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68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Predictions Part 1: Reality and Variety   Leave a comment

Five days from now, Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham will announce the nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, rewarding the best in television for the previous television season. In this special four-parter, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on which shows and performances are destined for Emmy gold this year. First up, the reality and variety series and specials.

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OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES:
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Survivor (NBC)

Despite the surge in popularity of other reality shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race or the previously nominated Survivor, voters in this category are probably the laziest as this is the lineup we had for the last three years. Thus, even if there are other shows that were well-received, we’re stuck with this lineup, and that’s why I’m predicting the same six. Watch out though for a comeback of some sort, either Survivor‘s resurgence finally catches on the Academy or the farewell season of American Idol, to join the race again.

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OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION HOST:
• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
• Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
• Steve Harvey, “Celebrity Family Feud”
• Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
• Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”

Sixth nominee: Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Anthony Bourdain is ineligible this time around for The Taste, so that frees up a slot here, and the possibilities are endless. For now, I’m retaining three of the previous winners here – Bergeron, Klum and Gunn, and current champ Lynch – to join perennial nominee Cat Deeley. As for the newbie, I’m betting on Steve Harvey to pick up a nod, especially after his infamous Miss Universe stint in here. If not, then Ryan Seacrest probably comes back for Idol‘s series finale, or maybe RuPaul finally gets a breakthrough.

special class program

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
• Grease: Live (Fox)
• Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO)
• The Oscars (ABC)
• Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show (CBS)
• 69th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
• The Wiz Live (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Grammys 2016 (CBS)

For the first time, they’ve created a specific Special Class Program that separates specials to awards ceremonies and other live events. For this one, the focus is on theatrical specials and the current trend of doing live musicals on network shows will automatically give Grease Live and The Wiz Live nominations. Among awards ceremonies, however, the Oscars and the Tonys are the one that regularly gets nominated so expect them in here as well. HBO’s Lady Day special is a good bet as well, and since it’s still up in the air if we’ll get five or six nominees here, I’m including the Pepsi Halftime Show of the SuperBowl 50 which had the Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce performance.

variety special

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL
• Adele Live in New York City (NBC)
• Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO)
• Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
• Lemonade (HBO)
• Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows (NBC)

Sixth nominee: Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert (CBS)

Speaking of Beyonce, the first of the Adele vs. Beyonce face-offs yet to come for the rest of the year will surprisingly start at the Emmys. Adele’s special NBC New York special is the frontrunner here, but Beyonce’s online smash premiere of Lemonade on HBO is a certain to receive a nod too. In between, there’s Amy Schumer’s Live at the Apollo special, multiple time winner Kennedy Center Honors, and as for the last spot, I’m going with the James Burrows special only because I think Burrows is a prominent and legendary TV figure that has worked on a lot of previous Emmy winning series.

variety talk

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK PROGRAM
• The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
• Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
• The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
• The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

It’s a different category now without the usual shows (as the three from last year – the two Jimmys and John Oliver are coming back), especially from last year. With the exit of David Letterman and Jon Stewart, it frees up two spots here. Well, three if you include The Colbert Report, but then he’s just replacing himself with The Late Show. Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is a shoo-in atoo. For that last spot, one can count on Real Time with Bill Maher to come back considering it’s a mainstay in this category except for its first absence last year. That said, I think HBO’s focus is now on Last Week Tonight already. I guess the popularity of his carpool karaoke series combined with the industrys penchant for him will give James Corden his first bid here for his CBS nightly show.

variety sketch

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH PROGRAM
• Documentary Now! (IFC)
• Drunk History (Comedy Central)
• Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
• Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
• Portlandia (IFC)
• Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Billy On The Street (truTV)

They’re extending the category to six now from last year’s five. Considering that all five nominees from last year are still eligible, then expect all five to be back. As for what’s joining them, we’re counting on IFC’s Documentary Now which has Emmy nominees Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on the forefront to get nominated too.

Tomorrow, it’s the longform categories with the TV Movie and Miniseries programs!

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From Best to Worst: Grammy Album of the Year 2000 – 2012   1 comment

The Album of the Year is what is considered as the highest award that one can get from music’s highest giving body. After all, you are rewarding a whole piece of work, and not just a single from it. In the past, this category has bestowed wins to endless classics such as The Beatles’  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Carole King’s Tapestry, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours,  Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill among others. Isn’t that a great group to be a part of? With that said, let’s take a look back at the last 13 albums to be rewarded in this category (including this year’s Babel by Mumford and Sons), and see how they hold up in this group:

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13. “Two Against Nature”  (Steely Dan) | 2000
 Up Against: Beck’s “Midnight Vulture”, Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP”, Radiohead’s “Kid A”, Paul Simon’s “You’re the One

While this one is an overall good effort, it’s mostly politics that fueled this win. This is Steely Dan’s comeback album in 20 years, and they have never been rewarded (not even a single Grammy) prior to this. So this one is more of a catch up slash welcome back to one of 70s’ more prominent rock groups.

My vote would have gone to: Radiohead’s “Kid A”. Definitely one of their best albums.

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12. “Genius Loves Company”  (Ray Charles) | 2004
 Up Against: Green Day’s “American Idiot”, Alicia Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys”, Usher’s “Confessions”, Kanye West’s “The College Dropout

2004 was when we lost music legend Ray Charles, and the lovefest slash tribute to him has resonated throughout the whole awards season both in music (this) and motion pictures (Taylor Hackford’s Ray starring Jamie Foxx). Overall, it seemed as if a choice that was deemed because of the overwhelming love and appreciation to his legacy.

