Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to recap the 2015 ‘iHeart Radio Music Awards’! This award show was full of talented winners, unforgettable performances, and a host (Jamie Fox) that definitely kept the audience’s attention. So if y’all are ready, let’s jump into the recap (in order to not keep y’all here reading for an hour, I selected just a few performances to discuss).
Winners (I didn’t include some of the winners because then this post would be A LOT longer):
Best Lyrics: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Honestly we all saw this one coming. With an infectious beat and catchy lyrics, Taylor has had us singing along to this song for months.
Hip Hop/R&B Song of The Year: Don’t Tell ‘Em by Jeremih feat. YG
This is an example of another song that has an inescapable beat, which is exactly what landed it at the top of the charts for weeks after its’ release.
Innovator Award: Justin Timberlake
Do we really need to explain this one! With each passing year, Justin Timberlake continues to prove to us that he can release tracks that have us singing and dancing along instantly. He is also able to release music that is either completely new, and/or takes what everyone else is doing in a way that we never would have thought possible. Honestly this is the guy who made suit and ties cool again…enough said (below is a video of Justin’s speech that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel)..
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
With hits like Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One, we have all been jamming to Sam Smith this past year. You gotta love a guy that can constantly make us cry and still fall more in love with him every time we hear his songs.
Best Collaboration: Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
You heard this song EVERYWHERE last year, and we’re still all singing along. But, when you get three superstars like Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj together honestly you can expect no less. We will definitely be dancing to this one throughout 2015.
Best Dance Song: Summer by Calvin Harris
This was the song that made us all wish that summer was a year around thing. Calvin Harris always seems to find a way of releasing songs that we just have to put on repeat. This should definitely be on your upcoming 2015 summer playlist.
Song of The Year: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Ok, again this was a song that we could not (and would not) stop playing because, well it’s just so awesome! This song has a fun beat, unforgettable lyrics, and even an awesome message about, well, shaking all the negative stuff off. Gotta love how Taylor knows exactly what we need to hear.
Artist of The Year: Taylor Swift
I think we covered why Taylor was so successful in 2014. Now the only question on our minds is how will she top it in 2015? We all know whatever she does, it will be awesome!
Performances (for this section I decided to pick 6 acts to talk to y’all about, because honestly if we try to talk about them all, we’ll be here all day):
Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson:
Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson performed their new song Trouble. The number was very elaborate, and began with Iggy and Jennifer emerging on to the stage, dressed like a prisoner (Iggy) & a cop (Jennifer). Iggy danced around the stage with her background dancers, until they eventually moved to another set that had pink prison phones, another set that looked like a public bathroom, and a final set that had a giant cage. It was a very fun performance, that was a great way to kick off the show.
Meghan Trainor performed her song Dear Future Husband later in the show, and really showed us just how captivating of a performer she is. This cool number began with Meghan on stage dressed in a black long pencil skirt, a coral blouse, and a white and black polka dot sailor hat. The nautical meets 1950s theme continued with Meghan’s large brass band (that played in the background throughout her performance), standing on a leveled band stands, which had neon wave decoration on the front of them. Her backup dancers finished off the fun theme with their black pants, suspenders, and straw hats. The performance was so much fun to watch from beginning to end, and proved just why Meghan’s natural star power has given her such a big year (below is a video of Meghan’s performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
Later on we had a breathtakingly beautiful performance from Best New Artist winner Sam Smith. Sam performed his song Lay Me Down. After all of the previous performances that got us up and dancing, this performance definitely slowed things down without losing our attention. The number had numerous candles all around the stage, and the lighting very dim, which added an intimate, acoustic feel to the performance. Of course Sam blew us away with his hauntingly beautiful voice, and once again proved that he is here to stay.
Country Song of The Year winner Jason Aldean performed his award winning song Burnin’ It Down. This was another really fun performance that definitely brought the energy back up, after Sam Smith’s performance. The staging included A LOT of fire pits, which added to the whole country meets rock vibe the song has (below is a video of Jason’s performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
Madonna & Taylor Swift:
Next up we had a very cool performance from Madonna & Taylor Swift, who performed Madonna’s song Ghosttown. The song began with Madonna singing the song accompanied by a guitarist, while the dim lighting on stage “hid” her guitarist’s identity. The guitarist was later revealed to be Taylor. This was a really interesting number, that was very different than anything else we saw on the show that night. Both artists did a fantastic job (which isn’t surprising), and this was definitely a performance everyone on the Internet will continue to talk about for a while.
