Alicia Keys is set to celebrate the biggest night in music at the 2012 Video Music Awards when she performs for her fifth time. Keys will debut a brand-new track off her upcoming album when she takes the stage on September 6.
This will be the second time Keys has debuted new material at the VMAs. back in 2007, Keys rocked Las Vegas as she performed her hit “No One,” and is looking to re-create that same magic this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted ‘No One’ at the VMAs — it was the first time anyone in the world heard ‘No One,’ Keys said. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”
And Keys admits that she is more excited and confident as ever to share her new music with not only her fans, but the entire VMA audience.
“I’m in my space and I feel more confident than ever to really just have a crazy, fun time,” Keys said of performing at the Video Music Awards. “It’s so exciting to bring people into my world and where I’ve been and what I’ve been working on. And there’s no better place in the whole wide world than the VMAs to do that, so it’s gonna be crazy!”
Keys has had a long history with the VMAs. She made her VMA debut back in 2001, when she won her first Moonman for Best new Artist in a Video and wowed the crowd with her performance of her hit song, “Fallin’.” in 2004, Keys took the stage yet again, but this time had some assistance. She was joined by Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder for a performance medley of “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Higher Ground.”
Most recently Keys performed in 2009, as she and Jay-Z closed out the new York City show with a rousing rendition of, “Empire State of Mind.” in 2010, the song won Keys her fourth Moonman — she has a total of 12 nominations — for Best Cinematography.
While Keys will be a VMA veteran performer, MTV is also welcoming some newcomers to the stage. On Tuesday (July 31), it was announced that British boy banders One Direction will make their VMA debut as performers and have racked up two VMA nominations, including Best new Artist.
A full list of VMA nominations have been announced with Rihanna and Drake leading the crowd with five nominations each, including Video of the Year for “We Found Love” as well as their joint hit “Take Care.” Not far behind them is Katy Perry with four nominations and Beyoncé with three.
Beginning Tuesday, fans can vote for their favorite artists at vma.mtv.com or m.mtv.com on their mobile phones. Voting for all VMA categories, except for Best new Artist, will end on August 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Voting for Best new Artist continues through the show which airs live Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Head to VMA.MTV.com now through August 24 to vote for your favorites, or text BNA to 22444 to vote for Best new Artist all the way through the show!
February 25, 2012 02:02:41 GMT The ‘Sparks Fly’ crooner makes the offer to Kevin McGuire as she expresses her regret for not being able to accompany the 18-year-old new Jersey high school student to his senior prom.
Taylor Swift has responded to a prom invitation from Kevin McGuire. in a message left on her Facebook wall on Friday, February 24, the “You Belong with Me” hitmaker apologized for not being able to accept his invite, but she came out with a better offer for her cancer-stricken fan. The 22-year-old country crooner invited the new Jersey teen to go to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1. “Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom,” her Facebook message read. “But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up.. Would you be my date?” Philadelphia’s CBS 3 reported that upon reading Swift’s post, the ecstatic McGuire said, “I don’t know what else to say. I was just trying not to throw up.” The 18-year-old, who is battling leukemia for the second time after being diagnosed with the disease for the first time at the age of 13, later added, “I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me. Taylor, I would love to go with you.” The idea to invite Swift to McGuire’s senior prom came from the teen’s sister, Tori McGuire. Trying to lift the teen’s spirit as he worries won’t be able to get a date due to his loss of hair from his cancer treatment, Tori launched a “Taylor Swift take Kevin McGuire to Prom!” Facebook page. It quickly gathered nearly 100,000 followers. On the page, Tori wrote, “All throughout Kevin’s treatment he kept his character intact, remained playing basketball, and even started varsity football as a freshman. Kevin is known throughout the community as the High school’s ‘real life SUPER MAN!’ Tragically, Kevin had a relapse, and is now fighting cancer for the second time.” “Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting,” her note continued to read, “and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned ‘why me?’ Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift. Kevin DESERVES more than anyone a special event in his life.”
With the close of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the market is waiting to see what happens. one smartphone company is best situated to take advantage while others will fall behind. I analyzed five such stocks to see which ones might emerge in 2012, ready to soar.
Telefon AB L M Ericsson (ERIC) has a recent stock price around $9.54, at the lower end of its 52-week trading range of $8.83-$$15.44. it has a price earnings ratio of 13.90 and an annualized dividend of $0.37 which brings a yield of 3.86%. Ericsson prefers to increase business through strategic alliances and partnerships, a less costly growth strategy. its latest venture with Sony (SNE) recently introduced four new smart phones. Smart phones are only a part of Ericsson’s business, about 20% of total earnings. So Erickson’s success is diluted in its performance. the Swedish company also has a high exposure to the eurozone economic environment, and with deep questions there for 2012, Ericsson probably should be a pass.
