ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson will be headlining Sands Care INSPIRE 2019, a Las Vegas charity event to raise funds for at-risk youth organizations.
She’ll take the stage at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Friday, May 24.
"INSPIRE is a do-good, feel-good opportunity for the community," Ron Reese, an exec at Las Vegas Sands, says in a statement. Las Vegas Sands owns the Venetian Resort.
Reese adds, "The chance to see someone as powerful as Kelly Clarkson in a more personal venue like The Venetian Theatre, combined with knowing your ticket purchase is going directly to helping at-risk youth, should make for a remarkable evening."
INSPIRE 2019 will benefit the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation (ICF) and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). The former works with at-risk youth through project-driven learning, mentoring, apprenticeships, academics and athletics. The latter provides services to help stabilize the lives of homeless teens.
Tickets go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. PDT Friday, March 22 at Venetian.com/INSPIRE, The Venetian Box Office or Ticketmaster.
Kelly's Meaning of Life tour wraps up March 30, and so far, this is the only other performance on her schedule.
Pamela LittkyDean Lewis will release his debut album A Place We Knew this Friday, but ahead of that, he's been chosen as Apple Music's "Up Next" artist.
As part of the program, Dean will be the focus of an Up Next film, which will be available March 26. In the film, he and his family members will tell the story behind his journey, from his first guitar to his current status as one of the fastest-rising stars on the global music scene. A sneak peek is on YouTube right now.
You can also watch the "Be Alright" singer being interviewed on YouTube by Apple Music Creative Director Zane Lowe.
“It’s such a huge honor to be chosen as the newest Up Next artist! Out of so many artists, I was blown away they decided to choose me,” Dean says in a statement. "It’s been a long journey -- developing as a songwriter in Australia, to touring and meeting fans from all around the world. With my debut album around the corner, I'm very excited to share my story."
You can check out Dean making his late-night debut tonight on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicThe bond between Lady Gaga and her hairstylist is strong.
The singer helped honor Frederic Aspiras with the Hair Artist of the Year Award at the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Sunday.Variety reports that in her introduction, Gaga said Aspiras isn’t just her hairstylist of over 10 years – he’s family.
“Even saying his full name, as the rockstar he’s become, I find myself thinking, ‘No, he’s not just, in my eyes, the greatest hair artist in the world, he’s the brother I never had,’” she said.
Gaga also revealed something she said not even Aspiras knew: He was the inspiration for the song “Hair” on her 2011 album Born This Way. She said she wrote the song because “He helped inspire me to love myself, and be myself every day.”
Among the iconic Gaga hair looks Aspiras created was her bleached blonde 'do at the Oscars this year. Gaga said they both stayed up all night coloring her hair “because we’re both going, ‘B****, we didn’t come this far to go to the Oscars with a root. We have to bleach it.’”
ABC/Craig SjodinMonday night on ABC, the final audition episode of this season of American Idol will air, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Now ABC has announced when the competition's live shows -- which will allow America to vote -- will begin.
Sunday, April 14 will feature a live-to-tape episode. Then, the first all-live performance show will air Monday, April 15. The schedule will then continue with live shows on Sundays only, for five straight weeks.
Starting April 21, coast-to-coast simultaneous voting will begin, as the show will once again be simulcast in all time zones across the country for three weeks. The show's finale will air May 19, and the coast-to-coast voting will also be open for that show.
Next week, the Hollywood Rounds begin, from the Orpheum Theater in L.A.
Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsWhen Ariana Grande takes the stage tonight in Albany, NY for her tour kickoff, she'll be sporting some fresh ink.
Last year, when the singer was engaged to Pete Davidson, they both got a number of tattoos in tribute to each other. One of Ariana's was the word "always" on her ribcage, in handwriting suspected of being Davidson's. But now, she's transformed that tat into something new.
Over the weekend, Ariana posted a photo of herself lying down and displaying her bare midriff, where her "always" tattoo is now inside a freshly-inked leaf, which is attached to a tattooed branch with several other leaves.
