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With Pippa Middleton‘s big day just around the corner, there’s no time like now to reflect on the road to the altar.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton‘s older sister got engaged to her on-again boyfriend James Matthews after rekindling their romance last year, but many may not have even remembered that Pippa and her soon-to-be husband first linked up four years ago. Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.
So, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we?
October 2012: Pippa was first spotted out and about with the London financier back in late 2014, when the pair went out on a dinner date at trendy Hakkasan restaurant. A purported eyewitness told the U.K.’s Sunday Mirror that Middleton and Matthews “were deep in conversation and only had eyes for each other,” adding, “Pippa was all smiles and kept giggling. They stayed for nearly three hours and didn’t seem to want the meal to end.”
February 2013: Without going into specifics, Pippa’s relationship with Matthews ended shortly after their rendezvous, and the brunette beauty began dating Nico Jackson around February of 2013. That relationship ended up lasting roughly three years.
October 2015: Pippa and Nico call it quits, and in the same month of her breakup, Middleton popped up at one very curious location—Matthews’ house. “She was then spotted leaving his Chelsea house in October carrying flowers, having stayed over at the time when she was said to be on the rocks with Nico,” an insider revealed at the time.
E! News also learned that a month before Middleton called it quits with Jackson, she set eyes on Matthews once again.
“[Matthews], Pippa and younger brother James took part in the Otilllo race, in which the competitors swim and run between 26 islands in Sweden,” the Duchess Diary shared with E! News at the time. “The group raised money for the Michael Matthews Foundation, set up in memory of James and Spencer’s older brother who died in 1999 while descending the summit of Mt. Everest.”
January 2016: Fast forward, and we learn that Pippa had decided it was worth seeing if there’s still something there with Matthews following her Jackson split. “Pippa and her ex, Nico Jackson had been on the rocks for over a year, ever since he moved to Switzerland to work for a hedge fund,” a source told E! News at the time. “Long-distance love wasn’t working.”
In fact, the pair reportedly spent the New Year together. The duo jetted to the Caribbean island of St Barts, where his parents own and manage the exclusive Eden Rock Hotel, but actually stayed in a villa in the hills, overlooking the capital Gustavia, with her younger brother James Middleton and his girlfriend Donna Air.
“James [Matthews] has always been on the scene,” a source previously told E! News. “He is super charismatic and charming, good looking and always held a torch for Pippa. They have always had insane chemistry, but Pippa was always in a relationship.”
March 2016: Pippa seemingly makes her relationship with James official when they made their public debut while hitting the slopes in Lillehammer, Norway, where she competed in the Birkebeiner Ski Race for charity.
July 2016: A source tells E! News that the 32-year-old is engaged to Matthews after a romantic proposal earlier in the summer.
According to the Daily Mail who first broke the news, the engagement occurred during a July weekend in the Lake District and Pippa was “completely and totally surprised.” The publication also reports that James asked Pippa’s father for permission before getting down on one knee.
“Mike and Carole Middleton are very happy,” a friend of the couple revealed. “They like James and they are sure he will make Pippa very happy.”
November 2016: Famous fashion designer Giles Deacon was spotted leaving the bride-to-be’s home in London, leaving many to speculate whether or not she would ultimately be wearing one of his custom designs for her special day.
April 2017: Pippa’s wedding date was revealed to the world as well as the fact that her niece and nephew were slated to have important roles in the ceremony. According to reports, Prince George will serve as a page boy while Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid.
May 2017: A glass palace (of sorts) was seen being erected on the grounds of Carole and Michael Middleton‘s 18-acre estate in anticipation for their daughter’s wedding. All approximately 300 guests are expected to party the evening away in the ornate structure which is also said to feature lavish floral arrangements.
Sounds like Pippa and James’ wedding is going to be a night to remember!
Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000
We are just a few days away from the 2017 Billboard Music Awards during which musicians like Drake, The Chainsmokers, Adele, Beyoncé and more will go head-to-head to compete over some of music’s biggest honors.
But with that being said, there’s one particular question that begs an answer when it comes to the big night: What exactly does it take to win at the Billboard Music Awards?
Stars like Taylor Swift , Adele, Rihanna and Justin Bieber are just a few of the names to have brought home the most Billboard wins over the years, and upon doing a bit of investigating, we think we’ve figured out why and how they’ve found such success…
The Charts: First and foremost, in order to make it to the BBMAs, you need to make it big on the charts.
In fact, unlike other music awards shows in which nominees are determined based upon a voting system, the Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement—all of which are tracked year-round by Billboard. This year’s awards show was tracked from March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017.
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A Massive Fan Base: Another similarity you’ll notice among some of the biggest BBMA winners is their fan base. For example, T.Swift (who has a whopping 21 wins) and Ariana Grande (whose seen 13 nominations) have seen success at the awards show, and they both happen to have some of the biggest followings in the world. In fact, Grande is the second most followed person on Instagram with Swift falling closely behind her. Selena Gomez, who’s also seen quite a few nominations, still holds the No. 1 slot.
Bieber is another prime example. He’s taken home 15 wins, and as we all know, those Beliebers are a strong community!
Radio Hit After Radio Hit: This year, Drake, The Chainsmokers, Rihanna and Twenty One Pilots are all leading the nominations. While they may all be very different when it comes to their music, they have one similarly: Their songs are always on the radio.
Think about it: How many times did you hear “One Dance,” “Love on the Brain,” or “Closer” over the last year? The reason for this is because these songs have stayed high up on the charts for long periods of time, and thus, they’re constantly added to radio lineup, bringing us back to our first point…it’s all about the charts!
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A New Album: Another factor that helps musicians take home awards during this show is when they’ve released a new album in the time the charts were tracked. For example, Drake released both Views and More Life during that time frame. The Chainsmokers released Memories…Do Not Open and Collage, and Shawn Mendes (who scored his first BBMA nod this year) released Illuminate.
Grammy Nods: Finally, though you don’t have to be a big-time Grammy winner, the Grammy nominations shed some light on who might see a couple BBMA wins, too. For example, Adele has seen a few BBMA noms after she broke records with her many Grammy wins earlier this year. Bieber, on the other hand, has only ever won one Grammy, though he ranks as one of the musicians with the most wins in BBMA history.
Which musician do you hope takes home a win at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards? Sound off in the comments below!
Watch E!’s Live From The Red Carpet at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 22 and tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the Billboard Music Awards.
Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000