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Dana Williams On Her New EP, ‘Let’s Fall’

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Singer/songwriter Dana Williams is often described as the modern-day Ella Fitzgerald. After the recent release of her EP Let’s Fall, Williams somehow managed to fabricate a timeless romantic tale that, similar to Lana Del Rey, is captured through soulful vocals mimicking the essence of decades past. Rather than cluttering her music with heavy instrumentals that tend to be evident in most of what we hear today, Williams’ confidence is showcased through the simplicity of her tracks. She creates this refreshingly modest and humble sound glazed with honest words and an enchanting voice, and seems to do so in an effortless fashion. We got the chance to talk to Williams and discuss how she got into music and where she plans on taking it in the future.

Cliché: With your father being Michael Jackson’s guitarist, you were exposed to the insides of the music industry at a very young age. How did that influence your take on having a music career of your own?
Dana Williams: I think that it has made me a bit more cautious in a lot of ways, especially as a woman. But also, because I was around music so frequently at a young age, I feel as though music is very much a part of me. It is what I live for.
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Was music always what you wanted to pursue, or was there a time you saw yourself heading in a different direction with your career?
I have always wanted to pursue a career in music to some capacity. I have always written music and poems, and at one point I was really interested in writing poetry as a career. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I could also be a performer, since being the center of attention has not always been so appealing to me. So, I have sort of created a synergy between all of my passions: writing music, writing poetry, and performing.
Were there ever any instances where you second-guessed whether you wanted to pursue music because of something you witnessed at a young age?
The music business is very unpredictable. It has big ups and just as big downs. And it isn’t for the faint of heart. There have been times when I thought I could do something else and it would be easier. But at the end of the day, I am happy doing what I love, and that’s what makes it so satisfying.
You’ve collaborated with well-known actress and singer Leighton Meester quite a few times on your YouTube channel. How do you choose the songs, and do you plan on continuing to use this platform in the future?
We just send songs back and forth and when there is one we both love, we go for it. We work out the chords and harmonies and it’s a lot of fun. Yes, we do plan on collaborating more in the future.
How do the experiences of covering music differ from performing your own?
When I perform my own music, it is my own story I am telling. When I am performing a cover of someone else’s music, I have to make it my own. So, it is still a bit creative in that, I am making it sound and feel more like something I have created. It’s a really nice way to step out of my own head temporarily and try something new.

What were some of your greatest influences while working on your EP, Let’s Fall?
I was listening to an eclectic group of performers from The Caravells to Mazzy Star to Patsy Cline and always Ella Fitzgerald. This EP is sort of a story of a young woman finding herself through the experience of new and old relationships and the lingering question of the unknown.
Having released Let’s Fall on iTunes December 2015, are there any projects you are currently working on, or do you have a goal that you hope to accomplish next?
I have been writing a lot again and I am excited to see where it takes me. I am working on a bunch of collaborations this year and of course will continue to put out video content more consistently.
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Brec Bassinger Proves She is One to Watch

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Starring as the lead in Nickelodeon’s hit TV show, Bella and the Bulldogs, soon to be 17-year-old Brec Bassinger has already made her mark in the entertainment industry. Bella and the Bulldogs portrays a young girl, Bella, who leaves the cheer squad to become the star quarterback of her school’s football team. Though the show is geared towards a younger audience, its underlying sociological basis sets it apart from the rest. Working at diminishing the gender norms set in place for both men and women in our society, Brec Bassinger has proven that she is not only an icon, but also a great role model for young girls everywhere.

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Cliché: At 2 years old, you starred in pageant shows before deciding to embark on an acting career nine years later. What was it like getting a head start on your career at such a young age? Did you ever feel like you missed out on some aspects of having a “normal” childhood?
Brec Bassinger: Pageants for me were definitely like a hobby. They were very fun and I met so many people. I still have friends today that I met at the pageants and they definitely taught me a lot about acting. I had an interview process at the age of 3, so it prepared me for things such as this interview right now. I definitely think I still got a childhood, though. My mom and I always talk like, “Oh, what if I started acting when I was even younger? Where would I be right now?” but we wouldn’t have started any earlier. I would have kept it the same way because I still got a childhood and went to a normal public school. I got to be part of my middle school volleyball team and cheer team. So I feel like I kind of got the best of both worlds. Even though I didn’t get the full four years of high school, I still got a lot of the typical childhood experiences that I am so appreciative of.

Now starring in Nickelodeon’s latest hit, Bella and the Bulldogs, in what ways do you find yourself similar to your character?Well, the obvious one is that Bella and I are both from Texas, but I would say one huge thing is that we’re both huge girly-girls who are always around guys. I grew up with two older brothers so I was always hanging out with the guys and Bella is definitely like that as well.

In many ways, Bella and the Bulldogs works at separating traditional gender norms. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt you were questioned for doing something “unfeminine,” or not typical for women to do?
Well, like I said, I grew up with two older brothers, so I kind of got habits that typically boys would have, like playing a lot of sports. My brothers were state champion wrestlers, so I kind of wanted to follow in their footsteps and I went to wrestling camp. I remember that I would wear a bow to wrestling camp every single day, and the coach came out and talked to my mom and said, “She is the only girl I’ve seen wear a bow to wrestling camp.” So I think I’ve been very lucky since I have gotten to have this girly side and kind of a tomboy side. I know there are a lot of instances where girls don’t or aren’t as supported when making those choices, and that’s why I’m so fortunate to play Bella and to get to support and motivate girls who don’t have that support group.

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Is there a message you feel the show portrays well across the platform to young girls who look up to both you and your character, Bella, as a role model?
Absolutely! Like you said, it breaks down gender stereotypes, and I think it really portrays that young girls specifically can do anything they set their minds to. I think another huge message this show portrays is working hard. Bella is an extremely hard worker and she wouldn’t have gotten any of the success she had without her hard work. I think that’s a really important thing for young people to see.

