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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Winner Predictions   2 comments

Once labeled as the coolest night in music, the MTV Video Music Awards is the biggest party of the year. Well, it used to be that. But then it all went downhill since the late 2000s. But while the show is far from what it used to be, we still get glimpse of the classic VMA moments every now and then including Lady Gaga’s blood flowing (literally that is) performance in 2009 and Miley’s trashy teddy bear collaboration with Robin Thicke last year. And even if the number of categories get less over the years, we’ll try to predict the 10 major categories for this year and check who’ll end up with a moonman.

Video of the Year

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sia, “Chandelier”

WHO WILL WIN: Since Beyonce is being awarded this year with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard trophy, it makes sense to award her the top plum right? Especially since that’s what happened to last year’s recipient Justin Timberlake. But what I’ve been waiting is if MTV will announce Miley Cyrus’ appearance since that will seal the deal. And they did. Wrecking Ball is a pop culture phenomenon and its music video is for the ages. They’re not inviting Miley for nothing, so I bet she’ll win the top plum.
RUNNER UP: Well now it makes more sense to put Beyonce here as an alternate. Besides, only two people have won VotY twice (Eminem and Rihanna) and Drunk in Love is no We Found Love nor Without Me.
MY CHOICE: Wrecking Ball. It is the VIDEO OF THE YEAR regardless of what one think of Miley. ‘Nuff said.

Male Video

BEST MALE VIDEO

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

WHO WILL WIN: The first two quarters of the year is all about Pharrell and Happy, so even if it’s video isn’t really anything special, he’s winning. Also, The Voice is coming weeks from now. That’s added promo.
RUNNER UP: Hmm. Maybe they’d throw Eminem a bone? Lord knows how the VMAs love Eminem.
MY CHOICE: None of these videos really strike out as ahead of the pack, though I’d probably go with Ed Sheeran’s puppet version of himself in Sing.

Female Video

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Lorde, “Royals”

WHO WILL WIN: It’s quite funny and unfortunate that Katy Perry hasn’t won in this category yet when she has already won Video of the Year. She has been nominated here six time for the last seven years, but I still don’t think it would be this year. Had she been nominated for Roar, maybe she’d have better chances. Beyonce can easily include this in her sweep and while Partition is one of her best videos this era, the song itself isn’t really big. Add the fact that this category loves hip-hop women and reward them when they get the chance (except you Missy Elliott; damn you MTV) so the whole fun Clueless homage of Fancy leads me to predict Iggy Azalea here.
RUNNER UP: Beyonce. MTV probably thinks that if there’s one who can get the record of most wins in this category, it would be Madonna Beyonce.
MY CHOICE: This is quite a weak field. Where’s Miley?!?!? But I’m going with the flawlessness that is Beyonce in Partition.

Artist to Watch out For

ARTIST TO WATCH OUT FOR

5 Seconds of Summer, “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”

WHO WILL WIN: 5 Seconds of Summer. Just look at the last three winners here in the past four years: Justin Bieber, One Direction, Austin Mahone. The thirst for twinks here is real.
RUNNER UP: Between Fancy and Fault in Our Stars, maybe Charli XCX can pull of an upset.
MY CHOICE: None of these videos are really amazing, so let me throw my vote to Sam Smith because why not?

Pop

POP VIDEO

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

WHO WILL WIN: This category seems poised for a Problem win here. It’s Ariana’s biggest shot for a moonman win.
RUNNER UP: Fancy. Either way, Iggy scores a win here!
MY CHOICE: The pop culture references in Fancy are enough for me to give it a vote here.

Rock Video

ROCK VIDEO

Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde, “Royals”

WHO WILL WIN: Lorde. She’s a presenter that night so it’s not as if they’ll be inviting her for nothing. Same template with Oscar winner Jared Leto doing presenter duties last year and winning here as well. Whether one considers her as a rock artist is debatable though.
RUNNER UP: Maybe Imagine Dragons. Demons is one of the biggest songs of the past year and Imagine Dragons seems to fit the bill of the young hip choice here.
MY CHOICE: The Black Keys. I love that video.

HipHop Video

HIP-HOP VIDEO

Childish Gambino, “3?05″
Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Eminem, “Berzerk”
Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

WHO WILL WIN: Drake is the most relevant current name here, and he has only won here once yet. Seems like he’ll be getting a second one.
RUNNER UP: Eminem. VMAs has a special hard on relationship with Eminem.  
MY CHOICE: Kanye West. He still hasn’t won here despite of being nominated nine times since 2004. Also, Black Skinhead shits on all the other videos here.

