One of my favorite songs from this year is TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART by ALICIA KEYS. I was kinda disappointed with the official video – a version of this live performance would have been better! Alicia always hits the mark with her live performances, and tonight was no exception! She looked beautiful and as always this song sounded great live and loved the ‘wall dancing’ and the spinning piano at the end! So excited for THE ELEMENT OF FREEDOM to drop mid December!
Alicia also performed with JAY -Z tonight onEMPIRE STATE OF MIND(Song of the year right there!)which as always goes down a treat! I loved her FRANK SINATRA opening to the song this time with NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Camille
I had my fingers crossed so hard for WHITNEY HOUSTON‘s return to the American stage. Yes she did Good Morning America, but this was a major award show and she was facing her peers again for the first time since her comeback. She sang I DIDN’T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH which is one of my favorite cuts from I LOOK TO YOU, and the one that really defines her journey back to wellness and the top of the charts.
Everything went fabulously – she looked beautiful, sang brilliantly (well th best I’ve seen recently I think) and HIT that note at the end out of the ball park! I loved her trademark pause at the end where she soaked up the atmosphere and applause before ending ‘I DIDN’T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH‘ which had the audience cheering and clapping and REBA in tears (lol)
Her speech was also marvelous she said everything she needed to without any awkward ‘WTF‘ moments like there have been when she’s spoked after a few of her performance overseas. Ms. Houston was honored with a International Artist Of The Year award – and she deserves it 100% – Camille
RIHANNA‘s killer performance of Wait Your Turn + Hard tonight at the American Music Awards was a definite reminder of her undeniable talent and sex appeal as a performer. In a sexy as hell/slit up to hell dress, RiRi tore through the track (which includes a sample of Can You Feel It?), first introduced with Mad House off the dark and edgy Rated R all while giving us sass to last a lifetime – can I say I love the dominatrix X-wheel and the entire staging of t.v.’s. behind her. That Rihanna rain just wont let up! – Matt
JANET JACKSON opened the American Music Awards tonight with a jam packed 8 minute medley of her greatest hits and new single Make Me – ending with an ‘everyone out of their seats’ Together Again. We can see the spirit of Michael living through Janet as she tore through the dance moves like they were second nature to her and always have been. What was she wearing thought? Janet’s Number Ones was released earlier this week, it’s a 2 disc set of all her remastered hits – a must have! – Matt