Oscars 2014 – a few predictons

In just a couple of hours, Hollywood royalty will all gather together for the 86th Academy Awards. We’ll find out who will win big at this year’s Oscars and it’s the culmination of a long, but very exciting and entertaining awards season. I’m going to be up from around 1am, CAT watching E! Entertainment’s Live from the Red Carpet, followed by the live show. I can’t wait to see what Ellen DeGeneres has in store for us and I’m really excited to see the big winners. The only big film contender I haven’t seen is Blue Jasmine, but if the other awards are anything to go by, Cate Blanchett should ready herself for an Oscar speech.

Here are a few more of my Oscars 2014 predictions:

Best picture

“12 Years a Slave”


Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”


Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Supporting actor

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Supporting actress

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”


Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Writing, adapted screenplay

“12 Years a Slave”

Writing, original screenplay

“American Hustle”



Animated feature film

“Despicable Me 2”

Costume design

“American Hustle”

Makeup and hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club”

Music, original song

Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson, “Oridinary Love,” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Production design


Film Editing

“American Hustle”

Sound editing



Sound mixing



Visual effects


Do you agree with my Oscars 2014 predictions? Holler!


John Legend to perform at The Grammys and The Governors Ball

Awards Season officially kicks off this Sunday, as the Golden Globes go live to the world from Los Angeles. You can see all the nominees here, but for the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the performers for the Grammys and the Academy Awards. On February 9, the Grammys will pay tribute to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary since their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of this momentous occasion, organisers announced yesterday that the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite on stage to perform on Grammy night.

Alicia Keys and John Legend will also take to the stage for a special performance and you know that will be incredible. John is going to be a busy man this Awards Season. He will also be performing at the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, shortly after the awards ceremony. On selecting Legend to perform Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball said, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.” That will take place on the 2nd of March.

Other Grammy performers include John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming up together and Maroon 5 will be there too. More on music’s biggest night and the Academy Awards to follow in the next couple of weeks.

The Grammys online:
@TheGRAMMYs on Twitter,
“The GRAMMYs” on Facebook,

DJ Koula’s plans for 2014

imageOne of my favourite female DJs on radio was the lovely Koula. I listened to her for many years while I was at varsity and even when I’d finished up there and hit the big bad working world. I met Koula on many occasions and enjoyed watching her various successes unfold throughout the years. At the end of 2012, Koula and her hubby packed their bags for an adventure in the US.

Wondering what she has been up to? Read my Q&A with Koula below to see what she has been up to…

1. It has been a quite a year for you. Take us through some of your highs; your winning moments in 2013.
Definitely signing the Management Agreement with Octagon Entertainment. It’s been a fascinating experience, transitioning into a new country and learning the ins and outs of how the broadcasting industry works here. But with the right representation, I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!

2. Was there a moment, an experience or something significant this year that made you go ‘WOW” or that changed your perspectives/ plans?
I think trying to start from scratch in a new country, you learn to be flexible and adapt/adjust plans along the way. We arrived in the US on 28 December with 2 bags of clothes to our names and big dreams in our hearts. My husband, PJ, and I have continually had to adjust our time frames that we were hoping to have achieved certain things by but when I step back and look at how much progress has been made in a year, then I guess we can go ‘Wow!’.

3. What does 2014 hold for you?
I’ve got several key meetings lined up in LA early in 2014. How those meetings go will have a big impact on how the rest of the year pans out!

4. Any tips and/ or tricks from you to your fans to get through 2014?
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year, it’s to take things one day at a time. I’m very impatient and like to see things happen ‘yesterday’. And what I’ve been forced to learn over and over again this year is that what’s urgent for you, is not necessarily of the utmost urgency for other people, so patience is key – especially when you’re feeling stretched. And to love and cherish your family and friends. Really soak up that time together!

5. Any last thanks or New years wishes for your fans?
I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve got from everyone back in SA – when it came to returning to South Africa to run the Comrades, to the exciting news about Octagon. It can feel very lonely when you’re in another country so far away… But the support from back home has definitely given me momentum through the year to keep pushing on. Allow yourself to dream in 2014. Love God, love people.

