Entertainer of the Decade Saturday, Nov 21 2009 

Each year, Entertainment Weekly chooses an Entertainer of the Year.  This year, they’re crowning an Entertainer of the Decade and giving people a chance to offer their ideas.

First of all — end of a decade?!  How weird is that?  What do we even call this decade?  The 2000s?  The oughts?

Anyway, I started thinking about who best exemplifies the entertainer of the decade — someone who was incredible and revolutionary throughout the entire decade, not part of it.

Here are some of my ideas:

Johnny Depp. Every performance was incredible — and he also broke out with Captain Jack Sparrow, arguably the most inventive performance of the decade.  He also broke out as an A-list star, finally getting the recognition he long deserved, and got several Oscar nominations as well.  Think of all the performances: Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

Pixar. Taking Disney movies to a new level, this studio churned out massive hits that were perfect for kids and funny enough for adults.  Films during this decade include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and the inventive Wall-E.

Kanye West. Love him or hate him, when Kanye West burst onto the scene early in the decade, people couldn’t believe him.  Besides churning out hit songs and producing tons more, being outspoken about just about any issue, and delivering George Bush a beatdown on live TV, he brought fashion to this genre like nobody else (sorry, Diddy).

American Idol. The most popular show of the decade, a permanent fixture in our lexicon, and they managed to turn quite a few nobodies into enormous pop stars, with Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson leading the pack.

iPod/iTunes. They changed the way we listen to music, the way we purchase music, and the way artists release music.  The world will never be the same.

YouTube. It changed TV, music videos, and how view video — and how we entertain ourselves.  Anyone can become a star, but you can never predict what will go viral.

Tina Fey. SNL’s first female head writer, a star on Weekend Update, created and starred in 30 Rock, one of TV’s best comedies, skewered Sarah Palin in a legendary impression, and proved that geeky girls — though beautiful — have a spot in comedy.

The Daily Show. Believe it or not, a comedy show has been the strongest media watchdog out of all of them. This show is as smart as it is hilarious.  It is must-see TV during the presidential elections because it’s the one most likely to point out the absurdities of the candidates and how other networks were reporting.

Britney Spears. We watched her spectacular rise and fall and were captivated every minute of it.  Nobody else better represents the growing popularity of celebrity observation.  In this decade, celebrity blogs grew massively, while celebrity tabloids continued strong, unlike other print media.

But my #1 pick:

J.K. Rowling. She created an incredible, imaginitive world of wizardry with so many layers and details, and who among us hasn’t dreamed of attending Hogwarts?  Both the books and the movies were commercial  and critical hits.  Today, the hottest trend is college Quidditch teams.  Though I think the series would have been better if the final book had ended a few chapters earlier, you can’t deny her influence.  She truly defined this decade.

Any other ideas?

The Best Gift Ever Monday, Jul 20 2009 

I just received the nicest gift of my life.

The guy I’ve been dating heard me play piano for the first time yesterday.  He had wanted to hear me play for quite some time.

Just so the comments won’t be filled with, “What?  I didn’t know you played piano!”, here’s a short summary of my piano life:

I love to play piano.  It’s been my life.  I was groomed to become a professional musician since I was four years old; while in high school, I decided that I didn’t want to turn pro or study music in college.  It wasn’t for me as a career.

When I was 13, I started taking college-level instruction at Boston Conservatory.  I did even did gigs at 13 — a reception at the (then) Ritz-Carlton and background music at a fashion show.

I have perfect pitch — I’ve been playing songs by ear since I was a year and a half old (if you believe my mom) and these days, I mainly play songs I love — anything from Stevie Wonder to Coldplay to 50 Cent (my sister’s favorite piano jam is my version of “Candy Shop”).

My favorite thing EVER is at parties with a group of people gathered around the piano, singing along and calling out requests and me playing them immediately, even if I’ve never tried playing those songs before!

Whew.

Despite my history with piano, I’m pretty private about it.  That’s why people are so often surprised to hear that I play.

Anyway, I had the opportunity to play frequently in college, but since then, I haven’t been so lucky.  Living in Somerville and then Boston, I just didn’t have access to a piano.

