Our tabloid/social media-driven pop culture requires "shocking" events like Miley's performance at the VMA's last night to survive, to keep driving the gossip. Sure, we're all saying we're appalled by her raunchy antics, but at the same time, we can't stop rehashing every detail. Our willingness to keep talking about it validates its importance. I'm not condoning what she did on stage, but will argue that in reality all she was doing was giving everybody what they wanted, something to talk about.
Gaga showed no shows of trouble from her hip surgery earlier in the year during her performance. Good start to the show, and about as "normal" as Gaga is capable of being. Channeling her inner Ariel there at the end?
I think One Direction was checking out Selena Gomez' rear end while she was accepting her award.
Well, Miley was definitely more provocative than Gaga, that's about all I care to say about that performace. And do you think Robin Thicke asked his wife first if Miley could twerk all up on him?
Very tough competition for Best Female Video, and Taylor Swift takes it. Is Taylor the antithesis of Miley? And what do you think, was that a dagger at Harry Styles in her speech?
Justin Timberlake is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past decade or so. He's hit the Top 5 ELEVEN times as a solo artist since '02 (and that's not counting songs he's been featured on). I think we're hearing about all of them now. Good stuff.
OK ladies, share your feelings about seeing Justin, J.C., Lance, Joey and the other Chris K all on stage together again. How was it??
Pretty sure Macklemore did not buy his suit at a thrift shop. Stylin. I want one.
This new Drake song (Hold On We're Going Home) is going to be a SMASH!!! Thanks for gettin dressed up for the occasion by the way, Drake.
Did you notice Taylor looked like she was a foot taller than Bruno Mars?! Congrats to the very talented Bruno for taking Best Male Video.
OK the announcer has said twice now that "Roar" is the biggest hit of Katy Perry's career. This is simply not true. First of all, it's been out like 2 weeks so we really don't know how big it's going to get. Second of all, it's currently #2 on the Hot 100, and she's hit #1 SIX times previously. Get your facts straight, MTV.
Parting thought from tonight... while most everyone was horrified by Miley Cyrus' antics on stage, she certainly got everyone talking, and isn't that really what has made the VMA's tick all these years? It all started with Madonna humping the stage in a wedding dress back in the 80s. Outrageous gets noticed. As solid as say, Bruno's or Gaga's songs were, everyone will be instead be talking about Miley tomorrow, and I suspect that is exactly what she was trying to do.
We're so proud of our local girls Cimorelli who won a Teen Choice Award last night for Choice Web Star! Hear them talk about their experience at the show and what they've been up to lately. Say hey on Twitter @CKontheRadio.
The California State Fair opens this Friday! Pretty crazy to think our state has been doing this every year since way back in the 1850's, and you'll never believe what they used to do at the fair a hundred years ago! Check out this video from the 1913 fair. Guess it's the old-time equivalent of our modern day Demolition Derbies?
Check out my commercial currently airing on Fox 40!!
We don't know who the judges will be on next season of American Idol (I'm hoping it will be some combo of Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson or Clay Aiken like is rumored), but it's time to start looking for that undiscovered talent! The End is teaming up with Fox 40 to find an awesome singer from our area to send down to San Francisco next week for a Guaranteed Audition with the AI folks. Be at Thunder Valley this Tuesday morning at 7am to register and get ready to sing! I'm one of the judges, so I look forward to hearing your voice. For more info, go to Fox40.com/Idol. Hope to see you there!
I got the announcement last week that we would be getting a brand new Mariah Carey song this morning. If you made me bet on whether or not it I thought it would be a good song, I probably would have put my money on NO. Nothing personal against her of course, I enjoyed many many Mariah tunes back in the 90s. It's just that lately her songs haven't really brought anything new or interesting to the table. Her last two "first singles" from new CD's were 2009's "Obsessed," and "Touch My Body" from the previous year. While both of these songs were theoretically "hits," as in, they peaked in the Top 10 at the time, good look hearing either of those songs on the radio today, just a few years later. They have long since been demoted to the annals of pop music history.
