Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin replaced an injured Bono as the two served as frontmen for U2 at a World AIDS Day concert in New York City on Monday night (01Dec14). The Irish rocker was slated to perform at the free gig in Times Square, but he is still recovering from a bicycle fall in the city's Central Park last month (Nov14).
The Boss and Coldplay frontman Martin offered to step in and the duo made their debut with the rest of the band, dubbing themselves "U2 Minus 1".
Martin, who wore a shirt with the slogan "SUBSTITU2" sang vocals on the band's hits Beautiful Day and With or Without You, and Springsteen then took the reins on Where the Streets Have No Name and led the crowd in a singalong of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, which he dedicated to Bono.
Rapper Kanye West also took to the stage for a nine-minute medley of his hits, including Power, Jesus Walks and Black Skinhead, while country star Carrie Underwood sang stripped down versions of her songs Change and Something in the Water.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was on hand to kick off the event, and President Barack Obama even addressed the crowd via a video message shown in a giant billboard in the heart of the Big Apple.
Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin will stand in for an injured Bono at a World AIDS Day concert in New York City on Monday night (01Dec14). The ailing singer was scheduled to hit the Times Square stage for the gig, but he's still recovering from a bicycle fall in the city's Central Park last month (Nov14) and had to pull out of the event.
Martin and Springsteen agreed to step in at the last minute to make sure U2 didn't scrap the show.
Bono's bandmates announced the 'U2 Minus 1' showcase on their website just hours ahead of the show, revealing the stand-ins had "graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation".
Bono underwent surgery to correct damage to his arm and he has been told by doctors to rest until he is fully recovered.
Speaking from Dublin, Ireland on Monday, the injured rock star said, "This year is a World Aids Day like no other. The world reached a tipping point in the fight against Aids - more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. A lot of people are calling it the beginning of the end of Aids.
"We wouldn't be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right. Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over 10 years ago. Americans don't know the role they've played in this fight."
Monday night's Times Square show will also feature Kanye West and Carrie Underwood.
Country star Carrie Underwood has achieved a career milestone with her new hit Something In The Water - it has become her best-selling first week single.
The Grammy winner's track reached more than 124,000 in digital sales in the U.S. since its release on 29 September (14), marking her best performance since 2009's Cowboy Casanova, which debuted with more than 110,000 copies. With the impressive sales figure, Underwood has managed to break a few more records, as it marks the best first week for a single by any American Idol winner and is the best opening week of any female country artist in 2014. The track was also added to a record-setting 144 radio stations in the U.S., which is an all-time best for any country song, according to radio airplay tracking company Mediabase.
Something in the Water, which features a strong Christian theme, is the new track from Underwood's upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, which is set for release on 9 December (14).
Jay Z ended his headline set at the 2014 Global Citizen festival with a bang by bringing his wife Beyonce onstage for the encore on Saturday night (27Sep14). The Crazy in Love hitmaker appeared onstage to perform Holy Grail and Forever Young with her husband, who headlined the free concert in New York's Central Park alongside No Doubt on Saturday.
Beyonce was not the only surprise appearance - Sting joined No Doubt during their set to sing his 1979 The Police hit Message in a Bottle, while Alicia Keys performed her anthem for peace We Are Here. The heavily pregnant singer sat at a piano while one Israeli and one Palestinian musician played their instruments.
She thanked them on Instagram.com after the show, writing, "I went to Israel and Palestine. I talked to many people on both sides and I know that most everyone I spoke to there wants peace... Let's do everything we can to encourage a peaceful solution."
Carrie Underwood, The Roots, DJ Tiesto and fun. also performed sets at the third annual festival, which raises awareness about extreme poverty. Hugh Jackman served as host while Ryan Reynolds, Glee star Dianna Agron, Zachary Quinto and several humanitarians and world leaders presented powerful messages between the musical acts.
Sting is set to team up with No Doubt to help raise awareness about the world's poverty issues at the Global Citizen Festival this weekend (27-28Sep14). The collaboration details are currently under wraps, but show producer Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard.com it was No Doubt's idea to pair up with the Roxanne hitmaker.
He says, "In this case, it was pretty organic. It came from No Doubt. We talked about a couple of possible people to do something with. As soon as we mentioned Sting, they loved that...
"(Sting) was very excited about doing it. His desire to do it was quick, but it really came down to making sure scheduling worked."
Jay Z will headline the charity festival, which will take place in New York's Central Park and will also feature performances from Carrie Underwood, the Roots and Tiesto.
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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz has fuelled speculation she's dating David Beckham's son Brooklyn by gushing about his love of soccer in a new interview.
The Carrie star opens up about her relationship with the teenager in the new issue of Teen Vogue, revealing she admires Beckham's determination to become a sports great.