Enter my guy.

After hearing me play yesterday, he actually got me a guest pass for one of the universities near my apartment.  And it wasn’t easy to get — he had to fight for it.  But now I can go there and play piano pretty much whenever I want for the rest of the summer.

I was so blown away and touched by his kindness that I nearly burst into tears.

This is one of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me.  I went, and I played my fingers off.  I’m working on a new arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Seems So Long,” and that song has some wonderfully complex harmonies with which I can have a lot of fun.

Remembering Michael Friday, Jun 26 2009 

“OH MY GOD. ARE YOU OKAY?”

That was the message that was texted to me over and over and over yesterday.

I LOVE Michael Jackson.  I probably love him an unhealthy amount.

I’m watching a TV that I own because of Michael Jackson.  I went to Budapest because of Michael Jackson.  I even mentioned my habit of solo Michael Jackson dance parties in my Boston Globe blind date.

My friends all know that, and they knew how upset I would be to hear that he passed away yesterday at the age of 50.

Beyond upset.  Devastated.

I don’t have to go into detail about what made Michael amazing — his incredible ability as a performer; his vocal talent and otherworldly dance moves; his influence on fashion and style; his ability to break down barriers; his generous spirit that set a precedent for celebrity philanthropy.

Michael was amazing.

And he made some SICK music.

I’d like to share a few of my favorite Michael stories.

Rocking Halloween

When I was a sophomore in college, I decided to be Michael for Halloween.  This was in 2003, not too long after he dangled the baby over the balcony in Berlin.

As many of you know, I take Halloween VERY seriously.  It’s my favorite holiday.  I always make my own costumes and add every functional detail I can think of.  (I once covered my body with Sharpie for my Amy Winehouse costume and it didn’t wash off for a week.)

Here is my costume:

And while I whitened my face, hemmed my pants, got a fedora and glove and spent a few weeks learning all of the dance moves to Thriller and Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean when I should have been studying philosophy…that’s not what made the costume.  What made this costume was the baby.  I threw it around in the air and flipped it all night.

That won me first prize at Fairfield University.  Oh, and it was one competitive night in terms of costumes!

That won me the TV that sits in my room to this day.

That’s one of my favorite memories of college.

Discovering Budapest

While studying abroad in Florence, my friends and I were deciding where to spend our fall break when I discovered a candy museum in a little town named Szentendre just outside Budapest.

Their star attraction?  The white chocolate statue of Michael Jackson.

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I HAD TO SEE IT.  I HAD TO SEE THIS STATUE.

That is what motivated me to convince my friends to make Budapest the first leg of our trip.  (Booking two flights for a total of ONE CENT on WizzAir — NO JOKE — didn’t hurt, either!)

And, you know what?  I loved Budapest.  LOVED it.  To this day, it’s one of my favorite cities.

And it was Michael who brought me there.

Let me finish with a guilty pleasure of my childhood.

Captain EO

Yes, the 80s 3D film from Disney is now on YouTube.

To finish…I’m heartbroken. We’ve lost so much, but his music will live on forever.

Love you, Michael.  May you find the peace you were never able to find here on Earth.

God, I still can’t believe it.

U2 in Somerville Thursday, Mar 12 2009 

What do you do when you can’t get tickets to the hottest event in Boston?

If you live for adventures, you don’t let that fact get in your way.

U2 just finished a three-concert tour across the United States.  There were stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.  All the concerts were super-exclusive, invitation-only and in small venues.

And they came to the SOMERVILLE THEATER.

The Somerville Theater in DAVIS SQUARE.  The  theater where I almost had beer spilled onto me during Pineapple Express.  The theater that’s home to the Museum of Bad Art.  The theater where I saw The Slutcracker.

U2!!!

Well, this was the most buzzed-about event to come to Boston in a few months, and the biggest thing to happen to Davis Square — my old neighborhood before I moved to the Back Bay — in YEARS.

Ten thousand people were expected in Davis, so I called Beth (who is a HUGE U2 fan) and we headed up to Davis to hang out outside in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the band.

It was crazy down there!

Ticket holders had to meet up in Assembly Square before they were bussed in.  Talk about exclusivity!

