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Who’s Who of Music Battle It Out

The best of the chart toppers will be revealed on May 22 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas when Billboard hands out its Artist and Album awards for the year. You name it: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj will be there either as nominee or performer or both. Rihanna sweeps the nominations getting a record 18 nods out of 46 categories all in all. Eminem with 16 and Lady Gaga with 12. If you want the full list CLICK HERE

The first group of BBMA performers were also announced: Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez (yay!), Lady Antebellum, Taio Cruz and Keith Urban. I hope Britney and Lady Gaga gets added to this list. I have to admit when these big stars gather for an event like this you just gotta tune in whether to check out the winners, performances or even what they’re wearing on the red carpet. I don’t know if the show will air here though… tsk, I guess I have to check with my local cable listing. Who’s excited?

Whether Its Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, The Grammys Got You Covered

Let’s start with the most important: the awardees. Lady Antebellum took home 2 of the most coveted awards of the night: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Need You Now’. I’m personally excited for them! Album of the Year and Best New Artist went to Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding, respectively. Don’t ask, I don’t know anything about them. But I don’t think Bieber should win the latter neither, if anything, it should’ve gone to Drake. Good thing Eminem, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Cee-lo Green, Usher, Train, Rihanna & Lady Gaga didn’t leave the show empty handed. Head to grammy.com for the full list.

Speaking of the crazy, I think you already heard or seen the gigantic egg that arrived at the show carrying the pop phenom. Not even Nicki Minaj’s outrageous hair nor RiRi’s revealing dress nor Ricky Martin’s distracting tight silver jeans nor Katy’s angel wings could upstage Gaga’s antics. Sorry, wrong night girls.

The night’s performers were enough to keep you glued to the screen. Lady Gaga’s anticipated ‘Born This Way’ first live debut proved to be too hyped out (like the song still). Bruno Mars sang a 50s throwback version of Grenade. Gwyneth Paltrow joined Cee-lo and his over-the-top, almost Gaga-like costume in performing ‘Forget You’. Rihanna was also amazing in both her performances, ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’ with Eminem and ‘What’s My Name’ with Drake. A skinny Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera (did you see her fall?) lead the Aretha Franklin tribute opening number. “That was a real sexy ending”, she jokingly said after.

Another great night in music. What do y’all think?

“I’m John Duran and I wish I was an actor”

The 2011 SAG Awards has just concluded and like they always do, the ceremony starts with random actors from the audience stating those lines – minus the ‘wish’ part of course. That one’s mine. Unlike other award shows, since it’s the Screen Actors Guild, the honours are awarded to the actors and the cast only for movies and television. So don’t expect any writing and directing nods. The list of winners is below, and they are as expected. I guess now it’s safe to predict that Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will win the acting trophies on the Oscars as well as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale. On TV, Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family won top honours and Betty White got a surprise win too. I guess the SAG is not much Gleeks since the cast went home empty-handed.

MOVIES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

The People Have Spoken

The 37th PCAs last January 5th hosted by Queen Latifah was studded with A-listers from TV, music and movies, name it! And the winners were quite obvious after all its the ‘people’s choice’ so it is a popularity contest. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dominated the movie categories, heck if it qualified for Favorite Comedy Movie I don’t think Grown Ups stands a chance but still Easy A should’ve gotten it or Date Night. This is the only awards show where Kristen Stewart can beat Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie & Jennifer Aniston. Zac Efron was named Favorite Movie Star Under 25 awkwardly beating ex Vanessa, that’s easy he’s my favorite anything!

On TV, Conan O’Brien’s karma is really turning up beating Oprah, Ellen on Favorite Talk Show Host. Sucks that Pretty Little Liars lost to Dexter for Favorite TV Obsession. I’m curious about the Favorite New TV Comedy $#*! My Dad Says since the book was funny. The Kardashian sisters accepted the Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure award, thankfully it didn’t go to Jersey Shore. And Rachael Ray won the Favorite TV Chef trophy, love her.

Love The Way You Lie proves to be 2010’s biggest single since it won Favorite Song & Music Video. Surprisingly, the night’s performer Selena Gomez & her band The Scene snatched Favorite Breakout Artist from yacht date Justin Bieber as well as Ke$ha, Bruno Mars and B.o.B.

