US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to alumni of Georgetown University, quoted a song by American singer Taylor Swift, hinting that Washington might not restore relations with the Russian leadership. The broadcast was hosted by the Reuters YouTube channel.
“Indeed, Taylor Swift spoke at the graduation ceremony at New York University. Unfortunately, my team did not allow me to bring my guitar to dedicate the song “We are never ever getting back together” President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, — said Blinken.
According to the diplomat, such a move on his part would be “undiplomatic and cringeworthy.”
After launched a special operation in Ukraine, many Western countries, including the EU and the United States, imposed sanctions against Russia. The restrictions included foreign exchange reserves, financial and industrial companies, as well as high-ranking officials and the military. In addition, in April, the United States expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington, bringing the number of diplomatic workers from Russia to a historic low.
Russia called Western sanctions illegal and repeatedly introduced mirror measures, including against Blinken and other first US persons. At the end of March, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that relations with Western countries are now worse than during the Cold War.
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Ever since the smash hit ‘Driver’s License’ came out, fans have been obsessed with Olivia Rodrigo’s dating life. Here’s details on the men that Olivia has dated.
Olivia Rodrigo does not hold back about her personal life in her music. The 19-year-old superstar rose to fame thanks to her hit breakup anthem “Driver’s License.” Just like Taylor Swift, Olivia writes about her love life in her lyrics, although she leaves many details — including her partner’s identity — open-ended. Still, fans have come to the conclusion that Olivia’s relationship with fellow performer Joshua Bassettinspired her debut album Sour. Olivia was in a relationship before and after she dated Joshua, 21. Here’s everything to know about Olivia’s dating history and the men she’s loved.
Ethan Wacker at the Radio Disney Music Awards on June 22, 2018 (Photo: Rob Latour/Shutterstock)
Olivia’s first serious boyfriend was actor Ethan Wacker, 19. They met on the Disney Channel comedy series Bizaardvark, where Olivia played Paige Olvera and Ethan played Bernie Schotz. The co-stars officially started dating in July 2018, but they waited six more months until they made the romance Instagram official. “Happy 6 months! You are the greatest,” Ethan wrote alongside a since-deleted photo of the pair from January 2019. Olivia and Ethan continued dating until August 2019, when fans noticed that they wiped footage of each other off their IG pages.
However, the exes are still on good terms. When Ethan revealed he got accepted into Vanderbilt University in May 2020, Olivia congratulated her ex-boyfriend on her Instagram Stories. “Ahhhh I’m so proud! He’s the best!” she said at the time, according to reports. Plus, after “Driver’s License” was released, Ethan denied rumors floating around on TikTok that the song was about their relationship. “Nope, I treated her well,” he wrote on TikTok.
Olivia Rodrigo & Joshua Bassett in ‘High School Musical: The Musical — The Series’ (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures/Kobal/Shutterstock)
The Olivia-Joshua relationship was a major pop culture moment in 2021. The pair, who co-star in Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series as Nini and Ricky, respectively, were linked in a supposed love triangle involving fellow Disney darling Sabrina Carpenter, 22. The release of “Driver’s License” led to fans attempting to decipher Olivia’s apparent references to Joshua and Sabrina. Later on, Joshua and Sabrina fueled the fire by releasing songs with heartbreaking lyrics that fans believe are about the drama between the three stars. However, none of them have confirmed this, and Olivia and Joshua have never even confirmed their rumored romance.
In a GQ interview published June 2021, Joshua addressed the supposed love triangle. He revealed that “the hardest thing” has been “biting my tongue, in a lot of ways, but the reality is it’s kind of like a lost cause trying to talk about any of that stuff, and I refuse to feed into any of the bullshit, so I just don’t.” Joshua added, “[Everyone] is asking me about Sabrina and Olivia. Why don’t we focus on these women for who they are? Let’s focus on the art that they’re making and how great they are instead of their relationship to a boy.” In that same interview, Joshua came out as a member of the LGBTQ community. “Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear,” he said.
Adam Faze at ImmersiVerse ATX Lounge (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock)
Olivia’s most recent beau was producer/director AdamFaze, 24. The pair were first spotted together getting cozy at the premiere of Space Jam 2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain on June 29, 2021. A source told E! at the time that Olivia brought Adam as her plus one to the event and even introduced him as “her boyfriend.” In November 2021, they were seen packing on PDA out in L.A. in photos obtained by Page Six.
Sadly, Olivia and Adam are no longer together. Their breakup was reported by numerous outlets in February 2022. A source told Peoplethat “they’ve been over for a bit now.” Olivia and Adam still haven’t publicly discussed their short-lived romance.
Harry Styles is one of the most exciting pop stars today – but how has the ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer done at music’s biggest night? Here’s how many Grammys Harry has won.
There’s no denying that Harry Styles is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. The former One Direction singer has blossomed into a vibrant solo artist, with hits like “Sign of the Times,” “Adore You,” “Golden,” and “Watermelon Sugar.” Add in his countless sold-out shows and the growing number of Gold and Platinum records, and it’s clear that this man is one of the shining stars in the pop music galaxy.
However, his light hasn’t shone so brightly when it comes to the Grammy awards. It’s almost inconceivable, but as of 2022, Harry Styles has only been nominated for three Grammys, and he’s just won a single award. This includes Harry’s time in 1D because the beloved boy band never scored a single nod.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock)
“Though 1D have yet to receive a nomination, we just want to point out that the GRAMMYs are indeed boy band-friendly,” Grammys.com wrote in a letter to a fan in a 2014 “Ask The GRAMMYs” column. “After all, two of the biggest boy bands of all time — Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync — scored seven and eight career GRAMMY nominations, respectively. And One Direction’s Midnight Memories, which was released Nov. 25, 2013, will be within the eligibility period for the 57th GRAMMY Awards.” Spoiler alert: they didn’t get a nomination. Harry would have to go solo before getting some recognition from the Recording Academy.
His 1 Grammy
Best Pop Solo Performance — “Watermelon Sugar”) (2021)
‘s first – and so far, only – Grammy win came in 2021 at the 63 rd Grammy Awards. Harry won the Best Pop Solo Performance for his song “Watermelon Sugar.” The song — from Harry’s sophomore album, Fine Line — beat out Justin Bieber’s “Yummy,” Doja Cat’s “Say So,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” and “Cardigan,” by Harry’s ex, Taylor Swift. Taylor was gracious in defeat, applauding and supporting Harry on his win.
“Wow, to everyone who made this record with me, thank you so much,” he said during his acceptance speech. “This is the first song we wrote after my first album came out [2017’s Harry Styles], during a day off in Nashville, and I just want to say thanks to Tom, Tyler and Mitch and everyone, Rob Stringer and everyone at Columbia, my manager Jeffrey, who has always nudged me to do better and never pushed me. And thank you so much. I feel very grateful to be here. Thank you so much. I feel very honored to be among all of you, so thank you so much.”
“I’m really grateful to be here,” said Harry. “All of these songs are f-cking massive, so thank you so much. I feel honored to be around all of you, so thank you so much.”
Best Pop Vocal Album – ‘Fine Line’ (2021)
The 2021 Grammys’ category of Album of the Year was stacked, with Taylor’s folklore prevailing over Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, Haim’s Women in Music Pt. III, Coldplay’s Everyday Life, Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo, and Black Pumas’s deluxe edition of their self-titled album. In 2022, the category was expanded to ten entries, but in 2021, there was no room for Harry.
Instead, Harry’s Fine Line was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. He lost the Grammy to Dua’s Future Nostalgia, which also beat Taylor’s folklore, Justin Bieber’s Changes, and Lady Gaga’s Chromatica.
Best Music Video – ‘Adore You’ (2021)
Harry’s third Grammy nomination in 2021 was for Best Music Video. His “Adore You” video was up against Woodkid’s “Goliath,” Anderson . Paak’s “Lockdown,” Future ft. Drake’s “Life Is Good” and the eventual winner: “Brown Skin Girl,” by Beyoncé, Saint Jhn, & Wizkid featuring Blue Ivy Carter.
Will He Perform?
Harry opened the Grammys in 2021 with a sultry performance of “Watermelon Sugar” after being introduced by host Trevor Noah. While Trevor was back for 2022, Harry wasn’t announced in the initial round of performers. With no new music to promote and no nominations in the 64th Grammy Awards, it’s unlikely that Harry will perform.
What’s Next for Harry Styles?
In 2022, Harry’s schedule is pretty much booked solid. He is the first of three headliners for the 2022 Coachella festival, performing on April 15 and 22. Harry’s May is quiet, but from June through July, he’s traveling throughout Europe on his Love On Tour. He resumes the tour in November, hitting Mexico and parts of South America.
Troye Sivan stars alongside Brianne Tju and Viveik Kalra in the film ‘Three Months.’ HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the cast about whether or not they saw themselves in their roles and the movie’s original music.
Troye Sivan is a leading man in music, and now a leading man on the big screen. He commands the screen in the new film Three Months, which is available on Paramount+ now. The movie follows Caleb, a South Florida teen who finds out he’s been exposed to HIV on the eve of his high school graduation. He has to wait three months for his results. During this waiting period, Caleb’s bonds with his childhood best friend and new pal, Dara and Estha, evolve. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the cast about whether or not they saw shades of themselves in the characters they played.
Troye Sivan stars as Caleb. (MTV Entertainment Studios)
“I definitely saw a lot of myself in Caleb,” Troye told HollywoodLife. “I think the things that excited me were the things that felt different from myself. But at the core of it, I really, really, really grew to care about Caleb. Anytime I needed to pull from some sort of emotional place in the movie, it was not me trying to kind of like put myself in his shoes. It was me imagining Caleb as a real person and just how much I would kind of care for him. I’m 26. Caleb’s 17. I think if I was to meet him, I think I’d be able to see through his kind of tough exterior and really, really, really be like, ‘Damn, I really want this kid to succeed. I’m so sorry, that you’re going through what you’re going through.’ I just had a lot of empathy for him. I think that really, really, really drew me to want to be a part of this movie.”
Brianne Tju, who played Dara, noted that she “related a lot” to Dara. “I haven’t been 17-18 in a while, but even now I realized someone said something in one of our interviews earlier that coming of age is kind of a genre or an experience a time in your life that’s like never-ending,” she continued. “It’s not really just for young people. I feel that now and just Dara’s level of wanting to be loved and kind of getting that love from other sources, whether it be this affair she’s having with her boss or from her best friend, she feels that she needs to cater to other people in order to be loved. In a way, I kind of related to that. I think a lot of people do, especially when we’re young, but I understood her level of love for her best friend and the unconditional nature of it.”
Troye Sivan and Brianne Tju as Caleb and Dara. (MTV Entertainment Studios)
Viveik Kalra, who starred as Estha, added, “For me, it was just acting. I think we’re incredibly dissimilar. There are so many things that everything seems to be far away from me, and perhaps close to me in ways that I don’t or can’t comprehend right now. But maybe in a couple years time, I look back and go actually, maybe that was similar in that way. But it’s so, so, so far away from me in terms of Estha and his whole sort of slightly odd, awkward vibe. I guess you could say this slightly odd, awkward vibe is still here with me, but who knows?”
Troye also wrote two original songs for Three Months: “Wait” and “Trouble.” The singer opened up about the process of bringing these songs to life.
Troye Sivan and Viveik Kalra as Caleb and Estha. (MTV Entertainment Studios)
“The music was a really important part of the whole process. The first time I met Jared [Frieder] was at a party. I remember the first thing we spoke about was Little Mix, the British girl group. And I was like, ‘Oh, this guy like loves pop music, maybe even more than I do.’ We spoke about Taylor Swift and stuff. During filming, our text chain was just constant Spotify links back and forth, and then I wrote the songs after we had wrapped. I actually had some rough edits of scenes that I took into the studio with me and wrote from Caleb’s perspective while watching scenes from the movie.”
It all started with a Pitchfork review and led to an Instagram post that left millions of Kanye West fans confused. Inside Ye’s beef with Peppa Pig.
And to think it all started with a Pitchfork Review. After British animated piglet/musician extraordinaire Peppa Pig’s debut album edged out Kanye West‘s astronomically-hyped epic Donda as their preferred album, 6.5 to 6.0, fans gleefully memed the decision. In the reviews (written by Peyton Thomas and Dylan Green, respectively) Pitchfork called Peppa’s album “charming,” while noting Kanye’s album was “barely finished” and came with “a lot of baggage.”
Kanye West and Peppa Pig’s feud is escalating. Yes, you read that correctly. (SplashNews.com)
After the initial reviews went viral on Twitter, Peppa herself made a hilariously snarky comment on Sep. 1, writing “Peppa didn’t need to host listening parties in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to get that .5” The clever diss invoked the increasingly lavish “listening parties” Kanye threw for the album over the summer while he spent a fortune to live in the stadium. At one of the parties, Kim Kardashian famously took the stage in a now-iconic Balenciaga wedding dress, when it looked like perhaps the duo might still rekindle.