My vote would have gone to: Green Day’s “American Idiot.  A career resurgence of some sort that is filled of cohesive and sold tracks. It’s quite weird that their real Grammy sweep came the year after this nomination.

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11. “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”  (U2) | 2005
 Up Against: Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi”, Paul McCartney’s “Chaos and Creation in the Background”, Gwen Stefani’s “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.”, Kanye West’s “Late Registration

17 years after their first win in this category, U2 nabbed their second win for the 2005’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. One can interpret this as a safe and expected choice from the NARAS to give it in a field full of two urban artists, one pop album, and a Beatle’s solid but inferior album. Or maybe it’s a make up win for All That You Can’t Leave Behind (which definitely should have won in its year).

My vote would have gone to: Kanye West’s “Late Registration“. Proving that he is no flash in the pan, Kanye West delivered an even better follow up to an already solid debut effort.

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10. “River: The Joni Letters”  (Herbie Hancock) | 2008
 Up Against: Foo Fighters’ “Echoes, Silence, Pain & Grace”, Vince Gill’s “These Days”, Kanye West’s “Graduation”, Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black

For the record, Herbie Hancock’s collaborations are some of the best created music by musicians. And it’s also nice to see jazz music taking the spotlight. This album, which Hancock dedicates to long friend Joni Mitchell, featured collabs with the likes of Norah Jones and Corrine Bailey Rae. However, as always, it was one of those choices that seemed too safe. Looking at the other nominees in the bunch, this was stuck in the middle of some of these other albums that were nominated and lost to him.

My vote would have gone to: Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black“. It was concise, creative, and transparent. Something that represents Amy’s musical talents as a whole.

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09. “Babel”  (Mumford and Sons) | 2012
 Up Against: The Black Keys’ “El Camino”, fun’s “Some Nights”, Frank Ocean’s “channel ORANGE”, Jack White’s “Blunderbuss

I love it when the Grammys tend to nominate an eclectic bunch of albums for its top prize. This is definitely one of the most inspired line-ups in a long time. Even the weakest, fun’s Some Nights, is different from the usual pop albums that they’ve nominated in the previous years. But when it comes to wins, NARAS goes wit the conservative safe album of the bunch. Mumford and Sons’ Babel is actually good, though it’s really hard to top their previous effort that I consider as more deserving of AOTY recognition.

Who would I have voted for: Frank Ocean’s “channel ORANGE”. Ocean’s debut is near perfection from start to end. Consistent, fresh, and heartfelt. After listening to his album, it’ll make you see how he can top this one.

dixie chicks

08. “Taking the Long Way”  (Dixie Chicks) | 2006
 Up Against: Gnarls Barkleys’ “St. Elsewhere”, John Mayer’s “Continuum”, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Stadium Arcadium”, Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex/LoveSounds

If there’s one genre that definitely is the most powerful at the Grammys, it’s definitely country. With that said, this Dixie Chicks victory came at a time when they have been in the midst of a controversy within their own territory. On one hand, it’s nice to see thay they still got overall support to pull off this win. On the other, there are better albums in this category that was unrewarded.

My vote would have gone to: Gnarls Barkleys’ “St. Elsewhere”. If you’re one of those who know that CeeLo Green prior to his Fuck You success, you’d know that he’s half responsible for this genius album which contain’s the decade’s most infectious song, Crazy.

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07. “Fearless”  (Taylor Swift) | 2009
 Up Against: Beyonce’s “I Am…Sasha Fierce”, Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.”, Lady Gaga’s’ “The Fame”, Dave Matthews Band’s “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

From one country act to the other, Taylor Swift has been more known lately as the girl who uses her relationship status as material for her next albums. But prior to that, let me remind you that she was also able to come up with a solid effort that appeals to different genres and shows her multiple skills as a musician, songwriter, and (yes) singer. It also helped that she’s stuck with a mediocre company as co-nominees. So say what you want about her, but Swift’s AOTY win was every inch deserving back then, and even up to now.

My vote would have gone to: Taylor Swift’s “Fearless.” Listening to this album is probably one of the times where in I was really convinced that I was reading someone’s diary. It was fun, honest, and effectively introduced what Taylor wants us to think of her.

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06. “Raising Sand”  (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) | 2008
 Up Against: Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”, Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman”, Radiohead’s’ “In Rainbows”, Lil Wayne’s “The Carter III

By now, we should already accustom ourselves that if there’s a decent safe album from veterans that they love, then it is soooo sooo winning Album of the Year. Rarely though, we also get lucky that the veterans produce better albums, such as this collaboration between Grammy favorites Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Raising Sand might not be my first choice as Album of the Year, but it’s luckily one of the stronger efforts that manage to sweep its way into a win.

My vote would have gone to: Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”. I’m shocked that this is only Coldplay’s AotY nomination, so it’s an easy pick for me. But it also happened that this is also a coherent solid album (though not my favorite from them).

