SHAWN MENDES SWEEPS THE 2019 JUNO AWARDS – (03/18/2019)
Shawn Mendes dominated the Juno Awards this weekend, taking home trophies for five of the six categories he was nominated in, including for Best Artist, Album, Pop Album and Songwriter of the Year.
The Juno Fan Choice Award went to Avril Lavigne.
Mendes, who was not on hand last night at the Junos as he is on the European leg of a world tour, appeared via a taped performance of his hit single “In My Blood.”
A nationwide live telecast on Sunday night was hosted by Sarah McLachlan, who wasted no time in her opening monologue in taking shots at the leader of Canada’s “neighbor to south,” Donald Trump:
“You know when you live somewhere peaceful and beautiful, then you get a crazy neighbor, and they start causing all sorts of trouble like putting up weird walls, picking fights with all the other neighbors, and telling your daughters how they should behave, all the while saying they’re making the area great again, and you just watch, feeling helpless, and hope they’ll be gone by 2020.”]
Also appearing Sunday was The Police lead singer Sting, who introduced David Foster, the top pop music producer, as he was awarded the 2019 Junos humanitarian award.
The Best Country Album award went to Brett Kissel for We Were That Song, while the R&B/soul recording of the year was nabbed by Jesse Reyez. Post Malone won for Best International Album for Beerbongs & Bentleys.
DEMI LOVATO REFLECTS ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HER 7TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOBRIETY – (03/18/2019)
Demi Lovato is reflecting on her journey to sobriety.
The 26-year-old singer took to her Instagram Story on Friday to reflect on what would have been her 7-year sobriety anniversary. Lovato relapsed last year, and suffered an apparent overdose last July.
“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober. I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes,” she wrote. “Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose 6 years; I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
“If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery. If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it,” she added.
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for Lovato, who split from her boyfriend, Henry Levy, earlier this month. They had been romantically linked since last November. She has also reportedly cut ties with everyone in her team, and started fresh.
JAMES GUNN REINSTATED AS ‘GUARDIANS’ DIRECTOR – (03/18/2019)
Director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in July of 2018 after offensive tweets of his were resurfaced by conservative personalities. The firing was controversial, with fans and the film’s stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista openly protesting the firing. Bautista has been particularly outspoken in support of Gunn.
Marvel Studios actually put Guardians 3 on hold amid the controversy; previously, Gunn had said it would open in 2020. Walt Disney Studios opted to rehire Gunn Friday. Gunn tweeted his thanks and delight, writing that he is “tremendously grateful for every person who has supported me these past few months.”
When he was fired, Gunn issued a statement: “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
J.LO SHOWS OFF BLING ON DATE NIGHT: Jennifer Lopez and fiancé Alex Rodriguez looked happy in love on date night in NYC, ET reports, amid rumors of trouble between the pair. Onlookers admired the serious ice she wore on her ring-finger, according the report. The ring cost an estimated $1 million.
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