On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards saw Childish Gambino win big with This is America for both Record and Song of the Year, and Kasey Musgraves for Album of the Year.When she finally sang her own song, New York, it became ... unforgettable.Janelle Monáe head-bopped her way to the top of this list with her army of women in space-themed suits Michael Jackson would have been proud of.Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug, Arturo Sandoval -- HavanaHow to open the biggest music awards show?Camila Cabello did just that, with a big dance crew and Young Thug, Ricky Martin, J Balvin and legendary Arturo Sandoval on trumpet solo playing her hit song.
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With awards season now in full swing, it’s time for stars from the music world to start getting in on the act, with the celebrities swarming to Los Angeles on Sunday night, for this year’s Grammys.As ever, it was a star-studded affair, with the biggest names in the industry all arriving at the Staples Centre, but before the ceremony itself, there was the not-so-small matter of the red carpet.Loads of our faves posed up a storm for the photographers on their way into the event, including the host for the evening, Alicia Keys, who made sure to make an impression as she led the charge in her bright red gown.Elsewhere, chart-topping British singer and Best New Artist contender Dua Lipa was also snapped on the red carpet, alongside Album Of The Year Janelle Monáe, dressed as elaborately as we’ve come to expect from her, and Cardi B, who took up plenty of space in her show-stopping outfit, to match her larger-than-life personality.But it wasn’t just the women who caught our attention on the red carpet.Two-time nominee Shawn Mendes kept it classic in a navy suit, while producer Mark Ronson, who was recognised for his work on the A Star Is Born soundtrack as well as his work with Sin City, took a monochrome approach in his black-and-white ensemble.
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Last year's show took place in New York City, but the 61st annual Grammy Awards will find music's biggest stars back in the City of Angels this Sunday, Feb. 10.Alicia Keys, recipient of 15 Grammys, is set to host for the first time.Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations; he's up for eight awards for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, and H.E.R each grabbed five nominations.The following artists are slated to perform: Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.And to help celebrate her 75th birthday and her musical accomplishments and contributions, Diana Ross will perform.
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At 36-years-old, I now know I am a worthy person who deserves to take up space in a room, be heard, and share my ideas with the world.Now that I have worked with many young females, I know that this lack of self-confidence and desire to please are common traits among us.I noticed only men were leading the agency and, thus, the meetings and conversations.I saw women rated on “hotness,” women told to get dinner for creatives, women keeping quiet in meetings and only taking notes.That will be our biggest triumph.With C-suite bright spots and winds of change, females are clearly making moves to the top in advertising.
2018 has been a vintage year for brilliant TV and classy tunes.Picked by Ash Percival, Entertainment EditorCast your mind back to when it was about 30 degrees outside and the nation was gripped by the action of Jack, Dani, Megan, Laura, Adam and co.And who could forget the moment when Josh walked back into the villa coupled up with Kaz?!Album: ‘Bloom’ - Troye SivanPicked by Daniel Welsh, Entertainment Reporter
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If you fancy yourself well-informed, then Google’s got the game for you.In addition to its usual ‘Year in Search’ video, it’s also released a ‘Game of the Year’ quiz to test just how well you remember what did (or didn’t) trend in 2018.There are 20 questions total per game, as well as bonus rounds, a point system, and three lives before you lose.As of this writing, I have not made it all the way to the end, because many of the questions relate to things I completely forgot even happened this year.Like, apparently the term Laurel was searched more than Yanny, because that whole Laurel and Yanny thing happened this year.There are questions regarding the designers behind Meghan Markle’s wedding attire (there was more than one?)
Welcome to Marwen is a rare kind of film nowadays: It's filled with gorgeous CGI effects, yet it's refreshingly not a superhero movie, a film that takes place among the stars or an animated tale.Instead it's based on the real story of Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely beaten outside a New York bar in 2000 in an attack that led to severe memory loss.Director Robert Zemeckis essentially merges two movies.One re-creates Hogancamp's life, featuring Steve Carrell in a solid performance as the amnesiac trauma victim who struggles to push forward since the attack.The other centers on Marwen, Hogancamp's World War II-era toy village, where Carrell's doll counterpart Hoagie is the one man leading an all-woman army, with each character based on a woman from his life.The overambitious combination doesn't always work, though, as the two stories feel compressed, giving the illustrious cast featuring Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Mann, Eiza González, Merritt Wever and Leslie Zemeckis very little development time in either doll or non-doll form.
