Wendy Williams Says She Needs Closed Captioning To Understand Beyoncé

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Wendy Williams has gone and done what few before her have been brave enough to do: she dissed Beyoncé. The vaunted talk show host went in this morning, telling her loyal daytime audience that she’ll be tuned-in when the Queen B’s HBO documentary airs in February, but confessing that she’ll have to turn the closed captioning on because “She can’t talk.” Ouch!

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This Extended Cut Of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” Video Should Hold You Over

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Having survived nearly two years of nonstop promo for Teenage Dream — an album that just kept giving, more hits and videos and tour dates — and a fall busy with do-gooding, we understand that Katy Perry has hard earned the low-profile she’s keeping these days. But the rabid Katycat residing inside us less so, and so we are pleased to find an extended cut of her video for “The One That Got Away” (originally shown exclusively at a My Week With Marilyn advanced screening, for some reason) has found its way online to fill the void she’s created with her absence.

Directed by Floria Sigismondi, this seven-minute cut goes deeper into “Sad Katy” than the original cut could in five, as well as some Stevie Nicks Old (but still hot) Woman Perry voice-overs, a pair of American flag pants and even more dreamy moments with Diego “The One That Got Away” Luna. It’s not the new Katy we were hoping for, but it’s more Katy, and while she rests up and gears up for whatever is next, it’ll more than do. But we have to ask, is there no extended cut of the “California Gurls” video in that candy-colored vault?

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VH1 Exclusive: Who Is Midian And Why Is She “Bitter?”

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You’ll want to know, “Who’s this Midian chick?” after watching the VH1 premiere of the video to her debut single “Bitter.” Her chilling voice is soulful to its core. Vocally she’s a mix between Adele and Christina Aguilera. Those are not comparisons of her artistry as it’s much too early in her career for that. In what may be her breakout song, the R&B singer/songwriter pours her transparency over the soft piano keys and drum beat. “You don’t know how I feel when I see you out with your new girl/And knowing that you don’t love me anymore makes me so bitter.” Vulnerability is a gamble. No one wants to to admit to the feeling of bitterness after a failed relationship, especially when the ex has moved on. But vulnerability can also be relatable. Read more…

Maroon 5 Heat Up The Grammy Nomination Ceremony With A Medley Of Hits

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Maroon 5 never really get fancy with their performances, probably because they don’t really need to. They are practiced at what they do, and even in the least desirable of circumstances — the SNL soundstage, for one, is notorious for warbling even the most adept of vocalists but Adam Levine sounded just fine there — they put on a tight and enjoyable show. No pomp or circus necessary, and usually Levine just wears a t-shirt. And so it’s no surprise that the medley of hits they performed last night at the Grammy Nomination Ceremony was very laid back but everything it needed to be, and then a little more. Taylor and LL Cool J, we hope you are watching closely, because this is how you do it.

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MTV Celebrates Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” With Big & Best Of 2012 Performance, Miguel Added To List Of Performers

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Earlier this week the week early streaming of Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox left some music critics and writers scrambling to add Mars to the “Best Of” 2012 lists. Short and sweet, the 10 track album is already receiving grade A raves prior to its December 11 release. To celebrate Mars’ sophomore album MTV will launch a multiscreen celebration with a performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” on Tuesday, December 11, and a performance of “Young Girls” and in-depth interview with the singer during “The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile” the following day. And if performances by one lovemaking crooner wasn’t enough to get you excited, try two. Miguel has been added to the list of performers for the December 12th event. You won’t want to miss it. For more info read the full press release below. Read more…

Today In Best Of’s Lists: Rolling Stone, NPR, Time and Idolator Countdown The Year

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Another day closer to 2013, another load of Best Of lists to parse! And so we’re back, today with Rolling Stone, NPR, Time and Idolator and a whole bunch more tallies for Frank Ocean, Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar and Fiona Apple. A trend emerges…

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Either Music In 2012 Was Exceptionally Good Or The Grammy Nominations Were Pretty On Point

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Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee is a No. 1 album in the U.S., sold 199,000 units in its first week and went platinum. It’s one of the top selling albums of 2012. Despite the album’s success, the Grammy darling didn’t receive any nominations during last night’s Grammy nominations announcement. It was one of the most obvious snubs of the night. Read more…

The Music Of Nashville – “The Winter Finale!!”

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The Music Of Nashville
Back in my day, there was no such thing as a “winter finale.” We had television shows that pushed through the holiday season, walking to school in six foot snow drifts, uphill, both ways. None of this month-long hiatus crap. But that’s how TV works these days, and we have to wait until January 9th for the return of Nashville, when we find out poor, crazy pill-popping Peggy’s fate, whether or not Juliette is REALLY going to marry her Faux Tebow, and just how this co-headlining concert with Rayna and Juliette will go.

In the meantime…let’s talk about the music from this so-called winter finale, which includes another hit from Scarlett and Gunnar, and a church hymn I know I never sang in church choir before. Read more…

Taylor Swift Is Never Ever Getting A Grammy For Her Beat Boxing

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Last night, Taylor Swift revived T-Swizzle for a bout of beat boxing at the Grammy Nominations Concert. Her co-host for the evening, actual rapper LL Cool J, wanted to sing Taylor’s “Mean,” but insisted that he would need a beat. “I can’t sing, so we’re even,” he reasoned, warming Taylor up to the idea. Unfortunately and despite their best efforts, we have to admit: Taylor was on the money when she wagered afterwards that she is “like, 100 percent sure” that their rework will never ever ever get them nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It was not that good. But look, the effort was cute and they promised to have something better for February’s award ceremony, so no harm no foul? We-eeeEE!

Related: 2013 Grammy Nominations: The Complete List (In All The Categories That You Care About)
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Taylor Swift Is Not Very Good at Beatboxing [Gawker]

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VH1 DIVAS 2012 Adds Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson, Ledisi And More To Performers Lineup

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Ten days left until VH1 Divas airs live on Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. And 11 more performers and presenters have just signed on for what’s shaping up to be one hell of a party at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Not only are Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy CollinsIggy Azalea, and past Divas alumna Keri Hilson and Ledisi adding to the set list of our current all-star roster, but BrandyLa La Anthony, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes and Kelly Osbourne will be making appearances throughout the night!

I can’t wait! Can we hope for a Natasha/Bootsy duet? Will Jenna will bring her “Sexiest Man Alive” hubby along? Will Kelly will diss the red carpet fashion? Of course, anything NeNe says is a ready-made tweet. Whatever happens, you’ll get the news here first. Don’t forget you can head over to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets to VH1 Divas if you want to have your world rocked in person. Check out the press release that just dropped into our sequined laps for more info.

VH1 DIVAS ADDS NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, KERI HILSON, LEDISI IGGY AZALEA AND FUNK LEGEND BOOTSY COLLINS AS PERFORMERS WITH APPEARANCES BY LA LA ANTHONY, JENNA DEWAN TATUM, STACEY KEIBLER, NENE LEAKES, BRANDY NORWOOD AND KELLY OSBOURNE

Red Carpet to be LiveStreamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16

VH1 “DIVAS” Hosted by Adam Lambert Airs Live Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c

 NEW YORK, NY –December 6, 2012 – VH1’s popular franchise VH1 Divas” announced today additional performers to join this year’s LIVE dance music tribute Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy Collins, Keri Hilson, Ledisi and Iggy Azalea. In addition La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes, Brandy Norwood and Kelly Osbourne will make an appearance and join the VH1 Divas” dance party LIVE at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1. To purchase tickets for VH1 Divas please visit http://on.vh1.com/DIVAStix. Read more…