R&B singer John Legend has thrown his support behind Beck after Kanye West ordered the rocker to hand his Grammy Award to snubbed pop star Beyonce.
The Stronger hitmaker hit headlines on Sunday (08Feb15) when he stormed the stage at the awards show after Beck won Album of the Year over his pal Beyonce, mirroring his infamous takeover at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, when Taylor Swift pipped the Irreplaceable singer to a prize.
After West's stage invasion incident, Legend came to his longtime friend's defense, telling Us Weekly, "I thought it was funny, I looked at it as just a funny thing that people were going to talk about. It didn't hurt anybody. Anybody who's upset just needs to relax. It was funny." However, Legend has changed his mind after hearing West's interview outburst, in which the rapper accused Beck of being "disrespectful to inspiration" and insisted he "needs to respect artistry" by giving the trophy to Beyonce.
Legend tells Us Weekly, "I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye's actions at the Grammys on Sunday... In my original comments to Us, I said that when Kanye walked up on stage... most of the room, including me, saw this as funny, as a way of taking the p**s out of himself for his infamous behaviour several years ago.
"When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that's what I meant. I wasn't referring to Kanye's comments after the show, which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments... Beck is indeed a true artist's artist. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years... (He is) a great artist deserving of recognition... We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn't vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did... I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment."
U.S. reality star Diem Brown has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 32.
The former Real World star first battled ovarian cancer at the age of 23 and learned it had returned in 2012.
She went into remission last year (13), but a tumor was found in her colon earlier this year (14) and Brown passed away in New York on Friday (14Nov14).
The reality star first appeared on MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat in 2006 and went on to compete on The Duel, The Gauntlet III and Battle of the Exes.
A statement released by MTV representatives to Us Weekly magazine reads, "MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer. "We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her."
Veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand is stepping up her drive to end heart disease in women by fronting a new campaign urging fellow females to report symptoms to their doctor.
The singer/actress is a longtime campaigner on the issue and set up the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012 in a bid to improve standards of care and promote early diagnosis.
Streisand has now launched a new awareness campaign called Fight the Ladykiller, which encourages women to discuss their symptoms with their doctor and demand to be taken seriously.
She tells USA Today, "More women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984... Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined... It's very frustrating. We are still treated like second-class citizens. It's like our lives are not as important as men's... If a woman doesn't present like a man (she will not be taken as seriously)... If women have symptoms, they don't have to be the Hollywood heart attack - the chest pain and the left arm pain."
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler went to rehab this week (beg10Nov14) to speak to patients and perform an acoustic set.
The veteran rocker, who has endured a number of clinic stints in the past to deal with substance abuse issues, performed at the Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the facility's director, regular Aerosmith contributor Richard Supa.
Tyler also gave a talk to patients about his own past struggles, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The center focuses on dealing with addiction issues using music therapy as part of the treatment.
Singer John Legend has dismissed rumours his friend Jay Z is heading towards a split from wife Beyonce.
The showbiz supercouple has been under the spotlight in recent weeks amid reports their marriage is in trouble, but Legend, who has worked with the rapper on a number of tracks, is adamant his pal is not worried about the false gossip. Legend tells Jo Parkerson of British radio station Magic FM:
"I think all of us (friends) are aware of what people are saying and we probably care a little bit but we also know they don't know everything that's happening. And so when you hear all this speculation about Jay and Beyonce getting divorced... If you're Jay, you know the truth. "You can only let the rumours affect you so much... He knows the truth and he's pretty mellow as well. He's cool and collected and he knows how to take it all in his stride."
Heidi Klum is following fellow supermodel Elle Macpherson into the underwear business by launching her own lingerie line.
The German beauty has signed a deal with the company which helped her catwalk rival launch the hugely successful Elle Macpherson Intimates range back in 1990. Macpherson is moving forward with her lingerie line without New Zealand-based firm Bendon, but the company is replacing her line with a fresh range from Klum, who tells Wwd.com:
"You know, 25 years, that's quite an empire and that's quite an amazing business that Elle has created with Bendon... I hope that people will hear that I took over and I hope that they're happy about it. It wasn't me knocking at the door saying I want to take over. It was offered to me." The two collections, Heidi Klum Intimates and Heidi by Heidi Klum, are set to be launched in January (15).
Actress Liv Tyler is pregnant with her second child, according to new reports.
The Armageddon star went public with her romance to soccer agent Dave Gardner last month (Aug14), and now the couple, who was introduced by Kate Moss, is expecting a child together, according to E! News.
Tyler has a nine-year-old son with her ex-husband Royston Langdon and Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor.
Tyler, 37, was photographed in New York City on Wednesday (10Sep14) attempting to cover up what appeared to be a growing baby bump. The actress' representatives have yet to confirm the baby news.
John Legend braved severe storms to conclude his North American tour in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night (26Aug14).
Bad weather moved into the area around the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the hours before Legend was due to perform his final All of Me Tour concert at the outdoor venue.
The storms prompted fears the show would be cancelled as lightning strikes and heavy rain closed in, but Legend took to his Twitter.com page shortly before the concert to assure fans he still planned to perform, writing, "Denver, the show is happening tonight, rain or shine! On stage soon. Only thing that can shut us down is too much lightning. #AllOfMeTour (sic)."
The show went ahead as planned with Legend braving the rain and thunderstorms, and he later thanked fans for enduring the bad weather, writing, "Thank you Denver!!! We made it through the rain!! So much fun tonight! #AllOfMeTour... Tonight was the last North American stop on the #AllOfMeTour. Thanks to everybody who supported us! It was such a special tour!... It's time for a break now. I need it! We start up again in Asia late September."
Soul singer John Legend has thrown his weight behind a female empowerment campaign by featuring a long line of ladies in his new music video.
The Grammy winner's promo for his latest single You and I (Nobody In the World) features a number of women staring into the camera through a one-way mirror.
Among those looking at their own reflection are celebrities including Legend's model wife Chrissy Teigen, transgender Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, and comedienne/cancer survivor Tig Notaro. Also taking part in the emotional video is a topless pregnant woman cradling her baby bump, a young girl with Down's Syndrome, and an older woman who breaks down in tears as she shows the disfiguration left by a mastectomy.
The music video was made in conjunction with a campaign called #OperationGirl, which is being led by organisations focusing on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls.
A companion documentary called When I Look In The Mirror will also be released and features the women from Legend's video telling their own personal stories of heartbreak and triumph.
Legend supports the campaign's efforts in a statement which reads, "We live in a world where egregious injustices occur regularly against girls and women. We have a responsibility to take action and disrupt the conditions that allow for such tragedies to occur. "Through #OperationGirl we hope to amplify the voices and impact of the many organizations doing great work on behalf of girls and women."
Barbra Streisand addressed politicians in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (11Jun14) to call for more research into heart disease in women.
The veteran singer/actress is a longtime campaigner for the cause and even set up the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012 in a bid to improve standards of care and promote early diagnosis. Streisand took her campaign to Capitol Hill this week (beg09Jun14) by teaming up with expert cardiologists to address two committees and call for more funding into the condition.
The star says in a statement, "A woman's heart is different from a man's, yet women's hearts are under-researched, go untreated and are misdiagnosed. Together, we can change that... The time is now... We cannot let another year pass when another 400,000 of our fellow women die because these disparities aren't addressed."