Review: Country Elton John Tribute Album Bests Its Pop Counterpart

No list of things we don’t miss from the ’90s — scrunchies, Starter jackets, Discmans, Earthlink, talking to the hand — would be complete without the inclusion of the tribute album, a fad that seemed to die out by the end of the decade, with occasional flare-ups since. For every inspired concept that had alt rockers […]

No list of things we don’t miss from the ’90s — scrunchies, Starter jackets, Discmans, Earthlink, talking to the hand — would be complete without the inclusion of the tribute album, a fad that seemed to die out by the end of the decade, with occasional flare-ups since. For every inspired concept that had alt rockers […]

Universal Music Enterprises Names Vince Szydlowski EVP of Commercial Sales

Universal Music Enterprises has named Vince Szydlowski executive vp of commercial sales. He joins the catalog giant from Capitol Music Group, where he served as senior vp of label sales and worked on campaigns for Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Niall Horan, and Beck, among others. He held the position of national Sales for Universal […]

Universal Music Enterprises has named Vince Szydlowski executive vp of commercial sales. He joins the catalog giant from Capitol Music Group, where he served as senior vp of label sales and worked on campaigns for Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Niall Horan, and Beck, among others. He held the position of national Sales for Universal […]

Quincy Jones Says He Knows Who Killed JFK and 12 More Wild Takes From New Interview

Quincy Jones has revealed a whole lot in a new interview, discussing Michael Jackson’s plastic surgery, who he says killed JFK, dating Ivanka Trump and his thoughts on why the Beatles were “the worst musicians in the world.”

Oprah Winfrey shouldn’t run for president, the legendary record producer believes, and the music business is dead apart from a few solid artists like Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars.

When asked what he thinks is his greatest musical innovation, he said, “Everything I’ve done.”

Also Read: Quincy Jones Says He Once Dated Ivanka Trump: ‘She’s a Fine Motherf-er. Wrong Father, Though’

“Everything was something to be proud of — absolutely,” he said. “It’s been an amazing contrast of genres. Since I was very young, I’ve played all kinds of music: bar mitzvah music, Sousa marches, strip-club music, jazz, pop. Everything. I didn’t have to learn a thing to do Michael Jackson.”

Here are 13 wild takes from Jones’ Vulture interview.

1. He Dated Ivanka Trump

The legendary record producer called Donald Trump a “crazy motherf–er. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know.”

He continued, “Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherf–er.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

2. He Thinks Oprah Shouldn’t Run for President

Jones also doesn’t think his friend Oprah Winfrey should run for president.

“If you haven’t been governor of a state of the CEO of a company or a military general, you don’t know how to lead people,” he said.

Jones saved his sharpest criticism for President Trump. “A symphony conductor knows more about how to lead than most businesspeople — more than Trump does. He doesn’t know s—. Someone who knows about real leadership wouldn’t have as many people against him as he does. He’s a f—ing idiot,” he said.

Also Read: Quincy Jones Rips on Taylor Swift’s Music: ‘We Need More Songs … Not Hooks’

3. Michael Jackson “Stole a Lot of Songs”

Jones, who co-produced Jackson’s biggest-selling albums, said the pop star “stole a lot of songs” and had plastic surgery because his father “told him he was ugly,” although he tried to “justify it and say it was because of some disease he had.”

4. He Thought the Beatles Were “The Worst Musicians In The World”

“They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf—ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it,” said Jones, who arranged a version of “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” for Starr’s 1970 solo debut album Sentimental Journey, which was produced by the Beatles’ frequent collaborator George Martin. 

5. He Says He Knows Who Killed Kennedy

One thing Jones said he wishes he didn’t know is “who killed Kennedy.” “[Chicago mobster Sam] Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”

The theory is well-known among Kennedy conspiracists, including the idea that Giancana helped Kennedy win Illinois in 1960.

Added the super-producer: “We shouldn’t talk about this publicly.”

6. He Says Paul Allen “Sings and Plays Just Like Hendrix”

Jones is a big fan of Paul Allen, the Microsoft cofounder and multi-billionaire.

“I went on a trip on his yacht, and he had David Crosby, Joe Walsh, Sean Lennon — all those crazy motherf—ers. Then on the last two days, Stevie Wonder came on with his band and made Paul come up and play with him — he’s good, man.”

7. He Thinks U2 Doesn’t Make Good Music Anymore

“I don’t know. I love Bono with all my heart, but there’s too much pressure on the band. He’s doing good work all over the world. Working with him and Bob Geldof on debt relief was one of the greatest things I ever did. It’s up there with ‘We Are the World.’”

