This years American Music Awards had a slew of fantastic moments. Usually, I dread tuning into award shows cause lets face it, they’ve gotten a bit boring over the past few years. (I’m looking at you MTV Music Awards.)
However the 42nd Annual AMA’s really surprised me. The performances, for the most part, were really superb. Taylor Swift kicked off the night playing a mad woman with a vengeance performing her new hit single “Blank Space.”
She was also honored with the first ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence presented by the always fabulous, Diana Ross. No matter how much you dislike T-Swift and all of the songs about her ex-boyfriends, she’s still a chart-topping, record-breaking, fan-loving, hit artist. And she’s not going anywhere.
Her best friend Lorde definitely knows how to put on a show, performing the theme song from Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “Yellow Flicker Beat” complete with stage thrashing. It wouldn’t be a Lorde show without the awkwardness!
Personally, Selena Gomez took the cake with her emotional performance of “The Heart Wants What it Wants” for the first time live. She may not be an exceptionally talented vocaliast, but she has soul. She has the drive and the presence to make heads turn–to make hit songs–to make us want to be just like her. Plus, her voice is really addicting. It’s like Britney Spears. During the song, which is rumored (okay is totally) about Justin Bieber, Selena got a little chocked up. She’s really hurting… really has it bad for this guy. Taylor Swift shed some tears watching from the audience, I teared up at home, and Selena go a standing ovation. Thank you for brining class to an awards show.
Other really great performances included One Direction with “Night Changes.” They were the evenings biggest winners, nabbing 3-awards for , right along with Katy Perry who wasn’t in attendance because she’s currently in Australia for her Prismatic tour.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj teamed up for a gold performance of “Bang Bang” complete with booty bumps with the Kardashians. While the song is really overplayed on the radio, their threesome proved to be really powerful on stage. Girl power. Ariana Grande also showed off her amazing pipes and silhouette with a ballad rendition of “Break Free” before jumping into “Love Me Harder” with The Weekend.
Nicki Minaj showed a much softer side, performing emotional song “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey. It’s always nice to actually see Nicki and not her multitude of crazy personalities. The white dress was a nice touch to a night that swayed on the lines of provocative and classy. Their performance followed a team up between rumored couple Lil Wayne and Christina Millian who flaunted their PDA with “Start A Fire.” Honestly, the song is super catchy, but performance failed to deliver. Instead of starting a fire, it simply sizzled out, mainly because Wayne is really trying to make Millian popping again. And if your not familiar with music from the 2000’s chances are you have no idea who she really is.
One of the worst performances of the night had to be Fergie in “La La La.” Don’t get me wrong, the song is great on the radio and definitely a hit in every car commercial, but on the stage it didn’t have much success. The stage decorations, the dancing, the costume all seemed very outdated. And it kind of feels like Fergie is trying way too hard. Without the Black Eyed Peas, she just doesn’t have the same stage presence. She got lost in all of the noise.
Also odd was Charlie XCX’s performance. First of all, the audio sounded complete different from what we hear on the radio. She sings good but damn, how much auto-tune do her recordings have? The performance started with “Boom Clap” from The Fault in Our stars compete with pom poms and a high school dance. The second part, debuting her new single “Beg For It” had a Kiss feel, with Charlie grabbing her own boobs, sticking out her tongue and destroying everything in sight. Interesting idea, definitely the most rock and roll of the night, but still, very, very odd.
J-Lo and her booty closed out the show with a guest appearance from Iggy Azalea. There was grinding, thrusting, butt slapping and even a stripper pole. It surely didn’t disappoint, especially for the male audience. However, the beginning did seem like a total cop from many of Beyonce’s “Partition” performances. Also I couldn’t help but notice just how much J-Lo has aged. Regardless, it was a good sendoff.
Till next year AMA’s.
Check out all of the TV stars who made an appearance last night.
‘La Brea’ Canceled at NBC—Here’s What It Means for Season 3
La Brea has officially been canceled by NBC.
The series is gearing up for a third and final season, which will also see fewer episodes.
The news was announced on November 20, and while it’s not what fans wanted to hear, NBC is at least giving fans closure.
