Kendrick Lamar leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Now that the dog days of summer are starting to die down, MTV is getting ready for one of their major end of summer award shows. On Tuesday (July 25), the once music-centric channel announced the nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Leading the pack with a total of eight nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar. “Video of the Year,” “Best Hip-Hop,” and “Best Cinematography” are just some of the categories his single, “HUMBLE.” is nominated for.

Falling behind Lamar with a total of five nominations each are Katy Perry and The Weeknd. Perry is nominated for categories such as “Best Pop,” “Best Direction,” and “Best Visual Effects” for her Skip Marley-assisted, “Chained to the Rhythm.” The Weekend is nominated for categories such as “Video of the Year,” “Best Editing,” and “Best Art Direction” for his single, “Reminder.”

Following their decision to feature non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network announced that the “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories have been combined into “Artist of the Year.” Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, the Weekend, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Lorde are nominated for that honor this year.

In addition to the combined “Artist of the Year” category, MTV has also revealed the addition of a new category: “Best Fight Against the System.” The “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to celebrate music videos that inspire viewers to stand up for injustices.

Fans can begin to vote for their favorite music videos by heading over to the VMA’s website here. While all the major categories will close before the awards show in late August, the “Best New Artist” category will remain open until the night of the live broadcast. Another category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET. The complete list of nominees, with the exclusion on “Best Song of Summer,” can be seen below.

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars — “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara — “Scars To Your Beautiful”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

The Weeknd — “Reminder”

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

Ariana Grande

The Weeknd

Lorde

Best New Artist

Khalid

Kodak Black

SZA

Young M.A

Julia Michaels

Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez — “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey — “Closer”

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift — “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes — “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You”

Harry Styles — “Sign of the Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane — “Down”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus — “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Big Sean — “Bounce Back”

Chance the Rapper — “Same Drugs”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad & Boujee”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne — “I’m The One”

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara — “Stay”

Kygo x Selena Gomez — “It Ain’t Me”

Calvin Harris — “My Way”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ — “Cold Water”

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign — “Gone”

Best Rock

Coldplay — “A Head Full of Dreams”

Fall Out Boy — “Young and Menace”

Twenty One Pilots — “Heavydirtysoul”

Green Day — “Bang Bang”

Foo Fighters — “Run”

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson — “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape — “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration)

Big Sean — “Light” (Race)

Alessia Cara — “Scars to Your Beautiful” (Body image)

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley — “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment)

John Legend — “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate)

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Katy Perry confirms new album, announces massive North American tour

After releasing two singles, which left fans asking for more, Katy Perry has officially announced that her fifth studio album will see a summertime release date. On Monday (May 15), the California girl announced that her long-awaited new album will be named Witness. Witness, Perry’s first new set of tunes in nearly four years, is set to be released on June 9 through Capitol Records. A few weeks ago, rumors began to circulate that Perry’s upcoming album would be titled Witness. Instead of confirming or denying the rumors, Perry allowed her legion of followers to believe what they wanted.

In addition to the new album, Perry has also announced a massive tour that will find the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer performing at a slew of North American venues throughout the late months of 2017 and early months of 2018. “WITNESS: The Tour” will begin on Sept. 7 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus and conclude almost five months later on Feb. 5, 2018 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

For fans of the pop star, there will be a special pre-sale to obtain tickets before anyone else.  The verified fan pre-sale will take place on Thursday (May 18) beginning at 9 a.m. local time and concluding three hours later at noon. For Perry’s Canadian fans, their verified fan pre-sale will begin next Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. local time. Unlike the United States pre-sale, this one will last 12 hours. To qualify for the verified fan pre-sale, head on over to Perry’s website here.

Witness will mark Perry’s first new album since the release of 2013’s Prism. Previously released singles “Chained to the Rhythm” and “Bon Appétit” are just two of the new songs featured on the impending release.

