If you have been around my blog awhile, you may know I have always
enjoyed the splendor and elegance of watching people on the Red
Carpet. I ‘made deals’ with my parents to be allowed to stay up and
watch the Academy Awards and the Kennedy Center Awards, as well
as the Miss America beauty (and talent) show. I thoroughly enjoyed
the AMA’s which stands for the American Music Awards. I know you
already have seen some of the beautiful dresses and attractive tuxes,
along with some of the performances. . .
Here is a summary of my viewing pleasure with some details which
may support what you watched, if you are one who enjoys this, or may
disagree with what some of the newscasters and entertainment emcees’
On the RED CARPET:
Here is my list of my favorite nine FEMALE performers or award
1. Fergie (of solo performer and Black-Eyed Peas’ fame) wore a classic
black Halston dress, with a silver belt around her waist. It cinched in
nicely and what made her my favorite? Her special story she shared
with the E commentator, Juliana G., she talked about her two year
old son, who is also her husband, Josh Duhamel’s . He is currently
loving his guitar and drum set, while his favorite song is (and Fergie
sang it so sweetly), “Row, Row, Row Your Boat. . .” Being kind on
the inside and beautiful on the outside made me really smile and
vote for Fergie to get ‘Best Dressed.’
2. Heidi Klum, who is not only a past model, but a mother and one
of the coaches on the clothing design show. Also, she is one who is
very open and funny, just a special and talented woman. Her dress
had ‘cut-outs’ which showed her shoulders and a little bit of her skin.
The colors of her gown made it unique- pink, black, gray and white
geometric designs. If you have ever seen her interview children on
her talk show, she has a real knack, as good as Art Linklater. That is
3. Kate Beckinsale was a presenter but is one of those famous women
who make you feel she is both classy and genuine. She did not appear
the least bit in a hurry, as she embraced and talked to the interviewers.
She wore a sexy, (Deep V-d neck) white dress. I feel she is ‘timeless,’
wearing the Kaufman Franco dress.
4. Julianna Hough is a country singer, dancer and actress. She is presently
employed as a Judge on dance show. She wore a vibrantly colored red,
pink and orange-ish colored dress which showed a mature side of this
young lady. (She was in a serious movie, along with the remake of
“Footloose.”) I think she is open and honest, while having dated Ryan
Secrest, she did not let interviewers ‘dig up any dirt’ on him, then or
now. She also is protective of her family and particularly, her brother
who still continues to dance on the show. She is sporting a short hair
style, with blonde highlights, this evening was wearing it ‘slicked back.’
5. The woman in Yellow, the only one all night. She was gleeful that
she was unique, while looking stunning. Her name it Rita and is from
the Broadway production of “Finding Neverland,” arriving with Matthew
Morris, who was the chorus teacher in “Glee,” while having been in
musicals for quite some time now.
6. Taylor Swift, gorgeous in a copper-bronze shimmery dress, which she
took the skirt off and made it shorter, while performing her song, “Blank
Space.” I enjoy all of her new album, which has ventured into the Pop/Rock
genre and away from Country Music. She holds her stories and weaves them
into her songwriting, which I deeply admire this multi-talented young lady.
Her short, wavy with a little curl in her hair style really made a big change in
her appearance since the last awards ceremonies. Her performance was my
second most favorite of the entire evening.
7. Nicki Minaj shocked me, no not by being daring or rebellious, but by being
such a stylish fashionista. Nicki is not known for this! Her more reserved, classic
look was in a black dress, with long, straight black hair. She has been known to
have wild hair dyes and sometimes showing up blonde. If she has not used her
distinctive and raspy voice, I would have possibly not identified her.
8. Mary J. Blige looked very attractive in a black fishnet, lacy styled top of her
overall black dress. The black lace was sexy yet not revealing, while there were
sequins sprinkled on this dress.
9. Selena Gomez, looking very mature, with pretty solid black satin dress from
the front, while from the back, it was squared off and totally backless to her
waist. She sang one of her songs, very nicely. I did not write it down, but I did
see on our television set at break time, an overview of all the performances,
with hers featured.
One Direction won my favorite dressed and fun filled group award, on the
Red Carpet. They allowed us to see their meeting with Kate and William, while
one of the men admitted he pointed out, “Nice bump,” to Kate. They won the
following awards, but if you wish to add another you can do so in the comments’
section! They wore black slacks and varied patterned black shirts. No matching
each other for this British group. They mentioned, “The UK,” in conversation,
1. “Best Pop Song.”
2. “Best Pop Rock Album.”
3. “Entertainers of the Year.”
While they are far behind in their ages, much younger but energetic and so
much fun also, I cannot help but say I adore the group of Australian ‘lads’
known as, “5 Seconds of Summer.” Although the song is not uniquely theirs,
since it has been performed by others, I enjoyed their version of, “What I
Like about You.” I got up and danced to their riotous and lively song, which
had the entire audience joining in. They are like the Ramones, started out
in a garage band practicing together.
The A Capella group which starts with P and has a lot of strange letters behind
it, (somewhat like Punxatawney Groundhog, which I can never spell correctly
either!) stopped and won my heart with their in prompt singing of,
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” Wow! This is probably from the A Capella
television show, which I don’t watch, sadly.
They sure did give Bruce Springsteen a ‘run for his money,’ which is really a
high compliment from me. Their blended voices eliminated any need for a
“E!” channel also had an homage to Boy Bands, showing the old photos
of New Kids on the Block, Boyz 2 Men and the fairly recent Jonas Brothers.
(Of course, our generation would have begun the homage or tribute to
all male singing bands with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and you
know the rest of the long list of entertainers who began the “Boy Bands.”)
