Rihanna named Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year

Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday. S. Professor Peter J. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARASRihanna is Harvard-bound — not to study, but to pick up the University’s Peter J. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, tells the Harvard Gazette, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”
Counter also notes of the singer, “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”
The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Gomes. Past honorees include actor James Earl Jones and the late tennis star and activist, Arthur Ashe.

Sinead O’Connor apologizes to Arsenio Hall over Prince drugs claim; Hall drops lawsuit

Arsenio Hall.”  She added, “Arsenio I’ve reported you to the Carver County Sherriff’s office. Expect their call. To recap: Shortly after Prince died last April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, O’Connor posted on her Facebook page: “Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades…. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally.”
The statement ends with, “Arsenio’s lawyers confirm that now that Arsenio’s reputation has been restored by O’Connor’s unequivocal retraction and apology, the lawsuit will be dismissed.” Wednesday, a representative for Arsenio Hall provided ABC News with both a joint statement by Hall and O’Connor, and a copy of a retraction and apology by O’Connor.  The joint statement reads:
“Arsenio Hall and Sinead O’Connor announce that Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her, and the lawsuit has been resolved. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy’s house. Below is Sinead’s retraction and apology:
“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesRemember last year, when Sinead O’Connor claimed Arsenio Hall had supplied drugs to Prince?  And then Arsenio sued Sinead?  Regardless, it’s all been settled now. You best get tidying your man cave.”
Three days later, Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit in LA Superior Court against O’Connor, claiming she “maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies” about him.

Adele, One Direction, Drake & Little Mix win 2017 Brit Awards

Late rock icon David Bowie was named Best British Male Solo artist and his album Blackstar, released days before his death, won Best British Album. 
Rag N’ Bone Man, whose song “Human” is nowmaking inroads on the charts in the U.S., was named Best British Breakthrough Act. equivalent of the Grammys. Coldplay’s Chris Martin also paid tribute to the late George Michael during the show. Speaking of Beyonce, she was named Best International Female, while Drake won Best International Male.  The Best British Video award went to One Direction, while Little Mix won Best Single for “Shout Out to My Ex.”  The song was widely interpreted as having been inspired by ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik, who broke off his engagement to Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. Performers on the show included Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Little Mix and a duet between Coldplay and the Chainsmokers. Adele was given a special Global Success Award, but she wasn’t there to accept it in person — or to dedicate it to Beyonce.  She sent an acceptance video instead, which showed her standing in front of a fake tree. Francis Specker/CBSAdele, One Direction, Little Mix and Drake are among the winners of this year’s Brit Awards, the U.K. “I’m somewhere pretty dry — hence the fake bush behind me, to make it look like I’m somewhere nice,” she explained. Emeli Sandé was named Best British Female Solo Artist, while The 1975 took Best British Group.

Sturgill Simpson, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton Winners at 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban also duetted during the telecast, on their song “The Fighter.”  Little Big Town participated in a Bee Gees tribute, singing “How Deep Is Your Love,” and introduced Katy Perry’s performance with a great rendition of Katy’s hit “Teenage Dream.”
In the category of Best Country Duo or Group Performance, Dolly Parton won her 8th Grammy for her duet with a cappella group Pentatonix on a remake of her song “Jolene.”  Best Country Song went to Lori McKenna for writing Tim McGraw’s hit “Humble and Kind.”  Speaking of Tim, he and wife Faith Hill got to announce the two biggest awards of the night: Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Maren Morris, the most-nominated country artist of the year, took home one trophy: Best Country Solo Performance for “My Church.”   At the podium, Maren recalled how, 11 years ago, she attended the first-ever Grammy camp, and now she’s got an actual Grammy.  During the telecast, Maren also duetted with Alicia Keys on her song “Once,” wearing a sequined bodysuit with an extremely plunging neckline. Sturgill also performed on the show, singing “All Around You” backed by the Dap-Kings, the band of the late Sharon Jones. Speaking of those awards, Sunday night’s big winner was pop superstar Adele, whose monster-selling album 25 won five trophies, including Album of the Year, and Record and Song of the Year for the single “Hello.”  Although she went into the ceremony with a leading nine nominations, all of them for her critically-acclaimed Lemonade album, Beyonce had to content herself with just two wins. Monty Brinton/CBSHe didn’t capture the Album of the Year category — that went to Adele — but Sturgill Stimpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth won the Best Country Album trophy last night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

