The young opportunists who stole Miley Cyrus' Maserati sports car after breaking into the pop star's home in June (14) have been sentenced to time behind bars.
Tylor Scott and Naomi Charles, who also stole jewelry and clothing items from the Wrecking Ball singer, while she was out of town, both pleaded guilty to felony residential burglary charges in court on Monday (22Sep14). Scott, who has a prior record, also pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and was sentenced to five years in state prison. Charles will serve a year behind bars, reports TMZ.com.
Police tracked down the Maserati thieves using surveillance video footage of them breaking into Cyrus' compound.
British singer Sam Smith cancelled a gig in Toronto, Canada on Sunday (21Sep14) because he is suffering from tonsillitis.
The Stay With Me hitmaker was struck by the throat condition over the weekend (20-21Sep14), less than a week into the North American leg of his tour, and he axed the concert at Kool Haus in Toronto as he was unable to speak.
Smith apologised in a post on Instagram.com, writing, "Toronto, I am so unbelievably sorry but I'm going to have to cancel tonight's show. I woke up yesterday morning with tonsillitis and I didn't speak all day and all night in hopes it would clear and I'd be able to perform for you all tonight. It's worse and I can't speak. I'm so upset and will reschedule the show as soon as possible. I'm sorry."
The singer is scheduled to perform in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (22Sep14), but it is not known if this date will go ahead.
Country duo Florida Georgia Line have been tapped to host the first ever American Country Countdown Awards. Cruise hitmakers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will helm the inaugural prizegiving based on Brooks & Dunn star Kix Brooks' long-running U.S. radio programme American Country Countdown.
The awards replace the now-defunct American Country Awards, which ran from 2010 to 2013. At last year's (13) final ceremony, Florida Georgia Line took home four trophies, including New Artist of the Year.
The American Country Countdown Awards will be aired live from Nashville, Tennessee's Music City Center on 15 December (14).
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has criticised U.S. President Barack Obama for insulting her rapper husband Kanye West, insisting the American leader should not comment on pop culture. West was furious after Obama branded him a "jacka**" for interrupting Taylor Swift's speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and the hip-hop star was slighted again last year (13) when the president accused the couple of encouraging youngsters to become obsessed with wealth and fame.
Kardashian has now urged Obama to keep his thoughts on popular culture to himself, telling Britain's GQ magazine, "I don't think it's very appropriate for the president of the United States to be commenting on pop culture... I mean, calling people 'jacka**'?... I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion - even him. I was just like, 'Why is he even commenting on this?'"
Obama made the "jacka**" remark to an aide as he prepared for an interview but it was unwittingly caught on camera and later released.
I might be bias because he’s my absolute favorite musician to ever exist, but Ed Sheeran got his first, and very well deserved, moonman from the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24. Winning the award for Best Male Video for his hit single "Sing", this was also his first American award. Ever. Well it’s about time!
This is going to be a huge PSA from me to you about how it’s practically necessary to be a big fan of this guy. This is no joke. If I had to pick only one musician to listen to for the rest of my life, with no hesitation, it would be Ed.
1. His lyrics are super cleaver.
2. It’s only him and a loop pedal on stage. Pure talent.
3. He was featured in People Magazines “Sexiest Man Alive” issue this year (It doesn't have to do with his music, but we all just have to acknowledge that high honor).
What’s wrong with him you may wonder? Nothing. Ed Sheeran is a perfect human.
4. Every song he sings is flawless.
5. Every song he sings live is even more flawless (my personal favorite is "Give Me Love" from his first album "+". Not only does it show off his insane vocals, but four minutes into the song, he builds a beat with just his guitar and voice. As mentioned before, he uses a loop pedal in order to do so).
Prepare to have your mind blown right now:
Impressed? I'm not done. The video doesn't even do it justice. See it sung live. Goosebumps everywhere...
6. He writes all his own music.
7. He writes other peoples music (only for some semi-famous musicians though like One Direction and Taylor Swift.. Maybe you've heard of them?).
8. Basically he's a music writing machine (all this and he's only 23...HOW!?).
Unlike other huge artists nowadays, Ed doesn't need anything extra to sound good or put on an entertaining show.
9. He doesn't need to sing along to a track.
10. He doesn't need backup dancers.
11. He doesn't need sparkly costumes.
12. He doesn't need to make it a huge production.
He literally stands in the same spot for his whole set, yet is able to make his shows the most amazing ones I've ever been to.
After being nominated frequently, and now finally winning, this offically makes Ed a part of the American music scene. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes home all future nominations from here on out (and if "X" doesn't win Album Of The Year, I will protest). Let's work for that Grammy next!
Luckily, Ed Sheeran continues his North American Multiply Tour on August 26 in San Jose, California. But he's here until mid-September, then he travels around the world through to February 2015.
There are no excuses not to see this tour. If you miss the closest show to you, just fly to another country to see him instead (that's what I'm doing!). This is Ed Sheeran we're talking about people! If you're not willing to make that sacrifice, you need to reconsider everything you just read. Hurry up and get your tickets now!
