Forever the Queen of Tejano Music
20 years ago today, on March 31, 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was gunned down and murdered at the far too young age of 23 — in the literal prime of her life. At 23, Selena was a Tejano Music superstar and was on the verge of breaking through into the Pop Music mainstream. Had Selena not been murdered, it is my opinion that she would’ve gone on to enjoy a Jennifer Lopez level of stardom (which is so ironic considering J. Lo‘s meteoric rise to fame began when she portrayed Quintanilla in the biopic film Selena back in 1997). As a kid growing up in Michigan, I wasn’t really aware of Selena‘s fame until after her death but my family members in Texas were huge, devoted fans who were gutted when Selena was killed. I did go back and listen to Selena‘s music (her songs are in heavy rotation on my most favorite playlists, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is prob my fave go to Selena song) and fell in love with her story in the biopic and became one of her biggest posthumous fans. Today is a sad anniversary but Selena‘s impact on the world of music is still felt 20 years after her death so I decided homage needed to be paid. Click through the gallery to see some of my fave photos of Selena then click below to read excerpts from an interview that the Associated Press did with Selena‘s father Abraham Quintanilla. More »
Last night, Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre paid tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy in a fitting and poignant way. As you may know, Nimoy‘s impact on the nerdy TV sitcom has always been clear so it was very touching that the show decided to honor him in the wake of his tragic death last week. At the end of all of his TV shows, Lorre flashes a title card during the credits that offers commentary or insight on the news o’ the day (he famously feuded with Charlie Sheen back when he was fired from Two and a Half Men). At the conclusion of last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre‘s episode title card was devoted entirely to Leonard Nimoy. See it below. More »
"Wanna get rowdy / Gonna get a little unruly"
Earlier today we saw amazing video of Christina Aguilera doing her best singing impression of Britney Spears and right now, we get to hear Ed Sheeran put his spin on a Xtina song. Ed stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge today to perform a cover of Xtina‘s 2002 song Dirrty and as you can hear above, he was able to transform the song into his own style of music. A few days ago, we saw video of Chvrches covering Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake in the Live Lounge and I’d say Ed‘s cover of Xtina‘s song is just as transformative. Check out the video above and hear Ed singing about sweatin’ til his clothes come off as he gets a little Dirrty with Xtina‘s pop hit.
A pathetic statement, I might add
For whatever inexplicable reason, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences decided not to include the late Joan Rivers in the In Memoriam tribute that aired during the telecast of The Academy Awards on Sunday night. As soon as the tribute was shown, a great many people took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the blatant omission. In response to the angry outcry, the Academy released an official statement that is so pitifully short that it’s almost not worth mentioning. Considering Joan’s long career in entertainment, including her appearance in more than a dozen films over a thirty year period (including Spaceballs, Rabbit Test’ and the documentary film A Piece of Work, to name but three), one would think that the simple mention of her name during the Oscar In Memoriam tribute might be warranted. More »
This video is pretty much everything
Singer Christina Aguilera made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote her upcoming return to The Voice and she played a little game with Jimmy called Wheel of Musical Impressions. Xtina did singing impressions of artists like Cher and Shakira … but it was her impression of our dear Britney Spears singing This Little Piggy that is TRULY the only thing worth talking about today. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery … and Britney should be very flattered today because Xtina‘s impression of her is pretty darn perfect. Have a listen above and LOVE.
Seriously, can Xtina release her Britney impression as a new single cuz, I’d buy it for sure.
By pretty much most accounts, Lady Gaga delivered one of the greatest performances at the Academy Awards last night … undoubtedly, she gave one of the most talked-about performances of the night. Gaga performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music in tribute to the Academy Award-winning musical film and she managed to bring the house down inside the Dolby Theater AND win the fevered praise of fans around the world. For most of the Oscars, Gaga was the butt of meme jokes because of the silly red gloves that she wore on the red carpet but once she opened her mouth to sing the songs featured above from The Sound of Music, the laughs turned to applause:
At the end of her performance, Julie Andrews
came out on stage to heap more praise on Gaga
and, well, in the span of just a few minutes — after one performance — Gaga
changed people’s perceptions of her completely around. Click the embed above to watch Lady Gaga
‘s tribute to The Sound of Music
and please tell me … do you love it or nah?
A Wonder-ful Medley
Last night, CBS aired a television special titled Songs in the Key of Life in honor of the music of Stevie Wonder which included tribute performances of Wonder‘s work by Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder, Ariana Grande, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott, India Arie, Janelle Monaé, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli and Stevie Wonder himself. Additionally, a powerhouse trio made up of Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark, Jr. performed a medley of Stevie Wonder songs including Fingertips, Master Blaster (Jammin’) and Higher Ground, which you can watch in full above. This live concert tribute was filmed shortly after the Grammy Awards took place here in LA earlier this month so these performances are super fresh. Did you watch the tribute special last night? What did you think?
The Film turns 30 this Sunday
The classic John Hughes film The Breakfast Club will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release in theaters this Sunday and to celebrate, the movie is being re-released in movie theaters in March. The Breakfast Club was released on February 15, 1985 and to mark the occasion, Universal Pictures is bringing the movie back to theaters complete with an introductory featurette that will look back on the film’s legacy and continuing impact on pop culture. Additionally, a new musical theater production of For The Record: Dear John Hughes has opened here in LA and will open in Chicago that pays homage to the music of John Hughes‘s films — including The Breakfast Club. It’s insane to me to think that the movie is now 30 years old. Wow. More »
Inspired, I think, by Missy Misdemeanor Elliott‘s return to the public eye with her performance a couple of weeks ago during the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, dancer Alyson Stoner released a killer dance tribute video to Missy Elliott today. Alyson Stoner, for those of you who may not know, is the little girl who danced her ass off in Missy‘s music videos in the early ’00s. Stoner is all grown up and is still a sick ass dancer … check out the Missy tribute video embedded above to see for yourself. NOW THIS is how you pay tribute to an amazing artist like Missy Elliott. OMG. I LOVE!