LIZZO NAMED ‘ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR’ BY ‘TIME’ – (12/12/2019)
Lizzo has just been named Entertainer of the Year by Time magazine. The magazine stated that the 31-year-old singer represents “something new,” adding, “Her sound is relentlessly positive and impossibly catchy . . . In 2019, Lizzo was a beam of light shining through doom and gloom, telling us to love ourselves even if the world doesn’t always love us back. We needed her.”
Lizzo told the magazine, “I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time. Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing . . . Suddenly I’m mainstream!”
She added, “Being a black woman is popping, but like right now in mainstream culture, we’re finally getting a little bit more respect and getting our due.”
Lizzo recently nabbed eight first-time Grammy nominations — the most of any artist at the upcoming 2020 Grammys — including Record and Song of the Year for “Truth Hurts” and Album of the Year for Cuz I Love You.
Story source: E! Online
HALSEY PERFORMED ‘WITHOUT YOU’ LIVE IN HONOR OF JUICE WRLD – (12/12/2019)
During a Pandora Live Concert in Brooklyn on the night of December 10, Halsey honored the late Juice WRLD. She sang “Without Me”, a song that was remixed and featured the deceased artist’s talent. Before beginning her tribute, Halsey gave a speech about the song, saying that the remix was better than the original.
She continued her speech, urging her fans not to take life for granted, saying, “While we have every single one of us together in one place, I just wanted to take a moment to remind you guys that life is short,” continuing, “We should appreciate every single moment that we have together.”
Artist Juice WRLD passed away on Sunday, August 8 resulting from a seizure he suffered at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He had just gotten off of a flight from Los Angeles, and pronounced dead in a hospital following the incident.
BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE DECADE TAYLOR SWIFT: “I DO WANT MY MUSIC TO LIVE ON” – (12/12/2019)
For the genre-bending music superstar and Billboard’s woman of the decade Taylor Swift, 2019 has been a monumental year, and ending with a fight for her rights to the wildly successful music she recorded under Big Machine Records.
Her latest album, Lover, snagged three Grammy nominations, one for song of the year, and she plans on taking her new music on tour in 2020. “The skies were opening up in my life,” said Swift of the latest music.
As the year comes to a close, however, she is facing the wrath of Scott Borchetta, former head of Big Machine Records, and Scooter Braun, the manager-mogul who eventually acquired the record label and subsequently, the rights to all of Swift’s six previous albums. The star claimed on Tumblr that she was in the “worst case scenario” as Braun had “bullied” her through out his career, and also reveals she was never given the opportunity to buy her masters outright.
The fight for Taylor Swift to have her masters is ongoing, however, and many well-known figures have backed her up, these including Halsey and even Elizabeth Warren.
In a conversation with Billboard Magazine, the superstar discussed the year of success and new memories, including starring in the new movie Cats and performing on SNL. She also discussed her use of Tumblr to interact with fans, saying, “Tumblr is the last place on the internet where I feel like I can still make a joke because it feels small, like a neighborhood rather than an entire continent. We can kid around — they literally drag me. It’s fun. That’s a real comfort zone for me.”
Swift revealed a glimpse of her beginnings in country music and transition to pop, and that one of her mentors over the years has been country superstar Faith Hill. “I had so many mentors in country music. Faith Hill was wonderful. She would reach out to me and invite me over and take me on tour, and I knew that I could talk to her. Crossing over to pop is a completely different world,” said Swift.
BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR BILLIE EILISH: ‘THERE ISN’T REALLY ANYTHING THAT’S OFF LIMITS’ – (12/12/2019)
Billboard Woman of the Year Billie Eilish gave insight on her family life, desire to meet Rihanna, and the success she enjoyed in 2019 in an interview with Billboard magazine. She’s set to begin an arena world tour in March, at venues that have already sold out. As she says, in response to her nomination for Billboard’s Woman of the Year, “I’ve never been called a woman before,” laughing, “you feel like you’ve been doing it forever. And then I remember — it’s literally just the beginning.”
The star plans to stay in Los Angeles until the end of the year, focusing most recently on issues such as climate change and mental health.
Eilish also addressed her feelings about being a young female artist and other people’s perception of her, stating that she used to be anxious about her future because she was a girl. She then elaborated on a previous statement that she chooses to wear baggy clothes so others won’t comment on her body and trying to make it easier for girls to just wear what they want.
“I’m lucky enough to be in a generation that’s able to break every rule — and that’s crazy,” said the star when asked if she felt that there was anything she can’t do, and continued, “To be honest, there isn’t really anything that’s off-limits.”
KENDALL JENNER NAMES THE ‘WORST PARENT’ OF HER FIVE SIBLINGS: After an interview on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, Kendall Jenner rated her sibling from best to worst parent, with brother Rob receiving first place, followed by “Khloe, Kim, Kylie, and Kourtney”.
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