"It's not the stage hands' fault; that stage was set up for well over an hour before Kanye decided to grace us with his presence."
Although the rapper managed to kick off his show on time this year, apparently that didnt matter much to some folks in attendance. According to people who attended the event, Kanye received plenty of boos at various points during the performance. This probably wasnt the sort of reception West had anticipated.
Entertainmentwise reported that Kanye received quite a few boos when he announced the release of an upcoming single. However, reports of the backlash escaped most mainstream outlets that recently covered Wests set.
Heres footage of Kanye West getting booed. Warning: Theres all kinds of foul language in this clip, so proceed with caution.
Both Spin and Rolling Stone made no mention of the audiences response to Kanye West. However, quite a few people who saw the guy perform Friday evening began tweeting about the disrespect he received shortly after the set wrapped up.
Was paying for Bonaroo so you could boo Kanye West worth it? Musical genius and pioneer, show some respect
If you boo Kanye West you cant get into heaven
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According to the Liberty Voice, Kanye West performed in front of approximately 100,000 people during his 21-song set at Bonnaroo. While quite a few of those individuals were there to see him do his thing, apparently more than a handful just wanted to show how much they hated the guy. Also in attendance was Kim Kardashian, who seemed more than willing to show off her body to everyone with functional pair of eyes.
Although Kanye got booed during his performance, apparently that didnt stop the rapper from unleashing one of his infamous on-stage rants. In addition to taking shots at the media, Westdiscussed how much time and energy he puts into creating his music.
I want yall to know that anytime Im in the studio, make a record, make a T-shirt, I give it everything I got. And when I talk that s**t, its so you can talk that s**t. If youre a fan of me, youre a fan of your motherf**kin self. You can go out and do anything, West told the crowd at one point during the show.
If you were lucky enough to attend Coachella over the weekend, she debuted the track in full Sunday night.
Do you know what time it is ninjas? Its time for another Lana Del Rey remix to make those moody Mondays not so moody. We know, Lana is pretty much the Adele of 2014, but we dont see her fading off anytime soon because a) Lana has fiery redhair (biased) and b) her eerie, sadgirl music makes it more fun for producers to spice things up a bit. Today we are stoked to give you the latest House hit by NYC/LA producers, Hotel Garuda, with their stellar take on Lanas Ultraviolence.
The moment we pressed play, we found ourselves falling down the rabbit hole into a place where we were instantly seduced by 90s synths, beachy basslines, and Lanas flawless voice. Hotel Garuda turned this classic song into something truly extraordinary and we cant seem to stop listening. If anything, we think this remix is symbolic to that of a siren in which we are sent into an elusive trance and we havent yet snapped out of it. These guys definitely know how to enchant their listeners maybe too well
Doom and gloom goddess Lana Del Rey has dropped her new song 'West Coast,' the first single from her much-anticipated 'Ultraviolence' album. While the record has no firm or concrete release date that we know of, this is the first audio treat from the album and hell yes, we're feeling it.
The song is moody and melancholic, which is what we've come to expect from LDR, thanks to that kittenish voice and the noir-esque sonics that define the song. That's her M.O. and she certainly revisits the formula with her new material.
But the song also has a slightly '70s vibes in the initial verses, thanks to the plucky strings, before developing into a full on, vintage LDR shoe-gazer track in the choruses and the coda. While some of her more recent tunes -- 'Young and Beautiful' from 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Once Upon a Dream' for 'Maleficent' -- were epic and otherworldly, 'West Coast' brings LDR back down to earth a little. We said "a little."
There is nothing urgent about the song. LDR takes her time making her points and her voice moves at its own pace, but there is some escalation of tension in several moments and parts.
Have a listen and let LDR take you down to the West Coast. The song sounds like something that Quentin Tarantino would use in one of his films. Right? Let's hope the director has his ear tuned to Lana Del Rey and her music, since her voice and the vibe of this song sound like they would fit one of his shoot 'em up epics
Emma Bunton has released new single, Youre All I Need To Get By, featuring her partner Jade Jones. We loved being in the studio together, it was quite romantic after all these years. It was a lovely moment of us as a couple, she says.
