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Grammy Awards 2012
Originally posted 02/16/2012 11:30AM
You can count Lil' Kim among the people confused – to put it mildly – by Nicki Minaj's religious-themed performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
"I don't know what that was. I'm pretty sure I feel the same way everybody else feels right about now," Kim, 37, said Wednesday night on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. (Watch the clip below.)
But then Kim got a little more blunt in her appraisal of the 29-year-old rapper. "If you have to make a song called 'Stupid Hoe,' you must be a stupid hoe," Kim said after host Andy Cohen told her got many questions from viewers about her thoughts on Minaj.
Originally posted 02/16/2012 06:00AM
Rumer Willis stayed under the radar at the T-Mobile and Google Music-sponsored party at a private residence in the West Hollywood Hills. The starlet, who was recently in Europe, arrived at the bash (for Redlight Management) with two friends, but spent most of the night hanging out with Glee's Mark Sallling, who arrived earlier via taxi. The two chatted with each other all night, and their interactions seemed friendly, not romantic, says an observer, who noted that the two did leave the party together.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 02/15/2012 01:30PM
Chris Brown's return to the Grammy Awards this year – he performed twice and won a gramophone for best R&B album – was not welcomed by everyone.
Country star Miranda Lambert tweeted her disapproval of Brown's appearance writing, "Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl ... Not cool that we act like that didn't happen."
Added Lambert, "He needs to listen to Gunpowder and Lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys." (The reference is to Lambert's song about a woman waiting to kill her husband after he gets out of jail.)
Brown pled guilty to assaulting Rihanna, who was his girlfriend, in 2009 the day before the Grammy Awards. He has not been back to the awards since that incident. Rihanna also performed Sunday night.
Originally posted 02/14/2012 03:05PM
As soon as she stepped onto the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards, all eyes were on Rihanna in her super sexy black Armani dress with its plunging neckline.
So how does the singer get such an attention-grabbing physique?
"She's got such a beautiful body naturally," says The Revolution's Harley Pasternak, creator of the 5 Factor program that has helped the pop star maintain her svelte figure. "With someone like her, it's about the fine tuning."
Originally posted 02/14/2012 06:00AM
Following their closing performance at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen made their way to the Foo Fighters' after-party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place. No sooner did they get there than Johnny Depp arrived and grabbed a glass of wine and a seat in the lounge, cordially greeting friends and fans.
At one point, McCartney approached Depp and mimicked his signature Pirates of the Caribbean Captain Jack Sparrow walk – which resulted in lots of laughter. Depp then joined the former Beatle and his wife for dinner; McCartney, a vegetarian, stuck to dishes like the spaghetti Mediterraneano and vegetarian paella. By the end of the evening, fast friends McCartney, Springsteen and Depp were seen discussing the night's big awards and all the winners.
– Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 02/14/2012 05:55AM
Grammy nominees Rihanna and Katy Perry upped the glam factor for Roc Nation/Nokia's annual pre-Grammy brunch at Soho House West Hollywood Saturday afternoon.
A slender Rihanna turned heads in her corset and pants, while Perry could not be missed with her bright blue hair, which matched her dress.
Also there to celebrate Grammy weekend was Ellen Pompeo and her music-exec husband Chris Ivery; Nicole Richie, who shared a moment with The X Factor's L.A. Reid as he made his rounds; and Sam Ronson and Rashida Jones, who chatted and ate in the packed sunlit back room. Other talent mingling included Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ne-Yo and Christina Milian.
Jay-Z may not have been present, but plenty of partygoers were rocking blue accessories – in "silent respect," one was overheard saying – for his newborn daughter, Blue Ivy.
– Kristin Boehm
Originally posted 02/14/2012 05:55AM
Lady Gaga, sporting a flower in her bright blonde hair, took a break from the Interscope Records pre-Grammy party at West Hollywood's Soho House to do happy hour with friends.
Seated at a table near the club's bar, she and her pals enjoyed a round of drinks, and Gaga sipped on a martini while chatting away.
Anytime someone stopped by her table, the singer would smile, stand up and give them a kiss – seeming happy to chat with everyone. After an hour or so of giggling and storytelling, she left her group and made her way back downstairs to the Interscope bash.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 02/13/2012 04:00PM
The Grammys would have been (and were) a showcase for the glory that is Adele, but Whitney Houston's death 24 hours before the event turned the CBS special into a night of mourning and celebration cresting on big, pure emotions. That's what brought in an estimated 39 million viewers, the highest number for the broadcast since 1984 and the second highest ever.
LL Cool J, who handled the hosting duties without any perceptible wrinkling in his uncanny smoothness, opened with a simple prayer for Houston, "a woman who we loved … our fallen sister." This set up a clip of the six-time Grammy winner belting her signature hit "I Will Always Love You."
Originally posted 02/13/2012 02:30PM
On a night intended to pay homage to the biggest names in music today, two of the Grammy Awards's biggest honorees were the megastars no longer in the room: Etta James and Whitney Houston.
After host LL Cool J opened Sunday's ceremony with a prayer for Houston, announcing "a death in our family," the audience rose in a standing ovation.
"When a truly great artist leaves us, their legacy lives on," Alicia Keys later told the stars gathered at Los Angeles's Staples Center, before joining Bonnie Raitt in a graceful cover of James's "A Sunday Kind of Love."
But the most moving tribute came from Jennifer Hudson, whose elegant but understated rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" brought audience members to their feet once again.
Originally posted 02/13/2012 01:15PM
Two Grammys – and a baby! – for The Civil Wars.
The duo's female half, Joy Williams, announced her pregnancy on Friday by Tweeting, "Beyond elated to share that [husband] Nate [Yetton] & I are expecting our first child in late June!!! My baby bump & I will see you on the red carpet."
Williams, 29, and partner John Paul White picked up awards for best folk album and best country duo/group performance at Sunday's show.
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