Oh well, let’s just wait for the critics’ choice via the Oscars/Golden Globes/Grammys.

2011 Globe Noms Announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just released the list of nominees for the January 2011 Golden Globe Awards ceremony to be hosted by funny brit Ricky Gervais (again). Glee & The King’s Speech both lead with the most noms: 5 & 7, respectively. HBO garnered 12 noms all in all. Here’s the rundown:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• BLACK SWAN
• THE FIGHTER
• INCEPTION
• THE KING’S SPEECH
• THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Yes! 2 of my fave movies this year & personally, the best as well, were nominated. Of course I’m talking about Inception & The Social Network. Critics are buzzing though with the movie that’s been predicted to be a staple on the Oscars, Colin Firth’s The King’s Speech. We’ll see.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• HALLE BERRY: FRANKIE AND ALICE
• NICOLE KIDMAN: RABBIT HOLE
• JENNIFER LAWRENCE: WINTER’S BONE
• NATALIE PORTMAN: BLACK SWAN
• MICHELLE WILLIAMS: BLUE VALENTINE
Much controversy has surrounded the films Blue Valentine & Black Swan, the former for getting an R rating for a supposed oral sex scene between Ryan Gosling’s & Michelle Williams’ characters which later was changed to an NC-17 rating. Black Swan, for Natalie Portman’s & Mila Kunis’ onscreen kiss & the dark theme of the movie. But I didn’t realize these were critically acclaimed, I guess it helps since I don’t know anything about Nicole’s nor Halle’s movies.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• JESSE EISENBERG: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
• COLIN FIRTH: THE KING’S SPEECH
• JAMES FRANCO: 127 HOURS
• RYAN GOSLING: BLUE VALENTINE
• MARK WAHLBERG: THE FIGHTER
I’d say Jesse Eisenberg! But we have James Franco, who’s realistic take on the true story of a man who had to amputate his arm to escape death garnered a nod. Mark Wahlberg is also in for the said to be strong Oscar contender, The Fighter. Close call.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ALICE IN WONDERLAND
• BURLESQUE
• THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• RED
• THE TOURIST
Its kinda funny that Burlesque was even nominated, oh well I can take that but The Tourist for Comedy? I’m guessing The Kids Are All Right will get this one.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ANNETTE BENING: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• ANNE HATHAWAY: LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
• ANGELINA JOLIE: THE TOURIST
• JULIANNE MOORE: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• EMMA STONE: EASY A
Its great that Anne was nominated since she probably shot the entire film naked but its even greater that Emma Stone gets a nod for Easy A!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• JOHNNY DEPP: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
• JOHNNY DEPP: THE TOURIST
• PAUL GIAMATTI: BARNEY’S VERSION
• JAKE GYLLENHAAL: LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
• KEVIN SPACEY: CASINO JACK
Of course Johnny Depp scores 2 noms in the same category but more so I think Jake Gyllenhaal’s butt getting nominated is an even bigger deal.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
• DESPICABLE ME
• HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
• THE ILLUSIONIST
• TANGLED
• TOY STORY 3
Tough one, but I have to choose Toy Story though I have yet to watch Tangled.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• AMY ADAMS: THE FIGHTER
• HELENA BONHAM CARTER: THE KING’S SPEECH
• MILA KUNIS: BLACK SWAN
• MELISSA LEO: THE FIGHTER
• JACKI WEAVER: ANIMAL KINGDOM

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• CHRISTIAN BALE: THE FIGHTER
• MICHAEL DOUGLAS: WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
• ANDREW GARFIELD: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
• JEREMY RENNER: THE TOWN
• GEOFFREY RUSH: THE. KING’S SPEECH
Hooray for Andrew Garfield! He should bag this one.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
• DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
• THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
• MAD MEN (AMC)
• THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
I guess the biggest snub this year was Lost, who had their series finale this year. I think a lot of people will react to this one. But anyways I see no reason why Mad Men wouldn’t win as they always had.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• JULIANNA MARGULIES: THE GOOD WIFE
• ELISABETH MOSS: MAD MEN
• PIPER PERABO: COVERT AFFAIRS
• KATEY SAGAL: SONS OF ANARCHY
• KYRA SEDGWICK: THE CLOSER

