LUCY HALE & BILLY PORTER TO CO-HOST NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN EVE – (12/09/2020)
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021, the longtime host Ryan Seacrest is welcoming Lucy Hale to the dance floor again this year (her second year in the hot seat), with Pose’s Billy Porter this time around.
They’ll host the party in NYC’s Times Square, with Ciara keeping the party going in L.A. This is her fourth time hosting the West Coast party.
Unlike previous years when a plague wasn’t disrupting the fun, the broadcast will be closed to the public.
Hale shared the news on Twitter, writing “So excited … Who’s ready to be done with 2020?”
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TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES MONEY TO STRUGGLING MOMS – (12/09/2020)
Two women who are down on their luck will be able to pay the rent this month thanks to Taylor Swift.
Billboard confirms that the singer donated $13,000 to two mothers’ GoFundMe pages after reading a Washington Post article about Americans who are behind on the rent due to the lack of a stimulus package during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the recipients is a single mother from Nashville named Nikki Cornwell who is $5,000 behind on the rent and is worried that her kids won’t have a Christmas this year.
Alongside her donation, Swift wrote, “Nikki, I read about you in the Washington Post and thought it was really brave of you to share your story. I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another. Love, Taylor.”
Shelbie Selewski from Michigan is the other recipient of Swift’s generosity. According to her GoFundMe, the mother-of-two has struggled to find work while taking care of her youngest daughter, who was born with a collapsed lung last December.
The singer donated $13,000 to Selewski as well, writing, “Shelbie, I’m sending you this gift after reading about you in the Washington Post. No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you. I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season. Love, Taylor.”
BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES ‘WOMEN IN MUSIC’ PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS – (12/09/2020)
Chloe x Halle, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, Dolly Parton, Bernie Sanders and Lilly Singh are among the presenters and performers who will make an appearance at the 15th Annual Billboard Women in Music Event on December 10th.
Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, will present Cardi B with Billboard’s Woman of the Year top honor, which is awarded to an act whose music, performances, cultural influence and activism has defined the year.
Miley Cyrus will present the Hitmaker Award to her godmother, country legend Dolly Parton, who will perform her classic hit “9 to 5”.
Other performers will include Powerhouse Award recipient Dua Lipa and Rising Star Award winners Choe x Halle.
Additional winners include Jennifer Lopez who will be presented with the Icon Award by her “Marry Me” co-star Maluma and Jessie Reyez who will collect the American Express Impact Award from Lilly Singh.
Hosted by singer-songwriter and acclaimed director and producer Teyana Taylor, the high-profile event is held in conjunction with the release of Billboard’s Women in Music issue and will stream live December 10, 2020 on billboardwomeninmusic.com at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
MADONNA JUST GOT HER FIRST TATTOO – (12/09/2020)
Madonna recently got her first tattoo. The 62-year-old superstar posted photos of her experience at the tattoo parlor with the caption, “Inked for the very first time”.
An image of the finished product shows shows the first initial of each of her six children, Lourdes Leon, 24, Rocco Ritchie, 20, David Banda, 15, Mercy James, 14, and twins Stelle and Estere Ciccone, 8, written in all-caps on the inside of her wrist.
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