With all the parties going on during this holiday season, there are bound to be some holiday festivities! So gather around the living room with some egg nog and a mic and start signing! No, we don’t mean Cumbaya… more like the spotlight is now on you! Karaoke! Whether you can sing or not, karaoke has been a fun, festive, holiday activity for many parties. Don’t be nervous, you might be the next music superstar!
Boom! My favorite song to sing karaoke.
Scream like Chester, or rap like Mike? I can do both! This was my go-to karaoke song back in high school and early college.
I’d rather pull a Ru Paul’s Drag Race and “lip sink for my life” than actually sing! I’ve never participated in karaoke at my family Christmas parties, but I was always thoroughly entertained by my mom and her sisters belting out songs by Madonna (with video!). If I HAD to choose, I would pick this song. I’m sure my friends would attest that I’m a much better rapper than a singer. Haha!
Christmas or not, this song never fails to show up at Karaoke.
I would rather rap than sing. Especially if I can rap BG… ‘cause it’s hilarious.
If you don’t pull out the H&O during Karaoke, something’s wrong.
A lot of times I’ve had to drop by karaoke sessions having to leave early, with the chance to sing only one song. This has been my go-to for its all-in-one shot to show off vocals, acting ability, emotional vulnerability, and UNBRIDLED PASSION. Oh and everybody sings along too.
Last night, the American Music Awards celebrated its 40th year anniversary with star-studded performances including a surprise duo of PSY and MC Hammer! Stevie Wonder also performed a tribute to the creator of the AMAs, the late Dick Clark.
The American Music Awards are decided by the public and music buyers. It is a representation of what is currently popular with the general public. So without further ado, the 2012 American Music Awards go to…
Justin Bieber took home not one, not two, but three AMAs. The 18 year old won Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for “Believe” and the grand award, Artist of The Year! He also had an unplugged and emotional performance of his song “As Long As You Love Me.”
The singer of the infectious song, “Call Me Maybe?”, Carly Rae Jepsen was awarded New Artist of The Year.
Katy Perry was awarded Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Maroon 5 was awarded Favorite Pop/Rock Band.
Performing her new single “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift treated the audience to her most theatrical performance to date. Later in the night, she was awarded Favorite Female Country Artist.
Luke Bryan was awarded Favorite Country Male Artist.
Lady Antebellum won Favorite Country Band.
Carrie Underwood won Favorite Country Album for “Blown Away.”
Nicki Minaj not only performed a rendition of “Beauty and the Beat” with Artist of the Year, Justin Bieber, but she also was awarded Favorite Hip Hop Artist and Favorite Hip Hop Album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Beyonce was awarded Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.
Performing a medley of his three new songs “Climax,” “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” and “Numb,” Usher was awarded Favorite Soul/R&B Artist.
Rihanna won Favorite Soul/R&B Album for “Talk That Talk.”
Linkin Park won Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.
Still the talk of the town, Adele was awarded Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist.
Shakira was awarded Favorite Latin Artist.
tobyMac won Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist.
David Guetta won the new title of Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist.
The second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival was a big hit in Vegas this past weekend, with a diverse lineup giving everyone something to enjoy. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the festival in person, give a look and listen to our recap of the show, as shared through SoundTracking, below!
Friday, September 21
No Doubt opened the first day of the festival, playing “Looking Hot” from their newest album (released Tuesday):
Other Friday night performers included Miranda Lambert, Megan & Liz, Bon Jovi, Jason Aldean, Lil Wayne, Swedish House Mafia, and Usher.
After a surprise appearance on Friday night to perform “Just A Girl” with No Doubt, P!nk opened day 2:
She was followed by Brad Paisley, Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, and deadmau5.
The festival ended with performances by Aerosmith:
We’re sad we couldn’t make it out to the actual festival, but love that these SoundTracking posts kept us listening to the same tunes that attendees were rocking out to! Which performer do you wish you could have seen live?