Beyoncé, Adele lead 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

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Oh boy what I’d give to go to these awards!!! The nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were announced last night via Facebook Live. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to you that Beyoncé and Adele lead the pack of nominees with 11 and 8 respectively. See the full list of nominees below. The 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will take place at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday 28 August, premiering across Africa on Monday 29 August at 21:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base) and 20:00 WAT (MTV Base ROA).  Build up to the big night begins with the official Pre-Show including red carpet action on Monday 29 August at 20:00 CAT (MTV, MTV Base) and 19:00 WAT (MTV Base ROA).

See below for a full list of nominees:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Director: Parris Goebel
Kanye West – “Famous”
Director: Kanye West

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
Director: Lior Molcho
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Director: Hannah Lux Davis
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Director: Director X

BEST MALE VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Director: Cris
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava
Kanye West – “Famous”
Director: Kanye West
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Director: Grant Singer

BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Director:  Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Kahlil Joseph
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Director: Director X
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne – “Let Me Love You”
Director: Grant Singer
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava
Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” (short version)
Director: Director X

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X
Desiigner – “Panda”
Director: Paul Geusebroek
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Director: Cris
Chance The Rapper featuring Saba – “Angels”
Director: Austin Vesely
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Director: Motion Family

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Director: Parris Goebel
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Director: Aaron A
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Director: Patrick Tracy
Coldplay – “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Director: Mat Whitecross
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
Director: Wayne Isham
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Director: Andrew Donoho
Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious”
Director: Brandon Dermer

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
Director: Emil Nava
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”
Director: Ludovic Zuili / Simon Bouisson
Mike Posner – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
Director: Jon Jon Augustavo
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
Director: Sam Sneed
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
Director: Marcus Kuhne

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bryson Tiller
Desiigner
Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
DNCE

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Production Designer: Jason Hougaard
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Production Designer: Alexander Delgado
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue
Adele – “Hello”
Production Designer: Colombe Raby

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia
Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Choreographer: Hi-Hat
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Beyoncé Knowles Carter
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Choreographer: FKA Twigs
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”
Choreographer: Holly Blakey

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
Director: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia
Adele – “Hello”
Director: Xavier Dolan
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Director: Johan Renck
Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”
Director: Canada

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed
Adele – “Hello”
Cinematographer: André Turpin
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Cinematographer: Crille Forsberg
Alesso – “I Wanna Know”
Cinematographer: Corey Jennings
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Cinematographer: Paul Laufer

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Editor: Jeff Selis
Adele – “Hello”
Editor: Xavier Dolan
Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $”
Editor: Vinnie Hobbs
David Bowie – “Lazarus”
Editor: Johan Söderberg
Ariana Grande – “Into You”
Editor: Hannah Lux Davis

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
VFX Editor: Vania Heymann
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
VFX Editor: Lewis Saunders, Jihoon Yoo
Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
VFX Editor: Sam Sneade
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
VFX Editor: Bryan Smaller
Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”
VFX Editor: David Smith

Adele drops another new single, When We Were Young

Gosh, remember when we were young friends? I’m excluding those of you born in the late 90’s of course 😉 Anyway, that’s besides the point. Adele’s new single is called When We Were Young, and the song is taken off her forthcoming album 25, which drops next week on the 25th 🙂 Have a look at the video, recorded live at The Church:

I don’t think it’ll be as big as Hello, but it just shows off her incredibly powerful voice. She gets me with the voice every time!

Full list of 2013 Oscars winners

Actor in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”

 Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”

 Animated Feature Film

  • “Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

 Cinematography

 Costume Design

 Directing

  •  “Life of Pi” Ang Lee

 Documentary Feature

  • “Searching for Sugar Man”
    Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

 Documentary Short Subject

  • “Inocente”
    Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
  • Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Film Editing

  • “Argo” William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film

  • “Amour” Austria

 Makeup and Hairstyling

  •  “Les Misérables”
    Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music (Original Score)

  •  “Life of Pi” Mychael Danna

 Music (Original Song)

  •  “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
    Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Best Picture

Production Design

  •  “Lincoln”
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Short Film (Animated)

  •  “Paperman” John Kahrs

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “ “Curfew” Shawn Christensen

 

Sound Editing

  •  “Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing

  •  “Les Misérables”
    Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

 

Visual Effects

  •  “Life of Pi”
    Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  •  “Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino

Adele to perform at the Oscars

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Last year Adele cleaned up at the Grammys for her album 21. It’s an amazing album and so well deserving off all the success it has enjoyed. So last weekend Adele added another little statue to her collection, that being a Golden Globe for her song Skyfall. This was her first appearance on the red carpet and awards show since the birth of her son (Angelo seems to be his name). I recall her saying she was just out on a girls night and not expecting to win an award. It was yet another great moment for the star who remarked, “Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your night”.

