The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took place over the weekend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event honors the best artists and biggest songs from the past year in several categories.
Taking home the big prize was Taylor Swift. She beat out the likes of Luke Bryan, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith for “Artist of the Year.” The 25-year-old entertainer also snagged “Song of the Year” and “Best Lyrics” for “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” respectively.
In addition to the expected categories, there were a few interesting out-of-the-box ones as well including “Best Fan Army” and “Renegade” awards. Justin Timberlake was bestowed the iHeartRadio “Innovator Award,” following in Pharrell’s footsteps who was last year’s inaugural winner.
Among those to hit the stage were Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Rihanna and Sam Smith to name a few. Taylor Swift surprised the audience when she joined Madonna for “Ghosttown.” Check out the performances below.
Madonna has the distinction of gracing more Rolling Stone covers than any other female. With so many under her belt, some repetition was bound to happen.
For her latest cover, the 56-year-old poses for a close up rocking a sexy red lip. The visual is very reminiscent of her Marilyn Monroe-inspired cover in the 90s. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Inside the issue, Madge gets fiery and introspective. One of the topics she discusses is ageism in pop culture. Recently, the “Living For Love” singer felt the sting of that when a radio station in the UK banned her for being ‘irrelevant and old‘ for its teenage listeners. OUCH!!!
Madonna also reveals her real feelings about Lady Gaga, her marriage to Guy Ritchie, her relationship with Judaism, her assessment of Kanye West, calling him a ‘brilliant madman‘ and Taylor Swift. Check out some quotes below.
“She has an opinion, and she’s going against the norm. So in that respect, she is similar to me, yeah. And also, people just want to give her a hard time all the time because they think she’s a goody-two-shoes, so of course I want to embrace her.”
Back in October when Taylor Swift promoted the release of her new album 1989, she revealed “Style” was her ‘secret favorite.’ When I first heard her LP, the Max Martin and Shellback-produced track immediately jumped out as a potential hit. I’m glad Swift’s camp chose it as the official third single. It’s one, if not, my favorite.
There’s not much of a narrative to the Kyle Newman-directed clip. Just close-up images of the 25-year-old moving around slowly as images are projected onto her silhouette. The hazy quality of the clip gives it a very ethereal vibe.
As far as her love interest this time, she’s picked another cutie- English actor Dominic Sherwood. Fitting choice given the song is reportedly inspired by Taylor’s brief fling with Brit Harry Styles. Sherwood is best known for appearing in Vampire Academy and being romantically linked to Modern Family actress, Sarah Hyland. Check out Tay’s stylishly moody visual below.
Charli XCX recently dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to promote her latest single “Doing It.” As required by any artist appearing on the show, a song cover is part of the set list.
Surprisingly, the 22-year-old English singer chose the super saccharine “Shake It Off.” Her punk-tinged rendition gives the peppy pop smash new life. The reinterpretation works quite well with Charli’s shout-y cheerleader-like yells.
If you’re not a fan of Swift’s sugary original, definitely give this new version a listen.
The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one of my favorite events of the year. No lie. I look forward to it like a child does Christmas Day. This year, I finally got an in to check out the event but prior obligations prevented me from flying out to New York City. Oh well, maybe next year.
CBS doesn’t air the fashion show until December 10, but the extravaganza was held last night at the Lexington Avenue Armory. Fashion TV was on hand to film a sneak preview of the Angels strutting the runway with their elaborate oversized wings. In addition, they give a sneak peek at performances by Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and Taylor Swift. The latter even sashayed along with the models. Stick to your day job TayTay. Watch the video below.
The last time Taylor Swift contributed to a movie soundtrack she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her efforts. Will lightning strike twice with her latest foray into cinema? Probably not, but it’s surprisingly a catchy fun jaunt.
One Chance depicts the rags to riches story of Paul Potts. The Carphone Warehouse store manager stunned Simon Cowell and the UK with his amazing operatic voice. With his dodgy teeth and quiet demeanor, no one expected such talent. Potts ended up winning the inaugural season of Britain’s Got Talent. The Devil Wears Prada director David Frenkel helms the project with Tony winner James Corden stepping in to play Potts.
Swift teams up with fun’s guitarist Jack Antonoff aka Lena Dunham’s boyfriend for a 80s-inspired poppy synth-infused track. It’s definitely a change from Taylor’s past singles. Perhaps that’s why I like it ;) “Sweeter Than Fiction” will reportedly play during the closing credits of One Chance. Give Taylor’s latest a listen below.
I never thought it was possible, but dare I say it. Jessie J’s vibrato sounds more like a goat than Taylor Swift. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m referring to that awesome fan video where Taylor’s wailing is replaced by a goat. It’s EVERYTHING. My friends and I have spent countless hours laughing our heads at it.
Whether Jessie’s cover was intentional or a playful tongue and cheek bit of shade thrown at T. Swizzle, it’s an entertaining watch. Whatever the reason, I’m glad the “Wild” singer chose it as her mandatory cover during her visit at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Check it out below.
During her four sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Taylor Swift enlisted a few of her famous friends to make appearances. Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara and Cher Lloyd popped up on stage to perform one of their signature hits with the 23-year-old singer.
In a new behind-the-scenes look at her Red concert tour, her duet partners share their thoughts about their experience performing with the “Trouble” singer. Watch the seven-minute long clip below to hear what they say, along with the actual performances.