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In the aftermath of the 2014 Grammys – Taylor Swift was certainly courting plenty of attention, though not necessarily for the right reasons.

Although she was a performer on the night – as well as a high-profile nominee – the 25-year-old ultimately didn’t walk away with a coveted gong.

Worse still, video footage caught her bitter disappointment as it was announced that Daft Punk had beaten her, scooping the Grammy for Best Album.

"When they announced the Album Of The Year winner it was like, 'And the album of the year goes to… Reeeeeandom Access Memories, Daft Punk!'” Ms Swift has now explained.

“And they really dragged out the reeee…”

As her own nominated was entitled Red, there was understandably some momentary confusion. “For a second there, I kind of thought we had it, and we didn't.”

The disappointment meant the singer-songwriter wasn’t in the mood for partying. “I remember not going to afterparties,” Swifty added.

“I went home and I cried a little bit, and I got In-N-Out Burger and ate a lot.”

The songstress furthermore explained that prior to the ceremony, a load of fellow attendees had told her that she was definitely “gonna win”.

"I wish they wouldn't do that because you don't know if you're gonna win – someone else could very well win."

To add insult to injury, the Trouble singer in the aftermath sparked countless memes which captured her distress.

However, Tay-Tay went on to state that not winning a big award can actually prompt better music: "You can say, 'Maybe they're right – maybe I did not make the record of my career.'

“Maybe I need to fix the problem, which was that I have not been making sonically cohesive albums.

“I need to really think about whether I'm listening to a scared record label and what that's doing to the art I'm making."

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2014 has been a MAJOR year for television. With amazing series like Orange Is The New Black, American Horror Story and True Detective to homegrown shows like Love/Hate and The Late Late Show – we take a look at the biggest moments in TV from this year. 

1. Love/Hate season finale
We hid behind the sofa for this one – and we've seen Twitter so we know all of you did too! What will become of King Nidge? We'll have to wait until 2016 – nooooo!

2. How I Met Your Mother finale
It all ended this year after almost ten years on our screen. And boy did it go out with a bang! Fans were less than impressed by the final scenes and there has even been alternatives made just to calm the nerves. Which was your preferred ending?

3. Game of Thrones purple wedding
The whole world breathed a sigh of relief – though it didn't have a patch on 2013's epic red wedding. Now that we will never recover from.

4. Miley gets serious side-eye from Katy Perry at the VMA's
Pretty justified to be fair…

5. True Detective obsession
The whole world became addicted to True Detective this year and Matthew McConaughey's role as Rustin Cohle became a thing of legend. 

6. Blue Ivy officially made the cutest Vine of all time
And her proud dad makes it even sweeter!

7. Benedict Cumberbatch tried to say the word 'penguin'
And failed, adorably

8. One word: #bingate
The Great British Bake Off caused pandemonium on Twitter this year after an episode about a baked alaska…

9. Adele Dazeem
Seriously, does this EVER get old?

10. Orange Is The New Black binge
ALL of the second season gets uploaded at the same time?! Not too shabby, Netflix. 

 

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This year was huge for trends, phenomenons and everything else that goes along with it!

The internet can be a weird place, there’s no two ways about it – but if it didn’t exist then we would’t have these amazing topics to talk about!

1. The no make-up selfie

2. Ellen’s Oscars selfie

3. Kimye break Instagram records

4. The ice-bucket challenge

5. Kim’s bum breaks the internet

6. Frozen

7. The three-breasted woman

8. Solange attack Jay-Z in #elevatorgate

9. Ariana Grande’s face when she was wacked by an Angel’s wing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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10. Adele Dazeem

 

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Love them or hate them – these words and quotes made up our entire year.

From strange beginnings in viral videos, or celebs' wacky wording, it’s been a hell of a year for colloquial quips.

Here are our favourites:

1. Sorry not sorry
This one is great when you shouldn’t really have said what you just said, but your feelin’ feisty, so whatever.

2. Basic
An insulting term for girls who like Starbucks, nice nail art, Uggs, Yankee Candles and everything else nice in this life. #notbothered

3. Conscious uncoupling
We can thank Gwyneth Paltrow for this little gem. When she separated from Chris Martin earlier this year, this was the term she chose to use. They were SO over.

4. I can’t even
One that has been around for a few years admittedly, but has really come into its own this year. Use this when you are so overcome with a certain emotion that you just…can’t even.

5. Turn down for what
Following the release of a song by the song name from Lil Jon and DJ Snake, even Michelle Obama turned down for what. Except she made it about eating veg and changed it to 'turn up' and danced with a turnip…

6. Eyebrows on fleek
When your eyebrows are lookin’ good and on point, they’re on fleek. Made popular by this viral video:

7. Surfboardt
Beyoncé made this word famous after her song Drunk In Love.

8. Bae
A sweet term of endearment for your other half.

9. Bye Felicia
Someone you don’t really have much time for is known as ‘Felicia’… Bye Felicia appeared on  LOT of Vines this year. Here’s Nicole Richie explaining it perfectly:

10. Thirsty
Used perfectly by Taylor Swift on Twitter recently, ‘Thirsty’ means desperate. One NEVER wants to be described as ‘thirsty’.

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DJ Earworm has done it again and created a mashup of all of this year's biggest hits!

From Let It Go (because of course) to Katy Perry, Ariana, Pharrell and Taylor – here's how you can hear all of this year's hits in one four minute video!

We love this!

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Have you got your wellies and tent packed, your baby wipes, sunnies and rain gear all in the bag for Electric Picnic? Well, you’re NEARLY ready to go – all you need now is your plan on what bands you’re going to see. So, to help you out, we have picked our top five performers at this years’ EP. See you there!