"not a cover up just evolvin," she wrote, adding, "Also, our show opens tomorrow. i love u and i’m so grateful. see you soon."
And on her Instagram Story, she posted a longer note about her tour, writing, "Literally never thought I'd be doing this. Six months ago, I didn't think it [was] at all possible but I'm very grateful that it was and we did. Music is everything. Friendship is everything. Art is everything. I'm so proud of my incredible team...y'all are the best there is and I'm so grateful to create w/you."
ABC/Randy HolmesAdam Levine turns the big 4-0 today, but he’s feeling younger than ever.
In an interview with People about the milestone birthday, the Maroon 5 frontman jokes that he’s actually aging backwards.
“I feel like I’m Benjamin Button-ing. I feel younger and less mature, better-looking and just overall more youthful,” he says, referencing the 2008 Brad Pitt movie. “Maybe I was born old!”
His wife Behati Prinsloo, with whom he shares two daughters, reportedly helped plan a big birthday bash for him with their family and friends. She agrees that her husband is only getting better with age.
“I definitely think the older he gets, the more he’s been taking care of himself, working out and doing yoga,” she tells People. “He’s so aware. He also doesn’t drink much and is very much a workaholic.”
She adds, “He works out, then he’s with family. He really is aging backwards and getting sexier with time!”
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga told fans a few weeks ago that she was "pregnant with #LG6" -- meaning she's been working on her sixth studio album. Now, fans are convinced that she's given them a clue to its title.
The Oscar-winning star has changed her social media account artwork to a black-and-white image of a musical staff, with the notes G, A, G and A written on it. You may recall that not long ago, she got a tattoo of the same image on her arm.
Fans are now convinced that the singer's next album will be called GAGA. As one fan pointed out, prior to releasing her previous albums, she got the titles tattooed on her body.
Another fan noted that since 2019 more or less marks the start of the singer's tenth year of stardom, self-titling her album is a good way of announcing her return to music, since she spent most of 2018 focusing on her acting career.
When the album does arrive, it'll be the follow-up to 2016's Joanne, which featured the hit "Million Reasons."
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry is set to be honored at the 10th anniversary of the DVF Awards, which recognizes women who use their resources to transform the lives of other women.
Katy will be receiving the Inspiration Award for “using her voice to advocate on behalf of many philanthropic causes,” including her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and as a champion for LGBTQ community.
Along with Katy, the awards will be honoring four other women – including Professor Anita Hill, who will be receiving the Lifetime Leadership Award.
“For our 10th anniversary of the DVF Awards, I am honored to recognize these extraordinary women who have shown courage, strength and leadership, and have shown us how to make this world a better world,” says fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, founder of the DVF awards.
The DVF Awards will take place Thursday, April 11 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson exhibits from display in the wake of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
A fedora and glove, both worn by Jackson onstage, were removed from public view, as was a signed Michael Jackson poster. Jackson's family is from Gary, Indiana, about two-and-a-half hours north of Indianapolis, on the Lake Michigan shore.
Leslie Olsen, the museum's public relations manager, said in a statement provided to ABC News: "As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience. In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called 'Leaving Neverland,' which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."
Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary that premiered on HBO March 3 and 4, features adult men Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.
Other entities has distanced themselves from Jackson following the allegations broadcast in Leaving Neverland. Immediately after the documentary premiered, producers of The Simpsons revealed they would no longer air, sell or distribute the 1991 episode that featured Jackson's voice. Last week, French fashion giant Louis Vuitton announced it was removing planned Michael Jackson-inspired designs from their 2019 fall menswear collection.
Ashley Hess auditions on "American Idol"; ABC/Nicole RivelliAmerican Idol continued its auditions Sunday night with a batch of contestants that included a familiar face from last season, a pretty new face that has one of the judges smitten, and a former dental hygienist who may just win the whole thing.
Here’s the breakdown:
The familiar face The sauce is back! Remember Alyssa Raghu? She was an early favorite during last season’s audition process but didn’t make it past the top 24. Now the 16-year-old has returned and she’s been working on her stage presence. The year of practice has done wonders for her confidence. “I’m Alyssa Raghu and I’m a pop star,” she tells judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. They’re sold. She once again gets a chance at Hollywood.
