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!
Last night’s momentous date made for an equally momentous musical event: The Big & Best of 2012. The all-live, all-fun event collected the best music from the year, having some of our favorites perform in honor of the special date. 12/12/12 is a once in a lifetime date and The Big & Best of 2012 was a once in a lifetime event. Check out the top five performances from yesterday, and be sure to watch it all in its entirety over at MTV.
1. With 5(!) Grammy nominations this year, Miguel blowing up. Here’s “The Thrill” from his album, Kaleidescope Dream.
2. You Oughta Know artist Metric performed “Synthetica”.
December’s You Oughta Know selection, Metric, hit the studio last month for a You Oughta Know Live session that included “Synthetica,” “Gimme Sympathy,” their latest Synthetica single “Breathing Underwater,” and a cover of Morrissey‘s “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself.” Although they are usually four, James Shaw and Emily Haines held it down, paring their feathery and glamorous indie-rock down to just the bones. They made due with just a guitar and piano, and of course Haines’ voice, at once pitchy and girlish and worn and wizened by years of indie rock and rolling. The songs were stripped of their trademark glimmer but nice in their new delicacy, because beneath all that synth was always a aching skeleton, and this is exactly what they beautifully put on show for us.
Have you tuned in to watch the Big & Best of 2012 livestream yet? Thanks to our friends at T-Mobile, you can watch a steady stream of stars appear all day long over at bigandbestof2012.com. Miguel and A$AP Rocky have already done their thing, and if you check in at 5:15 PM ET you can catch the inimitable Grace Potter. Go check it out!
And be sure to stick around all-day for an amazing collection of performances from the likes of December 2012 You Oughta Know artist Metric, Bruno Mars and more., Bruno Mars and more. We’ve also got a fantastic VH1 Reality Roundtable on the docket for 6:00 p.m. ET/5C, featuring appearances from Mob Wives‘ Renee Graziano, Love & Hip Hop‘s Yandy Smith and Basketball Wives LA‘s star Jackie Christie. This extravaganza will run through 8 p.m. tonight over at bigandbestof2012.com!
Have you tuned in to watch the Big & Best of 2012 livestream yet? Thanks to our friends at T-Mobile, you can watch a steady stream of stars appear all day long over at bigandbestof2012.com. For instance, if you head over there at 5:30 p.m. ET, you can catch our December 2012 You Oughta Know artist Metric performing their very special You Oughta Know Live set. Their set will include a few tracks (“Breathing Underwater”, “Gimme Sympathy”, “Synthetica”) off of their new LP, Synthetica, as well as a cover of Morrissey‘s “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself.” Go check it out!
And be sure to stick around all-day for an amazing collection of performances from the likes of Grace Potter, Bruno Mars and more. We’ve also got a fantastic VH1 Reality Roundtable on the docket for 6:00 p.m. ET/5C, featuring appearances from Mob Wives‘ Renee Graziano, Love & Hip Hop‘s Yandy Smith and Basketball Wives LA‘s star Jackie Christie. This extravaganza will run through 8 p.m. tonight over at bigandbestof2012.com!
Anybody who is anybody in the art world, and also Rick Ross and Diddy, shipped down to Florida last week to celebrate the latest and greatest in visual arts at Miami’s Art Week. This year, VH1 teamed up with Fiat and SCOPE Art Show to present the work of our three up-and-coming Artists on the Rise and for a raging party that included a Fiat Instagram sharing station and DJ remix bar and a performance from December’s You Oughta Know band, Metric. Because we couldn’t all be there, we send our own Jim Shearer down to scout the scene and report back.
What did he find? One half of DJ duo The Dolls’ Mia Moretti suggesting that emerging artists are important and interesting because “no one’s really judged them yet, the world hasn’t made their decision,” SCOPE Artist On The Rise artist Patrick Martinez explaining that he approached the show as an opportunity “step-up and shine,” and “Not Over You” star Gavin DeGraw putting aside his guitar to make his debut as a visual artist. “This is ‘The Love Beast of Gavin Degraw,'” he said, titling his sketch before explaining that, “This is how I feel on the inside.” It doesn’t get much more emerging than that.
