TAYLOR Swift’s fans have voted her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. Swift won the night’s top honour, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music.
Her win came after Katy Perry dazzled with her show-opening performance, Lady Gaga found another inventive way to grab viewers’ attention, Rihanna starred with her mother and Miley Cyrus closed performances with the assistance of a giant lip-syncing CGI kitty on her song Wrecking Ball.
Swift also won country album of the year for Red and favourite female country and pop/rock artist.
“Red is very different than any album I’ve made before and the reason I was able to do that was because of the fans,” the 23-year-old pop star said.
“I cannot believe what you’ve done in the last year. This album came out almost exactly a year ago and the fact that 6 million of you went out and bought it is crazy.”
Justin Timberlake was next with three wins. One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards and Rihanna was given the AMA’s first Icon Award to go with her win as favourite soul/R&B female artist.
Rihanna and her mother took centre stage midway through the show when Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the first Icon Award at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Rihanna performed Diamonds with an orchestra and took favourite soul/R&B female artist. Justin Timberlake won soul/R&B album, soul/R&B male artist and pop/rock male artist.
Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande was named favourite new artist, Florida Georgia Line won single of the year for Cruise with Nelly, Luke Bryan won favourite male country artist, and favorite rap/hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their rap/hip-hop album acceptance speech pay tribute to African American teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.
It was the first win of the night for Macklemore and Lewis, whose album The Heist has been an unexpected hit and made them the AMA’s top nominees with six.
Katy Perry opened the show dressed in a traditional Japanese dress to give a show-starting performance of Unconditionally.
One Direction was at times drowned out by screams during an understated performance of Story of My Life.
Jennifer Lopez nailed the elaborate dance numbers during her tribute to Salsa queen Celia Cruz, taking two dozen dancers through their paces while wearing a shimmering silver dress.
Lady Gaga and R Kelly put on an elaborate production for their song Do What U Want, staging a presidential affair with Kelly playing the president and Gaga a Marilyn Monroe-like mistress.
Miley Cyrus shut things down with a performance that wasn’t quite as over the top as her previous appearances this year but is likely to be talked about just as much.
The camera stayed on Cyrus and the lip-syncing tabby throughout, and the cat ended the song by winking and sticking out its tongue – Cyrus’ signature move.
Taylor Swift was a big winner at the 2013 CMAs. The 23-year-old country superstar, who was nominated for six trophies and took home three, wore a voluminous red boatneck, Ellie Saab dress that featured red sequined embellishments that cascaded down the front of the dress and a full skirt that reminded us of Jennifer Garner’s 2007 Met Gala gown.
In an (unintentional?) homage to her album “Red”, Swift paired her ruby gown with matching lips and completed the look with a low chignon.
It was a big night for the “You Belong With Me” singer, who also took home the Pinnacle award – an honour that is given to artists who have achieved worldwide success and recognition through concerts and album sales (Taylor is in great company: Garth Brooks is the only other recipient of the award).
Taylor Swift is already a winner at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. The 23-year-old country star is set to receive the rare Pinnacle Award for her worldwide success and her contribution to country music.
Swift will accept the award on November 6, during the 47th Country Music Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. Interestingly, the “I Knew You Were Trouble” crooner will become the second person to receive the honor.
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 to “recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music.” Garth Brooks is the first artist to win the award.
“I can’t think of a better opportunity than ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night’ to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said CMA President of the Board, Ed Hardy. “I’ve known Taylor since she was 16. She came to my office with her Mom to play her music and I was amazed. Taylor’s outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award.”
In addition to receiving the award, Swift will battle against other country singers in six categories that include Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Swift will also take the stage at the annual event to perform with the likes of Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.
Congratulations to Taylor!
Crying babies, Win Butler’s Kanye moment, a faked double suicide, face painting, a makeup-free Lady Gaga in plaid and a trucker’s cap. There were all kinds of unexpected moments on the first YouTube Music Awards, as imagined by Spike Jonze and carried off by the odd couple hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts.
Eminem, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the winners during Sunday night’s live webcast from New York. But the awards were sort of beside the point as Jonze and others directed live videos with Eminem, Gaga, M.I.A. and rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and Schwartzman and Watts careened about the soundstage with only notecards to point the way.
Eminem was named artist of the year before performing a word-perfect version of his new lung-busting tour de force “Rap God,” filmed in black and white. Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” won YouTube phenomenon and Macklemore and Lewis won YouTube breakthrough.
