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Clive Davis Grammy Bash Still Going on After Whitney Houston's Death PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:16

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Whitney Houston Kevin Mazur/WireImage Industry mogul Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party--one of the biggest and most exclusive bashes of Grammy season--is still going on Saturday, despite the shocking news that his protégé Whitney Houston has tragically died at age 48 on the eve of the Grammy Awards, mere hours before the party.The party is streaming live Saturday night at http://www.grammy.com/live. Clive Davis himself is not in attendance.


According to many news outlets, Whitney had been expected to attend the soiree. TMZ reports that Whitney was actually supposed to open the party. On Friday, Clive told the Associated Press: "It's her favorite night of the year...(so) who knows by the end of the evening?"

Saturday night's party at the Beverly Hilton was, as of this writing, supposed to include performances by the Kinks' Ray Davies with Jackson Browne and Elvis Costello, Alicia Keys, and Monica and Brandy, according to reports. Monica recently told the press that Whitney actually stopped by the rehearsals a few days ago to offer some words of encouragement.

"When so many things were happening in my life that weren't in favor of me reaching my full potential, she was always there, pushing me," said Monica. "And I think it made it feel good when she was in the audience, just reminding us, helping us with sound, doing different things today...Their expertise, her and Mr. Davis's, it can't be found anywhere."

Along with Whitney, other celebrities on the guestlist reportedly included Bruno Mars, the Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, Neil Young, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Adam Lambert, and Jessie J.



Singing superstar Whitney Houston dies at 48 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:40

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent," Rosen said.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.

Rosen said police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he said.

What was Whitney Houston's best song?

Houston's end came on the eve of music's biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.

Her longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday, and a representative of the show said it would proceed.

Producer Jimmy Jam, who had worked with Houston, said he anticipated the evening would become a tribute to her, and he expected there to be one at the Grammys as well.

Houston was supposed to appear at the gala, and Davis had told The Associated Press that she would perhaps perform: "It's her favorite night of the year ... (so) who knows by the end of the evening," he said.

Video: Sharpton mourns loss of 'talented' Houston (on this page)

Houston had been at rehearsals for the show Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to a person who was at the event but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.

Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party with singer Kelly Price.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he would call for a national prayer Sunday morning during a service at Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

"The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird," Sharpton said in a written statement.

Story: Stars react to Whitney Houston's death

In a statement, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said Houston "was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades."

"Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs," Portnow said. "A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

Video: Whitney Houston reportedly dies of unknown cause (on this page)

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

Slideshow: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012 (on this page)

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:41
McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle National DJ Champion PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 February 2012 08:38

A panel of celebrity DJ judges last night crowned San Francisco-based DJ Risk One as the 2012 Flavor Battle Champion. The 2012 McDonald's Flavor Battle DJ competition finale event took place at the Miami Beach nightclub Cameo, where three DJs each representing a McDonald's burger took to the turntables in a battle of burgers and beats to win the $10,000 grand prize and championship. DJ Risk One represented the Big Mac and beat out first runner-up DJ E-V from Cleveland, Ohio, and DJ Alizay from Washington, D.C., to claim the McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle championship title.

Judged on crowd appeal, mixing skills, technique and performance flow, each finalist demonstrated their mix-master skills in a free-style battle to prove who had the most musical flavor and talent. McDonald's and Complex Media kicked off the 2012 Flavor Battle competition last November with a total of 24 DJs representing three regions of the U.S. and three of McDonald's burgers — the Angus Third Pounder, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac.

Hosted by the legendary "human beat boxer" Doug E. Fresh, this year's Flavor Battle finale was judged by veteran celebrity DJs Spinderella, Miami's own DJ Irie, DJ Skribble and the reigning 2011 Flavor Battle Champion, DJ JayCeeOh. Rapper/singer/actress Teyana Taylor was on hand providing live Twitter updates and interviews with celebrity guests.


Flavor Battle was conducted with Complex Media, the men's style and lifestyle network dedicated to young men 18-34.

To learn more about McDonald's Flavor Battle, please visit http://www.flavorbattle.com.

Global Beauty Ambassador Fergie PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 February 2012 08:47


A six-time Grammy® award winning artist – currently nominated for three more in 2012 – Fergie is responsible for some of the music industry's biggest hits, both as a singer and as a songwriter. She has reached the top of the international charts on her own and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas, and has appeared both in films and on television in theatrical roles. She has additionally received accolades as a fashion designer, serving as the creative force and visionary behind her signature footwear collection.

wet n wild® is about to get Fergalicious. Known for offering fashionable, fun cosmetics at affordable prices, wet n wild® is pleased to announce that it has partnered with global superstar and international pop culture icon Fergie, selecting the stunning and glamorous fashionista as its Global Beauty Ambassador beginning in 2012.

Together, wet n wild® and Fergie will kick off a multi-year worldwide campaign that empowers women to approach beauty in a fearless, hip yet economically-savvy way. In addition to promoting wet n wild products via promotional materials, planograms and events which will feature Fergie, the brand will introduce Fergie signature lines by wet n wild, exclusive collections that will be a reflection of the singer's rock-star glam style.

"I'm truly excited to be the global beauty ambassador for wet n wild," said Fergie. "The brand delivers amazing palettes, unquestionable quality and is incredibly affordable. It's a beauty trifecta that I'm proud to be involved with."


Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 08:47
Puffy Walks The Walk! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2012 23:59

The Big Apple is buzzing right now with threads-obsessed celebs intent on landing a front-row seat at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The Fall 2012 presentations, which kicked off on Thursday, last eight more days. But before we get intoxicated with coming trends, let's take a look back at some famous turns of fashion-friendly stars who skipped the front row and strutted straight toward the catwalk...


Sean "Diddy" Combs walked the runway at the end of the fashion show for his clothing line Sean John during the 2006 Macy's Passport Gala in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2006.

Keep clicking to see other celebrity catwalkers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:09
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