‘GAME OF THRONES’ LEADS EMMY NOMINATIONS WITH 22 – (07/13/2018)
HBO’s Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. HBO’s Westworld and NBC’s Saturday Night Live were nipping at GOT’s heels with 21 each. Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale nabbed 20.
GOT was nominated for Best Drama Series, where it will face off against mega-hit and last year’s winner, The Handmaid’s Tale.
For the first time since 2011, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is not up for Best Actress in a Comedy. Rachel Brosnahan, Tracee Ellis-Ross and Issa Rae are among those battling it out for the award.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, will air live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17.
- Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley joined Blacklist alum Ryan Eggold to announce the 2018 Emmy Award nominations Thursday morning.
- Anthony Bourdain received six posthumous nominations for his hit CNN show Parts Unknown.
- Sandra Oh made history, becoming the first Asian woman to earn a Best Actress nod.
- Laurie Metcalf snagged a nomination for her role in ABC‘s Roseanne, despite its cancellation. She has been nominated for an Emmy five times, and won three.
- John Legend was nominated for his first Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his starring role in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. If he wins, he will be one of 13 people to achieve EGOT status, as the recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
- Last year, GOT was not eligible for any Emmy nominations.
- Netflix broke HBO’s streak of being the most-nominated network for 17 years running, earning an eye-popping 112 nominations. HBO earned 108.
HARRY STYLES HELPS FAN COME OUT AT SAN JOSE SHOW – (07/13/2018)
Harry Styles helped a fan come out to her parents during his concert. The One Direction star was playing a solo show at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Wednesday night when he noticed a girl holding a sign in the crowd which caught his eye.
The poster read: “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you.”
According to social media posts from fans at the concert, Harry looked at the sign, asked what the mom’s name was, and said: “Tina, she’s gay.”
Harry also made the concert a special – and amusing – one for another member of the audience, as he tried to guess the gender of the pregnant fan’s unborn baby.
It is a mystery to everyone, but the 24-year-old singer made a prediction as he led the crowd in a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ after saying: “Congratulations to Rachel and your son.”
Styles wraps his Live on Tour this Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood.
SELENA GOMEZ STARS IN PUMA’S AMP XT CAMPAIGN; NOT DATING HER BFF’S BROTHER – (07/13/2018)
Those rumors about Selena Gomez dating her best friend’s brother are not true. The 25-year-old singer was photographed this week with Caleb Stevens, the younger brother of her best friend Raquelle Stevens, and rumors quickly spread that they are a new couple.
Selena and Caleb were spotted leaving a cabin in upstate New York on Wednesday. “They’re absolutely only friends,” a source told People. “They’re not dating.”
Selena was previously pictured with Caleb at Taylor Swift’s concert in Pasadena, California, back in May. She was the surprise guest at that show.
Meanwhile, Selena stars in Puma’s latest campaign for their Amp XT trainer, as part of the DO YOU family.
“The Amp XT is made for women who slay doubts and defy the status quo. And of course, there’s no one better to represent the shoe than PUMA’s kick-ass ambassador, Selena Gomez. She is the epitome of a strong woman, defying the standard and proving people wrong by proving herself right,” the brand declares.
“Striking a pose in the new @puma Defy Mid. #DoYou,” Selena wrote on her Instagram.
ARIANA GRANDE BUMPS UP ‘GOD IS A WOMAN’ RELEASE DATE, TEASES NEW SONG – (07/13/2018)
Ariana Grande released her new song “God Is a Woman” early. The song was originally supposed to come on July 20th, but Ariana tweeted that the song would actually be out today.
“i have to tell u sum in a lil bit,” she tweeted, before revealing, “surprise. twenty four hours til giaw.”
Ariana previously announced that “God Is a Woman” will be the next single off her upcoming album Sweetener, following “No Tears Left to Cry.” She explained that the song is about, “sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us tbh.”
Sweetener comes out August 17th.
Ariana also gave fans an exclusive preview of her new song “r.e.m.” from Sweetener. After a photo shoot for Elle magazine’s August issue, the singer sat down to play a few rounds of Song Association, a singing game where she is given a word and has 10 seconds to sing a line containing that word.
When the word “dream” popped up on the screen, Grande delved into the lyrics of her new track, singing: “Why you such a dream to me/Before you speak don’t walk/’Cause I don’t want to wake up.”
“That’s my song, it’s coming,” Grande added.
Grande also sang clips from Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” Whitney Houston’s “Queen of the Night” and “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. The lineup even included renditions of the 25-year-old’s previous hits, including “Dangerous Woman” and “Moonlight,” from her third studio album, Dangerous Woman.
HALSEY AND KHALID DUET ON BENNY BLANCO’S ‘EASTSIDE,’ CO-PENNED BY ED SHEERAN – (07/13/2018)
Halsey and Khalid have teamed up for a new duet co-written by Ed Sheeran. The track, called “Eastside,” marks the debut single from producer Benny Blanco, who’s produced songs for the likes of Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Cardi B, Kesha and more.
Blanco teased a snippet of the song on Instagram earlier this week and tagged all three artists. The track has Halsey and Khalid reminiscing about a past relationship and wanting to run away with that person and start over.
Blanco announced on Monday that he’d be releasing new songs under his own name but sung by other artists.
“i have decided to release some songs as benny blanco,” he wrote. “Don’t worry i wont be singing on them… i got all my friends to sing em… hope u like them… and if u dont i dont care cuz i do.”