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05. “Come Away with Me”  (Norah Jones) | 2002
 Up Against: Dixie Chicks’ “Home”, Eminem’s “The Eminem Show”, Nelly’s’ “Nellyville”, Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising

Pulling off a win (and a sweep that night) is newcomer Norah Jones. I’ve always read and heard comments about how boring Norah Jones is, but I just convinced myself that they don’t get her. Come Away with Me is another of those strong debut efforts, and while she hasn’t come close to the combo of critical and commercial success that this album received, it’s a sweet consolation that this wa rewarded of Grammy’s top honor exactly a decade ago.

My vote would have gone to: Norah Jones, “Come Away with Me.” It’s a combo of liking the album itself and not a fan of the remaining nominees’ albums.

o brother

04. “Original Soundtrack – O’ Brother Where Art Thou?”  (Various Artists) | 2001
 Up Against: India Arie’s “Acoustic Soul”, Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft”, Outkast’s’ “Stankonia”, U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind

Isn’t it such a pleasure when you see compilation soundtracks get music’s top honor? In this case, yes. And this is the third and last time that it has happened (OSTs of Saturday Night Fever and The Bodyguard are the two other winners here). While I admit preferring other albums in the line up, it’s just one of those albums that stood the test of time and still sounds good even if you listen to it now.

My vote would have gone to: U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind“. When you’re gonna reward U2 with a second AotY victory, you could have at least went with this one that contains modern classics from this beloved rock band. The pair of Beautiful Day and Stuck in a Moment is already enough for me to cats my vote for this.

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03. “21”  (Adele) | 2011
 Up Against: Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light”, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, Bruno Mars’ “Doo Wops and Hooligans”, Rihanna’s “Loud

Many many years from now, when you’ve decided to take a look at what the music was in 2011, there’s only one name that will be remembered that year: Adele. She was not only everywhere that year, but her music has managed to be the start of the end for the usual auto-tuned dance tracks that dominated the mainstream music for the past few years. It also helps her that she’s up against three inferior pop albums and a decent rock album.

My vote would have gone to: Adele’s “21“. I still listen to this album from start to end, and I still know the lyrics to each and every song in it.

arcade fire

02. “The Suburbs”  (Arcade Fire) | 2010
 Up Against: Eminem’s “Recovery”, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”, Lady Gaga’s’ “The Fame Monster”, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream

Definitely an upset that made more sense that most predictions are telling (it was supposedly Eminem’s delayed AotY win for his successful 2010 comeback), it was bittersweet to see Arcade Fire getting the Album of the Year trophy when they even lost their own genre category at the pre-telecast that year. If anything, The Suburbs is far from Arcade Fire’s best effort, but then again, who cares? Arcade Fire at its weakest is still better than all these co-nominee’s albums combined.

My vote would have gone to: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.  Definitely the little album that could from that Billboard Hot 100 lovefest from the other four nominees, but it definitely pulled off that win and deservingly so.

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01. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”  (Outkast) | 2003
 Up Against: Missy Elliott’s “Under Construction”, Evanescence’s “Fallen”, Justin Timberlake’s’ “Justified”, The White Stripes’s “Elephant

Time and again, the whole conservative branch of Grammy voters aren’t brave enough to give their top honors to urban acts and albums. But then again, every now and then comes an exception. That’s why it was so sweet when OutKast was proclaimed as the winner in 2003. The double disc effort of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is indeed one of the most definitive albums of the past decade, and it gives us hope that NARAS would open their doors for great urban albums such as this one.

My vote would have gone to: Outkast, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”. Clearly the stand out from the group, though I’d give points to Elephant as well, which could have been my winner in any other year.

There you go! Which of these albums is your favorite? Is there anything from the bunch that you still listen to its entirety? And who would you have given your wins in all those years?

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85th Academy Awards: Best Original Song Rankings   8 comments

Hey everyone! It’s Part 2 of the Oscar competition analysis this year. Two days ago, I reviewed all Best Picture nominees. Now, we’re off to the second one, and it’s one of my favorite categories every year: Original Song! Below, I’ll rank the five nominated songs (and provide links) as if I’m an Oscar voter. Here we go.

You can click the titles and it will lead you to the YouTube clip of the video.

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05. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted

This Norah Jones song which is one of the sweetest parts of Ted was penned by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane with Walter Murphy. There’s nothing really bad about it per se, though it belongs to a packed group of nominees this year that all had strong materials to boot that’s why I’m ranking it last.

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04. “Suddenly” from Les Miserables

Now this one is a special song written just for this 2012 film version of the famous musical. Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil’s Suddenly was a perfect fit for the song and was on one of the “transitional” parts of the movie. However, the song, as a stand alone, does not appeal much for me, as I think it drowns from all the more established songs in the musical.

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03. “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi

The second of the two Best Picture songs in the line up belongs to Mychael Danna’s Pi’s Lullaby, which was a surprise nominee, though in hindsight, it should have been expected. Danna’s music is hypnotic, like a true lullaby, though the song itself could pass as too similar to the musical score of the film. Still, it was able to capture the environment of Pi’s situation.

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02. “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice

Probably the actual surprise in this category is this obscure song from the documentary Chasing Ice. What’s more surprising is it features the vocals of Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson in it! The song was actually good; it was calm yet very haunting! And the lyrics was really good too. This has no chance of winning, but it was surprise nomination that’s worth it.