For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

KATY PERRY’S ‘WITNESS: THE TOUR’ DATES:

Sept. 07 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Sept. 09 – Montréal, QE @ Bell Centre
Sept. 12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Sept. 25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sept. 29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Oct. 02 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 03 – Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live!: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 08 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Oct. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Oct. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 22 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Oct. 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
Nov. 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 26 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Nov. 28 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Nov. 29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Dec. 01 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Dec. 02 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Dec. 04 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Dec. 06 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Dec. 09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dec. 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Dec. 17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Dec. 20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jan. 05 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Jan. 07 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jan. 10 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 12 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Jan. 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jan. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jan. 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Jan. 31 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center
Feb. 02 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter
Feb. 03 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Feb. 05 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Watch Katy Perry visit Oblivia in new music video

It’s been about two weeks since Katy Perry released her brand new song, “Chained to the Rhythm.” The song’s debut happened just in time for the pop star to hit the stage at the 2017 Grammy Awards for a politically influenced performance. Since the annual awards show, the pop star has been teasing fans with images on social media that made no sense at the time. A hamster, a wheel, a rocket, a poster for a theme park, and more were posted online with no definitive connection; just a lot of head-scratching. On Tuesday (Feb. 21), the California native unleashed the music video for the new tune, finally giving fans an answer to how all the random images connected.

The clip begins with Perry walking into Oblivia, a theme park that looks like something straight out of the 1950s with a slight twist. As Perry walks through the entrance, we see her dressed in an outfit that looks like something from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons. With cotton candy pink hair and a futuristic attire Perry begins her stroll through the park. As she makes her way down the streets of the theme park, she encounters a lot of people who seem to be living in their own little bubble unaware of everything around them.

As if the people dressed up in 50s attire wasn’t enough of a flashback, the rides at the park seem to mirror the mentality of that era. One of the rides is named “The Great American Dream Drop” and features small, pastel-colored houses as the vehicle while the entrance is right behind a white picket fence containing red roses. Another ride is called “Love Me,” a roller coaster which a female and a male get on and at the end they are rated. While at “The Great American Dream Drop,” Perry attempts to pick a rose, only to be pricked by a thorn. As the blood begins to rise to the surface, it signals the popping of her utopia bubble as she begins to realize that it is all those people, and even her, are living like hamsters in a cage. Watch the music video for “Chained to the Rhythm” above.

“Chained to the Rhythm” marks Perry’s first new song since the release of “Rise,” the theme for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. While Perry hasn’t confirmed a new album, she has teased that she will be taking her time with creating and recording her fifth studio album. There’s no word on whether “Chained to the Rhythm” will be a standalone single or be part of a new album.

Perry’s last studio album was 2013’s Prism.

Katy Perry releases surprise new single for 2016 Rio Olympics

It’s been a while since Katy Perry released any new music, though it can be argued that last November’s “Every Day is a Holiday” does count as a new song. Now, things have slightly changed with the singer unveiling a brand new, surprise track. On Friday (July 15), Perry debuted a brand new song titled “Rise.” In a press release, the singer explains how NBC Olympics chose the song to be the official anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics and how instead of waiting for her new album to come out, she decided to release the song now, when there is a “need for our world to unite.”

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Perry explains in a press release about how the song came to be completed.

“I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

The music video for “Rise” can be seen below. The clip begins with video of locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (where the games will take place) before switching over to clips of a slew of athletes training and competing in the medley of events set to take place during the month-long games which kicks off on Aug. 5.

“Rise” is currently available on iTunes and Apple Music. While rumors of a new album/new music has been circulating since she wrapped up the final leg of her “Prismatic World Tour,” Perry has never come forth and confirmed that a new album was in the works. Considering the reference to a new album she made in her press release about “Rise,” it’s probably only a matter of time before she announces her long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Prism.

Watch Katy Perry’s Rock in Rio Show Get All Awkward

We’ve all probably dreamed at one point in time what it would be like to meet your favorite band/artist. What would you wear? What would you say? Hell, do you even say anything to them?

Well, apparently not everyone is like that and a close encounter of the strange kind happened to Katy Perry this past weekend. The pop star was in Brazil for the Rock in Rio Festival where she performed on Sunday evening (Sept. 27). Perry, like she does at most of her shows, decided to invite a fan onstage and that’s when things took a turn for the awkward.

The fan made her way on stage looking all kinds of intoxicated. At first, Perry tried to get the girl’s name, but after several failed attempts just renamed her. Then, the fan proceeded to attempt to kiss Perry’s neck where Perry said that she might be “rolling.” Perry tried to segue into getting the fan to teacher some Portuguese which was a massive fail. And that’s just some of the craziness that went on.

All in a day’s work for any musician, we guess. Watch the video of the strange encounter below.

Watch the 2015 Grammy Awards Performances

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After three and a half hours of sitting in front of a television, many people probably turned off the TV or changed the channel, we know we did at a few points.