Exactly. And it also shows a lot of social relationships with friends and the boys on the football team.
Yeah! At first, when Bella joins the football team, the boys are very against her. They don’t want a girl being on the team—but as the show evolves, the relationship of the team evolves, too, and they end up becoming a family. I think that’s really important because it’s kind of how relationships work in real life. You have struggles, but if you’re there for each other, and then it ends up being a beautiful, well-rounded friendship.

You’ve also taken upon many other projects including your first TV movie, Liar, Liar, Vampire. Is there any type of character you would hope to play in the future that you haven’t gotten to play thus far?
I’d really like to play a twisted character that you think is normal and sweet, but then, maybe they have a personality disorder or something—just something really twisted! I think that’d be fun to play.

Are you looking to do more movies in the future?
Absolutely! That’s very much a goal for me. I love the way movies are filmed and how the finished product turns out. I would really like to be in more features.

How is the production process or just the entire experience of filming a movie different from a TV show?
Well, Bella and the Bulldogs is on a very strict routine. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we do a table read and rehearsals, and on Thursday and Friday, we film using multi-cameras on a sound stage. But with the Nickelodeon TV movie I was on, we were always filming on location and in more of a single camera format. You got your scenes the day before because you have so many scenes in a movie and it gets kind of hard to memorize them all, whereas in the show, you have to have them all memorized. But with the movie, you get to work on each scene more individually, so you really get the chance to make each scene special and almost have this deeper motive. You always have to think about the motive in each scene, which I think is really cool! You kind of have to study the scenes more and you have more time to.

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How is getting into character in a movie different from Bella and the Bulldogs, which you have done for quite some time now?
It’s funny because now, I don’t even have to think I’m Bella because I’ve played her so much. I know her and she’s like a friend to me. When I starred in the movie, it was a struggle finding that character. She was very different from Bella. She wasn’t quite as animated; she was kind of an outsider. So, the director and I really worked closely. We had hours and hours of rehearsal, not only before filming, but behind the scenes, too. We would meet and just go over the scenes and our inner monologue. Forming each character takes time at the beginning, but once you get it, the character becomes a part of you and you know what the character would do before you’re even doing it, which is really cool!

Along with your acting career, you were also made junior ambassador of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Being someone who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 8, can you talk a bit about your own experience, as well as any advice can you give to those going through a similar struggle?
I was diagnosed when I was 8, and fortunately we caught it very early, so I didn’t have too many health struggles at the beginning. Honestly, my path with diabetes has been very healthy. I haven’t had many complications, but I also had a great support group behind me and that made me very accepting towards it. I know a lot of people out there who have diabetes don’t have as well of a support group, so by speaking out and being the ambassador, I like to be that supportive backbone that people can have. They can look at me and see that no matter what you have, you can still do anything. Who would have thought that I would become an actor? I think there are a lot of kids out there that think diabetes can stop them from doing things, so by speaking out, I just want to show that you can still do anything. Diabetes doesn’t change who you are.

Having so many projects and a great head start to your career while only being 16, what do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I’d love to get into the writing and directing side of acting. Coy, who plays Troy on the show, and I are talking about making a short film and directing and filming it. We’re just talking about that right now, but I have confidence that we’ll do it. That’s just the start, but also I would like to get into more feature films and some more dramatic roles as well.

What’s next for you?
Right now, we’re waiting to hear about the third season of Bella and the Bulldogs, so I’m in contract with that—which means I can’t audition for too many things, but I’ve been going on a few auditions here and there, and I’m actually signed on to a movie right now that we’re looking for funding. I’m hoping for a third season of the show, and I’ll be doing a lot of work with Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, which I’m excited about!

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“April Cover Star Brec Bassinger Proves She is One to Watch” was originally published as “Ciao, Bella” in Cliché Magazine’s April/May 2016 issue

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5 Albums We Can’t Wait to Listen to

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There’s a hunger, a craving, when we are longing for some sort of meaning in our lives. Some hope that we will find our way through and yet we never want to do it alone. Being the social creatures that we are, we desire someone to understand us, someone to bring us this feeling that we belong and that we are not alone. Music, somehow always manages to give us this and so we desire it like no other. Though there is never a shortage for the music that fills our world we always seem to want more. So, here at Cliché, we have listed 5 albums we can’t wait to listen to, and just have this feeling that they, too, will shed more light into our lives, just as music in the past has done time and time again

1. The Lumineers
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Release Date: April 8, 2016
We know them from their hit single “Ho Hey” which was released all the way back in 2012. Now the anticipation is almost over as they make their way to releasing their second studio album, Cleopatra. You can preview their breathtaking song, “Ophelia,” the first song they released in 4 years, to get a small dose of what’s to come.
Photo Credit: www.thelumineers.com

2. M83

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Release Date: April 8, 2016
French electronic music band leader, Anthony Gonzalez, stated that this upcoming album will showcase a more intimate side, and yet less of him. The album title was created with the message of art being thrown away in certain manners with this imagery of “pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever.”
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3. Ariana Grande

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Release Date: May 20, 2016
After the release of her title track, “Dangerous Woman,” Ariana Grande has been providing hints on what we can expect from her upcoming third studio album. With collaborators including Max Martin, Victoria Monet, Lil Wayne, and Macy Gray, it’s a given that we’re in for a treat when May arrives.
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4. Blake Shelton

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Release Date: May 20, 2016
This upcoming album is promised to be the most personal one yet as Blake Shelton has explained that it takes a direct look into the last year of his life. If this is any indication that we’ll get more of a scoop on him and Miranda Lambert’s past relationship as well as his current one, I only have three words to say: Bring it on.
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5. Tegan and Sara
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Release Date: June 3, 2016
After taking over the highest spot on 2013 Billboard charts with Heartthrob, these sisters are getting ready to release the follow-up album we’ve been waiting for. Though we don’t know too much of what Love You to Death will sound like, we do know that Tegan and Sara’s music is never a let down.
Photo credit: www.teganandsara.com
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Colette Carr on Songwriting and Her New Album