It looks like 2014 will be a goodie for her. Can’t wait to see more:

Glee’s Lea Michele pays tribute to Cory Monteith at Teen Choice Awards

The annual Teen Choice Awards took place in La La Land at the weekend. It was a big night for the teams from Pitch Perfect, Twilight, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. Some of the Glee stars walked off with awards too and naturally they dedicated their awards to their late co-star, Cory Monteith. Watch it below:

Here’s a look at the full list of winners:


Choice Movie: Comedy – “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy – Skylar Astin, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy – Rebel Wilson, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie: Romance – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Choice Movie Actor: Romance – Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

Choice Movie Actress: Romance – Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

Choice Movie Villain – Adam DeVine, “Pitch Perfect”

Choice Movie Scene Stealer – Kellan Lutz, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

Choice Movie Breakout Star – Nicholas Hoult, “Warm Bodies”



Choice TV Show: Drama – “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actor: Drama – Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actress: Drama – Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi – “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Show: Action – “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Choice TV Actor: Action – LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Choice TV Actress: Action – Lucy Liu, “Elementary”

Choice TV Show: Comedy – GLEE

Choice TV Actor: Comedy – Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy – Lea Michele, GLEE

Choice TV: Animated Show – THE SIMPSONS

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show – THE X FACTOR

Choice TV Personality – Male – Simon Cowell, THE X FACTOR


Choice TV Personality – Female – Demi Lovato, THE X FACTOR

Choice TV Female Reality Star – The Kardashians & Jenners, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”

Choice TV Male Reality Star – Kevin Jonas, “Married to Jonas”

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer – Chord Overstreet, GLEE

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer – Miley Cyrus, “Two and a Half Men”

Choice TV Breakout Star – Blake Jenner, GLEE

Choice TV Breakout Show – “The Fosters”



Choice Male Artist – Justin Bieber

Choice Female Artist – Demi Lovato

Choice Music Group – One Direction

Choice R&B Artist – Bruno Mars

Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Choice Rock Group – Paramore

Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist – David Guetta

Choice Male Country Artist – Hunter Hayes

Choice Female Country Artist – Taylor Swift

Choice Country Group – Lady Antebellum

Choice Country Song – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift

Choice Single: Female Artist – “Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato

Choice Single: Male Artist – “Beauty And A Beat,” Justin Bieber, featuring Nicki Minaj

Choice Single: Group – “Live While We’re Young,” One Direction

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song – “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton

Choice Rock Song – “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

Choice Love Song – “Little Things,” One Direction

Choice Break-Up Song – “Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez

Choice Music Breakout Artist – Ed Sheeran

Choice Music Breakout Group- Emblem3



Choice Female Hottie – Selena Gomez

Choice Male Hottie – Harry Styles

Choice Smile – Harry Styles



Choice Female Athlete – Gabby Douglas

Choice Male Athlete – David Beckham



Choice Comedian – Ellen DeGeneres

Choice Web Star – Cimorelli

Choice Social Network – Twitter

Candie’s Choice Style Icon – Demi Lovato

Choice Twitter Personality – Justin Bieber


Grammys 2013 – blow by blow


The 55th annual Grammy Awards are here. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s awards out of Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Red carpet:

Black was the order of the day apparently. Kelly Rowland, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the guys from Maroon 5 and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters were all keeping it tame in red. Someone who also took to wearing black was Jennifer Lopez, but she wasn’t keeping it too conservative. Last year Angelina Jolie showed a lot of leg at the Oscars and tonight it’s the chance of JLo, who looks amazing.

I think a lot of people were a bit taken aback when Beyonce arrived in her pants suit. She looks fantastic though. Can she do any wrong? Katy Perry and Rihanna brought some colour to the carpet. Katy was in a mint green dress while Rihanna was rocking royal red. Trust them to bring some life to the carpet 😉

The Awards:

Taylor Swift opens the show with “We’re never getting back together”. She took a stab at her apparent ex, Harry Stylez with a British accent. “I still love you and I’m like I’m opening the Grammys”.

Host, LL Cool J is back. He is blabbering on about origins of music and where some of our favourite artists hail from. B from Houston, Adele from the UK… Rih from Barbados. “The show is ours. All of ours. So are you ready for your show? Are you ready for your show? Let’s get back to the music,” your words LL.

Second performance up tonight is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s Angels To Fly song. It was cool – just cool.

Pitbull and Jennifer opez are up to present the first award of the night for the Best Pop Solo Performance Award. Pitbull says to JLo, “You inspire the memo” before handing out the award to Adele for Set Fire to the Rain. “My good luck charm, Jlo. Thank you so much. I want to say thank you and big love to the other girls. See you later, have a wonderful night.”

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. I’ll be honest, I though their performance was also just okay. Nothing spectacular.

Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer welcome two of country music’s biggest stars to the stage Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Dick Clark is remembered at the Grammys. LL says, “He is missed”. He then introduces Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Miguel is singing his now Grammy winning song, Adorn alongside Wiz. The brother has pipes and Wiz is just kinda there. Miguel won for Best R&B Song. They’re now presenting the Best Country Solo performance award, which goes to Carrie Underwood. “Thank you. Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord. My family, my amazing perfect husband Mike. Glory to God, thank you so much.”

The Song of the Year Award is presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. That award goes to Fun for their song We Are Young. “Um, I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song. This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young. We have been doing this for twelve years. To our families, we love you guys. I want to thank Jay-Z, Taylor… everyone”.

Johnny Depp introduces Mumford & Sons, who perform their track “I will wait for you”. It’s the performance of the night so far.

Justin Timberlake

Ellen and Beyonce are up to introduce Justin Timberlake. Welcome back JT “He was born to make music”… The black and white effect is awesome. His band, The Tennesse Kids are there and Jay-Z’s verse wouldn’t be left out. Jigga emerges from the crowd and everyone goes wild.

Kelly Rowland and Nas are up to present the Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Grammy goes to Frank Ocean for his album, Channel Orange. “So I hear it’s a bit easier if I imagine you all naked. I want to say thank you to my mother, to everyone at Future Records. Island Def Jam and all of you guys. Thank you.”

Dave Grohl and Pauley Perrette are up to present the Best Rock Performance and the Grammy goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. “We would like to thank our good friend, Brian Burton. Chad Blake. Everyone in Ohio, everybody in Tennesse.”

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 collaboration is up. Their mashup of Tonight and Girl on Fire wasn’t what I hoped it would be. In my opinion it was too forced and maybe it’s because I’m not a Maroon 5 fan, but it just didn’t work for me. Alicia playing drums is super cool though.

Kaley Cuouco and Keith Urban are up to present Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.  “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. I get nervous speaking in front of people. Fun. I’ve been covering you all summer. Miguel I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.”

Rihanna and Micky Echo singing Stay. Lovely intimate performance by Rih Rih.

Ne-Yo and Carly Rae Jepsen are up to present Best Rap Sung Collaboration “I didn’t think I’d be the first one speaking but thank you,” Frank Ocean. I would like to thank the Swap Meet for his hat. Thank you God,” Jay-Z. What on earth was The Dream thinking though when he got dressed? Tjop!

Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls introduces Grammy winners, The Black Keys. They’re joined on stage by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform Lonely Boy. Cool performance. Kelly Clarkson honours pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipients Patti Page & Carole King before presenting the Best Country Album Award. The award goes to Zac Brown Band for their album, Uncaged.

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The Bob Marley tribute is up featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and two of the Marley Brothers. Bruno Mars kicks off the tribute with Locked out of Heaven. Sting joins him and they slow it down with Walking on the Moon. Rihnna and Ziggy Marley are now on stage singing Could you be Loved. Hello Damian Marley. This is winning!

The Lumineers are on stage now singing their let’s get stoned and reminisce. I do love this song though.

Album of the Year nominee, Jack White takes to the Grammy stage to perform.

Katy Perry is up to present the award to the Best Newcomer Award. “I was never nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line”. The award goes to Fun. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one. Frank Ocean, The Lumineers. Amazing. I’ve got to pee real badly, so I’m going to leave this up to these guys. Thank you so much. We’re so old.”

Hunter Hayes enjoys a short performance before introducing the lovely Carrie Underwood who is performing Blown Away.  She, just like Kelly Clarkson has pipes for days. There’s this weird graphics show happening on Carrie’s dress while she’s performing.

Prince presents the award for Record of the Year to Somebody that I used to Know. “Little bit lost for words to be receiving this award from this man standing behind us with a cane.”

Grammymusicteacher.com is a site you will want to visit. Pay tribute to your teachers, make sure they get the praise too.

In memoriam segment is up. In 2012 greats like Dick Clark, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Frank Wilson, Hal David passed away. Sir Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others pay tribute to those lost in 2012 and also to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, whose lives were lost too soon. They’re singing a Levon Helm track.

Juanes sings an Elton John number. He then welcomes Frank Ocean to the stage. There’s a great backdrop for the star, as he sings his song Forrest Gump.

Adele is up to present the Album of the Year. The award goes to Babel by Mumford & Sons. Lekker. “Adele is looking lovely tonight and so nice to get this from another British musician. Thank you very much.”

