The MTV Video Music Awards always bring out the best (and worst, in Kanye West's history) in people. And while they lack the couture glamour of the Oscars and the Golden Globes, they still pull out all the stops and the stars come a-flocking. They're taking place in the US on Sunday so we'll be bringing you all the action from the red carpet on Monday morning. But before then, let's refresh our memory about last year's ceremony and Lady Gaga's raw meat dress!
Aside from their musical talent, it would be hard to put Taylor Swift and Eminem in the same category. But the country star known for her sweet nature once again proved that she’s able to rap just as well as she croons when she performed a rendition of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” at her recent concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With her ever-present guitar, Taylor greeted the crowds with a “Yo!” before getting into Eminem’s hit. She then segued into Uncle Kracker’s “Smile.” It’s not the first time Taylor has shown off her rapping chops — she collaborated with T-Pain on “Thug Story” under the gangster name T-Swizzle!
Yesterday's Grammys in LA were a star-studded production from start to finish! The celebs went from posing on the red carpet into the Staples Center, where Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera and Florence Welch participated in an all-female tribute to Aretha Franklin. Aretha herself said thank you via satellite, then Christina and her gang presented an early award for best pop duo or group award to Train. Lady Gaga emerged from her attention-getting egg to take the stage with a troupe of latex-clad dancers to sing her brand-new single "Born This Way" — what do you think of her rendition? Muse was next up to perform "Uprising" with a gang of vandals, and Justin Bieber nearly brought the house down doing a medley with Jaden Smith and Usher. Jaden's parents Will and Jada were the most enthusiastic fans in the crowd, leaping to their feet in order to give a standing ovation. The best rock album of the year award went to Muse for The Resistance, and after giving a baby bump-revealing Kate Hudson a kiss, Matt Bellamy bounded to the stage to say, "a special thanks to my beautiful pregnant girlfriend over there!" Lady Antebellum took home top honours for their country record, and then a rather colourfully dressed Cee Lo Green appeared in feathers and with puppets to sing "Forget You" alongside Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth went with the feather theme with a pair of pink earrings, but the real head-turner was her skin tight catsuit. Katy Perry sweetly incorporated images from her wedding in India with husband Russell Brand before segueing into dance mode with a snippet of "Teenage Dream," which had even Nicole Kidman bopping her head in the audience! John Mayer, Norah Jones, and Nicole's husband Keith Urban were next up to do a rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," and the collaborations kept coming from Rihanna with both Eminem and Drake. Esperanza Spalding pulled off an upset in the best new artist category defeating big names like Florence and the Machine and Justin Bieber, while Lady Antebellum accomplished a similar feat taking home best record of the year for "Need You Now." Arcade Fire was the big winner with a best album nod for The Suburbs — check out all the winners here!
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The Grammys are taking over the Staples Center in LA today and there's an impressive list of artists expected to wow the crowd. Lady Gaga, who just released the first single off her next album, always puts on a solid performance, and the evening's most nominated artist, Eminem's energy will pump up the crowd. Katy Perry will probably wow us with another wild ensemble while Usher and Justin Bieber may break out a hot new dance routine. Newcomer to the Grammy stage, Gwyneth Paltrow, is sharing the spotlight with Cee Lo to sing "F**k You." So, tell us — which performance are you most excited for?
This year’s Grammy Awards is promising a magnificent show filled with some of the best performers and never-before-seen musical combos. We already know Gwyneth is teaming up with Cee-Lo Green, and Barbra Streisand was recently announced as a performer. Justin Bieber will take to the stage with mentor Usher and good friend Jaden Smith, while B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe are sure to bring the house down when they perform. Add to the mix the always theatrical Lady Gaga, the delightful Katy Perry, Eminem and even more acts and we’ve got quite a show! There are still some performers waiting to be announced so for now check out those who are confirmed to bring us a massive Grammys party!
