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Whitney Houston: The 5 Best Tribute Performances, A Year After Her Death

Feb 11th, 2013 // 2 Comments

It’s been a year since music legend Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. In the time following her February 11, 2012 passing, performers spanning generations and genres have paid tribute to the esteemed singer.

In fact, there wasn’t a proper music event in 2012 that didn’t seize the opportunity to memorialize Houston through performance. From the legendary peers that worked alongside Whitney from the start, to the new crop of singers inspired by the iconic diva, it was quite a collection that took to the stage to pay their respects. The early tributes, appropriately, reflected the sadness of a life lost too soon. As the year went on, however, these performances evolved to a celebration of The Voice’s energy and charismatic stage presence.

Starting with Jennifer Hudson’s somber performance of “I Will Always Love You” during last year’s Grammys, and moving toward an eventual spirited celebration of Houston’s more upbeat hits, we’ve rounded up our five favorite tributes to the singer. (And spoiler alert: Glee’s Whitney Houston-themed episode didn’t make the cut. At all.) More »

Grammys: 10 Pop Songs That Never Won The Awards They Deserved

Feb 6th, 2013 // 3 Comments

Scoring a Grammy nod doesn’t necessarily make a song good, although it seems like the biggest music award of them all should help dictate which tracks will become pop classics. Alas, as it turns out, a lot of zeitgeist-y hits from the past few decades years didn’t win a statue on Grammy night, even though a few did score nominations. It might seem weird that “Umbrella” didn’t sweep all the record categories and No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” wasn’t lauded at all. But those, of course, aren’t the only major pop hits lacking a statue.

We rounded up two handfuls of such snubbed songs below. Revisit them and feel the injustice! More »

Beyonce At The Super Bowl: 7 Things Still Left For Her To Conquer

Jan 25th, 2013 // 1 Comment
Bey Lip-Synced?
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Probably. Is it a big deal? Read More »
Beyonce On 'GQ'
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Bey's sexy cover wows readers of the men's mag. Read More »
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Five classic performances by Destiny's Child. Read More »

Over the years, Beyonce has dominated nearly every realm of entertainment. The former (?) Destiny’s Child member has released wildly successful solo albums, starred in films, appeared on Broadway and performed on dozens of award shows. (Not to mention the Glastonbury fest, gigs she’s done with husband Jay-Z and the presidential inaugurations she’s taken part in.) And now as Beyonce, who will release her fifth solo album later this year, prepares to take the stage during the Super Bowl halftime show, it’s interesting to consider whether the singer has anything left on her bucket list.

As it turns out, there are a few stones still left unturned when it comes to Bey’s career, although some of these suggestions are more probable than others. Will Bey ever really play a show on the moon? Maybe not, but let’s not rule anything out too quickly. This is, after all, the woman who, for the most part, has managed to keep her child’s face a secret for over a year now. More »

Beyonce At The Super Bowl: Bey & Destiny’s Child’s Most Stadium-Worthy Songs

Jan 18th, 2013 // 7 Comments
Beyonce On 'GQ'
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Bey's sexy cover wows readers of the men's mag. Read More »
Epic Destiny
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Five classic performances by Destiny's Child. Read More »
Destiny's "Nuclear"
Destiny's Child Love Songs
Hear Destiny's Child's first new song in years. Read More »
Destiny Reunited!
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The girls will perform at the Super Bowl. Read More »

Somewhere in the vast sprawl of New York City, Beyonce is preparing for the Super Bowl with the steely focus and unwavering dedication of a professional athlete. You see, the queen of pop, soul and several other genres has a lot riding on the high profile performance. A flawless display could set up GQ’s sexiest woman of the millennium for another record-breaking era and cement her status as a pop immortal. On the other hand, if something goes wrong — we’re looking at you, Janet Jackson! — it could derail the Bey juggernaut, at least momentarily.

With so much on the line, composing the perfect halftime setlist is critical. We know the Beyonce is going to reunite with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to belt out a medley of Destiny’s Child hits on February 3. But the rest of her set is a complete mystery. We’ve dusted off our crystal ball to create a theoretical list that showcases King B’s incredible talent and diversity. Be sure to let us know what you think about our selections below! More »

Beyonce At The Super Bowl: Revisit 5 Epic Destiny’s Child Performances

Jan 14th, 2013 // 1 Comment
Destiny's "Nuclear"
Destiny's Child Love Songs
Hear Destiny's Child's first new song in years. Read More »
Destiny Reunited!
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The girls will perform at the Super Bowl. Read More »
Destiny's Wardrobe
Gorgeous women. Beautiful voices. Atrocious outfits. Read More »

Independent women, single ladies and everyone in between — it’s time to celebrate! Destiny’s Child will officially be reuniting at the Super Bowl, so get ready to party like it’s 2004, football fans! With the iconic pop trio’s new collection Love Songs set to drop (on January 29), and the premiere of brand new song “Nuclear,” we’re bound to hear a mix of old and new DC music on when the big game kicks off on February 3..

