Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd
and actress-singer Bette Midler
gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars
won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie
and Cyndi Lauper
won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.
A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).
Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout. More »
releases a new album, it isn’t so much an event as it is an international holiday.
Her Madgesty is now on her 13th studio album. 2012′s MDNA gave us just a little bit of the life we needed for the icon’s 12th release, but of course we wanted more. It’s only natural, given this is a woman who has consistently reinvented herself for three decades straight.
Now it’s 2014, which feels like the perfect time for her to drop off a new project and deliver that breed of cross-genre pop that only she can provide.
Details on the album thus far have been hit or miss: While other websites have speculated by way of Instagram posts and other random clues, Idolator played detective and dug up even more info on the album. Of course, nothing is conclusive since this is Madge, but we do have enough information to at the very least be excited for the project.
So without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from the Queen Of Pop herself. More »
Like a moth to the flame, burned by the J.Lo
, our love for Janet Damita Jo Jackson
is blind, can’t you see our desire?
In anticipation of her new album, we decided to delve deep into Baby Miss Jackson Privacy Control’s video vault. But since her videography only comes in three modes: iconic, more iconic or MOST ICONIC, we’re shining the spotlight on seven of her lesser-known but unbelievably essential video triumphs. Alright! More »
If you checked out our spring playlist featuring the hottest imports from around the world
, then you know that deep house is alive and well in the club and on the radio in 2014. In the months since then, a few of the cuts we featured in the previous roundup, such as “Hideaway” by Canadian singer Kiesza
and “Rather Be”
by Brits Clean Bandit
and Jess Glynne
, have gone on to be hits here in the States.
Now, deep into the summer months, we bring you even more tracks to crank up and dance to. From England to Sweden to Norway to France to Jamaica, it’s clear that the worldwide theme of the year is Get Your Ass On The Floor. More »
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Duff. And now the prophecy has been fulfilled, pop chyldren: Hilary Duff is back
. To usher in this new Hilegendary era, let’s go back, back to the beginning, back to when the Earth and sun and Duff were all aligned
to celebrate 10 of the greatest things accomplished by the O.G. Disney multi-hyphenate phenomenon! More »
It was so much fun celebrating pop’s divas who clawed their way to the middle
that we’re shining the spotlight on the dudes who did the same. Although they may be more likely today to upsell your fast-food order than to sell out arenas, nothing can take away their brush — however brief — with fame. Wherever you are and whoever you became, pop dudedom’s almost-wases and never-weres, we’ll never stop singing along with you! More »
Let’s face it, pop fanatics — decent albums have been few and far between this year. And now that we’re halfway through 2014, we at Idolator found ourselves hard-pressed to scrounge up 10 LPs released between January and June, as we’ve done in years past, to shine the spotlight on.
So instead we decided to open the field up a bit and include singles and EP releases, as well as albums, and throw them all together in one ranked list of the best of the best in pop from this year, to-date — all compiled by Idolator’s editors and a couple of the site’s contributors.
It’s now a three-day holiday weekend, so head below and take some time to absorb and perhaps discover some of new music. And, who knows — you might even work out a decent playlist to whip together from our picks. More »
Ain’t nobody gonna claim “The Star-Spangled Banner” is easy to sing. (Well, maybe one
, but she’s dead.) Although we all know the lyrics (well, kind of
) and we all know the melody (umm, mostly
), public performances of the national anthem are always tricky and tend to live on…much to Michael Bolton
. So let’s shine Lady Liberty’s light on those patriotic popsters whose performances have, fairly or not, been largely forgotten.
Hold on to your sparklers, kittens, and let freedom ring! More »
is giving props to the ladies in its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women In The World
. And while several obvious politicians make the cut — German Chancellor Angela Merkel
is at #1, while former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton
and First Lady Michelle Obama
are also in the Top 10 — “Drunk In Love”
pop diva Beyonce
soars in at #17, while sometimes-Voice coach Shakira
makes an appearance at #58 and Reverse Warholian ARTPOP
songbird Lady Gaga
pops up at #67. More »