THE WEEKND IS BOYCOTTING THE GRAMMYS: The Weeknd has announced that he will boycott The Grammys for good after being snubbed when the 2021 nominations were announced back in November. In a statement to The New York Times, the singer said, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Harvey Mason Jr., the chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy said in a statement, “We’re all disappointed when anyone is upset…. But I will say that we are constantly evolving. And this year, as in past years, we are going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.”
NICK JONAS AND PRIYANKA CHOPRA SET FOR OSCARS: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are set to announce the Oscar nominations in 23 categories for this year’s ceremony on Monday. The nominations announcement will air live starting at 5:19 a.m. PT/8:19 a.m. ET. All 23 categories will be announced on the Oscar‘s official YouTube page.
PRINCE WILLIAM BREAKS SILENCE, SAYS ROYAL FAMILY IS NOT RACIST – (03/12/2021)
Prince William has spoken out for the first time after his brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey aired. In the interview, the pair shared heart-wrenching stories of depression, Meghan’s suicidal thoughts and both of their despair over a senior royal family member expressing concern over the darkness of their children’s skin.
On a Thursday visit to a London school, the 38-year-old said he has not spoken to Harry since the interview aired Sunday on CBS, but that he planned to. During the interview, Harry spoke highly of William, but admitted they were distant.
When asked about the racism allegations, William said: “We’re very much not a racist family.” In a public statement after the interview, Queen Elizabeth said that the “issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” but politely said that “recollections may vary” rather than denying them.
According to Page Six, the pair have actually recently opened lines of communication recently, though it may only be through text.
Twitter was not convinced. Wrote one critic: “So Prince william can speak out to defend the royal family by saying “we’re not a racist family” but he can’t speak out in defence of the ONE member of the family actually subjected to racism?”
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IS RIHANNA LAUNCHING FENTY HAIR?: Is Rihanna launching Fenty Hair? According to Complex, the singer’s company Roraj Trade LLC filed a new trademark application earlier this month. Potential goods and services mentioned in the filing include non-medicated hair care preparations, non-medicated dandruff shampoo, hair-styling preparations, hair-straightening preparations, hair-relaxing preparations, hair-waving preparations, non-medicated restoration lotions, hair-bleaching preparations, hair-coloring preparations, and hair glitter.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN IS STRUGGLING THROUGH PREGNANCY PROCESS – (03/12/2021)
Khloe Kardashian has been up front about wanting to grow her family with Tristan Thompson. The pair share True, who will turn 3 next month.
During the pandemic, it became clear to Khloe (and her sister Kim) that True needed a playmate. But because Tristan is spending most of his time in Boston, and with Khloe in L.A., it’s not easy for them to work on actually getting pregnant.
An insider told People: “Khloe is definitely frustrated at times. She really, really wants another baby and finds it hard to be patient. But she is trying to stay positive. She believes and hopes that it will happen this year.”
She recently told Sarah Hyland on her podcast that the pandemic messed things up. “… If you do need assistance in fertility, it’s much more challenging during COVID,” she said. “They say, ‘If you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans.’ So the one time I’m actually really trying to plan, God is saying, ‘Uh uh, you can’t make your plans like this!’ ”
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JENNIFER GARNER GOT HER EARS PIERCED AFTER FEARING DAD’S DISAPPROVAL – (03/12/2021)
At 48, Jennifer Garner still wants to make her dad proud. She revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she got her ears pierced after asking her dad if it was OK.
Garner said: [“I do! I can’t show them off because it’s all I see. I’m so thrilled by them, I can’t believe it never occurred to me to do this. I love them. But yes, at the age of 48, I finally got my ears pierced.”]
Garner also says she was “afraid” that her father wouldn’t approve of the look as he was strict about piercings growing up.
“I was afraid that my dad would still not like it and he was kind of like ‘Jennifer, I love anything you do,’ so I was like ‘Okay,’ ” she tells DeGeneres.
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TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Aaron Eckhart (actor, Dark Knight, No Reservations, Thank You For Smoking, Erin Brockovich) (53)
- Liza Minnelli (actress-singer, Judy Garland’s daughter) (75)
- Darryl Strawberry (former pro baseball player) (59)
- James Taylor (singer-songwriter) (73)