Posts tagged "Barack Obama"

Katy Perry Performs “Roar” At White House Reception: Watch

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A Champion
Katy Perry 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 himself.

“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 »

Jennifer Hudson Gives Her Assistant A House, Assistant Freaks Out: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Jennifer Hudson posted a video to Instagram where she slowly walks away after she hands her assistant a Christmas gift: a deed for a new home. Immediately, her assistant drops the deed and tackles Hudson on the couch, shrieking in delight. [Billboard]

:: Brad Paisley will perform at this year’s People’s Choice Awards on January 8. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and five-time nominee Justin Timberlake will attend. [CBS]

:: Katy Perry hints that “Dark Horse,” the slinky Prism highlight featuring Juicy J, will be her next single. Meanwhile, she’s realized that the song lives up to its name. [Twitter]

:: Hilary Duff has made a few more key decisions for her new album since we last chatted with her. “There are a lot of artists out there being really provocative, wearing certain clothes and performing in certain ways, but right now that’s just not me,” she says. [Pop Dust]

:: Snoop Dogg proved himself to be a national treasure at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors Herbie Hancock. He rapped lyrics from “Gin & Juice” to the iconic jazz-funk-rap of US3‘s “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia),” to the utter delight of President Barack Obama and Hancock himself. [Rap Radar]

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President Obama “Sings” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”: Watch The Video

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He's Up All Night For Good Fun
Daft Punk‘s comeback single “Get Lucky” has quickly become one of the songs of the summer — and now, it seems, the Random Access Memories hit is such an ear worm that even President Barack Obama can’t resist breaking out into song. Well, sort of.

Baracksdubs, the YouTube channel that brought us Obama’s cover of “Call Me Maybe” and “Boyfriend,” has uploaded a new video of the POTUS “singing” the groovy disco track by slicing up bits and pieces from his speeches. The end result is pretty entertaining. More »

President Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner: He Talks Jay-Z, References Taylor Swift

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99 Problems, And Jay-Z's Now One
President Obama‘s relationship to pop culture is simple: He uses it to to disarm the public and reach beyond the politicians and otherwise Very Important People sitting before him. Every nod to rap still feels as revelatory as his 2008 Democratic primary speech and reference to Jay-Z‘s “Dirt Off Your Shoulders“; it says that he still sees minorities, youth and other overlooked sectors of the population.

Now five years later, at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama showed that pop-friendly charm offensive — or, political campaign used to win supporters — hasn’t changed. This year, he moved on from referencing Young Jeezy‘s “My President Is Black” to DJ Khaled‘s “All I Do Is Win.” (“How do you like my new entrance music?” he asked, to an otherwise quiet crowd.) He also addressed Jay-Z and Beyonce‘s recent, controversial trip to Cuba, and addressed the hip-hop royal couple in a way that no other politician would have. More »

Watch Justin Timberlake Perform At The White House As The Obamas Sing Along

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Presidential Pop
Justin Timberlake performed at the White House last night (April 9) as part of the accurately titled In Performance at the White House concert celebrating Memphis soul music. Timberlake gave a smooth, magnetic rendition of Otis Redding‘s classic “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” But don’t take our word for it: just watch President Obama and First Lady Michelle (and JT’s wife Jessica Biel) bobbing to the groove. Justin kicks the falsetto into high gear around the 2:40 mark and again at 3:30, and soon after the Obamas can be seen singing along. Do you think Jay-Z is jealous?

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Michelle Obama’s Grammy Picks: Frank Ocean & Kelly Clarkson

It’s quite possible that President Obama and his wife Michelle have the best taste in music in the history of the First Couple. We know Obama’s fandom spans from Jay-Z to Al Green to Bruce Springsteen, but in Michelle Obama‘s new interview with People, we learn that the FLOTUS is no slouch in the music department, either. She predicts Frank Ocean‘s channel ORANGE will win Album of the Year (“He’s a young, innovative performer with a soulful sound”). She also picks Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” for Song of the Year, and since Michelle is nominated for a Grammy — it’s true! — we feel she is uniquely qualified to offer up these choices. More »

Whatcha Say: Beyonce’s Inauguration Lip-Sync Scandal Rocked Our Readers

President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration went down this week, as did Beyonce‘s credibility after it emerged that she may have lip-synced while singing the National Anthem. (One person who shined: Kelly Clarkson, who knocked “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee” out of the, er, Capital.) Our readers had a field day weighing in on Bey’s latest scandal, along with news of Rihanna and Chris Brown‘s latest stint in the studio and the newest round of auditions of American Idol.

Head below for our weekly roundup of what you all had to say! More »

Beyonce Lip-Synced At The Presidential Inauguration & We’re All Devastated [UPDATE: Maybe She Sang After All]

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All Hail Queen B
UPDATE: The Marine Corps Band released a second statement clarifying that “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded.”  So…there’s still hope! Here’s the whole statement:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”

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Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Fun. Perform At President Obama’s Inaugural Ball: Watch

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America's On Fire Now
And what a Presidential Inauguration it was! Yesterday (January 21) saw a pretty intense string of inaugural ceremonies, parties and sundry star-studded stuff, including (of course) a couple of powerhouse performances from people like Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson.

But last night kept the party going even harder, as Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and fun. all performed at the Inaugural Ball, which sounds like something out of The Hunger Games but was actually pretty fun! More »

Kelly Clarkson Sings “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” At President Obama’s Inauguration: Review Revue

With all the fevered anticipation, there’s no denying that Beyonce‘s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at today’s Presidential Inauguration was the main event, but Kelly Clarkson more than delivered with a showstopping delivery of “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” — so much so, in fact, that when she finished, a dumbfounded Senator Chuck Schumer walked up to the mic and said simply, “Wow.”

And while Clarkson may have tweeted that she was “incredibly nervous and cold,” she overcame her nerves and impressed, well, everyone. Even the President. And definitely the critics. Read below to see what the reviewers thought of Clarkson’s performance. More »