The 2014 Grammy Awards are set to go down this Sunday night, January 26, and there’s one moment on the show that people just can’t stop gossiping about. No, it’s not the reported Jay Z/Beyoné opening number, and no, it’s most certainly not which artist is going to walk away with Song, Record or Album of the Year. Rather, it’s which recently deceased star will anchor the famed In Memoriam death montage?
Winners of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist include Mariah Carey, You Oughta Know alum Adele, Lauryn Hill and The Beatles. What should be considered the highest order of tapping a kid on the shoulder and telling him or her they’ve “got potential” has maintained enough credibility over the years to remain relevant. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few missteps. Grammy got it right with that English foursome who would later create Abbey Road and become the most recognized act around the world, but then there’s the German duo who weren’t actually singing on their debut album. Not to mention the flower child responsible for the Dawson’s Creek theme song and that old dude who can’t stop crooning about sailing.
Super Bowl XLVIII promises to be yet another instant classic as the overpowering offense of the Denver Broncos will be matching up against the destructive defense of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, February 2. VH1 will be there to help get you pumped up for the big game all next week with our incredible lineup of Super Bowl Blitz performances featuring the likes of J. Cole, Janelle Monae, the Goo Goo Dolls and much more. Catch our pre-show every night at 10:50/9:50C on SuperBowl.VH1.com and in the VH1 App and watch the shows live every night at 11/10C on VH1, VH1.com and in the VH1 App.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day specifically set aside to honor the life and legacy of one of the single-most influential civil rights leaders in our country’s history. Since its earliest days, the music industry been at the cultural forefront when it comes to honoring political activists through song, and MLK Jr. is no exception. From hip hop to rock, from soul to EDM, here are the 10 most noteworthy samples and shout-outs about the fallen civil rights icon in music history.
Drake served as both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night, marking the 27th time in the show’s 38 seasons that an individual was asked by Lorne Michaels to pull double duty; if you’re keeping score at home, Lady Gaga also did double duty back in November. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Drake act, but any traces of rustiness were not apparent when he stepped on stage in Studio 8H last night. More on his work momentarily, but first, we’re curious: What other musicians did the best job of being hilarious during sketches AND singing their faces off?
As it turns out, “on a chair” is an incredibly sexy place to dance. Who would have thought that such a commonplace, household object, could inspire such passionate, lusty movement? With Britney Spears as its ultimate proponent (you’ll see), the chair dance is a ubiquitous part of music video choreography.
It might be cold outside but we’re done complaining. Instead, we’re heating things up with our favorite desert set music videos. The desert is about a clichéd a place as any to set a music video, and while the desert was super big in the videos of the 90s, it’s still favored for the cheesier, more epic videos of today (see: Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch” AND “Not A Girl But Not Yet A Woman”).
As we type this, tens of thousands of people are flocking to Times Square to bid adieu to the year 2013 and watch the Big Ball drop. Naturally, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic for the year that was, too, and looking back at the songs that defined the year. Unfortunately, as songs achieve critical mass in terms of popularity, that’s right about the same time that they begin entering the “overplayed” stage of their lifecycles. This list is dedicated to them.
One body part that sadly hasn’t got a lot of traction since the later 90s/early 00s is the stomach. So when we were compiling our list of the best abdominals in music, we did a lot of looking back to the era of pube skimming hipster pants and crop tops. And there were a lot of them — for guys and girls alike.
The album, as a format, has seen better days—overall album sales dropped 6.1% this year when compared to 2012—but neither consumers nor artists have yet to come up with a better solution. That said, a number of albums by major artists this year (like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Jay Z) really resonated with consumers. Let’s take a look at the year that was and countdown the albums that were released this year that sold the most copies, shall we?