Wednesday, February 26, 2014

'OK! Magazine' Presents: Performance by R&B Singer Jason Derulo

Recording artist Jason Derulo performs at Lure in Hollywood hosted by Jordin Sparks

Nene Leakes shows off her beautiful smile to reporters while on the red carpet
Awards season in the world of music is in full swing this year. And what better way to have started it off but with the celebration of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Downtown L.A. But of course every award ceremony has to have a party to kick off the anticipated event. So, for the next two days, prior to Grammy night, the stars came out to party it up and indeed they did.

'N Sync's Lance Bass Attends
Pre-Grammy Event
Various talents included artists and TV personalities such as Nene Leakes, Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham, actress Tatyana Ali, singer Mike Posner, and many more showed off their red carpet fashion as they made their way into the party at Lure nightclub that was presented by OK! Magazine on Friday night.
Some partiers talked to reporters about the star-studded event and among other things making predictions on which of their favorite artists would win big on Grammy night. Mostly all had favored Draft Punk, which won by the way five Grammy’s total, which included the main category of Record of the Year for their hit song “Get Lucky” and Album of the Year for Random Access Memories. However, there was one particular artist that they could not help but favor and yet wasn’t even nominated this year. Of course I am referring to Queen B!

     Reality Star/Former
Model Joanna Krupa's
 revealing dress gets a lot of
attention on the red carpet
Yes, Beyoncé shocked everyone last year after releasing her self-titled album overnight without any promotion prior to its digital release on iTunes. Once word got out via social media about the ‘visual album’ being available to the public, within hours, the Apple website had temporarily crashed. Beyond the media hype of using an unorthodox business strategy to sell her album, critics and fans around the world felt the album was actually very good, which is why Beyoncé remained NO. 1 for three weeks on Billboard, and sold over 1.3 million copies in its first 17 days since it release on Dec. 13, 2013.

Perhaps this is why stars were getting ahead of themselves on predicting that Beyoncé will be nominated for next year’s Grammys. It might be a possibility, but we’ll find out by the end of the year if that’s the case.

Adrienne Bailon, Christina Milian,
and Chris Brown's girlfriend Karrueche
hanging out inside Lure Nightclub
Now I know what you are thinking, everyone focuses more attention on who attends the after-parties. Yes, but, whenever there is an elaborate and well-respected award show underway (such as the Grammys and Oscars), it is common for celebrities to attend several parties, brunches, and pre events throughout the week until the main event occurs. So that may be true but there was something about this Pre-Grammy party by OK! Magazine that turned out to be such a lovely event and it all had to do with one of the most favorite couple in the music biz.
The lovely Jordin Sparks hosting
the special event
As you know the event was hosted by American Idol alumni Jordin Sparks and featured a performance by her rumored fiancé Jason Derulo. It was nice to see this adorable couple walking down the red carpet hand-in-hand; and when inside the club, the 24-year-old singer/actress introduced the “love of [her] life” on stage to an excited crowd. The multi-platinum artist sang most of his biggest hits, including his new song “Talk Dirty” from his third album Tattoos. Derulo and his backup dancers entertained the audience with some wicked back flips and awesome dance moves. 

Jason Derulo's performance
at Lure Nightclub
But he really wooed everyone when he sang the beautiful love song “Marry Me”. You could even see Sparks towards the side of the stage lip-syncing each word to the song he was singing. And towards the end of the song, Derulo got down on one knee as if he was proposing to his one true love. It was really nice to see such genuine love between this young couple that have been together for more than two years. It’s no wonder why fans keep asking when this couple will get engaged in real-life let alone be married. 

Be sure to check out the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 on CBS

Photo Credit by: John Sciulli & Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images

Written By: Bridget Campos

Friday, January 31, 2014

Exclusive Interview w/ 'Glee’s Jane Lynch

The comedic star talks about ‘Glee’s final season, a co-star’s possible spin-off, and the importance of eating breakfast every day

Since her debut in 2009, Sue Sylvester, the brassy cheerleading squad coach known for wearing her iconic red tracksuit and constantly screaming insults through a bull horn, is considered to be one of the most favorite television characters of this decade. Even the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly have praised Jane Lynch’s performance on the show, stating that “[she] makes Glee worth watching” and that Sue Sylvester is “the greatest Broadway–musical villain to ever co-star in a TV series.”  

But acclamation goes beyond verbal praise for the 53-year-old actress; she has won various awards including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for playing such a dynamic role. But one of the most prestigious awards that any entertainer could ever receive in their lifetime would be a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That dream came true for Lynch on September 2013 and came as a surprise for her.

Jane jokingly talks about the day that she first heard she would be getting a star on Hollywood Blvd.

She said, “I have to tell you it was certainly not on my bucket list. I was thrilled and honored. I’ve been by lately to visit it, so I can make sure it’s still there.”

Over the years Glee has become very successful at defining pop culture with their own rendition of popular hit songs from various artists like the Beatles, Journey, Madonna and Michael Jackson. However, Glee did face devastating news that shocked both fans and the entertainment world alike when the show lost one of its cast members, quarterback Finn Hudson, played by Cory Monteith. It was reported that the 31-year-old actor died from an apparent drug overdose in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013. Three months later it was announced by Glee co-creator and executive producer, Ryan Murphy, that season six would be the show’s final season.      

When asked what she thinks about Glee coming to end, Jane responded, “It is fine with me. If the show ends on its sixth season then I totally support that.” 

Though Glee will be over this year, this has not stopped Jane from pursuing other endeavors. Last May she was in the Broadway production of Annie as the evil Miss Hannigan and is currently hosting NBC’s Hollywood Game Night.

“I love doing theater work,” Jane lamented, “I don’t have any concrete plans [after Glee]. But I’m excited to do a whole bunch of stuff. I love to sing maybe have a concert night here and there.”         

This answer comes as a bit of a surprise since Jane’s memorable performances go beyond television but the big screen as well. Her movie credits include: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and several animated films like Wreck-It Ralph and Escape from Planet Earth. With such an impressive list of movie appearances, Jane should have no trouble returning to films after her days of playing Sue Sylvester are over.

Around Glee’s fifth season last year, the show had moved from William McKinley High School in Ohio to New York City and will stay there for the duration of its run. Such a move made people speculate that one of Glee’s cast members, Lea Michele, would have her own spin-off. When asked if she thinks the rumors are true about the alleged spin-off, Jane gave a coy response, “If I had [Lea] under contract I would do a show around her too (Laughs). She’s a great talent. And I’m sure a lot of people will be rooting for her success.”       

Though Jane has been very busy with other projects, she has found time to partner up with belVita breakfast biscuits to encourage people to make time to eat breakfast.   

“I was on board to work with belVita because I’m one of those people that never know what to have for breakfast. So I would end up skipping the most important meal of the day, which is a big mistake to do. I usually pair [the biscuits] with yogurt or a soy latte. It’s healthy because it’s whole grain and contains around three to five grams of fiber. It’s a no brainer to have in the morning.”

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Written by: Bridget Campos