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An undeniable force of energy surges through anyone who listens to  Colette Carr’s music. Signed to Interscope for 5 years before making the executive decision to do it on her own, Carr took the immense amount of freedom blown her way to delve into a brighter and more vibrant sound that she showcases in her second studio album, Believe in Us. Starting out with the dream of playing tennis competitively, Carr’s journey teaches us all that nothing in life is guaranteed. However, Carr shows us that rather than lying in blankets of defeat, if we choose to look around us, we may just find greater opportunities that we didn’t quite see before. 
Cliché: You were first discovered by Nick Cannon after your self-produced video for “Back it Up” went to #1 at mtvU. What inspired you to create that video?
Colette Carr: I made that video as a hobby project and I sort of just threw myself into it. It was a time in my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I knew I had recorded some songs with The Cataracs and I thought that it would be a great idea to make a tribute video to my uncle, who had just passed away. He was schizophrenic and the psych ward was a reflection of the stories he would tell me from his imagination. It was really inspired by my Uncle Robin, so I made that video as a personal project.
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Though you were heading towards playing tennis competitively, you were in a car accident that left you with a back injury, making you unable to play. After working so hard on that dream, it’s inspiring that you got back up and created such a successful new one. What was the transition process like?
It was like closing one door and opening another one with it. I think it is pretty inspiring for people that are feeling down when the doors around them are closing. You know, you can just rewire your energy and something amazing can happen.  When my doctor said I couldn’t play tennis anymore because I could become paralyzed if I wore down the cartilage in between vertebrae, I started taking improv classes, freestyling at parties, and socializing more—things I never had time for before in my pursuit to become a professional tennis player. That led me to the Game concert where I jumped on stage and freestyled, and from there, I met The Cataracs and recorded songs with them. Then I finished up my video and Nick [Cannon] really liked it, and so did Jimmy Iovine. Before I knew it, I was signed to Interscope.
You spent 5 years signed to Interscope Records until deciding that you wanted to continue on your own. How do you manage the massive workload that needs to get done?
I surround myself with a lot of really amazing people that help me a lot—people that I trust and are very good at what they do—so I definitely can’t take credit for being able to handle all of this because I have a lot of people helping me. But, I use my iPhone to the best of its ability, and honestly, I don’t know if I could be doing any of this without a smartphone!  
How has doing it on your own affected the type of music you create? Do you find that you have a lot more freedom now to experiment with your style?
It’s funny, I was watching Project Runway the other day, and for the first time all season, they had a challenge where they didn’t have any restrictions. They didn’t have to make the dress out of junkyard material or straws, and one of the girls on the show said that she was actually more overwhelmed than ever because there were no boundaries. She was more confused than ever, and that’s exactly how I felt. I was like, “I don’t have other restrictions or other people’s opinions. I can do anything I want. Where do I start?” It was intense. I was so confused, so Frankmusik and I really experimented and played around with different sounds until we found one that felt right. Then we just kept building from there and I kind of turned off that voice inside of me that would prejudge the work before it even happened. That’s when the songs just started rolling out of me.  
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You recently shot a video for your latest single “Play House” with music video director Shane Drake, who has worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Timbaland, and Paramore, among many others. How has this video differed from what you have done before?
Shane’s energy is so exact. It’s like red-hot, burning passion. It’s so much fun to work with him. He has you at the edge of your seat and everything happens according to plan. He’s so organized and his team is so seasoned and so incredible. It was such an amazing experience for me. We got things done on time, it was harmonious, and I think the biggest difference between this video and videos I’ve done in the past is the connection Shane and I had while I was in front of the camera. It was almost like I could read his mind and what he wanted me to do and the looks he wanted and the movement he wanted. We clicked instantly and it stayed that way the entire video. It was really cool to see him so emotional about this project because he’s worked with such incredible artists and worked on a lot of really amazing songs, but he really felt passionate about my song and my project, and that meant a lot to me.
Like your previous albums, Believe in Us is being split into EPs, with the full album being released as a whole last. What does this process allow you to do that releasing the full album, without the EPs, doesn’t?
EPs are like moments. So it’s like you keep getting episodes, and when you release an album, it’s like your whole movie. That’s how I look at it. So Static.Start to me was a moment; it was a thought. It has an energy about it completely different from “Play House” in the sense that it’s more negative. I mean, I was going through a breakup when I wrote that one, and then I found love when I wrote “Play House.” So it’s different in that sense, but it’s consistent in sound and in my new voice, and then when you hear all of them on the album together, I think you’ll be able to see what I was going through in the time that I recorded the entire album.
So would you say that the songs in each EP carry a similar theme?
I think that I was writing them all around the same time, so I had similar thoughts and similar problems that excited me going into each and every song. I don’t think that people should record a song, wait a year, and then record another song because it’s never going to sound like one cohesive work of art.
How long does it take for you to get the whole album done in comparison to each EP?
We locked ourselves in the studio for six months and got it done. I went on one tour for iHeartRadio in-between the process and I performed the brand new songs live, and that really helped me understand what was working and what wasn’t. When I got back in the studio, that’s when we really kicked it into high gear.
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Do you ever have the problem of wanting a song on an EP that doesn’t exactly fit it sonically?
There’s a lot that goes into picking the songs for EPs. It’s a very strange process and wouldn’t make sense if I tried to explain it. It’s like the songs have to be friends. They have to get along with each other and fit each other in a certain way; I can’t put conflicting songs on an EP. I don’t know, but it’s a weird, weird, weird process, and ultimately I decide it because no one else can make sense of what I’m thinking. I just have to really figure out what I’m going to put on this next EP, and it’s probably going to be a very strange process of me listening to them all, over and over again, and deciding which ones are sisters and which ones are best friends and which ones are enemies.  
Do you have a specific goal or dream that you would like to achieve next?
I want to blow “Play House” up.
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Chloe Lukasiak Talks ‘Dance Moms’ and ‘Center Stage’

