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The 2014 American Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with Pitbull presiding over the ceremonies once again. Heading into the evening, Iggy Azalea led the pack with six AMA nominations. One Direction, however, ended up being the night’s big winner, taking home three awards- Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories.

Unlike the VMAs though, Azalea didn’t go home empty-handed this time. The Aussie femcee won two categories. Taylor Swift also got in on the action by earning the event’s most prestigious honor. The legendary Diana Ross presented the “Blank Space” singer with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Katy Perry and Sam Smith took home honors for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist respectively. Check out all the winners below.

In between all the acceptance speeches, there was a whopping 18 performances crammed into the three-hour telecast. There was something for everyone with artists ranging from teen dreams 5 Seconds of Summer to R&B veteran Mary J. Blige. My favorites of the night were Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J reuniting with Nicki Minaj and Grande.

On the flip side, I took bathroom breaks during Selena Gomez, Magic! and Fergie‘s set. Was it me, or did the Duchess move awkwardly slow and look a tad stiff? No disrespect but she looked like Iggy’s grandmother on stage. Check out the performances below.

winners and performances after the jump

david-guetta-nicki-minaj-hey-mama

The last time David Guetta and Nicki Minaj teamed up together, the club smash “Turn Me On” was born. It was one of my favorite cuts off Nothing but the Beat along with “Titanium” and “Without You.”

The dynamic duo of Guetta and Minaj are back together and this time enlisted Afrojack and Ester Dean on production and Bebe Rexha for the hook on “Hey Mama.” The track is off Guetta’s forthcoming Listen LP being released on November 24.

Hey Mama” is another EDM song destined to be a hit for them. With that being said, it’s vastly different from their previous collaboration. Bonus points for steering away from “Turn Me On 2.0.” It’s not easy to catch lightning in a bottle twice using the same formula. Wisely, it’s more pop oriented with Minaj flaunting her Caribbean roots on the island-tinged gem.

Nicki’s rhymes are also a change of pace with her exploring her domestic side and not being her usual aggressive self. She’s all about her man and catering to his needs. Is the femcee longing to be a Stepford wife? Give “Hey Mama” a listen below and check out Minaj’s new side.

listen to the track after the jump

nicki-minaj-only-lyric-video

Since it’s release over the weekend, Nicki Minaj’s “Only” lyric video has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism. The Anti-Defamation League immediately commented on the clip’s imagery, comparing it to that of Nazi propaganda. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the organization explained.

“This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era,” they continued. “The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut.”

Up until now, the 31-year-old femcee has remained silent. Earlier this morning, she sent a series of Tweets talking about the inspiration and concept of the clip, along with issuing an apology.

“The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City. Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish. I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.” – Nicki Minaj via Twitter

The video’s director, Jeff Osborne, doesn’t feel the same way and isn’t remorseful for his work. “First, I’m not apologizing for my work,” he told MySpace, “nor will I dodge the immediate questions. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.” Read the full statement below.

read the director’s statement and watch the lyric vid after the jump

2014 MTV VMAs: The Winners & Performances

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2014-mtv-ema-performances

The MTV Europe Music Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend over in Glasgow. It was the first time the EMAs were held in Scotland since 2003. Nicki Minaj hosted the festivities. As part of her duties, she gave a killer medley performance and a mini fashion show with all her wardrobe changes. The 31-year-old femcee also took home a statue, winning Best Hip Hop, beating out rival Iggy Azalea.

However, the big winner of the night was One Direction. The boy band took home three awards – Best Pop, Best Live, and Biggest Fans. Other multiple winners were Katy Perry and Ariana Grande. The latter took home the prize for Best Female for the first time and most likely not her last. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber took home Best Male honors for the fifth year. Ozzy Osbourne was this year’s Global Icon recipient.

Check out all the winners below, and some of the performances by Kiesza, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and more. Calvin Harris was slated to take the stage but backed out last minute. Thankfully, U2 saved the day and filled in.

check out the winners and some of the performances after the jump

nicki-minaj-mtv-emas

Nicki Minaj cleans up quite nicely I have to say. The 31-year-old rapper almost looks ladylike in a promo for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. Definitely a far cry from her booty-popping album cover artwork and “Anaconda” music video. MTV predicts she’ll slay hosting the annual event. I’m cautiously optimistic myself :)

In addition to being master of ceremonies, Nicki will take to the stage to deliver what will undoubtedly be a watercooler performance. Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran and Kiesza will also take to the stage.

The 2014 MTV EMAs will air on November 9, live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Check out the cute promo below. Be prepared to bow down bitches!!!

watch the clip after the jump

beyonce-flawless-remix-video

If you caught Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Tour special on HBO, chances are you’ve already watched this. For all you others, here’s your chance. During the taping, Nicki Minaj made a surprise appearance, putting the Parisian crowd in a tizzy. The “Anaconda” rapper delivered her signature lyrical swagger for a remix for “Flawless.”

Normally, I’m not a fan of concert footage being passed off as an official song video, but since it’s Queen B and Nicki, I’ll make an exception. Check out all the flawlessness below. Don’t get it twisted though. I highly doubt either of these ladies #wokeuplikethis ;)

watch music video after the jump

cell-block-django

Holy lookalike Batman. While the stand-ins for Beyonce, NeNe Leakes, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are a little busted up, the Mariah Carey impersonator is on point. Honestly at times, I thought I was looking at the real Mimi. I guarantee you will to. An impeccable job in casting indeed.

Todrick Hall previously filmed a Chicago parody featuring famed Disney characters performing “Cell Block Tango.” He once again looks to the musical for inspiration. But this time with a little Orange Is The New Black spice with Leakes as the HWIC (head warden in charge).

Watch the ladies explain what they exactly did to get them locked up. Here’s a little hint with Mariah’s crime. It has something to do with Ariana Grande’s ponytail. The Carey bit is the best, along with the Beyonce and Solange parts. Hall has another viral hit on his hands. Definitely check out “Cell Black Django” below.

watch the epicness after the jump

she-came-to-give-it-to-you-video

Usher must be clearly talking about a different ‘she’ because while he’s dancing up a storm at the club, Nicki Minaj is walking around at some random electronics shop. Couldn’t they have filmed at least one scene together in the same room. Pharrell Williams, who produced the track, even makes a cameo in the Philip Andelman-directed visual.

In Minaj’s defense, I suppose she’s one busy lady these days. Not only did she recently release her “Anaconda” video but she also appears with Ariana Grande in Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” clip.

Watch the “She Came To Give It To You” video below to see Minaj deliver her verses in the backroom while Ush executes his signature killer dance moves. Not the greatest clip, but I’m still a fan of the track.

watch the clip after the jump

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