We've been counting down the memorable highs and lows from 2010, but there is one person in particular who had a very good year: Taylor Swift. Time magazine named her one of their most influential people back in April, and now Entertainment Weekly has crowned her Entertainer of the Year. Swift is the youngest performer ever to receive the recognition from the magazine, and she worked hard for the title. To recap, the singer took home four Grammys earlier this year, made a big Hollywood movie, and most recently, picked up an American Music Award. Oh, and somehow in all of that commotion, she created another album, Speak Now, which has already taken off like gangbusters and broken records for first-week sales. Obviously Swift has been a busy lady, but it could be argued that 2009 was a bigger year for her, since that's when she really blew up on the music scene and became a household name. As for 2010, there were just so many artists who left their mark (Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, or Eminem immediately come to mind). Did Swift really best all of them?
We're slowly inching closer to award season, and now we know who scored nominations for the biggest ceremony in the music industry: the Grammys. Last year was all about the ladies, but this time around the men are stepping up. Eminem got the most nods with eight, including song of the year and record of the year, while newcomer Bruno Mars nipped at his heels with seven nominations (guess he's not just popular among the Glee club). Speaking of the gleeks, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cast was recognised all on their own, for their "Regionals version" of "Don't Stop Believin'" and best soundtrack. Just because the men came out on top this year doesn't mean the ladies won't be represented. As usual, Lady Gaga got plenty of recognition, along with Katy Perry and Rihanna. Other nominees that got me smiling are Arcade Fire, who picked up three noms including album of the year, and The Black Keys and Cee-Lo Green, who each picked up four nods apiece. Oh, and even the Twi-hards of the world have a reason to celebrate: the soundtrack for Eclipse scored a nod for best soundtrack. There's a lot to digest before the gramophone trophies are distributed on February 13, so check out the full list of nominees when you keep reading.
The American Music Awards were filled to the brim with performances from all the hottest acts under the sun, but there were a few trophies passed out between songs, too. Justin Bieber was the man of the night with four wins (including artist of the year), while Eminem and Usher walked away with two awards apiece. Of course, it wouldn't be award season without an onstage appearance from Taylor Swift—the country juggernaut added to her collection with a win for favourite female artist. Be sure to check out all the red carpet highlights, including the gorgeous fashion statements and beauty looks, then peruse the full list of winners when you keep reading.
Justin Bieber hosted the online coverage of the show via satellite link from the US and also was awarded two trophies.
Hayley Williams picked up best alternative for her band Paramore, and Katy Perry also got to take home an award as well as her new hubby Russell Brand. To check out the full list of winners, just read more.
Rihanna's the red haired coverstar of Marie Claire UK's December issue, and talks exclusively to the magazine alongside a gorgeous photoshoot. She got emotional during her interview, in which she spoke about how she's changed, and how she relates to the duet she recorded with Eminem. Here are some extracts from her interview:
- On if she's a different person now: "Yes, I was very lost. I have to say I felt really confused. It was really strange because... Aaagh... I hate talking about it but it was really crazy because I felt so out of touch with myself and when that happens... It’s scary because nothing you say or do feels like it’s you. You just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something... It just feels like it’s not coming from you. It’s just this one empty vase. I felt like an empty vessel... [crying] I’m just… I feel like... I smile for real this time."
- On her duet with Eminem: "He confronted himself on it. He basically gives insight into what goes on in the mind of a couple in a domestically violent relationship. I love that in every verse it just gets to that point where she wants to leave, she wants to leave, she leaves, she leaves, she leaves... but then the hook always comes back and it’s like, 'I love it. I love it.' That’s not what you think when it’s happening. You know you don’t like it but you’re staying, so it’s almost like you must love it because you’re not leaving."
- On if she related to that on a personal level: "Absolutely. Absolutely! Every word in that song is true. It would take somebody who’s been on the inside to understand how magical those lyrics are. Everybody loves the song but the lyrics can never hit home until you’ve seen it, witnessed it, in your home or experienced it yourself."