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The Grammy Awards '12: The Re-Cap.
Baby Blue Ivy.  Ok, now that I've gotten that out of the way.... OMGEE guys!  I feel like so much has happened since my last post, which wasn't even a week ago!  Last night was the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.  Now, I am a huge fan of the Grammy's, being as I'm a musician, and this awards show is like my Super Bowl!  A lot of you follow me on twitter, and let's just say... I went IN on my opinions of everything that went down.  But let me give you a wrap of of my hits and misses, starting from the red carpet, to the performances, to the award winners, and more!


Wearing Christian Siriano, Corinne Bailey Rae looked beautiful and natural!
 Rae won a Grammy for Best  R&B Performance of her rendition of Bob Marley's "Is This Love."
I thought Kelly Ro looked GREAT in this nude Alberta Feretti number...
I also have to mention the hair.  I'm a fan!
And can we just take a moment to talk about her body?
Katy P looked elegant and classy in this sky blue Ellie Saab couture gown.
 I like the whole monochromatic look this time around.
  I feel like this toned down for her haha!
And the blue hair worked for me!  What do you guys think?
Now, this picture doesn't do this Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 justice!  She looked HAWT!  
You either loved it, or hated it, and I LOVED it!  
She had a great tan, and the color looked vibrant against her skin!  
Only she could pull something like this off... lol.  
Fergie also won 2 Grammy's for Best Rap/Sung Collection & Best Rap Song in "All of the Lights."
I didn't realize Paris Hilton was still relevant,
and was surprised to see her on the red carpet, but she looked stunning in this Basil Soda gown.
That's all I have to say about that *Forest Gump voice*
I was shocked to see Jessie J stand out on the red carpet.  
She's a pretty girl, but is definitely know for her powerful voice, not her fashion choices.  
Tonight she stunned us all in this sparkly Julien MacDonald number.  
She looked great moving on the red carpet, but she said the dress was heavy.  But who says you have to be pretty and practical on the red carpet?
I see you Jessie! 
Adele.  Now ya'll know I love me some Adele.  
I was heavily anticipating her performance, and she delivered!  
She started off strong and had so much energy, it was like I felt her through the television! 
I screamed and clapped each time her name was called (and it was called all 6 times) to accept a Grammy for all six of her nominations.  
She is now tied with Beyonce for most Grammy Awards accepted in one season.  
Adele is living proof that you don't have to be a gimmick or lose who you are to sell records and be successful.  
This is a real woman, who writes and sings real music, and she is very successful doing just that!  
So inspirational!


Alicia looks stunning in this Alexandre Vauthier dress and Louboutin shoes.  
There's no doubt about it.  
My jaw dropped when she stepped onto the red carpet.   
The reason why she's in the "warning" category is because of her performance.  
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt did a tribute to Etta James, but A.Keys was off (as usual).  
She gave herself the starting pitch via the piano she was playing, and started the song acapella and was still flat!  Like how does this continue to happen?  
Bonnie sounded great, but Keys should've stuck to the keys, and let Bonnie do all the singing... *side eye*

Rihanna surprised me with this blonde mop top and very sexy and feminine dress, a collaboration with Armani himself!  She looked reinvented and fresh to me, I absolutely loved the look!  Loved the wig, it's super fun hair, and she looked like a lioness!  I would equate the wig to a party dress... Pull it out every now and then, but I wouldn't be rockin' it every weekend...  What puts Ri Ri in the "warning" category was her performance.  Now, the first half was great!  She was actually singing, and she sounded really good!  Then came the performance with Coldplay.  Now, I don't know if she was still trying to catch her breath from the first song, but she sounded a HOTT MESS!  It was very hard to listen to... Dang Ri Ri... Just when I thought you could sing live... The wig started to look less glam and more "trashy chic" once pair with the street clothes she had onstage.  Maybe she should just put that one on the shelf.

......... I am not a fan of Taylor Swift.  I think she is very talented, and a great songwriter, but she's just not my cup of chai tea latte (soy).  Now, I always get on Tay Tay because she always wears a gold sparkly dress + red lips combination ALL THE TIME.  It's soooo TIRED!  BUTTTT, can we talk about this dress???  This dress is absolutely STUNNING and she looks great in it!  A gown by Zuhair Murad, she looked absolutely incredible!  Now you're reading this and are thinking, "So whyy is SHE in the 'warning' category?"  I'm tired of her playing the whole "who meeeeee?" bit and always acting soooo surprised every time she wins an award.  It's really annoying, and apparently many on twitter thought so as well. Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and ima let you finish, but please grow up and stop it with the acts!


Robyn, how you gonna show up on a red carpet wearing a mens Hanes crew neck tee, 
and some fabric (that's supposed to be a skirt) that looks like you got it on discount from a costume shop?
Disappointing.  Like does she have friends?  
Cuz if she did, they wouldn't let her on the red carpet looking like that.  
The platform timbs were hot though! 
 But unfortunately, that didn't save the look...

