Chris Brown and Drake patched up their differences to shoot a hilarious skit that aired during the ESPYS sports awards telecast in America on Wednesday night (16Jul14). The rapper, who was hosting the show from L.A. Live in Los Angeles, pretended to be at war with basketball star Blake Griffin over a title for their new movie, as they argued over who should take top billing.
The Los Angeles Clippers star promised to make Drake change his mind and call the film Blake & Drake and was spotted in scrubs in surgery ready to remove the rap star's appendix.
As the ESPYS host pretended to fall asleep under anaesthesia, Griffin promised all the nurses surrounding him free doughnuts in the kitchen and then revealed his true identity, as Drake said, "Oh my God, you're the surgeon?"
Griffin responded, "I'm not the surgeon, he is," pointing to Brown, who said, 'Yo, motherf**ker!"
The basketball star and the singer then stood over Drake as he went under.
Brown and Drake recently made amends after a nightclub brawl in 2012.
Brown and Griffin popped up again at the end of the skit as they pretended to take over hosting duties from Drake onstage, with the R&B star calling himself "America's sweetheart". Drake was seen bound and gagged backstage on a big screen behind them.
Drake showed off his comedy skills at the top of the show as he poked fun at Clippers boss Donald Sterling, American football star Johnny Manziel and basketball star Lance Stephenson.
He also performed a "new track" called Honorable Mention, which poked fun at all the athletes who came in second in the past year, and then teamed up with Brian McKnight for a tune called Side Pieces about sports stars' mistresses.
Another highlight came when he appeared in a skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, attempting to record a new version of Frozen's Let It Go.
Eyes Set To Kill bassist Anissa Rodriguez has been hospitalised with a blood clot. The Arizona-based post-hardcore band were due to start touring with rap-rockers Hed PE in Missouri on Wednesday (09Jul14), but cancelled the performance and another the next night (10Jul14) in Oklahoma while doctors monitor Rodriguez's condition.
In a statement on the group's Facebook.com page, their manager Daniel Vega writes, "Anissa formed a blood clot behind her eye and is currently in the hospital. She is being monitored to determine what the next procedure will be to help assure a safe and speedy recovery. I'm sure you can imagine the severity of the situation and the good thing is she has the best care available. This is truly going to be a day by day development. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers."
The band is due to perform in Houston, Texas on Friday (11Jul14).
Rock group Crosby, Stills, & Nash made a surprise appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (07Jul14) to sing an acoustic version of Iggy Azalea's rap hit Fancy with the late night host. During the segment, Fallon reprised his impression of Neil Young to complete the quartet.
R&B superstar Prince has recruited British pop singer Rita Ora to record an unlikely rap song for his next album. The Purple Rain hitmaker recently invited Minnesota Star Tribune reporter Jon Bream to a late night listening session at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis, where he treated the journalist to samples of tracks he has been working on for his first solo album since 2009's LotusFlow3r.
Bream gave readers an insight into the tunes in an article posted on Monday (23Jun14), describing the Ora collaboration as a "rare rap song on which the music was as aggressive and menacing as the rapping".
During the visit, Prince, who is signed to Warner Music Group, also shared his frustration with the process of releasing an album through the traditional label system, lamenting, "Every number one song, every Top 10 song, every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old. We should be able to make music and put it out now."
The title and release date for the album remain unknown, but Prince suggested fans may be treated to an early release of the Ora single sooner rather than later because he claims with her, "Time is money".
New U.S. talent show judges Kesha and Ludacris had a difference of opinion on a TV show on Tuesday night (17Jun14) after the rapper insisted he didn't know the Tik Tok singer before they started working together. The two stars were promoting Rising Star with fellow judge Brad Paisley and presenter Josh Groban on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when the talk show host asked them if they'd ever met before the programme.
Ludacris said, "No," prompting the singer to add, "You see, that's not true. We've played shows together."
The rap star then stated, "We've done shows together but we've never, like, formally met."
Kesha then attempted to jog Ludacris' memory further, adding, "My assistant made out with your tour manager!"
The rapper insisted the singer was lying, prompting Kesha to fire back, "I'm not lying."
Ludacris then used the disagreement to promote their new show, stating, "This is why you need to watch Rising Star live on television... I love it!"
He added, "At the end of the day, we both love tequila, so it doesn't really matter. I feel like I've known her all my life."
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Rapper/actor Ludacris was forced to miss a live TV promotion for his new talent show Rising Star on Monday night (16Jun14) because he wasn't allowed to leave the set of the latest Fast & Furious film.
Host Josh Groban and talent judges Brad Paisley and Kesha were part of the live ad for the show, which begins airing in America on Sunday (22Jun14), but Ludacris couldn't make it due to his filming schedule.
He explains, "This is a date that has been on the books for the longest, and they would not let me off set. "When dealing with multi-millions of dollars, it was just one of those times that I was not able to make it..."
Groban admits he was nervous when the rap star was a no-show, adding, "I'm up there having to explain where Ludacris is and it was explained to me before I went on live across the country that Ludacris was in a helicopter and couldn't land. I was thinking, 'Man, that is bad-a**'."
Game of Thrones fans thirsty for more good times will definitely enjoy this one. Following the show's season finale, Lena Headey AKA Cersei Lannister made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and traded insults with the late night talk show host, GoT style.
Cersei is, indeed, the master (that last bit about Kimmel's wife was definitely a well-played low blow).
The last person to rip Kimmel like that was Mr. Kardashian himself! But at least they're all friends now.
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Country star Blake Shelton played coach for actor James Van Der Beek during a karaoke session at a CMT Awards afterparty last week (04Jun14). The former Dawson's Creek star served as a presenter at the Nashville, Tennessee prizegiving, and attended a star-studded post-show bash, which featured stars including CMT Award winners Shelton and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley.
Van Der Beek has told People magazine the tame party soon became a raucous night of karaoke, and Shelton even used his skills as a mentor on The Voice to help coach the actor as performed.
He reveals, "I was handing off a drink, a song came on that I'd never heard before and a microphone was handed to me. Then Blake Shelton was coaching me through it note by note and I was on a table!"
Van Der Beek even posted a video of Kelley singing Michael McDonald's What a Fool Believes on Instagram, and adds that the Need You Now hitmaker showed off his rap skills by performing Montell Jordan's 1995 track This Is How We Do It with ease.
He says, "He was amazing! When country stars karaoke, they don't sing country. I'm always going to party with country stars from here on out. They're the most fun!"
When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird.
From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...
Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice.
Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled.
Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that.
Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified.
Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones.
Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out.
Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory.
Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe.
Ll Cool J and T.I. gave the Tony Awards a rap makeover on Sunday night (08Jun14) when they joined host Hugh Jackman for a hip-hop makeover of Broadway tune The Music Man.
After the performance, which was created by The Roots star Questlove, Jackman joked, "LL just gave me my rapper name - Biggie Tap Shoes."