"It was an honour to be a part of the Lionel Richie tribute tonight! I've been singing 'Hello' since my high school talent shows! #BETAwards." John Legend honoured Lionel Richie in a performance on Sunday (29Jun14) at the 2014 BET Awards, where the veteran singer received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Producers behind the 2014 BET Awards broadcast made a blunder by misspelling Lionel Richie's name. When the singer came onstage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony on Sunday (29Jun14), the on-screen graphics named him 'Lionel Ritchie'.
Beyonce was the toast of the 2014 BET Awards after scooping three top prizes and closing the show with a taped performance of Partition from her On The Run tour with husband Jay Z. The Crazy in Love hitmaker picked up Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love with her rapper partner.
Pharrell Williams kicked off the proceedings with his Miley Cyrus collaboration Come Get It Bae, but instead of performing with the Wrecking Ball hitmaker, he had a little help from reclusive rap superstar Missy Elliott. The pair then burst into a rendition of her 2003 hit Pass That Dutch.
The pair received a rapturous welcome from the crowd, and Williams went on to be named the winner in the Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist category and Video of the Year for Happy.
Drake saw off competition from Jay Z to win the Best Male Hip Hop Artist prize, while Nicki Minaj went home with the female equivalent. Best Group went to Young Money, Lil Wayne's collection of artists.
Oscar-winning drama 12 Years A Slave swept the board in the movie categories, being named Best Film, while its stars Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor won the top acting prizes.
Chris Brown surprised the crowd with a performance of his new track Loyal. He was joined by Lil Wayne and Tyga for his first high-profile post-prison show. Other performers to wow the crowd included T.I. and Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Lionel Richie, who performed a medley of hits after being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Although they couldn't be there in person, Beyonce and Jay Z closed the show with a pre-recorded performance from their collaborative tour.
Chris Rock acted as host. The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist
Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
12 Years a Slave
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Jhene Aiko - The Worst
Best International Act: Africa
Best International Act: UK
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Zendaya Coleman quit the new Aaliyah TV biopic over fears it was too "rushed". The Disney star had been lined up to play the tragic singer in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B for America's Lifetime network, but a representative for the 17 year old confirmed on Sunday (29Jun14) that the actress had decided to leave the TV movie.
Coleman has now detailed the reasons behind her departure, explaining that she didn't want to race to complete the production when the subject matter was so important to her.
She tells MTV.com, "I just felt the project wasn't 100 per cent there. I feel (that) production wise everything just felt a little rushed. "And I think because she's someone I admire and I love so much, it can't be done halfway, or not to the standards I think it should be done at, so I just decided not to do it."
"By all means, when the right project comes along and it's done the right way I'll be the first person ready to play Aaliyah, but this wasn't the right one for me. I've been into Aaliyah since I was little, so there wasn't too much getting into character. I always pretend I'm her anyway."
Officials at Lifetime have now confirmed work on the production has been halted. A post on the broadcaster's official Twitter.com page reads, "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold."
Coleman's departure comes amid reports Aaliyah's family had not green lit the project. Fans also questioned Coleman's casting in the role of the singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001, aged 22.
Actress Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of plans to portray late singer Aaliyah in a new TV biopic. The Disney star's recent casting by bosses at America's Lifetime TV network drew heavy criticism from fans, who launched an online petition to have the movie shelved after Aaliyah's family insisted they had not authorised the film.
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B was slated to begin shooting this summer (14), but on Sunday (29Jun14), a representative for 17-year-old Coleman revealed she has since withdrawn from the role.
The spokesperson confirmed to Eonline.com, "Zendaya is no longer involved in the project."
Reports suggest production issues and problems obtaining the rights to the Try Again hitmaker's music contributed to Coleman's decision to step down.
A source says, "Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya. She was honoured to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right."
A replacement for Coleman has yet to be revealed.
The Lifetime TV movie, based on Christopher Farley's best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, is expected to detail the singer's rise to fame, her controversial relationship with R. Kelly when she was just 15, and the plane crash which claimed her life aged 22 in 2001.
