Ah, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards! Last night’s show — as with every award show — was a mixed bag, chock full of amazing highs and some real lows, including some seriously awkward Bieber booing, and a nearly fatal crotch-to-head adorning courtesy of Miguel.
Three of the night’s performances got our readers buzzing the most: Bruno Mars‘ disco ball-laden show opener “Treasure,” Taylor Swift‘s rambunctious live television debut of “22″ and Jennifer Lopez‘s scorching performance of her latest Pitbull-assisted YOLO anthem, “Live It Up.”
Now, we want you to decide: Between the 3, who had the best performance of the night? More »
Last week, multiple “sources” told multiple news outlets that Beyonce was pregnant with her and Jay-Z‘s second child. Then Beyonce took to Instagram with an implicit denial of the reports, calling out the “low life people” peddling rumors. Now Jay-Z himself has directly shot down the pregnancy claims.
Hot 97 morning show co-host Ebro says he emailed Hov Saturday (May 18) to congratulate him on the baby news, and told his Hot 97 colleagues the rapper responded by saying the rumors weren’t true. Jay apparently wrote him, “It’s not true. The news is worse than blogs.” So there you have it. Blue Ivy can bask in her status as the spoiled only child for a bit longer. More »
Here’s a dark bit of news: Predatory groin-bulge Pitbull, novelty rap gremlin PSY and Jessica Sanchez, a legitimately talented person whose first album debuted at #26 (!) on the album chart, are all taking the stage on the season finale of Dancing With the Stars to do — well, to do something. Who knows exactly what. More »
Look, we understand why people don’t like Justin Bieber. But for people to dislike him strongly enough to expend energy actually booing him at a function as stale as the Billboard Music Awards? That was a little odd. I mean, nobody booed Chris Brown last night! Only, like, two people booed Kid Rock for having the audacity to insult the night’s lip-synchers. But a sizable number of people booing Bieber for winning a fan-voted award? That was strange.
Bieber himself seemed a little flummoxed as the rumble of boos cascaded down, and he went off-script, saying, “I really just want to say, it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I’m making.” Using the C-word surely didn’t help is cause, and he continued, “This is not a gimmick, I’m not — I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of.” Watch up top — the drama starts at 1:30. More »
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are now behind us, but the winners, performances and crazy, neck-breaking moments will live on the Internet forever, for us to dissect. Online critics had plenty to say about Billboard‘s annual shindig, this year staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. From Miguel‘s stage jump to Madonna‘s acceptance speech to the surprisingly audible heckling Justin Bieber faced when he stepped up to receive his Milestone Award, the Internet had its choice of topics to cover. More »
Betty Who, the candidate likeliest to save pop music, has returned with a new music video from her staggeringly great The Movement EP — and, like the song, the video for “You’re In Love” is sort of happy but sort of heartbreaking, following Betty and her beau as they drive a fancy car through the countryside and explore New York City and roll around, perfectly in love. (Every other day, that is.)
It’s a slightly more polished look than Betty’s “Somebody Loves You” video — it still feels sort of unfathomable that she’s pulling this off without a label, although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if that changed rather soon — but you don’t need a huge budget when the vision is this clear. More »