The standouts Ashley Hess. Remember that name because with any luck, she’ll be going far in this competition. The 27-year-old former dental hygienist blew the judges away with her rendition of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” on the piano. They were so blown away that they all got up from the judges table to crowd around the piano and watch her perform up close. “I think you could win this whole thing,” Katy predicted.
Gaba, a 19-year-old from L.A., brings her mom and her egg donor to her audition. She sings Adele’s “All I Ask” and hits every note of the difficult torch ballad. Then, at the judges’ request, she sings a duet with her egg donor, from whom she inherited her singing talent. She gets through to Hollywood with her unconventional support system by her side.
Evelyn Cormier, a married 19-year-old, mesmerizes the judges with her utterly unique singing voice. “Literally one of my favorite voices I’ve ever heard in my life,” Katy boldly states. She gets three yeses.
The judges also couldn’t stop gushing over Jacob Moran, a 24-year-old nurse who serenades the patients in the nursing home where he works. He sings “Into You” by Ariana Grande and Luke compares him to Rascal Flatts’ frontman Gary LeVox. Katy calls him the “best voice we’ve heard in all of Kentucky.”
The robot (?) Sixteen-year-old Peach Martine almost seemed a little too polished and rehearsed to be real, prompting Katy to ask, “Are you a robot?” Her rendition of “Zombie” by the Cranberries doesn’t do much to convince Katy otherwise, but once Peach sat at the piano to sing her own original song, we saw a glimpse of something a little less robotic. She still got a “no” from Katy, but she’s going to Hollywood anyway.
The crush-worthy Luke was completely smitten by Katie Belle, a 19-year-old from Atlanta with model-good looks. She has a sweet singing voice but, perhaps superficially, it’s also her pretty face that gets her the golden ticket. When she shakes Luke hand to thank him, he pretends to pass out. Even Katy Perry was crushin’. As the contestant leaves, we hear Katy softly singing, “I kissed a girl and I liked it…”
American Idol’s most improved Jessica Whitely, a 26-year-old bartender from Ohio and one of Katy’s biggest fans, previously auditioned for the show seven years ago. The judges pull up a clip of her old audition and it was...disastrous. Her new audition still isn’t great but it’s so much better than her first audition that the judges dub her Idol’s “most improved.” It's not enough for a golden ticket, though.
The tearjerker Of course, Idol leaves the most emotional moment of the night for last. Lauren Engle is a 27-year-old who lost her husband in a car accident a year ago. With her brother-in-law as her guitar accompaniment, she sings an original song called “Compass,” written about her late husband. The judges are overwhelmed with emotion and tell a tearful Lauren she made her husband proud. She’s going to Hollywood.
The rest Colby Swift is a 19-year-old who uses humor to cover the pain of being abandoned by his mom at age 10. His singing needs work but Luke says, “I don’t know if a kid has ever walked in here and been more me at 19.” He makes it through.
Dalton Elliott, a 26-year-old dad, wins over the judges with his ability to tell a story through singing.
Mize Well, a beatboxer, doesn’t make it through because, well, he doesn’t sing.
Brad Barket/Getty Images for Island RecordsShawnMendes had a very good Sunday night. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter won five of the six awards for which he was nominated at the JUNO Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.
Shawn started out strong in pre-ceremony wins Saturday night, locking up artist of the year, pop album of the year for his self-titled album, songwriter of the year and single of the year, for “In My Blood." Sunday night, he also won the non-genre album of the year award.
Unable to attend the ceremony because he's currently on his world tour, Shawn appeared during the broadcast via a recorded performance of "In My Blood."
Other winners include Avril Lavigne, who took home the JUNO Fan Choice award, and Post Malone, whose beerbongs & bentleys was named international album of the year.
Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThe last time Ariana Grande performed for fans on tour, it was September 21, 2017, and she was finishing up her Dangerous Woman trek -- the one that had been temporarily halted due to the Manchester bombings in May of that year. Tonight in Albany, Ariana launches her Sweetener World Tour, and she says she's "a basketcase already" from the sheer emotion of it all.
