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“[Tuesday] night, our biggest elimination of the season — eight become your four finalists!” Carson Daly exclaimed frantically at the end of The Voice Season 11 semifinal performance telecast.
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But in all honesty, two or maybe even three of the finale berths are already spoken for — thanks to a combination of season-long hype, artistic consistency and the undeniable importance of who got the week’s final two performance slots.
Patti Labelle doesn't call herself a diva these days because "all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas," but the soul singer/pie maker/American Horror Story alum is back to reclaim the title in VH1’s latest installment of Divas.
Along with goddaughter Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams and Pharrell protégé Teyana Taylor, Patti -- we go by divas’ first names here -- will bring the divadom during VH1's benefit concert for the Save the Music Foundation, a special holiday-themed edition called Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night. (The show premieres Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. Et.)
More: 'Mariah's World' Recap: Mariah Carey Recalls 'Great Moments' With James Packer
When the concert series first launched in 1998, the lineup was the stuff of dreams. Mariah, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain and Aretha Franklin with special guest Carole King embodied every meaning of the word diva in lauded performance after performance. During its 11 iterations »
We have our first look at the upcoming Lifetime biopic of Britney Spears, with the network releasing pics from the upcoming made-for-tv movie. Following in the footsteps of unauthorized biopics of Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Britney Murphy, among others, this one stars Australian actress Natasha Bassett, and will chronicle the “Toxic” singer’s “rise to fame, fall […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Britney Jean Spears broke onto the scene in the late '90s and has taken the music world by storm ever since. After signing to Jive Records in 1997 and releasing her first single, ". . . Baby One More Time," Britney shot to stardom - and has acquired legions of dedicated fans along the way. There's no doubt that Britney will go down in history with some of the biggest pop stars on the planet - not only has she been influenced by legends like Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston, but she's also inspired a handful of artists who have come after her, like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Katy Perry; even rapper Nicki Minaj credited Britney with motivating her career in 2012, saying, "She's probably gone through 10 times whatever I've gone through. But the fact that she came back out with just so much fire inspires me, and it inspires young women »
- Brittney Stephens
On Tuesday morning, Gordon tweeted a photo of himself and the singer, who died in February 2012, with the message: "Learned so much from this amazing woman. Miss you so much!!"
Houston died at 48 after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton. Three years later, her 22-year-old daughter died six months after she too was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. Gordon was present when both women were found unconscious.
Watch: How Bobby Brown Thinks Bobbi Kristina's Death Could Have Been Avoided
The 26-year-old spoke with Dr. Phil in April about discovering Bobbi Kristina in the bathtub, and how similar the situation was to the death of Houston. "It was literally a nightmare all over again," he said.
Angela Bassett has joined the cast of Marvel’s film adaptation of Black Panther. Et has learned that the Oscar-nominated actress will play Ramonda, mother of T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman).
Bassett, who starred on the most recent season of American Horror Story, adds to the Marvel film’s impressive ensemble cast. She joins Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Forrest Whitaker, Creed star Michael B. Jordan, The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira and Black Mirror breakout Daniel Kaluuya. Martin Sheen and Andy Serkis, two previous Marvel Universe stars, are rumored to reprise their roles in the new standalone project directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).
Black Panther will tell the story of T’Challa’s rise to power in Wakanda, when the film debuts in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
The project also represents a significant moment for superhero films. Not only is Black Panther the first major black superhero to get »
Deborah Cox is dishing to Et about stepping into Whitney Houston’s shoes for the iconic role of Rachel Marron for the national tour of “The Bodyguard”. “For me, it’s about bringing this to a whole new generation,” Cox, 42, says. “There are so many people that don’t know of the movie and the music and her […] »
- Brent Furdyk
"For me, it's about bringing this to a whole new generation," Cox, 42, says. "There are so many people that don't know of the movie and the music and her songs and that kind of thing, so this is an opportunity to do that."
Based on the 1992 blockbuster starring Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage musical follows closely to the original screenplay as singer-actress Rachel Marron hires former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer to protect her from an unknown stalker. Their relationship strays from the professional realm when they fall in love.
The production first premiered in London in 2012, but the upcoming national tour will be the first time the musical is performed in the U.S.
Bobby Brown issued a statement saying he was “pleased” by a judge’s ruling yesterday that found Nick Gordon liable for the wrongful death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. As part of the settlement, Gordon has been ordered to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina’s estate — and Brown intends to collect immediately.
“Bobby is relieved to have this chapter of the process behind him, but now he intends to actively pursue the collection against Nick Gordon,” Brown’s attorney, Craig Terrett, tells People. “We will be working with a collection attorney in Florida and we are moving forward quickly. We will »
- Jordan Runtagh
Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress sold for a staggering $4.8 million on Thursday.