Bieber speaks out on photographer’s death

Pop superstar, Justin Bieber has spoken about the tragic incident in which a photographer was killed earlier in the week. It’s believed the paparrazo was trying to take pictures of the teen star in his Ferrari when he was struck by an oncoming car. He was rushed to hospital and later died in hospital.

While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves.

The sad thing about this is that Bieber wasn’t even there. There must come a time where the laws will change and the paps wont be allowed to snap them celebs, especially when they’re driving. Sad news, RIP to the deceased and my condolences go out to his family.

Watch Taylor Swift’s AMA performance… trouble, trouble, trouble

People, don’t y’all be judging me too much now, but Taylor Swift’s new track, I Knew You Were Trouble is one of my favourite tracks at the moment. It’s taken off her album, RED, which is but winning. She sold over 1.2 million copies of the album in her first week and I can understand why. It’s a really strong offering, even if it’s about her apparent passed relationships etc.

Back to the song, the star took on more of an edgy approach to her performances at the weekend when she performed the song at the American Music Awards. Have a listen and watch the song above. LOVE THE DUB, Taylor.

Watch P!nk’s new video for Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

P!nk‘s new song is climbing the radio charts and the video is set to do exactly the same, as it hits music channel playlists. It’s online, it’s rad and you can watch it above.

Welcome Penelope Scotland Disick

The youngest of the Kardashian brood has arrived. Her name is Penelope Scotland Disick. In case you’re a bit confused, she’s the daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and partner Scott Disick. The coupled welcomed their second child into the world yesterday.

The healthy 7 pound, 15 ounces baby girl was born at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Everyone is happy and healthy,  “Scott and I are overjoyed to welcome our precious angel Penelope Scotland Disick into our lives. We are forever blessed. Mommy and baby are resting comfortably,” she said in a statement to the media.

Of course mommy Kris Jenner couldn’t hide her excitement telling E! Online, “It was great. She had an easy delivery,” matriarch Kris Jenner said. “[Penelope] is so cute. She looks just like Mason. She’s so beautiful. We are so happy.”

If she looks like her older brother she’s going to be just as cute. Mazel Tov to the family!

I just have to add though, I can’t help but wonder if she was conceived in Scotland? I know she’s from Scott’s land if you know what I mean, but yeah I’m sure we’ll find out how she got her name in the new season of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Best of luck to the lovely Lira

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a big fan of South African superstar Lira. She is one of the most talented vocalists I have ever had the privilege of seeing perform. You might say that is quite the statement but it’s true. Every performance she gives is unique, fresh and it’s clear she puts her heart and soul into each of them.

One of my favourite Lira moments was from the South African Music Awards back in 2008. It was the pre-party at The Palace. Jazz icon Jimmy Dludlu was performing in the banquet area while the guests were hobnobbing and mingling. Just before the end of his set he surprised the multiple SAMA winner by calling her to the stage. She could have chosen to say no, nice chance but instead she rose to the challenge and blew us all away. It was such an incredible moment. She was totally caught off guard but when you love what you do, it isn’t much of an effort and that sentiment was proved to me when Lira performed.

During one of my interviews with Lira, I also asked her to for an impromptu performance. The song I asked her to perform was called Believer off her album Soul in Mind. Just when I thought she couldn’t do better than the time she performed in Sun City, she had to go and blow me away again. Without any warm-ups or rehearsals, Lira managed to do what a lot of artists can’t. Simply perfection. Check it out below:

She is one of the most in demand stars in SA. She’s gracing the covers of magazines, doing radio and TV interviews all over the place and she manages to do all of this with a genuine smile on her face. She remains one of the most humble, friendly and approachable people I know in the industry. Trust me, when you work in entertainment you see how egos are inflated, personalities change and people become rude and unapproachable. Not Lira. She is always willing to assist where she can; she is the consummate professional and a pleasure to deal with.

Audio interview with Lira:

Tonight the star will be walking the red carpet at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.  She has been nominated in the  Best African Act category alongside Sarkodi, Wizkid, Camp Mulla and Ice Prince. While the competition is stiff and we’re hoping for the best, Lira has made us (her fans) proud. I have a feeling that something big will come out of this tour and I can’t wait to see it all play out. She deserves all the success in the world and I hope she gets that Grammy she has always wanted.

So to Lira, may you continue to shine, wow us with your talents. May your success grow, soar and may your Grammy dreams become a reality sooner rather than later. Much love, respect and success to you.

Watch more interviews with Lira here