ANDREW MACPHERSON /RCA RecordsAs if near-universal acclaim for her performance at Sunday night's MTV VMAs wasn't enough, Tori Kelly has now made a new fan in someone she herself is a huge fan of: Pink.
After seeing Tori rock the stage with her performance of "Should've Been Us," Pink tweeted, "Ok @ToriKelly - fan for life. Great freaking performance tonight, you live singing, guitar playing accapella sanging woman."
A delighted Tori replied, "this tweet makes me emotional. you're such an inspiration to me & a role model for young women. thank you so much!!"
Tori's performance also won approval from actor John Stamos, who replied to another tweet praising her performance with the hashtag "#TALENT."
The Weeknd killed it Sunday night at the MTV VMAs with the TV debut of his smash "Can't Feel My Face," and now the song has returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week. It dethroned OMI's "Cheerleader," which was #1 for six weeks.
In addition, the Canadian singer has another song in the top five: "The Hills" is at #4. Both songs are from the Weeknd's new album Beauty Behind the Madness, which has a good chance to debut at #1 on next week's album chart.
Meanwhile, "Locked Away," the single by R. City featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine, has reached the top 10. While R. City members Theron and Timothy Thomas previously hit the top 10 as songwriters, penning hits for Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston and The Pussycat Dolls, this is their first top 10 as artists in their own right.
The success of the song also means that Adam has scored his second top 10 hit on his own, without Maroon 5. He previously reached #4 in 2011, as the featured vocalist on Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts."
ABC/Randy HolmesDon’t be surprised if Selena Gomez sounds more relaxed on her new album, Revival. She tells Entertainment Weekly that this time around she wasn’t afraid to embrace her sexy side.
“I’ve lived such a public life that I understand that I’m under a microscope,” she says. “That has taken me into so many different phases. It’s made me depressed and it’s made me happy and it’s made me grateful and humble -- but [I’ve learned] it’s okay to let down my walls with my music, to feel sexy and good.”
Her mentality was more laid-back, and so was her recording process. She recorded most of the songs in between trips to the beach in Mexico with her trusted collaborators. “We stayed in a house together like one big family,” she says. “We’d wake up in our bathing suits, go to the beach and then the studio for hours. I wanted to feel the songs and be weird and have a change of environment.”
What resulted is an album that showcases her own unique traits. “I was always insecure with my speaking voice because it’s so low,” she says. “I never felt like it was feminine-sounding. I didn’t know it would be such an asset to who I am now, though. It adds a cool, personal quality. It’s exciting.”
It’s also an album heavily influenced by the pop stars Selena listened to when she was younger. “I grew up with Britney and ‘NSYNC and Janet [Jackson] and all those people,” she says. “I would buy the copy, read the thank yous, and I felt like I knew them. Christina [Aguilera]’s Stripped was one of my favorites. What I loved about Revival is that it felt like there was a fluid story.”
Eagle Rock Entertainment/Capitol RecordsIf you didn’t catch one of Katy Perry’s many stops on her Prismatic World Tour, you’ll soon be able to watch the whole thing from the comfort of your own couch. Katy is releasing The Prismatic World Tour Live on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download on October 30.
The concert film was shot in Sydney, Australia during Katy’s December 2014 visit. It features her entire 20-song set list, from the opening number “Roar” to the grand finale performance of “Firework.” The DVD also will include 30 minutes of exclusive extras.
The DVD runs for $15, while the Blu-ray goes for $20. But if you're a big Katy fan, you might consider purchasing the $145 x-large pizza box kit, which includes the DVD or Blu-ray, Katy Perry pajamas, a set of four pizza slice necklaces for you and your friends, a pencil case with four pencils, nail decals and an 8 x 10 photo print. There's also an $85 special edition pizza slice kit, which includes the DVD or Blu-ray, Katy PJs, a pizza charm necklace and a tote bag.
Katy began her world tour in May 2014 and has played a total of 151 shows over six legs on five continents. The tour is set to wrap on October 18 in Costa Rica, just two weeks before the DVD release.
