With less than 48 hours before we say a final farewell to 2007, I thought I'd do one of those Award thingies like what many blogs have been doing lately. Everybody has had their highs and lows of the year through and through, so here's mine:
BIGGEST WTF OF 2007: Well, of course the recent Chris Stokes molestation controversy is one to be taken into consideration but nothing beats Britney Spears going into meltdown when she shaved off all her hair back in February:
That, as well as her tragic VMA performance back in September, and losing custody of her kids. But the shaving head incident wins this hands down! Maybe 2008 will be a better year for Britney. Who knows? Maybe she'll finally decide to get her act together.
HOTTEST MUSICAL COUPLE OF 2007: Well, of course it's going to be Beyonce and Jay-Z. They get this every time:
Jay-Z is not hot physically but his money, bank balance and his business savvy credentials is what makes him hot, not to mention he's dating one of the most beautiful women in music right now. Of course he knows this. How many times am I going to hear that 'hottest chick in the game' line? These two are no doubt the most powerful couple in not just music but show-business as well.
HOTTEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2007: Last year it was Promise by Ciara. The video AND the song was the hottest but this year I got to give it to Rihanna'sUmbrella. She came HARD with that single big time:
The special effects were creatively innovative and there were lots of nice visuals. I loved the water scene where she is dancing with the waves. They should have devoted more camera time on that. Also, I loved the part where she was butt naked and covered in silver body paint. Although the choreography was very hit and miss, this was no doubt a hot video.
WORST VIDEO OF 2007: Awww, this is easy. This Award goes to Britney'sGIMME MORE video:
Just horrible for reasons that don't even need to be explained. There were so many contenders for this category but Britney beat them all.
MOST STYLIST OF 2007:Rihanna has this on lock. There is no one that has taken such a huge risk in completely switching up their image by going hardcore with their style. Rihanna has been spot on over the past couple of months:
She's gone from the tom-boy baggy-pants wearing songstress to a more sassy and sophisticatedly elegant young diva in the making. She was sick of being seen as a mini Beyonce and she wanted to put a stop to that and that she did! I sometimes like to think she's dressing herself but it's been quite obvious that she is under the influence of a personal stylist. Sometimes it appears to be all a little too contrived.
HOTTEST SONG OF 2007:UMBRELLA! Without a doubt, Rihanna's Umbrella was one of the hottest, edgiest, ear-catching song of 2007:
It was also one of the biggest chart stormers internationally. This year was definitely Rihanna's year.
HOTTEST ALBUM OF 2007: For me I'm going to say Britney Spears'Blackout'. This choice may come as a shock when Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole are hot contenders but the production on that album was something serious:
I have become a massive fan of Danja and the synth pop vibe mixed in with the urban influences. That direction definitely worked in her favour. Sadly, the efforts of those who put their best work into this project were wasted. Britney could have ruled the world with this album and she totally blew it with the appalling VMA performance and her lack of charisma to promote it.
BIGGEST COMEBACK OF 2007:Alicia Keys without a doubt had the biggest comeback of 2007. It's been 7 weeks since the release of new album As I Am and she has sold over 2 million copies already:
Her song No One is a smash hit and she is the biggest selling female of 2007. Alicia has had that crack success and it could not have happened to a more deserving artist.
BIGGEST WARDROBE MALFUNCTION OF 2007: This Award is honored by Janet Jackson of course but this year it belongs to somebody. There are so many that I didn't even know where to begin. But I'm giving it to Beyonce:
Not content with showing Jay-Z a sight only HE should be subjected to, Ms Beyonce went and flashed her vagina during her tour, The Beyonce Experience. Of course Beyonce stans will say it's a photoshop job but the pic looks pretty authentic to me, and there's only so many excuses you can make for one person.
MOST UNDERRATED ALBUM OF 2007: I'm inclined to say Amerie'sBecause I Love It or Kelly Rowland'sMiss Kelly, but I'm going to say Britney's'Blackout':
All these albums did not get the accolades that they deserved which is truly sad because they were the most solid.
WORST SONG OF 2007:Nicole Scherzinger'sWhatever You Like was no doubt the worst song of 2007. It was just pitiful. Even T.I who spat on the track couldn't save the song from falling harder than a brick from the sky:
That very same beat was used not only by Kelis for Blindfold Me but by former TLC singer Chilli as well for Straight Jack, which is that she did. The irony. Not a good way for your solo career to take off. Turns out Polow Da Don had shopped the same beat to several other artists so why she chose to release this as the lead single beats me. We had high expectations for the Pussycat Doll frontwoman and she just didn't deliver. Chris Brown'sWall To Wall is another one. It was so cheesy, you could actually smell the dairylea through the speakers. But he redeemed himself with Kiss Kiss which became very successful and got to no 1 on billboard.
WORST ALBUM OF 2007: I didn't like the new Jennifer Lopez album so I nominate 'Brave':
I'm sure there's plenty more but this is the album that comes to mind when I think about the least appealing album of this year.
BIGGEST GIMMICK OF 2007: It was definitely the Kanye West and Fiddy rivalry especially with 50 saying he'll retire if he sells less on the same day he and Kanye released their new albums:
Of course Kanye kicked his ass in sales but it was a clever gimmick, although I saw right through it and PREDICTED they'd be pictured together and I was right. But the alleged Fiddy and Ciara relationship was also another gimmick Fiddy has been riding on in order to get his album to sell. Fiddy also credits Sharon Osbourne for the new nickname.
BIGGEST HAM OF 2007: This is a really tough one but I think I'm going to go with Fantasia Barrino who had a couple of mishaps this year:
With the last set of images, I don't know what she was hoping to achieve by taking those type of pictures and how they got out to prying eyes is still a mystery. All I know is that such images are enough to turn the most hot-blooded hetereosexual man into a bonafide homo.
BIGGEST FLOP OF 2007:Jennifer Lopez'sBrave. I think she had the lowest sales this year for a pop/R&B act:
I didn't think anybody could do any worse than Kelly Rowland but J.Lo really did hit a slump. Two other acts that come to mind include Mya and Nicole Scherzinger.
HOTTIE OF 2007: NO doubt Chris Brown was getting some major love this year, especially since turning 18:
At least the older ladies need not feel bad about having a crush on the young and handsome R&B prince. He is still a goofball, but cute with it all the same. Him and Rihanna would make such a cute couple.
FUNNIEST MOMENT OF 2007: Another award that Beyonce wins hands down is when she bust her ass at her concert in Orlando, tripped on her gown and fell head first down a hefty flight of stairs:
She got mad respect for picking herself up straight away and carrying on like nothing happened, shaking that wig violently afterwards. Hilarious.
So there you have it folks, the highs, the lows, the madness and the chaos of 2007. The year is nearly over and it's time to wipe the slate clean for many of our big time artists. That said, I hope 2008 is going to be just as interesting. Keep it locked!