David Bowie Wins Five Grammys, Technical Problems Mar Metallica’s Performance

The late rock icon won five Grammys overall, sweeping every category in which he was nominated, including Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song for Blackstar and its title track.   They were the first Grammys that Bowie had ever won for his music: his only previous award, other than a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, was for Best Short Form Video, for 1985’s Jazzin’ for Blue Jean. After 12 nominations, Megadeth finally won their first-ever Grammy: Best Metal Performance for “Dystopia.” Best Historical Album went to the Bob Dylan box set The Cutting Edge 1965 to 1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 (Collectors Edition).  Cage the Elephant won Best Rock Album for Tell Me I’m Pretty. According to Joseph, Dun then said that if they ever won a Grammy, they should accept their trophy that way. Also, the documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years won the Best Music Film honor. The only rock performance of the night was Metallica’s duet with Lady Gaga on “Moth Into Flame,” but it was somewhat ruined by technical problems: Hetfield’s mic didn’t work at all for the first part of the song, and he eventually had to go sing into Gaga’s microphone.  The performance was featured dancers, plenty of fire and Gaga performing in a cut-off Metallica t-shirt and studded leather shorts.  She also had a huge moth “tattooed” on her back — we’re not clear if it was permanent or not. Sunday night’s big winner was pop superstar Adele, whose monster-selling album 25 won five trophies, including Album of the Year, and Record and Song of the Year for the single “Hello.”  Although she went into the ceremony with a leading nine nominations, all of them for her critically-acclaimed Lemonade album, Beyonce had to content herself with just two wins. Monty Brinton/CBSSunday night’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards was a great night for David Bowie, even though he sadly wasn’t around to appreciate it. Rock duo Twenty One Pilots ended up winning in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for their song “Stressed Out.”  They raised eyebrows when both members took off their pants and went onstage in their underwear.  Singer Tyler Joseph said before they were famous, when he invited his band mate Josh Dun over to watch the Grammys with some other people, and they all watched it sitting around in their underwear.

Grammys 2017 — the performances

Bruno Mars performed “That’s What I Like.”
Katy Perry was joined by Skip Marley for a performance of her new single “Chained to the Rhythm,” which she sang on an innovative stage that looked like a house surrounded by a picket fence, onto which images of fire and water were projected.  She wore a “Persist” armband, presumably in reference to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s being censured on the floor of the Senate. John Legend and Broadway star Cynthia Erivo sang The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” during the In Memoriam segment. Here’s rundown of who sang what:
Adele opened the show with a simple, stark performance of “Hello” — she sang on a darkened stage surrounded by a circle of light. Country star Kelsea Ballerini and Danish band Lukas Graham teamed for a mashup of her hit “Peter Pan” and their hit “7 Years”
Beyonce, pregnant with twins, sang “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” both from Lemonade, on a flower-strewn stage while dressed as a goddess. William Bell and Gary Clark Jr. A tribute to the Bee Gees featured Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town and Andra Day performing “Staying Alive,” “Tragedy,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Night Fever,” respectively.  Barry Gibb, seated in the audience, sang along. Metallica and Lady Gaga sang the heavy metal legend’s song “Moth Into Flame,” surrounded by dancers and plenty of pyro, but Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s microphone wasn’t working for the first part of the song.  He ultimately went over and sang into Gaga’s mic. The Weeknd, introduced by Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, teamed with Daft Punk, in all their robot glory, for “I Feel It Coming.”
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban teamed for their duet “The Fighter.”
Ed Sheeran performed his #1 hit “Shape of You” with a guitar, a tiny piano and a series of loop pedals that created his backing track. Sturgill Simpson sang “All Around You” backed by the Dap-Kings, the band of the late Sharon Jones. sang “Born Under a Bad Sign”
Alicia Keys and Maren Morris duetted on Maren’s song “Once.”
Adele sang a slowed-down version of George Michael’s “Fastlove” in tribute to him, but stopped the performance and insisted she start over, while also dropping the F-bomb. Jennifer Lopez, Neil Diamond, Ryan Tedder, Jason Derulo, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Legend and host James Corden sang a trainwreck version of “Sweet Caroline” as the entire Staples Center audience joined in. A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak performed Tribe’s song “We the People,” with snippets of “Award Tour” and “Movin’ Backwards” thrown in.  The politically-charged performance featured Busta Rhymes denouncing “President Agent Orange” for “perpetuating evil,” and frontman Q-Tip yelling “Resist! Resist!”
As part of a Prince tribute, his proteges The Time performed their hits “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” and Bruno Mars, dressed as the late icon, sang “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Pentatonix did an a cappella rendition of the Jackson 5’s “ABC”
Chance the Rapper and gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann sang Chance’s songs “How Great” and “All We Got,” with a snippet of “Blessings” thrown in. Bruno Mars performs a tribute to Prince; Monty Brinton/CBSAs usual, Sunday night’s Grammy Awards were less about the awards, and more about the performances, as unexpected artists duetted with one another, and artists who perhaps weren’t household names going into the show proved why they were nominated in the first place.