So how will the reunited Destiny’s Child members play off of each other, nine years after their last album? And more importantly, what type of fashion coordination will they come up with for this big event? We’ve got three weeks before these burning questions are answered, survivors, and until then, we’re going to be tailgating by watching some of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams‘ great past live performances. More »

Golden Globes: 10 Past Nominated Songs You Completely Forgot Existed

Jan 11th, 2013 // 5 Comments
Globe Song Nominees
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Taylor and Adele duking it out for Original Song. Read More »
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She's been nominated for "Skyfall." Will she win? Read More »
Forgotten Madonna
Madge's 10 best songs radio forgot. Read More »

It’s officially Awards Season again and, rather predictably, everyone’s abuzz over the Academy Awards’ Best Original Song nominees — but what of the Golden Globes Best Original Song selections, we ask? No, really. Wait, come back!

Though often thought of as Oscar’s little sister — and a somewhat reliable predictor of who will win Academy Award gold — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual accolade has a style all its own, and nowhere is this style more evident than in its strange history of Best Original Song nominees.

What follows is a look at some of the Golden Globe-nominated movie songs that once graced the big screen and the red carpet, only to fall into obscurity almost immediately after the night they lost. We couldn’t let them lay forgotten, so we’ve resurrected ten songs here for your listening enjoyment. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you, and thank us later for not including Pia Zadora, Frank Stallone or Gwynteh Paltrow.) More »

Idolator’s 12 Fave Music-Related Things Of 2012: From ‘The Nekci Menij Show’ To The 777 Tour

Dec 31st, 2012 // Comment
2012 In Post-Its
Our take on the year, one Post-It note at a time! Read More »

Throughout December, Idolator’s editors have rounded up what they deemed to be the best albums and best EPs of 2012, and even reviewed the year’s #1 singles (in one word) — as well as summed up the entire past 12 months (in Post-It notes). So what’s left to cover? Well, we can think of 12 more things, some of which we never got around to writing about here on the site, but all of which made an impression on us in 2012.

So before you slap on your party hat and get your New Year’s Eve festivities underway, head below to check out our 12 other favorite music-related things from the past year. More »

Best Music 2012: Adam Lambert’s ‘Trespassing’ Voted Year’s Best Album By Idolator Readers

Dec 31st, 2012 // 7 Comments
Best Albums 2012
See Idolator editors' picks for the best LPs of 2012. Read More »
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Check out our 12 favorite EPs of 2012. Read More »
2012's #1s Reviewed
We sum up each #1 single of the year, in one word. Read More »

What was your favorite album of 2012? It’s a question we posed to Idolator readers in a two-part poll as the year began to wind down. Over 35,000 votes came in, and we’ve now rounded up the ten most popular of your choices. The top two — Adam Lambert‘s Trespassing and Marina And The Diamonds‘ Electra Heart — were separated by a mere 238 votes, indicating that it was indeed a tight race.

Head below to see the albums you all chose as the best of the year, and let us know your thoughts on how the poll shook out in the end More »

10 Great Guilty Pleasure Christmas Songs That Make The Yuletide Gay

Dec 25th, 2012 // Comment
Campy Xmas LPs
Off-the-wall albums that give laughter at the holidays. Read More »
"Last Christmas" Covers
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These artists all took on Wham!'s holiday classic. Read More »
The xx's "Christmas"
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The xx covered Wham!, and it was gorgeous. Read More »

There’s something inherently warm and fuzzy about Christmas songs that makes them hard to critique. But for every classic like Mariah Carey’s evergreen “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” there are two or three equally entertaining — if slightly less conventional — modern carols that you’ll probably skip playing in company. That is, unless you have really awesome (and understanding) friends.

We’ve put together a list of 10 festive guilty pleasures to spin this Christmas…preferably after a couple of glasses of spiked eggnog. More »

The 5 Best Pop Feuds Of 2012: From Christina Aguilera Vs. The Wanted To Lady Gaga Vs. Madonna

Dec 19th, 2012 // 3 Comments
Best Albums 2012
Idolator editors pick their favorite LPs of 2012. Read More »
Best EPs Of 2012
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Check out our 12 favorite EPs of 2012. Read More »
Madonna Tops Tour List
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Madge had the top tour of 2012. Get it, girl! Read More »

As 2012 comes to a close and we all start fondly looking back at the best music that the year had to offer, we must also remember the biggest beefs of the past 12 months. From rappers to pop tarts to boy banders, 2012 was chock full of feuds. Thankfully for us, most of them were just as entertaining as they were petty.

But not all cat fights were created equal, so here we present to you the top five juiciest, naughtiest and beefiest pop feuds of the year. Clench your fists and head below! More »