Top 10 Grammy Upsets

It’s the Grammy Awards – who knows what to expect?

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Chris Brown vs seagulls

It’s been a hectic few weeks for Chris Brown – he won couple of Grammies, released a couple of singles with his ex girlfriend and former victim Rhianna, got into a Twitter feud with CM Punk, and is suspected of grabbing with intent to snatch regarding an iPhone incident in which he warned the bitch that she wasn’t postin’ no pictures on no websites. Oh yeah and in his spare timne he also chased a flock of seagulls – not the 80’s band but actual birds! Where does he get the energy? My guess is that he’s abusing Red Bull energy drinks!

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A special message from Chris Brown

Chris Brown has a very special message to everyone out there and since action speaks louder than words when you have something to say you should say it with puppy dogs!

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Adele flips off Brits

Adele makes ‘irrelevant‘ gesture

Adele was the big winner a the last Grammy Awards and the Brit singer may already be starting to feel her oats. Adelle flipped the bird to the camera, just like MIA did at the Superbowl. That might’ve been a much bigger deal than it was for MIA had Gisele Bundchen overshadowed with her ill advised foray into sports commentary. As it was Madonna put it into perspective by diminishing MIA’s gesture as immature and “irrelevant”. You can’t say that Madonna doesn’t know thing or two about spin, however she should be thankful that Lady Gaga ran out of steam or people might be questioning her relevance. She has been known to flip the bird herself from time to time though.

So what got into Adele? The singer explains that the obscene gesture wasn’t for her fans but a special message to the suits at the Brit Awards. She admits that the gesture is insulting bu claims that they insulted her first. Now here a video on that.

Madonna may say that the bird is irrelevant and immature but I remember a time not so long ago when the was the unofficial celebrity salute.

Celebrities are no strangers to trouble with the law, especially when drugs are involved. However ordinary people can be touched by scandal too. Take the case of Shapelle Corby. She’s an Australian woman who got herself into the middle of a situation that became an international incident. Here’s her story.

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Chris & Rhianna together again?

You’ve heard the rumours and maybe they’re true.

Now you have to admit that they do make an attractive couple!

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Chris Brown Twitter

Yesterday’s post shared some astonishingly sympathetic Chris Brown related tweets. Most were from young women, or persons pretending to be young women. On the internet you can never tell. The tweeters were worked up over Brown. So much so that some questioned what Rhianna was complaining about. Many were volunteering for punching bag duty. Most people were surprised, if only because they figured that was more Craigslist type subject matter.

Perhaps it’s something about Brown and Twitter that brings it out, even in Brown himself. Brown has had a history of Twitter related zaniness. In fact that’s why his feed only contains 26 tweets. He deleted most of the stuff. The highlights live on over the Internet. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and indulge in a little Saturday after noon nostalgia as we review Chris’s tweets perhaps as a record of a young man who’s grown up from a fresh faced singer and dancer poised to be another Michael Jackson into a tabloid menace before our very eyes.

The most recent was that “Hate all you want cause I got a Grammy post“. It was actually more like

strange how we pick and choose who to hate!Let me ask u this.Our society is full of rappers(which I listen to)who have sold drugs (poisoning)

But yet we glorify and imitate everything they do. Then right before the worlds eyes a man shows how he can make a Big mistake and

Learnt from it, but still has to deal with day to day hatred! You guys who to hate!!! But guess what???

HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY. Now! That’s the ultimate F**K OFF.

Well you got to give him credit because personal growth is a long hard journey. Sometimes it takes even longer than 2 years and doesn’t pay off in a Grammy won. However he’s not being given the Grammy for personal growth but because he’s genuinely talented. It would be good if the music industry could keep that straight because their shenanigans are another thing that can set Chris off. For instance when Chris couldn’t find a copy of his recent Graffiti CD during a trip to Walmart he went ballistic. Then he went on Twitter, complaining about some kind of retail conspiracy.

“im tired of this s–t. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the f–k do i gotta do.”

Apparently Chris wasn’t blacklisted. Maybe he’d been sold out. Persecution can play with our perceptions like that. However Chris stuck to his guns – “yeah i said it and i aint retracting s–t. im not biting my tongue about s else…” before musing, “the industry can kiss my a–.”

He did eventually make some kind of retraction on that and temporarily quit Twitter.

Now Chris don’t just post shit on Twit, he also follows what others are saying. Sometimes that stuff can get kind of personal. Like when B2K’s Raz-B made a comment about Brown relative to the respect issue – “Im just sittin here Thinking how can n****s like @ebenet & @ChrisBrown disrespect women as intelligent as @HalleBerry11 @Rihanna.” When Chris got wind of that he freaked out and responded –

@razb2k n***a you want attention! Grow up n***a!!! D**k in da booty a** lil boy

Tell me this @razb2k!! Why when the money was coming in u won’t complaining about getting butplugged! #homothug!!!

I ain’t deleting my tweet either!! I was minding my damn business and Peter pan decides to pop off!!! # whatalame

I’m not mad though!!!! I’m just not silent nor am i one of these scary R&B cats!!