Jamie Foxx & Chris Brown:
Of course we couldn’t end this recap without talking about the last number of the night (which was performed by the host of the show Jamie Foxx). The two performed Jamie’s new single ‘You Changed Me’, which began with Jamie performing the song on the piano with dim stage lighting, before the beat picked up, and the stage lit up. The song was very well choreographed, and showed off both artists’ performance skills. This high energy performance was the perfect way to end the night, and definitely got the audience excited for Jamie’s upcoming album, which drops later this year (below is a video of Jamie & Chris’ performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss our predictions for who will win awards at the 2015 Grammy Awards! I choose 8 random categories (you can check out the rest of the nominees here: GRAMMY.com | The Official Site of Music’s Biggest Night) for us to look at, and added a few sentences why I think that these artists/songs will win. This is a really competitive year, so if y’all have any counter suggestions please let me know in the comments section below. Ready? Let’s go!
Record of the Year:
Fancy by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
You couldn’t escape this song in 2014, and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Fancy received overall positive reviews upon its’ release, and was able to hold on to the #1 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks.
Album of the year:
Beyoncé by Beyoncé Knowles
Ok, when an artist can release an album without any previous announcements or promotion, and the album debuts at #1…well that’s really awesome! The album sold so many copies within the first 3 days (828,773), that it has become the fastest selling album in the history of the iTunes Store…sounds like album of the year to me.
Best new artist:
This year Iggy became the fourth solo female rapper to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the first female & non-American rapper to be featured on XXL Magazine’s annual Top 10 Freshmen cover issue (an issue that names the top 10 up an coming rappers, that is credited for giving any rappers the exposure necessary to become instant stars) also, she joined the Beatles as the only acts to ever have their debut Hot 100 at #1 & #2 simultaneously, she also passed rapper Lil’ Kim as the female rapper with the longest-leading #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Yeah, she definitely seems to have the tile of artist of the year locked down.
Best pop duo/group performance:
Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
This song (which features 3 really big stars) has gone triple platinum in the U.S., and had the 3rd largest sales debut for a song in 2014. Bang Bang also played non-stop on all mainstream radio stations ALL year in 2014, so it’s definitely a huge contender for this award.
Best country song:
I’m Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
This song appeared as the theme song for Glen Campbell’s 2014 documentary I’ll Be Me 9which received numerous positive reviews), and is the final studio recording ever released from the legendary singer/songwriter. With a career that spanned over 50 years, and included: countless awards in music & film, a 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, hosting a variety show entitled The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and so much more than I can include in this post. Because of his extraordinary career, and the fact that this song is extremely awesome, I definitely think that he deserves this award.
Best country album:
Platinum by Miranda Lambert
With singles such as: Automatic & Something Bad, we couldn’t get Miranda out of our heads this year. This album also made Miranda the first artist in history to start her career with five consecutive #1 albums. Platinum has also received nearly unanimous positive reviews from numerous critics. In the past year Miranda has been on a serious roll, so I don’t expect this to end anytime soon.
Best country duo/group performance:
Gentle on My Mind by The Band Perry from the Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me Soundtrack EP
Now this song previously won 4 Grammy Awards when it was originally released in 1968 (which proves how awesome the song is), and has gotten A LOT of radio play since it was released late this year. It has to be hard to cover such an iconic song from an extremely legendary artist (and the fact that this song appeared on that legend’s last project adds a little bit more pressure), despite all this pressure, The Band Perry really proved that it can raise to the challenge.
Best rock song:
Ain’t it Fun by Paramore
Ok, you know that you were jammin out to this song all year! This was definitely a change of pace for this band; however it was a risk that really paid off for them. This song is also Paramore’s highest peaking song, made the album it appeared on (also entitled Paramore) this band’s first album to produce two Top 40 hits, and was certified Platinum in the U.S.
Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, I am going to reintroduce you to an amazing vocalist that I KNOW you are very familiar with (if for some reason you’re not, then you NEED to check her out…after you finish reading this blog, I promise you won’t be disappointed J). This vocalist has had hit singles, has wowed the mentors on the NBC hit singing talent show ‘The Voice’, and has toured all over the world! At just 22 years old, this singer/songwriter has a resume that many seasoned performers would kill for. Who is this amazing vocalist you may ask? None other than the uniquely talented Jordan Pruitt (remember this name folks, because you will continue to hear it for years to come).
