It’s so much more than a weirdly tropical Hump Day here in New York City. The funny minds over at Saturday Night Live are letting you–yes, you–make a case for the musical guest you think deserves a shot on the late-night program. No promise on whether they’ll listen, but #SNLMusic Suggestion Day, as you’ve always dreamed, is finally here.
So who should be next to get The Call from Lorne Michaels and his team? The Backstreet Boys, of course! At least that’s what they think:
20 years! Boy bands never really left though, so cue the legion of BSB diehards tweeting until their fingers turn blue:
While they present very logical arguments–and we fully support celebrating any anniversary with china–we have a few ideas of our own. Read more…
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder”
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”
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.
…and she showed of her powerful and Idol-winning pipes. We are so glad she didn’t settle with a career as a backup singer.
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!”
Adam Lambert took a break from his VH1 DIVAS hosting duties to channel his inner Queen of Pop for smashing performance of Madonna‘s “Ray of Light.” Last week, he told us that he was “really excited” about performing a Madge song because he’s a “proud Madonna fan.” She is “somebody that knew how to put on a number,” he raved, and — oh boy! — did he show that he can do just that tonight. Lambert performed the 1998 hit in a graphic tunic get-up that would certainly make Madonna proud (seriously, we could not have predicted anything so wild as this robe, and will definitely be doing some decrypting in the coming days!), and he managed to capture all the song’s emotions just right. Between this, his best Bowie and that Donna Summer, he might need an entire VH1 DIVAS show to himself next year!
WATCH ADAM LAMBERT PERFORM “RAY OF LIGHT” NOW!
Madonna fans, did he do alright? Lambert fans, were you prepared for that diva-tastic robe? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #VH1DIVAS.
The music world lost one of its most soulful voices this May when Donna Summer unexpectedly passed away at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. Because you can’t think about Donna Summer without also thinking about dancing to one of her many classic songs, it was of utmost importance that this year’s VH1 DIVAS program paid tribute to the recent Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee and artist who racked up 20 Billboard Top 40 hits over the course of her illustrious career.
Paying tribute to the late, great Donna Summer tonight were VH1 DIVAS 2012 host Adam Lambert, the always amazing Kelly Rowland, and the divine Keri Hilson. Their medley of “I Feel Love,” “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard For The Money,” (Hilson solo) “Love To Love You Baby,” (Rowland solo) “Hot Stuff,” (Lambert solo) and “Last Dance” was an appropriately energetic tribute to the woman whose disco-infused sounds dominated the charts in the late 70s and early 80s. Donna Summer will always be missed, and while we’re sad that the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame didn’t get around to inducting this legendary performer until after she passed away, we’re very much proud to have honored her this evening and look forward to her RRHOF induction in the spring of 2013.
And we’re off! VH1 DIVAS 2012 just got started with a dynamic performance from none other than Adam Lambert, who is also serving as host/DIVA-in-training for tonight’s festivities. We saw him perform the David Bowie classic “Let’s Dance” a few times this weekend during rehearsals, and as great as those moments were, Adam is one of those rare artists who has the ability to raise their game up another notch when the cameras start rolling and the stage lights shine down on them. Of course, this is something that we’ve known about Lambert since his American Idol days, but we have a feeling that between this performance, his role in the Donna Summer Tribute later tonight, his upcoming cover of a Madonna song, and the incredible comedic timing he’ll be putting on display tonight, this is going to be a #NEXTLEVEL night for Adam and his posse of devoted Glamberts. (PS, the video is coming soon!)
Be sure to flip over to VH1 right now to watch the rest of tonight’s amazing VH1 DIVAS show! If you miss any of the show, we’ll have all of tonight’s amazing performances available for you to watch on-demand right here on VH1 Tuner and on divas.vh1.com. Enjoy the rest of the show!
There are only a few more hours to wait until this year’s VH1 DIVAS —the one-hour red carpet livestream starts on divas.vh1.com at 8 p.m. ET/7C, while the show itself will begin at 9 p.m. ET/8C— but we just got our hands on a bit of tonight’s opening sketch. In it, host and DIVA-in-training Adam Lambert consults Real Housewives star NeNe Leakes (who knows a thing or two herself about being a DIVA) to get her advice about hosting such a star-studded event. Before their conversation can get going, though, a stylist interrupts their conversation and, well, you’ll have to watch the video above to find out what happens!
To see this full sketch, as well as performances from the likes of (the newly engaged!) Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull and more, be sure to tune-in to watch VH1 DIVAS tonight starting at 8 p.m ET/CT!
Don’t know about you, but we have had our VH1 DIVAS 2012 outfits ready for months now (we’ll be comfy on the couch in our most glam sweats, if you must know) and we are now onto wondering what sort of diva-tastic looks the show’s stars will be rocking on Sunday and worrying that the evening’s host Adam Lambert might not be dancing and lyric-memorizing to be ready on time! When we spoke with him last week Lambert confessed that he hadn’t yet found time to nail down a look for the night. “My wardrobe is still being conceptualized,” he told us, assuring that “We have lots of ideas we’re throwing back and forth.”
Well, Adam, we have a lots of ideas, too! We’ve pulled some of Lambert most memorable looks from as of late, and thought that there might be a few Glamberts out there with suggestions, as well.
We’re only two days out from the biggest dance party in VH1 Divas history! Now I like to think I can rock hips, sway and sip with the best of them, but don’t worry if you’re not as confident. Our host Adam Lambert was kind enough to lead a tutorial for a simple but fierce head snap move you can use in a pinch. Need more tips? Check out our GIF wall of past Divas performers’ dancing for inspiration before you watch the show live this Sunday, December 16. The red carpet live stream kicks off right here at 8PM/7C.
Dancing divas GIF wall after the jump.