Wardrobe Wednesdays: Meghan Trainor on ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

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On Thursday, Meghan Trainor took the stage to perform her new song “Me Too” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As one of my favorite songs off her new album Thank You, I was super hype to watch the performance.

She got all the way to the end of the song before slipping with her chunky metallic silver platform heels and falling on her back, dragging the mic with her. #IntolerableHeelCruelty.

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Regardless, she looked amazing in a green sequined bodycon dress. I just love the fact that she’s not afraid to show off those curves!

Below are two similar dresses to the one Meghan wore for her performance. If you’re willing to try the chunky heels, I advise you not spin around in them and attempt to hold onto a free-standing structure for balance. Break them in first!

Dress:

1. Rickety Rack, $120.00

2. Nordstrom, $198.00

Heels:

3. Net-A-Porter, $690.00

4.  MatchesFashion.com, $737.00

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Top 5 Performances at the 58th #Grammys

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I had way too much fun watching the 58th Grammys on Monday night!

From the fashion to the presenter monologues, the show was definitely one to watch. LL Cool J hosted with his LL broach on the lapel of his suit jacket and several pieces of blindingly sparkling rings on his fingers.

Also, is it just me, or did everyone decide to show up with a haircut?! Taylor Swift went à la Anna Wintour, Sam Smith looked so much older with a closer shave, and Adele looked stunning with a shorter ‘do. Even the Lincoln Navigator commercial that showed during the Grammys featured Matthew McConaughey with shorter hair. WHAT IS THIS?!

Anyway, here were the performances that got me off the couch and on my feet throughout the evening.

1. Lionel Richie Tribute Medley, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Tyrese and others

You know you were alive before the new millenium when you get uber excited about hearing “Hello” and “Brick House.” I also really loved the suit Demi Lovato wore for her portion of the performance.

2. “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “In the Night” by The Weeknd

Gotta love seeing this crazy haired man perform!

3. “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber 

Loved the acoustic version of “Love Yourself.” Not sure how I feel about that cheetah jacket on the Biebs, though.

4. David Bowie Tribute Medley, Lady Gaga

Can we just stop for a second to appreciate how much effort she put into the aesthetics of this performance?! They couldn’t have picked a better person to do this tribute. Also, that robot keyboard is too cool.

5. “El Taxi” by Pitbull

Two words: SOFIA VERGARA. Boy, does Pitbull know how to close a show!

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Weird Al for Superbowl Halftime 2015?

Looks like Weird Al fans want some mandatory fun at Superbowl 2015!

Ed Ball from the state of Washington created a petition on change.org for professional parody cover artist Weird Al to perform at the Superbowl XLIX Halftime show next year.

The petition only needed a little over 1,000 signatures, but it now has almost 50,000.

His petition reads:

For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.

Ball is overwhelmed with the support for his petition. When it hit 20,000 signatures, he wrote this message:

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I most definitely would not mind dancing to “Word Crimes” during Superbowl Halftime next year.

Hopefully Weird Al’s publicist makes this happen!

Sign the petition here.

#AmexEverydayLIVE: Maroon 5 Performs “Maps” for the First Time at the Bowery Ballroom

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On Friday night, the Maroon 5 concert streamed live on amexeverydaylive.com from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

The band opened with “One More Night.” a single from their album Overexposed. The intro was a  brilliant, stripped down version of the song’s hook.

Adam Levine looked very summer in his red palm tree print button down shirt. He commented on the intimate setting of the Bowery as opposed to a large concert arena.

He also expressed his thoughts on the live streaming element of the show. “You can either not do anything or make some big ass mistakes,” Adam said to the crowd. “Just rest assured, it will be filmed.”

The band followed Adam’s commentary with a smooth rendition of “Sunday Morning,” and afterward, a stellar performance of the song “Makes Me Wonder.”

At one point during the concert, Adam spoke to the fans watching from home.

“For those of you watching on the internet, I hope you’re having fun out there,” he began. “But, of  course, you’re not having as much fun as we are,” he continued as the people in the audience cheered.

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The band then proceeded to perform their new single “Maps” from their upcoming album V.

“Be gentle, because it’s our first time,” Adam warned.

Adam Levine and the lead guitarist decided be silly on stage and started playing “Love Somebody” with the wrong guitar chords.

