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Billboard 2011 Awards Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

After a five-year hiatus, the Billboard Music awards came roaring back. I, myself, haven’t seen it yet as I’ve been out of town, but from what I’ve read it was an amazing show. Due to low ratings, the magazine took a break from producing a telecast show. They still gave out their yearly awards, just not in a grand public manner. Since it was a dawn of a new era, the show bumped up their normal Fall broadcast to a Spring date. Thus creating a perfect platform to promote upcoming concerts, movies, CDs and other projects. Plus with the warmer weather, it gave the ladies a chance to show off more skin in revealing outfits. I’ve picked a few of my favorite and not-so-favorite looks from the red carpet. Check them out below and be sure to cast your votes.

Destiny’s Child Fashion Smackdown

Beyonce was on hand to receive Billboard’s first ever Millennium Award. In other words, let’s create a brand new award so Beyonce can show up and pimp out her new projects. Her former band mates may have been there to support her, but both Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams stole the show with their red carpet looks. Rowland looked sexy in a tight hot pink body-hugging dress, while Williams put her spin on the little black dress. Backup no more. WERK, ladies.

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Here’s a music video post to break up the R&B divas I’ve been writing a lot of as of late. I’m a lover of all music, including country music much to the dismay of some of my friends. Country’s reigning crossover princess Taylor Swift is doing an “It Gets Better” theme for her third music video from her latest album. “Mean” is aimed at kids suffering from bullying and the track is hoping to instill self-empowerment to those who are most susceptible. Bullying-themed songs seem to be a latest musical fad aren’t they?

For her country ballad’s music video, she show a series of vignettes showcasing various acts of bullying. Whether it’s a shunned ballerina, a gay boy picked on by jocks or Taylor herself playing a damsel in distress tied up on a railway track. Yeah, I don’t get it either. I figured it was just a way to dress Taylor up as a pretty flapper. Mission accomplished. Also, why does the gay boy always have to grow up as a designer? Why can’t he be a cool computer programmer? Haha.

I love “Mean” and glad that Taylor finally released another visual off her multi-platinum selling album. Can you believe, it’s inching towards the five million mark worldwide? Way to go, Taylor. No doubt, her latest music video will help her album rack up even more sales. The bluegrass bango-sounding single certainly gives Taylor her most country’ish single in a while. Check out the music video below.

watch Taylor’s latest after the jump

2011 MET Ball: Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion

Starlets, models, divas, and legends all brought their fashion A-game to last night’s 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City. The night celebrated the unveiling of the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the museum. Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was on hand to honor the work of the late designer and unveiled the exhibit. It was the biggest night of the fashion calender.

With all these ladies fighting it out for top fashion honors, you knew there were would be as many hits as there would be misses. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint on either fronts. Check out a few of the ladies who looked stunning and those who stunned, and not for a good reason.

Gossip Girl Stars (above)

Leighton Meester: Louis Vuitton
Blake Lively: Chanel
Jessica Szohr: Topshop

Normally Blake doesn’t disappoint, but this was not good. It didn’t compliment her banging body. Jessica looked a little too clubby for a gala. Loved Leighton’s dress and shoes, but not together. As a whole, the Upper East Siders didn’t fare so well.

view more best and worst dressed stars after the jump

In an extravagant ceremony hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, and between two venues on the Las Vegas strip, country music showed the world they are proud and ready to party. The more chill of the country music award shows, tonight offered a very wide variety of mashed up performances featuring some today’s hottest country acts mixed with rockers, pop stars and the like.

What was also random about last night’s party was the list of guests and presenters that had little or nothing to do with country music. Presenters like Chase Crawford from Gossip Girl and Nancy O’Dell and Robert Pattinson. But the night was truly about the country music with some memorable performances taking place throughout the night from both Mandalay and the MGM. Brad Paisley performed with group Alabama and Carrie Underwood took to the stage to sing her hit Undo It with new Idol judge Steven Tyler. After a bunch of top notch country performances and big winners (mostly Miranda Lambert who seemed to clean house), we were treated to a performance from Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna. An odd pairing, I know.

The night ended off with three of the top spot awards: Male Vocalist of the Year which Marg Helgenburger of CSI presented, Female Vocalist of the Year which was given out by new co-stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon and rounding off the Entertainer of the Year award was none other than camera hog, Ryan Seacrest. All of this with filler performances from host Reba herself and a Zac Brown Band/James Taylor doing a little Colder Weather. Overall, an entertaining show with lots of music to to fill your ears and random moments to keep it interesting.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Lady Gaga & Taylor Swift Get Mashed

In: Music, Patrick, Videos

Superstar blondies, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift songs had been mashed together by DJ Mashup and one superfan (TraceyRemix) took it upon herself to create this amazing video to complement “Alejandro’s Song“. There are mashup videos, and there there’s this video where they are actually blended together seamlessly to look like the two were in each others videos. It’s so well done!

Through the amazing editing, we see the two singing together on stage, chatting on the phone, snuggling on the couch, and much more throughout the video. Check it out!

Watch the video after the jump…

A Bodyguard Remake? Sacrilegious!!!

In: Donovan, Movies

Oh, HELL to the NO! Whitney Houston thought crack was whack. I wonder what our sweaty lipped queen has to say about this. Warner Bros. is remaking its 1992 hit, “The Bodyguard” originally starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston who made her film debut. Even though the film earned six Razzie nominations, the film raked in over $420 million worldwide. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the studio is making this a priority project.

Reportedly, the remake will follow the original script but with a few changes to make it more contemporary. Instead of a Secret Service agent, Costner’s character will be a former Iraq war veteran who’s first post-military gig is that of protecting a celebrity. Quickly he discovers that modern technology like Twitter, Gawker Stalker and Google Maps has made it easier for stalkers to access celebrities. Thus, making his job even more difficult, especially when you throw in some nookie nookie in there.

In the end, it’s not really the story that made the original a hit. Critics everywhere slammed the movie’s plot and Houston’s wooden acting. What made it a hit, was Whitney’s magical voice and the power ballads. If the studio wants to duplicate its success, casting is key. They need to take a popular female singer and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

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CoverGirl and recent dumpee Taylor Swift premiered her spanking new music video today. Her ballad “Back To December” is the official second single from her 3X platinum selling album, “Speak Now“. December was originally released in October 2010 as a promo single as part of Taylor’s countdown to her new album. Even with no promotion, it peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Insane!!! She sure has some loyal fans.

When Swift announced “Back To December” was her official next single, it re-entered Billboard and peaked at #26 so far. No doubt with the new music video, it has a great chance of breaking into the Top 10 once again. The Nathan Chapman-produced ballad is reportedly about Taylor Swift’s regret regarding her breakup with ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner.

watch the music video after the jump

Taylor Swift’s CoverGirl Commercial

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Recently split from Jake Gyllenhaal, America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift shows Jakey-poo what he’s missing in her new CoverGirl commercial. Swift joins the ranks of Drew Barrymore & Queen Latifah as the makeup line’s current faces of beauty. Swift introduces “the next generation of beautiful” with CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe line, showing she can swing both Grammy’s and Glamour. “New makeup that ups your beautiful with a light as air feel!”

Covergirl, which recently turned 50, will certainly be tapping into the tween market with Taylor Swift on their team. In the commercial, the 21-year old shines with a glamorous gold gown & fiery red lips. Looking good!

Check out the commercial after the jump…

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