6 Amazing Performances from the #AMAs2014

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ABC hosted three hours of non-stop, top-notch entertainment on Sunday evening at the American Music Awards show.

So. Much. Talent!

Every performer did such an amazing job that it was so hard to pick five favorites. So I chose six instead.

As usual, the ladies rocked our socks off with their chart topping hits. The guys did an okay job, but, girl power!

Here are my six favorite AMA 2014 perfomances:

1. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Was that real fire?!

2. Sam Smith, “Only One” ft. ASAP Rocky

This song gets me every time! *sniffles*

3. Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat”

That lipstick smudge though!

4. Selena Gomez, “The Heart Wants What it Wants”

So emotional. Props for holding it together, girl.

5. Nicki Minaj ft. Skylar Grey, “Bed of Lies”

Beautiful ballad. Didn’t know she had it in her!

6. Jennifer Lopez “Booty” ft. Iggy Azalea

It wouldn’t have been much of a finale without the booty.

Another Surprise Album By Beyoncé?

Well, it’s not so much a surprise anymore, because as of this morning, the album has been confirmed!

Here’s what we know so far about the new Beyoncé album:

1. The album is a re-release of her groundbreaking self-titled 2013 album as a Platinum Edition Box Set.

2. The bonus tracklist includes two never-before-heard tracks called “7/11,” and “Ring Off.” There will also be four new remixes including the “Flawless Remix” featuring Nicki Minaj, “Drunk in Love Remix,” featuring Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Blow Remix” featuring Pharrell Williams, and “Standing On the Sun Remix,” featuring Mr. Vegas.

3. A digital version of the album will drop a week from Friday (Nov. 14), and a 4-disc physical set is due Nov. 25.

4. The album comes with a live DVD including the following performances:

1. “Run The World (Girls)”
2. “***Flawless”
3. “Get Me Bodied”
4. “Blow”
5. “Haunted”
6. “Drunk In Love” (Featuring JAY Z)
7. “1 + 1”
8. “Partition”
9. “Heaven”
10. “XO

5. “Beyoncé Platinum Edition” is available to pre-order now!

 

 

#FashionRocks 2014 Highlights

New York Fashion week brought a night of hot models, amazing performances and bootyliciousness to the Fashion Rocks event at Barclay’s Center on Tuesday.

The show was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who looked absolutely dapper in a suit and blue bow tie.

The evening began with the very anti-climatic entrance of Usher, introduced by a pre-taped motorcycle ride through NYC. He proceeded to perform “She Came to Give It to You” with some help from Jourdan Dunn who looked stunning!

The rest of the performances failed to disappoint. Here are some of the night’s highlights:

1. Pitbull’s Gatsby-esque performance of “Fireball.” It’s always a party with Pitbull.

2. When Ryan Seacrest stood with a group of gorgeous models.

3. Enrique Iglesias’ performance with Sean Paul.

4. JLo’s “Booty.” WOW.

5. When JLo started giving Nicki Minaj the look during her “Anaconda” performance. #BootyWars

6. When Justin Bieber stripped down to his underwear and the audience booed him.

7. Rita Ora grabbing a male model’s butt. And then wished she could follow him off stage.

8. Latrice Royale. ‘Nuff said.

What did you think of all the craziness that happened during the show?

Enjoy Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week 2014!

Best Performances at the MTV #VMA2014

 

Last night, the MTV VMAs in Inglewood, California at The Forum was the place to be.

The night was filled with some serious hip shaking, booty twirling, crying, and pools of sweat from your favorite artists in pop, hip-hop, and R&B.

There was even a wardrobe malfunction. MTV needs to plan better for these last minute outfit changes between performances! Jeez!

If you missed the show, here are the top five VMA performances of the evening:

1. Opening performances (Triple Threat Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J): Oh, how the world wished that Nicki would just let the black dress fall open!

2. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”: I love how she rethinks jumping off the platform. Precious.

3. 5SOS, “Amnesia”: Not a fan of them or anything, but the sound really great live.

4. Maroon 5, “Maps”: Wondering where they are? Outdoor bandshell, baby!

Full performance here.

5. Beyonce Medley (Video Vanguard Performance): As predicted, it was flawless.

Click here for the winners list!

Watch the entire show on demand at MTV.com.

Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

"Oh Miley"

“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!

Episode Review: “Glee” 4×16: “Feud”

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SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen this episode yet, you might want to hold off on reading this.

Last night’s episode of Glee was pretty intense. Between holding grudges, male prostitution, and an unofficial marriage proposal, it was hard for me to sit still on the couch while watching it all unfold!

First off, let’s talk about Brody. Ever since the wedding episode, “I Do”, I knew Brody was not dealing drugs to make that money. Santana was definitely on to something when she found his stash of cash though, and I hope Rachel and Kurt think about things differently when they finally learn the truth. Check out my in depth commentary on this aspect of the episode here.

Will Schuester is not letting go of the grudge he is holding against Finn for kissing is fiance, Emma Pillsbury. This leaves Finn no choice but to leave McKinley High. Hopefully he does decide to go to college for a degree in Education.

During the fight scene of this episode (which was by far the craziest!) Finn shouts to Brody, “Stay away from my future wife!” Does this mean he plans to propose to Rachel, and moreover, marry her?!

I seriously cannot wait for next weeks episode!

As always, the song selection from this episode was great. I especially loved the “How to be a Heartbreaker” dance routine, originally sung by Marina and the Diamonds. My mom and I were concerned about the dancers falling down the stairs during that one though! The end song,”Closer”, originally by Tegan and Sara, was also great. The most unexpected was Sue Sylvester’s “Superbass” routine, originally by Nicki Minaj. In my opinion, her performance topped her “Vogue” routine in season one. That glow in the dark lipstick was icing on the cake!