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NEW YORK (AP) — Here's something to wag a tongue at: MTV says Miley Cyrus is the best artist of the year. The former child star twerked her way to the top. Her eye-popping duet with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards was one of the year's most talked about cultural events. MTV said Monday the VMA duet on "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" was the year's most watched video on its websites. Similarly, the MTV artist site devoted to Cyrus had more visits than any other artist's. Besides "We Can't Stop," the song "Wrecking Ball" and
Miley Cyrus, the pop star who caused a sensation with her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, was named best artist of 2013 by the cable TV network on Tuesday. MTV said the singer dominated the music charts and the headlines with the release of her album "Bangerz," her jaw-dropping performances at awards shows and her hosting stint on the television sketch show "Saturday Night Live." "She is the third artist to receive the distinction of being named MTV's Best Artist of the Year with past honorees including Katy Perry (2012) and One Direction (2011)," MTV said in a statement announcing the results. Cyrus, 21, was also ranked MTV.com top artist, based on fan visits to the site, and had the most watched video of 2013 with her live performance with singer Robin Thicke at the VMAs. In an MTV documentary released in October, the "We Can't Stop" singer admitted that she was out to shock and to push the boundaries.
The 2014 Grammy nominations were announced on Friday, and with them came a plethora of notable snubs. Two of this year's chief overlords of music (and controversy) -- Kanye West and Miley Cyrus -- both came up short. Cyrus' album, "Bangerz," didn't make the Sept. 30 cutoff for eligibility, but the summer hits "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" failed to garner any nominations. West, who is wont to tout his impressive 21 previous Grammy honors, made out with only two recognitions. Despite being a potential favorite for Album of the Year (the critically adored "Yeezus") and Song of the
The Sydney Opera House has come up with a novel new way to raise funds and boost the building's profile by selling "virtual" ownership of the tiles on its tallest sail. On Monday, 125,000 of the tiles went on sale, with Hollywood star Hugh Jackman among the first to put his money behind the initiative which hopes to raise Aus$15 million (US$13.7 million). Under the scheme, people can buy a tile online for between Aus$100-400 in a hi-tech campaign called Own Our House to help fund renewal of the building and ensure more free events for the public. They will not physically own a tile, but using laser mapping techology can personalise their virtual tile with a photo and message, form virtual tile communities, share it through social media and search for other "Housemates" to see what they have done.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran were nominated for Best New Artist during Friday's "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" To much surprise, Lorde was snubbed of a spot on the Best New Artist roster, but the 17-year-old sensation still score four overall nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Royals." The Best New Artist is presented to "a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist. ...
By Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Christie's will hold its debut art auction in India later this month, hot on the heels of its first major sale in China, as it seeks to tap into Asian buyers' growing importance in the global art marketplace. The auction, to be held in Mumbai on December 19, showcases Indian modern masters such as M.F. Husain and includes works considered national treasures by Rabindranath Tagore and Amrita Sher-Gil as well as some contemporary pieces. The highlights of the auction include Tyeb Mehta's bold "Mahishasura", a painting of the goddess Durga battling a buffalo demon, which has a target price of between $1.2 and $1.8 million. India's art market has been something of a roller-coaster in recent years, with valuations of contemporary artists sky-rocketing during a pre-financial crisis boom before coming back down with a bump.
UDPATE: Despite previous reports, a rep for Kim Kardashian tells The Huffington Post that no portrait has ever been commissioned by Kanye West. PREVIOUSLY: Kanye West is really rich from selling plain white t-shirts for $120, but he's still not rich enough to bring Andy Warhol back from the dead. He is, however, definitely rich enough to ask Monica Warhol to paint a picture of the woman he is "Bound 2" ... Kim Kardashian.
London-based singer Sam Smith has seen his profile steadily rise with a few headline-grabbing collaborations and solo tracks. Twenty-one-year-old Sam Smith got a break in 2012 when he featured on Disclosure's single "Latch." Debut solo track "Lay Me Down" followed in 2013, as did a high-profile collaboration with "Naughty Boy" on "La La La." The singer released debut EP "Nirvana" in October, and the following month he got still wider recognition after collaborating with Disclosure, Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes on the much-buzzed track "Together." Smith is now readying his debut LP, and anticipation is high.