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Check below for the complete winners list for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards...
Best Supporting Actor - ComedyTy Burrell, Modern Family
Best Writing - ComedyLouis C.K., Louie ("So Did the Fat Lady")
Best Supporting Actress - ComedyAllison Janney, Mom
Best Directing - ComedyGail Mancuso, Modern Family ("Las Vegas")
Best Lead Actor - ComedyJim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Lead Actress - ComedyJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Reality ShowThe Amazing Race
Best Writing - Miniseries, TV Movie, or Dramatic SpecialSteven Moffat, Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries or TV MovieKathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries or TV MovieMartin Freeman, Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
Best Directing - Miniseries, TV Movie, or Dramatic SpecialColin Bucksey, Fargo ("Buridan's Ass")
Best Lead Actor - Miniseries or TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Best Lead Actress - Miniseries or TV MovieJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Best TV MovieThe Normal Heart
Best Writing - Variety SpecialSarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Best Directing - Variety SpecialGlenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Best Variety, Music, or Comedy SeriesThe Colbert Report
Best Supporting Actor - DramaAaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Best Directing - DramaCary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective ("Who Goes There")
Best Supporting Actress - DramaAnna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Best Writing - DramaMoira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad ("Ozymandias")
Best Lead Actress - DramaJulianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Best Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Best Comedy SeriesModern Family
Best Drama SeriesBreaking Bad
Miley Cyrus' public image is a particularly temperamental one. We have seen her evolve from puerile child star to an irreverent but admirable purveyor of Sammy Davis Jr's "Gotta be me!" mentality. But once she solidified herself as the sort of artist who'd perform a debacle like we saw at last year's VMAs, we didn't expect there to be much room for recovery. But Cyrus declined the spotlight this year, opting to use the opportunity of her Video of the Year Award victory (for "Wrecking Ball") as a platform to open conversation on something rather sincere.
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Accepting the award on behalf of Cyrus was a young man named Jesse who proclaimed himself to be one of the 1.6 million homeless American teenagers for whom Cyrus is angling to raise awareness and funding. At one point in his rather touching speech, Jesse directed fans to Cyrus' Facebook page, where they will find a link to the charitable organization My Friend's Place. You can donate here.
Considering the image perpetrated by Cyrus just one year ago, it was particularly impressive to see her use the VMAs to broadcast awareness for a subject of such gravity, and furthermore for a widespread problem that hardly gets high profile attention. Surely some cynical viewers will begrudge Cyrus for her center-stage tearful looks, calling the whole thing a ploy for attention and a PR move, but we're inclined to give the 21-year-old pop star credit. We expected her to go the routes of vain and outrageous, she instead did something benevolent and potentially quite helpful.
Katy Perry paid homage to Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (24Aug14) by recreating one of the pop star's iconic outfits from 2001. The Roar hitmaker arrived on the red carpet at the Los Angeles' Forum venue in an orange Lamborghini driven by rapper Riff Raff.
Perry stepped out of the sports car in a custom Versace strapless denim dress, which was accented with silver jewels and a high slit, while Riff Raff wore a matching denim suit and cowboy hat.
Perry called the look a "throwback to Britney and Justin (Timberlake)", referring to the former couple's unforgettable matching jean outfits it wore at the 2001 American Music Awards.
Perry wasn't the only one who made a statement on the red carpet - model Amber Rose accompanied her rapper husband Wiz Khalifa while wearing a barely there silver chain dress, complete with a bejewelled bra and sparkling G-string underwear, reminiscent of actress Rose McGowan's infamous 1998 VMA dress, which exposed her bare bottom.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar's hit album good kid, m.A.A.d city has inspired a college course at a Georgia university. Professor Adam Diehl, the instructor of the Good Kid, Mad Cities English Composition class at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, chose Lamar's debut album as the primary source material for the course, which will examine other works of literature that involve young people growing up in their respective cities, in order to help students become better writers and appreciate the language of hip-hop.
Compton, California native Lamar's award-winning record will be studied alongside authors James Joyce, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, and filmmaker John Singleton's 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood.
Diehl tells HipHopDX.com that he specifically chose Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, because he believes the rapper is "the James Joyce of hip-hop", adding, "The lasting historical influence of good kid, m.A.A.d city has yet to be determined, but the album surely has brought new listeners to the genre because of the curiosity surrounding its instant acclaim.
"The narrative complexity, the structure, the allusions, the subject matter, the characters, and most of all the message make good kid, m.A.A.d city worthy of university status."
good kid, m.A.A.d city was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012 and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards. It also earned Lamar five Grammy nominations, including Album of The Year.
Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder are to receive top honours at the upcoming American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Centennial Awards in New York. The accolade is handed out once a century to a select group of American music icons in recognition of their "incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond".
The prizegiving will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 17 November (14) at a gala celebrating ASCAP’s 100th anniversary.
ASCAP president Paul Williams says, "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe. It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year."