While so much of our time has been spent analyzing the performances of Jennifer Lawrence and presence of Ben Affleck‘s beard, Adele has been more than a pleasant surprise this awards season. Or, to borrow a phrase from Anne Hathaway, the cherry on top of vegan ice cream (cringe). She’s already picked up an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, compared herself to Beyoncé, met Beyoncé, but tonight’s James Bond tribute wasn’t all about her.
Aside from the fashion and a chance to see celebs accidentally say something stupid, Best Original Song performances is the one thing that makes the 3-hour-plus long Academy Awards bearable. This year VH1′s favorite British belter Adele will be carrying a tune and possibly a statue for “Skyfall.” But over the years many unexpected pop hits have caught the Academy’s attention. So, how does Adele’s award season favorite stack up against past Oscar winners and nominees? From Janet Jackson and Counting Crows to Three 6 Mafia and Eminem, we make a case for each. Vote on which winner or contender deserves that golden naked man most while we practice our Angelina leg.
All hail Dame Adele–again. For the second straight year, the English songbird stole the show on music’s biggest night. With a fresh Grammy in her hand and etiquette lessons tailor-made for Chris Brown at the ready, Ms. Adkins gets our vote for Grammy MVP on account of looking so gosh darn tickled to be invited AND for being prepared to mediate potential fights before they got a chance to start.
You know how you always hear attendees at awards shows say that it’s just nice to be nominated? While that sentiment certainly holds true for our pack of amazing VH1 You Oughta Know alumni who earned themselves 17 nominations at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the reality of the situation is that it feels even better to win. That’s why we here at VH1 are bursting at the seams with pride tonight that our You Oughta Know family took home SEVEN GRAMMYS (!!!) at tonight’s ceremonies, including honors in two of the Big Four Categories: Record Of The Year (Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know”) and Album of the Year (Mumford And Sons‘ Babel).
Now that the BeyBowl is safely in the rearview mirror, we now turn our attention towards the 2013 Grammys, which will be airing live from Los Angeles this Sunday night, February 10. Just today, we learned that our You Oughta Know alumnus Bruno Mars is set to perform alongside Sting (which makes PERFECT sense when you consider that “Locked Out Of Heaven” sounds exactly like an old Police song), which is yet another in a long line of performances that we’re looking forward to on Sunday. And while we’re on the topic of You Oughta Know artists…
Our You Oughta Know alumni scored an impressive 17 nominations when the 2013 Grammy nominations were announced back in December, including four nominations in the big four categories. Our February 2012 YOK artist Gotye picked up a nomination for Record Of The Year for his song “Somebody I Used To Know,” a song that he performed for a standing room only crowd in our 20th floor lobby earlier this year; our May 2012 You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran scored a nomination for Song Of The Year for his haunting ballad “The A Team”; our July pick, The Lumineers, were nominated for Best New Artist; and our YOK friends from way back in 2010, Mumford & Sons, picked up a nod in the Album Of The Year category for their massive new LP, Babel.
Here’s a complete list of the 2013 Grammy awards that our awesome YOK alums are nominated for this weekend:
Certainly you haven’t forgotten about the soulful British chanteuse who owned 2012 with her diamond-selling 21. Adele‘s 19 followed by 21 were all about heartbreak. There was nothing for the make-us-cry-with-emotion singer to write or sing about after falling madly in love with Simon Konecki. After the 2012 Grammys she took a hiatus from music to do things rich people in love do– having a baby whose name she won’t reveal yet (more on that in a bit). As she slowly creeps back into music with the James Bond 007 theme song “Skyfall” her presence has been requested for an Oscars performance to which she’s happily obliged. Read more…
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual celebration of movies and television is one of the more highly anticipated award shows if only for its at-times curious mixture of talent and free-flowing alcohol. (Glenn Close has had enough!) Last night’s Golden Globe Awards welcomed everyone from the Robyn-loving cast of Girls to Diddy, helping music have almost as large a presence as Ben Affleck’s facial hair did in Argo.
After receiving her first Academy Award nomination last week, Adele made a grand return to the spotlight by attending Hollywood big party on Sunday night. Because, really, it wouldn’t be an award show without her. In a night of confusing outfit choices and even more confounding speeches, the singer picked up her first trophy of the new year for her contribution to Skyfall.
Adele has a way of stealing the show, so you can’t blame us for hoping she pops up at just about any high-profile Hollywood event. With the latest James Bond musical theme coming at the voice of Ms. Adkins, many are wondering whether or not her she will make her long-awaited return to live performing at the 2013 Academy Awards next month.
According to BBC News, the Academy is planning a tribute to the Bond films, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. With musical themes from Tina Turner to Madonna, Adele is the most recent addition to a storied franchise, yet arguably the largest prime-time draw for both music fans and Oscar lovers. Details on the 007 celebration are scant, but another element that could make her appearance more enticing is the fact that she hasn’t performed, let alone really been seen, since the birth of her son last fall–a child we are choosing to call “Alistair” until his true name is released to the public. The February 24 show stands to be her biggest live performance (televised, in a room full of fabulous folks) since the 2012 Grammy Awards, when she assured us that her smashing voice was just fine, thank you very much.
If you are the betting type, you might want to strongly consider placing a call to your friendly neighborhood bookie this morning and place a firm bet on this rumor becoming a reality. After all, “Skyfall” grabbed a nomination for Best Song when the 2013 Academy Award nominations were announced in front of a room full of bleary-eyed West Coast journalists this morning.
Adele to perform at next month’s Oscars? [The Sun]
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Nielsen SoundScan numbers are in and the final tallies have been arrived at, and so it seems that 2012′s biggest sellers are Gotye, Jack White and of course Adele. Is anybody surprised?
Taylor Swift put up a good fight late in the year, as did One Direction (who have two albums ranking in the top five) and Mumford & Sons. But once again none could top Adele, whose much beloved 2011 album 21 sold another 4.41 million copies this year to top year-end album sales for the second year in a row (just as she did on iTunes). The blustery Brit’s staying power is impressive, but we can’t imagine that there are enough people left of this earth of ours still sans 21 to enable her to keep this up for a third year. But perhaps she could put out a new album that might earn her another two years at the top?
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)”