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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.



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…

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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?


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!

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),


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:


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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.


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,

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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,


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.

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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


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.


Happy New Year everyone!


56th Grammy Awards Nominations Predictions   2 comments

In four days, the nominations for music’s highest honor will be finally unveiled as the the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Inc. (NARAS) announces the 56th Grammy Awards nominations. In terms of predicting, this has been a pretty messy year with lots of contenders vying for golden gramophones especially in the general field category. Here are my predictions in 32 different categories:

album of the year

Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “The Heist”
Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox
Taylor Swift, “Red
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience

NEXT IN LINE: Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City“; David Bowie, “The Next Day“; Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park“; Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city


Daft Punk featuring Pharell Williams, “Get Lucky
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven
Katy Perry, “Roar
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines“, Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble“; Lorde, “Royals“; Adele, “Skyfall

song of the year

Lorde, “Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love
Bruno Mars, “Locked out of Heaven
Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharell Williams, “Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Adele, “Skyfall“; Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason“; Rihanna/Mikky Eko, “Stay“; Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble

best new artist

Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

NEXT IN LINE: Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Florida George Line, Zedd, Icona Pop

pop solo

Lorde, “Royals
Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man
Katy Perry, “Roar
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors

NEXT IN LINE: Ed Sheeran, “Lego House“; Pink, “Try“; Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball“; Kelly Clarkson, “Catch My Breath

pop collab or group

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko”, “Stay
Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharell Williams, “Blurred Lines

NEXT IN LINE: Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed“; Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound“; Avicii featuring Alie Blacc, “Wake Me Up“; Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, “Suit & Tie

pop vocal album

Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox
Lorde, “Pure Heroine
John Mayer, “Paradise Valley
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Complete Experience

NEXT IN LINE: Arianna Grande, “Yours Truly“; Sara Bareilles, “The Blessed Unrest“; Avicii, “True“; Josh Groban, “All That Echoes

traditional pop vocal album

Tony Bennett, “Viva Duets
Susan Boyle, “Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage
Michael Buble, “To Be Loved
CeeLo Green, “Ceelo’s Magic Moment
Rod Stewart, “Merry Christmas, Baby

NEXT IN LINE: Andrea Bocelli, “Passione“; Gloria Estefan, “The Standards“; Jackie Evancho, “Songs From the Silver Screen“; Chris Mann, “Roads

dance recording

Avicii featuring Nicky Romero, “I Could Be the One
Calvin Harris featurning Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing
David Guetta & Glowinthedark featuring Harrison, “Ain’t a Party
Kaskade, “Atmosphere
Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity

NEXT IN LINE: Just Blaze & Baauer featuring Jay-Z – “Higher“; Zedd, “Into the Lair

dance electronica album

Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories
Calvin Harris, “18 Months”
Kaskade, “Atmosphere
Pet Shop Boys, “Electric
Zedd, “Clarity

rock performance

David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive
Kings Of Leon, “Supersoaker
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young

NEXT IN LINE: Paramore, “Still Into You“; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege“; Gary Clark Jr., “Ain’t Messin ‘Round“; Muse, “Follow Me

rock song

David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Kings Of Leon, “Supersoaker
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack
Paramore, “Still Into You
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young

NEXT IN LINE: Queens Of the Stone Age, “My God Is the Sun“; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege“; Fall Out Boy, “The Phoenix“; Pearl Jam, “Mind Your Manners

rock album

David Bowie, “The Next Day
Kings Of Leon, “Mechanical Bull
Mumford & Sons, “The Road To Red Rocks (Live)
Paramore, “Paramore
Queens of the Stone Age, “…Like Clockwork

NEXT IN LINE: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, “Psychedelic Pill“; Fall Out Boy, “Save Rock And Roll

best alternative album

Arctic Monkeys, “AM
The National, “Trouble Will Find Me
Phoenix, “Bankrupt!
Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires Of The City
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Mosquito

NEXT IN LINE: Chvrches, “The Bones Of What You Believe“; Depeche Mode, “Delta Machine“; The Weeknd, “Kiss Land“; Nine Inch Nails, “Hesitation Marks

rnb performance

Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Robert Glasper Experiment & Jill Scott, “Calls
Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell, “Fire We Make
Ledisi, “I Blame You
Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.

NEXT IN LINE: Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl“; Ciara, “Body Party“; Rihanna, “Pour It Up“; Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar, “How Many Drinks?

rnb traditional

Toni Braxton featuring Babyface, “Hurt You
Earth, Wind & Fire, “My Promise
Fantasia, “Get It Right
Kem & Ledisi, “Be Mine For Christmas
Bruno Mars, “If I Knew

NEXT IN LINE: Ann Nesby, “I See Beyond“; Shelby J. featuring Anthony Hamilton, “North Carolina“; Gary Clark Jr., “Please Come Home

rnb song

Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Ciara, “Body Party
Ledisi, “I Blame You
Miguel, “Candles In the Sun
Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.

