Along with learning who won an Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards, we learned a lot more: Who to call (your parents to tell them you love ‘em ), and what women should be paid (the same as men). From civil rights to immigration and health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s diseases, advocacy was a big part of last night’s show. Here’s a quick rundown of what people are saying the day after the show.
-After winning a best supporting actress Oscar for Boyhood, Patricia Arquette addressed every mother and every American: “We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all — and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Loud cheers rose as Arquette spoke, with Meryl Streep repeatedly pointing at Arquette as she applauded her alongside Jennifer Lopez.
-Race was also a topic at an Oscars in which all 20 of the nominees in the acting categories were white, and the Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma wasn’t picked to vie for any of the high-profile awards besides best picture. After winning for best original song for Selma’s “Glory,” John Legend and Common outlined a struggle that’s still continuing. In a performance and acceptance speech, they reflected how fully politics were intertwined with this Oscars show
Yesterday was the Grammy Awards, the biggest party in the music industry. Sam Smith was the golden boy of the evening. Some people even re-baptised the Grammys, “The Sammys”. He won almost everything he was nominated in. Best New Artist, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. We are all very proud of this fellow – openly gay – British singer.
When I posted about Sam’s victories on A4A’s Facebook page last night, many of you wrote that he was very handsome and it gave me the idea of asking everyone on the blog if you guys think Sam is hot or not? He is not necessarily my type physically, but he seem to be an handsome, intelligent and loving boyfriend material. Everyone in the music industry agrees that Sam is very humble about his success and is one of the nicest dude out there. He definitely looks handsome and genuine and he is extremely talented, that is for sure.
What you think of the man?
Oh, if you missed his prestation last night with Mary J. Blige, check it out below.
Two of the most popular singers on the planet have both released a new music video this week. Madonna for “Living For Love” and Sam Smith with ‘Lay Me Down”, my favourite on his album.
Madonna’s music video is from her upcoming 13th studio album, Rebel Heart — and let’s just say it was worth the wait. Directed by Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen, the video made headlines all around the world on Thursday, Feb. 5, because it debuted initially on Snapchat and because of how good it is. In the video, the 56 years old Queen of pop, plays the role of the fiercely sexy matador. Various hunky men thrash and buck around her, channeling their inner beasts to play the minotaurs, complete with curved black horns and diamond-studded masks. The result is an electrifying spectacle, with some of Madge’s best dancing, of course.
On another note, Sam Smith’s Romantic ballad “Lay Me Down” premiered on Thursday. The music video shows Smith mourning the loss of a husband, while remembering their joyous wedding day. The video begins with a funeral service, with the 22-year-old standing alone at a church altar with a myriad of mourners holding candles behind him in the pews. Halfway through the video, the mood shifts to a much lighter overtone with a flashback to when the British singer wed the man of his dreams. Sam shared the link on his official Facebook account Thursday morning and attached a note that explains the message behind the project:
“This song holds a very dear place in my heart,” he wrote. “With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x.”
Check out both videos after the jump and let me know your thoughts!
Katy Perry rattled through a medley of her hits during a 13 minutes concert that also included guest appearances from Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. The performance ended with Perry singing “Firework” as actual pyrotechnics exploded above her head.
The US singer marked the occasion by having XLIX – the Latin numeral for 49, marking the 49th Super Bowl – tattooed on one of the fingers of her right hand. “I thought it would be appropriate to draw blood tonight,” tweeted the singer.
The New York Times said she “held her own, navigating a handful of her smashes and three wardrobe changes in a performance that resisted bad mood”.
“Even if you weren’t a fan of Perry’s music, you had to be impressed with her spectacle,” agreed USA Today.
What did you think of the show?
I thought It was great. I love Katy, she is a great performer and I like her colourful world!
(More photos and video after the jump)
It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna.
On Tuesday night, more than 10 of the singer’s unreleased demo recordings turned up on the Internet, causing the singer and her team to go into “overdrive” to combat the stolen leaks. The songs were from the sessions for her forthcoming 13th studio album, which at the time, had not been announced (and is still not finished).
To counter the leak, Madonna accelerated the release of new music: On Friday night (Dec. 19), she announced that her album, Rebel Heart, would be released on March 10, 2015 through Interscope Records, and six of its tracks would become immediately available to purchase. Among those tracks are the set’s lead single, the Diplo-produced soul-meets-house jam “Living For Love.”
The album — which features a collaboration with Nicki Minaj — is also available to pre-order, and has topped the iTunes Store’s top albums tally in more than 40 countries, including the United States.
Are you happy with this early Xmas present from Madge?