Of all the Nicki Minaj beefs that have been left on the fire over the last few years, this one is both laughable and disconcerting: Minaj has parted ways with her longtime hairstylist, Terrence Davidson. Colorful and constantly changing, Nicki’s hair has been a conversation piece when other subjects, like her lyrical ability and sizable behind, became exhaustive. The ease with which she transitioned from pink to green to bright blonde–in one video!–gave hope to little girls who grew up with unruly curls and spent the better part of their 20s being depressed by the theories of Patti Stanger. But with a new year comes new opportunities and new challenges, and we will get through this time of uncertainty (i.e. not knowing what to expect from Nicki’s hair as she preps for live television) together, friends.
The weather may be dreary, but things are heating up here at VH1, thanks to the voice of January’s You Oughta Know artist, Allen Stone. The deeply soulful singer-songwriter brings a unique spin to everything from accessories to his blonde-haired, blue-eyed stamp on the rhythm & blues, capitalizing on the crave for funky, retro sound that has been so kind to acts like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Bruno Mars in recent years.
Having honed his performance skills before church pews in small town Washington, Stone has experience winning over crowds and is comfortable taking time to preach to the unconverted. Inspired by—and often compared to—Stevie Wonder, now he’s giving the likes of Miguel and JT a run for their money in the panty-dropping department thanks to his ability to blissfully distract us from everyday stresses with a rich timbre. His is also a warm and inviting sound that welcomes us in a cozy embrace, and encourages to stay put all winter long.
Ace VH1 photographer Lauren Weissler followed Stone throughout his whirlwind day here in New York City just before the holidays, which included which included a festive stop by Big Morning Buzz Live and some quality catch-up time with his cell phone. Check it out below.
We’ve already shared some of our favorite behind the scenes moments, a few of our favorite GIF-ed moments and a whole slew of our favorite musical moments from last nights spectacular VH1 DIVAS show, and we’re still not through with our gushing because we just thought everyone on the bill — Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Metric, Keri Hilson, Pitbull, Ciara, Bootsy Collins, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland and more! — totally killed it. And so here we are, reliving our favorite moments last night through photos. Our top twenty moments, in no particular order — because, really, it would be cruel to make us chose between them — look something like this:
1. Kelly that brand new precious stone of hers! Brandon Blackstock sure is a lucky guy.
2. Pitbull didn’t “Stop The Party” until all his dancers were flat-out on the ground.
3. Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy Collins and Iggy Azalea’s “Grove Is In The Heart” was hands down the evening’s most funky moment. And look how cute these three looked together!
What an amazing evening! The 2012 edition of VH1 DIVAS was chock full of unforgettable moments, ones that you can fortunately watch over-and-over again thanks to the miracle of streaming video. However, for all the show-stopping performances that you saw on VH1 tonight during the broadcast, there were a plethora of precious moments you weren’t privy to that happened backstage and off-camera. To that end, we had some VH1 insiders strategically placed all around the Shrine Auditorium tonight keeping their eyes, ears and camera lenses open all night long for those special moments that our TV cameras weren’t able to capture. And, seeing that it’s the holidays and all, the giving spirit is coursing through our veins and we thought we’d share some of the highlights with you.
So now, without further ado, here are the Top 16 Things That You Didn’t See On TV During VH1 DIVAS:
1. American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert ran out to greet the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, and the two shared a warm hug just minutes before show time backstage. Adam did a little turn showing off his duds.
2. Speaking of the newly engaged Kelly Clarkson, she showed off her sparkly yellow canary diamond ring to a friend a few moments before she performed “Catch My Breath.” We overheard her saying “He did so good, didn’t he?” and “I was freaking out when he went down on one knee and all.” A clearly emotional Kelly also admitted on her way off-stage that “I can’t believe I almost totally cried on television!”
In “Gimme Sympathy,” Emily Haines asks: “Who would you rather be, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” A fine question, sure, but we have always known that the answer is actually Metric, who happen to be our December You Oughta Know artist. Having come out of New York in the 90s, Metric’s Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key are about as cool as they come. Their music pulses with synths that will keep you shimmying through the night, and oozes the glamor (or, in honor of their Canadian roots: “glamour”) with which they carry themselves. Just hit play on their latest single, “Breathing Underwater,” and have a look at them and you’ll see what we mean.
