LADY GAGA WILL PERFORM ‘SHALLOW’ AT THE GRAMMYS – (02/06/2019)
After the Motion Picture Academy confirmed that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” at the Academy Awards February 24th, Deadline reports that Gaga will perform the song at the Grammys this weekend.
Billboard reported last week that Grammy organizers had invited Gaga to perform on the Sunday night telecast, where she’s up for four awards for “Shallow” – Record and Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Pop Duo/Group Song, the latter with duet partner Cooper. She’s also nominated for a fifth Grammy: Best Pop Solo Performance for her piano version of the title track from her Joanne album.
Cooper won’t join Gaga for the Grammy performance because he’ll be in London that same night at the BAFTAs representing A Star is Born, which has seven nominations. Cooper directed, co-starred, co-wrote and co-produced A Star is Born.
The Grammys take place Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air live on CBS. Alicia Keys will host.
JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PERFORM MOTOWN TRIBUTE AT GRAMMYS – (02/06/2019)
Jennifer Lopez is set to perform a Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards this weekend.
The performance was announced in a commercial for the event, which aired on CBS. Motown will be celebrated once again two days later when the Recording Academy hosts its Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration concert at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The event will be filmed and later televised in April. The Grammys will air on CBS this Sunday. Alicia Keys is set to host.
However, many people have expressed confusion over JLo’s involvement in the Motown tribute.
Motown has long been seen as a symbol of Black excellence, elevating the careers of iconic artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.
Lopez is Latina, and her parents are from Puerto Rico.
Some fans thought that it would be more appropriate for a Black artist to perform the tribute instead. Many of Motown’s most famous artists still perform. And some saw Lopez taking on this number during Black History Month as particularly problematic.
PINK RECEIVES STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – (02/06/2019)
Pink was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
She was joined by husband Carey Hart, as well as their children: Willow, 7, and Jameson, 2. Ellen DeGeneres was on hand to present the prestigious honor to Pink, as well as Reno 911! star Kerri Kenney-Silver.
“She is a unique performer who leaves you in a state of joy and surprise at the same time. She mesmerizes the audience with her voice and her action-packed performances,” said Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez.
“Wow, thank you. Thank you for standing out in the rain,” Pink said as she addressed the crowd. “This is surreal. This is really … I feel like I’m dreaming and if anyone pinches me I’m going to punch them in the left eyebrow.”
Pink continued: “I feel like a lot of people probably only ever thought I’d make it to the walk of shame, but, here I am. Two little letters make such a big difference. It has been a trip lately thinking back over the course of this career I’ve somehow managed to have.”
Pink’s career spans more than two decades and includes seven studio albums, 34 music videos, three Grammy Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards and two People’s Choice Awards. She is also nominated for the 2019 Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Beautiful Trauma.
PANIC! AT THE DISCO’S BRENDON URIE WANTS FANS TO STOP KISSING HIM – (02/06/2019)
Panic! At The Disco road manager Zack Hall revealed last week that the group may take action to have certain fans removed during singer Brendon Urie‘s traditional “death walk” if some particular behavior continues, with Urie himself weighing in on the reason why.
It seems that during Panic’s shows, when Urie makes his way into the audience for the song “Death of a Bachelor,” there have been fans that have attempted to either kiss or, even worse, lick the singer. Hall wrote on Twitter, “I’m done with this crap of kissing Brendon during the ‘death walk.’ If I see it, you will be kicked out of the show right away.”
Urie discussed it during a recent livestream chat, explaining, “I went in for a hug and a girl like, kissed my neck . . . yikes dude, the neck kiss is so intimate too, which is an extra ‘f**k you’ to me, you know what I mean?” He added, “Please stop kissing me on the death walk.”
Panic! At The Disco is currently in the midst of a North American tour that next stops in Memphis on Wednesday (February 6th), wrapping up on February 20th in Sacramento, California.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND COOKE MARONEY ARE ENGAGED: The Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to marry Cooke Maroney, a 34-year-old art dealer. (He directs the Gladstone Gallery). The 28-year-old Hunger Games star met him through her long-time friend Laura Simpson, according to reports. A wedding date has not yet been set.
MODERN FAMILY RENEWED FOR 11th AND FINAL SEASON: Modern Family’s end is nigh. The hit show has been renewed for an 11th season, ABC has revealed. But it will also be the final one for the five-time Emmy winner. “In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss,” says Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment. Deadline is reporting that the season will likely land somewhere between 18 and 22 episodes.
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