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After starring in four seasons of the hit reality television show Dance Moms, Chloe Lukasiak took the dancing world by storm. Now, at age 14, Lukasiak continues to delve further into her career in the midst of entering high school. After becoming a YouTube sensation, winning the 2015 Teen Choice Award for “Choice Dancer,” as well as “Favorite Dancer: 17 & Under” at the Industry Dance Awards, and becoming a spokesperson for the national dancewear company “Just for Kix,” Lukasiak now plans to take on the acting world, starting with the third installment of Center Stage. Rooting every pursuit with her love of dance, the only question we are left to ask is: “What will she do next?”
Cliché: You grew up dancing, but what first got you started? Did you try any other activities before or after dance?
Chloe Lukasiak: My mom put me in classes because she thought every little girl needed to take a dance class. She was just like, “Why not? Just try it!” So I went in at 2 years old and I started dancing and, let’s see, I’ve tried everything! I tried softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, playing the piano—I did everything. At age 4, I started competing, and then just sort of along the way, I was like, “I just want to dance! I like the tutus and the makeup.”  
Did your mom ask you to join dance, hoping you would compete and pursue it in the future?
No, not at all! Actually, my cousin was dancing at Abby’s studio, and so I was just like, “Yeah, I’ll take a class with you.” It wasn’t anything planned out. My mom wasn’t like, “Okay, learn dance and then we’re going to compete.” It just sort of happened along the way.
In past interviews, you’ve said that you knew you were serious about dancing around the age of 8, which is very young! What has kept you motivated to continue all these years, and have you ever experienced a time when you thought about giving it up, even if it was very briefly?
Yeah, definitely. I’ve been dancing for 12 years now. There’s definitely been times where I’m like, “I just don’t want to do this anymore,” but then I think about it and it’s my whole life. I just can’t imagine my life without dance. I love it so much and I’m so passionate about it, so I just continue on. There’s always going to be moments where you’re frustrated, but you just have to keep going.
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You were a part of Dance Moms for four seasons, which was a really great framework for the rest of your career. What made you decide that it was time to leave?
I think it was just the right timing. A lot of things were going on and it wasn’t exactly a great situation anymore, so my mom just said, “It’s gotten to the point where it’s not good for you and it doesn’t fit us,” so we just decided to leave. Now I’ve had the opportunity to do so many other things, which is amazing! So I’m really grateful for it, but I’m also grateful for what I’m able to do now.  
What did you take away from Dance Moms that has helped you out once you left?
Well, it sort of introduced me to this whole industry. Even though I know reality is different than some things [shown] on television, it’s similar because you’re filming, obviously. I just got to see how everything worked and all of that!
Did you ever feel the need to act a certain way because you were being filmed constantly at such a young age?
It was kind of hard because I was on the show for four years and I was constantly with my mom. It was a tough situation, so sometimes we would fight. I mean, it was my reality and I was just being myself. I’m mainly focused on dancing and my mom’s more focused on the talking. So really [dancing] was my main concern!
Your mom has been a big part of your career growing up, especially in the decision-making process. Does she still play a big role and help you make some of the executive decisions?
Oh, definitely! My mom is a huge help and I appreciate her for everything she does. You know, I do go to her for a lot of my decisions because she’s just looking out for what she thinks is best for me. I can always confide in her and ask for her opinion.
After Dance Moms, you’ve become a YouTube sensation. What brought you to YouTube? Did you go in knowing that this is something you wanted to pursue, or was it just for fun?
I think my mom had a YouTube channel when I was 8 or sometime around then, and she just put up videos every once in a while. Then, after Dance Moms, I was just like, “YouTube’s becoming a thing,” so I started trying it and I posted videos and I really enjoyed it because it was a way for me to connect with my fans. Something I love about YouTube is that I have control. I can edit it and show what I want to show to my fans. It’s a good way to connect with them and really learn more about them.
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What has it been like to have more control over the process of what people get to see? Do you ever feel like that kind of freedom also means that you have to be more careful about what you present?
I think so, but for me, I guess it’s better because I know what I’m putting out there, whereas with the show, it was a little bit different and there were other people doing it. I like YouTube in the way that I get to choose what I show to my fans. I mean, it’s not like I’m doing anything bad, but it’s just a way to show what I want to get out to my fans.
Being passionate about both reading and writing brought you to creating a digital book club through YouTube. What goes into the decision-making process for your book choice?
Honestly, when I first started my book club, I just chose books that I really enjoyed. I sometimes put out books that I read more when I was younger and sometimes I put out books that I read now. But at this point, now that I’ve started it and got it going, I see what people request. I like to put out my opinion on what my favorite books are just so that it’s really my book club and I’ve gotten really good feedback on it. It feels so good to have that ability to get kids off their laptops and iPads and phones and read because I love reading so much. Just to be able to have influence on someone else is great!
It’s great that you have that kind of influence because many people don’t read for fun anymore.
Yeah! All my friends are like, “I don’t read for fun; it’s boring. I’m forced to read at school, so why would I do it in my spare time?” But I think differently.
You’ll also be joining the third installment of Center Stage. How has this project been different from anything else you’ve done?
It was so much fun and it way different from reality [television] because it was acting. We had scenes to get through in a day and it was just a different experience since we would have to do more dancing because you had to film a scene again and again. But with Dance Moms, it was more practicing and they were just filming it.  
What has the experience been like to be able to act instead of filming for reality television? Do you prefer one over the other?
Oh, I love acting so much better! I’m taking some more acting classes right now and doing some auditions. I have some things coming up and I think acting is my next path.
That’s awesome! I take it that you want to continue incorporating dance alongside that.
Definitely! I’m still taking classes when I’m home, and I’m actually home right now in Pittsburgh. I think I’ll always dance. I can’t imagine my life [without] dancing.   
Being only 14 years old, you have done so much for your career already. Do you have a certain goal you hope to accomplish next?
I don’t know—I’m just sort of still figuring out my plan. Like you said, I’m only 14, so I’m still figuring out what I’m going to do!
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J. Sutta Talks New Album ‘Feline Resurrection’

