Billboard Awards- My 1 Year Anniversary!!

Updated 11:46pm 5/22****I got 8 out of 36 predictions correct….. I am judging myself…. Im most proud of choosing the Top Latin Song correctly though!!  haha til next year!!!

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Tonight will mark the 1 year anniversary of the launch of http://www.popstyleblog.com!!!  In May of 2015, I set my sights on writing my first blog post about the Billboard Music Awards and ever since I’ve been writing, commenting, and posting about various things in Pop Culture.  Anybody who knows me knows I am a lover of all things music…. I cant get enough of music award shows so tonight right up my alley.  And the fact it marks 1 year of this new journey is even more exciting!!!

Top Artist: Wrong again
Adele                Justin Bieber                  Drake            Taylor Swift              The Weeknd

Top New Artist: FINALLY I GOT 1 RIGHT!!!
Fetty Wap           OMI         Charlie Puth                  Silentó                    Bryson Tiller

Top Male Artist:  Damn… mixed it up with The Weeknd.. But I stand behind both picks
Justin Bieber             Drake                    Fetty Wap                    Ed Sheeran                   The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:  I really think Selena had a stand out year… shrug
Adele           Selena Gomez                     Ariana Grande                  Rihanna                  Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
Maroon 5              One Direction          twenty one pilots              The Rolling Stones           U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele            Justin Bieber                 Drake                     Taylor Swift                       The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist: I can get with this even though I was wrong
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               Drake               Fetty Wap                  Taylor Swift                      The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist: #2 right!
Adele               Justin Bieber                 Drake                        Fetty Wap                      The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber                Ellie Goulding              Ed Sheeran            Taylor Swift         The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber                 Drake                         Fetty Wap                 Silentó                  The Weeknd

Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber               Selena Gomez               Ariana Grande          Demi Lovato      Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist:
Madonna                       One Direction               The Rolling Stones               Taylor Swift          U2

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown                     Jeremih                   Rihanna              Bryson Tiller              The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Drake            Fetty Wap                Future                Wiz Khalifa                        Silentó

Top Rock Artist: #3!!
Fall Out Boy                Elle King          twenty one pilots        Walk the Moon         X Ambassadors
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An Ode to Artistry: Grammy Night Recap- 2016

This year’s Grammys were alot less fanfare than usual.  Granted there were twice as many performances as there were awards actually handed out…. but the level of artistry was so on point this year, rather than the hype of entertainment which plagues and runs the music industry nowadays.

As a self proclaimed lover of pop music and pop culture, I am not above a good time!  I love being entertained and hate when I dont get that “YYYAAAAASSSSS” feeling when something is going on.  But as an artist (#dancerlife), I love to see art do its magic.  Art is its most beautiful, pure, and poignant self when it just speaks from within.  Langston Hughes said “An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”  This quote sums up the many different performances and tributes that were done on the Grammy Stage last night. My top 5 are….

  1. alabama-shakes-glasses102-13 Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight”  A bluesy, soulful, southern Rock group.
    They won Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Alternative Music Album…. Check out “Sound and Color” please!!
  2. Kendrick Lamar’s performance- Africa is Compton!!
    K Dot ripped into the ear drums and retinas of America with his passionately charged rendition of Blacker the Berry, Alright, and To Pimp a Bukendrick-lamar-grammys-performancetterfly.  He visually captivated the audience in the room and at home with his unapologetically Black references (Prison pipeline, African Dance).  He also took home Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video with Taylor Swift, and Best Rap Album
  3. Lady Gaga’s tribute to the legendary David Bowiegaga as bowie
    She didn’t present and she lost the 1 category she was nominated in… but she really only came to the Grammy’s tonight to honor one of her musical icons Mr. David Bowie.  She was the ONLY person who would able to pull off such a tribute with such honesty, authenticity, and integrity.  Infusing fashion, dance, technology, graphics, and more, Lady Gaga seared the memory of David Bowie into all of our minds.  Gaga, Bowie would be proud- We Salute You.
  4. Tori Kelly and James Bay– Two Best New Artists Nominees with Timeless Talent.  These 2 nominees sang together in their performance- 2 microphones, 2 acoustic guitars, 2 voices….1 soon to be (fingers crossed) duet album!!  Take a listen below and prepared to be amazed…
  5. Andra Day-  The Voice of an Angel andra day
    Andra shared the stage with Ellie Golding, which honestly she should not have had to do.  Andra outshined Ellie in every way…. presence, range, power, passion, ability to touch the heart and inspire.  Andra Day is a voice not to fall on deaf ears.  Listen to the performance as it will pierce your eardrum and run straight to your heart.

