ABC Has Strong Week Thanks to Swift, Billboard Music Awards

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kanye West bleeped out at Billboard Music Awards.

That’s the take-home message from Swift’s much-awaited music video for her latest single, “Bad Blood”, which aired at the top of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. For days, Swift has been tweeting mysterious, scary-looking clues about the video to her 57 million followers, and internet anticipation reached a fever pitch over the weekend. In typical Swift fashion, she never mentions Perry by name, but has dropped enough clues in interviews that it’s fairly obvious that the former friends had a falling-out.

Swift swapped her first two verses with new ones from rapper Kendrick Lamar for ‘‘Bad Blood,’’ a song rumored to be about Swift’s friendship with Katy Perry. Swift’s other wins included top female artist and Billboard 200 album for ‘‘1989.’’ She sat in the audience with some of her ‘‘Bad Blood’’ co-stars as well as rumored boyfriend Calvin Harris. Swift kissed the DJ-producer-singer on the cheek and gave him a hug after winning her awards. ‘‘I’m happy right now that it all was pulled off without a hitch,’’ an excited Swift said in the AP interview about her new video. ‘‘I can’t believe it didn’t leak. The all-female army of supermodels and actresses marches across an abandoned city, a huge fire blazing in the background as they go to fight Swift’s enemy once more. But beneath the sleek action-movie video production values, Swift sends a rather chilling underlying message about power in Hollywood: in case you didn’t know it before, she truly has become of the most powerful women in show business.

The rapper was booed in Las Vegas when he performed ‘‘All Day’’ and ‘‘Black Skinhead.’’ The stage was smoky and it was hard to see West at times. Van Halen was the night’s first performance and rocked the crowd with its 1984 hit ‘‘Panama.’’ The Simple Minds, introduced by Molly Ringwald, performed ‘‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’’ from ‘‘The Breakfast Club,’’ which is celebrating 30 years.

Why else would she gather a collection of stars across all genres, all ages and all walks of life to come together as she sings a song about an enemy? Britney Spears sported a sheer black cat suit when she performed ‘‘Pretty Girls’’ with Azalea; Mariah Carey, who recently launched a Vegas residency, was pitchy when she sang ‘‘Vision of Love’’ and new single, ‘‘Infinity,’’ though she ended with a strong high note; and Nicki Minaj’s performance of ‘‘Hey Mama’’ and ‘‘The Night Is Still Young’’ featured her dancing more than singing or rapping as she relied on a backing track.

The night had some emotional moments, too: Chris Brown entered the red carpet holding his daughter Royalty; Ludacris offered some words about the late B.B. King and his renowned career; and a teary and shaky Meghan Trainor won hot 100 song and digital song for ‘‘All About That Bass.’’ ‘‘I have to thank, of course, my beautiful co-host, my lovely wife, Chrissy Teigen,’’ Legend said when he won top radio song for ‘‘All of Me.’’ Hosts Ludacris and Teigen offered some jokes Sunday night: The rapper described why he’s a good host, namechecking his music and acting credits. With her star-studded line-up, Taylor Swift is letting everyone know that she has the access, status and power to land a slew of top celebrities who will drop everything to do her a favour – not to mention appear in a video that requires some of them to dress up in leather outfits and throw weapons.

In other words, the “Bad Blood” video not-so-subtly serves as a warning that she doesn’t take kindly to people who turn against her, and she has some extremely influential people to back her up on that.

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