The epitome of courage and optimism, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years behind bars for ideals he believed in. To celebrate such resilience, the world has a huge old birthday party for him each year. This time around, on Friday, June 27, you’re invited to the celebration as well. “The 46664 Concert Honoring Nelson Mandela at 90″ will be streamed live from London’s Hyde Park on VH1.com, starting at 1:30 pm EST. Will Smith is the host. Highlights from the concert will premiere on VH1 on Monday, June 30, at 9 EST/PST.
This year’s artists include a 1-2 punch of British sirens: Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis are on the bill. Make that a 1-2-3 punch: Annie Lennox is part of the show, as well. Other performers include Queen + Paul Rogers, Simple Minds, The Sugababes, Andrea and Sharon Corr, Johnny Clegg, Papa Wemba, and Dame Shirley Bassey. More artists will be announced as added.
Wanna meet the up and coming little lady with a big voice who could knock Amy Winehouse off her crack-covered pedestal? It’s none other than Wino’s 12-year old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, and a video of her – filmed by none other than the UK’s own super-director Pete Doherty – singing Alicia Key‘s hit “If I Ain’t Got You” is currently racking up thousands of views on YouTube. Accompanying the tween on guitar is none other than a bra-clad Amy, who says of the future-star, “…I love her to bits. Dionne really is special, she’s better than I was at her age.”
Hopefully her godmother’s rocky path can serve as a lesson to young Dionne, who attends a singing school in England and is heading to LA this summer with Amy to start working on her career. As long as she remembers that crack is whack, she’ll be fine!
Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty have posted a second video of their tiny day old mice – complete with closeups of their dirty fingernails. One mouse even has a message for Amy’s hubby Blake Incarcerated! Seriously, someone needs to call PETA asap.
Um, nothing says TGIF like this video of Amy Winehouse cooing weird words to a newborn mouse while wearing just her bra, natch. Pete Doherty even makes a crazy cameo in the end. You never know what’s gonna happen when you put two British drug addicts together in the same room. Magic could happen, but normally only sad weirdness ensues.? Watch and feel uncomfortable.
There’s nothing like having the world find out that you cheated on your jailed husband with your manager’s assistant; but it’s far worse when the source of the news is your DAD. That’s the sitch Amy Winehouse has found herself in this morning, but she’s probably too drunk/stoned/crazy to notice. Papa Winehouse is super pissed about his daughter’s violent outbursts last week that landed her in jail (see pic above), so he’s speaking out to the only people who will listen to him – the tabloids.
After ranting on about Amy’s current health crisis, Mitch Winehouse dished the dirt on Amy’s alleged romance with her manager/babysitter, Alex Haynes. “I am shocked. His job was to look after Amy. I asked him to stay with Amy while she was recording at Henley. This was not part of the job! I don’t like infidelity. But Alex could be the victim in all this. I can’t ever imagine Alex seducing Amy. He looks like Clark Kent. It was clearly the other way round and Amy had her wicked way with him. But I would never dream of putting those two together.”
Will Amy divorce her jailbird for a super hero? Only time – and hopefully rehab – will tell! [NOTW]
Won’t someone please just arrest Amy Winehouse? It’s clearly what she wants in life, more than her husband, a hit album, Grammys, and her health. Last night Wino was out in foggy London-town getting hammered at a pub, and ended her night head-butting a fellow bar patron who was trying to hail her a cab home. She also allegedly punched another customer, did drugs in the street, made out with her male companion and overturned tables in the pub. A spy even claimed that Amy was screaming, “I am a legend, get these people out. I want to take drugs.”
Officers are now officially investigating the incident(s), and Amy could very well be charged and arrested. So please, Scotland Yard, come on over and round up your girl. It’s what she wants most in this world. [The Sun]
Amy Winehouse is adding to her already extensive resume; in addition to being a Grammy-award winning singer, a convict’s wife, and — depending on when you talk to her — a habitual drug user (or a recovering one), Winehouse is planning on releasing a line of cosmetic products. Known more for her voice than her personal hygiene, Winehouse does sport a unique style that’s been cited by designers as inspiring since she first hit the scene.
“Amy?s style has been copied by girls around the country and there?s a lot of money to be made. It?s a very distinctive look,” a source close to the deal told The Sun. In anticipation of the cosmetics deal Amy is sitting down to ink his week, we came up with a prospective product line:
*Rat’s Nest Hair Spray
*Lip Stain in Self-Harm
*Easy-Run Eye Liner for visiting your hubby in jail (color: Blake Incarcerated)
*Eau d’ Hotel Mini Bar
Fergie Plans Shotgun Wedding
What’s she gonna do with her lovely baby bumps? Walk down the aisle asap so no one notices that she’s preggers. [NY Post]
Nicole Can?t Stop Post-Baby Partying
You’d get out of the house too after lugging a baby around for 9 months. Mom power! [Us]
Paris Loses Her Pussy
Don’t get your hopes up – we’re talking about her cat. She left it at the vet and hasn’t picked it up in weeks, so it’s going back to a shelter. [TMZ]
Brit?s BFF Sam Tried to Take her Cash
Note to Britney – that’s what people who randomly come into your life when you’re vulnerable really want. [Us]
Natalie Cole Bashes Winehouse?s Win
The aging diva thinks Amy shouldn’t have won a Grammy (or five) until she’s sober. If the Grammys followed this rule, no one in the biz would ever win anything (um, including Natalie?).
Tabloid staple Amy Winehouse cleaned up last night at the Grammys in more ways than one, winning five out of the six categories she was nominated for. The singer reminded the world what she was famous for when she performed “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab.” But there was one person who might have been less than thrilled for Winehouse — her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. It seems Blake’s a bit worried since Amy’s been attempting to climb on the wagon, and he knows that if she gets sober, there’s a distinct possibility Winehouse might see him for the leech he is. According to Perez Hilton, Blake decided not to discuss these concerns with his Grammy-winning wife, and instead wrote an open letter to his wife, pleading with her to stay, and releasing it to the media:
Baby, oh darling. Please don’t leave me Amy. I’m so worried that now you’re thinking straight you’ll realise I’m not worthy of you. Oh God, please don’t leave me. I’ll do anything to show you my heart and loyalty is with you. I did tell my mum how you fell asleep on visits ? and although sometimes I think your dad hurts me unnecessarily I love him and respect him. Me and my family are finished for good. No visits, phone calls, nothing. I love my new family and can’t wait to show them I’m not just a f*cking loser and that I can look after their daughter. That’s if you can find it in your heart to trust me. Your [sic] my family now, if you’ll all have me. Pls don’t leave me Amy, Pls. I love you so much, Blake xxx.
Note: Blake, if she’s so worth it, spell out “please.” Also, we don’t think you have much to worry about; during her performance last night she screamed out “Blake” and thanked “my Blake incarcerated” during her acceptance speech for Record of the Year. You’ll recall that Amy’s mom wrote her an open letter back in December, pleading with her to get help. What is it with this family that they only communicate through open letters to tabloids?
Yep, she’s go plenty of troubles. But she’s also got a boatload of talent. Amy swept through the Grammys, with five wins, but – even better – her idiosyncratic performance suggested that she’s just an odd enough and powerful enough singer to make a real dent on pop. She even gussied up that crazed tooth for the big night. Find her two-song set from London above. Over here you can get more Grammy news.