Ciara confirmed weeks ago that her new album Beauty Marks would arrive this May, and as promised, the album made its way online on Friday (May 10). The new album is the follow up to 2015s Jackie.
Ciara just dropped her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks. After leaving her longtime label, Epic Records, in 2016, the singer established her own record company: Beauty Marks Entertainment. The move was a bid to release music on her own terms, and this album is her first release under the label. Lead single Level Up hit No. 59 on the Hot 100 last year.
There have been moments in the past when Ive felt creatively handicapped just because I have to wait for the powers that be to make the decisions for me and then they take a long time, Ciara told Billboard about establishing her own company. Im just waiting and waiting and losing time and before you know it, six months pass by. Things move so fast and you cant hold onto records too long because the times change. And when you feel like you have something thats creatively distinctive, you want to be able to get it out there at the right time. So being able to have that freedom and flexibility is so special.
Check out all the lyrics to Ciaras Beauty Marks on Genius now:
The follow-up to 2015s Jackie is full of empowering and feel-good bops that are sure to please longtime fans. The feeling that I have now is parallel to when I first started, the mother of two told Refinery29. I was this young girl excited to be living my dreams and having the best time. Im back to that phase again.
What's it like to see Mimi live in concert in 2019?
Moments ago, the "GTFO" singer announced her Caution World Tour will kick off in February 2019. The 22-city run, produced by Live Nation, will start in Texas and will end in Pennsylvania. Legacy members of her official fan community, Honey B. Fly, will receive first access to buy tickets Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. local time. Fans may purchase a "Honey B. Fly Live Pass" starting Oct. 22; fans who are already registered need simply to upgrade their account on MariahCarey.com.Beginning Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. local time, Citi cardmembers will also have access to buy pre-sale tickets via Citi's Private Pass program; the promotion will last until Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. local time.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Oct. 26 at LiveNation.com. Canadian and U.S. residents who purchase tickets online will also be able to redeem a digital or physical copy of the diva's 15th studio album Caution (available Nov. 16); copies must be redeemed by May 6.
"They had played small shows before but this was the first gig I'd seen where they were not only going to play in front of their parents but also, possibly more importantly, their friends. They may have also been slightly nervous knowing that I was there."
Early in Maroon 5's career, the Los Angeles band played a version of itself on the 8th season of television's Beverly Hills 90210 in an episode that aired in September of 1997. The group went by the name Kara's Flowers at the time, a high school band struggling to make it in actual reality but seemingly loved within the safe confines of a fictional TV venue. Nearly 22 years later, Maroon 5 performed at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show to a global audience of many millions. On Sunday, as on the set of Beverly Hills, a built-in crowd placed in front of the stage cheered the band on, blurring the line between real fan and paid actor.
While most reviewers panned the halftime show as boring, it works as a symbol of Adam Levine and companys unlikely career arc
The artists who took the field before the kickoff of the slog of a game between the Patriots and the Rams fared much better. Atlanta's Chloe x Halle delivered a mellifluous duet arrangement of "America the Beautiful"; and the 74-year-old Gladys Knight, aptly introduced as "the Empress of Soul," brought her trademark smooth power to the National Anthem. (Pitchfork)
Then there were the ads. Cardi B and Lil Jon lit up a diner to shill Pepsi; Chance the Rapper added some flair to the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" (for Doritos); Levine and John Legend went on diaper duty for Pampers; and Bob Dylan's music showed up twice. There was the Budweiser ad featuring windmills and "Blowin' in the Wind," and then there was the Stella Artois clip that featured both Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie from Sex and the City, joined by Jeff Bridges as the Dude from The Big Lebowskias that movie's opening song, "The Man in Me," played in the background. (Billboard)
"Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us."
Rihanna has officially confirmed she is launching her own fashion label with LVMH, with the same name as her popular beauty line, Fenty.
She will become the first woman of colour to lead a house under the LVMH brand, and the first woman to create an original brand for the group.
The 31-year-old singer has partnered with LVMH to create a new luxury fashion line called Fenty. The label will include shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear and is expected to debut in the spring of 2019.
"Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us," she said. "Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn't imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I'm ready for the world to see what we have built together."
