American Music Awards 2018 Recap

I don’t even know why I decided to watch this award show. I don’t know any of the performers or winners besides Taylor, Mariah, and Jennifer. I mean, the AMAs I grew up obsessing over brought me moments like these …

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Seriously, the only thing I listen to is a rotation of Taylor, Justin, and Sam Smith (with some Shawn Mendes thrown in there; I LOVE HIS NEW ALBUM!). Other than that, I only listen to podcasts. Snobby much? But, I live for an award show or possible pop culture moment, so let’s get into it!

Hour 1:

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The beginning of the whole show was my favorite part for many reasons: a) I was still awake for it b) Taylor Taylor Taylor Taylor Taylor c) the Shawn Mendas performance (la la la la love him!), d) that Ella Mai song (!!) which is now my new jam! e) seeing Mariah (note that I didn’t type “enjoying” Mariah).

As far as everything else, I’m a little peeved Justin Timberlake wasn’t nominated for favorite pop male artist, but whatever, I get that the awards are for mainly mainstream music. I’m a lot peeved by Tracee Ellis Ross; can she be more annoying and thirsty? I don’t watch Blackish, so maybe that’s why I don’t get her. I mean, she danced well and made a few funny comments … buuuut, well, I guess I’ll just stop there. Give me more Taylor.

Hour 2:

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The middle of the show started strong with Cardi B performing, again, don’t particularly love her like everyone else, but I really think it’s just me not being in tune because I’m an old lady. I still listen to music that was popular twenty years ago and I won’t change. Anyway, I was really really happy to see Shawn Mendas win an award (but for adult comtempory waaah??), could have totes skipped the Halsey performance, and while I adore JLo so much, I didn’t necessarily enjoy the song she sang and felt it was a little too plug worthy (she looked a-maze-ing though!)

Hour 3:

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I turned it off. It really had nothing to do with the show, but more so with the book I’m currently reading and wanted to finish, The Dark Matter. Oh gosh, am I officially really old? The only thing I wanted to see that I missed was the Aretha tribute (which I caught on Twitter the next day).

I find that these feelings of not enjoying music award shows increases with each one I watch. I skipped the VMAs this year, the Grammys were boring, and here we are with me shutting off with the AMAs before the show was even over. If you know anything about MHH, I live for an award show (any kind), I mean click up in the right hand of this page and see all the posts written about awards shows from the past year and half. But, I think music award shows are slowly fading into the background for me, mostly because I choose the music I listen to; I don’t let award shows or the charts decide for me.

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Plus, Tracee Ross Ellis is so damn annoying!

“What Are You Listening to This Weekend?”

Happy almost weekend!

It’s June 1st and currently 90 degrees where I’m at; did you get your free doughnut yet? It’s National Doughnut Day! It’s also the start of Pride Month! I think summer mode has finally hit me. Because of that, I’m ready to get this weekend started! Very much like New Music Fridays on Spotify, I’m here to offer a weekend playlist. Listen, or don’t, I don’t care … I’m going to dance either way!

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The Way I Am – Charlie Puth

“I’mma tell ’em all, I’mma tell ’em all, that you could either hate me or love me,
but that’s just the way I am”

Not only is this a fun song to dance to, but it makes me think of my students or anyone struggling to be accepted right now. Who cares right? Just do you.

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Freaky Friday – Lil’ Dicky

“But we’ve got no choice but to turn this —– sideways …”

Watch the video; hilarious! How was this not an SNL skit because it completely gives me Digital Short vibes. There is also an Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled, & Kendall Jenner cameo. Just watch the video; you’ll understand.

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Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

If comedic music isn’t your thing & you prefer to take your music more serious, then I suggest listening to the new Shawn Mendes album. THE WHOLE THING IS AMAZING! Seriously, set the album to shuffle and instantly your BBQ will be a success no matter how the food tastes. It’s easy listening music. Some of my favorite songs include “Nervous,” “Where Were You in The Morning?” & “Because I Had You.” Plus his collaboration on “Youth” with Khalid makes me cry every time I listen to it.

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Boy – Lala Kent

“Turn in the music up loud, play it loud like this”

I didn’t love this song when I first heard it, but I love Lala, so I kept it on my daily playlist. The more I listen to it, I love it. My favorite part is her voice on “Shout out to my girls misbehaving!” She’s such a better singer than Scheana.

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Body Language – Heidi Montag

“Lay my eyes on a sassy pearl, Heidi Montag, yeah, that’s my girl”

Keeping with the realty star music theme, let’s discuss the lost song of the millennial generation. This song brings me back to summer in Dodge City, KS. and always reminds me of two of my hometown friends. We STANNED Heidi Montag hard core. Plus Spencer raps on it! Ahhhh, so 2009!

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If you’re looking for an entire playlist, might I also suggest:

  • “Push It” (Remix) by Lotus, SPYZR, & Salt-N-Pepa — great for a workout!
  • “Rivers Deep” by Gaby Barrett — take me to church girl!
  • “Nothing But Trouble” by Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth — I know it came out in 2016, but whatever.
  • “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B — GO WATCH THE VIDEO; I’M OBSESSED!
  • Kanye’s new album??
  • any other song you’re loving right now!

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I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!