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Singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress J. Sutta is widely known as a former Pussycat Doll. Now with a new stage name and a solo career, she has completely transformed her image from what it once was. With the release of her debut album, Feline Resurrection, J. Sutta unleashes a wilder, carefree, and robust side of herself that has yet to be seen by the public. Her powerful approach to artistic expression captures the essence of how much the former Pussycat Doll has grown and evolved. We got the chance to talk to J. Sutta about the transition from being in a girl group to a solo career, as well as what went into the makings of her debut album.
Cliché: Beginning your solo career must have been quite the transition. What is it like in comparison to being a part of The Pussycat Dolls?
Sutta: Well, I have artistic freedom and can express myself without boundaries, which is incredibly rewarding in itself. Of course, I wouldn’t say no to having a Pussycat Dolls type of budget to go along with that freedom!
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In past interviews, you’ve mentioned that breaking your rib on tour with The Pussycat Dolls is what made you take a closer look at where you wanted to go next in your life. Was that the moment you realized you wanted to go for a solo career?
Yes. As strange as it seems, the pain of the broken rib paused for a split second that lasted an eternity, and during that very split second, I had the utmost clarity. It was time to move on and begin a new journey on my own.
The music video for “Feline Resurrection” was very different and unexpected, and yet a brilliant and soulful piece of art that relays messages of strength and empowerment. What was the experience of filming this video like?
It was extremely cathartic! I was determined to tell my story and close that chapter of my life by expressing my truth through art. It felt empowering to slay my demons whilst hopefully empowering others who were able to receive the underlying message that the song and visual embodies.
In the process of curating your solo career, who or what were some of your greatest inspirations?
Honestly, I have learned that experience is the greatest inspiration. Of course I am and have been inspired by a great number of artists, but I think life experiences, both positive and negative, are the greatest source of inspiration—be it love, hurt, heartache, victory, or loss. That’s what connects us to our feelings, and if we can allow ourselves to be inspired by those feelings and find a positive outlet in which to express them, then it is very healing and uplifting and most of all, truthful!
You’ve mentioned in past interviews that the theme of this album will be your alter-ego. What are the parts of yourself that you were able to expose with this album in comparison to The Pussycat Dolls?
I am so grateful for what I learned and got out of the experience of being in The Dolls, but as a solo artist, I have found my identity. The most beautiful part of that identity is it is a reflection of the authentic me and that identity doesn’t need to stay still, in one place. It keeps moving and keeps growing.
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Dancing has also been a very big part of your life since you were a child. Has your style of dancing made an impact on the type of music you create, or is it the other way around?
Definitely the other way around. It would be interesting to make music to tap and ballet though… I may have to try that sometime!
Is there an overall message that you would you like your fans to take away from this album?
Each song will have its own separate message or story, but, certainly, the overall underlying theme is to love the shit out of yourself so you can spread that love and overcome anything life throws your way.
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Julia Nunes Interview

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Radiating the world with a positive touch while creating music that echoes veracity, Julia Nunes is continuing to rise in the music world. Beginning her career with YouTube, Nunes displayed her sounds to an audience that was waiting to hear them. Now, with the release of her highly anticipated album, Some Feelings, Julia Nunes got more personal than ever before. Having no trouble expressing who she is and how she feels is an energy that her fan base clasped on to, forming an intense connection that was displayed in full force when her fans helped raise enough money to allow Nunes to display her art exactly the way she envisioned it, and completely on her own terms.
It’s safe to say we all have a Julia Nunes in us: someone who is wild, expressive, weird, fearless, and free. But through this album, we see another part of Nunes that we also carry within us: someone who is honest, vulnerable, scared at times, and trying his or her best to conquer the obstacles thrown his or her way by life. Julia Nunes shines light on how passion and persistence can pave new ways to success. Maybe you don’t always have to follow the rules. Maybe, sometimes, you can even make your own. 
Cliché: Some Feelings was written during a difficult time in your life, after getting out of a 5-year-long relationship. Looking back, is a part of you grateful for having gone through and grown from that tough period because it has led you to such great success?
Julia Nunes: I am torn between feeling pissed because I should have been better to myself sooner and feeling like “Duh, I was young and dumb; of course I did a bad job at life.” Maybe I need a little more distance from it to feel that gratitude. I’m extremely grateful for the people that swooped in during that time. I have so many friends and family members to thank for getting me to where I am now. I feel like everyone I know did CPR on me for like six months before I really came back to life.
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In the process of making this album, you wrote about 80 or more songs! Was it difficult to narrow it down to just 11 for the album, or was there something that stood out to you in these tracks in comparison to the others?
It feels very easy to pick the songs. I just get really stoked on one over the other. I always say my favorite song I’ve ever written is whatever is most recent, so if I’m writing one that doesn’t go to the top and replace my last favorite, it probably won’t make it to the album.
Having raised over $70,000 on Kickstarter to fund your album is such an amazing accomplishment! Did you anticipate raising as much as you did?
That was the first one, which blew me away. I was floored. So double that amount of shock when I doubled that amount of money for this Kickstarter. Baffling. I am so extremely lucky and so grateful to the people that dig my music.
Has raising that much money encouraged you to experiment a bit more than you originally would have with your music, videos, or performances?
Absolutely! That’s like record-label money! That’s like, “go make the best, most perfect album you can imagine” money. It made a massive difference. I got to hire my favorite musicians (Peter Recine, Mike Comite, and Adam Christgau) and the best producer (Joanna Katcher at Nice Manners) and it gave me the freedom to have fun in the studio, make happy mistakes, and correct unhappy mistakes. I even remixed the record when it was basically done because it wasn’t perfect. There is no “eh, good enough” on this record, and that’s because of the freedom Kickstarter gave me.
With starting your career by exposing your music on YouTube, you built up quite the fanbase. However, this past July, you wrote a blog post explaining that you decided to delete some of your old videos that didn’t fit or correspond with the person you’ve become. What factored in to making this big decision, and do you think you will ever put those videos back up for public viewing?
The decision was tough. I have eight years of music and silliness chronicled on the Internet. I’m super proud of all of those videos, so I kept up some of my faves and the rest are definitely not gone forever. I just didn’t want those eight years to eclipse what I’m doing now. I’m so excited about this record and I want people who are just being introduced to me to see that first. Later, they can get into vintage Julia with side bangs and a nose ring.
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You’ve also been known to perform in Living Room Shows, which tend to be more personal with smaller audiences. Do you have a preference for performing large gigs over small ones, or vice-versa?
I need both. There’s nothing like performing for a big crowd with your band, rocking out with light-up shoes. There’s also nothing like singing sweet little harmonies to a tiny, attentive crowd. I wanna dance around on stage and also do intimate Q&A’s. I need screaming and also heart-stopping silence. I wouldn’t be happy doing one or the other.
What’s next for you?
We just shot a music video for “Make Out!” Keep an eye out for that. And we’re about to leave for a living room tour on the east coast, which is basically rehearsal for the acoustic version of Some Feelings coming in 2016.
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Julia Nunes Interview: Photographer: Catie Laffoon