That brings us to today, and my NO vote. Did I mention the song has a hashtag in the title? Well, it does. Something else it has is Miguel. Technically the song "features" Miguel, but listening to the song, it feels more appropriate like it should be listed as Miguel featuring Mariah, seeing that she doesn't really come in until the 2nd verse, well over a minute into the song. From the first few licks of the guitar in the beginning, you know this isn't going to be any ordinary Mariah Carey song. It has a bluesy feel to it. They talk about hopping on a motorcycle and speeding down the road. Sounds like summer fun to me. One more thing that occured to me is how this is yet another iteration of this year's surprisingly popular boy/girl duets. But unlike Rihanna & Mikky Ekko and Pink & Nate Ruess' chart topping duets, Mariah & Miguel are sexy and playful in their song. Yes, you could say that of Ariana Grande & Mac Miller's "The Way," but #Beautiful is more grown up, more real. You can almost see them on their bike zooming past you down the road.
At the end of the day, Mariah and Miguel needed each other, on a professional level of course. Miguel puts instant credibility with the younger set on a Mariah track, whereas Miguel, who certainly does have a growing number of fans, and has had good looks in recent months on SNL and The Grammys, still hasn't had that one hit to familiarize his name with the masses. This will be that song. I for one am excited to hear it many, many times on The End this spring and summer. In my opinion, this is the best song Mariah has put out in over a decade, another contribution to what is shaping up to be one of the best summers for music in a while. Thank you Mariah Carey for proving me wrong!
Here's all my random thoughts from the Grammys last night which I was posting on Facebook. Easier to see them here all in one spot I think. Enjoy!
*I say this every year, but may I again express my displeasure to CBS for treating us on the West Coast like 2nd class citizens and making us wait 3 hours to watch the Grammys, just so you can show it to us in "prime time." It's an instant world now, CBS, and by choosing to do this you're forcing those of us who wish to watch it unfold as it happened avoid things like Twitter and such. Please let this be the last year you do this to us! *Ed + Elton. That was really nice. Even though Ed stays pretty low key talkin about stuff usually, when I interviewed him on Friday I could tell he was really excited about the performance. Great rendition of a great song. *Adele didn't win enough last year? *Carry On could be my favorite song from one of the best albums of last year in my opinion. I hope fun. wins at least a few awards tonight! *Wiz Khalifa giving out a country music award?? hahaha This should be awkward. *I bet Mumford & Sons must be exhausted after every performance. They always turn it up a few notches. Love the energy! *Who needs Glenn Miller when you have Justin Timberlake & His Orchestra! haha Really curious to see how his whole CD sounds when it comes out next month. *Adam Levine did his hair real nice for the Grammys. *I assume Frank Ocean and Chris Brown weren't sitting close to each other?? *Dear Rihanna: you looked amazing tonight. I know you don't care what people think of you, but wearing a nice classy dress looks better than your hooch outfits any day of the week. *Seeing Sting sing "Your sex takes me to paradise" seemed strange to me. That aside, BRUNO AND STING KILLED IT! Almost too much talent for one stage! *Good to see Katy Perry making the most of her 15 seconds on stage as presenter. She was funny and looked great (duh)! Nice Bon Iver reference :) haha *And for the first time in 5 years, the Best New Artist Grammy goes to... someone we've actually heard of!! Way to go FUN! *I don't know why, but for some reason I didn't think Gotye would actually be there tonight. I'm glad he was, he definitely deserved Record Of The Year.
And way to go Prince for evidently being too cool to say anything other than "the nominess are" and "the Grammy goes to"! haha *Yo Frank Ocean, hold up hold up, I'm gonna let you finish and all, but you know Flo Rida had one of the best Whistles of all time! *Mumford & Sons wins Album Of The Year. Time to take up the banjo, kids! :) *Alright, this last performance could be fierce. Let's do this.