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01. “Skyfall” from Skyfall

And of course, there’s nothing I’d rank here first than Adele’s Skyfall. I really enjoyed her take on the latest Bond film, and probably one of the best Bond songs ever. I specifically love how it’s a throwback to the past Bond songs, and the only Bond song I like since Daniel Craig took over the role. If I get to vote, I’ll rank this one instantly on top.

What’s your favorite from the list? Will we hear Academy Award winner Adele? How will you rank them? 🙂

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12 Best Live Musical Moments of 2012   Leave a comment

Hi everybody! It’s back to work day today. Luckily for me, I’m not required to go back to work yet (I still have my work from home card on me. Hahaha). January is a busy month for me as an awards prognosticator, as we’ll have the American award giving bodies steamroll one after the other. On January 10, nominations will finally be unveiled. So expect my last update for the nominations and the final predictions in the coming days.

As for now, forgive my late posts, but I’ll post the remaining 2012 year-end lists that I had. I still have three lists remaining (this one included), so just for effort’s sake, I’ll still be doing a write up of each. For this one, we’ll be focusing on the different musical moments that were created the past year. A live performance can make or break an artist. Think of Ashlee Simpson in Saturday Night Live or Lana Del Rey, who was once poised to be the next big thing… until we saw her SNL number. Then we have the likes of Lady Gaga who tops each performance she have bringing her artistry with each live performance that she does.

With that said, here are 12 musical moments that we’d sure remember from 2012:

You can click the name of the performance and it will bring you to the YouTube clip of it. 

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12: Pink, (“Try”) – American Music Awards 2012

Pink has already solidified herself as one of the best live acts among her contemporaries. Who can ever forget her Grammy performance of Glitter in the Air in 2009? That definitely is one of the best performances to ever grace the Grammy stage. This year, she did the whole acrobatic thing once again, but with a different approach; Pink, barefooted and with patches of paint all over her body, with a partner were just doing random catching and splitting and lifting in an interpretative dance-like number of her new single, Try. And to top things off, her vocals was spot on during the whole number. Amazing, really.

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11: Alicia Keys, (“Brandy New Me/No One”) – 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Concert

New York native  Alicia Keys was one of the hundreds of singers who volunteered to be a part of the Hurricane Sandy concert last December 12. Belting out a crossover of the songs Brandy New Me and No One, it was such a delight to hear her just like how she used to slay them all off. And don’t you just love how she invited the whole audience to raise their phones during the No One part? Plus, her intro about how she was raised and how she’ll forever love New York is just the icing on top of this sweet cake.
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10: Rihanna, (“Diamonds”) – Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is probably the meanest event of every year, as it makes all women worldwide feel bad about themselves. But if there’s one good thing that it has given us this year, it’s Rihanna’s performance of Diamonds.  Clad in a Adam Selman creation with Chanel vintage pearl sungless from Depuis to boot, Riri is every inch a model herself as she belts out one of the catchiest songs of 2012.

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09: Esperanza Spalding, (“What a Wonderful World”) – 84th Academy Awards

Grammy Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding led the In Memoriam segment at last year’s Academy Awards with her rendition of What A Wonderful World. Together with the Southern California Children, this jazzy yet really touching performance as Esperanza served as background voice while pictures of the departed from Sidney Lumet to Elizabeth Taylor were flashing is one of the best highlights of the year.

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08: PSY and MC Hammer, (“Gangnam Style”) – American Music Awards 2012

Definitely the biggest song worldwide this 2012, Gangnam Style by Korean singer PSY has been literally everywhere the past few months. From CNN to the Europe Music Awards, it was also the most overperformed song of the year. What makes this number a stand out among all the endless versions of this is that it has MC Hammer in it. It can be credited as a number of one hit wonders, but I’m sure everyone was up their feet during this closing number at the American Music Awards.

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07: Christina Aguilera, (“At Last”) – Etta James Funeral

It was January of 2012 when we  lost one of the many music legends the past year. Etta James, more known as the singer of classics such as At Last and I’d Rather Be Blind, passed away due to a hepatitis C. Of course, there’s no one more fitting to perform her instant classic than one of the best vocals of the younger generation and a self proclaimed fan of the late Etta James herself, Christina Aguilera. Christina belted out At Last in true Etta fashion, and leaking spray tan issues aside, this performance got a standing ovation even before it ended.

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06: Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday, (“And I am Telling You I’m Not Going”) – American Idol Season 11 Finale

Despite the fact that Jessica Sanchez wasn’t crowned the Idol title during its eleventh season, this goosebumps performance of her and one of her most vocal fans, Tony winner and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday, of the iconic diva song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going sent shivers all over the world. It was one thing to do a number of it, but it’s another to diva-off with the original singer herself. Now if only they invited Jennifer Hudson as well, all roofs would have been blown after that performance.

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05: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, and Christina Aguilera, (“Hallelujah”) – The Voice Finale Performance Night

The aftermath of the Connecticut shootings left the whole world in shock, but more so, in tears. Thus, it was expected that all shows would pay tribute to the countless lives that we lost there. Probably the best tribute that I’ve seen was the two minute version of Hallelujah by the four The Voice coaches. Together with the rest of the finalists (both eliminated and not), hosts Carson Daly and Christina Millian, each of them holds a name tag with the names of the victims of the shooting. Then we’d hear Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, and Christina Aguilera belt out this Leonard Cohen classic. It was simple, heartfelt, and I bet there’s not a dry eye in the room that night.

