Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM Las VegasItems from Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, The Jonas Brothers and BTS are among the goodies up for grabs at this year's Grammy online charity auction.
Taylor has donated an autographed special-edition folklore guitar, while Shawn has autographed a copy of his new album, Wonder, on vinyl and CD.
Bruno Mars is selling an autographed Gibson guitar and case, while Ed will hand-write and personalize the lyrics to one of his songs just for you: You submit three song titles, and he'll choose one.
All three Jonas Brothers have autographed an Epiphone guitar and case for the auction, and Lady Gaga has kicked in two tickets to her Las Vegas residency show, plus a backstage tour.
BTS, meanwhile, is auctioning the seven outfits they wore in the video for "Life Goes On:" That lot is estimated to bring $30,000. Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys and more have also donated items to the sale.
The auction will raise funds for the Grammy Museum and its music education initiatives. It kicks off today, March 8 and runs through March 23 via CharityBuzz.com.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyTalk about a dream collaboration: Fans are convinced we're about to get a song featuring Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande.
On her Instagram Story, Ari posted a video of a sound file on a computer with the caption, "Backgrounds on a song for a friend :)." Demi reposted the video and added six side-eye emojis.
Billboardreports that when a fan DM'd Demi and asked her if this is the last minute collaboration that she'd been talking about, she responded with a smiley face emoji.
One fan posted the Demi DM screenshot side by side with the re-post of Ariana's vocals and summed it up thusly: "DARIANA IS COMING."
Ariana and Demi working together is really no surprise, though, since they're both managed by Scooter Braun. Last year, Ariana teamed up with Justin Bieber, also managed by Scooter Braun, for the number-one hit "Stuck With U."
Over the past year or so, Demi, who's working on a new album, has also collaborated with Sam Smith, Sam Fischer and Marshmello.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIs Sam Asghari planning to have children with his longtime love Britney Spears?
The 27-year-old actor and model tells Forbes in a new interview that he has dreams of becoming a father in the near future. Britney, 39, is already mom to 15-year-old Sean and 14-year-old Jayden with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
“My priorities in life are to remain humble and understand where I came from and where I’m going,” Sam says. “I want to take my career to the next step when it comes to acting. I want to take my relationship to the next step, as well. I don’t mind becoming a father. I want to be a young dad.”
Sam began dating Britney after meeting on the set of her “Slumber Party” video in 2016. But he tells Forbes that meeting almost didn’t happen because he was looking to transition away from music videos at the time and do more TV and film.
“I didn’t want to do more and be known as a music video actor, but a good friend of mine was working on a project and they referred me to the team that was picking out the leading role for ‘Slumber Party,'” he recalls.
“My girlfriend now at the time, personally she picked my picture and she wanted me to be cast in the music video,” he continues. “My friend called me and said, ‘I need you to be on it. Trust me, you want to show up.’”
Sam adds, “I showed up and everything just kicked off from there.”
Epic RecordsZara Larsson may not be able to go on tour, but she's presenting her new album, Poster Girl, in an even more interesting setting this afternoon.
Starting at 2 p.m. ET, the Swedish star is teaming with iconic Swedish brand IKEA for an exclusive livestream concert on her YouTube channel. Her goal, she says, is to "celebrate female empowerment," and she's asking fans to donate to UNICEF.
As previously reported, Zara will be performing in a variety of rooms that will all be created with IKEA furniture. She's also partnered with IKEA to launch a free digital game called FiftyFifty on Instagram Stories. The game is designed to spark conversation about inequality in the home, especially since women are doing up to three times more unpaid care and domestic work than men.
"FiftyFifty provides a pause button to help us all, regardless of gender, re-evaluate and re-set our home life through open and honest conversation; helping to resolve any imbalances," says IKEA.
Harper SmithIn what's probably just a clever tease of the eventual announcement of his participation, Bruno Mars started a Twitter campaign asking The Grammys to book his new duo Silk Sonic on this weekend's telecast.
On Sunday, Bruno tweeted, "Dear Grammys, If you can see it in your hearts to allow two out of work musicians to perform at your show, we would really appreciate it. We just released a song and could really use the promotion right now."
Bruno added, "We just want to sing. We'll send in an audition tape and take as many Covid tests as we need to. I promise we won't be extra. We just really want a gig again."