First-Time Nominee Daya Says Grammys Are “The Biggest Honor”

“And it’s [voted for] by real, true, talented musicians and respectable people in the industry.  So…it’s an honor to be a part of that.”
Daya’s headlining tour kicks off February 18 in her home state of Pennsylvania.  It’ll wrap up March 30 in her home town of Pittsburgh, at the same venue where she used to attend concerts when she was just a fan.  Ticket info is available at her official website. So what does she think of the fact that they’re now Grammy-nominated? “I think it’s the biggest honor to get a Grammy or even to be nominated for a Grammy, because it’s so music-focused,” she tells ABC Radio. “She was laughing,” Daya tells ABC Radio, “‘Cause she was against it, for a very small amount of time in the beginning.  But I told her I wanted to do it, and she was okay with it, and she met them, and now she loves them and they’re like family to her!”
The “Don’t Let Me Down” nod is one of three The Chainsmokers have going into the Grammys on Sunday night: they’re also up for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for “Closer,” their chart-topping single with Halsey.  Daya says she’s thrilled to be able to get in on this whole Grammy thing. Daya’s up for Best Dance Recording for her collaboration with the Chainsmokers on their hit “Don’t Let Me Down.”  Daya’s mom initially didn’t want her to work with The Chainsmokers because of their hard-partying reputation. Nathan JohnsonDaya is just 18 years old, but she’s having quite the month.  Her debut album Sit Still Look Pretty just went gold, she’s kicking off her first headline tour in less than two weeks.  And oh yeah, she’s nominated for a Grammy this Sunday.

Jason Derulo vs. American Airlines: Discrimination or Just a Misunderstanding?

ET flight, wanting to board the plane.  They also “all smelled of marijuana and were starting to get aggressive,” according to the police report.  F*** that!! So what happened?  Piecing things together from his post, a video he made that’s since been taken down from social media but preserved by TMZ, and the ABC News Miami affiliate, it appears it all began when Jason and an unspecified number of traveling companions showed up 45 minutes early for the 5:00 p.m. In the video, Jason says he’s an American Airlines Concierge Key member, which allows him to bring unlimited bags onto the plane, but American says Concierge Key members get three free bags each, tops. American Airlines’ official statement?  “American Airlines flight 275 returned to the gate prior to departure. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for TinderJason Derulo calls it racial discrimination, while the airline calls it a misunderstanding.  Regardless of who’s right, Jason and his crew got off of an American Airlines flight from Miami to Los Angeles Wednesday night, and were met by police in the terminal.  According to the incident report, police also were called to the gate because “the captain of the plane needed several passengers removed from the plane.”
After first allegedly refusing to stop and talk to the waiting officers, Jason and his crew eventually showed ID, and the incident ended. Jason then reportedly stood up and demanded the plane return to the gate.   It’s not ok that when you find out who I am the gears change! “I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at miami airport!!!” Jason posted to his Instagram.  “Called 15 police officers on me as if I’m a criminal! I want answers,” Jason wrote. A passenger elected to deplane in order to travel with their checked bags.  The passenger has been rebooked with his checked bags on a later flight this evening.”
There’s no word on whether Jason and his party boarded that flight. Things escalated when Derulo and his crew tried to board the plane with 19 checked bags.  One guy stayed behind to handle the bags while Jason and his crew boarded the plane.  Then, says Jason, the guy they left behind called and told him the airline wanted $6,000 to check all 19 bags, though American Airlines says it was $4,000.

Britney Spears Says Injured Niece Is “Making Progress”

“Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece,” Britney tweeted Monday, along with a photo of Maddie. “We are so grateful that Maddie is making progress,” Britney tweeted Wednesday.  “Thank you all for sending thoughts and prayers our way.  Let’s all keep praying.”
Maddie, the eight-year-old daughter of Britney’s sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, was driving an ATV last Sunday in Louisiana and accidentally steered into a pond.  She was trapped underwater but rescued within two minutes by the local ambulance service, according to reports. C Flanigan/FilmMagicIt’s not much of an update, but Britney Spears says her niece, Maddie Aldridge, is “making progress” following her accident last Sunday.

Tyga Reportedly Hit with Another Lawsuit

The lawsuit reportedly describes Tyga a minor “celebrity”…known more for his social life than his music. In the new lawsuit, the process server claims he was assaulted by Tyga’s crew, saying Tyga himself allowed the violence. 
TMZ has also posted video of what the say is the alleged incident. Helen Boast/Redferns via Getty ImagesTyga is being sued over an alleged altercation with a server who himself was serving the rapper with a lawsuit, according to TMZ. Back in November, Tyga was served as he walked into his birthday party in West Hollywood.

