On Tuesday, the “Vogue” singer, a seven-time Grammy winner, responded to the gossip, saying that once again, she’s “caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in.”
Madonna wrote in an Instagram post that while she originally wanted to give the last award of the night, Album of the Year, she thought it was “more important” to introduce Petras and Smith’s performance, a “history-making moment.” She added, “And on top of that she won a Grammy!!”
“Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech, which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim, many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face!!,” she wrote.
“Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in,” she continued. “A world that refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45 and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be strong willed, hard-working and adventurous.”
The singer said she has “never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made,” nor “the way that I look or dress” and “I’m not going to start” now.
“I’ve been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come,” she wrote.
She borrowed a line from Beyoncé, who also broke records at Sunday’s ceremony, writing, “You won’t break my soul.” Adding, “I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior – pushing boundaries -standing up to the patriarchy – and most of all enjoying my life.” Then she ended with another Bey line: “Bow down bitches!”
Onstage Sunday, Madonna began her intro by saying, “Here’s what I’ve learned after four decades in music. If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you’re definitely onto something.”
She continued, “I’m here to give thanks to all the rebels out there, forging a new path and taking the heat for all of it. All you troublemakers out there, you need to know that your fearlessness does not go unnoticed. You are seen, you are heard and, most of all, you are appreciated.”
She ended with, “So now, speaking of controversy, it gives me great pleasure to introduce two incredibly talented artists who have risen above the noise, the doubt, the critics into something beautifully unholy. Here are two Grammy award winners: Sam Smith and Kim Petras.”
For music’s big night, Madonna was outfitted in a long black skirt with slit, black jacket, white shirt and tie — and she carried a riding crop. Her hair was styled in braids, accentuating her face. Social media was lit up with people making comments speculating about plastic surgery, pointing to exaggerated features and a wrinkle-free forehead. There were jokes about it being a Madonna impersonator, not the star, and the like.
Madonna’s appearance has been a talking point for years, as she’s been a superstar since the ’80s and has been lauded for continuously reinventing herself; she sparked a public dialogue in 2019 about whether she had derriere implants. Despite the chatter about her body, Madonna remains and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Last month, she announced her retrospective Madonna: The Celebration Tour, which spans 40 years of her career. Tickets for shows in New York, London and Paris sold out in minutes, with fans buying up 600,000 tickets in one day.
With all of the controversy that has surrounded Kanye West over the past few months, many were caught off-guard by the news that the disgraced rapper had apparently entered into another marriage, just two months after his divorce from Kim Kardashian was finalized. Fans may not be the only ones who were surprised, however, as the Hulu reality star’s family members are also reportedly confused about what’s going on between Ye and Yeezy architect Bianca Censori. Sources say the Kardashian-Jenner clan have concerns after West allegedly married Censori in an intimate ceremony recently, and apparently there’s one thing in particular that makes them “nervous.”
Kanye West has dated a few women since Kim Kardashian filed for divorce early in 2021, but his decision to tie the knot with Bianca Censori amid his anti-Semitism scandal has The Kardashians stars apparently wondering about his motivations and worried about what it all means for Kimye’s four children. A source told Page Six:
They aren’t sure if it is a PR stunt. They are waiting to see if he files for papers. They are nervous because if it’s real, she would be in the children’s life.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the parents of North (9), Saint (7), Chicago (5) and Psalm (3), so if the newlyweds were to file for a marriage license — which reportedly has not yet happened — Bianca Censori would, in theory, be involved in their lives. Kardashian and West agreed to joint custody as part of their divorce settlement.
The family isn’t taking this as a marriage yet. They don’t know what it is.
Kanye West was first spotted with the mystery blonde in January 2023 and was seen wearing a wedding ring when he and the Australian jewelry designer met for lunch at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills. Bianca Censori’s sister said news of the wedding was “exciting,” but asked for privacy for their family.
We’ll have to see if Kanye West and Bianca Censori make it legal, and if Kim Kardashian will address it on upcoming seasons of The Kardashians, which is set to return to the 2023 TV schedule with Season 3. The first two seasons can be streamed now with a Hulu subscription.
Avatar: The Way of the Water is passing milestone after milestone on its quest for box office dominance.
As of Wednesday (18 January), the James Cameron sequel has amassed $1.928bn (£1.56bn) globally, overtaking the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.91bn/£1.55bn) as the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time.