According to The New York Times, Rihanna is the first woman to create an original brand at the famous luxury group, as well as the first woman of color at the top of an LVMH maison. In fact, the newspaper claims her line is the first new house created by the group since 1987when Christian Lacroix debuted."Big day for the culture," Rihanna wrote on Instagram. "Thank you Mr. Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH. This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God."
"I didn't necessarily think about the context... I just really love the way [The Weeknd] sings in this song," said Goulding. "It's very meaningful and very heartfelt."
Three years after Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd scored smash hits from the Fifty Shades soundtrack ("Love Me Like You Do" and "Earned It," respectively), the former artist has paid tribute to the latter with a cover that's appropriately all hot and bothered.
While visiting BBC Radio 1's famed Live Lounge on Wednesday (November 28), Goulding delivered a faithful performance of The Weeknd's most recent single, "Call Out My Name." Like Abel's original version, the cover packs a ton of emotion and intensity into just four minutes so much so, that when Goulding was done, she admitted, "I'm hot, I'm hot... in temperature!"
And for an extra dose of satisfaction, Goulding even snuck in a bit of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" in the song's final moments. "It's quite sexy, I think," she admitted and we'd have to agree.
Goulding's unique vocals put an angelic twist on the cover's explosive chorus, backed by two vocalists adding ambient harmonies. This isn't the first time the songstress covered a song by The Weekend. She also tackled his 2012 Trilogy standout, "High For This."
Ellie Goulding Teases 'Close To Me' Collaboration With Diplo and Swae Lee
"But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around."
This was the Madonna that was launched upon an unsuspecting world in 1982. Her characteristic look a melange of second-hand threads, dyed hair, often with a hat perched on top accompanied a raft of dance pop songs (Everybody, Lucky Star, Holiday) that quietly revolutionised pop music for the next decade. There were hints, too, of something more underground. Madonna, by then 24, had spent the last few years dancing in clubs like New Yorks Fun House in the images shot for her self-titled debut, theres a chain around her neck. Even amid the pop fluff, theres a hint of the magpie Madonna.
Prancing around a red velvet set nicked straight out of Marilyn Monroes Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Madonna complete with shimmering diamond jewellery and an entourage of adoring men is lavished with gifts and attention in one of her best known videos. Parodying the superficiality of fame, Madge might coyly declare that shes a Material Girl over a Nile Rodgers-produced beat, but this isnt a superficial song about being wooed by expensive gestures and cash-grabbing from hapless men. Instead, Madonnas singing about mastering the rules of our greedy society, playing its lead culprits at their own game, and ensuring that she gets every single penny shes owed.Experience has made me rich, and now theyre after me, she sings sweetly. I dont let them play, no way, she warns elsewhere.
With its house and disco beats, Madonna's "Vogue" from her I'm Breathless (1990) album became one of the biggest hits of her career. In addition to the music, the track's lyrics also gave way to nostalgia, harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood as evident in Madonna's spoken rap section in the bridge where she name-drops a bevy of cultural icons:
Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you
Ladies with an attitude
Fellows that were in the mood
Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it
Madonna's love for bustiers began to bubble up as she performed in Chicago during the "Who's That Girl" world tour. The black leather and zipper-detailed one piece mimicked the eye-popping peep-show outfit made famous in her "Open Your Heart" video.
No one had to ask who's that girl when Madonna hit the red carpet of the American Music Awards in a sultry Jean-Paul Gaultier corset dress and her signature strands of beads, crucifixes and pearls. It was edgy, with just a hint of the elegance to come.
At the 1998 Academy Awards, Madonna walked the red carpet wearing one of Jean-Paul Gaultier's chic skirts paired with a black silk over-garment by Olivier Theyskens, resulting in a look that was both poetic and graceful.
July 13, 1985
Madonna performed for a packed house at the Live Aid benefit concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, looking a bit like a gypsy woman gone glam. It was the first time since making it big Madonna stripped away the blond and let her natural roots show.
Timberlake also teased the idea of a possible group name for the duo called "Ballin' Oats." Paak replied in the comments, "COMIN THRU WT THE HARMONIES!"
Anderson .Paak may be fresh off dropping two albums in five months, but hes not resting just yet.
