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RECAP | Everything that happened at the American Music Awards

From Taylor Swift's politics to Cardi B's epic return, the AMA's did not dissapoint.

The 2018 American Music Awards aired last night, and I think we can all agree that this year was particularly epic.

Tracee Ellis Ross hosted for a second consecutive year, and once again struck the perfect balance of funny and mean. She opened the show with a dance routine and a monologue, during which she promised to highlight black designers and hoped that she would end up on 'The Shade Room,' or what she called the 'black TMZ.'

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Ed Sheeran helps Bruno Mars celebrate his 33rd birthday

The playful duo appeared on Twitter.

Bruno Mars just turned 33 yesterday — and how did he celebrate his big three three? By hiring Ed Sheeran to serenade him, of course.

The 'Uptown Funk' singer ate cake backstage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on his '24K Magic Tour' while Sheeran sang 'Happy Birthday.' The hilarious video made its way to Mars' Twitter and fans went wild for the onscreen bromance.

The lyrics seem pretty standard, but then Sheeran addressed Mars as 'Dear Two Time Super Bowl performing Bruno' instead of the usual boring name plug. Mars obviously approves as he cuts into his birthday cake, marked with his name and surrounded by smaller cupcakes. Mars then tells Sheeran 'Again!' and the 'Shape of You' singer reluctantly complies.

The Twitter video is playfully captioned 'You know you've made it when you can hire Ed Sheeran to sing you Happy Birthday!' and I have to agree. I mean, I've never been serenaded by anyone remotely as famous as Ed Sheeran!

This isn't the first we've seen of this bromance either — Sheeran once told ET in an interview that he and Mars 'hang out' in the studio. Sheeran also expressed his respect and admiration for 'Finesse' and its music video saying that it wouldn't have been as cool if he were in it.

And of course, you can't post a video like this without the usual Bruno Mars stans replying on Twitter. Following the funky singer, they've dubbed Oct. 8 as #HappyBrunoMarsDay, filling the hashtag full of memes and congratulations.


Even some celebrities came to Twitter to wish Mars a Happy Birthday, such as Missy Elliott and Ellen DeGeneres.


Bruno Mars is having an amazing year right now — he recently released 'Wake Up in the Sky' with Kodak Black and Gucci Mane and announced the Finale of his 24K Magic Tour. Mars also has five of the Top 600 Biggest Songs of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100 and received an EMMY nomination for Outstanding Music Direction. Mars won the BET Award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist for 2018 and was nominated for 15 Billboard music awards.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.

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Versace Brings Back Iconic Biggie Frame for One Month Only

The newly acquired brand updates its classic sunglasses inspired by the Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie Smalls wasn't just known for his rapping skills.

The Brooklyn-born rapper also made waves in fashion. He introduced his followers to Versace shades, COOGI sweaters and turtleneck sweaters. Now, Versace is bringing back his iconic Medusa frames in a newer, updated style for one month only.

Versace

The updated style boasts a low-lens front shape and wide-style temples for a more modern look. Compared to the OG shades, this new pair is definitely more structured and fresh, but the shades will still feature the same gold metal Medusa medallions that Biggie wore.

The glasses will cost $295 and be available in Barney's stores and on their website starting Oct. 8, and will be available for purchase until Nov. 8.

Notorious BIG • Biggie Smalls on Instagram: “#tbt Now we sip Champagne when we thirsty.. #thenotoriousbig #notoriousbig #notorious #biggie #biggiesmalls #hiphop #rap #90s #1990s…”

Along with fellow rapper 2Pac, Biggie locked down Versace as a staple of hip-hop fashion. He was also one of the first rappers to be invited to the Italian house of opulance's fashion shows. Modern rappers like 2 Chainz and Tyga have also attempted to revive the famous Medusa shades.

Another one of Biggie's favorite fashion choices was the COOGI sweater — originally made in Melbourne for rich, upper class white folks, the Notorious B.I.G. re-appropriated the sweater for the hip-hop community. And again, rappers today love paying tribute to his looks — Drake and A$AP Mob are just a few of the artists who have sported the colorful threads.

Not all of Biggie's styles were discontinued — Biggie loved to rock some BAPE camo which is still trendy today. NIGO, a young designer who was also a fan of hip hop, started designing camo inspired pieces and managed to get the Bad Boy rapper to wear some. Now, BAPE is a popular brand and camo is everywhere.

The revival of the famous Versace shades was the brand's first major announcement after being bought by Michael Kors. Some say it's Kors already trying to profit off the brand's history, while others think this is Versace's last big stunt. Regardless, a little more Biggie fashion in the world can't be a bad thing.


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Kim Zolciak Reveals Huge Raise for Show 'Don't Be Tardy'

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Kim Zolciak Reveals Huge Raise for Show ‘Don’t Be Tardy’

The reality television star and her daughter are raking in around a combined $1.7 million

Kim Zolciak managed to become a standout star from The Real Housewives of Atlanta — and now she's making bank in her own show, Don't Be Tardy.

Zolciak and her daughter just finished filming season 7 of their show and an unknown source just revealed their salaries. The source said the duo negotiated more money to come back and thus, got a raise.