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04: Adele, (“Rolling in the Deep”) – Grammy Awards 2012

Yes, we’ve all heard that she was under operation because of too much smoking during the last year of 2011. But like a true pro, you know that we’d still hear that voice back. And there’s no better way than to showcase it to the world with a performance of her Grammy winning song Rolling in the Deep at the Grammy Awards itself. Not only was she the Queen of Grammys that night (winning a perfect six trophies out of six nominations), but this performance received a long standing ovation with everyone from Rihanna to Sir Paul McCartney cheering for her.

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03: Spice Girls, (“Wanna Be/Spice Up Your Life”) – 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

90s kids, represent!!!! London did a really good job hosting the Olympics this year with their showstopping opening and closing ceremonies. What takes the cake though is the reunion performance of the Spice Girls doing a medley of Wanna Be and Spice Up Your Life on top of cars as they go around the huge stadium. It might take a long time before we see this again, so I guess we’d have to cherish this performance as if it’s the last.

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02: Jennifer Hudson, (“I Will Always Love You”) – Grammy Awards 2012

A day before the actual Grammy Awards ceremony, the whole world was stunned when news broke out that The Voice herself Whitney Houston passed away. That’s probably the most difficult thing to hear on a day before music’s biggest night. So with no time left to do a tribute, it was just a simple number. But Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson made sure that it will be a tribute that will never be forgotten. Just Whitney’s picture, a mic stand, and her soaring vocals in one of the most popular songs ever, Whitney definitely was smiling up from the heavens after this performance.

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01: Madonna (with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Ceelo Green), (“Vogue, Music, Party Rock Anthem, Sexy and I Know It, Gimme All Your Luvin, Like a Prayer”) – Superbowl 2012 Halftime Show

And let’s all bow down to The Queen. Proving that she is still a force to be reckoned with, Queen of Pop Madonna showed all these artists how it’s actually done when she performed at the halftime of the Superbowl this February. With matching visual floors and coming from a throne, there’s no entertainer more fitting to do this year’s job than Madonna. Singing a medley of her most prominent hits from Vogue to Music to Like a Prayer, and inviting friends like LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and CeeLo Green, this fourteen minute performance is nothing but a showstopper, all provided to you by Madonna herself.

What were your favorite performances from the list? Did you think I missed something? Pipe them in below at the Comments section.

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55th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions   Leave a comment

Later tonight, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Inc. (NARAS) will be announcing the nominees for the top honor in music. In its 55th year now, the Grammy Awards have always been regarded as the biggest achievement one can receive for music performers. While it was an easy sweep for Adele last year, here are my current predictions for this year’s awards:

album of the year

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
The Black Keys, “El Camino”
Fun, “Some Nights”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

NEXT: Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”; Drake, “Take Care”; Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”; Miranda Lambert, “Four the Record”

record of the year

RECORD OF THE YEAR:
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody that I Used to Know”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”

NEXT: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”; Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”; Frank Ocean, “Thinking Bout You”

song of the year

SONG OF THE YEAR:
Florence + the Machine, “Shake it Out”
fun featuring Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”

NEXT: The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”; Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”; Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

best new artist

BEST NEW ARTIST
fun
Gotye
Frank Ocean
One Direction
Emeil Sandé

NEXT: Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, Lana del Rey, Ed Sheeran

pop performance

POP PERFORMANCE:
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)”
Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up”
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Pink, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

NEXT: Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain”; Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”; Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Philip Phillips, “Home”

pop group

POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out”
fun. featuring. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

NEXT: Train, “Drive By”; Coldplay featuring Rihanna, “Princess of China”; No Doubt, “Settle Down”; Lionel Richie featuring Shania Twain, “Endless Love”

pop album

POP VOCAL ALBUM
Justin Bieber, “Believe”
fun, “Some Nights”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
One Direction, “Up All Night”
Pink, “The Truth About Love”

NEXT: Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”; Florence + the Machine, “Ceremonials”; Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”; John Mayer, “Born and Raised”

dance recording

DANCE RECORDING
Avicii, “Levels”
Deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way, “Professional Griefers”
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo, “Let’s Go”
Midnight City, “M83”
Skrillex featuring Sirah, “Bangarag”

NEXT: Martin Solvieg, “The Night Out”; Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child”; The Chemical Brothers, “Superflash”

dance electronica album

DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Deadmau5, “Album Title Goes Here”
Justice, “Audio Video Disco”
M83, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
Martin Solveig, “Smash”

NEXT: Pet Shop Boys, “Elysium”; Dev, “The Night the Sun Came Up”; Purity Ring, “Shrines”

rock performance

ROCK PERFORMANCE
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Coldplay. “Charlie Brown”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”
Jack White, “Freedom at 21”

NEXT: Muse, “Madness”; Dave Matthews Band, “Mercy”; Green Day, “Oh Love”; Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

rock song

ROCK SONG
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Coldplay. “Charlie Brown”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Muse, “Madness”
Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care of Our Own”

NEXT: Jack White, “Freedom at 21”; Of Monsters and Men, “Little Talks”

rock album

ROCK ALBUM
The Black Eyes, “El Camino”
Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”
Dave Matthews Band, “Away from the World”
Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”
Jack White, “Blunderbuss”

