Monthly Archives: February 2012

Baby Got Front … & Back!

It’s hard to tell what’s hotter: Kim Kardashian‘s ridiculous curves from the front or her bootyful bod from the back.

With her purple bikini stretched to the limit in Miami this weekend, Kim — along with her good pal Jonathan Cheban at her side — made sure all her smokin’ hot lady parts were ready for their close-up.

She can take it from all sides.

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Kim Kardashian Flaunts Famous Curves In Teeny Black Bikini

Kim Kardashian has been sticking to her New Year’s Resolution and with that comes hitting the gym hard.

For the first time in months, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star stepped out in a skimpy two-piece to flaunt the results of her rigorous workout sessions.

Wearing a teeny black string bikini with gold embellishments, the 31-year-old enjoyed the warm weather and sun in Miami earlier this month while showing off her famous assets.
Besides getting her fitness on, Kardashian has been hard at work putting her critics in their place.

On Monday, she took a moment to address the nasty commenters on her blog.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I will not allow bullying on my blog. You can say what you like about me, but when you come on here and harass and bully other fans, you WILL be banned from leaving comments,” she posted. “This is not a place to take out your frustrations with your own life on other people. I was honestly shocked today reading some of the comments… from people who are old enough to know better. Find something better to do with your time, because I don’t want you here, and neither does anyone else.”

“Offended” Adele Gives Producers The Middle Finger At Brit Awards

Star interrupted!

At the 2012 Brit Awards in London Tuesday, it came as no surprise when Adele took home the big awards for Best British Album and Best British Female artist.

But what did come as a shock was her indecent gesture on stage during her acceptance speech for Best British Album, when host James Cordon unexpectedly cut in to introduce the next musical performance.

“I flung the middle finger. That was for the suits at the Brit Awards, not my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me,” the 23-year-old singer told the BBC of the instance that was live broadcast.

During her abbreviated speech, the British star expressed her gratitude about her success. “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I’m so proud to be British and to be flying our flag.”

After Cordon, who was met with boos from the crowd, stepped in, Adele asked “Can I just say, then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round?” followed by her flipping off the cameras.

On Feb. 5, M.I.A. became the topic of controversy when she flipped her middle finger on live TV to over 100 million viewers worldwide during her and Madonna’s Super Bowl performance.

“It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do,” Madonna sniped about the obscene gesture. “There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

Chris Brown: I’m Not Going Anywhere

Some who tuned in to Sunday’s Grammys weren’t happy to see Chris Brown take the stage – twice to perform, and a third time to accept the best R&B album award – and it appears the artist hasn’t held back in response.

According to Mashable.com, which has an image of one of the tweets the 22-year-old posted Tuesday afternoon before deleting them, “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F*** OFF!” CNN has reached out to Brown’s rep, who has yet to respond.

He followed that up Wednesday with a message to the press: “Dear media, your plan is not working. I’m not going anywhere so get used to me.”

It was just three years ago, many detractors said, that the world was learning more about his assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, which happened before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

A Washington Post op-ed pointed out that while people should have second chances, that doesn’t mean “they deserve the chance to strut around the Grammys stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault.” The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted Sunday, “Chris Brown? I don’t look to the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words ‘felony assault’ mean anything at all?”

In addition to media critiques of Brown’s Grammy appearance, celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Jack Osbourne and Michelle Branch also openly disagreed with the Recording Academy’s decision to have Brown be a part of their program.

Lambert posted after checking out the show, “Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to [my song] ‘Gunpowder’ and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys.” Osbourne, meanwhile, says that while he’s been getting “Chris Brown hate mail,” the singer’s supporters still haven’t changed his mind.

“Ok ok…I’ll stop,” he wrote Tuesday. “All you Chris Brown supporters are right. I am wrong…but before I go, remember one thing…. #chrisbrownbeatswomen.”

According to MTV, the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, has explained that the Grammys show is dictated by the Academy’s voting, and added, “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into.”

Meanwhile, Brown returned to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to thank his fans.

“TeamBreezy, the Grammy I received was for those of you who supported my music and the hard work and growth in my life,” Brown wrote. “I thank you! Love U!”

Katy Perry Bashes Russell Brand In New Revenge Song At Grammys

Take that, Russell Brand!

A fiery Katy Perry took the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in L.A. and, instead of performing one of her many well-known hits, she used the opportunity to debut a new song, “Part of Me” — a ditty not-so-subtly aimed at her soon-to-be ex Brand, 36, who blindsided her last December by filing for divorce after 14 months of marriage.

Dressed in a skintight bodysuit, wearing a cropped, punk-blue wig, a ticked-off Perry, 27, prowled across the stage as she sang lyrics like “You chewed me up and spit me out/Like I was poison in your mouth/You took my light, you drained me down…You ripped me off, your love was cheap.”

