Charisma Perhaps it’s unfair to compare the charisma of a pop juggernaut with a small man in a very big hat. Truth be told, I’d prefer to reserve judgement until I’ve seen Beck covered in sand and writhing around in a bikini. Until that happens, I am left to judge them on natural magnetism alone, and the uncommonly beautiful, all-singing, all-dancing Beyoncé is the outright winner of this category. On the other hand, surely there’s something to be said for Beck’s gawky charm, which has provided solace to the many losers and assholes of the world. Beck: 6Beyoncé: 9 Production Beck described the rare reunion of the five-piece band who performed on Sea Change as “like the aligning of nine planets”. The album’s sound – lifted with soaring orchestration by Beck’s father – is an engulfing soundscape worthy of the win, and evocative of the heartache his songs describe. Still, the production on Beyoncé’s … [Read more...] about Beck v Beyoncé: who should have won the Grammy for best album?
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The Golden Globe Awards are just as much about red carpet fashion as the gongs themselves. But for some of our favourite celebs, despite having stylists and fashion houses battling to dress them, they still somehow manage to get it wrong. Here's a look at some this year's worst dressed stars who should seriously consider a reshuffle in the glam squad cabinet... Jane Fonda Okay... Who inspired the ruff collar on this? Queen Elizabeth I?! Poor Jane would have nailed red carpet perfection if it wasn't for that mosntrosity. Sack the stylist! Kate Hudson Squint your eyes and Kate pretty much looked naked in this flesh-coloured gown. This is the Golden Globe Awards lovely, not the beach. But to be fair, if we had Kate's abs of steel, we'd probably step out in this ensemble every day. Regina King Erm... what is this? We have no idea what material it's made out of but it looks like it could be some kind of tinfoil. And why is Regina wearing a cape? Krikor Jabotian apparently designed … [Read more...] about Golden Globe Awards worst dressed: Jane Fonda, Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchett epically failed red carpet glamour
Three cheers for Sinéad O’Connor, who has this week torn down the glossy facade of the public debate around mental health. The video the Grammy-award-winner posted to her Facebook page on Monday – a motel room recording that has caused concern around the world – is not easy viewing. Seeing her desperate call for help and her honesty about suicidal feelings is excruciating. And not just because we know that she was once one of the biggest stars in the world. She expresses her pain so passionately you can almost taste it. And I tell her this: thank you. For showing the reality of mental illness. The wailing, ranting, desperate demon that secretly tortures millions. I’ve never been to that motel in New Jersey but I have been in that room with you. Earlier this year I suffered a particularly serious mental breakdown. I have been too ashamed to talk about it publicly as I’m keenly aware of the stigma attached to pain and chaos this raw. Thank you for … [Read more...] about Thank you, Sinéad O’Connor, for showing the messy reality of mental illness
Country music has grown from humble origins into one of the largest sectors in the American entertainment industry, but none of its current superstars will ever attain the mythic aura of Johnny Cash, who has died of complications from diabetes aged 71. During the 70s and 80s Cash found himself out of favour in country music's hometown of Nashville. Yet he had, as his step-daughter Carlene Carter put it, "built that town in a lot of ways." It took the hip hop/heavy metal entrepreneur Rick Rubin to appreciate how much Cash had meant, and how much he still had to offer. Rubin invited Cash to make an album on his American record label. The result, 1994's American Recordings, featured just Cash, his acoustic guitar and that great booming baritone voice, playing songs by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Kris Kristofferson alongside strong material of his own. Forty years after he had begun his professional career with Sun Records in Memphis, Cash had returned to renew his claim to being a great … [Read more...] about Johnny Cash
The star-studded jam sessions and family-friendly festivities were bubbling at the Levitt Pavilion for Anderson .Paak’s Paak House celebration in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park on Saturday (Dec. 14).Supporting the GRAMMY Award-winning artist’s Brandon Anderson Foundation that aims to expose inner-city communities to the arts, the third annual event presented as a mini-music festival while shining a spotlight on various initiatives and local talent. With a thousand families that were invited to attend the show, general entry was donation-based. (Last year’s event raised $155,000, per a release.) After marching around MacArthur with the Los Angeles Parmelettes drumline, .Paak set the party in the park off with dance battles and rhyme fests courtesy of facilitators from JUiCE, the nonprofit hip-hop arts organization that provides a haven for the youth to express themselves through music, visual art and dance. Cultural innovator Tommy the Clown and the TSquad … [Read more...] about Anderson .Paak Throws Third Annual .Paak House with Anthony Anderson, Seth Rogen, The Game & More
Tickets go on sale for Dear Evan Hansen next week, the latest smash hit musical from Broadway to venture over the pond to the West End. A heart warming, coming of age musical, Dear Evan Hensen, is the emotional and uplifting tale of how one boy gets the one thing he's always wanted, a chance to fit in. Public booking will be available from 8 April at 10am, but you'll need to be quick as the first lot of tickets are sure to sell out. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster and LOVETheatre. Previews for the show start on 29 October, with opening night on 19 November, we're still awaiting casting but we know the play will take residence at Noël Coward Theatre. Dear Evan Hansen has to date six Tony awards to it's name, including Best Musical, as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album. What is Dear Evan Hensen about? A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to … [Read more...] about Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen tickets on sale today