Happy 41st birthday Snoop Dogg…er…Snoop Lion! It’s been a big year for you. One of name changes and breaking the big 4-0. There’s nothing more wonderful then spending your b’day with some of your closest friends, doing the things you love to do the most. That’s why we’ve collected a few of your most heartwarming friend hangs (we think) and imagined what you could do to celebrate your birthday. Think of these as merely suggestions, and ways to make sure you have the best birthday a Lion could ask for.
How are you feeling today? Each year, GLAAD sets aside a day called Spirit Day for speaking out extra-loud against bullying and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. This year, that day is today; and so to celebrate, we have got eight of our favorite anti-bully anthems. Each should remind you that you are strong and beautiful, even when maybe you don’t feel it and no matter what they say. Won’t you listen with us?
Katy Perry is between singles but busy on the benefit circuit these days. In the past few weeks alone we’ve seen the star perform a competitive “Let’s Stay Together” cover and a very, very good “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” This latest performance tops all, though, as it is guarantee to pull and tug each and every one of your heartstrings. And afterwards, you will never want to hear “Firework” any other way.
Over the weekend, Comedy Central held a benefit called Night of Too Many Stars, in support of autism programs, schools, and services all over the country. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the evening included a charming Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel“Call Me Maybe”-off and plenty of laughs. Then came this most heart swelling performance of Perry’s “Firework” by a prodigal young piano player named Jodi DiPiazza. Read more…
A good Bonnie Raitt cover certainly can make us love you. Performing at the American Foundation for AIDS Research Inspiration Gala last Thursday night, Katy Perry covered a song that “needs no introduction.” That song being Raitt’s 1991 classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” one of the most gut wrenching songs ever put to record. Gut wrenching isn’t so much a part of her usual palette, but fresh from coveringAl Green last week and perhaps stirred by her recent split with John Mayer, Perry did Raitt better than good by hitting all the high notes and leaning into all the song’s emotions.
President Obama has not, to our knowledge, covered “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (yet!), but plenty of other talented musicians have. The song has served as a right of passage for American Idol contestants aplenty, and as hallmark for emotionally savvy artists like Adele, Bon Iver and Tank. We hadn’t yet considered the California Gurl and the inventor of the whipped cream bra as the later, but she has proved us wrong with a cover that ranks up with our mom’s cover of the song (forever our #1).
How do you think she did? Do you have a favorite “I Can’t Make You Love Me” cover?
Last night, Katy Perry joined Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and President Barack Obama himself at the President’s ’30 Days to Victory Concert’ fundraiser in Westwood, California. Dressed in a shimmery evening gown and with her nails done right (or Left, if we’re speaking politics) for the occasion, worked through a short set of her own hits — “Teenage Dream,” “Part Of Me” and “Firework” — before ending the evening with a dazzling cover of Al Green‘s classic “Let’s Stay Together.” It was a bold choice for Katy, given the President’s own history with the song. Read more…
Is Rihanna worthy of the gold throne she’s seated in, in the above photo? Billboard thinks so as they’ve chosen her as the top pop artist of the last 20 years. With only seven years under her belt Rihanna beat out veterans Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Usher and Celine Dion. As far as her peers she toppled her bestie Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Chris Brown. Part of Riri’s success can be attributed to her ability to dish out catchy hit after hit. Her hooks hook you. No pun intended. The chorus and hooks immediately come to mind when you hear just the titles of “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Umbrella,” “Birthday Cake” and countless others. Is Rihanna’s formula for mastering an infectious song why she leaves her counterparts slouching in the dust? Read more…
Justin Bieber‘s Believe tour has gotten off to a shaky start, Justin letting bad milk get the better of him onstage the first night — twice. But that didn’t stop a sold-out and star-studded audience from swarming his show at L.A.’s Staples center last night, potential for vomit disregarded. Everyone from Katy Perry to Khloe Kardashian, Lena Dunham to Heidi Klum showed up, ditching the evening’s wine-and-presidential debate parties to brave a stadium’s worth of screaming tweens for the Biebs. And from what we can tell, they have no regrets. Justin Bieber concerts are no longer the province of the young, and everyone seemed to have a great time: Read more…
For every Michael, Beyoncé and Usher, there’s a Christina, Mariah or Rihanna. Try as they might, the latter group of hot pop acts just can’t coordinate that whole singing-while-dancing thing. Their beats and belting may be tight on the radio, but when it comes to rocking dance moves in a music video, even some of the best sirens fall flat. For your amusement, check out these hilarious GIFs (you’re welcome) of crooners we adore who demonstrate some of the worst rump shaking we’ve ever seen. Debate our list in the comments below and, more importantly, let us know whose lack of rhythm we failed to catch.
Moroccan and Monroe weren’t even zygotes yet, but Mariah looks like she was practicing serious mom moves in this video. Luckily, Mimi’s vocal acrobatics helped us shake off the memory of her awful wannabe thug life bleacher rocking, so all is forgiven.
A huge congratulations goes out to Katy Perry, whose relationship rebound anthem “Wide Awake” bested all of the competitors for the 2012 Song Of The Summer title! You might remember that Katy took home the 2011 Song Of The Summer prize, too, for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” And, just like last summer, we have a very special acceptance speech from Katy herself, in which she accepts our supremely summery VH1 Snow Cone Trophy and thanks all the Katycats out there.
Continue along for more details about the Song of the Summer voting!