Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have upgraded charged the man arrested on suspicion of stabbing two members of Nicki Minaj's entourage with murder. De'Von Pickett, aka Day Day, was killed in an attack outside the Che Bar & Grill in the early hours of 18 February (15) following an argument with another man inside the venue.
A second member of Minaj's road crew, Eric Parker, also sustained injuries in the incident and remains hospitalised at the city's Einstein Medical Center.
Pickett and Parker had been in the city ahead of rehearsals for Minaj's upcoming tour with local hero, rapper Meek Mill.
Late last month (23Feb15), local detectives arrested Pierce Boykin, 31, and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related counts, and now he has been officially charged with the murder of Pickett, Homicide Captain James Clark tells ABCNews.com.
Clark reveals the charge was upgraded after additional evidence proved he was responsible for both stabbings.
Meanwhile, friends and family gathered in Pickett's hometown of Brooklyn, New York on Saturday (28Feb15) for his funeral.
The Roots' drummer Questlove, who is a Philadelphia native, was among the mourners, and he took to Instagram.com to show a shot of his view at the packed funeral, writing, "I'm so overwhelmed and amazed at the outpouring of love #DayDay received today. His musician community, his church community, his family, EVERYONE had the most amazing awe inspiring stories about his life.
"I hate that it's events like these that make me aware and grateful for the journey I've taken and the loved ones that I have. In everyday life I try to downplay the events that occur (guilt? Indifference? masking?) but I walked away inspired by the consistent narrative that was Day's life. Indeed he was excited and just happy to... just be. Thank you for everything you've done for us sir. Eternally #RIPDayDay!"
Country star Jessie James Decker is pregnant and expecting her second child with her American football star husband Eric Decker.
The singer, who became a mom for the first time almost exactly a year ago when daughter Vivianne Rose was born on 18 March (14), shared her latest baby news on Instagram.com on Monday (02Mar15). She wrote, "Vivianne is so excited because she is going to be a big sister! We are over the moon about having another baby!!!!"
The Deckers wed in June, 2013.
Vivianne is so excited because she is going to be a big sister! We are over the moon about having another baby!!!
Last night was the final episode in one of the greatest shows we've ever watched. We said goodbye to Parks and Recreation after 7 incredible seasons. We're still drying our eyes after that finale. Watching the cast tell each other how much they love each other on Late Night With Seth Meyers didn't help with the tears.
What's even cuter (and made us ugly cry hard) is that they all sang "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" together:
Featuring Chris Pratt on guitar! We'll miss them even more than we miss Li'l Sebastian.
We're not alone in our sadness after saying goodbye:
If you need me today, I'm probably crying about Parks. #ParksFarewell
— Alice Z. (@_thebookthief_) February 25, 2015
So many tears last night and today and every day without Parks and Rec:
Here we go...About to start #ParksFarewell #OneLastRide I'm in a public venue, which will help with the crying.
— Eric D. Ramsey (@EricRamseyToGo) February 25, 2015
The Stages of Grief As I Watched @ParksandRecNBC's Series Finale. #ParksFarewell http://t.co/vuIu12Os0l pic.twitter.com/V1wu51UP6M
— Kristina Uriegas (@TweeValleyHigh) February 25, 2015
IM CRYING IM WATCHING PARKS AND RECREATION FINALE I AM LITERALLY #ParksFarewell pic.twitter.com/38H5aydWqn
— Faezrin (@faezrin) February 25, 2015
Other celebs/show creators showed their respect and are sad to see it end as well:
Life without Donna Meagle will never be the same. Congrats on an unforgettable character, lady. @unfoRETTAble #ParksFarewell
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 25, 2015
Wrapped and just got home, gonna watch some #ParksandRec like everyone should. Congrats to the writers, cast and crew. #PawneeForever
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 25, 2015
RELATED: The 16 Things We'll Miss Most About 'Parks and Rec'
The Leslie Knope quotes are in full force to handle the pain:
"Everything hurts and I'm dying" #ParksFarewell
— Space Oddity (@dontbeasquare_) February 25, 2015
Anne, your rainbow infused space unicorn. Anne, you beautiful sassy mannequin come to life. Anne, you opalescent tree shark. #ParksFarewell
— Laura Simons (@lo_simonsx11) February 25, 2015
As sad as everyone may be to see it end, we can all agree it was an great run and the best ending we could have hoped for:
Teared up several times, it was fantastic. So sad it is over but so thankful for such a great show! #ParksandRecFinale #ParksFarewell
— brittany♔ (@ainodino) February 25, 2015
Parks showed us how beautiful life and humanity really are. We're sad it's over but so grateful it happened. #ParksFarewell @parksandrecnbc
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
I don't think I've ever cried and laughed harder in a single hour than in the Parks finale. An unbelievably perfect goodbye. #ParksFarewell
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
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Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have dismissed reports suggesting one suspect in the fatal stabbing of Nicki Minaj's tour manager has been taken into custody, although they insist an arrest is imminent. De'Von Pickett, aka Day Day, was killed in an attack outside the Che Bar & Grill in the early hours of Wednesday (18Feb15). Another member of Minaj's road crew, Eric Parker, also sustained injuries in the incident and remains hospitalised at the city's Einstein Medical Center.
