The 55th annual Grammy Awards were last night. LL Cool J was the host, and he tried to connect with younger viewers by keeping up with their tweets during the show. But it sounded like the Grammys might have been a little new to the whole Twitter thing, or just trying too hard.
These are the winners of the biggest four awards . . . Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. In order: Fun, “We Are Young” by Fun, “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, and “Babel” by Mumford and Sons.
Adele presented the award for Album of the Year, the award she won last year. And she made a joke about what sets her apart from the previous winners. She said most winners go on to do big things, like go on huge world tours but she just got herself knocked up.
Justin Timberlake brought out two songs from his new album, including his first single “Suit and Tie”.
Carrie Underwood wore a $31 million dollar diamond necklace to the award show. The substantial necklace contained 381 carats of oval, pear, marquis and round brilliant white diamonds. According to a red carpet interview, Underwood felt a little anxious wearing something that expensive, and worried someone might tackle her for it at any moment.
It’s been four years and three days since Chris Brown and Rihanna missed the 2009 Grammy Awards because of a domestic violence altercation to which Brown eventually pleaded guilty and received probation and community service. Last night the two were seated side by side and cuddling during the Grammy awards. While the two singers arrived separately and walked the red carpet independently, they met up inside where Rhianna got so close, she nearly sat on Brown’s lap.
Speaking of Chris Brown, he had a fender bender on Saturday when his car hit a wall in Los Angeles. According to the Beverly Hills Police Department report, Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi, which is what caused him to lose control of his Porsche. Later, Brown’s rep released a statement that the accident was caused by “aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi.” However, Chris Doherty, owner of INF, the photography agency that employs all the photographers that were at the scene of the crash says photographers had “nothing to do with the Chris Brown accident.” “He crashed his car and it’s convenient for him to blame us.”says Doherty adding, “He needs to be careful with his defamatory statements.” Police also interviewed photographers on the scene and “appeared to be satisfied” that the photographers were not the cause of the accident.
Chris is firing back against the idea that paparazzi had nothing to do with his car accident on Saturday. He is holding with his story that the photographers were the reason he crashed AND is planning on seeking criminal charges and holding them civilly liable.
Kanye West won a Grammy last night, but he was a no show. He and Kim Kardashian are in South America for a little rest and relaxation. The couple was also spotted kissing on the balcony of their hotel and eating at restaurant Braseiro Gavera. Carnival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Celine Dion was in Beijing over the weekend, and she performed a duet in Mandarin with a local singer to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (It’s now the Year of the Snake.) The song they sang was a classic Chinese folk song called “Jasmine Flower”.
TOP OF THE BOX
1. “Identity Thief” $36.6 million (Biggest opening weekend so far in 2013 by $8 million)
2. “Warm Bodies” $11.5 million
3. “Side Effects” $10.0 million
4. “Silver Linings Playbook” $6.90 million
5. “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” $5.75 million
6. “Mama” $4.30 million
7. “Zero Dark Thirty” $4.00 million
8. “Argo” $2.50 million
9. “Django Unchained” $2.30 million
10 “Bullet to the Head” $1.98 million
Film critic Rex Reed has found himself in trouble after he made some mean comments about actress, Melissa McCarthy, when he was reviewing her #1 movie, “Identity Thief”. Reed, writing for the New York Observer, called her “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo” and referred to McCarthy’s career as a study in “being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in her Oscar-nominated role in “Bridesmaids,” tweeted, “For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f— himself.”
The only other “new” release, besides “Thief” and “Side Effects,” is “Top Gun“being re-released in 3D IMAX. It is only in 300 theaters so far, but earned nearly $2 million.
Justin Bieber made fun of himself and in a round about way apologized to his fans on Saturday Night Live, especially during the “Miley Cyrus Show” sketch. The singer addressed the news in early January when a photo surfaced of Bieber smoking pot. In the sketch, Bieber played the president of Miley’s fan club. In character, he slammed “that d***** Justin Bieber,” then went on to say: “You’re kidding me right. He looks like a lesbian … I heard he still has his baby teeth. I also heard he got busted for smoking weed and he’s really sorry about it and that people make mistakes and he’s never gonna do it again.”
A seventy one year old Illinois man, Ray Fulk, had no kids or relatives, so when he died last July, he left all his belongings to two actors, Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton. “He was a loner, and a lot of neighbors didn’t know who he was,” says Donald Behle, the estate attorney who helped prepare Fulk’s will. “He just said the actors were friends of his.” Fulk had written to the actors and their offices had sent him back thank you letters. Now they are each half a million dollars richer. The entire property was appraised at just over $1 million. Fulk also had about $230,000 in cash and CDs. The two actors will split the money, minus a $5000 donation Fulk made to the Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal organization in Chicago.
NBC has pulled the plug on medical drama “Do No Harm.” The series just premiered last Thursday. But the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-themed medical drama was the lowest-rated in-season broadcast scripted series debut in modern history. When the ratings fell even further during the second episode last week, the show was cancelled.