Sunday night at the American Music Awards Jennifer Lopez was an awesome host - her positive energy starting the show as she encouraged the audience to get up and dance ... so I did. Jen opened the ceremony with an extended dance routine, set to a medley of the year's biggest hits - including Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, Taylor Swift's Bad Blood and Drake's Hotline Bling. Audience members Nicki Minaj and The Weekend, whose songs were included in the mix.
The Paris attacks were very much on the minds of the other performers and nominees. Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the recent Paris Terrorist Attacks by singing Edith Piaf's "Hymne a L'Amour" in French as some audience members cried. Jared Leto made a moving speech about terror attacks in Paris, recalling the time his band played at The Bataclan. "Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that took place in Paris and around the world," said Leto, who sings with rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. "France matters. Russia matters. Mali matters. Syria matters... The whole world matters. Peace is possible."
Saturday I watched Adele on SNL - looking and sounding great. Her new album, "25", sold at least 2.5 million in its first week, the highest weekly sales for any album in the U.S. since at least 1991 - and is not streaming yet.
One Direction also fared well, being named favorite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row. An absent Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including album of the year and song of the year. Justin Bieber's new album, "Purpose", debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard charts today. Read more ...
Another great show for us country lovers. My favorite performances:
McEntire with Brooks and Dunn ... Justin Timberlake with Chris Stapleton.
In case you missed the memo - Just before the show started it was announced that recently divorced Blake Shelton and his co-star on The Voice - recently divorced Gwen Stefani are dating. It won't last, but having a transition person who is a good friend, is a great way to heal. I just don't see him raising her three young sons but for now they can all enjoy the time and write some great songs.
American fashion designer Jeremy Scott redesigned this year's "moonman", being this the second time the statue has been transformed. Taylor Swift won Video of the Year for "Bad Blood", and presented the Video Vanguard Award to Kanye West. West ended his acceptance speech announcing he will run for president in 2020. Miley Cyrus, this year's host, closed the show by performing along with RuPaul's drag queens.
The Tony Awards were as amazing as ever. I think I sang along with every performance knowing the words as I grew with Broadway musicals - never missing a show.
Bravo to Dame Helen Mirren - named best actress in a play. The leading actor award in a musical went to Michael Cerveris - who played the role of the Observer on Fringe. Anna Wintour - the English editor-in-chief of American Vogue - was enlisted behind the scenes to fix the fashion disaster that is Broadway's and what a job she did. The gowns were all gorgeous - rivaling Hollywood.
Sunday May 17, 2015
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards were amazing ... some things old, some things new, great performances as Taylor Swift made history while debuting her new video "Bad Blood" - her best yet. The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show's history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks' 19-win record.
Sam Smith is here in NYC recovering from vocal surgery so he used cue cards to accept his award. Nice touch. Mariah Carey was amazing and Jennifer Lopez dazzled. Now living in Vegas - Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Brittany Spears, among others.
As the show was sponsored by Samsung, the winner of each award was shown to the audience on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - white with white cover like my phone. Loved it. So many memorable performances and moments.
Kanye was booed and acted like a complete idiot to give another unforgettable performance at the close of the show. Watch here
The Winners -- Great Photos
Monday April 20, 2015
What a great show - the entertainment - the fashions - the co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Sheldon - all set at AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas setting the Guinness World Record and more. My favorite performance was George Straight singing "All my ex's live in Texas."
One of the highlights was Taylor Swift's mom Andrea, diagnosed with cancer this month, making a moving speech about her daughter's life while presenting Taylor with a Milestone Award.
5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards eonline - April 20, 2015
5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards eonline - April 20, 2015
The winners were ... BBC - February 23, 2015
Winners - Academy Awards CNN - February 23, 2015
Oscar Highlights - 15 Photos CNN - February 23, 2015
The 87th Oscars was another star-studded event honoring the talents of some of the greatest stars in show business - some still performing - and others who have crossed over. The fashions, accessories, hairstyles, and more are always worth watching. Lots of winners and passionate speeches. Bravo to Patricia Arquette who demanded equal pay for women in America during her Best Supporting Actress winning speech as Meryl Streep jumped out of her seat, pointed and yelled in agreement. Read more
And then there's the amazing Neil Patrick Harris who never fails to deliver even when he comes on stage in his underwear. Yes we will remember that Oscar moment. Speaking of things remembered ... Idina Menzel (from Queens, NY) and John Travolta were humorous reflecting on John's mispronunciation of Idina's name last year year - this year having fun then presenting an award. Maybe a bit overdone John ...
I grew up in a world filled with Broadway shows, films and though not a performer, enjoyed my dance and music lessons, and going to the theater. One of the best parts of growing in NYC is the future and how it inspires you. Last night Lady Gaga surprised me with her wide range of musical talent while performing songs from "The Sound of Music" - taking me back to the time I saw the show on Broadway - not once but three times. Last night Lady Gaga performed then introduced the star of the original Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, 79.
This Wednesday I return to Broadway to see Beautiful - the story of the life of Carole King a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, Jewish, from Brooklyn, 73, and a curly haired fellow Aquarian. The cast album won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album on February 8, 2015. Watching Carol's current performances reminds me that at any age you can look good, feel good, and create. Another Jewish female sensation born in Brooklyn three-month after Carole King is Barbra Streisand who I also saw on Broadway back in the day and hope to see again in the future.
