Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey spark controversy with Christmas video

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon swim through the turbulent waters of the pop-culture world finds much ado about nothing, sees another thingee for the Royals, more, and the mystery music video.

BAD BIEBER!: His Christmas video with Mariah Carey is causing quite the silly stir, per the Huffington Post (with video), “In the duo's new music video for "All I Want For Christmas" -- a newer version of Carey's 1994 megahit, off Bieber's newly-released "Under the Mistletoe" album -- Carey shows off her post-pregnancy body in a sexy Santa Claus outfit, while Bieber and his friends shop for holiday gifts, like high-top kicks and Nintendo DS'. Then Bieber becomes some sort of Willy Wonka/Santa hybrid as people rush into the store with their golden tickets, only to be showered with gifts from the teen superstar.”

ROYAL OLYMPIANS: In spirit, anyway, per People, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have once again joined forces – this time, to inspire young people in their official new roles as ambassadors to the British Olympic and Paralympic teams. The Royals are part of a group of 27 other ambassadors named from among Britain's most inspirational and accomplished Olympians from previous games.”

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: At least one critic believes the entire nomination process is a dinosaur-esque joke, per the Los Angeles Times, “Think about it: How did you first hear Adele's “Rolling in the Deep”? Through a friend of a friend on Facebook? Through your favorite celebrity's Twitter account? During the season four finale of “Gossip Girl”? More than likely, it, or your new favorite song by Bon Iver, Usher or Skrillex, didn't come to you by way of an FM radio station or popular local DJ. Its arrival into your world seemed more organic. You discovered it.

And in many ways, this reality has rendered the notion of a shared conversation about music in America as obsolete as the compact disc, or, perhaps, the Grammy Awards.”

MEANWHILE: Here’s the official write-up of last night’s show, per the AP. with a warning for Adele, “But on Wednesday night, the British songstress shared in the Grammy nominations glory. While she was nominated for six trophies, including album of the year for "21" and record and song of the year for her bitter groove "Rolling in the Deep," Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters also received six, and it was Kanye West who was the night's top leader, with seven nominations.”

THE LIST: Here’s the rundown of all the nominees.

DEMI HITS GROUND RUNNING: ‘Course, maybe she’s running too much. Nevertheless, here’s this item from Radar, “Demi Moore just announced her intention to file for divorce from hubby Ashton Kutcher and has exclusively learned the 49-year-old cougar has moved on already -- with beauty mogul to the stars, Scott-Vincent Borba.”

ROOTS RUCKUS: ?uestlove talks to Pitchfork about the fallout after his band’s serenade to Michele Bachmann last week on Jimmy Fallon. “I've seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but "ni**** fu****** ghetto stick" is probably the one that takes the cake. I'm still trying to get my head around that one.”

HUGO: Scorsese film a hit with National Board of Review’s annual awards, per indieWIRE, with best-picture and best-director citations. “In a refreshing change of pace from last year (when "The Social Network" swept all critics groups), all of the NBR's major winners are different than the New York Film Critics Circle, who announced earlier this week.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood