Beyonce sent chills across America on Monday afternoon when she sang a gorgeous rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of thousands of spectators, including of course, the POTUS, FLOTUS, First Fam — as well as a handfull of other big names including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kelly Clarkson & more!
I’ve already watched the performance like 20x! It’s THAT good!
It seems like just yesterday Kelly Clarkson was honored with the title of the first American Idol. Now ten years later, the star’s single “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” has surpassed Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” and has become the top selling single by an American Idol Contestant EVER!
According to the Hollywood reporter, Clarkson’s hit has officially sold 3,510,000 to Underwood’s 3,509,000 in single sales. “Stronger” was in the number 1 spot on the The Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Kelly also tops Carrie in terms of overall single downloads, 24.1 million to 22.535 million, but Carrie is still ahead when it comes to total album sales. Carrie has sold 13.205 million to Kelly‘s 11.664 million.
Although we love them both, this is a big moment for Kelly! CONGRATS!
Although we have all heard the song many times, Clarkson and Farol made it their own with interesting harmonies and haunting vocals. Kelly never ceases to amaze us and as expected put on a fabulous performance.
On the show Duets, celebrity singers are paired with amateurs and they sing for the judges. Last night’s episode, the third of the season, was titled “Finding Inspiration.”
What do you guys think of their version!?
On the last and final episode of “Speaking Of” (on Music Choice on-demand) for 2011, MJ was heating up the red carpet at the annual OUT100 Awards and Z-100 Jingle Ball in NYC and bringing you along for the ride as his “Plus 1!”
At the annual OUT100 Awards in New York City, Micah Jesse caught up with funnywoman Kathy Griffin, singer Adam Lambert, talk show host Wendy Williams, and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, all of whom were honored for being visionaries and supporters of the LGBT community.
Then it was on the annual Z-100 Jingle Ball, presented by Aeropostale, where MJ caught up with a dazzling Khloe Kardashian Odom, David Guetta, LMFAO frontman Travie McCoy, newbies Karmin and “New Years Eve” actress Abigail Breslin about everything from New Years plans and resolutions, to, of course, music!
Are y’all ready for “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul”?
The exciting new lineup of talented performers has been announced and it’s quite impressive!
And, if that’s not enough The Roots will also be in the house!
The concert will pay tribute to great cities of Soul Music such as Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia.
Soul Music has greatly effected the 21st Century and who better to pay tribute to the genre than some of the most distinguished singers in the business? Performances are set to air on December 19th, 9pm and will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. This edition of ‘VH1 Divas’, like those before it will benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Ruh-roh! Sorry, we’re a day late! From the Hamptons to Hollywood – here’s were your favorite stars were *last* week!
George Clooney arrived hand-in-hand with rumored girlfriend Stacy Keibler to the 49th Annual New York Film Festival & Fox Searchlight Pictures screening of “The Descendants” in NYC, both baring big smiles on their faces.
Heidi Klum was joined by husband Seal as the pair took their little one to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Los Angeles. The couple were all smiles as they strolled around the grounds in search of the perfect pumpkin!
Kendra Wilkinson enjoyed a boat cruise around Australia’s Sydney Harbor with her mom this week. The 26-year-old used her time on the water to get a front row look at the areas most coveted landmarks!
Lauren Conrad paid a visit to a local salon in West Hollywood, CA this week. The former “Hills” hottie looked stylish in a white sleeveless top with a black and blue floor-length skirt as she excited the place of beauty following a refreshing mani-pedi treatment.
Kim Kardashian stepped out for the grand opening of Millions Of Milkshakes at the Dubai Mall this week. Tweeting about the evening plans- which were the main reason for the overseas adventure- Kim wrote to her millions of followers, “About to head out to the Dubai Mall, who is there?”
Nicole Richie was front and center at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Thursday night. Dressed in a cute black frock, the former “Simple Life” star joined fellow guests including president and CEO of FFANY Joseph Moore and Global president of GVC Mike George with partaking in the 18th Annual QVC ‘FFANY Shoes On Sale’ soiree.
Preggers’ Hillary Duff made her way to The Grove in Los Angeles, CA this week! The starlet took the west coast shopping center to partake in an interview session with Mario Lopez for the entertainment news program “Extra”.
Making their way through the Big Apple, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz were spotted hand-in-hand in NYC this week. The on-and-off screen couple looked every bit in love as the tended to their dialy duties, breezing by the paparazzi!
Stepping out for a lovely evening, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attended SBIFF’s 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The “Wall Street” star was actually the guest of honor at the Bitmore Four Seasons shindig!
Audrina Patridge attended the premeire of THQ’s “Saints Row: The Third” in Los Angeles. Showing off her physique, the former “Hills” hottie turned heads on the events purple carper, wearing a body-hugging one-shoulder black dress and leather boots!
Eva Longoria was spotted leaving a local gas station after loading up on a few boxes of Excedrin headache medicine in Los Angeles. Perhaps Eva had a little too much fun earlier in the week! The “Desperate Housewives” star looked cute in an all black ensemble and flats as she casually walked out of the Chevron with the meds and a cup of coffee!
Kourtney Kardashian was spotted out with her boy Mason in NYC this week! The E! reality television starlet carried her little guy as they left the Moomah Café, looking stylish in a black jacket, white top, and black trousers with knee-high boots!
Lady Gaga didn’t disappoint as she exited her NYC hotel to a crowed of awaiting paparazzi! Making her way back to Harlem to continue work on her “Marry the Night” music video, the Mother Monster was wearing a black hat with a complete lace face cover with a large black trench and platform pumps!
Looking to have enjoyed her lunch date, Jennifer Garner was all smiles for the cameras while out and about in sunny Brentwood, California. Having just left from grabbing a dish at Tavern Restaurant, the expectant mama showed off her classy style, wearing a black sweater, leather shoulder bag a-line skirt and a pair of pumps.
Ashlee Simpson and Vincent Piazza were spotted out to lunch in LA this week! The new couple walked arm-in-arm while paparazzi swarmed nearby. The two seemed to be enjoying each others company as the two were all smiles exiting.
Kelly Clarkson was spotted arriving at her hotel in NYC this week! The “I Do Not Hook Up” songstress smiled for the cameras as she strolled inside, sporting a makeup-free complexion and ponytail.
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr were spotted at Heathrow International Airport in London, England this week. The cute pair carried their son Flynn while waiting to aboard!
The kind-hearted, Angelina Jolie was busy this week paying a visit to Misrata, Libya. The U.N. Goodwill Ambassador was photographed meeting patients at a local hospital while in the country to help agencies bringing aids to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and boyfriend Jionni Lavalle hit up STK in New York City early this week to celebrate one year of being together! Sticking close by each other’s side, the “Jersey Shore” starlet looked great in a red satin dress and black strappy heel’s as the two lovebirds headed out for her Big Apple evening.
Missed the iHeartRadio Music Festival over the weekend?
MJ was in the house and on the red carpet backstage at the MGM Resort and “peach picked” these five photos until our video footage is ready for your viewing pleasure.
The music fest, which was dubbed “the biggest live music event in radio,” was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and brought out some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Sting, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Rascal Flatts, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Sublime with Rome and Jeff Beck.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival weekend was filled with exclusive performances from a star-infused lineup, with many special guest attendees and presenters including Emmy and Grammy Award winning superstar Justin Timberlake (who introduced Lady Gaga); Twilight’s Ashley Greene; Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson and others.
Video footage from the red carpet coming soon!
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