The American Music Awards (AMAs) pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists. This year’s show was broadcasted live from the Nokia Theater L.A. on November 24th, 2013.
8:00 PM: Katy Perry’s Geisha-inspired performance of “Unconditonally” doesn’t make sense and is probably culturally insensitive. At least she’s singing live?
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also features some great original tunes for music lovers to enjoy.
“Say Something,” the duet from A Great Big World and The Voice coach Christina Aguilera is out—and it’s quite nice.
Living in peace and contentment is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. – Christina Aguilera
Well, this is random. Christina Aguilera earlier this week penned a really long letter to fans and released the “Let There Be Love” music video. The video—which looks homemade and kinda cheap—is unexpected because the song peaked on the charts a long time ago and The Voice judge really hasn’t mentioned her new album Lotus in months.
The year 2012 was a great year in pop music. Although dance (and dance-like songs) still ruled the charts, this year also saw the re-emergence of other genres — RnB saw a boost with Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Miguel, while the success of Carly Rae Jepsen and Ellie Goulding allowed more traditional pop music to be in the forefront once again.
Before we welcome 2013, here’s my list of the top 21 singles of 2012. Last year, I listed my top 11, but there were lots of great songs this year that I had to expand my list to 21.
21 – “Your Body” – Christina Aguilera
Aguilera’s ‘comeback’ didn’t exactly happen, but I still loved this flop. Reminiscent of Aguilera’s Dirty era, “Your Body” is a filthy, fun pop song.
20 – “Where Have You Been” – Rihanna
Although it sounds like “We Found Love” part 2, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is an instant classic. With Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, and Calvin Harris all having a hand at this song, it’s no wonder radio ate this up. The lyrics and the infectious instrumental breaks are irresistible.
19 – “Never Close Our Eyes” – Adam Lambert
I’m still confused why Lambert’s sophomore album flopped, but that doesn’t change the fact that he had some awesome tunes. “Never Close Our Eyes” has a concept most of us are familiar with — it’s about dancing the night away because life is short — but Lambert’s unique vocals and confident delivery really did it for me.
In a recent cover story interview with Billboard magazine, Christina Aguilera says that Lotus, her seventh studio LP, “represents a celebration of the new me.” Regarding the title, she explains that “the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years.”
Aguilera also acknowledges that Lotus is similar Stripped, the 2002 album spawned that the iconic hit “Beautiful” — the album that many believe is still her best. “Now I’m at a place at 31, where the last time I felt this way was when I was 21 with Stripped and I had a lot to say and a lot to express.”
The end result an enjoyable — although also predictable — pop record that borrows from several genres, including dance, RnB, and country.