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With lots of big stars on hand showing Hollywood can do Broadway, ’80s rocker turned musical-maker Cyndi Lauper won her first Tony for “Kinky Boots” at the 67th Tony Awards. “I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple days for this speech,” Lauper said Sunday, picking…
Stars dazzled as they stepped out for Broadway’s biggest night on Sunday at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play
WINNER: Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Other nominees: Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy; Nathan Lane, The Nance; David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play
WINNER: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Other nominees: Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place; Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Holland Taylor, ANN
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
WINNER: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Other nominees: Bertie Carvel, Matilda: The Musical; Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Rob McClure, Chaplin; Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical
WINNER: Patina Miller, Pippin
Other nominees: Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Carolee Carmello, Scandalous; Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical; Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best revival of a play
WINNER: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Other nominees: Golden Boy; Orphans; The Trip to Bountiful
WINNER: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Other nominees: The Assembled Parties; Lucky Guy; The Testament of Mary
WINNER: Kinky Boots
Other nominees: Bring It On: The Musical; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Matilda The Musical
Best revival of a musical
Other nominees: Annie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play
WINNER: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Other nominees: Danny Burstein, Golden Boy; Richard Kind, The Big Knife; Billy Magnussen,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play
WINNER: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Other nominees: Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Judith Ivey, The Heiress; Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical
WINNER: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Other nominees: Charl Brown, Motown: The Musical; Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody; Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical
WINNER: Andrea Martin, Pippin
Other nominees: Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots; Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody; Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical
Best direction of a play
WINNER: Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Other nominees: Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy; George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best direction of a musical
WINNER: Diane Paulus, Pippin
Other nominees: Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots; Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical
Best book of a musical
WINNER: Matilda The Musical, Dennis Kelly
Other nominees: A Christmas Story, The Musical, Joseph Robinette; Kinky Boots, Harvey Fierstein ; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Douglas Carter Beane
Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater
WINNER: Kinky Boots, music & lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
Other nominees: A Christmas Story, The Musical, music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Hands on a Hardbody, music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics: Amanda Green; Matilda The Musical, music & lyrics: Tim Minchin
Best scenic design of a play
WINNER: John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Other nominees: Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties; David Rockwell, Lucky Guy; Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best scenic design of a musical
WINNER: Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical
Other nominees: Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Scott Pask, Pippin; David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best costume design of a play
WINNER: Ann Roth, The Nance
Other nominees: Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac; Albert Wolsky, The Heiress; Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best costume design of a musical
WINNER: William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Other nominees: Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots; Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical; Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
Best lighting design of a play
WINNER: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Other nominees: Donald Holder, Golden Boy; Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary; Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best lighting design of a musical
WINNER: Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Other nominees: Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots; Kenneth Posner, Pippin; Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best sound design of a play
WINNER: Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Other nominees: John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful; Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary; Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best sound design of a musical
WINNER: John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Other nominees: Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin; Peter Hylenski, Motown: The Musical; Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
WINNER: Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Other nominees: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical; Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical; Chet Walker, Pippin
WINNER: Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Other nominees: Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical; Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown: The Musical; Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Ming Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Career Transition For Dancers
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway — Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro
USA Today contributed to this report
Rob Zombie’s guitarist John 5 explains ‘ugly’ incident with Marilyn Manson at Detroit show (with video)
Photo courtesy of John-5.com DETROIT, MI – Rob Zombie’s top guitarist John 5, a 42-year-old Grosse Pointe native, didn’t hesitate Tuesday to explain what caused a rift between his boss and Marilyn Manson during a Detroit show last fall. John 5, whose real name is John William Lowery, didn’t beat…
Country music has been good to the rapper Nelly, and he’s back in Music City because of it.
Nelly will perform the crossover hit “Cruise” with country duo Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The imaginary, but once impenetrable, lines between American music genres are blurring more each day, and Nelly’s happy to serve as an eraser.
“Obviously our views today aren’t the same as our grandparents’, so when you look at the way the youth migrates and the way everything intertwines, the Internet has brought so many people together around the world in the same place at the same time,” said Nelly, who’s also scored a hit with Tim McGraw.
“Music was only in line to be integrated like that. It’s a beautiful thing because you want your kids to be multifaceted. You want your kids to experience a lot more than you did as a child,” he said. “So I welcome it. My kids are Taylor Swift fans. They love Florida Georgia Line. But they also love Lil Wayne.”