Posting a photo from rehearsals on Friday, Ari wrote, "i love these humans and this show and you so much and yes....i am indeed a basketcase already (as expected).. see u so soon."
"We been working so hard everybody over here. i’m so proud of everyone and overwhelmed," she continued, adding, "I love u all and can’t wait to see and share this with u."
The tour comes in support of Ariana's two #1 albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next. It's her first since her broken engagement, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and her first Grammy win, so there's a lot to talk about.
Based on the photos she's posted, the moon seems to be a big part of the tour's motif, and at least one outfit, a blue lacy two-piece, was put together by stylist-to-the-stars Law Roach.
Ariana's opening act will be her friend Normani, and the "Love Lies" singer tells ABC Radio, "You can definitely expect a lot of energy [from my set] -- a few of the records that I've released and also a few new ones...can't really give everything away!"
"I'm really just excited to be on tour with Ariana, she's such an amazing talent, such an amazing woman," Normani adds. "So I'm probably gonna be her #1 fan out there, screaming 'thank u next' and singing every single lyric!"
Mark SurridgeAt this point, Ed Sheeran's collaborated with everyone from Beyonce and Taylor Swift, to Eminem and Luciano Pavarotti -- so hey, why shouldn't he work with Hootie & the Blowfish?
To be fair, we're not sure if Ed's working with the entire '90s band, but he is working with lead singer Darius Rucker, who many people refer to as "Hootie." Darius, now an award-winning, chart-topping country music star, posted a photo on Instagram of himself in a London studio with Ed, singer/songwriter Joel Crouse, guitarist and songwriter Kyle Rife, and producer Joe Rubel.
"Had a blast writing with these boys," Darius wrote. "Too much fun!!!!"
It's not clear if Darius was working on material for his next country album, or for the new Hootie & the Blowfish album. As previously reported, the group has signed a new record deal and is planning on releasing a new album this year.
In addition, Hootie is hitting the road this summer for their Group Therapy tour, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Cracked Rear View, their 21-times-platinum debut album.
Last month, they made a surprise appearance at a showcase hosted by their record label at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The band performed their hits "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be with You" and brought the house down.
Tonya HarveyGwen Stefani is performing in Las Vegas in her Just a Girl residency, but she’s also giving back to the city.
On Thursday, the singer helped unveil the first-ever themed exam room for patients of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only childhood cancer outpatient treatment center. Working in partnership with the foundation, Gwen helped inspire the design of the room.
The brightly-colored room features images of Gwen’s favorite flower, sunflowers; bananas, to represent her song “Hollaback Girl”; and oranges, for her hometown of Anaheim in Orange County, California.
“Working with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is, sincerely, one of the greatest opportunities to arise from my time in Las Vegas,” Gwen, a mother of three, says in a statement.
“I am so humbled to have the opportunity to work with Cure 4 The Kids to support the children who are treated here and, in a small way, bring a bit of joy to what I know is a difficult journey.”
As part of her residency, Gwen is also donating $1 of every ticket purchased to the foundation. So far, she's raised more than $50,000.
Brian ZiffShawn Mendes is up for a leading six trophies at this Sunday night's Juno Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys -- and he could make some history with a win.
As Billboard notes, Shawn's hit "In My Blood" is up for Single of the Year, a category he won last year for his song "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back." If he wins again this year, he'll be the first artist to win back-to-back Single of the Year Junos since Alanis Morissette, who did it in 1996 and 1997. Shawn wasn't even born then.
Shawn is also up for Songwriter of the Year for co-writing "In My Blood" and two other tracks from his current self-titled album: "Youth" and "Lost In Japan." He was up for Song of the Year at last month's Grammys, too. That makes him the first artist to be nominated for that Juno category and that Grammy category since Avril Lavigne did 15 years ago.
Shawn's other Juno nominations are Fan Choice Award, which he's won the last two years, as well as Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Album of the Year.
