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The Love/Hate News Report 02.13.13: The Grammys, John Mayer, More

February 14, 2013 | Posted by Gina Bortolussi

Welcome to The Love/Hate News Report, a weekly roundup of six news items from the music scene that I think may or may not change the world.

The 2013 Grammys

50/50 (is that allowed?)

The Grammys were less boring than I thought they’d be this year, but they were still not as exciting as I remember them being years ago. Where are the days of The Wallflowers and Fiona Apple winning awards? This year there were a handful of memorable moments, not all good, but I’ll let you know which ones stuck out the most to me.

1. Taylor Swift Opens the Show

Taylor Swift totally tried to do a British accent to make fun of Harry Styles.

And now she’s apparently dressing like Styles too:


2. Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John Perform “A Team.”
I was very excited when I heard that two of my favorite musicians would be performing together on stage. A few choice words flew through my head; awesome, flawless, beautiful, and the performance was all of the above.

3. Chris Brown Still Sucks, Will Probably Never Stop Sucking

Chris Brown proves once again that he’s a douche bag and remains seated as Frank Ocean accepts his Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Brown lost out to Ocean for the award, which makes me smile. He just keeps on acting like he’s the best thing in the world and I hope people tire of him soon because if he’s going to continuously act ungrateful and nasty, not only to the public, but to his fans as well, then he really doesn’t deserve his success, or any kind of award.


4. Rihanna, Sting, and Bruno Mars Perform a Bob Marley Tribute

All three of these performers were a good choice. Rihanna smokes enough weed for her and all three performers to get high, Sting is pretty chill from all of the tantric sex he has with his wife, and Bruno Mars just fits into this trio.



My mother let me know that “my man” Prince presented the award for Record of the Year at the Grammys. I already knew this information, but I was glad to know that she knew Prince’s status in my life. I love Prince. I find him sexy and I find his music sexy. I like that he wears sunglasses inside because he’s Prince and he can and he doesn’t care. He’s just so cool, he doesn’t have to do anything but stand there.

This photograph would have made my “Grammy Moments” list if Adele hadn’t crushed my dreams and said that she is in fact not yelling at Chris Brown here. Let’s just pretend though.


Lil Mama Will Play Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in a TLC Biopic



I was really into Lil Mama’s single “Lip Gloss” when it was popular back in 2007, God I’m so old. I have a thing for pop songs that are about nothing but have a catchy hook. Sometimes you just need a good sing-along song to blast in your car while driving around. We haven’t heard much from Lil Mama since “Lip Gloss,” but this year she snagged the role of the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in the biopic about TLC that will air on VH1.
I am so happy someone who actually looks like the celebrity they’ll be portraying was cast. Sometimes the casting couch gets it so very wrong, Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor anyone? Prosthetics and a smile are mistaken for a good transformation most of the time, but I think in this case the right person was chosen. Lil Mama naturally looks like Lopes, so much so that it was hard to tell which was which in some photos, which is bound to make the movies that much better since the audience will be able to believe that Lil Mama and Lopes are one in the same, seriously look at the two ladies side by side, they could have been sisters in some alternate universe. Let’s just hope Lil Mama can act and get her lip gloss poppin’ (Sorry, I had to).

John Mayer Admits He Was a Jerk


John Mayer used to be better known or his relationships with women than his music, which is sad for someone who was nicknamed Slowhand Jr. by Rolling Stone . There was a time when Mayer couldn’t seem to keep his mouth shut, or his pants zipped, when it came to his exes and now admits that he was a jerk for talking about them in public. Remember when he compared Jessica Simpson to crack and called her sexual napalm? A little too much information, Mr. Mayer. Mayer has been keeping quiet since he began dating singer Katy Perry, which is nice because people should be focusing on his talents as a guitarist instead of what he is going to say next.


Justin Bieber Hosts SNL


Justin Bieber was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past Saturday. SNL hasn’t been funny since Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri were cheering for the chess team at East Lake High , with the exception for The Lonely Island digital shorts and Stephan on Weekend Update, and Bieber didn’t really bring anything to the table. I thought his opening monologue, filled with Bieber and incorrect facts about African Americans in honor of Black History month, was the funniest thing he did on Saturday, and Whoopi Goldberg even stopped by during to say hello! He apologized for smoking pot during the Miley Cyrus Show skit, which was predictable and kind of awkward. And that was about it. Bieber’s musical performances were good, he can definitely sing and entertain. I give the Biebs credit because hosting a live show is probably really hard and nerve wracking, but better hosts have come before him and better ones will come after. I’m sure the tweens around the world were much more impressed than I was.


What I’m Listening To:

I’m listening to Little Mix, a British girl band who won the British version of The X Factor last year. They are so fun and great for my workouts because they are upbeat and high energy! Every time I hear someone saying how much they miss The Spice Girls, which happens more often than you would think, I suggest Little Mix to them. My favorite song on their album, DNA, is “Wings.” Check out a live version of the song too, because they’re not only pretty, but the can actually sing! A rarity in today’s Pop scene.

(My favorite one is Perrie, the blonde. She has a really cool tone to her voice).



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