In “Gimme Sympathy,” Emily Haines asks: “Who would you rather be, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” A fine question, sure, but we have always known that the answer is actually Metric, who happen to be our December You Oughta Know artist. Having come out of New York in the 90s, Metric’s Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key are about as cool as they come. Their music pulses with synths that will keep you shimmying through the night, and oozes the glamor (or, in honor of their Canadian roots: “glamour”) with which they carry themselves. Just hit play on their latest single, “Breathing Underwater,” and have a look at them and you’ll see what we mean.
Our intrepid photographer Lauren Weissler tagged along with the band as they unloaded for and rocked through their You Oughta Know Live session, all along the way capturing that special glow they’ve got.
Up, up and away! Tomorrow we ship off to Miami for the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show where we will celebrate a crop of fledgling visual artists who we think You Oughta Know (learn more about them here), and we are very excited to be bringing Metric, our You Oughta Know musical artist for December, with us to play the opening party!
When we caught up with the group last month, Metric lead singer Emily Haines assured us that “it will be great,” offering that “they have had too much fun there in the past” as evidence of the good art, music and beach town fun sure to come. “Different film and art inspiration come to us when we’re making music and sort of keep us going throughout the process,” she explains, citing an Italian radical architecture school as a particular inspiration and stop she’ll certainly be making when she’s down there. The boys in the band voiced excitement for late night beach trips, and we’ll offer that we are very excited to hear them perform some of the new stuff of Synthetica, like “Youth Without Youth,” as well as an oldie/goodie, like “Gimme Sympathy,” or two!
Keep up with our coverage at @VH1Music; and more information on SCOPE events, head over here.
You may recognize Metric‘s dynamo frontwoman Emily Haines‘s voice from Broken Social Scene‘s breathy classic “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl” (which surely was an anthem to us when we were a seventeen), or from that lovely scene at the end of Eclipse wherein Bella and Edward make out in a field of flowers. Or perhaps you were turned onto them by Lou Reed, a notoriously hard-headed legend who shows up at the end of Metric’s fifth studio album Synthetica because he’s got a soft spot for Haines. We do too, and that’s why we are celebrating the prolific indie-rockers as our You Oughta Know artist for the whole month of December. And so for those just joining us and Reed in the Metric fan club, here are five things we think you really oughta know:
T-minus three weeks until VH1 DIVAS 2012 airs live on Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8C, and we know you’re already as excited as we are! Well, brace yourselves because Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Melanie Fiona and Metric have just been added to this year’s insane performers roster that already includes Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and host Adam Lambert. And Havana Brown will keep the big fat bass bumping as House DJ between each hip-shaking set.
Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium can’t even handle the VH1 Divas “Dance Party” about to go down, and you don’t want to miss it. If you’re feeling like this is the kind of event you just have to see in person, we’ve got good news to share: Tickets for VH1 DIVAS 2012 just went on sale on Ticketmaster! We’ll keep dishing more Divas dirt as we get closer to December 16. Until then, get more details from the latest press release to hit our inbox.
VH1 DIVAS ADDS KELLY CLARKSON, MELANIE FIONA, METRIC AND PITBULL AS PERFORMERS
Red Carpet to be Live streamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16
VH1 “DIVAS” Dance Party Hosted By Adam Lambert to Include Tribute to Legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer
Special airs live Sunday, December 16 at 9 PM/8c on VH1
NEW YORK, NY –November 29, 2012 – VH1’s beloved, popular franchise “VH1 Divas” announced today additional performers to join this year’s dance music tribute. Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric and Pitbull will join VH1’s dance party, along with Havana Brown as House DJ. Airing live from the L.A. Shrine Auditorium “VH1 Divas” will be hosted by Adam Lambert on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1.