Also Read: Quincy Jones at Royalties Trial: ‘I’m Not Suing Michael Jackson, I’m Suing Y’all’

8. There’s No “Innovation” in Modern Pop Music

“It’s just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no f—ing songs. The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. The greatest singer in the world cannot save a bad song. I learned that 50 years ago, and it’s the single greatest lesson I ever learned as a producer. If you don’t have a great song, it doesn’t matter what else you put around it.”

9. But There Are a Few Modern Artists Doing Good Work

“Bruno Mars. Chance the Rapper. Kendrick Lamar. I like where Kendrick’s mind is. He’s grounded. Chance, too. And the Ed Sheeran record is great. Sam Smith — he’s so open about being gay. I love it. Mark Ronson is someone who knows how to produce.”

10. The Music Business Doesn’t Exist

“There isn’t a music business anymore! If these people had paid attention to Shawn Fanning 20 years ago, we wouldn’t be in this mess. But the music business is still too full of these old-school bean counters. You can’t be like that. You can’t be one of these back-in-my-day people.”

11. Marlon Brando Slept With Marvin Gaye and James Baldwin, According to Jones

“[Marlon] Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherf—er you ever met. He’d f— anything. Anything! He’d f— a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye… Come on, man. He did not give a f—! You like Brazilian music?”

12. He Suffered a Breakdown After Working on “The Color Purple”

“What happened was that I was a producer on that movie and everybody went on vacation after we finished filming — everybody except me. I had to stay home and write an hour and 55 minutes of music for the movie. I was so f—ing tired from doing that, I couldn’t see. I put too much on my plate and it took its toll. You learn from your mistakes and I learned I couldn’t do that again.”

13. He Regrets Doing “Soul Bossa Nostra”

“I was not in favor of doing it, but the rappers wanted to record something as a tribute to me, where they’d do versions of songs that I’d done over my career. I said to them, ‘Look, you got to make the music better than we did on the originals.’ That didn’t happen. T-Pain, man, he didn’t pay attention to the details.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Quincy Jones Awarded $9.4 Million in Trial Over Michael Jackson Royalties

Ellen DeGeneres, HBO Surprise Terminally Ill Comic Quincy Jones With Stand-Up Special (Video)

Quincy Jones has revealed a whole lot in a new interview, discussing Michael Jackson’s plastic surgery, who he says killed JFK, dating Ivanka Trump and his thoughts on why the Beatles were “the worst musicians in the world.”

Oprah Winfrey shouldn’t run for president, the legendary record producer believes, and the music business is dead apart from a few solid artists like Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars.

When asked what he thinks is his greatest musical innovation, he said, “Everything I’ve done.”

“Everything was something to be proud of — absolutely,” he said. “It’s been an amazing contrast of genres. Since I was very young, I’ve played all kinds of music: bar mitzvah music, Sousa marches, strip-club music, jazz, pop. Everything. I didn’t have to learn a thing to do Michael Jackson.”

Here are 13 wild takes from Jones’ Vulture interview.

1. He Dated Ivanka Trump

The legendary record producer called Donald Trump a “crazy motherf–er. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know.”

He continued, “Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherf–er.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

2. He Thinks Oprah Shouldn’t Run for President

Jones also doesn’t think his friend Oprah Winfrey should run for president.

“If you haven’t been governor of a state of the CEO of a company or a military general, you don’t know how to lead people,” he said.

Jones saved his sharpest criticism for President Trump. “A symphony conductor knows more about how to lead than most businesspeople — more than Trump does. He doesn’t know s—. Someone who knows about real leadership wouldn’t have as many people against him as he does. He’s a f—ing idiot,” he said.

3. Michael Jackson “Stole a Lot of Songs”

Jones, who co-produced Jackson’s biggest-selling albums, said the pop star “stole a lot of songs” and had plastic surgery because his father “told him he was ugly,” although he tried to “justify it and say it was because of some disease he had.”

4. He Thought the Beatles Were “The Worst Musicians In The World”

“They were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf—ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it,” said Jones, who arranged a version of “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” for Starr’s 1970 solo debut album Sentimental Journey, which was produced by the Beatles’ frequent collaborator George Martin. 

5. He Says He Knows Who Killed Kennedy

One thing Jones said he wishes he didn’t know is “who killed Kennedy.” “[Chicago mobster Sam] Giancana. The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”

The theory is well-known among Kennedy conspiracists, including the idea that Giancana helped Kennedy win Illinois in 1960.

