HARRY CONNICK JR. TO HOST GRAMMY SALUTE HONORING ESSENTIAL WORKERS: Harry Connick Jr. is set to host a Grammy special honoring essential workers. United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes will air June 21st on CBS and CBS All Access. Connick Jr. and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia Connick, will take a road trip in an RV to thank and celebrate essential workers. Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger will join the duo to deliver surprise messages to essential workers. Jamie Foxx, Jon Batiste, Andra Day, John Fogerty, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin Dopsie, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty and Connick Jr. will perform. The special will also promote donating to charities such as No Kid Hungry, Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
MILEY CYRUS CALLS FOR COVID-19 FUNDING IN GLOBAL CITIZEN CAMPAIGN: Miley Cyrus appears in a new video for Global Citizen’s “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” campaign, which focuses on the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines. The campaign strives to ensure that tests, treatments and vaccines are available to all communities equally, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on those living in poverty. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert, Hugh Jackman, Padma Lakshmi, Shakira, Coldplay and other stars will also take part in the campaign. The celebrities will use social media to engage fans and rally the public to call on world leaders.
BURGER KING TICKS OFF TAYLOR SWIFT FANS: Burger King is in big trouble with Taylor Swift fans after firing off a sarcastic tweet at the singer’s expense. It started after a Taylor Swift fan on Twitter asked Burger King what its favorite Swift song was. The chain replied with a snarky, now-deleted, response: “The one about her ex.” Swift fans saw the comment as a sexist dig and responded by getting the hashtag #BurgerKingIsOverParty trending. Even McDonald’s got in on the action by claiming they “would never” poke fun at Taylor. Burger King attempted to move on from the controversy, tweeting with a winky face, “let’s shake it off. celebrate #BurgerKingIsOverParty with the $3 shake + fries deal in the app.”
‘TODAY’ CONCERT SERIES TO FEATURE KELLY CLARKSON, RICKY MARTIN, CHANCE THE RAPPER, & MORE: Today has announced a lineup for its new Citi music series, which kicks off Friday with a performance by Lady Antebellum. The concert series will feature virtual performances, interviews with the artists, viewer surprises and expanded digital content. Chance the Rapper, Alanis Morissette, Freestyle Love Supreme and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dixie Chicks, Chloe x Halle, Rascal Flatts and other artists will also perform. Performances will be virtual and without live audiences due to the pandemic.
PRINCE WILLIAM EXPLAINS TRICK TO OVERCOME ANXIETY: Even Prince William gets nerves before speaking in public. The royal dad says in the BBC doc Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health, “My eyesight started to tail off a little bit as I got older, and I didn’t use to wear contacts when I was working, so actually when I gave speeches I couldn’t see anyone’s face. And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces and because you can’t see anyone looking at you — I can see enough to read the paper and stuff like that — but I couldn’t actually see the whole room. And actually that really helps with my anxiety.”
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