ARIANA GRANDE NO LONGER ATTENDING GRAMMYS 2019 AFTER DISAGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS – (02/07/2019)
Ariana Grande will no longer be in attendance at the 2019 Grammys this Sunday after a disagreement with producers.
The 26-year-old singer – who was set to attend and perform – felt “insulted” after producers refused to let her perform “7 Rings” during the show, an insider told Variety. The source went on to say that Ariana and the producers reached a compromise where “7 Rings” would be part of a medley, before Ariana pulled out after producers insisted that the second song would be one that they chose.
Ariana is nominated for two Grammys – Best Pop Solo Performance for her song “God is a Woman” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.
Meanwhile, Ariana gave her “7 Rings” music video director, Hannah Lux Davis, a Tiffany’s diamond ring of her very own. The special moment was captured in a new behind-the-scenes video from the music video’s set.
Ariana presented Davis with the little blue box and Davis opened it in shock. “No it’s not,” Davis said in disbelief. To which Ariana replied, “It’s 8 Rings now.”
The inspiration for the song “7 Rings” came from a trip that Ariana and her friends took to the Tiffany store in New York City on a particularly rough day. Ariana ended up buying all her friends matching diamond rings.
TAYLOR SWIFT WILL NOT ATTEND GRAMMYS: It doesn’t look like Taylor Swift will be at the 2019 Grammy Awards this weekend. It is being reported that the 29-year-old entertainer has decided to skip the awards show where her album reputation is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, Variety reports. Rumor has it Taylor may be attending the 2019 BAFTA Awards in London – which is on the same day as the Grammys – to support boyfriend Joe Alwyn, but it has not been confirmed. Taylor has been in London the past few weeks filming the upcoming movie-musical Cats.
DUA LIPA, CHLOE X HALLE & MORE JOIN GRAMMYS 2019 LINEUP: The 2019 Grammy Awards just announced another round of performers that includes Dua Lipa, who is set to take the stage during the show alongside Grammy winner St. Vincent. Other announced artists include nominees Travis Scott and Chloe x Halle as well as previous Grammy winner Mark Ronson. Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams are also set to take the stage for a touching tribute to Aretha Franklin. Lady Gaga and Ronson will presumably perform the Grammy-nominated A Star Is Born song they co-wrote together, “Shallow.” The song is up for Record and Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Pop Duo/Group Song. Gaga is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, for her piano version of the title track from her Joanne album. Previously announced performers include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus and more. The Grammys, hosted by Alicia Keys, air live on CBS Sunday.
BRADLEY COOPER TALKS OSCARS SNUB WITH OPRAH – (02/07/2019)
Bradley Cooper admits that he’s pretty embarrassed about getting passed over for a Best Director nomination for his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.
Beloved by critics and audiences alike, many were shocked when his name didn’t appear in the final nominations. But he wasn’t.
Cooper told Oprah Winfrey for her upcoming SuperSoul Conversations TV special: “I was not surprised, I’m never surprised about not getting nominated. The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually. I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part…Like, ‘Oh gosh, I didn’t do my job.’”
Still, the film did get eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actor (Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott).
RATINGS FOR DONALD TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION UP: Donald Trump’s 82-minute State of the Union address—almost as long as Bill Clinton’s record-breaking 2000 SOTU—touched on a lot of issues, including the economy, the wall and the state of the union. In metered markets, CBS had a 4.6/7, taking the number #1 spot among the broadcast networks away from usual top dog NBC, Deadline reports. NBC nabbed a 4.5/7, while ABC snagged a 4.1/7 and FOX managed a 3.1/5.
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