Colin Kaepernick: GQ Man Of The Year 2017 Earns Praise, Outrage!

Aside from actual politicians, there have been few public figures more polarizing in the last couple of years than Colin Kaepernick.

We live in a time of celebrities accused of abuse and sexual assault and of total lunatics holding political office. But there are still millions of people riled up about Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem.

So when GQ made Colin Kaepernick their Man Of The Year for 2017, they knew that they were stirring the pot a little.

First of all, this is not even Colin Kaepernick’s first GQ cover.

But last time, he was considerably less controversial. He was mostly known for, what? Being hot?

Like, a third of football players are known for that. Because they’re athletes.

But Colin became controversial in the fall of 2016, when he knelt rather than stood for the US National Anthem.

Though the Anthem has been played at football games (and other sport events), the tradition of NFL players standing for the Anthem dates back to … 2009.

Colin Kaepernick made it clear at the time that he was protesting against the unjust killings, by police officers, of unarmed black people throughout the US. We’ve all heard story after story of this happening, with some of the victims being children.

Kaepernick also made it clear that the fact that the perpetrators of these killings then getting paid leave and so frequently (almost always) never seeing the inside of a jail cell despite having killed someone and abused their position was further cause for protest.

Colin Kaepernick also pledged $ 1 million to charities that help communities in need, putting his money where his mouth is in his effort to make the world a better place.

And he started a movement of other athletes — at the professional level, but also of young children — kneeling to protest against injustice. Other, white NFL players knelt in solidarity with their teammates and with the countless others who face systemic oppression.

But in the course of the 2016 election season and the controversy, sometimes that message got muddled. So Kapernick was happy to be featured by GQ in order to “reclaim the narrative of his protest.”

GQ writes about Colin Kaepernick:

“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality.”

That’s true.

“Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”

He’ll be remembered in history for it, that’s for sure.

“He is still, to this day, one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth.”

(I’m not even a sports fan by any measure, but even I knew that)

“And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves — blackballed — because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem.”

He’s suing over that, by the way, accusing the NFL of collusion with team owners.

“And he did it for a clear reason, one that has been lost in the yearlong storm that followed.”

We’ll get to that confusion in a moment, but yeah, the original meaning has been somewhat lost.

But GQ reminds us of the original intent:

“He did it to protest systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people.”

That’s important, folks.

It’s easy to forget — in light of the current political climate and Trump, a sitting President, referring to kneeling American athletes as “sons of bitches” — that Kaepernick’s

Though one could argue that his protest is against much of what Donald Trump and his voter base represent: white supremacy, unfettered violence, and a level of feverish nationalism that actual patriots find horrifying.

But Obama was President (remember that? It feels like that was years ago, not 10 months) when Kaepernick first took a knee.

It was Trump who made this — all of the kneeling athletes — about himself.

The result is that some diehard Trump fans are boycotting the NFL.

Many of those who are outraged seem to be fuming that these successful athletes are protesting, believing that it’s “anti-American” … even though, historically, protesting injustice is one of the most quintessentially American things that one can do.

In many cases, racism seems to be an underlying factor behind the anger being directed at NFL players. That’s fitting, since institutionalized racism and the resulting violence is what those players who take a knee are protesting in the first place.

(GQ is only the latest magazine to make Kaepernick’s protest its cover story)

As you can probably imagine, they’re not loving that Colin Kaepernick is GQ‘s Man Of The Year.

As you can also probably imagine, the responses are pretty divided along party lines.

The decision has earned mostly praise form the political Left and scorn from the political Right.

Some have professed a more nuanced view, citing that they support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest … but don’t think that he makes the best symbol of a push for change.

Why? Because he didn’t vote in the 2016 election. Some say that it’s hypocritical for him to lose his career fighting for justice but not wield his sovereign rights as a citizen to actually fight injustice at the polls.

Like we said, he’s a very polarizing guy.


MTV Europe Music Awards 2017: List of Winners!

The prestigious 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards were handed out in England on Sunday, with Rita Ora hosting the star-studded event.

Held at The SSE Arena in London, the bonanza featured an appearance by Eminem, premiering his new single “Walk on Water” live.

The night also featured spirited efforts from Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato and Kesha, among more than a dozen other live performers.

