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From Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, Sam Smith’s Love for Pop’s Greatest Divas

3 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It’s no secret that Sam Smith loves pop’s greatest divas.

Over the past year, as fans gotten to know the British crooner, they’ve learned of the fandom he has for female singers. "I've been obsessed with female diva vocals my whole life," Smith told Billboard last November.

Watch: Sam Smith Sings Flawless Cover of Bey in the Shower

“I’ve always loved big female voices like Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Etta James and Beyoncé,” Smith also reiterated to T Magazine in another interview last year.

With that in mind, find out what Smith has to say about his favorite female vocalists.

Adele: “I ultimately think our music’s completely different, but if I’m going to be compared to anyone, it’s amazing.” (Billboard)

Amy Winehouse: "I love Amy Winehouse. I was 11 when her first album came out ... I grew up listening to Amy, Whitney, and [Chaka Khan]." (V Magazine)

Watch: Sam Smith Takes on Whitney »

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10 Best New Songs of the Week

27 January 2015 2:55 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Every week, members of the Vulture staff will highlight their favorite new songs. They might be loud, quiet, long, short, dance-y, rawkin', hip, square, rap, punk, jazz, some sort of jazz-punk-rap fusion — whatever works for the given person in that given week. Read our picks below and please tell us yours in the comments. Mikal Cronin, "Made Up My Mind" Did you hear McIi, the 2013 album from bedheaded San Francisco garage-rocker/tie-dye shirt enthusiast Mikal Cronin? Well, it ruled. And if this new song, “Made Up My Mind,” and the commendably straightforward album title (McIii) are any indication, his next one will rule too. If it ain’t broke! —Lindsay Zoladz (@LindsayZoladz)  Pete Doherty, “Flags of the Old Regime” Both Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse had their struggles with drugs and alcohol, but while Pete made it out alive, Amy sadly succumbed to her addiction in 2011. For Doherty’s new single, »

- Vulture Editors

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Frances Bean Cobain Makes Very Rare Appearance with Mom Courtney Love

25 January 2015 8:51 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Here's something you don't see every day.Frances Bean Cobain made an extremely rare red carpet appearance with her mother, Courtney Love, on Saturday night in Park City, Utah -- where the HBO documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" had its big premiere.Sporting a purple and neon yellow Moschino crop top with a matching skirt and cardigan, the daughter of the two rockers looked beyond cool as she took photos with her famous mama. By exposing her midriff, Cobain also showed off her "K" tattoo, a tribute to her late father Kurt.This is the first time the two have been photographed in public together since 2007, when they attended an event for Gianna and Donatella Versace.Frances was supposed to appear at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Nirvana back in April 2014, but was reportedly too sick to attend. Cobain and Love have had their share of ups and downs, »

- tooFab Staff

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Sam Smith is Grammys frontrunner for New Artist, but watch out for Iggy Azalea

23 January 2015 10:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Male groups have been on a roll in the Grammys race for Best New Artist, winning the last three years in a row – Bon Iver (2011), Fun. (2012), and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (2013) – but solo men haven't fared as well. In fact only one such artist has won in the last 22 years: John Legend in 2005. 22 years is as long as British crooner Sam Smith has been alive, so while he'd normally be an underdog, he has one crucial advantage that could make him hard to beat. -Break- Will Beyonce finally add Album of the Year to her massive Grammys collection? Smith is only the 10th artist nominated in all four general-field categories in the same year: Best New Artist and Record, Album, and Song of the Year. The previous nine were: 1967 – Bobbie Gentry 1979 – Christopher Cross 1984 – Cyndi Lauper 1988 – Tracy Chapman 1990 – Mariah Carey 1997 – Paula Cole 2001 – Indie.Arie 2007 – Amy Winehouse 2 »

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The Voice UK: Get all the details of Saturday's blind auditions

22 January 2015 9:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We're already into our third week of blind auditions! Yes, 11 more plucky hopefuls will take to the stage this weekend in an attempt to convince those coaches to turn around and add them to their teams.