Only five films have surpassed the $2bn mark, as Way of the Water looks set to do: Avengers: Infinity War ($2.04bn/£1.65bn), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.069bn/£1.68bn), Titanic ($2.2bn/£1.78bn), Avengers: Endgame ($2.79bn/£2.26bn), and the first Avatar movie ($2.9bn/£2.35bn).
This of course means that if Way of the Water overtakes Infinity War, Cameron will be responsible for three of the five highest-grossing movies of all time.
Cameron has been open about the pressure on the Avatar sequel to be a box office smash as he has three more sequels in the works.
While the director claimed that the film needed to become the fifth highest-grossing film of all time to break even, Variety reported that he was embellishing and that the release would begin to make a profit once it hit an international gross of $1.5bn (£1.264bn).
A Florida jury has ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought forth by Rapper Flo Rida — legal name Tramar Dillard — and awarded him a total of $82.6 million in damages.
On Jan. 18, the rapper best known for songs like “Right Round” and “Whistle” won his lawsuit against the brand Celsius energy drinks after a jury found the company guilty of breaching an endorsement deal with the rapper that ran from 2014 to 2018. The jury also found the brand fraudulently hid information from him.
In a statement obtained by NBC News, the rapper thanked the jury and judge involved in the trial as well as his attorneys.
“This was a long journey, but we prevailed. From the start, I only wanted what I worked for, nothing more, nothing less,” he said in his statement. “I was instrumental in the Celsius that you know and love today. When this journey began, no one knew Celsius. I took Celsius all over the world through my videos, concerts, appearances, and social media. I have gained a new respect for the judicial system. God bless America.”
The rapper filed the lawsuit in 2021 and claimed Celsius owed him millions in added stock and royalties under the terms of their deals.
During closing arguments, Flo Rida’s attorney John Uustal said his client had not sought a specific dollar amount in his lawsuit but the 1% ownership he was promised.
In a separate statement obtained by NBC, Uustal said that he and his client relied on the jury to navigate the “complicated legal issues” involved in the case.
“We said we’d trust the jury to do the right thing, we’d trust the verdict, accept the decision of the jury. And it’s amazing how detailed the jury verdict was, how they filled out a complicated and extensive jury verdict in such a way that made it clear beyond any doubt that they understood all the most difficult issues in the case and resolved them,” said the statement. “I’m glad, in this case, the jury concluded that Flo Rida should get what he worked for.”
The Met Gala, the annual benefit for the museum’s Costume Institute that gathers fashion and pop culture’s most famous and powerful people, will take place May 1 — following its usual calendar placement on the first Monday in May. The theme, which corresponds with the changing fashion exhibit, will honor late designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour announced the 2023 theme during Paris Fashion Week in September. Vogue announced the date, the famous names who will co-chair the annual fundraiser alongside Wintour and the official dress code on Instagram Wednesday.
“Paying tribute to Mr. Lagerfeld is not solely a task for the museum’s curators: the 2023 dress code is ‘In honor of Karl,’” the publication wrote.
Here’s everything to know about the Oscars of fashion.
When is the Met Gala?
The 2023 Met Gala will take place May 1.
Last year’s Met Gala, themed “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” marked a return to the event’s annual schedule for the first Monday in May after the pandemic caused the 2020 gala to be canceled and the 2021 gala to be postponed to September.
The German-born couturier worked for decades simultaneously as creative director of many fashion houses including Chanel, Fendi and Chloé in addition to helming his eponymous international fashion label. He died in 2019 at 85.
The Met’s costume institute exhibit will transform to reflect “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” and will see some 150 of his creations assembled together to see his “stylistic language,” a Met press release says. Lagerfeld’s original sketches will also be on display.
Who will co-chair the Met Gala with Anna Wintour?
The exclusive invite list for the Met Gala is mostly under lock and key until the stars arrive on the red carpet for cameras to see. However, a handful of stars are announced as co-chairs ahead of time.
As expected, Madonna has announced dates for “Madonna: The Celebration Tour,” in a viral video with a wink to her 1990 film “Truth or Dare.” The video features Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Diplo, Bob the Drag Queen, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens, Meg Stalter, Eric Andre and culminates with Amy Schumer daring Madonna to go on tour and perform her four decades of mega hits.
The singer will rise to the challenge beginning on July 15, with a tour that will “be highlighting her unmatched catalog of music from the past 40-plus years,” according to the announcement. It will also “pay respect to the city of New York, where her career in music began.”
Produced by Live Nation, the 35-city global tour will kick off in North America on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and more before making its way to Europe, where she will hit 11 cities throughout the fall, including London, Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm, among others. The tour will wrap in Amsterdam on December 1 — full dates appear below.
