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Adele Dominates Grammy Awards
Everybody has been buzzing about the Grammy Awards that took place this past weekend. Adele was the night’s biggest winner, taking home five new golden trophies to add to her already extensive collection. The power vocalist made headlines for numerous reasons during Sunday night’s award ceremony, most notably, when she took the stage to sing a rendition of pop icon George Michael’s hit “Fastlove” in tribute to the late performer’s prosperous career. The songstress stopped during the performance and asked to begin again. She later told reporters that she restarted the song because she couldn’t hear herself singing. After beginning again, her performance went off without a hitch and was met with a standing ovation at its emotional conclusion.
Beyonce Dazzles in Gold at Grammy Awards
Beyonce, or Queen Bey as she is popularly known, also had a big night last Sunday. She wowed the audience when she appeared on stage dressed like a goddess in a glistening gold outfit and matching headdress as she performed “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” Social media blew up during her performance, calling it a celebration of motherhood. Earlier this month, Beyonce announced that she is pregnant with twins with what now is the most liked photo on Instagram. Her Grammys ensemble showed off her baby bump and glamorized pregnancy. Though Beyonce lost Album of the Year to Adele (who tearfully claimed that Bey deserved it more than she did during her emotional acceptance speech), she still came away with two Grammy awards for best music video for “Formation” and best urban contemporary album for “Lemonade.”
Rachel Lindsay makes history as first black ‘Bachelorette’
The popular reality television show, “The Bachelor” has continuously faced criticism for failing to cast people of all races in the TV dating series. Apparently ABC decided it was time to make a change. Rachel Lindsey made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night to share her excitement for her “new journey” as the Season 13 “Bachelorette.” Rachel, a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas, will be the first black person to take on the leading role in the series. Congratulations, Rachel! We can’t wait to sip wine while watching you look for love every Monday night.
Ed Sheeran denied entrance to his own label’s post Grammy party – for the fourth year in a row!
Most people would assume that music royalty such as Ed Sheeran have a special place on every Hollywood guest list. However, Ed claimed that he was denied entrance to his own record label’s Grammy after party a whopping four years in a row. By the time Ed arrived to the party, it was already filled to capacity. Instead, Ed attended Diplo and Benny Blanco’s house party. Not bad for a second option, right?
Featured Movies Coming to Theatres on Friday, Feb. 17
The Great Wall: Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.
A Cure For Wellness: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
Fist Fight: A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends in this comedy directed by Richie Keen.
Albums Dropping This Week
Several artists have brand new albums set to drop this Friday, Feb. 17, including singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. View more below.
- Dutch Uncles – Big Balloon
- Eisley – I’m Only Dreaming
- Frontier Ruckus – Enter The Kingdom
- Future – FUTURE [Digital release]
- High Plains – Cinderland
- Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
- Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
- Parallels – Metropolis
- Pegi Young & The Survivors – Raw
- Ryan Adams – Prisoner
That’s it for this week’s What’s Up Wednesday. Check back next week for more music, pop culture and entertainment news.