The Aftermath artist took to his Instagram story last night to post a video of him in the studio with Justin Timberlake. Considering JT has been working with Timbaland recently, theres a chance a collaboration could end up on his upcoming album.
Timberlake shared a snap of the two of them, captioned, "New group. Ballin Oats."
Paak -- who recently released his Ventura album -- also put up footage from the studio on his Instagram story featuring the pair grooving to some tunes. We still don't know for sure if any of the music they created will be let out of the vault at some point. Either way, fans' mouths are watering at the idea of a potential collaboration. "If they collab, Ill die. Good bye," IG user @JZTNKid wrote.
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Check out some clips of Justin Timberlake and Anderson .Paak in the studio below.
"She created an entire world to encompass the music that she's put out over the last two decades of her career. "
Beyonce fans staying awake to catch her documentary drop on Netflix, "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce," were gifted another treat in the form of a huge live album.
Released at midnight, Queen Bey dropped the 40-track album with no advance warning. The majority of "Homecoming: The Live Album" takes fans track by track through her instantly iconic Coachella performance from last year, which quickly become the most-viewed live music festival performance ever on YouTube, per TMZ.
The new album features the original instrumentations used for the showwhich, as Beyoncé explains during her new documentary, looked to honor Black culture and included a Black marching band orchestra as an ode to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In total, fans can now listen to 40 tracks from the show, for a total of one hour and 49 minutes. The record also features a cover of Frankie Beverly & Maze's "Before I Let Go," a 1981 track that's become a staple at Black family events and gatherings, yet another nod to Black culture that's resulted from Homecoming.
The artist absolutely dominated the scene a year ago when she became the first black woman to headline the festival. Her performances took over the social media conversation for two weeks and fans have been clamoring for more ever since.
Now, they get to not only enjoy Beyonce's documentary treatment of her groundbreaking performance, but they can relive it at any time through the massive album release the singer announced herself via Twitter.
Plus, "Homecoming: The Live Album" comes with bonus tracks beyond the desert performance, including "I Been On" -- which fans have been awaiting an official release for -- and a cover of "Before I Let Go" by Frankie Beverly And Maze. On top of that, fans can enjoy Blue Ivy performing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during rehearsals and anticipate the career to come.
The album is available for purchase via iTune, or streaming on multiple platforms including Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube Music. Bey was even kind enough to provide all the links on her official website, along with samples of all 40 tracks.
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Check out the full track list below:
Crazy In Love
Lift Every Voice and Sing
So Much Damn Swag
I Been On
Drunk in Love
Flawless / Feeling Myself
Bug a Boo Roll Call (Interlude)
Don't Hurt Yourself
Mi Gente (feat. J Balvin)
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
Check On It
Deja Vu (feat. JAY-Z)
The Bzzzz Drumline (Interlude)
Run the World (Girls)
Lose My Breath (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams - Destiny's Child)
Say My Name (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams - Destiny's Child)
Soldier (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams - Destiny's Child)
Get Me Bodied
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Lift Every Voice and Sing (Blue's Version - Beyoncé & Blue Ivy Carter)
Bhad Bhabie (aka Danielle Bregioli) makes good music.
Bestie" is a party song through and through. Bhad Bhabie gives words of encouragement to her bestie, bouncing to each word like she's jumping around in the booth recording, so when Megan Thee Stallion comes in with her trademark dominating style, you can hear the difference. Megan is standing still and using her hands to deliver the "oomph" with each bar. Her presence is one of a kind. Together, the two create a masterclass in festivity rap that'll remove the chair from under you and force you onto the dance floor. I hope you brought your good shoes.
The most glaring fault with the original version was a feature from Kodak Black. Black, who was charged with first-degree sexual assaultlast month, felt totally out of place on a song that salutes camaraderie. Thankfully, Bhabie released a new version of "Bestie" today that swaps out his part for the one and only Megan Thee Stallion. Megan's verse is brief, but potent in that it seals the deal: "Bestie" is now a certified slapper. Stream it below.
Bhad Bhabie has teamed up with Megan Thee Stallion for a new and improved, tenacious version of "Bestie." Bhad Bhabie originally dropped the song with Kodak Black in January, but now it has found new light with one of the hottest rising rappers. Together, Bhad Bhabie and Megan Thee Stallion are unstoppable. This kind of energy can power entire cities.