He also announced the hashtag #LetSilkSonicThrive, which started trending worldwide on Sunday. An excited Bruno tweeted, "Wow this started with just us 2 and now we're a whole army! There's nothing we can't do. First the Grammys then the world! UNLIMITED POWERRR!"
But Bruno's Silk Sonic partner, Anderson. Paak brought him down to earth, tweeting, "Bro the @RecordingAcad haven’t even responded," and then joked that he needs to get a new gig, perhaps as the drummer for K-pop superstars BTS.
To which Bruno responded, "You’re right. I got excited we were trending for a while today. I’m sorry I let you down. I hope you & BTS go on to do great things."
Of course, this is all likely a big joke: Bruno has won 11 Grammys and is a huge favorite of the Recording Academy. The TV debut of his new project would be a coup for the telecast, so we predict you can expect an announcement soon.
The Recording AcademyThe Grammy Awards are this weekend and there's quite the star-studded lineup in store.
Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, BTS, Cardi B, Harry Styles, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, Doja Cat, HAIM and Bad Bunny are among the artists who'll be performing on the show, though it's unclear if all the performances will be live.
In addition, workers at iconic independent music venues nationwide will present categories throughout the night, including staff at New York's Apollo Theater, L.A.'s Hotel Cafe and the Troubadour and Nashville's The Station Inn.
The Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air March 14 on CBS.
ABC/John FleenorThe search is still on for the next American Idol but, before continuing with auditions, Sunday's episode took a trip down memory lane, recollecting how two modern-day superstars, Carrie Underwood and Gabby Barrett, got their start on the show.
As judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan embark on their quest to find the next big star, they are hopeful that they'll stumble upon a contestant with a future so bright they'll be able to say "we knew you when" -- and by the end of the episode, they just may have found it.
Here are some highlights:
Laila Mach: Inspired by Gabby's hit song "I Hope," Laila auditioned with her own angrier version of the song. Although Katy calls her rendition "deranged," she adds that Laila has "exactly what it takes to be in this competition and go far," earning a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Re'h: Reporting for duty! Lead singer of the U.S. Army National Guard, Re’h, doesn't just win over the judges and advance to Hollywood with her vocals, but with a surprising costume change from a conservative black dress to a shiny silver number and feather boa as she sings "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer.
Beane: After singing "Wait For The Moment" by VULFPECK, Beane is dubbed as the modern-day Mister Rodgers by Katy who, along with Lionel, vote him through to the next round of the competition.
Anthony Key: Of course it wouldn't be American Idol without hopefuls like Anthony Key. He brought the 90's boy band vibes -- rocking blonde highlights and cool dance moves as he sang "Dynamite" by BTS. Unfortunately, though, his journey on the show would end after that.
Caleb Kennedy: This small-town teen has it all. After performing his half-finished original song "Nowhere," the judges were left wanting more. Thankfully, they'll get more because he's going to Hollywood.
Alyssa Wray: Alyssa brought the judges to their feet with her soulful cover of "I Am Changing" by Jennifer Hudson. She even had Lionel claiming that a talent like hers only comes around "once in a generation." And Katy and Luke agreed, which is why fans can look forward to more from her in Hollywood.
American Idol returns next Sunday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Harper SmithOn Friday, Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak released "Leave the Door Open," their first release as the duo Silk Sonic. Speaking to Apple Music's Zane Lowe, the duo described how they struggled to come up with a name for their new project -- and some of their ideas were super-lame.
"We had a bunch of different names: Robocop Funk, The Conquistadors..." laughed Anderson.
"We had some Spanish ones that didn't really work out," Bruno admitted.
"Atlantic Stars," Anderson added. "We were almost about to go public with that one!"
Bruno laughed, "Yeah...and then our lawyers called and said there's a group calledAtlantic Starr already!"
Finally, Bruno and Anderson turned to their collaborator on the project, legendary funk musician Bootsy Collins, and asked him to name them, because he had a successful track record: It seems he came up with Babyface's famous nickname.
"He's got a way with names," Bruno explained. So what did he and Anderson think when Bootsy came up with "Silk Sonic?"
"Done deal!" laughed Bruno. "He could have said whatever, it would've been whatever he wanted! It's better than Atlantic Stars!"
"Yeah, like The Lava Lamps," laughed Anderson. "We were gonna go with a lot of different things."
When Lowe noted that The Lava Lamps sounds like a "late '60s West Coast surf band," Anderson admitted, "I loved it! My team loved it!"
