Over the weekend, Iggy Azalea made her debut on the Jim Carrey-hosted Saturday Night Live. The diva took to the legendary stage to perform her current hits: a medley of “Fancy” and the Rita Ora-assisted “Black Widow,” and “Beg For It” — her latest song with Danish singer MØ.
Azalea held her own with confidence and ease, but it was MØ’s feature that had everyone talking — but not in a good way. In our recap of the night’s performance, we wrote: “…Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties.” MØ has since apologized on Twitter.
Did other critics enjoy the rapper’s performance? Find out after the jump! More »
Maddie Ziegler made a big impression with her starring role in Sia‘s “Chandelier” video. The way that the pre-teen dancer (of Dance Moms) flitted through the clip’s dingy setting, in that flesh-toned leotard and platinum bob modeled after Sia’s own, has led to the most high-profile press cycle that the in-demand pop songwriter has experienced in her entire career. (See the reenactments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dancing with the Stars for proof.)
Last night (October 25), Sia’s “Chandelier” video was spoofed by none other than Saturday Night Live. One skit, “Costume Party,” was essentially an elaborate excuse for guest host Jim Carrey, regular Kate McKinnon and, yes, musical guest Iggy Azalea dress up like Ziegler and recreate her routine. The skit didn’t have any other point, and its timing feels slightly off, though it’s tough to blame SNL for not wanting to leave “Chandelier” alone. After all, Ziegler just made it all look like so much fun. More »
Happy Saturday night! It’s been a H-U-G-E year for The I-G-G-Y herself, Miss Iggy Azalea, and she’s already reloading for another round with the release of her forthcoming The New Classic re-release, Reclassified. Accordingly, it was only natural that the Aussie rapper would hit the stage of Saturday Night Live to put in work (work, work, work) to promote her upcoming release.
Donning a “WHO DAT WHO DAT” jacket, Iggy kicked off the night’s first performance with a little bit o’ “Fancy,” only to then be joined by her “Black Widow” partner in crime Rita Ora, who came in for that catchy hook. And later in the night, Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties. Check out the performance of “Black Widow” up top, and catch her live premiere of “Beg For It” after the jump. More »
Iggy Azalea laughs nervously in a promo clip for Saturday Night Live. This isn’t the I-G-G-Y of Reclassified‘s lead single “Beg for It,” where she boasts of her self-worth as the hottest female rapper out (“P-ssy power, pay me by the hour”). Instead, she’s forced to reckon with guest host Jim Carrey as the ever-cartoonish comedian tries saying her name in various voices, contort his face as he would in The Mask and even pose as a rapper, complete with chains and a grill.
It’s okay, Iggy – no one quite knows how to best handle Jim Carrey. More »
Hozier has scored one of 2014′s least likely hits with gut-wrenching love song/break-up anthem (it’s a bit of both) “Take Me To Church”, which is steadily moving up the Billboard Hot 100 in the wake of a canny TV sync and compelling live performances. The Irish newcomer, who recently dropped a self-titled debut LP to near universal acclaim, sang his breakthrough smash on Saturday Night Live tonight (October 11) and absolutely nailed it.
After a slightly shaky start, Andrew Hozier-Byrne (his real name) soon settled down and slowly cast a spell with his gravelly voice and (mostly) female band. “Take Me To Church”, with it’s gritty subject matter and gospel overtones, is a breath of fresh air on radio among all the club-bangers and party jams. Amazingly, it sounds even better live. Watch that up top and check out album track “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” after the jump. More »
Ariana Grande has been on full promotion mode since the release of her sophomore album My Everything, and the singer’s latest stop is on Saturday Night Live! She was the guest performer for the show’s 40th season premiere, hosted by actor Chris Pratt.
The mini-pop diva first took the stage with her latest single, “Break Free.” Wearing those black cat ears once again (someone is excited for Halloween), Grande opened it with a lovely piano-driven version of the track. But as soon as the singer hopped off the piano, she and her dancers turned the stage into a strobe light-filled party.
For the second song, she brought on The Weeknd to perform “Love Me Harder” live for the first time. Grande also made a cameo in the episode’s first sketch, playing the classic She-Ra!
Check out “Break Free” up top, then head below to watch “Love Me Harder” and her opening sketch with Pratt. More »
Ariana Grande shows off her comedic chops in the new promo clip for Saturday Night Live. The singer will be performing on the show’s 40th season premiere on September 27, hosted by actor Chris Pratt. Donning her famous black cat ears, the mini pop diva exchanges some funny banter with the host. In the first clip, Grande jokes she falls asleep to Pratt’s movies. The second clip finds Pratt confusing the singer with being Spanish, not Italian.
The two songs that Grande will perform from her latest album My Everything has not yet been announced, but we’re hoping it’s between a fun-filled performance with “Break Free” and a soothing ballad like “Love Me Harder.” Who knows, maybe she’ll bring out her rumored boyfriend Big Sean as a special guest! More »
“I want to die in your arms,” Chris Martin
sings in Coldplay
‘s “A Sky Full of Stars,”
off its next album Ghost Stories
. Before the band would perform that on the May 3 episode of Saturday Night Live
, though, Martin popped up in a sketch featuring host Andrew Garfield
and Emma Stone
, stars of The Amazing Spider-Man 2
(out in theaters).
Martin’s job? To show Stone how an iconic Hollywood kiss is done.
He stretches, then requests a wig. He dips Garfield. “Now you listen to me, you beautiful spidery man,” he says. “With great power comes great responsibility, and our responsibility right now is to make sweet, sweet love. So, why don’t you go ahead and show me your beautiful tongue?” Garfield responds as Miley Cyrus would. More »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
star Andrew Garfield
flees for his life on the May 3 episode
of Saturday Night Live
. For this sketch modeled after an action thriller trailer, he escapes to a gas station and explains that he’s unwittingly committed a crime: daring to say that he doesn’t like Beyonce
‘s “Drunk in Love.”
“But I like most of her music,” Garfield says to the clerk.
“MOST?” The clerk cocks a rifle to send Garfield running, then sobs. “She’s the Queen B.” More »
Taylor Swift makes headlines for merely posing, if not performing with famous friends: Ellie Goulding
, supermodel Karlie Kloss
. Actor Seth Rogen
seemed to know this all too well when Swift, along with New Girl
‘s Zooey Deschanel
and better half James Franco
, hijacked his monologue while hosting Saturday Night Live
on April 12.
“No, I don’t want any help. I told you guys, I’m fine,” Rogen protested. So naturally, Swift walks on stage to help emphasize his point: “Guys, he said he doesn’t need any help.”
Swift is fewer than six degrees from Rogen; Rogen and Franco co-starred in 2008′s Pineapple Express directed by David Gordon Green, who would cast Franco and Deschanel for 2011′s Your Highness, and then last year, after having hosted SNL herself, Swift would say the best line of New Girl‘s season 2 finale – as she did during Rogen’s monologue.
Watch the SNL antics up top, then see Swift posing with another friend, musical guest Ed Sheeran, after the jump. More »