More than any of the legion of country music honors shows, the CMT Awards have helped push boundaries. Nelly’s not the first rapper to appear, and rockers like Lenny Kravitz, who will perform with co-host Jason Aldean, are common as well.
The fan-voted awards show will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Aldean hosts with actress Kristen Bell.
Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Luke Bryan lead with four nominations apiece. They’re among 10 nominees for top honor video of the year. Six finalists will be announced for the award at the top of the show and fans will vote for a winner at the network’s website during the broadcast. Voting in other categories has closed.
Aldean and Kenny Chesney are among the acts with three nominations.
The awards usually are overshadowed by performances, off-brand celebrity appearances and the occasional weird mashup.
Take Wednesday night’s announced kickoff segment. It will feature country heavyweights Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan and…Dr. Drew Pinsky, Kelsey Grammer, Lorraine Bracco and Vince Vaughn.
The network doesn’t describe what this unlikely group of eight will be doing together.
Underwood will pay tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes during the show. And Swift, Bryan, Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker also will perform. Presenters include Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, “Dancing with the Stars” winner Kellie Pickler, brothers Kevin and Michael Bacon and Lisa Marie Presley.
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Miley Cyrus is on top of the charts once again! The pop singer just released a new single and it has reached the top of the iTunes charts. She stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest to chat about it and all the things going on in her life. During the interview, she wore a pretty racy white outfit that…
The mother of Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars, 27, has died in Honolulu, Hawaii at Queens Medical Center, according to the Associated Press.
Bernadette Hernandez, 55, died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars’ label, there was no other information given.
Bernadette, a hula dancer and a singer immigrated from the Philippines and nurtured her son’s interest in music at an early age.
Mars — born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii was just 4 when he began performing in his family’s show as an Elvis impersonator.
Our prayers go out to the Mars’ family.
(Reuters) – Pop singer Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj will leave “American Idol” after just one season as judges on the singing contest show, following on the heels of longtime judge Randy Jackson who left amid a TV ratings slump.
“Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!” Minaj said on her Twitter page on Wednesday.
Carey’s departure was also announced on Twitter by her public relations firm PMK BNC, which said the singer “says goodbye 2 idol” as she prepared to embark on a world tour.
Carey, 43, joined the judging panel with Minaj, country singer Keith Urban and Jackson, a music producer, for the show’s 12th season.
Carey reportedly earned $18 million while Minaj’s salary was reported to be $12 million and Urban’s was at $8 million for the season.
Carey and Minaj, 30, grabbed headlines throughout the season for their on-camera arguments and off-camera feuding, with Carey saying in January that she had hired extra security following threats reportedly made against her by Minaj.
Despite the added star power of Carey, Minaj and Urban, the show’s ratings slumped to the lowest in 12 seasons, with the May 16 season finale of “Idol” drawing 14.2 million to see vocal powerhouse Candice Glover win the competition.
Fox released statements following the announcements of both judges.
“Mariah Carey is a true global icon – one of the most accomplished artists on the planet – and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season,” Fox said.
“Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to ‘American Idol’” and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best,” the network added after Minaj’s announcement.
Jackson announced this month he would not return to the show next season. It was unclear whether Urban would.
Pop singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler left “Idol” in 2012 after two seasons and used their increased visibility from the show to relaunch their music careers.
Fox, which is owned by News Corp, will also lose reality programming chief Mike Darnell, who said last week he would leave at the end of June. Darnell shepherded “American Idol” into a ratings juggernaut since its debut in 2002.
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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been subjected to rumors about marital strife, but now Shelton is opening up about their marriage and insisting he has nothing to hide.
During a Monday performance of “Irreplaceable” at Copenhagen’s Forum venue in Denmark, Beyonce, wearing a bedazzle bodysuit walked to the edge of the stage to greet fans and as she shook hands with a few concert-goers, one extremely happy male slapped her derriere as she walked away.
The mega star turned to the fan and said, “I will have you escorted out right now, all right?” Which can be seen and heard in footage on YouTube.
Beyonce or Sasha Fierce….not sure which one then sashayed away and continued singing.