As for why Bruno is getting involved in a duo project after so many years as a solo artist, he told Lowe, "I still got more to prove. I still think I could write a better song. I still think that me and Andy together are going to elevate to a different level. And we're going to be the best versions of us."
Courtesy HBO MaxMariah Carey is re-doing one of her most beloved number-one hits for a new animated special based on a beloved children's book.
On March 25, HBO Max will air The Runaway Bunny, based on the 1942 book by Margaret Wise Brown, the same woman who wrote Goodnight Moon. Mariah has created a new "reinterpretation" of her 1996 hit "Always Be My Baby" for the project, which will be narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross. Ross has recorded "Song of the Runaway Bunny," which was also written by Brown, for the special.
You can hear the new version of "Always Be My Baby" in the railer for the special.
In addition, Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has recorded Bob Dylan's ballad "To Make You Feel My Love" -- previously recorded by the likes of Adele and Garth Brooks -- for the project.
Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriters Rosanne Cash and Rufus Wainright are among the other artists who've also contributed cover songs to the special.
The Runaway Bunny, which has sold over 12 million copies, is about a bunny who tells his mother he's going to run away, but as he imagines leaving and having all kinds of adventures, his mother is always able to find him.
Dean Lewis: Darren Craig; James Arthur: FilmawiLewis Capaldi isn't putting out a new album for a while, so if you're in the mood for songs by soulful, sensitive singer/songwriters, there are two great options for you today.
First, we've got a new single by Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis, whose song "Be Alright" was a huge hit a couple years ago. It's called "Falling Up," and in it, he sings, "I thought I'd be happy but I'm barely breathing...I wanted everything but nothing's ever good enough."
He explains, "I always thought I would be happy when...I had a big song. Then I had a big song, and I was on the road for three years and when I stopped, I realized it had all passed me by and I was actually less present and more anxious and stressed than ever."
"I looked back on my life and at all of these points along the way and I realized that I’ve never felt any better, it’s always been onto the next thing...," he adds.
"These lyrics are about being online and focusing on that one negative comment in a sea of good," he reveals. "You feel the negativity and it affects your life and I took it on, and I found myself feeling more and more anxious and isolated. I really struggle with that.”
Meanwhile, British singer/songwriter James Arthur is back with a new single called "Medicine." He's best-known in the U.S. for his 2016 hit "Say You Won't Let Go," and he's featured on the current hit "Lasting Lover" by British DJ/producer Sigala, which was co-written by Lewis Capaldi.
"'Medicine' is an uplifting ode to self, to relationships, to community and connection, and to the healing, restorative powers of love over adversity," James says in a statement.
Capitol RecordsLast year, Sam Smith celebrated the release of his latest album Love Goes by performing a livestreamed performance from London's famous Abbey Road Studios. Now, they're releasing the entire performance as a live album.
"It was an incredible experience creating the show with my band and team, and it was so special being able to celebrate the album release with so many of you around the world," they add.
The album features 12 tracks, including Sam's latest hit "Diamonds," and their smash hits "Dancing with a Stranger" and "Stay With Me," as well as tracks from Love Goes and other singles. There's also a cover of Cyndi Lauper's classic "Time After Time."
Here's the track listing for Love Goes: Live At Abbey Road Studios:
"Diamonds" "Dancing with a Stranger" "Promises" "Too Good at Goodbyes" "Lay Me Down" "My Oasis" (ft. Jade Anouka) "Time After Time" "How Do You Sleep?" "For the Lover That I Lost" "Kids Again" "Love Goes" (ft. Labrinth) "Stay With Me"
Rodin Eckenroth/WireImageKim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to come out in support of Britney Spears after watching the New York Times unauthorized documentary, Framing Britney Spears.
In her Instagram Stories Friday, the reality star said after watching the doc, she felt “empathy” for the pop singer and related it to her own experiences with tabloids and the paparazzi.
"The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person," Kim writes. "No matter how public someone's life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment."
Kim goes on to reference a time in her life when she felt similarly mistreated by the media -- when she was pregnant with her first child, North, and gained 60 pounds due to preeclampsia.
"I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn't leave the house for months after,” she says. “It really broke me."
She adds that she was able to ultimately turn her feelings into motivation, but that it took a toll on her mentally. Kim concludes by encouraging everyone to show "understanding and compassion."
"You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I've learned through my own experiences that it's always better to lead with kindness," she writes.
ABCFormer American Idol runner-up David Archuleta showed his support for Taylor Swift this week and she gave him a boost right back.