Here is the concert film’s set list:
“Roar” “Part of Me” “Wide Awake” “This Moment” /” Love Me” “Dark Horse” “E.T.” “Legendary Lovers” “I Kissed a Girl” “Hot N Cold” “International Smile” “By the Grace of God” “The One that Got Away” / “Thinking of You” “Unconditionally” “Walking on Air” “It Takes Two” “This Is How We Do” / “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) ” “Teenage Dream” “California Gurls” “Birthday” “Firework”
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOf all the celebrity guest stars that appeared with Taylor Swift on stage at her five Los Angeles shows, there were two who were noticeably absent: Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Turns out the X-Men co-stars -- and honorary members of Taylor’s squad -- were asked to be a part of her show, but it didn’t work out.
Ian confirms this in an interview with Gay Star News. “She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in L.A., but I had something else to do that night,” he says.
Earlier this month, Patrick hinted that an onstage guest appearance was in the works. “I think we're working on that,” he told ABC Radio at the time. “I mean, she's invited us into her squad! She's sensational!"
Taylor first reached out to the pair after Patrick tweeted a link of himself dramatically reciting the words to “Blank Space,” and Ian did a similar reading of “Bad Blood.”
"Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew!” Taylor tweeted. “You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."
But even before that, Ian had a brief connection to Taylor. "When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave!" The Lord of the Rings star tells Gay Stars News, adding, "She bought it, she had every right to -- I was just lodging there for free!"
Meanwhile, there’s at least one person who doesn’t want to be in Taylor’s squad: Miley Cyrus. In an interview with The New York Timespublished before her outrageous hosting gig at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley speaks candidly about Taylor’s coveted group of celebrity pals.
“I’m not trying to be in the squad,” she says, adding, “None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”
Miley does have at least one famous friend, though: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. He collaborated with her on her surprise new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. “He’s everything in the world -- you can’t even define us,” she says. “I am 100 percent in love with Wayne, and Wayne is in love with me, but it’s nothing sexual in any way. That would be the grossest.”
Emblem/AtlanticIt's three for three for Rob Thomas.
The Matchbox Twenty frontman sees his third solo album, The Great Unknown,debut in the top 10 on the Billboard album chart -- number six, to be specific. Rob's last two solo albums have also reached the top 10: ....Something to Be hit #1 in 2005 and Cradlesong entered the chart at #3 in 2009.
The Great Unknown has so far produced the single "Trust You," co-written with Ryan Tedder, and the brand new single, "Hold On Forever."
Rob will be on the road through November, finishing up his tour in support of The Great Unknown. He was forced to reschedule a number of dates after his wife Marisol was diagnosed with a lesion on her brain; she's reportedly having surgery on September on 11.
MTVBetween the boob-flashing, cursing and beef-quashing, Sunday night's MTV VMAs also featured some great musical performances. Song-tagging app Shazam has a list of the most Shazamed moments of the telecast, and surprisingly -- or perhaps unsurprisingly -- the #1 performance on the list was the one that was all about the music, not the spectacle.
Tori Kelly's performance of "Should've Been Us" was #1 on Shazam's list, followed by Twenty One Pilots' collaboration with A$ASP Rocky. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' epic performance of "Downtown" came in third.
Here's the full list:
1. Tori Kelly – "Should’ve Been US" 2. Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky – "HeavyDirtySoul," "Lane Boy," "M’$" and "L$D" 3. Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis – "Downtown" 4. The Weeknd – "Can’t Feel My Face" 5. Justin Bieber – "What Do You Mean?"
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Sunday night's show was a huge hit...on social media, at least. According to Deadline, Nielsen Media has determined that the show was the most tweeted non-sports program since October 2011, when the company started tracking Twitter TV stats. According to Nielsen Media, 2.2 million people sent 21.4 million VMA-related tweets, and those tweets generated 676 million impressions -- which means that's how many people saw the tweets. It marks a 69 percent increase from last year's show.
The most tweeted moment? Kanye West's announcement that he's running for president in 2020.
Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele is rumored to finally be releasing her new album in November, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be touring any time soon. According to reports from U.K.’s The Mirror, Adele would rather be at home with her young son.
