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Posts Tagged ‘News’

Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’: Review Revue

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She did it, Arianators: She’s finally gone and broken free.

Ariana Grande‘s highly anticipated, much-hyped second studio album My Everything is finally upon us.

After dishing out her horn-heavy summer smash “Problem” with Iggy Azalea, her EDM-tastic Zedd banger “Break Free” and “Bang Bang,” her powerhouse collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, as well as an opening performance on last night’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the pint-sized pop diva’s finally ready to give us all her love on her feature-filled follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut, Yours Truly.

Our own Kathy Iandoli concluded that Ari’s new album “diminishes any theory of a sophomore curse, as Ariana delivers a solid enough work — however, it’s done with the help of many,” giving the album a four out of five. But what did the rest of the critics have to say?

:: The Observer gave the album two out of five stars, concluding that the album contents didn’t live up to the singles: “The rest of this album, caught somewhere between lovelorn lady-music and intimations of a sex life, cannot live up to the simple pleasures in the singles. Every so often, a little shard of personality pierces the sheen.”

:: Slant echoed those concerns, giving the album two out of five stars as well. “Where her expertly produced debut, Yours Truly, identified the kind of music she could excel at (big, gorgeous ballads like ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ and peppy throwaways like ‘Baby I’), the new album tries to expand her horizons with headache-inducing electro-pop and darker, edgier shades of R&B. In both lanes she sounds perfunctory and anonymous.”

:: The Guardian mirrors those sonic sentiments, awarding the album three out of five stars: “On her 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, teen-actor-turned-pop-starlet Ariana Grande established a unique, nostalgia-based beachhead, interweaving 90s R&B and 1960s girl groups. It got her to the top of the US Billboard 200 albums chart, but on the Max Martin and David Guetta-produced follow-up, My Everything, she’s plumped – oh, Grande! – for generic bangerdom.”

:: New York Daily News also gave the album three out of five, suggesting that Ariana’s talent surpasses that of the songs she was given to record: “Clearly, the run of songs on the album aims to show Grande’s range, as well as her desire to appeal to as many buyers as possible. But few of the compositions her writers and producers fashioned represent their chosen styles at their most sterling. More, the constant jerking back and forth between styles interrupts any sense of flow. As musical journeys go, this one mimics a packed crosstown bus, stopping and starting in jammed traffic. At least Grande herself never flags.”

:: Rolling Stone seemingly enjoyed the album the most of all, giving the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, and drawing a curious comparison: “”Like a Natalie Imbruglia for our more pretentious times, she’s in the zone where ‘Torn’ meets ‘Turn Down For What.’”

:: USA Today found more to love about My Everything, giving the album three out of four stars: “There’s still ample evidence of Grande’s girlish playfulness — and a sense of growing confidence, from the pumping strong-woman number ‘Break Free’ to ‘Hands On Me’, which is in the taut, teasing vein of ‘Problem’ but with more textural and rhythmic sophistication. Blending sugar and spice, Everything reaches out to everyone in Grande’s growing fan base.”

:: And finally, Digital Spy UK felt confident about Ari’s second effort (but not so much about her creative input) and gave the record four out of five stars, concluding: “There are too many big-name songwriters here to believe that she exercised complete creative control, but it takes considerable talent to front the right balance of playful pop, heartfelt sentiments and sexy sassiness with ease. Believe the title – this is Ariana’s everything, and she’s taking it right to the top.”

But now, the real verdict: What did you think about the album? Listen to the album in full below, and let us know in the comments!

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.



 

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Christina Aguilera’s Debut Album Turns 15: Backtracking

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Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

1999: the year when pop music ruled the world. From the United States to the UK, the genre was inescapable on music charts, televisions shows, the radio and even our favorite magazine covers. The brink of Y2k gave way to the fresh faces of pop that quickly became music legends of our time: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera. All but Aguilera were already dominating the international charts, with the singer being the last of the four to release her debut. She was introduced to the music scene as part of the 4 Pop Blondes, which included Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. The battle of becoming the the “It” girl in music at that time was a tough one, but nobody could hold the then-19-year-old down (never can, never will)!

