Billboard Music Awards 2013, Full Winners List And Best Ball-Busting Performances – PRINCE, Macklemore, Miguel, Bruno, Taylor…
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards weren't as bad as I thought they would be. Even before the show disappeared for a couple of years, it was always a bit of a second tier awards show. Sunday night the show delivered, if only because of a handful of performances and appearances.
There were the usual suspects, Taylor Swift and her stiff dancing, Nicki Minaj and her fake butt, but the night belonged to two legends, and a girl who unfortunately became the talk of the internet after a rock star move gone wrong. Tracy Morgan was the host, and he was ok, I mean all he had to do was change jackets and read cue cards.
Our dear Bruno Mars kicked off the show with "Treasure" in true Las Vegas style.
Jennifer Lopez did "Live It Up" which is a terrible song, but she still puts on a great show. Props to her for being forty-friggin-two and wearing that outfit, which she also sports in the video.
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Though we are all going through a bit of Pitbull fatigue, he took to the stage to perform "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera and capped off the performance with a guest appearance by Morten Harket of A-Ha singing the classic "Take On Me," which Pitbull's song samples. It was a cute moment and we couldn't help but sing along.
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My only complaint, and one that Kid Rock would echo later while presenting, is that Xtina was singing to a backing track. She certainly didn't need it, but somehow it was louder than her. I don't know what's going on, but I don't like this trend of damn good singers relying on, whether they want to or not, pre-recorded vocals. What is happening to our divas?!!
Will.i.Am would perform "#ThatPower" with Justin Bieber, but more importantly handed Madonna some strange award for touring. Madge strutted on stage wearing practically nothing below the waist. She removed her "pretentious sunglasses' before giving her speech. I'd like to imagine Madonna and Prince backstage comparing squat techniques or something.
Someone who forgot remove their pretentious sunglasses was Bieber, who had a solo performance with "Take You." But it was later when he would accept the "Top Social Artist" award, which isn't even a real thing but whatever, he got booed by the audience. He got defensive, naturally, and told the crowd,
"I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job. Basically from my heart I really just want to say it really should be about to music. It should be about the craft that I'm making. This is not a gimmick and I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously."
There are so many things wrong with this statement i'm just going to move on.
Miguel has been having a stellar year and getting a lot of recognition for his performing. However, maybe he should have saved the theatrics. During "Adorn" he jumped over the crowd but just missed the stage and landed on a poor girl in the audience.
Her name is Khyati and thankfully she's ok, but now the subject of a meme because this is the internet.
Miguel has gotten many comparisons to Prince, but The Purple One would never put his dainty balls on anyone without asking in the most polite way. Of course, Prince would close out the show, but it felt like it took forever to get to him.
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The lovely and stylish Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae, who should have performed, introduced him and he got to show the kids how it's really done. He did the funky, updated version of "Let's Go Crazy" and a new one, "Fix Ur Life Up." He also received the "Icon Award" which he doesn't need, because he's Prince, bitches.
Nicki Minaj: Top Rap Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Album
Justin Bieber: Top Social Artist, Top Male Artist
Taylor Swift: Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Song, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Country Song
Carly Rae Jepsen: Top Digital Artist, Top Pop Song
Gotye: Top Hot 100 Song, Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top Rock Song
Fun.: Top Rock Artist
Rihanna: Top Radio Songs Artist. Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album, Top R&B Song
One Direction:Top Duo/Group, Top New Artist, Top Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:Top Rap Song (emphasis: DivaJulia - SEATTLE, BITCHES!!)
Madonna: Top Touring Artist, Top Dance Artist, Top Dance Album
Maroon 5: Top Hot 100 Artist
Adele: Top Pop Album
Psy: Top Streaming Song (Video)
Mumford & Sons: Top Rock Album
Skrillex: Top EDM Album
Who did you love? Who did you wanna choke? Who never entered your mind until you saw them onstage? Who did you miss? TELL US!
Written by: Brittani
OhforpitySAKE. Look who's decided to tour again. PRINCE. Don't these people realize we cannot afford to see ALL OF YOU in the same year? We've got Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna...the list is LONG, you guys. Granted, I don't wanna see everyone who comes to Seattle, but I sure as hell would love to see that Sexy Motherf*cker up CLOSE at the SHOWBOX! Yeah. That's what's making this news even more painful. SMALL. VENUES.
So. If you've got hundreds of dollars for one ticket, here's the tour schedule. Gotdammit.