Actress Greta Gerwig kicked the awards off as the protagonist of a live video of Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife,” directed by Jonze. Gerwig appears to break up with her boyfriend, then expresses the emotions she’s feeling in an interpretive dance that moves from apartment to forest to soundstage with a little visual trickery.
A short while later Schwartzman and Watts admitted they would be working the 90-minute show without a script – with just notecards standing between them and awkward pauses and brief technical difficulties.
“This is all about anything happening,” Schwartzman said, and it sort of did.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stepped into the shot to take photos with his iPhone, the show’s hosts ran through the crowd a few times, climbed a ladder, participated in face-painting, performed not one but two improvised songs and in the show’s most awkward moment carried babies through the crowd and tried to interview Macklemore and Lewis as they cried.
“So do we get to keep the babies?” Macklemore asked.
Schwartzman said the night was about creativity, and it certainly was creative.
Earl Sweatshirt and fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator, performed their song “Sasquatch” in the midst of a mosh pit, using hand-held cameras to relay the frenetic experience. Lady Gaga went the opposite way, performing her new song “Dope” wearing just a black cap, sunglasses and a plaid shirt. She sat alone at a piano, with the camera tight on her face. She removed the glasses to reveal tears on her face as she sang.
Avicii played the dumb hot guy part in a short film that concluded with a blood-spattered faked double suicide and Butler made a return to the stage when he jokingly interrupted as a group of Swift fans accepted her award, recreating the infamous moment when Kanye West rushed the stage during Swift’s win at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Not Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I’m gonna let you finish. Not Taylor Swift. The YouTube phenomenon of the year was definitely the `Harlem Shake.’ I don’t know. No disrespect, but everybody knows that if you’ve ever been on YouTube, so whatever.” He then dropped the mic and walked off stage.
Other winners included Girls’ Generation, DeStorm and Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix.
On Saturday, October 12th, the Taylor Swift Education Center officially opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Taylor’s $4 million gift to endow the center is the largest individual artist gift in the Hall of Fame’s history.
Taylor has a long history with the Country Music Hall of Fame — she signed her record contract there as a teenager, and gave one of her first public performances on the building’s plaza. She has also volunteered her time to several of the museum’s “All for the Hall” fundraising shows, and has donated numerous items to the museum for display. Her stand-alone multi-media exhibit has drawn big crowds every day for years, and the museum exhibition on her Speak Now tour was incredibly popular, and the first-ever of its kind, paving the way for subsequent contemporary exhibits.
The Taylor Swift Education Center, which encompasses parts of two floors and features three classrooms, a learning lab and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, increases the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational capacity up to seven-fold (the museum previously had one classroom). The classroom spaces are adjacent to a visible design studio; this space features thematic displays, e.g. dozens of instruments, and allows students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. The classrooms and learning lab are open now; gallery space will open in March, 2014.
After dating a bevy of men including Harry Styles, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Conor Kennedy, Taylor Swift is yet to find Mr. Right. The 23-year-old songstress opened up to Glamour UK magazine and talked about what excites her in terms of men and what according to her are the ingredients of a “deal-breaker” in a relationship.
The blonde beauty is seen all decked up in black and white striped pullover that highlights her clear complexion and dark blue mascara laden eyes. The singer also dons a black newsboy cap to complete her tomboyish look. The “Love Story” singer reveals that women are ready to take back their men even if they cheated them because of a great fit or chemistry. However she has never found anyone that great who would be her “perfect fit.”
“Here’s what I’ve learned about deal-breakers. If you have enough natural chemistry with someone, you overlook every single thing that you said would break the deal,” says Swift.
“I’ve seen my friends take someone back after they’ve cheated because they fit perfectly,” admitted the country crooner, adding, “But I don’t know, because I’ve never had a perfect fit with someone.”
The singer has always been in news for going out with a lot of men but she has a reason for it. Taylor believes that people are going to talk about you behind your back especially if you are a woman and are successful one too.
“Well the way it works, as I’ve learned recently is if you reach a point in your career where things are going very well, public perception needs a ‘Yeah, but’. Like, ‘Yeah, but she’s been on a lotta dates apparently.’ ‘Yeah, but I hear she’s crazy.’ I think you’ll find it has a lot to do with being a woman. And I resent that,” continues Swift.
“That there has to be some downside to your personality or lifestyle if you’re a woman and successful. But I’m not gonna say to my guy friends, ‘No, I can’t go to lunch because people will say we’re dating.’ I just reject the idea I have to change the way I live my life.”
Despite her highly publicised heartbreaks, the Nashville resident will keep on dating more famous men in her future. “You can’t say, ‘I’m never gonna date a high-profile person in the arts!’ But whoever I date, famous or not – whether I ever date again! – all chaos will break loose.”