A local office gets into the spirit!

Lisa eventually arrived close to the end of the concert.

We were standing behind the theater because you can always hear concerts from back there.  We couldn’t really hear the music that well, but I downloaded the AOL Radio application so we could listen through Mix 98.5.

They played five songs — “Get On Your Boots,” “Magnificent,” “Breathe,” “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” and “Vertigo” — and then had a Q&A with the audience.

So we waited.  And waited.

It got to be really cold, but it was worth it —

because U2 came out to see the fans after the concert!!!!!  AND I GOT TO TOUCH 3/4 OF THEM.

First, the Edge!

I GOT A WHOLE HANDFUL OF HIS HAND.

Then, Adam Clayton:

Again, I got his hand!

And then…

BONO!!!!!!!

I touched his arm through his jacket…no skin-on-skin, hand-in-hand contact this time, but still!  It’s BONO!!!  Beth got Bono’s hand and she was nearly hyperventilating in happiness.

What a night!

I also have to say that I was so glad I was there with Lisa and Beth.  We always have a blast, no matter what we’re doing, and this was no exception.  Lisa is always great at toeing the line between idolizing and heckling, which she did with Channel 5 and security in particular.  🙂

Also, a few of our friends and family members saw us on television that night!

During times like these, I love my city SO much.

Ten Songs I’m Loving (at the moment) Saturday, Jun 14 2008 

  1. Mary J. Blige, “Everything” — this is a song of my youth that I loved back in the day, and I think it’s so unabashedly romantic without being schmaltzy in any way, and it’s a great song to listen to when thinking about someone you want to be with.
  2. Ne-Yo, “Closer” — His music is the R&B equivalent of cotton candy.  Light, perfect, simple, available in large quantities.  Nothing too deep, but that’s okay.  And I love everything he does.
  3. Gavin Rossdale, “Love Remains the Same” — I think he sounds a lot like Seal, but in less of a club way and more of a rock way.  Beautiful song, too.
  4. Estelle feat. Kanye West, “American Boy” — This song has such a modern sound to it, and I love her voice, too.  And I love Kanye West.  Which brings me to…
  5. Kanye West, “Flashing Lights” — The best song on his album, which says a lot.  Still obsessed with it.
  6. New Kids on the Block, “Summertime” — Oh, come on.  You love it, too.
  7. Plies feat. Ne-Yo, “Bust It Baby” — by all accounts, I should hate Plies.  He has such a lazy style, I don’t like his voice, and he’s unnecessarily raunchy.  Yet I love everything I’ve ever heard by him…he collaborates wisely.
  8. Ashlee Simpson, “Boys” — I never, EVER thought I would enjoy a song by Ashlee Simpson.  EVER.  But while I can’t stand the sound of her voice, this is one of the best dance tracks I’ve heard by a mainstream artist since Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous.”
  9. Colby O’Donis feat. Akon, “What You Got” — a great dance R&B song.  But really, must Akon have himself saying “CONVICT” and the slam at the beginning of every song to which he contributes, not just songs of his own?!  Still, love it.
  10. Chris Brown, “Take You Down” — Is this kid really only 18?  Because this is one of the sexiest songs I’ve heard lately.  I love it because it sounds modern but with a lot of nods to Jodeci-esque slow jams of the 90s.  Love it, love it, love it.

The Effect of American Idol on iTunes Saturday, May 24 2008 

Yikes.  Forgive the scientific title.  It gives me chills and flashbacks to ninth grade honors bio, Science Fair and a purple sweatshirt with green paisley diamonds on it that was worn at least once a week (NOT by me).

Anyway…

It’s no secret that American Idol’s huge popularity has an effect that carries over to iTunes.  When a song is sung, even if obscure, it often jumps onto the iTunes charts.

This was especially evident when Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” jumped from relative obscurity into #1, thanks to Jason Castro’s incredible performance of the song on the show.

This is the first year that American Idol and iTunes have had a partnership.  I’m a big fan of it — the contestants all record one of the songs that they cover each week into a polished track, available immediately on iTunes the day after the results show.  (Of course, during the run of the show itself, they don’t publish songs in the top 100, to keep the voting fair.)

