TAYLOR SWIFT WINS BIG AT THE 2013 AMASAll genres of music were in one room last night (November 24th) at the American Music Awards. The live broadcast from the Nokia Theater in L.A. contained a slew of performances, legendary duets and a tribute to the late Celia Cruz.
Taylor Swift made the most trips to the podium last night, taking home four awards including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album for her record, Red. Justin Timberlake didn't trail very far behind receiving three nods, including Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. Other winners for the night were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- who were not present due to a show in Miami, newcomer Ariana Grande, One Direction and Rihanna -- who took home the first-ever Icon Award. HIGHLIGHTS
Katy Perry opened the show on a high note with an Asian-influenced performance of her new record, "Unconditionally." The singer perfectly displayed her vocal range while accompanied by dancers twirling colorful parasols and wearing kimono robes. Shortly after, Pitbull made his award show host debut with a small tribute to the evolution of booty shaking dances. With help from four dancers, the rapper/host refreshed the audience's memory of the Tootsie Roll, the Doo-Doo Brown and the Hydrolics dance. The night's performances included One Direction, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragon, and Luke Bryan, to name a few. Pitbull went into performer mode and hit the stage to perform his record with Ke$ha. Justin Timberlake familiarized the audience with his other area of expertise, playing the guitar. JT strummed on his guitar as he performed a record from the second installation of The 20/20 Experience. TLC -- who teased fans that they were performing, but with a special guest, brought out Lil' Mama to perform, "Waterfalls." Jennifer Lopez put on her frilled mini-skit and her dancing shoes for a tribute to the late Celia Cruz. Let's not forget that Lady Gaga and R.Kelly put their acting faces on to add an extra theatrical oomph to their duet. FASHION HITS
Naya Rivera may have taken the award for red carpet best dressed in a extremely flattering black gown with a cleavage opening and romantic curls. Ciara wore a flattering bob with a black and gold fitted gown. One word, stunning. Ariana Grande looked flawless and age appropriate in a floor length, red sequin gown. American Idol alum Jordin Sparks glowed in a black and gold gem adorned gown. Lady Gaga made her entrance on the red carpet on a white horse, which was actually carried by people, wearing the lavender Versace gown in her new ad. Shameless plug? Well, congrats on the new campaign. Miley Cyrus wore a white pants suit. Shocker! She was classy and clothed! Taylor Swift was a modern-day Tina Turner. The country singer wore a gold sequin mini-dress with her hair in loose waves. WINNERS LIST
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Timberlake Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Taylor Swift Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: One Direction Favorite Pop/Rock Album: One Direction, Take Me Home Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, Red Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Maroon 5 Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Avicii Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Justin Timberlake Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Imagine Dragons Favorite Latin Artist: Marc Anthony New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande Single of the Year: "Cruise," Florida George Line Feat. Nelly Icon Award: Rihanna FASHION FAILS
Rihanna's look was breath taking as she accepting her award in a black sequin bralette, as well as her black gown when she performed. But her hair wrapped with pearled bobby pins were the talk of the town. Katy Perry certainly turned heads and maybe even confused some as she hit the red carpet in a floral and polka dot gown. R.Kelly, a face we haven't seen in a while, wore an all black with leather trim Zorro-like ensemble. Kelly Osborne wore a Reynolds Wrap inspired houndstooth dress with a frilled bottom. Jennifer Hudson's fabulous body could've shined in a better fitting gown. And she may have wanted to borrow one or two of Rihanna's bobby pins. Fifth Harmony looked like they were dressed for five different events. Sarah Silverman seemed to struggle with boob tuck-ins ever so often in her fitted canary yellow dress. PERFORMANCES
