In the rare instance that she is made to say her name in public these days, Rihanna pronounces it, "Ree-anna." This is unlike the rest of the world, which pronounces it "Ree-ah-na." This has been a longstanding pet peve of mine (especially because I say it the way she does). It doesn't make sense that people such as her Roc-a-fella boss Jay Z, or her on-again-off-again parasite of a boyfriend, Chris Brown, say it the popular way (have they even listened to her)? Shit went haywire Sunday night during the American Music Awards, when her own mother, Monica Braithwaite, pronounced it onstage with the "ah." After all, Braithwaite had a hand in giving her daughter the name (it's actually her middle name—full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty).
In the pop-diva canon, Ke$ha has traditionally been thought of as Katy Perry's naughty older sister or Christina Aguilera's rappy cousin. But this characterization is wholly unfair to the woman (curvy woman!) who's currently tearing her way through a series of great TV performances of her single, "Die Young," the latest of which was during this morning's The Today Show (embeded above).
Our big stars are getting bigger. Half of the women who performed on last night's American Music Awards don't have bodies that live up to the perfection we supposedly want in our pop stars and what's more, they put these imperfect bodies on display: it's one thing to show up, but it's a far more brazen thing to emphasize said curves. Last night, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera all did just that, to varying degrees.
The American Music Awards aired last night. It was every bit the waste of time that you'd expect from a ceremony that, like the Billboard Music Awards, gives out trophies based on sales and presence (airplay, streaming, social networks, etc.) but fosters the illusion that it is awarding its already awarded stars based on merit (whatever that is). Notable moments included:
The American Music Awards—aka the Grammys for tweens—are underway in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus just performed (screeched?) a Stevie Nicks-esque ballad called "Forgiveness and Love" in a dark, flowing Stevie Nicks-esque dress. She did not do too well.