Welcome back, Lee! For all of you who spent your summer in remote jungles or under rocks, I've compiled a list of the top 3 entertainment moments of #summer2k14.
'The Fault In Our Stars,' a movie based on the novel of the same name by author John Green, hit theaters this June. As someone who has loved the novel since it first came out; I can tell you that the film was brilliant and worth all the tissues and chocolate I needed after. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are the ideal Hazel Grace and Gus, the writing was beautiful, and the soundtrack is lovely. My only issue with the film was the rest of the audience in the theater during the premiere. Seriously girls, do your intense ugly-crying at home later. Y'all sounded like cows with asthma.
Youtube: The Fault in our Stars Trailer
2: Iggy Takeover
Iggy Azalea took over, well, everything this summer. Her collaborations with Charlie XCX, Ariana Grande and Rita Ora have been in the fast lane from LA to Tokyo, taking over music charts worldwide. Blonde Aussie Azalea, who'fun fact'was born Amethyst Kelly, became the fourth female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100, and the first artist since The Beatles to have her first two Hot 100 songs to be ranked at #1 and #2. Whether you like her or not, you've got to admit that's kind of impressive.
3: Twerk-Free Zone
MTV's Video Music Awards have always been a scandal-breeding machine, as you may remember from past years. The VMAs are where Britney performed with a python, Kanye dissed Taylor and Miley twerked just a little too much. This year the scandals were of a milder variety. A wardrobe malfunction left Nicki Minaj quite literally holding her outfit together, Miley Cyrus's date was homeless and (this is the scandalous part) had warrants out for his arrest, and Kim Kardashian and Kompany were on their phones during a moment of silence for Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri. Maybe they just had to Google what Ferguson was?
Here are some of the highlights of the night (YouTube all of these):
Taylor Swift performing the infectious 'Shake It Off' for the first time.
Blue Ivy's dancing during Beyoncé's flawless 17-minute show prior to accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.
A short, but moving tribute to the late, great Robin Williams. We miss you, Genie. Rest in peace.
Youtube: MTV Video Music Awards (Full show)