Nokia Corporation (NOK) is the tiny player of this group with a $3 billion market cap. it has a recent stock price of about $5.21 which comes in near the bottom end of its $4.46-$11.75 52-week trading range. Nokia has been beaten down in recent months and short-sellers are betting big that it will continue, with around 24% of outstanding shares being shorted. also the dividend which once was small at $0.50 now comes out to a mouth watering 10.47%. but that has come as margins have slipped – gross margin stands around 29.40% and badly trails its peers. Earnings have been steadily falling, going from an earnings per share high of $0.30 per share for the 4th quarter 2010 to only $0.20 a share for 3rd quarter 2011. I think that earnings will stabilize around the $0.20-$0.25 range. the good news is it has a big cash vault of $13 billion, but it needs to get its margins up and until there is some sign management has a handle on the problem, Nokia should be avoided.
The company behind the BlackBerry, Research in Motion, ltd (RIMM) has a market cap of $8 billion, a recent share price listing around $16.17 from its 52-week trading range of $12.45-$70.54. This comes with an earnings per share of $4.25 and a minuscule price to earnings ratio of 3.80. I note that the company has undergone a CEO makeover, with the departure of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, though new management does not see any major changes ahead. I think this is a mistake. there are now 75 million users of BlackBerry products, but the company that created the smartphone market is slipping. that is because RIMM has been under siege as competitors have rolled out new technologies and new products. Market share has plummeted 10% this last year even though sales and earnings are slightly up. the depressed share price and price earnings look like a deal, but there is nothing to suggest the slide in market share will continue, eventually making a negative impact on overall sales. RIMM pays no dividend so there is no income bonus. So even though it is at a cheap price, there are better options right now.
Mighty Apple, Inc (AAPL) is the big boy of the bunch with a $390 billion market cap off a recent share price of around $419.81 and near the top of its 52-week trading range of $310.50-$427.75. Earnings per share lists at $27.67 for a price to earnings ratio of 15.17 and a price to earnings growth ratio of 1.016. it has no debt and a $9.8 billion dollar war chest to purchase companies. While Apple is healthy and should outperform the market in 2012, it is so big that there is only so much upside. it is a good purchase for conservative investors, although for that group Apple pays no dividend. there are other companies with more exciting stories.
In fact, one possible way to go is Cirrus Logic, Inc. (CRUS) which is a major supplier for Apple. Cirrus has a recent price of about $20.37 and a 52-week trading range of $12.52-$25.48. it has a $2.44 earnings per share which works out to a price to earnings ratio of 8.55, an extremely low number for a growth stock. the stock is partly down because a delayed run-out of new Apple products dampened 3rd quarter 2011 earnings reports. it dampened investors ardor enough that a bearish 8% of outstanding shares are now shorted. Yet Cirrus has an astounding 52% gross profit margin and is expected to have a big bump in earnings from a good holiday season. A strong earnings report could send Cirrus flying high in no time. it also is free of long term debt.
Cirrus does have some questions – its profitability is based on whether earnings really did go up in 4th quarter 2011. but it seems a solid bet, and the upside for this stock is great, making this the best pick of this group.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
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According to People, Glanville tied the knot in Las Vegas to mixed martial arts manager and friend, Darin Harvey.
The reality star posted a photo to her Twitter with the caption, ”It wasn’t planned and we will handle it, but good times!”
She took to Twitter again to say, ”I’m married again – suuuuuuck it!” but then revealed that it wasn’t legal posting, “Its not legal! We were just having fun!”
She posted again, “I didn’t mean to offend anyone!” and gave some advice, ”I believe everyone shud be able to get married & maybe even embarrass themselves in Vegas ;)”
The 38-year-old was previously married to actor Eddie Cibrian, who left her for singer Leann Rimes. Glanville and Cibrian have two kids together.
Glanville currently stars on the hit Bravo series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” The show follows Kim Richards, Camille Grammar, Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump.
Following the first season, the show introduced two new faces including Glanville. Glanville and businesswoman, Dana Wilkey, according to AOL, are featured as friends, not official “Housewives.”
The season is full of heated moments on screen and off. It seems like off screen, most of the drama takes place including Taylor’s husband Russell committing suicide and Kim Richards entering rehab.
“You are a liar, and sick, and alcoholic,” Kyle said. ”You are an alcoholic. Yeah, that’s right. I’ve said it now and everybody knows.”
This season, Richards is still being accused of using and has reportedly headed to rehab. According to AOL, Nassif commented on her condition on a recent episode of ‘The Wendy Williams show,” saying, ”When you’re on numerous medications for moods, and you combine them all together, and possibly the dosing may be off, it can cause some of those symptoms of the eyes a little glassy, a little bit of slurring of the words, just looking like you’re not completely with it.”
Reportedly, Richards has been released from rehab.