"It feels the way you told me how it'd always feel."
Angelakos says the response he received was mixed. Most people thought it was a gimmick, that it was a way to basically sell the record, which, he reveals, happens to be about a manic episode. I just couldnt believe the reaction to me saying, For mental health reasons, I have to cancel shows. But his hope was that people could see him as human being and would be accepting and understanding of his bipolar disorder, which is why the conversation surrounding his illness carried on.
This was before artists were really talking about this. To my knowledge, it was the first album that traces a manic episode and talks pretty honestly about it. It just became part of my life and thats when I just started becoming an advocate, he says .
In conjunction with the Wishart Groups inception, Angelakos self-released Passion Pits fifth album Tremendous Sea of Love, a raw and unpolished ode to his mental illness. Angelakos took to social media to promote the album and offered free downloads in exchange for tweets about the importance of science and research. Tremendous Sea of Love was a way to basically talk about the hardest things to talk about when it came to my mental health, he says. And I thought the way I could release it could speak to that even better than just the content of the songs. Its probably one of my favorite records because its so uniquely me. Thats basically Passion Pit
When musician Michael Angelakos was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19, he couldnt wrap his head around the fact that there wasnt a magic pill that could cure him. You dont want to believe this is a lifelong condition, he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Its a very strange disorder to deal with.
Around the time of his diagnosis, he was in the process of forming the band Passion Pit all while struggling through severe bouts of intense mania and depression. My last manic episode was about two years long, although its important to note that what goes up must come down. Its an extremely isolating type of depression, he recalls.
There are always memorable moments at the GRAMMYs and most of the time, its usually the performers. The 61st annual GRAMMY awards ceremony is tonight at 8 p.m. EST, live from the Staples Center in LA and there are a number of stars taking the stage.
Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, Janelle Monaé, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga, St. Vincent with Dua Lipa, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more will take the stage and its sure to be a night you wont forget. Watch the performances from this years show and view the full list of winners on the official GRAMMY website.
1. Dolly Parton tribute
About an hour into the show, the Grammys got a big dose of country music with a nearly 10-minute tribute to Dolly Parton who, it should be noted, is such a hard worker that she headlined her own career retrospective medley. Musgraves and Katy Perry kicked things off in bedazzled red jumpsuits for Here You Come Again, while Parton strolled out stage, glowing in white. Thank you, Katy, thank you, Kacey, appreciate that, Parton said, ever polite, as her goddaughter Miley Cyrus arrived in sparkly gold for Jolene, which she has been covering for years.
Then there was the requisite throwback to After the Gold Rush with Cyrus and Maren Morris (Parton won a Grammy in 2000 for her version of the Neil Young song with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris) and Red Shoes, from the new Netflix movie, Dumplin'. But what really got the crowd on its feet was the jaunty rendition of 9 to 5 with Little Big Town, whose soaring harmonies really kicked in with one of the catchiest Parton hits of all time.
Brandi Carlile. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)
2. Brandi Carlile
While many of the nights performances doubled as showcases for eye-popping sets and complex choreography, Brandi Carlile took a more no-frills approach to performing her anthem The Joke. She recently said its an important song at this time and in this country, and I think that that songs success says more about our nations willingness to receive it than it does actually what Im saying and what Im doing.
Its clear she wanted to clue the audience in on her lyrics. In a clever bit of set design, words to the chorus appeared behind her in perfect script as she sang them, offering a powerful message. Let them laugh while they can / Let them spin, let them scatter in the wind / I have been to the movies / Ive seen how it ends / And the jokes on them. What really stood out, though, is Carliles soaring vocals. Even Post Malone was enraptured, nodding his head along with the tune.
Camila Cabello. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
3. Camila Cabello
Want to get everyone excited at the start of what will be a very long awards ceremony? Have Camila Cabello perform Havana, backed by trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval with Ricky Martin showing up midway. Yes, the Ricky Martin (whom some of us love more than our own families).
Bright-colored dresses, a West Side Story-esque set and lots and lots of choreographed salsa moves whats not to love? The one thing we would change: more stage time for Martin and J Balvin, who ended the performance with the irresistible Mi Gente.