Added the super-producer: “We shouldn’t talk about this publicly.”

6. He Says Paul Allen “Sings and Plays Just Like Hendrix”

Jones is a big fan of Paul Allen, the Microsoft cofounder and multi-billionaire.

“I went on a trip on his yacht, and he had David Crosby, Joe Walsh, Sean Lennon — all those crazy motherf—ers. Then on the last two days, Stevie Wonder came on with his band and made Paul come up and play with him — he’s good, man.”

7. He Thinks U2 Doesn’t Make Good Music Anymore

“I don’t know. I love Bono with all my heart, but there’s too much pressure on the band. He’s doing good work all over the world. Working with him and Bob Geldof on debt relief was one of the greatest things I ever did. It’s up there with ‘We Are the World.'”

8. There’s No “Innovation” in Modern Pop Music

“It’s just loops, beats, rhymes and hooks. What is there for me to learn from that? There ain’t no f—ing songs. The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. The greatest singer in the world cannot save a bad song. I learned that 50 years ago, and it’s the single greatest lesson I ever learned as a producer. If you don’t have a great song, it doesn’t matter what else you put around it.”

9. But There Are a Few Modern Artists Doing Good Work

“Bruno Mars. Chance the Rapper. Kendrick Lamar. I like where Kendrick’s mind is. He’s grounded. Chance, too. And the Ed Sheeran record is great. Sam Smith — he’s so open about being gay. I love it. Mark Ronson is someone who knows how to produce.”

10. The Music Business Doesn’t Exist

“There isn’t a music business anymore! If these people had paid attention to Shawn Fanning 20 years ago, we wouldn’t be in this mess. But the music business is still too full of these old-school bean counters. You can’t be like that. You can’t be one of these back-in-my-day people.”

11. Marlon Brando Slept With Marvin Gaye and James Baldwin, According to Jones

“[Marlon] Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off. He was the most charming motherf—er you ever met. He’d f— anything. Anything! He’d f— a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye… Come on, man. He did not give a f—! You like Brazilian music?”

12. He Suffered a Breakdown After Working on “The Color Purple”

“What happened was that I was a producer on that movie and everybody went on vacation after we finished filming — everybody except me. I had to stay home and write an hour and 55 minutes of music for the movie. I was so f—ing tired from doing that, I couldn’t see. I put too much on my plate and it took its toll. You learn from your mistakes and I learned I couldn’t do that again.”

13. He Regrets Doing “Soul Bossa Nostra”

“I was not in favor of doing it, but the rappers wanted to record something as a tribute to me, where they’d do versions of songs that I’d done over my career. I said to them, ‘Look, you got to make the music better than we did on the originals.’ That didn’t happen. T-Pain, man, he didn’t pay attention to the details.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Quincy Jones Awarded $9.4 Million in Trial Over Michael Jackson Royalties

Ellen DeGeneres, HBO Surprise Terminally Ill Comic Quincy Jones With Stand-Up Special (Video)

Every Grammys Musical Performance Ranked, from Kendrick to Kesha and Beyond

The 2018 Grammys were a powerful event full of powerful performance, but it also had some extreme lows. Scroll through to see who we thought gave the best and worst performances of the evening.

20. Eric Church, Maren Morris and the Brothers Osborne turned what should have been an incredibly touching moment — in which they paid tribute to those killed at concerts in England and Las Vegas — into the joke of the evening with an excruciating rendition of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”

19. Sting and Shaggy represented a cycle that seemingly occurred over and over again throughout the Grammys: a couple of great performances would make the show feel like it was really moving, and then an incredibly boring performance would ruin the flow. Sting and Shaggy were perfect representatives of the wrong part of that cycle.

17. Sam Smith’s performance of “Pray” was just, like — we don’t even know. In a vacuum it was probably fine. In the context of this show it was extremely lackluster.

16. By the time Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris took the stage to play “Wild Flower” late in the show, we were simply not in the mood.

14. We have no technical complaints with Pink’s performance of “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” but it just felt like something was missing. Like it lacked the power we usually expect from Pink.

12. Elton John and Miley Cyrus performing  a duet of “Tiny Dancer” represented the right kind of change of pace in between powerful anthems and energetic dance numbers: just a regular fun, unexhausting rendition of a song we all like, by artists we all like.