The dress, which was presented on a custom-made mannequin designed to match Monroe’s exact body measurements, was bought by Ripley's Believe It or Not. The purchase makes this sparkly ensemble the world's most expensive dress ever sold at auction.
Monroe wore the nude figure-hugging dress at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. Her sultry "Happy Birthday" performance was caught on tape, and despite the poor quality footage, it has allowed for the dress and moment to live on.
The iconic dress, which features 2,500 hand-stitched crystals, was designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jean Louis and the original sketch »
Nick Gordon has been ordered to pay $36 million in damages to the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown. Gordon was determined legally responsible for Brown’s death in September, though he never participated in the trial in the first place. Bobbi Kristina, the 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died in July 2015, […]
- Sean Fahey
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face down in a bathtub in her Georgia home on Jan. 31, 2015. After spending nearly six months in a coma, she died in hospice care last July 26 at the age of 22.
On Thursday, Bobbi Kristina's father testified in the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia, where Judge T. Jackson Bedford determined Gordon must pay for loss of life, punitive damages ($250,000), conversion ($1.575 million), assault and battery ($1.37 million), and pain and suffering as a result of assault ($13.8 million).
The exact amount Gordon will be responsible for paying to Bobbi Kristina's estate is $36,251,918.50, which includes the judge's determined value of his former girlfriend's life, $15 million.
According to a video obtained by TMZ, Brown’s father, former New Edition boy bander Bobby Brown, told the court that she had planned to go into entertainment—following in not only his footsteps, but those of her mother, Whitney Houston. Due to her talent and famous parentage, Brown believed his daughter to have extremely high show-business prospects.
“She was an entertainer. If you were around her, »
- Jordan Runtagh
A judge has ordered Nick Gordon to pay more than $36 million to the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown, two months after he was found legally responsible for her death. The daughter of Bobbi Brown and the late Whitney Houston died in July 2015 at age 22 after being in a coma for months. She was found face down and unconscious in a bathtub in a Georgia home she shared with Gordon, who she often called her "husband" and who her mother had helped raise. He denied any wrongdoing and was never charged with a crime. Her estate later filed a $50 million wrongful death civil lawsuit against him. Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford had said in September that because Gordon »
It was back in September that a court determined Nick Gordon was “legally responsible” for the death of girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown, and now the judge in the wrongful death lawsuit is ordering Gordon to pay a whopping $36 million to the family of the late Whitney Houston’s only daughter, who passed away following several months […] »
- Brent Furdyk
In her most famous torch song, “The Greatest Love of All,” the late Whitney Houston sings of children being the future and that no matter what they take from her, “they can’t take away my dignity.” But in “Toni Erdmann,” the stellar German entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar, dignity is hard won for a daughter dealing with an unexpected visit from her father — an extreme prankster who forces her to reevaluate her joyless life. It’s in “Erdmann” that Sandra Hüller, who plays the daughter-in-question Ines, gets to sing that Whitney song in front of group of puzzled strangers. »
- Matt Donnelly
★★★★☆ Tomasz Wasilewski's United States of Love may take place just after 1989's felling of the Berlin Wall but little of the era's euphoric optimism transfers to the Polish writer-director's dispassionate yet engrossing third feature. Broken down into loosely formed chapters whose pages overlap and intersect with purposeful randomness, Wasilewski's film sees his nation on the point of transition from its barren communist past to a new era of potential enlightenment: clothes, electronic goods and Whitney Houston posters no less. However, it is the day to day lives and struggles of four women who are our focus.
- CineVue UK
“I’m just glad to get it all off my chest,” he told People while attending the Soul Train Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. “I’m glad to move forward with my life. I’m doing a lot better than I was since I was born. It was just good to get it off my chest. I’m glad it’s out.”
The book pulls no punches, dealing with Brown’s sexual exploits, his »
- Jordan Runtagh
What finally got Bobby Brown clean and sober? The fear of getting thrown back in jail.
“Jail got me to stop taking drugs. I never wanted to go back to jail. I didn’t want to be incarcerated ever, ever again,” the singer, 47, says in a new interview on The Dr. Oz Show, airing Thursday.
In 2013, Brown served nine hours of his 56-day jail sentence after he plead no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol. He also spent two days in jail for a 60-day sentence in 2004.
“I didn’t want my kids to grow up and see »
With a new single and his first touring gig, up-and-coming singer Wrabel is gearing up for pop stardom.
The veteran songwriter stopped by People’s New York headquarters to talk about his musical journey and famous friends. Here are five things to know about the rising star.
1. Kesha once gave him a homemade tattoo — and helped him celebrate his first music video!
Wrabel (né Stephen Wrabel) released the music video for his new single “11 Blocks” in September, and pal Kesha — and her mom Pebe Sebert! — were on hand to celebrate the exciting milestone of hearing the track on the radio for the first time. »
- Jeff Nelson
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