Prior to her debut album, many knew Aguilera as a bright-eyed young girl from from 1993′s The New Mickey Mouse Club. Released just eight months after Britney Spears’ iconic …Baby One More Time, at first Christina’s debut was placed in the shadows of pop music’s first princess. But the worldwide success of the four singles that emerged from Christina Aguilera proved that she was a star all her own. While Spears was looked at as the sweet girl next door with her endearing personality, Aguilera showed early signs of her “Xtina” alter ego, as she was unafraid to be mainstream music’s sexualized and rebellious bad girl. Both stars may have had a lot on common at the time, but there was no doubt that Christina Aguilera was bound to achieve a status that placed her within the ranks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

During this musical era, record labels were focused on creating flash-in-the-pan pop phenomenons. Nonetheless, the raw talent that shone throughout Christina Aguilera saved the album from becoming too candy-coated.

Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Christina’s self-titled debut album, which was released on August 24, 1999, and gave rise to an international superstar — as well as the birth of Legendtina. (SAY!)

Today we recognize Christina Aguilera as a light-hearted and fun album that is weighted with trendy, late ’90s dance-pop elements, anchored by the singer’s soulful vocals. It is succinct and jam-packed with classic pop hits and underrated fan favorites, the complete opposite of — what has now become her M.O. — lengthy projects like Bionic and Lotus. The album starts off with “Genie In A Bottle,” the first single and arguably the singer’s signature hit. As soon as the Steve Kipner and David Frank-produced piano notes kick in, the tune instantly brings you back to the summer of 1999, when it was on constant rotation on Total Request Live (the video spent 65 days on the show’s Top 10 chart).

From her velvety vocals to the song’s sexual undertones (which she would quickly become infamous for later on in her career — “Sex For Breakfast,” anyone?), “Genie In A Bottle” separated Aguilera from her more bubblegum-pop counterparts. The song was so popular, that the singer later created two versions of it — a Spanish version for her first Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo (released in 2000) and an electronic version from her 2008 greatest hits album Keeps Getting Better.

Christina Aguilera – “Genie In A Bottle”

Next up is a song that gave the world an insight to what Christina Aguilera was really all about, both as an emerging artist and as a young woman. “What A Girl Wants,” the album’s second single, is an airy mid-tempo number that is absolutely perfect for karaoke nights! The single was also another TRL favorite and followed “Genie In A Bottle” as a Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. Aguilera is always known for her bold and sometimes over the top vocals, but this song (which focused on her bright upper register) showed that she could also be delicate.

The song lyrics (“I only looked but I never touched/’cause in my heart was a picture of us/Holding hands, making plans”) reveal an independent, strong woman who knows what she wants from a relationship, both sexually and emotionally. The message is quite subtle, but it is something that has been interwoven throughout the diva’s entire career.

She may not have realized it back in 1999, but “What A Girl Wants” laid the foundation for future empowering songs in her repertoire like “Can’t Hold Us Down,” “Fighter,” and “Let There Be Love.”

Christina Aguilera – “What A Girl Wants”

While many of the songs off Christina Aguilera showcased her flirty and sensual side (the usual formula for female pop artists during that time), “I Turn To You” focused solely on her impeccable voice. The song set the diva apart from the sea of blondes, as her strong point were slower songs more than fast-paced dance tracks. The ballad, penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren (who has worked with artists like Celine Dion, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston), was just the beginning of many songs dedicated to her mother and inspiration Shelly, who survived domestic abuse from Aguilera’s estranged father.