It's hard to formulate words for this.  This, meaning Nicki Minaj.  Nicki and her creative team are really out there.  Minaj came on the red carpet escorted by "The Pope," wearing a humongous red Versace cape.  Very Little Red Riding hood meets the runway.  I immediately laughed when I saw her on the television, and just let it go.  The performance however, was the subject of an exorcism of one of her personalities "Roman," and had all kinds of religious imagery (her background dancers were dressed as monks), pyrotechnics..... I was not impressed, nor understood why she took it there.  I would just rather not share my thoughts.  Just no Nicki, no.  Take a lesson from Adele maybe...


I heard the devastating news of Whitney Houston Saturday night while I was in the audience of my friend's performance in The Vagina Monologues.  I was initially shocked, and very confused... I still haven't completely wrapped my head around it, honestly... It's just so very sad.  Whitney Houston had a gift like no other.  Her voice was distinguishable, warm, beautiful, she was so talented!  I looked up to her when I was little, and have always been a fan of hers, as a singer and actress!  We'll  have to remember Whitney by her great music, rememberable live performances, and her great smile and that voice, that impacted so many people!  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, her friends, and her fans!

The Grammy Team had less than 48 hours to prepare for a tribute to honor Whitney during the show, but word caught on quickly the night before that Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan were to do a tribute.  There was no Chaka, but Jennifer gracefully took the stage and sang one of Whitney's most popular songs, "I Will Always Love You."  She had a flawless performance, her voice sounded strong and passionate, and I thought it was very heartfelt and lovely!  I wish it had been longer, but with such short notice, what can you do?  


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this year's Grammy's.  I was confused as to why Bruce Springsteen started the show (I know I know, we love Bruce Springsteen), but I mean..... Cyndi Lauper hopped on the red carpet lookin' like a hot mama, did ya'll see her?  I'm still trying to get used to Kelly Osbourne's hair...  LL did well as a host in my opinion, and I loved Bruno Mars energy on stage!  He's a talented guy!  Gaga skipped the red carpet, and twitter was wondering where she was, but finally saw her in the audience at that start of the show (maybe it's because she knew that last night was all about Adele).  The Beach Boys tribute was boring, and didn't do anything for me, as well as Chris Brown's performance.  I think I might have yawned while watching him onstage (Brown took home Best R&B Album).  Kanye took home 4 Grammy's, although he wasn't in attendance.  The Foo Fighters rocked the house, taking home 4 Grammy's as well (deservedly so)... I love Paul McCartney's second performance, I was jammin, and Bon Iver looked like "my 6th grade history teacher" as my bf stated, LOL!  I found a new group that I am loving from their performance last night, The Civil Wars!  I need to check them out!

My goal one day is to attend the Grammy's every year.  I had the opportunity to go a couple years ago, and it was an unforgettable experience!  I was a part of a small social media team that tweeted looks from the red carpet, as well as attended many pre-Grammy events, and post-Grammy parties!  It was so much fun!

To get a full list of who won what, click here.

Rolling in the Deep
What's been going on?  I guess I could say a few things have been popping off, nothing too exciting lately. The snow/ice finally melted away, then the next day we got 3 inches -_- I was NOT pleased.  Can't it just be April already??  I got Adele's new album, and it is SOO good (hence the title, check out that song).  I think she's a phenomenal writer and vocalist.  This album, in comparison to her first, is a little more soulful/old school, a little more mature... She's growing up, and she has a lot to say!  I suggest you guys check it out!

Yesterday was also my parent's 25th year Wedding Anniversary, so I want to give them a shoutout!  Hi parents, congratulations!! lol

These are all the pictures from the Grammy event I previously told you guys about, we all looked so cute!

This is my friend Simisola looking fabulous.  She's wearing a custom made African jacket

I'm wearing a bar III dress, Merona tights from Target, and Jessica Simpson platform pumps


This is the lovely Shawna and her date Sam.

Side note: The bathrooms were unisex and it was VERY awkward.  Jay-Z, that is NOT a good look!
I don't know who all follows me on twitter, but I tweet a lot.  Some of you will already know this story from twitter, but for those of you who don't... Let me just briefly say that something ALWAYS happens to me when I go to the gym.  I can't just go to the gym, have a good workout and be done.  There is always an incident.  Last night's incident:

First of all, I went to the gym late, got there around 9:30p.m., lookin' like somebody's grandmama.  I obviously did not expect to see anyone I knew either... 30 minutes into my intense elliptical workout (lol jk) BAM.  My friend's FINE older brother: muscles poppin, skin lookin' right, doing his thang!  I immediately start to freak out, wondering if he has already seen me.  At first I thought he didn't, ducking down behind the elliptical when he walked by, even hiding behind a weight lifting machine until I was out of his sight.  But as I got closer to the end of my workout, I could sense that he was watching me, so I think he did.  

Then we both knew we had seen each other, but neither one of us were saying hello.  It was SO awkward.  Mind you, there was only about 25 people total at the gym (and it's a spacious gym), so you could see everyone who was there smh.  Was he too shy or embarrassed to say hi?  Was he too embarrassed for me LMAO?!  I don't know! 

