Ariana Grande saw how hard her fans were working to vote her Kohl’s New Artist Of The Year at the 2013 American Music Awards. Still, the 20 year-old did not prepare an acceptance speech.
“My mom wrote it down for me,” Grande revealed of the list she pulled out on stage with names of people to thank. “She was like, ‘Just so you don’t forget anything,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’”
Grande rushed through the names in seconds. The Nickelodeon star told me afterwards that if she could have added anyone to her on camera thank you list, it would have been her grandparents in Florida.
The entire evening seemed to overwhelm Grande, which also included a rousing performance of her single, “The Way” along with “Tattooed Heart.” Both appear on Grande’s debut studio album, Yours Truly. The artist earned a standing ovation from the likes of superstars like Lady Gaga after she finished singing.
“I can’t see anything. I have really bad eye sight,” Grande told me when I asked if she could make out celebrities’ faces in the crowd from on stage. “For some reason I can’t learn how to put in contacts, and I’m not going to go on stage in glasses.”
So, just as I had witnessed moments earlier, Grande simply powers through. By the time she reached our one-on-one room backstage at the AMAs, the singer was literally hobbled. She later told me that she felt like she was going to pass out. A whole pineapple, tofu, and a soy latte later – and Grande was back to her normal self, barely able to contain her excitement as she spoke about an evening she won’t soon forget.
LIFE AND STYLE WEEKLY’S LAURA LANE: Adam Levine and Lady Gaga, XTina Loses Weight, Madonna Dreams of Brad
Life & Style Weekly reports that Adam Levine and Lady Gaga are in a bit of a feud over pop music. Editor Laura Lane also talked about Christina Aguilera’s transformation and Madonna’s “Brad Pitt-inspired dream” on “The Ralphie Show.”
Lady Gaga and Adam Levine have fired up their respective fan bases with tweets seemingly aimed at each other about the music they create and what it should be classified as. Levine allegedly started it all by saying, “Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.”
Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn't make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 20, 2013
Mother Monster wasn’t having any of it, tweeting the next day, “uh oh guys the art police is here.”
uh oh guys the art police is here
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 21, 2013
The two then volleyed subtweets at each other about pop music, song lyrics, and other forms of police. Neither pulled a Chris Brown and deleted anything from their timeline so feel free to click back if you’re curious.
The argument between the two is interesting on multiple levels. First, both Gaga and Maroon 5 are under the same record label umbrella, that which is Interscope/Geffen/A&M. This wouldn’t be Gaga’s first feud with a label mate – remember those leaked Lana Del Rey songs in which the “Summertime Sadness” singer bashed her fellow New York songstress?
But that leads us to the second point: financial interests. Gaga has a new album due out in November. Levine is currently ramping up for another season of NBC’s “The Voice.” By the way if you’re keeping score at home, “Summertime Sadness” is currently the second biggest song at pop radio.
Finally, there’s this: a clip of Levine from February, in which I broke the news to him that Gaga cancelled the remainder of the “Born This Way Ball” due to an injury.
“Sh-t… oh, man,” Levine responded. “See that breaks my heart because I don’t know her but I know that clearly she loves to perform.”
Granted this was long before “Applause” or any other material from the forthcoming ARTPOP but after her second album, some detractors had already criticized Gaga for recycling from pop’s past. In this instance, there may be more than what tweets the eye.
Lady Gaga called an audible today, a week prior to the scheduled release of her first single from ARTPOP and on the same day that fellow pop superstar Katy Perry dropped a new song.
DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS…WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY…MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2013
With that, “Applause” was given to eager Little Monsters around the world, and has the music industry working overdrive as two of the biggest names in music drop highly-anticipated material on the same day.
ARTPOP is still slated for a November 11 release.
Life & Style Weekly reports that Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine has a new girlfriend. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Lady Gaga’s continued recovery on “The Ralphie Show.”
Perhaps you forgot that Akon played a big role in introducing Lady Gaga to the masses. In addition to the “Konvict Music” artist appearing on her breakout single “Just Dance,” he also convinced Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine to sign the singer. The joint label-deal with Kon Live yielded that GRAMMY-nominated song as well as her debut album, The Fame. The rest, as they say, can be looked up on Wikipedia.
Fast forward through two albums and an unprecedented amount of success, and we find that Lady Gaga is preparing to release her third album, ARTPOP. The timeline for the project though was derailed when Gaga sustained a hip injury that forced her to cancel her “Born This Way Ball.”
“Only she can give you news on that,” Akon told me when I asked him about any type of album update. “I’m from a distributor side; I’m on the label side.”
The “Sexy Chick” singer explained more, revealing a bit about Gaga’s current deal.
“I was involved in the first and second album,” he said. “After that, like she’s more in control of her own content now so we just allow her to do her own thing. And then when the album is turned in, then that’s when I play the role as far as distribution.”
Speaking of distributing albums, Akon plans on doing just that with his own music soon. It seems his situation has stabilized following his record label, Universal Motown, folding in to the now Republic Records.
“Unfortunately, it does affect artists like myself when there is changes happening within the label,” he said, while also agreeing with my assessment that he could have gone independent if need be. He argued that despite his own name recognition and business acumen, he’d rather work inside a bigger machine. “If the system is broken, you can’t really move until they get it fixed.”
Akon says Stadium will be out by year’s end.
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Life & Style Weekly reports on the White House’s response following a song that Jay-Z released this week entitled, “Open Letter.” (Audio NSFW)
Senior Reporter Laura Lane also talked about Lady Gaga’s recovery from hip surgery and the baby shower that Jessica Simpson is planning on “The Ralphie Show.”
Life & Style Weekly reports on the surgery Lady Gaga underwent last week. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Fergie and Josh Duhamel expecting and Bradley Cooper’s nights out on the town.