Taylor Swift dominated the field with six nominations heading in, while Shawn Mendes enjoyed five, but who actually won the most?

Check out the full list of winners below:


Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

Kendrick Lamar

Miley Cyrus

Winner: Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift 


Clean Bandit – “Rockabye” ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

DJ Khaled – “Wild Thoughts” ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito (Remix)” ft. Justin Bieber

Winner: Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”


Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Kendrick Lamar

Taylor Swift

Winner: Fifth Harmony


Alessia Cara


Justin Bieber

Winner: Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd


Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Little Mix

Winner: Louis Tomlinson



Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Rita Ora

Taylor Swift

Winner: Zayn Malik


Winner: Dua Lipa

Julia Michaels



Rag’n’Bone Man


Winner: Camila Cabello

Demi Lovato

Miley Cyrus

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift


Foo Fighters – “Run”

Katy Perry – “Bon Appétit” ft. Migos

Winner: Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

KYLE – “iSpy” ft. Lil Yachty

Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”


Bruno Mars


Winner: Ed Sheeran




Calvin Harris

Winner: David Guetta

Major Lazer

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers


Winner: Coldplay

Foo Fighters

Royal Blood

The Killers




Winner: Eminem


Kendrick Lamar

Post Malone


Imagine Dragons

Lana Del Rey


The xx

Winner: Thirty Seconds To Mars


Ariana Grande

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Winner: Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift


Winner: Hailee Steinfeld

Jon Bellion

Julia Michaels

Kacy Hill



Noah Cyrus

Petite Meller

Rag’n’Bone Man


The Head And The Heart


Steve Aoki – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016

Kings of Leon – Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016

DNCE – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Winner: The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017


Winner: U2


CMA Awards 2017: List of Winners!

The winners of the 2017 Country Music Association Awards have finally been announced!

The spectacular event aired Wednesday night, and it featured Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as co-hosts for the tenth straight year. 

The big night opened with the pair mocking Donald Trump because the red-headed President of the United States who did not wear eye protection during the recent solar eclipse. 

Was it a tasteless nod to the man who makes all of the decisions for the United States, or was it a more comical approach?

We’ll leave you to debate that one because the major talking points from the night should be about who managed to win themselves some awards. 

Let’s break down the winners and losers of Wednesday’s CMA Awards …

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert — WINNER

Reba McEntire

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year

Luke Combs

Old Dominion
Jon Pardi — WINNER

Brett Young

Lauren Alaina

Music Video of the Year

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”

Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault” — WINNER

Vocal Duo of the Year

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line


Maddie & Tae
Brothers Osborne — WINNER

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks — WINNER

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Single of the Year

“Better Man,” Little Big Town

“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban — WINNER

“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt

“Dirt On My Boots,” Jon Pardi

“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year

The Breaker, Little Big Town

From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Heart Break, Lady Antebellum

The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year

“Better Man,” Little Big Town — WINNER

“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban

“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt

“Dirt On My Boots,” Jon Pardi

“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town — WINNER

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year

”Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris

”Funny How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson — WINNER

”Kill A Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens

”Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney feat. Pink

”Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas (Dobro)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Mac McAnally (Guitar) — WINNER

Derek Wells (Guitar)


2017 CMAs: All the Red Carpet Fashion!

The Country Music Association Awards celebrate the very best in country music.

But let's best honest:

The real winners are not the stars who take home the trophies on stage, but the fashion stars who earn a strong grade for their choice of ensemble on the red carpet.

So… who stood out for all the right reasons? All the wrong reasons?

Click around below and find out!

1. Carrie Underwood at CMAs

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Carrie Underwood is a vision in blue in this dress from the 2017 CMA Awards.

2. Miranda Lambert at CMAs

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Miranda Lambert looks gorgeous on the red carpet of the CMAs in Nashville.

3. Luke Bryan at CMAs

Luke bryan at cmas
Luke Bryan has more than a great voice. He also has a handsome face!

4. Niall Horan at CMAs

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Looking handsome, Niall Horan! The singer is posing on the CMAs red carpet.

5. Lea Michele at CMAs

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Lea Michele poses here on the red carpet of the 51st annual CMA awards in Nashville.

6. Lady Antebellum at CMAs

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The three members of Lady Antebellum stop here and pose for the camera at the 2017 CMAs.

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