Aretha Franklin throws magnificent shade on Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj

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Aretha Franklin has a new album out, did you know that? It’s called Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and it already debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200. On the album, Aretha covers some classic songs, like “I Will Survive” and “Midnight Train to Georgia”. She also mixes it up with some “modern classics,” like covers of Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” and Alicia Keys’ “No One.” To promote the album, Aretha has been giving some interesting interviews (I didn’t know her inaugural bow-hat was in the Smithsonian), and one interview (with the Wall Street Journal) in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately.

Here’s the WSJ video – if you just want to listen to her IDGAF dismissal of so many of the younger girls, skip ahead to about 3:30. But the whole video is pretty good. She’s fiesty and she’s not going to talk about stuff that she doesn’t want to talk about.

Nicki Minaj? “Hmmm. I’m going to pass on that one.” Taylor Swift? “Great gowns, beautiful gowns.” She was nicer about Adele, calling her a “good singer” but the way Aretha says “I haven’t met her” makes me wonder if Aretha even wants to meet Adele. About Alicia Keys, Aretha says: “Young performer, good writer, producer.”

So… the shade. I’m actually starting to feel a little bit sorry for Minaj. It feels like a lot of people have been yelling about or at her lately. Minaj just wants to sing about butts, it’s not that controversial! As for Aretha’s complete apathy towards even recognizing Swifty as a singer… that’s beautiful. It really is. Taylor isn’t much of a vocal talent and I get the feeling that Aretha is old-school about that kind of thing. If you want to call yourself a singer, you better have a VOICE. So, failing that, Aretha just said something nice about Swifty’s gowns. Ha!

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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds in his & hers Gucci at the Angel Ball: sexy?

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Here are some photos from last night’s Angel Ball 2014 in NYC. The biggest stars of the red carpet? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. This was their first red carpet as a couple since Blake announced her pregnancy. They wore his-and-hers Gucci for the evening – Ryan wore a traditional Gucci tuxedo while Blake wore a Gucci Cruise gown, which I’m assuming was made just for her and her growing baby bump. I actually love the way Blake looks here – the plunging neckline on her gown could have ended up really trashy (and there are some questionable angles, for sure), but overall… she just looks sexy to me. She looks happy and fertile and sexy. Ryan’s mom Tammy came with them too.

Also: over the weekend, Ryan was “joking” about the crazy names they could give their baby – go here to read. I think Blake and Ryan will probably go bland-to-hipster with the baby name. Like, Saffron Violette or Phinneus Asher. The name will be WASPy.

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More photos from the same event. Here’s Kris Jenner wearing too much makeup and a sparkly muumuu.

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Sofia Vergara in a very strange gown – she usually goes for this kind of silhouette but not this kind of pattern. I’m not sure what to think.

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Paris Hilton looking especially wonk-eyed.

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And finally, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. She’s knocked up too, but no one has paid that much attention to her second pregnancy.

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Taylor Swift to Serve as Advisor on The Voice

Taylor Swift is headed to NBC.

The artist, whose latest single has hit number-one, will act as an advisor on the upcoming season of The Voice.

This is the same capacity in which Coldplay singer Chris Martin served on Season 6, as he took contestants across all four teams under his talented wing and offered them advice.

Swift will be working with panelists Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall.

T. Swizzle performed back on Season 4 of this singing competition and joins previously-announced advisors Stevie Wonder (who is teaming with Levine), Gavin Rossdale (working with his wife Stefani), Little Big Town (with Shelton) and Alicia Keys (working with Williams).

The Voice kicks off on September 22 and Swift will release her fifth studio album (and her first all-pop album) about a month later.

Led by the smash single “Shake It Off,” 1989 will hit stores on October 27.

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BEYONCE & JAY Z Party With Pals ‘Til Dawn In London

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Beyonce and Jay Z partying till 5am at The Arts Club
Beyonce and Jay Z partying till 5am at The Arts Club
Beyonce and Jay Z partying till 5am at The Arts Club
Beyonce and Jay Z partying till 5am at The Arts Club
Beyonce and Jay Z partying till 5am at The Arts Club

Well, it may not have been quite dawn, but Beyonce and Jay-Z left The Arts nightclub in London at 5 am this morning. It was the couple’s last night in London. As you can guess, Beyonce and Jay-Z made the most of it!

Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t party alone, either. Alicia Keys’ husband, producer Swizz Beatz, joined them. Will.i.am from the ‘Black Eyed Peas’ was there as well. Check out these pictures of Beyonce leaving. She looks as fresh as can be at 5 am after a night of partying! I’d probably need assistance walking to the car by that hour- LOL. Even if I hadn’t had anything to drink, I’d barely be able to keep my eyes open at that point.

