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Last night, Patrick, Tyrell, Brian and myself were lucky enough to score tickets to American Idol’s result show. It couldn’t have been better timing since Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson were both performing. By now you probably know who was booted, so I won’t bore with details as you’ve probably seen the show. Instead, I’ll give you some insight on what went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. But for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll post a quick paragraph at the end of the post.

Let’s get a few production details out of the way. First, the venue is a lot smaller in person than on television. That wide lens really does wonders. Over the years, Simon Cowell to present day judges have commented how differently the performances sound in person from the televised version. I can honestly say, that is 100% true. Everyone sounds really good in the venue.

What You Didn’t See On Television

If you watched the show you know Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Marc Anthony, Pia Toscano and Mary Hart were all in the audience. By the time the cameras were on Chaka Khan was sitting in the row behind the judges with Anita Baker, BUT that’s now how it started. At first Chaka was about nine rows behind Anita, before Baker motioned Khan to join here. How dare the producers put Miss Chaka up in the Idol nose bleeds. Oh wait, that’s where we were. LOL. By the time Mary Hart came, there were no more prime seats, so she had to sit where Chaka was originally sitting. SCANDAL-O.

read how J.Lo was after the jump

Rihanna & Britney Team Up For S&M Remix

In: Music, Patrick

After tweeting back & forth about it, Rihanna and Britney Spears have delivered on a collaborate together. They’ve just released a remix of S&M. Britney taps into her, raspy voice to get into Rihanna’s hit S&M. Here are the lyrics Brit sings for her solo:

“Just one night full of sin / feel the pain on my skin
Tough, I don’t scream mercy, it’s your time to hurt me
If I’m bad tie me down, shut me up, gag and bound
Cuz the pain is my pleasure, nothing comes better”

I have to say, I love these two together. It’s kind of unexpected, yet perfect at the same time. Did you know that “Umbrella” was originally written for Britney Spears, but she turned it down? The song turned out to be Rihanna’s biggest single and one of (if not the) hottest song that year. Give their S&M duet remix a listen below!

Listen to the song after the jump…

In an extravagant ceremony hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, and between two venues on the Las Vegas strip, country music showed the world they are proud and ready to party. The more chill of the country music award shows, tonight offered a very wide variety of mashed up performances featuring some today’s hottest country acts mixed with rockers, pop stars and the like.

What was also random about last night’s party was the list of guests and presenters that had little or nothing to do with country music. Presenters like Chase Crawford from Gossip Girl and Nancy O’Dell and Robert Pattinson. But the night was truly about the country music with some memorable performances taking place throughout the night from both Mandalay and the MGM. Brad Paisley performed with group Alabama and Carrie Underwood took to the stage to sing her hit Undo It with new Idol judge Steven Tyler. After a bunch of top notch country performances and big winners (mostly Miranda Lambert who seemed to clean house), we were treated to a performance from Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna. An odd pairing, I know.

The night ended off with three of the top spot awards: Male Vocalist of the Year which Marg Helgenburger of CSI presented, Female Vocalist of the Year which was given out by new co-stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon and rounding off the Entertainer of the Year award was none other than camera hog, Ryan Seacrest. All of this with filler performances from host Reba herself and a Zac Brown Band/James Taylor doing a little Colder Weather. Overall, an entertaining show with lots of music to to fill your ears and random moments to keep it interesting.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Rihanna Looks Hot & Opens Up In Vogue

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Music, Tyrell

In this cover and interview by Jonathan Van Meter and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Rihanna looks stunning in the upcoming issue of Vogue. For their interview, Jonathan attended a Clippers/Heat game. Court side of course. He recalls walking through the crowds and watching men turn heads at the beauty of Rihanna. When she appears on the jumbotron, she takes off her sunglasses, and waves and smiles to her fans.

In between quarters, she scans the crowd and elbows Jonathan when she notices a woman wearing a full length fur coat to a basketball game. The two continue to scan the crowd on breaks and dissect their characters and who they might be. They eye three women who have identical blonde hair cuts and a security guard that she tries to make smile.