H.E.R. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)
Do you not know H.E.R.? You will now. Already having won earlier in the night for best R&B performance for Best Part, the 21-year-old singer showed an easy command of the Grammy main stage with Hard Place, giving us just a good ol fashioned, wow-she-can-sing moment. The spotlight shined only on her during the first part of her performance before the lights slowly came up, showing jeans-wearing violinists and backup singers (which, thank you, its nice to see performers dressed comfortably for work for a change).
Her smooth vocals at times were reminiscent of Alicia Keys, who lovingly introduced her, and then H.E.R. let a solo effortlessly rip on a transparent guitar. As she closed, singing Im caught between your love, she took a big pause, and we heard sing it, girl from the audience one of the few unscripted, honest responses we heard during the performances before she expertly finished, and a hard place.
Travis Scott. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
5. Travis Scott
Travis Scott showed up just when the long ceremony desperately needed a shot of adrenaline and thats exactly what he offered. The performance started quietly, with Scott and James Blake crooning Stop Trying to be God. Then things got interesting. To perform No Bystanders, Scott somehow appeared in the middle of a cage as people rushed the stage and began scaling it. Was this a political statement about the border and walls? (Were probably projecting here.) The flock of fans onstage was going bananas, dancing as hard as one possibly could and putting to shame the actual audience in the pit. Scott continued rapping, scaling the fence himself, diving into the crowd and finishing out his song waking up a crowd that may have been dozing off.
Alicia Keys. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)
6. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys should just cover everyone elses songs for the rest of the night. Did we expect a performance from her at a made-up piano bar called Club Keys? (Get it? Keys? Her name? Musical keys? Moving on). No, we did not see this coming. But were glad it came.
Keys started off by playing two pianos at once the gimmick immediately got us and then covered a bunch of songs. You know those songs that just live inside of you? she said, that you wish you wrote? (Um, yes, imagine the royalties!) She performed snippets of: Roberta Flacks Killing Me Softly; Juice WRLDs Lucid Dreams (Forget Me); Nat King Coles Unforgettable; Coldplays Clocks; King of Leons Use Somebody; Ella Mais Bood Up (which was a shock to Mai, who sat flabbergasted in the audience); and Lauryn Hills Doo-Wop (That Thing), before closing out with her own megahit, New York. It was thoroughly enjoyable and talk about range. Now, back to hosting.
Lady Gaga. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Lady Gaga
The first indication that Lady Gaga, not Ally from A Star Is Born, showed up to sing Shallow? That incredibly glittery jumpsuit. Without her singing partner Bradley Cooper (he was at the BAFTAs), Gaga was solo for the Oscar-nominated movies signature ballad. She writhed around with a microphone, making some truly wild gestures as she roamed the stage next to co-writer Mark Ronson.
One downside: The person operating the camera inexplicably decided to zoom in on one of the band members instead of Gaga when she belted out the chorus for the first time. Luckily, the AHHHHHaaaaaahhhhHhhHHHHHAAAAAAAAAooooooHHHHHAAAAA moment later in the song was as glorious as ever.
8. Aretha Franklin tribute
The Grammys booked the right trio to honor Aretha Franklin, who died in August at 76. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Fantasia, who both performed at Franklins funeral, as well as Andra Day, did the Queen of Soul justice with their take on (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. The song came seamlessly after the regular In Memoriam montage, with the three singers standing in the middle of the audience on a small stage. They definitely brought the goods, belting out the lyrics and taking us all to church. But it was too short; has everyone tired of Franklin tributes already? If only the Grammy telecast had blocked off more time for a Franklin send-off surely Diana Ross could have spared a couple of her minutes.
9. Janelle Monáe
Here comes Janelle Monáe to wake us back up. Known as a performer with very deliberate aesthetic choices, she sang Make Me Feel while backed by a bunch of dancers dressed like sexy Stormtroopers and others wearing her famous vagina pants. If anyone watching at home zoned out, her line from Django Jane to let the vagina have a monologue! probably got their attention. And, of course, there was her own trademark, infectiously joyful dancing while channeling some Rhythm Nation vibes. Heck, she even moonwalked.