Reports suggest the stabbing occurred after a brawl broke out inside the venue and spilled out onto the street, where Minaj's associates spotted a woman in distress and came to her rescue, offering to walk her safely to her car, according to Pickett's pastor, Reverend David Wright.
He tells the New York Daily News it was then that the pair was set upon by two other men, one of whom was armed with a knife.
Police have yet to corroborate the story, but revealed on Friday (20Feb15) that they are "getting closer" to arresting the suspects as false reports circulated suggesting a person of interest had already been taken into custody.
Officer Tanya Little says, "There is nobody in custody. There is no question that we will make an arrest. But we have not done so yet."
Another police spokesperson, Christine O'Brien, adds authorities are "getting closer", but states, "We are not ready to announce an arrest."
Nicki Minaj's tour manager has been killed in a stabbing incident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. De'Von Pickett was killed in the attack in the Che Bar & Grill on Tuesday night (17Feb15) and another of Minaj's entourage, Eric Parker, is fighting for his life in a city hospital.
Minaj confirmed the news by sharing a photo of the pair in a post on Instagram.com, writing, "Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour."
The hip-hop star is preparing to embark on an upcoming tour with local hero Meek Mill.
Chief inspector Scott Small says,"We believe that both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that's when an argument started."
Reports suggest the stabbing incident had nothing to do with Minaj.
Police had yet to make any arrests as WENN went to press.
Rihanna has since added her tribute to Pickett, aka Day Day, who worked on her 2008 Glow In The Dark tour with Kanye West, by sharing an Instagram picture of her late pal and captioning the shot, "can't believe this is true! one of the nicest, coolest, funniest people I've ever met and toured with! We had so much fun together!!! Sad to lose a beautiful spirit like yours".
And rapper Fabolous adds, "My heart is heavy right now... I am still in shock & don't want to believe this. And it hurts even more knowing how good these two dudes are. How hard these guys work. And how loyal they are to whoever they are down with & each other. Please send Eric Parker your blessings & a prayer for him to pull thru (sic).
"And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day. I can't even believe I'm saying that with your name attached to it. & I HATE this being a post!! I will miss your energy, your vibe, & you but I'll hold on to your spirit!!"
Simon Cowell is open to the idea of adding a second child to his brood because fatherhood is "fun". The 55-year-old music mogul welcomed his first son, Eric, with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in February, 2014 and he admits having another baby could be on the cards.
Cowell tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I wouldn't rule anything out right now. It's been fun and much easier than I thought. He's adorable, so maybe I just won't make plans and see what happens... The last year has been kind of unexpected but good, I'm enjoying it."
Singer/actress Jessica Simpson celebrated Valentine's Day (14Feb15) with her husband Eric Johnson by sharing snaps from their racy Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired photoshoot. The blonde beauty took to Instagram.com on Sunday (15Feb15) to post personal photos of her and her former American footballer beau, using the hashtag 'Fifty Shades of Johnson'.
In one shot, Simpson, wearing matching black underwear and black blazer, is lying beside a shirtless Johnson, who is cupping her breast with one hand and her butt with the other.
Another picture features a close-up of the couple kissing, while another has Johnson showing off his toned torso as he holds on to his wife's leg.
Simpson added the caption, "V-Day... I'm so in love with you #FIFTYSHADESOFJOHNSON."
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night, and while we don't really remember very many awards being distributed, there were a ton of performances. Some were absolutely incredible, some were snooze-inducing, and others were absolutely terrifying and amazing all at once (see: Pharrell). Below are the 23 performances, ranked from worst to best:
23. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - "Cheek to Cheek"
A song we love. A performance we loathed. Girl was obfuckingnoxious.
22. Usher & Stevie Wonder - "If It's Magic"
Come on, Usher! Between the number of slow jams we heard tonight, the options of Stevie songs you could have sang, you decided to walk around the stage with just a harp? Thank goodness Stevie came out and played the harmonica to save the day.
21. Ariana Grande - "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"
We have no idea what she said. Enunciate, girl.
20. Kanye West - "Only One"
We feel like we've seen this minimalist sort of mother-oriented performance from West before. We were just expecting him to push the boundaries a little more after such a long Grammy hiatus.
19. Brandy Clark & Dwight Yoakam - "Hold My Hand"
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This song was sweet. It reminded us of old Taylor Swift. It wasn't the most exciting, but it wasn't the worst either.
18. Eric Church - "Give Me Back My Hometown"
We don't know much about country music, but we were really into the banjo here. Why wasn't there more banjo at this show?