Swift, who was recently cast opposite Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Jeff Bridges in “The Giver,” also tells Glamour UK that the entire media backlash doesn’t affect her at all and she distances herself from all the negativity.
“You can be obsessed with the bad things people say and the good things, either way you’re obsessed with yourself and I’m not – you can become unhinged so easily,” explains Taylor.
“Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism. So I distance myself, because I feel everything. The little I am exposed to hurts my feelings. The only things I can really control are my songs and my behavior. The rest? If I focused on it, that would lead to insanity.”
So when the women in her want to get married, settle down and have children?
“I love children – but I don’t know if I’ll have them, especially not any time soon,” revealed Taylor.
We agree to it Swift. You are just 23 and have a whole life ahead of you.
Taylor Swift will hit the big screen once again. Billboard has confirmed that the singer has been cast as a supporting role in a film adaptation to the 1993 novel The Giver, due to hit theaters in August 2014.
Rumors circulated last week that Swift would appear in the film, after Page Six reported that she took a meeting with one of the film’s actors.
Swift finds herself alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver. Additional cast members include True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard, The Odd Life of Timothy Green‘s Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan of Shameless, Billboard reports. The movie, which is set to start filming Oct. 7 in Cape Town, South Africa, will be directed by Salt’s Phil Noyce and is due to hit theaters Aug. 15, 2014.
Taylor Swift, 23, had to make a splash in her hometown during her Red Tour stop in Nashville, Tenn. — and she definitely did, with a sizzling surprise guest!
Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour has been full of surprises, glitzy costumes and amazing special effects — not to mention surprise guests coming out to sing a song with her — so it was fitting that country star Luke Bryan joined Taylor to give the show a dose of Southern twang!
Taylor Swift has three sold-out shows in Nashville, and the first one is going to be very hard to top. The singer’s first Nashville concert on Sept. 19 ended the night with a jaw-dropping performance with sexy country star Luke!
The “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” chart-topper sang his song “I Don’t Want This Night To End” — but unfortunately, the night had to, eventually! The crowd went wild for the last song — and Taylor even rocked a Grand Ole Opry shirt for the occasion! We loved Taylor’s music guest choice — doing a duet with the ultimate Southern heartthrob totally upped the excitement factor of the Nashville show!
Taylor obviously had a huge surprise in store for her fans in Nashville, tweeting before the show, “Nashville tonight. Nashville tonight. Nashville tonight. Nashville tonight. NASHVILLE. TONIGHT.”
Fans went absolutely crazy for the country performance with the Taylor and her country megastar heartthrob of a guest!
After the show, she kept the excitement going, tweeting, “Nashville. That show was life changing & you were PERFECT. Thank you to @LukeBryanOnline, who came out and SLAYED. Never going to forget it.”
Your fans won’t either, Taylor — we loved the amazing Southern-style performance!
MTV’s line up for Sunday’s anticipated Video Music Awards (VMAs) continues to grow with not only Drake confirmed to perform, but Emeli Sande and Taylor Swift joining the list of presenters.
All three acts join previously announced performers, including Lady Gaga, who will open the show, and Katy Perry, who will close.
In addition to Sande and Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Leto, Kevin Hart and A$AP Rocky will also present ‘moonmen’ awards to winners.
Justin Timberlake is also set to perform and will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) air this Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. on MTV.
Taylor Swift was joined onstage by Tegan and Sara to sing their track ‘Closer’ during the Los Angeles leg of her ‘Red Tour’ at the Staples Centre on Tuesday (20.08.13).
The ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ hitmaker was joined by the duo to sing their track ‘Closer’ at one of the show in the Los Angeles leg of her Red Tour at the city’s Staples Center on Tuesday (20.08.13).
Taylor praised the duo’s LP ‘Heartthrob’ as one of her ‘favourites of all time’ before introducing them to screaming fans at the sold-out venue.
The 23-year-old – who split from One Direction’s Harry Styles earlier this year – said: ‘If you’ve ever had your heart broken, you need to have their album.’
Taylor’s surprise guests come after she was joined onstage by British popstar Cher Lloyd to perform the singer’s 2012 track ‘Want You Back’ on Monday night (19.08.13) in addition to special appearances from Sara Bareilles and her support artist Ed Sheeran.
The country-pop sensation will perform her fourth sell-out show at the 18,000 capacity venue on Saturday (24.08.13) after which she’ll claim the record for the solo artist with the most sell outs gigs at the Los Angeles venue, with 11 to date, tying her with Latin pop group Mana.