Last evening, the 2013 BRIT Awards were held at London’s O2 Arena. My favorite UK import, Emeli Sandé, was the highlight of the evening. She brought home two awards–British Female Solo Artist and Album of the Year.
“This is an album I wrote because I didn’t have the confidence to say these things in person,” said the “very unlikely pop star” when accepting the best album award. “For me, that so many people have connected with this album and found strength in these words makes me feel incredible and it doesn’t make me feel as lonely.”
Sandé also performed “Clown” and “Next to Me,” both from her highly acclaimed debut, Our Version of Events.
Go below for a full list of the winners, red carpet photos and very low-quality performance footage. Read More
Popularity, success nor elaborate sets could distract viewers from Taylor Swift’s obvious lack of talent. Fire eaters, clowns and stilt walkers complemented to the abused Cirque de Soleil theme, and Taylor was the ringleader. She performed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which was nominated for Record of the Year, and added to the circus theme by miming some of the parts. Of course America’s not-so-angelic sweetheart won’t experience the same level of scrutiny as Beyoncé, though. Read More
Nine-time Grammy winner Adele, 24, has added yet another prestigious award to her golden mantle with her Golden Globe win for “Best Original Song” for “Skyfall,” the James Bond theme she wrote with Paul Epworth. Taylor Swift, who was also nominated, was visibly upset that she lost for her contribution to The Hunger Games (“Safe & Sound”). See her immortalized reaction below. Read More
High-profile performances from your favorite pop stars are imminent. The Grammys have confirmed that Rihanna, fun., Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys are among the performers that will hit the stage at the 55th ceremony on February 10th. LL Cool J is hosting.
Beyoncé has been tapped to perform patriotic songs at President Obama’s second inauguration on January 21st. In 2009, the Pop diva delivered an emotional rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” for President Obama’s first dance. James Taylor and Ron Paul supporter Kelly Clarkson will also perform. Read More
Jan Smith, renowned vocal coach and teacher based out of Atlanta, has built a career training some of your favorite tonally and vocally challenged singers (Usher, Justin Bieber and Keyshia Cole). Naturally gifted singers, including Jill Scott, India Arie and Sugarland, have sought “Mama J’s” services to hone their vocals also.
Days ago, while watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Mama J was jolted by the dreadful singing of one of the world’s most successful contemporary recording artists–Taylor Swift. She brazenly voiced her discontent on Twitter. Read More
2012 housed momentous professional and personal events for Brandy: she put an album out, got engaged and essentially reintroduced herself to millions around the world.
To cap off the year, she appeared on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special, wearing knee-high boots and a revealing dress during her energetic performances of “Put It Down” and “Wildest Dreams.” Still, fans aren’t gifted with a new single from Two Eleven, but they can revel in the glory of their favorite artist performing on a high-profile stage. Read More
T.I.’s eighth studio album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, earns the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200 with sales of 179K copies in its first week. The set is his eighth top ten effort, and it’s a surplus compared to his 2010’s No Mercy, which moved 160K in its first week. Read More
Golden Globe nominee Taylor Swift abandons her good girl demeanor for an edgier approach in the Anthony Mandler-directed video for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” the latest single from her RED album.
“I don’t know if you don’t know who you are, until you lose who you are,” she says during the closing dialogue. The video follows the tone of the song–although she knew he attracted chaos, she followed her trouble-ridden boyfriend to the ends of the earth. In comparison, the video is a less enthralling imitation of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” Read More