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February is going to be a busy month for Lady Gaga. In addition to her David Bowie tribute at the Grammys and performing at the 88th Academy Awards, the 29-year-old singer will also perform at Super Bowl 50. She’s been tapped to perform the National Anthem.

Mother Monster follows in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks to name a few. Idina Menzel sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at last year’s game.

Gaga is the latest big name scheduled to perform this Sunday. Beyonce and Bruno Mars will join Coldplay during the Half-Time Show. Sunday night is going to be epic.

Do you think Gaga is a good choice to sing the National Anthem? I think so. Given that she slayed her Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars last year, she should have no problem this Sunday. Weigh in below.

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Usher is back and he’s got something to say. The 37-year-old tackles the sensitive topic of police brutality with his new song “Chains.” Nas and Bibi Bourelly assist the Grammy-winning singer with his message.

“As artists we have to use our platform to spread awareness and inspire action,” Usher tweeted. “Chains” is my way of spreading light on the issues we face in our social injustice system.”

The black and white clip directed by Ben Louis Nicholas features powerful heavy imagery. Handcuffs and guns are shown crumbling to the ground, people praying in church and more. Usher also gets in on the action. He’s chased by the popo and later realizes he died at their hands. Watch the extremely moving clip below.

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For weeks, rumors of this very thing were circulating. Turns out, they were all true. Lady Gaga is officially set to pay homage to David Bowie at the forthcoming 2016 Grammys ceremony. The executive producer of the telecast confirmed the tribute.

“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,” revealed executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it.”

Nile Rodgers who executive produced Bowie’s 1983 album, Let’s Dance, will be the musical director for the tribute. Rodgers and Gaga joining forces for Bowie… this is a must-see event.

Mother Monster has made it no secret about her adoration for the late singer. She’s perfect for this. Watch it all go down on Monday, February 15 on CBS.

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After spending three weeks on top, “Sorry” relinquishes its hold on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. No need to shed a tear for Justin Bieber though, his other single, “Love Yourself,” rises to the pole position.

The Ed Sheeran-penned ballad rises from 2-1. This not only marks the Bieb’s third chart-topper from his Purpose album, but third one of his career.

The 21-year-old Canadian singer is only the 12th act to replace himself at No. 1. The Weeknd recently achieved the same feat when “The Hills” replaced “Can’t Feel My Face.” Other artists part of this exclusive club include Taylor Swift, Boyz II Men, Usher, Ja Rule, the Beatles and Nelly to name a few.

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Prior to Grease: Live, I had no idea who Jordan Fisher was. I’m pretty sure most of the viewers hadn’t heard of the 21-year-old actor previously either. He appeared in Disney’s Teen Beach films and ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teenage. Based on last night’s performance, I predict Fisher is here to stay.

The rising talent just dropped a new single via Soundcloud. “Counterfeit” is a sultry track that shows off his vocals, especially that sexy falsetto of his. The pop track has a shot of crossing over to mainstream radio if promoted wisely. It’s very in line with what Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber are serving up these days. Give it a listen below.

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Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

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It’s been eons since I last posted about Yanis Marshall. For those who aren’t familiar with him, the French dancer became a YouTube sensation when he danced in high heels all over Paris to Spice Girls tunes. Then along with Arnaud and Mehdi they wowed audiences on Britain’s Got Talent.

The trio recently uploaded a new video on their YouTube channel paying homage to Britney Spears. They updated the choreography for her hit, “Baby One More Time,” with sultrier slash sluttier dance moves. Check out the fierceness below.

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With Super Bowl 50 just mere days away, naturally Coldplay drops a brand new video. And not just any, but one featuring Beyonce. Only makes sense given Yonce is scheduled to join the Chris Martin-fronted band at the Super Bowl Half-time Show.

The Ben Hor-directed visual finds Martin and Bey traveling to the exotic land of India. Beautiful landscapes, ancient temples and the vibrant people are highlighted in the beautifully-shot clip.

I do sense Martin and co. will no doubt receive some criticism for Beyonce dressing up in traditional Indian garb. I personally don’t find it offensive, but there will be some who will cite cultural appropriation.

Watch the “Hymn For The Weekend” video below and weigh in if you think Bey dressing in this way was a good or bad idea.

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