Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Cory Booker
People are searching Google for information about Booker, the highly visible mayor of Newark, NJ and something of a political Next Big Thing, who dimmed his ascending star Sunday with an appearance on Meet the Press. Booker, a staunch Democrat, made comments about President Obama’s strategy of taking on Mitt Romney’s work a Bain Capital, seemingly equating it with the attacks on Obama (especially those care of billionaire Joe Ricketts). “I have to just say, from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.” Nice knowing you, Cory!

Billboard Music Awards
It’s not the Grammys, it’s not the VMAs, it’s not even the American Music Awards, this one—which aired last night and is topping Google Trends—is presented by Billboard, the folks who actually keep track of how well music sells. Crazy, right? Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burell, the evening reportedly featured an underwear-clad performance from LMAFO, Katy Perry attending with her grandmother as her date, Jordin Sparks and John Legend did a tribute to Whitney Houston and the late Houston’ daughter, Bobbi Kristina, accepted an award on her behalf. What people are looking for are, of course, mostly videos. So check the best part of the night out below.

Emily Maynard
Why, Yahoo! users, why? The most-searched term on your favorite site this morning is “Emily Maynard,” as in the jilted former contestant on The Bachelor, who is now returning to TV in The Bachelorette to give finding love on camera another show. “I had a million reservations about being the Bachelorette,” she said in a recent interview before going on to explain why she would do something like this to herself (and her six-year-old daughter). “You know, they had asked me to do it previously and I said no to anyone who would listen. I told everybody I would never do it – never in a million years.”

Dharun Ravi
Another hot Yahoo! topic is Mr. Ravi, the former roommate of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after discovering that Ravi was spying on him during intimate moments via webcam. In March, Ravi was convicted on counts of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. Ravis’ sentencing will happen today. He faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to his native India.

#GrandTheftAutoTaughtMe
Nothing too serious is happening over at Twitter. There are your normal #MondayMorning trends and also this, a list of things that the video game Grand Theft Auto has taught its users.

GTA 4

GTA 3

GTA 2

GTA 1

Watch The Trailer for Whitney Houston’s ‘Sparkle’

Now, fans of Miss Houston will be treated to one final celluloid performance, in a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle, a retro-musical loosely based on the life and work of The Supremes. Houston plays Emma (Effie in the original), the mother of a trio of young women trying to make their break in the R&B world, complete with Curtis Mayfield’s original soundtrack and some new cuts from R. Kelly. American Idol alum Jordin Sparks assumes the title role made famous by Irene Cara; Derek Luke (Friday Night Lights, Notorious) plays the group’s manager, originally played by Philip Michael Thomas from Miami Vice, and cameos include Cee-Lo Green and gospel legend Vickie Winans. Houston also has a producer credit on the film, which is now dedicated to her memory.

Toward the end of the trailer, we get a glimpse of Houston’s big number, and it’s a reminder that she still had it, and of what we all lost.

Watch the Sparkle trailer, including the film’s iconic production number, “Givin’ Him Something He Can Feel,” below:

 

Paula Abdul Shines As Breakout Star on ‘VH1 Divas Live’

So last night, VH1’s christening of the next generation’s pop primadonnas took shape as Divas Live. However, I missed the “live” part of the broadcast as I was off doing more important things at a bar in some part of Manhattan that probably should be called NoChita because Little Italy basically doesn’t exist anymore (by the by, happy birthday Foster!) Luckily, the magic of the internet makes it possible for me to immediately witness all of last night’s defining moments. Some were terrible, like Miley Cyrus sneezing her way through a duet with Sheryl Crow on the latter’s “If It Makes You Happy,” and Jordin Sparks singing a song that is not “Battlefield” even though that is the only song by her any of us remotely care about. But there were a few brilliant moments too, apparently. Like Cyndi Lauper and Leona Lewis (I know, right!?), Kelly Clarkson, solo and with Melissa Etheridge. But the most pleasantly surprising part? Paula Abdul’s comeback coup.

Maybe it was the strain and pressure of a daily obligation like American Idol (or the constant bullying by one of her co-hosts) that curbed Abdul’s potential and transformed her into such a pill-popping punchline, but last night she was in top form. Glowing, in fact. Leaving Idol may have been the best career hiccup to happen to Abdul because at Divas Live, she exuded wit and moxie, both which somehow eluded her in the many years past. Not only did her shtick involve a gentle ribbing at her replacement, but it involved witty banter with a D-lister (how fitting for an event with so many non-divas) and an icon.

But first, her opening monologue:

Uncomfortable banter with Kathy Griffin:

A chat with Liza Minnelli:

Kathy Griffin Tickets