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List of Nominees: 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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As we await the fall 2013/ 2014 season for all our new shows to start, we’re slowly creeping into award season. The full list of nominees for the MTV VideoMusic Awards 2013 was released. One thing is for sure, it’s definitely a good year for Justin Timberlake and Macklemore!!!!

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To make things a little more fun, I’ve underlined my choice for each category. Let us here at CraveYouTV know who you’re voting for; whether you agree with our votes or not!!! The full list, right here.

The VMA’s will air on Sunday August 25 on MTV.

 

Video of the Year
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F–kin’ Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”>
Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Fun., “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”

Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, “Holding On To You”
Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea, “Work”

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

 

 

Best Video With A Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
Beyoncé, “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction 
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
Alt-J, “Tesselate”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Ciara, “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Fun., “Carry On”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Duck Sauce, “It’s You”
Flying Lotus, “Tony Tortures”
Skrillex feat. the Doors “Breakn’ a Sweat”
The Weeknd “Wicked Games”

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Why The Game of Thrones Theme Song is So Iconic and Good

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Game of Thrones ‘ theme song rules. 

I didn’t even watch the show, but when I hear this song, even I’m thinking, “Oh yeah time for some epic s***!” Ramin Djawadi is an awesome composer (obligatory Person of Interest shout out), and the Game of Thrones theme song is another excellent piece by him.

It follows a standard “epic music” formula to a T.

This isn’t a criticism. Something normally becomes standard because it works, after all, so there is nothing wrong with using patterns that have historically worked to assist you in crafting the mood you’re trying to set.

If you wanted to write a Christmas song, for example, you could throw in some jingle bells. We identify jingle bells with the season, so that’s an easy way to get the spirit of your music across (We purposely saved this article for after Christmas so you wouldn’t go insane suddenly hearing jingle bells in every single song). When it comes to scoring, a clear depiction of the tone you’re trying to set is key.

So how do you write an epic theme song like Game of Thrones? Let’s write one together!

Step 1: Pick three or four standard chords to use, normally starting on a minor chord and moving to major chords before returning to base.

I picked D minor, Bb Major, F Major, and C Major (or i, VI, III, and VII)

 

Step 2: Create an energetic riff outlining the first chord of whatever key your piece will be in, or just play the root of your chord in an energetic syncopated manner ala “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean

 

Step 3: Write a melody that also outlines your chords, often with quick steps leading into your next chord to give the melody energy, and simply have your bass line play the root of each of your chords. Have a lowkey drum keeping the beat.

 

Step 4: Repeat your melody either an octave higher or by moving upwards to a new key and emphasize the drums.

 

BOOM you have an epic theme song. 

Of course, you can add other supporting melodies and instruments to make it sound even more epic!

 

On top of this basic formula, however, Game of Thrones’  theme does some excellent work to achieve its primary goal in setting the tone.

The decision to leave out brass instruments contributes to the solemness of the series, as brass instruments in pieces like these are often naturally heroic sounding. The chamber choir lends an air of old school medieval church times, giving the song a Godly presence. The mix up of the major chord in the beginning riff also prepares the viewer for unexpected twists in the upcoming narrative. This is excellent storytelling through music all around.

The way it builds on its initial riff (as the melody is basically just the riff at a slower pace) is also smart writing and a brilliant way to make the tune as memorable as possible.

Related: How the Strengths and Flaws of Lost Changed Television

These are the decisions that turn a piece from “generic epic” into “actually epic.” Care and thought matter in a score, and it’s what separates Djawadi from other composers while also allowing Game of Thrones’ theme song to stand out even amongst similar pieces.

The beating drums, the shifts up an octave or into a different key, the orchestration; all these facets contribute to the feel that you’re moving forward and into an epic battle, which is why we feel like something big is about to go down when Game of Thrones starts up.

Game of Thrones’ theme does a particularly great job of conveying that epic feeling. Now if only I had enjoyed the show as much as I do the music.

For other examples of epic songs that follow this kind of formula, check out the pieces below!

  • “He’s A Pirate” Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer
  • “Arrival to Earth” Transformers – Steve Jablonsky
  • “Iron Man 3” Iron Man 3 – Brian Tyler
  • “The Avengers” Avengers – Alan Silvestri
  • “Titans Spirit” Remember the Titans – Trevor Rabin
  • “Ben” National Treasure – Trevor Rabin
  • “The Orange Man” Unbreakable – James Newton Howard


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Sophia Bush, Ed Westwick, Claire Holt Party at Lollapalooza

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Lollapalooza officially kicked off August in Chicago. Over 300,000 people made their way to Grant Park for 3-days of music and good food. Headliners included Eminem, Outkast and Skrillex. Lollapalooza, like Coachella, is also a great place to spot some of your favorite celebrities. Sophia Bush, Ed Westwick and Claire Holt all took time out of their busy schedules to kick back and listen to some jams. 

A new bromance was on the horizon during lolla weekend between Gossip Girls Chuck Bass, er Ed Westwick, and Glee’s Mark Salling. The bro’s spent the weekend in the Windy City at the music festival, grabbing lunch at Giuliana Rancic’s restaurant RPM Italian and Bub City and attending an official Lolla after party at Studio Paris.

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Photo: Mark Salling Twitter

The Originals Claire Holt also made her way to Studio Paris for the Calvin Harris after party on Saturday, after sharing a picture in front of the Buckingham Fountain and jamming out to artists Iggy Azeala and Rudimental. 

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Photo Credit: Claire Holt Instagram

Meanwhile, Chicago PD”s Sophia Bush traded in her guns for combat boots and a Van Halen tee. She spent much of her festival with Connie Britton and even shared a picture from backstage during the Cage the Elephant performance. 

Did you attend Lolla? Spot any other celebs? Unfortunately, the only celeb I walked into was Malia Obama and no, I didn’t get a picture cause that undercover secret service was quite terrifying. 

 

 

 

 


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Ezria Music Video- Last Love Song

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This is probably the best Ezria video I’ve ever scene!!! This is the last love song they’ll ever write for each other as Ezra’s life hangs by a thread. Will he live? Will he die? And even if he does live, will can they go back to the way things were after his betrayal??? When season 5 rolls around, we’ll hopefully get some answers, but until than, this video is such a nice recap of their relationship thus far. Go team Ezria!!!

 Featured Photo: ABC Family/ Pretty Little Liars


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