4/15 - Vancouver, British Columbia | The Vogue (Early Show)
4/15 - Vancouver, British Columbia | The Vogue (Late Show)
4/16 - Vancouver, British Columbia | The Vogue (Early Show)
4/16 - Vancouver, British Columbia | The Vogue (Late Show)
4/18 - Seattle, Wash. | Showbox (Early Show)
4/18 - Seattle, Wash. | Showbox (Late Show)
4/19 - Seattle, Wash. | Showbox (Early Show)
4/19 - Seattle, Wash. | Showbox (Late Show)
4/23 - San Francisco, Calif. | DNA Lounge (Early Show)
4/23 - San Francisco, Calif. | DNA Lounge (Late Show)
4/24 - San Francisco, Calif. | DNA Lounge (Early Show)
4/24 - San Francisco, Calif. | DNA Lounge (Late Show)
4/26 - Las Vegas, Nev. | The Joint (Early Show)
4/26 - Las Vegas, Nev. | The Joint (Late Show)
4/27 - Las Vegas, Nev. | The Joint (Early Show)
4/27 - Las Vegas, NV | The Joint (Late Show)
4/30 - Phoenix, Ariz. | The Marquee (Early Show)
4/30 - Phoenix, Ariz. | The Marquee (Late Show)
5/1 - Phoenix, Ariz | The Marquee (Early Show)
5/1 - Phoenix, Ariz. | The Marquee (Late Show)
5/3 - San Diego, Calif. | Hard Rock Hotel (Early Show)
5/3 - San Diego, Calif. | Hard Rock Hotel (Late Show)
5/4 - San Diego, Calif. | Hard Rock Hotel (Early Show)
5/4 - San Diego, Calif. | Hard Rock Hotel (Late Show)
5/7 - Anaheim, Calif. | The Grove (Early Show)
5/7 - Anaheim, Calif. | The Grove (Late Show)
5/8 - Anaheim, Calif. | The Grove (Early Show)
5/8 - Anaheim, Calif. | The Grove (Late Show)
You know what? I have a headache over this. Now picture me sitting here PRAYING that David Bowie tours...because he's the ONLY sexy old bitch who's getting our money this year.
Thank you, Valentina for the heads up--I think.
Prince set the bar so gotdamb high in 2007 that everyone else has looked a fool since that rainy night in Miami.
So...good luck, Beyonce.
Hold onto your muthaf*ckin' hats. Listen to the new single, Screwdriver by PRINCE!
I swear this song sounds like a hot George Harrison-esque/Beatles melody with Prince's good ol' dirrrty lyrics. Love, love, LOVE it.
Here's a portion of the article and interview with The Sexy Motherf*cker in the latest issue of Billboard:
"Prince graces the cover of Billboard magazine's newest issue -- he is, after all, the upcoming Billboard Awards Icon winner -- but what's juicy is what he says inside the magazine. The artist formerly known as "the artist formerly known as Prince" gives journalist Gail Mitchell a tour of his secret lair, Paisley Park, tells the truth -- supposedly -- about who was behind his latest leaked material, and also gives Billboard a piece of his mind about Madonna and Maroon 5.
For starters, Prince says he's not behind the tunes that were posted online -- and have since been deleted -- by a mysterious Twitter user. He insists it wasn't a publicity stunt, though Mitchell seems to have her doubts based on some artifacts found at Paisley Park -- namely a drum head decorated with the tweeter's avatar. Hmmm ...
In other music sharing news, Prince describes why you won't find his vintage performances on YouTube. "I have a team of female black lawyers who keep an eye on such transgressions," he says.
Further talk about music ownership gets Prince riled up -- and rightfully so -- over the latter part of his Warner Bros. record label era. He feels his later releases were commercially unsuccessful because Warner mis-marketed them. And so he began to crank out album after album to complete his contractual obligations and set himself free as an artist.
"It was also about Madonna," he says. "She was getting paid, but at the time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights." (As a refresher, Madonna's Maverick Records was distributed by Warner Bros. She famously ditched the label for Live Nation in 2007.)
Another musical act Prince has less than kind words for is Maroon 5, who recorded a cover of his iconic track, "Kiss." Though Prince says he's happy to cover other artists' songs at a live show, and pay royalties accordingly, he doesn't support the idea of recording covers. And he posits a pretty legitimate question: "Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there."
As for talk of a forthcoming studio album -- his last was released in 2010 -- Prince says, "I don't do albums anymore -- I don't have a deal. I do songs." Alright, we get the whole music ownership/label aggression thing, but let's not get caught up in semantics. What we want to know is whether fans will soon be able to buy new Prince music."
Unf. So relieved I saw him in concert...doubt that a tour is gonna happen again. Or will it?
Since we're all scheduled to die on Friday, why not go out with some of our favorite tunes?
R.E.M. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" This is the most obvious thing to play, and you can make yourself dizzy trying to sing along to the lyrics. For a live and more ska version, check out No Doubt's cover during MTV's New Year's Eve Bash when we all thought computers were going to kill us when we rolled over into 2000.
U2 "Last Night On Earth" While "Pop" wasn't U2's most successful album, I still think it was their most ambitious and it's one of my favorites. This is one of the better cuts and it's video features the last filmed appearance of William S. Burroughs. You can also check out their song "Until The End of The World" which appears on the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Prince "1999" You gotta have a little Prince before you die. This one was popular going into the year 1999, but it still resonates today.
Justin Timberlake ft. Beyonce "Until The End Of Time" A slow burner if you plan on spending the apocalypse with your boo.
Britney Spears "Till The World Ends" Get together with your besties, dance it out and remember all the good times.
Like when you thought Brit and Timberlake were going to be together forever.
Soundgarden "Blow Up The Outside World" One of the darker songs from DiC faves Soundgarden. Their hit "The Day I Tried To Live" also works.
Written by: Brittani