NEXT: Green Day, “Uno”; Muse, “The 2nd Law”; Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Americana”

alternative album

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel”
Bjork, “Biophilia”
Gotye, “Making Mirrors”
Passion Pit, “Gossamer”
The Shins, “Port Of Morrow”

NEXT: The xx, “Coexist”; Silversun Pickups, “Neck Of The Woods”

americana album

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Alabama Shakes, “Boys & Girls”
Bob Dylan, “Tempest”
The Lumineers, “The Lumineers”
Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Bonnie Raitt, “Slipstream”

rnb performance
R&B PERFORMANCE
Estelle, “Thank You”
Faith Evans, “Tears of Joy”
Miguel, “Adorn”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Usher, “Climax”

NEXT: Beyonce, “Love on Top”; Elle Varner, “Refill”; Melanie Fiona, “Wrong Side of a Love Song”; Mary J Blige, “Don’t Mind”

rnb traditional performance

TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
Anita Baker, “Lately”
Anthony Hamilton, “Pray for Me”
Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, “Celebrate”
R. Kelly, “Feeling Single”
Emeli Sandé, “My Kind of Love”

NEXT: Tyrese,”Stay”; Tamia, “Beautiful Surprise”; Faith Evans, “Tears of Joy”

rnb song

R&B SONG
Beyonce, “Love on Top”
John Legend featuring Ludacris, “Tonight”
Miguel, “Adorn”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Usher, “Climax”

NEXT: Anthony Hamilton, “Woo”; Estelle, “Thank You”

rnb album

R&B ALBUM
Mary J. Blige, “My Life II – The Journey Continues”
Estelle, “All of Me”
Anthony Hamilton, “Back to Love”
R. Kelly, “Write Me Back”
Tyrese, “Open Invitation”

NEXT: Melanie Fiona, “The MF Life”

urban contemporary album

URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Chris Brown, “Fortune”
Miguel, “Kaleidoscope Dreams”
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”
Emeli Sandé, “Our Version of Events”
Usher, “Looking for Myself”

NEXT: Elle Varner, “Perfectly Imperfect”; Trey Songz, “Chapter 5”

rap performance

RAP PERFORMANCE
Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne, “The Motto”
Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz, “Beez In The Trap”
Nas, “Daughters”
Kanye West & Jay-Z. “Niggas in Paris (Live)”
Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz “Mercy”

NEXT: Wiz Khalifa, “Work Hard, Play Hard”; Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

rap sung collaboration

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
Drake featuring The Weekend, “Crew Love”
Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, “No Church In The Wild”
Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj, “Girl on Fire”
John Legend featuring Ludacris, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
Snoop Dogg featuring Wiz Khalifa & Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild, & Free”

NEXT: J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott, “Nobody’s Perfect”; Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, “Talk That Talk”

rap song

RAP SONG
Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne, “The Motto”
J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott, “Nobody’s Perfect”
Nas, “Daughters”
Kanye West & Jay-Z. “Niggas in Paris (Live)”
Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz “Mercy”

rap album

RAP ALBUM
2 Chainz, “Based on a T.R.U. Story”
Drake, “Take Care”
G.O.O.D Music, “Cruel Summer”
Nas, “Life is Good”
Wale, “Ambition”

country solo

COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Taylor Swift, “Ours”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

country group

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Gloriana, “(kissed You) Good Night”
Lionel Richie featuring Willie Nelson, “Easy”
Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”

country song

COUNTRY SONG
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Taylor Swift, “Ours”

country album

COUNTRY ALBUM
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Vince Gill, “Guitar Slinger”
Miranda Lambert, “Four The Record”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

12 Unique Records by Women in Entertainment   6 comments

March is International Women’s Month, and I say better late than never. 🙂 Time and again, the power of the female sex has been tried and tested in giving breakthrough recognition in the field of entertainment. However, since this is an entertainment blog, I’ll be putting a twist and focus on some achievements that might be helpful once you had a Trivial Pursuit game. In short, here are some notable trivia by women awards and recognition-wise:

 

EDIE FALCO

Edie Falco is the only actress in Emmy history who has won both Outstanding Lead Actress honors for both Comedy and Drama genres. For her notable turn as the iconic mob wife Carmela Soprano, she received three Emmys in the Drama categories for The Sopranos. Just in 2010, she won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie.

KYLA

Kyla is the only Filipina female artist who can brag about having a moonman! In 2001, Kyla won the International Viewer’s Choice Award for the Southeast Asia Region for her breakthrough epic video Hanggang Ngayon. The only other Filipino artists who won this trophy are Eraserheads in 1997 and  Parokya ni Edgar in 1999. Kyla was also the only solo artist that represented the Philippines in that category during the country’s six year run for eligibility.

Photo courtesy of pinoyexchange.com

KATHERYN BIGELOW

There is only one woman in Oscar history who has won the trophy for Achievement in Directing, and that was Katheryn Bigelow who won for the war movie The Hurt Locker. It took 82 years before Oscar finally welcomed a woman with an Oscar in hand for the best Director category. Aside from Bigelow, there have been only three other woman who contended for this Oscar: Lina Wertmuller in 1976 (for Seven Beauties), Jane Campion in 1993 (for The Piano), and Sofia Coppola in 2003 (for Lost in Translation).

