Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston

12 Feb

Whitney Houston, music legend, died yesterday, February 11th, 2012, and, according to TMZ, was found under water in a bathtub in her hotel room. According to one report on CNN, one music executive said the star looked “healthy and happy” just days before her death. But, according the L.A. Times and other outlets, the singer had appeared disheveled with erratic behavior in the days leading up to that fateful day. The Times also stated that, “while an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.”

Strangely, a Twitter user by the name of @chilemasgrande broke the news of Houston’s death before the AP or any other major media outlets, but, there were no signs of criminal intent. (Though the user in question has not been able to be reached for comment.)

Houston’s last performance, chillingly, was “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and appeared to have been Friday night in Los Angeles, where she was in town for a pre-Grammy party. (Sadly, according to multiple media outlets including CNN and The Insider, Houston appeared “dazed” and “aggressive” leaving this particular party. TMZ also reports that Whitney would take Xanax before big performances like she was scheduled to make at the Clive Davis party last night.)

News just broke of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, age 18, being rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital late this afternoon. Sources say that the cause was believed to be panic or anxiety, but this is unconfirmed. This was not her first, but her second trip to the hospital since learning of her mother’s passing.

Many were not surprised by Whitney Houston’s death, but the world is truly mourning at the tragic turn the embattled star’s life had taken.

Despite her struggles with addiction and substance abuse, Houston was, in addition to being a lovely person according to most who knew her, also one of the most talented voices in music history and one of the most acclaimed and successful singers of all time.

Whitney had won 2 Emmy awards, had 4 US number-one albums, 6 People’s Choice awards, 6 Grammy awards, 7 Soul Train music awards, 11 number-one songs, 16 NAACP Image Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 99 RIAA awards, had 562 total award nominations with 415 wins. She sold 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, and starred in a serious of movies, most notably, The Bodyguard. Her album Whitney was also the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts!

She was loved by her many fans, her family, and will be greatly missed. Tonight’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have a special tribute to the late singer.

 

Poll: Can any other singers come close to Whitney Houston’s vocal talents? http://www.civicscience.com/u/Question/?q=11438

Remembering the good times:  Considered by many the best rendition of the United States National Anthem ever – VIDEO, here.

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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards – Tonight!

12 Feb

Tonight is the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Show.

You can expect a lot of fashion on the red carpet, and some great live performances, including a recently-added Whitney Houston tribute sung by Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Kahn.

There may be controversial moments, too – for example, Chris Brown, known for both his talents and his anger management issues, is taking the stage, outraging some for his notorious pre-Grammy antics not too long ago. Ex-girlfriend/possible current mistress Rihanna is up for Album of the Year, and has remained mum on the abuse scandal as of late.

Speaking of mum, Mumford & Sons is up against Adele, Katy Perry Bon Iver, and Bruno Mars for Record of the Year.

Album of the Year nominees are Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars.

The Grammys are going to be hosted by LL Cool J and are set to air at 8pm EST tonight, February 12th, 2012 on CBS.

Adele is expected to come out on top as the night’s big winner, and will also be giving her first performance since a vocal chord surgery; and Kanye West is leading the pack in nominees with a total of  7 Grammy nominations this year.

If you want to get in on the Grammy fun, answer these fun questions from Civic Science!

Do you plan to watch the Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFInz

Are you a fan of Katy Perry? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFEeR

Should Chris Brown be allowed to perform at the Grammy Awards after his notorious pre-Grammy abuse scandal just years ago? VOTE:http://shar.es/fFEv8

VOTE: How much do you like Adele? She’s expected to win big at the Grammys tonight. http://shar.es/fFKPD

Kanye West leads Grammy nominations. How much do YOU like Kanye? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFKAo

What should win Record of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFiza

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston. Can any other singers compare to her vocal talents? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFJ2a

Do you like country music? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFdPb

The Grammys are tonight – What should win Album of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFdKP

Glitzburgh Glam: Mila Kunis is the (gorgeous!) New Face of Christian Dior

5 Jan

The beautiful Mila Kunis is the newest face of Christian Dior, one of the most elegant and trusted names in fashion.

Her exquisite first ads will be for the Miss Dior handbag and were shot by renowned photographer Mikael Jansson. They’ll debut internationally in Asian and European editions of Vogue, Elle, and Madame Figaro in mid-January, with appearances in US media towards the end of the month. Kunis is joining a long list of fabulous celebrities to represent the luxury brand. Other faces of Dior include Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Sophie Marceau, Jude Law, Eva Green, and Sharon Stone. Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor was also a huge fan of Dior dresses and fragrance.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dior,” Mila Kunis said in a statement. “The brand is iconic in so many ways. It defines fashion, elegance and sophistication.”

So true. And for that, Kunis is a perfect fit with her sexy yet classic look.

Enjoy some images from the campaign, below.

 

 

Happy Jersday! New Season Premieres Tonight…Jersey does South Africa…AND Deena Making an Appearance in Pittsburgh!

5 Jan

Happy Jersday!

 

Season 5 of MTV’s Jersey Shore premieres tonight.

Twitter is abuzz with anticipation of the wildly popular reality show returning for its newest season.

In other Jersey Shore news, the next season is reportedly going to be filmed in SOUTH AFRICA!

Also — cast member Deena Nicole will be making an appearance here in Pittsburgh at World of Wheels on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 1pm-5pm.

The World of Wheels will be held at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh on January 27-29.

Hopefully, Deena is on her best behavior….

Psssttt…rumor has it that Snooki may be getting her own spin-off. That being said, other Jersey Shore cast members have also been rumored to be involved in spinoff projects; but none yet have ever come to fruition.

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Both Getting Divorced

5 Jan

I always thought that there was a slight chance that Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel were the same person, or, at the very least, separated from birth.

And then, they both announced divorces from their respective husbands (Russell Brand and  Ben Gibbard) within days of one another.

Conspiracy?

(All kidding aside – they do look A LOT alike. LOL.)

For your (mind-boggling) viewing pleasure:

That all being said, we’re sorry to hear about the misfortunes of these unlucky-in-love ladies. Seems to be so hard to keep a Hollywood marriage alive….

Glitzburgh Glam: Lady Gaga, Best or Worst Dressed? -By Natalie DeBarto, Intern

28 Dec

When it comes to Lady Gaga, it’s impossible to be shocked by her outfits. After all, she did strut the stage is an outfit made of raw meat, and nothing can beat that on the shock meter. It seems this year she has been voted at the top and the bottom of the outfit pole. Sometimes she’s put together and fashionable, and other times she’s, well, covered in meat. Here’s the best and worst of Lady Gaga:

Best:

**Even though the character was annoying, Gaga looked great in the outfit!

Worst:

Lady Gaga definitely has more good outfits than bad, and her unique sense of fashion is changing the industry. Who knows, maybe the fashion of 2012 will include studded platforms, and meat dresses. Fashion is an ever changing world.