We certainly would never want folks at the Grammys to go all Oscars sophisticated in the style department. We like our musicians unpredictable. At the same time, we feel really bad for any short person stuck sitting behind the massive hairstylings of Diana Ross or Corinne Bailey Rae. And we are not entirely sure we want Katy Perry’s match-your-hair-to-your-dress thing to catch on; that just seems exhausting. For better or worse, there was a lot of hair to marvel at last night. Paris Hilton and Taylor Swift had beautiful buns (HAIR buns, people!). Kelly Rowland’s ponytail brought out her eyes. Adele updated her style for her dramatic return to the stage. Rihanna’s big hair completed her Michelle Pfeiffer/Scarface look, while Jennifer Hudson’s ’80s ‘do was just part of a fitting homage to Whitney Houston’s heyday. Will we be taking pics of these stars to the salon anytime soon? Probably not. Well, not until its our turn to take the stage, anyway.
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Diana Ross is going to be 67 next month and we’ll say a lot of congratulatory things on how great she looks, how we love her blah blah blah. But right now, we’d just like to say: don’t do this to us, Diana. Raise your hand if you’re used to seeing Diana in huge hair, skintight gowns, and full make up?
While we don’t expect her to walk around like that all the time (kidding, we totally do), a little bit of foresight should kick in before she decides to head to, say, the supermarket. Think, Diana. Photographers might be there. Fans will recognize you? Don’t you want to put a bit of concealer under your eyes? In the future, please answer yes. You’re Diana Ross. Not some random lady who likes to eat Lays.
It’s near impossible to let a celebrity rest in peace, isn’t it? Christopher Reeve had his memory tarnished with allegations of a relationship with a gay porn star. It’s now Michael Jackson‘s turn. Out of the blue – that’s how these things happen – a certain Mocienne Petit Jackson has popped up claiming to be Michael Jackson’s illegitimate child.
Ms. Jackson, who currently lives in the Netherlands, spins such a crazy yarn that we can’t even form a proper note about it. Enjoy the hallucination.
- Michael Jackson got her mother Barbara pregnant. This was in 1975, when he was 17 years old.
- Her mother, Barbara, is Diana Ross‘ sister, making Mocienne her niece.
- Katherine Jackson, MJ’s mother, tried to abduct Mocienne when she was 9 years old because she wanted to protect MJ’s image and send Mocienne to Belgium.
- All seven of her kidnappers are now dead. Apparently they were murdered.
- She, like, MJ, has Vitiligo. Like father, like daughter, is her point.
- She wants custody of the King of Pop’s children. Because she can give them a “more normal life.”
Yes, this woman knows all about normal. What does she want, you ask? Money. And she’s filed suit at the L.A. County Superior Court to lay claim on a tidy slice of that Jackson inheritance. No word if the judge will grant her a DNA test, or just throw it out of the window. We’re putting our money on the latter. And that’s that.
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Our headline may sound a little over the top, but is it really? A crowd of around 17,000 Michael Jackson fans who were packed into L.A.’s Staples Center — plus an estimated billion people watching worldwide on live television — were given the show of a lifetime today. The event is already being billed as the first worldwide memorial service. Some highlights:
- We watched Michael Jackson’s casket, gold-plated and covered in red flowers, being carried into the Staples Center and placed in front of the stage. (Watch the clip above and the whole M.J. memorial at VH1.)
- We listened to Queen Latifah read a touching poem by Maya Angelou.
- We listened to basketball great Magic Johnson talk about the “greatest moment” of his life: Eating a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken with Michael Jackson. (We never knew the Gloved One was so, um, average.)
- We watched Brooke Shields, who struggled to speak through tears, say that Michael Jackson was “pure, non-jaded and a lover of life.” Rumored to have dated Jackson in the 80s, Brooke described becoming friends with the King of Pop when she was 13 years old and how the two bonded over being child stars.
- We listened to Smokey Robinson, who wrote several songs made famous by Michael, read condolences from both Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela.
- We watched Motown founder Berry Gordy say that Michael Jackson was “the greatest entertainer that ever lived.”
- We watched a heartfelt, soulful rendition of “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” by Stevie Wonder, who proclaimed that he wished he “hadn’t lived to see this day.” We watched riveting performances by Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Hudson.
- We also watched Usher‘s performance of “Gone Too Soon” (co-written by M.J. himself) start off shaky with a gasp for air and end in tears.
- We listened as the Rev. Al Sharpton addressed Michael’s kids directly, saying: “Wasn’t nothing strange about your dad, it was strange with what your daddy had to deal with.” We’re not sure about that one, but we’ll let it pass.
- We watched a stage full of celebrities and children sing “We Are the World,” the song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985 and used to help fight famine in Africa.
- We watched Michael Jackson’s weeping little daughter, Paris, say that that “daddy has been the best father that you can ever imagine and I just want to say that I love him so much” — easily the saddest moment of the day. Ugh. (Watch Paris Jackson speak here).
- And we watched Michael’s big brother, Jermaine Jackson, sing and cry at the same time, which looked like a difficult feat to us.
Then again, we shed a tear or two while blogging — and that’s not easy to do, either.
Despite recent claims that neither she nor Michael Jackson are biologically related to them, Debbie Rowe is to seek custody of her children Prince Michael and Paris. The former nurse, who gave up custody of the children to Jackson a number of years ago, said that she was “stepping up” to take charge of the kids, which also could include youngest child Blanket.
“She is going to be pursuing custody of the children. Frankly, she won’t have to fight for them. She is the children’s biological mother. She loves her children,” her former attorney Ivan Finsilver said.
Rowe will have to contest Jackson’s will, which stated that his mother Katherine, or friend Diana Ross, should take care of his three children. [Photo: Splash News Online]