Katy Perry opened up the show with an Asian-influenced performance of her new single, "Unconditionally," filled with tons of blowing cherry blossoms, colorful parasols and kimono robes. One Direction performed a simple, yet intimate rendition of "Story of My Life." Ariana Grande kept the ambiance going with a 60s' inspired performance of "Tattooed Heart." Imagine Dragon performed, "Radioactive." Pitbull stepped away from hosting to perform his hit, "Timber" with Ke$ha. Justin Timberlake strummed his guitar as he performed his song, "Drink You Away." Florida Georgia Line heated up the stage with a performance of "Cruise" with a little help from Nelly. The St. Louis rapper then switched up the tempo and performed his old hit, "Ride Wit Me." Before receiving the first-ever Icon Award, Rihanna took to the stage for an intense and riff-filled performance of "Diamonds." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis abd Wanz, performed "Thrift Shop" full of energy and falsetto notes, live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, F.L. Jennifer Lopez took to the stage to perform a vibrant tribute to the late Celia Cruz. Christina Aguilera hit the stage with A Great Big World to perform a moving and heartfelt rendition of "Say Something." Kendrick Lamar performed a mash-up of "Swimming Pools" and "Poetic Justice" with his new artist, Sza. Lady Gaga and R.Kelly got their acting on as they seemingly replicated ABC's drama, Scandal for a dramatic, yet incredibly entertaining Broadway-eqsue performance of their duet, "Do What U Want." Or was Gaga, Marilyn Monroe and Kels, President John F. Kennedy? That's still up in the air. Luke Bryan gave the audience tons of pelvic thrusts during his fun and high-energy performance of "That's My Kind Of Night." T-Boz and Chilli performed "Waterfalls" with help from Lil' Mama who played Left Eye in VH1's Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story. And last but not least, Miley Cyrus' performance of "Wrecking Ball" was a tad distracting between her tankini outfit, large plastic accessories and a large lip-syncing cat in the background, however her voice was quite impressive. BROADCAST SOUND
In clip one, Ariana Grande accepts New Artist of the Year.
- "Oh my god, I'm so nervous. Okay, thank you so much. This is for my fans. I have the most loving, supportive fans in the world and I love them so much. And I'm so nervous. Okay, my mom made me this thing and I have it in here so I don't forget anybody. OKAY, THANK YOU SO THE AMAs FOR nominating me. I have ten seconds. Omg, I have nine seconds? That's intimidating. Monty, Charlie, Wendy, Republic Records, Scooter, Allison, James, Stephanie, Nickelodeon, I thank you guys, thank you for supporting my music career, and I love you guys so much, thank you. This is crazy. I love you, thank you."
In clip two, Avicii accepts Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music Award.
- "I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me and thank you to my manager, my label, thank you so much."
In clip three, Florida Georgia Line accepts Single of the Year Award.
- "This is mind blowing. Want to thank the Lord for letting us be here, blessing us so much, letting us be here. Now I got to thank my boy Nelly, dude. Thank you for making this song epic for us. It's a huge honor and I was listening to you since, I won't even tell you, but... We want to thank Republic Nashville, Universal Republican New York, our management, Scott, Jimmy. We want to say thank you to our fans. This is an amazing time in the music industry, no matter what genre. Thank you for letting us be apart of this. It's amazing. Nelly: St. Louis, what up?."
In clip four, Imagine Dragons accept Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist.
- "Even to share the stage with Dave Grohl and Joan Jett, you guys are legends, and that's incredible. Seriously. I, you know, we've been a band for five years and to be here at the American Music Awards is just, is very surreal to us. I feel very nervous. This is not a world we're used to and to be on stage with you guys, thank you to our fans. Thank you to our families for supporting us. And most importantly, thank you, thank you again to all the fans who brought us here. This is about the fans tonight. This is, thank you to Interscope, thank you to Alex the Kid, Mack, Universal, Kid in the Corner and, I don't know. I don't know what to say. Thank you."
In clip five, Jay Z presents Rihanna with the Icon Award.
- "It is with great honor and incredible pride that I present you with this first-ever AMA Icon Award. And it's tremendous that we have so much more to go. And between me and you, can you believe this...? Unbelievable. Congratulations."