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    That’s it for this year’s Grammy Awards!  Hope you enjoyed the artistry, messages, and return to musicianship.  And til next time, keep it #PopStyle!!!

~Ashlee Dawne
@PopStyleBlog on Twitter
@manifested55 on Instagram
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58th Annual Grammy Awards Tonight!!!

*THE ONES I GOT RIGHT ARE BOLDED!  I got 12 out of 20 correct!!!  I know my music!!

Hey PopStylers!!!  Tonight is the 58th Grammy Award Show!!  If you know me, then you know that the Grammys are my show!!  I LIVE for the MUSIC and the PERFORMERS and the ACTION of this show!! And of course my #1 artistic muse and boo thang Lady Gaga is performing and nominated so I am excited!!

Here are my predictions for some of the bigger categories winners and should be winners….. Granted I dont know some of the nominees in the categories (like Country, music for film) but that’s not gonna stop me from predicting a winner haha

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR:   Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: This is a tough one because Ive recently gotten into “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes.  But Im gonna say the winner is “1989” by Taylor Swift
3. SONG OF THE YEAR:  “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar HANDS DOWN!!  This was the anthem of the summer and the anthem of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  FTW!! I even posted about this back in June 2015….MusicCrushMonday- Kendrick Lamar June 2015
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4. BEST NEW ARTIST:  
Tori Kelly…. a sincere, genuine, authentic artist with real talent… This what I wrote about her back in June 2015  
5.  BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran.  This video is gorgeous!!
6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:  It comes down to 3 nominees in this category… I think Kendrick Lamar should be recognized for his duo with Taylor Swift, but it’ll probably go to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for “See You Again”…. can we say heart strings??  (MISS YOU Paul Walker!!)
7. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM:  1989 by Taylor Swift

8. BEST DANCE RECORDING: Where Are Ü Now by Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

 

9. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes…. this group is growing on me strong

10. BEST ROCK ALBUM:  I like the sound of Muse… I’ll give it to Muse

11. BEST R&B PERFORMANCE: Rise Up by Andra Day is the epitome of what real R&B should sound like!!  Dear God please let her win this and reclaim R&B!!!
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12. BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM: I love me some Canadian Weeknd…. so I choose Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd  He was my Music Crush Monday post in July 2015
13. BEST R&B ALBUM: Jazmine Sullivan came back with a strong alum after years of being gone from music scene….
14. BEST RAP PERFORMANCE:  Even President Obama referenced these lyrics with his “pop off” comment….Back To Back  by Drake FTW!
15. BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION:  I feel like I should say Glory, but Im gonna say “These Walls” instead… it’s a nice sound for Kendrick Lamar

16. BEST RAP SONG: Once again…. Alright by Kendrick Lamar FTW!!  Even though Trap Queen will never get old….

17. BEST RAP ALBUM:  THIS IS TOUGH!!!  3 way tie between Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar… sorry I cant choose!  (We sort of)
18. BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: I dont know country music like that anymore… but I LOVE the song “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town… FTW!!!
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 22: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

19. BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA:  Ummm… this is my boo’s category…. so clearly Im voting for Lady Gaga because well…. she deserves it and she’s amazing and this song is about rape…. talent and an activist… visually captivating message and lyrically informing… FTW!!!  Til It Happens To You by Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

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20. BEST MUSIC VIDEO: “Alright”  by Kendrick Lamar   Watch it!
Hope to see you on social media tonight… 8pm on CBS!!  And til next time…. Keep it #Popstyle!!!
~Ashlee Dawne
@Popstyleblog on Twitter
@manifested55 on Instagram

My Golden Globe Choice Nominees

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The 73rd Golden Globe’s will airs tonight!! As an avid award show fan I will most definitely be watching. But as a seldom movie-goer I really don’t know the nominees very well. So I can’t actually react and comment on the winners and losers as much as I would for a music award show. 😦  BUT I can send my good luck wishes to certain nominees whom I just personally like….

1) To Lady Gaga for her nomination of Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for television (American Horror Story: Hotel).

