After nearly three months in seclusion, Jennifer Hudson is preparing to tackle one of the biggest challenges for a singer out there. In just a few weeks, the Oscar winner will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
The February 1st event - her first public outing since the horrific family murders - will be just one of several appearances for Hudson next month. The 27-year-old is also scheduled to perform Neil Diamond tunes at February 6th’s MusiCares Person of the Year event in Los Angeles.
Although it’s unknown whether she’ll be attending the 51st annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, the Secret Lives of Bees star is up for four awards including R&B Album of the Year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
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Over a year after tossing a fan off a concert stage, hip-hop artist Akon finally learned his punishment.
The performer, who was once facing over a year in jail, plead guilty to second-degree harassment today. The charge stemmed from a June 2007 when Akon appeared at a KFEST event in Fishkill, NY. When the singer was hit by a flying object (you can see that moment at around the :13 mark), he asked that the culprit be brought to the stage. That was when Akon (a.k.a. Aliaune Thiam) took matters into his own hands.
Since prosecutors agreed to drop a child endangerment charge, the 35-year-old was slapped with just a $250 fine and 65 hours of community service.
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Jennifer Hudson has made recent headlines for her personal tragedies, but thanks to the Grammys the singer/actress has some happy news to celebrate. Nominated for four awards, Hudson may soon add “Grammy winner” to her impressive list of credentials.
Hudson, who won an Oscar for her work in Dreamgirls, said she’s “honored” to be nominated. “It’s been a childhood dream of mine to release an album, so to receive four Grammy nominations is truly a blessing,” Hudson said in a statement.
She snagged a nod for R&B Album of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“Spotlight”), and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group (with Fantasia Barrino “I’m His Only Woman”).
Although December 2 officially marks Britney Spears’ 27th birthday, her fans were the ones celebrating this morning. After a free mini-concert in New York City (you can see the video from Good Morning America above), the singer officially announced her plans for a 2009 tour with The Pussycat Dolls.
Beginning March 3, Spears will kick off the 27-city (there’s that number again) North American Circus tour in New Orleans. Tickets don’t officially go on sale until Saturday, but a simple password from the singer’s website can help you get them now.
Less than a week before her 27th birthday, Britney Spears gave international audiences a taste of what she has in store for 2009. Unfortunately, copycat ensembles and lip synced numbers aren’t probably what fans had in mind.
Last Thursday in Germany, the pop princess gave her very first “live” performance since the 2007 VMAs. And while her appearance on the 2008 Bambi Awards was far from disastrous - the physically-fit singer seemed a bit more confident - it still could have used slightly more oomph. And originality. Strangely enough, she opted to wear an outfit identical to the one Madonna has been sporting during her Sticky & Sweet tour. Britney also chose to keep her dance moves and live vocals to a minimum.
It seems that all the leather and chains in the world won’t help you when your body is telling you that something’s wrong, as Rihanna found out during a recent performance in Australia. She was performing her hit Umbrella with Chris Brown, when she stumbled to the side of the stage and fainted. Chris tried to cover, continuing to sing his part, but you know he had to have felt quite a bit of concern over his fallen Boo. Towards the end of the video, you hear someone yelling for paramedics. Scary. Rihanna’s rep issued the following statement, basically saying that she is perfectly fine:
“It was very hot at the venue, so after Rihanna’s set was over, she went off stage to sit down, catch her breath and have some water. She is perfectly healthy and will be at her show tomorrow.”
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