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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now that the MTV has awarded of what it thought was the best of music video this year, it’s time to reveal my choices for my own Video Music Awards. I have been doing this since ’99, and this is the first year where I mustered enough time and effort to do mine. My eligibility period for a given year is July 1 of the previous year up to June 30 of the current year to make it to to any given year’s awards. Unlike MTV, I also have more categories to spare. Ready? I now present my picks in all 20 categories of my Titties(!!!) Video Music Awards (TVMAs) for 2014! Let’s begin!
*Clicking the photo will lead you to the winning music video of the category.
As a recap, here are the winners of the 2014 TVMAs:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” MALE VIDEO: Jack White, “Lazaretto” FEMALE VIDEO: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” GROUP VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor” NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO: Steve Grand, “All American Boy” POP VIDEO: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” R&B VIDEO: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts” DANCE VIDEO: DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” RAP VIDEO: Kanye West, “Black Skinhead” ROCK VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor” COUNTRY VIDEO: Steve Grand, “All American Boy” COLLABORATION IN A VIDEO: Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, “Fancy” ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Katy Perry, “Unconditionally” CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO: Sia, “Chandelier” CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO: 30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels” COSTUMES IN A VIDEO: Beyonce, “Partition” EDITING IN A VIDEO: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night” HAIR AND MAKE UP IN A VIDEO: Lady Gaga, “Applause” VISUAL EFEFCTS IN A VIDEO: DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
And there you have it! Until next year’s music video mania! 🙂
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
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
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.
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.
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
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
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?
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.
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
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.
Childish Gambino, “3?05″
Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
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.
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.
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 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!
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
Hey 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”
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!
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.
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”
(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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Anyway, let’s move on to the Grammys a.k.a the first televised exam to see if Taylor Swift knows this song…
or this song…
and this one as well…
and did you know she knew this song too?
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?
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
and David O. Russell’s reaction when Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress.
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!
See 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),
a bored Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter
and a tripping Best Actress winner. Whoever put that banana peel there for Anne Hathaway clearly didn’t work
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.
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…
…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:
Meanwhile, Miguel channels his inner Bjorn Barrefors and trains for the Olympics on air
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.
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:
Yes Debra Messing don’t act too surprised, those are her feet.
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.
And someone’s coming out on top:
But come the VMAs, it wasn’t even the two of them who became the talk of the town. But before that we saw…
Justin Timberlake joined by four other lessers perform,
Taylor Swift asking her BFF to STFU,
Willow Smith whipping her head back and forth as Jaden Smith tries another shot at “acting”,
Lady Gaga opening the show,
but Katy Perry closing it.. (Ouch Gags! Was that msg for you?)
But it Miley who made the whole thing classic. Even getting a classic rxn from Rih
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.
And when the Emmys came, Neil Patrick Harris bombed as host, but no other bombed better than what this guy did:
Then cute Merritt Wever gives one of the best Emmy speeches ever when she said nothing but…
while Julia Louis Dreyfus stays in character in her speech.
Michael Douglas, meanwhile, uses Matt Damon as metaphor in his thank you speech
And though he did not win, Kevin Spacey still scores one in my b0ok after doing this:
And the delight of Oprah pushing people
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:
As Ariana Grande shows us all how it’s really done just by standing up.
Meanwhile, a certain legend named Christina Aguilera is slaying the red carpet fo’sho:
And that’s how you make an exit! Wait let me reiterate
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.
Let’s pause this moment and recognize Queen B.
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
And as Oscar season comes, we’re treated to a whole lot of epic GIFs from contenders like this of J.Law pleading…
or Sandra Bullock in Gravity a.k.a basically whatever you wanna do to your enemy
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.
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.
A day after, and Beysus still leaves me slaying for her.
I have been very critical of Beyonce for the longest time. I find her too manufactured, to say the least. But I’ve always been vocal that she’s the best entertainer among all her contemporaries. Gurl can pull off a show like no other. However, after yesterday, I’ve developed a new found admiration of her. She just schooled all these lesser pop gurls how it must be done. I guess I’ll credit this to Beyonce the entrepreneur. She ain’t playing around this time. She knows how mainstream pop for female artists this year has been underwhelming hype (Artpop), safe (Prism), or too PR dependent (Bangerz). So for her to drop an album out of nowhere is some genius marketing on its own. And I’m glad its paying off.
More than that, I like that she also evolved with her sound and her music. Beyonce, the album that is, is more mature. She comes from a different personal place with the material here. No more singing about precums or Jay Z’s dick. Nothing about satellites or overlong belting. She has moved on from that, and it shows. It comes from a place where she is comfortable enough to share a part of herself devoid from the glitz and the glamour of of the world where she belongs. To come up with a genius marketing ploy is one thing; to back it up with a quality album is another. A part of me doesn’t eventwant her to release a single anymore. Her album provides the complete experience that it’s better to listen to it as a whole.
At this stage in her career, it’s wise of her to do such risks. She’s not competing with all these other girls now; she’s on an entirely different level. Beyonce isn’t playing by the rules this time. She’s setting it. And I’m pretty certain that years from now, this will always be one of the most innovative steps ever done in the pop world. And Beyonce deserves all the credit for that. When all is said and done, she always can be summed up in one word – ICON.