However, on Saturday the beef escalated to a new level after Kanye himself brought Peppa’s name into the growing list of celebrities he’s gone on tirades against on Instagram. In Peppa’s esteemed company? Take a deep breath…Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish, Drake, Corey Gamble, his cousin, Black History Month, and of course, Pete Davidson.
According to Kanye himself, that abridged list should be “twice as long.” In a Saturday Instagram post, Kanye shared a screenshot of a tweet listing “Kanye Beefs” from the Twitter account @HipHopNumbers. After alleging there were many names missing from the list (which already included Peppa), Kanye went on to list just a few of his biggest feuds who may be missing: Universal Studios, the cast of Saturday Night Live, Jeff Bezos, and Barack Obama included. He concluded his statement by noting: “being rich is fun.”
These days a Kanye rant isn’t complete without some Pete Davidson hate, and Ye made sure to leave yet another message for “Skete.” Kanye previously shared screenshots of what appeared to be Kim pleading with him to stop creating a breeding ground for attacks against Pete, after the rapper urged fans to scream “Kim and Kanye forever” if they saw the comedian.
The ‘Stranger Things’ star has found herself rubbing elbows with the best and brightest in Hollywood. Find out all about Millie’s famous friends here!
Millie Bobby Brown has taken Hollywood and the world by storm with her iconic turn as telekinetic teen Eleven in Stranger Things. The 18-year-old British actress’s buzzed-about performance in the Netflix sci-fi drama landed her plenty of accolades as well as invites to the glitziest parties around town, including the Emmys, the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and the MTV Movie & TV Awards. She even nabbed herself a few trophies along the way.
Millie Bobby Brown has found herself striking up friendships with the best and brightest in Hollywood. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
While becoming a household name, Millie found herself striking up friendships with the best and brightest in Tinseltown. And not only is she rubbing elbows with Hollywood royalty, Millie is even dating one! The young star has been making headlines for her romance with Jon Bon Jovi‘s son Jake Bongiovi. Keep reading to find out all about Millie’s other famous friends, below!
Although the “Hotline Bling” rapper is 15 years her senior, Drake and Millie have carved out a mutual respect for each other. “I love him. I met him in Australia and he’s honestly so fantastic, and a great friend, a great role model,” Millie said of their friendship in 2018. In a separate interview that same year to W Magazine, Millie revealed, “We text all the time now. He helps me with everything, just life lessons. He’s amazing. He’s a great human being.”
Drake and Millie Bobby Brown have a great mutual respect for each other. (Jonathan Short/AP/Shutterstock)
When she reiterated her feelings on the Emmys red carpet in 2018, controversy followed. “We just texted each other the other day, and he was like, ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like, ‘I miss you more,’” Millie told Access Hollywood. The comments resulted in fans questioning their relationship due to the large age difference.
As Millie is wise beyond her years, she wasn’t having it and defended their friendship, later taking to Instagram stories to say, “Why u gotta make a lovey friendship ur headline? U guys are weird… for real.”
Shiloh Jolie Pitt
Millie has befriended Shiloh Jolie Pitt, seen here with her mom, Angelina Jolie. (Broadimage/Shutterstock)
Back in 2019, Millie was spotted numerous times hanging out with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh Jolie Pitt. The fast friends even invited Shiloh’s sister Zahara to a lunch in July of that same year.
Millie got a backstage selfie with Taylor Swift. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
Millie took one of the most epic selfies with Taylor Swift, where the pair look like old chums! Millie and her two sisters, Paige and Ava, managed to find their way backstage and take the adroable snap, per Billboard. Millie posted the sensational snap to her Instagram, captioning it, “Look what u made me do,” in a reference to one of Taylor’s hit songs.
Noah Schnapp and Millie are not only co-stars on ‘Stranger Things’ but also good buddies. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)
Millie is undoubtedly buddies with many of her co-stars that make up the huge cast of Stranger Things. She’s appeared to really take a liking to Noah Schnapp, as the BFFs are constantly sharing photos of each other to their social media accounts.
As a Hollywood vet, Winona Ryder has a few things to teach a fledgling like Millie. However, it appears Millie gets to offer advice too, as she explained to Winona how to navigate Snapchat. “Millie teases me. I’m like the old grandma. ‘Snack chat? Give me a piece of that!’ I’m like the confused older person,” Winona told Marie Claire in 2017.
Sophie Turner gushed about Millie on the red carpet of the 2016 Emmys. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)
Sophie Turner is not only a friend to Millie — but also a devotee. “I love Millie Bobby Brown,” Sophie told ET at the 2016 Emmy’s. “Oh my God, she’s amazing. How is this happening? There are, like, 12-year-old kids who are ten times better than all the adults. They’re showing us all up. It’s embarrassing.” Millie, in turn, gave Sophie a tribute for her birthday, writing on Instagram, “Happy birthday to the coolest girl I know! Thank you for being such a great role model! Love you Soph.”
While hosting UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary, Millie met Priyanka Chopra, who was being named the new Global Goodwill Ambassador. In a throwback snap of the pair shared to her Instagram, Millie wrote, “I know it’s not Thursday but… tbs to when @priyankachopra and I had a lovely chat about @unicef I love you so much!”
Maddie Ziegler and Millie call each other BFFs. (Matt Baron/Shutterstock)
Maddie Ziegler – who has worked with Sia and found fame on Dance Moms – is another famous friend of Millie’s. “We’re two people that are so happy that we found each other because we could relate to each other, and we’re not brats in this industry and can just enjoy time together. We relate in so many ways being in the industry,” Maddie told Seventeen back in 2018.
The pop superstar loves getting inked! At last count, Harry has over 50 tattoos on his body. Find out what they all mean to the ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer here!
Harry Styles made his legion of teeny bopper fans swoon as a founding member of One Direction — but the 28-year-old musician is all grown up now and has since become a superstar solo artist and a fashion icon for his generation. The “Watermelon Sugar” singer dares to impress on the red carpet, on stage and in magazine cover photo shoots rocking his unique blend of high-end labels and gender-fluid dressings. Harry’s headline-making style gets even more embellished when you consider all the tattoos he has added to his body over the years!
Harry Styles has adorned his body with over 50 tattoos. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
The English performer got his first ink on his eighteenth birthday in 2012, choosing to have a star stamped on his left bicep. Afterwards, there was no turning back for Harry, as he apparently loves getting inked whenever possible! During a visit to the Late Late Show with James Corden with One Direction in 2015, Harry lost a game of “tattoo roulette” and had to get “Late Late” tattooed on his body. He chose his left arm. “I’ve got a couple stupid ones,” Harry said of his tattoos during the appearance. “I don’t know if I regret them so much. I mean, I wrote ‘big’ on my big toe,” he added with a laugh.
Harry’s passion for tattoos — he had over 50 at last count! — may have even rubbed off on his current girlfriend, as Olivia Wilde got the names of her two kids — son Otis, 7, and daughter, Daisy, 5 — inked on the inside of her forearms recently. Whatever the case, let’s commence identifying Harry’s tattoos and their meanings, below!
Harry’s Chest Tattoos
The two most obvious tattoos on Harry’s chest are the large swallows facing each other on his pectoral muscles. “I like that kind of style of tattoos, like the old sailor kind of tattoos,” Harry told US Weekly in 2012. “They symbolize traveling, and we [One Direction] travel a lot!” Above the swallow on his left pec are the words “17 BLACK,” which symbolizes Harry losing a gambling bet in Australia, according to tattoo artist Kevin Paul, per GQ. Below the bird are two crosses with a letter “M” and letter “K” over them, reportedly representing his grandmother Mary Smith and grandfather Keith Styles.
Harry has two swallows and a butterfly on his chest. (Shutterstock)
One can’t help but notice the large butterfly on his stomach, which was inked in 2013 and reportedly symbolizes a “transformation”. Going back towards the top of Harry’s chest, we see the number “1967”and “1957” tattooed on opposite shoulders, which are the birth years for his father, Des Styles, and mother, Anne Twist, respectively. His mum is also given a shout out with an “A” on his shoulder, while his sister Gemma is paid tribute with a “G” on the opposite shoulder.
A fern leaf is also near the right and left side of his abdomen, which both reportedly cover old tattoos. And just under Harry’s left armpit is a large, empty bird cage next to two theater masks. He also has the abbreviation “SNCL” which stands for “smile now, cry later,”
Harry’s Left Arm Tattoos
The “Sign of the Times” hitmaker keeps his tattoos’ meanings personal, as he has tributes to the cities he spends most of his time in on his left shoulder. New York, Los Angeles and London are represented with “NY,” “LA” and “LDN.”
The Hebrew language comes into play in a big way with Harry’s sister’s name tattooed in huge Hebrew letters on his upper left arm. Underneath is the phrase “Can I Stay” and the outlines of two guitars.
Harry paid tribute to his travels with a pirate ship on his arm. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
Moving down from the shoulder, a pirate ship appears to be the center of attention. He reportedly got the tattoo while datingTaylor Swift and has said it is a reminder of his travels. Below the ship is a rather large tattoo of an anatomical heart and the “Late Late” ink previously mentioned. Nearby, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is heralded by the tattoo of the iconic triangle prism. There is also a skeleton wearing a tuxedo.
Several tattoos are inked on his left bicep, including a star, a coat hanger, a black heart, and three large nails. Harry also has the logo for the Green Bay Packers, the football team he is a fan of ever since staying with a friend from Wisconsin. “They’re also the only NFL team owned by the fans, you know I like that,” Harry said during his appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. “Also a big fan of cheese.”
A giant rose takes up most of Harry’s left forearm. (SplashNews)
His sister Gemma must mean a lot to Harry, as he has a third tattoo in her honor with the image of an iced gem cookie. In the vicinity of the English dessert treat, he inked a bottle ofliquor surrounded by the text “YOU BOOZE YOU LOSE,” the phrase “SILVER SPOON,” and an image of a bible.
Above a giant rose tattoo on his forearm is “Jackson,” the name of Harry’s godson. And the name of the penguin in a British children’s cartoon, “Pingu,” was added near his armpit in August of 2013.
Harry has three nails tattooed on his left arm. (Broadimage / Shutterstock)
The name “Arlo” is inked just under his elbow, while a naked mermaid resides beneath. He EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife he got the mythical creature back in 2014 because he “is a mermaid.” Too cute!
To top off his left arm, let’s take a gander at his wrist, where he appears to have bedazzled it with a plethora of artwork, almost as if it were a charm bracelet! A shamrock, a key, a padlock, the Aquarius sign, an anchor and “99p” all adorn his skin. He also has a tiny cross on his thumb.
Harry’s Right Arm Tattoos
Fortunately for all the tattoo counters out there, Harry seems to be a bit restrained on covering up his right arm. He has one large eagle tattoo that takes up most of the real estate, while his grandmother gets another tribute with the word “Mary” written in huge font above the eagle.
Fortunately for all the tattoo counters out there, Harry seems to be a bit restrained on covering up his right arm. (SplashNews) Harry’s Leg Tattoos
Near his “stupid” tattoo on his big toe, Harry has two screws inked. With the exception of Niall Horan, all of the One Direction members have these screws tattooed by their feet as a reminder to “stay grounded.” Spanning both of his ankles, he has the lyrics “NEVER GONNA DANCE AGAIN” from George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” Above and below each knee written in French and Spanish are the words “yes” and “no.”
Harry started his tattoo collection when he turned 18. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock) Harry’s Miscellaneous Tattoos
While we have covered the major body parts, Harry still has a few tattoos floating around. And yes, we are sure we have missed some! Near his buttocks, Harry has “Brasil!” inked, which he reportedly drove the crowd wild when he showed it off at a concert in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. He also reportedly has the name of a One Direction song called “Little Things” tattooed in cursive somewhere!
The singer wrapped his arms around the young actress at Hollywood hotspot Tower Bar, where John has been known to romance his A-list dates in the past.
New couple alert? Fans must certainly be trying to wrap their heads around the news of John Mayer and Kiernan Shipka being out together in Los Angeles on Thursday (February 10). The “Your Body is a Wonderland” singer, 44, was spotted grabbing a drink with the 22-year-old Mad Men alum at the Hollywood hotspot Tower Bar on the famed Sunset Strip. The pair seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, as John even wrapped his arms around Keirnan for a big hug at one moment.
John Mayer and Kiernan Shipka were spotted together in Hollywood on February 10, 2022. (BACKGRID)
Although there is no official word if the two A-listers are romantically linked or merely just friends, John and Kiernan are certainly well acquainted. Just this past summer, Kiernan attended a listening party for John’s album Sob Rock at the San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star was also snapped at John’s birthday party just four months ago, where she posed alongside Cassie David while holding hoodies with an image of John as the “birthday boy.”
