With the ghost of Biggie nowhere to be seen, Taylor Swift still managed to invite some incredibly impressive guests to join her on stage last night at her Madison Square Garden show. When Taylor welcomed BFF Selena Gomez to the stage to sing with her, we were half hoping the two would cover Nicki Minaj‘s “Super Bass” after their fan-girl display at the AMAs. Unfortunately, we had no such luck, but we were just as delighted with their adorable performance of “Who Says.” Taylor also performed with legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor (who she was named after). Describing the circumstances as “magical,” Taylor played “Fire And Rain” and “Fifteen” (video below) with her namesake, and proved that “magical” was somewhat of an understatement.
VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown is premiering Kid Rock‘s video for his new song, “Care,” featuring Angaleena Presley & T.I this weekend, and it’s just in time to get you into the spirit of giving this holiday season. The video is cast in black and white and features a moody looking Kid Rock perched in front of a brick wall, crooning and playing guitar. Footage of Kid Rock jamming is interspersed with images of the everyman, and the message is clear — there are people suffering. Kid Rock’s lyrics urge us to “care” about the less fortunate, with lines like, “I can’t change the world and make things fair, the least that I can do is care.” It’s an anthem for the holiday season to give the more fortunate some serious perspective, championing hope for empathy and humanity.
We’ve had Nickelback fever since we previewed the band’s video for “When We Stand Together” last month. Nickelback’s performance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live did nothing to abate our fever, either — with Chad Kroeger‘s raw vocal and a stage literally set alight by theatrical flame throwers, Nickelback burned the house to the ground. With their awesome performance of “Burn It To The Ground,” not because they actually set fire to anything (other than our hearts, figuratively speaking). Nickelback’s roaring, metal sound was decidedly harder than their post-grunge beginnings, and even from behind a screen we couldn’t help but do a sneaky head bang.
The Roots Let Their True Feelings For Michelle Bachmann Take Over On Fallon
The Roots chose to play a bit of Fishbone‘s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night as Michelle Bachmann walked onto stage. Tell us how you really feel, guys! [Rolling Stone]
1. How could you possibly misspell “Doritos”?
Didn’t they teach you anything at Degrassi? Granted, you probably didn’t actually physically write the list yourself, so I guess we should modify the question: Why can’t your people spell Doritos? They are delicious and deserve your respect.
2. Where’s the love for your band?
Dude, you sure have ordered a lot of food for your dressing room and, um, not so much for your band’s dressing room. Are they all doing The 4-Hour Body diet or something?
3. What 3 kinds of cheeses would you prefer?
You’re not really making it easy — we mean, you’ve been fairly specific with everything else, and we’re scared someone’s going to get yelled at if they bring the wrong cheese. Do you favor smelly cheese? Hard cheeses? Would you prefer goat’s or sheep’s cheese? Why only 3? We’d sure like to know!
4. Who exactly is going to be drinking all that liquor?
If you drink all that booze by yourself before the show things are going to get ugly, trust us! We’re happy to see that you’re not mixing beer and liquor—NEVER SICKER!—but we hope that you’re not going to bogart those five bottles of liquor and two bottles of wine all by your lonesome. Then again, after listening to your album, we guess you do have quite a few sorrows to drink down…
5. Are the scented candles, Listerine spray and Chapstick for, you know… Kissy stuff?
You probably should have split these items up, they look mighty suspicious side-by-side on the rider. It looks like you’re planning to get up to no good with the ladies… Sexy no good, that is.
Taylor Swift has been blazing across the country on her Speak Now tour, and in her warm, earnest way, she’s been welcoming city-specific guests to share the stage with her while she pays unique tributes to all the towns she visits. And now, on the final leg of her tour, Taylor is in that town, New York City, and the opportunities for tributes and guests are almost endless. For her first New York show last night at Madison Square Garden, Taylor played “one of the greatest songs ever written,” The Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris,” with the band’s frontman Johnny Rzeznik. With one last show set to light up the Garden tonight, we’re speculating who of the New York set will join Taylor on stage. Will it be a Strokes affair? Mother Monster? Or a spectral visitor from the afterlife?
Who did we miss? We want to hear your thoughts!
[Photos: Lauren Deiman/Getty Images]
As part of VH1’s Top 20 Live series, Daughtry recently performed an intimate acoustic set at our New York City offices. Covering the Black Crowes classic “She Talks To Angels,” Daughtry stayed true to the original, in what was an emotive, moving performance. Powerful and heartfelt, the gravelly vocal translated the Black Crowes’ sentiment perfectly, while the acoustic instrumental offered a pared back version of the song, allowing the earnest lyricism to shine. Daughtry also performed some other songs for us, including their new single “Crawling Back To You,” and all we can say is that they were just as magical as their wonderful cover, but you’ll just have to watch this space… We’ll be posting more Daughtry live performance videos for your listening and viewing pleasure this week!
M83‘s lead single from their new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has an almost unstoppable momentum behind it, and it’s not showing any sign of slowing down. The song has already appeared on a Victoria’s Secret commercial and on the end credits for HBO’s How To Make It In America, and last night the band performed the electronic hit live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On stage last night (after being introduced by a giddy Fallon) M83 gave an energetic performance — we never thought that watching electronic music live could be so compelling. There was even live saxophone, and we’ve got to say, it’s rare that we’ve seen a saxophonist rock that hard!
Lady Gaga Cooks A Chicken And Performs On Alan Carr
Only Lady Gaga can look glamorously couture while cooking a chicken and making jokes with British television personality Alan Carr. The ostentatious star also performed an acoustic version of “Marry The Night” with a huge pink bow on her head. [Idolator]
Lulu Gainsbourg Honors Late Father Serge With A Collaborative Album
A 16-track album, produced by daughter of the late Serge Gainsbourg, Lulu, is set to be released on November 29 featuring covers by Iggy Pop, Rufus Wainwright, The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, and Johnny Depp. [Consequence Of Sound]
Divas take on divas in this supercut from our old VH1 cohort Rich Juzwiak in which the first ladies of pop music wax lyrical on their contemporaries. From the heartfelt, gushing rants of love and affection by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears over Madonna, to the ambiguous relationship between Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, to the decidedly more acerbic back-and-forths between Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney and Cher, the video spans the gambit of famous diva on diva mouth-offs. As is mentioned several times in the super cut, it’s a shame that female performers are often cast in such a catty light, and often poked and prodded by prying reporters. As Christina Aguilera so sagely points out, “it just sucks that as women we have to deal with that comparison thing that men don’t necessarily have to.” Amen sister. Now can we all just kiss and make up? We’re looking at you Celine!
If you’d like to see divas being friends and doing what they do best — belting out their awesome hits — tune in for VH1’s DIVAS Celebrates Soul premiering Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.
The DIVA Chain [FourFour]