ClubBanger

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD

Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

WHO WILL WIN: This one is really tricky. In 2012, Calvin Harris is the house DJ of the VMAs that year, so it was quite easy to  predict that he’ll win. This year, the only one I can confidently eliminate is Martin Garrix. Disclosure has somehow made it big with their collaboration with Sam Smith, Summer is well one of summer’s hits, Turn Down for What has that magic penis video everyone is talking about and Zedd has been the hot (literally and figuratively) property lately. I’d say they spread the wealth and give it to Zedd since he’s performing as well.
RUNNER UP:  I go for Turn Down for What just because of that video.
MY CHOICE: It’s really tricky since I love both videos of Stay the Night and Turn Down for What, but I guess I’ll go with Zedd for this one.

Collaboration

COLLABORATION

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

WHO WILL WIN: It won’t be a Beyonce night if they won’t let her win awards on the main show right? This is celebrity power couple here, so it seems fitting that the only Video of the Year nominee here wins.
RUNNER UP: Dominating the whole summer season, it’s Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande’s year by far, so don’t be surprised if they get rewarded for it here.
MY CHOICE: Hmm. I’m thisclose to going with Timber since I love that song but really mediocre video aside, I want to see Ariana Grande win a moonman, so I’d give Problem my vote here.

Video with a Message

VIDEO WITH SOCIAL MESSAGE

Angel Haze ft. Sia, “Battle Cry”
Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta, “One Voice”
J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland, “Dirty Laundry”

WHO WILL WIN: Bleh. It’s tailor made for a Beyonce win here. Why even bother?
RUNNER UP: Pfft Avicii maybe?
MY CHOICE: I love Kelly Rowland’s Dirty Laundry so I’m personally rooting her here over Beyonce. #poormichelle

There you have it! Are you excited for the VMAs? Don’t forget to watch the show on Sunday (Monday here in Manila) and catch performances from Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and Usher among others!

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MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 2012   1 comment

2012

In order to acknowledge that next week will be Tit for Tat’s Emmy nomination coverage, we’d be doing this our weekly MTV Best Female Video Series earlier for this week. Since we’ve already tackled one from the 80s, 90s, and the 00s, it’s fitting that we’d go with the current decade, so I decided to go with the 2012 line up.

And there’s no better way to start it than Beyonce. Well technically it’s alphabetical order, but whatever. At this point in MTV VMA history, it’s clear that Beyonce will be nominated for simply farting, so this is pretty much expected. It’s her fourth consecutive nod in this category, and I have to say that it’s actually a deserving nomination. Not only is Love on Top one of the better songs from the underrated 4, but the video gives a perfect throwback with all the vintage group choreography and whatnot. This is far from the  usual provocative Beyonce dance steps, so that’s refreshing as well.

If Beyonce is on her 4th consecutive nod, well Katy is on her FIFTH(!) continuous nomination in this category. Still winless in this category, Katy dons the military get up to show the story of a woman moving on from a failed relationship and finding herself instead so she decided to join the military. Since this is a Katy video, of course everything has to be taken literally as if we’re toddlers, so she does everything in a step by step procedure. It’s a fun video, but I think she had better ones during the Teenage Dream era.

Then we have Nicki Minaj who gets her second nod here after 2011’s Super Bass. In Starships though, we go all the way to Hawaii to see a starship (talk about literally. Now beat that Katy!) dropping this creature which turned out to be Nicki Minaj as she brings the life in the people of that island and they go partying and dancing non stop while Nicki changes her glittery looks as she dances in the shore or in top of a volcano. Clearly, common sense isn’t required in this video.

Now as for her initial single from her Talk the Talk era, Rihanna surely knows how to stir controversy. She surely gets people rallying against her with the depiction of violence between lovers and some pertaining to drug use here, especially since it reflects so much of her personal experiences circa 2008, but that’s what actually made me love this video more. In here, Rihanna just wore her heart on her sleeve to go back to a private (yet not so private) moment in her life. But more than the video’s theme, I also appreciate the visual choices in here in the treatment and shots used.

And lastly, there’s Selena Gomez. If I remember correctly, this was a surprise nomination that year and few to none were predicting it to happen. That said, it’s clearly deserving of a nomination. I really love videos that are just playful and catchy and fun. Selena’s wig changes from the big hair to that one of drag looks matches the ridiculous over the top beat of the song. I feel like in here, Selena clearly acknowledges the stage in her life where she’s in between being a teen while also oozing up her sexiness to some extent.

No doubt about it, Rihanna has the best video in the line up and a worthy Video of the Year winner that year. That said, I’m all for spreading the wealth and I’m likely voting her in another year that I haven’t tackled yet. So I’ll spread the wealth and give it to another video which I think is a fun embodiment of the Best Female Video category. I’m going with Selena Gomez here, as it’s the video that made me hit the repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat. It’s really unfortunate that Nicki Minaj won this year, and definitely one of the weakest winners in this category’s history.

