Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Kelly Clarkson is back, and she’s holding no prisoners. The OG American Idol winner released her fifth studio album, Stronger, this week. The album, if anything, is definitely a reflection of both her growth and artistic style. Stronger is Clarkson’s first record to recapture the vibe and magic of her previous effort, Breakaway, without simply releasing a carbon copy.
Her lead single, "Mr. Know It All," which is available for listen below, hardly does the record justice. The LP is a compilation of rock-infused edgy pop that thematically deals with resolution, love and forgiveness. Overshadowing the title track are “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and “You Can’t Win,” the latter of which explores the idea of aimlessly trying to please anyone but yourself.
BEST DRESSED: Taylor Swift. The country star looked sexy and sophisticated in a John Galliano dress.
A svelte Erin Andrews was style perfection in a silver metallic dress.
Carrie Underwood stood out on the red carpet in a sexy bright pink Jenny Packham dress.
The two hour finale was filled with tons of surprise guests including past winners Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen, Kelly Clarkson, among many others. Was anyone else completely shocked and a little nervous when Brett Michaels walked out on stage? Janet Jackson, Hall and Oates, and Chicago took to the stage to perform some of their biggest hits.
The 2010 Grammy Awards were the center of attention in Tinsel Town last night, but Beyonce and Taylor Swift stole the show...literally. The two were nominated for a combined 16 Grammys and took home 10 of them.
Beyonce led all artists with 6 Grammys, the most ever for a female artist, which included Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." Beyonce's other Grammy wins include Best Female R&B Vocal Solo and Best R&B Song for "Single Ladies," Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Halo," and Best Contempary R&B album for "I am...Sasha Fierce."
Two dimensions just aren't enough to honor the King of Pop, or so The Grammy Awards have decided. You'll need to put on one of the millions of free 3-D glasses being distributed at Target stores nationwide in order to view the never-before-seen 3-D film projection for "Earth Song." The glasses will allow both viewers at home and in the audience to experience this unprecedented performance of one of Jackson's most personal songs. As Grammy co-executive producer Ken Ehrlich put it, "[Earth Song] reflects Michael's deeply held feelings about the earth." Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy adds, "This very special GRAMMY Moment will feature some of our most respected GRAMMY recipients, all of whom have a great love for Michael. This segment promises to be an emotional highlight of this year's show, and is sure to join the unique list of amazing performances for which the GRAMMY Awards have become renowned."
Andrea Bocelli My Christmas
Kate Earl Kate Earl
Melanie Fiona The Bridge
Holopaw Oh Glory. Oh, Wilderness
Ryan Leslie Transition
Lymbyc Systym Shutter Release
Molina & Johnson Molina & Johnson
Max Richter Memoryhouse
Shwayze Let It Beat
The Swimmers People Are Soft
Carrie Underwood Play On
Vagina Panther Vagina Panther
Wale Attention Deficit
Vitamin Water’s new promotion is definitely worth taking a listen:
For every bottle of “Sync” Vitamin Water you purchase, comes a free MP3 music download sponsored by Amazon MP3. Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, and 50 Cent are among some of the well-known artists featured in this promotion; however, indie bands and new artists trying to break into the scene will be showcased as well. Variety is definitely not at a loss as there are over 8 MILLION songs to choose from! What a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, and new music.
Because who isn’t playing at the Grammys?
U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have been added to the extensive lineup for the 51st Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. They join the originally announced cast of characters: Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with Dave Grohl on drums), Katy Perry, Radiohead, T.I. with Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West are all scheduled to perform.
Last night on CBS, the people had their say on movies and entertainment in 2008. The Queen, Latifah that is, hosted the star studded bash from the Shrine Auditorium in downtown L.A. Fans nationwide logged on to vote for their movie, music and television favorites in the months leading up to last night’s ceremony.
The People’s Choice Awards were fairly low-key this year, no doubt a result of how the awards were pretty much cancelled last year due to the writer’s strike. Even though the People’s Choice Awards don’t really act as a harbinger for more prestigious awards, the night went very well for a few stars in particular.