The owners of a private plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera when she died last year (12) have lost their bid to have a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them dismissed. Two pilots and five passengers, including the star, perished on 9 December, 2012 after the Learjet crashed in Mexico.
The families of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, make-up artist, Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist, Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, and attorney, Mario Macias Pacheco, joined forces in January (13) to sue operators at Starwood Management Inc. for damages in a Los Angeles court.
The defendants argued they were not subject to jurisdiction in California as the crash occurred in Mexico, and they requested the case be thrown out.
But a judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour on Thursday (14Nov13) and gave them the green light to go ahead with the legal battle, because the plane was registered in the U.S., where officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are having the wreckage examined as they aid an investigation by Mexican authorities.
Tragic singer Jenni Rivera's estranged daughter Janney is set to portray her mum in a new biopic. The project will serve as 28-year-old Janney's acting debut and she is reportedly taking singing and acting lessons in order to perfect her portrayal.
She tells Univision, "It would be an honour to portray my mother in a movie."
Her mother perished in a plane crash in December (13), aged 43. At the time of her death Rivera had fallen out with her oldest daughter amid reports of a blossoming romance between her and the singer's ex-husband, former baseball player Esteban Loaiza.
Sin City star Rosario Dawson and legendary guitarist Carlos Santana were among the stars feted at the annual American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards in California on Friday (27Sep13). The actress and the rocker were presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award for their philanthropy at the ceremony, which celebrates Latin entertainers.
Taking to the stage, Dawson told the audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, "I accept this award knowing that despite continuous challenges, new and old ones, challenges which could easily dampen the most optimistic of hearts, we have strived, we have pleaded and we have given it our all to push through those obstacles because the grand and attainable visions we have for ourselves and our communities far outweigh any challenge that come (sic) before us."
Other ALMA Award recipients included the Latino cast members of U.S. TV drama Dexter, and Dawson's Sin City director Robert Rodriguez, who took home the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence.
The prizegiving, hosted by Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez, also featured a special tribute to Jenni Rivera, who died last December (12) after her plane went down in Mexico.
The owners of a Learjet private plane that crashed in December (12) killing Mexican singer Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed by four families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy. The Dejame Volver Contigo hitmaker passed away on 9 December (12) after the plane went down in Mexico, killing two pilots and five passengers.
In January (13), the families of Rivera's publicist Arturo Rivera, make up artist Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez and attorney Mario Macias Pacheco filed a lawsuit against Starwood, Rodatz Financial Group McOCO, Inc. asking a Los Angeles court to determine damages. Jenni Rivera Enterprises, which booked the plane is also listed as a defendant.
Representatives from McOCO, Inc. claim they are not subject to jurisdiction in California, because the crash was in Mexico and they have requested the lawsuit is thrown out or set aside.
Attorney Paul Kiesel tells Billboard.com, "Defendants are challenging the lawsuit on procedural grounds rather than dealing with the tragic loss of life that resulted from the crash of their poorly maintained and improperly operated 43-year old Learjet."
A separate lawsuit filed in March (13), on behalf of Isabel Carrero Gomez, the widow of the plane's pilot is also being challenged. The lawsuits have been consolidated and will be considered by the same judge.
A court date has been set for 6 September (13).
Gerardo Ortiz and late singer Jenni Rivera lead the nominations for the third annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Ortiz picked up 14 nods in 13 categories including Artist of the year, Songs Artist of the Year and Albums Artist of the Year.
Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash in December (12), follows with 10 nominations in eight categories including Artist of the Year, Female; Albums Artist of the Year and Songs Artist of the Year.
Other multiple nominees include La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, who are are up for seven awards, including Artist of the Year; Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, and Songs Artist of the Year, and Roberto Tapia, Voz de Mando and Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga who are all tied with six nominations.
The Billboard Mexican Music Awards will take place on 9 October (13) at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
Jenni Rivera's son has paid tribute to his tragic mother with a new piece of body art completed by celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D. The Mexican-American superstar died in a horrific plane crash on 9 December (12), and now her eldest child, Mikey, has gone under the needle to get a massive inking of her likeness on his right arm.
He documented the experience for an upcoming episode of his family's reality show, I Love Jenni, and during the segment he thanked Von D for agreeing to do the project, saying, "To be able to have Kat Von D do my tattoo (was really special)... As an artist, I really appreciate her craft."
The image was taken from the singer's La Misma Gran Senora album cover, and Mikey added, "I love this picture because my mum looks so at peace and triumphant, and it’s from the album she released when I was young and always on the road with her... (it was) also my favourite album of hers."
An artist in California has caused controversy after creating and selling pinatas modelled after tragic singer Jenni Rivera. The Mexican-American superstar died in a horrific plane crash on 9 December (12), and in a bizarre bid to honour Rivera's legacy, Roberto Martinez has designed a range of the candy-filled party favours, which resemble the late 43 year old.