In clip six, Justin Timberlake accepts Favorite Pop Rock Male Artist.
- "Taylor, you look lovely tonight. This is, these are voted on by the fans, so, I, the fans. To everyone who, everyone who took to their Twitter and, I never thought I'd say that in an acceptance speech. But everyone that took to their Twitter and got busy. Thank you so much, this means so much to me. Thank you. Thank you."
In clip seven, Justin Timberlake accepts Favorite Soul R and B album award.
- "That's the first time, growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, can I honestly say that's the first time I've ever been racially profiled by a white woman. So, thank you for that. There's a first for everything and I'm glad to share this with you. Yeah. I got really nervous earlier and didn't get a chance to say that all the artists that were nominated in these categories, I am such a fan of you and such a fan of Bruno and Robin, also known as son of Alan. We're on first-name basis, it's fine. And Rihanna, this is truly an honor. And once again, thank you so much to the fans, because I know you make it possible. And you guys have a great night. Sunday in LA who knows?."
In clip eight, Justin Timberlake accepts Favorite Soul R and B Male Award.
- "Oh, shut up. My family's in the nose bleeds, so they, sorry, guys. You know, it's a trip to me to even be nominated for Pop/Rock and then Soul/R&B. I'm extremely humbled by it. Can we talk about how cute Rihanna's mom is? How cute Rihanna's mom is. She's so proud of the icon. I am too, Rihanna, I love you. Congratulations on that award. You totally deserve that award. I'm shocked. I'm stunned. Thank you, everyone who voted, thank you so RCA, Peter, Tom, Mark, everybody, thank you to my management, Johnny who I terrorize on a daily basis. It's not right! That's what I say to him. Oh, please wrap up. I'm sorry. You guys have a great night. This is awesome. Thank you."
In clip nine, Luke Bryan accepts Favorite Country Male Artist Award.
- " L.A. This is my second year in a row. Thank you so much, fans, thank you so much. Fans, thank you God above for letting me, for letting me do this every year and thank you to my wife, Caroline, I love you. Thank you for letting me shake it a little bit out there on the road. Thanks for my label, everybody at Universal, Capital. My management, my band on the road, thank y'all so much. I'm out of words. I love you so much. Thank you."
In clip ten, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis accepts Favorite Rap and Hip Hop Album.
- "Wow. That is amazing. First of all, hello to everybody. THANK YOU TO THE AMAs, IT HAS Been an absolute incredible year. I feel extremely blessed to be ACCEPTING AN AWARD AT THE AMAs. Now that I'm sitting here in front of millions of people, I'd like to address something extremely important to me. I was talking to my friend before the show, and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote. He said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight, accepting this award, wait to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling. And the violence that follows it. This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans and it's time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it. We are so lucky to be here. Thank you so much to our family, our friends and our incredible fans. THANK YOU, AMAs. We love you guys. Peace."
In clip eleven, Marc Anthony accepts Favorite Latin Artist.
- "Wow, this is, this is absolutely surreal. It's been an amazing year and to receive it from my boy, Pit, I'm so proud of you, man. Just know that. I just want to say, just, thanks to my family and my crew. You all know who you are. I'm sure I don't have to time to thank everybody, but I'll call you in a little bit. You know, there's a saying, because you're alive doesn't mean you're living and I just want to say, don't forget to live, man. God bless and thank you so much for this, man."
In clip twelve, One Direction accepts Favorite Pop Rock Album.
- "Wow this is incredible. An absolute honor. We know this is fan voted, we absolutely love our fans, you are incredible! I mean, wow, this is our first time at the American Music Awards and picking up an award is absolutely incredible. I'd like to thank our label, I'd our management, I'd like to thank Simon, I'd like to thank Lee Leipsner and thank you the fans, thank you so, so much. We can't believe on our second album we're here picking up one of these. Thank you so, so much, everybody."
