Justin Bieber once described Selena Gomez as “the most elegant princess in the world” and it’s hard to disagree with his assessment given her stunning appearance at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight (November 23). She oozed glamor in a figure-hugging, floor-length, backless black gown. (What a mouthful!) The 22-year-old added a flash of drama/color by wearing chunky gold earrings and bracelets.
Sel will perform new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” for the very first time during the show. She already admitted to being nervous about singing the very personal song on Instagram but the former teen queen will, no doubt, get moral support from friends Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding. The Rock Mafia-produced break-up anthem is the first (and probably only given that her contract with Disney is up) single from her greatest hits compilation For You (due November 24). More »
Well played, Meghan Trainor. The 20-year-old got in a little promotion for new single “Lips Are Movin” — which is already top 10 on iTunes and climbing the Billboard Hot 100 — on the red carpet at tonight’s (November 23) American Music Awards in Los Angeles. It was the perfect compliment to her cute little black dress, which showcased the rising diva’s girl-next-door appeal.
Meghan is nominated for Best New Artist Of The Year, which reflects her growing status in the music industry. The newcomer went all the way to number one with her debut single “All About That Bass” and stayed there for eight non-consecutive weeks. She even managed to keep the Taylor Swift juggernaut at bay for most of them. The chart performance of “Lips Are Movin” proves that that success was no fluke. Her debut LP Title is expected to drop on January 13. More »
O-M-G, O-M-G, she’s back again!
Gwen Stefani‘s “Baby Don’t Lie” might have come in for a somewhat soft landing this fall, but it seems the No Doubt solo songstress is preparing to heat up her highly anticipated comeback campaign with her bouncy, bubbly Pharrell cut “Spark The Fire,” which (finally!) arrived in full tonight after being teased live…and in car commercials.
The Voice judge and “What You Waiting For?” icon is in a real fun mood on the twinkling bop, supplying hints of The Sweet Escape‘s “Yummy” and L.A.M.B.’s original Pharrell collabo, “Hollaback Girl.” It’s all sorts of silly (“I am a Libra, let’s balance the scales…LOL!”) and, if nothing else, certainly feels more like Gwen’s sliding back in her comfort zone above P’s zany beats. So much cooler when you do it, Gwen!
Could this be the hit that she needs to rocket back to the top of the charts? Listen to the new joint after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Jhene Aiko brought her quirky sense of style to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight (November 23). The R&B diva walked the red carpet in a dark orange snakeskin-print gown, which she teamed with diamonds and romantic hair braids. She also showed off her many tattoos in the striking outfit and seemed to be having a great time — smiling and waving to fans and photographers.
The 26-year-old is nominated for Best Female R&B Artist tonight, which reflects her meteoric rise from feature creature/mixtape queen to alt-R&B darling. Jhene had a massive 2013 and 2014, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with debut EP Sail Out and debut album Souled Out. She also scored her first big hit with stream-of-consciousness anthem “The Worst”. Peruse her pics up top. More »
Fergie was one of the first big names to walk the red carpet at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight (November 23). And, as usual, she put the boys on rock, rock with a sexy black dress and glamorous old Hollywood hairstyle. The Black Eye Peas frontwoman will perform her comeback single “L.A. Love” for the very first time during the show, which should be all the catchy bop needs to zoom up the charts.
After a slow start (the song is a grower), “L.A. Love” has steadily been creeping up the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes. The star-studded video, which finds Fergie driving around the City of Angels in a party bus with famous friends Kelly Osbourne, Sevyn Streeter and YG certainly helped give the Cali-repping anthem a little momentum. All she needs now is a great performance and the diva will have another smash on her hands. Check out her pics up top. More »
The 2014 American Music Awards, one of the biggest nights for the industry, airs tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre!
Iggy Azalea may turn out to be the lady of the night, since she has the most nominations — six to be exact. They include Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for her massive hit, “Fancy.” Katy Perry, Pharrell and John Legend all have five nods apiece.
Be sure to check back here once the telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. EST, as we will be live-updating the winners of the ceremony throughout the evening. We’ll see you then! More »
The 2014 American Music Awards kick off at 8 p.m. tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Adding a bit of dale to the evening will be host Pitbull, who is also on tap to perform his single “Fireball” during the live telecast.
Also on the roster to belt out their latest hits live: Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, MAGIC!, Fergie, Lorde, Charli XCX and, well — the list honestly goes on and on.
Keep checking back right here throughout the evening, as we’ll be posting each performance in real time. Catch you then! More »
Electronic artist James Blake reveals that he and Kanye West may record a collaboration to round out Blake’s forthcoming third album.
“In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done,” he said to Miami New Times. “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.”
Blake won the Mercury Prize for his second studio album, 2013′s Overgrown. Since then, in between remixes (Destiny Child‘s “Bills Bills Bills,” Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love”) under the moniker Harmonimix, he has been one of the many artists – including Sir Paul McCartney, and for a song called “Piss On My Grave” — linked to West’s follow-up to last year’s Yeezus. More »
Recently, Taylor Swift became the first woman to unseat herself from the Billboard Hot 100′s top spot. Prior to that, her new album 1989 had the highest first-week sales since Eminem‘s The Eminem Show – in 2002. So naturally, as E! reports, the American Music Awards chose to recognize Swift with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, to be presented by none other than Diana Ross.
Ross – Supremes frontwoman, disco frontrunner and future Voice guest mentor – has been honored a few times herself lately. Aretha Franklin covered the group’s 1966 No. 1 hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for her concept covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. Later, Bette Midler offered a country and western take on another Supremes No. 1 record from the same year, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” for her girl-groups cover album It’s the Girls! More »
Sir Bob Geldof has stressed that he only has good intentions behind each rewrite of Band Aid‘s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” The songwriter does this because he has been criticized before for questionable lyrics, like when Bono sings “Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” in the original 1984 edition. Some have also said that, while attempting to raise awareness on the ’80s drought or the ebola crisis, Band Aid’s portrayals of Africa reinforce negative stereotypes.
Last night (November 22), Emeli Sande became the latest to address recent criticism surrounding Band Aid 30, featuring One Direction, Sam Smith, Bono and herself. “Yes, I agree the lyric needs changing. In fact I feel a whole new song is required,” she says. She also reveals that she and genre-bending Beninese vocalist Angelique Kidjo wrote and sang suggested edits, Geldof ultimately left them out. See her Twitter statement in full below. More »