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Gaga has captivated my attention this season…. Immersing herself in the Countess character and truly making me wish I was a flawlessly aging vampire who can scare, seduce, and entrance you all with the same look.

2) To Leonardo DiCaprio for anything he is nominated for.

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I have been rooting for Leo since Titanic so I just want him to win!! From Great Gatsby, Wolf of Wall Street, Gilbert Grape… He deserves a win!!!

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To the movie Creed… Sylvester Stallone is nominated for best supporting actor.. but really I just want the film to get its due of credit for being brilliant.

4) To the TV show American Crime.

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Gosh!! What I can say about this show? It’s captivating, intriguing, makes you think as a viewer, makes you question your own thoughts, and speak enormous amounts of truth about our society. And with outstanding acting, writing, and depth!!! Its nominated for Best Limited Series for TV, Best Supporting actress (Regina King), And best actress (Felicity Huffman). This show deserves all the publicity!!

Good luck to all my choice nominees!! And join me tomorrow at 8pm on NBC to watch the 73rd Golden Globe Award show. Til next time .. Keep it #PopStyle!

~ Ashlee Dawne
@PopStyleblog on Twitter
@manifested55 on Instagram

2015 MTV Video Music Award Predictions- The Battle of the Mainstream!!

*Im already correct for Best Pop Video. read below!*

We are 2 hours away from the MTV Videovma Music Awards airing at 9pm.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, MTV should be saluted for being the first channel to air a music video “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.  And without them, these music award shows (MuchMusic, iHeartRadio, Billboard Music, Teen Choice, etc) would not exist because there wouldn’t be a platform for the exposure of the artist and their craft.  We Salute You MTV!!!

But as the evening approaches for this year’s award show, I am naming my predictions for each category.  Miley Cyrus is the host and I already predict that she will bring a lot of thrill, nudity, tongue sticking out, winking, and awkward twerking.  But as for the music, let’s get on with it!!  And dont forget to follow the commentary, updates, and more @PopStyleBlog on twitter!!

~Ashlee Dawne

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Should be:  Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Will be:  Beyoncé – “7/11″

BEST MALE VIDEO
Should be/Will be:  Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Should be:  Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Will be:  Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Should be: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Will be: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

BEST POP VIDEO
Should be: Beyoncé – “7/11″
Will be: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Should/Will be:  Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
(Best song in this category though) Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Should be: FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”
Will be: Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

BEST COLLABORATION
Should/Will be:  Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Should be: Rihanna – “American Oxygen”Will be: Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Should/Will be:  Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Should/Will be:  Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Should/Will be: FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Will be: Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)

BEST DIRECTION
Should be: Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Will be: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)

BEST EDITING
Should/Will be:  Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Should be: Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Will be: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)

Where Music Videos Started- MTV we salute you!!

The MTV Video Music Awards are scheduled to air today Sunday August 31st and let me tell you…. I AM SO STOKED!!!

As someone  thoroughly engrossed in the pop culture world, award shows are my bread and butter. They give me a glimpse into the over the top, exuberant, exciting, alter ego world of entertainment that I secretly long to be part of (ok well I guess it’s not a secret now).  And the MTV VMAs are no different… Except for one thing:

THEY ARE THE EPITOME OF POP CULTURE MUSIC AND HAPPENINGS!!
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Yes, I have stated before that the Grammy’s are the 1 music show I will not miss… But the VMAs are the one music show
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Billboard Music Awards Recap 2015

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2015 RECAP
Show Grade: C-

The Billboard Music Awards are supposed to show the highlights of the music charts; -the Top of the Pops; -the Best of the Rest; the Cream of the Stream(ing). But this year’s show was lacking in charisma, follow throughs, and overall transitions to take it from the Number 2 spot, to the Number 1 spot. If you missed it, you didn’t miss much. So, I give you my top 10 #PopStyle Highlights of the Night:

1) IMAGINE DRAGONS FOR THE WIN OF THE NIGHT!!imagine dragons
Imagine Dragons’ most memorable onstage performance came in 2014 at the Grammys when they collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on their hit “Radioactive.” But this year, Imagine Dragons has outdone themselves at the BBMAs, paying tribute to the late Ben E. King by singing a sultry rendition of “Stand By Me.” Well I wasn’t standing, as I was merely glued to my couch, snug in a blanket, eyes closed, and dreaming of moonlit night under the stars on the beach. ALL THE FEELS AND ALL………. Continue reading