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The annual awards gala is taking steps to increase diversity.
The 2017 Kennedy Center Honorees have finally been announced, and among them is rapper LL Cool J who has become the first solo hip hop artist to land the honour. Of course, that doesn't change his own political stand-point regarding the current president, but then the ceremony isn't all about Donald Trump.
LL Cool J at Summer TCA Tour
Following Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest becoming the Kennedy Center's first artistic director for hip hop culture last year, now LL Cool J - real name James Todd Smith - has become the very first honoree in a move made to expand genre diversity.
LL Cool J seen at the Lakers game. The New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 118-112 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday December 11, 2016
LL Cool J - Rapper LL Cool J seen driving in his custom car in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th May 2016
The hit US show will come to the UK early next year.
Former Spice Girl Mel B is set to host the UK’s very own version of popular US show ‘Lip Sync Battle’, which will come to Channel 5 next year. The show, which airs in the US on the Spike network, sees two celebrities go head-to-head as they mime to famous songs in front of a studio audience.
Mel B will host 'Lip Sync Battle' UK on Channel 5 next year.
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Najee Smith and another man were arrested at the Catch Roof restaurant in New York in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
LL Cool J’s son, Najee Smith, has reportedly been arrested for refusing to leave a restaurant following an altercation in the early hours of Tuesday morning (September 29th).
A representative from the New York Police Department told E! News that they were called to a disturbance at a restaurant at the Meatpacking District on Ninth Avenue at 3:15am. Upon arrival, officers were told that Najee, 26, had refused to leave after appearing intoxicated and getting involved in a fistfight at the Catch Roof restaurant with co-defendant Flamur Kastrataj. They were both arraigned on charges of criminal trespassing the following day.
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Chris O'Donnell, Renée Felice Smith, Barrett Foa, Daniela Ruah, LL Cool J, Miguel Ferrer , Eric Christian Olsen - Paley Fest Special Event: NCIS: Los Angeles Fall Premiere - Arrivals at Paley Center for Media - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 11th September 2015
Six names were revealed on Tuesday, with more to come before the end of the week.
The Television Academy has revealed the first tranche of stars who will present awards at this year’s Primetime Emmys ceremony, including actress and comedienne Amy Poehler and ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
The list, revealed on Tuesday (September 8th), includes a number of past and present nominees. Taraji P. Henson, who is nominated for lead actress in a drama for her role in ‘Empire’, is presenting a statuette, as is her co-star Terrence Howard. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who received a nod for lead actress in a limited series or movie for ‘The Honourable Woman’, will also present an award.
Amy Poehler, multiple Emmy nominee for her part in 'Parks and Recreation', will be presenting at the 2015 ceremony
LL Cool J , Eric Christian - Celebrities attend the CBS, The CW, and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center. at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th August 2015
The series has been a hit for US network Spike since it’s debut earlier this year.
Channel 5 is bringing hit US series 'Lip Sync Battle' to the UK, with the show set to debut in 2016. The UK broadcaster has ordered an initial eight 30-minute episodes of the musical comedy show, which features two celebrities going head to head in a miming contest to their favourite pop songs.
The show debuted in the US earlier this year and has been a ratings success for the Spike network. Hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, a second season of 20 episodes has already been commissioned for 2016.
Continue reading: 'Lip Sync Battle' Is Headed To The UK On Channel 5
Lena Dunham, rocking out with the best of them.
Lena Dunham, everybody. The Girls creator guested on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday night and it served as the perfect occasion to bring back... wait for it... LIP SYNC BATTLE. Oh yeah! The two battled against each other over eight minutes, with Fallon trying his lips at Charlene’s “I’ve Never Been to Me” and RUN-DMC’s “Run’s House” and Dunham taking on Calvin Harris’ “Outside” (feat. Ellie Goulding) and Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.”
Who knew Lena Dunham had so much diva in her?
Recently, Fallon has branched out and created a full show, based on his most successful skit. The show, aptly named Lip Sync Battle is hosted by LL Cool J and airs on Spike TV. But Dunham wanted to go back to the source to find a platform for her – rather impressive – lip syncing talents.
The 47-year-old rapper will take the helm of music's biggest award ceremony for a fourth consecutive year.
LL Cool J is set to take the helm of the music industry's biggest award ceremony for the fourth time. The rapper-turned-actor has been named the host of the 2015 Grammys, a position he has proudly held since 2012.
LL Cool J will host the Grammy Awards for a fourth consecutive time
"As both a Grammy-winning recording artist and an accomplished actor, LL Cool J's wide range of talent, dynamic personality and charismatic energy make him the perfect choice to host the Grammy Awards," Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "His unique expertise allows him to set the right tone for the show and connect with everyone -- from his musical peers to fans at home. We are honored to have him back."
Continue reading: LL Cool J Set To Host The 2015 Grammys
What to expect when you're expecting the Tonys 2014.
Tony’s, Tony’s, Tonyyyy’s! Cue life affirming musical montage.It’s almost TIme for the 2014 Tony Awards! Has it been that long since last year’s? Well, yes. This year’s lineup looks mega promising, so here’s a little rundown of what to expect tonght.
A decade after his first time hosting, Hugh Jackman returns to fill some big shoes.
This year’s host is Hugh Jackman and while we’ll miss NPH, that beacon of Tony excellence, as a host (don’t worry, he’s still dropping by to perform with the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Itch), Mr. Jackson’s past appearances at the awards are no less a thing to behold. Example:
It's a little annoying that this high-concept marketing project (Rocky vs Raging Bull!) is as entertaining as it is: we want to hate it, as tired actors are sending up their own faded images. But while the script never even tries to be something interesting, it at least gives the stars some engaging scenes to work with. And we can't help but cheer for them in the end.
The film stars with a bit of history (and digital trickery), as young bucks Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Stallone and De Niro) battle it out back in 1982. Local fans in Pittsburgh are divided between them and are hugely disappointed when, at the peak of their fame, Razor suddenly retires before a climactic rematch. Now some 30 years later, a young promoter (Hart) decides to finally get them back together in the ring. But this stirs up an old feud involving Kid's affair with Razor's wife Sally (Basinger), which resulted in a son BJ (Bernthal), who's now a father himself. Can these two men possibly work together to promote their epic grudge match?
Silly question. Of course they start off gruffly snarling at each other but eventually find the expected mutual respect. And that's about the extent of the acting required of these two iconic stars. Add some fast-talking comedy from Hart, veteran battiness from Arkin, steely femininity from Basinger and soulfulness from Bernthal and the film at least has a veneer of complexity. But aside from wondering whether the filmmakers will fudge the final match so no one loses (they don't), there isn't much to worry about.
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The surviving Beatles will perform at the ceremony and fans are hoping the two will join each other on stage for a reunion performance
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.
Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together
The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.
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