A Harper’s Bazaar party in New York turned bizarre Friday night as rival rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj apparently tangled at the Plaza Hotel, People reported.
The singers were attending the Harper’s Bazaar Icons fashion week bash, and the scuffle included hair-pulling and shoe throwing, The New York Post reported.
The two singers crossed paths while walking off the red carpet on a second-floor balcony at the event, the Post reported.
“It was bad,” a witness told the newspaper. “They were separated by security, but Cardi was still trying to get at her. She took of a giant red shoe and threw it at Nicki — who was being blocked up against a wall by a huge security guard.”
Cardi B posted on Instagram after the incident, implying that comments by Minaj about her newborn daughter is what sparked the scuffle.
The disturbance occurred while Christina Aguilera was performing inside the party, the Post reported. Guests included Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Gigi and Christie Brinkley, the newspaper reported.
Three hundred lucky fans got a ticket to ride Friday night at Grand Central Terminal in New York as Paul McCartney gave a “secret” concert, WABC reported. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, maybe they were amazed by the show.
Celebrities like Meryl Streep, Kate Moss and Chris Rock were among those in attendance for the rush-hour concert, which the former Beatle used to promote “Egypt Station,” his first solo album in five years.
“This is quite a surprise,” Stephen McLaughlin, 57, waiting for a train to Westchester County, told The New York Post. “He’s an idol. He’s someone I grew up with. I’ve never seen him except on TV.”
McCartney, 76, showed up at the train terminal at 5:30 p.m. The location of the concert had been a secret, but McCartney dropped hints Thursday night when he appeared on the “Tonight Show,” the Post reported.
“It’s a surprise gig, we haven’t been telling anyone, but the album’s title is ‘Egypt Station’ so that might be a little clue there — station,” McCartney told host Jimmy Fallon. “It might be a grand show, I don’t know.”
“Egypt Station,” McCartney’s 17th solo-album, was released Friday, WPIX reported.
Singer and rapper Tyrone Griffin Jr., famously known as Ty Dolla $ign, is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Atlanta on Wednesday evening.
Griffin and six others were stopped in the area of 810 Martin Luther King Jr. around 4:55 p.m., according to the Atlanta Police Department.
Officers said the smell of marijuana was coming from the car, so they searched the vehicle and found marijuana and cocaine.
Atlanta police said Griffin will be charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and possession of cocaine. They said once the charges are finalized, he will be taken to the Fulton County Jail.
The other six people with Griffin were released without charges, and the investigation remains active, police said.
The singer was scheduled to perform at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Wednesday night. He has recently collaborated with artists including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake.
U2 cut short its musical performance Saturday night in Berlin after lead singer Bono suffered “a complete loss of voice,” Deutsche Weile reported.
The Irish rockers had to stop after a few songs as Bono was struggling on stage, The Guardian reported. The singer was seen sipping a hot drink between songs, the newspaper reported.
Bono, 58, stopped and told the audience, “I think we can’t go on, it’s not right for you,” The Guardian reported.
In a statement, the band said “We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice.”
Actress Ashley Judd posted video of Bono's performance on Twitter, writing that "The power of #bono voice before it surprised him in #Berlin and left him abruptly … he was singing his guts out (per usual)."
George Strait’s longtime drummer was killed in a car crash on a Tennessee interstate highway Friday, according to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Michael A. Kennedy, 59, of Baxter, Tennessee, died in a three-car crash on I-40W in Wilson County, WSMV reported. The GMC Kennedy was driving hit a tractor-trailer as it merged into another lane, The Tennessean reported. The tractor-trailer then hit a Chevrolet Silverado, the newspaper reported. Kennedy was not wearing a seat belt but investigators said it would not have saved him, WSMV reported.
The other two drivers were not injured, the television station reported.
Kennedy played drums for George Strait's Ace in the Hole Band since 1992, The Tennessean reported. He first appeared on Strait’s 1992 album “Holding My Own” before joining the group full time, Rolling Stone reported.