Civil Twilight Discuss Their Album ‘Story of an Immigrant’

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Making their way from Cape Town, South Africa to Nashville, Tennessee, Civil Twilight has stimulated the world of music with their soul-clenching vocals and compelling lyrics. With the release of their third studio album, Story of an Immigrant, this past summer, the band enlightened us with the melodies we have all been craving. In the midst of chaotic lives, relocation, and dealing with an industry that moves at the speed of lightening, Civil Twilight have proven that although they may have roots in South Africa, they have also established a place for themselves in the new city. In light of the album being named Story of an Immigrant, the harmonies showcase a world in which ordinarily extraordinary individuals are doing exactly what the rest of us are: trying to find a place to call home. In the midst of it all, they found themselves. 
Cliché: With originating the band in Cape Town, South Africa and adding another member, Kevin, to your group after relocating to Nashville, how has the change in culture impacted the music you create?
Steven McKellar: I think it has impacted it in a lot of ways. When you absorb yourself in a new culture, you realize how much of your environment affects the way you feel. I think that changes my writing quite a lot. Plus, just growing older changes a lot of stuff, too! My writing, lyrically for instance, has moved towards the subject of people rather than landscape. I think that’s definitely a big change.
Is the title Story of an Immigrant referencing the relocation of your band and the transition process? Would you consider that to be the overall theme of your album?
Yes! When we put all of our songs together and tried to come up with a title, there was a recurring theme within all the songs—not about the physical relocation or being immigrants physically, but more about the spiritual journey. We’re all kind of just trying to find a home, and a home can be anywhere. We all have stories, and therefore, you kind of have this story of an immigrant. That’s definitely a theme in there.Civil-Twilight-Photo-Credit-Mason-Poole-3
What has it been like touring with such big names in music?
We’ve played a lot of shows, but playing with guys that we grew up listening to like Smashing Pumpkins, for instance, or Foo Fighters [was amazing]. It really makes you appreciate the journey that you’ve gone on, like going from being a little boy in Cape Town listening to songs on the radio to here, where we’re meeting these people and playing with them. It’s kind of strange. You feel like you’ve just been transported. It’s like if I close my eyes and imagine my 13-year-old chubby self sitting in my bed dreaming of that, and then, here I am, it’s pretty crazy!
You do most of the songwriting in the band. Do you find that your writing technique has changed over the years?
Very much so! I think it changed dramatically over the period of the last record, actually, just because we’ve been touring so hard for the first record, and then suddenly we got an email and a call from the label saying, “Can you guys put out a record soon?” So we kind of had to write on the road and we didn’t really have time to sit in a gauge for six months and jam. So that’s when I learned to write on a computer, which, you have to realize for me, I never had a computer before, until that point. So I was kind of like, “Okay, how do I do this?” But that changed a lot of things because I could basically arrange things myself and come up with a more precise structure. Lyrically, as I was saying earlier, the older you get, the more your interests change, and I think I’ve just become more intrigued with the landscape of the person rather than the person in the landscape.
Did you write a lot growing up, prior to forming the band in high school?
No, not as much as I should have. I wanted to be a jazz musician for the longest time and I didn’t really focus on songwriting. Even when I started doing it more, I wasn’t very lyrical. Now, lyrics intrigue me more than ever and I think that’s been a slow but growing passion. That’s certainly something that has changed as well. Sometimes I listen to my earlier songs and I’m like, “Eeee! My god, my lord! You’re not even thinking about what you’re writing about! You’re just putting a whole bunch of jibberish down.” But that sometimes works, you know.
Definitely! So, what were some of the challenges you faced when writing this album? Do you ever have trouble comparing the success of your past songs when you are writing new ones, or do you approach each album with a new frame of thought?
Yeah, we try to do that. It can be hard, but it’s exciting! What I find is that no matter how hard you try to throw yourself genre-wise, you’re always going to come back to what your heart is trying to say, even if your brain wants to say something else. You can’t really avoid what your heart wants to say, so I think that was always a recurring thing. I’m just attracted to certain feelings and certain colors and sounds and ideas, and that’s just who I am, but some of the times on this record, just actually having so much time to write was a real challenge. We decided to take a good chunk of time off and said, “Let’s just focus on writing.” We went through so many different stages during that writing period and it was quite challenging because usually you just have a deadline, which I work really well with. With a deadline, you just write the songs, put them down, and then move on. This was more like: write them, put them down, and then move on to writing and more putting down, and so we just had a mountain of songs. It was quite hard to actually to deck it all down, but it came together, eventually.
Civil-Twilight-Story-Of-An-Immigrant-Album-CoverWas it difficult to narrow it down with that many songs? What was the process of that like? Did some stand out more than others?
Yeah, some did. It was quite a challenge though, because we had written about 50 demos and we twiddled it down to about 20 to record. Out of that 20, there were only two or three songs that all four of us agreed on! I don’t even know how we made the decision. It was quite painful, actually, but eventually, we just ran with it. It kind of came together when we recorded with Ben Allen and he was helping us hone the songs.
You’ve mentioned in past interviews that your song “Letters from the Sky” was a turning point in your career. Is there a song on Story of an Immigrant that you are most proud of or think could impact your career as much as “Letters from the Sky” did
Gosh, I hope so! I don’t know which one that would be because “Letters from the Sky” sort of came from left field. I didn’t see that coming at all! It wasn’t a contender by any means, and for some reason, people just latched onto it. If we have something like that on this record and have that kind of success, it would be amazing. Also, the industry has changed and doesn’t quite work the same way, so for me, I’m proud of the whole record in general. But there are a few songs that are a little more personal and there’s some that come off really good live.
Do you have a favorite song you like to perform live?
Whenever we perform “Oh Daniel,” it always just feels right. I don’t know why, but it just feels nice.
Is there any part of you that misses the smaller demographic that you used to have? Were you able to be more personal in a different kind of way then, compared to now?
I enjoy it all, really! I mean, getting into music is about being open and vulnerable to it. I’m down for that and I’m just really proud. I don’t think our fan base has necessarily grown very much over the last few years, but I think the age demographic has definitely broadened. That’s the strangest thing, but I think it’s pretty exciting and I’m proud of that.
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What would you guys hope to achieve next?
The goal for now is just to tour this record, like we’re doing right now, and to do as much and as well as we can, and that’s kind of how we made our name over the last few years. We were just playing live and putting on good shows and that’s what we came to America to do. It’s like, if we keep going, I think there’s something special that happens over a long period of time when you keep delivering the same level of passion and love. Over time, people tend to just gravitate towards it. People always want to gravitate towards things that are a little more solid in the world, things that aren’t just fleeting. Deep down, I think people really desire a long-term connection with an artist and with a piece of work. So I think if we keep pushing and keep doing just that, we can achieve more. We’re all getting older and things are changing, but we all still enjoy it. One of the biggest plans right now is to just maintain the joy.
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Civil Twilight Discuss Their Album ‘Story of an Immigrant’: Photographed by Mason Poole

