It was ladies night at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Friday (08Nov13) as Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae took home top prizes. Braxton was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and she also picked up Song of the Year for Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. The singer also performed a three-song set during the ceremony.
Monae, who was recovering from a throat infection that prompted her to delay the start of her new tour, claimed the prestigious Video of the Year Award for her Erykah Badu collaboration Q.U.E.E.N.
Other winners included K. Michelle, who was named Best New Artist; Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for Never Should Have); Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city); Miguel (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Robin Thicke, who landed Song of the Year for his summer anthem Blurred Lines.
Meanwhile, Keith Sweat was honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and scored the event's highlight by performing with Faith Evans, and R&B legend Dionne Warwick was gifted the Legend Award following tribute performances from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle and Gladys Knight.
The superstar quartet each sang a snippet from one of Warwick's hits and then came together to sing her 1985 tune That’s What Friends Are For.
Another performance highlight came at the top of the show when Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Chaka Khan and rapper T.I. for a hits medley, while Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performed The Show with Doug E. Fresh.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
British boy bands Busted and Mcfly are planning to join forces next year (14) to create a new supergroup. The two acts have announced plans to stage a press conference in London next week (beg11Nov13), telling invited media outlets, "The ultimate pop supergroup is coming!"
The project won't be a full union of both bands - Busted star Charlie Simpson has taken to Twitter.com to confirm he will not be a part of the get together.
Simpson quit the group in 2005 and his departure led to Busted's demise.
The big plans for next year won't be too much of a surprise for fans - McFly and Busted performed together as McBusted at McFly's 10th anniversary shows in London earlier this year (13).
The new supergroup news comes less than two weeks after McFly star Tom Fletcher announced he was set to become a first-time dad in 2014. The pop star's wife Giovanna is pregnant.
Bosses of hit animated comedy The Simpsons paid tribute to late star Marcia Wallace with a special dedication on the show's opening credits on Sunday (03Nov13). Wallace, who voiced schoolteacher Edna Krabappel in the longrunning cartoon, died last month (Oct13) at the age of 70, and producers of the show honoured her with a touching moment in a new episode, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night.
In the famous segment on the show's opening credits in which Bart Simpson scrawls cheeky lines on his classroom chalkboard, viewers saw him write "We'll really miss you Mrs. K" at the start of the episode, titled Four Regrettings and a Funeral.
Before the broadcast, Fox network aired an old episode of The Simpsons featuring Wallace's character in a prominent storyline.
Justin Bieber is North America's nominee for the Worldwide Act honour at the MTV Europe Music Awards in the Netherlands on 10 November (13). He will be up against One Direction, who will represent Europe North and Australia/New Zealand's candidate Cody Simpson, along with seven other acts from across the globe. Last year's (12) winner was China's Han Geng.
U.S. TV presenter Carson Daly is engaged to his girlfriend Siri Pinter, according to a report. Pinter was spotted wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger while out with Daly in Los Angeles on Saturday (05Oct13) and a source tells Us Weekly magazine The Voice host recently popped the question to his longtime love.
Daly and Pinter have been together for six years and have two children, aged one and three.
The TV personality, 40, has previously romanced Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tara Reid, while he was also linked to Christina Aguilera, Jaime Pressly and Ashlee Simpson.
Moviemaker Guillermo Del Toro will open this year's (13) The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror TV special with a two-and-a-half minute animated gag related to the famous family's regular title sequence. In the Halloween episode clip, which will air in America on Sunday (06Oct13), the Pan's Labyrinth director depicts the Simpson family escaping from ghouls and strange forces taking over their town.
Kim Kardashian's aunt has confirmed reports suggesting her sister Kris Jenner and husband Bruce have separated. The family members have been playing down stories about a split for months, even though Bruce has been living at the Kardashian beach house while his wife resides at the clan compound.
But now Kris' younger sister, Karen Houghton, has broken her silence about the break-up, revealing the couple has separated and former Olympian Bruce has "sought out a lawyer".
She tells In Touch magazine, "They still do things together. Their relationship goes back and forth. I would love to see them get back together."
And there are more revelations from Houghton, who claims her sister has been getting letters from jailed O.J. Simpson, who her ex-husband Robert Kardashian represented in his 1994 murder trial.
Houghton alleges O.J. was always "flirty" with Kris at parties, and now "he has been trying to contact Kris from jail".
One Direction have been crowned 2013's most powerful pop stars under 21. The Best Song Ever hitmakers - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik - have topped Billboard magazine's annual 21 Under 21 list, which ranks the young artists based on factors such as music sales, touring and social media influence.
Justin Bieber trails in second place, while Miley Cyrus is at three, followed by Ariana Grande and rapper Earl Sweatshirt in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Scotty McCreery, Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, British singer Cher Lloyd and hip-hop star Chief Keef are also featured on the new countdown.
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with preferring to not get married and just stay in a committed relationship with your partner instead, which is what many people in Hollywood choose to do. It’s one thing to just be dating, though, and a whole other thing to get engaged, which implies that you will be marrying. Some celebs seem to like the title of “fiance” more than turning it into “spouse,” and would rather be engaged for years than actually tie the knot.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat recently married his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, after a 2 year long engagement (and a relationship since high school), and John Legend finally married girlfriend of 4 years and fiancé of 3 years, Chrissy Teigen, on the same day as James and Brinson, no less. Though they finally got hitched, there are still some celebs who aren’t yet ready to put a wedding ring on it.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson Jessica Simpson has been engaged to retired NFL-er Eric Johnson since 2010 and they already have 2 kids together, Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute Johnson. To be fair to Simpson, though, it is difficult to try on dresses and plan out weddings when you've been pregnant and/or popping out kids for most of the relationship.
Taran Killam & Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are actually married now, but they still took their sweet time doing it. Engaged in 2009, the pair waited for 3 years (and the birth of their daughter) to finally tie the knot.
Kate Hudson & Matthew Bellamy Like her parents, Kate Hudson is living the non-married life with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Unlike her parents, though, Hudson has been engaged since 2011. There’s been no date set for their wedding as of yet, but we hope these crazy kids can make it last.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for 8 years. Though they initially claimed that they wouldn’t get married until gay people were allowed to marry too, the couple announced their engagement in 2012. Considering it took them 7 years to even get engaged, it’ll probably be another 7 for the actual wedding. Don’t hold your breath, peeps!
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British band Mcfly thrilled fans at their gig in London on Thursday (19Sep13) by bringing out their former pop rivals Busted as surprise guests. McFly are taking over the Royal Albert Hall for four nights to mark their 10-year anniversary, and their mini-residency kicked off with the shock collaboration.
After Busted stars Matt Willis and James Bourne stepped onstage, the groups joked that they had renamed themselves McBusted and their new name lit up in lights at the back of the stage.
The two bands performed the Busted hits Year 3000 and Air Hostess, although former member Charlie Simpson did not show up for the special concert.