Personal pick: Selena Gomez, “Love You Like a Love Song
MTV VMA pick: Nicki Minaj, “Starships

Full Rankings:
01. Selena Gomez, “Love You Like a Love Song
02. Rihanna, “We Found Love
03. Beyonce, “Love on Top
04. Katy Perry, “Part of Me
05. Nicki Minaj, “Starships

Now it’s time to vote for your own pick in the poll below

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MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 1986   2 comments

1986

Hey everyone! We’re now on our third week of the MTV Best Female Video Series. The past two weeks we’ve been to the 200s and the 1990s, so it’s now time to jump back further and celebrate the 80s. This particular year that we’d be tackling for this week is a great one. As for one, it’s a line up with four black women in contention. Rarely does it happen especially in the current scheme of the VMAs. But more than that, this one has a really good set of nominated videos. So let’s get the ball rolling on the 1986 line up.

And we begin with Aretha looking every inch glam in Freeway of Love. The funniest and most noticeable thing in this video is that five seconds in, there’s already a shot of… you guessed it… a freeway! Talk about taking things literally. In here, Aretha is the life of the party as she switches back and forth from waiting for her car to arrive and performing in the body of a big crowd. Ir’s also one of the few black and white videos that has been nominated in the history of this category.

Oh God there’s a lot to say about this video. As for starters, there’s the fact that it was directed by Jean-Paule Goude. So that’s a plus already.  Then the amazing detail that Jones did not shoot any new material in this video and it was a rehash of some of her previous cut out appearances in her prior ones. That said, all it needed was one director that will handle this with his creative hands, and voila, Slave to the Rhythm was futuristic and trailblazing. Never mind the effects now, I’m certain it was impressive during the time of its release.

This one was interesting because of the fact that Bush refused to lip sync her song in the video. It was a full four minutes of heavy choreographed dance of her and dancer partner Michael Hervieu.It was continuously rolling and lifting and twisting of bodies which was done gracefully and precisely that it’s really impressive. For what it’s worth, I’m really not a big fan of the song, but the video caught my interest with it.

As a soundtrack to her movie Mad Max, it’s basically Tina wearing a chain mail gown as we shift back and forth to her singing in her fierce Tina style and clips from the movie. It wasn’t remarkable or groundbreaking per se especially for Tina’s standards, but you know Tina in her safest is still miles ahead than most during that time.

And then there’s Whitney. In How Will I Know, Houston showed her the other side of her in this glitzy colorful and fun music video which has walking to a room as she opened doors and move places. It was a playful Whitney and one that I think, during that time, was emulated by a lot of young girls. There was even a cameo from co-nominee Aretha in her nominated video above. It also doesn’t hurt that this is my favorite Whitney song from her whole discography so there’s that.

This is really a strong group, and I’d even dare say that it’s one of this category’s better line ups ever. That said, I continue to go back and forth with Grace Jones and Whitney Houston. Grace has the futuristic boundary pushing video, but Whitney brings in the fun in hers and this is her only Best Female Video nod throughout her career. I guess I can go back and forth with this on any other day, so for now, I’d go agree with MTV’s choice and pick Whit.

Personal pick: Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know
MTV VMA pick: Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know

Full Rankings:
01. Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know”
02. Grace Jones, “Slave to the Rhythm
03. Aretha Franklin, “Freeway of Love
04. Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill
05. Tina Turner, “We Don’t Need Another Hero”

Now go on and vote in the poll below to reveal your choice!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

 

MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 1997   2 comments

1997

It’s Thursday, and it meant only one thing: it’s time for our MTV Best Female Video Series. Last week, we began this list with the 2004 batch where in Britney Spears dominated the poll with Toxic. This week, we move farther to the 90s and tackle a batch of some notable 90s names, as we go on the 1997 nominees!

Giving some domestic realness vibes here, this video, which I’ve learned was an homage to The Color Purple, is as bubbly as one can get depicting Badu in a day of her life as a helper. She has been catching dogs, hanging clothes, and cleaning a barn on the duration of the whole video. What I find particularly striking about it though is the last act where she looks glorious in a green table cloth as she’s singing in front of a crowd. It’s basically a “reward” per se of her stressful day by ending every inch glamorous in the end.

Having Steve Poltz as your “guy” in the video certainly doesn’t hurt, and this song (which I find the best of the bunch) is one that goes hand in hand with the message of the video. The video’s strongest suit is when both Jewel and Steve can’t seem to find their way together, as the strum of the guitar continues to highlight the failed relationship of the two of them signifying that maybe it’s for the better that they really can’t reach each other.

