Singer Ellie Goulding has taken the charity ice bucket challenge to a whole new level by daring British royal Prince Harry to take part.
The Lights hitmaker has a connection to the heir after singing at his brother Prince William's wedding to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, and she hopes to convince him to join celebrities all over the world who have taken the plunge for the ALS Association.
Goulding reveals her manager turned down the challenge following her nomination, so she has called out Prince Harry to take his place. In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "So my manager isn't going to do the ice challenge (but donate) so I renominate Prince Harry. Who told me with enough peer pressure..."
The challenge is raising money to battle ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease. Harry has a personal connection to the cause as his aunt, Anne, Princess Royal, is a patron of Britain's Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have all doused themselves in ice water over the last few days to raise money for the charity.
Veteran rockers Motley Crue were soaked on stage as they took part in the charity ice bucket challenge during a show in Virginia on Wednesday night (20Aug14). The Girls, Girls, Girls hitmakers were nominated for the stunt by fellow rocker Alice Cooper and they took up the challenge in front of thousands of fans at a concert in Virginia Beach.
Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars were drenched in ice water by members of their production crew to help raise funds for the ALS Association to help sufferers of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS and motor neurone disease.
Sixx posted a picture of the soaking online and revealed they had donated $10,000 (£5,882) to the charity and nominated fellow rock bands KISS, Aerosmith and Def Leppard to follow suit and complete the challenge onstage.
He writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "@MotleyCrue just called @KISSOnline @Aerosmith and @def_leppard to the ice bucket challenge. You have to (do) it onstage and match our 10k #ALS (sic)... Ps we each excepted many friends challenge including @RealAliceCooper tonight. Do it to raise awareness and money for research for #ALS."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley accepted the nomination and agreed to get soaked during the band's show with Def Leppard in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday (22Aug14). In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "We accept Motley Crue's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Friday Night in Indy. $10,000 and a whole lotta ice water! (sic)."
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow took the plunge for charity on Wednesday (20Aug14) after nominating her estranged husband Chris Martin to also endure the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Oscar winner was given the task of pouring freezing water over her head to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association by three celebrities, including her personal trainer Tracy Anderson, chef Jose Andres and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, Paltrow, clad in a bikini, tells her followers she is donating money to the charity and then nominates Martin, Cameron Diaz, and her fashion designer pal Stella McCartney for the stunt.
A friend then pours the ice cold water over the actress, and she runs out of frame screaming from the shock.
Paltrow and the Coldplay frontman announced their separation in March (14), and both are rumoured to have moved on from the marriage - the actress has been linked to Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Martin has reportedly been romancing newly-single Jennifer Lawrence.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is raising funds to battle ALS, also known as motor neurone disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.
Actress Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is pregnant by nominating her "unborn child" for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Nashville star finally acknowledged she and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are preparing for their first child on Wednesday (20Aug14) by posting footage of pal and co-star Derek Hough tipping a bucket of freezing water over her on Instagram.com.
Panettiere prepared for the cold blast by nominating country singer Kacey Musgraves, her fiance and her "unborn child" to take the challenge next. The actress follows in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana, who also confirmed she is pregnant in an Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Tuesday (19Aug14).
She opted to dodge the challenge set her by director James Gunn, and her husband Marco Perego agreed to take the plunge in her place. Celebrities including Panettiere's Nashville co-star Connie Britton, Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt and Adam Sandler all recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash and awareness for charity the ALS Association.
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has helped animal rights activists at Peta take over one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California. The writer helped the organisation's bosses buy up the Adams Valley View Chinchilla Ranch in Vista and shut it down, after learning the 'pet breeders' there were electrocuting and skinning the pelts of chinchillas who didn't "work out" as companions.
Taking control of the facility recently, PETA experts discovered Valley View employees used "a toe-to-ear electrocution slaughtering method, deemed unacceptable by the American Veterinary Medical Association."
A spokesperson tells WENN, "The owners admitted that they had never provided chinchillas with veterinary care and that they strapped the animals to a table in order to amputate their limbs using wire snips and six drops of brandy in lieu of anesthetics.
"The chinchillas at Valley View were locked in metal cages - often, in solitary confinement - with little or no enrichment.
"The more than 400 rescued chinchillas are now at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where they will soon be available for adoption in groups of two to four."
Simon says, "PETA is happy to have saved these fascinating animals from being painfully electrocuted and to have made sure that no coats or blankets would be made from their bodies. PETA encourages everyone to do their part to help animals like these little individuals by never buying or wearing any animal skins."
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).
The Boxcars look set to sweep the board at the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards ceremony after scooping 10 nods. The five-piece is up for prizes including Song of the Year for It's Just a Road and Album of the Year for the record of the same name, while band member Ron Stewart is nominated for Banjo Player of the Year and Fiddle Player of the Year, and Adam Steffey is in line for Mandolin Player of the Year. He also landed a nomination for Best Instrumental Recorded Performance as a solo artist.
The Boxcars are followed by Blue Highway with nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band with six nominations. Bluegrass legend Alison Krauss will also compete for Female Vocalist Of The Year at the upcoming ceremony, which will be held on 2 October (14) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The awards recognise outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the bluegrass genre.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly breaking a contract by cutting a performance short. Bosses at production company IMP Entertainment filed documents in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City on Wednesday (13Aug14), claiming the Superbass hitmaker agreed to play an hour-long set a National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star event in February 2011 alongside Drake and Lil Wayne.
In the contract, Minaj was slated to perform for 60 minutes at Los Angeles' Siren Studios, but she allegedly arrive 90 minutes late, and once on stage, she only played for 30 minutes before leaving the stage.
In the legal documents, obtained by the New York Daily News, Minaj was paid $53,050 (£31,803) to cover her fees and expenses prior to the gig, and her "abbreviated appearance defeated the entire purpose of the agreement."
IMP Entertainment executives are seeking to recoup the cash and other unspecified damages.
A representative for Minaj has yet to comment.
Gospel singer Wayne Haun is celebrating after landing a 12-nomination haul ahead of this year's (14) Dove Awards. Officials at the Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for their 45th annual prizegiving on Wednesday (13Aug14) and Haun leads the pack, while artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Matt Maher and American Idol star Mandisa land five nominations apiece.
Mandisa, Maher and Hillsong United will compete for the coveted Song of the Year trophy, alongside For King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, The Perrys, Karen Peck and New River, Brian Free & Assurance and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, while Casting Crowns, NeedtoBreathe and Switchfoot will fight for Artist of the Year honours with Hillsong United, Lecrae and Mandisa.
The Gospel Awards will be held in Nashville, Tennessee in October (14).
Actor Rob Riggle proved he was game for a challenge on Tuesday (12Aug14), when he joined U.S. comedian Jimmy Fallon and his The Tonight Show house band The Roots to douse themselves in buckets of ice cold water - all in the name of charity. The fundraising phenomenon has taken social media by storm in recent weeks to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. Pop star Justin Timberlake performed the dare on Monday (11Aug14), and then nominated Fallon and The Roots crew to do the same, which they did within 24 hours. They also vowed to donate to the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association to help raise awareness about the condition.