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Alicia Keys To Host the 2019 Grammy Awards

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Alicia Keys has been tapped to host the 61st Annual Grammy Awards,

Keys shared the news with an Instagram Story video that contained a behind-the-scenes look into how this opportunity came to pass. The video, which is now gone, opened with when Keys received the phone call offering her the gig. The video also shows Keys sharing the news with husband, Swizz Beats, and her two kids.

The video wraps up with Keys detailing her excitement about accepting the position. “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it,” Keys said. “I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy. This is a first – it’s a first, and it’s amazing, and I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited, I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back, lift people up, especially all the young women that are nominated.”

Keys isn’t nominated for any Grammys this year, but she’s no novice to winning. To-date, she has won 15 Grammys. She won her last Grammy for Best R&B Album for Girl On Fire, in 2014

Set your reminders now, as the Grammys will air live on CBS February 10th at 8 p.m. ET.

Our 2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions: And The Nominees Are…

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It’s award season again and all of Hollywood elite is on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the 2019 Oscar nominees. From actors who transformed themselves for biopics to crime fighters to magical nannies who fly over houses.  This year’s nominees may be eerily similar to this year’s Golden Globe nods, but we can never pass up an opportunity to give our take on who we’d like to see nab a trophy.  

In the ‘Best Motion Picture’ category we foresee at least eight films being nominated this year.   Our picks include: “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Vice,” and “A Star Is Born.” Our money is on the critically acclaimed “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which has received rave reviews and support from theater goers and critics. 

This year’s “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” category will likely feature a mix of actors who took on real-life portrayals and actors who poured their heart into innovative roles.  Our picks are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), and John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”).  The Academy could put a twist on things and nominate Robert Redford for his outstanding role in “The Old Man & the Gun,” but our guess is that they’ll nominate John C. Reilly for his uncanny portrayal of Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie” instead. 

This year’s “Best Actress in a Motion Picture” category will be a nail-biter.  Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) have both been receiving praise and awards for their respective roles.  The duo even tied for the “Best Actress” trophy at the Critics’ Choice Awards, so it would come as no surprise if the Academy opted to give the statue to both ladies – an occurrence that hasn’t happened since both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand took home the trophy 50 years ago. Rounding out the rest of our picks for this category include Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”). 

For the “Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category there’s no need to list all of our choices, as there is only one woman who we have our money on; it’s none other than Regina King for her phenomenal performance in  “If Beale Street Could Talk.”  King has been a standout actress from the first time she appeared on the screen in the hit 1980s series, “227.” She emerges herself into every role she takes on and she did the same here. 

The Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category will have some familiar winners this year.  Mahershala Ali who won for “Best Actor” in 2016 for “Moonlight” is a big contender for his work in the movie “Green Book.”  He already won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the film, so he seems to be the likely winner here.  Another familiar face we know we’ll see on the roster this year is Sam Rockwell. The actor won this award in 2018 for the film,  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Rockwell’s performance in “Vice” has created a lot of buzz this season, but sadly we don’t see a repeat win here. Some other notable favorites of ours for this category include Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”). 

For “Best Animated Film,” the Academy will give nods to “The Incredibles 2,” “Small Foot,” “The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”  We are fully backing a win for “The Incredibles 2” in this category!

We are also giving honorable mention to the song “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.”  There is no doubt that the track will take home “Song of the Year.” Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were a match made in heaven to collaborate on singing the song. 

With the Oscars not having a host this year, viewers can look forward to seeing some of their favs that took home awards at the Golden Globes,  do the exact same thing here. Repetition can be annoying in everyday life, but when you’re an actor, it’s a great thing.

Don’t forget to see who takes home a coveted statue, when the 2019 Oscars airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Drake & Jennifer Lopez Fuel Dating Rumors with Instagram Photo

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Drake and Jennifer Lopez have been getting very cozy lately.

The pair have been busy making music together, however, their recent instagram pic showed the two in a embrace you don’t see many friends doing.

Drake’s on-again-off-again love Rihanna didn’t seem happy with the photo, as both parties posted it on their respective Instagrams, and she unfollowed Lopez on Instagram.

The pair could simply be drumming up publicity for whatever projct they have in the works, or they really could be romancing the stone. Neither party have come forward to confirm or den the rumors.