I didn’t understand the Apple HomePod, when it launched six months ago.It just seemed like Apple’s weird attempt at showing Amazon and Google that it could make speakers too.This thing is still incredibly overpriced, and AirPlay is so good it almost makes the HomePod worth it.You can pair multiple speakers together and stream the exact same thing – whether it be audio from your laptop or music from Spotify – to every AirPlay device.Now, you can pair the HomePod up with other speakers, including existing Sonos systems, and create a multi-room audio oasis.It lacks the detail and midrange that I’d prefer for classical music, but the Apple smart speaker plays stuff like Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” with a bass-heavy liveliness that I love.
You’ve probably heard of the Global Citizen Festival, the annual free (but ticketed) music festival held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.It’s organized by Global Citizen, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030.The partners also announced this year’s lineup, which includes Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B and Janelle Monae.John Legend will give a special guest performance at the event, and Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will host the event, held this year on Sept. 29.Citi has worked with Global Citizen since the first festival took place in 2012, so the news is simply a continuation of the duo’s ongoing relationship.“For us the partnership is so powerful and longstanding, simply because we have a shared goal.
Bustle Digital Group is joining a number of other publications getting into the experiential events business.The digital publication will host an event, called Rule Breakers, scheduled to take place Sept. 22 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.The day-long event, produced by Flavorpill, will feature group meditation, roller skating and food vendors at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside in the park, along with performances by Janelle Monáe, the duo Sofi Tukker, DJ Samantha Ronson and Va$htie.“It’s both inspiring and fun at the same time, which is what we try to accomplish at Bustle,” said Bustle Digital Group editor in chief Kate Ward.Bustle has recently revamped its digital presence, including pulling coverage together and packaging it in digital issues to mirror what readers might see in print.Sponsors of the event will include HP Inc., 1850 by Folgers, Fossil, Visa and Sony Pictures’ film The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
In March, Spotify and the creative collective Saturday Morning launched Black History Is Happening Now with a central purpose: to encourage a yearlong celebration of the cultural and historical influence of African Americans.The multimedia campaign aims to amplify stories centering on the black experience through video, podcasts and music, which will all showcase on the streaming platform.Award-winning artist, songwriter and actress Janelle Monáe helped roll out the initiative as its first featured artist, handpicking a number of playlists that outlined her musical influences and starring in a short video about her love of Afrofuturism.For the second volume, Spotify and Saturday Morning have enlisted the help of Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams as their next curator.Williams’ Black History Is Happening Now hub includes three short videos directed by his longtime collaborator and Prettybird cofounder, Paul Hunter.The clips—titled “Pharrell is Black History,” “A Very Serious Force” and “Something Awakening”—highlight his perspective on the impact of black culture, the historic power of black women and the resilience of the human condition.
Following the release of ‘Dirty Computer,’ her brand new visual-concept album (defined as an ‘EMOTION PICTURE’ – think Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade,’) she has recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, coming out to the world as Pansexual for the first time.But what does it mean for us when a celebrity comes out as queer - especially the kind of queer that maybe not everyone is so au fait with?From what we can see, Monáe’s admission has certainly made an impact.According to Junkee.com, online searches for the term ‘Pansexual’ rose by 11,000% following release of the Rolling Stone interview.The more people that can understand what it means to be queer in any way, shape or form, the more we can create tolerance and acceptance in a world where, in reality, everyone just wants to be loved.But having someone such as Monáe flying the flag for Pan identities seems like the most perfect fit.
More Developments in the Michael Cohen SagaWhat Happened: The legal troubles of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen continued last week, as everyone continued to speculate about what was going to happen.What Really Happened: It all started—or, really, continued, as this story has been ongoing for some time—with a New York Times story about the potential limits of Cohen’s loyalty to Trump, which quoted sources suggesting that, while Cohen is a loyal friend to the president, it’s never been a relationship that’s gone both ways.As this Twitter tirade gained attention from an incredulous media—just the number of on-the-record interviews Maggie Haberman has had with Trump shows that he’s not being honest about never talking to her—more people started to focus on the obvious question at the heart of all this anxiety: Would Cohen actually flip on Trump?There was all kinds of speculation on the topic, as well as one obvious point that some people didn’t seem to be considering on the matter.Sure, that’s certainly one way to get out of the whole “will he/won’t he” flip situation.
