has a lot of famous friends. When she’s not hanging out with Lorde
, Selena Gomez
or Ed Sheeran
, the country superstar is taking road trips with supermodels. Yep, the 24-year-old spent the last two days driving across California with Karlie Kloss
and she kindly shared pictures of her epic adventure on Instagram.
I’m not sure how much fun a road trip with Taylor would be (I imagine her playing James Taylor‘s greatest hits on repeat and rambling endlessly about heartbreak) but Karlie had the time of her life if the photos are any indication. The blond bombshells drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, stopped at Pfeiffer Big Sur state park and even cuddled on the beach. See all their pics after the jump. More »
The Kids’ Choice Awards have grown up. This year will mark the 27th installment of the annual ceremony, and the Nickelodeon event will be hosted by one mature, 42-year-old Mark Wahlberg
. That said, when it comes to the nominees, it’s still light and fluffy kiddie fare that’s important — like, for instance, SpongeBob SquarePants
and Adventure Time
(both up for Favorite Cartoon), or Despicable Me 2
(each have a nod in the Favorite Animated Movie category).
In the area of music, One Direction scored nods for Favorite Group and Favorite Song (“Story Of My Life”), while Taylor Swift and Katy Perry each earned two nominations (Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Song — for “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Roar,” respectively). Elsewhere, singing and acting double threats Bridgit Mendler and Ariana Grande will compete for Favorite TV Actress, while The Voice and American Idol have been recognized in the Favorite Reality Show category. (Sorry, The X Factor.) Oh, and cover the little ones’ eyes, Mom and Dad — Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” is up for Favorite Song, as well.
Head below to see all of the music nominees for this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards, which will air March 29 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. More »
‘s friendship is going strong. Of course, it started off rocky, with Lorde criticizing Swift
in an interview last year, but soon after that Lorde was attending Taylor’s birthday party
. And now they’re beach besties, taking a lovely weekend ocean stroll together. “Bare feet in the sand on a Saturday,” Taylor wrote with a photo of the two of them decked out in matching outfits and shades.
Let’s hope they experienced some creative inspiration during the beautiful walk and decided to hit the studio together after. See Taylor’s Instagram post below. More »
For her final Red
tour show, Taylor Swift
Tuesday night (February 11) brought out her old pal Ellie Goulding
in London to perform Ellie’s hit “Burn.” Goulding follows appearances from fellow British singers Sam Smith
and Emeli Sande
during Taylor’s London stand, but this one definitely had the most dancing, as Taylor busted a move like she forgot and thought she was at the Grammys or something.
The O2 concert marks the end of Swift’s tour, which began way back in March 2013. Like, so far back that she already brought out Goulding back in August, to perform “Anything Could Happen.”
And to mark the occasion last night, Taylor broke out a new hairdo, debuting shorter locks in a snapshot with Ellie after the show. Watch the performance up top, and check out her new ‘do below. More »
once again shows she has great taste in emerging British singers. After trotting out Sam Smith
last week for a duet of his song “Money On My Mind,”
Swift snagged Emeli Sande
for her penultimate Red
tour show on Monday (February 10). Swift and Sande performed “Next To Me,” the late-momentum hit off her 2012 debut album.
“Do you remember the BRIT Awards last year? I had a great time and I got to meet one of my favorite artists, and I watched her clean up,” Swift said to the crowd at O2 Arena. “Then I got this idea that what if she might come out and sing a song for you. London, what would you say if I told you that Emeli Sande is here?” The announcement was greeted by the inevitable wall of Swiftie screams.
Check out the performance (damn that Emeli can sing) and Taylor’s grateful tweet below. More »
and Ed Sheeran
performed an impromptu cover of The Knife
‘s early-2000s synth-pop gem “Heartbeats,”
in the style of Jose Gonzalez‘ acoustic cover
of the song. Taylor posted an Instagram video of the jam session, which took place in the US Ambassador’s home in London while the two finish up the Red
tour there. The performance also included Cara Delevingne
, with all three on vocals and Sheeran on acoustic guitar.
“Me, Ed, Cara. Singing songs in the US ambassador’s house,” Taylor captioned the video, adding, “What is life.” Check it out below. More »
Who better to cover the 75th anniversary issue of Glamour
magazine than fashion plate Taylor Swift
? The country-pop superstar wears a suitably stylish red (or is that blood orange?) dress for the occasion and poses up a storm. In the accompanying photo shoot, she opts for a more casual look — rocking bohemian skirts and dresses.
As for the interview? Taylor opens up about her reaction to bad press, admitting that she has thin skin. “I’m careful about getting sucked into the rabbit hole that is the Internet because, as a songwriter, I don’t have the option of having thick skin,” she explains. “As a writer you have to be open to everything, and that includes pain, rejection, self-doubt, fear.” See more pics from Tay Tay’s Glamour spread after the jump. More »
performed in London a couple nights ago, and she brought out rising hometown star Sam Smith
which means we’ll be able to remove the “rising” descriptor from his name pretty soon. Swift introduced him as her “absolute new favorite,” and the two performed Smith’s head voice hit “Money On My Mind,”
with Swift geeking out and dancing whenever Sam was on the mic.
It was a very entertaining affair — but the best part is the world is now one step closer to getting the Taylor Swift-Disclosure collaboration it never knew it dreamed about. Watch the live collab up top. More »
The 2014 Grammy Awards were so boring! Every year, it’s a bloated, largely out-of-touch affair, but this year in particular seemed especially thin, lacking one of those zeitgeist-capturing moments that defines our collective memory of the night. The 56th Grammys dragged on with superfluous collaborations and ridiculously insipid MCing from LL Cool J
, plus so many shaky performances from old white dudes knocking on heaven’s door (did we really need two
doses of Ringo Starr
But there were some genuinely entertaining moments among all this slurry. Every shot of Steven Tyler was like a two-second roller coaster ride. Some of the collaborations worked far better than they should have (Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Metallica and Lang Lang.) The Macklemore/Queen Latifah marriage extravaganza thing was equal parts touching and mind-boggling, and that was before Madonna showed up in a cowboy hat. The speeches were generally quick and earnest; if only the same could be said about the overall broadcast.
Below, check out our roundup of the night’s best and worst moments. More »
The 2014 Grammy Awards began with a self-contained advertisement for the Awards themselves, which were touted as a platform for performances that “people will be talking about for years.” So did this year live up to the high standards? Eh, maybe a couple of them? Pink
‘s trapeze act was expected, but that made it no less impressive (let’s ignore the second half with Nate Ruess
for now). Daft Punk
‘s “Get Lucky” rendition was pretty tame at first, but once Stevie got comfortable and dug in, and the Robots appeared behind the faux studio, it became perhaps the highlight of the night. They were just totally committed to that ’70s studio cheese vibe, resulting in a well-executed, hard-to-dislike performance.
Meanwhile, rap fans were bracing for the worst all night, knowing Kendrick Lamar would be paired with Imagine Dragons. But you know what? Their “Radioactive”/”m.A.A.d city” mashup was rad! K-Dot didn’t necessarily need the added rock heft, but he was never in danger of getting buried by the thunder, and instead it only made him more menacing and dialed in. And you gotta give it to ID’s singer, that is a great rock howl.
As for Beyonce, she gave us a promising start, with a Flashdance-y rendition of “Drunk In Love,” rocking wet hair (presumably from riding that surfboart) and a bootylicious body suit. Hubby Jay Z joined her near the end of the song on his suit and bow tie shit once again, and they held hands and embraced for some classy steamy Grammy goodness.
Check out all of the performances below. (There were so, so many.) More »