Tonight saw Willow Smith unveil her latest music video ‘I Am Me‘ at the 2012 BET Awards Pre-show.
A moving piece on individuality and ‘only living once’, the heartfelt visual sees Ms. Smith ditch the pomp and pageantry we met in ‘Whip My Hair‘ and show the world a side of her it’s never seen before.
The stars shine for Urban music’s biggest calendar night – the 2012 BET Awards! Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the show airs live tonight from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium! As some of the industry’s biggest stars arrive to the scene, see and sound off on the fashion hits and misses below…
With the BET Awards 2012 set to get under-way live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium in a few hours, That Grape Juice’s ‘BET Awards 2012: Your Shout!’ area goes live right now!
Tonight’s show boasts performances from Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown, as well as an All-Star tribute to the late great Whitney Houston. Undeniably, Urban music’s biggest events of the year.
Here you can post your views on anything and everything regarding the show. Pre-Show rumours…Who you’re looking forward to seeing… Who you feel rocked the red carpet, who should have skipped it altogether… Who deserved to win what…performances…and all that good stuff – before, during, and after the show….
Despite the successes of Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and the like, Female Rappers have oft been forced to ‘play the back’ in the game that is Pop music.
Indeed, perhaps the fault of their labels and management teams, Femcees have very rarely enjoyed chart success with their own material, riding on the backs of hits released by the commercially potent acts whose music they feature on.
Now, in what can only mark the beginning of the end to this pattern, Rap Queen Nicki Minaj has extended her lead as one of Pop’s fastest selling debutantes.
Iconic! That is fittest of description for this week’s From The Vault pick. Ladies and gents, we salute Britney Spears for her epic showing at MTV‘s 2000 Video Music Awards.
Performing a rendition of one of her many signature songs, ‘Oops, I Did It Again’, Britney delivers here a stunning spectacle, marking the true beginning of her storied relationship with the VMA’s. For many, this was the on set of the transformation of the ‘… Baby One More Time’ belle.
Setting sail with a shortened version of her Darkchild-produced cover of ‘Satisfaction’ by the Rolling Stones, this showing proved to be controversial after a scantily-clad. Spears, who at the time was still catering to an audience of teeny-boppers, stripped down to a sparkling nude outfit on-cue to perform the tongue-in-cheek ‘Oops’.
The said song and parent album of the same name were blockbuster smashes with the track being a global Top 10 hit and the LP debuting at #1. And, as at writing, remains among the best selling albums of all time with sales exceeding 20 millions units.
What’s so special about this performance, as was routine in her early days, was Spears’ ability to “sell” you her product. The choreography in this specific video isn’t particularly intricate or out-of-this-world, her mic stayed “off” the whole show through (after all, it is Britney, b*tch). Yet, her stage presence is just off-the-Richter and she serves up a whole new dimension to a rather cheese-soaked song, relying solely on her natural charisma and the swag she oozed. Both of which see sadly confined to the past.
This is the Britney we became enamored with, not the robot her team have been carting out over the last
And, while we stay wondering if we will ever see the day the fierce stage-slayer in the clip above returns, we are grateful for artists such as Beyonce, Lady GaGa and Usher for giving us moments as powerful as this VMA’s showing in today’s age.
What are some the most iconic performances of the last few years…for you?