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The all-time best girl groups through the ages.
Girl power

Girl power

Sugababes and Spice Girls and all that's nice, that's what girl groups are made of. We take a look at girl groups through the ages.

Girl power: the all-time best girl groups

Girl groups are all about hitting women with a dose of female empowerment, but without any danger of alienating the boyfriend — potential or otherwise, writes Bob Dobson.

When watching the average girl band video she will see strong, assertive women comfortable in their sexuality, kicking a no-good boyfriend's ass to the curb. He sees hot chicks dancing. Meet our favourite nine girl groups from the last forty years.

The Supremes The Supremes
The Supremes weren't the first girl group when they started in 1961, but with a liberal dash of Motown glam they became one of the biggest acts of the '60s and supposedly the inspiration for the film Dreamgirls. Read more

Spice Girls Spice Girls
The Spice Girls gimmick can be summed up in two words: Girl Power! (TM). So what is Girl Power (TM)? Girl Power (TM) is a vague philosophy with obvious feminist overtones that doesn't stand up to much actual analysis. Read more

Bardot Bardot
The appeal of Bardot was watching everyday people turn into stars and then, as the band dissolved, crash back into reality. Hey, it's not rock and roll if there's nowhere to fall. Read more

Pointer Sisters Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters' time as pop sensations was marked by great big hits and great big shoulder pads. And until recently, all members of the group were actual sisters. Read more

Pussycat Dolls Pussycat Dolls
Pussycat Dolls is six really hot women dancing and singing. Their gimmick is a clever marketing ploy by Hollywood executives to transform a Vegas dance act into an international money making sensation. Read more

All Saints All Saints
All Saints were more low key than their obviously manufactured competitors, The Spice Girls. While filling this niche was no doubt important, what also helped was their continued success as the Spice Girl train derailed. Read more

Destiny's Child Destiny's Child
The gimmick Destiny's Child has today is being ultra-famous. How they became ultra-famous is anyone's guess though number one hits like 'Bills, Bills, Bills' would have helped this progression to pop-stardom. Read more

TLC were the female version of Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Playful, fun, smart and, though they didn't play it up, oh so sexy. Read more

Bananarama Bananarama
While best remembered for fun and indulgent video clips full of tasty man-candy, Bananarama were also big on the girl-power, sisters-doing-it-for-themselves message. Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Diva, much? Katy Perry refuses to talk to Aussie media at ARIAs MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub and Amy Nelmes Nov 26 2014 7:41PM

After her recent run-ins with Australian paparazzi during her down time, Katy Perry gave local press the cold shoulder at the 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet this evening at The Star in Sydney.

TheFIX can exclusively reveal that the visiting international pop star snubbed all media outlets with no interviews, despite being the biggest name at tonight's ceremony (along with One Direction).

And while her 1D pals will sing at the awards, the 30-year-old has refused to perform, opting just to present one of the shiny statues.

A source told TheFIX that Katy didn't want to perform because it's "her night off" from her Australian Prismatic tour. So all her fans at home watching on TV will have to be content with a "hi-and-bye" kind of appearance on the ARIAs broadcast on Ten. Unless you buy a ticket to one of her concerts, of course.

However, Katy happily took selfies with a few lucky fans and took a spin in the ARIAs' 360-degree red carpet booth. And she even had a cuddle and flirty chuckle with Niall Horan from 1D! Nine caught the moment on camera:

Katy poses in the 360 booth and takes some fan selfies. Images: Getty.

But Katy's obvs had enough of the Australian media after paparazzi followed her to a nudist beach in Sydney last weekend.

The singer singled out paparazzo Jamie Fawcett on Twitter, telling her 60million followers that she has images of his "tiny penis" and "large gut". She also warned Australian outlets not to post "unauthorised photos of me in a bikini from these disgusting/perverted old men".

Jamie Fawcett, who was accused of bugging Nicole Kidman's home in 2005, has issued a letter to Katy demanding that she remove the allegedly defamatory posts from Twitter.

View slideshow: No undies everywhere! It's the year of the sheer on the 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet

EXCLUSIVE: Aussie stars fangirl over One Direction on the red carpet MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Nov 26 2014 7:30PM

One Direction fever has well and truly hit Oz… and our fave Aussie celebs have officially caught the bug.

As the Brit boy band made their way through the crowds of screaming teenage girls at the 2014 ARIA Awards, pop artists and reality stars on the red carpet looked a little flustered by their presence… which led to some pretty intense fangirling.

But don't take our word for it! Check out all the action on the red carpet above.

And while most celebs were overwhelmed by the crazy 1D fans, fellow boy band 5 Seconds of Summer were just "p----- off" they had to walk the red carpet before their UK rivals.

"They think it's a f------ joke," an insider told TheFIX. "They have been pretty p----- off about it.

"They were one of the first ones to walk which shouldn’t have happened either."

Can't we all just got along, lads?

See-through style, bronzed bodies and weird pom-poms: The 2014 ARIA Awards red carpet

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