Nearly a century ago, the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote one of his most abiding works, “We Wear the Mask.” Much of the poem’s heat springs from its opening stanza, which plays like a confession eager to break free.Of the disguise so many black Americans choose to wear, he writes: “It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes / This debt we pay to human guile / With torn and bleeding hearts we smile.” Conspicuously enough, the poem is about the price of false identities, of the veils people graft onto themselves out of fright, or survival, or merely cowardice.In a batch of recent interviews, the Kansas-born, Baptist-reared chanteuse confessed to fearing judgment if she abandoned the android persona—a guise many people believed had become a convenient cover for her rumored sexuality as a queer woman.“I felt like I didn’t really have to be her,” Monáe says of herself in the New York Times Magazine, “because they were fine with Cindi.”Over time, Cindi came to represent a rejection of a more open, fluid womanhood fans hoped Monáe might tap into.Her acting roles, in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, portrayed a vulnerability and gentle fire that her music decidedly sidestepped; the disparity made her musical self feel more engineered, aesthetically and emotionally.
Janelle Monae has opened up about her sexuality, revealing she identifies as pansexual.The singer and actress silenced fan speculation by saying she considers herself to be a “free-ass motherfucker” during an interview with Rolling Stone.Janelle, who had not previously defined her sexuality, said: “Being a black queer woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women, I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”Presley Ann via Getty ImagesThe ‘Hidden Figures’ star admitted she originally thought she was bisexual until she began learning more about pansexuality, which is defined as attraction to people, regardless of their specific gender identity.“Later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am,” she said.
Friends, humans, rapidly-evolving robots, the time has finally come: Westworld Season 2 is here.After nearly 17 months, HBO’s futuristic thriller about a theme park where the rich can live out their Wild West fantasies with android “hosts” finally returns on Sunday.At the end of the first season, it seemed as though some of the hosts were starting to gain more agency than robots are supposed to have (or were they?)In anticipation of the Season 2 debut, WIRED got together some of our biggest Westworld aficionados to hash out our hopes and dreams for the second season.I know she’s been busy making “emotion pictures” with Janelle Monáe and ruling the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Ragnarok, but Westworld still needs her.He's the bridge between the two worlds, being both a host and a sort-of human, and I feel like he will have to pick a side if a battle were to arise.
From dresses to jackets, crimson dominated the catwalk during International Fashion Weeks.Valentino, a designer with a penchant for this colour, would’ve been proud to see how consistently it showed up in ‘street styles’ pre his Autumn/Winter catwalk show.
Bruno Mars was the big winner on the night, taking home all six of the awards he was nominated for, including Album Of The YearKendrick Lamar was close behind him with five, while Jay-Z went home empty-handed, despite being the night’s most nominated artistSadly, the vast majority of this year’s winners were men, with only a handful of women taking home awards, including Best New Artist Alessia Cara and Rihanna, for her contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s track ‘LOYALTY.’James Corden returned as presenter once again and was… exactly as you’d expect, to be honestThe ‘Time’s Up’ movement was alluded to on a few occasions, but it was Janelle Monáe who referred to it explicitly when she introduced Kesha to the stageKesha’s powerful version of ‘Praying’ was the performance of the night, with special mentions going to Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, who sang ‘Finesse’ with Cardi B
Beside him, a rocket ship stands in the courtyard of a disused razor-blade factory in suburban southwest London.Surrounded by dirt and rocks, the ship is illuminated by spotlights that pierce the predawn air.It's the hottest day of the year so far and Cranston is crammed into a spacesuit, with a cooling vest to keep him comfortable.Cranston also appears in the episode Human Is, originally published in 1955 as part of pulp sci-fi magazine Startling Stories.The plot is typical of Dick's work: the strains of human nature pushed to the limit by sci-fi dystopias.They inhabit separate bedrooms in circular, concrete bunkers made liveable by art-deco accents.
For a spectacularly styled fashion magazine cover, look no further than the May issue of Marie Claire, hitting newsstands April 18.All five “Fresh Faces” covers are notable for the wardrobe selections, especially the one featuring singer-songwriter and Moonlight actress Janelle Monáe.Her thoughts in the accompanying feature about women earning their proper due in the 21st century are equally sizzling:“People have to start respecting the vagina.Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex.You don’t deserve to be in my presence.
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