Watch the wrap-up
February 8, 2015
Psychically it was going to be Sam Smith's night as he won four Grammy's. It was the same energy that surrounded Tom Brady and Malcolm Butler last Sunday at Super Bowl XLIX. Malcolm Butler was a presenter at the Grammy's last night.
Sam Smith, 22, is a great guy and performer not afraid to speak about his issues. In this May 2014 Wikipedia article - he revealed that he is gay and opened up about his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are issues he and I would have talked about straight away if we had a reading.
The performances were amazing - the energies at the Grammy's - over the top.
The commercials - some from Superbowl XLIX - were great - my favorite - Lincoln's new commercial featuring Matthew McConaughey.
Lots of duets - this includes singers and married couples from the entertainment industry. Sam Smith sang "Stay With Me" with Mary J. Blige.
I love being familiar with not only the "greats" in my age group who appeared on the show - but the younger performers and their music.
Watching country performers made me wish I lived in Nashville. Think I'll go back.
Then there was Latin music ... muy bueno.
Hello Prince ... Stevie ... and Jamie Foxx ... looking good, man.
Kanye ... his behavior was unnecessary but what see is new. Does he always have to be the center of attention and cause drama?
Madonna has a great body but flashing her butt at 56 was not necessary. Her performance was well choreographed but the ways she moved spoke of an older woman trying to be young. I'm just used to Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.
In Memoriam ... what a trip down memory lane featuring performers from all venues of music including Robin Williams who once held a Grammy to his ear and said, "This is a wonderful thing. Oh my God. You can actually hear careers ending." Then there was Mike Nichols, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou, and so many more it lifted the grids to a higher harmonic.
It all ended with three of my favorite performers Beyonce, John Legend and Common.
There were six standout moments that you can read about on CNN.
Everything you see on the news, or about read, or often discuss with others, has to do with souls finding freedom - no matter what it takes. This goes along with the emergence of social networking and technology quickly uniting people of like mind and changing the algorithm of our experiment - in both positive and negative ways. Publications this month take us to Paris, the Charlie Hebdo Shootings, and its aftermath.
At the Critics Choice Awards, Jessica Chastain talked about the importance of diversity in the entertainment industry. "Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, so it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry," the actor said as she accepted her MVP Award on Thursday, the same day the Oscar nominations were revealed with the whitest roster in years. Read more ... The winners were ...
Oscars head Isaacs calls for more diversity after row BBC - January 19, 2015
Best song went to "Glory" from "Selma", on the anniversary of the birth of
Martin Luther King. Oprah was in the audience as Common accepted the award.
Speaking of 70's ... For us Seniors ... Jane Fonda, 77
Jane with Lily Tomlin, 75
I love Helen Mirren who turns 70 this year
Viola Davis - The Red Carpet Fashions
Viola Davis - The Red Carpet Fashions
Who rocks it better than Jennifer Lopez
As always there were highs and lows at the Golden Globes and of course a few surprise winners. I was thrilled for Gina Rodriguez who won for "Jane the Virgin", one of my favorite shows of the season. The fashions were again both good and bad but appropriate for the celebrities wearing them. I watched most of the show this morning on DVR.
Transparent won for best TV Series - Musical or Comedy. This is the first show produced by Amazon Studios that won a major award. The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgendered. Last week I read a transgendered man in his 60's who spent the first 20 years of his life as a woman then made the change to male though his genitalia remained female. Interesting challenges to say the least and now he is going through something that unites him with all of humanity, "What is my purpose here? How can I make a difference?"
All about the 2015 Golden Globes CNN - January 12, 2015
When making choices about what to watch, I allow my consciousness to move forward in time to the place where I have already seen the show and know if I will like it. Based on that, Sunday night I watched two favorite shows that rarely disappoint - "Madame Secretary" and "The Good Wife" - both delving into social and political issues in a professional way. Actor Tom Skerritt had one memorable line in "Madame Secretary". "Don't judge a person by their worse moment." It's true. We all make mistakes and have regrets. The point is not to be programmed to repeat them. Most people and things that disappoint you, will do it again and again. Never build your future around them. The star of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies, presented George Clooney with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes Sunday night.
People's Choice Awards
Betty White, 93 was named Favorite TV Icon, a touching moment as actor Chris Evans gave Betty his arm while escorted her up the stairs to receive her award. I often look at people my age most of whom are old and broken, unable to function alone, spending much of their time dealing their physical and emotional problems - hey wait - it's not only us seniors in that category - it's most of humanity. It makes me grateful for having programming that allows me to be healthy and happy - no meds - no issues.
Oprah would say it's about having goals, a passion in life, and more. I see it as my programming, while watching everything I was told at age 11 unfold. It is in part about Z watching over me to that end, the understanding of how the hologram works, and the substitution of various Ellie Crystals in the hologram through the years. (That last sentence may or may not make sense to you but it's a fact.) So on we go with the 2015 award season on many levels - the producers, writers, performers, and everyone who makes our experience in the hologram meaningful - culminating this year on February 22 with the 87th Academy Awards - 5 days after my 72nd birthday.
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