Eminem turned his homecoming show in Detroit, Michigan into a charity fundraiser by completing the ice bucket challenge onstage along with his tour companion Rihanna. The pair's joint tour stopped in the rapper's hometown this weekend (23-24Aug14) and during the second show there on Saturday night (23Aug14), the hip-hop star took the opportunity to raise funds for the ALS Association.
At the end of the concert at Comerica Park, Eminem sat in a chair while Rihanna soaked him with icy water, and then he nominated the pop star for the challenge. Rihanna obliged and was drenched in front of the crowd as the band played Vanilla Ice's hit track Ice Ice Baby.
Other stars to have added their names to the list of ice bucket challengers include actress Reese Witherspoon, who dedicated her soaking to a friend who was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, and new mother Olivia Wilde, who doused herself in her own breast milk.
Once a year, we're treated to a cultural event unlike any other: the MTV Video Music Awards. Some of the moments from ceremonies past will live forever in our mind, from Chris Rock joking about Jennifer Lopez and her derrière's need for more than one limousine to Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim's exposed breast. The show knows how to provoke controversy, and has thus remained a lightning rod for pop culture discussion since it began in 1984. This list isn't about the most controversial moments in the award show's history, but the most mesmerizing live performances it gave us (some of which, yes, surely did drum up some controversy).
1. Madonna - "Like A Virgin" 1984
Possibly one of the most iconic performances ever, period. Madonna's signature wedding dress and 'boy toy' belt are still synonymous with 80s pop culture, and it's all thanks to this performance. She rolls around on the floor quite suggestively, setting the tone for what we've come to expect from both the Queen of Pop and the VMAs.
2. Madonna - "Vogue" 1990
Madonna returned to the stage in 1990, decked out in Marie Antoinette-inspired clothing, and delivered this perfectly choreographed rendition of her classic "Vogue." Though completely covered as an 18th century aristocrat, Madge still managed to sexualize the performance by shoving faces into her bosom and lifting up her skirt to allow her backup dancers a peak beneath.
3. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott - "Like A Virgin/Hollywood Medley" 2003
Now that's how you open an award show. Or is it? The downside of this majesty: it ended up being all anyone could talk about... for ten years. I don't think anything in VMAs history earned this must discussion until the dawn of Miley. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, at the time the two biggest pop stars around, having been so clearly influenced by Madonna, took to the stage to pay homage to her 1984 VMA performance only to be joined by the Queen herself. As everyone knows, eventually the Material Girl smooched both Spears and Aguilera (though for some reason, we mostly just focus on Britney Spears) before Missy Elliott came in and got everyone dancing away the shock.
4. Beyoncé - "Love On Top" 2011
NO. SHE. DIDN'T. This was a moment I'll never forget. Beyoncé came out, annihilated the song (which is an incredible feat in and of itself, spanning six key changes in one number), but then dropped the microphone and grabbed her budding baby bump to announce her pregnancy to the world. This performance still gives me chills, and when I think about it, I can't help but want to jump up and down like Kanye does at the end. It's just perfect.
5. Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke (feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) - "We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U" 2013
The performance that everyone knows about... so much so that my grandfather just called me to ask how he can clear "Miley Cyrus twerk" from his YouTube history. In combination with her video for "Wrecking Ball," this performance made sure everyone would be talking about Miley Cyrus for months to come. It provoked discussions about sexuality, racial appropriation, and age differences. Not to mention, it helped destroy a marriage (thus leaving us to deal with a groveling Robin Thicke).
6. Diddy, Sting, Faith Evans, 112 - "I'll Be Missing You" 1997
A tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., this is an undeniably beautiful and meangingful song. Sting coming on stage to perform the sample of "Every Breath You Take" shows more than just artists collaborating to make wonderful music, but it demonstrates the music community coming together in remembrance of loved ones.
7. Beyoncé - "Ring the Alarm" 2006
Beyoncé is a goddess. We know. Beyoncé can do no wrong. We know. At the time of this performance though, Queen Bey was just beginning to prove just how much of a force to be reckoned with she was. I distinctly remember not being familiar with this song as she descended to the stage, but this performance sold me on it. The highlight isn't the amazing trench coat she twirls around in during the beginning of performance, but that unexpected hydraulicks-inspired dance routine that she does in the middle. Girl just slayed and slaaaayed.
8. Chris Brown & Rihanna - "Wall to Wall"/"Umbrella"/"Billie Jean"/"Kiss Kiss" Medley 2007
Let's go back to a time when saying "Chris Brown" and "Rihanna" in the same sentence didn't immediately present a problem and focus on this gem of a performance from 2007. The two were rising stars with some of the biggest songs of the year, joining forces on stage for a magical moment. Say what you will about Chris Brown, but he's the best dancer we've had around since Michael Jackson. As he table-top dances and leaps from table to table, even eventually paying tribute to MJ, we were reminded of just how good he is.
9. Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" 2009
Ladies and gentleman, Lady Gaga has arrived. She gave the sort of performance we've come to expect from her: theatrical, filled with musical ability, bizarre, and shocking. Mostly in the way it ended, with Mother Monster hanging on stage and bleeding to "death." Um... this was truly a shocking moment, even for her.
10. Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U" 2001
What made this one memorable? For one thing, she beings the performance in a cage with a tiger. That's just the start. Then she gives us the sort of magnificent dance routine that we love so much we're willing to worship whatever she does now just in memory of a performance like this. Just as you're thinking it won't get any better, the python comes out and Britney shimmies around the stage with the albino snake around her shoulders. (Can you believe there is an entire generation of people who were only able to witness Britney performances like "Gimme More?" I shudder to think).
11. Britney Spears - "Satisfaction/Oops! I Did It Again" 2000
This performance is perfect (and by that, we mean that it's flawed in a variety of ways, but if you're looking for real singing or anything substantial, watch the Grammys and hope for the best). Watching it now, knowing that she's going to rip off that suit and hat and give us one of the best choreographed hair tosses ever recorded, we can't help but get excited. The nude body suit and that booty grab at the 2:00 mark really cemented her place as a sex icon (as if the subtle schoolgirl costume and red latex catsuit hadn't already).
12. Hole - "Violet" 1995
Courtney Love is nothing if not raw. She dedicated this performance to a slew of deceased musicians and loved ones, including husband Kurt Cobain and bandmate Kristen Pfaff, and proceeded to rock out in typical Courtney style and tried to destroy everything on the stage. This, of course, happened before she threw the contents of her purse at Madonna and struck up a conversation in the middle of an interview.
13. Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady" / "The Way I Am" 2000
Eminem made a statement in 2000 by proving that he was the real Slim Shady, marching through Radio City Music Hall with a sea of imitators. More impressively is how many times he grabs his crotch. You'd think he was in genuine fear of being assaulted or something.
14. Kid Rock (feat. Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joe C.) - "King of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Bawitdaba"/"Walk This Way" 1999
What's not to like about this performance? As much as I wish I didn't like Kid Rock, I have to give him his props. This performance was stellar, and is probably one of the only performances on this list that my brother enjoyed watching too (just kidding, we mentioned Britney Spears stripping into a nude bodysuit, right?).
15. Michael Jackson - Medley 1995
At a whopping fifteen minutes long, this performance is more of a Michael Jackson concert than a VMA performance. However, it's definitely one of the better ways to spend fifteen minutes, as this performance is jam-packed with everything you'd expect from a Michael Jackson performance. He is the King of Pop, after all.
M.I.A was booed during her headline set London's Lovebox Festival on Saturday (19Jul14) as the show was blighted with technical problems. The Paper Planes hitmaker complained onstage that she could not hear sound through her earpiece and asked for her microphone to be turned up.
Halfway through the set, she invited members of the audience to dance onstage with her, but shortly afterwards, the sound cut off and the screens went blank.
M.I.A. went offstage during the power cut, which was reportedly caused by an audience member knocking a cable, and returned several minutes later when it was fixed.
She performed three more songs, which were also blighted by poor sound quality, before cutting her set short, prompting boos and complaints from festival-goers on Twitter.com.
Rapper Eminem suffered a similar fate earlier this month (Jul14) when his concert in London was ruined by poor sound quality.
Hundreds of Eminem fans have blasted organisers of his concert at London's Wembley Stadium on Friday (11Jul14), alleging poor sound quality ruined the performance. The Stan hitmaker took the stage on Friday night after he was refused permission to perform in the city's Hyde Park because his lyrical content was deemed too offensive.
While many fans applauded the hip-hop star for his hits-packed set, which included a guest appearance by Dr. Dre, others took to Twitter.com to take aim at the sound quality, and some reported seeing attendees leaving early in protest.
One fan writes, "The sound is total rubbish to put it kindly at the #EminemWembley gig if it doesn't get better after the support I'll be super disappointed," while another remarks, "Not the best I've seen Eminem, but hey, Dre showed up! (also sound at Wembley Stadium is really Not Great)."
Yet another disappointed guest told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I'm a big Eminem fan but this is the first time I'd seen him live. He was good but the set up wasn't great and the speakers were rubbish, for Wembley, you'd expect them to be better. We saw quite a few people leave because of the sound."
A post on the venue's Twitter.com account during the performance said organisers were aware of the sound issues and had made adjustments, reading, "We are aware of some sound issues from earlier tonight & have monitored & adjusted it where necessary. We thank you for your patience."
The rapper is due to perform at Wembley Stadium again on Saturday (12Jul14).
Rapper Eminem was banned from performing a gig in London's Hyde Park over his controversial lyrics. The hip-hop star had hoped to perform a huge concert in the central London green space as part of the annual British Summer Time festival, but he booked two gigs at Wembley Stadium instead.