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Beyonce’s Grammy dress designer claims Bey is ‘tiny… smaller than a size 4′

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Beyonce’s Grammy performance is still – I think? – the most talked-about event from Sunday. People complained, for good reason – it was a sexy, stripper-tastic performance at 8 pm on network TV. A lot of people though Beyonce and her #surfboard were the best part of a mediocre show though. Anyway, after she performed, Beyonce changed into this white lace number by Michael Costello (a Project Runway winner). We don’t have those pics, I’m sorry. It’s not really important. What’s important is what Costello says about working with Beyonce:

Viewers weren’t even done thinking about Beyoncé’s ultra-sexy bodysuit from her racy opening performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards before they were introduced to yet another revealing outfit by the star.

Bey showed off a perforated, white-hot gown by Project Runway winner Michael Costello, that only covered up the naughtiest bits of her bod. And now, Costello dishes the details on designing the singer’s gown for music’s biggest night to E! News.

“It was incredible! We didn’t have any of her sizes or measurements,” Costello tells us. “The dress was just made to fit a sample mannequin. It’s smaller than a size 4. She is tiny! That dress is at least a 2/4. She looks amazing. I just love the way it all came together. Ty [Bey’s stylist] knew it was going to fit.”

He continues, “At first I was a little concerned with the pieces I gave. Maybe it needs to be smaller or bigger? When you send something to Beyoncé, you’re just a little concerned, but Ty knew. Ty knew the fit.”

In fact, Ty didn’t have have the fitting until the day of the show! Talk about pressure. Costello tells us the gown took three days to make and wasn’t even finished when Ty came to see how things were going. “The neckline, the back, the hemline was not complete, and we still had to do some of the hand sewing on it,” he tells us. “We put in a good extra day’s work. We had a great team. I made four other pieces that night for Beyonce, so that Ty had good options.”

[From E! News]

So, there you go. Beyonce is smaller than a mannequin. She is a size 2 or 4. Which… I’m not sure I believe, but I am more likely to believe it about Bey rather than, say, Kim Kardashian. Bey has slimmed down a hell of a lot over the past year. I heard some of the Bey-haters suggest that Beyonce might have even had lipo on her famous booty and her coveted thighs. That is something I noticed about Beyonce’s Grammy performance – when you look beyond the Flashdance cheese, Bey’s booty and thighs looked much smaller. I’m not saying it’s lipo. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s diet and exercise. But is she a 2/4?

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Paula Patton in zebra-print Nicolas Jebran at the Grammys: tacky & try-hard?

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I had a friend who, right out of college, decorated her apartment in full-on Ikea. She bought a zebra-striped rug which looked exactly like this mess than Paula Patton wore last night to the Grammys. Right? She wore a budget, cheap zebra-striped rug-dress. It’s by Nicolas Jebran and I just can’t even start with her style. It would be one thing if Paula just liked to dress cheap. It would be one thing if Paula just liked to dress to show off her body in the tackiest way possible. It would be one thing if Paula didn’t understand how to get her red carpet gowns tailored appropriately for her body. But she puts all of those awful elements together, and we get this, over and over on the red carpet. Tacky meets try-hard meets LET YOUR BOOBS BREATHE, GIRL. One nice thing: I like her earrings.

As for Robin Thicke… I was happy that the Grammy producers didn’t let Robin just do a version of “Blurred Lines” by himself, that they put him with Chicago for a tribute. The problem? Chicago still sounds really good (right?) and you could hear that Robin’s voice is rather weak.

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Speaking of shady couples (cough), here are Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Alicia wore Armani Prive. Is this tacky? I find it tacky. I loved her voice and she has one of the best voices in music today. I have no desire to see most of her sternum. Also: Spanx much?

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56th Annual Grammy Awards- LIVE (Winners!)

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INO is live on music’s biggest night for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards! We’ll be bringing you the winners LIVE as they’re announced, so if you have to take a break away from the TV (or can’t get to the TV), then keep refreshing this page so you can keep up with who’s won what. Here’s a look at some of the red carpet looks. Madonna taught her son, David Banda, how to work the red carpet. Kelly Osbourne let her purple hair pop with her black frock. Paris Hilton had fun with mesh. Alicia Keys, Giuliana Rancic, and Colbie Caillat popped in their bright gowns. And I thought Ariana Grande and Sarah Hyland looked very sweet. Now, for the winners:

Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Duo or Group Performance: ’Get Lucky,’ by Daft Punk (Ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)

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Celebrity Birthdays For January 25… Cha, Cha, Cha!

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Happy Birthday to Alicia Keys! She’s 33 today. Let’s see who else is celebrating a birthday.

  • Actor Dean Jones is 83.
  • Country singer Claude Gray is 82.
  • Actress Jenifer Lewis is 57.
  • Actress Dinah Manoff is 56.
  • Country drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 48.
  • Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 45.
  • Actress Ana Ortiz is 43.
  • Guitarist Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay is 40.
  • Singer Alicia Keys is 33.
  • Actor Michael Trevino is 29.

