The Super Bowl Halftime Show has become an overblown spectacle of such proportions and delusionary grasping at the straws of musical-artistic relevancy that it quite simply may never be good again. Yet there have been some standout performances – mostly those that concentrate on actual performing. There were some very dark years here and there that were not focused on the artists and their music as much as the pageantry (I’m looking at you Disney), so I didn’t even count those. There were also a lot of ‘meh’ moments that are not really worth getting into.
2000: PHIL COLLINS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, TONI BRAXTON
I don’t remember this and I’m not going to watch it, but it’s awful. It’s literally the worst thing I’ve never seen.
The GRAMMYs deliver highs and lows
The GRAMMYs were held this week, and per usual, the night was filled with the great and the ghastly. Sophia Grace and her hype man, Rosie, covered the red carpet for Ellen, and creeped us out a little bit when they sang the salacious chorus to Moves Like Jagger. It made Lady Gaga’s lip lock on Sir Paul and Nicki Minaj’s sexy monks feel almost wholesome. Katy Perry’s performance of Part of Me delivered a sonic kick to Russell Brand’s crotch. Chris Brown was pissed off too, after haters suggested he was unworthy of all the airtime he got on the show. At least Adele was happy”the chanteuse took home six trophies for 21. Oh, and so was Diplo, but only after he smoked a doob with Rihanna and Dave Grohl.
Justin Bieber gets married
This story warmed our heart grapes. Justin Bieber surprised six year-old Avalanna Routh, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer, with a Valentines date this week. The Biebs took to Twitter afterwards, saying it was the best thing I’ve ever done and calling Routh Mrs. Bieber. Watch the young bride describe her first meeting with the hubs below.
Whitney Houston dies
The world lost The Voice this week when pop icon Whitney Houston passed away unexpectedly at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The singer, who was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’s pre-GRAMMY party, died just hours before the event, which took place in the same building. The cause of death was reported to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs and alcohol, though toxicology results are still pending. Houston was only forty-eight, and leaves behind a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with her ex-husband Bobby Brown. Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to the great singer during the GRAMMY awards with a performance of I Will Always Love You, which you can watch below. R.I.P.
Madonna, Nicki Minaj disappointed in MIA’s finger
The woman who kissed Britney Spears at the MTV Video Awards and the woman who had sexy monks dancing onstage at the GRAMMYs announced their disappointment in the controversial behavior of M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the Super Bowl. Sorry Madonna and Nicki Minaj, but we’re calling the kettle black on this one.
Shakira faces down a crazed sea lion
When animals attack, Latin pop stars sometimes get hurt. Such was the case when Shakira got too close to a sea lion while vacationing in South Africa. The sea lion got in her face and roared after mistaking the reflection of her Blackberry for a tasty fish. Shakira was whisked away to safety by her brother, getting scratched up by rocks as she scrambled away. Guess you could say those hips don’t lion. Sorry, that was terrible.
Kid Rock pens a poison letter to reporter
Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit brand may not be actually made in Detroit, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to talk smack. Reporter Susan Tompor learned this when she wrote an article for the Detroit Free Press calling into question the hometown authenticity of the singer’s clothing line. Kid Rock responded with a scathing letter defending his company. Be thankful you’re not Tompor”Kid Rock’s ire can be brutal.
- The Biebs gives the Gomez a diamond ring
- Janet Jackson offers Bobbi Kristina advice
- Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers lead Bonnaroo lineup
- Diddy rushed to hospital for severe headache
- Sh** Adele says
- Selena Gomez & The Scene break up
- Taylor Swift debuts video for Safe & Sound
- Skrillex and Ellie Goulding are dating
- Chef Jamie Oliver discovers New Order, Joy Division masters
- DMB announced big summer tour
On November 9, Nashville celebrated itself (again!) with the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, the event was hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, but the masters of ceremonies weren’t the only thing that gave me that old deja vu feeling. Hadn’t these accolades already been handed out just a few months ago?
Wait, those were the Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards in June. And before that, there were the Academy of Country Music Awards. And, just in case that’s not enough Music City honors for you, there are the 2nd annual American Country Awards coming up on December 5.
Pop and R&B are just as self-congratulatory, offering the MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the Billboard Awards, the American Music Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, the BET Awards, the BET Hip Hop Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards.
Then, of course, there are the GRAMMYs, which following so many other back-slapping fests, have been losing their lustre for years now”though that’s hardly the only reason. Winning one used to be the musical equivalent of snagging an Oscar, but now its just more clutter for the awards shelf.
In a few weeks (November 30, to be exact), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards (to be held on February 12). Doesn’t it already feel like we’ve been there and done that over and over and over already this year? Am I the only one who doesn’t doubt that we’re in for another repeat of The Adele Show, with a very special appearance by Lady Gaga. Good as it is, like Christmas, I only need to sit through it once a year.
So sang then-ex-Eagle Don Henley in 1985. Ironically, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Henley’s third great solo Top 10 hit, was neither particularly danceable nor was it actually about about a woman who lived to shake her groove thing underneath the strobelight (no matter what the video says). The careless, carefree dancing queen was a metaphor for a United States that was more concerned with buying thrills than curing societal and political ills.
More than twenty-five years later, in the world of pop music, it’s all about movement”and not as an ambitious political metaphor. With the possible exception of Bruno Mars (who’s really going to have to toughen up and speed up the tempo if he’s ever going to get my love), all everyone”male and female, from Lady Gaga to Rihanna to Foster the People”wants to do is dance (and make romance). Red Hot Chili Peppers even closes its latest album, I’m With You, with a song titled, fittingly, “Dance Dance Dance.”
When Henley offered his biting political commentary with a beat, “disco” was still a dirty word. That’s probably why he was able to use it as a stand in for hedonism and get away with it. The truth, though, is that disco never really left the building: In the ’80s, a number of artists”from Michael Jackson to Madonna to Prince to Janet Jackson”were incorporating it into their pop.