Reporter Serene Branson made a name for herself on Sunday night when she became tongue-tied during a live report at the Grammy Awards. It was rumored that Branson’s slurred speech was due to a minor stroke, but after a week of meetings with doctors and neurologists, it was determined that Branson suffered from a complex migraine, which exhibits similar symptoms to a stroke. Branson gave a couple interviews this week and explained just how frightening it was to temporarily lose of her speech, vision, and feeling in her face and hands.
Branson said “I knew something wasn’t right as soon as I opened my mouth. I hadn’t been feeling well a little bit before the live shot. I had a headache, my vision was very blurry. I knew something wasn’t right, but I just thought I was tired. So when I opened my mouth, I thought, ‘This is more than just being tired. Something is terribly wrong.’ I wanted to say, ‘Lady Antebellum swept the Grammys.’ And I could think of the words, but I could not get them coming out properly.” Branson continued, saying that paramedics were called because she started to feel “wobbly” as well. “They sat me down immediately,” she said. “I dropped the microphone. Right after that, my cheek went numb, my hand went numb, my right hand went numb and I started to cry. I was scared. I didn’t know what had gone on and I was embarrassed and fearful. I was scared, nervous, confused, exhausted, and in an evening dress in the back of an ambulance.” Once she learned that her speech problem was news though, her only thought was “Gosh, I hope it doesn’t make it on YouTube.” Dear Internet, let this be proof that we’re all just horrible people. Branson, who has suffered from migraines in the past. is ready to go back to work.
Jay-Z hasn’t said whether he was “boycotting” the Grammys or not, but Fantasia Barrino definitely had beef. The singer told 106 & Park that she skipped the ceremony (where Fantasia won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance), because she wasn’t included in the Aretha Franklin tribute. “I’m going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn’t at the Grammys last night…Last night they were honoring someone who is my idol, Aretha Franklin, and there is no way I could have sat there and not got the happy feet and wanting to jump on the mic because she is my favorite so I felt like, you know, at the end of the day I should have been on that stage.” With Jennifer Hudson already on stage, did the producers feel that Fantasia was one America Idol veteran too many?
Not that Fantasia will be returning her trophy, though. “Actually, I scared my daughter because I just bust out and started crying, and she thought something was wrong with me…it’s been a long time coming for me and I have been through a lot of things so when [my manager] called me, I just bust out started crying because I felt like, man, I wasn’t gonna stop until I got one and I’m still not going to stop and you know this has just given me motivation to do my own thing. So, I just started crying and just thanking God that finally, eleven times nominated, finally I got one.”
We all live in secret fear of having our humiliating moments caught on camera; we hadn’t even considered what we’d do if it was a medical emergency being filmed. Early reports from the U.K. Telegraph claimed slurring Grammy reporter Serene Branson was hospitalized for a possible stroke after her stumbling speech seemed to indict something more serious than an on-air red carpet faux-pas. According to her CBS L.A. affiliate station, however, Branson did not suffer a stroke, despite what her confused speech might suggest. “Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized.” says Branson’s bio page on the KCBS website. “As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home and she says that she is feeling fine this morning.” Wow, even the Grape Stomp Lady was out of commission longer than Serene, and she only tripped out of a giant bucket! Color us impressed.
Earlier this afternoon L.A. NBC anchor Angie Crouch tweeted about the stroke rumors, saying “KCBS reporter Serene Branson is okay – hang in there girl!” We are glad to hear Branson is well, but hope she plans on getting every test known to man to make sure she’s 100% certain that she’s back in top form. Only then can the jerks of the world truly enjoy this, and all future embarrassing virals.
You know the old saying, “If you like it, then you should put a ring on it”? Well, hate to inform you but that’s so last decade, y’all. When VH1’s own Janell Snowden caught up with Glee stars Kevin McHale and Matthew Morrison on the red carpet of the Grammys last night, we got the firsthand scoop that something a little more kinky has emerged on the scene in 2011.