17. Katy Perry - "By the Grace of God"
We LOVED the message behind this. It was a really clear message, thanks to President Barack Obama and a survivor of domestic abuse. Message aside, the performance itself certainly didn't wow us.
16. AC/DC - "Rock or Bust" & "Highway to Hell"
We've never been a big AC/DC fan, but they sounded great! We just wonder why this was the opening of the show. And we weren't alone, Jamie Foxx's daughter seemed a bit confused, too.
15. Jessie J & Tom Jones - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin"
This was just lovely. So simple, so nice. And those voices! Jessie J killed it.
14. Juanes - "Juntos"
In a night of mostly slow songs, the Colombian musician made our hips move before we even knew it. For that, we're so thankful.
13. John Legend & Common - "Glory"
This Golden Globe-winning, Academy-Award winning, show-closing performance was everything you'd expect from these two megastars. It wasn't the most exciting, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
12. Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine - "My Heart Is Open"
We'll watch Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine do anything. In fact, we're not even sure they sang a song, but they looked damn good.
11. Beyoncé - "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
We were getting sleepy, and a slow gospel song certainly wasn't going to help that, but Beyoncé's voice woke us up and she slaaaayed.
10. Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney & Kanye West - "FourFiveSeconds"
We REALLY like this song; don't get us wrong. But Kanye and RiRi jumped around in those suits (with Rihanna's just a little big on her) in front of that white screen that mysteriously just floated to the sky mid-performance for no apparent reason, and we were like, "Milli Vanilli?! What are you doing on stage with Paul McCartney?!"
9. Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, & Questlove - "Thinking Out Loud"
To quote a friend of ours, "I wish his voice were a scented candle." Yeah. Who would argue with that?
8. Beck & Chris Martin - "Heart is a Drum"
We weirdly love Beck, and like most humans, we're really big fans of Chris Martin. Obviously this was a good time.
7. ELO & Ed Sheeran - "Evil Woman" & "Mr. Blue Sky"
Just look at how much Paul McCartney was enjoying this performance (until he realizes the camera is on him). Need we say more?
6. Miranda Lambert - "Little Red Wagon"
We're not a huge country fan, but this girl brought. it. This was one of the more fun moments.
5. Madonna - "Living For Love"
She may have exerted herself a bit, but we thoroughly appreciated the burst of energy she gave the show. Probably the most high energy performance of the night, and at times, we were even reminded of the old Madge we all know and love.
4. Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige - "Stay With Me"
Sometimes, "Grammy Moments" can be a bit forced; that was not the case here. Mary J's voice was perfectly suited for this song, and the ending where they sang to each other was picture perfect.
3. Hozier & Annie Lennox - "Take Me To Church" & "I Put A Spell On You"
We really like this Hozier song, and we have a pretty healthy obsession with Annie Lennox, but this performance brought things to a whole new level. It stole the show, in terms of the amount of talent presented. And also, Annie Lennox. At one point, she played an imaginary harmonica. Like, it wasn't even there, she just made noises and pretended it was. Bow down.
2. Pharrell - "Happy"
We didn't think any performance could get better than this (or any performer could be higher...on this list); this was the weirdest thing we've ever experienced. We couldn't stop laughing. It certainly made us "happy."
1. Sia (feat. Maddie Ziegler & Kristen Wiig) - "Chandelier"
We're still mesmerized by this song and its video. Adding the incredible Kristen Wiig was the perfect twist to make us love it even more.
Police in California have appealed to the public for help in tracking down a key suspect in a fatal shooting at a Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy concert last year (14). Record label boss Eric Johnson, 38, was shot backstage at the hip-hop stars' joint Under the Influence of Music show in Mountain View in August (14) and he subsequently died in hospital from his injuries.
Cops have yet to identify the shooter and have now released two sketches of the man they believe may have been involved.
Investigators were unable to provide a detailed description of the suspect, so they have shared one artist's impression showing the male with hair, and one without.
Young Jeezy was arrested by police investigating the murder last summer, when an assault rifle was discovered on his tour bus. His gun possession charge was dismissed in December (14) after his security chief proved the weapons, which had been purchased legally, belonged to him and not the rapper.
Jeezy was not a suspect in the murder case.
Country music star Eric Church refused to pull the plug on his show in Utah at the weekend (31Jan15) when his band fell ill - he just hit the stage solo. Fans feared the singer/songwriter would scrap his Salt Lake City gig on Saturday after learning his touring bandmates had all fallen ill with a stomach bug, but Church insisted the show must go on.
Addressing the audience at the EnergySolutions Arena, he said, "If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so am I.
"Here’s the deal - yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I'm still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on the Outsiders Tour is different. Well, tonight will be the most different one. S**t, there’s nobody left. It’s just me. I’m going to give you everything I got."
He wasn't completely solo - guitarist pals Jeff Hyde, Jeff Cease and Driver Williams joined him for some songs and Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale duetted with Church on That’s Damn Rock and Roll.