Y’all, I’m so jaded with these awards shows. Most times I forget they’re even on, and the only reason I watched the Billboard Music Awards last night was so I could see Janet Jackson dip herself in gold and show everyone how a baby and millions of dollars will make you dance like your income tax check just arrived. But before that happened Demi Lovato, dressed in an outfit from the Matrix Intimates collection, meowed like a cat dying in hot grease next to Christina Aguilera while performing their duet “Fall In Line”. The video of that is after the cut.
The viewers at home must have taken heed to those words because in true “we have no lives” fashion the internet chose Demi as its target when many viewers accused her of throwing shade from the audience, especially once aging Homecoming Queen Taylor Swift hit the stage.
For me, the Billboard Music Awards have always been the Jan Brady of all awards shows trying desperately to be as pretty as Marcia (The Grammys) or as cute as Cindy (The AMAs). Well, toss that tacky afro wig in the trash and try again bitch because it ain’t happening. However, there was a bright spot during last night’s broadcast when Billboard decided it was time to embrace diversity by awarding the legendary Janet Jackson with its Icon Award. And before she accepted she treated us all to a performance that was a perfect blend of “Get it Janet!” and “Girl slow down before you break something!”
At last night’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, JLo graced the stage with her Zumba class-on-steroids style of music when she performed, El Anillo (which translates to “The Ring”), the third single from her new Spanish album Por la Primera Vez . She also released the official music video today. Of course, as soon as people heard the lyrics their eyes immediately darted straight towards JLo’s current beau Alex Rodriguez because we all know JLo isn’t necessarily famous for subtlety.
Yesterday, the #MeToo movement claimed its first legal victory when Bill Cosby was convicted on all three counts of sexual assault. Oh, Bill. You should have known after they brought you back for a second trial your ass was going to jail this time. They didn’t bring you there to perform, even though apparently you still did. So y’all know things are about to start going downhill for ol’ pill pushin’ Bill. For example, Atlanta based television network Bounce has decided it’s time for them to bounce from supporting Cosby by yanking reruns of The Cosby Show from their lineup.
I remember when I came out to my cousin and one of my best friends. I was super nervous and thought they would immediately shut their love off then run me out of town with sticks and torches (because apparently I lived in a medieval village in 1999). That didn’t happen. They both looked at me like “Meh.” And you know what, that’s what everyone’s coming out should be like because who gives a fuck? And in the tradition of 2018’s themes of “representation and visibility” Janelle Monae has finally put an end to the rumors of whether or not she likes to take a dip in the Lady Pond during an interview with Rolling Stone. Tessa Thompson’s grinding partner came out as the q (queer), p (pansexual) and f (free-ass motherfucker) in LGBTQPF.
There’s an old Public Enemy song called Burn Hollywood Burn that comes to mind whenever I think about all of the sexual misconduct allegations taking place right now. Bill Cosby is currently on trial. Harvey Weinstein has a Soul Train line full of accusers ready to throw that ass in the clink. And Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has also been accused by quite a few women for the same crime. Now one of his accusers, filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, has decided to drop her lawsuit against him.