Lily Allen has slammed Grammy bosses for failing to recognise Lorde as a Best New Artist nominee for next year's (14) prizegiving. The Smile singer admits she was stunned the Royals singer did not get a nod after spending much of 2013 at the top of pop charts around the world.
Lorde did land four major nominations for her hit song and album Pure Heroine, but Allen insists the teen should have had a fifth.
She tweets, "Legendary producer Jimmy Jam, who is chairman emeritus of the Recording Academy, suggested that Lorde's omission was because she, in effect, 'skipped a grade' by having such a successful debut song.
"I guess what defines 'new artist' is 'not yet having a grammy', yes always a new artist until you've won. that makes sense."
Jay Z is the Grammy Award nominations leader with nine. The awards will be handed out on 26 January (14).
"I bought a Fendi scarf this weekend in Venice. I lost it today in Zurich, if anyone sees a long cream wooly scarf, ummm let me know I guess." Lily Allen doesn't expect to see the latest addition to her winter wardrobe again.
British pop star Lily Allen has been given an early Christmas treat after returning to the top of the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane hit Somewhere Only We Know. The Smile singer performed the tune as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, but she recently confessed she was not a fan of her own version, insisting it's "quite shrill".
However, devotees don't appear to agree - they have taken the song to number one again, two weeks after it first topped the chart. Music analysts have even tipped the track to reign supreme on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
One Direction took second place with Story of My Life and Bastille climbed to third with Of The Night.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, One Direction have held on to the coveted top spot with Midnight Memories, leaving Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways at two and his former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow, at three with Since I Saw You Last.
Britney Spears entered the chart with Britney Jean at a disappointing 34.
"My husband is amazing I'm in a car thinking I was off to record a TOTP Xmas special but now I'm at an airport going away. Love. Surprises." British pop star Lily Allen is heading off on a surprise vacation after her husband Sam Cooper fooled her into thinking she was heading for a U.K. music TV show.
Lady Gaga has joined calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over the country's stance on gay rights. The Poker Face hitmaker is a vocal advocate of equality and has previously blasted officials in the former Soviet Union over a ban on 'promoting' homosexuality.
Now she has joined other stars, including singer Lily Allen and writer/funnyman Stephen Fry, in calling for a global boycott of the showpiece sporting event.
She tells British talk show host Alan Carr, "To be honest, I don't think that we should be going to the Olympics at all, I don't know if my opinion is not highly regarded, in terms of the amazing champions and people that are rehearsing and training for the event.
"I mean I would never take anything away from their hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn't support gays... But it's not just that they don't support the gay community, they pepper spray and beat them in Russia.
"I went to Russia for the Born This Way Ball (tour), and I was really excited to be there, because I felt it was an important place to bring the message of the album, but it made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia, and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics... it just feels so wrong and sad."
Gaga also reveals that during a previous trip to the country she unsuccessfully tried to get arrested with an onstage protest, adding, "You know what, I don't think I'm even allowed in anymore because I screamed 'I'm gay, arrest me' on stage last time I was there... I never really understand with activists when they get upset when they get arrested, I'm like 'Isn't that the point, that you get arrested?' Because you have to contest the law, and they didn't arrest me when I was there so I couldn't contest the law."
A Spotify advert referencing Lily Allen's new song F**k You has been banned by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The song title was included in a promotional email sent to users of the music streaming platform.
Lily Allen is following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Victoria Beckham by donating her unwanted designer clothes to a London charity shop. The former Spice Girls star sparked hysteria among shoppers in the British capital last month (Nov13) by delivering 20 boxes of her designer gear, including high-end shoes and bags, and her husband David's suits, to a British Red Cross store to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines.
Hundreds of eager bargain-hunters queued for hours to snap up Beckham's cast-offs, and now fellow pop star Allen is attempting a similar feat.
The Smile singer has handed her gear to Oxfam's store in London's Goodge Street to help raise money for Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the country's ongoing civil war.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "I just dropped off bags loads (sic) of clothes at Oxfam Goodge St to raise cash for Syria's refugees... Go go."
"She's cool but, to be honest, I wasn't sure how it was going to work out on that song... But then when she sang it, she opened her voice and that first note came out. It was like, 'Oh, wow, this is brilliant.'" Robbie Williams was impressed with fellow British pop star Lily Allen when they teamed up for a duet on his new album.