Tag Archives: Grammys

Wiz Khalifa in new Ad for Bing

16 Feb

“When we do it, we do it big.” – Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa on the 2012 Grammys red carpet with girlfriend Amber Rose.

 

A new commercial ad for the search engine Bing showcases Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh rap prodigy showing fans and haters alike just what it takes to be at the top of the rap game. (And that, he is!)

This ‘Bing Originals’ spot features Wiz “on his daily hustle.”

Views see the fashionable rap artist cook himself some breakfast; and head to a recording studio session, a game of pick-up basketball, and – alas, the tie in! – Wiz stops to use his phone to do a Bing search for a Thai restaurant. (perhaps to share with girlfriend Amber Rose…?) and ending with a concert scene.

Naturally, we want to hear some music from Mr. Khalifa and so the background track is ‘When I’m Gone’ from his platinum-selling debut ‘Rolling Papers.’

(The ‘Bing Originals’ spot follows behind another Bing ad which features freestyle skier Bobby Brown (no, not the New Edition crooner) and Wiz’s track ‘Boarding Pass.’)

Check out Wiz’s ‘Bing Originals’ ad, below

 

Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston

12 Feb

Whitney Houston, music legend, died yesterday, February 11th, 2012, and, according to TMZ, was found under water in a bathtub in her hotel room. According to one report on CNN, one music executive said the star looked “healthy and happy” just days before her death. But, according the L.A. Times and other outlets, the singer had appeared disheveled with erratic behavior in the days leading up to that fateful day. The Times also stated that, “while an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.”

Strangely, a Twitter user by the name of @chilemasgrande broke the news of Houston’s death before the AP or any other major media outlets, but, there were no signs of criminal intent. (Though the user in question has not been able to be reached for comment.)

Houston’s last performance, chillingly, was “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and appeared to have been Friday night in Los Angeles, where she was in town for a pre-Grammy party. (Sadly, according to multiple media outlets including CNN and The Insider, Houston appeared “dazed” and “aggressive” leaving this particular party. TMZ also reports that Whitney would take Xanax before big performances like she was scheduled to make at the Clive Davis party last night.)

News just broke of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, age 18, being rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital late this afternoon. Sources say that the cause was believed to be panic or anxiety, but this is unconfirmed. This was not her first, but her second trip to the hospital since learning of her mother’s passing.

Many were not surprised by Whitney Houston’s death, but the world is truly mourning at the tragic turn the embattled star’s life had taken.

Despite her struggles with addiction and substance abuse, Houston was, in addition to being a lovely person according to most who knew her, also one of the most talented voices in music history and one of the most acclaimed and successful singers of all time.

Whitney had won 2 Emmy awards, had 4 US number-one albums, 6 People’s Choice awards, 6 Grammy awards, 7 Soul Train music awards, 11 number-one songs, 16 NAACP Image Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 99 RIAA awards, had 562 total award nominations with 415 wins. She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and starred in a serious of movies, most notably, The Bodyguard. Her album Whitney was also the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts!

She was loved by her many fans, her family, and will be greatly missed. Tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have a special tribute to the late singer.

 

Poll: Can any other singers come close to Whitney Houston’s vocal talents? http://www.civicscience.com/u/Question/?q=11438

Remembering the good times:  Considered by many the best rendition of the United States National Anthem ever – VIDEO, here.

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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards – Tonight!

12 Feb

Tonight is the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Show.

You can expect a lot of fashion on the red carpet, and some great live performances, including a recently-added Whitney Houston tribute sung by Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Kahn.

There may be controversial moments, too – for example, Chris Brown, known for both his talents and his anger management issues, is taking the stage, outraging some for his notorious pre-Grammy antics not too long ago. Ex-girlfriend/possible current mistress Rihanna is up for Album of the Year, and has remained mum on the abuse scandal as of late.

Speaking of mum, Mumford & Sons is up against Adele, Katy Perry Bon Iver, and Bruno Mars for Record of the Year.

Album of the Year nominees are Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars.

The Grammys are going to be hosted by LL Cool J and are set to air at 8pm EST tonight, February 12th, 2012 on CBS.

Adele is expected to come out on top as the night’s big winner, and will also be giving her first performance since a vocal chord surgery; and Kanye West is leading the pack in nominees with a total of  7 Grammy nominations this year.

If you want to get in on the Grammy fun, answer these fun questions from Civic Science!

Do you plan to watch the Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFInz

Are you a fan of Katy Perry? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFEeR

Should Chris Brown be allowed to perform at the Grammy Awards after his notorious pre-Grammy abuse scandal just years ago? VOTE:http://shar.es/fFEv8

VOTE: How much do you like Adele? She’s expected to win big at the Grammys tonight. http://shar.es/fFKPD

Kanye West leads Grammy nominations. How much do YOU like Kanye? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFKAo

What should win Record of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFiza

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston. Can any other singers compare to her vocal talents? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFJ2a

Do you like country music? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFdPb

The Grammys are tonight – What should win Album of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFdKP

Poor Christina! Botched National Anthem Lyrics and a Grammy Fall, All in One Week!

14 Feb

Pittsburgh native Christina Aguilera had the worst week ever! Not only did she botch the lyrics to the National Anthem during the Super Bowl February 6th, but last night, she fell at the end of her Grammy performance. Add in a messy divorce and a battle with her up-and-down weight and you have a recipe for disaster. I hope that XTina can pull it together.

View the video of her Grammy fall, here.

Stop! Grammy-time!

13 Feb

Tonight marks the 53rd annual Grammy Awards show!

I, for one, am excited. I’m anxious to see all of the fashions, performances, and, of course, to find out who won what.

There’s rumors of a Britney cameo, and the ever-present question: What Will Gaga Wear?

Who will “clean house” this year? Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, and Lady Gaga are all up for many awards. Justin Bieber is nominated for Best New Artist – will he take home the coveted award? And what will joan Rivers have to say about all of the fashion choices?

Let’s hope that the night provides lots of entertainment and, as always, maybe a couple of surprises.

Who are you rooting for?