ROYAL WEDDING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make History
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got hitched Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor as millions of people across the globe watched.
About 600 guests -- included Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham -- packed into the chapel, where they enjoyed a performance of "Stand by Me" by The Kingdom Choir and a sermon by American bishop Michael Curry -- who many believe stole the show. His theme was the power of love.
Meghan walked halfway down the aisle herself and had Prince Charles walk her the rest of the way.
Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, tells TMZ, "My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness." Thomas was unable to attend the wedding since he's recovering from heart surgery.
Meghan wore a Givenchy wedding gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller. Prince Harry was in full military regalia.
After the wedding, the Queen Elizabeth hosted a luncheon for the 600 guests at Windsor Castle. In place of the traditional "father of the bride" speech, Meghan gave her a speech of her own. Elton John performed a "mini-concert," including "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song" and "Circle of Life."
The evening party was held at Frogmore House with 200 of the couple's closest friends and family members. Celebs in attendance included Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra.
As a wedding gift, Prince Harry gave Meghan an emerald-cut ring that once belonged to his late mother, Diana.
The former Suits star is now the Duchess of Sussex and Harry is the Duke of Sussex. Their first official engagement as a married couple will come on Tuesday at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
MARIO BATALI: Investigated by NYPD for Sexual Assault
Chef Mario Batali is reportedly under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct following last night's episode of 60 Minutes which featured an interview with a woman who claims the former TV chef assaulted her.
Batali, who was fired from ABC's The Chew back in December over accusations that he sexually harassed female employees, is accused of possibly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at a New York restaurant. The alleged victim says she went to the hospital for a rape kit but never filed a police report.
Batali has vehemently denied the woman's rape claim. Shortly after he was let go from The Chew he issued an apology saying, "My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility." (TMZ)
Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.
#BillboardMusicAwards2018: Fans are reacting to the big show.
Janet: Ms. Jackson became the first black woman to receive the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards.
Warriors vs. Rockets: Golden State, led by Steph Curry, won Sunday night's game 126-85 to take a 2-1 lead in the West Conference Finals.
Deadpool 2: It knocked Avengers: Infinity War off the top of the box office chart over the weekend.
Chrissy Teigen: She and John Legend shared a photo of their newborn son and revealed his name.
Nicki Minaj: She was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
Dan Patrick: Following Friday's mass shooting at a Houston-area high school, the Texas lieutenant governor said teachers need to be armed.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman received the Grand Prize at Cannes. It's the second most prestigious award at the film festival, following the Palme d’Or, which went to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared the first photo of their baby son as well as his name. On Instagram, the model wrote, “Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens. We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love.” Miles was born last Wednesday.
Amazon has renewed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a third season.
Patricia Morison, who starred opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I, died of natural causes on Sunday. She was 103.
1. Deadpool 2 - $125 million
2. Avengers: Infinity War - $28.7 million
3. Book Club - $12.5 million
4. Life of the Party - $7.7 million
5. Breaking In - $6.5 million
Deadpool 2 didn't break the opening record for an R-rated movie as expected, but it did break a couple of other records. The superhero sequel earned $125 million over the weekend, just behind the $132 million its predecessor made in 2016. On Friday, it scored $53.3 million, the best opening day for an R-rated movie. Overseas, the flick took in $176.3 million, a record debut for Fox International, surpassing X-Men: Days of Future Past.
After three weeks at number-one, Avengers: Infinity War dropped to third with $28.7 million. The Marvel movie has now earned $595 million domestically. Globally, the sequel has raked in $1.8 billion, putting it fourth on the all-time list.
Book Club, starring Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton, opened in third with $12.5 million.
Life of the Party dropped from second to fourth with $7.7 million.
Breaking In went from third to fifth with $6.5 million.
And the family comedy Show Dogs debuted in sixth with $6 million.
JOURNEY: Cain Says Squabbles With Schon Are Over
It appears that Jonathan Cain and his Journey bandmate Neal Schon have finally buried the hatchet after being unhappy with each other for much of the past year.
Schon had been upset about Cain's reluctance to record a new album, their concert song selection, Cain sharing his religious beliefs from the stage and a White House visit by the rest of the band.
Cain tells an Albany, New York radio station that he and Schon have "just finished five days of rehearsal" for Journey's tour with Def Leppard, which kicks off tonight in Hartford, and that he thinks they've "completely reset with each other." Cain says he's looking forward to "a great tour. We've been together 38 years. There's always going to have a bump in the road. I don't know any marriage that hasn't had any squabbles. It was a misunderstanding, and I think we're ready to move on from all that."
Schon, who hasn't been doing interviews recently, has yet to comment on the matter. (Blabbermouth)
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar Win Big
Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at last night's (Sunday's) Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with each picking up six trophies.
Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber won five apiece. Imagine Dragons took home four and The Chainsmokers and Chris Stapletonthree each.
Kelly Clarkson hosted the show and started it off with a tearful plea for us something to prevent more school shootings like the one that occurred in her home state of Texas on Friday. Saying she'd been asked to lead a moment of silence, she said she was "sick" of "moment of silence. It's not working. So why don't we not do a moment of silence, why don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening, because it's horrible...We need to do better. As a people, we're failing our children, we're failing our communities, we're failing their families...Tonight, let's have a moment of action, let's have a moment of change."