10. St. Vincent and Dua Lipa
The indie rocker (holding an angular black guitar) and pop singer (donning a high-fashion black and white dress covered in small gold jewelry) teamed up for the steamiest performance of the night, performing Masseduction and One Kiss while white strobes cut through fog. The two women swirled around each other as they performed reminding the audience at a fairly sexless award show of musics sensual side.
The red carpet has been rolled out and celebs have started arriving for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards! See all the glamorous stars who showed up for the big night!
Its nearly time for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards! But before the awards show can start, all of the incredible guests need to arrive and walk the red carpet! Theres bound to be some amazing looks tonight as plenty of trendy stars like Lady Gaga and Emma Stone are expected to show up.
Were also really excited about what the shows host Megan Mullally will wear on the red carpet! The Will & Grace star and four-time SAG winner herself! takes over the role from Kristen Bell, who was the shows first-ever host last year. As a frustrated casting director and full-on fangirl of great actors everywhere, Im over the moon to be a part of the SAG Awards 25th Anniversary, Mullally, 60, said in a statement.
The biggest names in Hollywood are stepping out for the 25th annual SAG Awards!
The show, hosted by Will & Grace star Megan Mullally, will bring together the biggest names in film and television, and will be broadcasted live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
A Star Is Born leads the pact with four nods, including Lady Gaga for Best Actress and Bradley Cooper for Best Actor, while BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite tie in second, with three nods each.
For television, the critically acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Netflix's Ozark lead with four nods each, while Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and HBO's Barry both scored three.
Later in the evening, the 55th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to M*A*S*H actor and 30 Rock alumnus, Alan Alda.
The rollout for Taylor Swift's seventh album is barely underway, but it's already been quite the adventure. Along with a fresh Instagram aesthetic, the unrelentingly upbeat lead single "ME!", and even a new member of her feline family, Swift's new era is ushering in the return of something we in the media have long been hankering for: new interviews!
The 29-year-old famously refused to do any press during her brooding reputation era, but she's (thankfully!) ditched that strategy for her next chapter. On Monday (April 29), for example, she called in to the Zach Sang Show for a brief but illuminating chat that touched mostly on album No. 7 and its sparkly lead single.
The clip sees Urie getting the hang of the language relatively quickly, while Taylor repeatedly refers to her on-set French expert to help her with pronouncing her lines. In one particular scene, after figuring out the correct pronunciation of the phrase Je suis calme (French for I am calm), the star begins repeating the line louder and louder, much to the enjoyment of her crew.
As the filming of the scene wraps up, Swift thanks one of the French experts on set with a handshake, letting him know that I appreciate you more than you will ever know, even adding one final Merci for good measure.
"It's always really difficult to pick a first single for my albums, because I try to make an album that's so vast in its scope of things," Swift explained. "There isn't ever just one song that could sum up what the album is. But I knew that ["ME!"] just felt like a celebration. It felt like something that could make you feel good. And I just want that right now for people. I want that for me when I perform it. I want to feel good and feel positive and feel hopeful."
Sometimes, all you need for a good music video is some strobe lights and a ridiculous, but fun concept. Thats exactly what Mustard and Migos put into effect for their Pure Water video, packing out the clip with vivacious models but turning the trope on its head by giving them a bucket of paint-filled water balloons and letting them go crazy. By the end of the video, everything from the models to the walls of the soundstage are awash with splatters of color all except the icy principles, of course. Theres not a speck on their blinding white coveralls as they two-step their way through the mess, seemingly having just as much as the paintball fighters.
"At first it was just a song me and Quavo came up with, and then I was like, No, I gotta get the whole gang on here. We worked our way to get everybody on there and it was I knew what it was when I first heard it though, Mustard previously explained to Zane Lowe, breaking down the origins of Pure Water. This is my first time working with Offset and Takeoff. Me and Quavo got an ongoing relationship cause we did the song Want Her a long time ago. Now with this song, it was easier. I feel like everybody grown, even myself. With me and Quavo, it was just tag teaming, getting everybody involved, but once it came together, it was like a match made in heaven type thing."
What do water and paint have in common? Besides both being wet, nothing. Thats apparently enough to string them together because DJ Mustard and Migos new video, Pure Water is about fast and furious painting action. This isnt your regular easel-in-a-studio-apartment kind of painting.
