KELLY CLARKSON, KHALID, MORE TO PERFORM AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2019 – (04/10/2019)
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will feature performances from Kelly Clarkson and Khalid, among others.
Billboard announced that Clarkson, 36, and Khalid, 21, will take the stage May 1st at the awards show in Las Vegas. Sam Smith, Normani, Panic! At the Disco and Lauren Daigle will also perform. Smith and Normani, who released the single “Dancing with a Stranger” in January, will perform together.
Clarkson will perform a new single at the ceremony. She will also host the awards show for the second year in a row. “I had so much fun hosting the Billboard Music Awards last year that I’m back for more,” she said. “We’re turning it up a notch this year and I can’t wait to celebrate all of my fellow amazing artists for another unforgettable night of live music.”
Smith and Panic! At the Disco are performing at the Billboard Music Awards for the first time. Panic! At the Disco is nominated for four awards, including Top Duo/Group and Top Rock Artist.
Billboard announced the full list of nominees last week. Ariana Grande and Cardi B are both up for Top Female Artist, while Drake and Travis Scott are among those nominated for Top Male Artist.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will air live May 1st on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
HALSEY TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME – (04/10/2019)
Halsey will be honored with the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 13th in New York City.
Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight Award – named for legendary lyricist and SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David – supports young songwriters whose original music has made a significant impact on the industry.
Halsey’s music has earned over seven billion streams globally, eight million global sales, and 18 RIAA certifications. Her most recent album, 2017’s hopeless fountain kingdom, hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard chart, and her single “Without Me” topped the Hot 100 last fall.
“I’ve watched Halsey grow over the last five years and every record seems to be better than the last one, so I’m delighted that she’s being recognized in this much deserved way,” SHOF Chair and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers says in a statement.
Fellow inductees this year include Missy Elliott, producer/songwriter Dallas Austin and Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens.
Halsey joins previous Hal David Starlight Award recipients including Sara Bareilles, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Drake, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and Rob Thomas.
JUSTIN BIEBER PENS ROMANTIC LOVE POEM TO HIS WIFE HAILEY BIEBER – (04/10/2019)
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to post a romantic poem for his “one true soulmate,” Hailey Bieber.
“Sunlight falls into the Abyss/ Just like i fall into your lips/ Waves crash onto the shore/ My love for you grows more and more,” the 25-year-old singer starts the poem. “Sound of the crickets a true meditation/ I think about you, Gods greatest creation.”
Justin continued his grand romantic gesture by telling Hailey he falls more in love with her each day and that she has given him “so much strength, support, encouragement and joy.” Justin ended the post saying he wanted to “publicly honor” his new spouse before wishing her good luck at a photo shoot.
Justin published the poem alongside a photo of Hailey from a Maxim photo shoot last year. The singer recently announced via Instagram that he is taking a temporary hiatus from making music to focus more on himself and his family.
ARIANA GRANDE IS TRADEMARKING ‘THANK U, NEXT’: Ariana Grande has reportedly filed to trademark the phrase “Ariana Grande Thank U, Next” so she can use it on a variety of beauty products. Among the products she’s got in mind: perfumes, colognes, body lotions, bath and shower gels, body scrubs, body powders and body mists. In addition to “Cloud,” Ari’s other fragrances include “Moonlight,” “Sweet Like Candy,” “Ari” and “Frankie.” Ariana will perform at Coachella this Sunday.
SARA GILBERT LEAVES THE TALK: Sara Gilbert is leaving CBS chatfest The Talk, she announced Tuesday. “This is something that I have been struggling with for a while, and going back and forth, but I’ve decided that it’s time for me to leave the show at the end of this season,” an emotional Gilbert said to gasps from the audience. “I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did The Conners and was also producing and [hosted] here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if I’m being honest about it, my life was slightly out of balance. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or take time for myself.” Last September, Julie Chen stepped down after her husband Leslie Moonves was fired as CBS CEO.
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