Throughout the night, only a handful of awards were presented during the 57th Grammy Awards. The marathon telecast instead opted to show performances. Some were memorable while others almost put me to sleep. Seriously, I have no idea what Ariana Grande was thinking. She has so many far superior songs than the ballad she chose.
By far, my favorite was Sia’s latest performance of her smash hit “Chandelier.” Maddie was once again on hand to execute some wicked contemporary choreography but this time she was joined by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. I’m still in shock the Aussie singer lost out Best Video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” #robbed
Other highlights came from female veterans. Madonna injected some much needed energy in a night filled with ballads. Say what you will, but the 56-year-old can still deliver a fun pop performance. Meanwhile, Annie Lennox cast a spell on the audience when she joined Hozier. Mary J. Blige did the same when she paired up with Best New Artist Sam Smith on his ubiquitous hit, “Stay With Me.”
Beyonce closed out the show by delivering a soaring gospel number. Instead of being accompanied by women on stage, Bey opted to feature men who have suffered and lived. “I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she revealed. Check out her unforgettable performance below along with the others. Be sure to weigh in on your favorite Grammy performances.
Rihanna premiered the music video for “FourFiveSeconds” yesterday but since we had some technical difficulties, I could only share it with you today. If you’re not a fan of the polarizing song, the moody clip probably won’t win you over.
RiRi rocks a vintage Sean John denim jacket in the black and white clip. She previously explained why she chose the all-American look. “Denim never goes out of style. It’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles,” she shared.
Meanwhile Paul McCartney strums his acoustic guitar in several scenes while Kanye West does what Kanye West does best… overacts and gets dramatic.
The best parts of the Inez and Vinoodh-directed clip are when the three appear on the screen together. If they were wearing Gap clothing, this could easily pass for an ad campaign for the brand. Check out the video below.
This shoot must’ve felt really weird for Rihanna. She’s typically not wearing this much clothing. Am I right or am I right?
“In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world,” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing in WWD. “When the woman that inspires you wears your creations, your vision feels complete.”
The “Diamonds” singer makes her debut as Balmain’s latest celebrity ambassador in the first batch of photos for their Spring 2014 ad campaign. RiRi channels 90s realness with her curly bob while wearing a leather jumpsuit, super sexy houndstooth suit, gold chain link top and pink kimono-like robe. Frequent Lady Gaga photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin snapped the visuals.
I have to say, I’m liking this curly coif and subtle natural-looking makeup on Rihanna. Haute couture really suits her. Let’s face it, love Rihanna, but she can sometimes look a little trashy. Check out more images below.
If Rihanna is the person you turn to for some psychoanalysis, I think it’s time for a wake-up call. Love me some RiRi but I can’t think of any topic I’d seriously take advice about. Perhaps boxing lessons ;) I kid (obviously).
Even without a music video, Eminem’s latest collaboration with the Bajan beauty sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Personally, it’s not my favorite, but clearly I’m in the minority. “The Monster” recently gave Rihanna her 13th chart-topper (my least favorite by far), tying her with Michael Jackson. The single also earned Slim Shady a Billboard record of his own. When it entered the charts, the Detroit rapper became the first artist since The Beatles to have four simultaneous songs in the Top 20.
In the Rich Lee-directed clip, Mr. Eight Mile plays a mental patient being observed by Rihanna. As he sits back wearing a straight jacket, flashbacks of career highlights and lowlights play out on a television. One of those snippets is his Grammy performance with Elton John. Is this his subtle way of apologizing for some hateful speech in “Rap God?” Watch the dark and moody clip below and decide for yourself.
I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.
In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.
Believe it or not, Rihanna just notched her 13th chart-topper. With her collaboration with Eminem on “The Monster,” the Bajan singer now ties Michael Jackson on the all-time list. Insane, right? Personally, singing just the hook on predominantly rap songs seems like cheating, but if it’s okay with Billboard, it’s fine with me. Even if you take away her rap collabos, she still has ten chart-toppers which is still quite impressive given her age.
Prior to placing third with MJ on the all-time list, she previously was in a three-way tie with Madonna and the Supremes for the fourth-most. Holding the record for most No. 1′s in Billboard’s 54-year history are The Beatles with 20 chart leaders. Mariah Carey with 18 is in the runner-up slot.
While Rihanna doesn’t sell as many albums as a few of her compatriots, there is no denying she’s a hit-making machine. Rihanna is definitely the poster child of today’s music landscape. With digital downloads making singles both affordable and easy to purchase, it’s all about singles these days and not so much about the album. All you need is a couple of hit singles and fill up the rest of the album with filler.
Very few artists these days carefully put out well-thought albums with great concepts and attention to the fluidity from track to track. Enough of me sounding like an old man reminiscing about the good old days, let’s check out all of Rihanna’s chart toppers. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see my ranking of all her hits.
Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.
The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?
Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!
The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.
With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.
On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.