ARIANA GRANDE RETURNS TO MANCHESTER FOR MANCHESTER PRIDE 2019 – (08/26/2019)
Ariana Grande returned to Manchester to headline the Manchester Pride 2019 celebration Sunday night.
It marked Grande’s first performance in the city since her One Love Manchester benefit, which was held on June 4, 2017.
Prior to the event, Grande tweeted, “On our way to manchester pride. Love you so much. Can’t wait to give you all our love. You’re my heart in every way. See you soon.” She even bedazzled her manager, Scooter Braun’s, face for the Pride event.
Two years ago on May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a nearby railway station while she was finishing her concert at the Manchester Arena. Because of her benefit concert and charitable work, Grande became an honorary citizen by the Manchester City Council.
Grande’s Manchester Pride set Sunday night included songs like “Side to Side,” “7 Rings,” “Thank U, Next” and “One Last Time,” and the singer took a moment to wish the crowd “Happy Pride.”
She went on to address the audience: “My heart has always, you know, the gays have always had my heart, personally. I spent some of the happiest times of my teenage years singing in gay bars in New York City.”
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SHAWN MENDES DOUBLES DOWN ON APOLOGY FOR HIS OLD TWEETS – (08/26/2019)
Shawn Mendes recently apologized for his past racially insensitive tweets after a fan brought them up at a Q&A and now he is doubling down with another apology.
The 21-year-old singer explained to fans that before he was famous, his friends would take his phone and post things that he didn’t approve. Shawn took to his Instagram Stories on late Friday night to share a statement he wrote.
“I posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry. I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were. There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love,” Shawn said.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA BECOMES A DISNEY LEGEND – (08/26/2019)
Christina Aguilera was honored as a Disney Legend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Friday and she surprised the audience by performing “Reflection” from 1998’s Mulan.
“This is way cooler than a Grammy, I just have to say!” she told the cheering crowd during her acceptance speech. “Thank you, [Disney CEO] Bob Iger. This is tremendous. You don’t understand. I may be the ultimate Disney fan.” She added, “Thank you so much for this amazing honor. I love this. This is so special, I’m like shaking… I’ve been holding back tears all day.”
Christina talked about how she started her career on the Mickey Mouse Club with the likes of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake and discussed recording “Reflection,” which coincided with her first record deal.
About “Reflections,” which was released in 1998 to coincide with the release of “Mulan,” she said she has carried the message of the song throughout her entire career. “It’s an important message that promotes to live your truth,” she said. “It’s all in the lyrics. To live your truth, to show who you are, to be brave, to be a fighter. And now these are messages that I can pass on to my own son and daughter, who are fans of the movie. The messages still hold true and they’re timeless. It’s not your gender or anything outside yourself that defines you. What defines you is who you are inside.”
Now, she says she shares the world of Disney with her children.
“To snuggle with my kids on the couch and just be under blankets and be captivated by these amazing worlds that Disney creates is so incredible,” Christina said. “The world of Disney has made me feel like anything was possible at that young of an age. If I could imagine it, I could do it.”
Christina is busy touring now and performing at her residency in Las Vegas. “There are more shows coming up in September,” she teased. “Gonna be so much fun, and now I have more stories to tell whenever I sing ‘Reflection.’”
Also inducted as Disney Legends were Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star Ming-Na Wen.
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