Here Are The 2014 VMA Nominees! And, of course, Beyonce leads the pack.

Check out the list of nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

Check out the list of nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards! (Photo: courtesy of college-of-music.com)

A lot of questions will be answered in August at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. How many Moonmen will Beyoncé win? Who will be the next superstar to get all butthurt? Will Jay Z and Solange square off for another elevator kickboxing match afterwards? We’ll find out on August 24 at 9 p.m. (EST) as the ceremony airs live from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

In the meantime, we get to take a look at the list of nominees more than a month ahead of time. Beyoncé leads the way (not unexpectedly) with a whopping eight nominations, including video of the year for her collaboration with husband Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.” Close behind her are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nods each.

Pharrell Williams is also sitting pretty with multiple nominations for his phenomenally popular song “Happy.” He’ll have some stiff competition in the video of the year category, however, going up against juggernauts such as Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball“), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy“), Sia (“Chandelier“), and the aforementioned Beyoncé (“Drunk In Love”).

Pharrell is also up for the best male video award, going head-to-head not only with the likes of Eminem and John Legend, but also with… himself! Both “Happy” and “Sing,” his video collaboration with Ed Sheeran, are nominated in the category so it’s entirely possible that Williams could both win and lose at the same time. Something tells me he wouldn’t be too crushed, though.

Click this link to see the full list of this year’s VMA nominees, including the categories only the nominees themselves care about. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share your picks for this year’s big winners!

Happiness Not Allowed! Six Iranians arrested for making “Happy” tribute video

Six young Iranian citizens were arrested for making a Pharrell tribute video (photo: nbcnews.com)

Six young Iranian citizens were arrested for making a Pharrell tribute video (photo: nbcnews.com)

Pharrell Williams‘ smash hit “Happy” has truly taken the world by storm. Since its release in November of last year there have been more than 1,500 fan tribute videos go viral on YouTube. The phenomenon is so popular that it has made its way around the world to the Islamic Republic of Iran… where fun gets smacked in the face and dragged off to jail.

On Tuesday (May 20), six young Iranian citizens were arrested in Tehran for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”

“After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip,” stated Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia to the Iranian news agency, ISNA. ” He continued, “Following a series of intelligence and police operations and after coordinating with the judiciary, all the suspects were identified and arrested.”

Here’s the “vulgar clip” in question: 

OMG! I am so offended! Please, lock these hooligans up and throw away the key!

This is just another outrageous display of further aggression against human rights by a government which censors even its own elected leaders. Only days before the arrests, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a public speech in which he encouraged his country’s ruling Islamic regime to allow its citizens more online freedom and decried government sanctioned censorship as “cowardly.” Meant for widespread television distribution, the speech was, nevertheless, ignored by state broadcaster IRIB. Ahh… freedom.

UPDATE: According to CNN, the six Iranians shown dancing in the video have been released by authorities. The video’s director, however, is still in custody.

Pharrell Williams – Man of the Year

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If you didn’t know who Pharrell Williams was a year ago I bet you do now. He’s the man behind the hat, your favorite artists’ favorite producer, and the voice behind the feel good songs you can’t seem to get out of your head. Pharrell’s been in the music industry for nearly two decades, but in the past year has taken the world by storm. And things only seem to be getting bigger and better for Skateboard P.

You can call him the renaissance man of music; he raps, sings, writes, and produces. Pharrell and Chad Hugo formed The Neptunes, a production duo responsible for hit songs from numerous hip hop, pop, and R&B artists such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Kelis. The two also founded the record label Star Trak under Universal Music Group and linked up with Shay Haley to create the group N.E.R.D. It wasn’t until 2003 that Pharrell released his first solo track, “Frontin’.”

So how exactly has he dominated 2013 and 2014? Well, he produced and was featured on the anthem of the summer, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” He collaborated with Daft Punk on their single “Get Lucky” which won Record of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Last but not least “Happy” (which has received the ultimate cover treatment) from Despicable Me 2 scored Pharrell an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.


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Perfect Harmony: Music and movies unite at 2014 Academy Awards

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Though music isn’t the primary artform honored at the Academy Awards, it is the perfect compliment to theatrical performance. Without the simplistic, yet spine-tingling theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers would have been almost laughable walking around in a white-washed Captain Kirk mask. Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic is just as memorable as the movie itself. On a night filled with great moments and performances, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony thrust music into the spotlight… where it belongs. Check out some our our favorite performances below.

Pharrell Williams (and his hat) spread the joy with audience members and a full dance troop as he performed his hit song “Happy” from Universal Pictures Despicable Me 2.

U2‘s stirring rendition of “Ordinary Love” wasn’t just simply the performance of a song from a movie soundtrack (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), it was a fitting tribute to a man who completely embodied the spirit of peace and forgiveness.

Karen O and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig changed things up a bit. No glitz. No glamour. Just a beautifully simplistic performance of “The Moon Song,” the main theme from the Spike Jonze film Her.

In yet another tribute moment, Pink dawned a ruby-red gown and gave an emotional performance of Judy Garland‘s beloved classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

What were some of your favorite moments, music or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below.

Beatles Mania Revisited: Paul and Ringo together again!

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Beatles fans, rejoice! 50 years to the day that the mop-headed icons were first introduced to American TV audiences, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney reunite to celebrate that vaunted night.

Last night (Sunday, Feb. 9th), the two remaining Beatles teamed up with other industry icons and current superstars and treated fans to a 2 1/2 hour spectacular commemorating their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the “Fab Four” as Hollywood stars and Joe Schmoes alike looked on from the audience.

A-listers such as Kate Beckinsale, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp were in attendance as Maroon 5 performed their version of “Ticket To Ride.” Other performances included Ed Sheeran playing guitar and singing “In My Life,” Stevie Wonder on both the piano and harmonica as he performed “a little more funky” version of “We Can Work It Out,” and Katy Perry belting out her rendition of “Yesterday.” In one of my favorite moments, Alicia Keys and John Legend gave a masterful performance of “Let It Be,” earning a standing ovation from all in attendance.

While there were many other outstanding performances and tributes from stars such as John Mayer, Pharrell Williams, and Imagine Dragons, the conclusion of the festivities was, by far, the most anticipated and exciting part of the night as the former Beatles themselves took center stage! Ringo went first, the 73-year-old enthralling the audience as he performed the song “Boys” with the legendary Peter Frampton on guitar and finished up in his rightful place, on the throne behind the drums. The crowd then happily joined in, clapping and singing along as he performed “Yellow Submarine.”

Not to be outdone, the 71-year-old McCartney took the stage and performed 2 songs of his own, “Birthday” and “Get Back.” Next, with the backing of an orchestra, Sir Paul began singing the beloved “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” then came the reunion as Ringo joined Paul on stage (introduced, of course, as Billy Shears!) to finish out the song. The duo then teamed up to perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey, Jude.”

What a night it was for Beatles fans and music lovers of all kinds. You can pay your own tribute to the band that changed American pop-culture forever with our free Sing-N-Share app! Check it out on both the Apple App Store and Google Play today!