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Dear Philadelphia Eagles….Thank You

No words. 

Ask any of the what seemed like a trillion people (official numbers are coming next week) who attended yesterday’s incredible (and very, very, very well organized) Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl festivities to describe their experience and, well, it’s a guarantee that they couldn’t come up with the proper wording to paraphrase it all

Why?

Because it was just so fucking amazing. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jason Kelce? (By the way, your now legendary speech and mummer’s costume betta werk). 

Sigh….yesterday. It was so much more than just a sports celebration, it was a moment in time that no one will ever, ever forget anytime soon. But even more than that, it was a moment that finally put the City of Brotherly Love on the god damn map for the world to see. 

While yes, we’ve hosted some truly stand out celebrations and events along the great way–the Pope’s 2015 visit, 2016’s DNC and last year’s NFL draft, just to name a few–but it’s sort of felt like we just haven’t arrived yet……..until the underdog Eagles won the Super Bowl on February 4th. 

Yes, whether you like it or not (most people don’t, but that’s quite alright), Philly is finally officially an underdog city no more. As noted in Mr. Kelce’s speech, make that, iconic presentation yesterday, “an underdog is a hungry dog,” and you couldn’t ask for a city who wanted it more, whether a championship or just the national respect that we truly deserve. And well, now, here it is…because at the end of the day…we Philly and we’re certainly here to stay. 

While the national news did a standout job in painting us a city full of spoiled thugs and privileged vandals (they also forgot to mention that if you destroy this city…the city will find you and we certainly have..one-by-one), yesterday’s well received Parade of Champions finally proved above everything else that we’re a city that really, really loves our city.

Of course, there was trash everywhere (more trash cans throughout next year’s, err, future parades, perhaps?), but it did little to dispel that Philadelphia truly put on one of the greatest Super Bowl spectacles anyone has ever seen. Oh, just admit it, Mr. Brady…you know you were watchin.’ 

What it all boils down to like Alanis is that we’ve got one hand in our pocket and the other is high fivin’ anyone that we see right now because the city is truly just in a great fucking mood. We certainly owe our new-found Philly special feeling to our beloved–and just so precious–Eagles for which none our reinvented way of Philly way of life would truly be possible.

Seriously…does anybody else feel, like, different now? 

Besides serving up a football season that was nothing short of spectacular, our beloved Birds also proved that when you face challenges head on…you get results. So, to Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Doug Pederson and the rest of you guys (and your mom mom and pop pops, too!), the city truly thanks you from the bottom of our Bud Lite drinkin’ football hearts and so, so, so much more. 

You’re more than just Super Bowl Champions...you’re what this city is about–team work, strength in numbers and so much love to go around that it’s sort of fucking ridiculous. So, if there are any doubters out there who still have no idea what Philly Philly is all about, take a look at our football team and how we all came together as a city yesterday and you will have all of the answers you need. 

Fly Eagles Fly. Dilly Dilly 4 Lyfe. 

 

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Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna

Here….we…..f@#king…..go. 

In just five excruciatingly long days, our very own (and just so precious!) Philadelphia Eagles will take on that other team in Super Bowl LII, while Justin Timberlake will be taking the reigns as our halftime performance host with (hopefully) the most. 

While there’s little tea to be spilled as to what (or who???) Mr. Man of the Woods will be trotting out onto the field this Sunday (stay tuned for a complete Philly Mixtape style analysis later this week), the only thing to do is to tune in and watch it all go down (and that it will, that other teams fans) this Sunday night. 

But of course while we oh, so patiently wait for it all, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reminisce sesh (isn’t that right, Left Shark?) and spill about Super Bowl performances from the past….and kicking things is off is a gigantic set from Madonna that rocked our worlds on Feb 5th, 2012. 

Taking center stage, er, field, Madge burst into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (this was the year the New York Giants beat that team the Eagles are playing) draped and dripping in Givenchy and Bulgari –with that Phillip Treacy crown!–armed with a fortress of Calvin Klein clad Roman-Egyptian Gods while serving us pure “Vogue” realness.

Collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil’s Jamie King and Moment Factory, the Material Girl delivered a high flying twelve minute spectacle that also included hits “Music,” (hey, LMFAO…where ya been?), “Give Me All Your Lovin,” and marching band/Cee Lo assisted versions of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart.” Closing with a halo clutching rendition of “Like a Prayer,” in which the legendary Ms. M literally dropped from the stage into a cloud of heavenly smoke. Like…literally. 

However….sigh….although Her Madge-sty’s now legendary sports showdown set a then Super Bowl halftime-show ratings record with 114 million viewers tuning in (higher than the game itself), it didn’t come off without a hitch…and it was all M.I.A.’s fault. For whatever reason, the “Paper Planes” spitstress decided to flip the world her middle bird during her closing verse on “Lovin,” where we soon learned what happens when you just don’t hit that censor button quite fast enough. M.I.A. was highly criticized for her bold expletive and later fined a whopping $16.6 million which was settled in a confidential agreement in 2014.

But whatever the court case may be (we also doubt Madonna and M.I.A. have spilled tea since then, although the “Frozen” diva did accept her apology), Madonna‘s half-time slay not only solidified another reason why we’re still completely obsessed with everything she does, but it set the bar for every performer who’s stepped in the half-time performance spotlight since. 

In a word, you watching, JT? Because you’ve got some serious werk to do this Sunday. So, Let’s do it. 

Go Birds!

