Performance Corner: Nicki on Kimmel

At the beginning of last week I posted a video of Nicki Minaj performing on Letterman. I was not particularly impressed with the performance because it was lacking the personality that we have grown to love from Nicki. While ‘Right Thru Me’ is a more personal song that her others that doesn’t mean her performance should lack life.

Nicki fixed all of that with her performance on Jimmy Kimmel last night. She wasn’t nearly as stiff, and she had a certain Continue reading

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Performance Corner: Nelly

This week is the second big week of releases in November. With the competition being so stiff in this season it is vital to have a lot of promotion time. While the AMA’s will play a big role in promotion for the next week, the late night shows are also big promotional spots.

Nelly performed on the Late Night Show last night with his hit song ‘Just A Dream’. This is the first time I heard him perform the song and he nailed it. The song is a smash in general, but it really sounded better live than I would have thought.

Nelly has always been a good performer. He has good stage presence and I honestly don’t know what he could have done Continue reading

Performance Corner: Willow Smith

Willow Smith made her television debut today performing on Ellen. ‘Whip My Hair’ was number 2 on itunes for most of last week, but has since fallen to number 5. With all of the hype surrounding the 10 year olds song, all eyes were on her to see if she could really sing.

I was impressed with the studio version of the song, but I had my doubts about her live vocals. With all of the auto-tune and vocal enhancements that artists use today, it seemed Continue reading

Performance Corner: ‘Runaway’-Kanye West

After insulting the entire SNL case in his song ‘Power’, Kanye and SNL seem to have made up with him performing on the show last night. As far as rappers go, Kanye is one of the best performers. He is always visually intriguing and owns the stage. With a white stage full of dancers a red dress Kanye performed ‘Power’ and ‘Runaway’ last night in New York City.

The video below is from the ‘Runaway’ performance, which is set to be released to itunes on tuesday. I like this performance more that his VMA one, and I love how he Continue reading

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