Showbiz Minute: Swift, ‘Mad Men,’ Box Office

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Taylor Swift Is No. 1 on Maxim’s Hot 100 List for 2015!.

The 25-year-old “Bad Blood” singer won eight out of her 14 nominations at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, and on Monday morning, magazine revealed that it has chosen her to top its annual Hot 100 list for the very first time!LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record.At last night’s festivities, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, there was a pause to pay tribute to the – gasp! – 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club.” The classic John Hughes movie that forever made us “a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess and a criminal,” was honored onstage by star (and “Jem and the Holograms” cast member) Molly Ringwald. Swift follows in the famous footsteps of Candice Swanepoel (2014), Miley Cyrus (2013), Bar Refaeli (2012), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (2011), Katy Perry (2010), Olivia Wilde (2009), Marisa Miller (2008), Lindsay Lohan (2007), Eva Longoria (2006 and 2005), Jessica Simpson (2004), Christina Aguilera (2003), Jennifer Garner (2002), Jessica Alba (2001) and Estella Warren (2000). “It’s really nice and such an incredible compliment,” Swift admits. “This year has been my favorite year of my life so far.

The erstwhile Claire Standish then introduced the band Simple Minds, who brought the 1980s back to 2015 in spades with their performance of the “Breakfast Club” theme song, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” While many of the millennial audience members appeared confused during Simple Minds’ time onstage – Ed Sheeran looked so perplexed he couldn’t even be bothered to join in on the “La-la-la-la-la” chorus – Taylor Swift gave the vintage performance all the cred it needed. West, whose two-song performance — which consisted of the him rapping in front of excessive flames and pyrotechnics — was on stage for 5 minutes and 18 seconds, but TV audiences were only able to hear 4 minutes and 16 seconds of his set, according to Rolling Stone. She stood right by Ringwald’s side and rocked out to the tune like nobody’s business, second only to Jennifer Lopez and Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years“). ABC reportedly censored the audio for more than a minute of the show due to West’s cursing and his incessant use of the N-word, as he performed his songs “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.” The censoring was so intense, in fact, that it went on for up to 15-seconds at a time at various moments throughout the performance, TMZ reported.

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. In the midst of all that, this is really nice.” Of course, one of the reasons 2015 is Swift’s “favorite year” is because she kicked off her 1989 World Tour in Tokyo May 5. “We’ve been in rehearsals for months, trying to get the live instrumental versions of these songs to as close to the album sounds as possible. 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.

It was fun to play around and get everything sonically right before we got on the actual stage and started doing the choreography,” the “Blank Space” singer tells the publication. “But before all that—probably close to a year ago—we started setting the stage, so that was when the drawing started.” After nine days of hype, Swift debuted her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video Sunday night. It featured cameos from her best friends, including Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Kendrick Lamar, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah, Hailee Steinfeld, Hayley Williams and Zendaya. “Thankfully, 10 years into my career now, I’ve learned how to work in a smarter way. Right now I am just taking the biggest sigh of relief that the fans got to experience it the way I wanted them to experience it, which was a full element of surprise.” Though Swift had an epic open of the Billboard Awards with her video, Kanye West’s closing off the show was tragic. Thankfully— thanks to the fans—now we get to play stadiums, so we do two or three stadium shows a week,” the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer says. “I’ll see my friends in whichever city I’m closer to.” 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.

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.” Hosts Ludacris and Teigen offered some jokes Sunday night: The rapper described why he’s a good host, namechecking his music and acting credits.

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