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2011 American Music Awards: My Predictions

In: Donovan, Music

Beyonce’s song “Run The World (Girls)” may have not been a huge hit, but it has proved prophetic… at least for this year’s American Music Awards. The 2011 AMAs air tonight on ABC and the females certainly are represented. They dominated in the big categories. Four out of the five nominees for the top award, “Artist of the Year“, were all women. For “Best Pop Album“, Gaga, Rihanna and Adele are duking it out without a man in sight.

British songbird Adele lead the field with four nominations. After the year she’s had, she definitely deserves the accolades. Right behind Adele with three nominations a piece were Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. Scoring two nominations each were Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. For the fifth year, winners were determined by online voting. Check out my predictions below and see if you agree. I wonder how many I’ll get right this year.

check out the nominations and my predictions after the jump

Taylor Swift is the next music star to join the wave of celebrities endorsing their own fragrance. She recently announced that she would be releasing her own perfume called Wonderstruck this coming October. If your a fan of Swift, you may recognize the title of the scent. It’s from a line in her song Enchanted. The line goes, “I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home.” That basically sums up the concept for the creation of the fragrance Taylor explains.

“A fragrance can help shape someone’s first impression and memory of you,” Swift says in a press release. “It’s exciting to think that Wonderstruck will play a role in creating some of those memories.”

The perfume should be pretty sweet and fresh with quite the array of notes. It’s being described as the “flawless beauty of freesia, apple blossom and raspberry” with “a sweet surprise of blissful vanilla … airy, sun-drenched honeysuckle and white hibiscus … golden amber and sandalwood … with lush peach.”

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It’s been 20 years since the landmark feminist film, “Thelma & Louise“, hit theaters and became part of pop culture history. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis’ iconic driving scene has been parodied numerous of times over the years. Plus the film gave us a sizzling cameo by a young Brad Pitt. Not only did he seduce Geena Davis, but he turned on many women (and gays) all over the world the minute he showed up on the screen.

The film’s stars who both earned Oscar nominations for their memorable roles, were in Toronto on Tuesday June 7th to attend an event to honor the film. Meanwhile in the United States, two of today’s hottest country stars recreated scenes from the movie. The footage will be part of the CMT Music Awards airing on CMT on Wednesday June 8. Hopefully Taylor Swift and Shania Twain don’t drive their convertible off the cliff.

Reportedly, Swift filmed another segment with Glee’s Chord Overstreet that will also air on the award’s show. For you Twain fans wanting new music, your wish is coming true. She’ll be premiering her new single “Today Is Your Day” on the final episode of her OWN show, “Why Not? With Shania Twain” scheduled for June 12.

see pics of Taylor and Shania’s homage after the jump

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…

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