Jennifer Lopez hosted the 2015 American Music Awards with the gusto of Whoopi Goldberg at the Oscars: She had a hundred costume changes, threw out plenty of one-liners, and seemed to have a blast emceeing of the biggest extravaganzas of the year. For a show that drifted over the three-hour mark, we got at least ten performances that earned some serious applause. Even the middle-of-the-pack performances were engaging. (Meghan Trainor, Coldplay, and Nick Jonas, don't be offended that you weren't listed here! You were fine!)
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Andy Grammer’s got the moves and he’s got the car to prove it’s “good to be alive.”
His music video for his latest single, “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” just dropped, and it has him playing a valet who goes for a joyride in an orange Lamborghini. At Grammer’s side in the passenger seat, you’ll see his bassist buddy Zach Rudulph as a fellow valet joining in on the fun.
Paying homage to one of the most memorable joyride moments on the big screen, the video also features a cameo from Richard Edson, who played the valet in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Things come full circle here — he’s the owner of the Lamborghini is this video.
When the catchy, upbeat single was released in August, we declared it a late-in-the-game contender for Song of the Summer.
Watch the video below.
U2’s Paris show originally planned for Saturday, Nov. 14 and the HBO concert special scheduled to air the same day have both been canceled following Friday’s horrifying terrorist attacks in France’s capital city.
Adele doesn't have to feign relatability. With her bold Cockney accent, deep-bellied laugh and unaffected manner, she truly feels like a regular person who just so happens to have reached astronomical levels of fame. And unlike many pop stars at her level, she is wholly committed to being known for her music alone.
Case in point: back in 2013, the singer turned down a reported $19 million contract to be the new face of cosmetic behemoth L'Oreal (and you know that's not the only offer she rebuffed). In a new interview with the New York Times to promote her upcoming album "25," Adele addressed her reluctance to peddle products for giant corporations -- a career decision that may not make her as wealthy as she could be, but that keeps her brand (Adele, Singing Superstar/Voice of a Million Ugly Cries) undiluted.
“If I wanted to just be famous, like be a celebrity, then I wouldn’t do music, because everything else I’ve been offered would probably make me more famous than I am just with my music,” she said. “Commercials, being the face of brands, nail varnishes, shoes, bags, fashion lines, beauty ranges, hair products, being in movies, being the face of a car, designing watches, food ranges, buildings, airlines, book deals. I’ve been offered everything. And I don’t want to water myself down. I want to do one thing. I want to make something. I don’t want to be the face of anything.
“Everyone thinks I just disappeared, and I didn’t,” she continued. “I just went back to real life, because I had to write an album about real life, because otherwise how can you be relatable? If I wrote about being famous — that’s [expletive] boring.”
Adele's stance isn't just indicative of big-picture thinking, it's also (intentionally or not) a socially-conscious one. When you lend your name to a giant corporation, you're also lending it to every bad thing that corporation stands for, from animal testing (despite L'Oreal's claims that it no longer tests its products or ingredients on cute little bunnies, PETA remains unconvinced) to childhood obesity (see: Beyonce and Pepsi).
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13 years ago today, Eminem began what remains his longest stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 when “Lose Yourself” reached No. 1. The rap hit held onto the top spot for 12 weeks.