Photo courtesy of shoppingblog.com

MELANIE MARQUEZ

In the history of beauty pageantry, the Philippines has been a hit or miss. While we were able to snatch titles every now and then, there’s one title that will never ever be taken away from one of the Filipina delegates. Melanie Marquez, 1979 Miss International, is the youngest beauty queen in the history of the big four titles. She was 15 years old when she was crowned.

Photo courtesy of host.missosology.info

ADELE

In the history of the Grammy awards, only two singers have won all the Big 4 categories (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist). The first one was Christopher Cross in 1981 where in he swept all four awards in one night. The second one, however, is the only female who accomplished that, and of course, it’s no other than Adele. Adele won Best New Artist in 2009, and as we have witnessed earlier this year, she also swept the Big 3 for her album 21 and single Rolling in the Deep. As a small correction, Norah Jones alsos wept the four categories in 2002, but since she didn’t write “Don’t Know Why”, she’s not credited for that Grammy win.

LEA SALONGA

Lea Salonga is the only Filipina who has the pleasure of performing at the Oscars when she sang A Whole New World in 1993. And if that’s not impressive yet, she also won Tony in 1991 for Miss Saigon. Still, the only Filipina who has one of the EGOT trophies in a major category.

HELEN HAYES

Speaking of EGOT, there have been lots of performers who already belong to this very famous club. EGOT (Stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) is a high mile club which shows how versatile you are by winning four of the top awards for every channel of entertainment may it be film, music, television, or theater. While there are already female achievers of the title, the first woman to do so was Helen Hayes.  Hayes won the Oscar Best Actress in 1932 for The Sin of Madelon Claudet, the Tony for Best Actress in Happy Birthday in 1947, the Emmy Best Actress for Schlitz Playhouse of Stars in 1953, and finally, the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1976.

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VILMA SANTOS

It is quite hectic for an actor to have more than a movie per year. Having two will totally eat your schedule. However, that’s not the case for Vilma Santos, as she sets the record for the most number of films in a single year with… are you ready…  23 films in 1970. That’s like the filmography for most actor and actresses nowadays. Along with countless more movies and recognitions, no wonder she is one of Philippines’ finest.

Photo courtesy of starforallseasons.wordpress.com

GWEN STEFANI

It is very rare for a female artist to get a trophy just for being a collaborator in a single. That’s what Gwen Stefani’s 2001 moonman win was after Eve won for Best Female Video for Let Me Blow Ya’ Mind. Since Gwen was featured in the video, she gets to have a moonman as well. Now I know why you feel as if that’s not an accomplishment yet. Here’s the actual catch: On that same night, not only did Gwen win the Best Female Video VMA, she also won the Best Male Video for Moby’s collaboration with her for Southside. And for that, Gwen made history by winning both Male and Female Video VMAs without even being the main featured singer for both songs.

Photo courtesy of femalerappers.tumblr.com

CHARITO SOLIS

Also regarded as the best Filipino actress ever, Charito Solis is the Philippines’ answer to Katharine Hepburn. And to further highlight her versatile acting skills, Charito Solis is the first actress elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame after winning five Best Actress trophies for Kundiman ng Lahi (in 1958), Emily (in 1960), Angustia (in 1963), Igorota (in 1968), and Don’t Cry for Me Papa (in 1983). Impressive isn’t it?

Photo courtesy of movie-industry.blogspot.com

HATTIE McDANIEL

It is very hard for a woman of color to win the film’s top recognition (see: Viola Davis). However, Hattie McDaniel was the very first woman to accomplish that when she won Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind in 1939. It will take another sixty years before the next black actress to get an Oscar which is the case of Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost in 1990. It has been followed by Halle Berry (the first and only black Best Actress winner) in 2001, Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls) in 2006, Mo’nique (Best Supporting Actress for Precious) in 2009, and just earlier this year, Octavia Spencer (for The Help).

Photo courtesy of goldderby.com

SUNSHINE CRUZ

And lastly, we’ll be including on my list the first ever Pinay cover for FHM Philippines, the ever flawless, Sunshine Cruz. It was April of 2000 and FHM was just on its second issue ever when this mestisa celebrity graced the cover of the now famous magazine. The rest, as they say, is history.

That’s 12 names, 12 different accomplishments. This just goes to show how much women make impact in every aspect of their respective fields. Happy International Women’s month to all the female readers of this blog. 😀

MTV Video Music Awards 2011   2 comments

This is a pretty late post, but since it’s raining and there seems to be the obligatory VMA review, I’ll dedicate a post to this year’s VMA. A for starters, this is a big improvement from last year’s snoozefest. While there are no hosts assigned for the night, they still managed to went overtime again. I still have this theory that the reason why Best Direction wasn’t given at the red carpet was because it was really supposed to be at the main show and will serve as Adele’s moment (which she deservingly won). However, due to time constraints, they decided to just skip it altogether. Screw you, MTV.

Also, Katy Perry won the much coveted Video of the Year, so for the fifth year in a row, a female artist has won the top award (Cue: Beyonce’s Run the World). Rihanna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Lady GaGa has won the same moonman for the last four ceremonies. As a sidebar, Madonna got hers on 1998, Lauryn Hill in 1999, Christina Aguilera in 2001, and Missy Elliott in 2003.

Moving on to the main event, I’ll just share a few thoughts here and there about the performances from last night. They ranged from excellent to good actually. Specifically, here’s my grade sheet for last Sunday’s VMAs.