Church Accidentally Prints Tupac’s “Hail Mary” Lyrics for Carol Service

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Tupac brought an interesting twist  to a Christmas church servicein Sri Lanka this season.

A booklet distributed at the Dec. 11 “Joy to the World 2016” service  accidentally had Tupac’s “Hail Mary” printed out instead of the traditional Christian prayer, according to CNN.

“A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song,” event attendee Andrew Choksy told CNN. “A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet.

Father Da Silva from the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka apologized for the error.

Apparently the lyrics were printed by an unidentified young boy who  downloaded the wrong version of the song.

 

 

Yay or Nay: Kanye West’s New Hairdo

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Kanye West has switched up his hair yet again. The rapper was spotted in LA, on Monday (December 26), on his way to the movies with pink highlights in his blonde hair.

What do you think of his new ‘do?  Weigh-in Below!

 

 

 

George Michael Dies at 53 + “FAITH (Remastered)” Album Review

The world continues to mourn the loss of renowned singer George Michael, who died on Christmas Day (December 25). He was 53. According to his publicist, Michael died peacefully at his home. as it stands,  it is said that Michael died of heart failure.  Though Michael battled pneumonia  back in 2011 – a bit that he said almost killed him. He was said to be in good health when he died.  His exact cause o death will be  determined after an autopsy is done.

George Michael became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Faith in 1987. Now almost 24 years after its original release date, this Grammy Award-winning album has been remastered and it’s better than ever.

Faith spent 87 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album produced six chart-topping singles. These singles include “Father Figure,” ” I Want Your Sex,” “Monkey,” “Kissing A Fool,” “One More Try,” and the title track “Faith.” Not only did this album make a mark in music history, but it also thrust George Michael into the spotlight, giving him a massive amount of recognition around the world.

It’s not often that you come across an album that can mesh with the changing times. Although Faith was originally released in the 1980s, Michael’s soothing voice coupled with his heartfelt lyrics make the album’s ability to blend into today’s music seem almost effortless. Some albums from the 1970s and 1980s have a “dated” sound, but this remastered version of Faith is not one of them. The remastered version is much cleaner, and sharper than its original form. All of the songs on the album sound as though George Michael recorded them yesterday.

Faith has something for everyone. “One More Try” is a heartwarming ballad that explores a man’s reluctance to enter into a new relationship out of a fear of being hurt. “I Want Your Sex,” and “Monkey” were two of Michael’s most popular dance songs and they are both still heavily played in clubs and lounges. Jazz enthusiasts will get a kick out of the ballad “Kissing A Fool” due to it’s soft and mellow melodies. If you aren’t big on lyrics, then pop in the album’s second disc and listen to the instrumental versions of “Faith” and “Kissing A Fool”; you will be whisked away to a dream world after listening to those two tracks.

Paying tribute to an artist like George Michael could never be confined to just one CD. So, what better way to show appreciation for George Michael than with not one, but three Faith packages?

The three Faith packages available for purchase include: FAITH: DELUXE EDITION (12”x12” box set), FAITH (Double CD), and FAITH: SPECIAL EDITION ( 2 CD + DVD). Each package pays tribute to Michael and the album that put him on the map. These packages (shown below) can be purchased via George Michael’s official website, and wherever music is sold. Any avid George Michael fan will appreciate this compilation of remastered music, classic videos , a 180-gram vinyl replica of the original LP, and much more.

Music lovers fell in-love with George Michael’s debonair flair, charming good looks and magnetic stage presence, but his voice was the key element to his success. The songs, lyrics and words on this remastered version of Faith have not been altered, instead it has been digitally enhanced for your listening pleasure. If you are a true music connoisseur then one, if not all, of these Faith packages belong in your collection.

Check out the sizzle reel for George Michael’s Faith below:

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For more information on George Michael and his upcoming projects, please visit: www.georgemichael.com.

‘Jem and the Holograms’ Movie Cast Revealed

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Jem and the Holograms is coming to life!

The classic 80s cartoon is hitting the big screen in live-action form and the superstar ladies have already been cast.

Nashville star Aubrey Peeples will take on the role of Jerrica “Jem” Benton. Newcomers Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoko have signed on to play Jem’s Hologram bandmates.

The cartoon followed Starlight Music Manager Jerrica, who would turn into Rocker Jem with the help of her earrings.

Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter Braun, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu announced the project earlier this year.

Check out the Jem and the Holograms cast below.

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