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Check Out The 2012 Grammy Nods

In: Music, Tyrell

Last night, the Grammy’s held their Nominations Concert Live!! filled with performances from some of the year’s hottest acts. Among the showstopping numbers, the nominees were announced for the upcoming show taking place on February 12.

This year vying for the coveted Album of the Year are those pictured above: Adele, The Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. Am I crazy? Why isn’t Katy Perry on the list? Remember how she is breaking all kinds of records with Teenage Dream? (Thanks to reader Mitchell for informing me that it was nominated last year and lost.) Regardless, the nods in this category are pretty solid, but I think that Adele will take the trophy home in my opinion.

Another artist notably snubbed in all categories is Beyoncé who’s 4 didn’t even make the grade. However, her album version of Party is nominated and her I Am… World Tour received a nod for Best Long Form Music Video. Check out all the nominees in a list below.

Check out the Grammy nominees after the jump.

Victoria’s Secret Angels Deliver Heavenly Ratings

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Last night’s titillating “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” gave CBS executives a collective stiffy this morning. Naturally, you’d think it was due to the skimpy outfits the VS Angels wore down the glittered runway. Alas, I’m sure that partly helped, but execs love high ratings more than scantily-clad Glamazons. The Angels delivered in a big way. Not sure if Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj or Kanye West helped to inflate those numbers or if people were just in the mood for some T&A. Whatever the reason, I’m just glad that next year’s telecast is now a sure thing. If you haven’t checked out the recap of my 15 favorite outfits from the special, click here and do it now.

Typically, we don’t report on overnight Neilsen ratings, but I had to share this since I’m a huge fan of the yearly extravaganza. The annual event scored its best ratings since 2002. The hour-long show garnered a strong 4.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and attracted 10.3 million viewers. That number represents a whopping 35% leap from last year’s telecast. The show handily crushed everything last night and won the evening. CBS often wins the ratings war with regards to overall viewers but rarely wins the 18-49 demo. Last night, the network showed advertisers they too, can be young and hip.

see how other shows fared last night

For some, Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Holiday season, while others begin their fa la la’ing on December 1st. Not me. Nothing revs up my engine for the festive season like the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This is how I like to ring in the holidays. Yuppers, I’m that kind of gay. You would be too, if you watched the yearly specials.

Everything you’ve come to expect from the annual extravaganza was on hand. From campy themes, sexy women, high-wattage musical performances and Swarovski crystals by the crate, all were in order to stage an unforgettable show. This year’s production held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City cost a reported $12 million to stage. YOWZA, that’s a lot of panties and bras. What’s the markup on Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie? Papa needs to look into if they sell franchises.

Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman along with a bevy of other beauties showed off their toned bodies in six creatively themed segments. Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Kanye West provided stand out performances for the girls to strut to. That being said, I much prefer it when the girls sashay down to custom mashups instead of the live music. It should be all about the models and outfits, instead of the musical acts. They have enough televised opportunities to show of their vocal abilities.

check out my 15 favorites after the jump

Tonight, the American Music Awards took over ABC with an evening full of honors and performances that were bound to knock the socks off of all of us. The show kickstarted with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. While Nicki missed her notes on the first line of her song, she quickly recovered and continued to rock the house. She moved into Superbass where she was joined by two men on stilts who shot cryo guns. Not my favorite performance of the night but definitely a good way to start the show.

Queen Latifah got everyone ready for the night by introducing the first award which was only a catalyst for the many performances the night would see. From Justin Bieber’s illuminating Christmas track to Chris Brown’s high tech and visually stunning number, my all time favorite performance of the night goes to Jennifer Lopez who worked it out with a little help from FIAT. However, whoever locked the car door is definitely fired. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the performance below).

The awards didn’t go without their drama either especially when it comes to Artist of the Year. Donovan predicted that Katy Perry would take home the trophy even though Adele had a rocking album with 21. The winner may shock you. But, I won’t reveal any spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet. So, check out all the winners and re-watch all the performances below.

Check out all the performances and the winners after the jump.

