Here in Connecticut, we can tell it's almost June because we're practically melting. After all, the general rule of thumb for New England weather is that if you're not shoveling your way out of several feet of snow, then you're probably baking in the sun.
That said, summer is totally the best time for events! Summer tours, sporting events, musical festivals, touring theater shows... it's a mecca, really. Here are a few things to look forward to in June.
American Idol Live: Season 12 "American Idol" finalists hit the road June 29, with their first show in Saint Louis, MO.
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One Direction: 1D buzz in the U.S. calmed as the boys toured Europe and elsewhere. But they're back, kicking off their U.S. summer tour June 13 in Sunrise, FL.
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Bonnaroo: This year, Bonnaroo has more than 100 bands performing during the four-day event from June 13-16. The line-up includes Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! (For tips on surviving summer music fests, click here.)
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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Backstreet Boys. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m still secretly obsessed with them and I’m suuuper excited about this. All five members are back and they’re performing a 20th anniversary concert in L.A. tonight, for free, where they’ll be debuting new music and showing a new clip from their upcoming documentary. (I’m crying inside because I’m on the East Coast.) On Monday, April 22, the band will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which I think is pretty fitting for the best-selling boy band of all time. On top of that, this year we’re also expected to get a new album (WITH Kevin) and a tour and I. CAN’T. WAIT.
Aside from proving how much of a huge loser I am, here’s what their 20-year celebration also means: we’re all getting old. Seriously, guys. All of the members of the Backstreet Boys are married or soon-to-be and most of them have babies! One of them is 40! When did that happen? Here are 10 other things that will help make you feel seriously old.
1. Zac Hanson is no longer just the cute little "baby" of Hanson, playing drums with his older brothers. Actually, he's 27. Meanwhile, some other boy band "babies"? Justin Timberlake, NSYNC, is 32. Drew Lachey, 98 Degrees, is 36. Joey McIntyre, New Kids on the Block, is 40.
If you didn’t catch the Grammy awards Sunday — maybe because you were still digging yourself out of mountains of snow, if you live in New England, or maybe because you were watching the long-awaited return of "The Walking Dead" (like me) — don’t stress. Here are some of the highlights:
Taylor Swift opened the show with visuals reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland." But the thing people really care about is that she supposedly made a jab at her ex-boyfriend, One Direction’s Harry Styles. During the song’s breakdown, she says, “So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m busy opening up the Grammys.’” Supposedly, she uses a British accent for the guy’s voice — as you probably know, Harry Styles is British. In addition to Swift, performers included Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake; Mumford and Sons; Alicia Keys and Maroon 5; The Black Keys; Kelly Clarkson; Bruno Mars/Rihanna/Ziggy Marley/Sting (in a Bob Marley tribute); Carrie Underwood; Fun.; Ed Sheeran and Elton John; Frank Ocean… there were a lot of performances, OK?
What people wore
Prior to Sunday’s event, a "Wardrobe Advisory" sent to attendees regarding the evening’s dress code was leaked. The memo asked female celebrities to make sure their bodies were "adequately covered." Obviously what people wear is always a big part of award shows, but all I really care about are two. One, Adele, who always wears black, decided to change it up and rock a red and pink floral dress — and she looked amazing! Also, everyone loves Adele, and she has an adorable accent, and she’s so pretty and talented that she could probably wear a paper bag and people would talk about it. Two, Carrie Underwood wore, like, the prettiest projection screen ever!
Beyonce was there; so was Jennifer Lopez’s leg. Frank Ocean won best urban contemporary album, and Chris Brown didn’t stand for him despite the audience’s standing ovation because the two got into a fight a few weeks back or something. Prince presented Record of the Year. Faith Hill has braces. Rihanna and Chris Brown attended together. Katy Perry wore a revealing dress; Ellen Degeneres appreciated it. And I’m getting old. This is not a highlight of the Grammy’s so much as it’s news to me because, for some of the artists at the show, all I could really muster was a "who?" Soon I’ll probably be telling people to get off my lawn.
What did you think of this year’s Grammy awards?
This week we’re into collectively stepping into a music time machine, the end of that-couple-that-we-thought-would-last-forever, and hockey is kind of, almost, back.
Old artists, new music
If I told you Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake were both releasing a new song, you’d probably think we were somewhere around 2004, and that the world had not yet experienced the famous Super Bowl XXVIII Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson controversy. But you’d be wrong — both artists announced yesterday that they’d be releasing new music, and the world collectively danced to "Rock Your Body" and "Survivor," because why not? Justin Timberlake linked us to a website that counts down till the release of his next single, while Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams will release their second compilation album called "Love Songs" with a new song on it . This mostly means nothing to people who weren't a huge fan of music in the mid-2000s, but for the rest of us, it’s like the music goddesses have been listening to our prayers and delivered.
You know how everyone talks about how awful it is to be alone around the holidays?
Apparently that fear extends to celebrities, businesses, and even satirical political commentators, as they’ve all decided to join one union or another just in time to have someone (or thing?) to kiss under the mistletoe.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
The union of Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles caused an explosion within the tween (and, let’s be honest, teen and adult) blogospheres as the couple was spotted – get this – holding hands. The newly-confirmed relationship provided answers to "who will be the subject of Taylor’s next song?" and "WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ONE DIRECTION RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT?" (caps lock necessary). It broke the hearts of many who wanted to date the superstars themselves, and even caused a few to balk at the age difference between Swift, who will be 23 next week, and Styles, who turned 18 in February. (Fun fact: Styles was born in 1994. Seriously.) Tonight, the two will team up for the Z100 Jingle Ball with Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden – and there are miraculously still tickets left. All we can say to this is: OMG.