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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

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Is Taylor Swift clairvoyant or something? During last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show performance, the 24-year-old singer joined Fall Out Boy wearing a Union Jack-inspired outfit. Did she already know that the annual event would be holding the 2014 extravaganza in London? Based on the fact she’s once again booked for the show, conspiracy theorists would tend to think so.

At this point, Swift might as well become an honorary VS Angel given her back-to-back performances and close friendships with supermodels Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge. Find out who else is on tap to hit the stage at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show below.

see who else is performing at the show after the jump

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If Hollywood ever decides to film a prequel to Gone Girl, producers should consider Taylor Swift as a viable choice to play a young Rosamund Pike. The 24-year-old singer delivers bat sh*t crazy equally as convincing as the film’s psychotic female lead.

Since it’s release this week, several enterprising individuals have re-edited the Joseph Khan directed video into a horror film. While Swift’s clip is meant to poke fun at the public’s perception of her as a crazy lovesick woman, in these reimaginings, she’s an actual psychopath. Watch out Freddy Krueger, you’ve got some competition.

With the video’s exquisite production and cinematography, “Blank Space” could easily pass as an upcoming blockbuster. Check out a couple of my favorites below.

watch the hilarious edit after the jump

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In honor of his new film The Imitation Game, MTV challenged Benedict Cumberbatch to imitate as many celebrities as he could within a 60-second time frame. How many did he whip up? The answer is eleven. But how many of them were decent? I’d say about 7-8. His Taylor Swift needs some work, but his Alan Rickman is bang on. It’s absolutely perfect.

The 38-year-old actor tries his best copying the voices and mannerisms of the likes of John Malkovich, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Dark Knight Rises villain Bane, Matthew McConaughey and the aforementioned Swift and Rickman. Check out the video below and share your thoughts on his attempts.

watch the clip after the jump

taylor-swift-blank-space-video

We all go a little mad sometimes and in this case, Taylor Swift goes a lot mad. Think an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson in The Shining. The 24-year-old singer gets a little obsessed and unhinged over her love interest, played by male supermodel Sean O’Pry. The music video for “Blank Space” lampoons the public’s perception about Swift’s dating life. Good on her for spoofing herself.

Like most of her high-profile romances, this one starts off idyllic with everything coming up roses. Before you know it, she’s gets jealous crazy and knifes a painting and smashes his car with a golf club among things. As the lyrics state, “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” No truer words have been said.

Check out the wildly entertaining clip directed by Joseph Khan below. I have to say, I quite like it. Seeing Taylor going all nuclear is actually fun to watch. Now, we know how John Mayer, Harry Styles, Joe Jonas etc all feel ;)

watch clip after the jump

taylor-swift-1989

The numbers are in… and they’re huge. Taylor Swift moved a whopping 1.287 million copies of 1989 during its first week. Swift’s fifth studio album easily topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and netted the largest sales week for an album since 2002. It’s also her career best, passing Red‘s total of 1.208 million

1989 is the 24-year-old’s fourth No. 1 album, following Red (in 2012), Speak Now (2010) and Fearless (2008). Before the final numbers were tallied, there was some speculation she could pass Britney Spears’ 1.319 million bow of Oops!… I Did It Again in 2000. Had she done so, she would’ve set the record for highest first-week album sales tally by a female artist. It’s quite impressive she came close given declining numbers for album sales these days.

Taylor did however score a record of her own. She becomes the only act to earn three, million-selling opening weeks for an album. Both Red and Speak Now notched million plus opening frames with 1.208 million and 1.047 million respectively. It’s clear, Swifties remained loyal to their queen despite going full pop.

check out more facts courtesy of Billboard after the jump

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As she infamously sang previously, “A diva is a female version of a hustler,” and hustle she did. Beyonce worked her ass off last year and it paid off. She tops Forbes annual list of the Top Earning Women In Music. She takes over Madonna who earned Forbes’ honor last year with $125 million. Surprisingly, Madge didn’t make the Top 10 cut on this year’s list.

With Queen Bey’s multi-platinum surprise album, successful solo and joint tour which consisted of 95 concerts, along with lucrative endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi, she raked in a whopping $115 million over the past 12 months. Her most successful year to date. The 33-year-old mogul generated almost doubled what the runner-up earned. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

15 Songs That Changed Country Music

In: Donovan, Music
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Some of you might be surprised to know I love my country music. Especially hits from yesteryear. Who doesn’t love an old school Dolly Parton number, right?

After Dancing With The Stars, ABC aired a special hosted by Robin Roberts leading up to the network’s telecast of the Country Music Awards. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music spanned decades, highlighting some beloved classics and a couple of relatively modern smashes. Surprisingly, Taylor Swift made the cut, alongside Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Martina McBride. You might be surprised to learn which song took the top spot.

During the countdown, several of today’s biggest country acts honored the country music legends who have shaped their careers by covering their hits. Lady Antebellum performed the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers mega-hit, “Islands in the Stream.” Hunter Hayes performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Kacey Musgraves performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Martina McBride sang the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man.” Check them all out below, along with the Top 15 Songs That Changed Country Music.

check out the Top 15 after the jump

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