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Justin booed, Taylor Swift DOES have a long lasting relationship, and Miguel kicks it…literally! The 2013 Billboard Music Awards were this Sunday, and it turned out to be quite the event.
Next to the Grammy’s, winning at the Billboard Awards shows an Artist they made it in the music world. The Billboard Award is not about how good you are, it’s how well you’ve done. From Top Selling Albums to Highest Paid Concerts, the Billboard Awards complete the musicians resume with a respected trophy.
Hosted by Tracy Morgan, The ABC broadcast brought in the ratings, ranking at #1 on Sunday night, and had a 28% increase from last year pulling in 9.47 million viewers.
Taylor Swift brought in the most wins (8), while Justin Beiber brought in the least (1). While Taylor accepted one of her awards she admitted to the crowd, “I do have one of the longest lasting relationships right now…and that’s with my fans”.
When Justin Beiber received his Top Male Artist Award he made a reference to all the “Bull S&*t” that has been going on and needs to be taken seriously, which followed by a crowd full of boos.
Right in the middle was Gotye who won a total of 4 awards for his “Somebody That I Used To Know” single. And Prince was honored with a Icon Award.
Madonna was honored with the Top Touring Artist Award for her MDNA 2012 tour which brought in $305 million. A 2 minute, 20 second video of concert preceded her arrival to the stage which followed her stating, “It took longer to negotiate whether I could show my ass in that trailer than it took to negotiate that tour!” She later humbly thanked her fans for the three-decades of support, ”A showgirl needs her fans.” she simply stated.
EDM was not a loser in any way of the night, David Guetta, who won in the new category of EDM artist and performed with Akon and Ne-Yo, explained a brief history of reading Billboard Magazine when he was growing up in Paris. “When they put me on the cover four years ago and said EDM would be big, I thought ‘these guys are crazy – this will never happen’,” he said. “Imagine how I feel today.”
Other performances of the night were will.i.am and Justin Bieber doing “#Thatpower,” Pitbull and Christina Aguillera’s “Feel This Moment” with a guest solo from A-ha’s Morten Harket (“Take On Me“), Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and, set in kung fu movie motif, Chris Brown’s “Fine China.”
Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a lap dance during “High School” and during Miguel’s performance of “Adorn” ended in scary fashion when he landed on a pair of fans heads during a leap from the stage. They were fine, brought back stage, and Miguel personally apologized to them.
Here are some of this years winners:
Top Artist – Taylor Swift
Top New Artist - One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Billboard 200 Album - Taylor Swift – “Red“
Top Pop Album - Adele – “21“
Top Dance Album - Madonna – “MDNA“
Top EDM Album - Skrillex – “Bangarang“
Top Hot 100 Song - Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know“
Top Radio Song - Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know“
Top Pop Song - Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe“
Top Dance Song - Baauer – “Harlem Shake“
Top EDM Song - Baauer – “Harlem Shake“
Ready Fusionites? There’s some news on the street… Nero was scheduled to be on Madonna’s MDNA North American Tour this fall, and pulled out of the tour. “We’re sorry to announce we will not be touring with Madonna later this summer – apologies to any fans who bought tickets,” Nero posted on Facebook. “Instead we’ll be spending the much-needed time in the studio working on our second album. New music coming soon.”
Nero, artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, were scheduled join Madonna for the North American leg of her MDNA Tour in the fall, but the duo has since announced they will no longer be the support act on the tour
Allure of sound.
Want some more info on Nero? There’s some really interesting biography info over at Electronic Dance Music.com, or you can view some of the highlights I’ve collected for you here…
Nero was formed in 2004 based out of London, England. The group consists of duo Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray, with Alana Watson occasionally stepping in on vocals since 2008. Though producers of Drum and Bass and House , Nero is best know for their contributions to Dubstep.
Stephens and Ray, both born in 1984, grew up in suburban Northwood, London and were introduced by a mutual friends when they were 15. Ray was trained in classicalguitar and Stephens played cello. Both Stephens and Ray had been inspired by various DJs and Electronic groups and set up a studio in Stephens‘ bedroom where it all began.
Aside from their own work and remixes of other Dubstep artists such as Chase & Status, La Roux, Skrillex, Rusko, Skream, The Streets, Booty Love, Calvin Harris and Enter Shikari, Nero has also worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed a piece known as “Symphony 2808,” creating a unique merger between Classical and Modern music, and opening a path for even more growth in the Dubstep genre.
Madonna has been a pop star for most her life. She blew up the dance charts by performing in clubs in the 80s’ and has not stopped since. Like a chameleon her image has always been stronger than her music. She finally has a new album entitled MDNA being released on March 26. I have heard four tracks so far and have been underwhelmed. William Orbit is producing the record so I expected more.
Let me just start off saying I heart Madonna. I used to carry a scrapbook full of articles about her in junior high clutched to my chest. I took pictures of her music videos from my television set. I loved “Material Girl” and never got sick of it. So it is difficult for a longtime fan like me to be disappointed with the new music so far.
“Masterpiece” the lazy slow song from her self directed movie W.E. has her pipes sounding good and stretching but this is a basic acoustic guitar song that I am sure she will stand on stage and play live while the crowd goes for beer and a bathroom break. What a snooze and even the remixes are boring.
The lead off single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” sounds like an Old Navy commercial. While cute at the Super Bowl, the track has gotten zero radio play and is so self indulgent that it leaves nothing for the listener to enjoy. I can just hear Madonna discussing with little Lourdes Leon “Who should I get to feature on my track that all the kids listen to?” Well Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for sure will guarantee a radio hit. I guess not…
Her second single “Girl Gone Wild” is at least a step in the right direction. The problem is she had to change the title for legal reasons and the song sounds more like a fourth single not something hoping for commercial success. Maybe “Geriatrics Gone Wild” is more fitting ouch! Why not make this a duet with Lourdes who is actually a girl?
“Gang Bang” shows her stretching a bit with a dance sound that is more Eartha Kitt and has peaked my interest so maybe there is some hope…
People have suggested that she started selling tickets to the 2012 World Tour before the album was released because it is so bad. She has two sold out dates in Chicago on Sept. 19 and 20 but many fans were put off by her “save your money” comment with some tickets costing over $300 plus fees and up. For many it is the experience of Madonna. It is going to the concert and reliving past music that they grew up listening to. I get it. I have paid lots of dollar bills for the greatest hits tour that audiences really want. If this tour is as obnoxious as the Drowned World tour with her playing singles that no one wants to hear then I will just stay home and soak in my bathtub this time out.
Hopefully I will eat my words like Hard Candy when the new album is released. Until then I am raising my middle finger so far, Madonna!
More on Madonna visit http://www.madonna.com.
So did we all see Madonna’s Super Bowl performance this past Sunday? If you did you would know that the Queen of Pop highlighted the show with three of her biggest hits! Madge also debuted her new single from her soon to be released album MDNA!
With dancers, a gospel choir, a marching band, and guest appearances by M.I.A, Nicki Menaj, LMFAO, and Cee lo Green, the material girl herself displayed that she can put on a ridiculous display of entertainment in just twelve minutes, satisfying even the beer chugging, pork rind eating masses! Check out her latest music video that accompanies her newest single, Give Me All Your Lovin’ featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A (without her flpping the bird)!