MTV Video Music Awards: Where to stream and follow all the hot young talent
Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake: “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell: “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars: “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran: “Lego House”
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t exactly aware of Ed Sheeran, but then I got really excited when I thought he was the redheaded kid from Harry Potter. Unfortunately, he is not. (But I am not the only one to make that mistake.) Anyway, here’s Ed Sheeran. If you are a 15-year-old girl who has had limited exposure to music, his hit song “Lego House” will surely make you swoon.
For more: You can listen to lots of Ed’s gentle ditties on Spotify and Soundcloud, follow some of his thoughts on Twitter (@edsheeran), see what he’s up to on Facebook, and catch even more tunes at YouTube.
Kendrick Lamar: “Swimming Pools”
Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko: “Stay”
I don’t want to say that this mournful video featuring Mikky Ekko was a hit just because it features an almost-naked Rihanna in a bathtub, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt.
For more: Due to the vagaries of licensing, this particular song isn’t available on Spotify. However, you can catch up on other Rihanna tunes there as well as on Soundcloud, and follow her tweets (@rihanna). She is on Facebook, too, and you can always catch up with her many, many video hits on YouTube. For more information, check out her official site or see her Wikipedia page.
Taylor Swift: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus: “We Can’t Stop”
Well, Miley has come a long way since “Party in the USA.” Unless you’re still in your teens, this number will sound like the same soulless pop you’ve heard many times before. (Once again, direct your angry tweets here.) You might want this song to go away, but from the title we have to asume that Miley couldn’t stop it even if she wanted to.
For more: You can get more Miley music at Spotify and on Soundcloud, see what she’s up to on Twitter (@MileyCyrus), follow her on Facebook, and catch more videos on YouTube. For even more background, check out her official site and Wikipedia.
Pink feat. Nate Ruess: “Just Give Me a Reason”
Depending on your age, the nearly 34-year-old Pink may be one of the few names you recognize among this year’s nominees. And if you’re in the mood for schlocky romantic crooning, this duet with Fun.’s Nate Ruess is just what you’re looking for. If you find epic pop to be a little daunting, you might want to avoid it.
For more: You can get more Pink on Spotify and Soundcloud, see what she’s up to on Twitter (@pink), follow her on Facebook, view more of her videos on YouTube, and find out more on her official site and on Wikipedia.
Demi Lovato: “Heart Attack”
You’ve seen this storyline before: Teen star parlays acting success into a pop-music career. “Heart Attack” is the former Camp Rock actress’s “bad girl” outing. It’s good she’s trying something new, I guess, though I’m more of a fan of her past work with comedian Eric Andre.
Next up: Best Pop Video and Best Rock Video...