10 Best Christmas Covers Playlist

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Tis the season of cozy knit sweaters, conversations by the fireplace, and marshmallows sprinkled over warm hot chocolate. There’s something magical about walking in the late hours of the night and looking around at the blanket of lights scattered across the streets. So while you’re eagerly shopping and wrapping gifts, pop your earphones in and take in the festivity with some Christmas tunes! Here at Cliché, we’ve got you covered with the best Christmas music that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit (if you’re not already).
1. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande

2. Santa Baby – Taylor Swift

3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé

4. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Lady Antebellum

5. Baby it’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone

6. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz

7. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay

9. Here Comes Santa Claus / Winter Wonderland Mix – Anna Kendrick & Snoop Dog

10. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

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5 Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

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Statistics show that 97% of all humans consider themselves to be music lovers, and sociologists have proclaimed the remaining 3% as “deviant from the norm.” Before you go ahead and Google the accuracy of this research study, I’ll admit that I made it up. But I totally got you for a second there, didn’t I? The point is, music has always been a common denominator that time and time again, manages to bring people together. Melodies and lyrics, however we choose to interpret them, allow the emotions we’ve been holding in to feel more valid. And with it being holiday season, what better gift to give than one of music? I mean, holidays are all about giving and coming together, and so is music! If you’re having trouble coming up with gift ideas, you’re in luck! We’ve got the best budget-friendly present ideas for all the music lovers in your life, and since 97% of people love music, these gifts will do for just about anybody! *wink wink, nudge nudge*
If your budget is: Free – $15
Lyric Poster

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If you don’t have a lot of money to spend (or you’re a broke university student like me) but you still want to give a personalized gift, a lyric poster is the perfect present for a friend, family member, or significant other. You can make this into a fun DIY project by taking some of the lyrics of their favorite song and framing it or find one that’s premade on Etsy.com!
Fun Twist: You can frame a photo of the two of you and in the white borders, hand-write the lyrics to songs you both love!
If your budget is: $25-$50
Recycled Bass Guitar String Bracelet
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Made out of recycled bass guitar strings, not only is it eco-friendly, but it’s the perfect present for both men and women. You’re also able to personalize the bracelet with birthstones, charms, letters, and more!
If your budget is $50-$75
Personalized Mixtape Doormat
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If your budget is around $50, a personalized door mat is a great gift for your friend and it’ll also be the first thing people will see before walking into their home!
If your budget is $75-$100
Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses
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Holidays and wine are a perfect blend. Add in musical wine glasses and say hello to a gift your friend will adore! Bonus points for throwing in a bottle of wine alongside this present.
If your budget is $100+
Vinyl Record Player
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If you have a little more money to spend for your friend, a vinyl record player is the way to go! And, if the holidays are really getting to you and you’re feeling extra generous, opt for a record of your music lover’s favorite artist/band!
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Adele 25 Album Review

