Beyoncé and Adele went head-to-head four times at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Both were nominated for album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best pop solo performance. In every category, Adele was awarded the Grammy. Every time, Beyoncé, the peerless pop music icon of our time, was told she was second-best.
Unequaled artists have long bumped up against the glass ceiling that awards shows impose on black excellence.
Actor and comedian Nick Cannon is leaving his longtime gig as host of the NBC reality show "America's Got Talent" after allegedly being threatened with termination by network executives.
Cannon announced his departure via a 700-word Facebook post Monday morning, explaining how his decision comes after a dispute with NBC head honchos over jokes in his recent Showtime comedy special.
"Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don't Shoot" aired Friday night on the premium cable channel and featured a different Cannon than "AGT" audiences might be used to, with frequent uses of the N-word. The word even makes an appearance in a joke about how that evening NBC stood for "N– Better C'mon."
Katy Perry wasn't content to let her music do the talking at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.
The pop songstress performed her latest single, the politically charged "Chained to the Rhythm," at Sunday night's ceremony, but may have had her most controversial moment of the evening on the pre-show red carpet.
"It’s called taking care of your mental health," Perry told E! News' Ryan Seacrest when he inquired after her recent recording hiatus, before later adding, “I haven’t shaved my head yet.”
Netflix dropped the "Lemonade" tribute that Amy Schumer could only dream of creating. The streaming service provider released video Monday announcing the Season 3 premiere date for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
The Emmy-nominated comedy, featuring Ellie Kemper as a former doomsday cult member acclimating to life outside of her 15 years in a bunker, returns to Netflix on May 19.
The teaser features Kimmy's best friend and all-around superstar Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) strolling the streets of New York in full "Lemonade" yellow dress fabulousness, a loving homage that's sure to wash the bitter aftertaste of Monday night's Grammy Awards from the mouths of Beyoncé fans.
When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth.
Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as “smooth jazz.” In reality, it was a cross-pollination of jazz with funk, pop and R&B that his voice helped establish in the ’70s and ’80s. From the nimble, rounded style that allowed him to glide from note to note in his biggest hit “We’re in This Love Together” to the feeling evoked by the sound of his name itself, Jarreau became synonymous with a bright sort of cool that soared beyond jazz’s often sharp corners.
Also like Duke — who counted Frank Zappa and Miles Davis among his collaborators — Jarreau’s 50-year career defied such simple categorization. A Midwestern native, Jarreau cut his teeth at Bay Area clubs like the Half Note and Gatsby’s before moving to Los Angeles, where he appeared on the city’s club and talk-show circuit.
Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 76.
The singer died about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital surrounded by family and friends, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but news of his passing comes two days after he announced his retirement from touring and was admitted to the hospital for exhaustion.
Dubbed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal delivery and admired by fans for his imaginative and improvisational qualities, Jarreau had a career that spanned five decades and 20 albums. His biggest single was "We're in This Love Together" from 1981. He also sang the theme song for TV's "Moonlighting."
Adele ended her night at the 2017 Grammy Awards with back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her "monumental" album "Lemonade." Beyoncé, meanwhile, wowed the audience with a spiritual performance and also took home the prize for urban contemporary album. Chance the Rapper was also among the top winners of the night, taking the prize for new artist as well as rap album.
Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Trump, took in a New York Fashion Week show Saturday morning, sitting front row at the Fall/Winter 2017 Taoray Wang runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square on Washington Street. Her mother, Marla Maples, was at her side, and a scrum of Secret Service agents and venue security were posted nearby.
The fashion flock had been speculating about a possible Trump appearance since fashion week kicked off Thursday because the Shanghai-based label (which has shown at New York Fashion Week for the last few years) custom designed the white double-breasted coat she wore on Inauguration Day.
We didn’t get a chance to speak with Trump (“You can take one picture,” we were told when we approached, “but no questions”) before the show, and after the runway finale walk, she and Maples were whisked backstage (presumably to meet the designer) and then off the premises.
Friday night, PBS is airing a documentary about U.S. representative John Lewis and his lifetime spent dedicated to American politics and civil rights.
Lewis, who has served as a representative from Georgia for the last 30 years, was 21 when he joined the movement for civil rights, serving as one of the original 13 Freedom Riders in an effort to integrate mass transit.
During the heart of the movement in the 1960s, Lewis worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., serving as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for several years, as well as marching with King at Selma, as documented by Ava DuVernay's recent film