Lady Gaga takes Super Bowl spotlight, but how will she use it?

admin   •   February 2, 2017   •   2950

Lady Gaga sings the U.S. National Anthem before the start of the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake Picture Supplied by Action Images

As Lady Gaga prepares to take America’s biggest stage at the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, much of country is speculating whether the outspoken singer will grab the opportunity to speak out on women’s rights, immigration or U.S. President Donald Trump.

In the past, Gaga’s attention-getting performances have ranged from dressing in raw meat to taking sexual assault victims to the Academy Awards. Many viewers are well aware of that history and will watch keenly on Sunday, when Gaga headlines a 15-minute set during the NFL championship game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston.

“People will take note of the lyrics and the political climate and come to their own conclusions,” said Nolan Feeney, staff writer at Entertainment Weekly.

When it comes to the Super Bowl’s 100 million-plus television audience, the 30-year-old singer may find that the safest way to make a political statement could be following in the footsteps of Beyonce, who let her music do the talking at last year’s Super Bowl.

Beyonce sang “Formation,” an anthem supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, accompanied by dancers dressed in homage to the Black Panthers Party of the 1960s and 70s.

Her powerful performance drew widespread praise, along with some criticism from people who perceived the song as anti-police. But their call to boycott Beyonce’s music fizzled out within weeks and her album became one of the year’s best sellers.

Both Gaga and the NFL have kept a tight lid on any details about her performance, which follows her drama-free singing of the U.S. national anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl.

The NFL on Wednesday denied reports that it had asked the singer to avoid political commentary.

“Everyone we work with understands this is a moment for families across America and the world to come together for a great experience. Lady Gaga understands that and we know she will deliver an incredible performance yet again,” NFL spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said.

If Gaga performs “Born This Way,” a song about diversity that has become an anthem for the LGBTQ community, it may have larger implications especially in Texas, where lawmakers are pushing to restrict public bathroom access for transgender people.

Gaga has to be careful not to step over the line. When Houston last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, headliners Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson famously caused broadcaster CBS to be fined $550,000 when her breast was accidentally exposed. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the fine for the incident, which gave birth to the phrase “wardrobe malfunction.”

Nevertheless, Jackson’s career was hurt.

“History tells us artists don’t think the Super Bowl is a great place to be particularly provocative,” Feeney said.

When Madonna performed in 2012, her guest star, rapper M.I.A., drew complaints for extending her middle finger. Madonna called the gesture “out of place” and the NFL sued the rapper.

Lady Gaga broke into the music industry in 2008 with pop hits such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” and her act featured skin-baring outfits and stunts. Over the years, her performances have grown more nuanced, and for her latest album, “Joanne,” the singer toned down her physical appearance to showcase her musical prowess.

Lady Gaga has said nothing about her plans for Sunday’s show. She did post a photo on social media of herself reclining across the bleachers of Houston’s NRG Stadium, with the simple caption, “5 days.” — By Piya Sinha-Roy | LOS ANGELES

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Leela de Kretser and David Gregorio)

From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser

UNTV News   •   March 30, 2020

Singer Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, singing “Bad Guy”

Billie Eilish sang on her sofa, Elton John played a keyboard belonging to his children, and the Backstreet Boys sang in harmony from five locations as dozens of musicians put on a fundraiser for those on the frontline against the coronavirus pandemic.

Those who performed from their homes for the “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” also included Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, and Sam Smith.

The one-hour show, broadcast on Fox television without commercials, was the biggest joint effort in the pandemic to lift spirits, raise money for those in the frontlines, and remind Americans to wash their hands and to keep their distance.

The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential workers as millions of Americans entered a third week subjected to orders to stay home.

The concert, also broadcast on iHeart radio stations nationwide, urged listeners to donate to charities Feeding America, and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The amount raised was not immediately known, but more than $1 million was donated in the first 10 minutes, courtesy of $500,000 from household goods giant Procter & Gamble and a matching sum from Fox Television.