John Mayer and Kiernan Shipka hugged at the Tower Bar in Hollywood. (BACKGRID)
Even if the relationship between the pair is simply platonic, romance rumors are bound to circulate, as the Tower Bar has been a happening haven for John to woo his Tinseltown beauties in the past. Back in July 2013, the musician wined and dinedKaty Perry at the famed establishment. Ahead of the Oscars in 2020, John and his pal Andy Cohen reportedly took a seat at the Tower Bar with John’s ex Jennifer Aniston and her gal pal to enjoy dessert together.
Kiernan Shipka is seen leaving the Tower Bar in Hollywood on February 10, 2022. (BACKGRID)
John — who has also dated the likes of Taylor Swift, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Simpson — is currently not known to be linked with anyone romantically, despite his close encounter with Kiernan. Meanwhile, the young actress is also said to be single. She’s had her fair share of dating Hollywood royalty, however, as she has been linked with Gary Oldman’s son Charlie and Sofia Coppola’s cousin Christian Coppola.
Joe Alwyn admitted that he finds open relationships ‘fascinating’ but affirmed that he is in a ‘monogamous relationship,’ referencing his love of almost six years, Taylor Swift.
Joe Alwyn, 30, and Taylor Swift, 32, usually keep their relationship on the DL but the actor while discussing open relationships and his upcoming Hulu series Conversations With Friends. While his character in the series explores an open relationship, he confirmed he and Taylor are 100% exclusive. “I think people can do what they want and makes them happy. I’m obviously happy in a monogamous relationship,” he said during the show’s CTAM presentation (via Deadline.)
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn walk hand-in-hand. (Blitz Pictures/REX/Shutterstock)
He’s committed to T-Swift and T-Swift only but he loves being involved in a project that explores “happiness, love, desire, and intimacy outside of those constructs that we create for ourselves, whether that’s friendships or families or relationships.” He added that “as a conversation, it’s endlessly fascinating.”
Joe and Taylor have made a conscious decision to keep their relationship as under wraps as possible. In the past, the singer has been very vocal about her romances with a number of A-list celebrities including Harry Styles, Calvin Harrisand Tom Hiddleston. After facing ridicule for her whirlwind romances, it’s no surprise she didn’t want to chance things with Joe. “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion,” she told The Guardian of why she won’t talk about her relationship.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn (@JosiahWPhotos / BACKGRID)
Her strategy seems to be working as she and Joe have been romantically linked since 2016 and are still going strong. While she doesn’t speak about him, like many of her famous exes, she has certainly sung about him. She has dedicated many songs to her love on her album Lover including the title song, “I Think He Knows,” “London Boy,” “Daylight” and “Paper Rings” in which she expresses wanting to marry him.
Even though they both agree on keeping their relationship out of the limelight, the Boy Erased actor has no problem being mentioned in her songs. “No, [I don’t mind it],” Joe told The Sunday Times. “Not at all, no. It’s flattering.” Not only is he a subject of her songs but he also has been involved in creating them. While accepting her Grammy for Album Of The Year in 2021, she gave him a shout-out and shared that he’s always the first one who gets to hear each of her songs.
The highly-anticipated first teaser for ‘Conversations with Friends’ was released on February 8. Joe Alwyn stars as a handsome actor who gets caught up in an affair despite being married.
The new series Conversations with Friends is taking complicated to a whole new level. The series follows Frances, a 21-year-old college student as she navigates relationships with her ex and best friend Bobbi and married couple Nick and Melissa.
Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver as Nick and Frances. (Hulu)
Frances and Nick, played by newcomer Alison Oliver and Joe Alwyn, get involved in a steamy and emotional affair. “I can’t believe we just did that,” Nick says after sleeping together. Frances quips, “Yes, you can.”
Later, Nick tells Frances that what they’re doing is “insanely risky.” Frances agrees that their affair is “extremely risky.” The series will also explore the complex relationships between Bobbi and Frances, Bobbi and Melissa, and Nick and Melissa. “People can be in love and have meaningful relationships with other people,” Bobbi says.
The series also stars Sasha Lane and Jemima Kirke, who play Bobbi and Melissa. Bobbi and Frances first meet Melissa at one of their spoken word poetry performances in Dublin. After that, Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick, who is a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.
Conversations with Friends digs into the concept of open marriages. When asked about his thoughts regarding open marriages during the show’s Television Critics Association panel on February 8, Joe said, “I think people can do whatever makes them happy…”I’m obviously happy in a monogamous relationship.” Joe has been dating Taylor Swift since 2016.
The ‘Conversations with Friends’ cast. (Hulu)
Conversations with Friends is based on Sally Rooney’s 2017 novel of the same name. This is Hulu’s second Sally Rooney project. Normal People became a critically-acclaimed sensation when it was released in 2020. The Emmy-nominated series introduced us to stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. Conversations with Friends will premiere in May 2022 on Hulu.
Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Baldwin flaunted some PDA in a video that was taken during a game of pool, and one affectionate moment included a gentle slap in the behind.
Justin Bieber, 27, and Hailey Baldwin, 25, proved they’re still a couple who loves to have fun and get cozy with each other during a recent outing. The singer and model were filmed while playing pool at the Hotel Rock Lititz in Lititz, Pennsylvania on the night of Feb. 4 and stopped to take a PDA-filled break that also included some playfulness. After throwing air punches at each other in a video that was shared by TMZ, the doting husband and wife laughed and hugged before he gave her a gentle slap on the behind.
Justin and Hailey apparently hung out at the pool hall for a few hours before they left and had a great time throughout the outing. The “Baby” crooner is reportedly in the Pennsylvania town to record music with the Clair Brothers and the rehearsal hall there is supposedly one of the best around. It’s had iconic musical guests like Beyonce, BTS, Taylor Swift, U2, Elton John and Billy Joel.
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber during a previous outing. (MEGA)
Before Justin and Hailey got attention during their latest outing, the lovebirds made headlines when Hailey revealed their future plans to start a family. “I think ideally in the next couple of years we would try,” she told WSJ. Magazine about having a baby, in a new interview. “But there’s a reason they call it try, right? You don’t know how long that process is ever going to take.”
When she was asked whether or not there’s a possibility she and Justin could have a baby in 2022, she admitted that’s “definitely” not going to happen. “Definitely no kids this year; that would be a little bit hectic, I think,” she said.
Justin and Hailey were married in Sept. 2018 and have seemed inseparable ever since. Whether they’re attending fancy or casual events together, or sharing cuddly pics together like the one above, it’s clear to see these two are more in love than ever.
Katy Perry made her milestone 5th appearance on ‘SNL’s Jan. 29th episode, where she performed ‘When I’m Gone’ with a beyond epic stage set-up.
Katy Perry is a seasoned vet when it comes to performing on Saturday Night Live! The 37-year-old pop star brought her A-Game to the stage for an epic first performance of song “When I’m Gone,” her collaboration with Alesso. The Santa Barbara native sizzled in a skintight red latex bodysuit paired with fringe chaps out of the same material for the performance on Saturday, Jan. 29. “When I’m gone I’m never really gone/You think you’re moving on/But it won’t be for long, you’ll see/When I’m gone I’m never really gone,” she crooned on stage over the catchy beat.
She performed on an epic stage set up seemingly inspired by the Super Mario Bros. video games, right down to dancing mushrooms (a key element in the game). A large screen filled with a changing colorful background was behind Katy and wrapped around both sides, totally covering up the usual Studio 8H stage.
Katy Perry performs on ‘SNL.’ (NBC)
The “Firework” singer’s SNL appearance coincides with her new Las Vegas Residency — dubbed “Play” — which kicked off at Resorts World on Dec. 29. The initial leg wrapped on Jan. 15, however, she returns for the second set of shows on March 2nd, followed by two other legs due to high demand. The show, which has been described as “camp,” draws on classic ’80s and ’90s films for inspiration such as Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
Katy wore a red latex outfit and hat for the performance. (NBC)
“The show that I’ve put together in Las Vegas is one of a kind. It’s the wildest, most fun and humorous show I’ve ever put together… I’m giving it my all,” Katy said to Interview magazine about her latest live show, which includes songs from her latest album Smile, as well as all her previous projects. “I’m 37, I’ve been doing my thing for over 12 years, and people are still showing up and giving love. I take nothing for granted, and it makes me really grateful. I wake up every day knowing that I still have to give it my all — even if I’m not feeling 100%. I shake it off and give them a show,” she added.
Katy made her first appearance on NBC’s sketch comedy series to support her career defining album Teenage Dream in 2010, when she performed both the title song and “California Gurls.” She subsequently hosted in 2011, followed by performances of “Roar” and “Walking On Air” in 2013. The Santa Barbara native was last booked back in 2017 for her controversial tune “Swish Swish,” which many thought to be a diss song aimed at Taylor Swift (the ladies have since made up, and Katy was in Taylor’s video for “You Need To Calm Down“).
Presenting: Gyllenhaal on Gaga! The ‘House of Gucci’ star and ‘The Guilty’ actor make a duo to die for in a new photoshoot and cover story for Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ issue.
The mysterious actor rumored to be interviewing Lady Gaga, 35 for Variety’s annual ‘Actors on Actors’ issues has been revealed: Academy-Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, 41! The duo looked the part of Hollywood royalty as this year’s cover stars, where they discussed life, work, art, and even had a little fun. “The two of us are a nightmare,” Gaga reportedly joked on the set of the shoot.
Lady Gaga and Jake Gyllenhaal are a perfect pair for the cover of Variety’s annual ‘Actors on Actors’ issue, where the duo interviewed each other on their recent work. (Cliff Watts for Variety)
Gaga, who has previously raised eyebrows for her outlandish descriptions of preparing for and filming House of Gucci, dived further into her journey becoming Patrizia Reggiani in the acclaimed film. Gaga, who told Jake she wanted to be an actress long before she wanted to be a singer, said she wanted to give Patrizia a “multifaceted and fractured and broken” reality. She said she studied many different animals to embody the character, from house cats to foxes to panthers. “It’s super immersive,” she said of the process.
Gaga went on to ask Jake about his recent thriller The Guilty, which she said left her heart “pounding out of my chest.” In the Netflix film, Jake plays a 911 dispatcher put to the ultimate test when he fields a phone call from a kidnapped woman. Jake told Gaga that he thrived under the pressure of making the entire film over 11 days. “I love doing the performance with the reading where you don’t know everything” Jake said. “All these instincts come up. You have to use what you got.” For Jake, expressing himself through acting has been “life-saving.”
Gaga’s performance as Patrizia has been garnering massive praise, most recently earning her nominations for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. Although the performance has been lauded, Gaga admitted that she still wonders about the reviews from one very specific critic: Patrizia Reggiani herself. “I don’t know what she thinks about it,” Gaga shared, “but everyone around me said: ‘I think this might be painful [for her].’”
Jake, on the other hand, has found himself in the news recently for a redder, woolier reason: the infamous scarf ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift describes leaving with Jake in breakup anthem “All Too Well.” The track, which received a new 10-minute edition and short film for Taylor’s November re-release of Red, had Swifties opening old wounds and calling out Jake for his treatment towards the singer, 32.
Though Jake has stayed quiet on the matter, he appeared in a photo shoot for W Magazine’s “Best Performances Portfolio” wearing red heart sunglasses and a red button-down, a suspicious nod to Taylor’s “22” music video. A few weeks later, Gaga too posed in red for W, in a shocking photoshoot where she cut her own face with scissors. Perhaps the two really are a nightmare together; if anything, they’re a beautiful one!
Ahead of The Spits’ tour, guitarist and singer Sean Wood shares how the pandemic has affected bands who can’t afford to take any more time off and how fans can best support their faves during this time.
To say that The Spitsare rarin’ to go is an understatement. “So, these two tours of the West Coast and the Midwest, we’ve had these booked for two years,” says Sean Wood, guitarist and vocalist for the long-running punk band. The group – Sean, his brother Erin, Sean, and Lance – is set to hit the road in support of VI, the record they released in 2020. The first show takes place tonight (Jan. 20) at Tacoma’s Alma Mater, before the band travels down the West Coast before continuing touring east.
For some fans, these shows will be the first time they hear the songs on VI played live. The album is The Spits’ first since 2012’s VOL. V and continues the band’s high-octane, dirt-stained, fire-breathing gonzo apocalyptic rock. VI is seventeen minutes of living life with the needles in the red – which had to be frustrating to the band who wanted to play this new music and fans who wanted to see their outlaw rock heroes run a wrecking ball through their auditory senses. From the blistering opener, “Up All Night” to the paranoia-inspiring two-step of “Lose My Mind” to the closing elegy in “Wurms,” VI surges. The album gives the rush you’d get from jumping a stolen motorcycle over a canyon while escaping a swarm of cops and pissed-off bikers who want you dead.
VI arrived in October 2020. Was there any talk of maybe holding off on its release until the coast was clear? “We were, and we did — we pushed it a whole year,” Sean tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “People knew that there was this new record there. And so, if you don’t release it, it’ll leak out eventually – and when you do put it out, it’s not a new record anymore. So, we decided, ‘let’s just put it out.’ And then, hopefully, in like, six months, we can tour it. And that was the plan – and then the pandemic kept going on for another six months.”
