Faith Hill Returns To The CMAs With Serial Killer Hair

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For the first time in a couple of years, due to work, I missed most of the CMA Awards and I’m not happy about it.  However, I was able to catch the last 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes provided something scarier than American Horror Story (which was also on last night, still loving it!), Faith Hill’s hair!  Okay, Hill made her first appearance on the CMAs since 2006; she is trying to mount a comeback with a new single, “Come Home”, and she is expected to release a new album in early 2012.  I have to say I’m not impressed with the song, which I was told by a friend was originally recorded by One Republic with Sara Bareilles; I haven’t heard it but I will find it today.  Performing on the CMAs is always a challenge; I’ve noticed the sound/mics are not always the best, but Hill can’t blame the sound, she sounded rough.  And to top off her rough performance was that hair, does it look similar to this?
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Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wurnos is the first picture that popped in my head when I got a good look at Faith’s hair.  Oh Lord.  By no means do I think Hill is ugly or do I think she’s a bad performer, but her styling on stage was a bit tragic. I mean the sheer shirt, really?  It reminded me of 90s Reba wear.  Of course, when I saw Hill’s red carpet look, I was a bit stunned:
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Although she missed her mark (see the duct tape X?), she looked a 100% better here.  No, the hair didn’t change, but the dress was nice, very glamorous.  I just worry Hill won’t be able to make the kind of comeback we all want to see.  My fear is she’s already peaked; her peak was a little over 10 years ago when “Breathe” became a huge crossover single and the album of the same name sold nearly 10 million copies.  She hasn’t won a CMA Award herself since 2000, when she took home her only “Female Vocalist of the Year” award.  I guess I’m little cynical because I love the Faith before Breathe, when she was still blurring the lines of country and pop.  The pressure will be on for Hill to try and acheive that crossover status a la last night’s “Entertainer of the Year” winner Taylor Swift.  At 44, can she do it?  “Come Home” was released to radio yesterday; see what you think.

GaGa, Meat, Lettuce, Taylor, and CHER!!!

I made it a priority last night not to watch the VMAs, at least not until after the True Blood finale (cliffhangers galore!), however, I ended up catching most of the second hour…and yes, Lady GaGa is awesome!…who cares about her meat dress, which by the way, the meat? REAL!…since she wasn’t performing last night, she made an impact with both her fashion and her gay activism…YAY!…GaGa won a record 8 VMAs for her opus “Bad Romance”…she arrived at the ceremony with several military members on her arms, as a sign to get members of Congress and the Senate to finally repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which a judge ruled unconstitutional over the weekend…when she won Pop Video of the Year, she had to have several people help her lift her gown so she could walk to the stage, luckily, it wasn’t that far away…the other big happening that didn’t happen last night was a reunion of Taylor Swift and Kanye West after West jumped up on stage and ranted about how Beyonce’ had the “best video of all time!”…geez!…they did not appear onstage together, rather, each performed a new song about the experience…and I’m sorry, but Taylor Swift sang like she had dead lice falling off of her…somehow, the crowd ate up the performance, but I guess I didn’t get it…I only caught the last part of Kanye’s performance, which was virtually inaudible…oh well…
Back to GaGa, she made her first post-VMA appearance on the Ellen season premiere which aired today…natually, Ellen respects GaGa, with the exception of that damn meat dress!…and yes, PETA was not happy, but good God!…instead Ellen offered GaGa a different fashion option:
Lettuce!…oh well…
My biggest thrill, which I didn’t see live on the VMAs, CHER returned to present Video of the Year in her “If I Could Turn Back Time” outfit from over 20 years ago!…yeah, she doesn’t quite look the same in it, but it’s friggin’ Cher!…I cannot WAIT to see Burlesque!…anyway, when GaGa received her 8th award, she announced the title of her new album coming out next year:

I Know It’s Wrong To Criticize When It’s For Charity, BUT!

