Aretha Franklin’s taped message on the Grammys revealed that she has lost a considerable amount of weight. She still refuses to discuss her hospitalization and surgery a few months ago, so speculation never stops. At first it was assumed she had lap-band surgery to lose weight, but the rumor that she had surgery for pancreatic cancer began to circulate. Either would cause weight loss. Aretha is strangely reluctant to reveal her health issue but she did say “Doctors believe my surgery will add 15 to 20 years to my life.” We hope so.
Men’s fashion is often ignored at red carpet events because women are so much more extravagant, but we have selected our Best Dressed Man and it is definitely NOT Justin Bieber. Justin looks like he rented a suit for a prom in Indiana. Geekorama! On the other hand, Taboo, (real name Jaime Gomez) the rapper from Black Eyed Peas, in his own subtle way, out-dressed all the other guys. He obviously knows fashion. He also took the red carpet opportunity to promote his new autobiography “Fallin” Up.” This Boyle Heights homeboy has come a long way.
Continuing her rush to ”grow up,” Miley Cyrus, 18, has decided she wants to be a Bond Girl. The next installment of 007 has been pushed back a few years, but that hasn’t stopped Miley from actively pursuing the role. She contacted producers about auditioning for a part in the next Daniel Craig movie. No more Hannah Montana for her. She arrived at the Clive Davis Grammy party (above) looking quite voluptuous.
Whitney Houston and her 17 year old daughter Bobbi both look very together at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills. Whitney’s past problems are well documented, but recently internet photos of Bobbi appeared, showing her drinking, smoking, and making out with another girl, at a wild party. Having parents like Whitney and Bobby Brown cannot be easy.
Everything good about this year’s Grammy telecast was directly due to female participation and domination. NO ONE could top Pink’s amazing acrobatic performance in the sky. She can not only sing (her voice was rich and powerful) but she can do it spinning upside down thirty feet up in the air, AND soaking wet! She never missed a note and her athletic moves were immaculate. She made every guy on the show look drab and boring. As always, Beyonce was lively and letter perfect – we love that she never says no and performs EVERYWHERE. Lady Gaga’s entrance in her “rings of Saturn’ outer space frock pumped life into the red carpet and kept viewers tuned in. These girls gave the formerly male dominated Grammys the best ratings they’ve gotten in YEARS.
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Rihanna and Chris Brown’s PR people are frantically calling all over town trying to kill the story about Chris supposedly hitting his girlfriend Rihanna in a rage. We heard that Rihanna “disappeared” for awhile at a pre-Grammy party she atttended last night with Chris and that ignited the blow-up. Chris was NOT happy with her explanation and later when they were driving home alone together they started arguing and stopped the car. According to our source the fight turned physical and Chris struck Rihanna and she called 911. He supposedly ran away. Since Chris was on the lam and Rihanna was bruised, they both backed out of performing at the Grammys. Reps are trying to get the couple out of this nasty situation gracefully. Last we heard they claimed the pair had an “auto accident.”
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Our accomplished colleague Cindy Adams of the NY Post, detailed MORE of the reasons why Michael Jackson failed to appear on the Grammys to promote the 25th Anniversary of Thriller. Not only did Jackson demand a one-of-a-kind, once in a lifetime AWARD, but he wanted to select the A-list celebrity to present it to him. Of course he demanded special security and accommodations that would make all the other participants on the show feel cheated. He wanted the entire evening to be about and structured around HIM. Best of all, he wanted to be referred to as the King of Pop no less than THIRTY times on the show! The Grammy people backed off.
Amy Winehouse MUST be getting sober because she did something surprisingly thoughtful. She, like others in the UK, know how puritanical Americans can be. (Especially after her visa experience.) Keeping this in mind, she drew a little black bikini top on the large topless female tattoo on her arm so it wouldn’t offend anyone watching her appearance on the Grammys! After the show, the makeshift top was washed off.
We actually started to forgive Kanye West for his arrogance and egocentricity after his mother died so tragically. His appearance on the Grammys changed all that good will. He used the memory of his mother to call MORE attention to himself and solicit pity. First he sang that melodramatic song dedicated to her, with all the James Brown theatrics, including angels floating in the sky. But that wasn’t enough. Later, when he was making a long dull acceptance speech and the music started softly playing to hurry him up, he became outraged. Holier than thou Kanye started up again with a dedication to his mother to make himself look not like a blowhard, but a devastated son. Cheap manipulation.
We had to squirm through almost THREE hours of somnambulistic Alicia Keys and the like before Amy Winehouse finally appeared on the Grammys via satellite, but it was worth it. Best of all was her excitement when she realized she had won song of the year.