Returning after a break, Ariana Grande brought things back to music with the performance, "No Tears Left to Cry." Returning to host, Kelly Clarkson promised she was “not going to cry anymore,” but added, "You have to talk about it or no change is going to happen." She then spoke about being picked to host the show. "'What am I doing here?' you're asking," she said. "Me, too." Then she asked for people to cut her some slack, saying, "I’m new to this, so be nice and if you’re gonna be mean, at least be funny.” After saying her plan was keep things simple, she performed a medley of last year's hits that started out simple, but grew into a huge production number as it went on.
The evening's highlights included:
- The Chainsmokers speaking twice about their recently departed friend Avicii and what he had meant to them and to the EDM community.
- Luis Fonsi's acceptance speech for "Despacito" winning Top Hot 100 Song, in which he thanked people for "embracing a mostly Spanish song" and for "wanting to dance...wanting to sing it...wanting to learn it." He dedicated it to, "All the Latino brothers, all the immigrants, all the dreamers, all those that get made fun of when they speak with an accent, all those that can't speak English" and to "Puerto Rico."
- Taylor Swift, who gave a "girl power" speech after winning Top Female Artist. She mentioned her current "all-female stadium tour" and thanked her tour mates Charli XCXand Camila Cabello, the female artists "who paved the way for us to do what we do the way we do it" and "the new female artists who are killing it out there right now, we are so inspired by you," and "the future female artists who just picked up a guitar or learned to play piano."
- Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato's first TV performance of their new song "Falling in Line."
- Ed Sheeran performing "Galway Girl" via satellite from Ireland accompanied by the Irish folk band Beoga, who helped co-write the song with him, and later accepting Top Artist via video from there.
- Shawn Mendes and Khalid performing the Mendes hit "Youth" with the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir.
- The live TV debut of Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle."
- In her first TV performance in nine years, Janet Jackson sang "Nasty," "If" and "Throb." She then accepted the Billboard Icon Award. In her speech, she said that she believes that "for all our challenges we live at a glorious moment in history. A moment where women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind." She explained that her prayer is that in this moment of loud and harsh public discourse, we turn back to the "source of all calmness -- God...who has everything we lack in abundance."
- In keeping with the night's female empowerment there, host Kelly Clarkson performance of her song 2017 anthem "Whole Lotta Woman."
- Salt-N-Pepa performing "Shoop," "Let's Talk Aabout Sex,” “Baby Baby” and -- joined first by En Vogue and then by Clarkson -- “Whatta Man” to close the show.
COMPLETE WINNERS LIST:
- Top Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Top New Artist: Khalid
- Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello
- Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
- Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
- Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
- Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
- Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
- Top Social Artist: BTS
- Top Touring Artist: U2
- Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
- Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
- Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
- Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
- Top Rap Artist: Kendrick Lamar
- Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
- Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
- Top Rap Tour: JAY-Z
- Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
- Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
- Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
- Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
- Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
- Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
- Top Rock Tour: U2
- Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
- Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers
- Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
- Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
- Top Billboard 200 Album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
- Top Selling Album: Taylor Swift, reputation
- Top Soundtrack: Moana
- Top R&B Album: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
- Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
- Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
- Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons, Evolve
- Top Latin Album: Ozuna, Odisea
- Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
- Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
- Top Gospel Album: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit
- Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
- Top Streaming Song (Audio): Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
- Top Streaming Song (Video): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
- Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
- Top Radio Song: Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You”
- Top Collaboration: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
- Top R&B Song: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
- Top Rap Song: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
- Top Country Song: Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
- Top Rock Song: Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
- Top Latin Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber: “Despacito”
- Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
- Top Christian Song: Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name”
- Top Gospel Song: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”
TAYLOR SWIFT: Reunites with Selena Gomez at Rose Bowl
Selena Gomez is back in the good graces of Taylor Swift now that Justin Bieber is completely out of the picture.
In a throwback to the previous tour, Taylor invited artists to the Rose Bowl shows on the Reputation Stadium Tour. Selena appeared Saturday night with Taylor to sing “Hands to Myself.”
Taylor introduced her, (quote) “The reason why she’s been one of my best friends is because this person has never, ever judged a single decision I've made.” (Us Weekly)
But Taylor’s been judgmental about Selena dating Justin. Backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Taylor showed her disgust by sticking out her tongue when Justin flirted with Selena.
PRINCE: Pricey Memorabilia
A collection of Prince memorabilia fetched surprisingly high prices at Friday's New York auction.
The bidding at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square was highlighted by:
- A purple stage-worn jumpsuit, expected to bring between $6,000 and $8,000, went for $25,000.
- An outfit Prince wore in the movie Under the Cherry Moon went for double its estimate, fetching $40,000
- Prince's custom-made yellow "cloud" guitar, sold for $225,000, triple its $60,000-$80,000 estimate. (Rolling Stone)
KELLY CLARKSON: American Remake
Kelly Clarkson set the wayback machine for the early '70s to get into the groove of her latest project -- a cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman," which will be the theme song of Alicia Silverstone's new TV series.
The show, also called American Woman, is set in the women's liberation movement of the '70s, a vibe that Kelly says she tapped into when recording her take on the 1969 smash.
She tells Entertainment Weekly, “I got to see the whole trailer for [American Woman] and the vibe of it, which I love. We wanted to create this moody kind of vibe and kind of pay homage to that ’70s classic sound of it, too. There are all these things that we love, and we felt we wanted to represent American Woman and the whole lyric of it -- the strength and the boldness and the power I feel like American women exude.”
American Woman premieres on June 7th on the Paramount Network.