Before that, he played with Ricky Skaggs and Barbara Fairchild, WSMV reported.
"The heart beat of our band is gone," tweeted Paul Rogers, production manager for George Strait Productions. "Not sure how we will get back on stage without him. But we must. Much love and respect my dear friend Mike Kennedy.”
Strait, 66, retired from active touring in 2014. He is scheduled to perform in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, Rolling Stone reported.
She turns 75 on Sept. 22, but “Mickey” singer Toni Basil is still so fine with her dance moves.
Basil no longer wears the cheerleading outfit from the video of the 1980s hit, which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in December 1982 thanks to exposure on MTV, but Basil is being cheered by many fans on social media for her latest video, The Huffington Post reported.
Pop diva Bette Midler posted a clip of Basil dancing to Lady Alma’s “It’s House Music” to her Twitter account on Tuesday. “Toni B is 74! Get up on your feet and put some joy back into your life!!!” Midler tweeted.
“A mere youngster,” tweeted actor William Shatner, who is 87.
Born Antonia Christina Basilotta, Basil has been an actress, choreographer and dancer. According to her website, she acted in several films, including “Easy Rider” and “Five Easy Pieces.” Basil also did choreography for the 1973 movie, “American Graffiti” and acted on television, appearing most notably on “Laverne and Shirley.”
Basil’s dancing ability remains crisp, and she still blows our mind when she performs.
Here is the official video of “Mickey” from 1982:
The Queen of Soul received a respectful send-off from the Queen of England on Friday.
As family and friends prepared to celebrated the life of singer Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace as the Band of the Welsh Guards performed a cover of Franklin’s 1967 signature hit, “Respect,” The Daily Mail reported.
Franklin, 76, died from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16.
The Army in London’s Twitter account tweeted a video of the Welsh Guards performed at Buckingham Palace, writing that “'Respect for others underpins all we do in the @BritishArmy so it was no surprise that the @WelshGuardsBand paid tribute to musical icon and inspiration #ArethaFranklin at Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace today.”
It was an upbeat farewell performance on a sunny day in London.
Ziggy Stardust is returning.
A cocktail bar with a David Bowie theme will be opening in London next month, the New Music Express reported.
The bar will be named Ziggy’s in honor of Bowie’s glam-rock persona of the early 1970s, Ziggy Stardust and is scheduled to open Sept. 20 at the Hotel Café Royal.
The bar will feature several drinks inspired by lyrics from Bowie’s 1972 album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,” according to the New Musical Express.
For example, “Tigers on Vaseline,” a piña colada-style drink, is inspired from “Hang On To Yourself.” An espresso martini with a rum flip is called “Darkness and Disgrace,” and owes its name to the song “Lady Stardust.”
The Hotel Café Royal was where Bowie retired the Ziggy Stardust character on July 3, 1973, during a party dubbed the “Last Supper,” New Musical Express reported.
The bar will be decorated with pictures from that night.
“Café Royal has always been the place where great minds would come to discuss great ideas,” Fabio Spinetti, the hotel’s bars and beverages manager, told New Music Express. “David Bowie played a really important part in Café Royal’s history, with the famous Last Supper taking place here. It only seems fitting to provide a homage to one of our most esteemed patrons.”
Legendary singer Neil Young and actress Darryl Hannah were married in a secret ceremony in California over the weekend, The New York Post reported.
Young, 72, and Hannah, 57, have been dating since 2014, Esquire reported, but neither would confirm whether they had tied the knot.
According to multiple outlets, the “Heart of Gold” singer and “Splash” actress were married in Atascadero, California, which followed a ceremony held earlier aboard Young’s yacht, E! Online reported.
Singers Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills were among the only celebrities to attend among the 100 invited guests, the Post reported. Each guest was given a heart-shaped locket containing photos of the bride and groom.
Friends on social media posted congratulations, and Hannah posted a cryptic note on Instagram noting that “Someone’s watching over us … love & only love.”
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