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2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominations Are Here

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I don’t think I’ve watched an MTV awards show in the past decade, at least, but the MTV Video Music Awards are still a thing and people seem to love them, so what do I know? The nominations for this year’s ceremony – which is usually held in September – are here, and there aren’t many surprises in the major categories.

Nominations are below, and you can vote in these categories, if you feel so inclined. I’m too lazy to do any of that, but I’ll italicize my choices just for fun. These are the people I think WILL win, not who SHOULD win, because those two things aren’t always the same. We all know it’ll be a sweep for Taylor Swift.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – “7/11″
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + The Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Walk The Moon – “Shut Up And Dance”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Video With A Social Message
Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

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CeeLo Releases “Robin Williams”

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The last we heard from CeeLo Green (unfortunately, it wasn’t the ACTUAL last we heard from him), he was losing gigs and everyone’s respect for being an unapologetic rapist. Now he’s back with a new song about laughing away his pain… like Robin Williams. Um…

I dare not spoil too much of this actual shit show of a song, so I’ll just leave it here so you can listen and wonder who on earth thought this was a good idea. Robin is likely spinning in his grave over this awful mess. So much for resting in peace…

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Kelly Clarkson Covers Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” — VIDEO

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I feel like no one does covers better than Kelly Clarkson these days. She picks the songs we all want to hear and totally kills them. I mean, they’re not better than the originals, but they’re also not worse, which means something in the music world, because I’ve heard some TERRIBLE covers in my day.

When performing at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night, Kelly took a fan request and performed an amazing rendition of Nick Jonas’ hit song “Jealous”, which I have to admit is a total earworm and I love it.  Excellent follow-up to “Bitch Better Have My Money” – I’m a fan.

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Steven Tyler Releases Country Song: Thinks Country Is “The New Rock ‘N’ Roll”

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Steven Tyler is good at lots of things: screaming mid-song, dressing like a hipster Colonel Sanders, and being creepy, but is he good at country music? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Tyler released a new country single, “Love Is Your Name” in May, and the video for it is out now. Observe:

If you like scarves, this is the music video for you!

Rolling Stone calls it “out-of-the-box.” Naw, I think it’s pretty much right in the middle of the damn box. Why country? As he told the magazine,

Country is changing. I think country is the new rock & roll — everyone is trying to stretch out.

Yeah, I don’t know if I can agree with that. I’m a fan of the country classics, like Dolly Parton, but as for new/current country, it really honestly doesn’t do much of anything for me.

Here’s what Tyler has to say about the video:

This video has so many personal elements in it for me. I came from a family that was a touring band. I grew up as a young boy with my pet raccoon and my slingshot. My real band Loving Mary is featured in the video. This song and video resemble what the album will sound like.

Yeah, I’m gonna have to decline.

What do you guys think? Especially curious to hear from country fans.

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Justin Bieber & Diplo’s New Video ‘Where Are U Now’ Is Weird

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Justin Bieber is getting adventurous when it comes to his new music, so he’s teamed up with EDM douchebag Diplo and slightly awkward but really nice guy Skrillex for a new song called “Where Are U Now”. It’s a strange video but a pretty catchy song… not to mention it contains a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shout out to Justin’s ex x 5,000 times, Selena Gomez!

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OMGGGGGG… does this mean they will get back 2gether?! (Insert eye roll here.)

All sarcasm aside, I actually hate myself for how much I like this song, but hey, I’m not immune to a good beat. It’s really well-put together and a total bop, so don’t judge me (too harshly). Have a listen below if you haven’t already and let me know what you think because I need validation that I’m not going crazy by being so into this shit. I really wonder how this collaboration came about, because you know both Diplo and Sonny had dollar signs in their eyes when this collab was finalized. I mean, the video is already up to over 4 million views, which is not too shabby. That’s all Bieber fans, too.

Anyhow, have a listen below!

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Selena Gomez Releases ‘Good For You’

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Selena Gomez is a bit of an enigma to me, I must admit. I don’t really “get” her. She is trying to be taken seriously as some sexy adult pop star, but all I can see is a tiny child and Justin Bieber‘s ex-girlfriend, so I can never really get fully on board. It’s one reason why I can’t buy the bullshit of her new single, “Good For You”, which features A$AP Rocky and is trying so hard to be sexy, it kinda has the opposite effect and just makes me laugh really, really hard. Here, have a listen:

Premiering the song Elvis Duran’s Z100 morning show, Selena basically said she’s letting her music speak for her lately and express her innermost thoughts and feelings, because she has a “trust no bitch” mentality.

“If you’re going to sit here and talk about my life, I have a right to say what I want and obviously I’m going to do it the way I wish to. I don’t trust anyone. It’s something that I have to live with and I have to find the balance of who I want in my life and who isn’t good for me.”

“People are like, ‘We want you to be better!’ And everybody’s like ‘I want you to be better’ and everybody’s like ‘I want you to be healthy,’ ‘I want you to be happy,’ ‘I want you to be this.’ And then the moment you’re trying to find some sort of happiness, it’s so crazy. It’s not safe for anyone! You can’t talk about anything that you want to share with people because it’s going to be ripped apart, and that’s what makes me really sad.”

I don’t even know what to say. I’m sure she’s a nice girl and all, but sorry, I just can’t take her seriously.

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Taylor Swift Is “Elated” Over Getting Apple To Change Their Royalties Policy

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This weekend, Taylor Swift took to her Tumblr account to explain that she wouldn’t be letting Apple Music  stream her latest album, 1989, since they weren’t paying artists, writers and producers during their 3-month trial period. She said she was doing it to stand up for all artists, and apparently it worked, because Apple has done a 180 and now WILL pay everyone during the trial period, after all.

iTunes CEO Eddy Cue took to Twitter to reveal the news, then spoke to Billboard to elaborate on the situation.

eddie cue

And from Billboard:

Cue elaborated that it was Swift’s letter that turned him around on the issue. “When I woke up this morning and saw what Taylor had written, it really solidified that we needed a change. And so that’s why we decide we will now pay artists during the trial period.”

Cue added that Apple had heard the same “concern from a lot of artists,” noting that it was “never our intent” to not compensate artists, rather they were planning to originally negotiate a higher royalty rate, which they will stick with.

Asked if Apple is eating the cost of the 90-day trial period, Cue said, “We’re certainly paying for it, yes. We’re all in.”

Once the decision was made by Cue and Apple CEO Tim Cook, Cue called Swift on the phone from her tour in Amsterdam. “I let her know that we heard her concerns and are making the changes. We have a long relationship with Taylor so I wanted her to hear directly from us.”

Swift’s reaction: “She was thrilled and very thankful and excited to see how quick we responded.”

Oh, I bet she’s thankful and excited. More money! In all seriousness, I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, it’s a matter of principle. All artists deserve to be paid fairly for their work because, well, it’s their work. That’s what’s right. On the other hand, she has so much fucking money that any streaming royalties would be like chump change, so the fact that she’s moaning is vaguely obnoxious… but then I think about the fairness thing and I can’t really hate (and I do love TSwift, generally speaking).

Then again, a photographer has called her out for pretty much doing the same shit she’s accusing Apple of doing to her… so there’s that.

Anyway, Taylor’s happy:


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