NEXT IN LINE: Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell, “Fire We Make“; Robert Glasper Experiment & Jill Scott, “Calls“; Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl“;Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott, “Without Me

rnb album

India Arie, “Songversation
Jaheim, “Appreciation Day
John Legend, “Love In the Future
TGT, “Three Kings
Charlie Wilson, “Love, Charlie

NEXT IN LINE: Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire“; Earth, Wind & Fire, “Now, Then & Forever“; Chrisette Michele, “Better“; Ronald Isley, “This Song Is For You

urban contemporary album

Tamar Braxton, “Love And War
Fantasia, “Side Effects Of You
Janelle Monae, “The Electric Lady
Rihanna, “Unapologetic
The Weeknd, “Trilogy

NEXT IN LINE: Ne-Yo, “R.E.D“; Kelly Rowland, “Talk a Good Game“; Ciara, “Ciara

rap performance

A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Fuckin’ Problems
Drake, “Started From The Bottom
Eminem, “Berzerk
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz, “Thrift Shop

NEXT IN LINE: Jay-Z, “Tom Ford“; Calvin Harris featuring Dillon Francis & Dizzee Rascal, “Here 2 China“; T.I. ft. Lil Wayne, “Ball

rap sung collaboration

J. Cole & Miguel, “Power Trip
A$AP Rocky featuring Florence Welch, “I Come Apart
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar & Mary J. Blige, “Now Or Never
Wale & Rihanna, “Bad (Remix)

NEXT IN LINE: Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd, “Remember You“;Jay-Z featuring Beyonce, “On The Run (Part II)“; Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Common & Patrick Stump, “I Stand Alone

rap song

J. Cole featuring Miguel, “Power Trip
Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar featuring Drake, “Poetic Justice
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift Shop
Kanye West, “New Slaves

NEXT IN LINE: Eminem, “Berzerk“; Drake, “Started From the Bottom“; A$AP Rocky, “Long Live A$AP

rap album

Drake, “Nothing Was The Same
Jay-Z, “Magna Carta Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d city”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “The Heist
Kanye West, “Yeezus

NEXT IN LINE: J. Cole, “Born Sinner“; T.I., “Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head“; Lil Wayne, “I Am Not a Human Being II“; A$AP Rocky, “Long.Live.A$AP

country solo

Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind of Night
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Taylor Swift, “Begin Again
Carrie Underwood, “Two Black Cadillacs

NEXT IN LINE: Blake Shelton, “Mine Would Be You”; Hunter Hayes, “I Want Crazy“; Keith Urban, “Little Bit of Everything“; Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart

country group performance

Florida George Line, “Cruise
Lady Antebellum, “Downtown
Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care
Thompson Square, “If I Didn’t Have You
Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us

NEXT IN LINE: Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush“; Pistol Annies, “Hush Hush“; The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two“; Little Big Town, “Tornado

country song

Florida George Line, “Cruise
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart
Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round
Taylor Swift “Begin Again

NEXT IN LINE: Carrie Underwood, “Two Black Cadillacs“; The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two“; Thompson Square, “If I Didn’t Have You“; Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us

Country album

Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party
Lady Antebellum, “Golden
Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer, Different Park
Blake Shelton, “Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift, “Red”

NEXT IN LINE: Florida George Line, “Here’s to the Good Times”; Keith Urban, “Fuse“; Little Big Town, “Tornado“; The Band Perry, “Pioneer

music video

Arcade Fire, “Just a Reflektor
Beach House, “Wishes
David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Capital Cities “Safe and Sound
Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu. “Q.U.E.E.N.”

NEXT IN LINE: Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie“; Rihanna, “Diamonds“; Nine Inch Nails, “Came Back Haunted“; Kanye West, “Black Skinhead

music film

Coldplay, “Live 2012
Madonna, “MDNA World Tour
Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses
Mumford and Sons, “The Road to Red Rocks
Vampire Weekend, “American Express Unstaged: Live At Roseland Ballroom-April 28, 2013

NEXT IN LINE: Imagine Dragons, “Imagine Dragons: The Making Of Night Visions“; Neil Young, “Journeys“; Kaskade, “Freaks of Nature Your“; Alicia Keys, “Alicia Keys, “VH1 Storytellers

Song for visual media

Adele, “Skyfall” (from Skyfall)
Lana del Rey, “Young and Beautiful” (from The Great Gatsby)
fun., “Sight of the Sun” (from Girls)
Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, “Please Mr. Kennedy” (from Inside Llewyn Davis)
The Civil Wars, T-Bone Burnett, “Long Time Gone” (from A Place at the Table)

NEXT IN LINE: Coldplay, “Atlas” (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire); Jay-Z, “100$ Bill” (from The Great Gatsby); M83 featuring Susanne Sundfor, “Oblivion” (from ‘Oblivion); Florence + the Machine, “Over the Love” (from The Great Gatsby)

compilation soundtrack album

The Civil Wars & T-Bone Burnett, “A Place At the Table
Various Artists, “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2
Various Artists, “Django Unchained
Various Artists, “The Great Gatsby
Various Artists, “Les Misérables (Deluxe Version)

NEXT IN LINE: Various Artists, “More From Pitch Perfect“; Various Artists, “The Bling Ring“; Various Artists, “The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1“; Glee Cast, “Glee: The Music Presents Glease

score soundtrack

Howard Shore, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Mychael Danna “Life of Pi
John Williams, “Lincoln
Anthony Gonzalez & Joseph Trapanese, “Oblivion
Alexander Desplat, “Rise of the Guardians

NEXT IN LINE: Thomas Newman, “Skyfall“, Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina“; Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek,  Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas“; Michael Giacchino, “John Carter

There you have it! The 56th Grammy Awards nominations will be announced on December 6 via the short Grammy concert program with performances by Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Drake and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to name a few. Who are you rooting for this year?