Christina Aguilera – “I Turn To You”

Apart from her stunning vocals, what made Christina Aguilera so unique back in 1999 was her ability to pull from various genres in order to create her own special sound. Tracks like “So Emotional,” “Love For All Seasons” and “Somebody’s Somebody” leaned more towards R&B and soul which, at the time, was mainly used by strictly-R&B groups like En Vogue, SWV and Destiny’s Child. Aguilera’s love for soulful aesthetics followed her later on in her career, specifically with 2006′s Back To Basics, an album with a throwback vibe that celebrates jazz and blues.

Christina Aguilera – “So Emotional”

Christina Aguilera definitely doesn’t stray away from sexual themes, with songs like “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)” and “When You Put Your Hands On Me.” When the former song was released as the fourth and final single, it was clear that Aguilera was taking the creative reigns of her image. Gone was the cookie-cutter blonde bob and the modest wardrobe; the singer transformed into a fierce diva with bright red extensions, a new belly ring, revealing outfits and sexy dance moves!

Her third #1 on the Hot 100, the single also became controversial, thanks to the singer’s duet performance with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards,which sparked rumors that the two were an item.

Christina Aguilera – “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”

While the majority of the songs on Christina Aguilera are classic bops, there are others that don’t quite fit. One of them is the gospel-tinged “Blessed,” which always seemed too try-hard and way too clean cut. Another is ”Love Will Find A Way,” whose funky R&B grooves would be just fine if the song wasn’t a complete Mariah Carey ripoff. From the “shooba-di-doo” ad-libs to the melodic harmonies, it was a little too reminiscent of Carey hits like “Emotions” and “Dreamlover.”

One other track that seemed like a complete throwaway is the slightly cheesy ”Reflection.” It was obviously more of a promotional tool to boost the singer’s popularity, as it was released a year prior as part of the soundtrack for Disney’s Mulan. But “Reflection” does get well-deserved praised for being the reason that Christina Aguilera was even created; the success of the Golden Globe-nominated tune helped to fund the project. It was a pretty smart move on her label’s part, thanks to her ties with The Mickey Mouse Club. But looking back, the ballad did not reflect (punny!) the true artistry of Aguilera.

Christina Aguilera – “Reflection”

Needless to say, Christina Aguilera was a chart success. The album debuted at #1 and went on to be certified eight-times Platinum in the US alone. Aguilera’s debut LP also snagged the singer her first Grammy, for Best New Artist at the 2000 ceremony. The clean dance-pop and R&B fusion was perfectly crafted to make an impact for the pop history books alongside albums like Millenium and ...Baby One More Time. It’s also evident that Christina’s first outing influenced the new generation of pop acts such as Ariana GrandeSelena Gomez and Fifth Harmony. Three years later, Auguilera followed up with her also iconic sophomore album Stripped, which granted her the title of “The Voice of Our Generation.”

In 1999, many pop acts were molded by their record labels in almost a robotic manner and Aguilera almost became victim to that herself, but her defiance led her to become the rule-breaking legend that she is today. The release of Christina Aguilera proved to the world that the future diva has an undeniable talent that would last not just for all seasons, but for all time.

What are your own memories of Christina Aguilera’s debut album? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter.



 

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Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’: Album Review

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It’s incredibly hard to believe that Ariana Grande is only on her second album. It is also hard to believe that her debut album Yours Truly was only released a calendar year ago. That’s because in those 12 months, Miss Grande evolved from a Nickelodeon graduate to a Pop superstar. Her follow-up album My Everything (out today, ) diminishes any theory of a sophomore curse, as Ariana delivers a solid enough work — however, it’s done with the help of many.

From the moment we got a taste of Ariana’s chops, the Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera comparisons immediately followed. They can successfully continue, starting with My Everything‘s vocal exercise Intro. Ariana can sang, and it’s been a while since a pop artist paired soulful coos with a cutesy teeny bopper package. With that responsibility, though, comes the “Daddy, I’m grown” complex. It happened with the aforementioned divas (throw Britney Spears into that mix) and we’re watching it happen with Miley Cyrus. And while Ariana isn’t quite there yet, she is tiptoeing into more mature territory on her follow-up. Still, her production is playful and her lines aren’t too risqué, but she’s getting there.