Not sure if I'll be hitting the gym after work today... If I do, I just hope nothing too crazy happens haha!


Black History Month Fact: On this day, in 1965, Constance Baker Motley was elected Manhattan Borough President, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city.

And the award goes to...
Is Winter over yet??  I'm so over it!  Thankfully the snow is starting to melt, and soon I'll see what grass looks like again.  However, it's supposed to be 63 degrees on Friday so that is something to look forward to!  Woo hoo!!

Valentine's Day was a couple days ago, and I had work.  I'm single, but I still like the holiday either way lol.  I actually don't own the color red, so while everyone had on red, I was wearing beige, turquoise, and creme.  I know the color red looks great on me, but for some reason, I don't like to wear it.  Weird huh?  The closet thing to red I own is a red wash cloth!

(These photos were taken pre-winter)
Wearing: H&M sweater, F21 maxi skirt, Dolce Vita boots
The Grammy's were also the other night, and as we all know, the big upset was when Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist over Justin Bieber.  I honestly didn't think she had a chance over those crazy Beliebers, but I was so happy for her, almost in tears!  She went to Berklee as well as I, and she was a normal musician just like the rest of us.  When I got to school she had just graduated and was actually working for Berklee, and I would see her walking around campus carrying her huge upright bass with her.  She was very friendly and always wearing a smile.  If she can make it, so can we!  Let's uplift not demolish!

Frenchie Davis said it best on twitter yesterday:
"Um, not knowing who Esperanza Spalding is doesn't make her a nobody... It makes YOU musically ignorant... Again, I implore you to go sit down."

Justin Bieber fans have been verbally assaulting Esperanza through twitter, hacking her Wikipedia page, etc.  It's really over the top...  Maybe they should check out her music and see all that she's done before attacking her.  At the end of the day she is a human being, and people need to treat her as such, whether they agree or disagree with her winning the Grammy.  I think Justin Bieber is great, and definitely deserved to win just as much as she, if not more... But clearly the artists weren't judged solely on record sales (which is a good thing).  He's like 12, he's got plenty of years for Grammy's to come his way!

I don't know what's going on with the top of my head in these pics but...

What are your thoughts on this years Grammy Awards, especially in regards to the Esperanza vs. Bieber controversy?


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Fall 7 times, stand up 8.
TGIF!!  Is anybody going to see the new Justin Bieber movie today (just kidding... But not really)?

As you all know, I joined the gym and started working out.  At the gym I signed up with, they give you a complimentary fitness "assessment" in hopes that you'll sign up with a Personal Trainer.  I agreed to the assessment, but had no plans to sign up for a PT.  So I met with the guy, discussed what I wanted to work on (abs!!!) and he paired me up with the "abs guy" to do a few workouts.

"Robert" ( the abs guy) and I walk over to this stretching/sit-up machine.  It looked something similar to this, but larger and more slanted, so that you could lay your entire back on the bench comfortably.  Robert has me lying on the bench with a medicine ball, then reaching up in the air to touch his hand, you know, nothing fancy.  We finish the workout, and it's time to get up.  Instead of scooting up to the top of the bench, to easily get my feet from under the rolly thingys, I decide to try to get off the bench whilst still laying down.  MISTAKE.

My foot gets stuck under the rolly thingy and I literally fall off the machine sideways, in a tumble.  Everyone is looking at me.  People take out their earbuds, pause their ipods, stop their workouts to stare.  I was SOOOOOO embarrassed!!!!

I decided not to sign up with a Personal Trainer.  I'll leave it at that.

wearing: Zara gold striped sweater, Gap gold braided belt, Citizens jeans, Circa John & David hunter green boots
On a uplifting note (literally), I took a Zumba class with my Mom two days ago, and absolutely loved it! The teacher was... Ok.  She had rhythm but... It wasn't that instilled rhythm.  You could tell it took her a long time to gather the rhythm that she has haha.  I'm just saying!!

There was also an extraneous amount of booty popping involved.  There was a lady in the front going for blood.  It was as if she was auditioning as a dancer in a music video!!

I did a little organizing of my jewelry and cleaned my room yesterday.  I actually found my favorite lip liner that I thought I lost as a result of cleaning too!  I clearly need to clean my room more often...

Sunday I'm going to the Official Grammy Viewing Party at the 40/40 in NYC with a few friends.  I'll obviously be taking pictures.  It should be fun!!

Black History Month Fact: Nelson Mandela

Born in 1918 in South Africa.  He led armed resistance against apartheid, his native land's entrenched system of brutal legal discrimination that guaranteed political and economic security for White South Africans and disenfranchisement and poverty for Blacks.  As a part of the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela found himself first a fugitive and then a prisoner.  During his twenty seven years in jail, he became an international symbol of defiance against the brutality of South Africa's racist regime.  Mandela was freed from prison in 1990.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three years later.  Shortly thereafter, he was elected as the first Black President of a new South Africa, one now free of apartheid- if not entirely of its legacy- due in part to his efforts. 

Amazing.  His book is on my list of must reads.  A living legend.


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