Month: February 2017

The Oscars Edition

It was definitely an eventful Sunday night. Just when I thought the Academy Awards were going to give me almost nothing to talk about, the biggest fail in the history of the awards show happened.

Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: The Academy Awards for ruining Moonlight‘s moment

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Whether you watched the Academy Awards a.k.a. the Oscars last night or not, you probably heard about the chaos that ensued on stage after La La Land was accidentally announced as the winner of Best Picture. The worst part was that producers did not correct the error until several thank you speeches later. Yikes…

So what happened?

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Well, when Warren Beatty opened the envelope, he gave the audience the most confused expression ever. He saw that the card read “Emma Stone – La La Land.” Seeing as though Emma Stone cannot be a Best Picture winner, it should have been obvious that the name on the card did not make sense….

Instead of alerting producers that he had the wrong card, however, Beatty decided to hand it over to his co-presenter, Faye Dunaway. Thinking nothing of Beatty’s confusion, Faye went on to read “La La Land” to the audience. #FAIL

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Luckily for us, we had one of the gracious La La Land producers correct the error after giving his own acceptance speech for an award that he did not win.

Honestly, this was just such a fail on SO many levels. Firstly, how did Warren Beatty get the wrong card? Secondly, why did it take producers so long to fix the problem? Lastly, why did Moonlight‘s shining moment have to be tarnished???

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The good news is the Academy clearly took last year’s hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to heart and created an awards show that was more inclusive of diverse talent and thought. It was also nice to see Moonlight take home the gold. Moonlight is not only a Black independent film, but it’s also a movie that centers on a member of the LGBTQ community. And, despite the debacle overshadowing its win in the moment, Moonlight will go down in history as one of the best films of all time.

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Congrats to director and writer, Barry Jenkins, and the entire cast and crew!

p.s. Shout out to Moonlight‘s Janelle Monae for her red carpet look.

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She’s been killing it all awards season long, but this dress definitely stole the show. #Fire

Moving on….

Hot Mess # 2: Jimmy Kimmel for not recovering quickly after the Best Picture mix-up

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As bad as it was to watch Warren Beatty fumble around the Oscar stage last night, it was almost worse watching Jimmy Kimmel. Instead of really poking fun of the Best Picture situation, Jimmy looked incredibly uncomfortable saying “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this.”

For those who don’t remember, Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant back in 2015.

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Double yikes….

Although Jimmy Kimmel’s “joke” was spot on, you could tell in his voice that he was absolutely mortified the entire time.

Personally, I just really wanted someone to sing the words “City of Fails” into the mic using the melody from La La Land‘s “City of Stars.” It would’ve been peeeeerfeeeect!

Okay, maybe it just would’ve been perfect for me….lol

Hot Mess #3: Whoever told every single man at the Oscars to wear a navy jacket

Like, look at this….

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Samuel L. Jackson

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Chris Evans

Trust me, I could go on and on with the blue tuxedo pics from last night, but I’m already bored…lol

Anyways, I vote The Rock for best dressed mostly because he reminded me of the following clip from Coming To America

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If you don’t know, then you better go find out. 😉

Anyways, the last thing I’m going to say is that I want to be friends with Gary From Chicago.

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Thanks to Jimmy’s Oscars skit, Gary, a regular man, went straight from a Hollywood tourbus to taking photos with Mahershala Ali’s Oscar trophy and being married by Denzel Washington.

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Truly the highlight of everyone’s night! #GaryFromChicago

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The Grammys Edition

With everything that’s been going on in the “real” news, it’s nice to talk only about entertainment for once. This will be short and sweet.

Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: The Grammys for being an absolute snoozefest

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I don’t know what’s been going on with the Grammys, but they have become progressively more boring over the years. Even though we had Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Metallica all in the same room, I was still feeling underwhelmed by the end. Not to mention, I’m pretty sure my friend turned the channel at one point to watch Homeland instead….

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With that said, I have to give Bruno Mars a serious shoutout. He destroyed both of his performances last night.

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Bruno first sang his single “That’s What I Like,” showing that music doesn’t have to be super upbeat to be electric. With the help of his manband, Bruno stole the show with a lot of smooth moves and harmonies. #suchapro

p.s. Bruno Mars and The Time gave us the best Prince tribute to date. After a horrible botching of “Nothing Compares To You” by Madonna and a much too loud “Purple Rain” by Jennifer Hudson (unpopular opinion, I know), Prince finally got the tribute he deserved last night. It was fun, funky, and full of life. Not to mention, Bruno’s purple suit was on point as well as his eyeliner. 😉

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Bruno Mars, The Time Prince Tribute

Hot Mess #2: Whoever didn’t vote for Lemonade?
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Although the Grammys were a complete bore, I did continue to watch for the sole purpose of seeing whether or not Beyonce would take home the most coveted prizes of the night, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

When Adele “shocked” everyone and won both awards, I was honestly not that surprised. This year, it seemed like every artist from Justin Bieber to Rihanna decided to release their best bodies of work to give Beyonce a real run for her money. Not to mention, there was also tremendous hype around Adele’s album, 25, as well.

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Now, I know that some believe Lemonade to be the only rightful winner of the evening. However, I personally think that Beyonce losing Album of the Year in 2015 was a much bigger upset than last night. At least yesterday, an album won that people actually listened to (no shade to Beck)….

And, for those of you crying racism, please just stop. I don’t think Beyonce’s loss has anything to do with racism. I agree with several critics who believe her loss to be a direct result of the splitting of votes. If you put Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Drake in the same category, then eventually their votes are going to start canceling one another out. It is what it is.

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p.s. Even though I don’t necessarily believe the Grammys to be racist, I do think that they have a little diversity issue on their hands. Perhaps the Recording Academy is a little too traditionalist (a nice word for white and old) for the times.

Anyways, a huge congratulations to Adele. After a rough performance paying tribute to George Michaels, she was able to end her evening with a gracious win.

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Adele’s Full Acceptance Speech

Side note: I love the way Adele made her entire acceptance speech about Beyonce and her love for Lemonade. It shows the importance of artists supporting one another and showing respect to their peers.

Side note #2: We need to talk about Keith Urban. I know he wasn’t nominated for major awards last night, but he should’ve been.

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If you haven’t listened to Ripcord, I strongly encourage you to do so. Ripcord was really my Album of the Year. It snuck up on me during a random iTunes search and I immediately fell in love. Such a good example of just how much good music is out there right now…

Check out Keith’s Grammy performance here –> Keith Urban Fighter

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Also, random shoutout to Rihanna and her flask last night. Homegirl knew that she wasn’t going to win anything, so she came to just enjoy the party.

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Only Rihanna…haha

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