Whitney Houston may be gone, but her musical legacy grows stronger as those who loved her — both as an artist and a person — honor her memory. The day following Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance of “I Will Always Love You”
at the Grammy Awards, Aretha Franklin paid tribute to her goddaughter by performing a sweet, soulful rendition of “I Will Always Love You” while appearing at a private concert in North Carolina. And country singer LeAnn Rimes covered Whitney’s ballad — all the while fighting back tears — during a performance in Reno. Watch both tributes below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Things are starting to look up for Britney Spears and her fiancé, Jason Trawick. The conservatorship that was placed on the singer’s finances in 2008 will soon be lifted, and it’s rumored that her wedding will take place in Maui on Valentine’s Day. C’est romantique! [Pop Crush]
:: You know who won’t be getting married on Valentine’s Day? Aretha Franklin. Just weeks after announcing her engagement to beau Willie Wilkerson, the Queen of Soul released a statement saying they won’t be tying the knot any time soon. Reportedly, the singer thought the relationship was moving too quickly. [ONTD]
:: Rihanna has toppled Lady Gaga as the most viewed artist on YouTube. Fear not Little Monsters, Gaga is only 24 million views behind the “You Da One” songstress. [MTV]
:: Demi Lovato is taking her own advice and giving her heart a break from Twitter. After a set of cryptic tweets about her relationship with Wilmer Valderrama, the tattooed singer wondered: “Who allows me to have this thing anyways?!!! I just get myself in trouble!” [Celebuzz]
:: Have Rihanna and Chris Brown found love — again — in a hopeless place? Even though Chris has been a rude boy in the past (and currently has a girlfriend), sources say the two are involved in a secret love affair. [E! Online]
After the jump, find out which acts you can find on the tube today.
We’ve survived the Rapture
, we’ve enjoyed Alpocolypse
, but it seems our day of judgment has finally arrived. Carmageddon
, as it’s been nicknamed due to the closure of the vital 405 freeway, will be descending upon LA at midnight tonight and lasting for the next 53 painful hours. As Los Angelenos prepare for the worst traffic in the notoriously gridlocked city’s history by planning alternate routes or stocking up on supplies to stay in all weekend
(house party, y’all) we’ve decided to pitch in with our very own Survival Playlist. Jump below for odes to alternate forms of transportation to get you through till Monday.
magazine’s Women In Music issue hits stands on April 12. Whether you opt for the Robyn
or Gwen Stefani
cover, inside both special editions are some fab photos of a few of our favorite women in pop, as well as music legends Stevie Nicks and Aretha Franklin. Flip through to check out “21st Century Girl”
Willow Smith sparing with a punching bag in a custom-made tutu, Jennifer Hudson lounging on a park bench in a smashing black wrap dress, Florence Welch hanging out with a can of diet Coke and even more of music’s leading ladies.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards aren’t just about who wins what or what everyone’s wearing — or incubating inside of — it’s about the performances. Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, and several other talented ladies kicked off the night with a diva-tastic tribute to Aretha Franklin, and no, no one rearranged the Queen of Soul’s lyrics… although they were mumbled beyond comprehension. Tap into our live blog commenting on the festivities, and check out all the performances after the jump! We’ll be updating throughout the night as they air.
The day of the 53rd Grammy Awards is finally here, and we’re live-blogging all the pop action
, spectacular performances
and general musical mayhem
below the jump. Give yourself a refresh on the nominees up for golden statues this time around right here
. All week long we threw out our thoughts on who will
win and who should
win in several areas tonight—Album
and Record Of The Year
, Best New Artist
and all the Pop categories
. Will our predictions come true? Should we have our noggins examined by an analyst ASAP? Whatever the case may be, make sure you follow our live blog below! And we promise that if you bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the sass.
Did You Hear?
:: Christina Aguilera will allegedly open the Grammys (alongside Jennifer Hudson) with a tribute to Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul, who recently suffered an unspecificied illness and underwent surgery, will appear in a pre-recorded segment from her home in Detroit. Xtina, you may want to give the lyrics one last look before the show starts. [Rap-Up]
:: Gwyneth Paltrow will be singing Prince’s “Kiss” when she returns as Holly Holiday on the March 8 episode of Glee. Hopefully she’ll also wear Prince’s outfit from the video. [Vulture]
:: The Lollapalooza rumors have begun — Eminem, Foo Fighters and Muse will allegedly headline the Chi-Town music fest, though there won’t be any official word til April. [Consequence Of Sound]
:: Justin Bieber has the cure to your Bieber fever, and it isn’t more cowbell. It’s a tongue-in-cheek song called “Dr. Bieber.” [MTV Buzzworthy]
:: T-Pain is tweeting his album away. His voice sounds like a computer, he may as well use a computer to distribute his music. [EW Music Mix]
After the jump, find out which music acts are performing on the tube today.
Although she didn’t specify what ailments she had, Aretha Franklin told Access Hollywood that the reports of her having pancreatic cancer
, or any type of cancer at all, are false. “I went through a number of procedures before I knew what was wrong,” said the Queen of Soul. “I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said [pancreatic cancer]… No one in my family ever said that to anybody.” If there’s any good news to feeling ill at all, it’s getting a Get Well Soon message from Obama. “I got a wonderful and beautiful letter from the President. And nobody does it like him!” [Access Hollywood]
After undergoing an unspecified surgery last week, it has been announced that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has cancer. According to Fox News
, a close relative of the legendary singer says her family is very concerned, though they also say she is doing “OK.” The National Enquirer
reports that Franklin has pancreatic cancer, though that remain to be confirmed. We’ll be saying a little prayer for you, Aretha. [Hip-Hop Wired
The return of UK band OMD—aka Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark—just might be one of the best bits of news we’ve heard in Music Land in months! Sure, we’ve all geeked out to their classic Pretty In Pink
soundtrack jam “If You Leave,”
but these guys were also responsible for at least a dozen other influential, shimmery synth-pop singles throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Head below to hear “Save Me,” their new mashup with Aretha Franklin.