tiny desk concerts that make me feel in a big way

OKAY: It’s my twice-weekly attempt to distract you from the misery of the world!! TODAY’S ATTEMPT involves my second favorite intimate artist concert series, the NPR Tiny Desk concerts (BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge sessions is #1–sorry, that’s it).

The following collection of videos makes me feel many types of ways, and each of them bigger than the last. These lil intimate performances make you connect more with your favorite songs as you see watch the artists bring them to life right in front of you, without lights or smoke machines or backup dancers or giant jumbo-tron screens.  Just instruments, their voices, and a whole LOT OF KNICKKNACK-Y THINGS ON THE SHELVES.

also,

DON’T WORRY: I AM NOT IN ANY OF THESE VIDEOS!

And now, here we go:

OF COURSE SHE’S FIRST, Florence + The Machine:

This is honestly one of my most favorite Tiny Desks of all time; their energy is insane and I love it. They’re really doing shit no one else is doing:

Harry Styles. Need I really say anything else?:

Watching Leon Bridges perform is like looking directly into the past–it’s kind of nuts:

This was my first time seeing/hearing/experiencing Anderson .Paak and I was hooked after:

We love a Maggie Rogers moment–a little slower, a little softer, a singer-songwritery moment:

First of all, I love how many instruments are crammed into that tiny space. Second of all, I’m not the biggest Mac Miller fan ( respect the craft, the flow, the vibe) but I really love the performance of these songs:

A bit of a random choice because I’m not really a Paramore stan but I like their vibe, I love Hayley’s voice, and it’s cool to see a band keep their edge in a softer environment:

I feel like I was way more about this because i was binging “Derry Girls” (see 26 shows to make that self-imposed quarantine fly by), which uses a lot of The Cranberries and I was on a Tiny Desk wormhole later that day:

I LOVE CORINNE BAILEY RAE! I mean just look at the joy exuding from her face in this thumbnail:

H.E.R. is one of the most effortlessly cool performers of our generation and I am all about it. I love her juxtaposition of the intimacy with the shield of her dark, dark sunglasses:

 

So.

Did you feel in a big way? Which made you feel in the biggest way?  For me its a three way tie between Florence + The Machine, Tank and the Bangas, and Harry Styles. The smallest? Probs Paramore but I just enjoy Hayley’s voice so much.

Til the next time I shove shome pop culture in your face,

 

-chasertheprince

 

 

****I do not own the rights to legit any of the above****

2019 VMA REALNESS

It’s the hottest part of the summer so you know what that means!!! It’s Video Music Awards TIME and you know what that also means!!!! It’s LIVE TWEET SZN!!!

 

First of all, I think it necessary to inform you all that i have absolutely no idea who the host is. His name is allegedly Sebastian Maniscalo and apparently he is a comedian……so, ……we’ll see. We all know nothing will top Miley’s 2015 hosting  , tho.

FIRST OF ALL, THE PERFORMERS

me

Missy Elliott VIDEO VANGUARD HONOREE

Missy Elliott is the 2019 MTV VMA Video Vanguard Honoree so she’ll get to do a mashup of her greatest hits and honestly, we are all here for that so hard. The other performers are as follows:

Shall we take bets on whether or not Shawn will find it necessary to make out with Camila on stage during “Senorita”????

Second of all, NOMINEES: 

So, to be so honest, I was kind of out of the loop on a LOT of the music videos this year. However, I did do the due diligence of watching all of these so that I can come to an informed conclusion on my picks for the year which are in italics, bolded, starred, AND I’ve included the video so you can watch easily!!

SIDE NOTE: I AM SO PISSED that Miley and Mark Ronson’s masterpiece “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” is suspiciously not ANYWHERE on any OF THESE LISTS.

brb calling MTV’s management. 

Okay anyway, here we go!!!!!

