SELENA GOMEZ THINKS BIEBER WILL WIN BEST NEW ARTIST
Selena Gomez was on hand at the GRAMMY Nominations Concert special last week, where she helped announce the Song of the Year nominees alongside Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. While that category may have some strong contenders, the Best New Artist category will certainly have everyone buzzing come GRAMMY night in February. Justin Bieber is up against Drake, Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Esperanza Spalding for the trophy and Gomez told MTV News she thinks Bieber will win. Selena said, “I hope he wins, but I love Drake as well. It’s a really hard category so I don’t know who’s going to win, but of course I have to say Bieber.” Drake may be facing off against Bieber at the GRAMMYS, but Gomez will face off against her pal at the People’s Choice Awards in the Favorite Breakout Artist category. The other contenders include B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Ke$ha.
KATY PERRY ON THE SIMPSONS
Katy Perry turned in a racy performance on The Simpsons Sunday night. The “Firework” singer guest-starred in a live action sequence on the show as “Moe’s” girlfriend, wearing a skimpy red latex dress with Simpsons characters’ faces on it. In the short scene, Perry delivers a sensual hug to “Mr. Burns” to improve his usual grumpy mood, after which he says, “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” Things got even racier as the show’s credits rolled, when a puppet-sized Moe attempted to kiss human-sized Katy on the mouth but couldn’t reach. Instead he settled for her belly button but as “Moe” buried his face between her legs, Perry says, “That’s not my belly button… but I didn’t say stop!” Earlier this fall concerned parents considered Perry’s play-date re-make of “Hot and Cold” with “Elmo” too risquÃ© for Sesame Street
Check out Katy Perry on The Simpson’s here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPBJvGPP-yA
MICHAEL JACKSON AUCTION
According to the Associated Press, items from the Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe, including one of the King of Pop’s famous gloves, attracted furious bidding at an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Beverly Hills, California. Julien’s Auctions says a lone glove worn by Jackson during the Bad tour sold for 330-thousand dollars on Saturday night. A jacket signed by Jackson brought in 96-thosuand dollars and a fedora he wore on stage went for 72-thousand dollars. Julien’s Auctions says the two-day event brought in more than three-million dollars.
WILL.I.AM KNOWS WHY THE BEP’S ARE SUCCESSFUL
The Black Eyed Peas are one of the biggest groups in the world, and frontman will.i.am thinks he knows why. According to ContactMusic.com, Will attributes the commercial failure of his 2007 solo album, Songs About Girls, explaining that if it had been successful, it would have “changed everything within the Black Eyed Peas.” He went on, saying that “because that album did not succeed, it taught me what to do with the Peas and what not to do.” The group’s latest album, The Beginning, is out now.
WILL.I.AM TEAMS UP WITH OPRAH
Will.i.am’s song “Own It” is playing in movie theaters across the country. It’s all part of an ad campaign for Oprah Winfrey’s forthcoming OWN TV channel, which launches on January 1st. According to the Associated Press, Will is going to be featured in a series on the channel next summer. “Own It” is also on his group, the Black Eyed Peas’, new album, The Beginning, which is out now.
SWIFT SELLS OUT US TOUR DATES WITHIN MINUTES
Taylor Swift has managed to sell out the first ten shows on her Speak Now 2011 North American Tour in record time. Those shows include Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts within five minutes, and two shows at Los Angeles’s Staples Center, which sold out in two minutes. Since there was such a high demand for tickets, Taylor has added more dates to the tour including another show at the Gillette Stadium on June 26th, and two more shows at the Staples Center August 27th and 28th. Taylor will play 90 shows in 19 different countries on her world tour, which kicks off February 9th.
DIVORCE BETWEEN BILLY RAY AND TISH CYRUS MAY BE OFF
Billy Ray Cyrus filed for divorce from Tish Cyrus on October 26th and by Tennessee law, Tish has to be served with the papers within 30 days. HollywoodLife.com has learned that as of Monday, there is no record of service to Tish with the courts and 38 days have passed. Legal experts say that if the time frame has lapsed and the couple still want to proceed with the divorce, they would have to re-file. A representative for Billy Ray told the website, “This is absolutely untrue. There has been no change as to the filing of the divorce proceedings.”
LANCE BASS ON BROADWAY
Lance Bass will be the special guest star in My Big Gay Italian Wedding on Broadway on December 16th. The comedy is now playing at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street in New York City. Learn more at BigGayItalianWedding.com.
A GAGA/ANDERSON COOPER PIC
Anderson Cooper has posted a picture of himself and Lady Gaga. It was taken when he interviewed the singer for an episode of 60 Minutes that is set to air February 13th, right after the GRAMMYs. Check out the black and white pic on the CNN man’s Twitter page now at Twitter.com/AndersonCooper.
JT HURT WHILE FILMING UPDATE
Last Wednesday, Justin Timberlake injured his leg while filming his new flick, Now, and now, FOX, the studio behind the movie, told TheInsider.com that “production has taken a brief hiatus and will resume shortly.” It’s a little odd, because even though JT suffered “a muscle injury to his calf,” he was able to return to work on Thursday, and yet production still was halted. We’ll keep you updated.
DOES RUSSELL PICK OUT KATY’S OUTFITS?
