Did Katy Perry Show Off During that Dolly Parton Tribute?

Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, The Grammys
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If you have any experience in the entertainment industry, then you know how deeply difficult it is for an artist to share the spotlight. While some are generous and humble, others are not and even if that spotlight is occupied by an absolute legend — it’s no matter. Such was the case for Katy Perry, who simply could not pare back her performance during 10-minute all-star tribute to Dolly Parton at The Grammy’s.

Instead of highlighting Dolly alongside the Kacey Musgraves (who I’m told has a stellar reputation for kindness), she railroaded Musgraves with pitchy trills and cartoonish facial expressions — everything Dolly Parton IS NOT. I laughed when Perry held out her hands to introduce one of greatest singer/songwriters of all time, as if this was somehow a generous move.

It’s absolutely unclear why Katy Perry was chosen in the first place. Unlike the other artists, including Dolly’s Goddaughter Miley Cyrus (who had a killer night), she has zero connection to country music. She previously sang with Dolly at the 2016 ACMs, but that performance had far more deference to the superstar and was seemingly before the American Idol judge began to believe her own hype. To be fair, it’s possible Perry just had a bad night. But there’s a difference between being pitchy and a show off.

Before closing this post, I’d like to take a moment of silence to think about the greatness that is Dolly Parton. Even her newest material, most recently from the Netflix original film, Dumplin’, is incredible. And if that’s not enough, she is never, under any circumstances, above a good shout out. Watch the performance by clicking HERE, and notice how she always takes the time to introduce her band and her fellow singers.

Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys

Jennifer Lopez and Smokey Robinson at The Grammys
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Jennifer Lopez’s presence alone just about guarantees a solid, show-stopping performance at any show, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate choice, especially when Motown is involved. She’s received hefty criticism as the choice performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, in which she sang “My Girl,” alongside Smokey Robinson, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with Alicia Keys, “Another Star” with Ne-Yo, “Please Mr. Postman”, and “Money (That’s What I Want).”

Berry Gordy, who founded Motown Records in 1959 sat in the audience and according to Lopez, was “thrilled” with her involvement. During his tenure, Gordy signed some serious titans, including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, the Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5. The twitter-sphere has rightfully suggested that Gladys Knight or Stevie Wonder would have been a far more suitable choice. Lopez furthered that, “Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. You can’t tell people what to love. You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do, what they should sing or not sing. You gotta do what’s in your heart.” Smokey Robinson also came to her defense, saying, “Anyone who is upset is stupid.”

First, I resent being called stupid for making an extremely obvious-yet-important point. To quote one twitter user, “No doubt Latinos would be upset if they had a black soul singer doing a tribute to Latin music.” Additionally, while Motown lives in everyone’s heart, I find it distasteful to forgo using a black artist, especially during Black History Month. Have we learned NOTHING? Remember Emma Stone’s recent “I’m Sorry” exclamation about playing an Asian-American role in ‘Aloha?” Or how about Scarlett Johansson whitewashing ‘Ghost in a Shell?’ To say it’s simply about the art, is to demean the contribution of African American artists who represent the history of Motown. It’s whitewashing, and it’s extremely important to point out — NOT stupid. Finally, if you’re going to do a Motown tribute — at the very least — change up your standard “JLO.” I love a good leotard, and she can certainly rock it, but nothing about her performance suggested Motown. Nothing except the songs itself.

Maroon 5 at Super Bowl LIII – Review

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If you had no knowledge of Maroon 5 and tuned into the Super Bowl halftime show last night, you’d have thought Adam Levine was a solo act. That’s a shame, especially since I’ve seen Maroon 5 live, and the only good part of the show is lead guitarist James Valentine. Mr. Valentine is the extremely well-dressed, long-haired gentleman who can play. He’s often lost in the shadows of Levine, who is less than generous to his band. When I saw them perform live at The Forum, his band was barely visible behind the ridiculous light show and stage placement. If you’re curious what it looks like when a lead singer is generous to his fellow musicians, go see Bruce Springsteen live. I realize that no one compares to The Boss, but given his performing prowess, one might expect that he too would steal the spotlight at the expense of his band — and he does the opposite.

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Tabloid Gossip — Your Week of News

DF-11915_R2 – L-R: Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), and Joe Mazzello (John Deacon) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Pete Davidson is dating my girlfriend. People

Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill welcomed their second child. Us Weekly

NeNe Leakes just came for Lisa Vanderpump. Too Fab

Aly Raisman discussed her ex-boyfriend, The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood. ET Online

Natalie Maines’ estranged husband wants a lot of money in alimony. Dlisted

Birdman and Toni Braxton are back on. The Blast

Cardi B and Offset were spotted canoodling. Hollywood Life

Roger Matthews responded to JWOWW’s abuse allegations. New York Post

Mo’Nique allegedly threatened Steve Harvey during an appearance on his show. The Blast

Gisele’s sobriety ended her relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. Stuff

Halsey and Yungblud are heating up. TMZ

Brangelina called a brief truce. Socialite Life

Rami Malek said working with Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody was “not pleasant.” Vulture

Paris Jackson opened up about her mental health. Just Jared

Liam Payne and Naomi Campbell are enjoying each other’s company. Radar

Mo’Nique Addresses Whoopi Goldberg “Shade” — Still Doesn’t Get It

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There are just some people who don’t get it, and Mo’Nique is one of them. Though I can’t speak to her personal life struggles, I can speak to the expectation that actors engage in a limited amount of publicity to promote their project, which is in their contract. When they choose to forgo that expectation, they risk being shunned by an industry who relies on it.

