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!
Do dog videos belong on entertainment blogs? Yes. Dog videos belong everywhere. Here's an especially cute one to get your Sunday morning going. Spencer the bulldog is paralyzed in his hind legs, so he's never actually been able to go for a walk. But that all changes with a pair of custom braces.
New Orleans Pelicans — didn't we just go through this creepy mascot thing, like, two weeks ago with Pierre the Pelican? If you're not familiar with the story of Pierre, click here to the full rundown. Basically, the New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new team mascot back in October, but it was so terrifying that just a few short months later, it needed a facelift.
And, apparently, the team has learned absolutely nothing from that fiasco. They unveiled King Cake Baby as the face of Mardi Gras (which starts March 3) — a giant step backwards in the realm of "not creepy mascots."
The idea behind King Cake Baby is fine, since King Cake is a type of cake associated with Mardi Gras. The baker of the King Cake hides a plastic baby inside of the food and whoever finds it in their slice "either receives good luck, gets pregnant or has to bake next year's cake," according to SportingNews.com. But its relevance to Mardi Gras does little to quell the fact that King Cake Baby is horrifying.
Part of me believes the New Orleans Pelicans knew exactly what they were doing when they gave the world King Cake Baby, and the other part of me just wants to forget I've ever seen the mascot nightmares are made of.
What do you think of King Cake Baby?
With news that Eminem and Rihanna will be teaming up for a very brief, three-city tour in August, I'm daydreaming about other artists I'd like to see together. It seems to be becoming a bit of a trend for popular artists to co-headline tours — Jay Z and Justin Timberlake; Paul Simon and Sting; Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5; Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green; and Fall Out Boy and Paramore have all recently taken part.
These are a few other artists I'd like to see co-headline a tour together.
Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga
After the release of their version of "Do What U Want," they could easily justify a co-headlined tour. Both women have big voices and likely share some overlap in fans; they both release radio-friendly pop hits that tend to top the charts. It's been a while since Aguilera went out on tour (her last was in 2010 for her album "Bionic") so a co-headlined tour with one of music's biggest superstars could be just what she needs.