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. 


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.
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.


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.


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.

Spice Girls

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.

Jennifer Hudson

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.

Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

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

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

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

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

Frank Ocean
One Direction
Emeil Sandé

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rnb 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

country group

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

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

country album

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

53rd Grammy Awards predictions: Part 1 (General, Pop, Dance, R&B)   7 comments

Amidst all the Oscar talk this season, music’s biggest night is also nearing. As a matter of fact, nominations will be announced three days from now. Last year’s show provided as some of the biggest surprises ever (The Arcade Fire as Album of the Year, Esperanza Spalding as Best New Artist), and this year is surprisingly on its way to become very controversial on its own. It’s also the first year with the revamped categories in many Grammy categories. Anyway, here we go:


Katy Perry, “Firework”

Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

NEXT IN LINE: Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga, “Lady in the Tramp”; Bruno Mars, “Grenade”; Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”


Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Lady Gaga, “You & I”

NEXT IN LINE: Katy Perry, “Firework”; Taylor Swift, “Back to December”; Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”; Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”


Adele, “21”

Bruno Mars, “Doo Wops and Hooligans”

Tony Bennett, “Duets II”

Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

Jay Z/Kanye West, “Watch the Throne”

NEXT IN LINE: Foster the People, “Torches”; Lady GaGa, “Born This Way”; Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”; Bon Iver, “Bon Iver”; Rihanna, “Loud”


The Band Perry

Bon Iver

The Civil Wars

Foster the People

Christina Perri

NEXT IN LINE: Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Miguel, Tyler the Creator


Adele, “Someone Like You”

Lady Gaga, “You and I”

Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

Katy Perry, “Firework”

Pink, “Fuckin’ Perfect”

NEXT IN LINE: Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts”; Beyonce, “Best Thing I Never Had”, Kelly Clarkson, “Mr. Know It All; Taylor Swift, “Back to December”


Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul”

Elton John/Leon Russell, “Move to Shiloh”

Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”

Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Adele/Darius Rucker, “Need You Now”

NEXT IN LINE: Coldplay, “Paradise”; Katy Perry/Kanye West, “ET (Remix)”; Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull, “On the Floor”; Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack, “Give Me Everything”; LMFAO/Lauren Bennett, “Party Rock Anthem”


Adele, “21”

Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

Bruno Mars, “Doo Wops and Hooligans”

Cee-Lo Green, “The Lady Killer”

Rihanna, “Loud”

NEXT IN LINE: Britney Spears, “Femme Fetale”; Justin Bieber, “My World Acoustic”; Various Artists, “Glee the 3D Concert Experience”; The Script, “Science and Faith”


Duck Sauce, “Barbra Streisand”

Benny Benassi/Chris Brown, “Beautiful People”

Robyn, “Call Your Girlfriend”

LMFAO, “Champagne Showers”

Dev, “In the Dark”


Robyn, “Body Talk Part 3”

Benny Benassi, “ELectroman”

Ladytron, “Gravity the Seducer”

Groove Junkies, “In the Zone”

David Guetta, “Nothing bu the Beat”


Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”

Cee Lo Green, “Bright Lights, Bigger City”

Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”

Ledisi, “Pieces of Me”

Miguel, “Sure Thing”

NEXT IN LINE: Beyonce, “Countdown”; Bruno Mars, “Our First Time”; Chris Brown, “She Ain’t You”; Jill Scott, “The Light”; Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock”


Beyonce, “1+1”

Jennifer Hudson, “Feeling Good”

Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona., “Fool For You”

Raphael Saadiq, “Good Man”

Jill Scott/Anthony Hamilton, “So In Love”

NEXT IN LINE: Faith Evans, “Change”; Ronald Isley, “What I Miss the Most”; R. Kelly, “Radio Message”; Kelly Price, “I’m Sorry”


Marsha Ambrosius, “Far Away”

Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona, “Fool for You”

Kelly Rowland/Lil Wayne, “Motivation”

Ledisi, “Pieces of Me”

Miguel, “Sure Thing”

NEXT IN LINE: Beyonce, “1+1”; R. Kelly, “Love Letter”; Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”


Beyonce, “4”

Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me”

Marsha Ambrosius, “Late Night and Early Mornings”

Jill Scott, “The Light of the Sun”

Ledisi, Pieces of Me”

NEXT IN LINE: El DeBarge, “Second Chance”; Miguel, “All I want is You”‘ Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E”



Posted November 27, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

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