BTS, DOJA CAT, J BALVIN TO PERFORM AT MTV VMAS – (08/05/2020)
MTV has announced the first group of performers for the 2020 MTV VMAs.
BTS, nominated for Best Pop, Best K-Pop and Best Choreography, will perform their upcoming single “Dynamite” for the first time during the awards show. Doja Cat, who is up for PUSH Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Direction, and J Balvin, who is nominated for Best Collaboration and thrice for Best Latin, will also perform.
The MTV VMAs will take place August 30th at Barclays Center in New York. New York governor Andrew Cuomo previously said the awards show “will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience,” due to the pandemic.
Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead the list of nominees, with nine nominations each, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd.
It will mark the first time on the VMA stage for both BTS and Doja Cat.
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KATY PERRY AND JERRY O’CONNELL GO TO BAT FOR ELLEN DEGENERES – (08/05/2020)
Ellen DeGeneres’ army of pals has been notably silent as the talk show host gets dragged for the “toxic” environment she allegedly helped create on the set of her eponymous show. Reports of her own bullying behavior, and harassment and racism on the part of her producers has prompted an investigation by WarnerMedia.
But Katy Perry and Jerry O’Connell have roared to her defense as noted friends Jennifer Aniston, the Kardashian family and Oprah Winfrey have stood silently by. The “Firework” singer sent out a series of late-night and early morning tweets.
In one, Perry wrote: “I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow. I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought … to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend.”
DJ Samantha Ronson also supported her, writing: “Unpopular opinion: I’ve worked for @TheEllenShow as a dj, for her parties, for years and she has ALWAYS been respectful and kind to me.”
Jerry O’Connell reposted a photo DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi sent out on IG Monday, captioning it: “Love Ellen and Portia. Always have. Always will.”
Polo player Nacho Figueras wrote of his experience with DeGeneres: “Everyone was super nice, not just to me but to each other and anyone involved. I have seen Ellen act not just in her show but in public appearances in theaters where she is nice to absolutely everyone, the guy serving the coffee, the person in the elevator, the security guy and the owner of the venue.”
Many fans dragged the celebs for their support. Ronson responded to one writing: “I knew this was coming, but you’d be surprised by how many people are super rude when you become someone they are writing a cheque to. It’s super disappointing.
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STREAMING GIANTS IN MULTI-MILLION BIDDING WAR FOR ARIANA GRANDE’S TOUR DOCUMENTARY: Streaming giants are reportedly clashing over the rights to a film about Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour. The Sun reports that Netflix made a strong pitch to earn the exclusive streaming rights for the flick, offering a whopping $5.2 million dollars as their starting offer. YouTube also expressed interest in getting a hold of the documentary. Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun is among the team that is hammering out negotiations with a league of “big hitters.” The Sweetener tour entertained over 1.3 million people across the globe and ran for 97 days before wrapping on December 22, 2019. The documentary follows the singer both on stage and behind the scenes.
SELENA GOMEZ ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATE FOR RARE BEAUTY: Selena Gomez announced that her new beauty line Rare Beauty is officially launching September 3rd at Sephora and on RareBeauty.com. Selena previously announced that one percent of all sales from the makeup line will go to the Rare Impact Fund, which aims to raise $100 million over the next 10 years for mental health services. Selena revealed the creation of the cosmetics line, named after her latest album, Rare, back in February. She explained that Rare Beauty “isn’t about how others see you. It’s about how you see yourself.”
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