Molly Ringwald and Simple Minds Honor 30th Anniversary of The Breakfast Club …

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

In Defense of Kanye West’s Billboard Music Awards Performance.

By barely being visible during his four-and-a-half-minute closing slot, veiled by a heavy fog of smoke that took most of the song “All Day” to dissipate and the sort of lighted sparks you’d expect to find on a birthday cake. The actress – once known for her red hair, but currently sporting a blond pixie cut – and the retro rockers were there to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club. On television and live at MGM Grand’s Grand Garden Arena, the rapper could hardly be seen for a good minute of his performance, prompting many to wonder if the plume was intentional or a mistake.

She went on to note that “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” the movie’s theme song, went Number One this week back in 1985. “It’s still unforgettable,” said Ringwald. Similarly, the number of curse words in his two-song set (‘Ye segued into “Black Skinhead”) necessitated so much bleeping (in the form of muted bursts), that others took to social media asking whether his microphone was broken. Watch the anthemic performance below – and keep an eye on the crowd to see the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran and Danica McKellar, plus Swift with her arm around “new club member” Ms. Just a few months back, for example, he performed his new song “Wolves” at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show, all while lying on his back.

And while the rapper’s name as a headliner was certain to draw eyeballs to the BBMAs, he’s really only obligated minimally to conform to a program’s tone, visual or otherwise. Taylor Swift won the awards for top artist, top female artist and top album for ‘‘1989.’’ One Direction won awards for top group and top touring artist. You’d be hard-pressed to find a TV booker for any awards show who would turn down a Kanye appearance on the grounds of his unpredictability, because it’s exactly that which entices potential viewers to tune in. John Legend won top radio song for ‘‘All of Me,’’ and Meghan Trainor won top Hot 100 song for ‘‘All About That Bass.’’ Florida Georgia Line were named top country artist.

Assumedly yes, as an artistic statement to a track that boasts (“And you ain’t gettin’ money ‘less you got eight figures”), warns (“I don’t let ’em talk to me no kind of way / Uh, they better watch what they say to me”) and prays (“For that Jesus piece, man, I’ve been saved”), even as it cycles through 44 mentions of the N-word. Also consider this: perhaps the intention was to take the focus away from the celebrity of Kanye — the person we associate with the Kardashian clan and insulting Taylor Swift — and encourage an audience to listen rather than gawk. And his more recent material from Yeezus, as well as what he’s released from his forthcoming album Swish, is as forward sounding as it comes, at times bordering on just plain strange.

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