In clip thirteen, One Direction accepts Favorite Pop Rock Band Duo Group.
- "Wow. I mean, to be here is just an honor and to pick up two awards tonight is just incredible. And to be able to perform here, as well. Thank you so much again to our fans. Literally, you mean the world to us. And there's no way that we would be able to do this without you. You've done all of this for us. Thank you. I mean, I don't know why this bit always gets left to me, but I'm going to get into it. I forgot to thank some people earlier, so we're lucky enough to do it again. I want to thank Rob, Joel, Jen, MC Mikey Mike, and once again, the fans. Thank you so much. We know how hard you guys work for us. Thank you so, so much."
In clip fourteen, Rihanna accepts Soul R and B Female Artist.
- "I could thank so many people, to thank right now, I want to thank Eugene Green, Jay Brown, Jay Z, Ta Ta, my Roc Nation family. I really, really want to thank my family for being there for me. Thank you for being in the house tonight on such a special night. My friends. But most of all, my fans. This is for you guys. You guys make this happen and I love you. Thank you so much."
In clip fifteen, Rihanna accepts the Icon Award.
- "I'm terrible at giving speeches, but I'll just start by saying, just about 20 years ago, is when I really started making your life a living hell with my annoying little husky man voice, you call it. And I mean, just, disrupting the entire neighborhood, -- Westberry Road, Barbados -- they could tell you that's the truth. I annoyed every one of my neighbors. And ten years later, I was blessed enough to meet Evan and Carl and I was working with them. Actually, I auditioned for them at 15 and my mom came and she was just looking at us, like, you're in school uniform, you still have some stuff to finish before you can think about doing this and I literally begged and pleaded and she finally said yes and I thank you and we all thank you for that yes, because that was the beginning of it all. Shortly after that, my demo was done and I met with Jay Z and Jay Brown and Ta Ta and those are the guys who really believed in me. L.A. Reid, I auditioned for them and then after that, so many people have joined this journey, so many people I have to thank for the success of keeping me sane, my friends, my family, my brothers, my glam team for making me look cute all the time. My fans, I love you so much, like, you have no idea, you keep me driven. You keep this thing special and right now I can't believe that at 25-years-old I'm holding an Icon Award. That is weird to even say out loud. They are telling me to wrap up, I can't thank everybody, if you know me, you know that I love you and that I thank you and I'm grateful. You all play such an important part and I'm only as good as my team, so, I love you guys so much. Thank you."
In clip sixteen, Rihanna's mother presents Rihanna with the Icon Award.
- "First of all, I'd like to say, all praises and honor be to God almighty through Jesus. Rihanna, Rihanna, I'm so proud of you tonight. I know the journey, the journey in your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused and, I mean, it's amazing how you always manage to take the good from all your experiences. I'm so blessed to be apart of this historic moment and I just want to say I'm proud to present to you the first ever AMA iconic award."
In clip seventeen, Taylor Swift accepts Artist of the Year.
- "I'm really out of breath. I was really going hard with the 'Wrecking Ball' thing. My lucky number is 13 and you have made 2013 the most magical year of my life, so far. I cannot say that enough This value dates that, if you voted for this, that we are heartbroken, the same way and we fall in love the same way and we're happy the same way and the fact that you would listen to my music means that we're on the same page. I'm 23 and I have no idea what's going to happen to me in my life. But I figure if you decided on something as wonderful as this, then we're pretty much in it together, aren't we? I love you so much. Thank you for this. It's unbelievable."
In clip eighteen, Taylor Swift accepts Favorite Country Album.
- "You know, with this album, i want to thank Big machine records, universal music for allow me to make an album, Red is very different and the reason I was able to do that is because of the fans. I cannot believe what you've done in the last year. The fact, this album came out almost exactly a year ago and the fact that 6 million of you went out and bought it is crazy. And I love that you did that. Thank you, you are everything to me. I really appreciate this."