Apparently, some of the biggest concert organizers in the world are offering the singer tens of millions of dollars to tour in support of the new album, but she’s prepared to turn them down. She has yet to line up any gigs for 2016.
“The album may be coming out, but at this moment in time there are absolutely no concrete plans for a tour,” a source says. “In fact people at the label admit they are clueless whether Adele will tour at all.”
The source adds, "Firstly it’s understood she is not keen to travel around the world with her son as she adores her quiet family life away from fame and fortune. Also ever since her throat surgery there has been discussions about how much strain she would have to put her vocal chords under during a lengthy tour.”
Adele hasn’t performed live since 2013. If she does agree to tour, promoters think demand could be so high that they could charge upwards of $150 per ticket and still sell out arenas across the globe.
ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing her flawless performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Tori Kelly has announced a headlining U.S. tour for this fall.
The trek, in support of her debut album Unbreakable Smile, will begin September 23 in Wallingford, Connecticut and will conclude in Searcy, Arkansas November 7.
If you’re a member of Tori's fan club, you can grab tickets starting Wednesday, September 2, at Fahlo.me/ToriKelly. You’ll also have the chance to snag a limited number of VIP bundles, which include a ticket, admission to a meet-and-greet with Tori, and one merchandise item. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale to the general public in most markets Friday, September 4.
Here is the complete list of Tori's tour dates:
9/23 -- Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale 9/24 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 9/25 -- Montclair, NJ, Montclair State University 10/3 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater 10/5 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live 10/6 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 10/9 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/28 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 10/29 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz at North Carolina State University 11/1 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 11/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 11/5 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall 11/6 -- New Orleans, LA, The Civic Theatre 11/7 -- Searcy, AR, Benson Auditorium -- Harding University
Tom Munro / RCA RecordsDuring his rambling Video Vanguard award acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Kanye West claimed he saw Justin Timberlake break down in tears when he didn't win the album of the year Grammy for FutureSex/Lovesounds. It left us all wondering if that story was true.
While Justin didn’t respond to the claim directly, he did tweet about Kanye’s random shoutout. “Kanye is so cute, y’all,” Justin tweeted, before adding, “Jokes, you guys…Jokes. #chill.”
Justin later wrote, “Btw... I JUST watched my man 'Ye's FULL speech... He always has a point. And I support it. #truth”
Kanye mentioned Justin in the middle of his criticism of awards shows. "I just, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose," Kanye said. "Gnarls Barkley and the 'Sexyback' album... Justin, I ain't trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking like, he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are as entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?"
The rapper concluded his speech by announcing that he's running for president in 2020.
ABC/Randy HolmesWhile her alleged rival Taylor Swift cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend in Los Angeles, Katy Perry was reportedly across the country having some fun of her own.
According to New York Post’s Page Six, Katy threw a bachelorette party for a pal at New York’s “Queen of the Night” burlesque show. And a witness says Katy wasn’t shy about interacting with the performers.
“Katy and her group took tequila shots and selfies all night,” the source says. “Katy made sure the bachelorette was…spanked by one of the performers. And as the instigator, Katy set an example, getting spanked, not once, but twice.”
Who needs Miley Cyrus’ raunchy antics when you can make your own?
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas gave a debut live performance of his new single “Levels” at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show last night, and shortly after, he premiered the sexy video for the song.
The visual features Nick in an industrial warehouse surrounded by scantily clad women. In various scenes, they dance on top of oil drums, tires and chairs. Nick also sings in an elevator -- which makes sense, since the first line of the song is, "Get on my elevator/Baby we're going up."
“It continues to set me up as a solo artist,” Nick told MTV News prior to the video’s release. “It gives me a better idea of the looks I’m trying to go for. I want people to think when they watch my videos and music. I’m excited. I think it’s going to be one of my strongest videos.”
Nick added, “The song kind of cuts a new path for me, musically, it touches some of the soul elements, but also has that funk side. I think the video needed that as well -- something really fresh.”
“Levels” is the first single from Nick's in-progress sophomore album.
PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsFollowing his emotional performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Justin Bieber debuted the music video for his new single “What Do You Mean?”
