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2014-grindr-awards

They’re not exactly the Golden Globes or Oscars, but the Grindr ‘Best of Awards’ are entertainingly fun in their own right. The gays have to give their two cents as well during this hectic awards season.

For the third year in a row, the leading all-male geo-social networking app, surveyed its extensive user base to determine this year’s winners. When they weren’t looking for their next hookup, users weighed in on everything from their favorite song, television show and movie, to the gay icon of the year and the hottest trends.

“For three years now, we’ve released our Grindr ‘Best of Awards’ and it’s gratifying to celebrate the influence and progress of gay culture in mainstream media,” said Grindr founder and CEO Joel Simkhai. “This year, we continue to see more artists and notable figures come out, and more variety and complexity of gay characters in roles across TV and film. It’s always fascinating to poll our Grindr guys on the biggest highlights of the year and it looks like 2014 was a good year for Hillary Clinton, Nick Jonas and Zac Efron – all making our list for the first time ever.”

Check out all their picks below, along with a few predictions for the upcoming year including next celebrity to come out and biggest celebrity train wreck.

check out all the winners after the jump

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I’ll most likely never forgive Ryan Seacrest for unleashing Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its multiple spinoffs upon us. Can you? However, his latest project has piqued my interest.

ABC Family has ordered a straight-to-series documentary from the 39-year-old’s production company. My Transparent Life follows a teenage boy named Ben who just learns that his parents are not only divorcing, but that his father is going through a gender transition from Charlie to Carly. The series will explore how the decision from the family’s patriarch affects his family during this emotional time.

“ABC Family is best known for its complex, loving and relatable family programming, and we are so proud to partner with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben’s incredible real-life story,” said ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim. “While Ben’s family situation is unusual, the themes and coming-of-age issues are universal, and we think our viewers will find a real connection to them.”

I have to applaud ABC Family for consistently airing thought-provoking programs that open the minds of their young viewers. Read what Ryan has to say about his new program below.

learn what Ryan has to say after the jump

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Two months after debuting her comeback single, Fergie has finally dropped the music video for “L.A. Love (La La).” Was it worth the wait? Truthfully, as colorful and star-studded as it is, it’s pretty basic IMHO.

Fergie hits several Los Angeles hot spots in a colorful festive float with some familiar faces in tow. It appears everyone and their mother came out to show the Dutchess some love.

A few of the folks making a cameo include will.i.am, Ryan Seacrest, Wilmer Valderrama, Kelly Osbourne, DJ Mustard, J-Pop princess Koda Kumi and Hilary Swank to name a few. Random bunch, right? Especially Swank. Who knew Fergie Ferg and the Million Dollar Baby actress were such good friends.

Hopefully for Fergie’s sake, the clip helps boost the single on the charts. So far its performance has been lackluster at best, peaking so far only at No. 63. Check out the clip below.

watch the video after the jump

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DoSomething.org just released their annual Top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” and once again Taylor Swift is apparently the most giving celebrity in Hollywood. She topped last year’s list with her record $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum- the largest sum ever given to the country organization. This year, the nonprofit cites Swift’s recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless youth, a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony which she gave on her 24th birthday as some of her do-gooding work. Not to discredit Taylor’s goodwill, but once again I’m surprised she’s the numero uno charitable celebrity out there. Right?

With their volunteer work in Ghana for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and donation to cancer research, the boys of One Direction also made the list this year. Chime for Change and Goodwill activist Beyoncé, Reach Out Worldwide founder Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top 5.

The most surprising thing about this year’s list is the absence of some individuals who made the Top 5 last year but are nowhere to be found in the Top 20. Channing Tatum and Lady Gaga, according to DoSomething.org, aren’t as charitable this year. I’m really curious to know how the nonprofit tabulates their results. Check out the rest of the list below.

check out the list after the jump

The auditions for American Idol Season 13 begin today in Boston. It’s only fitting FOX officially unveil its latest judging panel line-up. Question is… can they save the show?

Initially, music producer Dr. Luke was to fill the third slot, but due to a professional conflict of interest, he had to step down. This sent the show’s producers into a panic trying to find a last-minute replacement. Enter Harry Connick, Jr. Personally, I’m not sure why it took this long to bring him on board. He’s always been a great mentor and never been afraid to mince words with the other judges, but not in a Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj uncomfortable way.

