I’m definitely not the biggest Taylor Swift fan out there (I’m pedestrian at best), but I’m obsessed with “I Knew You Were Trouble.” IMHO, it’s her best song to date, with “You Belong To Me” a very close second. As I often do with songs I’m in lurve with, I waste copious amounts of time searching YouTube for acoustic covers. Lame, right? In my defense, this time my search was initiated by Swift herself.
The 23-year-old singer was impressed so much by one cover, she tweeted it to her fans. British singer-songwriter Tom Odell “floored” (in Taylor’s words) her with his stripped down rendition of her hit song. The 22-year-old Brit really gave the track some angst and oomph during his performance for BBC’s Live Lounge series. The other one I’m sharing today is from one of the child stars of ABC’s hit comedy, Modern Family. Care to make any guesses? Check out both covers below.
At long last, we finally have our first major awards show of what promises to be a lengthy season. The 2013 People’s Choice Awards were handed out last night and as always it was pretty easy to predict. If you saw someone in the audience, chances were they were solely there to pick up their trophy. Why else would they show up, right? The Golden Globes are just a few days away.
While The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift cleaned up with regards to hardware (click here for the full list of winners), each lady placed in different categories on my fashion round-up of the 2013 PCAs. Can you figure out which one landed on my Best Dressed, Worst Dressed and On The Fence list? Keep reading below to see if you figured out my fashion tastes, along with my respective picks in each category. Be sure to leave your comments at the end of the post for your choices for who rocked it out on the red carpet and who bombed. Fashion is highly subjective after all.
I’m not sure how this list was compiled because it seems a little odd. DoSomething.org recently unveiled their annual Top 20 list of “Celebs Gone Good” and Taylor Swift is apparently the most giving in Hollywood. Not to discredit Swift’s generous donations, but is she really the No. 1 charitable celebrity out there? If she is, then the others really need to step up their do-gooding game.
The 23-year-old “Trouble” singer stands atop of the heap due to her $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum which is the largest sum ever donated to the organization. She’s also cited for all tremendous work for young people battling cancer and being the youngest person to ever receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work.
Others making the list include Carrie Underwood, Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck and Miley Cyrus. It’s interesting how Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez rank separately, while Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone and Jay-Z & Beyonce are grouped together. There are definitely a couple of surprises including Ian Somerhalder. Not that he doesn’t strike me as a giving person. It’s just you never hear much about his good deeds. Find out who the runner-up is and the rest of the Top 20 below.
Taylor Swift celebrated her 23rd birthday on Thursday with both a Golden Globe Nomination and a new music video release. “It’s like a golden video birthday. I realized that like five minutes ago when someone told me and now I’m all excited about it,” she told MTV News. “I can’t believe it lined up like that.” The newly released video is for her single, “I Knew You Were Trouble“.
Here’ what Swift told MTV about her new video for “I think that this video is my favorite right now just because I’ve never had a video that was so action-packed, where it’s like ‘Oh my god! They’re fighting, now they’re in a hotel room and now he’s like getting a tattoo, and now like there’s a rave, and then there’s a concert and he’s kissing another girl and there’s all this stuff going on. It’s insane, like he’s driving. How’s he standing up and driving?’ It’s just like fast-moving, just like the song.” She also gave props to her co-star in the video by saying, “And I think the actor who played the guy in the video, Reeve Carney, is like one of the most amazing, talented people I’ve gotten to be around.”
Check out Swift’s new music video below. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs from her highly successful Red album.
What do you get the girl who has everything for her birthday? Easy. Hire a choreographer and enlist three of your friends to writhe around in a dance studio to your friend’s latest hit song. That’s exactly what Selena Gomez did. The Wizards of Waverly Place star executed a tight dance routine for her celeb BFFs 23rd birthday. I fully expect the Homorazzi.com writers to film something like this for my next b-day ;)
I have to say, I almost wish Taylor Swift enlisted Gomez’s choreographer for her newly-released “I Knew You Were Trouble” clip. The dancing in Selena’s music video is impeccably done. Dare I say it, but I’d rather watch the short clip than the heavily produced final product. Check out Selena’s “birthday” music video greeting card below.
Earlier this week, the internet was all abuzz about the fact that Lindsay Lohan had been riding with The Wanted on their tour bus, courtesy of her “good friend,”
Aaron Samuels Max George. Props on her taste, as he’s certainly my most “Wanted” in that band as well. TMZ reported yesterday, “Sources close to Max tell us Lindsay is in Boston with The Wanted for their show tonight — and we’re told she got there riding first class on board the group’s luxury bus … as Max’s guest.”
Meanwhile, in the other direction…the One Direction, People Magazine is reported that Taylor Swift has apparently been seen canoodling with Harry Styles. They’ve been seeing out in public together, and at a recent party, a source told the magazine that “Taylor and Harry [were] being very smoochie. They definitely [looked] like a couple.”
Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.
Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.”
In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.
Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.
Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.
While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.