Other Canadian nominees this year include Alessia Cara, Loud Luxury, Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne and The Weeknd. In the International Album of the Year category, the nominees are Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Maroon 5, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
The Junos, hosted by Sarah McLachlan, take place Sunday, March 17, in London, Ontario. If you're not in Canada, you can watch them online at at cbcmusic.ca/junos.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicOn what would have marked her seventh year of sobriety, Demi Lovato penned a message on her Instagram Story Friday about starting her sobriety journey over again, post-relapse.
“Today I would’ve had 7 years sober,” she wrote. “I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes.”
Demi added, “Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the doors on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose 6 years, I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
She concluded with a message to others who may be going through the same thing she went through.
“If you’ve relapsed and are afraid to get help again, just know it’s possible to take that step towards recovery,” she wrote. “If you’re alive today, you can make it back. You’re worth it.”
Last July, Demi suffered a near-fatal overdose and has been working on her recovery ever since.
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga doesn’t need Tony Bennett to bring the house down with some jazz tunes. She did it all by herself Thursday night, with a surprise appearance at the Black Rabbit Rose restaurant and lounge in Hollywood.
Gaga took the stage and performed a couple of Frank Sinatra songs with the band. She started with a sultry version of Sinatra’s “Call Me Irresponsible.”
"My whole life, you know, I've been called irresponsible," she began, before launching into the song. "It doesn't make me so mad because it's kind of true... and I like to hear the truth."
Karwai Tang/WireImageSam Smith is opening up about his lifelong battle with body image in an interview with The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil...and revealing that he had liposuction at age 12.
In the Instagram TV interview for Jamil’s "I Weigh" movement, Sam talks about being bullied starting around age 11 for having excess weight in his chest. “I had breasts,” he says.
In order to try to fix the issue, Sam admits, “I had liposuction. I was 12 years old. That was a big thing.”
But he admits that while having the surgery on his chest “made him very happy” at first, it ultimately “didn’t really change anything.”
"I think I put the weight back on in two weeks because I hadn’t figured out my relationship with food,” he says.
Sam says he’s speaking out about body image now because he doesn’t hear many guys talking about the issue. He calls his problems with his weight "the basis for all my sadness."
Elsewhere in the candid interview, Sam speaks about his struggle with gender identity and says he has sometimes questioned whether he wants a sex change. He says he currently identifies as non-binary/genderqueer.
"I'm not male or female," he explains. "I think I float somewhere in between."
Along with the video, Sam wrote on Instagram, “I know this sounds dramatic but this interview completely changed my life.”
He added, “It took a lot for me to do this and I was so nervous, so please be kind haha. I really hope this can make someone else who feels like me, a little less lonely and a little less alien.”
Taylor Swift: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Katy Perry: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicKaty Perry and Taylor Swift buried the hatchet prior to Taylor kicking off her Reputation tour last May. But does that mean the two would ever go so far as to make music together? Well...maybe.
Katy, who recently collaborated with Zedd on the song "365," was asked by Entertainment Tonight if she could ever see herself working with Taylor.
"I mean, I'm making music with Zedd," she replied. "I'm...open!"
Then Zedd referenced the "365" video -- in which Katy plays an android -- by joking, "I programmed her to make music with anybody. It's great."
Katy was also asked how she knew that her fiance Orlando Bloom was the right man for her.
Shirlaine Forrest/WireImageSad news for Louis Tomlinson and his family. Billboard confirms that the singer’s 18-year-old sister Félicité Tomlinson has died.
The model and influencer, also known by her nickname “Fizzy,” suffered an apparent heart attack at her West London studio apartment Wednesday afternoon. An ambulance responded to the scene but paramedics were unable to revive her.
Sources connected to the family told TMZ Félicité showed no warning signs and had no prior history of heart trouble. In October, she revealed she had been suffering from sciatica -- back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve.
Louis reportedly pulled out of his scheduled performance at the BBC charity show Comic Relief Thursday night. He has yet to address his sister’s death publicly.
The loss comes just over two years after their mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away at age 43 after a battle with leukemia. Last week, Louis released a song, “Two of Us,” as a tribute to his mom.