10. SZA was a blast as always. Better than good, but not quite reaching the heights of those who are higher on this list. We bet she’ll move up next year, though.

9. On the tail end of an inspiring speech from Camila Cabello about Dreamers, which concluded with her reading the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, U2 performed “Get Out of Your Own Way” on an outdoor stage with Lady Liberty in the background. It was as impeccable as every U2 performance is, and the context Cabello provided added some meaningful heft to the whole thing.

6. Lady Gaga’s performance of “Million Reasons” was the first of many heartfelt performances Sunday night, and it shouldn’t be forgotten just because 73 hours of Grammy performances came after it.

3. Childish Gambino gave a performance that was so strong it’s tough for us to articulate it without sounding idiotic. It’s just one of those you really needed to have seen to understand its power.

2. Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy ceremony opener was one for the ages that even a brief, pompous appearance by Bono and the Edge couldn’t mar. “Damn.” didn’t win Album of the year but some small consolation is that he blew away nearly everyone else who took the stage Sunday night with this performance.

And Kesha? Wow.

1. What can we even say about Kesha’s emotional performance of her survivor anthem “Prayer”? We can’t do it justice, so we’ll just say this: about 30 seconds into the performance we knew that none of the other artists would be able to create a moment like this one.

The 2018 Grammys were a powerful event full of powerful performance, but it also had some extreme lows. Scroll through to see who we thought gave the best and worst performances of the evening.

20. Eric Church, Maren Morris and the Brothers Osborne turned what should have been an incredibly touching moment — in which they paid tribute to those killed at concerts in England and Las Vegas — into the joke of the evening with an excruciating rendition of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”

19. Sting and Shaggy represented a cycle that seemingly occurred over and over again throughout the Grammys: a couple of great performances would make the show feel like it was really moving, and then an incredibly boring performance would ruin the flow. Sting and Shaggy were perfect representatives of the wrong part of that cycle.

17. Sam Smith’s performance of “Pray” was just, like — we don’t even know. In a vacuum it was probably fine. In the context of this show it was extremely lackluster.

16. By the time Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris took the stage to play “Wild Flower” late in the show, we were simply not in the mood.

14. We have no technical complaints with Pink’s performance of “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” but it just felt like something was missing. Like it lacked the power we usually expect from Pink.

12. Elton John and Miley Cyrus performing  a duet of “Tiny Dancer” represented the right kind of change of pace in between powerful anthems and energetic dance numbers: just a regular fun, unexhausting rendition of a song we all like, by artists we all like.

10. SZA was a blast as always. Better than good, but not quite reaching the heights of those who are higher on this list. We bet she’ll move up next year, though.

9. On the tail end of an inspiring speech from Camila Cabello about Dreamers, which concluded with her reading the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, U2 performed “Get Out of Your Own Way” on an outdoor stage with Lady Liberty in the background. It was as impeccable as every U2 performance is, and the context Cabello provided added some meaningful heft to the whole thing.

6. Lady Gaga’s performance of “Million Reasons” was the first of many heartfelt performances Sunday night, and it shouldn’t be forgotten just because 73 hours of Grammy performances came after it.

3. Childish Gambino gave a performance that was so strong it’s tough for us to articulate it without sounding idiotic. It’s just one of those you really needed to have seen to understand its power.

2. Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy ceremony opener was one for the ages that even a brief, pompous appearance by Bono and the Edge couldn’t mar. “Damn.” didn’t win Album of the year but some small consolation is that he blew away nearly everyone else who took the stage Sunday night with this performance.

And Kesha? Wow.

1. What can we even say about Kesha’s emotional performance of her survivor anthem “Prayer”? We can’t do it justice, so we’ll just say this: about 30 seconds into the performance we knew that none of the other artists would be able to create a moment like this one.

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Will & Grace’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been revealed. The list was announced via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette on Friday morning.

Among those included in this year’s list of 141 nominees are TV shows like “This Is Us,” “Will & Grace,” “Andi Mack,” and “The Voice,” the films “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “A Fantastic Woman,” and “Battle of the Sexes,” and musical artists like Halsey, Kesha and Sam Smith.

GLAAD awards the honors to the media for fair, accurate, and inclusive portrayals of the LGBTQ community across platforms like film, television, music, journalism and comic books.

Also Read: Univision, Telemundo and UniMas Lagged in LGBT Characters This Year, GLAAD Study Finds

Jay-Z will receive a special honor for his song “Smile” and its accompanying music video, which focused on his mother Gloria Carter’s coming out story.