But even before American Idol and iTunes teamed up, songs sung on the show would become the most downloaded tracks in the country.

I was just checking out the iTunes top 100 and I was blown away by how many songs on the charts have to do with the show.  Here are all of them:

First, songs by Season 7 contestants:

  • #1: David Cook, “Time of My Life”
  • #2: David Cook, “Dream Big (American Idol Performance)”
  • #4: David Cook, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (American Idol Performance)”
  • #5: David Cook, “The World I Know (American Idol Performance)”
  • #10: David Archuleta, “In This Moment (American Idol Performance)”
  • #12: David Archuleta, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (American Idol Performance)”
  • #21: David Archuleta, “Imagine (American Idol Performance) [Top 2]”

If you go to more extremes, here are the original versions of songs that have been performed by contestants this season:

  • #46: Chris Brown, “With You” (performed by David Archuleta on Top 3 night)
  • #59: Collective Soul, “The World I Know” (performed by David Cook on Top 2 night)
  • #85: Bryan Adams, “Summer of ’69” (performed by the top 12 at the finale)
  • #96: Aerosmith, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” (performed by David Cook on Top 3 night)
  • #98: Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (performed by Jason Castro on Top 16 night and at the finale)

And, just so we’re covering everything, here are the songs performed by current chart-toppers on the results show:

  • #7: Natasha Bedingfield, “Pocketful of Sunshine”
  • #8: Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
  • #14: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”
  • #23: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air”
  • #24: OneRepublic, “Apologize” (performed with David Archuleta)
  • #37: Maroon 5, “If I Never See Your Face Again”
  • #40: Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”
  • #47: Mariah Carey, “Bye, Bye”
  • #50: Jordin Sparks, “One Step At a Time”
  • #61: George Michael, “Praying for Time”
  • #73: ZZ Top, “Sharp Dressed Man” (performed with David Cook)
  • #97: Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, “Apologize” (performed with David Archuleta)

And finally, songs by past Idols:

  • (Mentioned previously: #14: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”)
  • (Mentioned previously: #23: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air”)
  • (Mentioned previously: #50: Jordin Sparks, “One Step At a Time”)
  • #65: Carrie Underwood, “All-American Girl”
  • #79: Daughtry, “Feels Like Tonight”
  • #88: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, “No Air” (single version)
  • #93: Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”

If you stick to current contestants and the songs they sang on the show, that’s 12 (or 15, if you count the original artist/Idol collaboration performances).  That is a LOT out of 100.

If you count songs recorded by American Idol contestants, that’s 14.

Count every song on iTunes that has been performed on American Idol at some point during this season, and you have a staggering 28 out of 100.

All from one TV show.

Look, FOX, you have a juggernaut of a show that is making you a TON of money.  There’s no reason to make us sit through thoroughly unfunny promotions for new Mike Myers movies that I won’t name here on principle.

David Cook: Guitar Hero Thursday, May 22 2008 

If watching this over and over (and over) again is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

90s Slow Jams Wednesday, Apr 30 2008 

I’ve finally put together my 90s Slow Jams list.  I’ve moved away from generalizations and have pared it down to the most nostalgic songs of my childhood.

When I was 10 years old and in the fifth grade, it finally occurred to me that I could listen to the radio on my own — and on MY stations, not my parents’ — and I ended up discovering the wonders of Jam’n 94.5.  I fell into hip-hop and listened to no other station.

The first CD I bought on my own was TLC’s CrazySexyCool; the second was Boyz II Men’s II.  To this day, R&B is still my favorite genre of music.

Here is my perfect playlist, plucked from my 1995 boombox that I listened to with my door closed and the bathroom radio that I sang along with for way-too-long shower sessions:

  1. Blackstreet — Before I Let You Go
  2. TLC — Red Light Special
  3. Brandy — I Wanna Be Down
  4. Usher — Nice & Slow
  5. Shai — If I Ever Fall in Love
  6. R. Kelly — You Remind Me of Something
  7. Boyz II Men — On Bended Knee
  8. Mary J. Blige — Everything
  9. Keith Sweat — Nobody
  10. Monica — Before You Walk Out of My Life
  11. New Edition — Still in Love
  12. R. Kelly — Bump ‘n Grind
  13. Babyface — Every Time I Close My Eyes
  14. Keith Sweat — Twisted
  15. TLC — Take Our Time

Hotttttt.