With the record out, the band started to book a tour while hoping for the best. “And we kept bumpin’ it and bumpin’ it,” says Sean. “While other groups and musicians rescheduled their postponed dates for fall 2021, The Spits decided to do one better. “This last time, we said, ‘f-ck it. Let’s just go all the way to January 2022.’ We’re like, ‘it’s gotta be done by then!” And then what happens? As soon as we book these tours and are ready to head out, we get omicron, and it’s like – f-ck!”
“We just did a Texas run and month ago, and of course, three shows in, we all got COVID,” he adds. “So we had to cancel San Antoni and Mexico City – which is very painful to do.”
“I think our numbers are already peaking,” says Sean. The pandemic has forced every band to have at least one amateur virologist, someone to monitor conditions and COVID case numbers. “I’m hoping to God that by the time we get to the West Coast, [the numbers will] start coming down,” adds the guitarist. “And then, by February, unless there’s another goddamn variant, the New York shows, and Midwest shows – the numbers will be low, and we can continue that February tour.”
“You know, talking to other band members and other bands, everybody knows right now, moving forward, we’re all taking risks of canceling shows or – you know,” Sean says, with a quiet shrug. That unspoken uncertainty contains a hard, bitter reality that bands have faced for the last two years.
The COVID pandemic has highlighted how hard it is for an independent band to make a living. Streaming made up 83% of recorded music revenues in the United States, according to a May 2021 article in The New York Times.
Spotify reportedly paid out more than $5 billion to music rights holders in 2020. However, critics have blasted Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms for using a pro-rata model for royalty distribution. This method sees all the money collected from ads and paid subscriptions go into a single pot, which is then divided by a total number of streams. If an artist – say, Adele – drops an album and has 10% of all streams for that month, that artist gets 10% of each user’s money, even if those users never listened to 30.
Plus, artists don’t make a lot off a stream. The New York Times reported that industry estimates suspect Spotify’s payout rate is a small fraction of a cent per stream, or roughly, about $4,000 per million streams. James Shotwell, the Director of Marketing and Customer Engagement of promotional music platform Haulix, wrote a guest blog for Hypebot in 2019 where he said that band with four members “would need to generate 24,250,000 Spotify streams to gross enough so each member’s family would be at or above the poverty line.” (This estimate went by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) report that a family of four would need to make $24,250 to be above the poverty line.)
There’s making money off of physical media, but that’s not so easy if you’re not an A-level artist. Vinyl sales hit a new high in 2021. Still, as Billboard points out, the top ten best-selling albums belonged to Adele, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift (again), Prince and the Revolution, The Beatles, Taylor Swift (for a third time!), and Kendrick Lamar. The demand for vinyl has caused a well-documented bottleneck at the few remaining pressing plants, and smaller bands/musicians now face massive delays before getting their records.
CDs saw an increase in sales for the first time in 17 years, but Billboard notes that was also due to major label artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, and Carrie Underwood. Plus, CDs have yet to fully experience a revival, so it’s usually LP, MP3, or stream for smaller groups.
Touring remains a primary and viable way for a band to make money, and after nearly two years without shows, bands like The Spits have to make a hard decision. “You risk it. You got to risk it,” says Sean. “Bigger bands that have some money already, they can say, ‘you know what? Let’s take another year off. Smaller bands who were living off that shit, like The Spits – you know, I got to work! It’s just really difficult, man. We want to play.”
With necessity being the mother of invention, many bands devised other sources of income. There were plenty of streaming concerts, but those lost their luster. “I talked to a lot of people that at first, they were like, ‘Oh, great, I get to see a band,’ but then after a while, it’s just not the same. I can go and watch a YouTube video of Van Halen, but it ain’t the fucking same as going back to 1984, you know what I’m saying?” says Sean.
There was also a rash of COVID-edition t-shirts and merch, with bands selling masks, hats, and more items to help pay the rent. “It’s hard to say,” says Sean. “Now that people are back to work, it’s a little easier, but for us? Man, it was really hard for us to put up a special shirt and say, ‘hey, help us out,’ because I know [our fans] are hurting too.” The Spits weren’t going to release any pandemic-related merch, but after they found some success after a run of Spits facemasks, their concerns were assuaged. “I’d much rather just be out there rockin’.”
The Spits’ authenticity has always seemingly countered the corrupting taint of commercialism (“They’re here. They sneer. I’m scared,” said John Waters when introducing the band at Total Trash’s Boogaloo in 2018). “We’ve always said from day one, ‘we’re not a band, we’re a gang.’ We’re a family, and that the Spits is a way of life, not a band,” says Sean. “I just want it to keep going forever if I can. But do you become KISS and make everything? Spits Computer Screens! Spits Headphones?” He pauses. “I mean, thinking about it — shit, it’s not a bad idea.”
“But, we’re trying to think of some new stuff,” he says before explaining how the band has approached merch from a different perspective. The Spits have issued dolls, gloves, lighters – all mostly handmade by Erin. “He’ll go to sales and finds like, 20 cool old trucker hats from the 70s, and he’ll make twenty Spits hats. There’s only twenty in the goddamn world! I’m like, ‘damn, we could have sold 500 of those, dude.’ And he’s like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.’”
It also means that Spits merch is part of that family element. “My brother says, and he has a really good point — when somebody buys something from the Spits, he wants them to know that it’s been touched by us. And we made that. It was handmade by us. And that’s really special.”
The family will keep The Spits alive. Anyone who can do math can figure out that the group has been around for more than a minute. Yet, the kids keep showing up to the shows. “When we play shows, when somebody comes up – this younger guy or girl – and it’s like, ‘Yeah, my dad turned me onto you guys,’” says Sean. “Or they’ll be wearing a cool old Spits shirt from the mid-90s, and they’re like, ‘my dad gave it to me’ – or their uncle or aunt. I’m like, ‘wow.’ I feel really lucky.”
“And as a band, we’re still selling our very first record. We’re punk for the people,” he says, and the people need punk. The people need The Spits, and their raucous live performances, renegade attitude, and unabashed rock and roll. GenZ needs these flesh-and-blood, analog-minded mavericks offering a stiff middle finger to a digital upbringing. The Spits aren’t heard but felt.
And they’re ready to meet you during their shows, during this tour, the next, and the one after next. “We’re just not going to die,” Sean says with a smile. “Just come to the show. Rock out. Have a good time.”
01/20: Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater #
01/22: Seattle, WA – Southgate Roller Rink #
01/23: Portland, OR – Dante’s #
01/25: San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
01/28: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom #
01/29: Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar #
01/30: San Diego, CA – Casbah #
02/11: Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle ~
02/12: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe ~
02/13: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop ~
02/14: Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
02/16: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere !
02/17: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
02/18: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s !
02/19: Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents !
02/22: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23: Montreal, QC – Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.
02/25: Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
02/26: Detroit, MI – Outer Limits ~
# – with VR SEX
~ – with Timmy’s Organism
$ – with Dark Thoughts
! – with Night Birds
The writer and actress admitted to floating the idea of bringing back some of her iconic characters but older for a new take on the series.
Lena Dunhamis clearly loving And Just Like That! The 35-year-old actress said that she’s felt inspired by the Sex And The City reboot to possibly do the same thing with her classic series Girls in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday January 19. She did admit that the time isn’t just right yet, but maybe Girls fans can look forward to Hannah and the gang reuniting somewhere down the line.
Lena mentioned the possibility after reflecting on filming the early seasons of Girls at the same studios where Sex And The City was shot. The actress raved about And Just Like That before mentioning that she’d had a few casual chats about the possibility of bringing back Girls. “It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age sexuality,” she told THR. “For me, those are women who can do no wrong.”
Lena poses with her ‘Girls’ co-stars Zosia Mamet, Allison Willams, and Jemima Kirke. (RCF/Everett Collection)
While Lena might bring the show back eventually, fans will probably have to wait. HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloy did say that the network didn’t have plans to revive the series anytime soon, and Lena admitted that she thinks right now, people would probably just be more interested in Adam Driver. “We all recognize it’s not time yet. I want it to be at a moment when the characters’ lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren,” she quipped.
Lena admitted she might get the ‘Girls’ back together for a reboot at some point in the future. (Apatow Productions/Kobal/Shutterstock)
Even though fans may have to wait to see their favorite Girls characters older and wiser, the cast have certainly done a lot of growing up in real life since the show ended in 2017! Lena tied the knot with her husbandLuis Felber back in September 2021, and the Girls creator had plenty of her famous friends there to celebrate her marriage, including her pal Taylor Swift. Of course, Lena isn’t the only star from the show to have major life changes since the series ended. Adam has also gone on to be nominated for two Academy Awards and starred in plenty of critically-acclaimed movies since the show ended, including 2021’s House of Gucci, which he performed in alongsideLady Gaga.
Olivia Rodrigo is going on tour, and the woman riding shotgun with the ‘drivers license’ singer is Gracie Abrams. Here’s what you need to know – including her famous father.
“I love you [Olivia Rodrigo],” Gracie Abrams tweeted on Monday (Dec. 6), shortly after Olivia, 18, announced her 2022 Sour Tour. “This is going to be so fun.” Shortly after Olivia announced the full schedule of shows – and how she’ll be joined by Holly Humberstone and Baby Queen on different dates – Gracie, 22, added that she was “screaming crying” in excitement.
This massive tour – kicking off on April 2 in San Francisco, ending in May in Los Angeles, with a European and U.K. run in June and July – will introduce Gracie to a whole new audience. For those who aren’t aware of this young talent, here’s the scoop.
Gracie Abrams Is A Singer-Songwriter.
Gracie Madigan Abrams, born Sept. 7, 1999, is an American singer-songwriter. She released her debut single, “Mean It,” in 2019 and followed it up with “Stay.” In 2020, she released her debut ep, Minor, which included songs, “Long Sleeves,” “Friend,” “I Miss You, I’m Sorry’ and more. She promoted the release with appearances on late-night shows and continued to work on her career during the pandemic months. She teamed with Benny Blanco for his Friends Keep Secrets 2 album, joining him on the single, “Unlearn.” In 2021, she also released Mess It Up,” “Feels Like,” and “Rockland,” a song she wrote with Aaron Dresser (the member of The National who co-wrote and produced Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore.).
You’ve Probably Seen One Of Her Father’s Films.
Gracie is the daughter of J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath. JJ is best known for directing movies like Cloverfield, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the 2009 Star Trek reboot, and more. He also has created Alias, Lost, and Fringe and had his hand in several other projects. Katie is also a producer, as she’s worked with her and JJ’s Bad Robots Productions company, as well as the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation.
She Wanted Nothing To Do With The Family Business.
“Even the slight knowledge that I had of it growing up as a kid made me want to have nothing to do with it at all,” Gracie said of her parents’ business in an interview with Riff Magazine. “When I started falling in love with music independent of all other factors in my life, it was kind of a happy surprise, just because I actively tried to avoid anything that they were involved in. I—with love—wanted nothing to do with them.”
At age 8, she signed up for drumming classes. She then learned piano, then guitar, finding them more conducive to her songwriting. Her protective parents only allowed her to post the music to her SoundCloud and required that she keep her Instagram private. When she made the account public, her career took off – and it led to some amazing connections. Lorde even DM’d Gracie, asking for a download of one of her songs.
“She definitely is an artist in my life that I will forever feel like I owe everything to,” Gracie told Riff when talking about Lorde. “Sonically and thematically, [Pure Heroine] changed my life. I remember being with my family in the living room, and I refresh my Instagram and see that she followed me. I had a crazy physical reaction, like, sweating immediately.”
Olivia Rodrigo Is A Huge Fan Of Gracie Abrams.
“One of my favorite artists and one of the coolest people ever is Gracie Abrams, who just came out with her debut EP a couple of months ago,” she told Zane Lowe in January 2021 (per ET Canada). “It’s called Minor, and she’s absolutely amazing, love that entire record. She’s signed to my same record label, so they’re like, ‘Oh, we’ll have you meet.’ And I’m like, ‘I literally don’t think I can meet her. I think I would just evaporate. I’m her biggest fan.’ I’ve heard the best things, and I’ve been DMing her on Instagram, and I told her that ‘Driver’s License’ was so inspired by her, and she’s like, ‘Oh, that’s amazing.’”
“This is my bedroom songwriting oasis,” Olivia Rodrigo said in a May 2021 interview with Elle. Olivia “created a little shrine” to all the “singer-songwriters she admires.” Among that makeshift ‘Hall of Fame’ were Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and, of course, Gracie Abrams.” Simon Riback, the head of A&R at Interscope – part of the company that includes Geffen Records, which is Olivia’s label – said he was impressed by Olivia and how she named Gracie as one of her favorite artists. “Gracie’s in her infancy! She started referencing Fiona Apple, the Smashing Pumpkins. She liked the Taylor Swifts and all that, but you could tell there was a left-of-center view to the way she was approaching pop music.”
