Awards shows in 2020 are still very weird, but despite all of that, they are continuing and I will still watch. Granted these days, I’m mostly watching for BTS, but in order to keep in an open mind and to see what other music is out there, I’m watching the entire show. Another reason for this is that the American Music Awards literally put BTS as the closing performers which meant I had to watch three hours of performances I didn’t care too much about. However, out of those, here are the ones that caught my attention a little while longer.
Jennifer Lopez blew us all away at the Super Bowl this year, but that was no surprise. For as long as I’ve known her to be a performer, I’ve always been impressed. Have we ever seen a poor performance by her? Her duet with Maluma was so steamy, you couldn’t peel your eyes away from the screen. It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t mean “steamy” in a bad way. It was incredible as a performance from start to finish.
For some reason, I’m not able to find a full version of both performances by BTS, but lucky for us BANGTANTV has got it separated into two. While it’s just a fan cam, I tend to find these to be even more intimate and less theatrical. You feel like you’re actually there because you can hear the drones whizzing by!
The Kenny G cameo was everything, wasn’t it? The Weeknd had an amazing performance at the AMAs taking over the city of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, The Weeknd was incredibly snubbed by the Grammy nominations that came out this morning. After a successful album release and hit singles from 2020 alone, he received no recognition by the organization. This news is now overshadowing the performance that he just had and no one really knows what to do with the information.
Last, but not least – the throwback Bell Biv Devoe performance was so much fun! You may not know this, but any chance I get, I will always request “Poison.” And that’s exactly what I got from this performance. Sadly, there is no video, but like the things we love in the past, we’ll continue to cherish it forever. <3 (even with no evidence of it)
It was a nice surprise to find out last minute that BTS would be performing their latest single “Life Goes On” on the Late Late Show with James Corden! While there will be many of these in the coming months, I’ll only feature my favorite ones. The production team behind the group’s stages and performances, however, need a raise after this season is done. In the performance from last night, we watch the entire COVID-19 timeline unfold in front of our eyes as Jungkook reads about it as a headline in a newspaper. In the next transition, Jimin is already beginning his own version of shelter-in-place by being indoors. There is, however, an interesting twist to this performance that I completely missed the first time watching it. We watch the guys go through their entire 2020 calendar year indoors even celebrating Christmas in the present time. However, in the last shot, Jungkook is in a suit and preparing for what looks like a concert. If you’re not a fan yet, then you may not know that their entire album centers around this theme: Life Goes On. This challenging time that we’re in will pass and we will get back to doing the things we love again.
Wearing: Dolce & Gabbana suit; Dior corset; Christian Louboutin shoes
Where: 2020 American Music Awards red carpet
My favorite part of this is the neutral corset. It’s so subtle, but incredibly elegant at the same time. I also love that she didn’t go for a bright or deep red for her lips and really like the violet hue for her eyes. Cara’s stylist needs a raise.
In case you’re still on the fence about what you should be doing this holiday season, a friend of mine created this very helpful and informative [website]. Hopefully you’re also aware that 3 million people went through TSA this weekend before Thanksgiving. Not surprisingly, this was the biggest travel period that we’ve seen since before March. Unfortunately for that, a lot more loss and disappointment is on the way.
Though I’ve never been to New York around the holidays, I am sure that this is the most romantic time of the year. Watching this short campaign video by KITH along with Dash & Lily last weekend has confirmed it for me. In a time where retailers are struggling, it’s refreshing to see pieces like this. Collections are still getting released and of course, there are reasons for us to get dressed up and find love along the way. Watching this from start to finish didn’t feel like a campaign video, but rather a short story of how a couple came to be in the early stages. The focus wasn’t on the looks when it came to the campaign, but once you know who this was made by, it sort of all came together. That being said, we’re posting for the video first and foremost, but here are some choice looks:
It’s safe to assume now that every time we get one official music video from the group, it’s likely we’ll get a second! Just like “Dynamite” and getting the b-side, we now have a 2nd version for “Life Goes On.” Essentially, this video is an extended scene of the second verse featuring rappers Suga and J-Hope and is the backdrop for the entire song. Their fanbase, ARMY, have already described this title track from them as a “warm hug” and this video further elaborates on that. We can’t get enough of this song even despite it’s sad undertones from reflecting on the pandemic.
Tonight the guys will perform “Life Goes On” for the first time at the American Music Awards along with “Dynamite.” I’ve heard that this was pre-recorded already and will feature Suga who has recently been out of promotional activities due to his shoulder surgery.
Following in the footsteps of Snapchat and Instagram Stories, Twitter is now getting into the game of disappearing tweets. They may be a little late to the game, but that’s not stopping them from moving ahead with “Fleets.” Like similar features before them, “Fleets” are tweets that you only want around for 24 hours and not any longer. Many of us noticed the feature this week, but before that, it had been tested successfully in South Korea, Brazil, Italy and India. “Fleets” isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but one has to wonder, why now?
Written in a recent blog post by the team, “…some of you tell us that Tweeting is uncomfortable because it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s so much pressure to rack up Retweets and Likes.” Not exactly anything groundbreaking in that statement or what we wouldn’t expect them to say.
Now that their album is officially out, we won’t be seeing “Dynamite” for too much longer. However, I’m still holding onto for just a little while. I love this cover that AILEE and the extra effort she took in changing outfits and backdrops! It’s such a fun take on the song that really got us all moving again in the summer.
2020 isn’t making it any easier on us to take vacations is it? When discussing this with my friends, the words “pointless,” “guilt,” and “unnecessary” always come up. We’ve become so used to the idea that vacations are only used when we’re going somewhere. Clearly, “staycations” just don’t have that same kind of impact. Even though we aren’t physically going somewhere, vacations allow us to not be in work mode 24/7. However, I’d be lying to you if I told you I also didn’t think about those words above when it came to my own vacation. Even though I was just writing an out of office message to my team, I still felt the guilt, but knew in the end I wouldn’t regret it.
To be completely honest, I’ve been looking forward to today (the start of my vacation) for weeks! This time every year, I’m able to shut off the day job for a minute and focus entirely on content. On a typical day, my life is consumed by work, but I try to balance it out by doing content here and there. It’s pretty obvious which one wins every time! Writing posts like these come easy to me. It’s my stream of conscious with very little editing and filtering. As you can imagine though, other posts require more thought and time. I’ll start the post, take a break and come back to it hours later. That’s what this week is likely for!
Late in the evenings before bed is when the ideas start to flow. And because I was looking forward to today, I spent most of last night just jotting thoughts down into my phone for what I needed to work on this week. What we can’t done this week, we’ll save for the two weeks around Christmas time. I’m looking forward to sharing all of these ideas with you until the end of the year!