Making Music with Sars Wednesday, Apr 16 2008 

My sister, Sars, is a sophomore film major at Emerson College.  She is hilarious and deep, and her films are great — but whenever she needs music in a pinch, she gives me a call to play piano for her.

I write scores for her the way Clint Eastwood does for films like Million Dollar Baby — I just sit at the piano and play whatever comes to mind.  At least I did that in high school.

We just ended up playing whatever pop songs immediately came to mind and recorded them.  Here is the very odd playlist:

  • The Beatles, “Something”
  • Damien Rice, “The Blower’s Daughter”
  • Marvin Gaye (and MANY others), “If This World Were Mine”
  • Britney Spears, “Gimme More”
  • Smashing Pumpkins, “For Martha”
  • The Beatles, “Across the Universe”
  • Ray J, “Sexy Can I”
  • Jon Brion, “Row” and “Peer Pressure” (from Eternal Sunshine)
  • Ryuchi Sakamoto, “Bibo No Aozora / 04” (from Babel)
  • “What Sweeter Music” (FU Glee Club!)
  • David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”
  • David Bowie, “Space Oddity”
  • Ferras, “Hollywood’s Not America”

It will make an interesting soundtrack, indeed.

The greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 1987 Monday, Apr 7 2008 

I thought it was a fluke the first time it happened.

It was a few years ago.  It was brief.  I hoped it wouldn’t happen again.

Until today.

I was listening to Oldies 103.3 when coming home from the supermarket, armed with gnocchi, soy yogurt and FANTASTIC organic Gala apples.  Oldies 103.3 claims to play the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s.

And, in a repeat performance, the station played “I’ve Had the Time of my Life.”

The song from Dirty Dancing.

The song from 1987.

I was born in 1984.  No song released in my lifetime should be considered to be OLDIES!

It’s a total 80s song.  I can’t imagine how anyone would be mistaken.

Say what you want about Amy Winehouse… Sunday, Mar 16 2008 

Yes, she’s a drug addict and alcoholic, and yes, she’s falling apart.

But don’t ever say that she lacks talent.

This acoustic performance of the Zutons’ “Valerie” proves why she deserves every award she has ever won.  This girl is unbelievable. She blows me away. Best of all, there’s nobody else out there like her.

Check it out:

And, just for laughs, I present you YouTube’s newest star: La Pequeña Amy Winehouse!

Hott 90s R&B Mix Saturday, Feb 16 2008 

I ended up downloading several of my favorite sexy and semi-sexy R&B songs from my youth — around 1995 or so, when I was 10 or 11.

Check it out:

  • Jon B, “Someone to Love” (“Pretty Girl” isn’t on iTunes)
  • Brandy, “I Wanna Be Down”
  • Babyface, “Every Time I Close My Eyes”
  • Keith Sweat, “Twisted”
  • Keith Sweat, “Nobody”
  • New Edition, “Still in Love”

I’m digging a bit to find other sexy R&B songs from the mid-90s that I used to love back in the day.  Here are some:

  • Tony Toni Tone, “Lay Your Head On My Pillow”
  • TLC, “Red Light Special”
  • TLC, “Take Our Time”
  • Soul for Real, “Candy Rain”
  • R. Kelly, “Bump n’ Grind”
  • Jodeci, “Freek’n You”
  • En Vogue, “Don’t Let Go”
  • SWV, “You’re the One for Me”

Such a hott mix.  Play some of that stuff for your significant other and the clothes will just fall off.

Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” video Thursday, Feb 14 2008 

You have to watch this video.  Watch it now.  On this Valentine’s Day, some will find this especially appropriate.

Note — this is not quite safe for work, unless the co-worker sitting next to you asks to watch it after you give him a play-by-play and tell him he has to see it.