In the cinematic clip, Justin has a steamy bedroom makeout session with a beautiful girl, gets kidnapped by a group of masked attackers…and then somehow ends up at a party in a skate park. The video co-stars John Leguizamo.
The Biebs performed the new song, as well as “Where Are U Now,” at the VMAs, and seemingly broke down in tears at the end of his performance.
Sherwin LainezHoney, he's good...but is he a good dancer? We'll find out soon, because Andy Grammer has joined the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Andy appeared on the show twice last year, and told ABC Radio at the time that competing on the show was something he hadn't ruled out. He even said he'd talked about it to his good friend Gavin DeGraw, who was on the show a few seasons back.
Rumor has it Andy was called in at the last minute because Full House star Jodi Sweetin had to back out due to filming commitments.
The cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars will be a very musical one this year. In addition to Andy, it will include Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and R&B legend Chaka Khan.
Ben WattsLive in the Vineyard, a twice-annual music, food and wine festival, has expanded its lineup for fall of 2015.
The exclusive event, scheduled to take place in California's Napa Valley November 5-8, will feature performances from Rob Thomas, American Authors, American Idol champ Nick Fradiani, A Great Big World, Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert, as well as James Bay, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
The festival features plenty of music, as well as food and wine by top chefs and wine makers. Unfortunately, you can't purchase tickets to the festival; you can only win them. Find out how by visiting LiveIntheVineyard.com.
PRNewsFoto/PRMD Music/Island RecordsAvicii is ready to share his stories. The Swedish DJ-producer is releasing his second album, Stories, on October 2.
Avicii, birth name Tim Bergling, says his sophomore effort “refines what I didn’t feel was perfect last time.” He adds, “I think there are more layers to the songs than before, and every song has been written on acoustic guitar, so the structure is different.”
This time around, he also enlisted the help of Gavin DeGraw, country star Zac Brown and rapper Wyclef Jean. Zac’s vocals are featured on the song “Broken Arrows,” while Wyclef contributed on a track Avicii describes as “an old school reggae protest song.”
On Friday, Avicii released a double single from the album: “For a Better Day”/”Pure Grinding.” “For a Better Day” is an uplifting piano-driven track, while “Pure Grinding” explores hip-hop, soul and electronic sounds.
Stories is Avicii follow-up to 2013’s True, which included the smash single “Wake Me Up” featuring Aloe Blacc. The new album is now available for pre-order.
Courtesy ID PRIf you watched the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, you saw host Miley Cyrus perform her new song, “Doooo It!”, to close out the show, with Miley also revealing the song -- and the new album it’s from -- are both available online now, for free.
And indeed they are -- if you can get into Miley’s new website to download them.
The new album is titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which is also the address of the website. As of Monday morning, however, there was apparently so much traffic on it, it was difficult if not impossible to access it. What we do know, however, is the album features a whopping 23 tracks in all, including “Doooo It!” It was also created in collaboration with rock band Flaming Lips and their frontman, Wayne Coyne.
You might remember back in March 2014, when Miley teamed up with Flaming Lips to do that trippy cover of The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” “Trippy” is a word that definitely applies to Miley’s new album as well -- if you’ve seen the video for “Dooo It!,” you already know that. A statement from Miley’s label says the album was indeed inspired by Miley’s dead pets: specifically, when she lost her dog and her fish one after the other, and then a friend lost her pet cat.
Miley’s mourning resulted in an “artistic catharsis” for Miley, the statement says, that inspired her to adopt a new persona, with Dead Petz also the name of the “vanguard musical collective supporting Cyrus in her latest transformation.”
