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Adrianna Velazquez

Adrianna is a 20-year-old college student attending Wayne State University majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. With a passion for music and photography she spends most of her time at concerts photographing and interviewing musicians. She also enjoys baseball and coffee, lots of it!

Colbie Caillat says no to Photoshop, yes to natural beauty

Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat takes a stand on impossible beauty standards in her latest music video, Try. Her powerful lyrics promote a beautiful message to women by encouraging them to wipe off the makeup and reassures them that they are perfect just the way they are.

Inspiration for the song sparked while working with Kenneth Babyface Edmonds in the recording studio. Caillat expressed the pressure she felt to become someone she’s not both image-wise and musically. Although she didn’t want to, she often did what was asked to make people happy. That’s when Babyface suggested otherwise.

Instead, Caillat was encouraged to write about what she was being asked to do that changed who she is. “Try” instantly became a result of that creative freedom.

“When you have blemishes on your skin, gain weight, or my friend has crooked teeth, or my mom’s roots are going gray. And everyone is trying to hide their faults from each other when we all have it. So Babyface inspired me to write this and it’s all from personal experience,” said Caillat in an interview with Cosmopolitan.

The music video for “Try” features Caillat, along with several women of all ages in full makeup. As the video goes on, the makeup begins to evaporate and viewers are left with what lies beneath the fake eyelashes, foundation and false hair.

The song is a self-acceptance anthem that promotes natural beauty and takes a stab at society’s unrealistic beauty standards and according to Caillat, is a message that needs to be shared more often.

Caillat’s new album cover will feature a more simple, real version of herself as she’s opting out of Photoshop despite her previous concern that the album wouldn’t look as polished next to other artists. Caillat remains determined to avoid creating a false reality about her image to her fans.

"All Of Me" John Legend's Biggest Billboard Hit

Nine-time Grammy Award winner, John Legend has been absent in recent years but is making a comeback with his fourth studio album, “Love in the Future” which released earlier this year. The album is probably the most romantic album of the year.

“All Of Me,” the third single off the album is quickly becoming the biggest pop hit single of John Legend’s noteworthy career and is a fine example of the collection of romantic ballads that make up the album’s track list.

Written about his wife and model, Chrissy Teigen, the piano and vocal only track is a genuine love tune empowered by Legend’s rich and soulful vocals that are raw and untouched. The heartfelt lyrics are original and a declaration of honesty.

With lyrics like, “You’re my downfall, you’re my muse/ My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues.” it’s clear that it was written from the heart and composed for someone special.

“All Of Me” is the first sight of top 40 potential since his collaboration with Andre 3000 on “Green Light.” The single first released in August making significant impact on the R&B chart but did not climb high on mainstream pop charts until Legend’s powerful performance on this year’s Grammy Awards broadcast. The performance instantly captivated pop fans who sent the love ballad to mainstream pop radio and digital sales skyrocketing.

Despite his absence in recent years, Legend is taking slower ballads to the top of the charts. “All Of Me” is an example of what a good love song should be with its soulful and charming lyrics of honest truth amplified through heartwarming vocals that exceed any overused love song formula.

"The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood receives 4 Primetime Emmy Award nominations

It’s safe to say that Carrie Underwood is undoubtedly the most successful star to emerge from American Idol.

With six Grammy awards under her belt and more than 95 major honors, Underwood’s foray into television has also been quite the success.

This past week, The Sound of Music Live!, starring Underwood in the lead role of Maria, received four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical also featuring True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Broadway star Audra McDonald attracted 44 million viewers in its airings back in December. 

Underwood originally emerged after winning season four of American Idol and has since become a true multi-media superstar. She first made her acting debut on the CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother in 2010 and has since earned achievements in music, television and film.

Underwood along with fellow country hit-maker and The Voice coach, Blake Shelton will represent country music at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards that will air on August 25th.