She Is Politically Active.
During the 2020 election, Gracie worked as a poll worker in her area, something she told NME was inspired by her friends. “Unfortunately, for a really long time, younger people had assumed we would be OK in the hand of the older generation, but clearly we can’t rely on them to shape the future that we want to see,” she told the publication. “Being involved really mattered to me.”
Prince William talked about how he did not know ‘what came over’ him and when he sang ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ with Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi at the Centrepoint fundraising gala in 2013.
Prince William, 39, is looking back on one of the most memorable moments in his past in a new interview. The Duke of Cambridge recalled singing on stage with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the 2013 Centrepoint fundraising gala after the “Fearless” singer, who he was sitting next to at the event, suggested he join them.
“I can’t believe I’m actually telling you this story… I turn up and Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift are at the event, which nearly knocked me off my feet,” he said on the Apple Fitness+ special festive episode of its “Time To Walk” audio series. “And then, I went inside, met everybody, a lot of handshaking to do those nights, a lot of chatting. I try and be charming and interactive. Occasionally, you’re not having a good day, and it’s a little harder to come by.”
“When I sat down to watch Jon Bon Jovi do his performance, I thought, ‘That’s it. My job is done. I’ll get a dinner in a minute, and I might be able to have a chat to some people, and, you know, I’m off-duty a little bit now,’” he continued. “Little did I think what was going to happen next. I’m sat next to Taylor Swift. She’s on my left – and after Jon does his first song, there’s a pause and she turns to me.”
“She puts her hand on my arm, looks me in the eye and says, ‘Come on, William. Let’s go and sing,’” he added. “To this day, I still do not know what came over me. Honestly, even now I’m cringing at what happened next, and I don’t understand why I gave in.”
“But, frankly, if Taylor Swift looks you in the eye, touches your arm and says, ‘Come with me…’ I got up like a puppy and went, ‘Yeah, OK, that seems like a great idea. I’ll follow you,’” he hilariously went on. “I walked up on stage in a trance and then sort of halfway through Jon Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” song, I wake up.”
Taylor Swift at a previous event. (Tim Rooke/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
William spoke even further about the nervous feelings he had while belting out the popular lyrics of Bon Jovi‘s iconic rock song. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I standing on the stage singing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ when I don’t even know the words? But the Centrepoint young guys and girls were there, all loving it and cheering away,” he explained. “So I thought, ‘Well, if they’re enjoying it, then the night is for them. So sod it. I can’t be the doofus who’s going to ruin it for everyone.’ And so I desperately try and remember some of the words and sing as hard as I can.”
William also admitted there “was a lot of sweating going on” during the big moment before further explaining that although some may “think I’m comfortable on stage. When I do speeches and things like that, I’ve done so many now, they’re not a problem. But I’ve not done singing.”
Despite his apprehensions about the sing-a-long, the performance, which can be seen in the video above, was a great one full of energy and smiles and was a highlight of the special night.
And the nominees are…some of the biggest stars in music! The 2022 Grammy Awards nominees just dropped, so see which of your favorite stars are up for awards – and which ones got snubbed.
Following the shock and controversy surrounding the previous ceremony, all eyes were watching when the nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 23). Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of The Recording Academy, revealed the slate of nominees via a livestream. There were a few surprises, here and there, but some familiar and expected names popped up in the General field – aka the “Big Four” categories – of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Olivia Rodrigo – who kicked off 2021 by shattering practically all the records with her song, “drivers license” – was given some love from the Academy, as was Billie Eilish, whose “Everything I Wanted” won Record of the Year during the 2020 ceremony.
The eligibility period for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards was between Sept. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. While the first nine months of 2021 ushered in some incredible albums – Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, Doja Cat’s Planet Her, Lil Nas X’s Montero – some records from the back-half of 2020 were also available to get some love. Taylor Swift’s evermore could help her make history – again. Earlier in 2021, she became the first woman to win Album of the Year for the third time after folklore took home the gold. If evermore wins, she will become the first female artist to win the award in consecutive years. Only Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder have pulled off that feat in the past. Plus, Taylor’s bestie, Selena Gomez, got her first Grammy nomination ever — her Revelación is up for Best Latin Pop Album.
“Kiss Me More” — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)
“Leave The Door Open” –Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
“Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
“Right On Time” –Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
Best New Artist
The Kid LAROI
Best Pop Solo Performance
Justin Biber, “Anyone”
Brandi Carlile, “Right On Time”
Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
Ariana Grande, “Positions”
Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.
Black Coffee, Subconsciously
ILLENIUM, Fallen Embers
Major Lazer, Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded)
Sylvan Esso, Free Love
Ten City, Judgement
CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal, Double Dealin’
Rachel Eckroth, The Garden
Taylor Eigsti, Tree Falls
Steve Gadd Band, At Blue Note Tokyo
Mark Lettieri, Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2
Best Rock Performance
AC/DC, “Shot In The Dark”
Black Pumas, “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)”
Chris Cornell, “Nothing Compares 2 U”
Foo Fighters, “Making A Fire”
Best Metal Performance
Dream Theater, “The Alien”
Mastodon, “Pushing The Tides”
Rob Zombie, “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)”
Best Rock Song
“All My Favorite Songs” — Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
“The Bandit” — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
“Distance” — Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)
“Find My Way” — Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
“Waiting On A War” — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
Best Rock Album
AC/DC, Power Up
Black Pumas, Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A
Chris Cornell, No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight
Paul McCartney, McCartney III
Best Alternative Music Album
Fleet Foxes, Shore
Halsey, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee
Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams
St. Vincent, Daddy’s Home
Really wasn’t expecting that! It was an honor to work with some of my heroes, Trent and Atticus, and I am so proud of this album and hope that you guys continue to love it for years to come. Here’s to taking risks 🥂
“Joyful” — Dante Bowe; Dante Bowe & Ben Schofield, songwriters
“Help” — Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; Anthony Brown & Darryl Woodson, songwriters
“Never Lost” — CeCe Winans
“Wait On You” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music; Dante Bowe, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake & Chandler Moore, songwriters
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“We Win” — Kirk Franklin & Lil Baby; Kirk Franklin, Dominique Jones, Cynthia Nunn & Justin Smith, songwriters
“Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” — H.E.R. & Tauren Wells; Josiah Bassey, Dernst Emile & H.E.R., songwriters
“Man Of Your Word” – Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven; Jonathan Jay, Nathan Jess & Chandler Moore, songwriters
Believe For It” – CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters
“Jireh” — Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, songwriters
Best Gospel Album
Jekalyn Carr, Changing Your Story
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live At The Ryman
Maverick City Music, Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition
Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, Jonny X Mali: Live In LA
CeCe Winans, Believe For It
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Natalie Grant, No Stranger
Israel & New Breed, Feels Like Home Vol. 2
Kari Jobe, The Blessing (Live)
Tauren Wells, Citizen Of Heaven (Live)
Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, Old Church Basement
Best Roots Gospel Album
Harry Connick, Jr., Alone With My Faith
Gaither Vocal Band, That’s Gospel, Brother
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Keeping On
The Isaacs, Songs For The Times
Carrie Underwood, My Savior
Best Latin Pop Album
Pablo Alborán, Vértigo
Paula Arenas, Mis Amores
Ricardo Arjona, Hecho A La Antigua
Camilo, Mis Manos
Alex Cuba, Mendó
Selena Gomez, Revelación
Best Música Urbana Album
Rauw Alejandro, Afrodisíaco
Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
J Balvin, Jose
KAROL G, KG0516
Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Bomba Estéreo, Deja
Diamante Eléctrico, Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition)
Nathy Peluso, Calambre
C. Tangana, El Madrileño
Zoé, Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.
Aida Cuevas, Antología De La Musica Ranchera, Vol. 2
Vicente Fernández, A Mis 80’s
Mon Laferte, Seis
Natalia Lafourcade, Un Canto Por México, Vol. II
Christian Nodal, Ayayay! (Súper Deluxe)
Best Tropical Latin Album
Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, Salswing!
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, En Cuarentena
Aymée Nuviola, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso
Gilberto Santa Rosa, Colegas
Tony Succar, Live In Peru
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC
Best American Roots Performance
Love And Regret
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile
Best American Roots Song
Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson & Francesco Turrisi, songwriters (Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi)
Call Me A Fool
Valerie June, songwriter (Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas)
Jon Batiste & Steve McEwan, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
Diamond Studded Shoes
Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola)
Jeremy Lindsay & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)
Best Americana Album
Downhill From Everywhere
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
Stand For Myself
Best Bluegrass Album
My Bluegrass Heart
A Tribute To Bill Monroe
The Infamous Stringdusters
100 Years Of Blues
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite
I Be Trying
Be Ready When I Call You
Take Me Back
Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown
Fire It Up
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Best Folk Album
One Night Lonely [Live]
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Long Violent History
Wednesday (Extended Edition)
They’re Calling Me Home
Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
Blue Heron Suite
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Live In New Orleans!
Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul
Bloodstains & Teardrops
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Corey Ledet Zydeco
Corey Ledet Zydeco
Kau Ka Pe’a
Best Reggae Album
Live N Livin
Beauty In The Silence
Best Global Music Performance
Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy
Pà Pá Pà
Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
WizKid Featuring Tems
Best Global Music Albu
Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1
East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho & Friends Live In Concert
Daniel Ho & Friends
Femi Kuti And Made Kuti
Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition
Best Children’s Music Album
All One Tribe
1 Tribe Collective
Black To The Future
A Colorful World
Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
Best Spoken Word Album Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling
LeVar Burton, Aftermath
Don Cheadle, Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis
J. Ivy, Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago
Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman, 8:46
Barack Obama, A Promised Land
Best Comedy Album
Lavell Crawford, The Comedy Vaccine
Chelsea Handler, Evolution
Louis C.K., Sincerely Louis CK
Lewis Black, Thanks For Risking Your Life
Nate Bargatze, The Greatest Average American
Kevin Hart, Zero F***s Given
Best Musical Theater Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast)
Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers
Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast)
Girl From The North Country
Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers (Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording)
Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers (Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists) (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots
Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri & Stephen Schwartz, producers (Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist) (World Premiere Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album. In the absence of both, award to the one or two individuals proactively responsible for the concept and musical direction of the album and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable. Award also goes to appropriately credited music supervisor(s).
Dear Evan Hansen
In The Heights
One Night In Miami…
Schmigadoon! Episode 1
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.
Kris Bowers, composer
Hans Zimmer, composer
The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16)
Ludwig Göransson, composer
The Queen’s Gambit
Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Best Song Written For Visual Media A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Agatha All Along [From WandaVision: Episode 7]
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White)
All Eyes On Me [From Inside]
Bo Burnham, songwriter (Bo Burnham)
All I Know So Far [From P!NK: All I Know So Far]
Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (P!nk)
Fight For You [From Judas And The Black Messiah]
Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) [From Respect]
Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
Speak Now [From One Night In Miami…]
Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.)