If you’re gonna be known forever for a simple word, then might as well take it a notch and have something that you’ll be remembered greatly. That’s probably what Meredith Brooks has in mind as she will always be associated with the word bitch. That said, this song is far more memorable and stronger than its corresponding video. Sure it’s lovely to see the interpretation between the different things that surround Meredith in certain parts of it, but mostly it’s jsut hers floating of a flower background. Flower power? Who knows? I can’t tell.

Before Xtina went dark with Fighter or Kelly Clarkson as the bride in Behind Those Hazel Eyes, Paula Cole already used that same setting for her Grammy Record of the Year song Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? Whether it’s the autumn leaves on her feet or the American Horror Story-like flashbacks, this is an instance where the song is greatly helped by its video. Or mayeb I’m in the minority in that one since I’m not particularly fond of the song.

And then there’s Toni. Don’t you all miss the days when MTV is full of those pop divas whose music videos are melodramatic in nature? Sure there’s the Bonnie Tylers of the 80s, but one better not forget the video of Unbreak My Heart. Toni, in her x100 emotional self, reminisces the moments she has with Tyson Beckford after his accident. But then since it has to be dramatic, the moments she remembered were her shaving him, her playing Twister with him, and him doing yoga on the backyard. I really do miss this type of videos. Lol.

MTV that year went for Jewel, but I think I have to go with Erykah Badu on this one. I just love everything about the video. It’s short film realness, the film’s color and its attempt to tell a happy story.  It’s so feel good and fun, which I prefer from this batch.

Personal pick: Erykah Badu, “On & On
MTV VMA pick: Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me

Full Rankings:
1. Erykah Badu, “On & On
2. Paula Cole, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
3. Toni Braxton, “Un-break My Heart
4. Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me
5. Meredith Brooks, “Bitch

As for you, vote on the poll below to make your choice!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

MTV VMA Best Female Video Series: 2004   2 comments

best female 04Hey everyone! So I have decided to start a new series here in my blog so that I can tackle something music related in the midst of all these monthly Oscar and Emmy predictions. And with that comes the introduction of the MTV VMA Best Female Video series. For 30 random weeks, I’ll be discussing the Best Female Video category of the MTV Video Music Awards, one year a week. I’ve chosen this because this sparks the most conversation among people of the online community. And of course there’s no better way to start this by going down memory lane exactly a decade ago and go with the 2004 nominees. Let’s begin!

Let’s begin with Alicia Keys. There’s no doubt that “If I Ain’t Got You” is one of her best songs in her whole discography, and the video ain’t shabby either. Set in winter New York makes the song’s melodrama more fitting when you juxtaposed Alicia playing the piano side by side with the flashback of Method Man (does he do method acting? Lol) and Alicia’s relationship. It’s a good video that highlights the song’s emotions further.

Then there’s Beyonce  in her fourth single off Dangerously in Love, “Naughty Girl”. Living up to the title of her song, Beyonce was flirty and every inch captivating in this homage to the early days of entertainment Studio 54 style. But whether it’s being partnered up with Usher during their dance sequence, dancing with big mirrors behind her, or just taking a bath off a human wine glass, Beyonce nailed this club girl entertainment flawlessly.

For Toxic, Britney Spears receives her fourth nod in this category. Throughout her career, Britney has played up her sexuality a lot of times whether playing as a school girl, dancing in nude colored leggings or frolicking with a yellow python. But Toxic catapulted her more at her prime of sexiness. Giving some Alias vibes in her red wig  catching men or pushing a cart as a flirty stewardess in her blue ensemble aren’t even the most memorable parts of this video. It’s Britney’s homage to Kate Bush as she’s sitting wearing nothing but diamonds that did this for well… everyone.

During her Stripped era, Xtina bid goodbye to the girl next door image and played up with her raunchy one instead. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air when she showed vulnerability every now and then. Such is the case for her The Voice Within music video. Shot in black and white on set of an empty theater and in just one long take, Xtina, clad in just a night gown and barefoot, went to a gamut of emotions for the whole five minutes of the song starting from a close up to that shot of her lying back in the end. Just when you thought she’d continue to top the extremes, she suddenly decides to tone it down.

And to cap it off, we have then MTV darling Jessica Simpson. There’s something so catchy with this video that I can’t actually pin down. Maybe it’s her doing domestic works like washing dishes or mopping when you know she can’t actually do that as per her reality show Newlyweds which has been premiering that time as well. Or just probably the image of a Barbie girl doing such. Simpson’s flirts to the cameras laughing and smiling and you find yourself sold.