In clip nineteen, Taylor Swift accepts Favorite Country Female Aritst.
- "I want to thank, guys, I want to thank country radio and also Pop radio and also Hot AC and AC radio, because the fact that all of those different genres of music play songs off of my album makes me not have to think about genre when I'm writing songs. It allows me to think about writing songs and the way you take ownership of them, the fans, with caring about lyrics and doing covers on Youtube, I love how you make it your own. I just love you. Don't ever change. Thank you so much."
THE SCENE BACKSTAGE:
Taylor Swift on winning Artist of the Year for a third time: "Winning Artist of the Year for the third time is kind of a little bit mind-numbingly unbelievable. It's a little bit hard to absorb it all at once The fact that it's fan-voted makes it that much better. This year has been unreal for me with this album. I don't expect things to do well by default, so for this to happen is wonderful."
Swift said how much she enjoys just watching the show and dancing, whether she wins or not: "A couple of years ago I just decided that it's like, instead of stressing out about it being an awards show, it's like, kind of approach as if you get to go to the best concert of all time. I thought there were so many amazing performances tonight, like oh my god, the Great Big World and Christina Aguilera performance -- I was almost crying. It was so emotional. I just thought that there were so many good ones. Like, Imagine Dragons, like, killed me. So yeah, I felt very lucky to be in the audience tonight."
Before departing, Taylor spoke about her next album: "I'm so obsessed with where it is right now because I think, for me, the goal is that we start coming upon a sound that's different from everything we've done before. And having come upon that so early in the process is really thrilling. I've got a lot of time to write more, but it's really looking promising so far."
TLC's Chilli and T-Boz on the rumors that they might perform with a hologram of late TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez: (Chilli)"That's always been a rumor. I mean, it's definitely something that we thought about many, many, many, many, many years ago. Actually, TMZ started that rumor -- see, they don't always tell the truth." (T-Boz) "Emotionally, honestly, we can't deal with -- you know what I'm saying? Her standing -- that's just way too much right now."
TLC's Chilli on the recent, highly-rated VH1 TV movie about the group, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story: "We're very happy about the biopic. It is a dream come true. T and I have been, we were involved from the script to casting to being on the set. It was our truth and, you know, we're just happy about the success -- mainly that people were able to see that and just see all the things that we went through." Back to top
THE BEATLES BACK IN THE TOP TEN
Over 50 years since releasing their first single and nearly 44 years since breaking up -- once again -- the Beatles are back in the Top 10. The group's latest archival release, On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2, entered the Billboard 200 album chart at Number Seven with 37,000 units sold. Back in 1993, the group's first BBC collection, Live At The BBC, entered the chart at Number Three with an impressive 360,000 copies sold in its first week.
Re-released in conjunction with On Air, Live At The BBC -- with newly refurbished sound -- entered the charts at Number 34, having sold a respectable 9,000 units. The Beatles' last trip to the Top 10 album charts was back in 2006, when the soundtrack to The Beatles LOVE peaked at Number Four.
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- Mick Jagger admitted that the Beatles opened all the doors for the Rolling Stones by recreating the music business in the early-'60s: "They were both rivals and they were also, I mean, they were also showing the way, 'cause they were the first at this kind of. . . They were kind of trailblazers in a lot of ways, and they went to the United States first, y'know, they showed the way, they were big international stars -- because in England, most people have never really been stars outside of England. You had your little patch and that was it. And the Beatles kind of showed you could be big internationally."
BILLY JOEL GETTING A BUZZ PLAYING DEEP ALBUM TRACKS
Billy Joel says that the best part of performing these days is dipping deep into his back catalogue. Billy, who'll kick off his next series of dates with a New Year's Eve (December 31st) gig at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, told Zap2it.com that breathing new life into his forgotten songs has been pretty rewarding for him so far, explaining, "My interest these days is in exposing the lesser-known material because it does get a good response. In the UK I did 'Blonde Over Blue,' 'Stop In Nevada,' 'The Great Wall Of China,' 'A Room Of Our Own'. . . deep album cuts, and they got a hand. Maybe every song isn't going to get a standing ovation, but if we enjoy it enough, the audience gets it. They think, 'It looks like they're having a good time up there.' And we were."
