Sunday, 22 November 2009

American Music Awards 2009 = Divas Live 2009

I don't usually care about the AMAs coz it's usually just a bunch of rock bands that I would never listen to but this year, it's looking more and more like the ultimate festival for pop divas with larger-than-life personas. Two veteran divas who ruled the 1980s and 90s are making appearances that will fan the embers of nostalgia for that period in pop music and deliver some sort of retrospective celebration. Whitney Houston is performing 'I Didn't Know My Own Strenght', a new signature track off her current album 'I Look to You', as well as accepting the AMAs' International Artist award. Janet Jackson will be performing an eight-minute medley of her greatest hits to commemorate the release of her upcoming greatest hits compilation 'Number Ones'.

Another diva will be staging somewhat of a comeback, too. Jennifer Lopez is debuting her brand new single 'Louboutins'. Considering that she hasn't had a US top 10 single since 'All I Had' went to number 1 in early 2003, it seems like the stakes are high for La Lopez but the new track is pretty damn catchy and it's produced by the hottest producers in da game, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.

However, the performer I'm most excited about is Lady GaGa. It's been reported by Entertainment Weekly's Whitney Pastorek that 'Gaga’s AMA performance appears to be her most far-reaching live effort yet, as though she took a look at that bizarre gyroscope dress-to-piano transition she rather botched on Saturday Night Live and said, “Yeah, but what if we made it even harder for me to get to the keyboard?” She’s not only performing “Bad Romance,” which was to be expected, but seizing the opportunity to debut “Speechless” off her Fame Monster reissue as well.' The sheer ambition and boundless creativity of this performer continues to astound me....of course, this is all conjecture until we actually see what she has in store for us....all that I know is....I want to go to there!

Oh, and by the way, I realize that there was an actual Divas Live show on this year but let me tell you, VH1 were playing pretty fast and loose with the definition of a diva this year. I mean, Whitney Houston is a diva. Miley Cyrus? Not so much!