Many members of Whitney Houston’s friends and family were able to pay their respects to the late singer during her “home going” service
in Newark, New Jersey this morning. Unfortunately, Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown and godmother Aretha Franklin were not able to fully participate. Though initial reports indicated that Brown was not welcome
at the memorial, he was invited
and attended — but only briefly, as he abruptly left shortly after the service began. And though Franklin was scheduled to perform
in tribute to her goddaughter, the singer never showed up. Find out what happened to both Brown and Franklin below. More »
The shadow cast by Whitney Houston’s death
made the 2012 Grammy Awards
feel a little colder, and the pop world at large a little darker. And though that tragedy loomed largest this week, there were other big developments too, and we’ve charted the ups and downs of Madonna, Usher, Nicki Minaj and others on our newest Pop & Fizz
graph. (Remember, we measure each artist or major news story according to their size (that’s Rank) and then we weigh how they’re faring overall in the pop zeitgeist (that’s Hype). Scroll below to see who made the cut this week.
This Saturday, Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin will reportedly pay tribute
to Whitney Houston by singing at the late music star
‘s funeral in Newark, New Jersey
. (Also said to be on tap for vocal duties at the service are BeBe and CeCe Winans.) Not only was 69-year-old Franklin the godmother of Whitney, the pair also recorded a duet together called “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be”, for Aretha’s 1989 album Through The Storm
Plans are underway for Whitney Houston’s funeral
, which will take place this Saturday in New Jersey. Aretha Franklin (who recently covered “I Will Always Love You”
in tribute to her goddaughter) will sing during the memorial, in a performance that will be streamed live online. Other attendees at Saturday’s invitation-only event include Whitney’s friend and mentor Clive Davis and Reverend Jesse Jackson, but the most notable absentee might be the star’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, who is reportedly not welcome. More »
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.