By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
If you were part of the audience that managed to watch the Primetime Emmys all the way to the end on Sunday, Sept. 20, you were graced with three hours of host Andy Samberg’s humor. Sam- berg’s opening monologue was a five-minute song tribute to the struggle it is of choosing a T.V. show to watch in 2015.
Yet, as the show entered its third hour, I started to think about the irony of how I could be spending this time watching Netflix. Jeffrey Tambor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the top comedy prizes for their roles in “Transparent” and “Veep,” respectively. Outstanding Actor Drama Series went to Jon Hamm for his performance in “Mad Men.” In a monumental moment to end the night, Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Actress Drama Series for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.”
On the music side of Hollywood, Demi Lovato reminded everyone how seriously old they have gotten by posting a picture on Instagram from 2010, to wish her dear friend Nick Jonas a happy 23rd birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The photo featured a baby-faced Jonas and Lovato sporting her classic bangs, but most importantly she reminded us how badly we—how badly I— need the #jofro back in my life.
Lovato and another Jonas Brother both dropped new singles this week. In her latest single, “Confident,” Lovato asked the world simply, “What’s wrong with being confident?” The track is pop-rock inspired and infused with empowering lyrics that she rocked out to at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on Satur- day, Sept. 19. Joe Jonas was at the show, as well, to promote his latest track, “Cake By The Ocean,” with his newly formed band DNCE. His new bandmates may seem familiar, as one has performed with Charli XCX, another with Semi- Precious Weapons and drummer Jack Lawless has played with Joe since the Jonas Brothers days.
As Justin Bieber basks in the success of his latest single, “What Do You Mean?,” he found himself in another media-made feud. When asked in a radio interview for his opinion on fellow Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes, Bieber appeared to have never heard of him. The Twittersphere took this as a rally call for a rumble to come between the two stars. However, in Bieber’s apparent new reformed life, he wasn’t looking for a fight. Instead he made good on his word to check out Mendes and went to Instagram to show his support. The post fea- tured a screenshot of Mendes’ latest single “Stitches” with the caption, “Shawn I checked out the music and I’m so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter.”
Ariana Grande gave an ode to Bieber this week at her Houston concert on Friday, Sept. 18. The singer performed a mash-up of Bieber’s “What Do Your Mean?”and her own “One Last Time.” Bieber wasn’t available for the collaboration, but that didn’t stop fans from going crazy over Grande singing alongside Bieber’s original recording.
As a former Nickelodeon star, one can only wonder if Grande fan-girled as hard as the rest of the world when TeenNick released a clip on Friday, Sept. 18, reveal- ing what Zoey said to Chase in her time capsule video on “Zoey101.” Exactly 10 years after the origi- nal episode, “Time Capsule,” premiered, fans got to see Chase Matthews (Sean Flynn) and Mi- chael Barret (Christopher Massey) reunite just before Chase was about to propose to his girlfriend, Alyssa. Michael reads Zoey’s dialogue to Chase revealing that 10 years ago, she thought they might be soulmates. The clip ended with “to be continued…?,” but hope- fully Dan Schneider, producer of the show and clip, won’t make us wait another 10 years to find out if true love really does exist.