MTV went with Beyonce that year giving her consecutive win in this category. However, I’m going with Britney on this one. I mean come on, Toxic is definitely upper three of Britney’s best and most iconic videos. She certainly deserved this win, and I’m certain the only reason she lost that year was because she was a no-show at the awards ceremony. Britney’s diamond encrusted body in Toxic slays the shit out of this line-up.

Personal pick: Britney Spears, “Toxic
MTV VMA pick: Beyonce, “Naughty Girl

Full rankings:
01. Britney Spears, “Toxic”
02. Beyonce, “Naughty Girl
03. Christina Aguilera, “The Voice Within
04. Jessica Simpson, “With You
05. Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You

Now go on and vote on the poll below to make your choice!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

56th Grammy Awards Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

On Sunday, the 56th Grammy Awards will hand out their picks for the best in music. It’s quite ironic that it’s the award giving body that has the most categories (100+), but only ten categories will be presented on the main show. However, we will be treated with performances such as the collaborations of Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna among others. As far as predicting goes, it’s difficult to see the trends in terms of Grammy choices as they have no precursors and they just pick anything they want. Anyway. here are my predictions in 30 different categories.

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RECORD OF THE YEAR:
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
“Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
“Royals,” Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

PREDICTION: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” This contains the instrumentation that this category loves to reward, and Bruno Mars isn’t a General Field winner yet so it’s hitting two birds with one stone.

ALTERNATE: Daft Punk, “Get Lucky” This is actually the more logical choice, but I’m wary if NARAS will reward Daft Punk in all of their nominated categories.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
“The Blessed Unrest”, Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories”, Daft Punk
“good kid, m.A.a.D. city”, Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist”, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
“Red”, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” They’re the veterans in the group in a critically acclaimed effort, and it seems like they’re overdue for a win here.

ALTERNATE: Taylor Swift, “Red” It’s difficult to bet against Taylor Swift who’s a past victor here and in an album that came out too long ago. It says a lot that they still reward it with a nomination and probably means it’s pretty popular within the Academy.

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SONG OF THE YEAR:
“Just Give Me A Reason,” (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out of Heaven,” (Bruno Mars)
“Roar,” (Katy Perry)
“Royals,” (Lorde)
“Same Love,” (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)

PREDICTION: Same Love (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert). The song is too low key though competing with four big hits, but it has sort of become an anthem that speaks volumes on different issues.

ALTERNATE: Royals (Lorde). It’s very likely to upset especially if they go with a critically acclaimed hit that has a teenage writing in it. It can also serve as a reward to Lorde’s surprise domination.

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BEST NEW ARTIST
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

PREDICTION: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I’m aware how the NARAS has an aversion to rap and urban acts in general (see Maroon 5 over Kanye in 2004 and fun over Frank Ocean last year), but they’re also too mainstream to be considered full urban.

ALTERNATE: Ed Sheeran. He seems like someone who the industry loves to reward with a win and has built up enough momentum back from his surprise SOTY nod last year.

POP FIELD:

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POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Brave,” Sara Bareilles
“Royals,” Lorde
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
“Roar,” Katy Perry
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Lorde, Royals 
ALTERNATE: Bruno Mars, When I Was Your Man

POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
“Just Give Me A Reason,” Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

PREDICTION: Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky
ALTERNATE: Pink, Nate Ruess, Just Give Me A Reason

POP VOCAL ALBUM
“Paradise”, Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine”, Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox”, Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience”, Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION:
 Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox
ALTERNATE: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Complete Experience

TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM
“Viva Duets”, Tony Bennett
“To Be Loved”, Michael Buble
“The Standards”, Gloria Estefan
“CeeLo’s Magic Moment”, CeeLo Green
“Now”, Dionne Warwick

PREDICTION:
Tony Bennett, Viva Duets
ALTERNATE: Michael Buble, To Be Loved

DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD

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DANCE RECORDING
“Need U (100%),” Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
“Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
“Atmosphere,” Kaskade
“This Is What It Feels Like,” Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
“Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes

PREDICTION:
Zedd featuring Foxes, Clarity
ALTERNATE: Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, Sweet Nothings

DANCE ELECTRONICA ALBUM
“Random Access Memories”, Daft Punk
“Settle”, Disclosure
“18 Months”, Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere”, Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun”, Pretty Lights

PREDICTION: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
ALTERNATE: Calvin Harris, 18 Months

ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE FIELD

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ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Always Alright”, Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, David Bowie
“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir (Live)”, Led Zeppelin
“My God Is the Sun”, Queens of the Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White

PREDICTION: Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
ALTERNATE: David Bowie, The Stars Are Out Tonight

ROCK SONG
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”, Gary Clark Jr.
“Cut Me Some Slack”, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
“Doom and Gloom”, The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?”, Black Sabbath
“Panic Station”, Muse

