One of our favorite things about SXSW —besides the abundance of Shiner Bock, natch— is that it’s the biggest musical melting pot in all of the United States. Over the course of a few days in Austin each and every March, acts from every conceivable genre of music come together for both performances and conversations, but more importantly, to bond with one another. Perhaps nowhere over the course of the weekend was that issue of “bonding” more relevant than at Saturday afternoon’s panel celebrating the upcoming release of the VH1 Rock Doc Finding The Funk, which saw former Parliament-Funkadelic members George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell putting aside rumors of alleged beef for one glorious hour of truly funky storytelling. Read more…
If you didn’t know who Iggy Azalea was before, you do now after the Aussie MC hit the VH1 Divas stage with Natasha Bedingfield and Bootsy Collins in that gem and fringe bustier for a brilliant cover of “Groove Is In The Heart.” Besides her fire spitting skills, T.I.’s Grand Hustle rookie’s drop-dead gorgeous form was on full display. How does Iggy stay looking so fresh while sweating and grinding on stage? Well, because she’s a sweetheart (and probably pitied my own ragged appearance) the blonde beauty shared some of her makeup secrets. It may not get you a modeling contract like Iggy, but you can at least resemble a diva in under three minutes.
Can’t get enough of Iggy’s look? Check out head-to-toe photos of the outfit Iggy was rocking during her down time at Divas rehearsals below and try your best to keep up with “Boss Lady’s” style. Read more…
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!”
It wouldn’t be VH1 Divas week without a daily dose of this year’s host Adam Lambert. And guess what our fearless dance party maestro had to say when we told him Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea and Bootsy Collins are performing Deee-Lite‘s “Groove Is In The Heart” this Sunday? The only appropriate response: “That’s f***ing genius! I love that song!”
If it were up to me, Adam’s opinion about anything would be taken as law, because beneath that carefully coiffed mass of hair lurks a mastermind with perfect eyebrows. That said, we have journalistic integrity, so let’s back up Adam’s endorsement with some stats about the stars singing the middle school dance favorite. Read more…
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 Collins, Iggy Azalea, and past Divas alumna Keri Hilson and Ledisi adding to the set list of our current all-star roster, but Brandy, La 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…
Festival season continues this weekend with Bonnaroo‘s 10th anniversary in Manchester, Tennessee, so we’re here again to help guide the 80,000 wristband holders through the tough choices of the weekend’s lineup. (Don’t have a ticket? You’re in luck! Some of the big-tent performances will be webcast at VEVO.) As always, we recommend checking out at least one band you haven?t heard before; might we recommend country-rocker Hayes Carll, (who plays one set each today and tomorrow)?
Jam-band and bluegrass aficionados have a plethora of options all weekend?perhaps too many tough choices. For the more pop-minded among us, here are five big intersection points to break down for you:
Choices: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (3:15 p.m., What Stage) and Matt & Kim (3:15 p.m., This Tent)
Decision: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Both groups are embarking on summer tours in midsize venues with reasonable ticket prices, but Matt & Kim, though they showed at the OMAs that they can play bigger, do have a certain energy that’s amplified when it’s contained in a club full of kids that are ridiculously hyped up. You Oughta Know artists Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, on the other hand, don’t lose any of their power from midday open-air big-tent staging.