Highlights from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards aired on MTV August 20th at 8/7c. From Radio City Music Hall in NYC, there were so many great performances that I thought I’d share some of my favorites. What were your favorite moments? Let me know!

Another good (but too short) performance that is not yet online was from PRETTYMUCH. You can also check out the full winners list below:

Video of the Year:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
WINNER: Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Song of the Year:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
WINNER: Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best New Artist:
Bazzi
WINNER: Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:
WINNER: Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Hip Hop Video:
Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” [ft. 21 Savage]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” [ft. Drake]
WINNER: Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Best Dance Video:
WINNER: Avicii – “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora]
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello – “Silence” [ft. Khalid]
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Best Latin Video:
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
WINNER: J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Luis Fonsi – “Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:
Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
WINNER: Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Direction:
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Best Editing:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
WINNER: N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:
July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
WINNER: April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

Song of Summer:
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
WINNER: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

 

WATCH: Official Trailer for SECOND ACT – Starring Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia

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Hey there, movie fanatics!

I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of this movie until Milo Ventimiglia was on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week and briefly spoke about it. Naturally, I had to immediately look th[8]up the trailer and everything else I could about SECOND ACT. I’m a sucker for movies based in New York and who isn’t a fan of J. Lo and the best man/father on television these days, Jack . . . I mean, Milo Ventimiglia? It also has a ton of other fantastic actors involved (Leah Remini, Treat Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, etc.), and the poster is absolutely gorgeous!

If I’m being honest, it reminds me just a little bit of one of my favorite television shows right now, Younger. Anyone else kind of get that vibe? I mean, the stories are slightly different, but the premise is that the main character gets a job that is based on a lie. Either way, I will definitely be checking this one out in the theater!

SYNOPSIS: Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Telemundo and Universal Music Latin Entertainment Will Host “THE AFTER,” The Official 20th Anniversary After Party Of The BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS | #Billboards2018 #TheAfter

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Surrounded by Las Vegas’ lights and glamour, “The After” will be presented by Neutrogena and Monster Products and sponsored by Heineken, Ciroc and City National  Bank

Telemundo and Universal Music Latin Entertainment will host “The After,” the official 20th Anniversary After Party of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The event will take place TONIGHT Thursday, April 26 at the Jewel night club inside the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and feature special performances by Colombian star Karol G, viral phenomenon-turned-DJ, Gianluca Vacchi and platinum-selling artist and syndicated radio host/DJ Alex Sensation with NYC’s Latin Mix DJ’s.

The official After Party of the 20th Anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Awards will be presented by Neutrogena and Monster Products and sponsored by Heineken, Ciroc and City National Bank, with attendees to include J Balvin, and hosts of this year’s award ceremony, Gaby Espino and Marco Antonio Regil, as well as celebrities, hosts and singers who will celebrate 20 years of musical excellence.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo TONIGHT Thursday April 26 at 7pm/6c from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will include musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Calibre 50, Cardi B, Chayanne, Christian Nodal, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, De La Ghetto, Farruko, J Balvin, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Maná, Natti Natasha, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Paty Cantú, Quavo, Reik, Ricky Martin, Sebastián Yatra, Sofía Reyes, Víctor Manuelle, Wisin, and Yandel.

The show also will air simultaneously on Spanish-language entertainment cable network Universo and will feature such television, film, music and social media stars as presenters as: Ana Jurka, Dr. Ana María Polo, Aracely Arámbula, Aylín Mujica, the singers of Banda MS: Oswaldo Silva and Alan Ramírez, Candela Ferro, Carmen Villalobos, Catherine Siachoque, Diego Boneta, Elva Saray, Erika Ender, Eugenio Derbez, Fernanda Castillo, Gianluca Vacchi, Karim Mendiburu, Raul Méndez, Reykon, Yuridia; and the Executive Director of Content and Latin Programming for Billboard, Leila Cobo.

Fans will be able to experience the excitement of the event at @LatinBillboards on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as well as on Snapchat with TeamTelemundo, and will be able to join the conversation at #Billboards2018 and #TheAfter.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in the Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, “streaming”, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 4, 2017 through this year’s January 27 charts. Based on album sales, digital track sales, streaming data and monitored radio airplay provided by Nielsen Music and social data provided by Next Big Sound, Billboard’s rankings and the world’s most authoritative music charts. Finalists, and the eventual winners, reflect the performance of new recordings on Billboard’s albums and songs charts, including Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs, among others.

‘Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again’ arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand 12/6/16

Go Behind the Scenes with International Superstar Jennifer Lopez
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Arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand December 6, 2016


013132648965dBEVERLY HILLS, CA (October 18, 2016) – Singer. Dancer. Actress. Superstar! Jennifer Lopez ( “Shades of Blue,” “American Idol,” Selena) continues to be one of today’s most popular performers – whether on stage, on television or on the big screen. Just in time for holiday gift giving, the docu-concert Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, which takes fans behind the scenes of Lopez’s first world tour, arrives December 6 on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Visiting 65 cities and five continents, traveling 100,000 miles, reaching one million fans, and requiring 500,000 sequins and 162 wardrobe changes, Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again combines riveting musical performances with a raw and candid look at Lopez’s personal and professional life over a defining six-month period, when she challenges herself to go on her first world tour with her two young children in tow.

With concert footage directed by Ted Kenney (Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour), Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again includes intimate interviews with Lopez and her closest friends, who accompanied her on the road, as well as spectacular in-concert renditions of many of her biggest hits, including “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “I’m Into You,” “Goin’ In,” “Let’s Get Loud,” “On the Floor,” “I’m Real,” “Do It Well,” “All I Have” and “Dance Again.” The DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Lopez won Latin Touring Artist(s) of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards. She is a six-time platinum recording artist and has sold more than 55 million albums worldwide.

Synopsis:

Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again combines riveting musical performances with a raw and candid look at Lopez’s personal and professional life over a defining six-month period, when she challenges herself to go on tour with her two young children in tow. Featuring intimate documentary footage and interviews with Lopez and her closest friends, as well as spectacular in-concert renditions of many of her biggest hits, the docu-concert goes behind the scenes of the superstar’s first world tour, which visits 65 cities and five continents, traveling 100,000 miles and reaching one million fans, producing 11,250 minutes of music, and requiring 500,000 sequins and 162 wardrobe changes.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

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Celebrating Selena

March 31, 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Selena Quintanilla Perez.

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Growing up as a half Cuban, half Irish American in a predominantly hispanic community in Florida made it a guarantee that Selena was being played on our radios. I remember getting out our blank cassette tapes and waiting for her songs to come on so we could record them. (Yes, cassette tapes!) When we learned of her death at such a young age, I remember my best friend and I being shocked.

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In 1997, just two years after her death, they released a biographical film dedicated to the fallen star, showing her life as a young girl to the incredible woman she’d become at the time of her death. Jennifer Lopez portrays Selena perfectly in this film and, despite early protests regarding Lopez (Puerto Rican) being cast to play the star (of Mexican descent), many also agree. Some protestors even recanted their statements once they saw the finished film. The film also has Edward James Olmos portraying Selena’s father, Jon Seda as her husband, Chris Perez and Jacob Vargas as her brother, A.B. Quintanilla. It also featured many of Selena’s songs throughout the film.

Feel free to read the following article, found on CNN, regarding Selena

Selena: 20 years after her death

Also, check out the trailer for the film ‘Selena’ below: