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Ed Sheeran, Drake And Ariana Grande Win Big At The BRIT Awards

Ed Sheeran, Drake and Ariana Grande were among the big winners at the BRIT Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, which were held Wednesday in London.

Ed took home the BRITs Global Success award, Ariana nabbed the International Female Solo Artist trophy, and Drake was crowned the International Male Solo Artist.

Other winners Beyoncé and Jay-Z – aka The Carters – for International Group, and Little Mix for British Video for their song "Woman Like Me," featuring Nicki Minaj.

Pink was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, making her the first international artist to have that honor bestowed upon her.

Pink capped the show with an epic performance of some of her biggest hits. The singer kicked off the medley with her latest single, "Walk Me Home" – which she had just released hours earlier – singing in a fuzzy robe as she made her way from a dressing room to the stage. Switching to a billowy red feather cloak, Pink descended upon center stage in an aerial hoop for "Just Like Fire," which included plenty of flames. She also sang "Just Give Me a Reason," "Try" and "What About Us."

Bastille’s Dan Smith joined for "Just Give Me a Reason," filling in for fun.’s Nate Ruess, with the pair also accompanied by a massive choir.

The night opened with a high-octane performance from Hugh Jackman performing "The Greatest Show" from the blockbuster hit movie, The Greatest Showman.

Other performances included:

  • George Ezra performed "Shotgun" with his acoustic guitar.
  • Little Mix performed "Woman Like Me" joined by Ms Banks and a slew of dancers.
  • Jorja Smith performed "Don’t Watch Me Cry."
  • Calvin Harris brought a host of huge stars out for a medley of hits, starting with Rag’n’Bone Man, then Sam Smith and Dua Lipa.
  • Jess Glynne brought a gang of women to remove their make up on stage en-masse as she performed "Thursday."
  • The 1975 took to the stage to perform "Sincerity Is Scary."
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Ariana Grande Celebrates Her Billboard Milestone On 'Late Late Show'

Ariana Grande made a surprise visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden Tuesday night, much to the delight of some unsuspecting guests.

Ariana came out unannounced and sang with the TNT Boys, a young boy band trio from the Philippines who previously performed at James Corden’s other hosting gig, The World’s Best. The boys were so floored by the moment they could barely get through their rendition of "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going" from Dreamgirls as Ariana sang along.

The trio, made up of Keifer Sanchez, 15, Mackie Empuerto, 14, and Francis Concepcion, 13, were beside themselves. Ariana gently nudged the boys to complete the song between hugs, while also offering some vocal support throughout the soaring Broadway track.

"I’m obsessed with you guys, you’re so incredible," Grande told the boys after they’d finished, which left them dumbfounded all over again.

"Is this a dream?" Concepcion asked while playfully slapping himself in the face.

Afterward, Ariana chatted with Corden about her history-making day, becoming the first artist to simultaneously hold the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 since The Beatles did it in 1964.

"I think it’s so funny. I thought it was hilarious. When I woke up I thought it was like an edit, like that my fans made. I thought it was a joke! It’s really wild. My mom and I were driving around listening to The Beatles all day and I was like, ‘This is crazy…this is so weird!’"

She jokingly added, "I’ll go away after this. I’ll take a break, I promise!" Asked what she planned to do to celebrate such a milestone achievement, Ariana confessed she doesn’t have much of a personal life these days. "Well, honestly, I was so excited you asked me to do this today cause I usually don’t have anything to do, other than just make songs and, like, rehearse and that’s it," she declared, adding, "personal life still non-existent."

Ariana of course ended her engagement to Pete Davidson late last year, and addressed him and other past loves in her current No. 3 hit – formerly No. 1 – "thank u, next."

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Beyonce And JAY-Z Accept BRIT Award With Help From Meghan Markle

Beyoncé and JAY-Z accepted their BRIT Award for International Group in front of a portrait of Meghan Markle. According to Rap-Up, the couple was unable to attend the ceremony on Wednesday (February 20th) at London’s O2 Arena, so they opted to send a video instead. In the 30-second clip, a portrait of Markle can be seen before the video pans out to reveal The Carters standing alongside the royal artwork. The clip also featured the instrumental to Bey and JAY’s Everything Is Love record, "APESH*T."

Bey said as she held the award, "Thank you so much to the BRIT Awards for this incredible honor. You guys have always been so supportive, Everything Is Love. Thank you." JAY then jokingly said, "You’re welcome," while Bey laughed.

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Selena Gomez Teams With Benny Blanco, J Balvin And Tainy

Besides shooting her new Puma campaign, Selena Gomez has been busy hitting the recording studio.

Gomez took to her Instagram story on Monday to share a photo of white robes with red script names in the back: "Selena, blanco, Balvin, Tainy," referencing producers Benny Blanco and Tainy and Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin.

