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Daily Archives: February 15, 2012
Performance of ‘Good Vibrations’ marks reunited veteran band’s first live show in 20 years.
By John Mitchell, with additional reporting by James Montgomery
Back in December when the Beach Boys announced their reunion, Al Jardine promised a “surprise” at the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12). “We’ll do something really exciting. There’s a lot of interest in it, which is nice,” the guitarist told Rolling Stone.
“It’s going to be a very big operation,” Jardine added.
That something exciting turned out to be an exhilarating medley of some of their most recognizable hits performed by Foster the People and Maroon 5, before the Boys took the stage themselves for a performance of “Good Vibrations.” Late in the song, the legendary band invited their modern counterparts in music to join them.
Things kicked off with Maroon 5′s rendition of “Little Surfer Girl.” As Adam Levine crooned one of the Beach Boys’ earliest hits, ’60s-style psychedelic images swirled on the LED screens behind him. Next to the stage were the boys of FTP, who took on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” on a stage littered with surf boards.
MTV News spoke to Foster the People at Grammy rehearsals earlier this week and they were in awe of the rock gods.
“We grew up listening to their music since we were little kids — I probably wouldn’t be in music today if it wasn’t for them,” frontman Mark Foster said. “So to see them all in the same room together, and then playing with them, it’s wild. It’s a dream come true.
“They’re one of the best bands of all time,” he continued. “Brian Wilson has left such a mark on musical history, to be able to see him up there with the other guys doing what they do, it’s amazing.”
After Foster, the Boys hit the stage for a solo (at first) “Good Vibrations” in what was the first live performance by all of the surviving Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Jardine, Bruce Johnston and early member David Marks — in more than 20 years. The band is recording together again and will begin a reunion tour later this spring at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in late April.
Late in the song, both Maroon 5 and Foster the People joined the reunited Boys onstage to finish “Vibrations,” with both bands looking floored to be sharing the Grammy stage with one of the most important bands in rock history.
Rihanna and Coldplay perform ‘Princess of China’ for the first time on TV.
By John Mitchell
Sprawled out on the floor under a red light and accompanied at first by just a piano, Rihanna hit the stage at the 54th Grammy Awards for a dance-heavy take on her massive #1 hit “We Found Love.”
The performance kicked off like a scene straight out of the thematically dark video for the track, with the Barbadian pop star leaning against a wall looking troubled under dark lighting with only a piano playing alongside her as she sang the track like a torch ballad. Looking gorgeous — and giving off a Tina Turner vibe — Rihanna rocked the blond locks she introduced recently, wearing a tight, belly-baring ensemble.
The laser lights, LED screens and synths kicked up soon enough, though, and Rihanna welcomed dancers to the stage and lit into a high-energy performance of the dance smash that kept with the feel of the song, devolving into a full-on rave, with the pop star front and center.
Like many other performers and presenters at the show, Rihanna took a moment to honor the late Whitney Houston, demanding the audience, “Make some noise for Whitney!”
Soon, the tempo backed down and the dancers departed, leaving Rihanna onstage with just Chris Martin strumming an acoustic guitar. The pair then started into the televised debut of their Mylo Xyloto collaboration “Princess of China.”
“Her bit on our record is my favorite bit. When the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it,” Chris Martin told MTV News of the pop princess’ involvement last fall. “And I think at this point, we have nothing to lose, and so we’ve been trying some new things and trying to break down the perceived boundaries between different types of music.”
Coldplay finished things up on an upbeat not with their song “Paradise.”
Adele, Katy Perry and Rihanna turn heads with stunning fashion before tributes to Whitney Houston begin inside the Staples Center.
By MTV Style’s Mary H.K. Choi
While the 2012 Grammy Awards red carpet show was slightly somber as musicians remembered legendary singer Whitney Houston, the energy remained overwhelmingly positive as musicians spoke of their mutual admiration and love for the icon and her legacy. Event-appropriate long, sleek, elegant looks abounded, and given that the Grammys are the Oscars of music, the ladies turned it out and dialed it up to 11.
Both Both Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood swanned through in lace gowns, Perry in Elie Saab with demure elbow-length sleeves and a scoop neck, Underwood in a pristine white Gomez-Gracia dress with long sleeves and a slight train.
Adele also opted for long sleeves in a black, A-line Armani dress that sparkled under the lights and Corinne Bailey Rae wore a black, tea-length Christian Siriano dress with a full, flouncy skirt.
Two more notable all-black ensembles were David Guetta’s studded lapel black suit with matching Louboutin studded sneakers — oh how we LOVE continuity at MTV Style — and Deadmau5′s characteristically cartoonish headgear coupled with a hilarious T-shirt that advertised multiple-Grammy Award winner Skrillex’s IRL phone number (according to the half-shorn Skrillex, he’s changing his digits as we type).
Jessie J shone for England in her silver shard-covered Julien McDonald gown. She said she felt like a disco ball and that the heft of wearing a dress dripping in multiple pieces of glass was well worth it.
On the precious metals front, gold was a popular hue for the night with Paris Hilton — who we haven’t heard from in quite some time — dipped in a stunning, floor-length Basil Soda dress with a tulle skirt. The hotel heiress flaunted gold inlaid panels and a metal belt as well as cap sleeves.
Taylor Swift stunned in a rose-gold applique dress from Zuhair Murad with cap sleeves, mandarin collar and a peek-a-boo back. Exposed backs were seemingly the erogenous zone du jour (nuit?) and Rihanna stole that show in her one-of-a-kind Armani. She credits Michelle Pfeiffer circa “Scarface” for the style inspiration and it’s notable that she had the incredible honor of designing the dress with Mr. Armani himself. And you can absolutely tell that RiRi had a great deal of input because her plunging halter neck gown with a similarly adventurous back fit her like she was sewn in it.
Fergie also had some help from a European designer, namely Jean Paul Gaultier, who dressed the blonde dynamo in a startling orange, see-through lace dress. That said, the sartorial spectacle that takes the cake tonight has GOT to be Nicki Minaj who not only showed up in a massive red riding hood from Atelier Versace — ID’d by the enormous Versace Medusa Head logo bedazzled front-and-center — but shared a black limo with the pope who helped her traverse the scarlet carpet.
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Diddy joins Rick Ross, Montana and Charlie Rock in new clip for ‘Shot Callers’ remix.
By Tomika L. Anderson, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
The New York MC brought in his boss and big brother Rick Ross to make the video for his new “Shot Callers” remix.
Montana gave props to Ricky Rozay for reporting to the video set on his birthday, saying it’s that kind of sacrifice that motivates him to work hard.
“You know, that’s what I’m saying. That’s motivation for anybody out there. When you got the hottest cat in the game, on his birthday he’s coming to work,” Montana said.
For his part, Ross said watching some of his original rap mentors motivated him to be the best. “When we was coming up watching, you know, even if it was Rob Bass in the silk sweat suit with his chains on and the suede Ballys, that motivated me, you know what I’m saying? So that’s what we do,” he says.
Both rappers can be seen on set, dressed in all black with thick gold chains and rocking to the Lords of the Underground “Funky Child” sample along with Charlie Rock and the clip’s chief creative officer, Diddy.
“You know Diddy, man — when he jumps on the track, he just gives it the extra spice, you know what I’m saying?” Montana laughed. “Definitely shout out to Diddy. He gave it that energy. You know, Diddy, he’s the number-one best dude you want on your remix. Diddy’s on the remix, the remix … you know what I’m saying?”
“His talk is priceless,” Ross said, co-signing the collaboration. “When you get Puff to touch that record, it’s priceless.”
Diddy predicts the remix video and song — which Montana also remade recently to honor new Super Bowl champs the New York Giants — are gonna be huge.
“You’ll see, you know, this video all over the air, you’ll hear it all over the radio stations,” Diddy said about the clip. “And then from there, that’s, you know — especially with new hip-hop artists — that’s their dream to be able to get that shot and you know how to facilitate that shot.”
An air date for the new clip hasn’t been announced.
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