The project arrives with built-in fireworks, as “Problem” with Iggy Azalea and Big Sean is astronomical, plus “Break Free” with Zedd and “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj will be baby titans soon enough. There are a few other potential singles on the album, but a considerable portion is filler with expensive cameos, as My Everything boasts collaborations on more than half of the album’s tracks (whereas her debut only had a few). It’s not wise to call in all of your favors at once, Ariana. You may need them when you’re in your “do I still got it?” phase.

Two of the single hopefuls include the breezy “Be My Baby” with Cashmere Cat and the woozy “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd. Both lack in the hyper department — which is a good thing, considering once the bells and whistles are stripped away from Ariana, we’re left with what we initially loved about her: her voice. It doesn’t always work on My Everything. “Best Mistake” with Big Sean sounds like the average looking cousin of their previous duet “Right There,” while songs like “One Last Time” and “Why Try” are smooth yet eerily resemble when an adult contemporary artist attempts Dance music (sorry, Shania Twain).

The Harry Styles-penned “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart” and the title track (co-written by Grande herself) are both wins in the balladeer department, where tight lyrics and stunning vocals are the perfect recipe for success. Grande gets outshone twice by rappers on My Everything: once by Childish Gambino on “Break Your Heart” and the other by A$AP Ferg on the confusing “Hands On Me,” as on both it feels like “such and such featuring Ariana Grande.” But that’s the risk you take when recruiting artists with big personalities.

The deluxe edition of My Everything comes with two more songs that are a 50/50 split of amazing and underwhelming. “Only 1″ is gorgeous, reflecting where Ariana Grande can possibly go in her style and sound with enough gumption. The other is “You Don’t Know Me,” which is a “meh” expression of how well she can sing.

My Everything has many more ups than downs, thereby proving that Ariana Grande has fully lived up to her superstar status. Growing pains are evident, as she struggles with singing about maturer things in the midst of sating a squeaky clean fan base, but she has time to figure that all out. It’s hard to be something to everyone, especially when you give your everything.

Best Song That Wasn’t the Single: “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd. It’s fast enough, it’s slow enough. It’s bold enough, it’s shy enough. It’s just enough…and then some.

Best Listened To: With your friends Ariana, Abel…and Molly. Just kidding. Kind of.

Idolator Score: 4/5

Kathy Iandoli

What do you think of Ariana Grande’s new album? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter!



 

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Kathy Griffin Challenges Nicki Minaj To A “Boo-Tay-Off”: Morning Mix

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:: Comedian Kathy Griffin has officially nominated Nicki Minaj..not for the Ice Bucket Challenge, but a butt contest — “a boo-tay-off,” rather — after having seen Minaj’s “Anaconda” video. “It’s like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it doesn’t even have any charity associated with it at all,” Griffin says. [AP]

:: One of Nicki Minaj‘s back-up dancers was bitten by a six-foot long, non-venomous snake during rehearsals for the MTV VMAs. (Yes, they were performing her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling “Anaconda.”) “It is in no way life-threatening, but scary,” a Viacom rep said. [MTV]

:: Speaking of the VMAs: Iggy Azalea fell off stage while performing at a pre-awards show benefit concert. Afterwards, The New Classic star posted a video of the incident herself. “Sorry, but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed,” she said. [Instagram]

:: Cat Power invited Sky Ferreira to perform at a concert benefiting Ferguson protesters. Ferreira says that while she’s scheduled to perform elsewhere, all proceeds from her own show will also go toward the same cause. [Rolling Stone]

:: Wiz Khalifa canceled a concert in Culta Vista, Calif., after finding out that a fan was fatally shot backstage at a show the night before. “This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family,” he said. [Billboard]

:: Shawn Mendes really digs Taylor Swift‘s new song. [Twitter]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump.