Pretty sure her hubby Jay Z had a few choice words for the fan too.
The internet is abuzz with news that Andre 3000′s mother has been found dead in her suburban Georgia home. The sad news was just confirmed by Billboard, the multifaceted entertainer’s mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo has in fact passed away, a representative for Andre told the outlet.
Mrs. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo was the founder of The Starlight Camp for underprivileged children, which she ran out of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, GA — the church of her husband, Pastor Robert Hodo.
According to the reports, she was found dead in her Rex, Georgia home on what was her son’s 38th birthday.
“I hate this country,” Adam Levine said moments before Judith Hill AND Sarah Simmons were eliminated from his team. Talk about our thoughts exactly, Adam.
Hill, a one-time duet partner with Michael Jackson and a clear frontrunner in the competition was knocked off in a shocking final eight elimination round and a moment that made the three people sitting in my apartment yell “WHAT?!” at the TV.
Everyone looked like they’d just watched a kitten get run over when Carson Daly announced Holly Tucker as the final save of the night, sending the two Team Adam starlets packing.
Tonight showed us a few things: The country vote is incredibly strong. The fact that the Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery and Holly Tucker are all still in this competition (and didn’t split votes?!) is clear evidence of this.
America also loves quirky Michelle, despite her shortcomings in terms of vocal range and ability.
Heading into the final six performance it really could be anyone’s game. You’ve got to think Sasha is the front runner but at this point, why not Michelle? Why not Amber? Just please….please…not the Swon Brothers.
1. Sasha Allen
2. Danielle Bradbery
3. Amber Carrington
4. Michelle Chamuel
5. Holly Tucker
6. The Swon Brothers
Amber Rose stepped out with fiance Wiz Khalifa to the Billboard Music Awards last night. Dressed in a draping black dress with black strappy heels, Amber looked glamorous albeit a little more matronly than we’re used to. Nevertheless, Wiz and Amber cuddled and played on the blue carpet, then…
Second-year partnership includes user-generated music video and custom car giveaway Download image NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The love of cars and music come together again, as MediaCom announces the second year of partnership between Pennzoil® and country music superstar Tim McGraw. MediaCom…
Video News by NewsLook Singer Justin Bieber was badly booed at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, despite winning two awards on the night.
By Tawanda Cawthon
The 2013 Billboard Awards took off with a bang with NBC’s 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan at the helm, hosting the awards show. The funny man didn’t disappoint, cracking jokes on some of the nominees, presenters and whoever else that came into his view.
Taylor Swift walked away with eight awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.”
In her acceptance speech she said to the crowd, “you are the longest and best relationship I ever had.”
Touche’ Ms. Swift…
The singer topped her big night off with a colorful show stopping performance of her hit “22″ — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons, it was an epic performance.
R&B singer Miguel, too, had a show-stopping performance, though he seemed to kick a fan when he jumped over the crowd during a performance of his hit “Adorn.” The singer appeared to have landed part of his body on one girl, who walked away, and kicked another girl, who held her head low. Uh…that was very scary — praying for the injured fans. (check back for updates on this one.)
Bruno Mars and his band graced the stage in silky red suits mimicking the 70′s gold disco balls in all its glamor. Mars performed his new single, the upbeat and old-school flavored “Treasure.” A performance to be remembered…is all else I will say.
One of my favs Justin Bieber had three wins. When accepting the milestone award, he told the crowd, “I’m 19 years old; I think I’m doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick,” he said. “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken.”
Bieber performed with Will.i.am and solo when he sang “Take You” in leather pants, a leather vest and a black shirt that had one sleeve, as blue laser lights beamed.
Maroon 5 were also nominated for 11 awards and walked away with one win each in pre-telecast announcements. Gotye and Rihanna also were tied with four awards.
Miley Cyrus dazzled the red carpet as she promoted her new single, “We Can’t Stop.”
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards aired live Sunday on ABC.
What were some of your most memorable highlights? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Billboard.com contributed to this report
Video News by NewsLook Miley Cyrus is hotter than ever, so obviously everyone wants to know every single thing about her. We caught up with the most in demand woman at the ‘Maxim Hot 100′ party. She told us she has a way of handling the spotlight that is on her personal life right now.