“So now it’s out of our system,” Adam laughed.

Of course, the band performed the song properly right after, which was absolutely wonderful.

The band also performed “Stereo Hearts” and “Moves Like Jagger.”

Throughout the evening, fans were encouraged to tweet the hashtag #AmexEverydayLIVE to get Maroon 5 to do an encore.

They, did, and it was spectacular.

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Before that moment, I’d never heard “She Will Be Loved” performed live. Adams vocals were simply beautiful.

They closed the show with “Daylight,” another single from Overexposed.

I honestly wish I’d been able to see the concert live. The concert looked like a blast from my computer screen, and I’m sure audience members had an awesome night with Maroon 5 at the Bowery.

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Emma Watson: “They didn’t think I should act…”

Imagine a world without actress Emma Watson.

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I don’t think anyone would like that world very much.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson discusses how some of the people in her life lead her to believe she shouldn’t continue acting after the Harry Potter franchise was over.

“For a while I kind of bought into the hype of, ‘Will they ever be able to play anything else?’ It gave me a sense of paralysis and stage fright for a while,” she said in the interview. “And then a professor told me that they didn’t think I should act, either. So I was really grappling with it and wasn’t feeling good about it. And then, I don’t know…it got so bad and people had put me in a box so much that it started pissing me off. I suddenly wanted to prove them wrong. It gave me fuel, in a way. I’m not sure why that shift happened.”

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, 2001-2011

After ten years in the Harry Potter film series, it became difficult for many to picture her playing any other role but Hermione Granger.

“I wanted to make a conscious adult decision that [acting] was what I wanted to pursue, because that decision was made for me as a nine-year-old. I had no idea what I wanted. I had no idea who I was really. So I wanted to step away and make sure this is what I wanted to pour my life and my energy and my blood, sweat, and tears into,” Watson said in the interview.

Emma Watson got back to acting in 2012. “I was really unsure, but then I read the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and falling in love with that and then having such a great experience on that movie kind of sealed the deal for me.”

Although I’m not much of a Harry Potter fan, I really enjoyed seeing Emma Watson play Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I cried at the end of that movie. That’s how amazing the actors performed for that film.

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Emma Watson as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012

I can’t fathom any other actress filling the role of Sam in that film. It wouldn’t have been the same if Sam were to be played by anyone other than Emma Watson.

Since then, Emma Watson has gone on to play Nicki Moore in The Bling Ring (2013) and a fictional version of herself in the film This is the End (2013).

Don’t ever stop doing what you do, Emma. You’re an amazing actress. Never let anyone let you believe otherwise.

 

Selena Gomez Bindi Trouble

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I guess all isn’t fair in love and music.

On Sunday, April 14th, Selena Gomez took the stage at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards show to perform her new single “Come and Get It”. The song definitely caught me by surprise when I first heard it last week, with its Bollywood vibe. I can’t say it isn’t a catchy tune.

However, her performance that night stirred up much controversy in the Hindu community. Unfortunately Selena Gomez’s wearing of the Bindi, a traditional Hindu forehead decoration, is not sitting well with them.

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The Traditional Bindi

“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol. It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions,” said Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism in an E! News article about the controversy. They’re demanding an apology from Selena Gomez.

A little harsh there, no?

I don’t necessarily think Selena did anything wrong. It’s art, and it should be appreciated for what it is. I’m sure she meant no harm in wearing the Bindi for her performance.

I personally would not have worn a Bindi for that kind of performance only because of my paranoia that something like this would happen. Instead, I’d wear some kind of Indian forehead jewelry. But then again, they might say something negative about that too.

Not to worry though. Britney Spears has her back. She wrote on Twitter:

“Wow @SelenaGomez… “Come & Get It” on the #mtvmovieawards was incredible! One of my favorite songs out there right now!”

A fan commented on the E! News article “Selena Gomez Bindi Controversy: Hindu Group Offended by Singer’s Forehead Decoration at MTV Movie Awards”,

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A good point is being made here. I don’t see any Catholics pointing figures at people who wear the Rosary and aren’t even of the Catholic faith. The Hindu community should seriously calm down about Selena!

Selena Gomez has not yet responded to the controversy.

In the mean time, check out the performance that started this mess!