Bravo is giving the mother-daughter duo a raise that would even keep me on the show — Zolciak is now making $125,000 an episode which amounts to about $1.5 million for the season. Her daughter, Brielle Biermann also got a raise — she's now pulling in around $16,000 per episode, amounting to around $192,000 for the season.

A couple months ago, Zolciak made a scene after making racist comments on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She stated her belief that racism isn't real and before that, called NeNe Leakes' home a 'roach nest.' Zolciak later said that her coworkers always play the race card and that she makes no association with her words and racism.

Kroy Biermann, Zolciak's husband and Biermann's adopted dad, also got a cut of the deal. During his career in the NFL, Biermann didn't really need to be paid that much by the show — however, now that he's out, he renegotiated his deal with the show and became executive producer, along with Zolciak.

Don't Be Tardy came to be when she met Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann whom she married in November 2011 — the show itself follows Zolciak for the two months leading up to her wedding. Colin Cowie, a celebrity event planner, helps the duo and different problems arise to entertain viewers, such as Zolciak's mom not wanting to come.

After the first initial season, we follow Zolciak and Biermann around in their new lives — two new baby boys and then two more twins in the next season. It also seems like with the exception of her oldest daughters, the couple is naming their children with 'K' names — Kardashian jealousy anyone?

We don't know if the show will be renewed for an eighth season but with these new raises, it'll probably happen — who knows, maybe by that time Brielle will be a big enough star to host her own show.


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New York Comic Con 2018: What to Expect

Thousands of people will pour into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center today, hoping to learn anything new about their fandoms

Today is the first day of New York Comic Con and crowds of people are already starting to pour in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, dressed up as their favorite characters.

Of course, NYCC won't be as big as the OG event, San Diego Comic Con, but we can still expect tons of news about releases, movies, shows and more.

Comics

If you're a die-hard fan for the original reason of this convention, you'll be pretty busy this weekend — comics will be a huge part of the show, like always. Marjorie Liu will be giving a keynote speech to kick off the day — she's the creator of the Monstress series, which won both Hugo and Eisner awards.

In the Artist Alley, you can check out independent artists showcasing their books and artwork, a great way to support smaller names. Bigger companies such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and others will host panels all weekend.

Some other interesting panels involve education and representation — Emily Ree will be speaking for the 'History Comics Club' and 'Queer Comics for Kids of All Ages' will also be represented at the convention.

Movies

The younger crowd — who weren't brought up on comics — will probably be more interested in the movie announcements and events. Fans expect new trailers to drop, such as for Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines, the last movie in DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon series and the Hellboy reboot.

Movie panels will include Todd McFarlane's talk about his new Spawn movie, From Page to Screen: Owning Your Own Intellectual Property and a movie interview about Constantine: City of Demons.

Shows

NYCC is pretty much the place to be for show premieres — DC Universe premiered the first two episodes of its Teen Titans reboot, Titans and Syfy will be showing Nightflyers, a George R. R. Martin adaption. Netflix will premiere new seasons of Daredevil, Big Mouth, The Haunting of Hill House and more. Hulu will do the same with shows such as Marvel's Runaways and American Gods.


Activations

Activations are basically installations with show or movie themes — I think of them as Instagram opportunities within Comic Con. Audible will be presenting a Harry Potter exhibit while promoting the new Fantastic Beasts movie. Amazon has some installations relating to Good Omens, Jack Ryan, and more.

Other events will include a White Walker by Johnnie Walker pop up, a Queer Lounge, NYCC Presents, a Star Wars Fan Club Experience and more. This year will also include an entire section dedicated solely to anime. Guests will include Mark Ruffalo from The Incredible Hulk, Travis McElroy from the podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me, Aisha Taylor from Archer and much, much more.


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17 "Mean Girls" Memes to Celebrate October 3rd

On Wednesdays, we wear pink — but on October 3rd, we also look at memes

14 years ago, Tina Fey graced us with a cinematic masterpiece called Mean Girls.

Cady Heron, played by Lindsey Lohan, is a transfer student from Africa who has to adjust to life in an average American highschool. The movie follows her mishaps as she attempts to infiltrate the "Plastics," three of the most popular girls in school.

Mean Girls has many iconic moments, like the scene where Cady is asked by her crush, Aaron Samuels, what day it is. She responds, "October 3rd." Now, Oct. 3 is known as Mean Girls day.

So sit back in your over-sized pink shirt and enjoy these 17 memes that Mean Girls has graced us with over the years.

1. Steve Harrington is a Cool Mom™

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2. When Mean Girls fans are already parents

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3. Sully gets mean

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4. For when you need to feel sad

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5. For when you spent your entire paycheck at Sephora

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6. You can't change my mind

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7. Mom-agers are the coolest moms

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8. For when you need to be extra

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9. Regina George if she went to Hogwarts

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10. Guilty pleasures are nothing to be ashamed of

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11. The OG clique

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12. Am I being obvious?

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13. When you're indecisive about which meme to post today

14. When your plan fails

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15. For the politically inclined

16. Even superheroes are dumb sometimes


17. And now, you can focus on Halloween