JUSTIN BIEBER SHINES AT MTV VMA’S
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a return of “Bieber Fever” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Justin Bieber captured artist of the year honors – and made his first performance at the show in six years. He began the appearance by rappelling from the ceiling of the Barclays Center in New York to perform “Stay” with Kid LAROI, then his solo single, “Ghost.” Also having a big night: Lil Nas X, who won video of the year.
FOO FIGHTERS HONORED AT VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) – The Foo Fighters received a special award at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. They got the VMA’s first-ever Global Icon Award. It honors a musical act with an “unparalleled career and continued impact and influence” on music and beyond. The group, led by Dave Grohl, also played a set at the show, their first performance at the VMAs since 2007.
BRITNEY SPEARS IS ENGAGED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just days after getting news that she’s close to escaping the conservatorship that’s controlled her life and money for 13 years, Britney Spears has made a major life decision. She’s engaged, having accepted a ring from her boyfriend Sam Asghari. Spears posted the news on Instagram, showing off a diamond ring engraved with the word “lioness.” In an appearance before a judge in June, Spears said she wanted to marry Asghari – but because she was under court control, she wasn’t even allowed to go on a drive with him.
ROD STEWART TRIAL CANCELED
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rod Stewart and his adult son were to stand trial starting tomorrow to face charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve dustup with a hotel security guard in Florida nearly two years ago. But that now won’t happen. A Florida judge has canceled the trial, instead setting a hearing for next month to discuss a plea deal. Stewart and his son are accused of assaulting a security guard because he wouldn’t let them into a 2019 New Year’s Eve party. The case was delayed by the pandemic and ongoing plea negotiations.
LAINE HARDY RELEASES FIRST ALBUM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – It was a memorable 21st birthday for Laine Hardy. The country singer marked the occasion by dropping his first album. The 2019 winner of “American Idol” also did a streaming show at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. It was a benefit to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida.
GUEST EMMYS AWARDED TO FOY, VANCE, RUDOLPH AND CHAPPELLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Claire Foy, Courtney B. Vance, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle (shuh-PEHL’) have won guest actor Emmys. The honors were handed out yesterday at the creative arts award ceremony held in Los Angeles. For drama, Foy was honored for “The Crown,” in which she played Queen Elizabeth II. Vance’s Emmy is for his role in “Lovecraft Country.” On the comedy side, Rudolph and Chappelle got Emmys for guest hosting separate editions of “Saturday Night Live.” Last year, Rudolph won the same award for hosting SNL.
“SHANG-CHI” WINS BOX OFFICE RACE AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) – “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” remains the box office leader. It collected $35.8 million in ticket sales in its second weekend to hold on to the top position. It now holds the mark for best second-week gross of any movie during the pandemic era. In doing so, it edges out “Black Widow,” which still claims the best debut weekend numbers during the pandemic.
MOVIE INDUSTRY INCHES CLOSER TO NORMALCY
NEW YORK (AP) – Is the movie industry finally gaining traction after more than a year of pandemic woes and the continuing popularity of streaming services? It’s starting to look that way. One positive sign is a move by Disney. It says all its movie releases the rest of the year will go to theaters first. Among those going back to the theater-first model are “Eternals,” “The Last Duel” and “West Side Story.” Disney says its remaining 2021 releases will be in theaters at least 45 days before hitting Disney+.
“BENNIFER” BACK OFFICIALLY
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s official: “Bennifer” is a thing again. After weeks of being somewhat coy about acknowledging their rekindled romance, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck left no doubt about their status over the weekend. They turned up formally as a couple on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival. They were there for the premiere of Affleck’s movie, “The Last Duel.”