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Taylor Swift’s night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas was a success. She led all artists at the Sunday night ceremony with eight wins, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album, for “Red.”

During her top artist acceptance speech, Swift thanked her fans for making her music about her crazy emotions the soundtrack to their own crazy emotions. She added that her relationship with her fans was the longest and best relationship she’s ever had.

Swift found out she won the top Billboard 200 album category when fans in the mosh pit held up smartphones that spelled out the album title in big letters. She said, “I’m really happy about this” and went on to thank her fans for the “magical” award.

Swift also delivered one of the more memorable performances of the night, singing her hit “22? in an elaborate production that began backstage and featured several dancers, a bicycle ride and plenty of red balloons.

Rihanna and Gotye each received four awards. Several artists, including Justin Bieber, picked up three. Bieber made a bid for musical relevance while accepting the first-ever Milestone Award for musical ingenuity and innovation. During his acceptance speech, Justin took the opportunity to address all the tabloid headlines saying, “I’m 19 years old. I think I’m doing a pretty good job, and basically, from my heart, it should be about the music and the craft that I’m making it.”

Bieber added, “This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously, and all this bull should not be spoken of.”

Bieber also accepted the top male artist award from Miley Cyrus. Her new song, “We Can’t Stop,” comes out June 3.

Prince closed out the night performing a rocked out version of his classic “Let’s Go Crazy” backed by his all female band, 3rdEyeGirl. The Purple One was dressed in a fringe jacket and wore his hair in an afro.

It was the first full-on rock performance of the show, and he went into the new song, “FIXURLIFEUP,” after an extended guitar and bass solo.

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the night’s performances and winners:

The Performances:

Bruno Mars kicked off the night with a finely choreographed performance of “Treasure.” Bruno’s set looked like it was lifted from classic “Soul Train” footage with its multiple disco balls and gold flashing lights. Bruno worked the stage with him and his band all wearing matching ’70s-inspired, red suits.

Selena Gomez heated things up performing a Middle Eastern-inspired dance routine as she sang “Come and Get It.” Gomez returned later to introduce Swift’s performance of “22.” Swift kicked the song off singing in her dressing room before continuing the performance with a choreographed romp through the backstage area. An entire crew of dancers, showgirls and masked men accompanied Swift as she entered the arena on the back of a bicycle during the second verse. She then took the stage to finish the song out with a dance remix breakdown of the song as red balloons rained down on the crowd.

Country star Jennifer Nettles was on hand to introduce The Band Perry’s performance of their No. 1 country hit, “Better Dig Two,” which featured a dramatic laser light show. The sibling trio broke it down towards the end with all three members playing individual drums in synch before returning to the chorus.

Carly Rae Jepsen introduced new Swedish pop duo Icona Pop to sing their debut U.S. hit, “I Love It.” Psy and host Tracy Morgan had a dance off before Chris Brown hit the stage for a performance of “Fine China.”

Brown’s Chinese-inspired set and costuming were accented by a martial arts-style dance breakdown. Brown even tapped Michael Jackson’s former guitar player, Orianthi, to play as he closed the performance with moves reminiscent of Jackson’s classic “Billie Jean” routine.

“Nashville’s” Hayden Panettiere introduced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis singing “Thrift Shop” live from the Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. Country duo Florida Georgia Line introduced fellow country newcomer Kacey Musgraves’ acoustic performance of her debut hit, “Merry Go ‘Round.”

Bieber emerged from an airplane cockpit to sing and dance his way through “Take You,” the song his fans chose via Twitter for him to perform. Bieber returned to perform “That Power” with Will.i.am from Will’s new album #Willpower.

Ke$ha introduced Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s performance of “Feel This Moment,” which included a sample of the ’80s hit “Take on Me” by Norwegian band A-ha. A-ha actually showed up to sing a chorus of the original song to close it out. Pitbull returned later for his latest collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, “Live It Up.”

Miguel crooned his breakthrough hit “Adorn” behind a screen projecting evocative images to go along with the sexy song. Once the screen went up, Miguel danced around the smoke-filled stage and even jumped over the fans in the mosh pit to the catwalk, accidentally landing on top of one girl and kicking another in the head.

Ed Sheeran turned in an intimate, solo performance of “Lego House” from the arena’s b-stage. David Guetta, Ne-Yo and Akon transformed the MGM Grand into a giant rave with their high-energy performance of “Play Hard,” and Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a full-on lap dance during their performance of “High School.”

The Winners:

Vegas headliner Shania Twain noted how odd it was that she was presenting the evening’s first trophy, top rap artist. Nicki Minaj took that award and admitted she didn’t expect to win it in her acceptance speech.

Will.i.am confessed his favorite Madonna song is “Like a Virgin” before introducing Madonna herself to accept the top touring artist award for her blockbuster MDNA tour. An extended highlights reel of the show, including a shot of Madonna’s bare backside, aired before she took the stage. She joked that it took longer to negotiate whether she could show her bottom in that trailer than it took to rehearse for the actual tour. Madonna took off what she called her “pretentious sunglasses” to thank a few key people in her touring organization, her four children and her fans.

Avril Lavigne and Alyssa Milano presented the digital song award to Jepsen for “Call Me Maybe,” which has seven million downloads.