Best Instrumental Composition
Beautiful Is Black
Brandee Younger, composer (Brandee Younger)
Cat And Mouse
Tom Nazziola, composer (Tom Nazziola)
Concerto For Orchestra: Finale
Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & Czech National Symphony Orchestra Featuring Antonio Sánchez & Derrick Hodge)
Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions
Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble)
Lyle Mays, composer (Lyle Mays)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Bill O’Connell, arranger (Richard Baratta)
For The Love Of A Princess (From “Braveheart”)
Robin Smith, arranger (HAUSER, London Symphony Orchestra & Robin Smith)
Emile Mosseri, arranger (Emile Mosseri)
Meta Knight’s Revenge (From “Kirby Superstar”)
Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman, arrangers (The 8-Bit Big Band Featuring Button Masher)
The Struggle Within
Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez, arrangers (Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
The Bottom Lin
Ólafur Arnalds, arranger (Ólafur Arnalds & Josin)
A Change Is Gonna Come
Tehillah Alphonso, arranger (Tonality & Alexander Lloyd Blake)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
Cody Fry, arranger (Cody Fry)
To The Edge Of Longing (Edit Version)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Julia Bullock)
PACKAGE, NOTES, AND HISTORICAL
Best Recording Package
American Jackpot / American Girls
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Nick Cave & Tom Hingston, art directors (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
Li Jheng Han & Yu, Wei, art directors (2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group & The Chairman Crossover Big Band)
Dayle Doyle, art director (Matt Berninger)
Xiao Qing Yang, art director (Soul Of Ears)
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition
Darren Evans, Dhani Harrison & Olivia Harrison, art directors (George Harrison)
Lordess Foudre & Christopher Leckie, art directors (Soccer Mommy)
The Future Bites (Limited Edition Box Set)
Simon Moore, art director (Steven Wilson)
Dan Calderwood & Jon King, art directors (Gang Of Four)
Swimming In Circles
Ramón Coronado & Marshall Rake, art directors (Mac Miller)
Best Album Notes
Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas
Ann-Katrin Zimmermann, album notes writer (Sunwook Kim)
The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966
Ricky Riccardi, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology
Kevin Howes, album notes writer (Willie Dunn)
Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895
David Giovannoni, Richard Martin & Stephan Puille, album notes writers (Various Artists)
The King Of Gospel Music: The Life And Music Of Reverend James Cleveland
Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Best Historical Album
Beyond The Music: Her Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Robert Russ, compilation producer; Nancy Conforti, Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Marian Anderson)
Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895
Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music
April Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)
Patrick Milligan & Joni Mitchell, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Joni Mitchell)
Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe Edition)
Trevor Guy, Michael Howe & Kirk Johnson, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Prince)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Josh Conway, Marvin Figueroa, Josh Gudwin, Neal H Pogue & Ethan Shumaker, engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (The Marías)
Thomas Brenneck, Zach Brown, Elton “L10MixedIt” Chueng, Riccardo Damian, Tom Elmhirst, Jens Jungkurth, Todd Monfalcone, John Rooney & Smino, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Yebba)
BJ Burton, engineer; BJ Burton, mastering engineer (Low)
Love For Sale
Dae Bennett, Josh Coleman & Billy Cumella, engineers; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga)
Notes With Attachments
Joseph Lorge & Blake Mills, engineers; Greg Koller, mastering engineer (Pino Palladino & Blake Mills)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Chemtrails Over The Country Club (Lana Del Rey) (A)
Daddy’s Home (St. Vincent) (A)
Gold Rush (Taylor Swift) (T)
Sling (Clairo) (A)
Solar Power (Lorde) (A)
Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night (Bleachers) (A)
//aguardiente Y Limón %ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)
Ain’t S*** (Doja Cat) (T)
Beautiful (Shelley FKA DRAM) (T)
Blueberry Eyes (MAX Featuring SUGA of BTS) (S)
Fire In The Sky (Anderson .Paak) (T)
Kiss Me More (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) (S)
Lazy Susan (21 Savage With Rich Brian Featuring Warren Hue & Masimwei) (S)
NITROUS (Joji) (T)
Vibez (ZAYN) (S)
Glow On (Turnstile) (A)
Good Day (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
Life By Misadventure (Rag’n’Bone Man) (A)
Mercy (Jonas Brothers) (T)
Mulberry Street (Twenty One Pilots) (T)
Obviously (Lake Street Dive) (A)
Repeat (Grace Vanderwaal) (S)
Taking The Heat (Joy Oladokun) (T)
Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album (Various Artists) (A)
King’s Disease II (Nas) (A)
//aguardiente y limón%ᵕ‿‿ᵕ% (Kali Uchis) (T)Can’t Let You Go (Terrace Martin Featuring Nick Grant) (S)
Damn Bean (John-Robert) (T)
Don’t Go Yet (Camila Cabello) (S)
Gold-Diggers Sound (Leon Bridges) (A)
Piece Of You (Shawn Mendes) (T)
Pushing Away (Junior Mesa) (T)
Rumors (Lizzo Featuring Cardi B) (S)
Sing (Jon Batiste) (T)
Best Remixed Recording
Back To Life (Booker T Kings Of Soul Satta Dub)
Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
Born For Greatness (Cymek Remix)
Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach)
Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix)
Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
Met Him Last Night (Dave Audé Remix)
Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato & Ariana Grande)
Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix)
Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones)
Talks (Mura Masa Remix)
Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)
Best Immersive Audio Album
George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
The Future Bites
Jake Fields & Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor)
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Jonathan Lackey, Bill Maylone & Dan Nichols, engineers; Bill Maylone, mastering engineer (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears
Richard King, engineer (Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck, Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Chanticleer Sings Christmas
Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Chanticleer)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers; Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineers (Gustavo Dudamel, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Luke McEndarfer, Robert Istad, Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, Pacific Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Producer Of The Year, Classical
Appear And Inspire (James Franklin & The East Carolina University Chamber Singers) (A)
Howells: Requiem (Brian Schmidt & Baylor University A Cappella Choir) (A)
Hymns Of Kassianí (Alexander Lingas & Cappella Romana) (A)
Kyr: In Praise Of Music (Joshua Copeland & Antioch Chamber Ensemble) (A)
More Honourable Than The Cherubim (Vladimir Gorbik & PaTRAM Institute Male Choir) (A)
O’Regan: The Phoenix (Patrick Summers, Thomas Hampson, Chad Shelton, Rihab Chaieb, Lauren Snouffer, Houston Grand Opera & Houston Grand Opera Orchestra) (A)
Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom (Benedict Sheehan & The Saint Tikhon Choir) (A)
Bach And Brahms Re-Imagined (Jens Lindemann, James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker) (A)
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin: The Poem Of Ecstasy
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös; Robert Suff, producer (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
Karen Kamensek, conductor; J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James & Dísella Lárusdóttir; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen
Simon Rattle, conductor; Sophia Burgos, Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Peter Hoare, Anna Lapkovskaja, Paulina Malefane, Jan Martinik & Hanno Müller-Brachmann; Andrew Cornall, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices)
Little: Soldier Songs
Corrado Rovaris, conductor; Johnathan McCullough; James Darrah & John Toia, producers (The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra)
Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Karen Cargill, Isabel Leonard, Karita Mattila, Erin Morley & Adrianne Pieczonka; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Best Choral Performance
It’s A Long Way
Matthew Guard, conductor (Jonas Budris, Carrie Cheron, Fiona Gillespie, Nathan Hodgson, Helen Karloski, Enrico Lagasca, Megan Roth, Alissa Ruth Suver & Dana Whiteside; Skylark Vocal Ensemble)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz & Luke McEndarfer, chorus masters (Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O’Neill, Morris Robinson & Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus & Pacific Chorale)
Rising w/The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor (International Contemporary Ensemble & Quicksilver; The Crossing)
Schnittke: Choir Concerto; Three Sacred Hymns; Pärt: Seven Magnificat-Antiphons
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor; Heli Jürgenson, chorus master (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
Sheehan: Liturgy Of Saint John Chrysostom
Benedict Sheehan, conductor (Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons & Jason Thoms; The Saint Tikhon Choir)
The Singing Guitar
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Estelí Gomez; Austin Guitar Quartet, Douglas Harvey, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Texas Guitar Quartet; Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking
Akiho: Seven Pillars
Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion
American Originals – A New World, A New Canon
AGAVE & Reginald L. Mobley; Geoffrey Silver, producer
Berg: Violin Concerto; Seven Early Songs & Three Pieces For Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer
Cerrone: The Arching Path
Timo Andres & Ian Rosenbaum; Mike Tierney, producer
Chick Corea; Chick Corea & Birnie Kirsh, producers
Women Warriors – The Voices Of Change
Amy Andersson, conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson & Lolita Ritmanis, producers
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Akiho: Seven Pillars
Andy Akiho, composer (Sandbox Percussion)
Andriessen: The Only One
Louis Andriessen, composer (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nora Fischer & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Assad, Clarice & Sérgio, Connors, Dillon, Martin & Skidmore: Archetypes
Clarice Assad, Sérgio Assad, Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin & David Skidmore, composers (Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion)
Batiste: Movement 11′
Jon Batiste, composer (Jon Batiste)
AC/DC, “Shot In The Dark”
David Mallet, video director; Dione Orrom, video producer
Jon Batiste, “Freedom”
Alan Ferguson, video director; Alex P. Willson, video producer
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, “I Get A Kick Out Of You”
Jennifer Lebeau, video director; Danny Bennett, Bobby Campbell & Jennifer Lebeau, video producers
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”
Collin Tilley, video director
Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
Billie Eilish, video director; Michelle An, Chelsea Dodson & David Moore, video producers
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Lil Nas X & Tanu Muino, video directors; Frank Borin, Ivanna Borin, Marco De Molina & Saul Levitz, video producers
Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U”
Petra Collins, video director; Christiana Divona, Marissa Ramirez & Tiffany Suh, video producers
Best Music Film
Bo Burnham, video director; Josh Senior, video producer
David Byrne’s American Utopia
Spike Lee, video director; David Byrne & Spike Lee, video producers
Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles
Patrick Osborne & Robert Rodriguez, video directors
Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui
John McDermott, video director; Janie Hendrix, John McDermott & George Scott, video producers
Summer Of Soul
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, video director; David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent & Joseph Patel, video producers
The elephant in the room of Tuesday’s nominations was named “The Weeknd.” When last year’s nominations were rolled out, a huge fan backlash erupted after he received zero nominations. That snub came after his song, “Blinding Lights,” was practically the soundtrack of 2020 (it set the record for most weeks in the Billboard Hot 100) and his album, After Hours, was also a commercial success. The Weeknd called the ceremony and the Recording Academy “corrupt,” said that they “owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency,” and ultimately announced that he will boycott the ceremony by not submitting his music for consideration ever again.
The Weeknd’s move seemingly worked. The Recording Academy announced on April 30, 2021, that it was eliminating nearly all of the “secret” committees involved in the nomination process. Introduced in 1989, these groups – made up of industry experts and executives – were kept anonymous. Over the past three decades, the Recording Academy tweaked the nomination process, here and there, but the committees stayed in place. Now, the nominees for the main Grammy categories will be “determined by a majority, peer-to-peer vote of voting members of the Recording Academy. Previously, many of the categories within these fields utilized 15-30 highly skilled music peers who represented and voted within their genre communities for the final selection of nominees,” per the announcement (h/t Variety).
“I think everything that happens during the calendar year influences the way the membership and the trustees vote,” Harvey Mason Jr. told Variety. “Remember, the organization is totally driven by its members — these decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. Did the Weeknd impact someone into thinking this is definitely something that needs to change? I can’t speculate, but I know the goal is to remain relevant and to be on the leading edge of music.” Whether or not they were successful remains to be seen – as in, check Twitter. If someone’s name is Trending, then it’s probably likely they got snubbed.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 31, 2022, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles,
And the winner is… Many of the biggest names in music were nominated at the 2021 American Music Awards, so find out who went home with a new trophy for their mantle.
2021 wasn’t going to end with at least one more opportunity to celebrate the biggest and brightest stars in music. The 49th Annual American Music Awards looked to close out the year with one more “biggest night in music,” honoring some of the stars that have made the past twelve months worth living. Hosted by Cardi B and taking place on Nov. 21 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the 2021 AMAs saw newcomer Olivia Rodrigo lead the pack with seven nominations. The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star was up for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Favorite Trending Song (“drivers license”), Favorite Music Video (“drivers license”), Favorite Female Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Song (“drivers license”), and Favorite Pop Album (Sour.)
The Weeknd comes behind Olivia with six nominations. Doja Cat, Bad Bunny, and Giveon are also multi-nominated artists, with each up for five awards. Taylor Swift – who holds the record for most AMA wins of any artist ever with 32 overall – is up for three awards: Artist Of The Year, Favorite Female Pop Artist, and Favorite Pop Album (evermore). If Taylor wins any of these, she will have to accept them via satellite, as a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she’s skipping this year “to add to the impact” to her recent Saturday Night Live performance.
While Taylor won’t be on hand, plenty of stars are scheduled to light up the stage. Silk Sonic will kick things off, and the night will see BTS perform “My Universe” with Coldplay. They were scheduled to perform their “Butter” remix with Megan Thee Stallion, but she pulled out the day of the show. Italian rockers (and Eurovision 2021 winners) Måneskin will perform, as will Tyler, The Creator, Walker Hayes, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, Chloe (aka Chloe Bailey), Zoe Wees, and Olivia Rodrigo. Bad Bunny, Tainy, and Julieta Venegas will perform “Lo Siento BB,” and Jason Aldean will team with Carrie Underwood for “If I Didn’t Love You.”
Lil Nas X, who won at the 2021 AMAs (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
Ahead of the Sunday broadcast, the AMAs announced a handful of winners. Keep checking back to see who walked away from the 2021 AMAs with some new trophies.
Winners are in bold.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Kid LAROI
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “DÁKITI”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy” Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, “Peaches”
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”
Cardi B, “Up” Lil Nas X “MONTERO, (Call Me By Your Name)”
Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”
The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears”
FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST
Drake Ed Sheeran
Lil Nas X
FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST
Olivia Rodrigo Taylor Swift
FAVORITE R&B ALBUM Doja Cat, Planet Her
Giveon, When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time
H.E.R., Back of My Mind
Jazmine Sullivan, Heaux Tales
Queen Naija, missunderstood
FAVORITE R&B SONG Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”
Taylor Swift is known for her iconic red lips & if you’ve ever wanted to recreate her look, then you’re in luck because you can try her lipstick color yourself!
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For years, Taylor Swift has taken the world by storm not just with her music but with her stunning glam and outfits. One look that Taylor is always spotted rocking is a bold red lip and it has become a staple of the singer. Ever since the release of RED (Taylor’s Version), the color red has become an even bigger deal considering it coincides perfectly with her music and now you can find out what lip color she wears.