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
-21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot”
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”**********

-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
-Cardi B
-Billie Eilish ******
-Ariana Grande
-Halsey
-Jonas Brothers
-Shawn Mendes

SONG OF THE YEAR
-Drake – “In My Feelings”
-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”*************
-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

BEST NEW ARTIST
-Ava Max
-Billie Eilish********
-H.E.R.***********
-Lil Nas X
-Lizzo

BEST COLLABORATION
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”******* (SIDE NOTE: i watched this video and listened to this song all the way through for the very first time whilst doing research for this post. It’s not my favorite but it’s a pop culture phenomenon and I’m a fan of anything that bucks the norm and involves a Cyrus so fuqq it)

-Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
-A Snake ft. Brendon Urie – “ME!”
-Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

PUSH (BREAKTHROUGH) ARTIST OF THE YEAR
-Bazzi
-CNCO
-Billie Eilish
-H.E.R.
-Lauv
-Lizzo******** (note: I chose LIZZO for this because 2019 was the year she broke through. She’s no new artist; she’s been in the game for a while now ok)

BEST POP
-5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier”
-Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me”
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”***************

-Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
-Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”
-Khalid- “Talk”

BEST HIP HOP
-2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – “Rule the World”
-21 Savage ft. J. Cole –  “a lot”
-Cardi B – “Money”***********

-DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
-Travis Scott ft. Drake – “SICKO MODE”

BEST R&B
-Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – “Make It Better”
-Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”*************

-H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
-Alicia Keys – “Raise A Man”
-Ella Mai – “Trip”
-Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves”

BEST K-POP
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”
-BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”*************************

-Monsta X ft. French Montana – “Who Do You Love”
-TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Cat & Dog”
-NCT 127 – “Regular”
-EXO – “Tempo”

BEST LATIN
-Anuel AA, Karol G – “Secreto”
-Bad Bunny ft. Drake – “MIA”
-benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough”
-Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – “Con Calma”
-Maluma – “Mala Mía”
-ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”************

BEST DANCE
-The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
-Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – “Solo”
-DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – “Taki Taki”
-David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name”
-Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier”
-Silk City & Dua Lipa – “Electricity”****************

BEST ROCK
-The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”******************

-Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick”
-Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
-Lenny Kravitz – “Low”
-Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes”
-twenty one pilots – “My Blood”

VIDEO FOR GOOD
-Halsey – “Nightmare”
-The Killers – “Land of the Free”
-Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – “Runaway Train”
-John Legend – “Preach”
-Lil Dicky – “Earth”****************************************************

(possibly my favorite music video of the year)

-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down”

BEST DIRECTION
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Directed by Dave Meyers)
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang)
-Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” (Directed by Hannah Lux Davis)*********

-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Directed by Calmatic)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Directed by Dano Cerny)
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down” (Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
-Billie Eilish – “when the party’s over” (Visual Effects by Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
-Ariana Grande – “God is a Woman” (Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina -Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
-DJ Khaled ft. SZA – “Just Us” (Visual Effects by Sergii Mashevskyi)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer)**

**I’ll vote for anything with Maddie in it…but also this srs visual effect territory so it was a no-brainer in both ways.*******
-A Snakeft. Brendon Urie – “ME!” (Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

BEST EDITING
-Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” (Editing by Elias Talbot)
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Editing by Calmatic)
-Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Editing by Billie Eilish)
-Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
-Solange – “Almeda” (Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)*

-A Snake– “You Need to Calm Down” (Editing by Jarrett Fijal)

BEST ART DIRECTION
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” (Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
-Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Art Direction by John Richoux)
-Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Art Direction by Itaru Dela Vegas)**************
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter)
-A Snake – “You Need to Calm Down” (Art Direction by Brittany Porter)
-Kanye West and Lil’ Pump ft. Adele Givens – “I Love It” (Art Direction by Tino Schaedler)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
-FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Choreography by Kelly Yvonne)*************

-ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” (Choreography by Charm La’Donna)
-LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – “No New Friends” (Choreography by Ryan Heffington)
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
-Solange – “Almeda”(Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
-BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv” (Choreography by Rie Hata)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
-Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” (Cinematography by Elias Talbot)

-Billie Eilish – “hostage” (Cinematography by Pau Castejon) {{Honestly this should be nominated for best direction, best choreography… and I’m kind of mad it isn’t?}}
-Ariana Grande – “thank you, next” (Cinematography by Christopher Probst)
-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” (Cinematography by Scott Cunningham)
-Solange – “Almeda” (Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
-A Snake ft. Brendon Urie – “ME!” (Cinematography by Starr Whitesides)

BUT THE REAL AND RIGHTFUL WINNER OF ALL THE 2019 VMAs:

Tune in to the 2019 VMAs Monday, August 26th @ 7:00 CST!!

—OR–

Tune into my twitter for LiVE TWEETING through the entirety of the show. See you there, ok?!

 

 

-chasertheprince

 

 

*****I do not own the above images or videos or songs and dude i am chill about it****