Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video has sound, fury and Kendrick Lamar

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Leading up to its Sunday premiere, we knew Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video would be a cameo-fest of “We Are the World” proportions, with—deep breath—Selena Gomez, Kendrick Lamar, Jessica Alba, Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Zendaya, and Cindy Crawford, among others, slated for an appearance.Dozens of pop stars, rappers and other performers came together Sunday night at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards where they helped celebrate the biggest hits of the year. But the video’s sheer spectacle is still overwhelming: Over the course of four jam-packed minutes, Swift and her cohort of stilettoed assassins engage in every form of combat imaginable. However, while the album version only features Swift, this new version features a few rap verses from hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and is more upbeat than the original.

Whether it was revealing fashion choices (Oh hey there Jennifer Lopez) or naughty dances (we see you twerking Nicki Minaj), there was plenty to talk about in Sin City. Besides the video’s Robocop premise, there’s its Sin City aesthetic, its nod to Tron’s light cycles, and its Kill Bill-like fight in the snow—not to mention its many neo-noir flourishes, the most enjoyable of which is Dunham’s “Lucky Fiori” toking on a cigar. Both modest increases from the last go-around, the numbers mark a third consecutive year of growth for the show — and, in the case of the total viewership, a 14-year high.

Also of note: Lamar, er, “Welvin Da Great,” contributes two verses to the track, lending even more exposure to one of music’s great cross-genre friendships. Power of Words: Even though Sam Smith was unable to attend the big show because of a recent vocal cord surgery, the “Stay With Me” crooner couldn’t help but thank fans for his award in the loveliest way possible. You’ll have to watch closely, because they tend to breeze by the screen with catchy codenames. “Bad Blood” is the fourth single from Swift’s chart-topping “1989.” She kicks off the U.S. portion of her “1989″ world tour on May 20 in Bossier City, La.

In ode to Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually, the 22-year-old didn’t speak a word as he let the audience read his cue cards. “It’s times like this that I realize how lucky I am to have you in my life,” one read. “Can’t wait to get this surgery out of the way so I can sing my ass off for you again.” 2. 1D United: Rest easy, Directioners. An I Love Lucy special nabbed a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 before a two-hour Battle Creek burn-off brought the canceled show down two-tenths of a point to a 0.6 rating in the key demo. But every time the “Shake It Off” crooner went onstage to accept an award, she just had to lean in for a hug (and sometimes a kiss) from her not-so-rumored boyfriend. Rap What?!: We don’t think we’re hard of hearing, but we practically missed all of ‘s performance Sunday because ABC decided to bleep out so many moments. While walking the red carpet, Rita Ora found herself holding her dress tight to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. “Well I just thought I would go a little naked,” the singer joked to E!

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