Alessia Cara to Release Single with Zedd; Excited to to “Make New Stuff”

EP Entertainment /Def Jam RecordingsFresh off her Saturday Night Live debut, Alessia Cara is releasing new music this month: a single called “Stay” that’s a collaboration with Zedd.  The song is just a one-off, however — it’s not from a new album or anything.  Alessia says she wants to make sure her debut album, Know-It-All, has run its course before she moves onto her sophomore release. “[But] I think it’s coming together nicely, so far.”
Know-It-All has already produced three singles: “Here,” “Wild Things” and “Scars to Your Beautiful.”  “Stay,” Alessia’s single with Zedd, will be out February 24.  “I haven’t really had the chance to be in a studio, so everything is just rough acoustic stuff…on my phone voice notes,” she tells ABC Radio. “But I’m definitely excited to make new stuff.”
Alessia says she’s already started on some fresh musical ideas, which she came up with while on tour. “I’m trying to finish the story of this album in the right way before I start new music,” she told ABC Radio not long ago.

Katy Perry to Perform at the Grammys

12 on @CBS!”
CONFIRMED: @katyperry returns to the #GRAMMYs stage 🎤Don't miss her performance on Music's Biggest Night Feb. There’s no official word regarding what Katy will perform, but Showbiz 411 claims she’ll perform a brand-new song titled “Chained to the Rhythm,” featuring reggae legend Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, and will also reveal a new look. 🔁if you're excited pic.twitter.com/TgpshMJRpD— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 7, 2017

The announcement was re-tweeted from Katy’s Twitter. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThe Grammy performance star power keeps on comin’.  Less than a week after the announcement Beyoncé would be performing at the ceremony, now comes word Katy Perry will perform as well. The Grammy Awards air Sunday night, February 12 on CBS. Perry joins a list of Grammy performers that in addition to Beyoncé also includes Adele, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, John Legend and others. 12 on @CBS! The Recording Academy confirmed the news in a tweet Monday night: “CONFIRMED: @katyperry returns to the #GRAMMYs stage. Don’t miss her performance on Music’s Biggest Night Feb.

Lady Gaga Flies into Super Bowl 51 for Flashy Halftime Show; Announces Joanne World Tour After

From then on, it was pure entertainment. During a 13-minute, seven-song performance show that featured flames, firewworks, dancers and costume changes, Mother Monster delivered a medley of her hits that included “Poker Face,” “Just Dance,” “Telephone” and “Bad Romance.”
While she stuck to just the hooks of most of the songs, the outspoken LGBT activist sang all of her hit “Born This Way.”
Gaga led into a performance of “Million Reasons,” from her latest album, Joanne, by telling the crowd she was “here to make you feel good.” Gaga also gave a shout-out to her parents during the performance. Kevin Mazur/WireImageLady Gaga literally dropped in on Super Bowl VI — jumping from the roof of NRG Stadium suspended by wires, delivering on her promise of a show that was both full of of “love and compassion and kindness,” and was also “tremendously athletic.” 
The show began with Gaga atop the stadium, singing a few lines of “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” before reciting the last line from the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”  That’s when she literally took the plunge, head-first, diving into the stadium where she was lowered onto the stage. Gaga closed out the halftime show by catching a football as she jumped off the stage. 
Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance so far is drawing respectable reviews, with the consensus being that she played it safe, though it generated a reported 5.1 million tweets in under an hour.  It also prompted a tweet from Gaga herself — shortly after her performance, she posted a teaser image on her Twitter, announcing a forthcoming Joanne world tour. 
No details yet on the trek, so stay tuned…

Beyoncé to Perform at the Grammys

The Grammys, hosted by James Corden, air February 12 on CBS. Entertainment Tonight first reported that the singer was spotted last week rehearsing at a secret location in Los Angeles, California, with her team of dancers. Beyoncé will likely do more than perform — she leads the nominees with nine nods, including Album of the Year, for Lemonade, and Record of the Year, for “Formation.”
This will be Queen Bey’s first time back on the Grammys since 2015, when she sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” in a tribute to the movie Selma. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDALBeyoncé isn’t letting a little thing like being pregnant with twins stop her from performing at the Grammys next weekend. Billboard is reporting Bey will be there — one day after the 35-year-old singer revealed she’s expecting.

Dave Grohl Won’t Perform with A Tribe Called Quest at the Grammys

On behalf of The Recording Academy…we sincerely apologize to all parties involved for our error.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Dave Grohl won’t perform on the Grammys — he’s one of the telecast’s go-to performers, after all.  Stay tuned. Unfortunately, our announcement was made prematurely. Earlier this week, it was announced that the Foo Fighters member would be performing with Grammy nominees and hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, as well as with another nominee, R&B singer Anderson.Paak. Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesIn an unusual move, the Recording Academy is now walking back an announcement about a performance by Dave Grohl at this year’s Grammy Awards. However, in a statement, the Academy now says, “Dave Grohl will not be part of this performance.