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Rihanna Slams Hartnett Romance Reports

19 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Singer Rihanna has set the record straight about her reported romance with Josh Hartnett - she has barely even met him. Recent tabloid reports claimed the pair had hooked up during a recent night out in a New York hotspot, and British newspaper the Daily Mirror even quoted the Bajan beauty as saying, "I've fallen for him big time. I would be lying if I (said) we were not more than just friends." But Rihanna insists the reports are incorrect, because she only met him briefly. And she is getting sick of being linked with every famous male she is seen with, including her record label boss Jay-z and actor Shia LaBoeuf. She says, "This is what really happened. I went to the Pink Elephant, and he came by. All of a sudden, the next day, I'm seeing that we were kissing and hugging up each other. You can't even go out with a celebrity and have a good time without people making s**t up. Well at least he's good looking." »

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West, Winehouse lead 50th Grammy noms

7 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kanye West leads the field for the 50th annual Grammy Awards with eight nominations, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain with five each.

Winehouse's "Rehab" and Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" are nominated for record of the year, while her "Back to Black" and their "Echo, Silence, Patience & Grace" will vie for album of the year.

The other record of the year nominees are Beyonce's "Irreplaceable", Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z and "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake. Other album of the year nominations went to West ("Graduation"), Vince Gill ("These Days") and Herbie Hancock ("River: The Joni Letters").

"Umbrella", written by Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher Stewart, and the Winehouse-penned "Rehab" also garnered noms for song of the year, which goes to the songwriter. Also vying in that category are "Like a Star", written and sung by Corinne Bailey Rae; "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's, penned by the band's Tom Higgenson; and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats", written by John Kear & Chris Tompkins.

"Can someone wake (Winehouse) up around 6 in the afternoon and tell her?" said George Lopez, who helped announce the noms Thursday at the Music Box@Fonda in Hollywood. Having fun with the British singer's recent troubles, which include her and her husband's drug-related arrests and her canceled tour dates, he then muttered "drunk ass. She makes Lindsay Lohan look cool."

Winehouse also surfaced in the best new artist category, along with Feist, Paramore, Taylor Swift and Ledisi. »

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Beyonce Honored Twice at VH1 Soul Vibe Awards

7 November 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles has been honored at the inaugural VH1 Soul Presents: Vibe Awards Special, taking home two of the four prizes she was nominated for. The Dreamgirls beauty was awarded the gong for R&B Artist of the Year, while her distinctive fashion sense was recognized with the VStyle Award. But Knowles' "Irreplaceable" lost out on the Song Of The Year title to T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank," and Rihanna's "Umbrella" won the Video of the Year accolade, ahead of the former Destiny's Child star's "Get Me Bodied." Other winners include Timbaland (Producer of the Year), Robin Thicke (Breakthrough Artist of the Year), and Lil' Wayne, who was awarded Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, beating off stiff competition from Jay-Z and T.I. The VH1 Soul Presents: Vibe Awards is a special edition of the annual Vibe Awards and will be presented by rapper/actress Eve on November 14. »

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Video Music Awards dance to Timberlake's tune

10 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Justin Timberlake was the big winner Sunday night at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, while Rihanna's "Umbrella" took home top honors as video of the year.

Timberlake was awarded a total of four Moon Men statues during the show, held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. He was named male artist of the year for such videos as "Sexy Back" and "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" as well as quadruple threat of the year, which honored him for his success in the worlds of music, fashion, acting and dancing. Both were new categories this year.

Timberlake's "Let Me Talk to You/My Love" also won best choreography for Marty Kudelka, while What Goes Around helmer Samuel Bayer was named best director.

Along with its award for video of the year, Umbrella, featuring Jay-Z, was named monster single of the year, another new category.

Meanwhile, Fergie nabbed the honor of female artist of the year -- another new one this year -- for videos including "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" and Fergalicious.

The best group trophy went to Fall Out Boy for its video of "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," while Gym Class Heroes nabbed best new artist for Clothes Off.

The award for most earth-shattering collaboration -- another new trophy -- went to Beyonce and Shakira for their video of Beautiful Liar.

Gnarls Barkley's Smiley Faces won best editing for Ken Mowe. »

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Timberlake & Knowles Lead MTV VMA Nominations

8 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstars Justin Timberlake and Beyonce Knowles will lead the pack at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, after receiving seven nominations each. Rihanna and Kanye West also have multiple nominations with five apiece, while British star Amy Winehouse collected three nods at a nominations launch held in New York. Timberlake's "What Goes Around...", Knowles' "Irreplaceable", Rihanna's "Umbrella", West's "Stronger" and Winehouse's "Rehab" are all up for Video Of The Year, alongside Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." West, Timberlake, Akon, Robin Thicke and T.I. are nominated for Male Artist Of The Year, while Winehouse, Knowles, Rihanna, Fergie and Nelly Furtado are fighting it out for Female Artist Of The Year. Best New Artist nominees are Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Gym Class Heroes, Lily Allen and Peter, Bjorn And John. Rihanna's globe-conquering Jay-Z collaboration, "Umbrella," is also one of 10 singles nominated for Monster Single Of The Year. The awards will be handed out at Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort on September 9. »

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Stars Come Out for Beckham Bash

24 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Top Hollywood couples Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith gave soccer star David Beckham and his family a starry welcome to Los Angeles on Sunday night at a glitzy party. Cruise booked the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles for the big party and invited celebrities like Eva Longoria, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah and Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, among others. Invites for the special party read, "Please join Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith in welcoming David and Victoria Beckham to Los Angeles." The party came 24 hours after Beckham made his debut for his new soccer team, the L.A. Galaxy, in a friendly against Chelsea FC. Matthew Perry, Jon Voight, Forest Whitaker, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna also attended the glitzy party. »

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