Details are trickling in as we type … But we’re hearing about a fundraiser for Haiti that is being masterminded by George Clooney. Allegedly MTV has agreed to air a bi-coastal happening on all of its channels (MTV, BET, CMT and our beloved VH1) in an attempt to provide much-needed support for the devasted victims of the earthquake.
According to Showbiz411, which broke the story today, Clooney was busy recruiting celebs at a party for Up in the Air last night — and Sting, after being approached, was overheard saying “Where do I go?” The timing for recruiting talent could not be better as nearly every A-list actor will be attending the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Friday and then the Golden Globes on Sunday. Expect to hear a lot about Haiti in upcoming acceptance speeches!
It’s hard to imagine this event going down without music. We can’t confirm anything at this time, but a straight talking-head telethon just isn’t how VH1 or MTV rolls. Plus, can you imagine Sting without his guitar? Exactly.
After the jump, we start the Official Haiti Fundraiser Celebrity Lineup Guessing Game, which includes Wyclef Jean, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Diddy, U2, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Shakira, John Legend, Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest and the Dixie Chicks. (But first, find out how you can help at the White House’s website.)
Achtung, baby! Bono (who must wear those sunglasses to keep from being mistaken for Robin Williams) was caught with his hand stuck in a moment while vacationing with his family in St. Bart’s (his Joshua Tree must have moved in mysterious ways). Hopefully he found what he was looking for during that unforgettable fiddle.
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We had lots of fun live blogging the Brit Awards for you last night from London, which saw Duffy and Kings of Leon among the music stars who triumphed on the night. But we wouldn’t be doing our job without rounding up some of the behind-the-scenes gossip.
- Lady Gaga – who appeared with the Pet Shop Boys for the briefest cameo ever – had the largest entourage backstage. “A total of 16 minders, assistants and managers were crammed into her dressing room – and used a rota to hang out with her,” according to reports. Plus, she was overheard saying, “Who are these people?” about Girls Aloud. Well, until about five seconds ago we hadn’t heard of YOU, love.
- (Gaga also achieved her particular shade of orange by having three spray tans on the day…)
Read more gossip after the jump…
Hrrrrnk! Tonight sees the “funnest” night ever in British music – The Brit Awards – being broadcast live on UK TV, and live-blogged direct for your amusement in a joint effort by Scandalist and PopSugarUK starting at 2pm EST. What, you don’t know what the Brits are? Shame on you! It’s the Grammys but about as third as long, celebrating the best music of the past year, and legendary for the bad behavior of its attendees.
Back in the 1990s, Robbie Williams challenged Oasis’ Liam Gallagher to a live fight, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker infamously wiggled his ass onstage at Michael Jackson during the latter’s preposterous “Earth Song,” and only a couple of years ago, presenter Russell Brand raised eyebrows with a few trademark controversial comments (what’s new?) Overseeing proceedings tonight at London’s Earl’s Court are comedy stars James Corden and Mat Horne (hey, they’re big in the UK) with singer Kylie Minogue.
Up for awards or performing live are Kings of Leon, Take That, Coldplay, U2, Duffy, Girls Aloud, Adele, Leona Lewis, The Ting Tings and LOADS more. Plus, Lady Gaga will be closing the show with a duet with the Pet Shop Boys. Woop! See you at 8pm GMT/3pm EST for the unfolding horror/joy. [Photos: WireImage]
When Barack Obama promised change, we didn’t realize that bringing great entertainment to political events was part of the deal. But … wow! The “We Are One” concert on Sunday kicked off with Bruce Springsteen performing “The Rising” with a full gospel choir and ended with Beyonce belting out “America the Beautiful.” Sandwiched in between were performers like Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Shakira, John Mellencamp and U2 — not to mention actors/speakers like Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Marisa Tomei, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx and Tom Hanks. Double wow!
And the parties spreading out in Washington D.C. continue — from the Latino inaugural gala (Marc Anthony performed, J.Lo in tow) to the “Declare Yourself” inaugural kick-off event (yes, Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson are still an item.) to Young Jeezy‘s “Presidential Status Inauguration Ball,” where a shirtless T.I. pumped up the crowd. Check out the pics below to see some of the action, and keep up with today’s events at VH1′s Live Inauguration Blog.
America’s in for a big change on Tuesday, when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President Of The United States. In honor of this momentous occasion, here are five songs about Obama, America and hope.
Will.I.Am – Yes We Can
Even humanitarians get horny! That’s gotta be the excuse U2 frontman Bono is telling his wife today, after photos of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee cavorting with two 19-year-old girls leaked from Facebook and landed in the hands of the gossipy world wide web. Bono and his BFF, musician Simon Carmody, spent some time last month relaxing in St. Tropez, where they apparently met up with the lovely American teen Andrea Feick and her British pal Hannah Emerson.
Feick, who claims to have known Bono for years, insists: “He’s a friend of mine and that’s pretty much it.” But photos tell a flirtier tale of cocktails, cuddling and cruisin’ on the massive yacht ownded by Bono’s bandmate The Edge. Is Bono, who was snapped holding hands with Penelope Cruz last year in the French resort town, guilty of anything besides just being a creepy old dude? That’s for his wife to decide. [DailyMail]
Has the Rickrolling craze just gone way too far or is this the best, funniest news ever? We can’t decide but on hearing that Rick Astley is up for Best Act Ever at the forthcoming MTV Europe Music Awards, we’re stunned, either way!
The British pop star, who experienced a second wave of fame this year when an online meme viral linked to his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, is competing against Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel and U2 to win the award.
This is Rick Astley, people! Who last had a proper chart hit in the UK in 1991. Seriously. Actually, it would be amazing if he won. Could you imagine the Bono rage? Probably worth it for that alone. …
We’ll find out at the MTV Europe awards from Liverpool on November 6.
Editor’s Note (and total non sequitur): Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sex tape hits Internet!