"Last Hurrah is about vices, but its not that deep its just about having a good time."
Bebe Rexha is on the up and up. The internationally-acclaimed musician had an incredible 2018 in June, she dropped, Expectations, her long-awaited debut album which skyrocketed up the charts shortly after its release and helped earn her two Grammy nominations and this year is already gearing up to be another one for the books.
Shes also channeling a new sound in her music. Explaining that everybody's in like this 90s vibe right now she decided that shes going into punk and will be switching things up and heading in a different direction from the crowd. Shes also very in control of the creative decisions every little part, I know what I want and I know what I like, shes not going to be letting anyone dim her shine or try to take over her creative process, and were so here for it.
'And I think my dad always looks at me like his daughter. And it's like, I understand. I tried to explain, like, "Please don't hate me. It's art."'
30 years ago, the 60-year-old Queen of Pop got into hot water with then-sponsor Pepsi and Pope John Paul II over her Catholic-inspired video with burning crosses, stigmata, and interracial kissing.
In the making of the video, Rexha describes what the song means to her: Last Hurrah is about vices, but its not that deep its just about having a good time.
The Say My Name songstress even started to research New Jersey real estate in a bid to buy her disappointed father's approval after the row.
'I'm not going to lie, I was looking at homes,' Rexha confessed
'I was like, I know they want to move to New Jersey. No, I'm not going to buy them the whole thing. I was like, I'll put a down payment, let's be real. I was like what do I gotta do?
"I hope you take from this that itll make you no less of a man / To break your walls and simply grab my hand."
Kehlani is ready to spread her wings and bring forth new life in her video for Butterfly.
The woozy, reverb-soaked track speaks to the transformative power of love, with the singer encouraging her partner to open up in the same way a butterfly sheds its cocoon. In the new video, she physically illustrates that concept by emerging from a chrysalis as a gorgeously pregnant butterfly in multi-colored body paint. As the video draws to a close, she performs the emotional spoken-word portion of the song, encouraging her lover, I hope you take from this that itll make you no less of a man / To break your walls and simply grab my hand.
Kehlani spreads her wings in the video for Butterfly off her newly-released mixtape While We Wait.
The R&B singer experiences a transformation in the stunning clip, directed by 20-year-old newcomer Trey Lyons. A pregnant Kehlani emerges from a cocoon before transforming into a butterfly with painted glittery wings and a glowing baby bump.
Thank you Oakland School for the Arts for cultivating such a beautiful community, and teaching me so much of what I use today in my career, Kehlani wrote. Directed by the youngest director Ive ever worked with @treylyons, thank you for bringing my vision to life.
Butterfly follows videos for the Dom Kennedy-featuring Nunya and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted Nights Like This. All three tracks appear on Kehlanis January mixtape, While We Wait, which she released as an appetizer to hold fans over until her next full-length project. Meanwhile, the Oakland singer is reaching the end of her pregnancy she announced back in October that shes expecting her first child, a baby girl, with her partner, Javie Young-White.
Move aside, Ally Maine there's another Ally in town.
On Thursday night (February 28), Ally Brooke took a break from slaying dance routines to check out Tori Kelly's headlining concert in Los Angeles. And because the two are such good pals, Tori brought the former Fifth Harmony member onstage for a surprise performance of everyone's favorite song to cover: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow."
For their take on the Grammy- and Oscar-winningA Star Is Born duet, Tori and Ally traded verses, letting their soulful vocals fill the room with just an acoustic guitar beneath them. When it came time for *that* epic long note, they took a tag-team approach, with Tori taking the lead and Ally finishing it off. Everyone from Nick Jonas to Kelly Clarkson to Lea Michele and Darren Criss have covered "Shallow," but this might be one of the best yet.
After their joint performance, Ally took to Instagram to gush, "SO THIS HAPPENED LAST NIGHT!!! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a surprise guest at your show here in LA! This was so special? So honored to have shared the stage with you my beautiful friend. I love you so much Tori."
Indeed, the two singers do go back quite a ways take a trip down memory lane by revisiting this amazing throwback pic of Tori and Fifth Harmony (and Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes; no big deal).