05:46 PM EDT 12/09/2013
Originally posted 12/05/2013 03:00PM
Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM
As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.
From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 12:00AM
When it came to the winners, there wasn't much controversy for the American Music Awards, which handed out trophies to Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore.
But as anyone watching the show will tell you, the actual awards ended up taking a backseat to the night's many performers, who incited Twitter trends and plenty of head-scratching as the evening wore on.
In case you were watching The Walking Dead or Sunday Night Football, here's what had us asking, "What just happened?"
Originally posted 11/18/2013 01:00PM
R. Kelly is having a moment.
For the past 10 years, the R&B singer has been one of the most reliable punchlines in pop culture. His sex scandal inspired one of the best Chappelle's Show sketches of all time, while his "hip hopera" Trapped in the Closet took domestic melodrama to such heights of ridiculousness that most of its fans couldn't believe that Kelly was in on the joke. Add in songs like "Sex Planet," whose lyrics often speak for themselves, and the R. Kelly image was set: a cartoonish sex fiend unaware of how bizarre his ideas played outside his own fantasies.
Originally posted 11/17/2013 01:00PM
Lady Gaga hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and it was everything that we'd hoped it would be ... that is to say, a little weird, funny and occasionally magnificent.
Here are our favorite highlights.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 09:35AM
Originally posted 06/25/2012 02:20PM
It's been exactly three years since Michael Jackson's untimely passing. But for R. Kelly, the memory of spending time with the King of Pop will last forever.
They met when Kelly wrote "You Are Not Alone" for Jackson, and the late pop star agreed to sing it. Kelly details the thrill of meeting Jackson, their collaboration on the song – and what it was like to hit the mall with the mega-star – in his upcoming memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, on sale June 28, reprinted here with permission from SmileyBooks.
Originally posted 05/22/2012 06:20AM
Originally posted 01/08/2009 07:45PM
R&B singer R. Kelly and his wife of 11 years, Andrea Lee Kelly, are officially divorced, according to a statement from their lawyers Thursday.
Kelly, 42, and Andrea, 35, will have joint custody of their three children. No other details were revealed.
The announcement follows Kelly's acquittal of child pornography charges in June.
The couple weathered martial ups and downs during the six-year-long case. In 2005, Andrea, filed an emergency protective order to keep the singer away from her amid claims of physical abuse which she rescinded weeks later. The couple then filed for divorce in 2006, but were still trying to make things work.
After years of silence, Andrea told Essence magazine in 2007, "Some people in my position would probably be very broken right now, and they would probably be saying, 'Woe is me.' But I'm just not that person."
Originally posted 06/13/2008 05:30PM
Singer R. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges on Friday, putting an end to a six-year ordeal for the singer/songwriter/producer, who in 2002 was accused of engaging in sex acts with an underaged girl.
The Cook County jury on the case deliberated for 7 1/2 hours before finding Kelly, 41, innocent on all 14 counts. Upon hearing the verdict, "R. Kelly looked relieved," said an onlooker.
Prosecutors had claimed that Kelly was in a graphic video that was mailed to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 with a girl as young as 13. Both Kelly and the alleged victim, who is now 23, denied they were the ones on the tape. Neither of them testified during the month-long trial.
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