He said that he was thrilled at last week's (November 21st) episode of Fox's Glee, which showcased his songs: "I heard about this. Honestly, I've never seen the show. I'm one of those guys who watches the History Channel, and I watch news and I watch documentaries. . . but I'm very happy that my material is being done by people of that age group, and that I guess it has meaning for them."
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- Billy admits he's proud that his songs have now spanned three generations: "I'm always surprised when I look out at the audience (at concerts) and I see a lot of younger people, like they've discovered this stuff on their own. I doubt that a lot of younger kids listen to classic rock radio. They have their own music now, and in light of that, I guess my stuff hasn't aged so badly that nobody wants to hear it anymore."
- He went on to say, "I like hearing my material interpreted as many different ways as it can be. I even like hearing it in an elevator or a fast food joint. It's like, 'Hey, my kids are on their own now. They don't need Dad anymore.'"
- Billy Joel is amazed that despite being a veteran artist, his audience seems to be getting younger: as the years go by: "It's funny, we're looking out at the audience. . . I don't know, for some reason or other, I just expected our audience to age as we have. And I'll go to a show by another artist my own age, Elton (John) or Bruce (Springsteen), and the audience seems to have gotten older. And I'm looking out at my audience and there's a lot of college kids. And I guess they found this stuff on their own, I don't know how much airplay it's getting. And I know that college kids don't listen to classic rock stations all that much. Or maybe they do. I don't know."
- UPDATED: Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
December 31 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
January 7, 11 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
January 17 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
January 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
January 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
February 3 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
March 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
CHRIS BROWN'S REQUEST TO NOT ATTEND D.C. COURT HEARING APPROVEDThe judge in Chris Brown's D.C. assault case has approved his request to not attend the court hearing. TMZ has reported that Breezy asked the judge to allow him to not attend court today (November 25th), so that he can stay in inpatient anger management rehab. Breezy's lawyer, Mark Geragos filed the legal docs asking the judge for the break. Apparently, D.C. criminal courts require a defendant to be present, even in misdemeanor cases.
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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RELEASE DELUXE EDITION OF CD TODAY
The deluxe version of Florida Georgia Line’s chart-topping album, Here’s To The Good Times . . . This Is How We Roll, is in stores everywhere today Monday (November 25th). Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have added some brand new songs to their platinum-selling debut to create the new CD.
Tyler tells us that Here’s To The Good Times . . . This Is How We Roll also features some bonus material which will give fans more personal insight to the duo. "I think the reason we wanted to do this deluxe package in general was just because we’re excited about getting our songs out there. We’re writers at heart and been writing and when you write a good song and get so excited about it you really want to cut it and get it out there and sometimes you don’t want to wait two years or a year-and-a-half to cut a whole new album so that’s the reason we wanted do to it, and we wanted to shoot some behind-the-scenes videos. We wanted to shoot some live stuff and just create a whole package, a whole feel, a whole look that everybody could really get to know me and B.K. as well as possible and who we are right now and what we’re doing, and, you know, it’s a connection thing as well. Everybody’s gonna relate to us and understand us more when they get the re-package, so we’re very excited. We poured our heart and soul into that thing and we’re very excited to get it out there for the people."
Here’s To The Good Times . . . This Is How We Roll features the original 11 songs from the 2012 Here’s To The Good Times album, as well as five new tracks, two songs from the original Deluxe version, six music videos, and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the videos.
