In Memoriam | Riley B. “B.B.” King (1925-2015)

Four days ago, the music world lost a great talent and legend in his own right. And, like Ludacris said during the Billboard Music Awards tribute on Sunday, as long as we can listen to the music “Blues Boy” King will never truly be gone. The angels are singing with you now, B.B., while the rest of us are left singing the blues.

Source: BBKing.com
Source: BBKing.com

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

In his honor and memory, I present “Lucille” – the song I always think of when I think of Mr. King.

(From Dave Wessling)

 

Pop|Billboard Music Awards 2015 Full List of #Winners #BBMAs

Sunday night was the live broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards. Posted originally at Variety, here is a full list of the winners. Much congrats to Taylor Swift; it was great seeing Molly Ringwald; and the tribute to B.B. King was short but sweet.

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Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.

TOP ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” (WINNER)

MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Calvin Harris (WINNER)
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Lindsey Stirling

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

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In Memoriam | Leonard Nimoy (1931 – 2015)

Source: Twitter

I came to Star Trek and its far-reaching fandom much too late in life. My mom was more of a Star Wars fan, and the time I spent with my dad was not shared with his latent Trekk-iness. But, if there was ever a character in the science-fiction drama that I could relate to, it was Spock. He faced everything logically and did all he could to keep his emotions in check. In fact, he had to, it’s just who he was. That personality trait really spoke to me, and though, I’m sad he’s gone. I know he’s somewhere better.

Live long and prosper.

In honor of Spock and another classic, George Harrison, whose birthday was the 25th, a thoughtful melody to send our best thoughts to those missing their loved ones this week.

(From reacher60)

In Memoriam | Lesley Gore (1946-2015)

Leslie Gore
Source: Yahoo! News

 

Pop singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, famous for the track “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want To)” from 1963, passed away on Monday, February 16th. She was 68. Here’s a quote from the original article posted to Yahoo! News from Variety.

Gore’s partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, told the Associated Press that she died of cancer at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

See the original article in its entirety here.

Pop | Happy Birthday #BillieJoeArmstrong!

Source: FanPop
Source: FanPop

To the lead singer of one of my favorite bands of all time, Green Day, Happy Birthday!!! Your voice, your words, and your passion changed my life as a lonely 12-year-old girl in central Iowa over 20 years ago. Tracks like “She”, “When I Come Around”, and “Basket Case” were balms to the wounds in my soul. Thank you and thank you for staying true to yourself. Keep rockin’!

(From Green Day) This was the first single I’d ever heard, and I’ve been smitten ever since!

Happy 43rd Birthday, Billie Joe!

2015 State of the Union Address Makes #History

State of the Union Banner
Source: WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama almost looked happy to be delivering this message, almost. He made history last night releasing the text of his upcoming speech not just to the media, but to the public. Talking heads on one of the news stations admitted it’s how they all sound so educated and informed about it–because they see the text of the speech before the Pres even steps up to the podium. Seems like it was the most accessible State of the Union in the history of the address.

The text is still available on the official White House Medium page, and you can re-watch the entire speech at the White House’s official State of the Union page.

It sounded like Mr. President’s catchphrase last night was “Because it’s the right thing to do.” And, I especially loved the sentiment, “You think it’s easy raising a family on full-time income that’s less than $15,000 a year? Try it.” It sounded, for a moment, like maybe President Obama had a beer with John Fugelsang before he gave the address. That would be a cool conversation to see; hell, to sit in on!

How did you feel about the State of the Union? Did President Obama stand up to expectations or crumble beneath them?

Pop | Happy Birthday #JimCarrey and #AndyKaufman!

Source: Zimbio.com
Source: Zimbio.com

Two of my favorite comedic actors of all time share the same birthday! Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman were born on the same day 13 years apart, Andy in 1949 and Jim in 1962. Jim was in his early 20s when Andy “departed” this living realm. And I only heard about their shared birthday from Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally written by Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies–a book I happened upon buried at the bottom of a seemingly unrelated Google alert (as if I should expect anything less from Andy). I can’t believe I didn’t notice this when the biopic was released in 1999. It’s even listed on IMDB under trivia about Andy. But, who knows? If I’d known about their birthdays, I might not have found out about this book. Stranger things have happened, right?

Happy 66th Birthday, Andy! and Happy 53rd Birthday, Jim!
All the best to you both (just in case Andy is reading this)!!

Pop | 2015 #Oscars Nominees Revealed

Source: Oscars.org
Source: Oscars.org

Oooh, the Oscars–ahem, The Academy Awards. 😀

Love the Oscars. One of my favorite award shows. Now, I’m not geek enough to know all the stats like Chris Connelly from ABC News; but that doesn’t mean I don’t love cheering on my favorites and those on my “To Watch” list.

I’m so excited to see old favorites Michael Keaton, on board with Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) highest on my TW List, and Meryl Streep, who killed in Into the Woods receiving her record 19th nom this year. I got to see this on opening day, and it was totally worth standing in line with about 100 people.

I’ll also be rooting on Julianne Moore, acknowledging her work in Still Alice, and Edward Norton, making it work with Keaton in Birdman. In all honesty, I would love to see The Grand Budapest Hotel take the Best Picture award because I don’t think anyone makes a movie or tells a story the way Wes Anderson does.

Use the link below to see the list in full.

2015 Oscars | Nominees | 87th Academy Awards Nominations.

Who do you think the Oscar should go to? How did you feel about the “snubs”? (I have to say I was awfully surprised to not see more noms for Selma, and I guess Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal were shut out despite being held up for their work in Cake and Nightcrawler, respectively.)