PREDICTION:
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, Cut Me Some Slack
ALTERNATE: The Rolling Stones, Doom & Gloom

ROCK ALBUM
“13”, Black Sabbath
“The Next Day”, David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull”, Kings of Leon
“Celebration Day”, Led Zeppelin
“…Like Clockwork”,  Queens of the Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill”, Neil Young with Crazy Horse

PREDICTION:
David Bowie, The Next Day
ALTERNATE: Kings of Leons, Mechanical Bull

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”, Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me”, The National
“Hesitation Marks”, Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism”, Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires of the City”, Vampire Weekend

PREDICTION:
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
ALTERNATE: Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks

R&B FIELD

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R&B PERFORMANCE
“Love and War,” Tamar Braxton
“Best of Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra,” Hiatus Kaiyote
“How Many Drinks,” Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something,” Snark Puppy, Lalah Hathaway

PREDICTION:  Tamar Braxton, Love and War
ALTERNATE: Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar, How Many Drinks

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
“Geit it Right,” Fantasia
“Quiet Fire,” Maysa
“Hey Laura,” Gregory Porter
“Yesterday,” Ryan Shaw

PREDICTION: Gary Clark Jr, Please Come Home
ALTERNATE: Fantasia, Get It Right

R&B SONG
“Best of Me,” Anthony Hamilton
“Love and War,” Tamar Braxton
“Only One,” PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
“Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake
“Without Me,” Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott

PREDICTION:  Justin TimberlakePusher Love Girl 
ALTERNATE: Tamar BraxtonLove and War

R&B ALBUM
“R&B Divas”,Faith Evans
“Girl on Fire”, Alicia Keys
“Love in the Future”, John Legend
“Better”, Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings”, TGT

PREDICTION: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire
ALTERNATE: John Legend, Love in the Future

URBAN CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM
“Love and War”, Tamar Braxton
“Side Effects of You”, Fantasia
“One in the Chamber”, Salaam Remi
“Unapologetic”, Rihanna
“New York: A Love Story”, Mack Wilds

PREDICTION: Rihanna, Unapologetic
ALTERNATE: Tamar Braxton, Love and War

RAP FIELD:

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RAP PERFORMANCE
“Started From The Bottom,” Drake
“Berzerk,” Eminem
“Tom Ford,” Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank),” Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

PREDICTION:
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ALTERNATE: Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools (Drank) 

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“Power Trip,” J. Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run,” Jay Z featuring Beyonce
“Holy Grail,” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now or Never,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You,” Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

PREDICTION:
Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Holy Grail
ALTERNATE: Jay Z, Beyonce, Part 2 (On the Run)

RAP SONG
“Fuckin’ Problems,” (A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar)
“Holy Grail,” (Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake)
“New Slaves,” (Kanye West)
“Started From The Bottom,” (Drake)
“Thrift Shop,” (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz)

PREDICTION:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Thrift Shop
ALTERNATE: Kanye West, New Slaves

RAP ALBUM
“Nothing Was The Same”, Drake
“Magna Carta…Holy Grail”, Jay Z
“good kid, m.A.a.D. city”, Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist”, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus”, Kanye West

PREDICTION:
Kendrick Lamargood kid m.A.A.d city
ALTERNATE: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Heist 

COUNTRY FIELD:

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COUNTRY PERFORMANCE
“I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy,” Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

PREDICTION: Miranda Lambert, Mama’s Broken Heart
ALTERNATE: Darius Rucker, Wagon Wheel

COUNTRY GROUP COLLABORATION
“From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
“Don’t Rush,” Vince Gill featuring Kelly Clarkson
“Your Side Of The Bed,” Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

PREDICTION: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Highway Don’t Care
ALTERNATE: The Civil Wars, From this Valley

COUNTRY SONG
“Begin Again,” (Taylor Swift)
“I Drive Your Truck,” (Lee Brice)
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” (Miranda Lambert)
“Merry Go ‘Round,” (Kacey Musgraves)
“Mine Would Be You,” (Blake Shelton)

PREDICTION:
Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go Round
ALTERNATE: Taylor Swift, Begin Again

COUNTRYALBUM
“Night Train”, Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom”, Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park”, Kacey Musgraves
“Based On A True Story”, Blake Shelton
“Red”, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION:
Taylor Swift, Red
ALTERNATE: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park

SOUNDTRACK

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SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” (Coldplay)
“Silver Lining,” (Jessie J)
“Skyfall,” (Adele)
“We Both Know,” (Colbie Cailatt, Gavin DeGraw)
“Young and Beautiful,” (Lana del Rey)
“You’ve Got Time,” (Regina Spektor)

PREDICTION:
Adele, Skyfall
ALTERNATE: Lana del Rey, Young and Beautiful

COMPILATION ALBUM
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby
Les Miserables
Muscle Shoals
Sound City: Real to Reel

PREDICTION: Sound City: Real to Reel
ALTERNATE: Les Miserables

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2013 in GIFs   Leave a comment

So I decided to skip my annual movie, TV shows, red carpet looks, and songs lists for this year since I have no time to write them all. Instead, I’ll be posting my favorite moments of 2013 in GIF style. So yes, most of these would be from awards show ceremonies or basically any pop culture event of the year. Okay.

