Taylor Swift led the winners at the Billboard Music Awards last night, taking home eight prizes.
The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who is known for her turbulent love life and relationships with stars including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer - paid tribute to her loyal fans as she picked up the evening's top honor, the coveted Artist of the Year prize.
"Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I've had," she said.
As well as Artist of the Year, Taylor also took home honors including Top Female Artist, Top Country Artist, Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for Red, and Top Country Song for "We Are Never Getting Back Together."
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.
Kelly Rowland has admitted to being jealous of Beyonce's success in a new song.
The singer has released a new confessional ballad titled "Dirty Laundry," in which she reveals her envy of her former Destiny's Child bandmate's solo success and also sings about a past abusive relationship. On the track, which Kelly posted on her SoundCloud web page, she laments, "When my sister on stage, killing it like a motherf***er, I was in a rage, feeling it like a motherf***er. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin' it. Bittersweet she was up, I was down. No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now? Post-Survivor, she on fire. Who wanna hear my bulls**t."
Childhood pals Beyonce, 31, and Kelly, 32, formed their chart-topping girl group in 1992 as young girls and would go on to become worldwide stars together as the band found fame with hits such as "Say My Name" and "Bootylicious."
Solange Knowles is launching her own record label. The singer has taken inspiration from her big sister Beyonce's husband Jay-Z by setting up her own label Saint Records under Sony's umbrella, allowing her to release her own music with complete creative freedom as well as promoting other artists.
Solange announced the news on Twitter, posting, "Big news day for me! Wasn't ready to announce, but since false info is spreading I will gladly do so:) Supppppperr EXCITED! Super stoked to announce I've started my own label,SAINT RECORDS,where I'll be releasing my music & other projects distributed through SONY! Through Saint Records I will have 100% creative/artistic control & continue to passionately pursue my footing in this new musical movement. (sic)"
Solange, 26, previously switched from major label Universal to go independent with her 2012 EP True, which was released via Terrible Records, co-run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. She decided to make the news of her new business venture public after hearing rumors she was supposedly signing to Columbia records, which is owned by Sony.
Beyonce has cancelled her concert in Belgium tonight. The "Grown Woman" singer was due to take the stage at the Sportpaleis arena in Antwerp this evening for the latest date on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, but she has pulled out of the gig citing dehydration and exhaustion.
The 31-year-old star - who began her tour in Serbia last month - will not be able to perform and is under strict doctor's orders to rest, her publicist has confirmed. The concert will be rescheduled and Belgian fans who were eager to see the singer perform will have their tickets honored at a later date.
A second show due to take place at the same venue tomorrow night is now also in doubt, with the publicist stating that Beyonce "is awaiting word from her doctors before making a decision."
Rumors began circulating earlier this week that Beyonce is expecting her second child following her appearance at the Met Ball in New York City last week, where the star's alleged pregnancy was the talk of the night amongst the A-list crowd.
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Kanye West has reportedly collaborated with Skrillex and Odd Future on his new album. The rapper boasts the dubstep producer and members of the rap collective among a huge roll call of guest stars on his sixth studio album, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Kanye reportedly worked on the record in secret, recording in Paris' Le Meurice hotel, and is believed to be ready to release it next month after he tweeted "June Eighteen" last week.
Beyonce has worked with Diplo on a new track.
The producer and his former Major Lazer partner Switch produced "Run the World (Girls)" - the first single from Beyonce's last album, 4- and he has been back in the studio with her again, although it is not yet known if their collaboration will be on her forthcoming fifth record.
"I'm in the middle of something for her at the moment," Diplo cryptically explained.
Beyonce is not the only pop titan the producer - who rose to fame after producing "Paper Planes" for M.I.A - has worked with, as he produced some songs on Justin Bieber's 2012 album Believe and was impressed with the 19-year-old star's skills: "The craziest thing about Justin Bieber is that the kid is crazily good at everything. He's really good at ping pong, the kid can rap, he has awesome hair, he's super cool and super nice."
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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Pharrell Williams has produced a track for Jay-Z which is like a "Stanley Kubrick movie."
The rapper and producer has joined forces with the hip-hop star to record for the follow up to his The Blueprint 3 album, and compares their work to the notorious filmmaker, famed for his attention to detail, perfectionism and tackling of grand concepts. Referring to the director - whose projects include A Clockwork Orange and The Shining - Pharrell told radio station Hot 97, "Rain Man is back, Rain Man is back. I gave him a straight up Stanley Kubrick movie."
Jay-Z refers to himself as the Rain Man because of his ability to come up with rhyming lyrics effortlessly. The reference is a tongue-in-cheek comparison to the gifted autistic character Raymond Babbitt who has incredible memory recall, as portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 film Rain Man.
Pharrell also listed other big names he is collaborating with, including Jay-Z's wife Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar and No Doubt.
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