The new “We Are the World”????…Oh, not good…I understand it’s for those suffering and recovering in Haiti, but some classics should be left alone…here it is…
I don’t object at all to some of the artists involved…Pink and Jennifer Hudson turned it out…and of course Celine!!!!…however, you have the artists, Justin Bieber, who are just out of place…I’m talking to you Tony Bennett, Miley, Lil’ Wayne!…yeah, why auto tune????…is that what the world has come to?…oh yeah, I forgot to throw props to Babs-Barbra Streisand…and I’m a little pissed not more country artists were featured…where was Taylor Swift’s solo?…Jennifer Nettles was the only country singer, well, if you count Miley (I DON’T!) that did get a solo…and wouldn’t you know, some random actors showed up, like Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges, who sings very well…and…Vince Vaughn…we’ll call him this version’s Dan Akyroyd…and in a moment of eerie tracking, we hear the late Michael Jackson on a chorus and when he sings “when you’re down and out and there seems no hope at all”…it’s the best part of the song…God bless Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones for making this happen, again…but next time, leave out the auto tune…

My Top 10 Songs of 2009…

Well, here we are, another year is almost in the books…wait, the first decade of the new millenium is almost in the books???…it’s crazy, but so is music…let’s get started….
1. Lady GaGa–Throw a dart!!!…4, soon to be 5, #1 hits, many dramatical performances and appearances (FYI-she’s going to be on a new episode of Bravo’s Launch My Line Jan. 6; I don’t watch the show, but I will just this once) anyway, “Poker Face” was GaGa’s biggest hit of ’09…and I would agree, but I’m predicting “Bad Romance” could be even bigger!…oh, and she’s also in the midst of her first headlining tour: The Monster Ball…I love her!…is she the new Madonna?….we’ll see…
2. Beyonce’–Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)…you know, I think this was last year’s number 2…and it makes my list again simply because it’s one of the best tracks ever produced…and yes, Kanye was right, it’s one of the best videos of all time…also, this time last year, Single Ladies was still relatively new to the charts…on the fringe…I was also impressed by Halo and Diva…not to mention her mash-up of If I Were a Boy with Alanis Morrisette’s You Oughta Know on her I Am…tour…she heads into the Grammys with 10 nominations…think she’ll win one???…
3. Kings of Leon–Use Somebody…yes, the men are rare on this year’s list…I’m still a little disappointed in Kings of Leon…they started out as this little indie band from Nashville…Pentecostal brothers and a cousin…and they’ve always had great tunes…however, in 2009, something changed…this song broke through to the mainstream and the band seemed to have never looked back…when I think of this year, this is definitely one track that pops into my head…
4. Black Eyed Peas–I Gotta Feeling…oh yes…the Peas dominated the charts this year…and I think their music is sounding more pop than hip-hop these days, which makes for many happy fans and listeners…Fergie helps a lot too….damn girl!
5. Katy Perry–Waking Up in Vegas…I know you think Hot N Cold should be on here instead…I give it props, but I liked Vegas better…again, it had more mainstream appeal…and it erased all my hatred of Perry for that little I Kissed a Girl song…I forgive, but I don’t forget…when The Hangover is one of the highest-grossing films of the year, Vegas had it all going on…
6. Pink–Sober…I was thinking So What was a bigger hit, but I was wrong…according to Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart, Sober was bigger or ranked higher…and it should…in fact, every Pink track I heard this year, I liked, except for Funhouse…her songwriting is as good as its ever been…let’s hope Adam Lambert can take Whataya Want From Me, a song Pink co-wrote, to the top…
7. Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys–Empire State of Mind…only in a year that would see the New York Yankees back in the World Series (ps-they won!) Jay-Z would tell the tale of his hometown…I’m told Keys’ solo version is better, but I like this track…the hook is good and the chorus is perfect…it’s another one that might show up on next year’s list…
8. Britney Spears–Circus…I guess I should throw Brit-Brit a bone…LOL…even though she doesn’t sing, she had a more than decent comeback in ’09….Womanizer and 3 are also good jams…I’m excited to see how her ex, Kevin Federline, does on the new edition of Celebrity Fit Club…in short, Britney is still crazy, but the music shined just a tad brighter…
9. The Veronicas–Untouched…okay, this wasn’t a huge hit by any means, but I was instantly a fan after hearing this track on the worst day of the Ice Storm…well, the day when AT&T customers lost cell phone usage…oh, did that suck!…Lisa and Jessica are hella-talented!…and I thought Jessica played for my team, but I think it was all a misunderstanding…the arrangement on Untouched, so good!
10.  Kelly Clarkson–My Life Would Suck Without You…and don’t forget Already Gone…I actually prefer the latter…after a dismal album two years ago, Clarkson pulled it all back together and she put out her biggest album since her formative, post-Idol days…Clarkson also incorporated some mash-ups on her latest tour…Already Gone with what else?…Use Somebody…and since Already Gone and Beyonce’s Halo were written by the same person and let’s face it, they are almost identical tracks, Kelly tagged Already Gone with the Halo chorus one night…love her!
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Oh, why the hell not?…first, the cast of GLEE…they make me want to listen to music again…these country acts didn’t quite make my chart, but I got nothing but respect…well, I suppose TAYLOR SWIFT was a big omission from my list, but I intended it that way…Zac Brown Band’s Chicken Fried charted highest on the Year End Hot 100 chart, not counting the many Taylor Swift tracks…I love Lady Antebellum…Run To You made the Year-End chart, but Need You Now is soooooo good and is a solid number one hit…Jordin Sparks continues to have a fairly healthy post-Idol career; I loved Battlefield…Jamie Foxx and T-Pain made me Blame It on the A-A-A-A-A-Alcohol…’Lil Wayne collaborated on two songs I liked…Kevin Rudolf’s Let it Rock and Jay Sean’s Down…3OH!3’s Don’t Trust Me????…funny as hell…and finally, like you had any doubts, I pay much respect and love to my little Glambert…I pray 2010 will be a good one for the almost-American Idol winner…and who knows?…he may get to meet the queen one day.
HAPPY 2010!