David posted a video on Twitter Thursday of him mashing up his 2008 debut single “Crush” with Taylor’s song “Love Story.” Inspired by an idea from a Twitter user, he sings his tune over Taylor’s while sitting in his car.
“When a Crush turns into a Love Story...Of course with #LoveStoryTaylorsVersion,” he tweeted along with the video. “Gotta show my support :)”
Just a couple hours later, Taylor spotted his post and replied, “I LOVE THIS!!!” with three starry eyed emojis.
Not one to waste an opportunity, David wrote back, “Thank you! I live in Nashville now if you want to get together and write!”
Taylor released her rerecorded version of 2008's "Love Story" last month.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageAdele and her estranged husband Simon Konecki have finalized their divorce nearly two years after they announced their separation, Entertainment Tonight has confirmed.
A judge signed off on the settlement on Thursday, March 4.
The 14-time Grammy winner and Konecki filed a judgement packet in Los Angeles court on January 15, but it was not signed by the judge until now, ET reports.
The packet, filed by Adele, states the former couple has opted to determine rights to community property and debts through mediation, according to the entertainment magazine.
Adele, 32 and Konecki, 46, represented themselves in the case.
The former couple announced their divorce in 2019. They began dating in 2011 and welcomed son Angelo in 2012. In March of 2017, Adele announced she was married during a concert in Australia; it was rumored that they'd tied the knot that January.
While Adele has been linked to British musician Skepta, she declared herself to be a "single cat lady" in October after she hosted Saturday Night Live.
"The concept of the show is that when you're this character, when you have this alter ego, you're valuable. You've got millions of fans, you're the biggest star in the world," Miley explained. "Then the concept was that when I looked like myself, when I didn't have the wig on anymore, no one cared about me. I wasn't a star anymore."
She added, "That was drilled into my head [that], without being Hannah Montana, no one cares about you...I really had to break that."
Miley said she went through an “identity crisis” in the years after the show and often played into people’s ideas about her.
“I never created a character where it wasn't me, but I was aware of how people saw me and I kind of played into it a little bit," she says, referencing her Bangerz era. "Like, when I noticed that people gave a s*** that I would stick my tongue out, when they told me, 'Stop sticking your f****** tongue out,' I would do it more... When people are pissed, that means they care, so that makes you want to do it, too."
Miley, who signed a new record deal with Columbia Records this week, says 2013's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was the album where she really began to find herself and considers it her favorite work to date.
Warner RecordsThe video for Bebe Rexha’s new song, “Sacrifice,” has arrived, and it's a bloody good time.
In the clip, Bebe plays a bloodthirsty vampire who leads her group of vampire gal pals on a rampage through a hospital and raids its blood bank. It all culminates in a club scene where blood rains down from the ceiling as the clubgoers dance with abandon.
"Sacrifice" is the follow-up to Bebe's 2020 collaboration with Doja Cat, "Baby I'm Jealous," and is the first taste of new music in 2021 ahead of Bebe's second album.
"My sophomore album is by far the most challenging yet fulfilling project I have ever worked on," Bebe says in a statement. "I wrote, recorded, re-wrote, re-recorded and then repeated that process in order to deliver an album that truly reflects who I am as a singer, songwriter and most importantly as an artist."
"I want to give listeners a journey of pop paradise fused with elements of rock and hip-hop," she continues. "It's important to me that my music continues to recognize ongoing themes of vulnerability, the cycle of self-destruction & self-realization, and female empowerment."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThursday for Britney Spears was all about her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, who celebrated turning 27. The Grammy Award-winner celebrated the occasion by putting her own spin on the now-viral "Toxic" challenge taking over TikTok.
The challenge tasks TikTok users to press their faces against a glass surface and make shrill wiping noises in place of the strings after Spears sings in the pre-chorus "Do you feel me now?" Backstreet Boy AJ McLeaneven jumped in on the fun.
Well, it was only a matter of time before the pop princess herself joined the challenge and roped Asghari along for the ride.
"Happy birthday to the man that always makes me laugh," wrote Spears, who shared side-by-side videos of the two wiping their faces across the glass shower door. "Who did it better????"
For Britney, she poses seductively in her massive shower while wearing nothing but a robe and, when the time comes, playfully swipes her face across the glass door.
Asghari's attempt at the challenge is a bit more dramatic, as he rises from the shower's bench and twirls to the door before he, too, rubs his face all over the glass.
