On this week’s episode of the VH1 Top 20 Countdown, we’re rolling out the Top 20 videos of the year from Herald Square, New York City. That’s right, all the videos that have led the countdown throughout the different seasons of the year will now battle it out for Top 20 supremacy. But before the show airs on Saturday at 9am EST, you can still cast your vote for the video you think should take the crown for 2012. Who will it be? You’ll have to tune-in and check back with us on Saturday to find out!
2012 has been an interesting year for the music business. As chart genres shift and technology continues to influence how and what we consume, in-flux trends seem to fly in out of nowhere.The viral sensation breakout star, for example. But can we go back to basics for just a moment? These people are here to entertain us and sing, right? Like, into microphones and send sound waves into the universe. Whether their songs permeated the charts all year or their pipes are ones to keep an eye out in the future, the following 15 voices were the most noteworthy in 2012.
In addition to being the voice behind David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” this year, Sia also wrote the lyrics and melody for Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and her talent should be recognized, damn it.
3. Kendrick Lamar
Through storytelling, K-Dot has the versatility to sound nervous, vulnerable and shrieky, macho and intimidating, soft and robotic, Compton tough, and instructively monotone.
“Payphone” still ringing in our ears and “One More Night” only just now beginning its decent from the top of the charts, Maroon 5 have already begun negotiating the success of their next entry: “Daylight.” The pop titans premiered the melancholy new Overexposed single on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back, and have since worked it into their Grammy Nomination Concert medley. Today it gets a lengthy and crowd-sourced music video, which neatly doubles as a ‘Thank You’ for and a testament to the flesh and blood fans that have helped them in their quest for total chart domination.
Maroon 5 never really get fancy with their performances, probably because they don’t really need to. They are practiced at what they do, and even in the least desirable of circumstances — the SNL soundstage, for one, is notorious for warbling even the most adept of vocalists but Adam Levine sounded just fine there — they put on a tight and enjoyable show. No pomp or circus necessary, and usually Levine just wears a t-shirt. And so it’s no surprise that the medley of hits they performed last night at the Grammy Nomination Ceremony was very laid back but everything it needed to be, and then a little more. Taylor and LL Cool J, we hope you are watching closely, because this is how you do it.
The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles tonight during a live special that aired on CBS. Hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, the show featured performances from the likes of fun., Maroon 5, Ne-Yo and more. The 2013 Grammys will be broadcast on CBS February 10th at 8/7c.
This year’s nominations were dominated by a few big names: The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West top the nominations with six each; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel each garner five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards. [via Grammy.com]
Here’s a (mostly) complete list of the 2013 Grammy Nominations!
RECORD OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”
fun., “We Are Young”
Gotye, “Somebody I Used To Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Old pros Maroon 5 returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend for their fourth turn as musical guests. Donning matching red outfits, they played their reggae inflected “One More Night.” The Overexposed single has enjoyed a long run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts — the longest of the year, if you’ll believe it — and Adam Levine’s spirited performance lends new appeal into the song as it edges towards ubiquity. We have always thought Levine to be a little self-serious when it comes to his music, but he spent almost the entirety of his time on stage wiggling his hips and throwing his hands up in reverence to the highest notes, apparently still inspired by the song he’s been performing for almost six months now. Its nice to see him having fun, and — hey, it doesn’t hurt that red’s a nice color on him.
They returned later in the show in all gray uniforms to perform their new single, the more staid and moody “Daylight.”
The world is hers. Taylor Swift has the world eating out of the palm of her hand. Whether it’s the latest cool gig of co-hosting the Grammy nominations television special with LL Cool J or RED‘s projected sales of over one million in its first week, Taylor Swift is winning. The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night will be taped in her hometown of Nashville, TN airing on December 5. But wait a minute? LL Cool J and Taylor Swift seem like such an odd co-hosting pair. Read more…
Done up like a peacock in an a curve-hugging purple dress and her blonde locks dip-dyed pink, Christina Aguilera spent her morning reading off the nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards. Because AMA nominations are based on sales, airplay, social buzz and video streams, nominations tend to hue Top 10-centric, and this year proves no exception. Lady dynamos Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the pack with four nominations a piece, and will have to duel it out with Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson for the Best Female Artist: Pop/Rock honor. Otherwise, Drake, Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5 and One Direction trailing closely behind with three nods each.
It’s a little disappointing to see that some of the year’s most exciting acts — like Mumford & Sons, who broke records with their album; like Frank Ocean, who swelled-hearts with his; like Kanye West, who’s forever changing his game – were left off the list, but we’re happy to take consolation in imagine all the fun photo-ops that will happen when all these superstars join together in one big room.
The award show airs live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on November 18. Check out all the nominees below: Read more…
PSY is slowly but surely becoming the next big phenomenon in music with the growing popularity of “Gangnam Style,” which climbed the charts due to its viral YouTube hit. Despite the song’s success it couldn’t ease its way pass Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In the closest race between Nos. 1 and 2 since February, “One More Night” kept its No. 1 spot for the third week in a row. “Gangnam Style” was nearly 500 overall chart points away from the coveted head position. Considering how close it was we think PSY should still honor his promise to perform “topless in a place where everyone can watch.” Read more…
This week Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” tops Billboard‘s Hot 100, marking the band’s third summiting of the charts, only 2007′s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” having made it there first. The dippy and slightly ska-inflected “One More Night” is of course worthy, but we can’t help but wonder how Maroon 5′s serious Song of the Summer contender “Payphone” didn’t make it to the top spot first. According to Billboard, “Payphone” spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100′s top 10, including six weeks at No. 2, but was never able to break through to the top. Was this summer’s batch of singles — namely a little song called “Call Me Maybe” — too hot for Maroon 5 to handle? In order to claim No. 1 this week, “Night” first had to unseat Taylor Swift‘s strong-willed “Never Ever.” And considering the record breaking force with which that song entered the charts, doing so could not have been easy. Why do you think “One More Night” was able to do what “Payphone” couldn’t?