11:48 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Florence and the Machine
Originally posted 09/09/2012 09:45PM
It's been nearly a year since they were first publicly linked – and now Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are husband and wife.
A source confirms to PEOPLE that the couple tied the knot Sunday night at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., just outside of Charleston.
The reception took place in a white tent at the plantation on Sunday evening. Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine), a good friend of the Gossip Girl star, performed three songs live, and there was also a deejay who spun tunes. PEOPLE also confirmed that a cake was being driven down from Virginia for the event.
Lively's mother and sister were also spotted in town, and a source told PEOPLE that the two had dinner in Charleston with Bette Midler earlier in the weekend.
Reps for the two actors had no comment.
Originally posted 10/19/2011 05:55AM
Blake Lively managed to fly under the radar – not even getting photographed – during a private, four-song concert by pal Florence Welch and her band, Florence + the Machine. Lively and the musician were attached at the hip after the Belvedere-sponsored performance at the Boom Boom Room atop New York's Standard Hotel, sharing drinks (think: martinis!) and lots of laughter. Also at the bash: Kanye West and Emma Roberts, who was surrounded by girlfriends. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 02/13/2011 08:40PM
Christina Aguilera showed some respect for Aretha Franklin at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
One week after the pop star's big Super Bowl fumble – she flubbed the words during her National Anthem performance – Aguilera opened an all-female tribute to the Queen of Soul at L.A.'s Staples Center alongside Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.
Standing in a row, the ladies swapped harmonies, alternating lead vocals during the 10-minute run-through of many of Franklin's hits.
After leading off with "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" as a collective, Aguilera belted out "Ain't No Way," accenting the tune with plenty of melisma and her trademark vocal trilling. She stood confidently as she sang and ended the performance on a (sustained) high note – literally.
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