She says, "What I find really interesting about Brooklyn, and what I really love about that kid, is that he is passionate about what he wants, which is to be a pro soccer star. He's very serious about it. And I enjoy someone who is on my level with the seriousness kind of thing."
But the young actress admits dating with four older brothers looking out for her can be a little daunting for any prospective suitor: "My brothers will follow them on Instagram and Twitter."
Rap superstar Jay Z and rockers No Doubt have been tapped to headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.
The free concert will take place on 27 September (14) in New York City's Central Park and will be hosted by officials at the Global Poverty Project (GPP), which aims to end extreme world poverty by 2030.
A statement from Jay Z reads, "Change only takes place when and where there is action. I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."
No Doubt's Tony Kanal adds to RollingStone.com, "Global Citizen will be the first show No Doubt has played together in two years. It's a great way to get us back on stage. It was such an honour to be asked to play this particular concert. It's unacceptable that over one billion people live in extreme poverty, and it's got a pretty eclectic line-up, which reflects the event's true spirit of diversity."
The hitmakers will be joined by pop stars fun., country singer Carrie Underwood, hip-hop group The Roots and dance DJ Tiesto. Tiesto says, "It's going to be an amazing show in one of the most unique venues in the world."
Scandal star Tony Goldwyn has sparked rumours he is heading back to the stage after taking part in a reading for a musical version of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil. Goldwyn recently joined Tony Award-winning director Rob Ashford and a cast including Roots actress Leslie Uggams, As the World Turns' Michael Park and The Carrie Diaries' Jake Robinson to read through the play, an adaptation of John Berendt's bestselling 1994 non-fiction.
A workshop is reportedly set to take place in September (14), with plans to test the show in London before taking it to Broadway.
However, casting details for the proposed theatre runs have yet to be released, reports Deadline.com.
The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book, based on the real-life death of a call boy and his accused murderer in Savannah, Georgia in 1981, was previously turned into 1997 Clint Eastwood film starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.
Goldwyn previously graced the stage in a 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, while he also tested his vocal skills as Captain von Trapp in a concert performance of The Sound of Music at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2012.
Miranda Lambert made history and ruled the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (06Apr14), earning three top prizes, including Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. The House That Built Me singer became the only female artist to win the honour five consecutive times, edging out Reba McEntire, who won the award for four successive years, and seven in total.
Lambert also took home the Record of the Year prize for her song Mama's Broken Heart, as well as the Vocal Event of the Year prize for her duet with Keith Urban, We Were Us, which was handed out on the red carpet before the ceremony began.
Country music icon George Strait won the ultimate prize of the night for Entertainer of the Year, beating out Taylor Swift, Lambert, her husband Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The latter two also co-hosted the event for the second year in a row.
Follow Your Arrow hitmaker Kacey Musgraves followed up her two Grammy wins in February (14) with the Album of the Year award for Same Trailer Different Park, and boasted, "I'm really proud to be a woman representing country music," in her acceptance speech.
For the second year in a row Jason Aldean picked up the Male Vocalist of the Year title, and other winners included The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year), Florida Georgia Line (Vocal Duo of the Year), Justin Moore (New Artist of the Year), Lee Brice (Song of the Year for I Drive Your Truck) and Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban (Video of the Year).
Garth Brooks presented veteran singer Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and George Strait and Lambert teamed up to sing a medley of his hits, including The Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
The achievement coincided with Haggard's 77th birthday, and Brooks led the entire audience in serenading the singer on his big day.
The ceremony was also filled with stand-out performances, including sets from George Strait, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Toby Keith.
In addition, a number of artists joined forces for special collaborations - Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan teamed up for a pyrotechnics and bicycle stunt show during their performance of This is How We Roll; Tim McGraw was joined by his wife Faith Hill for a duet of Meanwhile; Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a rendition of Rihannon, and The Voice stars Shelton and Shakira gave the country night a Latin feel as they reworked her song Medicine.
Prior to Sunday's ceremony, Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap were handed the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts were honoured with the Jim Reeves International Award for their success overseas.
The full list of winners is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Album of the Year: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Record of the Year: Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Event of the Year: We Were Us by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Crystal Milestone Award: Merle Haggard
Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award: Carrie Underwood
Career Achievement Award: Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap
Jim Reeves International Award: Rascal Flatts
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Lindsay Lohan reveals a list of sex partners. It contains Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, and many more. You go girl! Read the list at Celebuzz.
See celebrities pretend to look attractive while sleeping. They're just like us! VH1 has an awesome gallery of posed celebrity sleep selfies.
What do Portland natives think about Portlandia? It seems that they like it (for the most part.) The show's creators and stars, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, revealed some awesome facts at SXSW. Check it out at Flavorwire.
Barack Obama and Zach Galifianakis should totally be in a buddy comedy. After their playful banter on Between Two Ferns, it might just be necessary. Hollywood.com created posters for the improbable pairing.