Archive for the Award Ceremonies Category

Lady Gaga Set To Perform David Bowie Tribute At The Grammys

Lady Gaga will pay tribute to the late David Bowie, who died Jan. 10, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. After the legendary singer died last month following his battle with cancer, speculation in the music industry immediately turned to how his songs and influence would be recognized at the awards show. “We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” said executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. More »

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The Academy Is Trying To Make Amends For Being White AF

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So there’s news on the #OscarsSoWhite front. According to RollingStone, The Academny of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had a unanimous vote to make “historic changes” to its membership, due to complaints of the lack of diversity amongst nominees, and boycotts from many industry folk. USA Today reports that in 2012 it was found that 94% of Oscar voters were white, and 77% male. Are you really surprised? Well as a part of the Academy’s changes it promises to double its number of women and minority members by 2020. 

Okay, so that’s something, right? More »

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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Responds To Oscar Nominees Backlash

Even Will Smith's Aunt Viv had something to say about #OscarSoWhite, SLAMMING Jada Pinkett Smith

You know diversity in Hollywood is bad when even Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs is upset over the Oscars 2016 nominees. She has spoken of how “heartbroken and frustrated” she is at the total lack of ethnic minority actors, actresses and filmmakers represented. The bigger problem is that some stars have decided to boycott the Oscars. On Monday, director Spike Lee announced that he would not attend what he called the “lily-white Oscars,” while Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith are refusing to attend as well. The backlash has placed Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, in an uncomfortable position.  More »

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee To Boycott Oscars Over Lack Of Diversity

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are not happy with the Oscar nominations. In fact, they’re so upset over the lack of diversity that they both took to social media on Monday to announce that they will not be attending the 88th annual Academy Awards in February because of the #OscarSoWhite controversy. “How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white?” Lee wrote on Instagram. “And let’s not even get into the other branches. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!” More »

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The First Trans Person In Over 30 Years Was Finally Nominated For An Oscar!

Antony Hegarty

And her name is Antony Hegarty. The singer for Antony and the Johnsons was nominated for Best Original Song, “Manta Ray,” which is from the documentary Racing Extinction. This is the second time a trans person has ever been nominated in the history of the Academy Awards. Before Antony, there was Angela Morley, a composer who transitioned in the early ’70s and was nominated for multiple scores that decade. But that’s basically an over thirty year gap. Let’s not forget that Mya Taylor and Kiki Rodriguez of Tangerine were completely snubbed, as was the movie entirely. So Antony’s nomination gives us some semblance of hope for the future of the most hyped awards show ever. More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Explains That Weird Moment With Lady Gaga From Last Night’s Golden Globes

Leonardo DiCaprio

You’ve seen the GIFs and the memes. One of the most memorable moments from last night’s Golden Globe Awards happened when Lady Gaga was approaching the stage to accept her award for Best Actress in a Miniseries, for American Horror Story: Hotel.

As Gaga brushed by Leonardo DiCaprio, who was laughing with someone from another table, he looked up at her, shocked, in the most “yikes” way possible. I think the funniest part is how he didn’t immediately go back to normal, his face lingered there in skepticism for a few seconds. You know, like this: More »

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‘Carol’, ‘Bridge Of Spies’ Lead The 2016 BAFTA Awards Nominations

Eddie Redmayne, Leonardo DiCaprio battling it out for Best Actor

The 2016 BAFTA film nominations are in, and it’s both Carol and Bridge of Spies that lead! It also looks like Eddie Redmayne and Leonardo DiCaprio will battle it out for Best Actor, all while Jennifer Lawrence and Creed get snubbed. Other contenders vying for Best Film title included The Big Short, The Revenant, and Spotlight. Leo’s film — which people are hoping will finally earn him an Oscar after all these years — received eight nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road followed with 7 nominations. More »

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Formerly Dethroned Miss America, Vanessa Williams, Will Return To The Pageant As The Main Judge

Her Last Laugh

In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to win the Miss America beauty pageant, which was notable in and of itself, but it was only after she was forced to resign her title that her fame (or infamy) really took off. Williams was forced to step down as reigning Miss America after nude photos she had posed for years prior had come to light in Hustler magazine. For many years, Vanessa felt the stigma of that embarrassment but went on to find fame and fortune as a pop singer, as an actress and as a Broadway performer. This month, more than 30 years after she won the Miss America crown back in ’84, Vanessa will return to the pageant as its main judge. What a difference 3 decades make. More »

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Watch: It’s Miley Cyrus Vs. Nicki Minaj Vs. Taylor Swift In This Hilarious Parody Of The Newest VMAs Feud

With special guest stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry & Beyoncé
"I know it was part of the script but ..."

LOL! Remember back in July when we saw that hilarious parody video that a fan put together that imagined a conversation between Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and others about their silly Twitter beef stemming from the MTV Video Music Awards nominations? Well, the same genius fan put together a new parody video that features Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and others conversing about their new beef from the VMAs itself. With special guest appearances by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and — of course — Beyoncé, this new parody video is must see … as it will surely make your life better. Please enjoy.

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Watch: Kanye West Gives An Emotional ‘Video Vanguard’ Acceptance Speech At The 2015 MTV VMAs, Announces A Run For The US Presidency

"I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists."
Don't call it a rant, bro.

Before you watch the above video, I implore to click inside and watch the Video Vanguard clip that shows all the reasons why Kanye West earned this award at last night’s MTV VMAs. He earned it. And I absolutely love every bit of his acceptance speech. Which is not a “rant.” So please don’t be lazy and ignorant and call it that. If you watch closely, West has to literally swallow his tears before giving this speech—he was emotional and honest. Which is how I like my Kanye West. Peep both videos for more, and click inside for a transcript of his acceptance speech.

The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists.
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