Hello – after a night in which Yeezus met Jesus, it’s now back to reality…
* Kanye West brought the New York leg of his Yeezus tour to an end at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Complete with studded masks, almost-naked women, and religious epiphanies, it was actually a very moving production – even if he did interrupt the flow of it to spend a good 15 minutes or so going on an auto-tuned rant. It was also the last date of A Tribe Called Quest‘s reunion shows. I’m glad I got to be a part of music history.
* Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart took their first bows after opening their double bill of plays, Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – of course, to rave reviews. Best friends in life and on stage – wonderful!
* Aside from Miley and the crying cat, The American Music Awards gave Taylor Swift their Artist of the Year prize. She also picked up country artist female and favorite country album for her Red. Ariana Grande was named new artist of the year, and Florida Georgia Line won single of the year for their song Cruise, featuring Nelly.
* The International Emmys take place on Monday night, with Britain and Brazil sharing the lead for nominations with six apiece, followed by France with three (we’re holding thumbs for South Africa’s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola and Masterchef SA). Director/producer JJ Abrams will be honoured with an honorary International Emmy Founders Award.