Hello again my friends, it wasn’t long ago that I lined out the nominations for the 2019 MTV VMA’s and this year’s awards were just handed out in full during a fully loaded entertainment spectacle at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. While we didn’t watch the broadcast ourselves we are happy to share the winners circle with all of our readers who enjoy this group of artists. The show was hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco. Let’s go.
Video of the Year:
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] WINNER – Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”
Considering that I have so much Pop Culture stuff to share on the PiercingMetal website and when one adds to this the fact that the Comic Con International: San Diego has just begun, I admit that I was not all that aware that a live action film for the hit Broadway show “Cats” was even a thing. Of course it is and we have the first Official Trailer for this Universal Pictures release to share with you so take a look down below. I’ve also added in the premise and the massive casting along with the early released artwork. Enjoy.
The Press Release:
On Sunday, Vevo confirmed that Taylor Swift’s “ME!” had broken the record for most views in 24 hours. Today, Vevo can confirm that “ME!” is now the fastest video to reach 100 million views.
The video for “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco eclipses records formerly set by Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” and Taylor’s very own “Look What you Made Me Do.” This feat was managed in 79 hours following the release of the video on Friday, April 26th.
JP Evangelista, Vevo SVP of Content, Programing & Marketing said, “Taylor has consistently demonstrated the ability to break records on Vevo. She continues to expand upon a deep history of incredibly striking audio-visual work. Likewise, director Dave Meyers continues a storied career as one of the premier music video directors in our industry. On behalf of the Vevo family, we congratulate Taylor Swift & Republic Records on yet another historic accomplishment.”
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Now despite my not being among the fans of Taylor Swift since I like my music a lot heavier, I have to say that this is an incredible accomplishment for a single video clip. YouTube is one of the hardest places to build up a following these days but it doesn’t surprise me when it comes to Taylor because she works really hard on her craft and has a bankroll to bring in the most talented people in the industry to get things done. I did enjoy the clever playfulness and special effects in this clip and wish that I had the budget to do magnificent things with my own two channels for “The Chronicles” and PiercingMetal but alas – I don’t. What did you think about this clip and the milestone? Please feel free to chime in down below in the comments section. See you again soon.
In the constant effort to bring you a wide variety of interesting announcements, here are the tallies from the popular Pollstar service when it comes to touring and artists that dominated over the course of the 2018 year. I’m going to chime in down at the end with some additional editorial for those who wonder what I think about the matter.
The Press Release:
Pollstar continues to be regarded as the most credible source and final word for box office data. Pollstar’s rankings, which are based on data that is reported to Pollstar, are an important marketing tool for agents and venues, and talent buyers and others depend on box office histories to make informed business choices.
Pollstar received, inputted and verified more than 44,000 records, including a record-setting total gross reported of more than $10.4 billion, and 152.1 million tickets sold this year.
I’ve been making sure to post the winners of the various awards shows that air on conventional as well as the cable networks because they are generally good talking points and help me as a scribe see what the people are rallying behind. I’ve always enjoyed the People’s Choice Awards because it was the choice of the people and now after being acquired by another network is known as the “E! People’s Choice Awards”. This is a long list but I’ve secured the winners and those they were nominated against so you can compare or offer up some rage at the close of this posting. I’d suggest you get comfortable and maybe make a fresh cup of coffee or tea if you enjoy those morning beverages like I do. Here we go.
People’s Champion Award: WINNER: Bryan Stevenson
Fashion Icon Award: WINNER: Victoria Beckham
People’s Icon of 2018: WINNER: Melissa McCarthy
Movie of 2018: Black Panther WINNER: Avengers: Infinity War Incredibles 2 Fifty Shades Freed A Quiet Place
Comedy Movie of 2018: Love, Simon Blockers WINNER: The Spy Who Dumped Me Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Crazy Rich Asians
Action Movie of 2018: Black Panther WINNER: Avengers: Infinity War Deadpool 2 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Ocean’s 8