I love Kanye West.  “Flashing Lights” is my favorite track on Graduation, and I always thought the song had a sexy, sinister air to it.  It’s a great song to walk along with in anger.  He definitely capitalized on that.

Creepy, huh?

Edit: I’ve already had to change the video.  Universal isn’t allowing embedding, so the only embeddable ones keep getting taken down for copyright infringement.

Grammy nominations are out! Friday, Dec 7 2007 

Why do I always have faith that this year, finally, the Grammy people will pick decent nominees? Come on. They might as well call it the Grannys, because these people have the taste of a 90-year-old.

I will start with the absurdity:

Why was this beautiful man not nominated for a single Grammy?!?!

Robin Thicke made one of the most notable debuts of the year. He’s the only white artist to make an album that is genuine, contemporary R&B — not pop-R&B like Justin Timberlake, not retro soul like Amy Winehouse, but genuine, modern, contemporary R&B, and to be accepted without question.

“Lost Without U” became such a hit, and it was a shock, because his label did absolutely nothing to promote him or his outstanding album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke.

I’m especially surprised because his music is the kind of music that Grammy voters love — stuff that’s easy to listen to, like John Mayer or Alicia Keys.

This is a travesty. He should have been nominated for Best New Artist, Song of the Year for “Lost Without U,” and Best Male R&B Performance or Best R&B Album at the very least.

Before I go onto the next topic, I know most people don’t know the difference between the three kinds of awards. Here are the basics:

Album of the Year refers to a full album of songs. Deserving winners of the past include:

  • Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill
  • OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller
  • Carole King’s Tapestry
  • Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life

Record of the Year refers to a single track, focusing on the production and the performance by the artist. This is awarded to the artist and the production team. Deserving winners of the past include:

  • Coldplay, “Clocks”
  • Santana, “Smooth”
  • Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
  • The Eagles, “Hotel California”
  • Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”

Song of the Year is the award that honors strictly the song and nothing else. This award goes to the songwriter, not the artist (though the artist is often the songwriter). Deserving winners of the past include:

  • Alicia Keys’s “Fallin'”
  • Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”
  • Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”
  • Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”
  • Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”

That being said, it’s time for the most absurd nomination of all:


HOW COULD “CRANK THAT” BE NOMINATED FOR RAP SONG OF THE YEAR?!?!?!

Keep in mind that this is song, NOT record. I could understand record because nothing other track sounds quite like this. But song? SONG?! Do you really think it took Soulja Boy more than half an hour to write it?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh YOUUUUUU!

vs.


Here are the major nominees. It’s too early for me to analyze and predict just yet, so I’ll just bold the ones that I consider most deserving:

Album of the Year:

  • Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  • Vince Gill, These Days
  • Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters
  • Kanye West, Graduation
  • Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

I can’t choose! Honestly, I think that Back to Black is the better album of the two, but this is Kanye’s hour. He’s been nominated for this award for all three of his albums, and he’s never won. Plus, his mom.

And Herbie Hancock?!?! WTF?!?!

Record of the Year:

  • Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”
  • Foo Fighters, “The Pretender”
  • Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z, “Umbrella”
  • Justin Timberlake, “What Goes Around…Comes Around”
  • Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”

Unique, ubiquitous and wild, this is one of the most original records in years. “Umbrella” could steal it. however.

Song of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”
  • Plain White T’s’ “Hey There Delilah”
  • Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star”
  • Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”
  • Rihanna’s “Umbrella”

It works as a dance/hip-hop song, as R&B, and, as a few artists have proven, as an acoustic hit on the guitar. This remarkably simple tune is the song of the year.

Best New Artist:

  • Feist
  • Ledisi
  • Paramore
  • Taylor Swift
  • Amy Winehouse

No contest whatsoever. Amy has this in the bag.

Okay. Maybe I’ll allow myself to make one prediction. I think that Amy Winehouse will win a ton of awards for “Rehab,” but Kanye will finally take Album of the Year for Graduation.

Thoughts?

Snoop Dogg is HOTT Thursday, Nov 29 2007 

I just discovered the most amazing video, courtesy of the love of my life, Michael K at Dlisted.com. Check it out:

I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this. Watch it.

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