Prince, sporting an afro straight from his “For You” era, closed out the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on ABC last night (May 19) in royal fashion and as only he could – accepting the trade magazine’s Icon award with a performance, not a speech.
His Royal Badness, 54, rocked a ’60s look Woodstock look, complete with round sunglasses and a fringed jacket, as he began the set with a new arrangement of his 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Backing him was his new all-female band and protégés 3rd Eye Girl.
He then used the Edgar Winter Group’s classic riff from “Frankenstein” to move into his new rock song, “FIXURLIFEUP,” part of a new album rumored to be titled “Plectrum Electrum.”
Watch below (before Prince’s people get wind and take it down).
Musician Prince and Bass Player Ida Nielson of 3rd Eye Girl perform onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Tyler Perry’s new promo for the launch of his new OWN series is a hilarious mash up of his popular ‘Madea’ who is in search of Oprah’s “The Color Purple” ‘Sofia” (see it below).
The actor and producer and filmmaker and whatever else he’s got under his belt, is set to push two original shows for OWN, “The Haves and the Have Nots” along with “Love Thy Neighbor.” Both will premiere on May 28 and 29.
In conjunction, Oprah’s exclusive interview with Tyler on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air on May 26.
A press release for the network’s upcoming events reveals that immediately following the “Next Chapter” chat, it’s off to Atlanta for “Tyler Perry Comes to OWN: Behind The Scenes,” a backstage peek at Perry’s studios and a look inside the “Perry process.”
In addition to all the wonderful excitement, the two have something else to celebrate.
Tyler’s new collection of series happen to be the first sitcoms the network has seen since it’s 2011 launch.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” will follow the lives the wealthy Cryer family and their maid, Hanna, while the comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” will channel “Alice” at a family-owned neighborhood restaurant called Love Train Diner.
“Love Thy Neighbor” is based the Mama Hattie character from Perry’s plays, while “The Haves and the Have Nots” is based on Perry’s 2011 musical play of the same name.
Last night, vocal powerhouse Candice Glover walked away as the winner of this year’s “American Idol” competition.
While much of the season was marred in controversies surrounding the panel of celebrity judges, there was still a winner to be crowned and that turned out to be South Carolina native Candice Glover. After auditioning for 3 years for the talent show, Candice finally saw her dreams come true in winning the competition.
Candice is the first woman to win “Idol” since Jordin Sparks took home the prize in 2007. And in another first, right after she was announced as the winner last night, Candice’s debut album immediately became available for pre-order on iTunes.
The album, titled Music Speaks, will be released on 19/Interscope Records on July 16 and will feature Candice’s first single, which she performed last night for the second time, “I Am Beautiful.” Take a listen to it below.
The woman resisted Iyanla Vanzant’s life advice and questioned her motives, offered a few tips to former fellow reality star NeNe Leakes, and updated viewers on Chateau Sheree during a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen.
It was an interesting conversation.
She totally dismissed Iyanla as a life coach, saying the whole thing was a set up. Does this sound familiar?
“I really didn’t learn anything from Iyanla; it actually went in a whole different direction than what I was told,” she said. “I was really misled.”
Sheree and her ex-husband Bob Whitfield, were set to get some advice and reconciliation tools during their session with the OWN life coach. But not much really came of the meeting.
“What I did take out of it… just me growing and that I can’t control other people’s actions. I can only react, and I choose to do my thing,” said Sheree.
And as far as her dream home, it’s a work in progress not to rush.
“Chateau Sheree needs its own show,” joked Sheree. “I’m still working on it. It takes time. It takes time. I’m not rushing. It’s going to be right.”
It’s been two years since Sheree first started the project and it’s still not complete. “Married to Medicine” star, Toya Bush-Harris offered to purchase the spot, but Sheree is relentless and wants that house built.
As far as her relationship with NeNe, don’t expect that to be better any time soon.
It seems these TV divas won’t be friends… ever! However Sheree doesn’t plan to get involved with NeNe’s negativity.
“I don’t understand why you feel the need to continue to talk about me because I’m not talking about you,” she said. “I don’t think about you.”
The first trailer has been released for “The Best Man Holiday,” writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s followup to his 1999 hit “The Best Man.”
Starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall, the film picks up when the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays and discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
“The Best Man Holiday” is set to hit theaters on November 15.
“I’ve been wanting this all of my life, so it feels great,” a beaming Candice Glover told The Hollywood Reporter after “American Idol’s” top three results show on Thursday.
Still, the 23-year-old St. Helena Island, South Carolina native said she’d spent weeks “practicing my songs for when I get cut. … Just because you have a good week, doesn’t mean nobody else did. You can’t just be, like, ‘I did good — I’m going through.”
But Glover had a very good week, giving another performance that will likely go down in “Idol” history as one of the best ever. [Scroll down to watch.] Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison had to perform three songs each – a judge’s choice, Jimmy Iovine’s selection and a song chosen by producers. Glover was solid on all three, but it was her rendition of producer’s choice “Somewhere” that brought the house down. Judge Keith Urban said whoever doesn’t vote for Candice after that performance doesn’t have a pulse.
In fact, Candice – her own worst critic – may have been the only person with a pulse who was notimpressed by her performance.
“I didn’t like any of them, to be honest,” she told reporters after the broadcast. “I’m a perfectionist and I can always find something that I could’ve done better.”
It made for a somber, reflective Thursday morning, as Glover explained: “I woke up and I was, like, ‘Today is a crucial day, but no matter what, you got to the top three. That’s not bad. So make sure you don’t be crawling all over the stage crying if you go home tonight. It’s OK.’ I gave myself the talk, if you go home, it’s all right. … So I was definitely surprised. Did you see me run?”
At the same time, Glover says she was equally thrown to learn that Angie Miller was being sent home. “I was shocked because I was going through this whole thing, like, ‘Angie is going to win. She has an amazing voice, she has the personality.’ … I’m gonna miss her so much because she brought the sunshine. She’s taught me how to be more energetic and more into what I’m doing. She’s super talented and will be at the top of the charts by next year.”
Glover had equally warm things to say about Kree Harrison, who she said was “also amazing.”
Less than a week from the finale, Glover is planning to dive into her songs for the big season closer. “I’m mentally and musically preparing myself and digging deep into my songs,” she said. But first: “I need eight hours of sleep.”
Watch Candice’s performance of “Somewhere” below. Scroll down to see the footage of her trip home.