The list boasts 16 Spanish-language nominees and a new outstanding kids & family programming category, which will recognize TV shows that target a younger demo.

Netflix leads the pack in nominations with seven, followed by NBC, CBS and ABC, which tied with six each.

Also Read: GLAAD Slams Kevin Spacey for Coming Out in Response to Sex Assault Allegations

The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 5.

See the full list of nominees below.

Also Read: LGBTQ Characters on TV Reach All-Time High, GLAAD Reports

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lady Bird (A24)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
BPM (The Orchard)
A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)
Thelma (The Orchard)
The Wound (Kino Lorber)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Bold Type (Freeform)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Modern Family (ABC)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
One Mississippi (Amazon)
Superstore (NBC)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Transparent (Amazon)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Billions (Showtime)
Doubt (CBS)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Nashville (CMT)
Sense8 (Netflix)
Shadowhunters (Freeform)
Star (FOX)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
This Is Us (NBC)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
“Chapter,” Legion (FX)
“Grace,” Pure Genius (CBS)
“Lady Cha Cha,” Easy (Netflix)
“The Missionaries,” Room 104 (HBO)
“Thanksgiving,” Master of None (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
Queers (BBC America)
When We Rise (ABC)

OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
“Chosen Family,”Danger & Eggs (Amazon)
“The Emergency Plan,” Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Chavela (Music Box Films)
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Kiki (Sundance Selects)
“Real Boy,” Independent Lens (PBS)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (RCA Records)
Halsey, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks Records)
Honey Dijon, “The Best of Both Worlds” (Classic Music Company)
Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage “(TSNMI/Atlantic Records)
Kelela, “Take Me Apart” (Warp Records)
Kesha, “Rainbow” (Kemosabe/RCA Records)
Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador Records)
Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All” (Capitol Records)
St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION” (Loma Vista Recordings)
Wrabel, “We Could Be Beautiful” (Epic/Sony Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
“America,” written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)
“The Backstagers,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
“Batwoman,” written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)
“Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)
“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, “written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)
“Goldie Vance,” written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)
“Iceman,” written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)
“Lumberjanes,” written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)
“Quantum Teens are Go,” written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)
“The Woods,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
The Young & the Restless (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Australia Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
“Danica Roem,” The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)
“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm,” The View (ABC)
“Trans Veterans React to Ban,” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“A Boy Named Lucas,” 20/20 (ABC)
“China Queer,” The Naked Truth (Fusion)
“Gay Purge?,” Nightline (ABC)
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Trans Youth,” VICE on HBO (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army,” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])
“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public,” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend,” CBS Evening News (CBS)
“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era,” AM Joy (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man,” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)
“Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out,” by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)
“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone,’” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)
“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming,” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)
“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV [series],” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic,” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)
“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality,” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge,” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
“Free Radical,” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)
“Trans, Teen, and Homeless,” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
Billboard
People
Teen Vogue
Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M,” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)
“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later,” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)
“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing,” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)
“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won),” by Nico Lang (INTO)
“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist,” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay,” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)
“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion,” (LogoTV.com)
“‘This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory,” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
“Transgender Day of Remembrance,” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)
“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo,” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING BLOG
Autostraddle
Gays With Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Transgriot

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
In a Heartbeat (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)
“Smile,” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING SCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
Las chicas del cable (Netflix)
La doble vida de Estela Carrillo (Univision)
Ingobernable (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas,” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“Pulse, huellas de la masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento,” Vive la Salud (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
“Entrevista con Daniela Vega,” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos,’” Al Punto (Univision)
“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York,” Noticias Telemundo (Telemundo)
“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT,” Despierta América (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM
“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” (cnnespanol.cnn.com)
“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muert,’ jóvenes LGBT y DACA” (laopinion.com)
“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” (aldiadallas.com)
“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” (efe.com)
“Tres hermanitos para dos papás” (laopinion.com)

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The nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been revealed. The list was announced via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette on Friday morning.

Among those included in this year’s list of 141 nominees are TV shows like “This Is Us,” “Will & Grace,” “Andi Mack,” and “The Voice,” the films “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “A Fantastic Woman,” and “Battle of the Sexes,” and musical artists like Halsey, Kesha and Sam Smith.

GLAAD awards the honors to the media for fair, accurate, and inclusive portrayals of the LGBTQ community across platforms like film, television, music, journalism and comic books.