Kid Rock got a jab in at people lip-synching to pre-recorded music on the show before presenting the top rap song award to “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Macklemore thanked Goodwill and Value Village for the win.

Kelly Rowland and Austin Mahone handed the top EDM artist award to David Guetta. Fun. took the top rock artist award, and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” won honors for top streaming video. Rihanna was named top radio artist, and One Direction won new artist honors

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Lady buys carton of indomie with COVID-19 sticker in Akwa Ibom

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Lady buys carton of indomie with COVID-19 sticker in Akwa Ibom

A Nigerian lady has lamented over the insensitivity of some Nigerians who go about selling what rightfully belongs to the citizens of the country.

In a Facebook post, the lady, Inemesit Green-Nathaniel said she bought a carton of Indomie and removed a new sticker found on it. It turned out to be a covid-19 sticker, stating that the indomie is not for sale.

 

To her utmost surprise, after removing the “indomitable” sticker, she found COVID19 sticker, underneath it.

“I don’t really know what took my mind to this pack of indomie in my house, I decided to remove this new sticker from it, lo and behold at the back of it I saw Covid 19, Not for sale.

So all this while I have been buying my own right? So if you are looking for warehouse in Akwa ibom, our own palliatives has been sold out to us. HOW HEARTLESS CAN PEOPLE BE?”, She lamented.



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Looted COVID-19 palliatives were meant for widows in Ikorodu – Lawmaker

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Looted COVID-19 palliatives were meant for widows in Ikorodu – Lawmaker

Lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Sanai Agunbiade aka SOB, has reacted to the invasion of his home in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

The majority leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly said the looted covid-19 palliative were meant to be shared to 50 selected widows on his birthday.

 

Information Nigeria recalls that an irate mob invaded the lawmaker’s house, ransacking the lawmaker’s wardrobe and that of his wife and children, thus carting away with food items and personal belongings.

His statement reads:

The violent attack on my house: Thank you Ikorodu.

To God be the glory that the violent attack on my house on friday 23rd October, and the massive destruction of everything therein did not record any fatalities.

I got intelligence reports of the plan to exterminate me early enough, but I took it as unfounded rumours. Moreso, I was not ready to have security operatives around lest lives be lost. I trusted in God’s plan for my life.

But to those that masterminded and sponsored the carnage for nothing other than political vendetta, I say ‘thank you.’ We know ourselves in Ikorodu, but God reigns supreme. God will repay every hands involved in the attack in appropriate proportion.

I am happy to be alive to witness the 2020 anniversary of my birthday on Sunday 25th October. The plan of detractors to delete me before my bithday has failed. To God be the glory.

Let it be noted that at the peak of covid 19 pandemic, I personally distributed palliatives to my constituents more than three (3) times at my personal expense and recently, my team also shared palliatives to very indigent residents of Ikorodu. All these and many more of efforts aimed at taking care of my constituents are public knowledge as we have a way of ensuring open nomination of beneficiaries.

And for my bithday on 25th October 2020, I have sent out, through my Media Team, notice of my intention to give support to 50 widows who have already been nominated by different groups in a programme christianed Widows Mite for Widows and also distribute to some vulnerable and indigent individuals across the three local councils of my constituency, some palliative materials donated by the state and federal governments, as well as myself. Those are the materials stolen from my house yesterday. Alhamdullilah.

My service to Ikorodu since my teenage years up to this present time is already treasured by posterity and remain immutable. God knows I do not deserve the treatment meted on me by the perpetrators of this politically motivated attack and their sponsors, but I seek solace in God.

It is a truism that no one will attack the property of a mad man, but people of reckoning always suffer vilification. The barbaric event of friday is though shocking but like a dolphin which is happy even in the middle of giant waves and horrible storm, I am stable and my faith in the mercy and grace of God is very fat.

For certain the looters are not #Endsars protesters because the youth in Ikorodu engaged in very peaceful and well coordinated protest. The perpetrators of the attack on my house are group of assailants on a mission targeted at my life. They stole my certificates and travelling passports of my family. They emptied my wardrobe and that of my wife and went with other valuables…pure broad day robbery! But we thank God.
Nigerian politics is indeed very profitable! Ikorodu you have done well for me, I thank you.

For all of these, I thank God for the preservation of lives. I thank God for his infinite mercies and grace.

SOB will not go down, no matter how much they try because God is my armour. Whatever the situation, Ise Oluwa n tesiwaju insha Allah!

Agunbiade S.O.B

Watch videos of residents carting away the palliatives below:

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Ensure fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters – Martin Luther King III writes Buhari

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Ensure fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters – Martin Luther King III writes Buhari

Son of late 60’s civil rights leader, Martin Luther King III has joined other world leaders in lending their voice to the peaceful #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.

Martin Luther King III stated that Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari should guarantee fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters, adding that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

He made this known on Sunday, in a tweet he sent to Buhari on Twitter.

The American human rights advocate disclosed this in a statement on Twitter, where he also noted that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

He wrote: “I appeal to @MBuhari to guarantee the fundamental freedoms of peaceful protesters in Nigeria, including their right to protest. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -MLK, Jr. We must stand with those protesting to #ENDSARS.”

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