Here’s the track list for Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz:
1. “Dooo It!“ 2. “Karen Don't Be Sad“ 3. “The Floyd Song (aka Sunrise)“ 4. “Something About Space Dude“ 5. “Space Bootz“ 6. “F***** F***** Up“ 7. “BB Talk“ 8. “Fweaky“ 9. “Bang Me Box“ 10. “Milky Milky Milk“ 11. “Cyrus Skies“ 12. “Slab of Butter (Scorpion)“ (featuring Sarah Barthel of Phantogram) 13. “I'm So Drunk (intermission)“ 14. “I Forgive Yiew“ 15. “I Get So Scared“ 16. “Lighter“ 17. “Tangerine“ (featuring Big Sean) 18. “Tiger Dreams“ (featuring Ariel Pink) 19. “Evil Is but a Shadow“ 20. “1 Sun“ 21. “Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz“ 22. “Pablow the Blowfish“ 23. “Twinkle Song“
Black Doll Inc.Janet Jackson is back. Her Unbreakable World Tour begins tonight in Vancouver, Canada, supporting her forthcoming album of the same name, Janet's first since 2009. The massive, 69-show tour, which will see Janet hit North America, Hawaii and Japan, will wrap up March 9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Although no release date has been announced for the album, it's expected this fall. Now her long time producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, are revealing inside details about the making of the much-anticipated album.
For one thing, the pair tell Entertainment Weekly, the album and tour were conceived simultaneously. In fact, Jam says, in the final stages of working on the album, Janet would show up at the studio after working all day at rehearsals for the stage show.
The producers, who were behind Jackson’s biggest hits, including “That’s The Way Love Goes," “Again” and “All for You,” say Unbreakable's lead single, "No Sleeep" featuring J. Cole, was something of an accident.
“’No Sleeep’ was basically called that because it was like five in the morning, and we had just completed a day of work and I was still awake, so I was playing around with some different stuff and came up with the skeleton of it,” Jam remembers. The track sat on his computer, half remembered until Lewis came across it and played it back. "Janet said, ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ I told her it was a track I did like two months ago," Jam says. "Janet loved it -- just the feeling that she got when she heard it is the feeling she wanted the fans to have. Just a warm, welcoming, sensual feel. But it was almost forgotten.”
Jam also says the album may surprise some long-time fans. “I think it’s totally different from any of her other albums,” he says. “But it feels like her. At the end of the day, I go back to that. The thing about this album is there’s a lot of different places that it touches, but at the end of the day, it’s pure Janet.”
Here are Janet's Unbreakable World Tour dates:
8/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 9/2 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome 9/4 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 9/5 -- Grande Prairie, Canada, Revolution Place 9/7 -- Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre 9/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre 9/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 9/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend 9/15 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater 9/18 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 9/20 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 9/23 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 9/24 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 9/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater 9/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater 9/29 -- Memphis, TN, Fedex Forum 9/30 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 10/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood 10/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood 10/13 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 10/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 10/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum 10/17 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 10/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 10/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/22 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena 10/25 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 10/29 -- St Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena 10/30 -- Omaha, NE, Centurylink Center 11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 11/3 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 11/4 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 11/6 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 11/12 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center 11/13 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center 11/15 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center 11/19 -- Osaka, Japan, INTEX Center 11/21 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 11/22 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 1/12 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 1/13 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena 1/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena 1/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 1/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena 1/21 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center 1/23 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 1/24 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 1/27 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 1/29 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 1/30 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 2/1 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center 2/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 2/5 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 2/6 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center 2/17 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 2/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center 2/22 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 2/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 2/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 2/29 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena 3/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 3/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 3/4 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 3/6 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 3/8 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 3/9 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
Michael Tran/FilmMagicLions and tigers and Taylor, oh my! Taylor Swift premiered her new video for “Wildest Dreams” during the MTV Video Music Awards’ pre-show last night and it was filled with, well, wild animals.
The follow-up to her “Bad Blood” BFF-fest featured Taylor as an Elizabeth Taylor-esque actress -- complete with brunette wig -- as she films an Out of Africa-style romance with Scott Eastwood. They kiss, they fight, they soar above the savannah in an airplane -- but things are more than just make-believe for Taylor’s character, who harbors real feelings for her hot co-star.
A note at the end of the video informs us that the wild animal theme was for a good cause. All the proceeds from the video are being donated to wild animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation of America.
Just minutes after the video premiered, Taylor joined Nicki Minaj -- with whom she had a brief Twitter feud last month -- to officially bury the hatchet with a surprise joint performance to open the VMAs.