Jay-Z will receive a special honor for his song “Smile” and its accompanying music video, which focused on his mother Gloria Carter’s coming out story.

The list boasts 16 Spanish-language nominees and a new outstanding kids & family programming category, which will recognize TV shows that target a younger demo.

Netflix leads the pack in nominations with seven, followed by NBC, CBS and ABC, which tied with six each.

The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 5.

See the full list of nominees below.

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lady Bird (A24)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
BPM (The Orchard)
A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)
Thelma (The Orchard)
The Wound (Kino Lorber)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Bold Type (Freeform)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Modern Family (ABC)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
One Mississippi (Amazon)
Superstore (NBC)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Transparent (Amazon)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Billions (Showtime)
Doubt (CBS)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Nashville (CMT)
Sense8 (Netflix)
Shadowhunters (Freeform)
Star (FOX)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
This Is Us (NBC)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
“Chapter,” Legion (FX)
“Grace,” Pure Genius (CBS)
“Lady Cha Cha,” Easy (Netflix)
“The Missionaries,” Room 104 (HBO)
“Thanksgiving,” Master of None (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
Queers (BBC America)
When We Rise (ABC)

OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
“Chosen Family,”Danger & Eggs (Amazon)
“The Emergency Plan,” Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Chavela (Music Box Films)
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Kiki (Sundance Selects)
“Real Boy,” Independent Lens (PBS)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (RCA Records)
Halsey, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks Records)
Honey Dijon, “The Best of Both Worlds” (Classic Music Company)
Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage “(TSNMI/Atlantic Records)
Kelela, “Take Me Apart” (Warp Records)
Kesha, “Rainbow” (Kemosabe/RCA Records)
Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador Records)
Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All” (Capitol Records)
St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION” (Loma Vista Recordings)
Wrabel, “We Could Be Beautiful” (Epic/Sony Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
“America,” written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)
“The Backstagers,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
“Batwoman,” written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)
“Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)
“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, “written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)
“Goldie Vance,” written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)
“Iceman,” written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)
“Lumberjanes,” written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)
“Quantum Teens are Go,” written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)
“The Woods,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
The Young & the Restless (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Australia Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
“Danica Roem,” The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)
“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm,” The View (ABC)
“Trans Veterans React to Ban,” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“A Boy Named Lucas,” 20/20 (ABC)
“China Queer,” The Naked Truth (Fusion)
“Gay Purge?,” Nightline (ABC)
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Trans Youth,” VICE on HBO (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army,” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])
“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public,” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend,” CBS Evening News (CBS)
“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era,” AM Joy (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man,” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)
“Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out,” by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)
“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone,'” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)
“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming,” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)
“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV [series],” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic,” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)
“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She': The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality,” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge,” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
“Free Radical,” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)
“Trans, Teen, and Homeless,” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
Billboard
People
Teen Vogue
Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M,” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)
“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later,” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)
“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing,” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)
“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won),” by Nico Lang (INTO)
“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist,” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay,” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)
“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion,” (LogoTV.com)
“‘This Is How We Win': Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory,” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
“Transgender Day of Remembrance,” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)
“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo,” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING BLOG
Autostraddle
Gays With Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Transgriot

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
In a Heartbeat (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)
“Smile,” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING SCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
Las chicas del cable (Netflix)
La doble vida de Estela Carrillo (Univision)
Ingobernable (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas,” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“Pulse, huellas de la masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento,” Vive la Salud (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
“Entrevista con Daniela Vega,” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos,'” Al Punto (Univision)
“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York,” Noticias Telemundo (Telemundo)
“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT,” Despierta América (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM
“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” (cnnespanol.cnn.com)
“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muert,’ jóvenes LGBT y DACA” (laopinion.com)
“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” (aldiadallas.com)
“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” (efe.com)
“Tres hermanitos para dos papás” (laopinion.com)

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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Add Christmas Spirit to iHeartRadio Jingle Ball: 10 Things You Won’t See on TV

The lineup for the Los Angeles leg of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday night was packed with so many Grammy winners and chart-topping artists that fans thought Christmas had come early.

While Taylor Swift was the obvious headliner for the annual festive spectacular — Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Logic, Kesha, Niall Horan, Halsey, Charlie Puth and Liam Payne all slayed it (or should we say “sleighed it”?) when they took to the stage at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Throughout the holiday season, iHeartMedia stations across the country host Jingle Ball concerts in local cities that feature performances by the year’s most iconic recording artists as well as emerging talent. The KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in L.A. was carried live on over 100 iHeartRadio CHR stations and as a live video stream on CWTV.com and The CW app.

