Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.
Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.
Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.
It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?
Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!
Kelly Clarkson just announced that she’s engaged to Brandon Blackstock! The proposal apparently took place last night and she’s completely over the moon. The singer made the following announcement via Twitter today (Saturday, December 15): “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)”
Back in November, Clarkson was on Ellen DeGeneres‘s show and had said that he was definitely going to be the man she was going to marry. “We’re totally gonna get married we love each other we’re totally gonna get married one day.” She added, “‘I mean he’s gotta put a ring on it on some point,’ she told Ellen. ‘But I’ll wait it out…”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
The list just keeps growing for this year’s Divas Live concert. It’s kinda turning into a bit of a gong show at this point. First, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks were revealed as this year’s crop of Divas. American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was given the responsibility of being the master of ceremonies. A few weeks later, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric, Havana Brown and Pitbull were added to the roster of talent. Now, we have another handful of performers on deck to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music.
Before I reveal who the latest additions are, I wanted to quickly share who the network have enlisted to make an appearance at the event. La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Stacey Kiebler and Kelly Osbourne will have the difficult task of introducing the acts. Also on tap is the wonderfully sassy Miss NeNe Leakes. She definitely has come a long way since her signature, “close your legs to married men,” catchphrase. Also on deck as a presenter is Brandy Norwood. To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised she isn’t performing. After all, she did headline the second edition of the VH1 Divas franchise.
Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.
Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.”
In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.
Watch out Adam Lambert, there’s another American Idol alum headed to the 2012 VH1 Divas Live concert. Kelly Clarkson is one of five new acts added to this year’s event being held in Los Angeles on December 16. A few days ago, the network released a promo featuring Lambert shattering glass with his voice. If anyone else could give Glambert a run for his money on those extremely high notes, it’s the original Idol, Miss Kelly “Stronger” Clarkson.
This isn’t Clarkson’s first time at the rodeo. She co-headlined last year’s tribute to the great soul cities with Mary J. Blige & Jennifer Hudson. Kelly previously headlined the show back in 2009 as well with Adele and Leona Lewis performing. The 30-year-old singer joins Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks as they celebrate dance music at this year’s concert. The show also includes a tribute to Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. Find out what four new acts were added to the list of performers.
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman. Scratch that. It’s Blaine’s (Darren Criss) alter ego, Nightbird. When New Directions find their coveted Nationals championship trophy missing, Blaine steps up to the plate to retrieve it. Is he chosen because of his super powers? Nope, it’s because his former school snatched their hardware. Can Blaine recover the trophy or will he be wooed over to the “Dark Side“? Cue Kelly Clarkson song.
Given the superheroes theme of Glee‘s “Dynamic Duets” episode, it was only fitting Clarkson’s ominous-sounding track be covered. Once Blaine enters the hallowed hallways of Dalton Academy, new Warbler, played by Gerard Funk, entices Blaine to try on his old blazer. Will the magical powers of the jacket lure Blaine back to the “Dark Side“? I guess, we’ll have to wait til tonight’s episode to find out. In the meantime, check out Darren Criss and the Warblers cover Kelly below.
Kelly Clarkson stepped onto the music scene and into the lives of many when she became the first winner of American Idol. That was 10 years ago. Since then she has released 5 studio albums, and has had 10 top ten singles. She has won countless awards and maintained a steady and solid career. Today she releases her first compilation album. Greatest Hits: Chapter One is a fantastic playlist of the American Idol winner’s top hits. Check out the playlist below…
For me this isn’t a complete greatest hits playlist. Noticeably missing from the track list is the Katy Perry penned “I Do Not Hook Up”. This could be due to its medium performance on the charts. Either way, myself and every other Kelly Clarkson fan has been gifted with three new songs that I’m sure will not disappoint.