Well the song has been nominated for an Academy Award® too. She’s clearly the favourite to win in the Original Song category come the 24th of February. It gets better. In celebration of fifty years of Bond and the franchise, it has just been announced by the Academy that she will be performing at this year’s awards. This will be her first television performance since last year’s Grammys®.

On the news, the star said “It’s an honour to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again,” said Adele. “It’s something I’ve never experienced and probably only ever will once!”

The producers for the 85th Academy Awards® said,”We have enormous respect for Adele’s unique artistry as a songwriter and a singer,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She is currently one of the most successful recording artists in the world, and we believe that her performance of ‘Skyfall’ will be an exciting Oscar moment for audiences watching at the Dolby Theatre™ and on television screens around the world.”

The awards take place on the 24th of February. I’ll sadly be on this side of the globe again, so I’ll be up blogging and tweeting through the night. More on the Oscars to come soon.

 

Listen to Adele: Skyfall

The countdown to the new James Bond film is on… and one way to get us excited for the film’s release is by listening to Skyfall’s official theme song. It’s by the lovely Adele. Listen to it above. On being enlisted to do the song, Adele says,  “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song.  But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done, which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!”

I love it, love it, love it. She has the perfect voice for this. Oozes class, power and elegance. Dig it. What do you think?

Celine Dion covers Adele

2012 Billboard Music Awards – full nominations list

The 2012 Billboard Award nominees list is out and leading the pack are the ever-great Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and then Lil Wayne. The awards take place tonight (20 May) in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. I’ll be up in the early hours of Monday morning watching the awards live from my couch. The show can be seen on Channel O, DStv channel 320 from 2AM. Do join me… For now, find below the full list of nominees:

Top Artist:
Adele
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster The People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Drake
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

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2012 Brit Awards – winners list

The Brit Awards took place in London town last night and once again the lovely Adele took home top honours (Best Female Solo Artist and Best Album). Rihanna scooped an award, as did Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Sadly there wont be a broadcast in South Africa of the awards, which is such a pity. Alas, here is a list of winners below:

Best Male Solo Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Best Female Solo Artist:

Adele

Best Breakthrough Artist:

Ed Sheeran

British Group:

Coldplay

British Single:

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Mastercard Album of the Year:

Adele- 21

International Male Solo Artist:

Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist:

Rihanna

International Group:

Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act:

Lana Del Ray

Oustanding Contribution to Music:

Blur

British Producer:

Ethan Johns

Grammys 2012- winners list

If you missed my updates earlier, here is a list of winners from this year’s Grammy Awards, which wrapped up in Los Angelas a little over an hour ago. Big up to Adele, who won six Grammys at the awards. Other big winners included the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Skrillex

Album of the Year: 21, Adele

Record of the Year: Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

New Artist: Bon Iver

Country Album: Own the Night, Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters

R&B Album: F.A.M.E., Chris Brown

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Duets Ii, Tony Bennett and Various Artists

Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Short Form Music Video: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Long Form Music Video: “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth,” Foo Fighters

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West

Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corinne Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Performance: “Fool for You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

R&B Song: “Fool for You,” Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash

Pop Instrumental Album: The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Duo/Group Performance: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Folk Album: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

Rock Song:  “Walk,” Foo Fighters, Songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Rock Album: Wasting Light, Foo Fighters

Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Grammys 2012 – Adele cleans up with Album of the Year

Lifetime Achievement recipient Diana Ross presented the award for Album of the Year to Adele. Her album 21 has sold in excess of six million copies worldwide and deservedly so. The album is incredible and so if you don’t have it, go and get a copy. Right now… go on. Here’s what she had to say:

“Aah. Thank you so much. First of all, girl did good. Mom I love you. I’m sorry you’re not here. I also want to thank Rick Reuben for teaching me about quality control and really put me and taught me about what I really wanted to be. He made me realise stuff I didn’t ever think I would. This record is inspired by something by something really normal and everyone has been through it… just a rubbish relationship. And it’s gone on to do things that I can’t tell you I ever thought it would. It’s been the most life changing year. I want to thank my record companies Columbia and Excel Records Nick Hugger who signed me and all my band. My crew, my family, my manager Jonathan, my mum… and all you lot. Thank you so much.”