Also Read: Check Out Both of Taylor Swift’s Performances on This Week’s ‘SNL’ Right Here (Videos)

But don’t worry, if you missed it last night — an exclusive nationwide broadcast television special will air on The CW on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

For those of you who weren’t at the sold-out Forum show Friday night, here are 10 things you didn’t see on the livestream and won’t watch on TV.

Also Read: Is Taylor Swift Trolling Tabloids With Her ‘Reputation’ Magazines?

Ed Sheeran Is on the Mend
After having to cancel a number of international shows following a cycling accident that broke his right wrist and left elbow in October, Sheeran looked fit as a fiddle as he opened the show. The British singer blasted out “Castle on the Hill,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You” without even a wince of pain.

Besties Reunited
Obviously Taylor Swift got the loudest cheers of the night, but it was her reunion on stage with BFF Sheeran that really warmed hearts when the pair performed “End Game” together.

Also Read: Ed Sheeran Says He Slipped Into the ‘Pitfalls’ of Substance Abuse

Solid “Reputation”
Talking of Taylor, the pop phenomena performed her first show (aside from promotional appearances) since playing at the DirecTV pre-Super Bowl party back in February, and gifted fans with the first live performances of “Look What You Made Me Do” and “End Game.” She blew up the night and kept many members of the young audience up way past their bed time, proving that we are well and truly in the “Reputation-era.”

Multi-Generational Fans
The Jingle Ball definitely attracted an audience spanning all age groups, with little kids, teenagers, 20-somethings and fully-fledged adults (not all of them parents!) enjoying the show. Not everything was PG-13 however, as one video that played on the jumbotron showed “a butt and a vagina,” according to our nine-year-old pal. Oops …

Taylormania
As the average age of the crowd was under 16, it sure was loud! Every artist sparked Beatlemania-level screams of delight, with Swift’s arrival to close out the night sending it to meteoric decibels.

Getty Images

Tween Tweets
If you wanted an insight into a 13-year-old girl’s mind, look no further than the scrolling Twitter messages on the jumbotron. From the expected, “Marry me @edsheeran,” to the intuitive “I pray @Halsey comes out to play with the @TheChainsmokers!!!!!” — right before she walked onto the stage to join the EDM act — the feed was must-see TV.

Also Read: You Can Blame Arya for That Ed Sheeran ‘Game of Thrones’ Cameo

Logic Lights Up the Stadium
Rapper Logic — whose real name is, even more bizarrely, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II — literally lit up the Forum when he asked everyone to turn on their cellphone lights in a high-tech version of Christmas decorations.

Kesha Drops a B-Bomb
The “Tik Tok” singer was one of the best acts of the night, especially considering her past personal problems. Boasting a mane of cotton candy pink hair and performing in front of a psychedelic screen, she really got the audience on their feet (and sparked more screaming) when she brought Macklemore out mid-set for “Good Old Days.” But Kesha seemed to forget the average age of the audience as she thanked her fans for their relentless support, especially over the past two years when, “I’ve been a bit of a b—-.” Yep, that couldn’t be bleeped out of the live show.

Liam Payne Gets a Little Help From His Friend, James Corden
English boy wonder Liam Payne got an introduction fit for a king when “Late Late Show” host and fellow Brit welcomed him onto the stage. Fellow One Direction founding member Niall Horan didn’t get quite the same royal welcome (well, he is Irish after all) but delivered an equally as charming performance, saying he wished he “could play all night.” Us too, Niall.

Also Read: ‘Carpool Karaoke’: James Corden Hosts Impromptu Date-Night for Kelly Clarkson, Her Husband (Video)

Chainsmokers Know They’re a Support Band
As adults, our favorite act of the night was The Chainsmokers as the DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall really brought their A-game — and a tantalizing light show — to the Forum. But of course, even they knew that everyone else was waiting for a certain singer to “Shake It Off.”

“I know you’re all waiting for Taylor Swift to come out,” pretty boy Drew Taggart said. Awwww, but we love you too.

Also Read: The Chainsmokers, Drake Lead Billboard Music Awards Nominations

The 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2017 was presented by Capital One. Additional partners of this year’s national tour includes Absolut Vodka, Capital One, Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Cuties, The CW Network, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, and Verizon. Multimarket partners include: Coca-Cola, Fujifilm Instax, John Frieda Hair Care, Luden’s, new Tic Tac GUM, and Power Crunch Protein Bars.

