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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter sings! Sort of: Watch the video here

Internet commentary is a cruel mistress, which 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina has undoubtedly learned already in her young life.

So we won’t editorialize too much on the vocal stylings of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s sole offspring—who, like a thousand other anonymous teenagers with Adele crushes and iCameras in their bedrooms, probably didn’t mean this for mass music-critic consumption.

(Though she did post it to her Twitter account, which has a perhaps-slightly-above-anonymous-average 7,000+ followers). Anyhow, here she is, covering the current no. 1 song in the country, “Someone Like You”: READ FULL STORY

PJ Harvey bests Adele to take this year's Mercury Prize, becomes only two-time winner

The nominees for the 2011 Mercury Prize—awarded by a panel of judges to the year’s best British album—were a typically quirky bunch, with some familiar names (PJ Harvey, Adele, James Blake, Elbow) and a bunch of must-be-big-in-England? picks like Metronomy and Ghostpoet.

While it’s never easy to predict the winner (past victors include puzzlers like Ms. Dynamite and Klaxons), Adele seemed like a good bet, given her uniformly strong reviews and massive sales.

Nope! PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake has won the prestigious award this year. (Her Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea earned the prize a decade ago.) Personally, I think they made the right choice. Adele will have her moment at the Grammys, which love to reward those sorts of classy-and-massive good-taste albums.

Let England Shake is something else entirely: a dark, eccentric, and deeply serious take on war and history that’s as unsettling as Adele is comforting. “Death was in the staring sun,” she sings on “All and Everyone,” “fixing its eyes on everyone/It rattled the bones of the Light Horsemen/still lying out there in the open/as we, advancing in the sun/sing “Death to all and everyone.”

Hopefully now more people will give this difficult album the time and attention it deserves. What do you think of this year’s winner? Should Adele have taken the prize?

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MTV 2011 VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are in the books, and while the show as a whole felt a little scattered and unfocused, there were indeed some high points. Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, and Bruno Mars gave Amy Winehouse an excellent tribute, Beyoncé capped off a great performance with a nice little revelation about the future of her family, and Adele tore down the house with her stunning, jaw-dropping run through “Someone Like You.”

But there were a handful of amazing moments that happened between MTV’s rapid-fire camera cuts and commercial breaks. Luckily, I was inside the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live and can report the eight greatest things you probably missed during the show. READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele big winners

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Adele all won multiple Moon Men at the MTV 2011 Video Music Awards. Perry’s “Firework” won for Video of the Year, and she also took home a trophy with Kanye West for Best Collaboration for their sci-fi fantasia “E.T.” Perry harkened back to a previous VMAs show in her acceptance speech when she told her co-winner, “Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!” Lady Gaga — who spent the entire night dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone — won Best Female and Best Video with a Message. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Other winners included Britney Spears (who also took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, and Tyler, The Creator. Check out a full list below:


MTV VMAs wildest moments: EW predicts what's coming this Sunday

With the 2011 MTV VMAs just two days away, it got us thinking: Boy, some nutty things have happened over the years. Butts have been exposed, pop queens have kissed, and there have been just plain awkward moments.

The question now is what’s going to happen next: Maybe Lady Gaga will wear a live animal—who knows? So while we wait for the madness to ensue, let’s speculate! Below are some things that just might happen.

Award Theft

Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” loses to Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in the Best New Artist category. While the band accepts their award, ‘Shawn storms the stage (kind of like this guy) and steals the mic and the award, calling them and fellow nominees Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean “basic b—-es.” Tyler, of course, is the only one who finds this funny.

Check out the rest after the jump.


Adele, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown set to perform at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

This morning, MTV announced that Adele will be making her first appearance as a performer at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Along with the English songstress, rapper Lil Wayne and R&B stud Chris Brown–both familiar with the VMA stage–will return to give it a go this August.

“I am excited about my nominations and to be back on the VMA stage,” Brown, who hasn’t performed at the VMAs since 2007, said in a statement. “I have a special performance planned for my wonderful fans.”

The timing of the show couldn’t be any better for Wayne. His new album, Tha Carter IV, drops the day after the show. “Being a nominee and performer on the VMAs once again is an honor because everyone doesn’t get that opportunity,” he said in a statement. “Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week!”

Several more acts will be announced in the coming days leading up to the big show. The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Adele pays tribute to Amy Winehouse: 'I don't think she ever realised just how brilliant she was'

Adele has paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her home over the weekend.

In a statement on her website, Adele—who, like Winehouse, attended London’s BRIT performing arts school—says that the singer “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.” The “Rolling In the Deep” star also says she doesn’t think Winehouse “ever realised just how brilliant she was.”  The statement is headlined “AMY FLIES IN PARADISE X.” Read it here in full: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West lead 2011 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Quick: Which clip won the Moonman for Video of the Year at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Having a hard time remembering? That’s because the actual awards are only about the fourth most important aspect of any given VMAs (just behind the performances, the host and whatever Kanye West does).

Still, the nominations do provide an excellent jumping-off point for the show, which will air live from Los Angeles on August 28. This year, Katy Perry leads the way with nine nominations, split between nods for “Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Adele is right behind with seven nods for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Kanye West also racked up seven (most of which are for “All of the Lights,” though “Power” did get a pair of noms as well.

The five videos competing for Video of the Year are “Firework,” “Rolling in the Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” and, in a somewhat shocking turn of events (if only because the buzz on his crew has died down so profoundly), Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers.”

You can check out the complete list of nominees after the jump. Oh, and the winner of the 2010 Video of the Year was Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton's new album posts highest debut yet, tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Looks like Blake Shelton’s side gig as a coach on NBC singing competition The Voice is paying off in other lanes.

The country man leads the Billboard 200 album charts this week. His latest album, Red River Blue, sold 116,000 units, making it the highest debut of his career.

Surprisingly, following at No. 2 is Incubus’ If Not Now, When? with 80,000 copies bought. And again, Adele posts a strong week. Her 21 moved 77,000 albums. Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.


Adele's '21' leads 2011 Mercury Prize nominees

Though plenty of music-related awards have lost their luster over the years (does anybody not have a Grammy at this point?), the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize still retains its value.

The honor, given to the finest album from the U.K. and Ireland by a panel of British music experts, tends to get it right most of the time, and each of the dozen nominees are typically worthy of the title of “Album of the Year.”

This time around is no different: The 12 discs named as finalists are all pretty great, and they range from commercial juggernauts (Adele’s 21) to stuff you’re probably just discovering (Ghostpoet’s Peanut Butter and Melancholy Blues).

There are also debuts (Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy) and veteran efforts (PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake). There are even two entries from acts who have already won the award (Harvey won in 2001 for Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, and Elbow, nominated this year for Build a Rocket Boys!, took home the prize in 2008 for The Seldom Seen Kid).

The nominees (along with some helpful song samples) are below. READ FULL STORY

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