Country legend Dolly Parton stole the show at Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (29Jun14) as she fulfilled her "lifetime" dream by performing at the event to an audience of more than 100,000 fans.
The field in front of the main stage was packed to capacity for the veteran singer's hotly-anticipated late afternoon set, and she walked on to the stage as the huge crowd chanted her name. Wearing a sparkly silver and white top with matching trousers, Parton ran through a volley of classics including Jolene, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, and a medley of hits including Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You and Real Love.
She was joined onstage by rocker Richie Sambora for her version of Lay Your Hands On Me, and she even performed a rendition of late British funnyman Benny Hill's TV show theme tune and a bizarre new track inspired by the festival's famous mud. Parton also thrilled the crowd by recalling several amusing anecdotes from her career, and told them it was her ultimate ambition to perform at the iconic festival, saying, "It is such an honour and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival. I've been waiting a lifetime for this... This is a real thrill and a real treat."
The country icon's set took place shortly after she was presented with a special plaque by Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis to celebrate surpassing 100 million album sales worldwide. During the presentation, she said, "I've been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn't realise I had racked up so many sales. What a great honour to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years... I feel very honoured and proud."
British rockers Kasabian are due to close the festival on Sunday night.
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Sandra Bullock's space thriller Gravity added to its trophy haul on Thursday (26Jun14) by winning five prizes at the annual Saturn Awards. The blockbuster was named Best Science Fiction Film, Bullock picked up Best Actress and Alfonso Cuaron was named Best Director, while the movie also took prizes in the editing and special/visual effects categories.
Spike Jonze's Her was also a top winner, taking Best Fantasy Film, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson.
Iron Man 3 was named Best Comic-to-film Motion Picture, while its stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Sir Ben Kingsley were hailed as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
In the TV categories, Hannibal and Revolution tied for the Best Network Television Series Release award. Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen was named best TV actor and best TV actress went to Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel.
Supporting trophies went to Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead).
Malcolm McDowell was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his five-decade career in Hollywood.
The annual ceremony celebrates the best of science fiction, fantasy and horror films.
Country superstar Keith Urban gave his wife Nicole Kidman the ultimate wedding anniversary present at a gig on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he dedicated a song he wrote about their relationship to the actress.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was onstage in Melbourne, Australia when he turned his attention to his wife of eight years, who was in the audience. After a fan shouted out "Happy anniversary!", Urban responded, "It is tonight. My wife and I are celebrating eight years of marriage tonight. And she's here tonight."
He then recalled a moment before their wedding, which inspired a track titled Once in a Lifetime. Urban said, "This is a true story... Nic and I had just gotten engaged in September of 2005. And we were planning our wedding, which was going to take place here in Australia, in June. "A couple months or so before our wedding, we were in our hotel and we were talking about the future and I could tell that Nic was getting very nervous about the thought of marrying me. It's a big thing you know. It's a big thing to get married. It takes an enormous amount of trust and a leap of faith."
The singer continued to reassure Kidman, who was previously married to Tom Cruise, that he was going to be "her man, forever", hoping there was a way to show her that he would never leave her side.
The day after their conversation, Urban hit the music studio and wrote Once in a Lifetime, which he dusted off for fans - and Kidman - on Wednesday.
He said, "This is called Once in a Lifetime. Eight years, baby girl, this is for you tonight my love; I love you so much."
Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute has died. She was 88. She suffered a heart attack in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday (25Jun14), according to her son.
Hailed as one of the greatest authors of post-Civil War Spain, she was best know for her works Los Abel (The Abels) and Los Soldados Lloran de Noche (Soldiers Cry By Night).
Her last novel, Family Demons, is set to be published posthumously in September (14).
Matute garnered many of her homeland's top literary prizes during her career, including The Miguel de Cervantes Prize, an accolade honouring the lifetime work of writers using the Spanish language.