Last week, Perry and British comic Brand signed papers to finalize their divorce in June; despite no prenup, Brand did not request spousal support or a share of Perry’s massive earnings. Perry signed her documents with a smiley face.

Still, an edgy Perry even tweaked the song’s lyrics to make the song even more pointed at Brand. One line originally read “You can keep the dog from me, I never liked him anyway.” For Sunday’s show, Perry sang “Keep your diamond ring/In fact, you can keep everything…Except for me.”

The 54th Grammy Awards: The Winners List

Record of the year:

“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Album of the year:

“21,” Adele

Song of the year:

“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best new artist:

Bon Iver

Pop vocal album:

“21,” Adele

Pop solo performance:

“Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop duo/group performance:

“Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Pop instrumental album:

“The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Traditional pop vocal album:

“Duets II,” Tony Bennett and various artists

Electronica/dance album:

“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance recording:

“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Rock album:

“Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock performance:

“Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard rock/metal performance:

“White Limo,” Foo Fighters

Rock song:

“Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rap album:

“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap performance:

“Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap/sung collaboration:

“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Rap song:

“All Of The Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)

Alternative music album:

“Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

R&B album:

Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E.”

R&B performance:

“Is This Love,” Corinne Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B performance:

“Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

R&B song:

“Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona

Country album:

“Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country solo performance:

“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country duo/group performance:

“Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country song:

“Mean,” Taylor Swift

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David Guetta: I’m Trying To Make Music Like Whitney

Whitney Houston‘s astounding vocal talent has been an inspiration to a number of female singers who wanted to follow in her footsteps, but her music was also special enough to transcend across genres.

David Guetta, who was nominated for two Grammys and is performing at the awards show tonight, told reporters on the red carpet that Houston’s ability to speak to a wide variety of listeners always inspired him.

“I was really sad, it was the first year I didn’t go out,” Guetta said of the news that Houston had passed. “I didn’t feel like celebrating…She was making music that speaks to everyone, whether the white or black community. That’s something I’m always trying to do, and she’s always been an inspiration for me.”

Guetta added that he does see dance and electronica gaining more traction, not only in the mainstream but also among critics.

“It’s been amazing, I always wanted our community to grow bigger and share my passion with more people,” he said. “It’s very exciting. It’s really a new area for music. It’s really incredible…To be honest, it felt a little bit like people were ignoring us, even though we were playing to thousands, but the industry wasn’t really paying attention. But it’s happening now.”

Beyonce: Whitney Houston Was “Sincere And Kind”

Beyonce has been over-the-moon with month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, but she’s devastated by Saturday’s passing of her hero Whitney Houston at age 48.

“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful,” the fellow R&B singer, 30, said Sunday in a statement, detailing how she first became acquainted with the Grammy winning superstar. “I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.”

Beyonce continues of the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s incomparable vocal talent: “I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control.”

“So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song,” she adds of Houston, who leaves behind daughter Bobbi Christina, 18. ” She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her.”

Whitney Houston’s Final Performance?

The music industry is reeling from the death of Whitney Houston, particularly those who saw Houston this weekend in Los Angeles.

The legendary entertainer was in town for Grammy Awards events, and was spotted Thursday in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton as Monica and Brandy rehearsed to perform at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, which went on as planned Saturday evening.

A video of Houston performing with Kelly Price (which comes courtesy VGS&L/Steve Jones @iamstevejones) has been circulating on the Web, and is said to have been taken on Thursday at a pre-Grammys party.

The World Loses Yet Another ’80s Music Sensation

Fans of ’80s R&B music have suffered yet another loss.

Just months after the deaths of ’80s R&B chanteuse Vesta Williams, rapper Heavy D and singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, who was one half of the duo Ashford and Simpson, fans are once again grappling with the silenced voice of one of the superstars of that era: Whitney Houston.

The New Jersey native and daughter of famed background singer Cissy Houston first burst onto the music scene in 1985 with her debut album “Whitney Houston.”

According to Billboard, the album sold millions and earned Houston her first Grammy for best female pop vocal for the single “Saving All My Love For You.”

She went on to have other hits from that album, including “The Greatest Love of All” and “How Will I Know.” Mentored by impresario Clive Davis, she sealed her place in pop history with successful music videos for songs like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” from her 1987 album “Whitney.”

“The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd tweeted “Vesta Williams … Whitney Houston … too soon … can’t make sense of it.” Williams was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room in September. It was later determined that Williams had suffered from heart trouble.

Houston’s staggering career success through the ’80s and into the ’90s cast her as a major influence for future artists. On Saturday night Simon Cowell told CNN’s Piers Morgan that “I would have liked to have taken her under my wing, as well…she would have been the ultimate mentor for any of the contestants on the [‘X Factor’].”

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