As much fun as these two have, as daring as she is on the red carpet, and as hot and sexy as she looks in her videos, there is still one dark shadow in her past that came back to haunt her and she opens up about it; the relationship with her father.

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A Bodyguard Remake? Sacrilegious!!!

In: Donovan, Movies

Oh, HELL to the NO! Whitney Houston thought crack was whack. I wonder what our sweaty lipped queen has to say about this. Warner Bros. is remaking its 1992 hit, “The Bodyguard” originally starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston who made her film debut. Even though the film earned six Razzie nominations, the film raked in over $420 million worldwide. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the studio is making this a priority project.

Reportedly, the remake will follow the original script but with a few changes to make it more contemporary. Instead of a Secret Service agent, Costner’s character will be a former Iraq war veteran who’s first post-military gig is that of protecting a celebrity. Quickly he discovers that modern technology like Twitter, Gawker Stalker and Google Maps has made it easier for stalkers to access celebrities. Thus, making his job even more difficult, especially when you throw in some nookie nookie in there.

In the end, it’s not really the story that made the original a hit. Critics everywhere slammed the movie’s plot and Houston’s wooden acting. What made it a hit, was Whitney’s magical voice and the power ballads. If the studio wants to duplicate its success, casting is key. They need to take a popular female singer and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

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All of the Lights is the fourth single from Kanye West’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye produced the track for himself and it features many an artist contributing to the backing vocals including Elton John, Fergie, Alicia Keys, The-Dream, John Legend, Elly Jackson, and Kid Cudi. However, West chose to solely feature Rihanna as the artist accompanying him on the single. The song didn’t crack Top 10 on the charts however many critics praised the song for its dramatic theme and precise and detailed production which is shown in how the backing vocals is layered. One of Kanye’s producing partners explained it to MTV.

“He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out”.

The video was filmed in January with Hype Williams at the helm. It features a lot of word graphics classic to Hype’s style with strobe and colored clips of Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Kanye in reference to Gasper Noé’s 2009 film Enter The Void.

Check out the video after the jump…

It’s amazing how a silly hilarious stunt can help a fledgling talk show get some much needed press. When James Earl Jones booked an appearance on “The Gayle King Show“, he probably had no idea what he signed for. At the tail end of his interview, Gayle politely asked the voice of Darth Vader if he could recite a stanza from Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby“. Even before he started reciting Bieber’s words, I started to smile in anticipation of what was coming. Watch it below and see what you think.

As an special added bonus, I also embedded a video of William Shatner on The Conan O’Brien Show. The former Captain Kirk, also did a dramatic reading of his own. He delivered a uber dramatic, complete with hand motions, performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. His short showing here is way funnier than the crap he’s forced to spit out on CBS’ “$#*! My Dad Says”. Check them both out below, and cast your vote on which was better.

watch James Earls Jone & William Shatner after the jump

Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire were the big winners on last night’s Grammy Awards. The show kinda dragged in the middle, but started off great with that wicked Aretha Franklin tribute. Didn’t Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch impress during their sets. Who knew Flo had so much soul? Not me. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Norah Jones and Ce-Loo also impressed with their respective performances. Be sure to check out Tyrell’s rundown of the Grammy show and performances if you missed the show.

But enough about the show, let’s start dishing on what the musicians wore on the red carpet. Ever since Jennifer Lopez showed up in that infamous green Versace dress in 2000, celebs have been using the event to make a big fashion splash. The biggest trend on the red carpet this year was definitely metallics. Whether it was crystals, mirrors, sequins or other shiny fabrications, the brighter the better. So instead of picking my usual Top 10 best and 5 worst dressed, I decided to highlight all the glittery dresses that caught my eye along with three non-shiny outfits that impressed. Don’t worry, my picks for the worst fashion violations can be found after glitterati gowns. Check out my choices for both lists below.

check out the fashions after the jump

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