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.
Netflix Passes on Renewing Canceled NBC Drama ‘Manifest’
Manifest will not fly again.
The plane drama was abruptly canceled after three seasons leaving fans with absolutely no answers as to what led to the disappearance of Flight 828.
It’s a surprising move considering the series has been steadily holding at #1 after being added to Netflix.
Fans also rallied on social media with the #SaveManifest campaign, but sadly, all efforts were unsuccessful.
Sources say that since Netflix opted to pass on saving the drama, Warner Bros. Television, the studio responsible for the series, has concluded efforts to rehome it as it’s reportedly too complicated with rights and cast contracts.
For now, reps for Netflix and WBTV declined to comment.
However, it seems to be a done deal as series creator Jeff Rake seemed to confirm the solemn news tweeting: “Manifest Gratitude, Final Edition Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it.”
Thank YOU, our fans. You became the Manifesters at Comic-Con 2018. Ever since, you’ve watched religiously, parsed every word, cried a lot, laughed a little, puzzle-solved, and never, ever, wavered in your support. I’ll never forget it. 🙏❤️
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 22, 2021
The third season ended early this month with several cliffhangers, which makes this cancellation and failed rescue mission all the more heartbreaking.
It’s unclear if NBC is totally against giving the series a wrap-up movie as it did with Timeless, but man, don’t fans deserve closure?
The series was initially pitched as a six-season drama, which means there’s plenty more story to tell.
Even Rake agreed that fans deserve answers. After all, we didn’t spend three years of our lives tuning in weekly to find out what happened to the plane just to be left hanging.
We all know what happens to those who ignore Callings — it’s not good.
‘Friends’ Actor James Michael Tyler Opens Up About Stage 4 Prostate Cancer
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, the Central Perk manager on the classic sitcom Friends, opened up about his Stage 4 Prostate Cancer on the Today show Monday morning.
After receiving the grim diagnosis in September 2018, the then 56-year-old actor was put on hormone therapy. It worked for a while before eventually spreading to his spine leaving him paralyzed in his lower body.
He revealed that he’s “been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years…It’s stage 4 [now] late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s probably going to get me.”
‘Friends’ actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, shares prostate cancer diagnosis https://t.co/s4uReICrfn
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 21, 2021
During the recent HBO Max Friends reunion, Tyler had originally planned on attending in person but chose to join virtually, so as to not bring a downer on the happy moment.
“It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included,” he said.
Now, he’s using his platform as a way to provide the important message to all men to get screened early, saying that “there are other options available to men if they catch it before me. Next time you go in for just a basic exam or yearly check-up, please ask your doctor for a PSA test.”
“I don’t want people to have to go through what I’ve been going through,” he said. “This is not…an easy process.”
The CW Fall 2021 Premiere Dates: See When ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Nancy Drew,’ ‘All American’ and More
Summer may be in full swing, but The CW is already looking forward to the fall… and all the upcoming premiere dates!
The network dropped a lineup of premieres for their hit shows including Riverdale, All American, Nancy Drew, Batwoman, Walker and more.
Newcomers Legends of the Hidden Temple and 4400 also snagged premiere dates.
Nancy Drew moves to Friday’s for its third season.
The Flash and Riverdale will grace Tuesday nights starting November 16.
Walker and Legacies will resume on October 28 in their usual Thursday night spots.
Check out the CW’s fall 2021 lineup below:
Friday, October 1
8-9 p.m. ET/PT Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season 8 premiere)
Friday, October 8
8-9 p.m. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Nancy Drew (Season 3 premiere)
Saturday, October 9
8-8:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 10 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original episode)
9-9:30 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Season 2 premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Original Episode)
Sunday, October 10
8-9 p.m. Legends of the Hidden Temple (New series premiere)
9-10 p.m. Killer Camp (Season 2 premiere)
Wednesday, October 13
8-9 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Batwoman (Season 3 premiere)
Thursday, October 14
8-9 p.m. Coroner (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Season 4 premiere)
Monday, October 25
8-9 p.m. All American (Season 4 premiere)
9-10 p.m. 4400 (New series premiere)
Thursday, October 28
8-9 p.m. Walker (Season 2 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Original episode)
Tuesday, November 16
8-9 p.m. The Flash (Season 8 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Riverdale (Season 6 premiere)
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