If you can't quite wait until Saturday and want to know who's going to be singing their hearts out - and, in fact, what they'll be singing - then you're in luck, because we have the information and pictures right here for you...

1. Stephanie Webber - 25, Wales

Song: 'Mama's Broken Heart' - Miranda Lambert

What you need to know: Don't mess with Stephanie - she's a black belt in Korean kick-boxing. (For a day job, she works as a cleaner in a Cardiff gym.)

2. Josh McDonough - 19, Epsom

Song: 'Waves' - Mr Probz

What you need to know: Josh was a competitive swimmer but now teaches the sport to kids. Oh, and his granddad »

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American Idol Recap: New York, New York… A Helluva Town [Updated]

15 January 2015 7:46 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“I’m goin’ to Hollywood!” — the preferred battle cry of the American Idol audition rounds — may take on a whole new meaning after Season 14’s New York City tryouts.

I mean, if soulful troubadour Hollywood Anderson — who stunned the judges (and moved J.Lo to tears) with a radio-ready original called “My Best Friend” — becomes the franchise’s next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, any future contestant who shouts that phrase might sound more like they’re auditioning for CBS’ Stalker or another “this isn’t gonna end well” installment of 48 Hours: Mystery than Fox’s venerable singing competition.

Magnificent as Hollywood was, »

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - New York City

15 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions. We wrapped up Kansas City last night. And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City. Click through and follow along... 8:00 p.m. Little known fact: Jenny used to live on Da Block. She's wandering in her old neighborhood, by her old house, where the current resident has no clue who she is. She insists she lived there for a long time.  8:01 p.m. Adam Lambert is replacing Keith Urban for this set of auditions. He's the first contestant to sit on the judging panel and both Harry Connick Jr. and J-Lo are "excited" that he'll be joining them. J-Lo wants New York to represent. 8:02 p.m. "Hi, new friends!" Adam Lambert, wearing a blue suit, gushes, as Harry narrates his credentials and experience in case we weren't sure. Unafraid of being a walking, tough-talking stereotype is Sal Valentinetti, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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American Idol Recap: Who Run the World? Girls! (*Age 19 and Under)

8 January 2015 7:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Pay no attention to Jennifer Lopez’s birth certificate! The “dewdrops in the enchanted forest” freshness of her visage is all the confirmation you need that the woman who gave us “Booty” (and booty) last summer is most definitely still a teenager.

Pity the poor mortals who have to age, though. “There’s something about when they’re that young,” J.Lo mused after 16-year-old Lovey James’ perky rendition of “Break Free” (a surprising hit for decaying 21-year-old Ariana Grande). “There’s a fearlessness… the same girl at 25 that comes in here and [hasn’t] had the success is a little beaten down. »

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Celebrity Big Brother blog: Who's gone into the house? - As it happened

7 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Finally, something to brighten up our January! Celebrity Big Brother is back tonight, and we can't wait to see who's about to go into the house. Host Emma Willis has promised a stellar lineup, so we're expecting big things.

We're just getting our popcorn ready, but join us from 9pm when the show starts on Channel 5 for all the action from the glamorous Borehamwood bungalow...

23:05Right, that really is it from us - thanks for joining us!

22:58Ooh, a snippet of live footage. Perez is speaking to Katie, which is presumably straining her ability to be nice. Although they are talking about her (and her horrible fat-shaming show) so maybe not...

22:56But for now, that's your lot! Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side is coming up if you want even more house action, but we'll be saying bye on this blog for now. Thanks for joining us, »

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Sam Smith Disses Fellow Musicians: "Some of These Pop Stars Are Just Awful"

6 January 2015 9:41 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Sam Smith may be nominated for two pop music Grammys, but he's not too keen on the whole pop star persona. Chatting with funk legend Chaka Khan recently for V Magazine's music issue, the "Stay With Me" singer put some of his peers on blast. The diss came about when Smith, 22, and Khan, 61, were discussing some of his biggest influences, including Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James. "What I loved about her, which I try to do more of, is the rawness," the [...] »

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