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Okay so let’s begin with five six time Oscar loser a.k.a Albert Nobbs herself Glenn Close. At the Golden Globes last January, Close probably thought that she’s also one of the cool kids when she decided to play drunk after Tina Fey’s signal. You probably have no idea how epic this moment was. I mean I can’t even choose my favorite part. Is it the closing of her eyes to give a more convincing portrayal? Is it when she changed her mind and started to look up the heavens instead to make it even more convincing? Is it her husband’s coy “WTF I think I actually married Alex Forrest” tepid laugh? I guess I have to go with none of the above and choose the closing shot of her looking sideways to see check if people find her stuff funny.

That same night, we’re treated to one of the best (and yes I mean the best) awards show presentations ever. When SNL alums Kristin Wyg and Will Pharrell (as Tina Fey would say it) presented the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy, I.WAS.DYING. As a refresher, here’s how they described the nominees that night:

(on Emily Blunt’s Salmon Fishing in Yemen): “When the salmon comes out.. and when the bad guy comes…. and the salmon was like.. and you’re in Yemen.
(on Judi Dench of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel): “That Judi Dench. Where did she come from? Unknown, she used to be a police officer, and this is her fist movie. And when all the marigold comes out.. and it’s on her hair. And on one scene, she looks at the town people and she’s like “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”
(on Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Lings Playbook): “Ugh love Jennifer Lawrence. J.LAW. And then comes the silverrr!! I thought it was an animated film. And all the silver she has collected and they tried to get it away from her and she’s like “NOOO! THAT’S MY COOKBOOK!” and she’s like “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”
(on Maggie Smith of Quartet): “And no one knows what a quartet is. IT IS AMBIGUOUS! And you think you know what it is, but then the guy comes and says “I think I know what a quartet is!” but he doesn’t”
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on Meryl Streep of Hope Springs): “And Meriall Streep. And she’s the sassy sheriff! “I’m Hope Springs!” She comes in a horse and she’s like she looks at the town people and she’s says “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”

UGH TYPING THAT WAS A HOOT. I’m laughing again. And everyone in the room was actually entertained. Everyone that is except that creature named Tommy Lee Jones.

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Ugh Gramps looked grumpy as hell during that presentation. Guess what TLJ, that was my exact look when you stole that Oscar from Ralph Fiennes and Leonardo di Caprio.

Then we have the Screen Actors Guild Awards where you’re allowed to waste a minute of your life listening to Giuliana Rancic say things like this:

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Girl is useless as their manicam. By the way let’s appreciate that the SAG was the only time this award season where Anne Hathaway opened her mouth and said something entertaining that does not involve
a.”a blunt object I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt”,
b. thanking Victor Hugo
c. thinking her Oscar win will stop prostitution.
d. correcting the spelling of her name
It was when Anne presented with co-star Hugh Jackman and they played a banter of how they will describe Les Mis in 2013.

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Yes Anne, you crushed it. Speaking of crushed, don’t you love this BFF pic of Nicole Kidman and the lesser Nicole Kidman Naomi Watts at the SAGs? Go Nic, giving some Regina George fierceness.

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Prior to her history making releasing an album without anything stint, Beysus graced us all with her presence at the Superbowl. But it wasn’t even her who stole the show. Two words: poor Michelle.

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Go poor Michelle!! Put that one day off to good use and appear at the Superbowl.I’m living for her facial reaction. She suddenly got cocky when she realized she did not fall off the mosh pit. YESSS!!

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But then again, we’re quickly reminded why she never skyrocketed as a solo artist. I mean not literally a rocket but even Bey can do it.

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Anyway, let’s move on to the Grammys a.k.a the first televised exam to see if Taylor Swift knows this song…

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and this one as well…

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and did you know she knew this song too?

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Okay we get it Taylor. You know all the songs. But then again who wants to see her do it for a fifth  time when you can see Legend Kidman bopping to that Bob Marley tribute?

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It wasn’t as epic as her singing Teenage Dream  at the Grammys last year but she gets bonus points because Adele is wearing a red doily.