Our intrepid photographer Lauren Weissler tagged along with the band as they unloaded for and rocked through their You Oughta Know Live session, all along the way capturing that special glow they’ve got.
Thirty years ago today, at the age of 24, Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the release of Thriller. It’s the album that produced hits like “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and “PYT (Pretty Young Thing),” plaques on plaques on plaques and that jacket. You know the one — that jacket that he wore in the seminal “Thriller” video, the one cut from candy apple red and black leather and with angular and alien-like shoulder plates. That jacket has since been sold on auction for cool $1.8 million dollars to a Texan gold trader who called it “the greatest piece of rock and roll memorabilia in history.” We wouldn’t dare disagree, especially on this day, but we must ask also: what of those ankle-cut jeans? Those patent leather shoes? The shades? Jackson’s Thriller sartorial is much more expansive than that one jacket, and so to celebrate thirty years, we thought we would break down some of our favorite looks that he rocked during that time.
The City of Love stole my heart and I will never, ever get it back. Cliche, I know, but there is something magical about Paris that you just have to experience for yourself. Add a Rihanna show and your trip is made. And then to be surprised by Diddy, Akon, Cassie, Pharrell and Omarion at the after party? Yeah, that happened. We never want to leave. Let’s start from the beginning…
The moment we entered Berns in Stockholm last night, Day 3 of the Rihanna 777 Tour, I knew it was going to be a good night. The venue was gorg, the DJ was sick, but it was definitely the fans that caught my eye. They, were, HOT. Like, too-cool-for-school-keep-staring-at-me-I-look-better-than-you hot. And I’m like, hey-I’m-living-on-a-plane-havent-brushed-my-teeth-stop-staring-at-me not hot. ANYWAY, borderline delusional after only 2 hours of sleep, I’m sitting here thinking, dude, what happened last night? Yeah, we had a few drinks. Yeah, there was an after party. Yeah, we got crunk. But WTF Sweden? How’d you kick our butts so hard? We struggled a bit after Day 2 of the 777 Tour in Toronto, but nothing compares to the long, zombie-like faces of the 777 crew today.
Oh well, what can you do? Lets talk Rihanna. We’ve seen her perform three consecutive nights now and still can’t get enough. Last night’s show was amaze-balls. With the beautiful chandeliers, decor and all the hot people combined, there was a vibe to Ri’s set that I just couldn’t shake off. Check out the photos below and you’ll see what I mean.
“Are you ready to get DRUNK?” says Rihanna on the plane’s intercom. Yes, yes we are. But only if you join us, RiRi!
Day One of Rihanna‘s 777 world tour has been nothing short of badass: flowing drinks, screaming fans and of course, the Bajan princess herself. But it’s only JUST BEGUN. With the help of a good adrenaline rush (and some ibuprofen) we survived our first day in the life of a true rock star and can’t wait to tell you all about it! Matter of fact, we’ll let the pictures do the honors…
But before we do, be sure and follow us on Twitter at @VH1Music for up-to-the-second updates for the next few days. Okay, on with the show!
- Front cover of WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California.
The hardcore punk scene of the 1980s was a hands-on sub-culture, ignored for the most part by the mainstream music press and recording industry. It existed in its own world, one created and shaped by the bands and their fans and documented by fanzines and independent record labels. Early ‘80s fanzine We Got Power, run by post-adolescent punk rockers David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, dispatched reports from the front-lines of the huge and thriving Los Angeles scene to hardcore kids nationwide. Almost 30 years after their last issue went to press, Bazillion Points Books has released WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California. Not just a reprint of the fanzine’s original 6 issues —though they’re in there too— the book contains nearly 400 photographs that chronicle the early ’80s LA scene with firsthand accounts from some of its biggest luminaries including Henry Rollins of Black Flag and member of Suicidal Tendencies and the Circle Jerks. We spoke to Markey —also known for his movie 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which captured the moment when hardcore-informed alternative rock went mainstream— recently about the book, the zine and the era. Read more…