“My heart goes out to people who have lost loved ones and also those who are losing their jobs,” said Lady Gaga, clad in pink sweatpants and a hoodie.

Alicia Keys, singing “Rise Up,” Dave Grohl performing “My Hero,” and Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic version of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” spoke to the hardships of millions of those working or laid off as stores, restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters have shut down. (Reuters)

(Production Credit: Pavithra George)

2019 Oscars: Complete List of Winners

Jeck Deocampo   •   February 25, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, USA — The 91st Academy Awards on Sunday (February 24) brought together Hollywood’s A-listers under one roof. The awards night, held at the Dolby Theater, went without a host for the first time in 20 years.

And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to…

See Rami Malek's full speech.

Posted by The Academy on Sunday, 24 February 2019

 Bohemian Rhapsody lead Rami Malek receives his very first Oscars award for best actor.

With their exceptional performance, Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, and Lady Gaga lead the new batch of Oscar winners this year.

See all the winners below.

Best Picture

  • Winner: Green Book
  • A Star is Born
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best Director

  • Winner: Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
  • Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best Actress

  • Winner: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Best Actor

  • Winner: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Best Supporting Actress

  • Winner: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Marina de Tavira – Roma
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor

  • Winner: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Elliot – A Star is Born
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Original Song

  • Winner: Shallow – A Star Is Born
  • All The Stars – Black Panther
  • I’ll Fight – RBG
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Original Score

  • Winner: Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansmen – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Winner: BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
  • A Star is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Original Screenplay

  • Winner: Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
  • The Favorite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Winner: Skin
  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother

Best Visual Effects

  • Winner: First Man
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Documentary – Short Subject

  • Winner: Period. End of Sentence
  • A Night at The Garden
  • Black Sheep
  • Endgame
  • Lifeboat

Best Animated Short Film

  • Winner: Bao
  • Animal Behavior
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Film Editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Green Book
  • The Favourite
  • Vice

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Winner: Roma – Mexico
  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Best Sound Mixing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Star is Born
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Roma

Best Sound Editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Quiet Place
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Roma

Best Cinematography

  • Winner: Roma
  • A Star is Born
  • Cold War
  • Never Look Away
  • The Favourite

Best Production Design

  • Winner: Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma
  • The Favourite

Best Costume Design

  • Winner: Black Panther
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • The Favourite

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Winner: Vice
  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Best Documentary – Feature

  • Winner: Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RGB

Timberlake back at Super Bowl halftime, no wardrobe malfunctions

UNTV News   •   February 5, 2018

Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Justin Timberlake performs during half time of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake posed for a selfie, paid tribute to music legend Prince and played it safe at a halftime Super Bowl performance on Sunday, returning to the gig where he and Janet Jackson introduced “wardrobe malfunction” to the American lexicon.

Timberlake danced and sang his way through a roughly 12-minute set before a television audience estimated at over 100 million people, mixing a song from his new album and staples such as “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that made him an intentionally known solo artist.

In an homage in Minneapolis to the state’s native son Prince, who died in 2016, Timberlake played a white piano and sat beneath a projection of Prince on a screen to sing a cover of “I would Die 4 U.”

The only major piece of clothing that came off this time was Timberlake’s jacket. In 2004, he infamously ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s garment during their halftime show in Houston and briefly bared her breast.

The incident dubbed “Nipplegate” was blamed on a wardrobe malfunction. It also lit the Internet on fire with a flash of the bare breast becoming the most-searched image in Internet history at the time.

Timberlake said via social media just ahead of his 2018 performance that he would not be sharing the Super Bowl stage with Jackson on Sunday.

Jackson ended up taking most of the blame for the 2004 incident, with some radio stations boycotting her music. Timberlake came away from the incident with little damage to his career.

A few hours ahead of the game, Jackson’s fans stormed social media and made #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay the top trending item on U.S. Twitter. Supporters of the singer flooded the social media platform with messages of appreciation for Jackson, who as a solo artist has sold more than double the number of records of Timberlake, according to Recording Industry Association of America data.

Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Thomas


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