I’m not homophobic! He’s just disrespectful!!!

Those tweets once gain got deleted in spite of Brown’s vow that he wouldn’t.

Some times Chris can even get himself in trouble with nothing more than a kind word. Like the time he complimented a fellow artist that he admired. Chris posted of Frank Ocean – “I f— with Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum.” Now Frank didn’t appreciate the compliment, maybe because Chris was radioactive publicity wise and any praise from him might cause your albums sales to drop (or even the reverse if yesterday’s sample of twitter postings are any indication). So Ocean responded with a leave me out of it tweet to the effect of “[I] f—s wit chris brown, reminds me of a young sisqo or ike turner.” & then “i just dont like underhanded comments. thats all im saying.”

Chris felt that Ocean had misinterpreted his well meaning comments. So he hit the roof. Brown posted

it was a compliment you bitch ass n—a. Everybody claim to be the devil till they meet him.

F–k odd future! Make sure y’all smalltime n—-s stick yo chess out when u speak to me,

Ain’t no battery in my back! U just getting on a– n—-s! Don’t let them pills go to yo head!

I was tryna help yo sales n—a. You f—-n clown! You and would be casted great for planet of the apes!”

The world is crazy. These n—as talk s–t, worship the devil and start s–t wit me and I’m the bad guy? F–king hilarious

Y’all wanna know why I’m always in some shit? Becuz people continuously f–k wit you.

Then there was the November 2011 Twit fit. The negativity had been getting to Chris – like it will – and Chris took to the tweet to complain, saying the following –

“Don’t say s— to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! That s— happened three years ago. TWITTER GETS WACK REAL FAST! I LOVE ALL THE POEPLE WHO SUPPORT MY MUSIC! i never said i was a LEGEND. people please grow up. Ive never dealt with so much negativity in my life! its to the point now that its just ridiculous! IM NOT A POLITICIAN! MY MUSIC DOESNT PROMOTE VIOLENCE nor will it ever! only thing it will increase is the pregnacy rate!”

So now you know who to blame for those declining birth rates! He then went onto to imply that part of the reason people were bashing on him was cause they wanted to make it with Rhianna. Chris felt the need to point out that such thinking is a little unrealistic – “I know a lot of you wack a-s (OLD) celebrities probably wanna f— my ex, but talking s— on me wont get you far! and to be REALLY HONEST, ya’ll wonder why n-a spazzes all the time?” After that the majority of Chris’s tweets got deleted.

So what are we to take away from this? For one Chris is feeling lower than Richard Nixon these days – well up until that recent Grammy win. For another it might be a good idea for Chris to give Twitter a rest, except for the down to earth or promotional tweets. Many celebrities have gotten themselves into shit through the twitter medium, and so much so that you have to ask why any celeb still has an account. Growing up can be a challenging process and Chris has had to do it in front of a hostile audience. Not that he hasn’t made bad mistakes. However if he can learn to deal with the constant and continual razzing then he might manage to get his temper under control. Or he could just mellow out by smoking some weed – that’s what I might do.

Finally it’s important to remember that celebrities live under a microscope these days. That means that they’re subject to scrutiny that say Glenn Campbell, for instance, wasn’t back in the day when he had his volatile relationship with Tanya Tucker (Though it should also be pointed out that Campbell’s career did take a down turn after his Tucker hook up). So how celebrities are perceived can be affected when an indent is projected out on to the public in hi definition. The event creates a new context in which presents and future info about the celeb can be fit. Not that I’m saying Chris Brown’s behavior has been blown out of proportion. It’s just that if entertainers are held to a Sunday School Teacher standard that even professional politicians can’t manage then we could find ourselves frequently disappointed with them. We might even start running out of celebrities, and then what would we have to talk about?

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Asking for it?

When Chris Brown was asked to attend the recent Grammy Awards some people were taken a back. After all he did violently assault his ex girl friend Rhianna. Judging by the pictures he beat the living crap out of her. Now most people think that beating women is wrong. However that’s not a unanimous opinion. Some of the people who disagree with that are them selves women. About 25 of them (at least) also took to twitter to voice their support for Brown, and even volunteer their bodies and well being to the cause. Here are the messages.

It’s clobberin’ time – so take it like a man, baby!

























Like the advertisement says – “You’ve come along way, baby!”

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Should Oprah mind her OWN business?

After many years of bring the world into America’s living rooms, Oprah Winfrey has moved out into the world from her studio. “We’re not on those chairs anymore” she says in the commercials hyping her OWN Network. Plus she’s got an all star cast to back her up with a roster of semi reality TV confessional human interest type programming. She’s backed up by a supporting cast including Dr Phil, Dr Oz, Gayle King and even Shania Twain. Yet there are rumours that OWN ain’t doing so good.

Maybe that’s why Oprah took to the tweet lately – during the Grammy Awards in fact – in what was apparently and attempt to hype up her network! Oprah has about 9 million followers. At her peak anything she “liked” got an immediate boost, from bedsheets to bogus rehab biographies. So it seemed like a safe bet that the faithful might answer the call. So she sent forth the word – “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if you have a Nielsen box“.