Lady GaGa : You & I

I decided that I’ll grade this performance based on the start of her performance. I’ll voluntarily skip her opening monologue which, as seen from the audience, looks ridiculous as it can gets. GaGa tries so hard to maintain this creative, innovative persona but what she lacks during the monologue is the music. If that wasn’t GaGa doing that shitty man alter ego, I bet that person will be trashed instantly. But since it’s GaGa, she gets free pass. This isn’t even creative. This is bothering. As for her performance, no doubt that she really has the talent to pull it off. Her vocals is always on point, and she gets to have Queen’s Brian May as a special guest. Now, that is genius. Anyway, bottom line is, she could have done the song without that alter ego thing going on, and it would have been much better.

Grade: B

Jay Z and Kanye West : Otis

This isn’t one of my favorite songs from Watch the Thrones so I would have wanted another song to be performed. But, of course this is the current single. Even I couldn’t resist the star power that these two rap powerhouses exude so while this is in no way outstanding, this is also not disappointing.

Grade: B

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nayer : Give Me Everything

I don’t get why they were given a performance slot that night. This song is too old by the time they performed it. However, the song is still undeniably catchy. Everyone is still jamming in the crowd and even the people watching at home. This is a similar performance like what they did on The Voice. I’m bothered by how Ne-Yo is so hitting on that woman performer as if he’s so dying to f*ck her right after they went off stage. LOL.

Grade: C+

Adele : Someone Like You

Oh boy, hands down, the best performance of the night. Ballads are rarely performed during the VMAs especially since it’s one big party after all. If they work, they really do get to stand out (Christina Aguilera, Hurt (2006)), but if they don’t, they’ll be overshadowed (Taylor Swift, Innocent (2010)). Fortunately, Adele rocked her performance. Everyone was just cheering while she’s singing. I personally had goosebumps while watching it. Plus, she got a standing ovation at the end. it goes to show that all you don’t need too many gimmicks to stand out. This goes down as one of the best VMA performances ever.

Grade: A+

Chris Brown : Yeah3x, The Beautiful People

It is really difficult to follow up Adele’s performance. So, the best way to do it is by giving a fully entertaining performance. Chris Brown might be lipsynching throughout the whole performance, but who cares? He’s flying all over the Nokia Theater. That is so awesome. It’s so sad that he got overshadowed with all the woman beater and homophobe accusations against him, because he, indeed, is one hell of a performer. He might not be singing at all, but this is the perfect follow up to Adele’s vocally challenging performance. Oh can I say that I died that Jessie J followed this performanc eby singing “No Scrubs”?

Grade: A-

Britney Spears tribute

First, I’m glad that all the speculations that Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Janet Jackson (of all people, really?!?!?!?) giving a tribute to Britney isn’t true. That would have been a disaster in the vein of her Gimme More performance. I’m glad that MTV is giving her the tribute by people who won’t upstage Britney, but when you reward her with a Video Vanguard, the least they could have done is to include all of her videos, and not just chosen ones. All in all, a decent performance but what I didn’t like was that they used her as a segue to introduce the next performer.

Grade: B-

Beyonce : Love on Top

I’m not the biggest Beyonce fan on earth (god knows how “creative” she is) but this is probably one of my favorite Beyonce numbers ever. She’s just glowing the moment she sang the first line of the song. Also, she made a good choice of singing a song that suits her emotions that moment. I love when she said “I want you to feel the love inside me.” There are parts where she wasn’t singing (she had prepared version) and she’s singing it simultaneously with the recorded version, but I won’t complain. Also, love how the audience was so into the song. Adele was even singing. Love the shot of her in the audience. But more so, the finale shot when she rubbed her tummy, and everyone from Gaga to Tony Bennett, Kanye to Jay Z were just jumping with joy. Very memorable performance!

Grade: A-

Young the Giant : My Body

I know that you’re thinking “Who?” but for a VMA debut performance, this is an awesome performance. I know how big of a deal getting a slot at the main show is for some indie band who doesn’t have a solid fanbase yet. But, heck, I enjoyed the performance, and here’s hoping they’ll get a bigger break after this. How I wish Foster the People were asked to perform as well.

Grade: B

Bruno Mars : Amy Winehouse tribute, Valerie

At first, I was hesitant. Why him? Really, of all people?!?!? Bruno Mars?!?!? But boy, did he really deliver! This is a good performance of Valerie, and for what its worth, he gave justice to the song. I love the “clap your hands for Amy part”. The video of Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse opening this performance made it bittersweet. Seeing Amy’s pop-art photos while Bruno is performing is so very touching. I guess I’m a big Amy fanboy because I was in tears near-the-end. Adele was so sad, and so is Russell Brand. Anyway, really good performance that I’m sure Amy was very proud up there. 🙂

Grade: A

Lil’ Wayne : How To Love, John

For years now, the VMAs always end their show with a rap act (Jay Z in 09, Kanye last year) and while Lil’ Wayne was good in his How to Love part, he suddenly went crazy during the John part. This is an okay performance but everyone’s just oh so excited to go home or rest already. LOL. This is a good promotion for his album (which will debut at number one next) though.

Grade: B-

That’s it. The VMAs, while it wasn’t able to reach its peak years anymore, still provided one hell of an entertaining show this year. Til next year folks! =)