This week, Florida Georgia Line will make appearances on Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Back to top
GEORGE JONES TRIBUTE DRAWS STAR-STUDDED LINEUP
More than 100 artists turned out on Friday (November 22nd) night in Nashville to pay a musical tribute to the late George Jones at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, and Charlie Daniels were among those who took the stage during the four-hour sold-out concert.
More than 50 of "the possum's" songs were performed throughout the evening, which was billed as Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show.
Vince Gill singing "Bartender's Blues"
Sam Moore singing "Blues Man"
Eric Church singing "Choices"
George Strait and Martina McBride singing "Golden Ring"
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton singing "These Days (I Barely Get By)"
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood singing "Take Me"
Brad Paisley singing "The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"
Kid Rock singing "White Lightning"
Jamey Johnson and Megadeth singing "Wild Irish Rose"
Alan Jackson singing "He Stopped Loving Her Today," after which he embraced George's widow, Nancy Jones
Friday's show was originally scheduled to be the very last concert of George's career. It turned into a tribute after his death at the age of 81 in April.
Prior to the show, Nancy told The Tennessean that George knew he wouldn't be around to perform the concert date. She said that when the show was booked as his retirement concert, George was uncharacteristically agreeing to a tough rehearsal schedule as well as a stack of media requests. Nancy said, "I said, ‘Why are you agreeing to everything?’ He said, ‘’Cause I’m not going to be here. I’m going to agree to anything they ask. Promise me you’ll make a tribute show out of it, and I’ll see it from heaven.’" Back to top
THE WHO'S GREATEST ALBUMS VOTED BY ROLLING STONE READERS
The Who's 1971 blockbuster Who's Next topped the new Rolling Stone Reader's Poll of "The 10 Greatest Who Albums." Coming in second was the band's 1973 opus about the life of a struggling mid-'60s London Mod, the epic double set, Quadrophenia, with the band's first "rock opera" -- the original 1969 version of Tommy -- snagging the third spot.
Interestingly, the band's groundbreaking 1970 concert collection, Live At Leeds came in at Number Four, with the Who's classic 1971 singles compilation covering 1965 through 1970, Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy coming in at Number Eight, while not one of the band's final three albums -- 1981's Face Dances, 1982's It's Hard, and 2006's Endless Wire -- appearing on the list. Also missing is the band's beloved 1974 rarities collection, Odds & Sods.
- Pete Townshend, who wrote the majority of the Who's catalogue, told us that as an artist, both in the past and today, he depends as strongly on his audience as they do on him: "It's not that it's exalted. It's not that it's higher; it's not that I'm looking down at the world and I can observe from on high. It is that as an artist, you have a unique ability to stand away from society and trust that your audience will give you what you need to make your next piece of work."
The Rolling Stone Reader's Poll of "The 10 Greatest Who Albums": 1. Who's Next (1971)
2. Quadrophenia (1973)
3. Tommy (1969)
4. Live At Leeds (1970)
5. The Who Sell Out (1967)
6. A Quick One (1966)
7. The Who By Numbers (1975)
8. Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy (1971)
9. The Who Sings 'My Generation' (1965)
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ELVIS PRESLEY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SOLD
The intellectual property of Elvis Presley has been sold from its previous owner, Core Media Group, to Authentic Brands Group, according to CNN. Authentic Brands Group, which also controls the Marilyn Monroe brand, among others, "will own and manage global rights to a vast library of thousands of Elvis photos, album covers, movie posters, archive video footage and events like Elvis Week."
A purchase price was not announced, and although the new owner will run the multi-million dollar operations of "The King's" Graceland mansion in Memphis, the ownership of the property and its contents remains with the Presley Estate. 36 years after Elvis's death in 1977, Graceland remains a major tourist yearlong attraction year-long, with over 600,000 visitors each year.
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- Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only child and sole heir said in a statement: "We are looking forward to working with our new partners to continue the growth and expansion we have been working towards."