In case you missed his outfit last night, McHale — who you’ll know as the wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams on America’s hottest TV show — was wearing a holster-ish accessory over his shoulders. “It’s a little S&M meets James Bond,” he explained to Janell. “I’m promoting Rihanna’s new single [“S&M”]. I just need to see her and tell her we can put a leash on it.” Hi-yo!
While cheering on Best Album of the Year winner Arcade Fire at last night’s Grammy Awards, it seems Gwyneth Paltrow could have used some support of her own. We can guess why the dude sitting behind her kept mum, but why didn’t her BFF Beyonce whisper to give her dress a tug? Apparently the inner layer of her otherwise sheer lace mini hiked up as she rocked out, revealing what could easily be the least embarrassing arse in Hollywood. In fact, if we worked so hard on keeping our bums taut and tiny, we probably would have skipped the nude slip altogether. Take a closer look at Gwyneth’s wardrobe malfunction below. [Photos: Getty Images]
Willow Smith may not have performed or received an award at The Grammys last night, but she definitely won the evening with her adorable charms. The spawn of Jada and Will Smith honestly looks like the happiest attendee in the house, and for good reason—no one else at the Staples Center last night got to bear hug Drake and sit on Lady Gaga‘s lap. Just look at her and Gaga together! It’s unreal! And points to Smith for being so unfazed by Gaga’s prosthetic cheek and shoulder points, unlike us when we saw them on TV. Check out a few more absolutely insane shots of the nine-year-old as she schmoozes with A-listers on the red carpet and beyond.
Don’t mess with Bieber. Or, more accurately, don’t piss off Bieber fans. That’s the lesson Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding is learning today. Spalding, a jazz bassist, beat Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence And The Machine, and Mumford & Sons in the category at the awards show last night, a huge upset since most people haven’t actually heard of her. As a result of her win, angry Beiber fans took to Spalding’s Wikipedia page to edit it with some false and spiteful new information.
Gawker.com took some screengrabs of Spalding’s page which has since been cleaned up, but had been updated with gems like “She is a f— reatard!” and “JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?” and perhaps most cruel of all, that her middle name is “Quesadilla.” For more of the pleasantries the newest Wiki editors contributed, check out Gawker. Bieber himself was pretty upset not to win the award, saying “I worked really hard these past few years and you know, I’m not going to lie — I was disappointed.” But he then added “Bieber fans, don’t get too upset. Be happy.” So take the hint, Beliebers. Let this woman enjoy her win in peace! [Photos: Getty Images]
Poor Christina! After Ms. Aguilera’s Super Bowl screw-up, the singer was determined not to embarrass herself performing at last night’s Grammys. Well, she almost pulled it off—until she tripped over her dress seconds after finishing an Aretha Franklin tribute. She got up quickly (with a little help from Florence of Florence + The Machine), but however decent her cover of “Ain’t No Way” was, this is the bit that’s going to get all the attention today. Hopefully Christina took in stride, and didn’t spend the night drunkenly crying in Jeremy Renner‘s bed.
This year’s Grammy Awards were very good to Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire (winners of Song/Record of the Year and Album Of The Year, respectively). They were not, however, quite as good to the ten people that you’ll see below. Whereas the likes of Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez scored high in our gallery of the Top 15 Sexiest Grammy Awards outfits, we had some reservations about some of the fashion choices made by Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Cee Lo Green, Lenny Kravitz and more this evening. Sure, some of these outfits weren’t meant to be taken seriously (hi Cee Lo!), but they still had us scratching our heads and asking ourselves, “WTF?!?”
We’ve grown to expect celebs to take fashion risks at the Grammy Awards. It seems no rules apply — human-sized eggs, leopard bodysuits and waist-high slits welcome. This year was no exception. Some of the music industry’s most popular artists, from Rihanna to Ciara to Katy Perry, were sporting ensembles ranging from revealing and sexy to over-the-line skanky (Miley Cyrus’ side boob and accompanying dreamcatcher tattoo). Check out plenty of celebrity skin and lots of trademark Grammy goofy below. [Photos: Getty Images]