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Future, Ciara, and Russell Wilson Drama Continues

In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, my eyes have opened to sexism in the media, and one such realization lies in the fact that men are often way more dramatic and messy than women. Such is the case with Future, who took aim at Seattle Seahawks player and husband of Ciara (his baby mamma), Russell Wilson, during a Beats1 interview radio interview saying:

[Wilson] do exactly what she tell him to do… He not tellin’ her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet. Don’t even talk to him. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’ If that was me, she couldn’t even bring his name up. She know that. She couldn’t even bring her exes’ names up.

It’s interesting that Future recently said the hardest part of monogamy is a woman’s jealousy when his own statement about Ciara confirmed his hypocrisy. Any man that imposes parameters on what his wife/girlfriend can and cannot say is inherently possessive and jealous. That being said, Ciara and Wilson’s response seems even less mature. Posting a picture of Future’s son on social media is an innate jab wrapped in a pretty bow. If Future has inherent issues with his access/role in his son’s life, keep it private. In fact, keep the entire thing private.

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The Revivalists Hit Los Angeles — Catch Them on Tour Now

I have yet to see a show at the legendary Red Rocks  Amphitheatre, but I’ve hiked the venue in the daytime, and it’s jaw-dropping. Below is a video of The Revivalists performing “All My Friends” live from the Denver, Colorado spot. The Top 10 Alternative Radio hit can be found on their ‘Take Good Care’ LP, which was released in November of last year. The band will be performing in Los Angeles tomorrow, January 19, at The Forum for   iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2019  alongside  twenty one pilots, Muse, The Killers, Weezer, Rise Against, and Bishop Briggs.

The Revivalists consist of David Shaw (lead vocals, guitar), Zack Feinberg (guitar), Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar), George Gekas (bass), MichaelGirardot (keyboard, trumpet), RobIngraham (saxophone), Andrew Campanelli (drums) and PJ Howard (drums, percussion). 

Catch them on tour now.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Returns — Midseason Debut Holds Strong

With Meredith and DeLuca trapped in an elevator, Teddy’s baby confession, and some complications with Maggie and Avery, season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy will likely be romance driven. This would be okay if any of those romances actually landed — and for me — they have not.

Giacomo Gianniotti (DeLuca) is a welcome addition the cast, but he simply has not had much to do. He had a somewhat interesting storyline with Dr. Jeanine Mason (Sam Bello), but it was too short to be fully explored. I also adore Chris Carmack (Atticus Lincoln), but much like Gianniotti, he has limited chemistry with Pompeo and a sub-par storyline. As for Kelly McCreary (Maggie) and Jesse Williams (Avery), these two need to cut their losses and find fresh blood. I loved the conflict between Sarah Drew (April) and Williams, and no such conflict has equally sparked my interest. And forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but the chemistry is ALSO lacking. I vote for the return of Scott Speedman, and judging by the twitter uproar, so does all the other Grey’s Anatomy fans. Chemistry is hard to come by and thus far, only Kim Raver (Teddy) and Kevin McKidd (Owen) seem to have it.

Golden Globe Awards – 2019 Red Carpet Standouts

It is not lost on me that the 2019 Golden Globe Awards had some of the best fashion looks in the last decade, and it’s the first year without Fashion Police. Perhaps celebrities and stylists are more apt to take risks without the public backlash that comes with a less than stellar fashion choice? It’s time to celebrate risk, not diminish it. See below for the best looks of the night.

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Halle Berry and Lena Waithe at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Janelle Monae in Chanel

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Janelle Monae at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors Collection

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Nicole Kidman at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: (l-r) Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg arrive to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Versace (Winner)

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Stella McCartney

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Sandra Oh, Best Actress – TV Series, Drama, “Killing Eve” at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: (l-r) Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Rachel Brosnahan in Prada

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Rachel Broshahan, winner of Best Actress – TV Series, Musical or Comedy at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Regina King at the 2019 Golden Globes
76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Regina King, winner of Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Jamie Lee Curtis in Alexander McQueen (another favorite)

Jamie Lee Curtis in Alexander McQueen at Golden Globes 2019
76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Ben Stiller and Jamie Lee Curtis at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Lady Gaga in Valentino

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, winners of Best Original Song – Motion Picture at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Kendall Jenner “Depressed” Over Proactiv Backlash?

Kendall Jenner is the new face of Proactiv
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KRIS JENNER MISLED US

When Kris Jenner teased an open and honest confession from Kendall Jenner, I assumed it was about her crippling anxiety disorder. In the past, Keeping Up With the Kardashians has alluded to Kendall’s mental health issues, which greatly impacted her modeling career, because the star was physically unable to even get on planes without shaking and losing her breath. She also suffers from sleep paralysis, a disorder that I can personally say is terrifying.

KENDALL IS NOT A KARDASHIAN

While I’ve come to terms with the Kardashian machine, Kendall Jenner perhaps cannot say the same. She’s a bit of an outcast, with a personality that is clearly different than her siblings. She’s admittedly more of a tomboy and although she has made some “on brand” provocative red-carpet appearances, it doesn’t seem to quite fit with her personality. She’s just a little too cool for that, and I’m not sure Kris Jenner got that memo.

THE WORD “BRAVE” SHOULD NOT BE THROWN AROUND

White t-shirt, straight-to-the-camera commercials are nothing new. They are meant to illicit a relatable nature, as if the audience and the speaker are friends. But that doesn’t quite work here. If you’re going to get money for a commercial, just own it. Don’t use the word “brave,” especially during the #MeToo movement. And if it’s true that Kendall Jenner is upset/depressed over the backlash, I feel sorry for her given her aforementioned mental health issues. That being said, she should know better. If the Pepsi debacle wasn’t a lesson to change her advisors, what is?