The products, which feature Rivera's trademark look of miniskirts and high heels, have angered the star's friends and family, with her sister Rosie taking to Twitter.com to express her outrage, writing, "This is disrespectful to the children, parents, siblings and people who she loved that were left behind."
However, Martinez insists he only had good intentions and was hoping fans would put the pinatas on display, rather than batter them for the traditional party game.
He tells Spanish-language TV news show El Gordo y La Flaca, "I see it as a way of respecting and honouring her memory because she just died, and I'm aware that we use pinatas to beat them with sticks and break them, but I see it differently. It's an art. It can be seen as a statue that you can have in your bedroom or a memory of her."
Designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are lending their fashion expertise to youngsters by creating outfits for a children's style blog. The former child stars, who oversee their own high-end labels, have created trendy looks for children models on Ladys & Gents, a webpage started up by the Olsens' stylist pals Estee Stanley and Jenni Kayne.
The actresses both posed in photos for the site with outfits they put together using colourful pieces from J. Crew's kids' collection Crewcuts.
Taylor Swift ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (19May13), taking home eight top honours, including the prestigious Artist of the Year. Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 all led the way heading into the Las Vegas ceremony with 11 nods each, but it quickly became clear that the night belonged to the blonde star as she dominated the prizegiving from the offset.
She entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena a six-time winner from the pre-show announcements alone, claiming accolades such as Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen to be named Top Female Artist.
The singer added a further two trophies to her impressive haul during the big event itself, hosted by Tracy Morgan, but she wasn't the only one celebrating - Justin Bieber was another main Billboard honouree.
The Baby hitmaker fought off competition from Drake, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean to claim the Top Male Artist award, in addition to the Top Social Artist title and the inaugural Milestone Award, which was voted for by fans.
Other multiple winners included Rihanna, Gotye, One Direction and late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, while Madonna was feted as the Top Touring Artist.
Accepting her honour for her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl said, "They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took several international villages to put my show together and I would be here all night if I was to specifically thank all the people who were there to walk through the fire with me."
Thanking her fans, she added, "Without you I wouldn't have a show to do and a showgirl needs her fans so thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you, I truly wouldn't be here."
Music highlights on the night came from the likes of Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, while Pitbull doubled up for two sexy performances - first teaming up with a slimmed-down Christina Aguilera for Feel This Moment, with A-ha's very own Morten Harket as their special guest, and then joining Jennifer Lopez for an energetic rendition of Live It Up.
Bieber also hit the stage twice, much to the delight of his fans, performing his solo hit Take You and showing off a robotic dance routine with will.i.am for ThatPower.
Prince, the 2013 recipient of the Icon Award, closed the show in style, rocking out with a medley of his hits, including a slowed-down version of his classic Let's Go Crazy to bring the curtain down on a night of celebrations.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift
Top New Artist - One Direction
Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist - One Direction
Top R&B Artist - Rihanna
Top Rap Artist - Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist - fun.
Top Latin Artist - Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist - Madonna
Top EDM Artist - David Guetta
Top Christian Artist - tobyMac
Top Touring Artist - Madonna
Top Billboard 200 Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Pop Album - 21 by Adele
Top R&B Album - Unapologetic by Rihanna
Top Rap Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj
Top Country Album - Red by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album - Babel by Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Album - La Misma Gran Senora by Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Album - MDNA by Madonna
Top EDM Album - Bangarang by Skrillex
Top Christian Album - Eye On It by tobyMac
Top Hot 100 Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Radio Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Gangnam Style by Psy
Top Pop Song - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Top R&B Song - Diamonds by Rihanna
Top Rap Song - Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Top Country Song - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Top Latin Song - Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michel Telo
Top Dance Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top EDM Song - Harlem Shake by Baauer
Top Christian Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman
Milestone Award - Justin Bieber
Icon Award - Prince.
Country star Taylor Swift looks set to dominate the 2013 Billboard Music Awards after scooping six of the 11 prizes she's nominated for in the pre-show festivities. The Love Story hitmaker was already a multiple winner before she even walked the blue carpet at the Las Vegas ceremony on Sunday (19May13) after she was named Top Female Artist ahead of Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen.
She also claimed Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red, and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Justin Bieber, One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons to take home the title of Top Billboard 200 Artist.
Rihanna and Gotye were also quadruple winners heading into the event, while other winners in the pre-show announcement included One Direction, Madonna, Justin Bieber and late singer Jenni Rivera, who claimed two awards in the Latin categories.
Meanwhile, inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nicki Minaj became the first big winner of the ceremony itself, walking away with Top Rap Artist after Bruno Mars helped to kick off the awards with a performance of Treasure.