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After the release of “Hello,” which was fully expected to become the hit single that it is, the 27-year-old artist, Adele, released her third album, 25, on November 20. Referring to her previous album, 21, as a “break-up album,” Adele identifies this one as a “make-up album.” The widely known track “Hello” embraces acts of reminiscence, pains of regret, and the longing to get back what is lost. Though these are the overarching themes of the entire album, there are many notes that indicate conflicting thoughts that we are all able to relate to.
Whilst her album holds space for many heart-wrenching ballads and soulful melodies, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” carries a more upbeat tempo that flares of sass. Not exactly as vibrant as an Olly Murs tune or as vengeful as a few of Taylor Swift’s tracks can be, but this lies somewhere in the middle. Co-written by Max Martin, this song takes the mask of acceptance, but the vocals suggest otherwise. Lines including “I’ve forgiven it all” shadow others that are perhaps a little more bittersweet, such as “I was too strong, you were trembling / You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising” – which is almost a poetic way of saying “You can’t handle a real woman,” to which we all cheer: “You go girlfriend!”
“When We Were Young” is a track in which Adele captures stillness with lyrics including “Let me photograph you in this light / In case it is the last time / That we might be exactly like we were.” It is reminiscent and fearful on the early stages of love. Perhaps it can even be seen as a cautionary tale to those who live for the beginnings. The power of this song is in its maturity when all it longs for is child’s play.
“Remedy” and “Water Under the Bridge” rest in convincing acts of validation – things that Adele may have thought to herself or said to others in hopes of persuading the worth of this love. “River Lea,” my personal favorite on the album, talks more about the consumption of pain as a toxin in the water that every part of her has become swallowed in. The River Lea refers to a river that is an hour drive from Adele’s hometown, one that she has constructed as magical and mood-altering – a figure of love.

25 is an album which embarks various notes that contrast from one another and yet remains sonically cohesive as a whole. Though the messages of each track may vary in accordance to the emotional place in which Adele was in the moment it was written, the overarching themes are constant and flow well across one another. There is no disappointment when it comes to Adele’s music and this album is simply physical proof of that very fact.
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Top 7 Highlights and Winners of the 2015 AMAs

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This year, the American Music Awards were hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Music award shows always get me hyped up because I’m one of those people who will have never cared to listen to a given song until hearing it live, and then only listen to that song for the next month. If you happened to miss the live show, we have the highlights and winners for you here at Cliché Magazine. So when all your friends are buzzing about all the nitty gritty details, you won’t have to awkwardly remain silent or blurt out that Taylor Swift’s performance was your favorite because spoiler alert: she wasn’t there. Don’t worry though, we got you covered with the Top 7 highlights and winners of the 2015 AMAs.

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  1. That Time J.Lo tried to be humble

Jennifer Lopez kicked off the show with “Waiting For Tonight,” putting the audience’s applause to a halt when she said that this night wasn’t about her. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one because she slayed the performance like no one else could have ever done. In reality, it’s J.Lo’s world and we’re all just living in it. Cutting this melody short, she moved on to perform a medley of a variety of this year’s hit songs including, “Uptown Funk,” “Anaconda,” “Bad Blood,” and more! As always, Jenny from the Block danced her butt off! (But on a serious note, how does her butt not fall off with the amount of booty shaking that she does? The world will never know.)

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  1. Meghan Trainor Made Out with Charlie Puth

“Oh my god! That was one time!” (Mean Girls reference was needed). I’m not really sure if this was a publicity stunt or if there’s something going on between the two, but either way, this was definitely one of the most talked about events of the night. It is a little upsetting that this is going to overshadow her performance of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” along with her duet with Charlie Puth of “Marvin Gaye,” because those were ten times more AH-MAZING.  

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  1. Gwen Stefani Just Kind of Stood There

Performing “Used to Love You,” somehow Gwen Stefani managed to literally just stand on the stage and do nothing, while making us all feel as though we were listening to Adele’s “Hello” for the first time. Though she didn’t move much, I think I can speak for the majority when I say that she definitely moved us. Emotional and heart-clenching – Gwen Stefani effortlessly displayed the power of simplicity.

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  1. Nick Jonas Had More Fun Than Anyone Else

Oh, Nick (we’re on a first name basis now). There are so many ways to describe his medley of hits performance, but the one thing that stood out was just how much fun he was having the entire time! Starting off with a piano ballad of “Chains,” the singer picked up the tempo with “Levels” and “Jealous.” Not only that, but he brought on his own gospel choir and performed a little drum solo. As he was hippity-hopping on the stage Kanye West style, you could tell that Nick Jonas was having the time of his life, which in turn, made the viewers have the time of their lives. Happiness must be contagious because there is no other explanation for that kind of mood transference.     

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  1. Coldplay Made Us Feel Alive Again

Chris Martin was moving and grooving around the stage and we were all moving and grooving along with him. Then came the dancing chimps and then balloons filled the air, along with Coldplay’s signature confetti. *Flashback to the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival when the janitors had to clean all the confetti up until the waking hours of the morning* – Sorry, again! Basically, no one understood what was happening, kind of like the first time we all watched Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” music video. It was random, weird, and by far, one of my favorite performances of the night!    

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  1. Alanis Morissette Threw it Back to the ‘90s

Alanis Morissette brought nostalgia and Demi Lovato to the stage with her performance of “You Oughta Know,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill. If you were born after the ‘90s and you still didn’t know what was happening, I will ask you to kindly re-evaluate your life choices. Nonetheless, this performance was filled with female empowerment and I can bet that if you weren’t able to sing along, you were eagerly typing in “What are the lyrics to ‘You Oughta Know’” on Google. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone!  

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  1. Justin Bieber Made it Rain

Being the last act of the night, Justin Bieber began with a simple acoustic version of “What Do You Mean,” and then transitioned to another one of his hit singles, “Where Are Ü Now.” Finishing off with “Sorry,” Bieber sang with rain just casually pouring over him, which I will argue was an enticing and thrilling moment for both the audience AND the janitors (who were most likely crossing their fingers that it might just wash away some of Coldplay’s lingering confetti).

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Winners of the Night
Artist of the Year – One Direction
New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s – Sam Hunt
Song of the Year – Taylor Swift “Blank Space”
Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile – Skrillex & Diplo Ft. Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now”
Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ariana Grande
Favorite Duo or Group (Pop/Rock) – One Direction
Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) – Taylor Swift 1989
Favorite Male Artist (Country) – Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist (Country) – Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group (Country) – Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album (Country) – Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint
Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) – Rihanna
Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Favorite Artist (Alternative Rock) – Fall Out Boy
Favorite Artist (Adult Contemporary) – Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist (Latin) – Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Artist (Contemporary Inspirational) – Casting Crowns
Favorite Artist (Electronic Dance Music) – Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect 2
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