It was a great way for those in their 30’s like my own two older children
to remember the period of time when these bands came to be. They were
passing the baton on to “One Direction,” Imagine Dragon, “5 Seconds of
Summer,” and “One Republic.”
I also liked Julianna G. who intervied One Direction asking them a great
question: What would you be doing if you had not joined a band?
One of the ‘lads’ mentioned being a teacher before, had completed his
college, another mentioned he would have liked to become a fireman and
the last one who spoke, was acting a little loopy, falling backwards off
the “E” stage platform which caused Julianna to say, ever on her toes,
“Things would be kind of ‘off kilter’ or you would not be the same,
without your musical group, would you?”
The Four Men I admired their clothing and fashion styles were:
1. Neo, who is ‘hip hop’ I feel. You may challenge this and let me know.
He was not on the singing parts I watched, so I am talking off the top
of my head. Neo looked sharp in a black suit and his words warmed my
heart. He embraces all musical genres saying that he admires country
stars and feels they are ‘humble’ and also says ‘rock and rollers’ are also
genuine and give to us all. Neo wore an Anthony Franco suit.
2. The GQ Cover model, actor in two famous and recent movies, who
played the character, “Gus,” in “The Fault is in Our Stars,” is gorgeous.
He also is popular in the movie, “Divergent.” This young man had a
unique short jacket and shirt, along with unmatched pants. It was all
put together in a way he described as from the past.
3. Brantley Gilbert, accompanied by a woman I should know with the
first name of Amber, looked great with his fashionable look. He is a
nice looking country musician who said to the interviewer, “I don’t feel
that fame will ever change me.” He went on to say he feels he is still
the same man under the expensive clothing.
By the way, Luke Bryan won the award for “Best Country Male Artist.”
He looked nice, but not on my short list of best dressed, accompanied
by a female who I should recognize named, Caroline.
4. Matthew Morrison is always attractive and wore a nice suit. I felt
this awards ceremony did not try to blow us away with wild costumes,
except during performances.
An announcement was made that Katy Perry will be performing 4-5
songs at the Super Bowl Intermission. There is a website set up, where
you may vote which songs she should choose to sing.
Here are some outstanding performers who did not win any awards
but I feel should be checked out:
1. Ariana Grande who trills like a beautiful songbird, accompanied by
a saxophone. This solo performance was simply lovely.
2. Ella Henderson wowed me, with her 70’s folk song voice, which had
some bluesy and throaty characteristics. She has been compared, which
is a huge compliment to Ella, to Adele!
3. Iggy Azalea, who was ‘discovered’ or sponsored by the hip hop/ rapper
known as, “T.I.” I did not particularly love her rapping song, nor the one
she did with JLo, but I can hear she is versatile and is a beautiful woman.
4. Charlie XCX, who did the song from the movie, “The Fault is in Our Stars,”
which is over-played, (but my three granddaughters love her, almost as
much as they did Idina M. who sang, “Let It Go,” for the movie, “Frozen.”)
Her song that is silly but catchy is called, “Boom Clap (Sound of my Heart)
which really does remind me of “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies and also,
the song, “I Think I Love You,” by the Partridge Family. Charlie XCX
is young and also does a little more racy song about not liking school
and uses a vamp, sexy style while singing, “I Just Want to Break the
Rules.” (Reminds me of several of the songs from my teenaged years.)
I am always pleased to listen to “Imagine Dragons” and they have been
at all the musical awards shows of 2014. I liked their 2013 song which
won awards, “Radioactive,” but strongly recommend your listening to
their newly released (and first performance on television) song:
“I Bet My Life,” which starts out quietly, like a hymn, soulful and
intuitive, building and becoming a stand-up party anthem. Wonderful
and worth checking this one out. I would have liked to replay it again,
but do know this will be on all the radio stations and will set records.
My favorite duet, which was nicely and sweetly intertwining the older
musician, Wy Clif Jean, with the younger one named “Magic,” who is
famous for his song, “Rude.” How it starts out, was so clever! Magic
began the duet by singing the he wishes to “Marry that girl… for the
rest of my life,” and is asking for permission. Wy Clif Jean’s deeper
and throatier voice responded just like the father of a young woman
would, “No, you will not marry that girl and keep her for the rest of
her life…” Then, of course, the song goes into, “Why do you have to
be so rude? I’ll marry her anyway.” Outstanding performance and
my Favorite one of the night. (Taylor’s would be my Second Fave.)
Sam Smith, will be my Third Pick for Favorites of the Evening.
This man wrote the song that many performers have sung, he is
to be given credit for creating a classic. It is reminiscent of many
people’s all time favorite song, “Stand by Me.” Sam’s song is titled,
“Stay with Me.” He acknowledges his favorite artist who sings his
song is Ed Sheeran. I have featured Ed S. as one of my new 2014
favorite singers, and I do like his version of Sam Smith’s song.
Sam has a high falsetto voice, which is heart-wrenchingly and
hauntingly beautiful. Sam Smith won Best Pop Male Artist. His
newest song, also one to check out is, “You Say I’m Crazy.” I did
feel his duet last night with the new song was exciting and good.
Lourde won her First AMA award for “Best Pop Female Artist,”
for her song last year, 2013: “Royals.” She just completed the
soundtrack for the movie, (Hunger Games), “Mockingjay.” The
song with her bizarre and gloomy performance was not nearly
close to how I felt about her fun and mocking song about the Royals.
Trying to get this in before everyone goes to watch the news and various
entertainment shows tonight. Let me know if I missed a great one
who performed or looked outstanding…