The Dancing Inmates! Shamon!

Michael Jackson’s former choreographer Travis Payne and dancers Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid went to Filipino, Philippines and taught the “Dancing Inmates” from Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison, dance moves from MJ’s This Is It tour for the song They Don’t Really Care About Us.

The end of this epic performance is brilliant!

Beyoncé Becomes First Woman To Win 6 Grammys

Though most of the world has tired of Beyoncé, the Grammys committee decided to gift her with 6 Grammys. Congratulations, however chances are all that comes to anyone’s mind is Halo, which was not written by her (but well-sung) and the annoying Single Ladies, which for some was “empowering” but annoying. Every song Lady Gaga came out with last year on her album and its re-released version were amazing or at least, they were different enough to stand on their own as individual singles. Why was she forgotten?

Artists seem to be losing themselves in each other in that no one is able to differentiate between them nowadays. One catchy poppy tune is quickly replaced by another so it makes no sense that the Grammy committee votes blindly and decides to award artists of the industry with these generic and predictable sounds in their music. They support a narrow manufactured image consulting their own ‘professional’ opinions on what they assume to be the ‘best‘ albums of the year and it’s quite sad.

The Grammys for this year were a disappointment due to the mediocre musical performances and lack of excitability factor, more emphasis on the latter.

Grammy Album Of The Year Winner Taylor Swift Performing With Stevie Nicks

Lady Gaga should have won more than 2 Grammys especially if she has set a record by gaining five number 1 singles from a single album, something unprecedented.

However, even though most people would credit Taylor Swift’s success to Kanye West’s interruption of her MTV acceptance speech (and they would be right), she sold the most albums last year out of anyone, even Gaga. Yet, this is also thanks to Kayne West. Initially not many people seemed to know who she was before the ‘incident’ but now, everyone knows who she is.

In any case, tonight she performed with Stevie Nicks. Stevie Nicks was great while Taylor has a long way to go.

Tragic Grammys, Unoriginal Fashion And Gems

Oh there was failure all around in big red, garish packages except for Katy Perry who looked elegant with her beautiful bindi and Lady Gaga with her originality and faboosh (and 5 or 6 costume changes).

You Oughta Know

Tonight, Beyoncé performed If I Were A Boy and You Oughta Know for this year’s Grammys. Personally, it was okay but it was a generic performance and nothing out of the ordinary for her so the performance was ‘predictable’. However, out of the two songs, You Oughta Know was sung better.

But, nothing can compare to Alanis’ own performance of her song.

It must be that Canadian allure ;)

Lady Gaga Performs With Elton

Not her personal best but the best performance of the evening hands-down. The Grammy people should be ashamed.

Why isn’t she being given awards?! She’s original and stands a part from so many artists of the last 10 years.

Canadian Member Of Parliament Sings Pants On The Ground

Oh the things that happen inside New Brunswick Legislature. Last Friday, politician T.J. Burke used a festive and illustrative metaphor for how a member of the opposition had been caught with his “pants on the ground” by breaking out into “General” Larry Platt’s little ditty.

To watch the hilarity in action, no one would blame you for revelling in this epic political moment.

A Lovely Musical Moment

Fiona Apple has finally returned to the music scene but maybe.. she never left and was regretfully forgotten for awhile.

Here she sings Why Try To Change My Mind. An artfully sung piece accompanied by smooth, effortless notes strung together and played on the piano.

A Beautiful Portuguese Music Moment

Sometimes you don’t even have to know what someone is saying and it still maintains at sounding like the most beautiful thing in the world. Isabella Taviani does just that with her new single Presente-Passado, which if we were to guess means Present-Past?

An Australian Anglais Musical Moment

Before today, we had never heard of Michaela Gerhmann, better known by her stage name Micky Green but she is an Australian musician/model in France who recently released the single TL from her new album Honky Tonk and she seems to have quite the following. We would proud to add ourselves to that list as the video reminds us of 1950s Paris films while Micky’s voice lends it an easy-going tone to meld with its femme fatale imagery.

Sarah McLachlan for 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Sarah McLachlan wrote One Dream for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. It could use a little work but it’s uplifting and it’s Sarah McLachlan.

A Bitter Truth

Avatar is close to surpassing Titanic’s All-time Box Office record position at Number 1 and we can’t help thinking about how closely its message coincides with that of 1992’s Fern Gully. It was interesting that now 18 years later, we are plagued by the same issues of environmental abuse, overconsumption and an utter disregard for the planet and countries we live in.

Perhaps the popularity of Avatar is rooted from its exceptionally detailed 3-D imagery but as we mostly see beautiful landscapes and natural flora and fauna in the film, maybe we can also say that simultaneously, the film’s illustration of the wonderful complexity of nature allows us to realize that Earth’s natural beauty is rarely seen due to the abuse and mistreating of its resources. No one has to be an environmentalist to see the link between consumption and an increasing lack of resources.

Even if there are those who did not like Avatar, there should be an appreciation for the overall message in that on our own planet, the loss of natural beauty and increase of smog and thinning of the Ozone layer among many other environmental problems occur as a direct result of what we do or sometimes what we do not do.

Look up ways you can help. Try not to expend so much energy, carpool when you can, recycle, grow a tree, there are a multitude of ways we can save the Earth or at least try to preserve and protect it.

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