:: The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) — Amber Riley (Glee)
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Lyle Lovett
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — OK Go
:: Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) — Rixton
:: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) — LP
:: Conan (TBS) — Grouplove



 

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Recapping The Madness

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I can’t stop crying. We did it, kids…we made it through another year of the MTV Video Music Awards!

The show kicked off with a bang (sort of!), as pint-sized pop tart Ariana Grande crash-landed onto the stage to merrily skip around for a rendition of “Break Free.” Cute! Then came a second bang — err, butt, as our beloved “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj took to her jungle-themed stage (which was snake-free by the way, thanks to an incident over the weekend) to deliver some spot-on booty-ography from her a$$-clapping “Anaconda” video. And then, an ACTUAL “Bang Bang,” as Jessie J arrived to the stage. The powerhouse trio then teamed up on stage, except — eek! Nicki was just barely zipped up into her dress, resulting in an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. But even though the dress totally flopped, she expertly covered her bits and handled it like a total champ.

Along the way, we were treated to a variety of performances of varying quality: 1989 country pop-turned-regular pop darling Taylor Swift shook and shimmied her way through the equally shimmery sounds of “Shake It Off,” Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora brought out their spider strings for a smoky performance of “Black Widow,” Usher (unsuccessfully) attempted to bring his lackluster “She Came To Give It To You” to life with Nicki Minaj, 5 Seconds Of Summer got their stans shaking and crying with “Amnesia,” and Sam Smith had us grabbing tissues with a devastating performance of “Stay With Me” as the The Kardashian Krew eagerly and/or weirdly cheered on from the crowd.

Sometimes host/stand-up comedian Jay Pharoah kept the show dragging, doing “hilarious” impersonations of pop stars too popular to attend including Jay Z (who did pop up later) and Kanye West (who didn’t). And since Rihanna wasn’t in attendance this year (boo!), we were left to supplement her shady side-eyes with lots of Taylor Swift awkward dancing moments and Miley Cyrus spacing out and staring dubiously from the side. Good moments, but not quite as golden as our favorite Navy leader.

As far as award surprises? How about a little bit of female empowerment?! Our girls Fifth Harmony took the crown as Artists To Watch for “Miss Movin’ On” like the true bo$$es they are. And Lorde took the crown for “Royals” which means, for the first time in history, a woman won Best Rock Video category. (What?!) Insane, but luckily it finally happened — even though Lorde could tell you she isn’t exactly rock.

Once again, Miley made a statement at the VMAs — this time for a different, and much more heartfelt, reason.

Rather than coming up to accept the award for Video Of The Year with “Wrecking Ball,” she invited a young man named Jesse to the stage, who read a short speech: “My name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” he began. While he addressed the sobering reality of homelessness in Hollywood (and asked for viewers to support a homeless center Miley is supporting on her Facebook page), Miley simply stayed put and teared up from her seat. It was a powerful way to turn the VMAs into something more meaningful than a brand-heavy, dizzying flashes of #content.

Of course, all of this ultimately led up to the show’s most major selling point: Beyoncé. And really, wasn’t this entire show just an extended introduction leading up to a Beyoncé mini-concert? (You know, just like the Super Bowl.)

Upon welcoming us into the World of Beyoncé (why thank you, Bey, how #blessed we are!), the super-diva tore through a majority of the contents of her visual album, sparkling and strutting across the stage while performing cuts like “Mine” “Haunted” and “Blow” in a gorgeous shimmering leotard. “Don’t take your eyes off it,” she demanded at one point during “Rocket,” which was rather unnecessary by this point, considering the world briefly stopped spinning on its axis during that 16 minute stretch of ***flawlessness. Oh, and that award acceptance, complete with Jay and Blue Ivy on stage? All of the tears — on and off the stage.