It is obvious the two enjoyed the silly challenge as they both broke out into wide smiles and started laughing right after.
The couple first met in 2016 when filming Spears' "Slumber Party" music video and have been dating for about three years.
Britney released "Toxic" in 2003, of which won her the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
ABCBebe Rexha sprang into action Thursday when a man crashed her Instagram live session and exposed himself.
The "Meant to Be" singer had been bringing fans onto her stream when one unsavory person took advantage of the moment and flashed Bebe's horrified fans.
Bebe immediately booted the user and gave a lengthy apology for what happened, condemning the flasher and his behavior.
"I’m so sorry, that is disgusting. It’s nasty that he came on my live chat and just showed us his [junk,]" the Grammy nominee apologized, in video recorded by Pop Crave. "I’m really sorry about that. I did not know that was going to happen."
Bebe then slammed the man's actions by adding, "Honestly, how could you come on my live chat when there’s kids and people [here]?" She noted that the man should be "ashamed" of himself before commenting that he had nothing to be proud of.
"That guy was crazy. Sick in the head," she fumed before taking to her Twitter to further apologize to those rattled by the incident.
"I’m honestly disgusted. And shook. I thought it was a joke. I can’t believe that guy was serious," she tweeted. "I am so sorry that happened. I’m so angry."
She also tasked her fans to help her identify the perpetrator so she can get him banned across social media. Moments later, the fans cracked the case and began sending in screenshots of the man's username.
With the incident in the rear view mirror, the pop star had one final request, which was for her followers to change the subject and "talk about something happy."
RBMG/Def JamJustin Bieber is telling his fans to "Hold On" in his brand new single, which promises that they will always have someone who is willing to fight for them, no matter the obstacle.
The Canadian heartthrob dropped his new track and accompanying music video at the stroke of midnight.
"I need you to hold on/ Heaven is a place not too far away/ We all know I should be the one to say we all make mistakes," Bieber sings in the upbeat hopeful track. "Take my hand and hold on/ Tell me everything that you need to say/ 'Cause I know how it feels to be someone/ Feels to be someone who loses their way."
The "Hold On" music video is more heartbreaking than hopeful, as it tells the story of how far one person will go to keep the person they love alive, even if it means risking their own safety.
Bieber plays the boyfriend of actress Christine Ko's character, who is diagnosed with cancer and her condition slowly deteriorates -- forcing Bieber to consider taking drastic measures as the bills continue to pile up.
After selling everything he can to afford her treatments, the Grammy winner then uses a toy gun to rob a bank and leads police on a major chase, but is shot by an officer when he stops his motorcycle.
Injured, Bieber makes a beeline to the hospital, where he leads officers to the room where his girlfriend lays fighting for her life. As he jumps onto her bed, she wraps her arms protectively around him and looks at the officers pouring into the room.
"Hold On" is the latest release from Justin's upcoming sixth studio album JUSTICE, which will also include Justin's current hits "Lonely," "Holy" and "Anyone." The EP comes out March 19.
Bruno Mars is back and is ushering his next music era with the help of Grammy-winning R&B star Anderson .Paak. The two artists -- under the name Silk Sonic -- teamed up for the brand new single "Leave the Door Open," which they dropped on Friday.
The latest track is a teaser for Bruno and Anderson's upcoming joint album, An Evening With Silk Sonic.
As for their first single together, talk about leaving the perfect first impression about what their fans can expect about their upcoming project.
The smooth track pours like a vintage red wine at the start of a romantic candlelit dinner. In short, "Leave the Door Open" is the perfect single to spice up one's quarantine.
With a slow drum setting the pace, the steamy single has the two artists seducing their lady into climbing into bed them -- but not before ensuring their romantic escapade is nothing less than perfect.
"Ooh, baby, don't keep me waitin'/ There's so much love we could be making/ I’m talking kissing, cuddling/ Rose pedals in the bathtub/ Girl, let's jump in/ Its bubblin'," Paak invites as he flourishes on the piano.
Bruno takes over in the chorus, laying out the playful invitation with his signature falsetto, "I ain't playin' no games/ Every word that I say is coming straight from the heart/ So if you tryna lay in these arms/ I'ma leave the door open."
It is unknown when the duo will release the An Evening With Silk Sonic album.
The "Grenade" singer hasn't released an album since 2016's 24K Magic while Paak's latest offering was 2019's Ventura.