No one likes awards shows. They’re kind of like the high school prom on steroids. Besides people like Oprah. So it should’ve worked out nifty. Yet Oprah got some blow back out of her guerrilla marketing tactics. For instance the me has been called “desperate” and “unethical”.

Oprah take some exception to that. For one thing she insists that “‘desperate’ not ever a part of my vocab“. Twitter seems to have taken many words out of our vocabularies. For another she also considers ‘unethical’ to be a ‘bit harsh’. Oprah’s tweet got taken down a little while later. However another Own related tweet – “Commercial Grammy people.. u can turn to OWN”.

Whether it’s unethical or not it’s technically over the line. Nielsen forbids networks (& Oprah owns OWNS) to hype up their shows specifically to Nielsen box holders. Direct appeals to box holders to change their viewing habits can throw off the results. That would defeat the purpose of market research. For instance 80% of box holders might be watching a show because they were specifically singled out. Meanwhile the rest of the nation might be watching the new reality TV series. That would make the ratings meaningless. Advertising rates are based on ratings. So Nielsen frowns on the practice. “In accordance with our policies, Nielsen is reviewing this with our clients and may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings,” a Nielsen rep told EW. The rep went on to say that “We take any violation of our policy seriously”.

So how did it end up? Oprah took down the tweet. Then she made an apology. She released a statement saying “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize for the reference.” As for the Grammy’s they bagged 39.9 million viewers. So no harm no foul. IN fact thew hole incident was as harmless as Justin Timberlake‘s attempts to revitalize Myspace (He’s taking his Social Network role way too seriously). The Grammy’s are usually a pretty good draw. Now if it had been something like the Sream Awards then there might have been more cause for concern. Harold & Kumar need as much support as they can get!

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Whitney Houston & burdens of fame

Whitney Houston‘s death is not being investigated as a crime. It’s not yet known what part prescription pills played in her death. What is known is that she had along and stellar career with plenty of ups and downs along the way. She also made an impression on plenty of people like Clive Davis and Quincy Jones. In the following brief video they discuss the singer’s struggle with relationships, addictions, and fame.

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maintain with no felony favors, play game pay up later

blame the fame game

Whitney Houston‘s death is not being investigated as a crime. It’s not yet known what part prescription pills played in her death. What is known is that she had along and stellar career with plenty of ups and downs along the way. She also made an impression on plenty of people like Clive Davis and Quincy Jones. In the following brief video they discuss the singer’s struggle with relationships, addictions, and fame.

Beyonce & beyond

Beyonce recently had a daughter named Blue Ivy and people are still talking about that. Here’s more chat –

i’m going with the flow, haters sink n i’ma float like now n laters

Another person who’s been the subject of heated gossip is Kim Kardashian. It seems like people never get tired of hating on her. Well in times of trouble you stick with what you know and Kim knows Reggie Bush!

Sick individual shit

Taylor Swift managed to pick up a couple of Grammies last night, before they all got snapped up by Adelle. They way that chick had ’em piled up by the armful you’d think they’d been on sale & cheaper by the dozen. While Adelle felt the love, Swifty did respectable, but next year it might come in handy to have Kanye heckle her again or something – just to get the crowd on her side. Maybe he could come up with something really obnoxious this time like “Hey Bugs, time to get the overbite fixed”. After that the crowd will want to beat the crap out of him and that will keep Swifty in sympathy and awards for another year or two. Then maybe she could work up a duet with Rhianna, who might be running out of forward momentum herself by that time. Especially if Riri gets caught with Chris Brown or start getting more tattoos. However if they both gang up on a less popular girl, say like Katey Perry (people liked her when she kissed a girl, not so much when she wanted to kiss Tim Teebow), then they might be able to jerk as much as another 6 months of relevance out of their public images!

i’m strange in my brain, but i maintain
Now for some vintage pop culture – People remember Jackie Kennedy as the widow of President John F Kennedy. That was before she went on to marry Aristotle Onassis, become Jackie O, and remind everyone that the 60’s was over by being too rich and too thin. Of course people knew that the 60’s were over when the Beatles broke up. In fact the writing was open the wall when Richard Nixon got elected – & boomers still hold that against him even today. Let the poor man rest OK.
back to the future – fifty years ago tomorrow
So people knew the good times were gone by the many changes in the wind, but going from Camelot to Dynasty helped underscore that point. People weren’t pleased about Jackie’s choice. They way some carried on you’d think that Princess Grace and left Monaco to become a mafia moll or something. They were probably nostalgic for the old days of pill box hats instead of pill overdoses, when Mrs. Kennedy taught the French something about style, and when she and her husband were the smartest handsomest couple you knew even if you didn’t really know them. The faux intimacy of TV helped give people that up close and personal warmth and here’s Mrs Kennedy from an interview that took place 50 yaers ago tomorrow!


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