March is Women's History Month, so across the world, people are celebrating awesome ladies! On our Facebook page, we recently asked people to share some of their favorite female singers. The answers varied, from P!nk to Amy Lee to Ann Wilson.
While it would be impossible to compile a list of the BEST female singers and then try to rank them, I am more than comfortable picking a few great female singers who deserve to be recognized for all they've done. Here are 5 powerhouses music owes a debt of gratitude!
Cher, who has earned the nickname Goddess of Pop, first emerged on the scene in 1965 when she and her husband, Sonny Bono, rose to fame. Through the years, she established herself as a singer in her own right, and even went on to have several Broadway and acting gigs. Cher has had incredibly successful hit singles, including early tunes like "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "Dark Lady," and later songs like "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe."
Did you catch the awards show last night? In case you missed it: Ellen DeGeneres played host; Jennifer Lawrence fell on the way into the venue; there was plenty of selfie-taking (including this gem); and we got to see A-list actors eat pizza. Oh, plus a bunch of awards were given out or whatever.
So that pretty much catches you up to speed on the ceremony portion. But in addition to that, there were several musical performances. While music may seem out of place at an award show created strictly to pay homage to the film industry, most of the performances were actually of the songs nominated for "Best Original Song." There was also an impromptu number by Darlene Love and an "In Memoriam" tribute. Here are the top 3 from last night's show:
Pharrell and his infamous hat kicked off the evening's performances. "Happy," which was on the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is a fun, upbeat song that received an equally fun and upbeat performance by Pharrell. It featured a bunch of young kids dancing around onstage; Pharrell himself ventured into the audience and brought some of the A-listers to their feet, including Lupita N'yongo, Amy Adams, and Meryl Streep. Plus: we can't forget the minions on the giant screen at the back of the stage. Cute!
Pop stars Shakira and Rihanna made headlines recently when they teamed up for a duet, "Can't Remember to Forget You," and a subsequently racy video to go along with it. Recently, fellow singers Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera teamed up for a remix of Gaga's single "Do What U Want." I'm all about duets between female pop stars because I think it rails against the idea that two women doing similar things must automatically be in competition with one another &mdahs; and because the songs are always so good. Here are 5 other duets we should celebrate, in honor of Shakira/Rihanna and Gaga/Christina!
Is a Miley Cyrus song better when it has nothing to do with Miley Cyrus at all? VCU Pep Band decided to test that theory when they tackled Miley's song, "Wrecking Ball," doing an instrumental (and pretty dope) version of the song during the VCU vs. George Mason game on Thursday. It's worth a full watch, but watch at 1:48 for the kitty in outer space, a nod to Miley's American Music Awards performance. Nicely done.
You've probably heard the version of Lady Gaga's latest single, "Do What U Want," featuring R. Kelly. She performed it on a handful of award shows and it's also played pretty regularly on most top 40 radio stations.
However, Gaga recently stopped by "The Voice," where Christina Aguilera stepped in for an absent R. Kelly to complete the duet. Gaga released an official, slightly remixed version featuring Aguilera, which can be heard at right.
Which version do you prefer?