So, there you have it: Another year down. Surprises/scandals this year? Not so much, apart from Nicki’s wardrobe malfunction.

All in all, the show went off almost exactly as that bizarre video tribute to the late Robin Williams: Rushed “reverence” for art with very little actual substance. But when we were given a moment to actually take in what was happening on stage, like Miley’s speech or Bey’s performance and tearful acceptance speech, there were brief twinkles of greatness…and humanity.

What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments below.



 

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MTV VMAs 2014: The Complete List Of Winners

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Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and actress-singer Bette Midler co-hosted, Madonna gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.

A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).

Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout.

2014 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
BEST MALE VIDEO: Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
BEST POP VIDEO: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD: Beyonce
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Drake feat. Majid Jordan, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
BEST ROCK VIDEO: Lorde, “Royals”
ARTIST TO WATCH: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
BEST LYRIC VIDEO: 5 Seconds Of Summer, “Don’t Stop”
MTV CLUBLAND AWARD: Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay The Night”
BEST COLLABORATION: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
BEST DIRECTION: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What” (director: DANIELS)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Sia, “Chandelier” (choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”
BEST ART DIRECTION: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
BEST EDITING: Eminem, “Rap God”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts”

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MTV VMAs 2014: Jennifer Lopez Is A Vision Of Timeless Perfection

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Has Jennifer Lopez ever looked in a mirror and not been greeted with a vision of flawless perfection? The stunning diva tore up the red carpet in a revealing (but still classy and sophisticated) metallic dress that showed off her famous curves and then some. She is basically a red carpet zen master and the other girls should all be taking notes.

The striking 45-year-old (how is this possible?) released some amazing visuals over the past 12 months but somehow failed to get any nominations. Obviously, they missed the camp brilliance of “I Luh Ya Papi” and the gorgeous black-and-white “First Love” video. Whatever. Jennifer still gets to wake up every morning looking like that. She wins.

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MTV VMAs 2014: Watch All The Performances

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The MTV Video Music Awards — always the bastion of big, glossy pop performances! The 2014 installment was no exception, as Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony got the night warmed up during the pre-show, before Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked the official VMAs show off with a “Bang Bang.”

Head below to catch those performances, plus Taylor Swift (“Shake It Off”), Sam Smith (“Stay With me”), Iggy Azalea (“Black Widow”) and many, many more.

Fifth Harmony — “Bo$$”






Charli XCX — “Boom Clap”

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J — “Break Free”/”Anaconda”/”Bang Bang”







Taylor Swift — ”Shake It Off”


Sam Smith — ”Stay With Me”









Usher feat. Nicki Minaj — ”She Came To Give It To You”







Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora — ”Black Widow”

Maroon 5 – “Maps”







Beyonce — Medley of songs from her Beyonce album







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It says a lot about the direction of pop music (and the unquenchable thirst of the game’s leading ladies) when Miley Cyrus is one of the most elegantly-attired divas on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet. Sure, she was wearing a thin strip of leather that barely covered her chest but that might as well be a nun’s habit in comparison to what her colleagues were rocking.

The twerkin’ maverick stole the show last year with her raunchy on-stage antics and giant foam finger but she seemed happy to take a back seat this time around. Instead, she clowned around on the red carpet — love the extreme tongue action — and looked like she was having a great old time. Miley for the win, wouldn’t you say?

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MTV VMAs 2014: 5 Seconds Of Summer Rocked The Red Carpet

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5 Seconds Of Summer tore up the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles tonight (August 24). The Australian rockers laughed and joked their way their way past photographers and looked great in the process. Leather jackets and blazers have never looked quite so good together!

The guys are having one hell of a year. They have consistently topped the iTunes sales chart with each new single and reached number one on the Billboard 200 with their self-titled debut album. It also had one of the biggest first week sales tallies of 2014. 5 Seconds Of Summer is a massive hit or two away from being the biggest band in the world.

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