Blondie
You cannot go to Electric Picnic and neglect to dance the night away to Blondie! With hits like ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Maria’ and ‘One Way or Another’, you’re guaranteed a good boogie. They’re playing the main stage tonight from 7.15 – 8.15pm –write that down!

Pet Shop Boys
They’re listed as the most successful duo in UK music history, and they’re the headlining band so they must be doing something right! Pet Shop Boys are on the main stage tonight from 10.45-12am.

Bombay Bicycle Club
This indie rock band is brilliant – head over to the main stage on Saturday at 7pm to catch them perform some of their hits such as Carry Me and Luna!

Paolo Nutini
Sure why bother going to EP at all if you’re not going to go see Paolo?! Well, that’s our opinion anyway! Catch him on the main stage Saturday night at 8.45pm.

Sinead O'Connor
She's bound to do something controversial, and her new music isn't actually bad either! She's on the main stage on Sunday from 3.50pm-4.50pm.

Lily Allen
Finally a chance to see if all the uproar over Lily’s on-stage antics during her tour were unfounded or not! Catch her on the main stage from 7pm till 8pm on Sunday.

 

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Edele Lynch of B*Witched fame way back in the 90s, has entered the Celebrity Big Brother house – because she wants a ‘clean slate’.

“I want to go into the Big Brother house to press the reset button, clean the slate and start again.”

Yes, because no one EVER comes out of the Big Brother house with all their secrets revealed and their dignity in shreds….

She’s already off to a bad start as she’s said that people are going to hate her – especially when she’s got her period – which, by the way, WILL be happening while she is inside the house:

“I am very blunt, and sometimes too honest. If you don’t want to know how big your bum is in your jeans, don’t ask me.

“If you leave the toilet dirty, that is going to wreck my head. And if I’m at my time of the month, they’re not going to like how I react.

“That time of the month will happen in the house, yes.”

Phew, thank God we know! How else would we have coped?

Edele will be joined by Lauren Goodger, David McIntosh (Kelly Brook’s fiancé) and White Dee from Benefit Street.

Darren Sutherland’s former manager Kellie Maloney, who recently announced her sex change and will formally be known as Frank, will also be in the house.

We can’t really see Edele and Lauren hitting it off… will the claws be coming come out?!

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We have a new Miss Ireland – Cork student Jessica Hayes!

Jessica represented as Miss Buck Whaley’s – the Dublin nightclub – and was stunned to hear her name announced at the ceremony in the capital last night.

The 20-year-old Business Studies student said, “I am just so shocked. I am just so, so happy. I entered last year and thought I would not be as nervous this time but I was ten times worse.

“I hoped for the best and to get in the top eight was absolutely fantastic but when they announced I had won I just could not believe it.”

First runner up last night was Shannon Howe, 20, representing Dublin Central

This year broke new ground with the first Irish Traveller competing for the title – Miss Kilkenny Sarah Jane Dunne.

The winner was chosen by a nine-strong panel of judges including the 1984 and 2006 Miss Ireland winners Olivia Tracey and Sarah Morrissey, TV3 Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin, Miss World representative Krishna Naidoo and Dublin Housewives star Roz Flanagan.

Presenters for the evening were Elaine Crowley, of TV3’s Midday show, and TV personality Ray Shah.

Last year’s Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh, handed over the crown and said the new winner was guaranteed a year she would never forget.

“My life has changed so dramatically throughout my time as Miss Ireland. It has truly been a life-altering experience,” said Aoife.

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Help LUSH support the #FREEDOM campaign and smell good at the same time.

To celebrate Dublin Pride on Saturday, 28th June, LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics will be selling their Charity Pot hand and body lotion with all proceeds from the sale going towards Dublin Pride.

The funds raised will help fund the continued campaign for equality for same sex couples and the Dublin Pride festival.

Following the huge success of last year’s ‘Sweet Smell of Equality’ campaign, LUSH Dublin stores will once again be coming together with Dublin Pride to put their fragrant stamp on this year’s #FREEDOM campaign.

The hand and body lotion will be on sale on the LUSH stand within the Pride Village where they will also be holding various product- making workshops.

That’s not all, from 20th – 29th June, LUSH Dublin stores will act as information centres for the 2014 #Freedom campaign. Shoppers and supporters will be able to learn all about the importance of marriage for same-sex couples and their families and find out how to register and vote in next year’s referendum.

Last year LUSH collected over 3,000 signatures under their Marriage Equality petition and raised €2,600.

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Tensions are rising between CherLy Cole, Louis Walsh and Mel B on the X Factor judging panel and it looks like the master puppeteer Simon Cowell is behind it all.

Niamh Geaney reports.

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We’re sorry to say but we cannot wait for winter if this collection is anything to go by.

Arnotts are Ireland’s largest and longest established department store based in Dublin , with a wealth of brands available instore and online to suit all your shopping needs. So when we heard that they were hosting an exclusive press event to showcase all their upcoming trends for Autumn/Winter 2014, we just had to get the fashion scoop for you all!

Ciara O’ Doherty from SHEmazing! TV went along to the show to see what they had on offer for next season, and managed to nab Lennon Courtney co-designer Brendan and Stylist Cathy O’Connor for all the new-season gossip. Check out the video for more!

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The launch party for this year’s 67th annual Miss Ireland contest was held last night in Bucks Townhouse in Dublin. Miss Ireland is very close to our hearts as our own SHEmazing! TV Presenter Niamh Geaney was Miss Kerry in the 2011 competition, making it to the final 7.

Lisa Kavanagh for SHEmazing! TV went along to check it out. She caught up with the reigning Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, a former legendary Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey from 1984, and a couple of gorgeous contestants in the running for this year’s crown.

The Miss Ireland Grand Final will take place in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin on July 19th.

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