While Taylor is known for her signature red lip, she and her longtime makeup artist, Lorrie Turk, keep her lip color secret. However, Taylor admitted to People back in 2015 that she loves MAC Matte Lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo. She said, “It’s a staple. I was the last person to discover it.” She even admitted to the magazine that she wears red lipstick because her face “looks worse without it.”
Despite Taylor not revealing the exact shade she wears, Lorrie has shared some of her favorite red lipsticks that she loves, without pinpointing which one is the exact shade Taylor uses. All of the colors are similar to the ones worn by Taylor, so even if it isn’t the exact same, you can still recreate her look. We listed them below and you can shop for them all right here.
1. MAC Ruby Woo
This is the lipstick Taylor admitted to People that she loved. It’s a matte lipstick that leaves you with a soft finish and it is available in a whopping 32 different colors. Taylor gets the Ruby Woo color pictured below. $19, ulta.com
This is one of the lipsticks Lorrie shared as her favorites and rightly so – it’s gorgeous. This lipstick glides on effortlessly and leaves you with a matte finish that also keeps your lips hydrated. $55, tatcha.com
3. FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored
Another favorite from Lorrie is this lip paint in the shade, Uncensored. The long-lasting lip color is highly-pigmented, buildable, and weightless. It leaves your lips with a soft and subtle matte finish. $25, sephora.com
4. Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick in Velvet Ribbon
Lorrie also shared this lipstick in the shade Velvet Ribbon, which is a classic deep red lip color. It’s cruelty-free and super pigmented, plus, it leaves your lips with a gorgeous velvet finish. $36, lisaeldridge.com
BFFs for life! Selena Gomez was at NBC studios to support Taylor Swift before her epic 10-minute performance of ‘All Too Well.’
Taylor Swift, 31, reunited with her BFF Selena Gomez, 29, before her 10-minute long performance of “All Too Well”! The 1989 singer shared a cute TikTok video filmed behind-the-scenes in a dressing room on Saturday, Nov. 13, revealing that Selena was with her. Taylor opened the short dubbed audio clip mouthing the words, “My bestie…is a bad b—-,” as she panned over to a giggling Selena (also in reaction to the taped audio). The pair sat on a brown leather couch backstage, positioned in front of a famed wall filled with signed photos from all the artists to perform over the years.
“OH NO @selenagomez #snl #swifttok,” she simply captioned the post. Taylor appeared to be rocking a different outfit than the one she performed in, sporting a sweetheart neck black bodysuit with a high waisted camel skirt. The blonde kept her hair sleek and loosely curled, adding a dash of color with her signature red lip. Selena kept cozy in a chunky knit cream sweater, sporting a sleek, straight bob and light, illuminated makeup.
Several other friends of Taylor were spotted heading into Studio 8H ahead of the show, including Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne, Anya Taylor Joy, and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and his wife Sophie Turner.
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. ( Jim Smeal/Shutterstock)
The two A-Listers struck up a friendship as teens way back in 2008, when they met through the Jonas Brothers: Selena dated Nick Jonas for a spell, while Taylor was notoriously involved with Joe (who later dumped her in a :27 second phone call). Although the romances are ancient history, the gals stayed close friends — with Selena revealing she talked to Taylor daily in 2009. “Every single problem I ever have is healable by Taylor Swift! If I ever have an issue, Taylor has gone through it, because she’s older than me, and she gives the most thought-out answers,” she said at the time. “Because of her, I haven’t lost faith. We literally talk every day,” Sel added.
Selena and Taylor performed on-stage together for the first time in 2011, and again in 2014 during the 1989 World Tour (opting to duet on Selena’s sexy hit “Good For You”). The Wizards Of Waverley Place alum later appeared in Tay’s 2014 video for “Bad Blood” — largely believed to be about Tay’s past feud with Katy Perry.
“It’s been the longest one [friendship] I think either of us had really,” Selena said of Taylor that same year. “Both of us have kind of struck it out and hung in there through all the different changes we’ve gone through. Longevity is something you really can find very precious and rare in friendships.”
Taylor has shown the love right back at Selena over the years — including praise for her album Rare. “This song is a perfect expression of healing & my absolute favorite song she’s put out yet. A triumph. I love you @selenagomez,” she said about “Lose You To Love Me” — inspired by Selena’s emotional split from Justin Bieber.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were spotted heading into the ‘SNL’ after party with Taylor Swift after attending the taping to watch her ‘All Too Well’ performance live.
Taylor Swift, 31, was surrounded by friends at Saturday Night Live! The GRAMMY winner was spotted with close friends Blake Lively, 34, and Ryan Reynolds, 44, as they headed to the after party following Taylor’s epic performance on the Nov. 13 episode. Taylor sported a brown colored houndstooth blazer by designer Anine Bing, which she threw on over top the same black bodysuit and skinny jean ensemble she performed in.
Taylor Swift heads to the ‘SNL’ after party with Blake Lively. (T.JACKSON / BACKGRID)
Blake looked absolutely gorgeous in a fitted black dress with a cut-out top, keeping her blonde hair down. The Gossip Girl actress accessorized with a green pair of stud earrings, which glimmered under the camera lights. She sweetly held hands with husband Ryan, who rocked a navy blue suit jacket with a tie. Earlier in the evening, the couple were spotted heading into Studio 8H to watch Taylor’s 10-minute long performance of “All Too Well.”
Taylor, Blake and Ryan were also joined by Sadie Sink. (T.JACKSON / BACKGRID)
Taylor’s friends were out in full force for the appearance, including BFF Selena Gomez, 29! The Disney alum popped up in a cute TikTok video with Taylor filmed in a dressing room, where Tay declared her “bestie” was a “bad b—–.” Cara Delevingne, Anya Taylor Joy, Joe Jonas and his wife Sophie Turner were also there.
It’s safe to say Taylor beyond slayed the live rendition of the song, which appears on her re-release of Red (Taylor’s Version). The song is about her split from Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, who she dated briefly in 2009 when she was just 20 years old. Though the romance was short-lived, they did end up on a magazine cover or two after she spent Thanksgiving with Jake’s family, including his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, 43 (where she infamously left “the scarf”).
Taylor quite literally transported fans back to Autumn ’09 with her SNL set, which was decked out with orange leaves on the ground. The star seemingly threw some shade at the actor with a few lines where she moved her head to look right at the camera — particularly when singing, “and I was thinking on the drive down/Anytime now he’s going to say it’s love — he never called it what it was.”
As for Blake, it appears she’ll also be lending her creative talents to Taylor’s latest release by making her directorial debut! The 1989 singer teased a new music video via Instagram on Sunday, Nov. 14, which was co-written by the gal pals. “SURPRISE! NEW MUSIC VIDEO TOMORROW at 10am ET…I finally got to work with the brilliant, brave, & wickedly funny @blakelively on her directorial debut. Join us as we raise a toast, and a little hell,” Taylor wrote over a video that showed a hand digging into a red velvet wedding cake.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were among a large group of friends who attended ‘SNL’ to support friend Taylor Swift during her ‘All Too Well’ performance!
Sophie Turner, 25, rocked a 70s inspired look as she headed to the Saturday Night Liveafterparty with husband Joe Jonas, 32. The Game of Thrones actress wore a bright yellow vest with lingerie and layered gold chain necklaces underneath. She paired the top with matching trousers for the evening out on Saturday, Nov. 13, looking straight off the runway. She held onto a black leather jacket that matched her leather cylinder shaped purse and platform pumps.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner head to the ‘SNL’ after party after Taylor Swift’s performance. (@TheHapaBlonde / BACKGRID)
Sophie held hand with her husband Joe, who was also rocking a throwback vibe with his brown striped outfit consisting of a cropped trouser and zip-down, collared bomber. The jacket featured a darker brown sleeve to create a neutral contrast, matching his scoop neck t-shirt. The Disney alum finished his look with high top white sneakers and an orange chain necklace, along with a camo printed face mask.
The couple also attended the taping of SNL, where friend Taylor Swift, 31, performed her newly released 10-minute version of “All Too Well” about her 2009 relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40. In the longer version of the song, Taylor reveals more about her ill-fated three-month romance, including that Jake blamed their 10 year age difference on the break-up — despite going on to date other younger women.
Notably, Joe and Taylor also dated as teens in 2008 — which is how she met BFF Selena Gomez, 29. Several songs on Fearless are believed to be about Joe, who she later revealed broke-up with her in a 27 second phone call. “It’s all right. I’m cool…When I find that person that is right for me, he’ll be wonderful. When I look at that person, I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 27 seconds when I was 18,” she said to Ellen DeGeneres shortly after.
Years later, she called the bombshell moment one of the most “rebellious” things she’s done — but confirmed she and Joe are on good terms as adults. “[The most rebellious thing was] probably when I put Joe Jonas on blast on your show. That was too much. I was 18,” Taylor said to Ellen again in 2019. “We laugh about it now, but that was mouthy. Just some teenage stuff there,” the singer explained.
On Folkore, Taylor sings about sending an ex-boyfriend a baby gift — largely believed to be for Joe’s daughter Willa, 1. “For the boys who broke my heart / now I send their babies presents,” she crooned on “Invisible String.” Taylor has also been friendly with Sophie for some time, with the pair even appearing together as guests on The Graham Norton Show. “I like what we’re doing tonight!” Taylor said as she hugged Sophie on-set in May 2019.
As fans gear-up for Taylor Swift’s 10-minute performance of ‘All Too Well’ on ‘SNL,’ a source tells HL EXCLUSIVELY that the star is more ‘nervous’ than ever!
Taylor Swift, 31, just recently dropped the Red (Taylor’s Version) re-release — and she’s all set for a Saturday Night Live performance on Nov. 13. The singer more-or-less confirmed she’d be singing the updated 10-minute version of break-uo song “All Too Well” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — and a source tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she’s “anxiously awaiting” the performance.
Taylor Swift is performing for the 5th time on ‘SNL’ on Nov. 13, 2021. (Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock)
“Taylor is anxiously awaiting tonight and might even get involved in a skit or two but her main focus is her performance of ‘All To Well’. It is such an important performance for her that she keeps telling people she hasn’t been this nervous in a long time, let alone ever,” they spilled to HL. Taylor’s upcoming appearance marks the seasoned performer’s fifth appearance on the iconic NBC series: she made her debut with “Love Story” back in 2009, and returned to host later that year. She took a lengthy break from the series afterwards, returning during the Reputation era in 2017, most recently performing in 2019 after the release of Lover.
“She is such an amazing performer, and everyone knows she will completely kill it. People at SNL are excited but also like seeing that she is nervous as it shows to them that it is going to add a vulnerability to the performance tonight,” the source added. “It will add such a unique experience to the show as what she does tonight will live forever. She is really putting a lot of emotions into it for tonight and she’s hoping her nervous energy will really make everything as awesome as it can possibly be.”
Taylor hinted that she’d be performing the new version of “All Too Well” to Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. “What if, it was not two songs as much as it was one song that is the length of three songs?” she teased, which quickly went viral on Twitter. The emotional track is about her break-up with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40: the pair briefly dated in 2009 when Taylor was just 20. Other tracks believed to be about the actor include “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Taylor Swift did more than just perform on ‘SNL’! The singer surprised fans with a hilarious appearance in a sketch on the Nov. 13 episode, hosted by Jonathan Majors.
Taylor Swift, 31, made an unexpected appearance in a Saturday Night Live sketch! The “Love Story” singer popped up in Pete Davidson‘s hilarious musical sketch dubbed “Three Sad Virgins” about three of his friends (who denied that they were virgins). “It’s not about you at all!” Pete assured his friends before going on to say they don’t have “any swag.”
Taylor Swift sings in the ‘Three Sad Virgins’ sketch. (NBC)
“I thought this would be a fun thing for all of us — if not, let’s just end it,” Pete said to his protesting friends — but had one condition: they get through the bridge of the song! Taylor then popped in non-chalantly. “Hey Pete,” she said, as the guys seemed more enthused. Calling one a “sad Ron Weasley” (as in, the Harry Potter character) who looks like “Big Bird who lost all his feathers,” Taylor slayed her LOL-worthy addition to the song.
She noted the next friend had “the sex appeal” of a “scarecrow,” then questioned how John “stayed up” with his “big fat melon” (in reference to his head). “Because they’re three sad virgins — what? Three sad virgins, ohhh,” she sung, touching one of their faces. “And they’re going to die alone,” she added, closing the sketch!
Taylor unexpectedly appeared during the Pete Davidson sketch on Nov. 13. (NBC)
Taylor and Pete seemed at ease on stage, which could have been awkward given her past tense history with his apparent latest fling, Kim Kardashian, 41. Taylor and Kim have been on the outs since 2016 over drama pertaining to a lyric in a Kanye West song where he suggested Taylor “might still have sex” with him.