Gomez also "liked" all three of the fellow musicians’ posts of the same photo, sending fans into a tizzy about an collaboration. And they were right.

J Balvin spoke to ET about the new collaboration titled "Can’t Get Enough" on Wednesday following his rehearsal performance for Premio Lo Nuestro at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

The highly anticipated track will drop next February 28th and, sure enough, features Tainy and Benny Blanco.

"'Can’t Get Enough’ is the name of the song. Produced by Tainy, you know he’s a great producer, Benny Blanco and yes, me and Selena," Balvin told ET. "She sings in English. You know, I represent the Spanish."

"She’s amazing! Such a humble girl,’ Balvin added. "Great person. I’m really happy she’s the way she is."

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Ariana Grande & Piers Morgan Make Up

Ariana Grande and Piers Morgan have buried the hatchet.

The singer, 25, and the British journalist, 53, got into a Twitter feud in November when Morgan accused Grande of using nudity to sell albums.

"… I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to," Grande wrote on Twitter in response to Morgan’s diss. "Women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice. & we will keep fighting til people understand. i say this w all due respect but thank u, next."

But this week, the two had a friendly discussion and on Tuesday, Morgan tweeted, "Thank u for a great night @ArianaGrande x."

Grande responded by saying, "thank u for some laughs and some v productive conversation ! it was nice bumping into u ! #FutureFeministPiers #FingersCrossed."

Fans didn’t appear thrilled that Grande sat down with the controversial newsman. Grande then elaborated, "well………… we bumped into each other. at a restaurant. and i decided to sit with him and we spoke for a while. i think some progress was made! turns out face to face discussions are a bit kinder and gentler, even if you do indeed disagree. :)"

On Wednesday, Morgan shared a selfie he snapped with Grande where they both posed with duck lips.

"So… we bumped into each other in a LA restaurant, she joined me for ‘a chat’ & 2 hours later we were still chatting," Morgan wrote. "We laughed, we argued, she cried, I nearly did, the drinks flowed & we bonded. Turns out we really like each other. Weird. Thank u ⁦@ArianaGrande⁩ – next?"

Many responded to the tweets, calling Grande’s actions "charity."

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Kelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha, Taylor Swift Receive Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominations

Kelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha and Taylor Swift have all received nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be presented in Las Vegas in April.

Bebe is nominated for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Event of the Year for "Meant to Be," her smash collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. It was a huge pop hit, but it also spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart.

Kelly is also up for Music Event of the Year for "Keeping Score," a collaboration she recorded with country duo Dan + Shay. The duo is one of this year’s leading ACM nominees, with six nods in all.

Taylor is up for Video of the Year for "Babe," her collaboration with Sugarland. Not only does she sing on the track, but she also co-stars in the video, along with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.

The ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be handed out live on April 7th from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airing on CBS.

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Quickies: Pink, Taylor Swift & Elle King

PINK RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘WALK ME HOME’: Pink is back with a new single. The 39-year-old singer shared a lyric video Wednesday for her song "Walk Me Home." Pink had previewed "Walk Me Home" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show ealier this month. The single will appear on her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human, which debuts in April. "#WalkMeHome out now!" Pink tweeted Wednesday. Pink last released the album Beautiful Trauma in October 2017. She will kick off a new leg of her accompanying tour March 1st in Sunrise, Florida.

TAYLOR SWIFT COUNTERSUES NEW YORK COMPUTER STORE OVER ‘SWIFTLIFE’ NAME: Taylor Swift has sued a small business owner over the name "Swiftlife." According to legal documents, Taylor has filed a counter-suit against a computer store called Swiftlife in New York; Patrick Bénot, the owner, filed a lawsuit against Taylor in 2018 when she launched her mobile app, The Swift Life. In her countersuit, Taylor claims Bénot was able to get the name "SwiftLife" for his store by lying to the Trademark Office. She claims that when Bénot registered the company, he used the name "S.L. SwiftLife Computer Services." Taylor claims this is proof that Benot never planned to use the name "SwiftLife" on its own. so he shouldn’t be suing her over it. Accordingly, she’s asking the court to cancel the store’s trademark, and is also asking Benot to pay her legal bills.

ELLE KING, CHER TO APPEAR ON ‘VH1 TRAILBLAZER HONORS’: Cher and Elle King will both appear on the upcoming special VH1 Trailblazer Honors, airing March 8th on both VH1 and Logo. Cher will present an award to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of several women being honored during the special. Elle, meanwhile, will perform her song "Baby Outlaw," from her latest album Shake the Spirit. The other honorees on the show include Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. The one-hour special airs on International Women’s Day.


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