The final six episodes will premiere on January 9, 2024. It will be a lead-in to the season’s final two episodes of the hit fall drama Found.
The first and second seasons consisted of 10 and 14 episodes, respectively. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes then forced NBC to release the actors from their contracts.
With six episodes to tie up loose ends, let’s hope that the storyline will be wrapped up in a sufficient way that answers any and all questions and leaves fans feeling satisfied.
Zyra Gorecki, who plays Izzy, shared the news on her Instagram, writing, “I’m truly so proud of the work everyone put into #LaBrea Season 3. It was an absolute joy to be a part of. Thank you guys for all of your support these past three years.”
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The cast also includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Jack Martin, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie, Tonantzin Carmelo and Michelle Vergara Moore.
La Brea was NBC’s latest sci-fi series that transported audiences and some Los Angeles residents to 10K B.C. via a mysterious sinkhole. At the center of it is the Harris family, who are eventually reunited when it’s revealed that the patriarch Gavin (Macken) has deep connections to the prehistoric timeline.
As you await the third season, here’s a little season 2 finale refresher!
Is There Going to be a Season 2 of ‘Goosebumps’?
As Goosebumps wrapped up its first season on Disney+ on Nov. 17, things ended on quite a shocking cliffhanger, leading fans to question if a second season was in the works.
And it seems like season 1 is just the start as there are definitely plans to continue on with the series featuring the same cast, which includes Isa Briones, Ana Yi Puig, Zack Morris, Will Price, and Miles McKenna.
With the first chapter closed, a second chapter will explore the aftermath of Briones’ massive decision (you can read our review right here), but first, Disney+ needs to renew the season officially.
As of writing, Goosebumps has not been renewed for season 2, however, everything was created with the intention of there being additional episodes.
And naturally, since the series takes inspiration from the popular R.L. Stine novels, there’s the question of which books will be adapted next to explore the aftermath of Kanduu’s devious plan.
Disney released the first season ahead of Halloween, dropping the first five episodes all at once on October 13 before adopting a weekly release format, which kept up the intrigue.
Through the course of 10 episodes, fans created a special bond with the give teens trying to save their town of Port Lawrence from a tragedy that connected to their parent’s past and included their new high school teacher, Mr. Nathan Bratt played by Justin Long.
Once Disney renews the series and announces a premiere date (which can happen as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are over), we’ll update this post accordingly!
Where to Watch Miss Universe 2023?
Miss Universe, the global event of the year, will bring together over 90 delegates from all over the world who are competing for the prestigious crown and title.
The 72nd pageant will air on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, from 7 pm to 10 pm Central Time.
It will take place at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Current Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel, from the United States, will crown a successor at the end of the event.
John Legend is set to perform, with plenty of A-list presenters taking the stage including Jeannine Mai, Maria Menounos, Olivia Culpo, Zuri Hall, and Grey’s Anatomy star Catriona Gray.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is where can you watch the show? Miss Universe 2023 will air live on the USA Network in the U.S., while those watching in Latin American countries can tune in via the simulcast on Telemundo Internacional.
It was also recently announced that you can watch through the Roku Channel.
Watching from the USA? Here’s how to tune in with @TheRokuChannel 📺
We are only 4 DAYS away from the 72nd MISS UNIVERSE Competition! Streaming for the United States from Roku at 7p CT on November 18th! pic.twitter.com/L2QpGi8VeL
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) November 14, 2023
Countries being represented include Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Poland, Venezuela, Colombia, the Philippines, Thailand, and many more. Pakistan will be making its debut with its first-ever representative nominated.
This year, there will be two transgender women represented from Portugal and the Netherlands, Marina Machete and Rikkie Kolle, respectively.
Throughout the past years, the Miss Universe pageant has been called on to increase diversity, inclusivity, and representation. This year, there will also be two married contestants with children after the rules were adjusted.
Per the Miss Universe website, which hails itself as the “greatest celebration of women,” the organization’s mission is to “create and provide a safe space for women to share their stories and drive impact personally, professionally, and philanthropically.”
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