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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.

find out the new batch of performers after the jump

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.

Check out the full list after the jump…

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.

find out who else below

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.

watch the performance after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Greatest Hits – Chapter One Review

In: Matt, Music

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…

  • 1. Since U Been Gone
  • 2. My Life Would Suck Without You
  • 3. Miss Independent
  • 4. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  • 5. Behind These Hazel Eyes
  • 6. Because Of You
  • 7. Never Again
  • 8. Already Gone
  • 9. Mr. Know It All
  • 10. Breakaway
  • 11. Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Jason Aldean)
  • 12. Walk Away
  • 13. Catch My Breath
  • 14. People Like Us
  • 15. Don’t Rush (featuring Vince Gill)
  • 16. A Moment Like This
  • 17. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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.

check out the new tracks after the jump

Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.

Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.

While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.

check out my thoughts on each performance after the jump

I love Kelly Clarkson’s jilted rock pop anthems like “Since U Been Gone” and “Never Again“, but I love it even more when she strips it all away and it’s just all about her voice and fan-friggin-tastic tone. This week, Kelly’s Greatest Hits – Chapter One featuring several new songs hit stores, but the 30-year-old is also releasing an EP titled The Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2. The first volume was included as a bonus disc of the Deluxe Edition of her last album, Stronger.

The Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2 includes five tracks performed acoustically. One of them being a mashup of Alasis Morissette’s “That I Would Be Good” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody“. The result is one seamless ballad that’s a joy to listen to, especially if you’re a huge Kelly fan like myself. What I enjoy about Clarkson is her love of covering songs by other artists. If you’ve watched her concert, you know what I’m talking about. The original American Idol has a popular segment where she performs a cover based on fan requests. Check out her latest cover below.

The Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2 Track Listing

  • “I Never Loved a Man”
  • “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
  • “Walking After Midnight”
  • “That I Would Be Good / Use Somebody”
  • “Lies”

listen to the track after the jump

Kelly Clarkson, who just released her music video for “Catch My Breath” a few days ago, is set to release her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album this coming Monday, November 19. As the album title suggest, it features her best songs, but also has three new songs. Two of them you’ve already heard, and now the third called “People Like Us” has just surfaced online in full.

The upbeat and empowering song was written by Blair Daly, James Michael, and Meghan Kabir. It’s an excellent addition to the album and sure to be a hit. In one of the verses, Kelly sings, “People like us, we’ve got to stick together / Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever / Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten / It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom.” The song is perfect for her (or P!nk for that matter) and certainly highlights her incredible vocals.

Give “People Like Us” a listen below and let me know what you think. Do you like it better than “Catch My Breath“?

Listen to the track after the jump…

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