Michael Tran/FilmMagicAs host of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus promised us a wild ride -- and that's exactly what we got. During last night’s jam-packed ceremony, Taylor Swift put feuds to rest, Miley announced a surprise new album, and Kanye West declared he’s running for president in the year 2020. And as predicted, Miley gave the censors a run for their money as she donned outrageously racy outfits, cursed frequently and openly discussed her well-known pot smoking habit.
The night’s first major moment happened right off the bat. Taylor, who’s used to bringing out surprise guests during her concerts, this time was the surprise guest. She joined Nicki Minaj on stage for the show’s opener. The two sang a bit of Nicki’s “The Night Is Still Young,” before breaking into Taylor’s “Bad Blood,” thus proving once and for all that they have buried the hatchet after last month’s brief Twitter feud.
But another feud seemed to be brewing between Nicki and the evening's host. After Nicki won the award for Best Hip Hop Video for “Anaconda,” she called out Miley for the comments she made in a New York Times interview last week. In the interview, Miley was asked her thoughts on the Nicki/Taylor Twitter spat, and said she thought Nicki was "not too kind."
“And now back to…this b**** who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley what’s good?” Nicki said as she "finished" up her speech: her rant seemed to continue after her mic was seemingly cut off.
Miley responded by first claiming her comments were misinterpreted, but then, in a dig that seemed to imply Nicki is often a sore loser, Miley noted she has never complained about losing a VMA.
Many believed the heated on-stage confrontation was rehearsed, but that remains to be seen.
Later in the night, Taylor appeared on stage with another former nemesis: Kanye. She presented him with the Video Vanguard Award, the VMA's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. “I first met Kanye six years ago -- at this show actually!” Taylor said, in reference the VMA ceremony in which Kanye infamously interrupted her acceptance speech.
Before bringing Kanye to the stage, she did a callback to that moment. “I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye has had one of the greatest careers of all time!” she said.
The rapper then took the stage to chants of “Kanye! Kanye!” and allowed the audience to give him a lengthy applause before launching into an impassioned, rambling speech that questioned the validity of awards shows and announced his future presidential bid.
There was so much going on this year that the actual awards nearly got lost in the shuffle. Only six moonmen statues were presented during the broadcast, and not surprisingly Taylor’s bestie-filled “Bad Blood” was crowned Video of the Year. She also took home Best Female Video for “Blank Space.”
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson nabbed Best Male Video for “Uptown Funk,” an award presented to them by Britney Spears. Rapper Fetty Wap, who wasn’t in attendance, received the Artist to Watch award and Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend took home the Best Video with a Social Message trophy for “One Song Can Change the World.”
The evening’s standout performances included The Weeknd’s performance of his hit “Can’t Feel My Face,” during which he danced amid fiery pyrotechnics; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their new single “Downtown” on the actual streets of downtown L.A.; Demi Lovato’s sexy debut VMA performance of “Cool for the Summer,” featuring a guest appearance by Iggy Azalea; and Pharrell Williams giving a performance of “Freedom” seemingly inspired by Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.”
Plus, Justin Bieber -- who sported a new hairdo on the red carpet -- moved himself to tears after delivering his VMA comeback performance: a medley of his Skrillex/Diplo hit “Where Are U Now” and his new single “What Do You Mean?”
As the night wound down, Miley teased the night’s final performance from behind a curtain backstage -- and accidentally flashed her nipple before the East Coast censors could catch it. That special finale turned out to be a performance from Miley herself. She was introduced by participants of her Happy Hippie Foundation’s #InstaPride campaign, and she sang a new anthem called “Dooo It!” She was joined on stage by a bunch of colorfully dressed drag queens, as well as The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.
"Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace, but I don’t give a f***, I ain’t no hippie," she proudly proclaimed in the song.Miley ended the night on a -- ahem -- high note with her big announcement: her new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, is now available online for free.
The VMA broadcast is already drawing condemnation from some quarters. The Parents Television Council issued a statement late Sunday night, declaring in part, "MTV and [Miley] Cyrus could both be forces for something positive, but tonight’s VMA partners relied on exposing millions of children to graphic, inappropriate and far-too-frequently offensive content.”