Then there’s also the BAFTA where the only two interesting things we saw were Dame Dench’s O face (and when I say O, I mean Oh my god!) as Javier Bardem falls asleep

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and David O. Russell’s reaction when Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress.

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I was secretly wishing Emmanuelle would say “I beat J.Law” at the podium but then I remembered she doesn’t speak in English. So maybe in French? Anyway, off to the Oscars.

Okay remember when I said a few posts above that Giuliana Rancic is as useless as the manicam? Well I take it back. The Manicam is more useful than Giuliana apparently. I’m pretty sure it made Catherine Zeta Jones upset when Ryan Seacrest denied her to do one. You can clearly see in her eyes she wants to parade her fingers on the manicam. Not good, Ryan!

nicole-kidmanSee even Mr. and Mrs. Keith Urban felt bad for La Zeta.

Aside from that, we saw Lil’ Quvenzhane Wallis proving she’s the man (with a proud Denzel Washington beaming from behind),

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a bored Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter

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and a tripping Best Actress winner. Whoever put that banana peel there for Anne Hathaway clearly didn’t work

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But the best moment happened when Emmanuelle Riva unintentionally takes revenge on David O. Russell upon learning his reaction to her BAFTA Best Actress win.

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Be thankful, David. At least Em didn’t squashed your face with a pillow. #justsaying

In April this year, Reese Witherspoon was arrested by the cops but she tried to get herself out of this…

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…which only means she ended up in prison with a mugshot. You should have called Elle Woods to save you, Reese.

Taylor Swift won eight Billboard Music Awards in May of this year. But surprisingly, not any of those can match the WIN level of her reactions here:

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Meanwhile, Miguel channels his inner Bjorn Barrefors and trains for the Olympics on air

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Ouch for that woman whose head was found in between Miguel’s legs.

And as everyone celebrates film over at the Cannes Film Festival, two tiny teeny things clearly doesn’t wanna be there. Julianne Moore’s little toes can’t wait enough to go home instead they’re trying to escape while she’s on the red carpet.

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Still on the subject of feet, it’s not cool to talk about North West anymore, so let’s just hope Kim K’s feet some speedy recovery for everything they’ve been through this year:

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Last August 10, two of the biggest popstars go head to head as Lady Gaga releases Applause and Katy Perry releases Roar on the same week. You know it was bound to get messy.

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And someone’s coming out on top:

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But come the VMAs, it wasn’t even the two of them who became the talk of the town. But before that we saw…

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Justin Timberlake joined by four other lessers perform,

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Taylor Swift asking her BFF to STFU,

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Willow Smith whipping her head back and forth as Jaden Smith tries another shot at “acting”,

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Lady Gaga opening the show,

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but Katy Perry closing it.. (Ouch Gags! Was that msg for you?)

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But it Miley who made the whole thing classic. Even getting a classic rxn from Rih

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September also was the end for Breaking Bad. And I think no amount of GIF will give it justice so I’ll just post a photo of Bryan and Aaron because uhm, duh, bitch.

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And when the Emmys came, Neil Patrick Harris bombed as host, but no other bombed better than what this guy did:

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Then cute Merritt Wever gives one of the best Emmy speeches ever when she said nothing but…

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while Julia Louis Dreyfus stays in character in her speech.

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Michael Douglas, meanwhile, uses Matt Damon as metaphor in his thank you speech

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And though he did not win, Kevin Spacey still scores one in my b0ok after doing this:

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And the delight of Oprah pushing people

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And last month, Miley Cyrus wins Round 2 of best performance at the American Music Awards when she performs with a huge cat behind her:

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As Ariana Grande shows us all how it’s really done just by standing up.

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Meanwhile, a certain legend named Christina Aguilera is slaying the red carpet fo’sho:

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And that’s how you make an exit!  Wait let me reiterate

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On the other hand, here’s how you make an entrance. An album entrance that is. As Beysus Christ showed us, just drop em ‘off and boom.

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Let’s pause this moment and recognize Queen B.

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Oh wait, did you know Britney released an album this year? I’m sure even she’s not aware, but I guess she’s raking it in Vegas no so go Brit and

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And as Oscar season comes, we’re treated to a whole lot of epic GIFs from contenders like this of J.Law pleading…

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or Sandra Bullock in Gravity a.k.a basically whatever you wanna do to your enemy

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But to close this off, a legendary performance to close the year happened between Gags and Legend X when they did a duet of Do What U Want on The Voice finale.

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Anybody who does not get the ABBA meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane reference is deads to me. Plus, I’d kill to have my head on Legend’s bosoms. Anyway, cheers to a happy 2013 and let’s hope for crazier things this 2014.

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Happy New Year everyone!

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