Indie Pop Duo Tegan and Sara Also Slated to Perform
“Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” Premieres Monday, April 15th at 10/9C on Logo
NEW YORK, NY March 28, 2013 – Logo TV, announced today that actress and comedian Aisha Tyler will serve as host for this year’s “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” premiering Monday, April 15th at 10/9C on Logo. Additionally, international powerhouse Ke$ha, whose brand-new MTV docu-series “KeSha: My Beautiful Life – Embeddable Trailer” is set to premiere on April 23 and whose North American tour is going on sale this Friday (3/29), is locked and loaded to perform. Indie pop sensations Tegan and Sara will also be performing and in the coming weeks more performers, presenters and special guests will be announced.
This year’s newly-anointed host, Aisha Tyler, commented, “The NNN Awards have broken huge names, from Gaga to Raja. The show is always edgy, outrageous, brave and brash — you never know what’s going to happen next! I am a huge supporter of LGBT rights and I am thrilled and honored to have been invited to ringmaster what I know will be the fiercest and most sickening awards show ever!”
Now in its sixth year, Logo’s “NewNowNext Awards” have earned a reputation for breaking new ground in pop culture. The highly praised and always unpredictable telecast is one big party that grants the gay stamp of approval to pop culture icons and trendsetters as well as stars-on-the-rise and celebrates what’s hot in TV, music, film and fashion for 2013 and beyond. Lady Gaga gave her first televised performance at the show, Rooney Mara was a nominee well before an Oscar Nominee, the cast of Bridesmaids made their first televised appearance together at the 2011 show and last year, NewNowNext crowned Josh Hutcherson “Next Mega-Star” long before The Hunger Games movie was a phenomenon. “I’m so excited to perform at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards,” said Ke$ha. “The channel is obviously a huge supporter of equal and gay rights, which is so important to me, and I’m really stoked to party with them!”
Winners will be revealed Monday, April 15th at 10/9C, during the 90-minute “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” telecast. The special will be taped in front of a live audience of today’s hottest emerging and seasoned artists at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 13th.
The “NewNowNext Awards” are Executive Produced by Christopher Willey and Brent Zacky for Logo. Michael Dempsey of Dempsey Productions serves as Executive Producer and Director.
For more information on the “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” and to vote for the nominees visit NewNowNext.com. For up-to-date “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” news and exclusives, like the NewNowNext Facebook page or follow NewNowNext on Twitter at @NewNowNext and #NNNAwards.
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Logo celebrates one-of-a-kind personalities, unconventional stories and discovering what’s next—all through a mix of original and acquired entertainment that’s smart, provocative and loaded with attitude. Entertaining a social, savvy audience of gay trendsetters, Logo also attracts a straight audience that wants to be ahead of the curve. Launched in 2005, Logo is in over 51 million homes across the United States, and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, NewNowNext.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, and DowneLink.com. Logo is part of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), which features a roster of popular and highly targeted brands that include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.
ABOUT AISHA TYLER
Aisha Tyler is a co-host of CBS’ highly rated, The Talk, is the voice of sexy superspy Lana on FX’s hit animated series, Archer, and is creator and host of the podcast Girl on Guy, chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011, with nearly 6 million downloads there. Aisha is also the new host of the beloved improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyways,” which returns to television on the CW in summer 2013. Aisha’s second book, a collection of comic essays called “Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” is due out in July 2013. She co-stars with Stuart Townsend in the action thriller series, XIII, for the REELZ channel. She is a former host of E! Entertainment’s iconic Talk Soup, has had extended character arcs on Friends, CSI, and 24, and co-starred on Ghost Whisperer in addition to appearing in many films. Aisha is a favorite guest on talk shows from the Tonight Show, Letterman and the Late, Late Show, to the Today Show, CBS This Morning and more. Aisha’s Comedy Central special “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore,” was a hit, as was her collection of comic essays: “Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Post-Modern Girl.”
Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single “TiK ToK” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album Animal has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide and Ke$ha has had 7 consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in “TiK ToK”, “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R” and the latest, “Die Young.” Ke$ha recently released the track “C’Mon,” the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, Warrior.
Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of Animal and its companion album Cannibal. She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV VMA Awards and 6 Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show Summer Concert Series. She has over 22 million Facebook likes, over 3 million Twitter followers and over 330 million views on VEVO. She has sold over 27 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 34.5 million worldwide to date. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse, Animal has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States) and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK.
In November 2012 Ke$ha released her first book through Touchstone Publishing. The full-color photo journal/scrapbook entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life, sheds light on Ke$ha’s hectic, non-stop life on tour and provides an exclusive look into the creative process of her latest album, Warrior. Also in late 2012 Ke$ha announced Kesha Rose by Charles Albert®, a new jewelry line that reflects the singer’s distinctive personality throughout the collection. Ke$ha was also recently named the first global ambassador for Humane Society International.
Ke$ha most recently announced that MTV will debut the highly anticipated docu-series “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” on Tuesday, April 23 at 11pm ET/PT. The series will also be airing on MTV’s international channels beginning spring 2013. The series follows music superstar Ke$ha (Ke$ha.Artists.MTV) as she navigates the madness and euphoria of her professional and personal life while recording a new album and traveling the globe. Ke$ha and Pitbull will team up beginning May 23rd in Boston at the Comcast Center with dates confirmed through June 28th in Tampa, Florida at the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, March 29th on LiveNation.com.
ABOUT TEGAN & SARA:
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara are now positioned for the release of their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists.
Tegan Quin and Sara Quin were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1980 and began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. Following the release of their first independent full-length album in 1999, Under Feet Like Ours, they caught the attention of Neil Young’s iconic manager, Elliot Roberts, who quickly signed them to his Los Angeles-based label, Vapor Records. Tegan and Sara’s first international release on Vapor, This Business Of Art, was followed by extensive worldwide touring, including opening slots with Neil Young himself and a first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2002, the band released If It Was You, a foundational moment in Tegan and Sara’s creative path and musical identity. Its fresh sonic template and critical success in the US set up their fourth studio album, So Jealous, which ultimately provided their global breakthrough. On the heels of 6 separate song placements on Grey’s Anatomy, a US radio hit in “Walking With A Ghost”, and a North American tour opening for The Killers, So Jealous cemented Tegan and Sara’s status as one of Canada’s pre-eminent songwriting forces and musical exports.
In 2007, the release of The Con brought even more critical and commercial acclaim to Tegan and Sara. The album was co-produced by Chris Walla, with members of Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer and AFI all appearing in supporting musician roles. Their sixth studio album, Sainthood, was released in 2009 and was accompanied by a self-published three-volume book set titled ON, IN, AT, which chronicled a year in the life of Tegan and Sara, in both words and pictures. Sainthood was ultimately nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy equivalent) and the Polaris Prize. One of the album’s singles, “Alligator,” was remixed by a wide cross-section of artists including Four Tet, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, and VHS or Beta.
In 2011, Tegan and Sara released Get Along, a CD/DVD set that included a live record and a collection of 3 films giving a rare and intimate look into their lives and music. The first film, States, features American touring footage and interviews; the second film, India, chronicles their first ever tour of India; and the third film, For The Most Part, is a special stripped-down studio concert shot with a live audience of 75 fans, friends and family over two days in Vancouver, Canada. The live record features music recorded during these concerts.
Tegan and Sara have played countless festivals around the world including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and have toured with artists such as The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Neil Young, The Pretenders, Ben Folds, City and Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, Cyndi Lauper, Weezer and Paramore. Since 2003, they have headlined tours in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, consistently selling out theatres around the world. Their music has been featured in major network television programs including 90210, Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars, The Vampire Diaries, and One Tree Hill. They have performed multiple times on Letterman, Leno and Conan. They have collaborated with artists in all genres, from superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta, to seminal literary figures such as Augusten Burroughs. Their original 2004 breakthrough song, “Walking with a Ghost,” was eventually paid the high honour of being covered by The White Stripes.
Though their music is not overtly political, Tegan and Sara are very politically and socially engaged. They are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality, and have done countless fundraisers for youth organizations, music education, literacy, cancer research and LGBT advocacy. The sisters enjoy reading, hair, ships, vampires, hot dogs, talking and relating to elderly people, self-soothing, rearranging furniture, and giving excellent advice. Tegan lives in LA and Vancouver, Sara lives in NYC and Montreal.
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