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The lineup for the Los Angeles leg of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday night was packed with so many Grammy winners and chart-topping artists that fans thought Christmas had come early.

While Taylor Swift was the obvious headliner for the annual festive spectacular — Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Logic, Kesha, Niall Horan, Halsey, Charlie Puth and Liam Payne all slayed it (or should we say “sleighed it”?) when they took to the stage at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Throughout the holiday season, iHeartMedia stations across the country host Jingle Ball concerts in local cities that feature performances by the year’s most iconic recording artists as well as emerging talent. The KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in L.A. was carried live on over 100 iHeartRadio CHR stations and as a live video stream on CWTV.com and The CW app.

But don’t worry, if you missed it last night — an exclusive nationwide broadcast television special will air on The CW on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

For those of you who weren’t at the sold-out Forum show Friday night, here are 10 things you didn’t see on the livestream and won’t watch on TV.

Ed Sheeran Is on the Mend
After having to cancel a number of international shows following a cycling accident that broke his right wrist and left elbow in October, Sheeran looked fit as a fiddle as he opened the show. The British singer blasted out “Castle on the Hill,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You” without even a wince of pain.

Besties Reunited
Obviously Taylor Swift got the loudest cheers of the night, but it was her reunion on stage with BFF Sheeran that really warmed hearts when the pair performed “End Game” together.

Solid “Reputation”
Talking of Taylor, the pop phenomena performed her first show (aside from promotional appearances) since playing at the DirecTV pre-Super Bowl party back in February, and gifted fans with the first live performances of “Look What You Made Me Do” and “End Game.” She blew up the night and kept many members of the young audience up way past their bed time, proving that we are well and truly in the “Reputation-era.”

Multi-Generational Fans
The Jingle Ball definitely attracted an audience spanning all age groups, with little kids, teenagers, 20-somethings and fully-fledged adults (not all of them parents!) enjoying the show. Not everything was PG-13 however, as one video that played on the jumbotron showed “a butt and a vagina,” according to our nine-year-old pal. Oops …

Taylormania
As the average age of the crowd was under 16, it sure was loud! Every artist sparked Beatlemania-level screams of delight, with Swift’s arrival to close out the night sending it to meteoric decibels.

Getty Images

Tween Tweets
If you wanted an insight into a 13-year-old girl’s mind, look no further than the scrolling Twitter messages on the jumbotron. From the expected, “Marry me @edsheeran,” to the intuitive “I pray @Halsey comes out to play with the @TheChainsmokers!!!!!” — right before she walked onto the stage to join the EDM act — the feed was must-see TV.

Logic Lights Up the Stadium
Rapper Logic — whose real name is, even more bizarrely, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II — literally lit up the Forum when he asked everyone to turn on their cellphone lights in a high-tech version of Christmas decorations.

Kesha Drops a B-Bomb
The “Tik Tok” singer was one of the best acts of the night, especially considering her past personal problems. Boasting a mane of cotton candy pink hair and performing in front of a psychedelic screen, she really got the audience on their feet (and sparked more screaming) when she brought Macklemore out mid-set for “Good Old Days.” But Kesha seemed to forget the average age of the audience as she thanked her fans for their relentless support, especially over the past two years when, “I’ve been a bit of a b—-.” Yep, that couldn’t be bleeped out of the live show.

Liam Payne Gets a Little Help From His Friend, James Corden
English boy wonder Liam Payne got an introduction fit for a king when “Late Late Show” host and fellow Brit welcomed him onto the stage. Fellow One Direction founding member Niall Horan didn’t get quite the same royal welcome (well, he is Irish after all) but delivered an equally as charming performance, saying he wished he “could play all night.” Us too, Niall.

Chainsmokers Know They’re a Support Band
As adults, our favorite act of the night was The Chainsmokers as the DJ duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall really brought their A-game — and a tantalizing light show — to the Forum. But of course, even they knew that everyone else was waiting for a certain singer to “Shake It Off.”

“I know you’re all waiting for Taylor Swift to come out,” pretty boy Drew Taggart said. Awwww, but we love you too.

The 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2017 was presented by Capital One. Additional partners of this year’s national tour includes Absolut Vodka, Capital One, Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Cuties, The CW Network, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, and Verizon. Multimarket partners include: Coca-Cola, Fujifilm Instax, John Frieda Hair Care, Luden’s, new Tic Tac GUM, and Power Crunch Protein Bars.

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