Is it Russell Brand who dresses Katy Perry in all those skimpy outfits? A source told British paper the Daily Star that the comedian is “very hands-on with all Katy’s dresses and loves giving his opinions” and that “he always tells her to show off what God has given her.” The source adds that Russell “gets a buzz” with helping his new wife get dressed.
KATY RULES DIVAS, TALKS HOLIDAY PLANS
Katy Perry had quite a night at Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops, which aired over the weekend. The pop star opened and closed the show, and also performed with a few of the other divas in attendance, including Keri Hilson and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. According to the Associated Press, Perry also had some time to talk about her holiday plans with new husband Russell Brand, saying that what she wants for Christmas is that “the troops come home very safely.” Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops re-airs tonight at 8 PM Eastern on Vh1.
MICHAEL FRANTI INTERVIEW ON FERGUSON
Did you miss Michael Franti’s appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday night? Well now at MichaelFranti.com, you can check out the singer-songwriter performing his hit “Hey Hey Hey,” and also get to know Michael a little better through his five-minute sit-down interview with Craig.
LAMBERT TALKS GRAMMY NOMINATION
Adam Lambert was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his song “Whataya Want From Me,” and he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about it. The former American Idol contestant said that he was in Paris when he heard the news that he was nominated and that he was “so excited.” He added that he knew “Whataya Want From Me” would be a “key track” on his album the first time he heard it. Read the whole interview at HollywoodReporter.com.
ADELE PERFORMS ON ELLEN
Adele was recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performing her song “Rolling in the Deep.” Watch the English crooner singing her first single off of her forthcoming album, 21, at Ellen.WarnerBros.com.
GET TICKETS TO SEE BILLIE JOE ON BROADWAY
It’s official! Billie Joe Armstrong will return to Broadway in the New Year. The Green Day frontman will reprise his role as “St. Jimmy” in the American Idiot production starting on January 1st and running through February 27th. Fans who want to see Armstrong’s acting chops can buy tickets online now at AmericanIdiotOnBroadway.com.
T.I. VH1 STORYTELLERS PREVIEW!
While fans wait for VH1 Storytellers: T.I. to finally air later this week, a lengthy preview of the show has leaked online. In the clip, Clifford recalls making his first movie, ATL, and explained how “What You Know About That” came together. Be sure to tune in this Friday at 11 PM to watch the full show!
MICHAEL AND 50 CENT COLLAB LEAKS!
Finally! Michael Jackson and 50 Cent’s collaboration, “Monster,” has leaked online. The Teddy Riley-produced track will appear on the late pop star’s upcoming album, Michael. However, you can check out the cut via ThatGrapeJuice.net today! In addition, be sure to go out and purchase Michael when it drops December 14th.
DRAKE TALKS J. COLE TOUR PLANS
During an interview with The Source, Drake opened up about his forthcoming joint European outing with J. Cole. The Young Money standout said of the tour that he “wanted to do something different set wise and set-list wise. I wanted to bring an adaptive show out there.” As for teaming with the Roc Nation artist, Drizzy stated, “[He] is one of those guys that I can coexist with even though we do two completely different things.” He added, “Getting along with someone like that usually leads to great music so being on tour that long and me having a new album on the way and him finishing his project, you never know.” The trek begins January 5th.
GOMEZ KEEPS FRIENDSHIP WITH SWIFT STRONG
Taylor Swift and Disney star Selena Gomez have been best friends for a long time. But Selena says her relationship with Taylor is extra special because of a few things that some celebrity pals may not have. She told HollywoodLife.com, “The honesty…having the same mentality of friendship in the business. We’re the same person sometimes. Even her brother will say, ‘Ok, you guys have the same laugh. It’s weird.’” When Selena turned 17, Taylor sent her a flower arrangement so big that two men had to carry it for her.
WILLIE NELSON CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR
Willie Nelson will not face jail time after being arrested for possession of marijuana in Texas last month. After police removed the drug from the boxes in which it was concealed, the total was less than four ounces — making the charge just a misdemeanor. Since his arrest, many celebrities have shared their public support for Willie, including rapper Snoop Dogg. He told TMZ, “Willie Nelson is a legend, man. You know I love you Willie, I love you to death. If you got a problem with Willie Nelson, you got a problem with me.” Willie’s misdemeanor could cost him at most a four-thousand dollar fine.
GRACE POTTER DOES DIVAS
Grace Potter had quite a showing at Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops over the weekend. Not only did The Nocturnals singer perform her hit song “Paris (Ooh La La),” but afterward, she was joined by Heart on stage to join in on their classic tune “Crazy On You.” According to a press release, this led to Potter immediately reaching Number Five on Google’s Hot Searches list. Learn more about Grace and her band at GracePotter.com. Vh1 Divas Salute the Troops re-airs tonight at 8 PM Eastern on Vh1.
DAUGHTRY SHOWS OFF HIS BABIES
Chris Daughtry is the proud father of new twins, and he has just posted a picture on himself with his two babies on Twitter. The pair, which were carried through a surrogate, now give the former American Idol contestant and his wife Deanna four kids total. See the pic, with the caption “I’m SO In Love,” now at Twitter.com/Chris_Daughtry.