- Authentic Brands CEO Jamie Salter added: "We are honored to welcome Elvis into the ABG brand portfolio and look forward to working alongside the Presley family and the team at Elvis Presley Enterprises to increase Elvis' popularity and fan base worldwide."
- During a rare press conference in Houston on February 25th, 1970, Elvis spoke about his deepest musical influences: "I like all different types of music when I was a child. Of course, the Grand Ole Opry was the first thing I ever heard, probably. But, I like the blues and I liked the gospel music. Gospel quartets and all that."
KANYE WEST SEEKING ROYALTIES FROM NIKEKanye West has revealed that he has not received the royalties from his Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. In a D.C. radio interview, Ye said, "Man, just not making decisions for myself and making sure I made decisions for my family. Like if it’s for myself, I would have been cool just sitting in Nike not getting no royalties. Letting people line up for the Yeezy's and not -- you know. When I’m having negotiations and then I go and look in my daughter’s eyes and when I go and negotiate after that I’m like ‘Oh y’all ain’t finna talk to me like that. We finna get this money right.'" According to the Daily News, Ye's sneaker collab with Nike that was released back in 2009, followed by the release of the Air Yeezy 2 sold for as much as $80,000.
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LADY GAGA SPILLS THE BEANS ON BOYFRIEND, TAYLOR KINNEYLady Gaga has called her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star, Taylor Kinney a hidden weirdo. During the singer's interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- which is set to air today (November 25th), she said, "Well, he's a hidden weirdo. He is extremely strange, actually, and we complement each other's weirdness. That's actually one of the first things he ever said to me. It's a Dr. Seuss quote that you find in someone else a compatible weirdness. And it was one of the first things he's said to me. It was so...and you know it's funny. The first time he met me it was one the set of the 'You & I' video." Gaga continued, "So I've got these pins sticking out of my head and I'm wearing cork and I got no hair and I'm bald. And I mean, why he found me attractive just completely behooves me. And we were in the middle of this scene and I remember that he kissed me and it wasn't scripted for him to kiss me and I was sort of like was, 'Um, you know, was that real or was that fake?' And he didn't really say anything and that was fine by me and we kept filming. And you know, at the end of the day he's my best friend and having your lover be your best friend. I mean, it's the best thing ever. It's the best thing I can say about it."
She added, "We're boys. I wear his flannels, we eat pizza, we watch TV and then I play him my next single and ask him if he likes it. And that's our normal life." Meanwhile, Gaga has been announced as the face of Versace's Spring 2014 campaign. The brand took to their Twitter account and wrote, "#Versace proudly confirms @LadyGaga as the face of SS14 campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott #VersaceLovesGaga." Back to top
FLASHBACK: THE BAND AND FRIENDS PERFORM 'THE LAST WALTZ'
It was 37 Thanksgivings ago tonight (November 25th, 1976) that the Band played its most famous concert. Billed as The Last Waltz, the show at Winterland in San Francisco featured the group, along with an all-star guest list, in what became the farewell performance of the original quintet.
Among the friends on the bill that night were Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, and the Staple Singers.
Shortly before his death in 1999, singer-bassist Rick Danko spoke about the Band's decision to break up: "It seemed that it was time to bring it in. Y'know, it seemed like it was time to have a kinda going-out-of-business sale. I didn't really believe that we were putting it away like that -- thought we'd maybe at least release a record a year, but we didn't."
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- Robbie Robertson also said that the intent of the show was not to break up the Band -- it was meant as a farewell to the road so the musicians could concentrate on recording projects: "What really happened was after The Last Waltz, people had some projects they'd been wanting to do for a while. Everybody was looking forward to the opportunity of just spreading their wings and experimenting in different areas. And everybody drifted off in these different directions, and what happened was -- 'cause that wasn't the idea -- what happened was everybody drifted off and never drifted back."
- In 2002, remastered and expanded editions of The Last Waltz, overseen by Robertson, were released on CD, DVD, VHS, and as a theatrical film.