Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and singer Chris Martin have reportedly taken their romance public by attending a dinner together in California on Thursday (11Sep14). The Hunger Games star and Martin were seen out with friends at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, according to Eonline.com.
A source tells the website, "They seem very comfortable in each other's company - and happy!
"It doesn't seem like it's a new relationship. They seem super affectionate and at ease with each other."
The couple reportedly started dating this summer (14), after Martin separated from his wife Gwyneth Paltrow in March (14).
Lawrence split from Nicholas Hoult in August (14).
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.
Funnyman David Spade celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles this week (beg21Jul14). The comedian turned 50 on Tuesday (22Jul14) and was joined at the gathering that evening by Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman and Steve Martin, according to E! Online.
Spade was surprised with a special birthday video filled with messages from his celebrity pals, including Sir Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox, Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, Adam Sandler and his co-stars from TV shows Just Shoot Me! and Rules of Engagement.
A source source tells E! Online, "Most people did funny comedy bits or jokes, but some were also sincere and heartfelt."
Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos dominated the Univision Network's Premios Juventud Awards in Miami, Florida on Thursday night (17Jul14), winning five trophies each. The Hero hitmaker scooped awards including best Pop/Rock Artist and several music prizes for El Perdedor, his track with Marco Antonio Solis, while Santos scooped the Favorite Video prize for Propuesta Indecente among others.
Iglesias also took home the special Supernova prize for his career achievements.
Marc Anthony was honoured for his Vivir Mi Vida Tour, while other winners included Bruno Mars (Favorite Hitmaker) and Pitbull (Urban Artist).
Performers included Iglesias, Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis, and Latin star Wisin, who took to the stage with holograms of Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez at the BankUnited Center venue.
Rihanna has recruited fellow hitmaker Emeli Sande to create songs for her next album. The Next To Me singer revealed she is developing new tunes for Rihanna on the red carpet at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (22May14).
The project will coincide with Rihanna's latest movie, the animated Home. Sande said, "I've been writing for Rihanna's new movie, which has been incredible." Rihanna is reportedly developing a concept album based on the 3D film, which also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.
Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Robin Thicke and Jennifer Lopez were among the big winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14), each taking home top honours. The SexyBack hitmaker, who is currently on his world tour, emerged victorious in a total of seven categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist, while he also claimed the title for Top Billboard 200 Album for The 20/20 Experience.
Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke were also multiple winners on the night, while Lorde had double the reason to celebrate as she was named Top New Artist and her hit Royals earned her the Top Rock Song prize. It was also a big night for Jennifer Lopez, who opened the Las Vegas ceremony by joining Pitbull and Claudia Leitte to perform their official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer anthem, We Are One (Ole Ola).
She returned to the stage almost three hours later to close the show with her new song First Love as she was feted with the Icon Award by pal Ricky Martin and rapper Iggy Azalea, while video tributes from the likes of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Cameron Diaz, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige were shown on a big screen. She grew emotional as she gave thanks to her friends, family and key colleagues and she wrapped up her acceptance speech by addressing all the youngsters watching the awards on TV, telling them, "Have faith, think big, dream big and know that anything is possible. You never know where you might end up. Thank you, I love you."
Other show highlights included Ricky Martin's energetic Vida and Lorde's first TV rendition of her new single Tennis Court. There was also a pre-taped Birthday surprise from Katy Perry, who recorded a segment from her recent gig in Newcastle, England, where she plucked a real birthday girl from the audience and serenaded her onstage, for the awards show, while footage from Miley Cyrus' concert in Manchester, England last week (14May14), when she sang a cover of the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, also aired.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, presented by rapper Ludacris, is as follows:
Top Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist - Lorde
Top Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist - Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group - Imagine Dragons
Top Touring Artist - Bon Jovi
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Billboard 200 Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Hot 100 Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Hot 100 Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Radio Songs Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Digital Songs Artist - Katy Perry
Top Digital Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Miley Cyrus
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball
Top Christian Artist - Chris Tomlin
Top Christian Song - Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is
Top Christian Album - Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Volume II
Top Country Artist - Luke Bryan
Top Country Song - Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, Cruise
Top Country Album - Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Top Dance/Electronic Album - Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Top Latin Artist - Marc Anthony
Top Latin Song - Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida
Top Latin Album - Marc Anthony, 3.0
Top R&B Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top R&B Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top R&B Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Rap Artist - Eminem
Top Rap Song - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Top Rap Album - Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top Rock Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Song - Lorde, Royals
Top Rock Album - Imagine Dragons,
Night Visions Milestone Award - Carrie Underwood
Icon Award - Jennifer Lopez.
Rapper/actor Ludacris has signed on to host the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14). The Get Back hitmaker will be taking a break from filming the seventh Fast & Furious movie to take charge of the ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Shakira has been added to the list of performers, which also includes Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez, who will be honoured with the night's Icon Award.
Bosses at U.S. network Fox have brought down the axe on several new shows, including Dads, Enlisted and Surviving Jack. The cull came on Wednesday (07May14) when it was confirmed none of the programmes will get a second season.
Seth MacFarlane's Dads had been much maligned by viewers and critics alike following its debut last September (13), while Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni as a no-nonsense dad, also failed to prove a hit. Enlisted, about three soldier brothers posted at the same base, received critical acclaim when it aired in January (14) but failed to register impressive viewing figures.
Creator Kevin Biegel took to Twitter.com to break the news to fans, writing, "Well guys, we fought as hard as we could - all of us - but #Enlisted isn't going forward at Fox. Thank you from all of us for your support."
Miley Cyrus is back with a bang after a miserable month of ill health forced her to scrap a string of North American tour dates - she has revealed she'll be performing at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas via satellite on 18 May (14).
The pop star was hospitalised for 10 days after suffering an allergic reaction to medication she was taking for a sinus infection, but she's set to pick up her Bangerz world tour in London on Tuesday night (06May14), and she's celebrating her good health by announcing she'll be a part of the Billboard awards, alongside Ricky Martin, John Legend, Florida Georgia Line, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, who will be feted with the night's Icon Award.
The Wrecking Ball singer, who is a finalist in eight categories, will perform remotely from a tour stop in England between scheduled dates in Birmingham and Belfast, Northern Ireland.