It's rock royalty versus the royal family ... and Ozzy wins by a landslide! The original prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, sang an emotional duet of David Bowie's "Changes" with daughter Kelly in front of 70,000 revelers at the historic Olympic Torch Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday night. Chanting "Ozzy! Ozzy!," the packed audience of music fans welcomed the longhaired, black-clad singer with thunderous applause. Princess Anne, the queen’s prim and proper daughter, later gave a rallying speech, and received a cheery but minimal response in comparison. "It’s such an honor for my family to be here," said Sharon Osbourne – who, when asked if she was also going to perform, jokingly answered, "A striptease!" Other acts included James Brown, sweating and swiveling in a red, shiny suit, and Rod Stewart, looking fit and tan as he opened the show with ex Faces bandmate (and current Rolling Stones guitarist) Ron Wood. Stewart's best moment? Shredding on air-guitar as Wood played their classic "Stay with Me."
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New York City's Maritime Hotel was hopping with celebrities last Friday night. Nicole Kidman dined with fashion photographer Steven Meisel at the La Bottega restaurant, while New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ate with his family, and Beyonce Knowles broke bread with some friends. In another part of the hotel, Will Smith was busy hosting a private party.
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Elsewhere in NYC, Jimmy Fallon surprised late-night partygoers at Duplex, the Greenwich Village cabaret theater, with an impromptu 10-minute rendition of "Mustang Sally." The ex-SNL-er initially hesitated when the club's emcee invited him to sing, but then belted out a hysterical rendition of the song, prompting the rest of the club to join in.
Gabrielle Union and Vivica A. Fox know how to whip the boys into shape. The actresses led all-star teams of musicians, pro athletes and actors in a charity game to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS at Big Tigger's 3rd Annual Celebrity Basketball Classic in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Michael Ealy (Barbershop 2) and Omarion (B2K) led the Bullets to a 68-63 victory over the Wizards. Other stars proved they had game, too, including Marques Houston (You Got Served), Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons) and Keenan McCardell (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Even R. Kelly made an appearance, entering the arena after the game started and disappearing with his entourage before the final buzzer.
By ANNE MARIE CRUZ, SOLVEJ SCHOU, JOANNE FOWLER and HOLLY THOMAS