The BET Awards Had Multiple Prince Tributes, and a Surprise Beyoncé Performance
The “BET Awards” set a high bar for Prince tributes after they publicly dissed Madonna’s at the “Billboard Music Awards” last month. So, did they deliver? Well, they definitely hit the mark on quantity. Instead of one epic tribute, there were seven performances, which were first introduced by Dave Chappelle. It all began with Erykah Badu singing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”, then Bilal did a performance of “The Beautiful Ones”. Both were backed by The Roots.
Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly did “Take Me with U” from “Purple Rain”. For some reason, Stevie was playing a tiny keyboard called a harpejji, which some people said looked more like a court stenographer’s machine.
Then Stevie switched over to a more conventional synthesizer, and Jennifer Hudson came out for “Purple Rain”, which she nailed. Although, some people thought her take was a little too “Showgirls”.
Maxwell performed his song “Lake By the Ocean”, but then went into “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and changed the lyrics to, quote, “It’s been 7 hours and 66 days since you took your music away. I went to the record store, Apple, Spotify too, and they told me ‘Boy you’d better try to make some music, which you can’t do . . . ’cause Prince is the truth!”
Janelle Monae sang a medley that featured “Delirious”, “Kiss”, “Pop Life”, and “I Would Die 4 U”.
Then, Sheila E. closed it out with a high-energy performance that included “Housequake”, “Erotic City”, “Let’s Work”, “U Got the Look”, “A Love Bizarre”, “The Glamorous Life”, “America”, and “Baby I’m a Star”.
D’Angelo was supposed to team up with Sheila E., but for some reason he didn’t show. When a fan asked why he wasn’t onstage on Twitter, Questlove said, “Not gonna happen.” He didn’t elaborate, and D’Angelo hasn’t commented.
On top of all this, Beyoncé opened the show with an electric performance of “Formation”. She was joined by Kendrick Lamar.
Beyoncé also won four awards, including Video of the Year. Her mom Tina accepted that award for her, and said Beyoncé had to leave early to catch a flight.
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Adele Burped in a Fan’s Face
Adele performed at Britain’s Glastonbury festival on Saturday, and during her show she brought a girl named Maria onstage. Maria held up her phone to take a selfie with Adele. Adele said she could hold it, and then she burped. Chances are, no one would’ve known, except maybe Maria, but Adele yelled, quote, “Oh my God, I just burped!” She hugged Maria, helped her Brexit the stage, and explained her burp saying, quote, “I had a dirty burger before I came on, that’s why.” Get more here.
In His New Video, Kanye is Naked in Bed with Kim, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Taylor Swift
Kanye West unveiled the video for “Famous” on Friday night in front of 8,000 people at the L.A. Forum. And it caused a pretty big stir. Because if features a very realistic portrayal of Kanye in a huge bed with 11 other celebrities. And they’re all naked and asleep. His bed mates are George W. Bush, “Vogue” editor Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bill Cosby. As you probably know, the song’s lyrics include the controversial line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that [B-word] famous.” It’s also interesting that he put both his and Kim’s exes in there: Amber Rose for him, and Kim’s sex tape co-star Ray J. “Famous” is supposed to be exclusively on Tidal for a week, meaning most of us will have to wait until this weekend to see it.
The image was inspired by, or copied from if you want to be less charitable, a 2008 painting called “Sleep”. Kanye told “Vanity Fair” that he’s not making a judgement on anyone in the video, it’s just, quote, “a comment on fame.” As real as they all look, it’s obvious that most of these people wouldn’t have agreed to lay in bed naked for this video. But so far the only official denial has come from Dubya. His rep said, quote, “In case there was any doubt, that is not President Bush. He is in much better shape.”
Chris Brown also made it pretty obvious he had nothing to do with it when he Tweeted, quote, “Why I gotta have the plumbers butt / crack showing WAX figure? This [N-word] KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy.” The paparazzi caught up to Kanye on Saturday and asked him if the models were real, and he said, quote, “Can’t give away the magic, bro.” Here’s that video. Also on Saturday, Kanye seemed to be antsy about the lack of attention he was getting, because he Tweeted, quote, “Can somebody sue me already? #I’llwait.” He has since deleted that one. Get more here.
Jay Leno Rides in a 2500 HP Car, And the Driver Crashes It
Jay Leno rode in a 2,500 horsepower car for the TV premiere of his show “Jay Leno’s Garage” and the driver rolled it. The driver is Bob Riggle. He’s 80 years old now, and he’s been doing stunts in that same car for 50 years. “Garage” has been a web series for a while now, but on Wednesday it will switch over to CNBC. Get more here.
Match Game is Back with Alec Baldwin as Host
Last night the new version of Match Game premiered, with new host Alec Baldwin. You may be too young to remember the orginial show hosted by Gene Rayburn, it premiered in 1962. The show was cancelled and revived five times, this latest run being the sixth. The game features contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, with the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists. Alec Baldwin assembled his own panel of celebrities, Rosie O’Donnell was on the show last night. There will be rotating celebrity guests including Ana Gasteyer, Edie Falco, and Isaac Mizrahi. Get more here.
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