Conspiracy Theory Thursday: I Want to Beliebe

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I Want To Beliebe

Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at the 2015 MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”

Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)


Re-Watch Beyonce's 16-Minute Medley from the 2014 VMAs

Part of me feels like I'm getting too old to watch the VMAs. I had to Google a good portion of the artists/celebrities mentioned during the red carpet event prior to the show and found myself thinking more than once, "So this is what the kids like these days, huh?" But I persevered through the entire show... for Beyonce.

Last night, Beyonce was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — aka the Lifetime Achievement Award — which is awarded to artists who have greatly impacted music culture. Last year, this award was supplemented by a 15-minute performance by its recipient, Justin Timberlake.

And this year, Beyonce won, and gave us a 16-minute, flawfree medley of the each song from her most recent album (sans "Heaven"). Here's the full performance, including some sweet moments featuring Jay Z and Blue Ivy, too. Enjoy!

Justin Timberlake

It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!

Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.


My VMA predictions vs. the actual winners

Last month I made some predictions about who would win the VMAs, and last night the VMAs were given out. So how did I fare in my predictions? Er...not very well. Not very well at all.

Video of the Year

My Prediction: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"

Actual Winner: Katy Perry, "Firework"

Best Male Video

My Prediction: Bruno Mars, "Grenade"

Actual Winner: Justin Bieber, "U Smile"

Best Female Video

My Prediction: Katy Perry, "Firework"

Actual Winner: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"


My MTV Video Music Awards predictions

The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner; the ceremony will air August 28. The nominees were announced today, so I thought I'd try my hand at predicting some of the winners. Here goes nothing:

Video of the Year

The Nominees: Adele: "Rolling in the Deep"; Tyler, the Creator: "Yonkers"; Katy Perry: "Firework"; Bruno Mars: "Grenade"; Beastie Boys: "Make Some Noise"

My Pick: Adele

My Rationale: This is really Adele's year, considering the successful album and tour. Given that she has a widespread popularity across the U.S. and UK, and that the award is based on a vote, I think she has this one in the bag. That, and Katy Perry has eight other opportunities to win an award.