Connick Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the panel. Lopez makes a return after a season break, while Urban is the only returning member from last year’s lineup. Randy Jackson also returns, but in a mentor role. He takes over for a departing Jimmy Iovine. Just when I thought I was finally rid of Jackson, he returns. I just hope Idol doesn’t dedicate too much time for his input. I’m so over him. Check out what everyone, including Ryan Seacrest have to say about the upcoming season below.

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This morning, Chris Brown stopped by Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show for an interview about his music and of course all of the things that have happened in his personal life over the past few years.

They first talk about his music and how he has a new album coming out called X, the roman numeral for ten which is how many years he’s now been in the business (he’s only 24 years old right now). X is also the 24th letter in the alphabet and he also has an X tattoo so it all has meaning to him. Brown will be releasing a new single on April 1 called “Fine China” and also worked with Jennifer Lopez on some music (I think both for his album as well as for hers).

The meaty part of the interview is how he handles the questions about what happened with Rihanna and the downward spiral after that. He was also asked how he responds to fans that say, “I like his music but I can’t like him anymore.” He was also asked “What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned going through that hard time?

I have to say that this is the best interview he has ever done and really seems to get how people perceive him and really accepts responsibility for everything he did, how he acted and what was at stake. He doesn’t make any excuses for what he did and really seems to have changed. Listen to the interview below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Listen to the interview after the jump…

Say what you will about American Idol’s relevancy but no other show has produced such a roster of bona fide music superstars. Just watch the first few minutes of the 12th season premiere and you’ll see exactly this in black and white (or should I say in color). Last year’s winner, Phillip Phillips, further punctuates the show’s ability to create stars. His coronation song sold over 3,000,000 million downloads. I’m sure that number is bigger than any of the winners from any other talent show around. Sure, the ratings aren’t nowhere near what they used to be, but it still trounced both The Voice and The X Factor last season. Whether that remains true this season, we’ll have to wait til May. I’m still a fan even though it’s lost its watercooler buzz and has a bunch of haters. I’ll be forever grateful for introducing me to the goddess that is Kelly Clarkson.

The biggest questions going into the new season was how the show was going to handle two bigger-than-life diva attitudes, exactly what Nigel Lythgoe is going to air from that infamous yelling match between the ladies and if it was all real or just drummed up for publicity. Based on last night’s episode, I’d say these ladies truly do not get along. From the slight digs, eye-rolling, and British-off (you have to see it, to believe it), Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj definitely aren’t each other’s in case of emergency contacts. Meanwhile, poor Keith Urban was stuck in the middle. There’s no way in hell he’s getting compensated nearly enough to deal with this headache.

Overall though, individually, they did well with their first outing as judges. Mariah seemed genuinely interested in finding true talent. Because she’s not that great of an actress: Exhibit A Glitter. From the looks of it, she’s taking her new role seriously. Given that she’s known for her divas ways, she was always respectful and friendly to all the contestants. Once Nicki toned down her serious hate for Mariah, she came off playful and fun. The “Superbass” rapper is much more likable when she’s not sparring with Mimi. Keith offered very well-thought out comments and was the voice of reason in this circus. Hopefully, all three continue to get more comfortable with their role as judges and don’t become the next Britney Spears and regurgitate a handful of preplanned critiques. Without further ado, check out my favorite moments from American Idol Season 12′s first episode below.

check out my favorite auditions from New York after the jump

Making Over American Idol (Again)

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We’re less than two weeks away from the 12th Season of American Idol and I cannot wait. Sure, I’m a little drained from following both The X Factor and The Voice this Fall, but it’s Idol- the granddaddy of them all. It does after all have a track record of making viable artists in the industry. Say what you will, but Phillip Phillips’ “Home” was a huge success and the best-selling coronation song to date. Impressive given that the show is in its second decade.

Even with all that, I have to admit I’m also tuning in to check out Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s chemistry during the auditions. I wonder if Nigel Lythgoe will air their infamous diva-off. Don’t let me down Lythgoe. Don’t let me down!!!. Even without the Minaj factor, Mariah is worth tuning in (IMHO) alone. Arguably, she’s the most accomplished singer to ever judge one of these talent shows.

The “Hero” singer along with Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Minaj grace the cover of the latest issue of the Hollywood Reporter. Inside the issue the newbies discuss their experience. The producers also reveal what they have in store for the 12th season. Overall, it’s a pretty good piece. Check out a few quotes below along with the cover.

Mariah Carey On Joining Idol

“I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. [Husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’”

check out the cover after the jump

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