Beyonce aspired to be as talented as Whitney Houston.
The 31-year-old singer still remembers the first time she watched the late music legend perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl in 1991 and was determined to reach a similar level stardom, doing whatever it takes to reach her goal.
"I turned to my mom and said, 'Oh my God, she's awesome!' My mom said, 'Yeah, baby, she is.' And I said, 'One day I'm going to be like that too.' My mom said, 'Yeah, baby, whatever.' But you just never know what's going to happen in your life because even back then I knew there was something worth fighting for and that I was going to do whatever it took to fight for it."
Beyonce - who has 16-month-old daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay-Z - was thrilled when she realized a similar in-awe moment takes place animation film Epic, in which she voices Queen Tara, and was overcome with emotion and nostalgia when reciting her lines for the particular scene.
Katy Perry performed with the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The "Part Of Me" hitmaker took to the stage at MGM Grand Garden Arena with the legendary rockers as part of their 50 and Counting tour, wowing the crowds with a duet alongside frontman Sir Mick Jagger to their track "Beast of Burden" from hit record Some Girls.
Shortly after the gig, an excited Katy took to her Twitter to share her delight with fans: "Yes, I just did gyrated on Mick Jagger. WHAT?! #Stones50 (sic)"
The band - made up of Mick, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - were also joined by their former member Mick Taylor and the quartet looked back on the night's antics with a series of tweets and photos. "Tonight the Rolling Stones rocked Las Vegas! They were joined by Katy Perry for Beast Of Burden and Mick Taylor for Midnight Rambler and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction #stones50 (sic)" one wrote.
Katy's appearance follows a string of big names who have surprised the audience by turning up with the rockers.
Apparently, it is possible to capture unflattering photos of Beyonce.
The singer has banned all press photographers - save for her approved personal photographer Frank Micelotta - from taking any photos of her while performing on her latest tour, The Mrs. Carter Show.
The much buzzed-about action comes after unflattering photos of the 31 year-old surfaced online from her performance at this year's Super Bowl (right) - something she has vowed to prevent from occurring in the future with the new photographer ban.
Though she can stop press photographers, who's to say there won't be an audience member snapping up bad photos of her with an iPhone? In a world where photos can be taken and uploaded to the internet in moments, it's quite unrealistic to believe in preventing any unfavorable pictures. Perhaps the best route she can take is to learn how to control her extreme grimacing while performing.
The North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour arrives at the end of June.
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Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to appear at the US Republican conference last year.
The "Bad Romance" singer was offered the huge sum to appear at the event in August 2012, and the party even promised $230,000 of the money would go to domestic violence shelter if she agreed to perform.
Other artists to say no to the event included country star Dolly Parton and rapper Pitbull, although they were offered lower fees.
The discoveries were made in a lawsuit filed by the Republican party's fundraising organization, American Action Network against Cater America LLC, who organized entertainment for the event. Gaga, 27, has previously been critical of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and showed support for current president Barack Obama, when he was elected ahead of his opponent for the Democrat party in November last year.
Taylor Swift is teaming up with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
The "22" singer - who is up for five awards - will duet with Tim on the track "Highway Don't Care," accompanied by Keith on guitar, at the event on Sunday in Las Vegas. The country trio originally recorded the song for Tim's 12th album, Two Lanes of Freedom, which was released in February, and last performed it live at the Grammy Awards.
Other all-star duets announced for the night include Stevie Wonder, who is to perform with Hunter Hayes, and co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryant who will team with Brad Paisley for "Boys Round Here." Luke has a busy night ahead of him as he is also set to perform his new single "Crash My Party," as well as being up for four different trophies, including Entertainer of the Year.
"It's all a dream. All I ever wanted to be is a big old country star, and I cannot believe it's happened. It's the time of my life, and I'm loving every day," he recently said.
Rihanna has been forced to cancel her concert in Boston tonight.
The "Stay" singer - who kicked off her new Diamonds world tour on Friday night - has come down with a severe case of laryngitis but is hoping a two day break from performing will cure her in time for her next concert in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Live Nation shared the 25-year-old star's disappointment with gossip website TMZ.com earlier, saying, "Unfortunately, following her sold out concert on Friday, Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor's instruction is unable to perform this evening." But they said she is still scheduled to play a show in Baltimore on Tuesday, and her Boston show will be rescheduled.
A source previously claimed that Rihanna couldn't wait to get out on tour and took it easy in rehearsals so she could save her energy for her fans. "She's good, excited to kick off this [tour] and do it big. She's already hyped up and doing some light rehearsals but other than that, she's taking it easy. Saving all the energy for the show," an insider said.
Adele is set to perform at Michelle Obama's birthday next year.
The "Skyfall" singer - who won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards last month - will reportedly join a string of other entertainers including Beyonce to help celebrate the US First Lady's 50th birthday bash at the White House in Washington DC on January 17, 2014.
"America's First Lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing. Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance. She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the First Lady and her friends. The Obamas will pay Adele's expenses as it's a private party, not a State one," a source said.
The 24-year-old British singer wowed the audience with a paired down performance of "Skyfall" at the Oscars last month, her first live performance since giving birth last October. She was previously said to have celebrated her prestigious win by presenting her five-month old son Angelo with his very own mock statue of an Academy Award from a souvenir shop.
Ne-Yo surprised new artist Sonna Rele by signing her to Motown Records Thursday night.
The "Closer" star invited the London-born singer - whom he discovered on Facebook - on stage with him at Under the Bridge venue in Chelsea where he offered her to opportunity to join the iconic label, which has been home to Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Temptations.
Speaking about Ne-Yo - who is Vice President of A& R at Motown - Sonna exclusively told BANG Showbiz, "I have a lot of respect for him, he's an amazing artist, an amazing songwriter. I feel like I've got a really good team around me where I can kind of grow as a songwriter and an artist. I'm smiling from ear-to-ear right now. I'm really, really excited."
The 25- year old has already worked with Fugees star Wyclef Jean and music producer Dallas Austin, who between them have worked with likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, TLC, Boys II Men and Gwen Stefani.
Justin Bieber has been reprimanded by his record company over his recent behavior.
The "Baby" hitmaker was subjected to a 20-minute Skype chat with his label bosses following his performance at The O2 arena in London on Monday, which saw him take to the stage two hours late. And the discussion also saw the 19-year-old singer warned to curb his partying ways and "stay in more."
"Being amidst a barrage of abuse is uncharted territory for Justin. Understandably he is finding it hard to take ... His erratic behavior and antics are not what his young fans expect of him. After an emergency meeting in the US, Justin's people had him on Skype to bosses and he was given a serious talking-to. It was suggested he start staying in more and basically cleaning up his act ... Justin took the news well and has promised to go back to putting his fans first," a source told The Daily Mail.
After the talks, Justin's manager Scooter Braun advised the young pop star to stay "focused" on his Twitter account: "@justinbieber really good talk. #focused. (sic)"
Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of a Boy Scouts of America concert over its anti-gay policy.
The "Call Me Maybe" hitmaker was due to perform at the organization's summer festival, the National Scout Jamboree, in July, but has cancelled her appearance because the youth organization doesn't allow gay scouts and leaders.
In a statement on her Twitter account, she wrote, "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."
The 26-year-old singer was due to perform at the concert in Mount Hope, West Virginia, along with "Hey, Soul Sister" hitmakers Train, who have also pulled out of the gig after a petition by a gay former boy scout gained support from rights group, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
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