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Alicia Keys whitewashes the start of her relationship with Swizz Beatz

Alicia Keys covers the new issue of Marie Claire UK. It’s a lovely shoot – Alicia’s hair looks good, her face is always beautiful, and her body looks great. Unfortunately, Alicia is still kind of an a—hole. Yes, she sings pretty songs and yes, she gives back to charity. Praise her for that. But do not praise her for the sketchiness that is her relationship/marriage to Swizz Beatz. Swizz Beatz was married to Mashonda Dean when he started fooling around with Alicia. Alicia is the reason Swizz and Mashonda are no longer together. Swizz was also fooling around with other women throughout his marriage to Mashonda, and one woman in particular (Jahna Sebastian) coincided with both his marriage to Mashonda AND his affair with Alicia, and that relationship ended up with the woman having a baby. A baby that Swizz has neither acknowledged nor financially supported.

Throughout her relationship and marriage to Swizz, Alicia has barely answered any questions about the shadiness of this whole mess. Whenever she’s confronted with direct questions – rarely – Alicia pushes them off or acts like she’s too important to deign to justify Swizz’s shenanigans. Their marriage and the birth of their son Egypt continued the “whitewashing of Alicia” in the press, and nowadays whenever the big outlets cover her, they make it sound like Alicia and Swizz are completely in love and he’s such a doting father and you wouldn’t know that he’s got a bunch of other children that he doesn’t support and barely sees.

That’s all backstory because Alicia continues the whitewash in this new Marie Claire interview. She talks about meeting Swizz and what she felt and never once does she reference the shenanigans with Mashonda:

They are one of the music world’s golden couples, supporting each other through their careers and helping to raise two-year-old son Egypt. But it seems that things weren’t always so rosy between Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, as the superstar has admitted that she found him ‘annoying’ when they first met. Speaking to Marie Claire, the 32-year-old opened up about the couple’s long journey to romance, while posing for an ethereal new photo shoot.

‘Honestly, I didn’t really like him that much,’ she said, talking about when she first met the American hip hop artist while they were both teenagers. ‘I though he was ostentatious. He’ll drive the fastest, brightest car, wear the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top,’ she admitted.

‘I was like, he is so annoying,’ she said, reminiscing about when she saw him drive past a restaurant in a huge white Rolls-Royce Phantom.

But after years of knowing each other, and not quite managing to work together, the pair found themselves in the studio, and a relationship soon followed.

‘I fought tooth and nail,’ she said, admitting that she originally didn’t want to work with him. ‘Finally though, we did it and we had a ball.’

‘I think we’ve taught each other a lot,’ she said. ‘He’s taught me how to live more fully and I’ve taught him how to live more deeply.’

The singer also admitted that she struggled with the negative attitudes of people close to her during her rise to fame.

‘There might have been people in my life who, now, when I look back, I realise were kind of insulting or abusive – verbally or emotionally – or just not supportive,’ she said.

Speaking about her beloved two-year-old son, the singer says ‘[He] never gets grouchy or grumpy. He has a great disposition.’

[From The Mail]

I guess we’re supposed to think that it’s cute that Alicia took so long to come around on Swizz, that a good man was right in front of her the whole time or some kind of mindless rom-com trope like that. But I keep coming back to something Mashonda said in an interview: “We were married. Sleeping in the same bed and having sex every night while he was seeing Alicia. Okay? It was an affair. 100 percent. I don’t know why people want to change that rule so much. We had just had a kid, for crying out loud. Our child was 8 months. I found out about Alicia two days before my son turned 1. They had been doing their thing for months before that.” That’s the time period Alicia is referencing when she casually says that she and Swizz “had a ball”. Yeah.

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Rihanna versus Alicia Keys at the Grammys: who wore Azzedine Alaïa better?

You know I’m a progressive nerd, right? Well, I was watching Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC yesterday morning, and she did a panel discussion on Rihanna and Chris Brown and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and whether Rihanna should acknowledge that she’s a role model to young women and act accordingly. It was a really interesting discussion! So, Rihanna and Chris Brown came to the Grammys together, they sat with each other, and people had to deal with that… four years (exactly) after Chris almost killed her and left her for dead. What is there to say at this point? I can’t.

So let’s just talk about fashion and styling. Rihanna wore this Azzedine Alaia gown on the red carpet, and she’s redone her extensions/weave. I thought she looked incredibly, heartbreakingly beautiful last night. When she performed “Stay” all I could think about was how pretty she looked. Ugh. Damn it, Rih-Rih.

Rihanna’s performances:

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Also, another sketchy couple (but not as sketchy as Rihanna and Chris): Alicia Keys and Swizz. Alicia also wore Azzedine Alaïa on the red carpet – I think I like this dress better than Riahnna’s!

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