He hinted at the drama by posting a message on his Instagram.com page which reads, "Never mind Hyde Park, it's Eminem (at) Wembley Stadium."
Now emails obtained by British tabloid the Daily Mirror reveal Eminem's original plan was rejected by officials at The Royal Parks, the government body which looks after several of London's most famous outdoor spaces, over fears his lyrics are not suitable for the venue.
Royal Parks boss Linda Lennon branded the rapper's lyrics "offensive" and "unsuitable", adding in a message about the planned concert: "This artist flags risks across the board. In particular in respect of our public reputation."
The 2014 British Summer Time festival, which kicks off next month (Jul14), features headline performances from acts including Black Sabbath, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and British rockers The Libertines.
Eminem is slated to perform at Wembley Stadium on 11 and 12 July (14).
Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Robin Thicke and Jennifer Lopez were among the big winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14), each taking home top honours. The SexyBack hitmaker, who is currently on his world tour, emerged victorious in a total of seven categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist, while he also claimed the title for Top Billboard 200 Album for The 20/20 Experience.
Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke were also multiple winners on the night, while Lorde had double the reason to celebrate as she was named Top New Artist and her hit Royals earned her the Top Rock Song prize. It was also a big night for Jennifer Lopez, who opened the Las Vegas ceremony by joining Pitbull and Claudia Leitte to perform their official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer anthem, We Are One (Ole Ola).
She returned to the stage almost three hours later to close the show with her new song First Love as she was feted with the Icon Award by pal Ricky Martin and rapper Iggy Azalea, while video tributes from the likes of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Cameron Diaz, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige were shown on a big screen. She grew emotional as she gave thanks to her friends, family and key colleagues and she wrapped up her acceptance speech by addressing all the youngsters watching the awards on TV, telling them, "Have faith, think big, dream big and know that anything is possible. You never know where you might end up. Thank you, I love you."
Other show highlights included Ricky Martin's energetic Vida and Lorde's first TV rendition of her new single Tennis Court. There was also a pre-taped Birthday surprise from Katy Perry, who recorded a segment from her recent gig in Newcastle, England, where she plucked a real birthday girl from the audience and serenaded her onstage, for the awards show, while footage from Miley Cyrus' concert in Manchester, England last week (14May14), when she sang a cover of the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, also aired.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, presented by rapper Ludacris, is as follows:
Top Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist - Lorde
Top Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist - Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group - Imagine Dragons
Top Touring Artist - Bon Jovi
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Billboard 200 Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Hot 100 Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Hot 100 Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Radio Songs Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Digital Songs Artist - Katy Perry
Top Digital Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Miley Cyrus
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball
Top Christian Artist - Chris Tomlin
Top Christian Song - Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is
Top Christian Album - Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Volume II
Top Country Artist - Luke Bryan
Top Country Song - Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, Cruise
Top Country Album - Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Top Dance/Electronic Album - Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Top Latin Artist - Marc Anthony
Top Latin Song - Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida
Top Latin Album - Marc Anthony, 3.0
Top R&B Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top R&B Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top R&B Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Rap Artist - Eminem
Top Rap Song - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Top Rap Album - Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top Rock Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Song - Lorde, Royals
Top Rock Album - Imagine Dragons,
Night Visions Milestone Award - Carrie Underwood
Icon Award - Jennifer Lopez.
DJ Avicii had a strange Thursday (27Mar14) - he was hospitalised hours after picking up two big honours at Germany's answer to the Grammy Awards. The Swedish dance music star was forced to scrap his Miami, Florida concert on Thursday night after he fell ill.
As WENN went to press it wasn't clear what prompted the Wake Me Up hitmaker to check into hospital, but his health emergency came just hours after he learned he'd won honours for Best Electronic Dance Music Act and Best Single for Wake Me Up at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin.
The DJ, real name Tim Bergling, wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for his show in Florida.
Echo winners also included: Robbie Williams (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Birdy (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Female), Depeche Mode (Best International Rock/Pop Group), Eminem (Best International Hip Hop/Urban Artist), German rockers Die Toten Hosen (Best Live Act), Tim Bendzko (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Ina Muller (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Female), violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Sterling (Best Crossover Act), Helene Fischer (Album of the Year for Farbenspiel), and Swiss singer Beatrice Egli, who stunned experts by beating favourites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to the Best International Newcomer award.
The show featured performances by Kylie Minogue, James Blunt and Birdy, among others, and Swiss duo Yello stunned the audience with a live remix of their 1985 hit Oh Yeah, recorded on Boris Blank's cellphone as they collected the Echo award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Eclectic R&B star Janelle Monae is set to perform a private concert for bosses at America's National Football League (NFL) in the run up to the Super Bowl championship game, which will take place in New Jersey on 2 February (14). The singer was hired as the main performer at the NFL Owners Party for a reported $150,000 (£100,000) after rapper Eminem allegedly tried to charge $2 million (£1.3 million) for the gig. Editors at TMZ.com claim Kanye West was also ruled out by his $1 million (£670,000) fee.