Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea closed the American Music Awards last night (November 23) with a jaw-dropping performance of Diplo-produced club-banger “Booty”. It was generally praised as one of the best moments of an otherwise lackluster night but the sexy spectacle obviously didn’t sit well with Sheryl Crow. The veteran singer/songwriter jumped on Twitter to ask for: “More real singing, less pole dancing please.”
She was referring to the segment where J.Lo and Iggy twirled around a stripper pole in swimsuits/leotards. While I agree with Sheryl about the singing — the whole night was littered with underwhelming vocal performances — it seems odd that she would use her platform for misguided slut-shaming. Jennifer sang live while dancing around the stage like a woman possessed and still managed to look sexy, powerful and in control. She also deserves props for being only one of two women over 40 (the other being Mary J. Blige) considered relevant enough to perform at the AMAs. See the “Strong Enough” hitmaker’s tweet after the jump. More »
Another American Music Awards has come and gone, and like with all of these shindigs, there are lessons to be learned and moments worth singling out. Did you sit through all three hours of this particular dog and pony act last night? Yes? Well, then see if you agree with our best/worst roundup. No? Then, children, pull up a seat and allow us to relay what went down. Have at it below! More »
The 2014 American Music Awards, a.k.a. one of the biggest nights in music, aired yesterday (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater! The three-hour telecast was jam-packed with major honors (like Taylor Swift winning the Dick Clark Award For Excellence) and fun performances from everyone’s favorite artists — including Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and many more!
One Direction had the best night ever, taking home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year. But what did other critics think were the biggest highlights from the 2014 AMAs? Find out after the jump! More »
Taylor Swift was presented with an incredible honor at last night’s American Music Awards! The “Blank Space” starlet won the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by the legendary diva Diana Ross. During her speech, the singer made a point to highlight the hard work of musicians (possible shade thrown at Spotify, maybe?):
“What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in. Music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated.”
The singer has been wrapping up 2014 in a major way! Her fifth studio LP, 1989, debuted at the number one spot on Billboard 200 with 1.3 million copies sold — beating out The Eminem Show for the highest first-week sales record.
Watch the honorable moment between Swift & Ross after the jump! More »
The 42nd annual American Music Awards kicked off tonight (November 23) live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with awards given out to some of our favorite (and biggest) musicians of the year!
One Direction turned out to be the night’s major winners, as the cute British lads took home three awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group; Favorite Pop/Rock Album with Midnight Memories and Artist of the Year! “Beg For It” rapstress Iggy Azalea won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for The New Classic. “Blank Space” diva, a.ka. Taylor Swift, won the most prestigious award, with the legendary Diana Ross presenting her with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!
Other highlights included everyone’s favorite crooner Sam Smith winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Katy Perry nagging Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and 5 Seconds Of Summer proving their escalating popularity with the younger generation with their New Artist of the Year win.
View the list of winners from this year’s American Music Awards after the jump! More »
One Direction rocked the red carpet at tonight’s (November 23) American Music Awards in Los Angeles in their coordinated black outfits. The boys looked pretty glum (with the exception of a beaming Liam Payne) and that was reflected by their clothes. Louis Tomlinson could have been mistaken for a loan shark/bouncer, while Harry Styles looked like a grieving folk singer. Zayn Malik looked sharp but dazed, while Niall Horan was the odd man out in a t-shirt.
There fashion sense might be a little questionable but there’s no doubting their status as the most successful boy band in the world. Their fourth LP — the appropriately-titled Four — delivered the year’s second-biggest sales tally after Taylor Swift‘s all-conquering 1989. (Take that 5 Seconds Of Summer!) The guys also won the American Music Award for favorite pop/rock album for their last opus Midnight Memories. See all their pics up top. More »
The 2014 American Music Awards got off to a thrilling start for Swifties on Sunday night (November 23), as Taylor Swift took the stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and performed her latest 1989 single “Blank Space.” Adding a bit of dale to the evening was host Pitbull, who also slipped on his performing shoes when it came time to hit the stage for “Fireball.”
One particular highlight was Sam Smith‘s fantastic, flawless outing with “I’m Not The Only One.” He did what many of his contemporaries couldn’t do throughout the night: he sang without the aid of a backing vocal track. But without a doubt, it was Jennifer Lopez who stole the entire show with her jaw-dropping performance of “Booty.”
Catch Sam, JLo and the rest of the 2014 AMAs performances below. More »
When your breakthrough hit is called “Fancy”, there’s extra pressure to look it on the red carpet. Charli XCX certainly rose to the occasion at tonight’s (November 23) American Music Awards in Los Angeles. She followed the trend of wearing a formal gown but still managed to sex things up with the garment’s very low cut. The 22-year-old is shaping up to be one of the game’s surprise glamour girls.
After heating up the red carpet, Iggy Azalea‘s recent collaborator hit the stage to perform new single “Break The Rules”. Thus far, it hasn’t caused much damage on the Billboard Hot 100 — the catchy jam actually hasn’t charted at all — but that could have more to do with radio still spinning her last hit “Boom Clap”. Charli’s crazy performance will no doubt be invaluable promo. Her much-anticipated sophomore LP Sucker drops December 16. More »
God bless, Jennifer Lopez. While most of the attendees of tonight’s (November 23) American Music Awards dressed like they were going to a funeral, the sexiest woman alive — it’s not even up for debate anymore — stunned onlookers by rocking a barely-there ensemble, which showcased the stunning diva’s legendary curves. She was hands-down the best-dressed on the night and single-handedly saved the red carpet. Can someone please give her an honorary award?
Apart from making jaws drop in the sexiest dress at the AMAs, J.Lo will also take to the stage to perform “Booty” with Iggy Azalea. The butt-themed club-banger has been the biggest hit from Jenny’s much-underrated A.K.A. LP, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 — mostly due to YouTube views of the eye-popping video. The pop legend also dropped an autobiography this year, which (of course) turned out to be a bestseller. See her gorgeous pics up top. More »
Nicki Minaj is known for her wild and wacky (and often barely-there) outfits but she rocked a relatively conservative ensemble at tonight’s (November 23) American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The femcee wore a little black dress with a difference. For starters, the material was sheer and it was cut-out at the side. Nevertheless, it’s probably the most boring gown in the her wardrobe. But she made it work.
The next couple of weeks are make-or-break for Nicki. While “Anaconda” was a huge hit, The Pinkprint era hasn’t been without a couple of stumbles. Lead single “Pills N Potions” flopped and she was recently slammed in the press for using Nazi imagery in her “Only” lyric video. Given the inroads Iggy Azalea has made this year, the 30-year-old really needs to bring it with her third LP. No doubt, she still has a couple of tricks up her sleeve. Check out her pics up top. More »