campa are the IT producers to work with on your record right now. After dominating the charts and radio airplay with their production of Like A G6 by Far East Movement, these two scored an opening gig on Usher’s OMG Tour with ultra hottie DEV.
Backstage at BLVD 22 in Vancouver, I got an exclusive and rare sit down with the pair to ask them about what’s going on in their world. Their production is everywhere but their own music is totally great! A while back, I wrote about how I was Hooked On The Cataracs and if you listen to their music, you’ll understand why. The beat is infectious, the lyrics are fresh and the guys are kinda hot.
Chatting with the boys was a ton of fun but when they took to the stage later in the evening, they totally shut it down. Performing some of their best tracks, they even did a rendition of a song they produced for the New Boyz titled Back Seat. These boys from Cali are definitely going to be the ones to watch. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for their own album due out sometime in October.
Hey ya’ll. Sorry this is a little late today. Last night, a few of us had to go to an event where Homorazzi was being honored for helping out the charitable organization, YouthCo Aids Society, so I wasn’t able to watch the episode til this morning. To boot, it was Redd’s going away party and the first night out in Vancouver for me in a month. It was awesome seeing friends I haven’t seen in weeks. To say, I had a good time would be an understatement. Thankfully, Good Friday is a holiday up here. Now, onto to American Idol.
Last night’s time fillers were Katy Perry, Kanye West and David Cook. While, I like all three, I’m sooooooo glad we were on hand last week to watch Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson live instead. Having seen the results show in person, I have a whole new appreciation for the show and more importantly the audience. I know what those poor saps in the rafters went through. Neither of last night’s performance was great, but I do appreciate Katy going all extraterrestrial on us. That pin-up schtick is so tired. Also, was it wrong that I wanted Kanye’s fur vest. I’d risk the chance of PETA supporters throwing red paint on me to wear that hot little number.
On Saturday, I teased you with pictures and a video that Katy Perry had released to promote the release of her video for E.T.. This Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Ammo produced song is the third promo single of her album Teenage Dream. However, for the video and full release of the single, Katy added Kanye West to the mix and in all honesty, I’m not to sure why. I liked the song without him before and his verses don’t add anything to the song. In fact, they don’t really fit.
The video despite its major use of effects, green screen and computer generation is pretty basic. We begin with Kanye spinning around in a zero gravity while an alien floats through space. That alien suddenly turns into Katy and we watch her float through the stars in some pretty impressive costuming and make up. Once she hits a planet, she makes eyes with a robot and kisses it to turn into a skinny man, painted white and naked. Katy removes her dress and we see that she actually has the legs of a deer. WHAT?!
Get ready, because the alien formally known as Katy Perry will land with her new music video for E.T. on March 31st. As you can see from the picture, this video is going to be a trip (and I actually can’t wait). I have had the Teenage Dream album since its release last year and E.T. was one of my favorite tracks. I am kind of sick of it now, but with the creation of this video came something exciting; a new version of the track featuring Kanye West.
In more of the pictures you’ll see after the jump, Katy looks like a drag queen on steroids from another planet, but still looks absolutely stunning. MTV is planning a full Katy Perry Day extravaganza in support of the launch of the new video. This will include Katy Perry video blocks and an interview on The Seven. The official TV broadcast premiere will be at 7:53pm EST but you’ll be able to catch the video on MTV.com and NewNowNext.com at 12 noon. Exciting!
All of the Lights is the fourth single from Kanye West’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye produced the track for himself and it features many an artist contributing to the backing vocals including Elton John, Fergie, Alicia Keys, The-Dream, John Legend, Elly Jackson, and Kid Cudi. However, West chose to solely feature Rihanna as the artist accompanying him on the single. The song didn’t crack Top 10 on the charts however many critics praised the song for its dramatic theme and precise and detailed production which is shown in how the backing vocals is layered. One of Kanye’s producing partners explained it to MTV.
“He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out”.
The video was filmed in January with Hype Williams at the helm. It features a lot of word graphics classic to Hype’s style with strobe and colored clips of Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Kanye in reference to Gasper Noé’s 2009 film Enter The Void.
These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.
Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.
Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.