Remember when Lady Gaga showed up at the 2011 Grammys in a prehistoric egg carried by men in gold underwear? Or when a little-known indie artist named Esperanza Spalding enraged millions of teen girls when she stole the “Best New Artist” Grammy limelight from Justin Bieber? 2011 has been filled with such chart-topping phenomenon as Adele’s universal heartbreaker, “Someone Like You,” and education tutorials on the days of the week, courtesy of Miss Rebecca Black. So take a moment and sit tight while we take a peek at 2011′s top Music Moments!
Lady Gaga Arrives In An Egg
Yes, Lady Gaga managed to outdo her previous spacesuit at last year’s Grammys and yes, she arrived in an opaque egg. Her fans went into a twitter frenzy, raving about her not-so subtle reference to her Born This Way album. Nicole Formichetti tweeted, ”Lady gaga wears Mugler by nicola formichetti. Womb by hussein Chalayan. Gaga’s pryers are in haus of gaga in collaboration with Mugler. My baby is been born.” Although Mother Monster made no stops on the red carpet that night, she did slip in a wave to Jersey Shore’s Snooki and MTV News’ Sway.
Justin Bieber A Baby Daddy?
Who can forget Mariah Yeater’s paternity suit against the tween singer? On Halloween Yeater alleged that Bieber was the father of her 3-month-year-old baby, the result of a 30-second quicky in a bathroom backstage at the Staples Center. The lawsuit was later quietly dropped by Yeater, much to the relief of Bieber Fever’s ecstatic female fans, when her and her lawyers were informed that if the DNA test came up in the pop star’s favor, they would be promptly sued in turn. Whew! That was a close one Bieber!
Esperanza Spalding Swipes Grammy Over Favored Bieber
Yikes. I bet the Grammy folks didn’t expect the massive teen revolt when indie artist Esperanza Spalding won “Best New Artist” over Justin Bieber this year. In a flurry of twitter and fb outrage, Bieber fans lambasted the emerging jazz artist and rationalized that since she was relatively unknown, Spalding didn’t qualify for the award. One fan tweeted, “So the Esperanza Spalding has only 8 thousand followers on twitter and how many does justin bieber has?” Ouch, who knew that twitter followers equaled musical talent?
Adele Makes Music History With “Someone Like You”
Adele’s “Someone Like You” not only topped nearly every major chart in the world — Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, US — but she created something classic, timeless and legendary. The single has become the heartbreak anthem of the year and carried her to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Adele the first female British solo artist to have two No. 1 songs from the same album. “Someone Like You” has gone platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. Not to mention, SNL honored the song with its very own skit.
Rebecca Black Teaches Us The Days Of The Week
Rebecca Black’s “Friday” music video exploded on the YouTube channels when comedian Michael J. Nelson tweeted the clip as ”the worst video ever made.” The 13 year old Black reached YouTube infamy as over 167 million viewers checked in to watch her sing about dilemmas such as whether she should sit in the front or back seat and how she couldn’t wait for Friday so she could party with her friends. Yet despite the major critique and negative reactions Black has received for “Friday,” we can’t deny that it’s firmly ingrained itself into our pop culture. As proof of social media’s power, “Friday” debuted at No. 50 on the Billboard Social 50 chart, at N0. 57 on Billboard Hot Digital Tracks, and reached No. 58 on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100. You have to give kudos to the girl; it’s not every day to have enough social influence to land a spot in Katy Perry’s music video.
RiRi Sparks Controversy With Boundary-Pushing “We Found Love”
As “We Found Love” climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, it also ignited controversy around the world for its “offensive” and “lewd” portrayal of young lovers in a dysfunctional relationship. While the video has also been praised for taking a risk and showing the realities of many die-hard relationships, it became banned as unsuitable for daytime television in France and Rihanna even managed to upset an Irish farmer when she went topless in his field during the film’s production. Despite the staunch disapproval by many, “We Found Love” remains one of 2011′s most cinematic and memorable music videos.
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