The 2014 Teen Choice Awards aired last night, which saw some of our favorite teen-pop faves winning awards as voted on by teens. Teen power!
Along with a star-studded cast of presenters last night, there was certainly no shortage of musical action on the main stage: From Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd‘s killer live rendition of their Demi summer banger “Really Don’t Care,” to Magic!‘s chart-topping #1 “Rude,” to Rixton‘s “Wait On Me” and “Me & My Broken Heart,” to Becky G‘s infectious “Shower” all the way to Jason Derulo and his inescapable summer jams, “Wiggle” and “Talk Dirty,” the night was filled with killer live performances. (Note: Rita Ora was scheduled to hit the stage too, but was allegedly blocked by ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris from performing the song. #DRAMA!)
Check out all of the performances from the 2014 Teen Choice Awards after the jump, and tell us which one(s) you enjoyed the most in the comments below. More »
“Thank you all so much for voting for me. This is for my fans,” Ariana Grande said while accepting the 2014 Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Artist last night (August 10) at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Edwin Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus in Westwood, but a reported burst pipe caused flooding in the venue just one week prior.
Grande, who is arguably the pop star of summer 2014, continued with her speech by acknowledging the recent passing of her grandfather. “Especially this last month was very rough for me, and my fans showed me the realest love and compassion and understanding and support,” Ariana said while holding her new trophy surfboard. More »
Drake and Lil Wayne launched their Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour
in Darien, New York, to set a new precedent for co-headlining treks.
The two Young Money artists – the protege and the sage, as the trailer says – didn’t completely rely on a setlist. Instead, they had fans who downloaded the Lil Wayne Vs. Drake tour app vote on who would perform first. From there, Lil Wayne and Drake took turns performing snippets of their respective hits – and exchanging disses in efforts to “win” the Street Fighter-inspired night. (Yes, the tour is sponsored by Capcom.)
After Drake performed his part from DJ Khaled‘s “No New Friends,” his label boss joined him on stage. “I kinda remember that, but, uh, you probably was still in the wheelchair when I was making hits,” he said, a brutal way to shout out Drake’s Degrassi role and introduce his verse in “Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle, the rap duo featuring 2 Chainz (when he was still known as Tity Boi). Thanks to moves like that, Lil Wayne won the tour’s opening night.
Watch Lil Wayne and Drake’s Street Fighter-inspired introduction, the notable Degrassi diss and the live debut of Lil Wayne’s “Grindin” after the jump. More »
plays a minor role in The Giver
, the forthcoming film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s 1993 novel — and until now, only seconds of her cameo have been shown. A new clip (premiered by Yahoo!) reveals that Swift’s small role as Rosemary is also pivotal.
Rosemary sits at the piano next to Jeff Bridges as the titular role, showing him how to play a song (while appearing in hologram form). Meanwhile, the real-life Giver starts explaining to his protege Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) exactly who she is and why she matters. More »
kicked off their joint Monster Tour
at Pasadena, California’s Rose Bowl. The performance emphasized how both pop superstars use their music to combat their demons, related to fame and otherwise, and started with a Silence of the Lambs
-inspired short film.
Rihanna visits a maximum-security prison, while accompanied by The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli. “Remember, don’t let him into your mind,” he says – referring, naturally, to Eminem, bleach-blond and slightly crazed as he was for “The Real Slim Shady.” Fortunately, Rihanna was ready for the rapper’s lashing out over cartoons and dry cereal. “You ungrateful fuck,” she says, flawlessly.
The sight’s a bit surreal at first, given how Eminem launched his career partially by blasting his TRL peers. The longer he and Rihanna shared the stage, however, for both their mega-hit collaborations (“Love the Way You Lie”), new takes on old hits (“Stan,” as debuted at Lollapalooza) and even a Paramore cover (“Airplanes,” as Rihanna’s done alone), the more the pairing seemed like a natural fit.
Watch snippets from Eminem and Rihanna’s Monster Tour kick-off, including the opening short film, after the jump. More »
hit the stage on The Today Show
this morning. Did she kill it? Oh, you already know.
The massively popular Aussie femcee tore into her Song Of Summer 2014 “Fancy,” as well as her New Classic smash, “Work.”
Blazing the stage in bright orange, the charming rapstress energetically tore through the two hits to a very eager crowd. The best part of all, arguably, was when Iggy put the mic down during the most explicit part of “Work” and the crowd loudly filled in themselves: “Valley girls giving blowjobs for Louboutins…what you call that, head over heels?” You know, live on The Today Show, which your grandma is probably watching. Amazing.
Along with the set, Iggy also confirmed that she’ll be performing her new single “Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)” at the upcoming 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Get ready for more I-G-G-Y!
Watch her performances down below, and let us know what you thought of Iggy’s Today Show appearance in the comments. More »
Let’s face it — it’s really hard not to love Meghan Trainor.
Having just landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 with her summer smash “All About That Bass,” the 20-year-old pop starlet just made her live debut of the infectious hit on LIVE! With Kelly and Michael. Surrounded by a gaggle of dancers, Meghan gives a sassy, booty-shaking performance where she not only makes the track’s fun, cotton-candy colored video come to life, but also shows off her incredibly soulful pipes. Watch the video below. More »
The tireless Disclosure
and Sam Smith
took to Jimmy Kimmel Live
‘s outdoor stage in Hollywood for yet another performance of their current Top 10 hit “Latch.”
(Clearly, the last remaining TV show these three have yet to hit up?) The single’s rise in the US has been pretty remarkable, given that it’s the first of the new wave of house tunes to completely crack the mainstream here, and, hell — it’s even charted higher in America (“Latch” is currently #7 on the Hot 100) than it did in the UK (#11), where all artists involved hail from.
Watch above as Sam flawlessly hits the high notes on Disclosure’s clubby composition. More »
peruses convenience store aisles and stops by a kid’s birthday party in his new “Money Can’t Buy
” video, released August 1.
He hangs out outside the historic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, then runs off to a secluded beach when it’s pitch black outside. The whole point of his new video, though, is to see that he’s not alone. For one, featured emcee Jeezy pops up. More importantly though, whether cruising through the West Coast in a Rolls Royce or doing a whole lot of nothing, Ne-Yo’s eying his companion (model Crystal Williams) – and she doesn’t seem to mind. More »
took a brief detour from her ongoing tour
to perform at the White House. On July 31, she performed an intimate rendition of her Prism
hit “Roar” during a Special Olympics reception, to high-profile guests including Maria Shriver
(whose mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver
founded the organization) – and after a warm introduction from President Barack Obama
“I love Katy Perry,” Obama said. “She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she’s such a wonderful person.” Prior to that, he had called her “one of my favorite people.” And after that, he mentioned that the “This Is How We Do” star was currently on tour – her Prismatic tour, to be more specific – to emphasize what a privilege it was to see her there.
Watch Katy Perry do “Roar” up top, then see Barack Obama’s introduction below. More »