This isn’t Tay’s first time acting on SNL: she pulled double duty as host and musical guest in conjunction with her album Fearless back in Nov. 2009. During her unforgettable opening monologue, she took a dig at her then recent ex-boyfriendTaylor Lautner, 29. While strumming on a guitar, she sang, “if you’re wondering if I might/ Be dating the werewolf from ‘Twilight’/ I’m not gonna comment on that/ In my monologue.” She then mouthed, “Hi, Taylor” at the camera. Prior to the joke, she also shaded ex Joe Jonas, 31. “You might think I’d bring up Joe, that guy who broke up with me on the phone/ Hey, Joe, I’m doing real well, tonight I’m hosting SNL,” she said.
Taylor also has an impressive list of SNL performances on her resume, making her debut in Jan. 2009 when she sang “Love Story” and “Forever & Always.” She then appeared later the same year for her hosting gig, taking a break until 2017 when she returned to promote the Reputation album. Taylor last appeared in 2019 to serenade the audience with two Lover tracks: the R&B influenced “False God,” and title track “Lover,” about her romance with longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn, 30.
Earlier this week, Taylor appeared alongside host Jonathan Majors for a hilarious promo that also included Aidy Bryant and Bowen Yang. Both SNL actors shared that they would be performing on the episode. “I’ll also be singing one song from a yet-to-be-released album,” Aidy declared, as a confused Jonathan questioned if she talked to any of the higher-ups. “Did you speak with the producers?” he responded. “I will also be doing a song from an album I haven’t even written yet,” Bowen chimed in as Taylor added, “I’ll also be doing music… if there’s time.”
Fresh off the release of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, the singer performed the 10-minute long version of fan fave ‘All Too Well’ for the 1st time live.
Taylor Swift, 31, just made Saturday Night Live history! The singer performed her iconic break-up tune “All Too Well” at Studio 8H — but swapped out the classic fans grew up listening to with the much lengthier (and juicier) 10-minute version. The singer transported fans back to Fall 2009 with orange leaves fallen on the stage ground (reminiscent of the bundled up walk she took with Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, while holding maple lattes).
Taylor Swift performs on ‘SNL.’ (NBC)
The performance began with Taylor blurred out behind a bright light, which dimmed just as she started the song. The lights then changed red mid-way through performance, reflective of both the album’s name and the feelings she had at the time. Towards the end, fake snow began to fall as she sang, “Sacred prayer/I was there, I was there — it was rare, you remember it.” Taylor’s vocals sounded better than ever as she detailed her past romance, seemingly shading Jake with one a look directly at the camera as she sang, “And I was thinking on the drive down/Anytime now he’s going to say it’s love — he never called it what it was.”
She pulled the camera glance again for the line, “You said if we had been closer in age/Maybe it would’ve been fine/That made me want to die.”
Taylor kept her ensemble simple with a black pair of skinny jeans and round neck bodysuit, adding a pop of color with her signature red lip and nail.
The performance comes hot off the highly anticipated drop of her release of her 2012 album Red (Taylor’s Version). Following the legal battle around her recordings (that also ignited a feud with manager Scooter Braun), Taylor confirmed in 2019 that she would be re-recording all of her original albums to finally own the works that she wrote — starting with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021. Red (Taylor’s Version) is an amped up version of the original, coming in at 30 tracks compared to the original 16.
“All Too Well” was never a single from the project — that also included hits “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “22”,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” — but grew to become a fan fave over the years. While Taylor has never confirmed who the track is about, all signs point to her short-lived three-month romance with the much older Jake Gyllenhaal, 40 (the two dated when Taylor was just 20). In the song, she states that their “age difference” was a reason for the split.
“You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would have been fine, and that made me want to die,” Taylor crooned, her 31-year-old voice matured but yet still filled with emotion. Shortly after, however, he rebounded with 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes, who was just 23 at the time (and just a year older than Taylor) — which the singer harshly shaded. “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age,” she added. Taylor also followed the epic track up with a short film starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink as a couple experiencing the ups-and-downs detailed in the track.
During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the star also revealed what she thinks about the subject of the song’s (i.e. Jake’s) feelings. “I wonder if there are people who might think that they were the one you were singing about, if it’s easier or far, far worse for them 10 years later,” Seth Meyers said, as Taylor replied, “I haven’t thought about their experience, to be honest.”
Taylor Lautner proposed to his GF of three years! The actor declared that ‘all of his wishes came true’ in a sweet post sharing photos from the romantic moment!
Taylor Lautner is off the market! The 29-year-old actor popped the question to his girlfriend of three years, influencer and registered nurse Tay Dome, 24. “11.11.2021,” he began his caption, shared to Instagram on Saturday, Nov. 13. “And just like that, all of my wishes came true,” he added. The Twilight alum wore a dapper black suit as he got down on one knee in the photos, holding a ring in front of a surprised Tay.
The YouTube star appeared emotional as she put her hands over her mouth, looking down at the ring. Tay was barefoot in a cheetah print dress as she kneeled down to embrace her fiancé in the stunning photos, which also captured Taylor’s impeccable decor! Rose petals were sprinkled across the fireplace lit room, accented with white candles in glass cases. A red light sign reading “Lautner” behind them — soon to be Tay’s new last name, as well.
Tay, who boasts over 100,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 10,000 on YouTube, also posted moments from the proposal for her followers. “my absolute best friend,” she penned, sharing just the photo of her kneeling down to embrace him. “I CANNOT WAIT TO SPEND FOREVER WITH YOU,” Tay also wrote in all caps, clearly emotional and excited about the life milestone.
Tay Dome confirms her engagement to Taylor Lautner. (Instagram/Tay Dome)
The couple were first romantically linked in Sept. 2018, following his split from ex Billie Lourd, after they attended a wedding ceremony together. Shortly after the spotting, they took their relationship Instagram official with a Halloween costume post (the spooky holiday has remained an important one for the duo, who share costume photos annually and also threw a joint Halloween party this year). The pair met through his younger sister Makena Lautner over three years ago, and have since traveled the world together!
Notably, this is Taylor’s second romantic partner of the same name: he also dated Taylor Swift, 31, from Aug. 2009 to Nov. 2009 after meeting on the set of film Valentine’s Day. He’s also been linked to Selena Gomez and Lily Collins.
Just hours before she released the re-recorded version of her album, ‘Red,’ Taylor Swift taped a talk show appearance in a stunning black dress, which is very reminiscent of Princess Diana’s famous ‘revenge dress.’
Taylor Swift taped an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on the afternoon of Nov. 11, just hours before dropping Red (Taylor’s Version). The singer looked absolutely stunning for the talk show appearance, wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress with low-cut neckline and black heels. Her look was complete with dangling earrings, and her hair styled straight and with bangs, just like the Red era. Of course, she had her pop of red lipstick, as well!
Taylor Swift taping her Seth Meyers appearance. (Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
Fans went wild over the stunning photos of Taylor making a rare talk show appearance, and it didn’t take long for Swifties to figure out why Tay’s outfit looked kind of familiar. The look is quite similar to the famous Princess Diana “revenge dress,” which the late royal wore in 1994. Diana’s version had short sleeves, compared to the long ones on Taylor’s version, but overall, the looks were quite similar.
Princess Diana in her ‘revenge dress’. (Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock)
Diana wore the little black dress on the very same night that Prince Charles publicly confessed to cheating on her, which is how it got dubbed the “revenge dress.” Fans have pointed out that Taylor’s re-release of Red is her very own version of revenge against Scooter Braun, as well as her former record label, Big Machine Records. Taylor first recorded Red in 2012. It was one of six albums that she released under Big Machine before leaving the label in 2018.
Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine arose from label head, Scott Borchetta’s, decision to not allow her to purchase the rights to her masters from the label. Instead of being able to outright by the masters, Taylor would have had to record one new album on Big Machine for every previous album that she wanted to earn back, which would’ve meant six more records. Instead, she decided to give up the rights to her masters and join a new label. However, just months later, she found out that Scott decided to sell the masters to Scooter Braun, who Taylor had had various issues with in the past.
Obviously, the singer was completely betrayed by the decision, and when her contract allowed it, she began re-recording the music she released under Big Machine. She dropped the first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April 2021. Red (Taylor’s Version) drops on Nov. 12, and features a handful of never-before-heard songs that didn’t make the original record, in addition to all of the tracks that were recorded the first time around.
Taylor Swift is a cat parent to Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button. Learn about her furry besties.
Taylor Swift’s love of cats is no folklore. The 31-year-old singer’s cat lover status is evident to anyone who follows her on social media. The Grammy winner is a cat mom to three furry companions: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button, all named after fictional characters in TV and film.
The singer’s love of cats even extended into her role in the 2019 film Cats, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical of the same name. While at the film’s New York premiere, Taylor called her cats “little lazy bears” while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “My cats are beautifully round and fuzzy and they look like little lazy bears. They’re always taking naps.”
Meredith Grey, named after Ellen Pompeo’s character in Grey’s Anatomy, is a Scottish Fold that Taylor got in 2011. The “Cardigan” singer has previously described Meredith as a “private” cat. In April, Taylor shared a video message on Twitter after fans grew concerned about the whereabouts of Meredith after she stopped making an appearance on her social feeds. “The truth is, Meredith just hates having her picture taken,” she explained as a montage of grumpy Meredith played. “That’s the explanation,” she continued. “She’s just a really private little cat. She likes her business kept to herself. She doesn’t like a camera shoved in her face, and who can blame her?” That hasn’t stopped her from getting her close up, though. Meredith made a cameo in Taylor’s music video for “ME!” with Brendon Urie alongside her siblings Olivia and Benjamin.
Olivia Benson, named after Mariska Hargitay’s character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is also a Scottish Fold that Taylor got in 2014. Olivia is a star in her own right, as she has starred in Taylor’s 2014 Diet Coke commercial and her “Blank Space” music video. (She also appeared in the “ME!” music video.) And, yes, cat Olivia Benson has met her namesake. In 2015, Taylor shared footage from backstage of one of her shows of Olivia meeting Mariska, who was in attendance. Both of her cats’ namesakes also appeared in her music video for “Bad Blood” that year: both Mariska and Ellen (Meredith Grey) made cameos in the star-studded video.
Benjamin Button, named after Brad Pitt’s character in the film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, is, unlike the singer’s last two cats, a Ragdoll cat. Taylor adopted him in 2019 after she met him on set of her “ME!” music video, which featured a number of cats along with Meredith and Olivia. During an Instagram Live that year with Brendon following the release of the music video, Taylor recounted how she brought the little guy home. “He was just a cute kitten who didn’t have a home,” she said, explaining that he was part of a program to “get cute kittens adopted by putting them in commercials and stuff.” When a handler handled her Benjamin, she “fell in love,” explaining, “He literally looked at me like, ‘Adopt me please.’ And I was like, ‘OK I’m going to do that.’ He’s just the best boy. He’s the best little guy.”
The ten minute version of ‘All Too Well’ paints a fuller picture of Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakup from the singer’s point of view, and she points out their 11-year age difference in the heartbreaking lyrics.
It’s no secret that Taylor Swift’s fan-favorite song from Red, “All Too Well,” is about her breakup from Jake Gyllenhaal, and on Red (Taylor’s Version), she shared the full, original version of the song for the very first time. The song, which fans have been begging for Taylor to share for years, is more than 10 minutes long. In some of the new lyrics, Taylor details more about what happened when she and Jake broke up (the two dated for a few months in 2010 and were 10 years apart in age).
“You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would have been fine, and that made me want to die,” Taylor sings in the new All Too Well, revealing that Jake blamed the large age gap on the relationship’s demise. She also threw some shade at the actor for continuing to date younger women after their breakup, singing in another lyric, “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.”
Taylor Swift performing at an awards show. (Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/Shutterstock)
Plus, Taylor hinted that she and Jake secretly got back together after their breakup, only to realize that it was never meant to be. “And there we are again, when nobody had to know, you kept me like a secret, but I kept you like an oath,” she sings. “Sacred prayer and we’d swear to remember it all too well.”
Of course, the song also features the original lyrics that fans have come to know and love, but there’s also more than four minutes of additional track. “Taylor’s Version” also references the story told on another song from Red, “The Moment I Knew,” where Jake disappointed her by skipping her 21st birthday party. “You, who charmed my dad with self-effacing jokes, sipping coffee like you were on a late night night show,” Taylor writes. “But then he watched me watch the front door, all night, willing you to come, and he said, ‘It’s supposed to be fun, turning 21.’”
Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal dated for a few months in 2010. (Stewart Cook/AFF-USA/Shutterstock)
Red is the second album that Taylor re-recorded and publicly released. Earlier this year, she dropped the new version of Fearless, which contained six new songs that had never been heard before. We’ve also gotten to hear Taylor’s Version of the song “Wildest Dreams”, which is from 1989. However, Taylor has not confirmed when the full re-recorded version of 1989 will be released.
In addition to these three albums, Taylor will also be re-recording the three other albums that she no longer owns the masters to: Speak Now, Taylor Swift and Reputation. Her three most recent albums — Lover, Folklore and Evermore — were all recorded under her new record label and are already owned by Taylor. See a full breakdown of why Taylor is re-recording her first six albums here.