JIMMY KIMMEL IS SET TO HOST 2020 EMMY AWARDS – (06/17/2020)
The 2020 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are moving ahead as scheduled on September 20th, with Jimmy Kimmel as host! It is unclear if the broadcast will include an in-person audience, or if the show will go virtual. Either way, this year is expected to be very different.
In a statement, Kimmel said: “I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it.” The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host will also serve as an executive producer. He previously hosted the 64th and 68th Emmy ceremonies.
Additional details will be “announced soon.”
“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny and moving Primetime Emmys show,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “He’s a true master of ceremonies who reveres this industry and its people; and just as Jimmy has done with his own show over the past few months, he will tackle this momentous event with heart and humor, and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home.”
Awards season has been in flux this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, as shows and production have been shut down. On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 93rd Oscars would be rescheduled for the first time in 40 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Oscars will now take place on April 25, 2021.
The show is set to air at 8 pm EST on Sunday, September 20 on ABC. Last year, the Emmys experimented without a host, with mixed results. Instead, Fox invited Halsey to perform a tribute for the In Memoriam segment. In addition, Adam DeVeine and Thomas Lennon provided commentary as well.
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KATY PERRY, BLACK EYED PEAS JOIN ROCK THE VOTE VIRTUAL EVENT – (06/17/2020)
Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas are set to headline Rock the Vote’s virtual Democracy Summer 2020 event on Thursday at 8 p.m. [EDT].
The event will be livestreamed on democracysummer.org and Democracy Summer’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Rock the Vote wants to encourage young Americans to get out and vote on November 3rd, Election Day.
Rock the Vote has partnered with the Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Lives and more on Democracy Summer.
Chuck D of Public Enemy, Eve and Ne-Yo are also set to perform. Rosario Dawson and Logan Browning of Dear White People are serving as hosts of the livestream which will include speakers and activists. Amara La Negra, Big Freedia, Dove Cameron, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. John Lewis, Sec. Julian Castro, Leslie Grace, Little Miss Flint, Lucy Hale, Max, Michael K. Williams, Saweetie, Skylar Astin, Sofia Carson, Sunny Red Bear and more are also set to make appearances.
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KATY PERRY, SIA, ADAM LAMBERT TO PERFORM FOR ‘CAN’T CANCEL PRIDE’ VIRTUAL BENEFIT: Katy Perry, Sia and Adam Lambert will be among the performers for Can’t Cancel Pride, a COVID-19 benefit show for the LGBTQ+ community live streaming next week. The benefit will also feature Melissa Etheridge, Ricky Martin, Big Freedia, Kim Petras and Pose star Billy Porter. It will culminate in a one-hour special co-hosted by Laverne Cox and radio host Elvis Duran. Can’t Cancel Pride aims to raise visibility and funds for LGBTQ+ communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event will air June 25th on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and Instagram pages and PrideRadio.com.
GWEN STEFANI RETURNING TO ‘THE VOICE’ FOR SEASON 19 – (06/17/2020)
Gwen Stefani will be returning to The Voice for Season 19.
The 50-year-old singer will be taking back her seat at the judge’s panel for the upcoming season, alongside Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and boyfriend Blake Shelton.
Gwen will be replacing Nick Jonas, who joined the show in Season 18; He’ll be off filming a new movie while The Voice is shooting.
Jonas was recruited to fill Stefani’s seat in Season 18 when she departed the show for a Las Vegas residency. His first (and, for now, only) season proved to be an irregular one, with the series forced to complete its spring cycle virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. His finalist, Thunderstorm Artis, ultimately placed third, while Team Blake scored yet another win with artist Todd Tilghman.
The No Doubt singer last appeared as a full-time coach in Season 17 and has previously served as a coach in Seasons 7, 9 and 12. She popped in as a mentor in Seasons 8 and 10.
The Voice returns this fall on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
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