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 

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60th Annual Grammy Awards Predictions

Last year we had Adele vs. Beyonce………..and this year we have Jay Z vs. Kendrick…and Bruno, too! 

Yes, in just a short while, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives…and this year is shaping up to be quite a spectacle.

Besides seeing how many trophies Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z will be making room for on their mantle places from their respective eight and nine nominations each (in pretty much the same categories..see below), we’ll also get to find out if Ms. Kesha will take home her very first Grammy and just which red-hot music diva will take home the Best New Artist trophy….Alessia Cara? Julia Michaels? SZA? Only tonight will tell. 

Your host with the most English Breakfast tea sipping sass this evening will once again be the fabulous James Corden, but with the true scene stealer being the backdrop of New York City as music’s biggest night is returning to the Big Apple for the first time in fifteen years by giving it all to us live from Madison Square Garden. 

Oh, and yaaas….there’s also a ton of performances along the way tonight including Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Church, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Lady Gaga, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, Patti Lupone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Sting U2 and Ms. SZA. 

And of course, because you’ve asked for it, Kesha will be hitting the stage with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and Andra Day for a rendition of “Praying” that we already know we’re going to be living for. Only at the Grammys, kids. Let’s do it. 

And your nominees and boldly predicted winners for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are….

Record of the Year

“Redbone”-Childish Gambino-Will Win? 
“Despacito”-Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber-Will Win? 
“HUMBLE.”-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win? 
“The Story of O.J.”-JAY-Z
“24K Magic”-Bruno Mars

This one is a tough one as Childish Gambino might pull the upset. But the one to least worry is Mars as he’ll no doubt be grabbing Song of the Year trophy for “That’s What I Like. Jay and Kendrick might cancel each other out this one, with the massive “Despacito” taking home the crown. But then again…this is the Grammys we’re talking about here so you truly never know with this category. 

Album of the Year 

Awaken My Love -Childish Gambino
4:44-JAY-Z-Will Win
DAMN-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win
Melodrama-Lorde
24K Magic-Bruno Mars

The good news is that either Jay or Kendrick will win this one…but who? Our money goes to Jay who not only delivered us with a powerful, relevant record, but a Grammy win would further prove that the legendary HOV just can’t be stopped. 

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara-Might Win 
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels-Might Win 
SZA –Yas 

While it’s easy to hand the trophy over to gigantic songwriter-turned-pop diva Ms. Michaels (and maybe, just maybe, Ms. Cara?), sizzlin’ SZA is the one to beat in this category as RiRi’s “Consideration” bestie is just everywhere right now…let’s hope it stays this way because ya know, this category. Isn’t that right, Xtina? Sigh….

Song of the Year

“Despacito” — written by Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” — written by Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels and Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — written by Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson (Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars) *-YEP.

All tea, no shade, but the other four nominees just don’t stand a chance when it comes to just how obsessed the Grammys are with Bruno Mars. Place your multi-million dollar bets, kids. 

Rap Performance

“Bounce Back”-Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” -Cardi B-Will Absolutely Win 
“4:44”-JAY-Z
“Humble.”-Kendrick Lamar
“Bad and Boujee” -Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Since J and K will definitely be winning win or two trophies in their other respective categories, this one is all wrapped up in Cardi B since we’re all still bobbin’ to ‘Bodak Yellow.” Besides, this makes up for the fact that she wasn’t f@#king nominated for Best New Artist….seriously, doe…

Best Rap Album 

4:44-JAY-Z-Will Win if Kendrick win’s Album of the Year 
DAMN.-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win if Jay Z Wins Album of the Year 
Culture- Migos
Laila’s Wisdom-Rapsody
Flower Boy-Tyler, the Creator

No further statements. 

Pop Solo Performance 

“Love So Soft”-Kelly Clarkson
“Praying”-Kesha–Will Absolutely Win 
“Million Reasons”-Lady Gaga
“What About Us”-Pink
“Shape of You”-Ed Sheeran

Congratulations on your very first Grammy, Ms. Kesha. Besides the other four artists on this list already have plenty  atop their mantles and you absolutely deserve it after fabulously emerging from the evil spell of that POS. Yes, gurl.

Rap/Sung Performance

“Prblms” — 6lack
“Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” — JAY-Z featuring Beyoncé*–Will Absolutely Win 
“Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna–maybe? 
“Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott–Although…..

A no brainer since the Grammys always favors a Jay and Bey duet. Although keep yours ears out for a Kendrick sneak and possibly Ms. SZA as signs are pointing in her favor to be the newest Grammy Queen…hey, there’s always one….

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay-No
Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey-Not quite
Evolve — Imagine Dragons-possible
Rainbow — Kesha-even more possible
Joanne — Lady Gaga-but yes
÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran-and yes? 

Deciding the clear winner on this one is a more complicated than Avril, but if we had to pick one….Lady Gaga for the brilliant career reinvention that was Joanne much like the reason Madonna won in ’99 for ‘Ray of Light?” Although you have to admit….Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the sh@t from an album that is equally suitable for the win. Maybe Kesha for the tie then? Guess we’ll find out tonight…

Country Song

“Better Man”-Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)Will Win because Reputation wasn’t eligible to be nominated this year and she has to win, like something 
“Body Like a Back Road”-Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos”- Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
“Drinkin’ Problem”-Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
“Tin Man”-Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

For much more Grammy goodies, check this out and then tune in tonight at 8 p.m on CBS! 

Cover photo courtesy of CNET