For those who missed one of the many live performances that happened at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night or just want to relive one of them, we have managed to get some of them together in one place.

Check them all out below.

Jimmy Kimmel Posts New “All Music Edition” of #MeanTweets

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One of Jimmy Kimmel’s funniest sketches comes courtesy of all the negative posts people send across Twitter about celebrities then having said celebrities go on his show and read them out loud (some of them having laughing fits along the way).

This week, we got a new all-music edition of the sketch in honor of the Grammy Awards set to take place this upcoming weekend.The cast of musicians include some of pop’s biggest artists and some fellow Grammy nominees as well.

Musicians like Josh Groban, Drake, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and more take a crack at reading the mean tweets because nothing shows you have a sense of humor about those “haters” than reading those hateful messages out loud and laughing (all the way to the bank) about them in the process.

Check out the new edition below.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live this Sunday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8 P.M. EST on CBS.

Katy Perry “Roars” the Audience to Life During Super Bowl Halftime

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Katy Perry blew the retractable roof off of the University of Phoenix Stadium field in Glendale, AZ during her highly anticipated Super Bowl Halftime Show.

We might be a little bias with our opinion of the show, but it’s probably been one of the best from the past couple of years. With a setlist that covered some of her biggest hits including a special rendition of “I Kissed a Girl” with Lenny Kravitz and inviting Missy Elliot to the stadium grounds to perform some of her own songs, it’s was all around awesome and rocking.

Oh yeah, and there were fireworks, a floating comet, LED lights in beach balls and some palm tree, some killer visual effects on the grounds and beach balls and sharks with massive smiley faces (and an outfit that might become 2015’s Halloween costume).

Check out the performance below.

Katy Perry Denies Paying to Play Super Bowl Halftime

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When Katy Perry officially announced she had been chosen for the Super Bowl Halftime show, everyone began asking just how much the pop star had paid for the gig due to the National Football League’s recent request to try and extort money from performers in a “pay-to-play” scheme.

According to the pop star, who beat out acts like Coldplay and close friend Rihanna for the gig, she didn’t pay a single cent.

At the beginning of the talks, Perry reportedly made it clear that she would not pay to play at “football’s biggest night” saying at the time, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

In a new interview, it appears that the “Teenage Dream” singer stuck to her guns, claiming that she did not give in to the NFL’s requests.

“I put my foot down very early in the courtship,” explained Perry to the Associated Press.

“I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand.’ I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print. I don’t even care if my contract leaks. I have nothing to hide, basically.”

Perry’s performance will reportedly run 12 minutes long and consists of “two worlds.” Whatever that means.

She already revealed that Lenny Kravitz will be one of her special guests for the performance which might, in a way describe, the whole two world performance idea. Word has also started to spread that Perry would be bringing another special guest for the performance.

At the time, there’s no official confirmation, but some are speculating Rihanna is the other guest.

When asked about her performance, Perry said: “I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirit, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework,’ so maybe there is no better person [for the show]. Hopefully, I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people throughout the performance.”

Considering she was the most likely from the initial list to be chosen for the gig, we have a feeling she’ll be able to accomplish just that, even if we are a little bias here.

Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in, where else, Phoenix, AZ.

Katy Perry to Officially Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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It’s been over a month since rumors surfaced that Katy Perry would, indeed, be headlining the National Football League’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2015.

Last night, the pop star revealed that she has signed up to be the performer for “football’s biggest night.”

Inside sources all but confirmed she had been chosen for the gig last month during the height of talks and a series of tweets after her first win on the American Music Awards last night, gave us the confirmation we had been waiting on.

It appears the NFL got their wish by coaxing Perry into performing. A few months ago when the “payola” scandal was revealed, inside sources had claimed the NFL has a few artists in mind for the gig including Coldplay, Rihanna, and Perry. Considering Perry has a wider appeal than the others, she seemed like the logical choice for the show.

As soon as the news made its way across the internet, Pepsi revealed Perry’s teaser for the show which includes edible glitter, unicorns, a time machine, kittens, her “outfit” and more.

While KatyKats might be excited to see their “idol” take to the green during the Super Bowl, we need to once again bring up the fact that the NFL wanted a cut of the musician’s money post-performance or a sizable “donation” for all the publicity they will garner from the show.

We’re hoping Katy’s people told the NFL to bugger off with that outrageous demand considering their ratings for the actual game last year sucked and the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers performance was what actually brought in the big numbers.

Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.