Twerking has a rich and illustrious history, but 2013 proved to be the year it went mainstream. From the Oxford English dictionary to morning television, it was hard to avoid the word (and dance) over the last 12 months. Miley Cyrus may have put her own stamp on the rump-focused style numerous times, but plenty of other stars know how to dip it, pop it, twerk it and stop it. Check on them, won’t you?
The BBC Live Lounge is known for producing stellar live covers of pop songs. Just in its seventh year, the ongoing series has quickly become a popular way to explore new ground with hit songs of the past year while showcasing the amazing talent of the artists who owned the past twelve months. Florence Welch, Jamie Cullum, Taio Cruz have all made their way through the studio to produce a rocking cover jam. This year proved to be no different. Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend and Bastille all knocked it out of the park with unexpectedly amazing covers that really made one wonder if they should have sung the song in the first place.
The 2013 American Music Awards last night honored all that is good in American music and provided an arena for all that is horrible, garish and terrible about fashion. No, really, it was a rough night for fashion. Lady Gaga arrived dressed as the Khaleesi atop a horse made of people and she looked more pulled together and classy than any of the celebrities on our worst-dressed list.
We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Miss Miley Cyrus, Queen of Twerking. It’s been a very tumultuous adolescence for the former Hannah Montana, a young woman that grew up in the unforgiving glare of the white hot spotlight. Due to the pressure, she’s made lots of headscratching decisions along the way, including doing a great number of things that we really wish she would’ve waited ’til she turned 21 to do.
It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Lily Allen, the British songstress who has built her reputation on her unwillingness to play by the rules that govern today’s celebrity industrial complex. Her last album, 2009′s It’s Not Me, It’s You, gleefully genre-hopped from electro to country & western to pure pop, all the while making sly, sarcastic statements about the fetishization of celebrity (“The Fear”), boys who don’t believe in the concept of equality in the bedroom (“Not Fair”), and her issues with the politics of George Bush (“F*** You”). Allen took the last few years off to start a family, but she clearly kept one eye on the way popular culture was evolving (devolving?) while raising her two daughters. Her first statement as a new mom, “Hard Out Here,” dropped yesterday and immediately made waves online thanks to its timely critiques of the likes of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. However, while we applaud the underlying sentiment of the song, we can’t help but feel like the final video treatment ends up betraying the song’s message.