Blast From the Past: Natasha Bedingfield

Another event I covered on the BBMA 2012 weekend was the intimate Natasha Bedingfield concert that Billboard sponsored.

 

Blast From the Past: BBMA Battle of the Bands 2012

Three years ago today was the second day of a weekend long experience that has been one of the best experiences in my life.  May 18-20, 2012 I was covering the Billboard Music Awards in official capacity.  During that time, I was trying to sell the pictures that I took to publications that I have never  put them up on here.  Here are the pictures from the first event, Battle of the Bands.

Now a Swiftie: How I Went From Not Liking Taylor Swift to Becoming a Fan

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Taylor Swift greeting her fans before she goes on the white carpet at the Billboard Music Awards 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the very first picture I took of Taylor.

I’ll admit it, when Taylor Swift first came on the music scene back in 2006, I did not care for her.  I honestly thought she was s bit annoying.  My annoyance increased when Taylor performed with music legend, Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammys and botched up “Rhiannon.”  It wasn’t until I moved to Las Vegas in April 2011 that my opinion of Taylor started to change.  On May 22, 2011, I went to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip to see the white (red) carpet arrivals for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.  That day I saw more celebrities in one day in Las Vegas than I had ever seen in my thirty-three years living near the east coast.  One of the celebrities that took the time to greet the fans was Taylor Swift.  The one thing I noticed about Taylor during this first time seeing her in person was that she was very gracious and generous with her fans.  Taylor stayed signing autographs and  taking pictures with her fans for good amount time.

The next time I would see Taylor was at MGM Grand again on April 2, 2012 for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  This time I took some amazing pictures of her.

Taking these pictures of Taylor Swift was an amazing experience and to this day remain to be some of my favorite celebrity pictures that I have taken.  The biggest reason for this is that I captured Taylor interacting with her fans and not posing for the press.  At one point, I used one of these pictures to make a project for my Tumblr photo blog, Celebrities’ Innermost  Thoughts.

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I posted this on April 11, 2012 here and the next day, it was reblogged on what I think was Taylor’s Tumblr page.

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I started taking notice of her music when “I Knew You Were Trouble” was released because I liked the video for the song.

Released on her birthday in 2012, this video has almost 200 million views.

When “Shake It Off” was released two months ago, I was hooked on the song instantly.

Taylor also has a great sense of humor as demonstrated when she was on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show with John Cleese last week.

Billboard Music Awards Flashback: BBMA 2012 Pics

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20140518-194215.jpg Two years ago, I was lucky to experience being a member of the press inside the BBMA 2012 press room. It was an amazing experience that I sticks with me to this day and I knew then like I know now that it will not be the last time that I get the opportunity to cover the Billboard Music Awards. Above are pictures of Natasha Bedingfield, Patent Pending, Gavin Degraw, Carly Rae Jepsen, LMFAO, Eric Benet and Stevie Wonder. These are just a few of the pictures that I took over that weekend of BBMA festivities.