Heartless


On a night when Janet Jackson paid tribute to her late brother, Lady GaGa officially arrived into VMA history, Pink soared above the crowd performing “Sober”, and the extended NEW MOON trailer premiered, Kanye West erased all of it…I won’t go into what happened since the clip has been shown a billion times and will be shown a billion more in replays of the awards show…anyway, Kanye West is officially no longer valid as a music artist and especially, as a respectable human being…I find it ironic he won ZERO awards…and everytime his name was mentioned after the Taylor Swift hijacking, the crowd booed, which they should have…Now, if you want to argue whether or not Swift should have won Best Female Video of the Year, go ahead, but do it in silence…Beyonce’ ended up with the much deserved Video of the Year prize, and she took the opportunity to give the stage back to Swift to finish her acceptance speech…CLASSY!…I will have to watch the show back, at least the parts I missed…hello?! TRUE BLOOD finale…which by the way, it was very good!!!…

My dilemma for Thursday has grown just a bit more…the season premiere of THE OFFICE is at 8pm, which is the start time for Divas on VH1…everything I won’t be watching, including Project Runway, will be DVR’ed…don’t forget, not-so-live blog of DIVAS will happen this Thursday night…

That is all!

The Diva of Woodstock

I feel like I’ve gotten away from my whole “this blog is about divas” thing, but I hope I can bring it back once in a while…

Case in point: Janis Joplin…it doesn’t matter how many times I see Janis on film or I hear her scratchy, truthful voice, I’m still mesmerized…oh you can argue all day about how valid she was…she was very valid!…she set the tone for probably all of today’s female artists, yes even Taylor Swift–ACK!…well, maybe not Taylor Swift…Swift’s songs are about high school and fairy tales…Janis’s songs are about good lovin’ and hitchhiking…still, my point is, a female artist today is given the chance to outperform and outsell her male counterparts…

You can argue Janis died too young, she was a victim of the overindulgence of drugs and alcohol in the 60’s…I think about how I’m almost 34…Joplin was 27 when she died…people just lived harder 40 years ago…duh!…

I just thought I would say something since the 40th anniversary of Woodstock was observed over the weekend and that new movie, TAKING WOODSTOCK, will be in theaters this Friday…

“…you gotta try harder man…”

**let’s hope at least one Joplin biopic will be made…the latest lists Zooey Dechanel as Janis, set for a 2010 release…I still say Melissa Etheridge or Pink would have done a better job, but those projects fell through**