“I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” Madonna says in the announcement.
Bob the Drag Queen (a.k.a. Caldwell Tidicue) will be the special guest on all dates of the tour.
Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 20th at 10am local time at madonna.com/tour. Citi is the official card of the tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning today (January 17) at 2 p.m. local time through January 19 at 6 p.m. local time through the Citi Entertainment program.
Legacy members of Madonna’s Official Fan Club will have a pre-sale opportunity beginning on January 17 at 12 p.m. ET through January 18 at 5 p.m. ET for all North America based shows and from 9 a.m. GMT/ 10 a.m. CET to 5 p.m. GMT/ 6 p.m. CET on January 18 for U.K. and European shows.
THE CELEBRATION TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES:
Sat Jul 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Tue Jul 18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sat Jul 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Tue Jul 25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu Jul 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Sun Jul 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Wed Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Sat Aug 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Mon. Aug 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Wed Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sun Aug 13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Aug 19 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
Wed Aug 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Thu Aug 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wed Aug 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sat Sep 02 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Thu Sep 07 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sat Sep 09 – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
Wed Sep 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Mon Sep 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Selena Gomez is still not letting her critics get her down.
The Only Murders in the Building star, a longtime advocate for body positivity, drew several body-shaming comments on social media after she walked the red carpet at the 2023 Golden Globes on Jan. 10. Selena, 30, later appeared on Instagram Live with her award show date, her little sister Gracie Elliot Teefey, 9, and spoke about gaining weight.
“I’m a little bit big right now because I enjoyed myself during the holidays,” she said, as seen in a video reshared on TikTok, before asking her sibling, “Right?”
Gracie replied, “Yeah,” after which Selena began laughing.
The pop star spoke while dressed in her Golden Globes attire—a strapless, plum velvet Valentino Fall 2022 Haute Couture gown with puff sleeves and a long train. At the award show, Selena was nominated for her first Golden Globe, for best performance by an actress in a television series, comedy or musical for her role of Mabel Mora in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building.
The star has spoken out against body-shamers before. In April 2022, she opened up again about being judged over her appearance.
“So I be trying to stay skinny, but I went to Jack in the Box and I got four tacos, three egg rolls, onion rings and a spicy chicken sandwich,” she said on TikTok. “But honestly, I don’t care about my weight because people bitch about it anyway: ‘You’re too small.’ ‘You’re too big.’ ‘That doesn’t fit.’ ‘Meh meh meh meh.'”
To her critics, she said, “Bitch, I am perfect the way I am. Moral of the story? Bye.”
After multiple trips down the aisle, Pamela Anderson is learning to fly solo.
“Right now it’s really good for me to be alone for the first time,” Anderson, 55, shares in a new interview with CBS Sunday Morningahead of the release of her new memoir, Love Pamela ,and Netflix documentary, Pamela: A Love Story, both of which are out later this month. “People are in and out of my life, or people come into my life, and I thought, the common denominator in all these relationships is me. So, I need to work on that.”
But the former Baywatch bombshell — whose exes include Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee, second husband Kid Rock, poker player Rick Salomon (whom she wed twice) and bodyguard Dan Hayhurst, whom she wed in 2020 after revealing that she and film producer and purported fifth husband Jon Peters were never legally married — hasn’t entirely ruled out romance.
When asked by CBS’s Jim Axelrod if she’s all done falling in love,” Anderson laughs and responds, “Don’t know!”
The interview digs deeps into Anderson’s traumatic youth, which included being raised by an abusive father and sexual assault. The actress now recognizes that her relationship with Lee came from her desire to find security. She hoped she had found that in the rock star, whom she married in 1995 after knowing him just four days.
“Tommy and I fell in love. It felt like this really safe place,” she says. “He would arrive at the house on a horse covered in full knight gear on, [like a] knight in shining armor, and read a scroll to me. It was just so hyper-heightened. But it felt good. It felt like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is what it’s all about. This is true love.’ It was so romantic, it was so over-the-top.”
But that level wasn’t something that could be maintained, and their relationship crumbled. Anderson and Lee divorced in 1998, so they briefly reconciled a decade later.
“No, it’s not a foundation for sustainable love. I haven’t done that yet!” Anderson laughs. “I haven’t figured that part out yet!”
Ultimately, it was her two sons from her relationship with Lee, Brandon and Dylan, who forced her to hold it together through all the chaos.
“I was a mother; that saved me,” she says. “You know, if I wasn’t a mom, I don’t think I would have survived.”