Rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club paid a touching tribute to frontman Robert Levon Been's late father at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday (03Aug13) by performing a cover of his band The Call's biggest hit. Michael Been died after suffering a heart attack while working as a soundman for his son's band at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival in August, 2010, and to mark the near-anniversary, his son performed a rendition of The Call's Let The Day Begin, which became an anthem for Al Gore during his 2000 U.S. presidential campaign.
The three-piece was among many highlights at the 2013 SSMF, which was headlined by Linkin Park, and also featured sets by AWOLNation, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Wale, Warren G and Asher Roth.
We're heading towards Summer which means icy boozy beverages, copious movies about super power-laden humans, and lots and lots of outdoor concerts. And in August, there's an explosion of two of those factors: Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. For three days, August 3 through 5, bands take over the city's Grant Park — the same park that held the jubilant crowd the night President Obama won the 2008 election.
And 2012 is going to fill out the picturesque park with tents, stages and sweaty music fans for the lineup chock full of big name acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. Plus, TV fans will be happy to find American Idol alum Haley Reinhart and Community star Donald Glover (as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino) slated for the fest. So yeah, it's going to be a big one. Fire up the Spotify, crank up your headphones, and start listening because this year's lineup is nothing short of huge.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
THE BLACK KEYS
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
AT THE DRIVE-IN
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE TEMPER TRAP
SKREAM & BENGA
THE HEAD & THE HEART
THE BIG PINK
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
TORO Y MOI
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
GARY CLARK JR.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
AMADOU & MARIAM
BAND OF SKULLS
JJ GREY & MOFRO
DUM DUM GIRLS
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
BEAR IN HEAVEN
THE BLACK ANGELS
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
FIRST AID KIT
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND
THE WHITE PANDA
WALK OFF THE EARTH
DRY THE RIVER
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A gracious Beyonce was crowned the queen of the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday night after winning the event's Video of the Year prize and sharing it with Taylor Swift.
Earlier in the evening, Swift's magic moment -- as she claimed the Best Female Video prize -- was interrupted and ruined by Kanye West, who stormed the stage to protest the honor and proclaim it belonged to Beyonce. (Scroll down for the clip.)
The shocked "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" singer simply looked on in disbelief as West embarrassed Swift.
But triple winner Beyonce made sure Swift had a moment towards the end of the show when she insisted the country star join her onstage as she accepted the night's big award.
Beyonce said, "I remember being 17 years old, up for my first MTV award with Destiny's Child, and it was one of the most exciting moments in my life, so I'd like for Taylor to come out and have her moment."
Swift strolled onstage to a standing ovation and quipped, "Maybe we could try this again," before making the acceptance speech she would have earlier -- if a rude West had allowed her to finish.
The edgy evening was dominated by controversy, tributes and stellar performances from Beyonce, Pink, Jay-Z, Muse, Swift and triple winners Lady GaGa and Green Day.
As well as West, show host Russell Brand and GaGa provided the controversy -- comic Brand made lewd references about Katy Perry, GaGa, Beyonce and Swift, and GaGa shocked by pretending to die in a bloody mess onstage at Radio City Music Hall.
Her performance of "Paparazzi," though a talking point, was not the night's live highlight -- that belonged to Beyonce, who took the stage with 30 lookalikes to sing and dance her way through megahit "Single Ladies."
Meanwhile, Pink also stunned with a gymnastic, high-flying show, wearing a pink heart covering the nipple on her exposed left breast, and Beyonce's husband Jay-Z concluded the performances with an Alicia Keys collaboration on New York anthem "Empire State of Mind."
Among the tributes, double winner Eminem dedicated his Best Hip Hop Video trophy to late pal Proof, and house act Wale took a moment to remember Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein, who was part of the house band last year.
But the VMAs opened and closed with the biggest tribute to Michael Jackson -- Madonna and Janet Jackson honored the King of Pop at the beginning of the show and the first trailer for his This Is It concert-rehearsal movie closed it.
The winners of what will surely be one of the most-talked about MTV Video Music Awards shows ever were:
Breakthrough Video - "Lessons Learned" by Matt & Kim
Best Female Video - "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift
Best Rock Video - "21 Guns" by Green Day
Best Pop Video - "Womanizer" by Britney Spears
Best Male Video - "Live Your Life" by T.I.
Best Hip Hop Video - "We Made You" by Eminem
Best New Artist - Lady GaGa
Video of the Year - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce
Best Art Direction - "Paparazzi" by Lady GaGa
Best Choreography - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce
Best Cinematography - "21 Guns" by Green Day
Best Direction - "21 Guns" by Green Day
Best Editing - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyonce
Best Special Effects - "Paparazzi" by Lady GaGa
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