Jordan Pruitt was born on May 19, 1991 in Georgia. She began singing at the tender age of 4 with her father’s band in her local church. Jordan continued to perform and perfect her craft, and at the age of 14, she auditioned for Hollywood Records, and received a record deal that very day. Two months later the music video for her debut single, ‘Outside Looking In’ was filmed (the song was also featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Read it and Weep’, which was released in July of 2006, and the ‘Girl Next’ album, which was released in August of 2006). In October of 2006, Jordan released a cover of the 1979 Sister Sledge classic, ‘We are Family’ for the Disney Movie ‘Air Buddies ‘. In January of 2007, Jordan released the track ‘Jump to the Rhythm’, which was included on the soundtrack of the highly successful Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Jump In’, which starred Keke Palmer (who starred in ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’, ‘True Jackson VP’, etc.) and Corbin Bleu (who starred in the High School Musical trilogy, ‘Catch that Kid’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, etc.). In February of 2007, Jordan released her first album ‘No Ordinary Girl’, through Hollywood Records (which as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 4 out of 5 stars). The album peaked at #64 on the U.S Billboard Charts and the album’s singles were instantly fan favorites on Radio Disney (a radio station owned by Disney). In April of 2007, Jordan covered ‘When She Loved Me’ (originally performed by Sarah McLachlan for the Disney/Pixar animated hit ‘Toy Story 2’) for the Disneymania5 album. In July of 2007, Jordan released her track ‘Teenager’ (the last single off of her debut album), which was a fan favorite, and was in constant rotation in Radio Disney.
2008 was another HUGE year for Jordan, and presented numerous opportunities, where she was able to demonstrate her unique vocals. In May of 2008, Jordan lent her amazing vocals to the ‘DisneyMania6’ album, with her cover of the song ‘Ever Ever After'(which was made popular by Carrie Underwood for the Disney movie ‘Enchanted’, her version of the song also appeared in the 2008 CD, ‘Princess Mania’). .Jordan released her sophomore album ‘Permission to Fly’ exclusively to the tween clothing store ‘Limited Too’ in July of 2008. The album was later given a wider release, and its’ singles were added to the Radio Disney rotation. The album produced two singles, entitled ‘One Love’ and ‘My Shoes (which were both later performed by Jordan at the 2008 Disney Channel Games). In September of 2008, Jordan’s amazing vocals on her song ‘I Wanna Go Back’ (which was a non-single track off of Jordan’s sophomore album), appeared on the ‘Disney Girlz Rock 2’ album. She also sang a song entitled ‘Take to the Sky’ in September of 2009, for the soundtrack of the Disney movie ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’. In November of 2008, she sang the song ‘Celebrate Love’, which was included in the ‘Disney Channel Holiday’ album. Her single ‘One Love’ (off of ‘Permission to Fly’), also appeared on the ‘Radio Disney Jams 11’ album, which was released in January of 2009. Jordan also lent her vocals to the son ‘This Christmas’, which was released in October of 2009 on the ‘All Wrapped Up Vol., 2’ CD.
In February of 2011, Jordan parted ways with her label Hollywood Records, and signed with’ Jonas Records’ (a record label established by the popular boy band the ‘Jonas Brothers’). Jordan released her next single ‘Hey Shy Boy’ in November of 2011, and as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Jordan parted ways with Jonas Records in 2012, and continued to hone her craft. In September 2012, she covered Katy Perry’s mega hit ‘The One That Got Away’ on the “blind auditions” on ‘The Voice’. She chose to become a part of ‘Team Christina’ (which was mentored by superstar Christina Aguilera). Jordan made it to the next round of the competition (which is called the ‘Battle Round’), and sang another Katy Perry hit entitled ‘Hot and Cold’ although Jordan did very well in the battle, she was eliminated after this round. Jordan has made covered videos on YouTube channel since December of 2007. In April of 2013, she released her version of The X Factor UK’s season 6 runner-up Olly Murs’ hit ‘Troublemaker’ to ITunes, (which Jordan performed as a duet with Nickelodeon actor/vocalist Max Schneider).
Jordan has toured all over the world as the opening act of numerous successful acts, as well as on her own. In 2006 she toured with the highly successful group ‘The Cheetah Girls’, and was included on numerous dates on the ‘High School Musical: The Concert ‘in 2006 and 2007. Jordan has also toured with numerous successful acts such as: Corbin Bleu, The Plain White Tees, Drake Bell (who starred in the hit Nickelodeon show ‘The Amanda Show’ and ‘Drake and Josh’), and the Jonas Brothers. In 2008, Jordin was a part of the ‘Tour of Gymnastics Superstars’, and sequentially toured in over 20 states across the continental United States. In 2009, Jordan opened for the Demi Lovato (who has starred in the highly successful Disney franchise ‘Camp Rock’ and the Disney show Sonny with a Chance, is one of the former X Factor U.S. judge, etc.) and David Archuleta (the runner-up of American Idol season 7).
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