AMAs 2013: Live blog (and complete list of winners)

American Music Awards 2013

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?

Katy Perry - AMAs 2013

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6 songs that prove Katy Perry’s PRISM isn’t that bad

Katy Perry - PRISM (cover art) - Album review

Since Katy Perry released PRISM, music snobs have been busy bashing the album. The A.V. Club called it “forgettable,” while SPIN described it as “tepid.”

I’m not here to tell you that PRISM is this year’s best pop album—it’s not!—but it’s actually a decent listen. Here are my top 6 faves:

  1. International Smile

Light and happy, “International Smile” could easily have been in Katy Perry’s last album. With “oohs” and “aaahs” and vocal delivery similar to “Teenage Dream,” this song is proof of Perry’s undeniable charisma.

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John Mayer’s duet with Katy Perry is quite nice

Paradise Valley - John Mayer

I haven’t been following John Mayer’s return (mostly because I’m not digging his country-tinged tuned these days), but I quite like “Who You Love.” The Katy-Perry assisted soft rock track is poignant and tender, a bit different from “Roar” but I like it as much.

The song reminds me of some of the songs from Battle Studies, and that’ really a good thing. Listen below.

“Roar” leaks, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga react

Katy Perry - ROAR

Katy Perry’s “Roar” leaked over the weekend, and I absolutely love it.  The single was not supposed to be released until tomorrow, August 12—but even Perry isn’t immune to early releases.

With a feel-good beat and inspiring lyrics, the song is a sure a hit. “I got the eye of the tiger,” Perry screams in the chorus. “I am a champion / You’re gonna hear me roar.”

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4 reasons why Katy Perry’s Prism era will be bigger than Gaga’s ARTPOP

Katy Perry VS Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are both preparing to release new singles this month in preparation for fall albums. Katy Perry’s Prism will be released in October, while Gaga’s ARTPOP will drop on November 11.

This is an epic pop clash in the making, but I believe Perry will reign supreme. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Katy Perry is coming off a stronger era

Teenage Dream sold almost 3 million copies, while producing 5 Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single. Born This Way, on the other hand, sold over 1 million copies in its first week (including the 99 cent deal done via Amazon), but sales stalled at just over 2 million in the US. For an album that was supposed to be the “voice of the generation,” Born This Way didn’t resonate as much was it was supposed to. Both “Applause” and “Roar” will race up the charts, but Perry’s recent record is more consistent and successful.

2. The ARTPOP leaks have already started

“Burqua/Aura” leaked this week, drawing some criticisms from some well-respected blogs. No unintentional leaks from Prism yet—a good sign for Perry and how well her management team is handing everything right now.

3. The Prism artwork feels more natural

I think the public (and radio) have an appetite right now for a more authentic sound and image. The more classic RnB/pop sound has made a glorious return to radio, and there’s no reason to believe it’s about to stop. Looking at the released artworks so far, it’s fair to assume that Lady Gaga will stick to her somewhat-artsy, almost-pretentious visuals, while Perry will go for a more subdued image. I think the latter will win.

4. The Prism teaser videos are epic

The 3 videos so far have been perfection—and more are coming, apparently.

For the record, I think both ARTPOP and Prism will both be commercially successful. I just think Perry has the edge.

Are you #TeamGaga or #TeamKaty? Buzz off below.