Nicki & Ricky Team Up For New Viva Glam Campaign

In: Donovan, Fashion

Over the summer, MAC Cosmetics revealed that Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin would be the new faces for their VIVA GLAM ad campaign. The duo took over the reins from the Fame Monster herself, Lady Gaga. Martin becomes the third male to represent the brand following Elton John (2001) and Boy George (2004). Minaj on her part was brought on board after her limited release Pink Friday lipstick became an instant bestseller. The lipstick was sold for $14 during its initial sale, but can now be found on eBay for as much as $79.

With Martin’s recent coming out and impending wedding, and Minaj’s proven track record with the company, the decision to bring them on board to raise money for the company’s MAC AIDS Fund was a no-brainer. The foundation uses the monies raised to help with prevention, treatment and education of HIV and AIDS. Since the charity’s launch in 1994, an astonishing $224 million has been raised. No doubt, with Nicki and Ricky on board, that total will only rise.

MAC unveiled their first promo picture featuring their two new celebrity endorsers today. Shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle, the visual shows Minaj looking like an urban Harajuku Barbie on all fours riding a motorcycle, while Ricky Martin holds up a giant lipstick. Can’t get any butchier than that. LOL. The $14 lipsticks dubbed Viva Glam Ricky and Viva Glam Nicki will go on sale in February with 100% of the proceeds going to fight HIV and AIDS.

watch Nicki’s other cosmetics endorsement after the jump

Versace for H&M Event and Fashion Show

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd

Last Wednesday, the Versace for H&M collection was launched at a celebrity packed event in New York!

Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Alexander Wang, Linda Evangelista, Emma Roberts, Uma Thurman and Ke$ha joined Donatella Versace at the specially designed building on the Hudson River in New York.

Over 500 specially invited guests entered the world of Versace already on the red carpet. At the specially designed building on the Hudson River, Donatella Versace was joined by Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Alexander Wang, Linda Evangelista, Emma Roberts, Uma Thurman, Chace Crawford and many many others. The Versace for H&M collection was shown on the catwalk alongside with some iconic pieces created just for this exclusive show. A second scene in this fabulous venue was entered by Prince and Nicki Minaj who gave an exclusive concert. A glamorous after-party followed in true Versace style for hours…

Here is the official news film with all the exclusive interviews from the red carpet, the catwalk, the concert (Prince and Nicki Minaj) as well as the after party!

The collection just hit Canada and I’m loving the slim-fit trousers and suit jackets… Check them out!

Check out some of the video highlights after the jump.

Madonna is back bitches. A while back, Patrick informed us all that Madge was working on some new music and now, we are being treated to a full listen of Madonna’s upcoming single. The latest leak is for the song Gimme All Your Love and it truly is a throw back to Madonna’s older sound which I LOVE! A big what up to Martin Solveig for doing what he does best. The lyrics ring out:

Give me all your love and give me your love
Give me all your love today
Give me all your love and give me your love
Let’s forget about time
And dance our lives away

In actuality, we won’t hear the track in it’s entirety until Madonna hits the stage at the Super Bowl on February 5 alongside Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. We’ve also been told that Madonna will debut a total of 5 new songs from her upcoming album during the performance. Color me excited! Listen to Gimme All Your Love below.

Preview “Gimme All Your Love” after the jump.

Ever since Madonna started recording her twelfth album, there the rumor mill has been spinning. A couple things have been confirmed though. One being (which you may have already heard) Madonna performing during the Superbowl have time show early next year. Now, new details have been released by Madonnarama about what she’ll be performing and with who.

The lead single off of her album is said to be called “Give Me All Your Love,” featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA. The latest is that Madonna will be performing this song with the other two ladies at the Superbowl. Apparently nine of her tracks are complete, but who knows if that’s true or not. The album is set to be released in the spring of 2012 and it’s supposed to have a pop/dance vibe. Love it! My favorite album by far is Confessions on a Dancefloor. This album is being produced by produced by William Orbit. He has worked with Madonna on Ray of Light and will also have the work of DJ Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi.

In other related Madonna business, have you ever heard these 10 guys from an a capella group called “Straight No Chaser“? They’ve tackled Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” and sing it so beautifully! They’ll be touring Canada in 2012. Check out this video of their live performance in Atlantic City, NJ. So good!

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