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• STEVE BUSCEMI: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
• BRYAN CRANSTON: BREAKING BAD
• MICHAEL C. HALL: DEXTER
• JON HAMM: MAD MEN
• HUGH LAURIE: HOUSE

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• 30 ROCK (NBC)
• THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
• THE BIG C (SHOWTIME)
• GLEE (FOX)
• MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
• NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
I really don’t get Nurse Jackie but please, please give others a shot aside from 30 Rock like Glee or Modern Family. Whatever happened to Desperate Housewives or Grey’s Anatomy?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• TONI COLLETTE: UNITED STATES OF TARA
• EDIE FALCO: NURSE JACKIE
• TINA FEY: 30 ROCK
• LAURA LINNEY: THE BIG C
• LEA MICHELE: GLEE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ALEC BALDWIN: 30 ROCK
• STEVE CARELL: THE OFFICE
• THOMAS JANE: HUNG
• MATTHEW MORRISON: GLEE
• JIM PARSONS: THE BIG BANG THEORY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• HOPE DAVIS: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
• JANE LYNCH: GLEE
• KELLY MACDONALD: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
• JULIA STILES: DEXTER
• SOFIA VERGARA: MODERN FAMILY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• SCOTT CAAN: HAWAII FIVE-O
• CHRIS COLFER: GLEE
• CHRIS NOTH: THE GOOD WIFE
• ERIC STONESTREET: MODERN FAMILY
• DAVID STRATHAIRN: TEMPLE GRANDIN
I’m biased on the acting nods I think the Glee actors deserve those awards.

Hopefully some of my faves do win. Who’s yours?

The Emmys get Glee’d, Modern Family wins big

Jimmy Fallon let his ‘musician’ side take over as he hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday night. Opening the show with a gleekified number with some of the Glee kids, Jane Lynch & get this: Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Kate Gosselin, Joel McHale, Nina Dobrev, Jorge Garcia, Randy Jackson & Betty White (whew!). It was all good fun – hilarious even! 😀

Then, its time for the awards and speeches. It was clear that Modern Family was a favorite of the Television Academy; winning most awards in the Comedy category including Outstanding Comedy Series. Lynch (loved her speech), Edie Falco & Jim Parsons won their respective acting nods & Ryan Murphy for directing. That stint from the MF cast with George Clooney & Sofia Vergara in 3D was just side-splitting! Ricky Gervais stole the show once again, everytime he appears on these ceremonies riot follows. Top Chef won for reality competition program, The Daily Show with John Stewart for Variety. Temple Grandin for Made For TV Movie. The Pacific for Miniseries. Mad Men remains on top of the Drama category, winning Outstanding Drama Series for another year. Breaking Bad was able to steal some of the spotlight for the acting categories.

Fashion point of view, I loved best Lea Michele on her dark blue Oscar de la Renta. No one really stood out as horrendous for me but there were a handful of blah.

Overall, it was fun, fast-paced & not overly boring like the Oscars. I’m excited though, since this means that the Golden Globes is next which is my fave among the award shows. 🙂

The 2009 AMA Extravaganza

The show set to air on November 22 live from the Nokia Theatre is packed with the biggest names in the industry, the only one probably who will not be there is Michael Jackson, who by the way scored nominations for his Number Ones release. And speaking of big, 2009’s biggest artist Taylor Swift leads the pack with the most noms for the night.

This is going to be one heck of a night, the performers line-up is massive here’s the blow by blow: Adam Lambert, Janet Jackson, Shakira, BEP, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, J.Lo, Mary J. Blige, Lady GaGa, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and the Whitney Houston.

Will awards night favorite Beyonce steal the show once again? Who’s your bet for Artist of the Year? Who will rock the stage?

Let’s all watch and see so be sure to catch the 37th Annual American Music Awards, for the complete list of nominations head to ABC.com.

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