TV's Best Musical Moments of 2012
As the year comes to an end, and the more I reflect upon the good and bad the last 365 days have wrought, the more I realize what a tremendous year it's been in pop culture.
Not only a banner year for film, music and television but also music on television. From scripted to reality to televised concerts, the ear and the eye were delighted in equal measure throughout 2012 making it nearly impossible to select TV's 12 Best Musical Moments of 2012. Emphasis on nearly.
12. Taylor Swift's First Live I Knew You Were Trouble Performance
From the minute this dubstep-tinged track first worked its way into my heart, I was infatuated. The progressive and form-breaking sound was perfectly matched by Taylor's most grand performance to date. Calling to mind great set pieces like Madonna's Vogue and Britney's Slave 4 U, Swift quickly sent the message that her sound wasn't the only part of her evolving at The American Music Awards.
11. Smash Debuts Strong
It's essential that every music-based scripted series include one performance for the ages in its pilot. Glee closed out its first episode with the still-anthemic Don't Stop Believing and Smash more than stepped up to the plate with their Grammy nominated Let Me Be Your Star. Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee's synchronized singing not only perfectly encapsulates the show's message, but sends chills up my spine every single time I watched it (the view count is around 1,245 by now).
10. Kelly Clarkson Looks to The Past
2012 featured the release of two new Kelly albums (October's Stronger and November's Greatest Hits: Chapter One) and saw the original American Idol snag four massive Grammy nominations (for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album). It was thanks to that reflective record that her fans were gifted with this Best Of medley at November's American Music Awards.